Memories of 2019, family photo on the beach

As I sit here on my flight to the East Coast, where I’ll be spending the rest of 2019 and ringing in the New Year, I’m reminiscing on the incredible year I’ve had. At the end of 2018, Nara and I did a “year in review” where we highlighted our favorite moments, trends, and what we wanted to remember. I started this tradition a few years ago and kept my thoughts in a journal, but last December I published them for the first time. A couple of days ago I revisited the questionnaire by filling out the same series of questions that pertain to fashion,Read More →

Gift Recommendations For Your Boss and Co-Workers

Coming up with gift ideas for your boss and co-workers can be a difficult task—especially if you don’t know them well. Our 20 recommendations are ideal for everyone in your workplace: the person whose name you pulled out of a hat for secret Santa (but hardly know), the cute guy you’ve been talking to, the co-workers you enjoy spending time with (outside the office), your work bestie and the boss you want to impress. These gift ideas will show appreciation and there are plenty to choose from that aren’t too personal.  1. Holiday Gifting Bar Soap | George & Viv | $10 2. Office OnRead More →

The Friendship Gift Guide (For Your Ride or Die BFFL)

Our friendship gift guide was curated for your favorite best girlfriend—the woman that knows you like no other! Whether that’s your mom, sister or the girl you met in yoga class years ago, these gifts will leave a memorable mark. Our hand selected items start as low as $20 and include a range of ideas (my favorites are the Fashion in LA Coffee Table Book, or the “Life Isn’t Perfect” Print) but in actuality, I’d love to give (or receive) any of these! 1. Getaway Weekender Bag | $50 + Travel Planner | $30 $22.99 (Ban.do)  2. BFF Necklace Set | Frasier Sterling | $68Read More →

Peep My Holiday Wish List

For the past few weeks I’ve been creating themed holiday gift guides—an annual tradition here at A Girl in LA. As I scour the web, thinking of what others will want to receive, I’ve come across tons of items I would love to unwrap on Christmas morning. Since I was a child, my mom asked my sister and I for ideas on what to get us. That turned into constructing a list of must-haves which has become a ritual I look forward to every year. Here are 15 things on my holiday wish list that I’m hoping to receive come December 25th (plus I’d loveRead More →

Innovative Gifts Ideas For Tots to Teens

Our gift ideas for tots to teens features a curated selection of toys, books, tech items, DIY products, and more! Everything on our list will keep even the hardest to please entertained for hours. With a variety of price points, you can be sure to find the quintessential gift for all the young ones on your list.   1. Classic Metal Ride-On Pedal Car | Baghera | $239.99 2. Astronaut Ice Cream Sandwich | Paper Source | $5.95 3. Toy Table-Top Drum Set Mat | FAO Schwarz | $49.99 4. Tourmaline Cruiser Bluetooth Record Player | Crosley | $69 5. Crystal Fragrance Kit | Paper SourceRead More →

Impressive Gifts For The Guy In Your Life

Shopping for the guy in your life can be challenging. But rest assured, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for ideas for your boyfriend, brother, finance, father or best guy friend, our list has a ton of options. From travel and tech, to essentials like basic tees and toiletries, here are 20 items that won’t disappoint. 1. Tartan Reusable Travel Mug | Barbour | $17 2. Sunday Cologne | Byredo | $260 3. Pizza Passion Collection | Villeroy & Boch | $35 – $65 4. Skull-Motif Leather Passport Case | Connor | $98 $83 5. Wireless Headphones | Solo 3 | $300 6. UKegRead More →

30 Awe-Inspiring Christmas Tree Themes To Choose From

As the holiday season approaches, it seems like there are a number of new Christmas tree themes to choose from. I’ve always been someone who’s gone all out, starting with finding a picture perfect tree and spending hours decorating it while sipping hot cocoa. Growing up, mom would put up three in our Massachusetts home—a traditional tree in the family room; an over-the-top gold tree in the living room; and an Eloise inspired pink one in my bedroom. In fact, it’s a ritual that still takes place today. I’ve been searching Pinterest for Christmas tree themes for my DTLA apartment and I’ve come up withRead More →

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas Under $25 Dollars

These budget friendly gift ideas are all under $25. They’re ideal for when you’re shopping for stocking stuffers or looking for a small secret Santa gift and you’re not sure what to get. 1. Travel Straw Set | Paper Source | $8.95 2. Mini Waffle Maker | Dash | $18 $14 3. Hidden Crystal Candle | Uncommon Goods | $22 4. Nostalgic Christmas Tree Ornament | Mr. Christmas | $20 5. Rainbow Pavé Moon Ring | $24 $16.99 + Earrings | $18 (Madewell) 6. Hot California Notebook | $43 $22 + Beach Pencils $21 (Fine & Candy) 7. Bodum Coffee Press | Madewell | $15Read More →

Souvenir Shopping: The Items I Bring Back From Each Vacation

Over the years I’ve accumulated a lot of items from traveling. As soon as I stepped off the plane, my mind would go into “souvenir shopping mode,” even if that meant buying pointless items that later ended up in the trash. I began revising my strategy and considered what I wanted to purchase (for myself, and for my friends and family) beforehand so I had an idea of what to look for. Then I narrowed it down to specific categories and came up with a list of things that people actually like to receive. Now, when I’m souvenir shopping, I’m not blowing my money onRead More →