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The holiday season is here, and I've teamed up with 48 & Sea, an online boutique that celebrates emerging designers in America to create a curated holiday gift guide.  Every year, I try to create several gift guides for the blog, but this year I really wanted to focus on featuring small businesses/talented artisans which is why I thought it would be great to collaborate with a company like 48 & Sea.  One thing I really love about 48 & Sea is that they are female focused, meaning that they highlight the talent of wonderful ladies ( and occasionally some gentlemen) throughout the country (which is amazing!).  Each product they stock was made slowly and carefully by experienced hands and each designer they feature truly cares about the quality of each product.  Above are 9 out of the 10 items I selected to be part of the gift guide, so be sure to head over to 48 & Sea to see the complete list.  This gift guide has a little something for everyone who's still on your list, so head over to their website to have a look.  I also answered a couple of questions for their blog, so be sure to check that out as well!  

earrings | necklace | napkins | tea towel | serving board | | mug |  hanging ceramic pot | coasters



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Whenever I pack for a trip, I tend to try and pack as little as possible.  The reason for this is I try to avoid checking in any luggage, since I'm totally convinced my luggage will get lost - never to be seen again.  As a result, I always stick to a neutral color palette and I like to pack in sets that I can mix and match while I'm away.  For a short trip, I tend to only pack the following:

1. Three Tops - two casual tops that are comfortable as well as one that can be dressed up if needed.

2. Three Bottoms - two pairs of jeans and one skirt.

3. Three Jackets - one denim jacket, one trench coat and another thin jacket to throw over any outfit.

4. Two pairs of shoes (plus the ones you wear to the airport) - I honestly don't wear heels often, so I prefer to stick to flats.

5. One Bag - I love a good tote bag that can be paired with any outfit.

And honestly, that's about it - I do pack some jewelry and accessories such as a scarf or two, but those pieces take up such little space that packing a few of each doesn't make a huge difference. If you guys have any packing tips or tricks, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment below!

grey top | popover shirt | tee | jeans | skirt | jeans | denim jacket | trench coat | jacket | birkenstocks | loafers | bag