Holiday Gift Guide — The Etsy Lover

How is it this time of year already? I’m not really sure where 2017 went, but holiday gift giving is upon us. Since I’m always poking around the internets, looking for unique items, I thought why not round up some of my favorites! For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my ultimate holiday gift guide series. Basically it’s everything I want for Christmas, Hanukkah, my birthday, Valentine’s Day, really, any occasion. Just give me all the things. Today’s holiday gift guide is for the Etsy lover. Oh, and even better, everything should be under $100! No time to dilly dally, ’tis the season!

Holiday Gift Guide – Unique gift giving ideas for the holidays. Etsy finds.

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#ReinventGiving with HP

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Between the move and the basement flood last year, there was an act of kindness I missed. It slipped through the cracks and because of that, I’m going to try and make it bigger and better this time around. Every year my family adopts a family for the holidays. It’s something that I normally don’t talk about, but when HP asked me if I’d like to participate in their #ReinventGiving campaign, I knew this was a perfect opportunity for my bigger and better.

Moment of Wonder with HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

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Warm and Cozy — Roundup For Your Home

You know that old weather saying, “in like a lion, out like a lamb”? That’s pretty much every Fall here in Chicago. There is no easing into the cold weather. One day it’s 95° and the next, bam, it’s 21° and snowing. Which is presently what’s happening outside my window. But there’s something about that first snowfall. It’s magical. I curl up under a warm, cozy blanket and sip my wine slow.

Tis the season for warm and cozy home decor. Velvet tufted sofa and fur blanket. Image Via Anthropologie

To help ease my body into the frigid temps, I tend to treat myself. Something to make the next few months couped up inside a little more special. Here’s a little round of the warm and cozy home decor I have on my wishlist.

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A little but powerful moment with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

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A lot of my visuals on the blog use a handwritten font. It’s a great way to show what’s in my head or personalize an image — especially when I want to portray my excitement. Think old school Batman with the “POW”, “ZING”, “BOOM”. The only problem, it’s not my handwriting. Sadzies. I use fonts that look like handwriting. That may not bother you as a reader, but as a graphic designer who’s overly passionate about imagery, it’s maddening. There’s just something magical, something one-of-a-kind about using my own handwriting. It makes everything more personable and unique.

How I get my handwriting on images with the HP Spectre x360 #ReinventGiving

In the past, I found a work around to hand sign my cover letters when I email resumes. I literally signed my name on a piece of paper, took a picture of it with my phone, and popped it into Photoshop. Then I played with the contrast and brightness to finally get a white background but not lose the inked lines. Finally, I would place it into my file. Talk about a band-aid fix. To do this on the fly with other images it putzy and time consuming.

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Wrinkles, Chemical Peels, Botox & More

When people find out I’m in my early 40s, I’m always asked what I use on my skin. Well, I’ve been getting facials since my late 20s, and moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Yes, I’ve always been pretty much skin obsessed, but since I started seeing a dermatologist, my skin hasn’t looked better. Today I thought I’d share with you a few services I’ve had done, what I thought about them, and if I’d do them again.
Tales from the dermatologist. Get all the deets on botox, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, IPL and more.
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