Giving the Gift of Fragrance with Bath & Body Works

December 19, 2014

giving bath & body works gifts to friends M Loves M @marmar
Every year my group of best friends and I will get together at one of our favorite restaurants in LA for a little holiday celebration. We always go to Mi Piace in Pasadena, eat the butternut squash ravioli, devour the most heavenly tiramisu, and exchange presents. It’s something we always look forward to since it’s been our tradition since high school! Because there are three of them I love finding them gifts that vary slightly from each other. It’s usually always beauty and skincare products because there are a lot of varieties to choose from. I was so excited to partner with Bath & Body Works on this post because ask my girls and they’ll tell you that they’ve accumulated quite the collection of B&BW products from me over the years. I think one of the things I enjoy most is actually the process of picking out the items. Each of my friends is a little different and has their own personality, so the fragrance has to reflect that. Here are the items that I picked out for my besties this year:
Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes M Loves M @marmar
Pauline is the life of the party, always down for a good time and will do anything for her friends. I picked out A Thousand Wishes for her because it’s sweet and sparkly and totally reflects her personality. The Shimmer Swirl Lotion is so pretty and I know she’ll like wearing it during the holidays.
 Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom via M Loves M @marmar
Hanna is a classic girl so I picked out one of my personal favorites for her, Japanese Cherry Blossom. It’s a scent that will never get old! The cherry blossom scent mixed with pear and white jasmine is refined but still so approachable.

giving Vanilla Bean Noel from Bath & Body Works M Loves M @marmar
Lizzie is Christmas obsessed! She loves the holidays and looks forward to putting up her tree, decorating her house, making cookies and wearing festive outfits. I knew that she’d love the Vanilla Bean Noel lotion because it smells sweet and amazing. Almost like you have warm sugar cookies baking in the oven!

Wild Madagascar Vanilla via M Loves M @marmar
giving bath & body works gifts to friends M Loves M @marmar
giving bath & body works gifts to friends M Loves M @marmar
giving bath & body works gifts to friends M Loves M @marmar
giving bath & body works gifts to friends M Loves M @marmar

Bath & Body Works has a fun promotion going on! You can get a Free Item with any purchase of $10 or more {up to a $13 value!}. Use code 4745 in stores to take advantage of it.
Bath & Body Works holiday promotions via M Loves M @marmar

Do you guys have a favorite Bath & Body Works scent? My personal fave is Dark Kiss, introduced to me by another friend! It’s a perfect combo of berries and vanilla!


Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Bath & Body Works but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting my wonderful sponsors!

dressing for a rainy day

eyeglasses umbrella via M Loves M @marmar
Rainy days are my favorite! When I moved to Seattle after high school everyone was like, "Oh gosh the rain is awful." It was actually one of the things I was looking forward to most, though. This may have to do with one of my favorite musicals being Singing in the Rain, but I think it also was because rainy days were a rare occurrence growing up. I always looked forward to them, and wanted them to last way longer than they did. When Matthew and I were dating we had the most amazing rainy winter but I feel like we haven't had a year like that since. I have my fingers crossed for this winter though. Considering we had 3 days of rain in the past week I think things are looking good! Here's what I wore on a recent rainy day in LA: a white belted coat, the cutest mauve rain boots and an eyeglass-print umbrella!
white belted coat via M Loves M @marmar
chooka rain boots via M Loves M @marmar
rainy day outfit via M Loves M @marmar
white coat and striped sweater via M Loves M @marmar
striped sweater similar 1 and 2, white coat Chicwish, jeans J.Crew, boots Chooka, umbrella Kate Spade, lipstick Vincent Longo Mulberry

Feeling super excited for the weekend. I'm going to try to get everything done before Christmas next week! {Gosh that came up quickly!} Matthew and I should probably watch a holiday movie this weekend but that means I'll have to tear myself away from Gilmore Girls. The whole series is on Netflix now {!} so I'm rewatching it from the beginning. There are probably better uses of my time but I seriously love that show. My mom and I used to watch it when I was in high school and it brings back good memories. 

Happy Friday, Happy Weekend everyone!!


holiday gifts for the hostess

December 18, 2014

holiday gift guide for the hostess via M Loves M @marmar

Between Christmas and New Years, there are a few holiday parties on our calendar. I always love picking out special gifts for the party's hostess. While a bottle of wine or fresh flowers always does the trick, I often like to pick out something that the hostess can enjoy weeks after the party. I picked out these gifts above for the hostess, domestic gal, or maybe even you! I'll admit this Dinner Parties book has been on my wish list ever since I paged through it in a store! It's such a beautiful book with really interesting articles. Hostesses are usually very organized so a monogrammed date book will get a lot of use! This mineral candle looks like art and would be the perfect addition to any console table! If she likes to bake, you can't go wrong with a white spatula! It could even be something that you tie to a bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers! What do you like to give a hostess, or receive yourself?

P.S. Christmas is a week away so make sure to take advantage of these great deals 
while you still can:

J.Crew is offering 40% off sale items and 30% off full-priced items with code JINGLE
LOFT has 40% off everything and 50% off sweaters!
Shopbop is giving 20% off sale items with code EXTRASALE
Nordstrom has free delivery by Christmas Eve so order up!
Amazon is a one-stop shop for all your holiday shopping and they're doing a 12 Days of Deals!
Take 20% off select gifts at Anthropologie!
Take 30% off your entire purchase at Madewell with code WRAPITUP!
Love these value sets from Sephora! Only 2 days left for Standard Shipping!
Get some boots and booties from Neiman Marcus! They're having 25% off right now!
Get 35% off blouses at Ruche with code BLOUSE
Get 30% off last minute gifts from ASOS! They have so many great options!


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