Gifts I've given, gifts I'd love!

Yes, a gift guide! It’s been a couple of years since I did one of my big Holiday Shop pages, and while I couldn’t quite source enough cool gifts to do the full shebang, I thought it worth sharing a few finds I’ve been saving in today’s gift guide post!

I know with the crazy good Black Friday deals and so many gift guides out there already, you might’ve completed your shopping… But, if you’ve been stumped on a unique gift, hopefully something in here will get the ideas flowing! Let’s dive right in:

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On My Radar

Oh hi. It's been a minute! 

I thought I’d awake from my blogging slumber today to share a few things that have been on watch, on order, and on my mind over the last month or so. It’s been a busy one! From a quick anniversary trip to Seattle, to hosting a 4-day SF reunion for almost 20 adoptees all from my Korea tour this past summer, to the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I don’t know why I’m marveling at the fact that we’re almost to December. Time flies when you’re having fun!

Here’s a random tidbit about one of the items I mentioned up above. I recently made a homemade batch of kimchi; my first time ever attempting to do anything of the sort. The recipe? From Instagram. Just when you wish you could be shot of all social media platforms, they’ll go and surprise you. I follow a Korean-American designer, @iamrinarose, and a couple of months ago, she shared a story of a delicious looking kimchi made by her sister. I DMed her and asked if she had the recipe, and she said no—in fact, her sister guarded her recipe so closely, she had never shared it with anyone, even their mother. But Rina asked her sister anyway on my behalf, explaining how I was looking for small ways to incorporate my birth culture into life here, and to my surprise (and Rina’s), her sister agreed and sent me the recipe!

I made up my batch and had so much extra, I shared it with friends and even brought it to a volunteer meeting with a bunch of other adoptees. Everyone loved it and asked where I’d gotten the recipe. Replying, “From someone I follow on Instagram,” was not what they were expecting! So, alright Instagram, you win this round. I guess we can keep you around for now.

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Hope the long weekend was just what you needed!

A little (ok, big) PSA

Great denim, insane prices

Ok, so you guys know how I’m Everlane’s no. 1 fan and all that jazz. Earlier this week, their team emailed me just to let me know that Wednesday (as in tomorrow, November 7!) their denim is all going to be on sale for $50 a pop. Seriously. Men’s and women’s denim, all $50 a pair. If you’ve been wanting to check out Everlane’s denim, tomorrow’s going to be a perfect time to do it! I purchased this pair earlier in the summer and love ’em!

A few other thoughts about their denim, all from experience: I actually didn’t love their original high rise skinnies. The whole point of the original line was that the denim didn’t have a ton of stretch (kinda like old school Levi’s), but for me, this made them uncomfortable. I was really excited when they debuted similar fits in a new fabric with “authentic stretch!” I’ve actually not tried the stretch line yet, so you can bet I’m going to scoop up a pair tomorrow (eyeing these). One thing to note about Everlane denim is “high-rise” is very high rise—around 11″. The “mid-rise” is 9.5″. I’m 5’2″, and I find a high-rise of around 10″ to be my sweet spot, so I’ll order the mid-rise from them.

Also, if you’re interested in learning about their denim manufacturing process (and why it’s among the cleanest in the world), check it out here.

(A second PSA, which may prove problematic for your wallet: the release of their brand new alpaca sweaters. Softer than cashmere, I kinda wanna buy all 6 colors and then roll around them in all winter long…)

Just so you know...

This post does use affiliate links, so if you happen to click through the links above and purchase something, I may make a small commission. However, Everlane didn’t pay me—either monetarily or with product—to tell you guys about this! I’m just truly a huge fan of the brand, which my closet (and credit card statement) can attest to. ;)