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Holiday Cheer GIFT GUIDE


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We’re thrilled to bring you this thoughtfully curated holiday gift guide! But first we’d like to tell you a story... We are sister-in-laws who were brought together when we married twin brothers, Sean and Eric Regan. Coincidently, we attended the same college. But get this! Our paths never crossed until we met our {now} husbands several years later. Even more interesting, we graduated the same year and had mutual friends. {Check out p. 4 to find out where we went to school!}

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Now, we consider ourselves lucky to have each other as sisters. But even more, we bond over our mutual love for creativity. Nicole has a lifestlye blog and social media business, Cedar & Rush and Sam has an interior design blog and business, Shining On Design. We’re constantly keeping an eye out for stylish and unique finds. Which is why this gift guide is so much fun! You’ll find surprising notes in the descriptions, so make sure to check those out. We’ve put special thought into each item and know these gifts may earn you a nickname of Santa’s little helper. And speaking of help, we dished out several tips to make your holiday decorating a breeze and win over your guests with tasty and pretty champagne picks! We hope you enjoy this first edition of our “Holiday Cheer” as much as we enjoyed creating it for you.


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May your holidays be merry and bright! XOXO, SAM & NICOLE


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HAPPY SHOPPING!

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smell Gwenyth Paltro​w​‘s new perfume​.​Smells like you were at an old fancy library sitting next to a fire! P. 6

All states available! (Did you know Sam and Nicole went to the University of Iowa?!)

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Trend alert!

G​oop Fragrance - Edition 01 || Homesick Candles S​ugarfina R​ose All Day Bento Box || MBerries

“the ultimate party trick!” -Nicole


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“Feels SO luxurious” - Sam

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Sam and her mom’s favorite robe

hear sight Skullcandy ​Knockout Headphones​ || Jo Malone™ ‘Geranium & Walnut’ Body Scrub UGG Blanche Robe || S​martphone Projector 2.0


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The holidays are a perfect time to celebrate with friends and family. Even if you aren’t hosting a big party, you are bound to have a few guests pop over! As you clean your house, consider these ideas and tips to spruce up your home this season! -SAM


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1. MOVE FURNITURE AROUND: Make adding your Christmas tree fun by rearranging your furniture for a whole new look! Also, think about seating arrangements when entertaining. Will you need to borrow chairs from another room? Fill in empty spaces? Bringing out the holiday decor can easily fill these corners or shelves. 2. DECLUTTER: This is key to highlight your holiday decor. Before breaking out the boxes, go through your home and think about what can be put away during the season. Do you really need all those picture frames out? Put your favorite items on display but save the rest for later! P. 10

3. DONATE: After decluttering, are there any items that you have outgrown but someone else would treasure? Holidays are all about giving back so seize this opportunity. 4. DON’T GO GRISWOLD: Relax! Keep the decor simple with a few key pieces in each room. Think elegant centerpiece for the dining room, wreath for the front door, candles strategically placed to add ambience, etc. 5. GO SHOPPING! Is there anything on your wish list? New sofa, new artwork? Give Yourself and your home a little early holiday gift. ‘Tis the season, right? 6. ADD SOME SPRUCE! Use fresh greenery in vases, bowls or even baskets. This is also a great way to add in the smell of a real tree if you have an artificial one this year. Happy Holidays! -SAM


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“I love giving gifts that are both classic and personal. Picture f r a m e s a n d m o n o g r a m m e d g i f t s a r e u s u a l l y m y g o - t o’s ! I a l s o love giving candles (and receiving them) because you can n e v e r h a v e e n o u g h .� - S a m


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“A s t h e y s a y. . . ‘ E n t e r t a i n i n g s e e k s t o i m p r e s s . H o s p i t a l i t y s e e k s t o b l e s s ’. N o t h i n g s h o w s l o v e l i k e inviting people into your home. So send out the invites and pop open the bubbly!” -Nicole


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Trend Alert! Magnolia leaf wreaths are on every interior designers’ door.

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Turn your Instagram photos into artwork!

Give the gift that keeps giving! Pick from a 3-24 month candle subscription. 100% soy & supports female refugees.

Fresh Magnolia & Cypress Wreath || Framebridge Custom Framing Online Service Serena & Lily Henley Wool Throw || The Little Market Candle Subscription (Lauren Conrad’s Fair Market shop)


Trend Alert! Elevate your home with these every day style tips.

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Customize your home with this REVERSIBLE Jonathan Adler pillow!

Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home || Anthropologie Lucite & Gold Bar Cart The Emily & Meritt Bow Chair || Jonathan Adler Reversible Letter Throw Pillow


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tipsy CLICK HERE TO GET THESE FLUTES

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The best way to get the party started? Pop the bubbly! Celebrate with these toasty and elegant sparklers. Here are our 6 favorites! THE PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT! A MONOGRAMMED TRAY >>

Want to up the anty? Try a garnish bar!

GARNISH IDEAS Sprigs of Rosemary Pomegranate Seeds Cloves Cinnamon Stick Blooming Hibiscus

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DRESS UP YOUR BOTTLES WITH THESE ASSORTED KATE SPADE WINE TAGS!


6 Sur pr ising Tidbits YO U D I D N ’ T K N O W A B O U T B U B B LY 1. THE MOST VERSATILE DRINK: Champagne goes with EVERYTHING. Which is why it’s a sommelier favorite. Ever try bubbly with a side of french fries or potato chips? It’s the tastiest (and easiest) appetizer ever. 2. PARTY TRICK! Did you know you’re opening champagne wrong? If you want to be perceived as a wine connoisseur, try this. Hold the cork and twist the bottle (not the cork), when popping your bubbly. Although a French faux pas, we believe the louder the pop the better. It cues guests, “it’s time to party!” 4. THE REAL STUFF FOR LESS: It’s difficult to find REAL champagne under $40. “Champagne” is sparkling wine made specifically in the Champagne region of France (AKA the best!). So why so expensive? It’s incredibly labor intensive. That’s why we love “La Cle de la Femma” Champagne (see next page) at just $25. Tip: you can find this pricepoint at Sav Way in the Chicagoland area! P. 20

5. HOW TO MIX: Speaking of the good stuff, we suggest holding the mixers when drinking your best bottles. You don’t want to spoil it! Add liquors, juices and garnishes to a nice prosecco or cava. Not to mention, it’s way more affordable! We suggest Lamarca Prossecco and JP Chenet {see next page}. 6. NAMES: Prosecco, cava, sparkling wine, champagne…what does all this even mean?! We made it easy with this handy cheat sheet. Note, although not exact, these are great rules of thumb.

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Anything bubbly is sparkling wine. Even champagne. The names (prosecco, cava, etc.) tell you C OD. 0 2 5 6 where your bubbly’s from. For example… Cava: sparkling wine from Spain Prosecco: sparkling wine from Italy Champagne: sparkling wine from Champagne, France Cheers! -NICOLE

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LA CLE DE LA FEMME CHAMPAGNE $25 subtle notes of almond, buttered toast, and baking spices

LAMARCA PROSECCO $13 fresh and clean with a refreshing crisp finish

***STOCKING STUFFER IDEA! Create a FREE Custom Label for your Lamarca bottle here.

FAVORITE & real champagne

ROEDERER ESTATE BRUT $17 lively with complex pear & spice flavors with bread yeast notes

By the same makers as Cristal!

the best 6 champagnes

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TO DRINK & GIVE

TIP: SCREEN SHOT THIS PAGE FOR YOUR NEXT GROCERY RUN!

J.P. CHENET ROSE $9 Intense and fine, dominated by notes of red berries. Fine bubbles and delicate aromas delightfully light & well balanced

RACK & RIDDLE ROSE $24 Ripe strawberry with a hint of cream and spice

Favorite sparkling rose!

A great hostess gift and only $9!

MOET & CHANDON CHAMPAGNE $35 Hints of smoke, pastry cream and lemon curd on the nose, and toast. Lively and crisp!

When a celebration is in order!


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For the hottest chef in the kitchen! {Also, Nicole’s new favorite company}

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A gift that gives back! For every purchase, $1 is donated to animal welfare.

Elevate your kitchen counter & morning routine

1. Agate Cheese Board | 2. Formoria Dessert Plates | 3. Bon Aprontit Apron 4. ASPCAÂŽ Novelty Tea Towels from West Elm | 5. Brass Pour-over Coffee Set


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PIECES Tip: The trick to a fab party? Make your guests feel at ease. Greet them at the door barefoot or in stylish slippers. A subconcious cue to make themselves comfortable too. Nicole wears her Birdie Slippers religiously!

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Who doesn’t want to leave a little note for the host of the party?”

Under $20!

Birdies Luxury Slippers | Brass Porcupine Toothpick Holder RabLabs Kivita Crystal Coasters | Craft a Cocktail Kit | Note Tree


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SWITCH IT UP!

IF YOU’ RE LIKE US, W E A LWAYS GR AB A DRESS TO IMPR ES S . BU T WE A LSO LIKE T H ROW ING A C URVE BA L L . T H ESE J.CREW PLAID PANTS AR E NOT ON LY FL AT TER ING FOR HOL IDAY FEST IV IT IES, BUT C OM FORTABLE TO O. T H E BOW TOP IS N IC OL E’S FAVOR ITE PA RT. J U ST LIKE A PRESEN T !


A FLOUNCY SKIRT

NOT ON LY A CL ASSIC BU T PE R F E C T F OR YOU R HOLI DAY F E ST I V I T I E S ! SA M LOVES H E R TORY BURCH SKIRT W I T H T H E G OLD HA R DWA R E DETA IL. T H E BE ST PA RT ? SH E C A N W E A R I T Y EA R ROU N D TO HER DE SIGN ME ET ING S, PA RT I E S A N D EVERYT H I NG I N BET WEEN.

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KEEP IN TOUCH Have a question? Want to say hello? Have a suggestion? Or want to work with us? Give us a ring at the below!

SAM REGAN WWW.SHININGONDESIGN.COM @SHININGONDESIGN P. 26

shiningondesign@gmail.com

NICOLE REGAN WWW.CEDARANDRUSH.COM @NICOLEAREGAN nicole@cedarandrush.com


T HANK YOU

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We wish you a magical holiday filled with many celebrations! We are grateful to have such wonderful readers and friends. Don’t forget to follow our blogs too for more holiday inspiration this season (plus a couple fun giveaways!). Cheers!

NICOLE & SAM

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