Friday, December 19, 2014

elf business

Giving gifts is my love language - birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, just because gifts… gifts that people didn't even know that they wanted.

Typically I am someone who purchases gifts all year long - picking up things that remind me of this person or that person. Squirreling them away for a stress free holiday season.

However, this year, this year as a first year teacher has caused me to laugh at old planning ahead Jessica. A world in which I had enough free time to leisurely look for presents… this Jessica gives a big hearty HA to that Jessica.

So thank goodness for Opry Mills Mall where I can start and finish my Christmas shopping all in one day! I visited their big sale last weekend, and seriously scored! This is now my one stop for all things gifts - to hit up their on point mix of regular retail and outlet stores.

I still can't get over the H&M (whaaaaat!?), & that combined with the J.Crew Factory + outlet stores for Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Coach (love the men's store selection!), Gap, Old Navy & Michael Kors (dangerous!)… just to name a few. (check out their full store selection here)

I'm so excited to share what I picked up for everyone on my list from Opry Mills Mall below (& if you are on my Christmas list & reading this… please still act surprised… )
All about the finishing touches! I fell in love with these hefty card stock tags from J.Crew Factory. 
The spread - it makes me so happy to think about all the smiles these presents will bring to my friends & family! Slippers for my Brother-in-Law, scarves for my girlfriends, a delish fragrance for my man, tech gloves for my new Sister-In-Law, & fancy socks for all (I love to give people fancy socks, something just fun!)
A leather clutch from the Coach Outlet Men's store - going to make an attractive purse for one of my fashion forward lady friends! I love raiding the men's selection for timeless, neutral pieces.
A "lovely" tray from J.Crew Factory for my Aunt and a retro cool scarf from Gap for a high school friend (it is in the mail to her now!!)

Stuffing a blanket scarf into a box for friends far away in Brooklyn!
Too pretty to unwrap!? Loving the striped ribbon I picked up this year.
Somebody special is going to be getting this pretty number from J.Crew Factory - I had to slip it on, for just a second!!
Proving that these blanket scarves from Aerie really are BLANKETS!

And in the spirit of sharing the holiday love, the Opry Mills Mall is giving one of you lucky readers a $100 gift card (must be able to pick it up from the Nashville mall location)

Enter below, one random entry will be chosen on 12/26 (just in time for post-holiday sales!!)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I was compensated by Opry Mills Mall for this post, but all reviews are my own, and all products were chosen by me!


  1. Love all of these gift ideas! Thanks for the inspiration, the slippers will be a hit for my brother in laws too!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

  2. It looks like you picked up quite a few good gifts! I am the same way, I love giving to other people!
    xo, Scarlett
    The Trendy Chick

  3. Girl, what happened to your fingers?! I hope those are gift-wrapping injuries! Also, I feel like I should make it a goal to be better friends with you so that you'll get me man bags from Coach.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

  4. Um yea, teaching is hard? I don't know the exact events that led to these battle wounds, but I do know that I come up almost daily and have to nurse my cuts and bruises… kids, man!

  5. that aerie scarf is perfect!

    xx nikki


  6. Fabulous giveaway! And I love all of your gift picks--such fabulous taste. Merry Christmas!!!

  7. Those are some awesome gifts you got! I have a $25 gift card for Coach and I definitely need to make a trip there soon. It will be even better when I "win" the giveaway...LOL

  8. Great idea on the leather bag as a clutch!


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