Saturday, December 28, 2013

Christmas Gifts

I had a lovely, laid-back Christmas with my husband.  We slept in, opened gifts from each other, parents, and siblings, and went to see "The Desolation of Smaug"  in 3D.

My husband gave me these gorgeous earrings.

Beauty: NARS Nail Polish in Disco Inferno
                Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Have We Met?
                Benefit Boxed Blush in Dallas
                Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Marc Jacobs Lip Gel in Have We Met?

Books: Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup
               I Am Malala
               Masters of the Planet: The Search For Our Human Origins (I studied anthropology
                                                                                  and hominid evolution in college.)

The earrings match the emerald ring my parents gave me for graduation from Michigan State (2003).
Green and white are MSU's school colors.

Favorite gifts I gave (highlights only, because otherwise this list would get long) (no pics -- sorry):
    Husband: cool dress shirts with various designs (flocked paisley, metallic pinstripe, etc)
    Dad: a huge book about opera houses their and architecture
    Mom: a collectable Detroit Starbucks mug (this was hard to find -- I had to stalk ebay)
    Sister: a bunch of Lush bath products, Benjamin Britton War Requiem cd
    Brother: fancy flashlight for camping, Dr. Who dvd
    Sister-in-law: Voluspa candle set (I kinda wanted to keep this for myself!)
    Niece and nephews (ages 9, 7, 5): cool t-shirts and hats with skulls, Despicable Me 2

So, what did you get?  What was your favorite gift you gave?


  1. Oh what gorgeous earrings!!!

    You got some great things for Christmas, I hope you had a great holiday! <3

    1. I may have let out a little squeal when I opened the earrings...

  2. Lovely gifts! That seems like an interesting selection of books. I think I may do a gifts post in the next couple of days so I'll keep what I got a secret for now, but I really enjoyed tucking a cut up piece of potato in my boyfriend's stocking. Whenever he's overtired or drunk he starts rambling about potatoes, and one time he told me "I WANT A PIECE OF POTATO FOR CHRISTMAS" so I remembered, of course. I also gave him some clothes and stuff but that's not nearly as exciting as a piece of potato.

    1. So thoughtful of you to remember he wanted a piece of potato!

  3. Wow, such beautiful gifts! Emeralds are my birthstone and my absolute fave! Jealous of the Naked 3 too :)


  4. You did an excellent job of selecting gifts!

    1. I really enjoy thinking about and looking for gifts I think people will enjoy and appreciate.