1. try the local cuisine

bonus points if you take a cooking class. not only will you get to try the delicious traditional balinese foods, but you will learn how to create them in your own kitchen! be sure to try sate and nasi campur!

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thailand has always been such a dream of mine. i was elated when i found out we were going for a long weekend to ring in the new year and celebrate david and i’s one year anniversary. [he’s going to have a lot to top next year!!]

needless to say, i got right to packing. packing for thailand was very similar to packing for bali. be prepared to be hot, so pack things that are breathable and show minimal sweat stains [it happens to the best of us].
if i was packing minimally i could easily have lived off of 2-3 pair of shorts, a skirt and some sensible t-shirts. oh, and of course.. add in a swim suit or two! so, if you need to pack light, it is most definitely do-able! i like to think i fall somewhere in between on the scale of minimal to extra.
 

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if you’re a procrastinator [i know i am] have no fear, you can still rock Christmas this year! below are some great last minute holiday gift ideas + a round up of stores that you can still purchase from with enough time to get your gifts wrapped and under your tree! best of all, most of your shopping can be down right at home on your comfy couch. that’s my kind of shopping!

retailers that you still have time to shop from

nordstrom | free shipping + guaranteed Christmas delivery on select [most] items

macy’s || free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Christmas

loft || 50% off everything with code “WRAPITUP” || choose the pick up in store option to have your items ready and waiting for you

j.crew || 30% off + free guaranteed holiday delivery with code “GIFTASAP”

express || 50% off everything | $15 express shipping for arrival by dec. 22

amazon || free 2-day shipping with prime [bless you, amazon]

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if you think you’ve been seeing stars recently, it’s probably because you have. stars are all the rage these days and i am 100% on board with this trend.

we’re talking star pj’s, star purses, star shirts, star sweaters, star shades… you name it and it’s been struck by the stars! i’ve always been a huge fan of stars, ever since i learned how to draw one back in elementary school. View Post

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here are my top 10 holiday gifts for him, under $50. all gifts have been husband approved. in fact, i think he is now expecting a few of these under the tree… so, i’ll see what i can do 😉

$50 and below is a great price point for couples, for a friend or even for a loved one. you don’t have to break the bank to let someone know you are thinking about them. these are all great gifts that any special guy in your life will love!

 

1. athletic wear | this is a perfect gift for the athlete in your life. or, for the guy who may not hit the gym much, but lives in gym clothes. no shame. when gifting clothes, i like to stick to solid colors unless it is a patterned piece that i know the receiver will love. however, if there’s ever a hint of doubt, stick with solids. you can never go wrong with solids.

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