Holiday Gifts for Him


It’s always tough putting together gift guides for Him that don’t give away what I’m buying for Carter this year. But I think I’m up for the challenge ;)

I’m only doing one holiday gift guide for men this year, so this is a beast of a guide, so bare with me. There are LOTS of ideas here!



Holiday Gifts for Him


From left to right:

Polo 3-Pack of boxer briefs – on sale for $28.14 at Nordstrom.
While probably the least exciting thing on this list (and certainly undeserving of the top spot they ended up in), these boxer briefs are high quality and make excellent stocking stuffers for your significant other.

Magnanni Chelsea boots – an embellished style for $350 at Nordstrom or a more classic style, also $350 at Nordstrom.
A sexy chelsea boot that is a stylish alternative to his typical work shoe.

AG ‘Matchbox’ pants – $178 at Nordstrom.
Once upon a time, Carter was a devoted a Levi’s enthusiast, with the only real exceptions being dress and suit pants. But like trying a fine wine for the first time, after you have a taste of luxury – it’s hard to go back. That’s what happened with Carter and designer jeans. First, it was a pair of Sevens. They were beautiful, soft, but unfortunately didn’t hold their shape. But since then he has discovered AG’s ‘Matchbox’ pants, and has never looked back. They are truly the most flattering cut (and gorgeous in denim too), but what really sets these apart from the competition is how soft and comfortable they are, while still hugging all the right places. Magically, unlike the other designer pant competitors, these manage to keep their shape through multiple wears before hitting the washer.

Shun Premier Santoku Knives – $119.95 and up at William Sonoma.
For the home cook, these knives are perfection. After extensive research, Carter put these on our wedding registry. At first I thought fancy knives were a waste of money, but I quickly changed my tune after I started using them. And Carter of course is absolutely obsessed with them.

Cast iron skillets – $16.95-$24.95 at Crate & Barrel.
I talked about these in my last gift guide. These are great multi-purpose skillets, and you really can’t beat that price point for the quality.

Alpha Industries ‘Slim Fit’ bBomber jacket – $140 at Nordstrom.
Bomber jackets are undoubtably the jacket of the year for both men and women (I looove mine!) I’m a big fan of this one for men because of the reasonable price point and classic style. It pairs so nicely with tee shirts, button ups, jeans or even slacks – adding just the right amount of warmth and lots of style. Choosing between the green, grey and black will be a tough decision, but you can’t go wrong with any of them!

TV floor plan print  – $20-$85 on Etsy.
I talked about this in my last gift guide.

Star Wars Collectors Socks – $20 and up at Nordstrom.
I think these speak for themselves.

Louis Vuitton wallet – $440 at Louis Vuitton.
Like anything Louis Vuitton, this wallet is a luxury item and thus a splurge. But it’s a piece he’ll use every single day and have for years to come. (Isn’t that the definition of what you should splurge on?) Louis’ coated canvas is one of the most durable materials there is. It’s practically indestructible, which is exactly what a man needs in a wallet that he sits his butt on all day, everyday. I got one for Carter last year and it still looks like new.

The Tie Bar large style box – $99 at Nordstrom.
Tie Bar pieces end up on my men’s gift guides ever year, and for good reason. They’re super stylish and great quality for the price. This style box – that comes with three ties, three coordinating pocket squares, and two pairs of coordinating socks – is no exception. Not crazy about the blue and green color combo? No problem – Nordstrom has plenty of others to choose from.

Magnanni ‘Miro’ Double Monk Strap shoes – $325 at Nordstrom.
These are Carter’s all-time favorite shoes. You can find the matching belt here.

Addidas Stan Smith ‘Mid’ Sneakers – $100 from ASOS (and selling out fast!)
Not a low top, but not-quite a high-top, these rare mid-top sneakers are, without a doubt, some of my favorite sneakers of all time. Like all Stan Smiths, they’re unisex. I bought a pair for myself last year and wore them practically daily. Their mid-height makes them not-your-typical Stan Smith shoes and I’ve never seen anybody else wear them, making them perfectly unique. Mine are getting worn down and I am beyond devastated that it’s impossible to find them in my size anymore. But the good news for your better half is that these shoes are still available in quite a few men’s sizes.

Tumi carryon spinner suitcase – $495 at Macy’s.
Men love Tumi. That’s a scientific fact. And it doesn’t get much sleeker than this go-everywhere carryon bag. Lightweight and compact – this is pretty much the perfect suitcase for him.

Anonymous socks – $26 each at Club Monaco.
These cozy knit socks are sophisticated, but not too serious.

J Crew trench coat – $298 at J Crew.
It doesn’t get much more classic than a trench coat – the perfect layering piece this season for the man on the go.

Phew! Have I talked your ear off yet? I apologize, brevity is not my strong suit. Regardless, I hope this guide was helpful. And if it wasn’t, be sure to check out last year’s gift guide for men!

I’m always looking for good gift ideas, so if I missed something – and I’m sure I did – sound off in the comments and let me know what you’re getting for the men in your life!


16 Fall Trend Pieces Under $100



Classics like a great moto jacket, denim that fits like a glove, cashmere sweaters, and the perfect white tee are what will inevitably help you transition from season to season. But sometimes it’s fun to embrace a trend or two, and think outside of your great basics.

I talked a bit about the fall trend I just had to add to my closet in last week’s post, but there are really so many fun trends and affordable ways to embrace them this seaon – I felt the subject warranted a roundup of it’s own.

Below are 16 totally stylish pieces you can add to your closet this season that won’t break the bank. Everything on this list (except for #13 and #16) rings in under $100. Happy shopping!

1. B.P. Paid Shirt ($38)
2. Rails ‘Hunter’ button down (on sale for $89)
3. WAYF peplum top ($88)
4. Topshop lace top ($68)
5. Chloe & Katie top ($45)
6. Trouve cold-shoulder sweater ($79)
7. Sanctuary off-the-shoulder top ($79)
8. Band of Gypsies bodysuit ($55)
9. 1.State faux-suede top ($89)
10. 1.State faux-suede mini skirt ($99)
11. Topshop dress ($55)
12. Wayf lace-up dress (on sale for $40.80)
13. ($138.50)
14. Steven loafers ($89)
15. Dolce Vita booties ($89.95)
16. Steve Madden tie sandal ($109.95)


Camel Wrap Coat

Wool wrap coat, skinny jeans, blue pumps

I’ve been searching for the perfect camel coat all season and while I’m not entirely convinced that I’ve found it yet, this $65 coat is more than sufficient to tide me over. If I feel ambitious I’ll probably take it to the tailor and get the hem taken up an inch or two and the sleeves shortened (I’m 5’4″ and wearing a size Small in case you want a little context for sizing.) But overall I’m really impressed with the quality of the wool blend and how warm it is. For the price, this coat is an absolute steal!

Outerwear has been having a real moment over the past few years. There’s something about throwing a chic coat over an otherwise plain outfit that feels really sophisticated. My go-to outfit is, to be frank, the opposite of sophistication: skinny jeans, a light-weight tee or sweater, and heels (for date night), flats (for work), or sneakers (for weekends). So a great coat or jacket is essential for elevating my look. Oh yeah, and for keeping me warm… That too.

Outfit Details:
Liz Claiborne coat. Aritzia sweater (sold out, similar here.) Hudson jeans. Madewell pumps (finally back in stock in blue!) Dogeared necklace. Burberry watch. LV handbag.

Skinny jeans, white sweater, blue pumps


Delicate & Dainty Necklaces

Delicate dainty necklaces

There’s something incredibly sweet and feminine about delicate necklaces. Remember my “everyday necklace” from this post? Well I, being the airhead that I am sometimes, succeeded in losing it on vacation in Costa Rica a few months ago. It’s a major bummer and my neck has felt pretty bare without it. I’ve been meaning to replace it, but I keep going back and forth on what I want to replace it with. I know I need something that’s easy to layer and will go with everything.

I loved my Gorjana necklace, but this time around I’m looking for something a little higher end. I’m not in a position to spend a fortune, but I really love the idea of real diamonds (albeit, teeny tiny diamonds) as opposed to cubic zirconia or crystal. It’s also important to me that the necklace be made out of a high quality metal so that it doesn’t easily tarnish. Platinum or gold would be ideal (and mostly out of my budget), but a nice sterling silver would suffice as well. Here are a few of the necklaces I’ve been lusting after but haven’t pulled the trigger on just yet (pictured above)…

1. TIFFANY & CO. Diamonds by the yard pendant necklace ($215) – .03 ct. diamond, sterling silver.
2. KC DESIGNS initial necklace ($375 on sale for $300) – .03 – .07 ct. t.w. diamonds, 14k white gold.
3. KELLY WEARSTLER key hole necklace ($350 on sale for $275) – Raw diamonds, 18k gold plated.
4. TIFFANY & CO. Atlas bar pendent necklace ($150) – Sterling silver.
5. DANA REBECCA DESIGNS bar necklace ($220) – 18k gold with .04ct diamonds
6. KOHL’S evil eye necklace ($80 on sale for $36) – .1 ct. t.w. diamonds, silver-plated brass.
7. KOHL’S initial necklace ($450 on sale for $202.50) – .1 ct. t.w. diamonds, 10k gold.

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