Gift Guide - Valentine's Day for Her

I shared my Valentine's Day gift guide for men last week so I would be remiss to not include a version for females as well. You can go the obvious route of roses and chocolate for your lady on Valentine's Day but I think that is a little boring (not to mention very impractical). I would much rather receive something I can use going forward, not just enjoy for the day/week. 

Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment - I have this lip stain and it just lovely. It smells of amazing citrus and imparts just the right amount of color. Not too much just a hint of pink.

Kate Spade iPhone Case - This case is just so pretty and feminine. Enough said.

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta® Peel Extra Strength Daily Peel - I've heard amazing things about this daily peel. Why not give your woman something to make her even more beautiful?

Silk Pillowcase - It's silky and has lips on it. If this doesn't work for Valentine's Day then I don't know when it will.

Anthropologie Earrings - They would be great paired with a chunky sweater now and with a sundress come summer. 

Blush Tote - I love the muted pink color of this tote and the fact that it has two different strap types. Plus it's only $25!

Rose Gold Bracelet - For the girl who wants some jewelry for V-Day, this bracelet is chic and understated yet very refined. 

Rainbow Sweater - This sweater is so cheerful and cozy, perfect for those gloomy February days.

Naked Palette - Every woman and I mean every woman needs a good neutral brown eye shadow palette. This one is small enough that you get exactly what you need, no extra colors that will never be used.

The Beauty Chef Book - Get prettier from eating!? If you want to encourage your woman to cook why not dangle the carrot of beauty in front of her. I'm adding this book to my cart right now.

Gift Guide - Valentine's Day for Him

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means it's almost time for chocolates, roses and those conversation hearts that taste too similar to chalk for my liking. I'm not usually one to go all out for Valentine's Day but it is a nice time to show your love and appreciation for that special someone in your life. Finding the right gift is hard though, where do you even start? Well I've gone ahead and done the searching for you and rounded up a collection of gifts to give your guy that are cool, functional and won't break the bank.

Sleepy Jones Boxers - I first bought Jeff a pair of these Sleepy Jones boxers two years ago for Christmas. He loved them so much he went out and bought a bunch more pairs and wears them for lounging and to sleep pretty much every night. These are a great way to step up your man's sleepwear style without him even realizing it.

Herschel Backpack - There are few items more functional than a backpack. They work great for a weekend trip or trekking to Brooklyn breweries to pick up can releases...just us?

Gingham Tie - Not many men like to buy new ties, do him a solid and get a new one for all the upcoming weddings you most likely have this year. I love this blue gingham one for spring and summer.

Keap Candle - We heard about Keap candles at a pop-up shop and loved what the company stood for. They make high-quality candles, at great prices and support social causes. Oh and they have awesome branding too. They do a candle subscription that Jeff got me for Christmas this past year which makes for a great gift.

Red Anorak - That springtime rain will be coming before we know it. This red jacket works great as a V-Day gift and will come in handy in a few short months when the weather warms up.

Travel Shoe Bags - Throwing your shoes into your suitcase with all your clothing is pretty gross, but how many guys actually own shoe bags? Do him a favor and clean that situation up with this set.

Fleece Hoodie - This reminds me of one of Jeff's favorite Patagonia sweatshirt, this time in a cozy cream fleece. Functional for the end of Winter but also great for chilly summer nights.

Vans - Can you ever heard someone say they have too many pairs of Vans? I love the red and burgundy combo on this high-top style.

Ray-Bans - These Clubmaster Flat sunglasses are a cool new take on a classic style. If your guy is into Ray-Bans this is a great gift to add to his collection in a fresh new way.

Growing Your Hat Collection

Hats are one of those wardrobe pieces that seem fairly unnecessary. Save for the obvious winter woolen hat, there aren’t many times that you NEED a hat, you can get by without one. On the flip side however, hats are perhaps the simplest way to transform an outfit from snooze to stylish in one swoop. I’ve been a big hat lover throughout my life. As a young girl, I was obsessed with a denim bucket hat from Gap Kids. It was tacked up at the front with a big yellow fake sunflower stuck on. Oh how I loved that hat. I was crazy about the Olsen Twins at that time and I think they wore something similar. The original influencers. Anyone else have one of those hats?

Over the course of the past years I have steadily grown my hat collection and it seems the toppers are only becoming more and more popular as the years go by. When looking to add some new hats there are definitely some different price and quality routes you can take. I personally have gone for more affordable options, simply because you oftentimes cannot tell the difference between the cheap and pricey. There are some beautiful options from established milliners like Janessa Leone and I’m sure these will last forever if you take care of them. However I still feel at a place where I don’t want to invest quite that much in a hat just yet. But maybe one day :). 

While many of my hats have come from places like Forever 21Urban Outfitters or Nordstrom, I have gotten a few from street vendors in NYC. I even bought one from a street vendor while on our way to the airport, it was just too good a hat to pass up. If you find yourself in the East Village, there is a guy selling hats at a table on the corner of 14th and 1st Ave pretty much year round. They can be hit or miss, but in the summer especially he has some great straw hats for stupid cheap.

Cold Weather Hats

In the winter I like a classic black fedora that I can pair with warm layers and scarves, like I did in this post. It matches with everything and conveys a great city-chic vibe. A few great winter fedoras currently on the market include this tan fedora, this classic wide-brim black and this darker brown style. I am on the hunt to add a lighter colored winter hat to add to my collection, either like this cream version or this light grey style. These lighter color versions are perfect for transitioning from winter into spring.

Warm Weather Hats

Once the weather warms up I am all about a straw hat, whether boaterpanama or sun style. They are practical when out in the sun all day and add great texture to summer outfits. You really only need one classic style like this option, but if you want to round out your collection you can’t go wrong with this or this.

Wardrobe Update - Bags on a Budget

I am all for saving up and splurging on a nice quality handbag as much as the next gal. But sometimes I feel like my bag game needs a quick pick-me-up and I don't want to invest in something expensive yet. I could go the route of renting a bag, look for one on ebay or just suck it up and stay with what I have. But where's the fun in that? Enter the fast fashion retailer.

I am a huge fan of fast fashion, as it lets me spice up my wardrobe with trendy pieces without sucking up lots of cash. The trick is finding the right affordable pieces that still look luxe. Easier said then done, I know. Today I wanted to share some of the budget bags that are currently available from some of my favorite fast fashion retailers. All options are under $75, most are under $50!

1. Shein, $10 // 2. J.Crew, $59 // 3. Shein, $20 // 4. Shein, $24 // 5. Mango, $30 // 6. ASOS, $48

As with everything else made by fast fashion companies, keep in mind these pieces aren't meant for heavy duty wear (ie. don't expect them to last beyond a season or two). But if you are looking for something outside your comfort or just liven up your look without the investment, why not pick up a budget bag? 

My Favorite High Waist Jean Styles

High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans

Is there anything more flattering than black skinny jeans? They are slimming and can be worn pretty much anywhere and with anything. I've had a few great pairs over the years, but my current favorite is this pair from Urban Outfitters (seen in this post and this post). I wear them all . the . time. I need to get another pair before the ones I have totally wear out. While you can definitely find some pricier skinny jeans, I am partial to the wallet-friendly options like these from Old Navy and these from H&M.

  1. H&M Skinny Ankle Jeans - Only $9.99!
  2. Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jeans
  3. BDG Twig High Rise Skinny Jean - I wear these constantly!

High-Waist Mom Jeans

I waited awhile before hopping on the mom jean trend because I just didn't think they would flatter my petite shape. But once I got this pair from H&M (seen here , here and here) changer. The straight leg and high cut feels modern and retro at the same time. I love how I can tuck in any shirt or sweater and still get a flattering fit. My H&M pair is a little wider through the leg, so I have been looking for an additional style that is just a bit slimmer. I've had my eye on these H&M jeans, but after seeing this Gap style I may be looking to get those instead.

  1. H&M Vintage High Ankle Jeans
  2. Gap Super High Rise Button Fly Straight Jeans
  3. ASOS High Waist Mom Jeans

Cold Weather Florals

Key Piece : Topshop Skirt

A few of my other dark floral favorites!

Winter Wardrobe - Pastel Colored Coats

Hello 2018! I for one am super excited to move into a new year and get a fresh start. I got a new planner for Christmas and have already been using it a ton to plot out upcoming plans and daily to-do lists. While I use my phone calendar to keep track of plans, personally I really like using a physical planner to keep organized. Anyway, now on to the actual topic of this post - colorful winter coats! 

Winter is in full force and a warm coat is absolutely necessary here in NYC. There is much to be said for a great black, navy or camel coat, but these neutrals can get to be a bit boring after awhile. I hunted down some great pastel options to brighten up my outerwear with candy-colored shades of pink and blue. I especially love this bright pink funnel-neck style and this longline blue topper. Take that Winter doldrums!  

Pink Coats

Blue Coats