This ensemble is one of those outfits that is quite simple yet combines some very special pieces. The perfect handbag can be tricky. I tend to fall in love with one and then only bring it out on special occasions for fear of something happening to it. Isn’t it funny how sometimes our favorite pieces are the ones we try to protect instead of celebrate? Not so with this one. The classic black is perfectly understated yet has enough detail to stand out from the crowd, and the Saffiano leather makes it super durable. I love it paired with these sleek loafers and gorgeous, delicate choker.
Men are probably the hardest people to shop for. Every year I rack my brain and endlessly scour the web for something new and unique for the guys in my life. Here are my top pics for those special dudes. 1) 8mm Camera
For the film enthusiast, this awesome vintage Ampro camera is great as a collectable or for the real deal. Lights, camera…
2) IPA Beer Brewing Kit
It’s every man’s rite of passage to have brewed his own beer at least once. This west coast style IPA brewing kit is the perfect gift to take the plunge.
3) BOSS Italian Wool Suit
I hate to say it, but 80% of men wear their suits entirely too loose. This slim cut would make even James Bond proud. And don’t we all want to be like 007?
4) F-bomb Paperweight
Because sometimes you just gotta drop an f-bomb… Can’t. Stop. Giggling.
5) Bluesmart Suitcase
A must for the frequent traveler. Currently available for pre-order (it ships in August) it has a built-in scale so he never has to worry about going over 50 lbs and being charged a fee. It also has GPS tracking (no lost luggage here!), the ability to lock and unlock it from his phone, and a built in battery charger for all things tech. The only thing it can’t do is pack itself.
6) Bonobos Jacket
Every guy needs a go-to jacket and this one fits the bill perfectly. Not too casual, not too formal it suits every occasion.
7) Ice Ball Molds
These BPA free and dishwasher safe ice molds are perfect for whiskey, bourbon or scotch drinkers. They’ll keep his drink cold without diluting it.
8) Das Horn Drinking Vessel
Channel his inner Viking with this crazy drinking horn. It comes with a neck strap for the man on the go, and a display stand when not in use.
9) Tsubo Shoes
At the end of the day, every guy just wants to be comfortable. If you’ve never heard of Tsubo, they create shoes with memory foam inner soles and rubber outer soles. Their innovative comfort technology is a favorite among dudes everywhere.
10) Yankee Stadium Cufflinks
For the sports buff, these cufflinks are created out of the original seats of Yankee Staduim circa 1973. Give him a little piece of history with some style. Not a Yankee fan? They’re also available for Shea, Dodger, Wrigley and Fenway to name a few.
11) Oculus Rift Development Kit 2
Just about every sci-fi movie in the 90’s featured a virtual reality headset like the Oculus Rift. While every good geek anxiously awaits its consumer release date, the second edition development kit is the next best thing to getting his hands on the final product.
Even if your guy isn’t into remote control toys, I guarantee he’ll love this one. It comes with a built-in camera mount for a Go-Pro and can fly 30 meters from it’s controller. Ready for the next step up? Try the Phantom. Trust me, he’ll never go back.
13) Glass Coffee Carafe Set
For the perfect cup of Joe, this carafe set does double duty as a coffee drip and serving pot.
This time of year tends to shift into overdrive, so I like to have a go-to comfy outfit for running errands and last minute holiday shopping. This poncho-cardigan hybrid is great for keeping warm without overheating when I’m running from A to B. And despite the heel, these boots are amazingly comfortable thanks to the cushy, memory foam sole. An added bonus? It’s a great put together look for when I inevitably run into someone I know and end up sitting down for an impromptu coffee. Sure beats running errands in yoga clothes. 🙂
It’s Black Friday. Time to start shopping! Check out my picks for fun yet functional pieces for the home all under $150. 1) Sheepskin Rug
This authentic, white sheepskin rug is not only a steal at $24.99 but looks great in a child’s bedroom, draped over a chair in the living room or on top of a bench at the foot of the bed.
2) Bike Cup Holder
Because every bike needs a cup holder. Why didn’t I add one of these to my beach cruiser earlier?
3) Happy Hour Flask
This adorable flask is just about as lady like as you can get. Time for happy hour!
4) Dog Print Tote
Holding up to 50 lbs, this dog print tote bag is large enough for laundry day, groceries or odds and ends. Bonus? It’s machine washable.
5) I’ll Drink to That by Betty Halbreich
I’ve been wanting to read this memoir by 86 year old Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich ever since it hit newsstands. She’s dressed celebrities, socialites and even royalty over the course of her four decade career.
6) Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Indoor plants purify the air, reduce stress levels and make for beautiful ambiance (especially during winter months when greenery is at a minimum). I love the big, fluffy leaves of this fiddle leaf fig tree.
7) Leather Magazine Rack
If you have multiple magazine subscriptions like I do, you know how quickly the living room can become littered with reading material. This stylish magazine rack keeps you beautifully organized.
8) Wine Corkers
These decorative wine corkers are a great way to add some cute personality to a bottle of gift wine. Any hostess will love them.
9) Marble and Wood Cheese Board
A beautiful blend of marble and wood, this cheese board will make any appetizer the talk of the party.
10) Face Mug
Need to stash a few cookies or a donut in with your morning coffee? This face mug gets the job done.
11) Instagram Projector
I’m in love with all things mini so I squealed when I found out Projecteo created a tiny Instagram projector. Gather the family around the fire and start the show, 2014 style!
12) Foil Pressed Wall Art
These hand painted foil pressed astrological signs make for great, personalized pieces to add to a gallery wall.
Every living room needs a small pouf. Use it as a footrest, a seat or a place to set up an iPad.
A couple weeks after the Alexander Wang x H&M collection has launched and I’m still as enamored with this dress as the first time I saw it previewed months ago. It’s crazy mesh cutouts are truly something to behold. Part prize fighter, part understated elegance, only Alexander Wang could combine two totally different personas to create a perfectly harmonious silhouette. I love him, I love him, I love him and where he goes I’ll follow…