Etsy Gift Guide: 5 Etsy Shops to Visit this Holiday

‘Tis the season to give! With the holidays quickly approaching, many stores are either out of stock or picked over by now. I’m here to make things a LOT easier for you. Grab your peppermint mocha, sit tight, and shop from the comfort of your own couch. Here is my Etsy Gift Guide with 5 shops to stroll through online!

Momma Pots

@momma_pots

I first found this shop through my friend Angela, who bought some pots to use as centerpieces for her baby shower! Not only are they adorable, but they are affordable! Sizes range from large bowls, to medium bowls, all the way to shooter sets. Each pot is different, and she provides all different design options (contemporary, bohemian, minimalistic, etc.) with several color combinations, so there is a style that caters to everyone’s taste. I personally was gifted a custom gold, gray, and white potted succulent, and it makes me even more obsessed with my kitchen! The behind-the-scenes process of how the shop owner, Blaine, creates these pots is insanely intriguing, so be sure to follow her on Instagram!

 

Pirouette Paper Shop

@pirouettepapercompany

I just recently ordered a personalized “Just Engaged” ornament for my fiancé and me, and it is absolutely exactly what I wanted! With so many calligraphy and hand-lettering shops popping up on Etsy, it can be overwhelming to try and decide on which to order from, but this is THE one to pick. Kaylyn’s quick responses and customer service are unparalleled, which to me, makes or breaks a shop! Quick shipping, and easy to order! She provides an array of holiday and non-holiday listings, so this shop is a go-to year-round.

Everything But Brunch

@everythingbutbrunch

As the shop owner, I am excited to have just listed a bunch of new choker styles! My chokers are all high-quality, handmade, and adorably packaged. From velvet, to leather, to conchos, and suede, each choker is unique, comfortable, and the perfect gift for your fashion-forward friends. Grab one of our signature double grommet lace-ups, or one of our new bolo wraps! Our holiday deadline to order is December 18- get free shipping on $20 or more, with the code “HOLIDAYFREESHIP”.

 

Little Flower Soap Co

@thelittleflowersoapco

I am a sucker for bubble baths and luxury soap goods, so this shop is a MUST! There is no such thing as too much pampering IMO, and I love the fact that they handmake all of their natural spa kits, soaps, and balms. The soaps are cold processed in small batches, and the owners use techniques handed down for 3 generations to create their signature goods.

Milk and Honey Luxuries

@milkandhoneyluxuries

You can never go wrong with personalized gifts! Milk and Honey’s cutting boards are absolutely darling, and their customized stamped spoon sets are just as cute if you would like to opt for a lighter load. Trying to hit the “under $20” budget bracket? Don’t fret. Their punny mugs are only $16.

 

Note: Don’t forget to check the holiday deadlines for each shop in my Etsy Gift Guide!

Comment below with your favorite Etsy shop- I would love to check it out!

All photos courtesy of their respective Etsy shops.

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Getting Fit with Functionality: Why I Love F45 Training

Part of my job as a model is to be physically fit at all times. We shoot next seasons’ bikini lines during Thanksgiving and Christmas the year before, and so on- we never have an “off-season.” This means that while luckily I enjoy working out, I still have to find creative ways to mix up my fitness regimen to keep it interesting and also to avoid plateauing. I found F45 back in April, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

What is F45? F45 stands for Functional + 45 minutes. The workouts are a mix of HIIT (high intensity interval training) and strength training with weights, with an emphasis placed on form and functionality throughout the movement. Classes are led by F45 certified trainers, and video screens at the front of the studio make it easy for students to follow and keep up with which exercises are performed at which stations, and to follow the countdown.

What’s my favorite part about F45? Every single workout is different! F45 has a database of over 3,000 exercises, so you will NEVER get the same workout twice. The exercises constantly change and the timed intervals change dependent upon which systemized workout is done that day. Before starting F45, I felt myself kind of plateau and I started to suffer from gym burnout. I was all out of ideas to keep pushing myself at the gym, and I got to the point where I wasn’t necessarily looking forward to working out. Since my job demands I am physically fit at all times, I knew I had to make a change to make my workouts more interesting and successful. With F45, I don’t have a choice- I am pushed to my limit each class, and I don’t have to worry about timing myself, keeping my routines interesting, all while trying to reach my fitness goals.

Do you like the cardio or strength training classes more? The F45 cardio classes kick my booty and I absolutely love it! I sweat like nobody’s business in them and I never have to worry about stopping prematurely just because I’m bored (which used to be a problem of mine when doing my own workouts). I do also love the strength training classes because they force me to use weights, and I continue to challenge myself and go up in the amount of weight I use each month. However, if you’re not one for weights, don’t fret! The strength training classes allow you to modify your workouts based on how heavy or light you would like to lift. The F45 trainers pre-set each station with extremely light to extremely heavy weights, so you always have options and are free to switch it up throughout the workout.

Where can I find an F45? Originating in Australia, F45 has become one of the fastest growing fitness networks throughout the entire world. While I workout mainly at the San Diego Downtown location, and at the Summerlin Las Vegas location when visiting home, you can find a location near you here.

Email me at paigebreonfulfer@gmail.com if you would like to come take a class with me at the SD downtown location!

All photos: Katy Lewis Photography, @katyelewis

Be sure to follow along for sneak peek videos of the workouts:

@f45_training

@f45_training_sandiego_downtown

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Sally Beauty Summer Hair Rehab- My Top Treatments

As much as I love trying the latest makeup collections, experimenting with a range of new nail polish shades, and spoiling myself with luxurious sheet masks, I tend to forget about one thing- my hair! While it can be easy for me to fall into the same mundane haircare routine, I recently decided I need to be giving my hair a little more TLC, especially during the summer. So I set out to my closest Sally Beauty and stocked up on some treatment solutions to kick off my Summer Hair Rehab!

Sally Beauty

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