Gift Guide: Merry Wishes

S&S Gift Guide Merry Wishes

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I’m sure you’ve seen about a million gift guides advising you what to give your friends and loved ones, but I’ve noticed that very few focus on holiday stationery.  Honestly, I have a bit of a stationery obsession.  Seriously, I have collected all sorts of embellished writing paper, envelopes, and thank-you cards since I was young (and I still collect them), so picking the perfect holiday card is quite important to me.  I love ‘designer stationery’, which just seems like a fancy term for small business, high quality stationery, and it really isn’t that much more expensive than picking up a greeting card at your local grocery store or pharmacy.  I’ve included some of my favorite finds so far, and I am quite tempted to order all of them!  Definitely consider ordering single cards or a small box of specialty holiday cards this year- your friends and loved ones will probably love them just as much as you do.



Gift Guide: Happy Home

S&S Gift Guide 2014 Happy Home

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Home decor is an often overlooked gift category, but there are so many wonderfully creative options that you should definitely utilize some home gifts this year!  They can pair quite well with other gifts, like a bottle of wine with this Jonathan Adler champagne candle or feather lucite tray.  Cheeky wall art is always a good bet, and this pun-ny rose piece is absolutely fabulous.  If you need a few stocking stuffers, a great set of quirky coasters or a glammed-up desktop staple (get it?) are great ideas.  If you prefer a more traditional home gift, you can’t go wrong with a modern throw or decorative pillow, especially if they are as cute as these two!


Happy 2014!







DSC_0052My mom gave us both massages for Christmas!  I’m totally saving mine for my pre-wedding pampering 😉

DSC_0025Parisian dreams

DSC_0093How cute is this little turtle?  Travis gave me this adorable sea turtle (my favorite animal), and it has the cutest little face!

DSC_0092A new addition to the Sugar & Shine arsenal!  Now I can blog on the go 🙂

This Christmas has been an odd one- it has snuck up on us, which is probably due to our hectic work schedules.  Thankfully, we will be spending the holiday with extended family this year despite the fact that we can’t travel back home.  We begin our trek out to the beautiful North Carolina “country” (I don’t know what else to call it) tomorrow, so Travis and I had an impromptu Christmas in his apartment today.  Our mini Christmas tree was decked out in all kinds of sparkly ornaments, and we got to open our few, but fantastic, presents.  I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas!


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