Valentine’s Day Gift Guide 2018

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Him

 

Ugh. You guys. Shopping for men for Valentine’s day is ridiculously difficult. So, to save everyone some time I asked Tyler for help creating a gift guide of things that guys actually want for Valentine’s day.
Here’s what we came up with:
1. Cologne – Tyler loves getting new cologne and this happens to be his new favorite by YSL! 
2.  Sunnies – I love this pair by Ray-Ban! If your guy has more of a classic style you could also go for these more traditional WayFarers.
3.  Chocolate. It’s really a win for everyone involved! Ty loves Norman Love or Godiva!
4. Headphones – My mom bought this pair of Bose noise cancelling heaphones for my dad for Christmas and he LOVES them! Or if you have a techy businessman, you can opt for the Apple AirPods.
5.  Slippers – Tyler lives in Florida so I won’t be getting him these for V-Day BUT if you live in a cold state like me, these Ugg slippers are perfect!
6.  A Wallet – I’m obsessed with Shinola’s leather products, this wallet is no exception!
7.  His Favorite Bottle – Tyler is a whiskey drinker, so I opted for this bottle of Maker’s 46! (If he’s already got the whiskey, you could also get him a decanter like this.)
8.  A Watch – I love this one from MVMT! Nordstrom has a ton of M
9.  Yeti Tumbler – These are the best for coffee in the morning. They will keep your brew hot or cold all day!
Gifts for Her
So, after putting together the men’s shopping guide, Tyler mentioned that he thought shopping for me was more difficult than shopping for him was… I don’t believe that, but just in case you’re struggling with what to buy for the beautiful lady in your life, I put together a lady’s gift guide!
1.  Valentino Rockstud Pumps – SWOON. I got these beauties for Christmas and sometimes I just wear them around the house because they’re so beautiful.
2.  David Yurman Cuff – I love this bracelet, it’s so versatile and looks great with any outfit!
3.  Sunnies – I’m OBSESSED with these light pink beauties from Ray-Ban.
4. Perfume – My go to is Flower Bomb by Viktor and Rolf! It’s such a light and feminine scent.
5.  Georgetown Cupcakes – I mean really, you can’t go wrong with cupcakes. Guys, don’t worry if you don’t live in the D.C. area… they will ship right to your house!
6.  A Watch – I love the rose gold and feminine touches of this Olivia Burton watch!
7.  Flowers – I’m slightly obsessed with these pink roses from Venus et Fleur.  They’re up there in price but they last a whole year!!
8.  S’Well Bottle – I have 3 of these bottles in different sizes/colors! I love that I can toss it in my bag and not worry about things spilling thanks to the lid.  S’well also keeps your drinks hot or cold all day!
9.  Jewelry – You can’t go wrong in this department! Also, how fun are these Bauble Bar earrings?! 
Happy Shopping!
XO – Liv
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Maaji Swimwear

IMG_5758IMG_5770IMG_5777IMG_5785IMG_8730IMG_8684IMG_5792Happy Wednesday from FREEZING cold and very snowy Michigan! I’m still dreaming of the 75-degree weather in Fort Myers that I got to enjoy this weekend, so I wanted to share a sunny post with you all to warm us up! How cute is this suit that I found at the Beach House in Naples’ Waterside Shops? I am obsessed with Maaji swimwear for so many reasons, first, the fabrics they use are beautiful and so well made. I always struggle to find swimsuits with fabric that isn’t flimsy, but I am always impressed with Maaji! Second, I love the fit of Maaji suits. They always have a swimsuit for each body style.  I have a couple of one piece suits from here and multiple mix and match bikinis.

I hope you all are staying warm in this snowy weather! I’m going to go get in my cozy pj’s and plan a vacation for Tyler and I so we can get out of this cold!

XO – Liv

Swimwear Details: Suit – Maaji Swimwear – I found it at the Beach House in the Waterside Shops – here is a link to their site and here is a link to Maaji’s | Sunglasses – RayBan | Flip Flops – J.Crew – don’t be discouraged by the limited sizes, they always bring these back in the spring! |

Christmas at My Parent’s Home

IMG_4195IMG_4194IMG_4196IMG_4188IMG_4190IMG_4204IMG_4185IMG_4183IMG_4181IMG_4186IMG_4199IMG_4200IMG_4201IMG_4210IMG_4208IMG_4224IMG_4227IMG_4229IMG_4231IMG_4218Oh, my goodness! Who else is spent their weekend running around like crazy people? Tyler and I had 5 family Christmas gatherings to go to this weekend, hence why this is just getting posted! I wanted to share with you guys my parent’s beautiful new home decorated for Christmas.  Growing up our house was always decorated to the nines for Christmas and this year was no different.  It’s so magical!  Now I know where I get my love for Christmas decor! But, even with all of the crazy running around it was so nice to spend time with each of our families, I’m so sad it’s over and it’s almost time to take down all of our decorations.

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your families and friends. What fun traditions do you all have?

XO – Liv

Home Decor Details:

Sofas – Art Van – no longer available but they have so many similar ones! | Dining Room Set – Pottery Barn – TableChairs | Christmas Trees – Hobby Lobby | Lanterns – Pottery Barn and Hobby Lobby | Birch Trees – Pottery Barn – no longer available | Bar Stools – World Market | Stair Garland – Hobby Lobby – no longer available but they bring it back every year! |

Holiday Party Outfit…

DSC_0384DSC_0397DSC_0407DSC_0386DSC_0394 (2)Happy Saturday my loves! I wanted to share this cute outfit with you all that is perfect for holiday parties of any kind! Last Christmas someone returned this Crew Cuts skirt to J.Crew and it happened to be my size, I immediately fell in love! I love black watch plaid for the holidays.  Most of the stuff I have on is old, but I did my best to find you similar items below!

Outfit Details:

Skirt – Crew Cuts by J.Crew – old | Sweater – Ann Taylor – old, but here is a similar one that I LOVE | Booties – Via Spiga – old here is a similar pair! | Handbag – Tory Burch | Necklace – J.Crew – old but similar one here |

XO – Liv

My Favorite Apple Pie

Apple Cranberry Pie Recipe

Courtesy of Sarah from Savoring the Good

Oh my goodness you guys, I found this recipe on Pinterest over the summer and have been saving it to try this fall! I made it for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner and it was a hit! I am not much of a baker, you can ask Tyler about my banana bread extravaganza and the chaos that was fruit pizza if you really don’t believe me, BUT this recipe was so easy and so yummy.  It does come out a little tart (I like it that way), but you can always use fewer cranberries if you like it sweeter.

For the full recipe go to http://www.savoringthegood.com! Sarah has a TON of great recipes for other things too!!

So first, I peel and cut up all of my apples! Sarah says she uses 1 1/2 lbs… I don’t actually know how many apples that is, so I used about 4 large Granny Smith apples! Then add your FRESH cranberries. The colors of this pie are so beautiful…

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Next, mix up all of your dry ingredients. Again, I changed up the recipe and only did 1 teaspoon of lemon zest because I knew the kids at our Thanksgiving wouldn’t love a strong lemon flavor! IMG_8415

Now, mix it all up and give your apples and cranberries a good coat! Pour it into your pie crust (I just use the pre-made pie crusts from the store… again, I’m not a baker.) Cut up your butter and spread the pieces evenly throughout your pie. DO NOT FORGET THE BUTTER…. I totally almost did, thank goodness my mom was supervising and Sarah puts this in the instructions twice!  IMG_8417

Now you can finish it off with whatever kind of crust you like on the top! I took the second pre-made pie crust and laid it on the top of the pie. Slice 4 holes in the top just to make sure it has plenty of ventilation! Then I took my pie crust cookie cutters from Williams Sonoma and used an extra crust to make some decorative leaves and apples, you can find those here.  I also did an egg wash on my pie crust to make it shiny.  If you want to do that, combine an egg and a splash of milk in a bowl, use a brush to cover your pie with an even, light coating. Cover the edges of your pie to make sure they don’t burn and stick that baby in the oven. IMG_4081

IMG_5536Thank you all for reading! I hope your Thanksgiving was amazing and you all got to spend time making memories with your loved ones!

XO – Liv