Gift Guide: For Her

With Black Friday a week away, I thought today's gift guide for HER might be helpful for you to bookmark, since I'm sure a lot of this will be going on sale on 11/23! This is always my favorite gift guide to put together, because it's also sort of like my Christmas Wish List ;)

These ideas are for our moms, sisters, friends, and just maybeee ourselves!

black Blondo Knee Boots: these waterproof boots are practical and super cute. I love the sleek black look with the higher in the front style.

brown Penny Riding Boots: I actually own these in black, but would love to add the brown pair to my wardrobe because they are easily the most comfortable tall boot I own!

tassel throw: in the chilly months, I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to cozy up with a warm blanket! This one is extra fun because of it's bit pom pom tassels and plaid, yet feminine pattern. It'd be cute hanging on a blanket ladder, too.

 cable knit beanie (10 colors): maybe this one is only for those of us who live in snow, but I love a cute beanie! This one comes in so many colors and it's under $30.

 kendra scott drop earrings: I actually already own these and they're the only drop earrings I ever wear, which is why they made the list! They're a great price point and come in 4 finishes. I have the gold, but I'd even consider getting rose gold, too!

gray Blondo Booties: favorite bootie EVER! You've been hearing me sing their praises for a year now and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon. That's because they're not only adorable with zipper accents, but they're also waterproof and the most comfortable bootie I've ever had. 

 zella live-in leggings: these leggings are RAVED about in reviews and from friends who have them. They're definitely on my list this year (ya hear that, husband?!) In the winter I basically live in leggings even when not working out, so this is a top item on my wishlist. They come in a couple colors, but I'm going for classic black.

 t3 singlepass curling iron: this was on my birthday wishlist because of how amazing everyone says it is (even in my poll on instagram, you guys told me you loved it if you have it!) I put my birthday money towards shoes (see below) but for Christmas, this is at the top of my list!

 Rothy's flats- black, leopard loafer: I got these pointed flats in leopard for my birthday and I'm in LOVE! I had to add them to this gift guide so you all could add them to your wishlist. They are so comfortable, even at the first wear. They come in TONS of colors and styles and the best part is, you can wash them in the washing machine! Click here for $20 off your first pair; promise you won't regret it :)

  PJs: A christmas tradition we have always had is my parents giving us PJ's on Christmas Eve. This tradition has continued, even into married life and now my mom gets both my brother and I AND our spouses new pajamas. PJ Salvage is one of my favorite brand (I think the past 2 years PJ's are from them) and I loved this print. The tight legs are my favorite because they don't ride up while you sleep.

  Yeti travel mug (lots of colors): you cannot do winter without a proper travel mug that keeps your drink hot for hours on end, even in the midst of freezing temps. I love this mint color!

 Homebody coffee table book: does this need explanation?! ;) If your loved one loves Jojo and design, this is a no brainer gift.

 slippers: to keep your feet warm all winter long. I love that these are water resistant, too.

 scarf: this is a great gift to give to friends, moms and even if you gift your cousins or aunt's as well. I love the pattern of this one, plus it's under $25.

 barefoot dreams cardigan: I think this is the perfect gift for our mamas (but cute enough for us to want it, too)! You can wear this out or just around the house.

 sunday studio nail polish: this is my favorite brand of non-toxic nail polish. The colors are so gorgeous-- I have 6 colors and can honestly say they last longer than traditional polishes. Make sure you get the top and base coat, too.

 neutral eye shadow palette: this palette is so fun! This is definitely for the girlfriend or family member who loves makeup (or for you ;)) I don't wear eyeshadow hardly ever, but when I do this palette has every color I could dream of. And it's safe for your body!

 nothing to prove book: this is one of my favorite books I read over a year ago now, but think I might read again soon. It's such a hopeful message of how we are freed up by the gospel and don't need to prove anything to the world. Jesus is enough. What a great gift for a friend in any season of life!

Another favorite gift idea for the ladies is a subscription box of some kind. I know I love getting surprise gifts to my doorstep! There's an adorable local store here in town called Haven Creek that is full of beautiful home decor and gifts (they also make gorgeous custom furniture and I've used them for my past 3 design projects!) They have a box called The Happy Box that gets shipped out to you once a month, bringing you joy through the sweet home decor items inside. I got my box this month and about squealed when I saw it on my door step. 

This is what was inside my November box! Truly such a fun little mid-month surprise. (PS. You can still grab a November box here, but presale for the January box is also available-- would be such a cute gift!)

Since this gift guide is for "her" and usually "hers" usually like to shop for clothes, here are some adorable finds...everything from lounge wear to coats and sweaters:

And if you need some holiday dress inspiration, I couldn't help myself!

Hopefully this gift guide helps you shop for the ladies in your life. No shame in sending this post to your husband. I probably will ;)


For the Hostess

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November Thankful List 3

Only two more Thursday's in November after this one! Sharing my thankful list with you this week...

- a quiet afternoon reading my new Reese Witherspoon book for inspiration. I love her style!
- 2 dozen white roses, picked up from TJ's for $11 and sprinkled all over our apartment.
- the coming of Christmas. 
- protection over my family and friends in california from the fires (though one of my parent's friends' homes burned completely and she lost everything...thankful for her safety).
- waking up to hot tea at my nightstand from my husband before he left for work.
- hello fresh (because sometimes coming up with what to cook is really hard for me!)
- smells of a yummy dinner (my husband is cooking right now :))
- Lincoln running as fast as he can at the park, playing with puppy friends.
- intentional time working on our marriage.
- the book How We Love. I've been reading it this week and so many light bulbs are going off about both of our family history and how we bring our pasts into our marriage.
- snow tires
- the sweetest, most encouraging text from my mama. It was the best surprise during a day I could have done without.
- sunshine after days of cloudy gray skies.
- time to do a little craft project.
- family pictures...and my friend Ashley who does such a good job taking them!
- a quiet night doing girl things like painting my nails and watching a Hallmark movie.
- my husband's heart for his student's in the youth group. 
- the way God pursues us, even at our worst.
- a needed break from social media this week.
- client projects that fuel me with creativity
- thanksgiving next week and the yummy food that comes with:)

What are you thankful for this week?

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Holiday Gift Guide: For the Hostess

You guys, it's that time of year! I can't believe it's here, but the holiday's are right around the corner. Like, next week is THANKSGIVING. (How?!) After my poll on Instagram last week where you guys told me you wanted to see a gift guide for the hostess first, I'm here today delivering! And I think you made a great choice, because perhaps you'll want to bring the host of your Thanksgiving gathering a little something from my list.

Here's the thing about this gift guide: I chose the items on it as great gifts to give to the hosts of upcoming parties and get together AND for the friends and family in your life who love hosting and entertaining. My mom always taught me to bring a little something as a thank you to the person hosting a dinner or holiday party, so some of the smaller trinkets (even the spice jar!) are great ideas for that occasion. Take a look...
Host Cookbook / Garlic & Herb Salt / Wood Marble Cheese Board / Wine Glass Markers / Wood Hearth & Hand Salad Bowl / throw blanket  / Diffuser / Copper Shaker / Monogramed Agate Coasters / mini ornaments / Spatula Cookie Cutter Set / wick trimmer & candle / Hand cream

What hostess wouldn't want colored markers to let guests write their names on their wine glasses? I think this falls under the fun and practical category. Anyone who loves to entertain could never say no to another cheese board, especially when it's marble and comes with knives! If you're looking to bring a small "thank you" without spending a ton, a festive spatula and cookie cuter for the friend you know loves to bake, seasoning salt, a candle and wick trimmer, or cute name place cards shaped like pine cones would be perfect. If you know your loved one loves Christmas, this set of mini ornaments would make them smile for sure. And if your hostess-loving friend spends a lot of time doing dishes, you know she'll appreciate some amazing hand cream! This set includes three scents, so it's perfect for breaking up and giving one lotion to three different friends!

I happen to love receiving "coffee table books" or recipe cookbooks as gifts, which is why I'm including a bunch of my favorites! I feel like you can't go wrong, because they are beautiful, practical and helpful all in one!

Decorating / Other:

Happy Wednesday!
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16 Winter Date Ideas

Winter is coming. Literally. It snowed last weekend, so I'm bracing myself. I even got my snow tires put on at the sign of the first snow! Admittedly, this isn't my favorite time of year, but we try to do some fun things throughout the colder months (especially during the holidays!) to get through it. I rounded up some of my favorite date ideas made for dinner and the holidays!

1. Go ice skating!
2. Pick out your tree together (we always get a Starbucks before doing this!)
3. Find a local coffee shop and go together to sip a warm drink & play a card game. Or better yet, use this time to ask each other intentional questions about life!
4. See a holiday movie and the theatre.
5. And/or make a bucket list of holiday movies you want to watch on the couch together.
6. Bowling! This is our favorite winter date night. (Yes, he always smokes me, but I don't care :))
7. Have your friends over for a potluck.
8. Throw a My Favorite Things party. I'll be doing this for the second year in a row this year (during the holidays) and it's SO much fun!! You can make this into a couple's date night easily.
9. Take a cooking class together.
10. Go to a concert or comedy show. We just went to Keith Urban a couple weeks ago and he was amazing! I'm SO glad we did it.
11. Give each other a $10 limit and pick something out for each other in Target. Get creative :)
12. Try a new recipe together.
13. Do a progressive dinner date by eating apps and drinks at one restaurant, going to dinner somewhere else, then making dessert together at home.
14. Have an olympic game night. With friends or just as a couple! Last year we got the idea from the gals at The DIY Playbook when the olympics were going on. We played jenga, curling with ice cubes on the floor (hilarious!), and made up a bunch more games.
15. Make a Date Jar full of all these ideas, but add a surprise element to it by folding up the ideas in the jar and on date night, pulling one out to do!
16. Try Datebox! This is a super fun subscription box that comes once a month full of the makings of a super fun date night at home. We just did this last month and it was great! It's so fun to see what comes in the box. 
To show you a little more about Datebox, I took some pictures of our box. Each month is a different theme and our box was Casino themed. The branding reminded me of The Great Gatsby. So fun and festive! The box came with everything we needed to play Craps, Blackjack and make a yummy mocktail! The little booklet it came with held the rules for the games and had fun questions to ask each other at the end of the date.

If you want to have a fun night in, give this a whirl! We loved it and will do it again. Datebox was so kind to send my readers a discount code! Just use code MICHAELA50 for 50% off your first box and $20 off of 3 and 6 month subscriptions! 

And friends, here's the best part. When you buy a box with my code, you're automatically entered to win TWO FREE AIRLINE tickets to anywhere in the US. This giveaway ends 11/18, so grab your box asap!
Check out my instagram stories today where I'll show you an inside look at our date-night-in :)
Tell me your favorite winter date nights in the comments! We love new ideas.
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* This post was sponsored by Datebox. All opinions are reviews are genuinely my own. Thanks for supporting companies that keep Michaela Noelle Designs' doors open!*

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