Gift Guide


The Steele Maiden: Instagram Lately

Oh hi there! Remember me?! These past couple of weeks (okay.. months) have been a whirlwind between my full time job, real life and this corner of the internet so hoping you can excuse the few days of radio silence (but in the meantime be sure you’re following me on Instagram so you see the day to day). I spent most of this weekend trying to race around time to get my holiday shopping wrapped up – and if you’ve decided to wait until one week before Christmas to do your own shopping (or just have been equally busy and haven’t yet had the time) at least you can take advantage of the major sales/shipping deals happening right now. Below – what’s been up on Instagram lately + some last minute gift suggestions. And for more – check out my holiday gift guide here.



ANTHROPOLOGIE30% off clothing & accessories, 20% off home & beauty

BODEN: Up to 40% off select items – order by 12/21 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

BANANA REPUBLIC40% off full-priced styles with code BRHOLIDAY – order by 12/18 for standard delivery by 12/23

FRENCH CONNECTION: Extra 50% off sale – order by 12/19 with express shipping to arrive by 12/23

GIGI NEW YORK: Free personalization, shipping and gift with purchase this weekend only

JCREW40% off your purchase with code HOLIDAY – order by 12/20 for delivery by 12/23

OLD NAVYUp to 60% off the entire store + free shipping through 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

SOLE SOCIETY: Up to 50% off select styles

TALBOTSUp to 50% off sitewide + $8 flat rate shipping for delivery by 12/24

URBAN OUTFITTERS: $20 off $100 + free shipping on 12/18 to arrive by 12/23

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Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

While I definitely have fun switching up my costume jewelry to match the trends of each season, the pieces that I wear on a daily basis – and are easily the most meaningful ‘fashion items’ that I own – are all fine jewelry. From a custom-made ring that spells out my last name in precious stones to a thin gold band passed down to me from my favorite great Aunt, there are pieces that I’d be devastated to lose. Fine jewelry, unlike almost any other wearable item, just feels so incredibly sentimental and long-lasting.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

Which is why it’s important to protect it – and where Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company comes in. Accidents can happen no matter how careful we are. My late grandmother infamously threw away her own un-insured wedding ring and I once helped a friend search through gravel for hours after losing a brand new diamond stud earring that she’d yet to insure… and we never found it. There’s really no excuse for not having jewelry protection. Jewelers Mutual offers repair/replacement (including worldwide travel coverage!) for all types of jewelry and watches whether it’s been lost, stolen, damaged or just plain mysteriously disappeared.

So now that you know how to protect it – comes the fun part. Shopping for it (or hint, hint.. sending this post to someone who needs a little extra guidance in shopping for you!). Below, a few handy tips to picking the perfect fine jewelry gift this time of year. PLUS! Enter here for a chance to win a $1,000 jewelry gift card + other great prizes in the Season to Sparkle Sweepstakes from Jewelers Mutual.

Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

To me, the wonderful part of fine jewelry is that it manages to feel timeless yet can be so tied to a particular moment or milestone. A vintage Hermes watch to celebrate a successful year of business or a sapphire studded ring to mark the addition of a new baby to the family. Pieces that will grow with you but will always call to mind special memories of when you first received them.

When looking for myself or for gifts I always look for that extra sentimental factor. I just got these Zodiac element studs in 10karat – one Air sign for Adam who is a Gemini and one Earth sign for my Taurus self to wear as a mismatched pair that represents us as a couple. And I gifted a stack of these sterling silver number rings to my sister on her wedding day (510 for her May 10th anniversary). Symbols, colors and stones are all great ways to add an air of personalization. Aside from that – I look for classic silhouettes that won’t feel aged or go out of style, yet still have details that make them feel modern. These natural pearl studs with minimal gold settings or this abstract diamond cluster necklace are both great examples.

Happy shopping! And don’t forget to add on Jewelers Mutual coverage to really make it a forever gift!


 Gifting Fine Jewelry for the Holidays with Mutual Jewelers Insurance

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And I’m back with Part Two! This time, adding ideas for home, decor and entertaining to the first half of my guide which tackled style and gifts (jump straight to page 30 if you want to get to the new section.. although it’s best read front to back!). Now that it’s complete, I’m hoping more than ever that this handy guide serves you up ideas and inspiration all season long. Something that answers those tricky questions like ‘What do I wear for my winter bridal shower? An ice-skating date? Holiday travel?’ or ‘What do I get my outdoorsy Dad or minimalist boss for the holidays? or ‘What festive cocktail could I serve when friends come over?’. My hope is that you can reference this guide from now through New Year’s any time you have a question about how to handle the season in style. That way you can quickly get back to the more important things, like spending time with family & friends… and sipping champagne. Enjoy! xx



Casual holiday style - fringe snowflake sweater and velvet hair bow

Not to be outdone by Black Friday (or if you were still in a turkey coma and missed it), Cyber Monday seems bigger and better than ever this year. I’m almost halfway through my shopping list and am using today to hopefully wrap up the rest. And in case you’ve still got quite a few names on your list – scroll down to enter my group giveaway for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card to Nordstrom, which will hopefully come in handy for one lucky winner!


ANTHROPOLOGIE – 20% off sitewide + free shipping over $150 (go for beautiful throw blankets, pretty party dresses and giftable candles and mugs)

AMAZON – major deals across all categories (go for the electronics like a Kindle or a DSLR camera)

BANANA REPUBLIC – 50% off everything – no exclusions (grab men’s suiting, women’s dresses and boots &  heels)

BODEN – 30% off sitewide + free shipping over $49 with code: XXXX (everything Adam and I are wearing in this post is now on sale!) 

COACH – 30% off sitewide + free shipping with code: THANKS2016 (pick up a classic tote or saddle bag that will never go out of style) 

FRENCH CONNECTION – 40% off sitewide with code: F40BLF (go straight for the party dresses

GAP – 50% off sitewide with code: CYBMON (sweaters for him, anything BabyGap, and coats for her)

GIGI NEW YORK – Spend more, save more – starting at 20% off $125 purchase (this crossbody is my hands down most carried bag) 

JCREW – 40% off sitewide with code: HOLIDAY (this is a BIG one and there’s something for everyone on your list – a winter coat, sweaters for him and her, cold weather accessories, statement earrings & a pair of cute slippers

KATE SPADE – 30% off sitewide with code: WIRED (a classic satchel or a cute phone case

LANDS’ END – 45% off sitewide with code: CYBER (go for outerwear and sleepwear for him and her

LOFT – 50% off sitewide + free shipping with code: CYBERMONDAY (grab a coat or pretty top for yourself, no judgement)

MADEWELL – 25% off sitewide with code: CYBERMONDAY (pick up cute sweaters and giftable cold weather accessories

NORDSTROM – Savings on categories sitewide (this is one where you’ll want to stock up – look for activewear, women’s boots, beauty kitsdresses for every occasion & outerwear

OLD NAVY – 50% off sitewide (a great time to pick up things for the kids on your list + cozy flannels, sweaters and sleepwear for yourself)

SHOPBOP – Up to 25% off sitewide (this is your chance to grab the brands that don’t usually go on sale – think Hunter Boots or Loeffler Randall & little luxuries like watches and sunglasses

SOLE SOCIETY – 30% off all footwear and apparel (these riding boots have been my favorites for over a year now) 

TALBOTS – 50% off one item, 40% off everything else + free shipping (everything in this casual holiday look and this dressy holiday look are on sale) 

TARGET – Major discounts on all categories (nearly a one-stop shop – this iPad or blender would make killer gifts) 

URBAN OUTFITTERS – $15 off $75+ or $50 off your $150+ order (pick up jackets for him & dresses for her or a Fujifilm Instax Camera

WEST ELM – Up to 50% off sitewide (go for hostess gifts or a great piece of framed art

Now…it’s time for an awesome giveaway! I’ve teamed up with a group of bloggers from all across the country to give YOU a chance to win:
a $1000 Nordstrom Gift Card, just in time for the holidays!

Simply enter below by completing the rafflecopter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and runs until 12/5. Winner will be announced here. Good Luck!

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I shared lots of gift ideas in my ‘Complete Guide to the Holidays‘ on Monday, but between my sister’s housewarming party this weekend and Thanksgiving next week it felt timely to share a few extra ideas for home decor & hostess gifts. You never want to show up empty handed this time of year when someone has taken the time and effort to gather friends, family and food. However, there’s also nothing worse than bringing something that just ends up feeling like a burden to the host/hostess. See here: decadent desserts that they may not want to indulge in or home decor that is more your style than theirs.

So my advice? Gift either a little luxury (think a leather bound planner or cowhide throw pillow) or something simple & useful (think their favorite tea or a pretty jar of matches). Undoubtedly a gracious host will be thankful for anything you bring, but why not be remembered for being the person that brought those golden monogrammed mugs?

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