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Gift Guide: 10 Cozy Gift Ideas for the Homebody on Your List

For the friend, sister, or mother who relishes in the simplicities and little luxuries of being at home, this gift roundup is sure to get your ideas churning. Think cozy, comfy, and a little creative to find your favorite homebody the perfect present:

1) A lovely little candle that smells like something baked, creamy, or honeyed to burn while reading a pageturner, luxuriating in a long bath, or just relaxing on the couch. 2) The softest blanket possible to curl up with on a cold winter's evening. 3) An ivory infinity scarf that keeps the neck cozy and goes with anything. 4) Thick, cable-knit socks to keep one's toes toasty. 5) A package of her favorite tea and 6) an understated but subtly glamorous mug to sip it from. 7) Simple home decor that embodies her life's motto. 8) Nail polish in a trendy but neutral hue. 9) Luxurious body butter in an elegant container. 10) Her favorite classic novel – with the prettiest possible cover.

I want the socks, candle, and book for my own cozy night playing homebody. Which of these would you buy for the homebody on your shopping list? Which of these little luxuries do you want for yourself?

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DIY Cat Barrier for Under $100 (See-Through, Climb-Proof, and Too-Tall-To-Jump)

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Pencil It In | Working the Pencil Skirt into Your Work Attire, Including 25 Examples with Do's and Don'ts

Starting this week, every Wednesday on The Lovely Side will be devoted to wardrobe, hair, and beauty content.  With summer internships right around the corner and interviews for real world jobs looming as well, I thought now would be a good time to delve into the world of office fashion.  
Sarah, a reader, recently emailed me asking about how to style a pencil skirt for her "somewhat casual, somewhat professional workplace full of fashionable co-workers."  She's been lusting after pencil skirts at several stores, but been hesitant to purchase one for fear of looking bad in it and not knowing what to wear with it.