Christmas Gift Idea Series: Gifts for the Foodie

Christmas Gift List for the Foodie

Utensil set via Etsy, Vitamix - Easy Pay on QVC, Harry and David Founders Favorite Gift Box, Cookbook via Barnes and Noble.

We all have a foodie in the family. Hey, I admit it too that I love food. But some take it to the next level by making delicious bakery goods and savory meals.

I think there are two different type of foodies- those that enjoy food and those that enjoy making food. My dad falls into the first category. While he loves food, he typically doesn't spend hours making a meal. Though he does make some amazing Chili and meat (any kind) on the grill!  Than there is my best friend, who will go out of her way to make the dinner extra special by preparing it for hours before hand. She enjoys the culinary arts.

Every year for special occasions I get my family Harry and David or Wolferman's gifts. Last year we also got my dad a special from Omaha Steaks. My dad absolutely raves about the gifts I get him. They are always delivered well before the event and packaged very nicely. My dad has never gotten any bruised fruit or freezer burned meat!

For those that enjoy making food and are into the culinary arts, a blender or other gadget would be the perfect gift. If you are on a budget a cookbook is always in good order. A cook can never have too many recipes!

A fun gift too for those that love going on picnics, a picnic basket set is just the thing that will make them smile. Picnic basket available via pottery barn.

Do you have a foodie in the family? If so, what do you like to get them for the holidays?


Christmas Gift Idea Series: Gifts For The Fashionista

Gifts For The Fashionista

This year I hope that I can do a full series on what to give to those people in your life (the tech-y, sports fanatic, fitness addict, foodie, etc.) this Christmas! Shopping can be a pain during the holiday season. Especially as more and more stores are offering deals, more people are flooding the stores than ever. It's important to make a list, go in and just purchase those items on that list. Well, at least try not to get distracted by all the holiday goodies. 

Have a fashionista in the family? Shopping for someone who loves anything related to fashion can be fun as there are so many options in stores. No matter your budget there a plenty of options.

If you have a few extra bucks to spare, a designer handbag is the perfect choice. They will forever cherish your gift. Don't have that much money in your budget this year? You can always look into faux leather options and the designer cross-body versions can be a little cheaper than a tote, at least for the most part.

Want a gift under $20? A magazine is a great gift idea. Every month they will open a new edition filled with all things fashion. Who couldn't ask for more? The new Tory Burch In Color is another great gift option. I have it as well on my wish list. It's great for inspiration and is filled with all things fashion, girly, and classic styles. FYI- you can find the book for cheap online!

For those that dress to the nines, a new watch, accessory, or scarf is the ticket. I hate shopping for clothes because you never know if they will like it, or if it will fit. The watch set above is under $20 and is from Charlotte Russe!
Phone cases are another great, often not thought of gift. Interchanging your phone cover to your outfit is fun to do!

So there you have some simple ideas to get your brain flowing. I hope this helped! What is on your Christmas gift wish this year?


Special Announcement!

Hello Everyone. I thought I would do a quick post today to let you know that I have created a second blog!

Don't worry, I will still be blogging here on MsFashinista regularly. :)


You all know I love traveling, spending time outdoors, and exploring new areas as you have seen these places on this blog.

Over the years I have tried numerous workout routines. Some I succeeded at, and some I even I did for a long time. However, I never looked forward to working out. I know, I know, who really looks forward to working out right?

However, this past couple months, I have started to workout outside. I started biking, hiking, walking, and just spending time outdoors. I actually looked forward to working out because I was doing something that I enjoyed. A long time ago when I was in my very early 20s/late teens I hiked quite a lot and I remember riding my bike everywhere. I actually enjoyed doing these things. Why didn't I continue doing these things?

Who knows, maybe I was wanting to do what was in trend at the moment (P90X, Circuit/Crossfit, etc.) but really in the end I just was not happy. Yes, I did get great results, but in the end I don't think I would of choose it over again. I would rather hop on that bike and ride a few miles or go on that 5 mile hike. I love nature and always have.

I guess that's one non- girly thing about me. As you all know I eat quite healthy and recently developing a gluten sensitivity I have really been enjoying this new lifestyle of mine.

So, i decided to create my own little space with gluten free recipes, outdoor fitness, and just living healthy! I hope you follow!!

And remember i will still be blogging here on the regular, so don't worry! I'm not leaving MsFashinista. ;)

- Heidi 

A Sweater Dress Three Ways!

3 Ways To Wear a Sweater Dress

Winter weather is here and sweater dresses are the perfect thing to wear! What is great about sweater dresses is that they are so versatile! You can wear it to work, the weekend and even for a night out.

For work pairing your sweater dress with a button down underneath is polished and presentable. For the weekend I love pairing a sweater dress with boots, tights, and a hat if you like. For a night out, think outside the box a little and wear a fun shoe. If your dress is neutral you can wear any color shoe you like! Red lips are must for a night out.

How do you wear a sweater dress?


Day Trip To Disney World: Hollywood Studios

Wearing: Top- Target, Leggings- Hollister, Bag- Dooney and Bourke (via Disney Store) 

The above show is the Fantasia show. It was an amazing show and well performed. I highly recommend to go see it, especially late at night when it's very dark!

Gluten Free Macaroons? Yes please! Disney World is very accommodating to those with specific dietary needs. I had a Greek salad for lunch at the Hollywood Studio's lunch cafe. It's located outside near the hat above. They made my salad in a separate area of the kitchen, made sure to use all gluten free items, and made sure I was happy with my food after eating it.
The bakery item was at the Writer's Cafe. They only had two selections for gluten free- the macaroons and toffee bar. This was my first time actually eating a macaroon and I am in love with them!
The bakery associates were very nice and assured me that the items were baked in a separate baking area. Also, they showed me the ingredients so that I was positive it was gluten free. What great service!

We also saw Beauty and the Beast show. It's only about 30 minutes long but they covered most of the story line. It was very adorable and well done! It was probably my most favorite show of the day. The actor and actress who played Belle and the Beast did an amazing job!

We also saw the Indiana Jones show. I didn't get any pictures as it was hard getting pictures of them in action. It was a fun show, and they played all the classic parts of the films. I recommend seeing that show as well if you go. FYI- the shows times are usually the same every day and you can get fast passes for them. I would only recommend getting a fast past for Fantasia as the seats fill out fast!!

My favorite rides that I recommend going on are:

Rock and Roller Coaster Staring Aerosmith - It's the most roller coaster type ride there and you even go upside down!
Star Tours- This was actually quite fun! I didn't find it thrilling or anything like a roller coaster. It's like a 3D simulator of riding a spaceship. Don't worry about motion sickness, as I am a suffer of this and I didn't have a problem!
Tower of Terror - If you do not like heights, I do not recommend this. They bring you up several stories high and drop you down, up again and the down again. I think they did this 5 times - so don't eat anything heavy beforehand!

Such a fun day!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well! :)