Downtown Summerlin’s IT Holiday Gifting Crawl

Downtown Summerlin, in collaboration with style guru and fashion blogger, Christie Moeller, hosted a group of us last Saturday for a holiday gifting crawl to experience some the retail goodness and deals for the holiday season!

We started off at Dillard’s to talk about one of my favorite brands from England, Jo Malone. Most people discover this brand the way I did, via a Jo Malone candle. Handmade in England, the candle-making process is a truly artisanal. They carefully choose from 400 different wicks. Their bath oils are to die for. A candle, a bath oil, a room spray…you cannot go wrong with Jo Malone products especially for holiday gifting this season.

Special thanks go out to them for gifting us the Nectarine Blossom & Honey Bath Oil, cannot wait to use it!

Our next stop was a tasting experience at Oil & Vinegar – a gourmet specialty retail concept from Norway. Once you step in this beautiful space, you feel like you’ve stepped into a shop somewhere in Europe. With a vast array of oils and vinegars to choose from, the options are endless. I need to back for their mustard which was absolutely delicious. Check out the beautiful array of holiday gift baskets for the foodie in your life.

We then walked over to Leather Couture by Jessica Galindo – all locally handcrafted leather pieces designed by Jessica herself. The aesthetic of the store is gorgeous, I couldn’t stop admiring the bags, bowties and leather scarves. If you’re looking for a unique and luxurious gift, you have to check out this space. Special thanks to Jessica for the custom leather luggage tag! Did you know you can also go in and work with Jessica one-on-one for a customized piece? I’m loving the silver leather right now…hmmm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was my first time at West Elm and since I’m in home renovation mode at the moment, I couldn’t help but get inspired by some of their gorgeous displays. We experienced a Terrarium workshop, also a first for me. It’s always good to learn something new. Thank you for the beautiful cactus! The key to maintaining the cactus alive – do not overwater. Noted.

Another brand I love is G Aveda Salon and Spa. It always smells so good in there! The gift of relaxation and healing makes for a great gift! Thank you for gifting us a mini-facial, I need to book my appointment soon.

We ended our Downtown Summerlin holiday gifting tour with a delicious lunch at California Pizza Kitchen. Wow, so much more than just pizza, they have salads and appetizers that captivated my palate. California Pizza kitchen gift cards are perfect stocking stuffers!

A big THANK YOU goes out to all the Downtown Summerlin retailers who were so generous to give us discounts and goodies – Trufusion, Lyndee at Victoria’s Secret, LG Gallery, JoeleeneSteve Madden, WindsorFrancesca’s, Crazy Pita, Maggiano’s, Nekter Juice Bar, Makers & Finders, Soma, Shake Shack, Lazy Dog Restaurant and Bar, Vision by Amel, Build a Bear  Workshop, and Buy Buy Baby.

You can literally get all of your holiday shopping done at Downtown Summerlin! Follow them on IG @downtownsummerlin, on Facebook and on Twitter @DTSummerlin for the latest deals, holiday hours and events.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Meet My Little Fighter, Jon Crosswell

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever imagine that my life would change as much and as fast as it has in the last several months. On June 1st, I was blessed to give birth to my baby boy, Jon. He was six weeks early and spent 16 days in the NICU. My water broke on May 30. I didn’t really know what was happening until I drove myself to the hospital where they examined me and ultimately admitted me. I was not prepared at all. The day prior I was busy coordinating my maternity shoot (which never happened). I didn’t even have my hospital bag packed. Nevertheless, those things eventually became so unimportant as I found myself in the hospital room ready to give birth. I was blessed with great medical care and nurses. My entire labor and delivery took about five hours. What came afterwards though would prove to be even more challenging. Once I was discharged from the hospital, I left without my baby which was very hard to do. Luckily, I live four minutes from the hospital so I traveled back and forth every day for sixteen days to see and feed my preemie. I pushed through this time with minimal sleep and barely ate. I never had time to let my body recuperate. In retrospect, it’s amazing to see how strong my physical body was and is. I was able bounce back quickly after delivery. I was able to walk, drive and move into a new house with very little pain. I had one goal in mind, to get my baby healthy enough to progress through his time in the NICU with flying colors, which he did. He rocked the NICU like a boss. Now he’s home and is a healthy 8 lbs. 3 ounces (almost double his birth weight). I feel so lucky and blessed to have the help of my parents, family and daddy.

Soon I have to go back to work, back to normal life. It’s a bittersweet feeling. I’m sure I will have loads of daily “mom guilt.” As I move forward, I will put my trust in God and the universe to do its thing. One lesson I learned through all of this…you can plan all day and night, but there are some things you cannot control, so let go…once you do, something magical always happens. Here’s to motherhood! I’m looking forward to this new chapter in my life, meeting and making new mommy friends and mostly caring for my new baby boy, who I can’t stop staring at.