My Favorite Things Holiday Giveaway – Three $300 winners!

**Update: Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Congratulations to the winners Amanda M., Jessica C., and Rachel G.! Each winner was drawn at random via Rafflecopter and has been notified through email : ) **

buffalo check christmas pajamas gift wrapping

With my belly full of one too many cups of mulled cider, I’m procrastinating on packing for as long as possible to share one more holiday giveaway with you guys (congrats to Christy L. and Priscilla S. G. for winning my earlier ones this month!)! I loved doing a favorite things giveaway last year, so am excited that one of my favorite stores, Nordstrom, has agreed to team up again for another one. I’m giving away three $300 gift cards this time, perfect for treating yourself with after the holiday rush. I’ll be offline a bit traveling for the holidays, but will draw the lucky winners after Christmas!

buffalo check gift wrapping paper minnetonka moccasin

This is the glass box from Target that I Snapchatted the other day – cute for packaging jewelry or something like nail polishes inside, as a DIY gift set! One of my friends who always compliments my Baublebar necklace is finally getting her own : ) And oh, for fellow PJ collectors this thermal sleepshirt is a very comfy thermal waffle knit with cute chambray trim detail. I either pair black leggings under it or just wear it as a sleep dress. The sleeves have a thumb warmer which I like on coats but thought was odd for sleepwear, so I just roll them up once on my shorter arms. Nick apparently couldn’t resist poking fun at me in this, but I suspect that he -an avid lover of buffalo check- is just envious he doesn’t have one.

buffalo plaid christmas tartan PJ gift
being that kooky lady matching my gift wrap

This giveaway is open to those who are 18+ and have a mailing address in any country that Nordstrom ships to. One entry per household, please! Just fill out the Rafflecopter giveaway entry form below with one of your favorite things from their store. This could be either a wishlist item you’d get if you won a giftcard, or something that you already own/use and would recommend. I enjoyed reading all the recommendations from last year and getting to know some of you a little better! As an optional entry, I’d love to hear how you first came across this blog, out of curiosity.

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If you’re in need of shopping suggestions, here’s a walk down memory lane of some of my most-reached for things from over the years (also for last-minute gifts, there’s free shipping on most items with delivery by Christmas Eve). Some of these favorites have made it on this blog a record # of times, while others are silent but hard-workers!


$100 or less

Nike Free 5.0 training sneakers – I update my fitness gear once in a blue moon, usually when something is worn to shreds. On a whim I tried on my friend’s Nike Frees, and was shocked that my own sneaks felt like bricks in comparison! I was living under a rock, but am now loving these which feel light as air and very soft around the foot.
– Morrocanoil hair treatment (great lil’ stocking stuffer) – another recommendation by my hairdresser as an everyday leave-in conditioner for dry hair.
– BP booties (see my review) – IMO, still one of the best value booties out there and very comfy. My pebbled black ones get the most wear out of all my boots.
– Bobeau fleece & fuzzy cardigans (see both on me) – I won’t bore you by gushing again about these, but for newer readers, these are a must.
– Blank NYC moto jacket (see on me) – another old fave that I won’t chatter on about, but I do want to say mine has only gotten softer with wear over the years.

$200 or less

Ivanka Trump Tropica lace-up flat (on sale; see on me) – my go-to shoes for if I want something stylish/dressier yet need to wear flats, and it’s too warm out for boots.
– Ugg kids classic boots (on sale down from $140) – one of the few items I still have since college days…eep! A “big kids” size 4 which fits me like a womens 5 to 5.5, and the kids goes up two more sizes so might suit ladies who wear up to sz 6.5 to 7. For inclement weather, they also make a water-resistant leather.
– Packable Tour rain boots (see on me). I’m still getting messages asking if these are the Original Tall, so want to clarify again that they are very different! Please be sure to read my review if you are considering them. The Original Tall were a tad too tall in the shaft for me and also heavy in comparison.
– Longchamp Neo tote (thicker than their standard Le Pliage) is the current version of my water-resistant, foldable and lightweight tote that I still love for travel or hauling a laptop.


Manolo BB nude pump – I actually don’t think I’ve blogged these in nude (see the green ones on me), since I usually wear them with less interesting outfits that just need a classic neutral pump. There is something about the low front cut of BB pumps that I feel just looks really clean, sharp, and high-end, lengthening the legs like none other. Contrary to the listing I wouldn’t recommend sizing up at all – I’m usually between a 5 and 5.5, and a 5 in these were the best fit.
Brics Bellagio 21″ carryon suitcase (see my pics) – thank you Jen for the awesome tip about using Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser to get rid of scuff marks on the white surface!

And for your men, here’s a few items that I’ve seen lingering on Nick’s browser tabs many a times. His actual holiday wishlist was of small, random items (ie. a specialty flour…I guess the boy does love to bake!) so I’ll also be tapping into these options. I think most guys wouldn’t mind receiving any of the first few items!


– Bose bluetooth speakers – oftentimes we’ve had friends over and want to move the party to the deck…only to have to scrounge up a plastic cup to stick an iPhone in for “acoustics.” These are on sale, plus I noticed they have a couple thousand 4 to 5 star reviews around the web at other retailers.
– more cedar shoe trees – I guess he rather liked the ones I got earlier this year
Herschel Novel duffel bag with exterior zip shoe pocket, to keep everything else dirt-free!
 Shinola The Runwell watch – the brand has some great videos of the craftsmanship behind their products, perfect for guys who love to support Made in America.

Happy holidays, and good luck to my fellow last-minute gift shoppers!
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  1. lobby chic wrote:

    Hi Jean:

    I love your blog. Perfect balance of work and fun outfits.

    I am looking to overhaul my wardrobe in the New Year and would love to start with a new suit. I love anything by Theory 🙂

    Merry Christmas!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  2. Jackie wrote:

    Thank you for doing such a wonderful giveaway! Merry Christmas to you and Nick and a very happy 2016!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  3. Unknown wrote:

    thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  4. Mimi wrote:

    Happy Holidays! That target glass box is really cute and thanks for the giveaway!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  5. That buffalo check sleep shirt is too cute! Love it!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  6. Cheryl wrote:

    I like the smeg '50s Retro Style Aesthetic' Five Quart Stand Mixer.

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  7. Claud wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I love the target glass box idea and the manolo bb pointy toe are some of my favorite shoes. Gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  8. valerie wrote:

    such a sweet giveaway for christmas! thank you so much! i'd love to use it to buy a new diaper bag — mines pretty darn beat up. and nordstrom has some of the most chic diaper bags that are in existence!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  9. I would love to get The North Face 'Dunagiri' Waterproof Down Parka with Faux Fur Trim in Graphite Grey Heather. I've been eyeing it for a while!

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  10. Trang Do wrote:

    Great giveaway! Love this post!
    Love from {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  11. MAIR wrote:

    We love your blog, style and aesthetic for quality content. We'd love to work with you in the near future! Keep it up <3

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  12. Andrea Thi wrote:

    Wow, this is an amazing giveaway! Thanks so much for the opportunity! Love your blog, Jean! We're literally like the exact same size and I love your style, so every time you post something new and cute (which is always), I immediately go search for it! Ok, enough fan-girling. Happy holidays to you and your family! 🙂

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  13. I'm always shopping at the Rack looking for shoes and clothes that is what I would use the gift card for.

    Posted 12.22.15 Reply
  14. That Target glassbox is so lovely and will make a perfect gift! Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  15. Always beautiful no matter what you wear 🙂 Bought Sole Society Dulce booties per your recommendation. Love it. Happy holidays!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  16. I am going to have to say my favorite item is a sweater dress i bought from nordstrom 2 years ago . I got it because a friend of mine was wearing it and I loved it so much just had to ask where she got it.

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  17. Elaine wrote:

    I couldn't get the fuzzy cardigan last time during black friday, hope i can get it during boxing day this time 😀
    I came across your blog a year ago when i searched "boots for petite" in google and had followed your blog ever since!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  18. Love those lace-up flats!


    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  19. I think I would get the 'Boni' Pointy Toe Pumps
    Your plaid look is so cute!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  20. I love the variety that Nordstrom Rack carries!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  21. I ordered the Tommy Hilfiger's flannel sleepwear after seeing on you, now I want PJ Salvage's sleepwear again. You look too cute in it! Yay for the giveaway!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  22. This is a great giveaway! I love your gift wrap and your pj's. Buffalo plaid is such a classic for the holidays!
    Julia // Little Miss Haute Couture

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  23. I would love to win the gift card. I've never won anything online before so I would be elated!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    I refer to your blog often for inspiration. I love your style even though I am almost 40 years older than you. Keep up the great work! Happy New Year

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for the give away!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  26. I love your blog. So classy! I found your blog when looking for pictures of the BP Trolley Booties worn on someone. Your photos convinced me that I had to have them. ;] Now they have become a staple in my closet and I agree they are the best value booties out there. Merry Christmas!! =]



    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  27. Happy Holidays! Being 4'11" your fashion tips are spot on and super easy to follow with basics I already have and some I've bought due to your suggestions. I'm a Biston gal too,so here's to a continued warm winter season. It's no fun trudging around in the snow.

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  28. Effie Wong wrote:

    Thanks for the giveaway, hope I win! Merry Christmas to you Jean!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  29. Oh wow, those pictures are so beautiful. Love your cosy look 🙂
    xx Fiona

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  30. jiahua z wrote:

    I like your vlog. Your style is unique yet elegant. Your voice is pleasant, too. Now I find your blog. I guess I will be inspired from it too. Thanks.
    And happy holiday.

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  31. Diana wrote:

    Hi Jean, Do you have any recommendations for men's gloves?

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  32. Jackie wrote:

    Great giveaway! 🙂 Crossing fingers.

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  33. Unknown wrote:

    I tried to look for that box at target. No luck!! (-_-) Merry Christmas to you and family!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  34. LOVE your plaid PJs! Thank you for the giveaway!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  35. Happy Holidays Jean & Nick!
    Many thanks, as always, for your advice and stylish suggestions (even though I am 5'7"). I discovered your blog around this time last year via a friend on Instagram, and have loved following ever since!
    Best wishes from the UK,
    Bethany x

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  36. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays to you and your family! 🙂

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  37. Emily Wood wrote:

    Great post, thank you! I stumbled on your blog years ago when I was packing for a Boston trip and didn't know what to bring for weather there. I've been a happy reader ever since 🙂

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  38. Sasa Zoe wrote:


    Shall We Sasa

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  39. Kblossoms wrote:

    Beautiful Christmas tree, love all your Christmas blogs

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  40. Kathy wrote:

    Love your blog even though I am 5' 10"! It is so easy to follow links for items.

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  41. Shira wrote:

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  42. Natalie wrote:

    Great post! Love your blog, Jean! Hope I win!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  43. Ah those beautiful BP booties! I bought a pair and I'm in love! Nordstrom is my new favorite, and your recommendation was so spot on 🙂

    How To Be More Like Lauren

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  44. Anonymous wrote:

    I stumbled on your blog when searching for petite friendly riding boots 2 years ago. I've been enjoying reading your blog ever since then. Happy Holidays!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  45. I found this blog through another blogger who wrote a list of her favorite fashion bloggers. Many of them became my favorite fashion bloggers too. So glad I found one for shorties!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  46. I don't often enter giveaways because I feel as though the odds are against me, and usual it's also for something I don't really want. But I love both you and Nordstrom, so I had to enter. Have a great holiday Jean!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  47. Yay for giveaways! Thanks for hosting these 🙂 You were one of the first fashion blogs I ever found and I still love it even now!!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  48. Carol wrote:

    Your tree looks beautiful and I love all of your gift suggestions!

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  49. Love the Manolo Blahnik 'BB' Pointy Toe Pump. Just entered the giveaway.

    Elegantly Fashionable

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply
  50. Thanks for the giveaway and happy holidays !

    Posted 12.21.15 Reply

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