Last-minute shopping got you in a frenzy?? Never fear!! The queens of procrastination ourselves, we’ve put together a gift guide that’s (mostly) local, super fabulous and ridiculously easy to put together. So now everyone on your list can have a very Merry Christmas.
Lisa B. Socks: I admit I have an obsession with cozy, chunky socks. Functionally, the keep my feet warm (duh). But they also add some detail to my outfit. Yoga pants, chunky socks, Frye boots create the perfect effortless and ridiculously comfort look. Lisa B. socks, knit from a delicious blend of cashmere and wool, come in solids, prints, over the knee and mid-calf (trouser) heights. If you live to layer like me, some of the socks are a tighter knit than others, so it’s easy to wear more than one pair for extra comfort. I’ve stocked up on pairs for friends, family and of course for myself. If you are local to Buffalo you can find Lisa B. cashmere at Modern Nostalgia and Blue Collar on Hertel Avenue. If you are from out of the area, check out Lisa B.’s website.
Photo by Erin Habes for Modern Nostalgia
Sumbody Skincare Products: My love affair with Sumbody began with their coconut oil-based, all natural, aromatherapeutic soaps. My mom bought me a few bars while I was pregnant with Hannah and I fell in LOVE. Once I began using all natural, chemical free soaps, I find the synthetic scents to be, well, very synthetic (redundant, I know). Sumbody makes all kinds of skincare products that ranges from the more indulgant sugar and salt scrubs to all natural face cleansers and anti-aging product. Today, I popped into a local bath and body shop on Elmwood Ave. called Renew to purchase Sumbody soaps and goodies for Christmas Presents. I learned, via their sales associate, that Sumbody’s owner and creator, Deborah, formulates all of the product herself from scratch and she also speaks directly with stores and vendors selling her product. Amazing soap, therepeautic scents and kick-ass female creator and owner… Sumbody has got it going on!
Amika: Nourishing Mask: One might assume that I shower regularly and often since almost all of my favorite things this holiday season are indeed used in the shower. Assumptions, as we know, make an ass of you and me. I try to shower as often as possible, and I relish in the idea of showers, but I usually skip a few days before even my top know looks disgusting and I’m left with but no other choice than to shower. Eww, I know, TMI. Back to this product… My hair is thin and straight but it easily becomes wicked tangled. It took two girls to brush my hair–after they shampooed and conditioned me– last time I got a trim. This conditioning mask can be used as often as you like. It leaves your hair so soft, less tangly and full of body. Locally, the amazingly talented ladies at The Refinery Salon on Saranac and Hertel Avenues sell Amika products.
Mahina Jewelry: Jocelyn, the creator of this gorgeous, island-inspired line, is quite possibly the most generous, lovely human I have ever met. She designs her pieces with so much love and care, and if she doesn’t have quite what you’re looking for, don’t worry – she’ll make it for you on the spot if you are lucky enough to catch her at a trunk show. She sells at several area boutiques, but I picked up my pieces at Modern Nostalgia on Hertel Avenue. (Pssst…she just dropped a TON of new product there last night, so get in and get it while it’s hot!!)
Photo by Erin Habes for Modern Nostalgia.
I.Love.Lettuce.: Anyone who knows Kath and I knows that we have a ridiculous obsession with the leafy green stuff. We eat it with hot sauce, with peanut butter, practically straight out of the ground. So when I found this fresh face mask with the moniker “Love Lettuce” at Lush Cosmetics, I knew I was about to enter a pretty fantastic love affair. It’s got a cool, creamy texture and a deliciously light lavender smell that’s perfectly relaxing after a long crazy day. It’s a great gift for someone who burns the candle at both ends, and it’s just the right amount of indulgence. Find it in the fridge at our local Lush! (Yes, you have to go to the mall, but I PROMISE this super ethical, crazy cool company is worth the trip.)
Linwood Candle Co.: A recent new discovery of mine, I am already obsessed with the delicious smells this place has concocted. Fresh Grapefruit, Mission Fig and Pumpkin Pie are just a few, and they are all hand-poured right here in the Queen City. Small-batch, soy-based means that they burn clean and don’t have any of the extra gross stuff you find in mass produced candles. They make great stocking stuffers or work-buddy gifts. Who doesn’t like a yummy smelling house around the holidays? Grab a bunch at Anna Grace on Elmwood Avenue. They have extended hours, right up until Christmas Eve for all you procrastinators out there :)
Happy shopping, y’all! And if anyone has any gorgeous, inspirational gifts of their own, let us know!! We’re always looking for great new finds you can’t live without. ( Also, Kate is pretty stumped this year and could use a little help in her procrastinating gift shopping :))