the guy gift guide

whoaaaaaa, it’s december! happy holidays, peeps! as promised, the other half of the gift guide. hopefully this will spark some inspiration for all the guys you may be shopping for this year.


this vest from patagonia is one that will surely be worn 100 different ways. it’s perfect under a ski coat for extra warmth, over a flannel during the changing fall seasons, and even looks classy over a dress shirt with slacks. i promise you there is nothing about this vest that your guy won’t like. my dad wears his all the time – including while visiting me at the hospital!IMG_1810


please try to find one person who doesn’t enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. half the time it’s just the ritual that people love, but, let’s be real, 90% of the time everyone needs a caffeinated pick-me-up. these mugs are the ultimate best – they keep your drink cold for almost 24 hours but will also keep it hot for almost 12! get him one of these mugs with a gift card to their favorite coffee shop and they’ll be thinking about you all day long.Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.04.53 AM.png


there’s nothing worse than a pocket full of keys on one keyring that doesn’t fit nicely in a pocket. [luckily for women, we get the choice to throw said keys in a huge*ss bag]. most of the guys i know have keys to their house, their car, and then sometimes to an office, and maybe even a mailbox. needless to say, it’s a lot of keys that get in the way. this little gadget is the solution to the problem. what i especially love, is that it can be customized to the exact number of keys that you own. it’s sleek and will fit in any pocket they decide to throw it in. Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.30.07 AM.png


i stumbled upon these [what look like] amazingly comfortable sweats from jcrew and i can’t help but want them for myself. there’s nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and being able to unwind in something comfortable. the best part about these is that they’re a fine line of comfort and style – if he has to leave the house in them, he won’t look like the schmuck wearing his favorite sweats outside. 😀Screen Shot 2017-12-07 at 11.38.46 AM.png


i hope you get a bit of holiday shopping inspiration from these ideas – if you have any others, please send them along!

the gal gift guide

it’s that time of the year again – time to find the next best gift for your number one gal. here are a few ideas bound to get the ladies in your life excited – the list is all inclusive and you’ll be sure to find something meaningful for everyone from your mom, sister, mother-in-law, grandmother to your lifelong childhood best friend.


these ugg slippers are the best. the wool interior will certainly keep her toes warm in the dead of winter and the best part about them is the rubber exterior sole – you can wear them outside quickly without feeling the elements on the bottom of your feet! and they come in a variety of colors!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.26.44 PM


how many times have you seen your mom put ice cubes in her wine? if i had a nickel for every time i’ve seen someone do that, i’d honestly be a millionaire. and let’s be real – nothing is worse than semi-cold watered down wine. thankfully that’s where these babies come into play. they’re delicate but pack a mean punch. i found a set on amazon, but purchase quickly because other retailers are quickly selling out.Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.29.33 PM.png


i couldn’t be more obsessed with a classic canvas tote bag – they’re sturdy, can be collapsed into a larger bag during travel and can easily be thrown into the washer when i inevitably spill coffee all over it. and this version might be my all time favorite. which means your loved one will obviously love it. AND first time customers at emily mcdowell receive an extra 20% off!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.31.06 PM


a classic cozy scarf, especially monogrammed with her initials, is perfect for all her travel needs. or just everyday warmth needs during the long winter months. this one is soft but machine washable [read: great for coffee mishaps]. mark and graham have some serious holiday gifts – and another sale for first time customers!Screen Shot 2017-11-16 at 5.32.43 PM.png


an item from melanie auld jewelry will surely make your gal smile. the simple but edgy combo is something to seriously obsess over. most of the pieces come in gold, silver or rose gold and they can all be mixed, matched and layered. personally, i love mixing all types of metals and colors and find that her pieces can be seamlessly integrated into your current jewelry collection.  Screen Shot 2017-11-18 at 5.06.45 PM.png currently loving these three necklaces.


hope these spark some inspiration! happy shopping!

holiday traditions

i can’t believe thanksgiving is 9 days away. i feel like it was just the fourth of july. and then all of a sudden it was halloween. and now we’re quickly approaching thanksgiving which really feels like the start of the holidays for me. and i don’t hate it.

for as long as i can remember i’ve always looked forward to the holiday season. between the cold weather and [hopefully] snow covered ground, the music, the food, the parties, the decorations and smells, and overall gushy feeling of “i love my friends and family” i can’t decide what i like the best.


growing up, we always spent thanksgiving with our amazing friends, bob & betsy, at their house in the mountains. after piling everything into the car, making sure i have plenty of snacks and going to the bathroom just one more time, we hit the road headed for silverthorne. it could never be ‘thanksgiving in the mountains’ without starting the weekend at the outlets. the rest of the holiday is filled with hiking or snowshoeing, watching football [otherwise known as occasionally yelling at the tv], board games [here are some of our favorites…], endless bottles of wine, devouring books, and making great memories with loved ones.

christmas eve we spent in the mountains. after skiing all day we ate my great grandpa’s famous pasta dinner and headed back to the mountain for the torchlight parade [which i might add is a totally random event.] it’s filled with christmas music, a big bonfire and the ski patrol team skiing down the mountain with flares followed by santa. we would drive back to denver that night to spend christmas day at home. after coffee, we opened stockings and gifts and hopefully finished with the scavenger hunt by the time dinner came. christmas day might be my least favorite day of the whole holidays because it signaled an end of the seasons for me – any ideas on how to continue the spirit??


unfortunately, days in colorado are behind me and i’ve been forced to make new traditions. being part of the medical field has it’s ups and downs – healthcare never sleeps so thankfully i’ll always be able to find another job as an RN, but that also means i’ll be forced to work some holidays and as a new(ish) nurse i usually get to work the holidays no one else wants to work. this year, i’ll be working thanksgiving and new years and will have the entire christmas holiday off which is the first time in four years! we’ll bring some food into work and celebrate together as co-workers – gorging on leftover turkey sandwiches thanksgiving and popping sparkling apple cider to ring in the new year.


since i’ve started in the big girl world i’ve adopted a couple traditions specifically for myself – some big, some not so big, but all equally putting me in the holiday spirit:

watching the holiday at LEAST twice // making christmas cookies with my sister // going to a show at the flynn // reading this blog post // decorating the house [or over decorating as some would say…] // blasting christmas music at all times // cutting down my own christmas tree

anything i should add into my mix?


stealing this amazing quote from a cup of jo follower:

Ashley Sawyer says: “I grew up in foster care, and thus haven’t had a lot of family traditions to rely on throughout my life. During my sophomore year of college, however, my best friend and I randomly spent Christmas Eve together. What started out as an evening spent eating snacks and exchanging a few haphazard gifts has now grown to become an all-out event that we both treasure. At thirty two years old, we’ve spent the last thirteen Christmas Eves together. We have a fancy dinner, a big tree, decorations and lots hugs. We’ve endured failed recipes as amateur cooks, the ending of relationships, graduate school and pets – it’s what I suspect many people experience with their brothers and sisters. I live a great life now and am so lucky. Creating this tradition with my best friend taught me that family and love is truly what you make of it. And, isn’t that what the holidays are all about?”


what are your favorite traditions to get into the spirit?

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REALLY wishing i still lived in denver so i could order one of these beauties for my front door. i went to high school with the owner – check her out! and if you order one, let me know so i can live vicariously through you!

 

 

wishin’

oh, hello fall. nice to see you again. we’ve had a number of chilly mornings which are slowly turning into chilly days. which then have me lusting over all sorts of new goodies to help keep me warm.


everlane has come out with some seriously amazing additions this season. i’m obsessing over all of their new outerwear pieces. especially this jacket. not as if i need another jacket…. but it’s REAL cute.

and it most certainly won’t break the bank at less than $170, i think yes.


so i’ve written about m.gemi shoes before and i still haven’t stopped obsessing. i’ve tried to get over them, but it just isn’t going to happen. especially once i saw that they made these. i mean, come ONNNNNN. they come in a variety of colors and each one is better than the next – i can’t decide which one i love the most! these emerald ones sure are pretty though…Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.26.22 PM

but wait there’s more – through november 12th, ALL m.gemi shoes are $50 off.


somehow i stumbled on this small business in my instagram feed one day and i’m so happy i did because i’ve been a loyal follower since. the company is based out of boston but they also employ a number of women in peru making it the epitome of a small business i can happily get behind. too bad i won’t look as adorable as she does in these hats… they also make cowls and she teaches a class in the boston area – i would LOVE to attend one of her classes. these are my top three favorites.


now that i’ve listed a pile of clothes that can be worn outside in the cold temps, i can’t help but think about what i’m going to change into once i get home. i’ve always been the type of person to wear whatever when going to bed and to be honest, it’s typically a pair of oversized sweats and a big hooded sweatshirt. but now that i’m a year older (and obviously much wiser and classier) i’ve been wanting a set of pajamas to sleep in. and when it comes to buying pajamas there is a complete gamut of choices: summer ones, winter ones, nightgowns, different fabrics – the list goes on and it’s quite overwhelming. but i’ve done a bit of research and these are the ones that i need. Screen Shot 2017-11-08 at 12.30.08 PM

plus they’re from nordstrom so free shipping and free returns if they don’t work out! i just can’t decide between the navy or black…


what do you have on your wish list this year?