The Complete Guide to Shiba Inu Gifts // Gifts for Shiba Inus & their Owners

I don’t think it’s a big secret that I’m kind of a crazy dog lady. I mean, I did name my blog after my dog after all. But not only am I a crazy dog lady, but I’m also a crazy Shiba Inu lover, too. Shibas are such a unique breed with a variety of quirky behaviors and characteristics. It’s hard to summarize them in a word or two, and Shiba Inu owners are probably no different.

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With Shiba Inu’s growth in popularity since the “Doge” meme, the Hachi movie, and countless Shiba influencer such as Maru, Menswear Dog, and many many more, it’s only logical that there’s been a growth in the amount of Shiba Inu merchandise available on the internet, too. When I first got Rigby, it was nearly impossible to find much more than a book, maybe a keychain, and if I was lucky, a t-shirt or mug with “Shiba Inu” typed on it. Now, there are entire websites dedicated to making breed merchandise, and countless ways to source gifts for Shiba owners.

Shiba Inu Gifts: The Complete Gift Guide for Shiba Owners & Their Shibas

Today, I thought I’d make it a little easier for you by tracking down some of my absolute favorite finds from across the web. I tried to only select Shiba Inu merch from places I would feel comfortable buying from – Amazon, Etsy, DeviantArt, as well as treats and toys for your Shiba that you can feel confident in giving your dog since they’re Rigby approved!

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Break the Style Rules for Thanksgiving // Black and Brown Outfits

Happy Thanksgiving! It’s become a tradition around here to share what I’m wearing for Thanksgiving. So why stop this year? When looking back at past Thanksgiving outfits, I couldn’t help but notice a pattern of wearing a color combination that’s heavily debated: black and brown. Do black and brown outfits work? Do they not?

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Personally, I’m on team black and brown, which is why I thought it would be fun to share a few different outfits that incorporate this color pairing. Where do you fall on the style spectrum? Are you a black and brown hater, or do you think they can work together?

I’ll share my personal style tips when it comes to this pairing and you can let me know what you decide in the comments below!

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10+ Packing Tips for the Holidays + Travel Checklist

Oh em gee. Can you believe Thanksgiving is this week?! With it falling early this year, it feels so strange to begin referring this time of year as the “holiday season.” Send help please; I am most definitely not ready for fall to be over yet!

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With the holidays impending, that only means one thing: lots of holiday travel. While I’m fortunate that all of our family lives within a few hours of us, a busy fall season with trips back to back led me to grow my travel packing skills exponentially. If you’re looking for a travel checklist to help you stress less, and packing tips to make sure everything fits into your bag, I think you’re going to like this post. And even if, like me, you’re not traveling this holiday season, it never hurts to save this post for later. Never know when you might need it!

10+ Packing Tips + Travel Checklist for the Holiday Season

If you’re ready to up your packing game, learn some packing tips for winter travel, and download a travel checklist, so you never forget your toothbrush again, then read on!

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How to Hygge This Winter

As I sit here working on this post, the wind is blowing away, the leaves making crisp rattling noises as they hit the side of the house. Earlier, the rain was falling gently, glistening in the fall sun. And me? Well, I’m inside, with my chilly toes hidden under blankets and a cozy pullover keeping my upper body toasty. What can I say, ’tis the season to get hygge! 

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But wait, what’s hygge? A Danish and Norwegian term describing a mood or feeling of coziness, comfort, wellness, and contentment, despite the long, dark days of fall and winter. It was all the rage last winter, and I predict we’ll see a resurgence again as the temperatures drop. From beauty products to candles to books, there are a variety of products for sale that capitalize on the concept of how to hygge. However, there’s also a variety of things you can do at home that will inspire feelings of hygge, too.

Today I thought I’d share a few of those ideas as the weather changes, the nights get longer, and we begin to transition our homes, wardrobes, and mindset for the holiday and winter months.

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A Long Weekend in Oregon’s Willamette Valley // Where to Stay, Eat, & Visit

Known best as “Oregon’s Wine Country” the Willamette Valley is a 150-mile valley in central Oregon that is home to much more than just wine. It also happens to be where I spent 4 days back in September with a group of Seattle bloggers, Kate of All Things Kate, Emma of Emma’s Edition, Adria of Emerald Palate, and Marissa of Postcards to Seattle. As it was my first time visiting, I was grateful to have some more experienced travelers (Adria had previously visited last year) and the help of the Willamette Valley Visitor’s Association and Travel Oregon who put together an amazing itinerary of things to do in Willamette Valley for us!

Disclosure: Thanks to the Willamette Valley Visitor’s Association for providing accommodations, activities, and meals during this trip. All opinions are my own! Photos by Ashley Cook Photography

Of course, we discovered some other gems along the way, too, and today I want to share more about this whirlwind of a trip. It was such a busy trip that I had people ask me if I even slept! Surprisingly, I did, and despite one 5 am wake up call for our hot air balloon ride, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of our excursion! Or maybe that was the facial… ;)

Either way, if you’re itching for a long weekend vacation read on for why the Willamette Valley should be your next destination!

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