It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Fa la la la la, la la la la… and by “most wonderful time” I mean that the holiday madness is upon us! Days packed with last minute things at work, grocery store chaos, endless lines at the mall (or any retail store for that matter), family dinners and more. Balancing it all can make you feel like a retail employee on Black Friday #LifeIsImpossible
Because this time of year can be uber stressful, holiday gift guides seem to make life a little easier. Side note * If you’re not into buying things for people, maybe use this guide as a shopping list for yourself 😉 retail therapy is my #1 way to de-stress (my wallet hates me, but whatevs… shopping beats therapy any time. It costs the same and you get goodies out of it!) * With only 7 shopping days left until the big day, I definitely want to make your shopping a little easier. From things that I’ve been addicted to all year long, to things I’ve added to my list for Santa, I think I’ve got some amazing picks…
(Keep in mind; some items may not be able to ship in time for the holiday)
Starting with a few things I asked Santa for! If you know me (or even just follow me on Instagram) you know I am crazy obsessed with my cats and anything that has to do with them. Leaving for work every day got me like the hysterical crying emoji :'( … literally. LOL. The breeder I got all three of my little kitty babies from (Becky at Lil Nudists) has kitty cams set up so you can watch the babies grow from a fancy little iPhone app in the 12 weeks before they come home – talk about not getting any work done! Ever since then I have been obsessed with finding the perfect baby monitor to set up in my room so I can creepily watch the kitties while I’m out of the house. But, why get a baby monitor when you can get an ACTUAL pet camera!? #MindBlown
It’s an App-Controlled, WIFI-Connected Remote Pet Treat Dispenser and Camera – Not only can you see your pets, but you can also take pictures of them, speak to them AND feed them treats!!! Ahhhh Santa *cough* mom *cough* don’ t let me down. (TIP – Before ordering online check your local Bed Bath and Beyond – they ALWAYS have 20% coupons!)
Because we’re on the subject of cat things…
Probably the closest I’ll ever get to being a cat… Pricey, but… worth it? LOL if you’re into this sort of thing.
Next up, if Santa is really watching all the time he knows how much I LOATHE cleaning my makeup brushes… like whaaat? Hours on end cleaning and cleaning just to end up with fingers that look like raisins… This is why Lilumia was born…
Lilumia – The first washing machine for your brushes
“What we have all been waiting for is finally here! The Lilumia completes a wash cycle with Lilumia soap removing bacteria and cosmetic buildup, dirty water is then drained, followed by 2 rinse cycles. The Lilumia soap deep cleans while keeping your brushes soft after each use! Its modern and transparent design adds counter top appeal and allows you to watch the cleaning process. A must for makeup users! Just add water and Lilumia soap, load your brushes, press power and walk away!”
Now, some of my favorite things that if you don’t have already you should DEFINITELY gift to yourself, or a loved one, or just send the link to these picks right to your boyfriend 😉 that way there’s no room for error…
These next two picks were in my holiday gift guide last year… they’re just THAT good…
I could NOT live without my vanity mirror, when I tell you I use it everyday, multiple times a day… I’m not kidding.
It has the perfect lighting to apply your makeup (or even take a few shameless selfies), AND has plugs for all of your hair styling tools! Yes. Winning.
Anyone who has a makeup addiction knows there is absolutely nothing worse than makeup scattered EVERYWHERE. Who can find their favorite shade of blush when you have 72 blushes thrown in 17 different makeup bags? No one.
Thank god for Original Beauty Box
It comes in two sizes – original and deluxe (I’m crazy with makeup so of course, I opted for the deluxe)
Use code ‘LOVEDARIA20’ for 20% off your order!
Let’s continue on the beauty train for a minute…
I am a firm believer in, “if your hair looks good, you could go out of the house in pajamas or even the same outfit as yesterday and no one would notice…” Any day I use Fave4 Hair products, I KNOW my hair is going to look good, because they are that amazing. Seriously, every single product that I have tried (which is all of them) has done exactly what it says it will… From their shampoos + Conditioners, to their styling creams and finishing sprays, I promise you ANY ONE would love to receive Fave4 for Christmas. Click on the ‘holiday gifts’ tab on their site for perfect pairings… you can even snag EVERY product in one bundle for just $160!
Use code ‘fave4holidays’ for 15% off all orders from now through the end of the year!
Just a few more ways to gift a great hair day to yourself (or a friend)… my all time favorite curling wand
Get $160 off of yours with code ‘DARIA160’
Also from BELLAMI… The greatest extensions, ever. You may not want to get them for someone else, but with all this shopping for others you have to gift something to yourself… right? 😉
Use code ‘DARIA’ for $ off your next order of extensions!
What pairs well with great hair? Great accessories 😉
Little Miss Obsessive
When you’re Instagram obsessed like I am, you tend to shop through Instagram, LOL. For years now I have been obsessing over Little Miss Obsessive accessories and this year is no different… My current obsessions – her Faux Fur Head Wrap + Earmuffs to keep me warm and stylish for the New England winter ahead.
Browse her Instagram for more gift ideas! | All orders can be placed via email at LMOaccessories@gmail.com | Mention Daria’s Picks + you’ll receive a free gift with your order!
Staying on the topic of accessories… my all time favorite accessory! SUNGLASSES! My all time favorite pair?
My Céline Sunglasses
Out of all of the sunglasses I have, I reach for these almost every day… They’re tortoise (so they go with everything), they’re the perfect size and shape, and they’re not too heavy!
I get all of my sunglasses (and even eyeglasses) through OPTX Eyewear – not only is Dr. Diamonte the best eye doctor ever, but his wife, Lynne, is the queen of the glasses (and really everything else for that matter… you should see her Christmas tree! LOL.) Their showroom is FULL of unique designer sunglasses and eyewear, as well as your everyday basics.
If you’re in the Rhode Island area I strongly suggest you check them out! If not, they do take orders by phone 😉
Another accessory I can’t live without is a mister on my arm, and no, I don’t mean a man!
A mister from D’Andrea Handbags… Current obsession-
Mr. Little Heartthrob in black
I am beyond used to carrying around a bag big enough for a weekend away, but once people started commenting how big it was I realized I probably needed to down size. This mister is the perfect size to fit necessities like my wallet, phone, phone charger, keys, lipsticks/chapsticks and even a few things to touch up my makeup.
Use code ‘DARIA’ for 10% off any handbag purchase and 50% off their mister bracelets (they’re super cute and a great gift for anyone! Also, 5% of each bracelet sold goes to charities all over the world – gotta love shopping for a cause!)
Now, obviously if I have a love of accessories for myself… I have a love of accessories for my cats too, which is how I found
Scrumptious Doodle on Etsy
I found Mareesa when I was awaiting the arrival of my first kitten, doughnuts, and was desperately browsing the Internet for doughnut charms for his collar (just a cat lady, not crazy or anything)… Once I found her shop I was OBSESSED. Doughnuts now wears a flavor of the week because she has THAT many flavors of doughnuts. Baby kitty #2 Nori (she’s black and named after the black seaweed sushi is wrapped in) also has different flavors, of sushi rolls that is.
If you’re not into charming up your animals, Mareesa also makes key chains, necklaces, bracelets, magnets and so much more! Check out her shop, if you’re a foodie like me I promise you’ll fall in love! It’s incredible how realistic everything looks… I just want to eat it! https://www.etsy.com/shop/ScrumptiousDoodle
Use code ‘SHIPME643’ for free shipping on any order! * Keep in mind that everything is made to order, so delivery can take 2-4 weeks depending on order size – obviously your order will not arrive in time for Christmas *
Another shop I have fallen in love with on Etsy is like accessories for your room!
I needed to fill a huge blank space on my wall and I knew, as soon as I found Jillian’s shop, this was the way to go! Unfortunately, because it is so late in the season, any orders won’t be processed/shipped until after the New Year but that wasn’t stopping me from adding these bad boys in!
Jillian is offering 30% off any 8×10 prints (excluding custom orders) with code ‘DARIA30’
Now, lets stay on the topic of things for your room(s) –
One of my all time favorite things in my room, my Faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware!
And, wait for it… wait for it… Great news! Restoration Hardware is having a special on fur throws. This one is typically $129 and is on sale for $99 – worth every penny! There’s nothing better than coming home and curling up in a fuzzy blanket with some tea and watching a movie! Don’t fight me on this.
Speaking of tea… I have recently fallen in love with
Now, I know detox teas have a slightly bad reputation on social media, but Teami offers more than that. I have tried their 30 day detox and LOVED it but they also have other teas you can buy individually based on your needs – there’s Teami Alive, Relax, Energy, Profit, Skinny + Colon Cleanse. While you’re on their site check out their amazing Tumbler that can be used not only for your tea on the go but its also perfect for infusing your water with fruit!
Use code ‘DARIA’ to save on your order!
Okay, so now that you’re cuddled up with your fur throw and tea what else do you need? Some amazing smelling candles!
I have always been on team Yankee Candle. I was so stuck in my ways of always buying them I never gave any other candles a chance… how stupid! Because I am now beyond obsessed with
Candles from Bath + Body Works!
Not only do they smell amazingly delicious, but they’re also constantly having sales like buy 3 get 3 free, or half off! And they even have diffusers (I think that’s what they’re called) that match the candle scents that you can plug in the wall so your room can smell just as delicious even when the candles aren’t burning. It’s a win win situation over here.
Alright we’re in the home stretch! Just three more items!
Hunter boots… I know I know, these are nothing new and I know I included them in my holiday gift guide last year. But, this year I have newly become obsessed with their
I just like how they’re slightly different than the same hunters you see everyone wearing, and because they’re adjustable there is extra room for the super cute knee high hunter socks! 😉
Want to know what else is super cute?!
Jewelry from Purely Ethereal
I’m obsessing over her necklaces. They’re so perfectly dainty/stylish, you can wear them everyday. Also, you can personalize them… I love that!
Everyone has different taste in jewelry so check out her site and personalize some jewels for you or a friend!
Whoever you’re buying for, use code ‘DARIA20’ for 20% off all regular priced items!
Now I don’t know if I necessarily saved the best for last but it is DEFINITELY one of my current favorites. When it came in the mail I was so excited I had to use it right away!
Lumee – Light up your cell phone case
I have one word to describe my reasoning for buying this case… selfies. LOL. Ugh, but it is sooo worth it. The light it throws off is incredible! I found it while I was creeping on Oprah’s favorite things and knew I just had to have it.
(Use her code ‘OPRAH’ when purchasing to save 20%!)
Welp… that’s all folks! As always, thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy any and all of these picks whether you’re gifting them to someone or yourself!
Happy Holidays | Merry Christmas | Happy New Year
As always feel free to contact me with any questions!