A Few of My Favorite Things 2016

2016 has been a full year between travel, keeping up with my two spirited girls, and a crazy election cycle. I’m celebrating by featuring a few things that brought a smile to my face this year. There are plenty of Holiday Gift Guides out on the world wide web to give you inspiration. However, if you are still seeking that perfect gift for that hard to shop for loved one or friend, then you have come to the right place. All of these products and stores have something special about them. Read on to discover more. 

1. Logan’s Room Hooded Towels

Luxury Bamboo Baby- Oversized Hooded Towel & Washcloth- Fits Infant & Toddler- Excellent To Use For Bath or Beach Towel.

Baby wrapped in hooded towel
London stays dry and comfy at the beach in a hooded towel by Logan’s Room

Logan’s Room was created by a good friend of mine located right here in Jacksonville. Her luxury towels are now available on Amazon for the world to purchase. Made from the finest 100% Bamboo fabric, these towels are one foot larger than other hooded towels. Perfect for the beach or bathtime, these ultra absorbent towels will keep your little one dry and comfy. My kids fight over this towel at home. The 6 year old loves it as much as the toddler, and it’s as coveted as a blankie. I guess that means it’s time to get another!

2. Amelia Toffee
“Not Your Grandma’s Toffee”

Bourbon flavored toffee impresses

I fell in love with Amelia Toffee Co’s creative Toffee combos. Bourbon, Coffee, Sea Salt, and Holiday flavors top the list! Each flavor was unique and complex. I enjoyed a tasting tour of all the available flavors and couldn’t get enough. When I served them to my guests at a few parties we had, they disappeared almost instantaneously. Whether you are shopping for your favorite foodie, or looking for a tasty treat to serve for an upcoming get together, this Toffee is a win. Created locally on the First Coast, Amelia Toffee Co is a taste of North Florida!

3. Image Skincare
Image Skincare 2016 Holiday Collection Kit – Vit C Serum-Vit C Repair Creme…
Image Skincare Holiday gift set

I’ve been singing the praises of Image Skincare for years and I’m not quitting anytime soon. The most innovative skincare line out there, Image’s motto is “Age Later.” I can personally testify that these products work. Free of parabens, preservatives, and harsh chemicals this skincare line is both gentle and effective. Each year Image Skincare continues to lead the way in the industry creating products that leave skin nourished, glowing, and rejuvenated. This holiday collection is a great place to start if you are new to the line. 

4. An Unlikely Pear
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Strappy heeled sandels made to flaunt
Another locally created gem, An Unlikely Pear started right here in Jacksonville but is available to the world. This online shoe boutique has curated a fashionable array of affordably priced footwear. Update your wardrobe with some trendy booties, or dainty flats. Either way, you’ll be walking in style. 

5. Le Tote
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Amy West modeling items from her Le Tote box

Between TV appearances, fashion blogs, and GNOs I have to keep my fashion fresh and on point. With my busy schedule it’s tough to find time to shop. My favorite discovery this year has to be Le Tote, a subscription box of clothes you can rent or keep. For one flat rate a month you will receive 5 items in a box that you can wear as long as you like, or keep. Exchange boxes as many times as you like in a month and keep your look fresh. Your friends will wonder if you ever wear the same thing twice. One of my favorite things about Le Tote is that it gives you a chance to try out new trends you may not want to buy into, but are up to experimenting with. Also Le Tote will put together the looks for you, or you can customize each piece from their large selection of garments and accessories. This is a great gift idea and they do sell gift certificates. Also, use the link above for a free Le Tote or message me if that doesn’t work.

6. Drybar Travel Kit

Let it Blow! It’s Drybar to Go The Ultimate Travel Essentials Kit – Baby Buttercup Travel Hair Dryer, Lil’ Lemon Drop Daily Detangler Hair Brush, and more

Drybar's "Drybar to Go" blow out kit
Traveling is not an excuse for bad hair days anymore. I’m loving Drybar’s “Drybar to Go” travel kit. It has everything you need for the perfect blow out in a convenient travel sized package. Now you can look fabulous anywhere you go!

Sienna and London modeling Sunuva designs
Sienna and London wearing dresses by Sunuva UV Swimwear and Beachwear

I found my new favorite online children’s boutique this year. Sunuva UV Swimwear and Beachwear has the most darling array of children’s clothing. I love the bright colors, the boho inspired designs, and the playful patterns. The fact that the line also keeps our little ones safe with UV protection is the cherry on top. Whether you live at the beach like us, or are planning your next coastal escape, you are sure to find the perfect ensembles for your tiny humans. 

8. Stella & Dot Getaway Bag 

Stella and Dot Getaway Tote

I recently purchased this Stella and Dot Getaway Bag and am completely smitten. As a travel writer, I admit I have more than a few bags to choose from in my collection. This however, was my first giant tote of it’s kind. The fact that it expands makes it even more amazing! I was surprised how much I’ve actually used this one. Great for running daily errands, or for a weekend getaway. This one has so many uses and will now be a staple for my travels. Every female needs this bag, whether they travel or not. 

9. My Essential Accessories
Hat – Sunglasses – Statement Tote

Tote, hat, sunglasses
We all need our stylish essentials. By that I mean, your go-to accessories you can wear with almost anything. These are the basics that turn a boring outfit into a stylish one. For me these also must be travel friendly. At the top of my list of fashionable “must haves” you will find my panama hat, my sunnies, and my bright yellow tote. I use these almost every day, almost year around. The panama hat is more of a spring and summer staple but the yellow bag goes straight into fall with no problem and the sunglasses barely ever leave my face. Easily switch the tote to a neutral and it will never leave your side. If you are looking for that “it” piece that you are missing, it’s probably one of these

10. Essential Oils
Family Doctor (14) Essential Oil Set 100% Pure, Best Therapeutic Grade – 14/10mL

Essential Oil kit

If you are a mom, you have likely already heard of all the benefits of Essential Oils. There are several different businesses that specialize in these, however I found mine on Amazon. Since I worked in the spa industry I have enjoyed the value of aromatherapy. However, not until I had kids did I realize just how healing these precious oils can be. I’ve used lavender for years to help my girls sleep, but lately my pediatrician has been pushing all different kinds of essential oils to aid with the many childhood ailments that run their course during the younger years. I made sure to do my research and found this terrific starter kit. It’s 100% pure, organic, therapeutic grade essential oils and I really love the blends. We’ve been using these in the diffuser as well and the house smells so good. They are super strong so only a few drops needed. If you are new to the essential oil world, this is a great place to start. 

11. Rethreaded Products

Dog Toy made by Rethreaded
Dog Chew Toy 

Rethreaded is another online store with Jacksonville roots. This boutique is not only selling fashionable and functional products, they are also changing a community. By working with the victims of sex trafficking, Rethreaded is helping change the lives of those marginalized by society. All products sold are either created by Rethreaded’s employees, or businesses around the world who are working toward the same goal. This is a great chance to shop, and give back at the same time. Check out Rethreaded’s stunning collection of bagsjewelryjournalscandleshome goods, and dog toys! They even have coffee. Change the world one purchase at a time with Rethreaded. 

I love sharing all my favorite finds. Any amazing products I need to put on my radar? Join the discussion and comment below!

Until then…

Enjoy the Journey!

xo- Amy West


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