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Life of Shaz Life Hacks

Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors, an Alexandria, Virginia based interior design firm, provides simple solutions to creating a beautiful home and life.


SCW Interiors Fireplace Mantle Holiday Design Stockings

It’s officially the first week of December and if you are like me you have barely made a dent in your holiday shopping.  Selecting special gifts for all the women in your life is especially challenging given the volume of choices and the limited time to check all the boxes on your list. Today I am sharing my top ten picks for gift giving or receiving (hint to my family) this holiday season.   Heck if you’re worried the items may not arrive under your tree, send me a note and I will happily pass along your suggestions.  Ya’ll can thank me later ;) 

1. Pima Cotton Pajamas

Trust me when I tell you I am a pajama aficionado and these pj’s rock!  The pima cotton keeps its shape and the colors don’t fade. More importantly these pj’s pack so nicely that you will have room for an extra pair in your suitcase this holiday season.


2. Agraria Rainbow

I am, as everyone knows, a scent-aholic and these Agraria Home scented room sprays are to die for.  Even better is that you don’t have to decide on one scent because you get to have a sampling of all my favorites.  


3. Charms

I have been collecting charms since my oldest daughter was born and my bracelet finally packs a punch (see image of my charm bracelet).  One of my favorite sentiments is to receive new charms, such as this candy cane charm, to mark the passage of time. I love to add anything with enamel and color to the collection because more is more!


4. Roses for the lips?

This lip oil with rose petals covers all the bases for me.  First, I adore anything with roses, and, second, I love a clear gloss that isn’t too sticky.  Buy one for each stocking in the house and you will be the fan favorite on Christmas morning.  


5. Custom Art for the Tree

Lindsay Cowles is a creative genius and has generously turned her talents to making ornaments for the holiday season.  These hand painted balls are like receiving a custom piece of art for your tree.  The best part is that they are shatter proof which means you can trust everyone to deck the halls without worry of breaking.


6. Backpack

Travel much?  Then you know a backpack is key to saving your back and easing up your hands to juggle a million other items.  I am in love with this canvas backpack that doubles as a shoulder tote.  While I am partial to the tan leather, the navy has year round appeal.  This is definitely on my wish list!


7. Herend is forever

Admittedly, the collections might be out of hand BUT you can never have too many pieces of Herend.  This precious begging poodle is the perfect addition to the collection I started years ago and reminds me of our apricot standard, Skyler.

My small but growing collection.

My small but growing collection.

Lulu and Skyler watching for Santa’s sleigh.

Lulu and Skyler watching for Santa’s sleigh.

SCW Interiors Life Hacks Blog Post : My Holiday Wish List that includes this stationary from Haute Papier

SCW Interiors Life Hacks Blog Post : My Holiday Wish List that includes this stationary from Haute Papier

8. Paper heaven

I am committing to be better about writing notes because I LOVE to receive them in the mail.  I have realized that having pretty paper makes the task of writing special notes more inviting.  This stationary is a true treat with the marbled paper liners that remind me of so many of our interior projects.  I will need to include a note that the liner is not re-purposed wallpaper although I can definitely see it on walls.  


9. Diva slippers

There are needs and there are wants and this falls into the latter. Who would not love to wear these house shoes around in all their over the top glory?  The real question is what color to get and I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these super fun options.  I am settling on the red and green which is a little bit Gucci and a lot of Christmas cheer.  


10. Quilted floral travel bag

For girls on the go keeping a travel bag on the ready is essential.  Several years ago I purchased this same bag in black and keep it full of the things I know I will need each time I travel.  This year they introduced it in a black floral which I am coveting.  This bag wears so incredibly well and packs easily vs. the bags with the stiff sides and I have been known to toss it on gentle cycle when things get messy.  


I would love to hear about your top go to gifts for the season. Feel free to drop me a line at