holiday gift guide for the glamper

If you’re like me, you’re still scrambling for gift ideas even though Christmas is a week away, and hey, that’s alright! With quality websites like Icebreaker you can pick up something unique for all of your travel-loving friends and family.

Icebreakers Gift Guide

The first thing you’ll notice about the Icebreaker website is that they have helpful gift guides for easy shopping. These gift guides are your one-stop-shop for glampers, globe trotters, over packers, fitness fanatics, snow bums, and the minimalists in your life, and you’ll find different items on each page. I decided to build my own gift guide with items from the “glamper” section because it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Luxury camping? Sign me up. (It’s probably more enjoyable than camping in Scotland while insects attack your face and crawl into your nostrils, right?)

Holiday Gift Guide for the Glamper

Holiday Gift Guide for the Glamper:
+ This MerinoLOFT Chelsea vest looks chic and comfy and I’m sure it’s warm enough for chilly weather this winter!
+ I’m all about beanies this season so I included two different ones. My favorite has to be the magenta Skyline Hat.
+ Why are fingerless gloves so special, you ask? I wear these because it’s easier to type on my phone and use my DSLR.
+ I have these premium wool socks in grey and they are perfect for hiking! They’ll protect your feet and keep them warm without being too bulky.
+ And another hat because hats are definitely necessary in Virginia. This Valor Hat is unique and will go with anything!

That’s my glaming gift guide for you. If you’re in need of other ideas I highly recommend this women’s vest and wool beanie. I’ve been testing out both items for the past week and the quality is awesome, plus they keep my warm while walking the dogs.

Pick up a few Merino wool items for yourself and your loved ones!


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aluminum free natural deodorant + giveaway

I recently had the chance to try Caitlin’s Super Natural aluminum free natural deodorant spray and because said deodorant worked so well and I’m sure everyone needs a few last-minute gift ideas, we’re giving away a bottle of this magical stuff! Other than being with family, my favorite part of Christmas morning is unique stocking stuffers, and I absolutely know that your health conscious — and smell conscious — friends and family will enjoy these easy-to-carry deodorants. The 2 ounce bottles are perfect for holiday travel, and doesn’t it feel like we do so much of that in December and January?

Aluminum Free Deodorant

Caitlin’s Super Natural uses 100% botanical ingredients, is vegan, cruelty-free, environmentally sustainable, and the deodorants come in three different scents that both women and men will love. I’ve been using all three — sandalwood olive leaf, bergamont cypress, and lavender currant — and if I had to choose a favorite, well, I’d be screwed. Buy them all and call it a day.

I’ve never bought an actual spray deodorant, but the bottles makes the solution easy to apply and I don’t have to worry about white stains on my clothes!

All Natural Deodorant

If you’re on the fence when it comes to aluminum free deodorant, I promise it’s not a scary change. From Caitlin’s website: “How does aluminum free deodorant work? You can let your body perspire and still be odor-free: sweat in and of itself has no scent. When using an aluminum free deodorant, the key to preventing body odor is topical antibacterial agents. Nature provides us with lots of plants that are powerfully antimicrobial.”

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Aluminum Free Natural Deodorant

Aluminum Free Natural Deodorant Giveaway

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taking stock | november

Taking Stock November

Making: Lists. Lots of lists. I’ve realized that the only way I can accomplish anything is to write it down. But speaking of writing things down… The awesome people at Colorvale are sending me the Photographer’s Planner and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! I’ve never been so excited about a planner.

Cooking: I’ve had great luck with Pinterest lately. My current favorite is this minestrone soup recipe by Chef in Training and this Louisiana chicken pasta.

Drinking: Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon and peppermint tea. Simultaneously, usually.

Reading: Way too many books. I’ve spent $120 in Kindle books in October and November (gasp!) and B wants to murder me. That’s what happens when you travel to and from Peru, and take a random road trip to Florida. But, I highly recommend the Legend and Shatter Me series to everyone. And I highly recommend visiting your local public library so you don’t find yourself in my predicament.

Wanting: To put up our Christmas tree but I suppose I’ll wait until after Thanksgiving. Although we already have our Christmas lights and wreath up… along with our Thanksgiving pumpkins.

Looking: Forward to seeing my little sister on Friday. We’re going to watch old Grey’s Anatomy Episodes, take pictures of Brandon while he’s sleeping, and consume way too much sugar.

Playing: “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy because my Starbucks app told me to download it. It’s good!

Deciding: If I should renew my dogs’ BarbBox subscription. Their toy box is overflowing which is sad really.

Watching: New episodes of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hill. I can’t quit this train wreck.

Enjoying: This weather. Instead of sweating like a man, I’m perfectly content in a sweater and light jacket. Bring on the snow.

Waiting: To try and shave Ollie again tonight (super glamorous). We can’t take him to a groomer because he’s insane, and the last time we brought him somewhere to have his nails trimmed, he acted as if I was going to hit him… for an entire week. He has issues but he’s my evil baby.

Liking: Photo books by Artifact Uprising. I want to make mini travel books!

Artifact Uprising Photo Books

Wondering: About next week’s episode of Homeland.

Loving: The RIFLE PAPER Co. “Bon Voyage” collection. Their notepads are adorable.

Hoping: To book more 2015 weddings! I’m also hoping that my Thanksgiving turkey doesn’t taste like ass.

Marvelling: At the sheer number of pimples on my forehead. I’m completely mind blown.

Needing: More caffeine. This list is taking forever.

Smelling: Bath & Body Works fall candles and my chestnut praline latte from Starbucks. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it.

Wearing: Loft sweaters. They’re the best.

Following: Lots of London bloggers. I’m not sure when this happened, but anyway, they have nice clothes.

Noticing: The teeth marks on our blinds. Damnit, Ollie.

Thinking: About giving Malcolm and Ollie baths. We had apple pie and ice cream a few nights ago and gave each dog their own bowl because we’re weird. Now the boys have crusty beards.

Admiring: My parents. They’re pretty awesome.

Buying: Nothing. I’m on a spending freeze because of my Kindle incident. I’m sorry I read so fast Brandon. Geesh.

Getting: Ready to foster dogs again. The application is filled out and I’m ready to fall in love and ugly cry at adoption events.

Bookmarking: Whenever I’m in a bad mood I watch this video. You should bookmark it too.

Disliking: Photos of body parts adorned with lotus seed pods. They’re always floating around my Facebook feed and make my skin crawl. Please stop.

Snacking: On capers. My love knows no bounds. I’ve been putting them in pasta, sandwiches, even salsa. Help.

What have you been up to lately?


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jefferson hotel dc

Jefferson Hotel DC

My husband and I are obsessed with nice hotels — probably because we’ve accidentally booked stays at some really nasty ones in the past. Like the time we booked a one-night stay at a chain hotel near the London airport and a bunch of ladybugs dive-bombed from the hallway ceiling and smacked me in the glasses as I screamed bloody murder. Or that time in Colorado when we needed a place to crash after driving all day in an attempt to make it to Arizona in a timely fashion — ’cause when is a cross-country road trip ever a good idea? That hotel, though. The towels and sheets were yellow, and I sat there attempting to solve the puzzle… were they supposed to be a shade of yellow or had they turned yellow after many years of use? Who knows, but I used Malcolm as a pillow and didn’t shower the next morning because drying off my body with a yellow threadbare towel wasn’t something I was interested in. So, we like nice hotels. Hotels with beds so plush you want to stay in all day and order room service, and hotels with white linens. You can bleach white linens and that’s good.

The Jefferson Hotel DC is one of those really nice hotels.

Jefferson Hotel DC
Jefferson Hotel DC
Jefferson Hotel DC
The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson is a 95-room luxury boutique hotel located in downtown Washington, DC and the rooms are elegant and comfortably furnished. We had the chance to stay there a few months ago and if someone offered me the chance to reside there permanently, I’d take them up on that offer in a heartbeat — especially because of the award-winning restaurants and because of the custom treatments at the hotel spa. Yes, please.

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But back to the rooms. The beds were wonderful and we loved the robes and slippers the hotel provided. The rooms were clean and the furniture made me happy because it was elegant and that’s exactly what hotels in Washington, DC should look like.

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And the best part: they’re pet friendly! Dogs staying at The Jefferson receive their own dog beds, bowls, and treats, and owners will get information regarding nearby dog-walking routes and other pet friently places around the city. They even have their own dog mascot named Lord Monticello or Monti (cute, right?) and he’s been living at The Jefferson since January 2014 which I think is completely adorable. We thought about bringing Malcolm and Ollie to this pet friendly DC hotel; however, we didn’t want to embarrass ourselves since they’re evil and horribly behaved. Maybe next time… or after some extensive training.

Have you ever stayed at The Jefferson? You should!

The Jefferson DC
1200 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036


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