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Live Colorfully

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live colorfully“If you’re alive, you got to flap your arms and legs, you got to jump around a lot, you got to make a lot of noise, because life is the very opposite of death. And therefore, as I see it, if you’re quiet, you’re not living. You’ve got to be noisy, or at least your thoughts should be noisy and colorful and lively.”

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DIY: Mason Jar Snow Globes

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Technically these aren’t snow globes, since they aren’t in water. So you don’t get that magical flutter of snow/glitter when you shake them all up. They’re actually more like faux terrariums. But they still make festive and fun decorations or a cute gift for a friend during the holiday season! Plus, they’re a cinch to make.

All you need is a few mason jars of various shapes/sizes, some epsom salt (for the snow) and various small animal figures, mini trees, and pretty much anything your heart desires that will fit into a mason jar. I was on the hunt for some old cars to put in a snow globe, but couldn’t find any in our old toy stash from when we were kids buried deep in our garage. I used some plastic deer, a mini birch bird house with a glittery roof, a toy wheel barrow, fake birds, pine cones, berries and some mini evergreen trees.

So this is how you make ’em. First figure out what you want in your snow globe and position it inside the jar, you can position it on its side, right side up, upside down, really however you please. Don’t be afraid to mess with the stuff you have. I cut trees that were too big down to size with wire clippers and added some glitter to the roof of a wood house to make it work. Heat up your hot glue gun, and place a few droplets on your figures/trees. You’ll want it to stay in place when you store it or move it around. Once the pieces are in place and glued down, add the epsom salt, just enough to make it look nice and frosty inside. Screw on the lid and you’ve got yourself your very own snow globe! Easy as pie!

These make a fun and festive addition to our usual mix of Christmas decorations! I had so much fun making them, I went a little over board, making more than enough to share. Who wouldn’t love to get a hand made snow globe from a friend around the holiday season?

Holiday Gift Guide: Inspired by my Mama

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giftieMy mama is a quadruple threat. She’s a top notch mama bear, knowing just what to do when one of her cubs is sick or in need.  She’s got one hell of a raised bed garden going on with all kinds of veggies and herbs. She can cook a delicious and nutritious dinner. And she’s a master of interior design, our house is the perfect combination of comfortable and stylish. She does all this with impeccable style and taste. She’s my own personal style icon, so much of what I like comes from many training shopping trips with my mom, my personal style comes from hours inventorying my mom’s closet and planning out her outfits for special events. Thus I have a lot to live up to with this gift guide; for a lady of such impeccable style, this gift guide better be spot on. Here goes nothing.

1. Short boots from Madewell

2. This Emerald green purse, also from Madewell, would make a nice seasonal addition to her massive collection of purses. Plus Pantone named emerald green color of the year for 2013.

3. J.Crew Liberty of London print PJ’s. My Mama loves a good pair of fresh pj’s. This cotton set look they would be cozy without being too hot, and a fun paisley print doesn’t hurt.

4. Quirky and cute garden sketches calendar from Terrain

5. Mason Jar Salt and Pepper Shakers from Terrain. A recent discovery of the multi-purpose nature and stylish charm of mason jars, has developed into a full fledged mutual obsession. So having a set of mason jar salt and pepper shakers to add to her collection is a perfectly logical thing to do.

6. Mercury glass candle from Terrain. Mercury glass accents are smattered throughout our house, and I know my mom is always looking for another accessory to add into the mix.

7. Silly selfsies turned into a fun photobooth strip on this nifty site Photoboother.com

8. Jadeite cake plate. My Mom loves jadeite, and this pretty cake plate would look great in our kitchen. (this one my have been a selfish addition, I love cakeplates, probably a lot more than my mom, she would probably want something more useful like a set of bowls, oh well!)

9. Cath Kidston polka dot glasses. Cute!

10. Winter-y house under a shiny glass cloche from Target 

11.Throw blanket from Pendleton. This cozy little throw would fit in to the blues and greens and yellows of our family room.

12. Gathering basket for all my mama’s home grown veggies from William’s Sonoma Agrarian

13. Potting table to add to my mom’s garden ensemble. Also from Williams Sonoma

14. Multi-color latte bowls from anthropologie would look so festive in our colorful kitchen

From Quirky to Festive

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from quirky to festiveThis duo of animal portraits (from artist Ryan Berkley, available on Etsy) combined with some antlers that I randomly found at Target, is my favorite part of my apartment. It made a boring wall into a quirky, fun space. Every morning when I wake up and round the corner from my bedroom, I see Mr. Beaver and Mr. Fox and it totally brightens my morning. As it’s already December 6th, and we’re well on our way to Christmas, I thought it was about time I started spreading some holiday cheer around our apartment, but keep in mind, I am on a students budget in the middle of finals, so I’m going for minimal effort with little cost. So I decided to jazz up my favorite spot in the apartment with a few cheap ornaments from Target, taking the space for quirky to downright festive! All it took was a little sparkle and some cute mini mittens and it’s beginning to look a lot more like Christmas around here!

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Inspired by My Imaginary Boyfriend

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Okay this one needs some explanation. I don’t want y’all to think I’m a weirdo or anything. As you should know, the past few weeks I have been posting a series of gift guides inspired by family and friends in my own life as part of the first annual  Sassafras Street Holiday Gift Guide Series. I decided I should probably mix it up and include a gift guide to help you shop for the men in your life, but the sad reality is I am only friends with girls and am seriously lacking in the boyfriend department. Reasonably I could’ve done a gift guide for my dad or brother, but no,  I made the ridiculous decision to create a gift guide for an imaginary boyfriend. Go ahead. Laugh at my silly life.

Meet my make-believe boyfriend: he is a tall brunette with a sincere smile and a good laugh. He’s outdoorsy; enjoys camping, fishing and hiking. But also appreciates fashion and culture and art. He has impeccable taste in music and shops almost exclusively at J.Crew. And coincidentally he resembles a J.Crew model as well! Imagine that! (I am currently accepting applications: all qualified applicants inquire here.)

My pretend boyfriend is basically the male equivalent of myself; if I were a man I would want all of the items on this list. And secretly I want some of them too! I love dresses and high heels and feminine details but there is something so effortlessly cool about the look of masculine pieces.

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1. Old Man and the Sea shirt from OutofPrintClothing.com. Hemingway is debatably one of the manliest authors in history; he was world class sports fisherman, big game hunter, boxer, bullfighting aficionado, war correspondent, and the list goes on.

2. It’s been a recent obsession of mine to become an expert in making cocktails. There has been a renaissance of classic cocktails with new ingredients in hipster bars across the country. I’m looking at you Craft and Commerce in San Diego. I would love a boyfriend that could moonlight as a bartender and teach me the tricks of the trade. American Bar is a guide for a well stocked bar, with recipes for classic American drinks and cocktails.

3. Decanters, martini shakers, snifters, oh my! What dude wouldn’t want a well-equipped bar with all the bells and whistles for their booze? Set from Pottery Barn

4. My imaginary boyfriend has a great vocabulary and likes to spend low-key nights in playing Scrabble with me. Clearly he needs this deluxe Scrabble set from Restoration Hardware (it’s on a lazy susan!!) so we can Scrabble in style.

5. Dear Chambray. Thank you for existing. You are my favorite fabric. You look fashionable on both men and women and are comfortable and easy to wear. I sincerely hope that you are not just a passing fad, I hope you will stay stylish for the rest of time.

6. I couldn’t resist. A leather flask? With a sassy little inscription? Stocking stuffer from J.Crew for my imaginary boyfriend (who is apparently kind of a booze hound?)

7. Beer from Stone Brewing Co. in San Diego. Again with the booze, I’m sorry.

8. Timex watch. Classic, not too flashy or pretentious. Just like my imaginary boyfriend.

9. Swiss Army Knife. A nice tool to have on hand for all the camping and fishing trips that my imaginary boyfriend and I go on. (side note: there are so many freaking models of swiss army knife, it is overwhelming, I spent a good 15 minutes looking for just your average swiss army knife on their website)

10. Leather I-phone case from Restoration Hardware.

11. Heaven knows I love me a shawl collar on a gentleman. Sweatshirt from J.Crew

12. Apple Pie Lightning from Rock Town Distillery “Arkansas’ first “legal” distillery since Prohibition” The website says “Grandaddy used to make a little lightning every now and then and mix it with apple juice and cinnamon to make it sippable.” Sounds like it’d make a festive seasonal drink for the holidays.

13. Messenger bag from J.Crew. Sturdy and stylish. I just might buy this one for myself to carry my books and laptop around campus.

14. Ultimate Book of Card Games from Restoration Hardware

Holiday Gift Guide: Inspired by Jenny

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The holiday season is not all sugar plums and candy canes; the holidays brings with it a certain amount of stress. Hosting holiday parties, decorating the house, baking holiday treats, and finding the perfect gifts for all your family and friends is hard work. But don’t you worry your pretty little head, Sassafras Street is here to help with our first annual Sassafras Street Gift Guide series. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift for your best friend, boyfriend, Mom, Dad, siblings, you name it! I’ve assembled the cutest holiday gifts on the market to inspire your shopping list. You never know, you might even find a few things to add to your own Wish List!

Each gift guide is inspired by someone in my own life. All of my friends and family have such unique style and completely different personalities, it’s unrealistic to assemble a one size fits all gift guide.  So instead of replicating the generic gift guides that pop up on blogs, in magazines, and in catalogs this time of year, I decided to let you all get to know some of my closest friends and family and check out some of the items on their wish lists!

Inspired by Jenny

Jenny is my roommate and one of my best fwends at UCLA. It’s crazy to think that a little more than a year ago, I barely even knew this lovely lady.  Within a few months of being her roommate we had declared ourselves (Kim included) the “best friends in this whole house (our sorority house).” The rate at which our friendship grew has a lot to do with how open and down to earth Jenny is. Now I feel like I can tell her anything, she knows my most embarrassing stories and I know hers. Jenny is so honest and non-judgmental; it’s hard not to be yourself around her. Next year, she’ll be teaching middle or high school English in Newark New Jersey, I have no doubt that with her down-to-earth charm and caring personality, her students will grow to love her as much as I do. Here’s what I’ve been looking at for Jenny’s Christmas gift this year!

1. Next year Jenny will be headed to the east coast to teach in New Jersey. I’m a little worried that she’ll go to the east coast and never come back to me in good old California, but no matter what happens she’ll always be a California girl. She needs these California and New Jersey silver state charms to remind her of where she comes from and where she’s headed!

2. I don’t know if y’all know, but New Jersey is pretty damn cold. She’ll need these mittens from Kate Spade to keep her fingers all nice and toasty.

3. How cute would her curly hair be sticking out of this furry hat? As you can tell I am a little worried about Jenny being cold next year.

4. That’s my puppy! (In case you didn’t know, our nickname for Jenny is puppy. She looks and acts like a total puppy. Don’t you see the resemblance between Jenny and her puppy Hershey?)

5. Jenny is hip, classic, and effortlessly cool. Just like these hi-top Chucks

6. Penguin socks from Gap. Quirky and cute, just like Jenny!

7. As a future English teacher, Jenny needs this cool literary inspired tote from Out of Print Clothing to transport all her graded papers and class materials to and from her classroom. Apparently Jenny didn’t like the Great Gatsby all that much when she read it. But don’t tell her students that.

8. Jenny gave up skateboarding after she almost ate shit skating to class last year. While Westwood is little too hilly and unsafe to skateboard, I want to fuel her beachy/California hobbies as much as possible in the time I have left with her this year. Don’t worry, I’ll get her a helmet and pads too! Longboard from Sector9.

9. If Jenny were a cosmetic item she would be this rosebud salve. She’s just naturally beautiful, she doesn’t need any fancy makeup or labor-intensive beauty routine to look fresh faced and pretty!

10. Plaid pajama pants from J.Crew

11. Jenny is totally hipster without even realizing it. She’s hip in an understated, effortless kind of way. Just like these Ray Ban Wayfarers.

12. Jenny’s got a boho side to her personal style. This beaded tunic from Free People definitely fits the bill.

Holiday Gift Guide: Inspired by Kim

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The holiday season is not all sugar plums and candy canes; the holidays brings with it a certain amount of stress. Hosting holiday parties, decorating the house, baking holiday treats, and finding the perfect gifts for all your family and friends is hard work. But don’t you worry your pretty little head, Sassafras Street is here to help with our first annual Sassafras Street Gift Guide series. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift for your best friend, boyfriend, Mom, Dad, siblings, you name it! I’ve assembled the cutest holiday gifts on the market to inspire your shopping list. You never know, you might even find a few things to add to your own Wish List!

Each gift guide is inspired by someone in my own life. All of my friends and family have such unique style and completely different personalities, it’s unrealistic to assemble a one size fits all gift guide.  So instead of replicating the generic gift guides that pop up on blogs, in magazines, and in catalogs this time of year, I decided to let you all get to know some of my closest friends and family and check out some of the items on their wish lists! 

Inspired by Kim

Kim is my roommate and one of my best friends here at UCLA. She’s a go-getter, driven, ambitious, and hard working.  She’s a leader on campus and is no doubt going to be some high-powered lawyer running her own non-profit on the side some day. But don’t let her impressive resume fool you, Kim has a silly side as well. And when I say silly, I mean SILLY. She’s a partner in crime, the Glinda to my Elphaba singing along to the Wicked soundtrack, and a terrible study buddy (she always manages to distract me). Here’s what I’ve been perusing for Kim’s Chrismukkah gift this year!

1. She’s got that extra sparkle. Random strangers come up to her frequently just to say she’s beautiful, or she has beautiful eyes, or really any kind of compliment. Something about her just draws people in, she’s got an inner sparkle that I can’t help but admire. Clearly she needs a sparkly gold belt to match.

2. Two words. Elbow. Patches. Sweater from Rag and Bone. (just saw the absurd price for this sweater, let’s just say I’ve been doing some online window shopping)

3. There are at least 6 purses hanging on the back of our bedroom door, and nearly everyday I get asked the question, “which purse should I wear with this outfit, the black, the brown the yellow…” This pretty gray and black bag from Madewell will go with any of her outfits in her usual color palate, saving both Kim and I the trouble of switching purses everyday.

4. Ain’t she cute!?

5. PUPPPPPY! Kim’s got a little bit of an obsession with puppies. She talks about her own puppy at home all the time, and anytime we see one on the street she strategizes about how she can steal it away from its owners. Wouldn’t it be awesome to give someone a puppy for Christmas? I know Kim would just about die of happiness.

6. Topshop Aubergine Blazer. There’s no better way to look like you have your shit together than by wearing a structured blazer. Kim pretty much always has her shit together and she has quite a few blazers. Coincidence? I think not.

7. Kim is a recent convert to the wonderful world of I-phone. A devoted Blackberrier for many years, she’s finally made the switch and couldn’t be happier about it. She’s defeated Angry Birds, she’s a pro at Temple Run, but still hasn’t managed to set up a voicemail. While she seems to have mastered the fun parts of the I-phone she still has a little more to learn. The second best part about having an I-phone? (Behind games and time-wasting apps, of course) Sparkly and shiny phone cases! Striped gold Kate Spade I-phone case!

8. “She makes the day brighter, she leaves a little sparkle wherever she goes.” Journal from Target

9. Kim and I have developed an unhealthy obsession with the song “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn, along with the video. We’ve collectively added a total of 200+ views to the video on youtube. We have tried to learn some of Robyn’s kick ass dance moves, and only dreamt of rocking her crazy outfit and hairdo. Well, Kim’s dreams have just come true, with these floral leggings from H&M and shaggy faux fur vest from Madewell. Now all she needs is a trip to the salon.

10.  Striped scarf from j.crew. Cozy.

11. If Kim were a clothing item she would be black leather boots. These black boots from Madewell.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

1) Making a pie. 2) Homemade apple and pumpkin pie, yum! 3) Ping pong. 4) Our thanksgiving table. 5) Autumn centerpiece made of gourds, kale, candles in mason jars with moss, silver candlestick holders, grapes, and other assorted harvest-y goods we found around the house. 6) Mood lighting. 7) Orange tulips sprucing up our kitchen.

Count Your Blessings

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“When you’re tired and you can’t sleep, count your blessings instead of sheep, and you’ll fall asleep counting your blessings” croons Bing Crosby in the holiday classic, White Christmas. Bing and Rosemary Clooney rendezvous in the lodge late one night, both unable to get any sleep. They share a midnight snack, while he serenades her, singing of his technique for getting some shut-eye when you just can’t seem to manage to fall asleep. This quiet little scene is somewhat unremarkable, surrounded by all the flashy musical numbers in White Christmas. But somehow it has always stuck with me. Whenever I lay awake in bed, sleep somehow eluding my weary eyes, I always think of good old Bing Crosby and eventually fall asleep counting my blessings.

Just a few nights ago, I slipped into bed, laying there, listening to the rhythmic breathing of my two roommates who were already deep in sleep, my mind started to wander. I began thinking about all the things I had on my to-do list for the next day, all of my upcoming deadlines, the bill I had forgotten to pay that day, and the stress began to accumulate. The longer I laid there the more stressed I was getting and the more frustrated I became at my inability to fall asleep. As all these negative thoughts were running through my mind, I suddenly remembered Mr. Crosby’s advice, stopping my negative thought train dead in its tracks.  So instead I started listing off some of my many blessings. In no time I was sleeping soundly. (Try it, it actually works, I swear!)

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving- a whole day devoted to reflecting on our blessings and giving thanks for all we have in life- I decided to share with you all some of the things that I’m most thankful for, the things that I think of late at night when I fall asleep counting my blessings.

I’m thankful for…

(in no particular order)

1) UCLA defeating USC in football last weekend. 38-28.

Finally. After five years of embarrassing defeat, UCLA has reclaimed their rightful place as #1 in LA. The win last Saturday in the big rivalry game against USC was the best graduation gift UCLA football could have given me. The first UCLA victory over USC (in football) that I have experienced during my four years as a Bruin. The energy in the student section was unbelievable, not even the pouring rain could ruin that perfect moment. Returning to Westwood with our heads held high, ready to celebrate and go burn some couches (couches were on fire in the streets that night, no joke), has to be one of the best feelings in my time at UCLA.

2) Friends that I feel I can be truly myself with.

I don’t have to be anyone but me when I’m around them; kooky, weird, moody, or sassy, whatever version of Katie that they get that day is accepted with open arms. I’m so lucky to have found them.

3) Living in LA/SoCal.

I take it for granted on a daily basis that I live in one of the most interesting, diverse, and beautiful places in the world. Sunshine and blue skies year round is definitely something to be thankful for.

4) My Mom.

We have a sign in our house that says “Home is where your mom is”.  For me, that saying is completely true. My mom makes our house feel like home, welcoming and warm, such a wonderful place to return to after a long quarter at school. Wherever we are, if I’m with my mom, I feel at home. So much of who I am today is from my mom, growing up under her watchful eye in our loving home, her training me to be a skilled shopper, fostering my creative side with countless arts and crafts projects. My personality, my sense of humor, my creativity, my style, all come from my mom.  We are cut from the same cloth. I am so thankful I have her in my life.

5) My Dad.

I am thankful for my Dad for so many reasons to limit it to a few lines is impossible. I can call my Dad from hundreds of miles away, crying about something stupid and he always knows the right thing to say, not making me feel silly or dumb for being so upset, but just listening, being understanding and somehow always knowing what to say to make me feel better. He doesn’t always make things easy for me, he makes me realize when I am doing something wrong, I can’t lie to myself with my Dad there to see right through me. Dependable and incredibly supportive, he is my go-to guy.

6)  Having a brother that I can call a friend.

Our brother-sister relationship has evolved as we’ve gotten older, and I no longer feel like I am playing just the annoying little sister role to his cool older brother role. Being each other’s allies at large family gatherings, watching dumb videos online, playing softball in the backyard; I can do anything and nothing with the big bro and have a good time. We don’t spend a lot of time talking about “real life” stuff, but we just get each other, real life stuff is boring in comparison to the random crap we spend most of our time together talking about. “Brothers don’t shake hands, brothers gotta hug.”

7) Having a tight-knit family that enjoys spending time with each other.

So many of my best memories are times spent with my family. I treasure every weekend home with the family, every family vacation, road trip, holiday celebration, and family get together when I get to spend quality time with the fam. Family is a priority in our household, and I am thankful for that.

8) Traveling abroad last summer.

This past summer I spent a month on travel study, traveling throughout Spain and Morocco while studying the history of Islamic Iberia. My first time traveling by myself without a friend or family member with me was an amazing experience. I made new friends, experienced so many new things, became immersed in a new culture, brushed up on my Spanish skills, discovered the wonderful world of tapas, and became so much more confident in myself as a self-sufficient, travel-savvy young lady. It was a truly life changing experience, and I am so thankful for having had the opportunity.

9) My education .

Growing up, it was a given that college was a part of my future. I was on the path toward my college degree since middle school; taking AP classes, saving money for my college fund, taking PSATs, SATs, prep classes, college visits.  But I never really understood the true value of my education until recently. As I look forward to graduating from UCLA this year, I have realized just how much my college education has shaped who I am, my goals, my aspirations, my personal strengths and weaknesses, and my passions. My education has truly been transformational. It has already granted me so many opportunities and blessings (see # 1, 2, 3, 8, 10, & 12) and will undoubtedly affect my future. This kind of transformational education is not a reality for many young scholars. Only 8% of children born into poverty will go on to graduate from college by the age of 24.

10) Having found my passion to guide my future career.

I came into college with no idea what I wanted to do or even what I really cared  about. If you asked me what I was passionate about three years ago, I don’t think I would have been able to come up with a legitimate answer for you. I have, after plenty of searching, found my niche in education. My passion for education, educational equity and quality, has become a guiding force in my life in the past year. I have been driven to learn more through the education studies department at UCLA, and take action through organizations like Teach for America, becoming a leader for a cause that I care about. I now know that education, either as a teacher or in policy, will be a part of my future. I am so thankful to have found what drives me, an issue that fires me up and a passion that will guide my future.

11) Having straight hair.

I am so lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I wake up, run a brush through it, and if I’m lucky throw a bobby pin or two in there. If I had curly or wavy hair I am almost positive I would look like a homeless person 98% of the time. Flat irons look like they suck to deal with.

12) Having a job with a company that I believe in, in an industry that I am passionate about.

This past year I quit my soul sucking job at a residence hall’s front desk and mail room and got a job with a company that I believe in, in a field that I am passionate about, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity. I am inspired every day by their mission statement and the kind of transformational leaders that work for this company. Whereas at the front desk/mailroom I felt myself die a little bit inside each time I clocked in for another mindless shift, now when I start my work I feel alive- motivated, inspired, and challenged.

13) Not having food allergies.

I love food way too much to even fathom the idea of being limited by a food allergy. Gluten allergy, heeelll no, glutenous carbs are my main squeeze. Lactose intolerance would be intolerable- yogurt, cheese, froyo- I don’t think I could live without them.

14) This blog!

This blog has become my creative outlet, my hobby, and I am so thankful that I have people that support all my creative endeavors and people like you that read my nonsense. Everything I write and every picture I post comes right from my heart. It’s me on a page. Having the forum to express myself and my creativity has been completely life affirming. Thanks for putting up with all my nonsense.

Sassafras Street Holiday Gift Guide

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December is rapidly approaching, bringing with it a healthy dose of holiday cheer. The Starbucks red holiday cups are back, there’s Christmas music on the radio, and all the pumpkins are magically transforming into poinsettias. All signs are pointing to CHRISTMAS!

But its not all sugar plums and candy canes; the holiday season brings with it a certain amount of stress. Hosting holiday parties, decorating the house, baking holiday treats, and finding the perfect gifts for all your family and friends is hard work. But don’t you worry your pretty little head, Sassafras Street is here to help with our first annual Sassafras Street Gift Guide series. We’re here to help you find the perfect gift for your best friend, boyfriend, Mom, Dad, siblings, you name it! I’ve assembled the cutest holiday gifts on the market to inspire your Christmas shopping list. You never know, you might even find a few things to add to your own Wish List!

Each gift guide is inspired by someone in my own life. All of my friends and family have such unique style and completely different personalities, it’s unrealistic to assemble a one size fits all gift guide.  So instead of replicating the generic gift guides that pop up on blogs, in magazines, and catalogs this time of year I decided to let you all get to know some of my closest friends and family and check out some of the items on their wish lists!

To kick things off I’ll share with y’all my own wish list, just a few things I’ve had my eye on!

  1. A colorful reminder to look on the bright side, gold bangle from Kate Spade.
  2. Fujifilm Instax Camera, I’m tired of never having any actual printed-out photos, Instagram and Facebook photos have taken over, but I’m too lazy to actually get film developed. Solution- an instant print camera! It would be perfect for parties! I would scrapbook and hang up my faves on my wall with some string and clothespins.
  3. L’Oreal True Red Lipstick, I feel so pretty with bright lipstick on, and there’s nothing more festive than a bright red lip in December.
  4. Short lace-up boots from Madewell.
  5. A bright yellow puffer from J.Crew. So fun! It would brighten up even the drabbest of winter days
  6. Anthropologie. I’m a sucker for nautical colors and stripes.
  7. This pink and red thermos from Kate Spade is just begging for some piping hot peppermint hot chocolate.
  8. Cath Kidston cowboy mug. I love all things retro-y Western (I made a quilt last year with fabric that looks exactly like this print!). This cup would make my morning cup of coffee so much happier!
  9. I didn’t know it was possible to want a set of cutlery as much as I do now. Good job Cath Kidston.
  10. LL Bean fur and leather bomber hat. Warm and fashionable!
  11. French hen sweater from J.Crew. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. It’s just too precious. “Put a bird on it
  12. My cheap pair of aviators from H&M got stepped on a few months ago, so I’ve been sunglasses-less and wanting a pair of Ray-Bans to call my own
  13. I’ve decided. Statement necklaces are now my signature item. A chunky bib necklace will liven up even the most boring outfit. From Forever 21. You’ve gotta love cheap jewelry!
  14. You can never have enough statement necklaces, Forever 21
  15. Statement Necklace, Forever 21
  16. It’s me! Windswept and smiley!