On Candles & Cocktail Napkins


Are you a saver? Do you not burn your favorite candle because you're saving it for a special occasion, or buy cocktail napkins and matchbooks that you only use when you have friends over? We had some friends over a few weekends ago, and ever since I have been lighting my favorite Christmas-tree scented candle, and using the cocktail napkins I bought for the party, even when it's just us two having a beer after work. And I don't feel guilty about it, not even a little bit. It's just under a week before Christmas, and Chanukah started last night, so here are a few of my favorite picks for candles, napkins, and matches to not save for a special occasion.

Merry Matches / Confetti Cocktail Napkins / Wild Holiday Cocktail Napkins / Nest Holiday Candle / Balsam & Cedar Candle

What To Wear To Your Holiday Party


Tis the season...for holiday parties. Here's a variation of what I'll be wearing at my agency's holiday party on Wednesday night (which just may be what I'll wear to ring in 2015 as well). What are you wearing to holiday parties this year? A classic LBD? A sequin blazer? I'd love to know. 

P.S. I made a makeup appointment with a few girlfriends from work before the party and am excited to have a professional smokey eye since I have never been able to master it myself.

Happy Friday, Ya Filthy Animal


Tonight, we're heading to the San Francisco Symphony to watch Home Alone while listening to the symphony perform the score. I cannot wait! Tomorrow I'm having lunch with a friend in town before an Ugly Christmas Sweater party, and Sunday we have a Chanukah party at another friends. Bring on the latkes. See you on Monday, when we'll announce the winner of our Minted Instagram contest, and check out some links below.

Our dream stocking over on La Vie Jamie.

This drawing about the best and worst holiday foods made me laugh.

Stop everything and watch this movie trailer.

We love NPR's book club and can't wait to read this.

Everyone needs a little black dress like this one.

Also, here are our 2014 gift guides:
Gifts For Your Husband
Gifts For Your Girlfriends
Gifts For Your Dad
Gifts For Your Mom
Gifts for Little Ones

Short & Sweet Gift Guide: For the Littlest Ones (Because that's what makes the holidays all magical anyway)


A cute and funny book that reminds you of her. :)

A cool car carrier because he's all boy.

A hippie pair of bell bottoms so she can be stylish (just like her super hip babysitter).

 An inflatable globe, so that when he's mad at the world, he can kick his little heart out.

An entertaining game to play in the evenings!

The cutest pajamas to keep him warm all winter long.

Passes to your local zoo, since really, don't we all just want to go stare at baby pandas anyway?

Check out the rest of our guides:
Gifts For Your Husband
Gifts For Your Girlfriends
Gifts For Your Dad
Gifts For Your Mom

Short & Sweet Gift Guide: Gifts for Your Husband or Boyfriend (a few would work for your brother or best friend, too)


1. A subscription to The Economist so he can fill you in on everything they don't tell you on The Skimm.

2. A funny, portable game like Cards Against Humanity that you can play over beers with friends.

3. A cheese-making class you can take together. Here's one I found in San Francisco.
4. A cozy pair of PJs, because when would he ever buy that himself?
5. A new tie for all of the weddings you have next year.
 6. Tickets to see Mortified Nation live. If you haven't heard of it, watch the documentary on Netflix.

More 2014 Short & Sweet Gift Guides:
Gifts for Your Girlfriends (Because What Would You Do Without Them?)
Gifts for Your Dad
Gifts for Your Mom (Who Will Still Love You Even if You Don't Get Her a Gift, But Really, You Should)

And more gift inspiration + what we'd like to unwrap this year, over on our To Give & To Get Pinterest board.