Top 10 Holiday Hostess Party Gifts This Season

‘Tis the season for holiday parties – and hostess party gifts!  I’ve compiled a list of my favorite hostess party gifts for the season that are affordable, fun, and practical, too.

Any hostess would love this Anthropologie holiday apron.

Holiday Apron

Give the gift of an experience with a Sur La Table cooking class gift card.

Sur La Table Cooking Class

Some cooking inspiration from Ina Garten‘s new cookbook, Make It Ahead.

Ina Garten

Delicious Williams-Sonoma peppermint cremes.

Peppermint Cremes

And to further satisfy your sweet tooth, this box of homemade caramels from Big Picture Farm.

Caramels

On a healthier note, any hostess will love a gift box from Harry & David.

Harry & David

These cute gold confetti tumblers from Paper Source.

Glitter glasses

An adorable gold polka dot journal from Sugar Paper.

Notebook

Some fun coasters from Kate Spade.

Kate Spade Holiday Coasters

A great guest book from JCrew to remember the memories of your holiday party!

Hellos Goodbyes Guestbook

 



The Working Woman’s Guide to Avoiding Perfectionism, Eating Well, & Good Conversation at the Table

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This time of year, with holiday deadlines approaching — buy the turkey! Trim the tree! — and a limited number of days left in the calendar, life has a way of speeding up, and it often seems impossible to fit all of those to do’s in just twenty-four hours a day.

Read more at sharpheels.com!



Star’s Holiday Reading List

One of my favorite things about the holiday season – aside from delicious food, amazing bonding with family, and cozy sweaters – is having the time to sit down by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book!

A few books I am loving right now are:

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive

I love Ariana’s message in this book – though I’ll admit it is much harder to put into practice than it is to read about!  Thrive is about the importance of balance and personal fulfillment…and the realization that that is the true secret to success.

Give and Take by Adam Grant

Give and Take

This was one of my favorite books of the year – it describes people as either a giver, a taker, or a matcher.  Takers take as much as they can, givers give as much as their resources allow, and matchers try to “trade even” – never giving away too much, but never gaining much either. What is amazing is that the most successful people – and the least successful people (at least according to studies) – are givers.  The difference is how you give.

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

5 Love Languages

I am only a few chapters in to The Five Love Languages – and after hearing such high praise for this book for the past few years, I had very high expectations. Two words. Love. It. The lessons taught in this book can positively change even the best relationships.  It’s a great reminder to listen to others – and appreciate that every person has his or her own way of communicating, appreciating, and showing/receiving love.



Spaces We Love: Houzz’s Irvine Office

Houzz-Office

It’s not surprising in the least that Houzz.com – the world’s leading home remodeling and design website – has an impressive office itself. For the billion-dollar internet company, which Hughes Marino CEO Jason Hughes described as “kind of a mashup of Pinterest, Yelp, and an ecommerce site all devoted to home design,” it only makes sense that their office would perfectly represent their brand.

Read more at hughesmarino.com!



Fall Essentials for the Millennial Working Woman

I’m not sure if it was the long summer – or my love of all things comfy and cozy – but I couldn’t be more excited that fall has finally arrived in San Diego!  Here are a few of my fall favorites that are both work appropriate and versatile for those much needed rest days!

Cashmere and faux fur mittens from Mark & Graham.

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Wear-to-work comfortable ankle boots from Ivanka Trump.

Ivanka Trump

A bright-colored peacoat from J.Crew.

coat

Polka dot tights from Spanx.  Enough said.

Spanx

A flirty + formal long-sleeve Banana Republic dress.

Banana Republic

A festive Burberry wool scarf.

Bloomingdale's

A cozy and cute cashmere Bloomingdale’s sweater dress.

Bloomingdale's Sweater Dress

Day-to-night crop jacket from Joie.

Joie

Anthropologie frosting for your hair.

Anthropologie

A fun Smythson day planner.  Get excited for 2015!

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Room With a View: How to Capitalize on Your Office’s Window Line

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Whether you’re moving into a new office, expanding your existing office, or thinking about rearranging your office setup, it’s important to consider how to maximize the impact of your window space – and its accompanying views – to align with your company’s priorities.

Read more at hughesmarino.com!



Female Executives Can Inspire Young Women to Pursue Math and Aim for Success

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I recently came across an article that gave me more than a few moments’ pause. It was about one of my idols, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer.

At age thirty-eight, Mayer became the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation and turned the struggling company around seemingly overnight. Incidentally, in addition to being one of the few women in charge of such a large, visible company, she’s also a mother, and a bit of a fashion icon (certainly in the tech world). In my mind she embodies the “everything woman.”

Read more at sharpheels.com!



On the Road & On Top of Work

traveling business professional

With the holiday season just weeks away, travelers are gearing up for family visits, international adventures, ski trips, and R&R at the beach to escape the cold. As fun as travel is, leaving work can be very stressful. To help plan for and prevent that stress, it’s important to set vacation guidelines to ensure a happy, relaxing, and reinvigorating trip – not an overwhelming one.

Read more at sharpheels.com!



Small but Mighty: How to Create a Wow Factor in Small Office Spaces

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Even after years of working in commercial real estate and viewing hundreds of offices of all shapes and sizes, I still find myself walking into certain offices and thinking “WOW!”

That wow-factor doesn’t just happen. It’s created by tenants who make the effort to ensure their office conveys an impressive outward appearance, and reflects who they are and what they stand for as a company. What many smaller and younger companies don’t realize is that you don’t need a huge office to generate your own wow-factor. A grand entrance that will have employees and visitors enchanted, inspired, and eager to conduct business with your company can be achieved even in a small space. Here are a few design tips to help you make smart design choices when planning your new space.

Read more at hughesmarino.com!



Spaces We Love: Dropbox’s San Francisco Headquarters

DropBox Headquarters

In the beginning, it seemed like 87,000 square feet of commercial real estate at 185 Berry Street in San Francisco would be plenty of space to accommodate cloud storage and file sharing giant Dropbox and its 200+ employees. But then the company kept growing. And growing. Today, with more than 500 employees, Dropbox now occupies 200,000 square feet on Berry Street, plus additional space at 333 Brannan, a 10-minute walk from the main office.

Read more at hughesmarino.com!



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