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Favorite Things 2015

favorite things 2015 at 320 Sycamore

Hi everyone! Welcome to this year’s Favorite Things blog hop, thank you Melissa from 320 Sycamore for inviting me to be a part of this festive event!! These items will make the perfect holiday gifts or maybe you would like them for yourself, either way they are winners this season. These items are the best of the best in my opinion, I really enjoyed putting these together for you so I hope you enjoy!!

City Farmhouse Farvorite Holiday Things

For the home…

West Elm Stockings  Favorite Stockings

I have stockings similar to this and I love the texture & coziness they bring to the home at Christmas, so that is why these from West Elm have me smitten.

Pottery Barn Ornament

Favorite Ornament

Each year I buy [and make] an ornament for my boys and put a little note on each one, my mom did this for me as a child, it’s a tradition of sorts and still have some of the ones she bought for me, my boys love to add them to our tree each year. Pottery Barn is like a candy shop with ornaments this time of year, but this truck and tree is my favorite.

Lindsay Letters Mug

Favorite Mug

Camping mugs and any kind of enamelware is hot right now, my girl Lindsay over at Lindsay Letters does a fabulous job at putting her artistic stamp on these actual ceramic mugs, even better!

Leather Trays-The Painted Fox

Favorite Trays

Leather brings warmth to any space and adds a rustic feel to a home, especially at the holidays. These trays from The Painted Fox are perfect for so many functions, I just adore them!

HM Pillow

Favorite Pillow

Bring on the texture! So a few weeks ago I saw these online and clicked “buy” right away, after I was like, are they too much? NO, they aren’t, they are perfection!!


Favorite Art

Each year I wait with anticipation for Lindsay Letters shop to launch their Holiday Collection, I actually stalk her site for the day, seriously:). She is that good!

Cozy throws West Elm

Favorite Throws

I love these throws!!! They are so cozy, they also make great holiday gifts, you can even personalize them. Think about being on your couch snuggled under one of these watching Elf, or one of your favorite holiday movies.


Favorite Wreath

I have been buying Bay Wreaths for about 4 years now and I want to tell you a little story. Last year BHG Christmas Ideas magazine came to my home to photograph for the holidays [it’s out now] and because of 2 snow storms I had to reorder my wreath 3x’s. It is not easy to get a Bay Wreath after the season is over but I found McFadden Farms, they are a small, family owned West Coast Farm and they are SO wonderful to work with and their wreaths are way better than any others I have bought online.

Bath & Body Works Balsam Candle

Favorite Candle

I think this may have made my list last year but I just love this candle from Bath & Body Works. I gave these as little hostess gifts to my sis-in-law and mother-in-law and they LOVED it too. When it is lit, Christmas is in the air.

Beauty & Fashion…..

Philosophy Pure Grace   Favorite Scent

There are no words to describe this scent, it is that good. I am one of those who can test 35 scents and leave with nothing. When I tested this one it was like AHH!!! It smells like a soft powder, clean and fresh and the name, perfect! I am going to give the toilette to my nieces this year, shhh, don’t tell.

Old Navy Scarf

Favorite Scarf

Plaid is hot right now and you can find your pick of scarves anywhere but I like this one from Old Navy, it’s a large grid pattern and you can wear it with anything, even with a little black dress, just wrap around your shoulders and you are good to go.

J Crew Jeans

Favorite Jeans

These jeans…so good! I am also picky about jeans, I don’t like it when they stretch & begin to sag, you with me? These don’t, J Crew just redid there denim line so that they are more forgiving so to speak. When I wear these I feel like I have comfy leggings on, honestly they are that good. Oh and I buy mine at the outlet store so they are not as expensive. Around the holidays they run fabulous sales so be sure to check.



Gimme Brow Benefit

Favorite Beauty Product

This eye brow brush & gel from Benefit is the best, I know because I have tested like a gazillion products, it is so natural looking and for me that is a must. I found it at ULTA and they are so helpful there, they can even help you find the best color match for you.

Boden Wool Coat Favorite Coat

Just recently I have been shopping online at Boden, it is a little pricy but the thing I like it that there items are timeless so if you splurge on a dress or coat, you will wear it for many years. I do not yet have this coat [hint to husband] but would love it, its a classic, isn’t it?

Booties Nine West

Favorite Boots

These boats and the color are so yummy! I have been buying shoes at Nine West for decades and honestly they are such a good value and comfortable.


             Favorite Shirt

I could wear a plaid shirt everyday from September through April, pair them with skinny jeans and booties or flats and you are good to go, it’s easy. I adore Gap’s plaid this season, they are comfortable and wash well.

Next up is No Biggie, I hope you enjoy! In cased you missed any of this week’s Favorite Things posts, you can find them all below.


Have a beautiful day!

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  1. I really like the bay wreath, but I have a question, do they keep for a long time or do you throw them away after Christmas? I would like to use them year round but I’m not sure if that is what you are supposed to do. Do thy go dark or do the leaves fall off after awhile? I know this is a question probably most know, but I don’t, and is just love to buy one. Thank you. ?
    P. S. I really like Amazing Grace. It is the only lotion and spray I will wear. I have a sensitive nose and I’m really picky about my fragrance. However I do like Pure Grace too. ?

    1. Hi Nancy, the Bay wreaths stay “perfect” for about a week, the tones begin to change if you look up close but you can definitely use all season & its beautiful. Once it begins to dry its still so pretty so I use mine dried too. I used it for a fall tour, just don’t put in direct light. This is my 4th using them and LOVE them. Hope that helps:). Jen

  2. What great picks, Jen! I love bay wreaths, thank you for sharing your source. I love the pillow from H&M and the scarf is beautiful. ♥ I’m a fan Amazing Grace and Fresh Balsam too 🙂 Thank you for joining us!

  3. What great ideas! The Grace perfume sounds right up my alley – I love scents that are fresh, but not flowery or overdone. And that wreath – I have been loving bay wreaths lately – they’re not something you see with all of the “typical” holiday stuff around here. And the jeans – those sound like my kind of comfort! Great list!

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