Early Bird Gift Guide

Can you believe Black Friday is a week away?  Working in retail, I have had my mind on Christmas for a good month or so now but I know for most people this is still the “early bird” phase!

My favorite Christmas gifts to give and receive are stocking stuffers- there’s something I love about the little packages.  Whoever said that the best things come in small packages was right on!  The best stocking stuffers include a mixture of something needed, something wanted, and something a bit luxurious.  Items like socks make great “needed” gifts, beauty products are the perfect “wanted” gifts, and a watch is the best luxurious item a girl could ask for!

Here are some ideas for each category for the ladies in your life:

Smartwool Socks
Mario Badescu Night Cream

Tocca Simone perfume
iPhone case
Aveda Bath Salts

Jord Wood Watch
Clarisonic Mia
Beaded Clutch

This beautiful stocking can be found here.

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The watches I am so impressed with right now are Jord watches.  I was fortunate enough to be sent the Frankie style watch in the Zebrawood and Champagne combination and I just love that it is neutral enough to go with everything, yet is such a statement.  It would make the perfect gift for those hard to shop for people in your life!  Who doesn’t like a watch?!

To check out their women’s watches, click here and for men’s styles click here.

The best part is I have partnered with Jord to host a giveaway!  One lucky reader will win a beautiful wood watch-  click here to enter.  Giveaway will end 12/18, so make sure to sign up soon.  And just for entering, you will get a $25 coupon code that you can use on a gift for yourself or someone special!  Code will be good until 2/28/17. women's watch, unique watch, gift guide, gift for her

Wooden Wristwatch

This post was sponsored by Jord Watches.

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The Struggle with Minimalism: Clothing Edition

A few years ago, I came across author Jennifer L Scott and was completely hooked on the idea of living a luxurious life with less.  Why settle for multiple mediocre things when you could have one great thing that you love?  

After reading about Scott’s Ten Item Wardrobe, I was hooked on the idea.  I pared down the closet and was only buying things I needed and that worked with other things I had.

Starting my job at Anthropologie a year and a half ago got me a little derailed from this mindset.  I was constantly seeing the new items and even if I didn’t have anything to go with it, I HAD to make a purchase.  The discount was just too good- I didn’t want to waste it!  Chase and I jokingly would say, “Well… I don’t want to LOSE money!” (If you haven’t watched Jim Gaffigan’s skit on sales, you must!) 

Anyways, as I now have my pre-pregnancy body back and feel like I can shop again, I find myself wanting to fall back in the rut of giving in to every great thing that comes in the store.  But what has really helped me is that I tell myself I can only buy something if I am replacing something else in my closet- for example, I had some jeans that were not the best fit anymore (low rise after having a baby is just awful) so I sold them online in order to buy a new pair (these ones with a higher rise, thankfully- and they are so comfortable, I don’t ever want to take them off!)  Selling these items means I can replace without going into debt and it has become quite a fun little past time to be an online shop owner!  See my Poshmark closet here

My main goal is to combat clutter but also to have the mindset that living with less is best.  I want Lucy to learn that instant gratification isn’t a good rule to live by.  I’m not saying I am against shopping (I work in retail, after all!) but I am saying to put thought into each purchase- and go with quality over quality!  After all, three H&M or Forever 21 blouses is the same price as one great Anthro top!  

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A Fall Inspired Photoshoot

This last week I got to be a part of our monthly apparel photoshoot for work.  It was so much fun!  Our locations included downtown Boise, the Idaho Penitentiary, and a few more spots near and in Idaho City.  

Here’s one of my favorite outfits- it’s such a “me” combination!  I love throwing a masculine jacket over a girly dress or pairing it with a skirt.  That’s just me!  (And this dress and jacket happens to be on promotion this weekend- woohoo!)

For more of our photoshoot pictures, make sure to follow @anthro_meridian on Instagram! 

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