Cool Valentines Day Ideas Worth the Splurge

Cool Valentines Day Ideas Worth the Splurge

The older I get, the more I love giving (and receiving!) gifts of experience. This past Christmas, instead of a traditional gift, I got my boyfriend a Backstage Penguin Pass, for the two of us to meet, hold and feed the penguins at Audubon Aquarium. That gift of experience was totally worth the splurge. In search of more cool Valentine’s Day ideas, and awesome gifts of experience that will create memories to last a lifetime? IfOnly is the world’s largest marketplace for one-of-a-kind experiences with the world’s top talents. Great gifts for any time of the year, but they have put together a truly remarkable collection of Valentine’s Day inspired gifts and experiences

Love Lift Us Up Where We Belong…

What lover wouldn’t swoon at the thought of a romantic adventure for two, overlooking some of the world’s most beautiful locales? IfOnly offers incredible aerial adventures, like a sunset seaplane adventure over San Francisco, a balloon flight over the Grand Canyon, or even getting married in a hot air balloon while flying over Napa Valley!

A portion of the proceeds from both the Napa Valley aerial wedding adventure and the romantic flight over San Francisco benefit Tipping Point, which fights poverty by working with non-profits in the San Francisco area.

The Sunset Seaplane Adventure starts at just $240 per person, while the Grand Canyon hot-air balloon experience is more of a once-in-a-lifetime splurge at $8,750 per person. (But if I had that kind of money to blow, it would be SO worth it! A girl can dream, right?)

As far as weddings go, getting married in the sky could be a practical bargain for those looking for an intimate affair! $4,000 gets you a private morning ballooning experience over Napa Valley for up to 12 guests and includes the wedding officiant.

Food Is The Way To Their Heart This Valentine’s Day…

Does the thought of being airborne make you weak in the knees? Stay grounded and enjoy a spectacular twist on a traditional V-day dinner with one of IfOnly’s extraordinary culinary experiences.

Host an elegant multi-course dinner party at your home this Valentine’s Day, with farm-fresh food prepared by boutique catering house Maison-Prive. This experience is available to those in the NYC / Connecticut area.

Also available to New Yorkers, enjoy a romantic meal for two in the comfort of your own home, prepared with care by Chef Greg Brown. Think seared scallops with cauliflower and brown butter, sunchoke soup with crispy shallots and chive, and 3-day braised short ribs, followed by chocolate bread pudding. (Of course the chef will prepare a menu just for you and your date, guaranteed to please your palate!)

Live in Los Angeles? This Valentine’s Day, have an unforgettable culinary experience as Chef Lori Hill introduces you to Korean cuisine with a trip to the farmers market, followed by a cooking class and gourmet dinner in your home.

More Great Valentine’s Day Ideas…

IfOnly has curated an expansive selection of great Valentine’s Day ideas that are beyond your typical drugstore chocolates and dozen roses. Check out their 41 Ways to Say I Love You for even more amazing Valentine’s Day ideas.

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A Very Doctor Who Christmas

Doctor Who Christmas Ornaments

Doctor Who Christmas Ornaments

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The annual Doctor Who Christmas special is a Whovian tradition. And for a proper Whovian, what better way to celebrate the holidays than with some Doctor Who Christmas ornaments and other festive holiday accoutrements? The official ornaments seen above are a great addition to any Christmas tree, but you could also go handmade:

Weeping Angel Tree Topper,  handmade to order by Uniquely Capable on Etsy

The Weeping Angel Tree Topper seen above is handmade to order by Uniquely Capable on Etsy. There’s even a glow-in-the-dark version! I also love this cheeky take on a Dalek Christmas tree.

A Very Doctor Who Christmas

A Very Doctor Who Christmas!

Clockwise from top right:

Doctor Who Gift Wrap and Holiday Cards

Doctor Who Gift Wrap & Holiday Cards

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For more great Doctor Who inspired stuff, be sure to check out my gift ideas for Whovians, as well as my Doctor Who Pinterest board!

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New Orleans Gift Ideas

On the hunt for great New Orleans inspired gift ideas? Look no further! I’ve gathered up a few of my favorites, including handmade gifts by local artists and gift ideas for your favorite foodie!

New Orleans Gifts Jewelry

New Orleans Jewelry Gift Ideas

Wear your love for New Orleans on your sleeve. Or your neck, or your wrist, or your finger… you get the picture.

I actually designed a few of these pieces myself, and friends of mine are the creators of the other pieces seen here. The top two necklaces (NOLA Love Heart & Fleur De Lis Necklace and the Louisiana Illustration Necklace) feature my original illustrations, and they are both customizable. They’re created on-demand by Zazzle, which means you can personalize each piece and choose from all sorts of options. I also made the Fleur De Lis Earrings seen at bottom – they’re available in my Etsy shop!

The other two pieces were made by some of my favorite artist friends. My friend Tressa of Flambeaux Design Company handcrafted the King Cake Necklace seen above out of polymer clay, sprinkled with real cinnamon! The Twisted Fleur de Lis Necklace is made by John D Iron – if you’ve followed me for a long time, you might remember his work, as I used to carry it in my old shop.

New Orleans Food Gifts

New Orleans Food Gifts

If there is one thing about New Orleans that sticks with you (both in your memories and on your hips), it’s the food! Whether you live here and want to send NOLA themed food gifts to friends and family who live out of town, or whether you’re looking back fondly on past visits to the Crescent City, these gift ideas are a fun way to cook up New Orleans flavor at home.

Handmade in NOLA - Gift Ideas Under $30

Handmade in NOLA – Gift Ideas Under $30

My friend Emily of Sweet Olive Soap Works is a born & raised New Orleanian who learned soap-making from her grandmother. She has a whole line of New Orleans inspired handcrafted soaps, and one of the most popular ones is her Red Beans and Rice Soap, which is actually made with Red bean and rice powders, but smells like fresh laundry! (That’s cause historically in New Orleans, Mondays were laundry day, and you’d throw on a pot of red beans & rice to cook all day long while you did your laundry.)

My friends Heather and Mark of Unique Products make all sorts of cool recycled stuff, which you can find in person at their shop at 2038 Magazine Street. Their Sun Jujus made from recycled Mardi Gras beads are a fun gift for anyone who loves New Orleans.

Sarah Ott is a local artist who makes beautiful jewelry and accessories, like this Nola Love Bangle. You can shop her work via Where Y’Art, on her own website SarahOtt.com, or visit her kiosk at the Riverwalk in downtown New Orleans.

NOLA artist Heather Mattingly crafts up Fleur Debris out of found objects like Mardi Gras beads, king cake babies and screws. Each piece is one of a kind, which makes for a very special gift idea!

This is by no means a comprehensive list! There are SO MANY amazing artists and creators here in New Orleans, and there’s no way I could include them all. Check out my Pinterest board Louisiana Love for more great NOLA inspiration.

What are YOUR favorite New Orleans inspired gifts?

Let me know in the comments!

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What I Wore: Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3

Marie Claire Roadshow Example

I got an email recently from the photo department at Marie Claire magazine. They’re about to shoot a feature here in New Orleans for the February 2015 issue, similar to the example above, and asked me to be a part of it.

First thought that ran through my head: “Holy cow, this is amazing! Is this real life?!?”

Second thought that ran through my head: “What the hell am I going to wear?!?”

Clearly, I had to enlist my boyfriend David S. White to help me do a test run and figure out what I should wear and how to not make funny faces on camera. Here are my options!

What I Wore: Leopard

earrings – Abiqutie
jacket – Trashy Diva
dress – Trashy Diva
belt – Trashy Diva
tights – Foot Traffic
boots – Miz Mooz

What I Wore: Blackmilk

earrings – made by me, Miss Malaprop
jacket – Zara
shirt – Ureshii
leggings – Blackmilk
purse – vintage, hand-painted by Love, Marigold
boots – Gee WaWa

What I Wore: Stripes

earrings – made by me, Miss Malaprop
jacket – Trashy Diva
shirt – Target
skirt – Trashy Diva
shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

What I Wore: Teal

earrings – made by me, Miss Malaprop
jacket – Zara
shirt – Target
skirt – Trashy Diva
shoes – Swedish Hasbeens

The call sheet they sent out included 20+ people, and the example from the magazine they sent had 11. So who knows if I’ll make the cut, but it sure is nice to be asked!

What outfit do you like the best? (I think I’ve narrowed it down at this point, but I’d love to hear what you think!)

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Cool Business Cards for Makeup Artists

A business card is an important part of how you promote your brand – and when you’re a makeup artist, the brand is YOU! If you’re a makeup artist that has great professional photos of your work, I highly recommend using the best photo on your business card, to show off your work to prospective clients. Some of the business cards for makeup artists seen below allow you to upload your own photos and most cards are customizable.

Cool Business Cards for Makeup Artists

This is a quintessential business card idea for a makeup artist, featuring a bright red lip! Customize it with your name and details, and take the personalization one step further with your choice of paper styles, and even rounded corners!

Cool Business Cards for Makeup Artists

A simple, clean design like this striped business card would be great for a makeup artist who works with a lot of traditional brides and needs something that still has a creative edge.

Cool Business Cards for Makeup Artists

How fun is this eye shadow palette inspired business card design? Super cute and girly, this card is fun for cosmetologists or makeup artists looking for a cool business card to express a playful personality.

Cool Business Cards for Makeup Artists

Maybe you’d like something bright and bold, but less obviously “makeup artist.” For someone who wears multiple hats and is looking for a memorable card, I LOVE how vibrant this business card is – it would be fun for a makeup artist, but would work well for an interior designer or wedding planner too. Any creative professional could use a card as stylish as this!

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