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Gift Guide Pt. 2 — Boyfriends.

Gift Guide: for boyfriends

1. Nerf gun to stage epic living room battles (and because boys will never outgrow their toys), $11.

2. Friendly Foxes print, $20. With perfect colors and whimsical design this Print Mafia piece is a perfect representation of your partnership. Would look adorable hanging in your apartment.

3. Makers 46, $36, a great addition to all his holiday cocktails.

4. Annual passes to the aquarium. $45 for each pass. No doubt about it, he would love seeing the marine life all year round, and BONUS: fun day-trip dates for you!

5. Bill wallet, a place to keep all his valuables snapped-in and from one of his favorite companies. $90.

6. A subscription to Dollar Shave Club razors along with a canvas dopp kitt, so he can have blades delivered right to his door and store them in a fun bag. $6/month and $35, respectively.

7. And speaking of subscriptions, a box (or a few) of treats from Knoshy, crafted in small batches by independent food producers from around the USA. $30 per box.

8. 3-wick candle, $22, in eucalyptus spearmint to clear the mind and improve concentration while he works on his dissertation.

9.  Shave kit gift set, $38. For his pretty face!

10. Headphones, including a retro design and a great sound quality. (Plus, they come highly recommended!) $40.

11. The Staircase documentary series, because he’s crazy about the podcast Serial and this story is just as suspensefully true-crime satisfying. $19. (You would gladly curl up in a blanket and binge watch with him.)

12. Microfleece lounge pants, $15, for those cold winter nights of doing not a whole lot but that feel like just enough.

mid-week round-up

the deal with jay

Have you been listening to Serial? This chart made me laugh. I love that “actually pretty good at lacrosse” falls in the “stoner” category. So true.

Anywho, what are your plans for Thanksgiving? I’ve been promoting the holiday (and all it’s signature dishes) for the past month, so whatever the day brings I know it will be ending with a big glass of wine and a relieved farewell! On to Christmas! Have a wonderful Wednesday and a truly happy Thanksgiving, and here are some links for your enjoyment…

Life changing poems.

Real foods to get at Trader Joe’s.

For the “Parks and Rec” fan on your shopping list.

Story of my life.

The ladies of the BBN come in all sizes!

What birth looks like around the world.

A cleverly designed tiny home made from a shipping container.

Animation of a wife’s drunk joke!

Someday, when I have my own home office, I’m gonna kit it out with Kate Spade desk accessories.

A costume designer tells a story with clothes.

A really simple fajita dinner!

We’ve all been a hot mess before. Gentle words of encouragement should be passed along!

A Book Wish-List: What I wish I was curled up reading right now.

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Admittedly, my “to read” list is WAY too long for my own good. I add to it faster than my current book consumption speed allows for. If I had a week off to spend luxuriating in an outdoor chaise lounge with a big glass of blackberry iced tea these are the five books I would marathon through.

wellreadwomen

Well-Read Women: Portrait’s of Fictions Most Beloved Heroines by Samantha Hahn

Using watercolor and words, Hahn creates portraits of 50 of the most well-read female characters of the literary world. Ethereal descriptions, hand-written quotations and beautiful artwork work together to breathe life into the likes of Daisy Buchanan and Anna Karenina once more, just as they were initially introduced to us.

thepromise

The Promise: a Tragic Accident , a Paralyzed Bride, and the Power of Love Loyalty and Friendship by Rachelle Friedman

I first hear about Rachelle Friedman’s story from Chet when he told me how popular her AMA’s had been on Reddit. Friedman was paralyzed from the chest down after a friend jokingly pushed her into a pool on the night of her bachelorette party. Vowing to never reveal the identity of her friend, she has not only had to endure the tragedy of her injury but also a life-long secret. Yet, in the face of everything, Freidman got her fairy-tale wedding. A scroll through one of her AMA’s will also reveal what a positive and inspiring person she continues to be.

cantwetalkaboutsomethingmorepleasant

Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant: A Memoir by Roz Chast

I love, love, LOVE graphic-novel memoirs. They add such a level of personality and relatability to the author’s life story. This one tells the story of an only child’s aging parents. Covering the last few years of her parent’s lives, Chast utilizes her cartoons, family photos and old documents to paint a more holistic picture of her, at times hilarious and at times grippingly sad, narrative.

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Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins 

Robbins knocked it out of the park with “The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth” and I have a feeling this book is no different. Through undercover research, Robbins exposes the darkside of university greek life while also revealing the successful women within their hallowed halls, as well. This sneaky expose certainly speaks to my interest in sociological non-fiction.

thisiswhereileaveyou

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper 

This New York Times Bestseller has been making the rounds on the blogosphere and everyone is raving about it. Plus, I want to read it before seeing the movie. Which also looks good.

Alright, now it’s your turn! If you could spend the next week in your pj’s, on a beach, curled up on a porch swing or WHEREVER you best like to blazingly turn pages; what 5 books would be on your night stand, in your beach bag or stacked haphazardly on the edge of a flower pot?! SPILL! I can’t wait to read your answers!!! No doubt I’ll add most of them to my ever growing book scroll. Happy reading. ❤ 

(top photo via here.)