A Few of My Favorite Things (Christmas Gift Recap)

Welcome back, all!

I hope all of you had a wonderful (and relaxing!) holiday surrounded by close family and friends. Ryan and I enjoyed our first Christmas Eve together in our new home and were able to implement a few new traditions of our own before we headed off to my mom and dad’s house on Christmas Day to celebrate the remainder of the holiday and my dad’s birthday.

Although my favorite part of the holiday season is spending quality time with my family, it also is nice to receive a few things that were on my wish list, as well as a few surprises! I was lucky enough to be gifted with several useful gifts – hello Snapware containers and Pet Perfect DustBuster – that I probably otherwise wouldn’t buy for myself, but I was even luckier to receive several beauty products and accessories that I’ve been lusting after all year!

As if I don’t already own enough eye shadow palettes, a true makeup junkie simply can’t help herself, right?! Seeing as the first Lorac Pro palette is my holy grail of all eye shadow palettes, I’m sure I will love the second one just as much. The It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty palette wasn’t on my list, but my mom surprised me with it, and I’m so glad that she did – I tend to gravitate toward matte eye shadows, and that’s all that this palette encompasses. Not to mention that I’m slightly obsessed with the velvet case – so luxe! I probably am most excited for the MAC Warm Neutral palette because I’ve never tried, let alone owned, any MAC shadows. This quickly could become my everyday palette.

This Kate Spade watch has been on my radar forever, so I’m thrilled that I finally have it in my possession! It will be the perfect neutral, everyday watch, and my sister and brother-in-law surprised me with a Kate Spade bangle that will pair perfectly with the watch. It was fate! I also received the blush monogrammed Fotostrap that was on my list, as well as the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue perfume. (Summer, hurry up and get here so I can wear that perfume all season long!) I also received a bonus Tiffany & Co. charm from Ryan this year – a dog bone to commemorate Finley joining our family! Typically, I only get a new charm when we go to a new vacation spot, but I guess Ryan made an exception this year since Finn basically is our child.

Lastly, but certainly not least, Ryan surprised me with a whole bunch of new tech goodies to pimp out my office! Since I am on the computer almost all day everyday, my new monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse are going to be lifesavers. The monitor might as well be a small TV – I could happily sit in my office and watch movies on my computer with that thing! I’m also itching to set up my new studio lights – those are going to help tremendously with blog photos!

Keep an eye out tomorrow for a couple additional gifts, compliments of my sister and brother-in-law, that will be featured in a new style post. Hint: they let me channel my inner Great Gatsby-era style, even in these frigid temperatures.

How was your holiday? Did Santa bring you some goodies?

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  1. 5.9.16

    Hey lady – Just wondering if you’re still loving that light kit you got. Thinking of purchasing one and don’t know much about them! TIA!

  2. 2.2.15

    Ummmmmmmm that light kit looks amazing but it is sold out on Amazon now. I am so intrigued especially for the dark dungeon of lighting I will be moving into. You have to let me know your thoughts on it! The dog bone charm is so sweet!!!!

  3. 1.5.15

    I can't wait to try all those MAC shadows – it's like a whole new world to me. I'm loving my Finley charm, too. 🙂

  4. 1.2.15

    Sooo many awesome gifts! I can't wait to hear what you think about the MAC palette- I think that's my dream palette! Love the little charm in honor of Finley!

  5. 12.30.14

    I seriously think raising a puppy/dog is great preparation for a real human baby! 🙂 Girl, my MIL nailed that Dustbuster gift on the head – she said she got it from Costco. It's a Shark brand.

  6. 12.30.14

    I really can't believe that I've never tried any MAC shadows, but I'm excited that I now have a whole palette full of them! We clearly were on the same wave length with Christmas gifts – isn't the Fotostrap so pretty and awesome quality?!

  7. 12.30.14

    I'm so glad you've joined us, Jen – nice to meet you! I can't wait to start playing around with the MAC palette. The colors look just gorgeous!

  8. 12.30.14

    Thanks, girl! It's a great company, too.

  9. 12.30.14

    You, Tom and Mom did a good job, too! 🙂

  10. 12.30.14

    I absolutely will!

  11. 12.30.14

    I'm so glad to hear that you have the same lighting kit and that you love it! I really think it's going to make a big difference with blog photos. I'm so excited to try out all the palettes!

  12. 12.30.14

    You totally have to test out the lights! I'm still waiting to set up mine, but hopefully they will be soon. I definitely will share my thoughts on all the palettes once I can devout a fair amount of time to each one!

  13. 12.30.14

    He sure was – not sure what I did to deserve all of it this year, but I won't complain or question it! 🙂

  14. 12.30.14

    So much good stuff, lucky girl! Love that Finn is basically your child – that is exactly how we treat Brady, too 🙂 And now I'm off to Google the pet dustbuster because I probably need that in my life as well!

  15. 12.30.14

    I love MAC shadows, you are going to love that palette, it looks amazing! We got gifted some similar things! I also got a fotostrap, but the bright pink one! And I got the Kate Spade bangles, but the rose gold and silver one. What an awesome hubby, he did good!

  16. 12.30.14
    Jen said:

    What a great Christmas! As a fellow beauty junkie myself I cannot wait to hear how you like the Mac palette! I've been eying the Lorac Pro palette for awhile, too. PS Love your blog! Just discovered it 🙂

    xoxo, Jen

  17. 12.30.14

    I love that camera strap!

    Her Heartland Soul

  18. 12.30.14
    Kristy Simon said:

    I love everything that you got! Ryan did a good job. Can't wait for tomorrow's post!

  19. 12.30.14
    Ashley T said:

    That MAC palette looks amazing! Let me know your thoughts on it once you use!

  20. 12.29.14
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    I bought that lighting kit a little over a month ago, I LOVE it! Such a great value 🙂 So glad you had a wonderful Christmas Karly, you got some great goodies! That MAC palette looks amazinggggg and so happy you got the 2nd Lorac palette!

  21. 12.29.14
    Nadia said:

    I got my Mum some lighting gear to use for product photos for her shop, but I think I'm just as excited to test it out and see if it should go on my wish list next haha. That watch is gorgeous, and I can't wait to see what you think of all those palettes!

  22. 12.29.14

    Wow what amazing makeup and gifts in general! Santa was good to you 😉

  23. 12.29.14

    It's sold out on Amazon?! That was quick because last night it was still in stock! Sheesh. I'm sure they will get more – it's a pretty popular lighting kit. I definitely will do a review once I get them set up and work with them a bit. The dog bone charm is a cute addition to my charm bracelet – definitely a sweet surprise. 🙂

  24. 12.29.14

    I guess so! I definitely wasn't expecting all that I received. I'll be sure to do a review on the lighting once I get it set up and use it for a bit – I'm looking forward to it!

  25. 12.29.14

    Thanks, girl! Ryan sure surprised me with that one.

  26. 12.29.14

    I'm sure that KS watch will be in quite a few upcoming style posts. 🙂 I most likely will do in depth reviews/tutorials of both the Lorac palette and the lighting. Hope you had a great holiday!

  27. 12.29.14

    You're pretty good at playing Santa!

  28. 12.29.14

    I agree! I found out about those lights originally through all the beauty gurus that I watch on YouTube – I think they are supposed to work pretty well!

  29. 12.29.14

    I am so excited to set up all my new tech stuff – it will be fun to see how it all comes together to help improve the blog!

  30. 12.29.14

    Woohoo! You must have made this nice list this year 🙂 Loving the gold band and all the fun eyeshadow palettes. Please do a post on your light kit and how you use it. I've been interested in getting one too!

  31. 12.29.14
    Ashley Angle said:

    Wow! You got some many amazing gifts today! Love the Tiffany charm!! Come link up today!
    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle

  32. 12.29.14

    Girl, love that watch! I can't wait to see some close ups of it. I have been wanting some studieo lights for a long time… I'm thinking I may have to purchase some with my Christmas money. Also, you'll have to let me know how the second Lorac Pro pallet is! Glad to see Santa was good to you!

  33. 12.29.14
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Glad you're enjoying all your Christmas goodies! It's always fun to play Santa for you! Love the Tiffany charm, so cute!

  34. 12.29.14
    Pamela said:

    You got so many awesome goodies!!! Love that Kate Spade watch! And can't wait to see how all your new tech gadgets help with blogging! Those lights are going to help make awesome pics!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  35. 12.29.14
    Biana Perez said:

    Oh my gosh girl – you were definitely on the nice list!! I love all the tech stuff that you got to make blogging easier!! Love everything girl!! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston