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!

t-5 days.

t-5 days.

christmas is sneaking up on us very quickly and it will seriously be here before we know it! this past weekend i had to work, but i was still able to sneak in a little holiday baking. luckily, i’m done with all my shopping after i made a few last minute purchases on chuch street this afternoon.


hard to beat church street with all the lights and we happened to catch the tail end of a sunset tonight too.0EEDDCD0-0647-4F00-921C-2E055C03108D.jpg


this year i went to a cookie party (and yes, cookie parties are a thing. i had actually never been to one, but it was a great excuse to have a couple cocktails, socialize, and feel just a litte bit more festive) i decided to make a couple different kinds of cookies but this recipe was definitely my favorite. especially with this royal icing recipe.

[about royal icing – yes it’s kind of weird that you use raw eggs, but it is seriously the best. i will most definitely not be using any old frosting from now on… i did get myself a little piping kit and a squeeze bottle which were both super helpful. i opted to use a butter knife in place of a spatula.]

the cookies are fool proof and the icing really is too. it definitely made us feel like we’re professional bakers.

we also made spritz cookies which essentially are butter, sugar, a tiny bit of flour, more butter, and sprinkles. no wonder i would always sneak them as a child….


with our tree up, lights turned on, and christmas cookies finished, it most certainly feels like the holidays around here. just missing my parents who fly in friday!!

my sister sent me a link she found on a cup of jo and directed me towards the comments section where everyone is talking about their christmas traditions. i’ll be reading that all night. with wine. and frank sinatra holiday tunes.

what are your favorite traditions? 6baf6b58-25b7-4956-9592-d770baf156bc

the gal gift guide

today i’m going to share some gift ideas for all your best gals out there. from girlfriends, to your mom, to a great co-worker there is definitely something on this list for everyone, happy shopping!


first thing on the list this year is this gigi new york uber clutch.

what i love about it is that it’s a perfect clutch to take to dinner or a night out on the town with your girls. it also fits nicely into a bigger bag for travel and you’ll keep it close because it holds all your necessities. it can be such a statement piece – especially if you buy it in one of their haircalf styles.

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this maya brenner initial necklace will surely make your gal smile. it’s simple and dainty but elegant at the same time. it comes in three different colors: gold, rose gold and silver and there’s the option to add more than one initial! it’s been on my list for quite some time.

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i was recently at mirror mirror in vermont (a local makeup  store) and fell upon this candle. it is the ultimate best holiday candle. it smells like a freshly cut christmas tree. plus it comes in a pretty jar that can be reused when the candle is out! screen-shot-2016-12-09-at-2-18-48-pm


i stumbled up on these cool planters when i was exploring etsy the other day. they’d look great on your dresser or your desk. honestly they’d even look cool without a cactus in them, and a collection of a few would be awesome during halloween.

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one of my all time best friends, madeline, owns RoseAndRoyce – a small shop based out of denver. she started RoseAndRoyce a while ago as a creative outlet and over the past couple of years her shop has exploded.

any one of her amazing skulls or a sweet pair of shoes would surely be a gift to remember. she sells via etsy and a bunch of local flea markets in colorado.


be sure to check out my guy gift guide if you missed it!

the guy gift guide

happy sunday!

hope everyone is enjoying their weekend – working, not working, relaxing, not relaxing – hope it’s treating you right.

dedicating this post for all those pesky guys that are nearly impossible to shop for. we all know who they are; and typically, they know who they are too. i am always extremely grateful for all the last minute advice i’ve gotten throughout my years – figured it’s time to pay it forward a bit…

feast your eyes on this years holiday gift guide:


this swanky stacked decanter set. please try and tell me one guy who doesn’t enjoy a glass of whiskey every now and then. i just love how sleek it is; it would be a great addition to the bar cabinet. or even out on display on the bar cart!

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and if you’re feeling extra generous, buy him a bottle of whiskey to go with it. and maybe even some whiskey stones.


these nike sneakers. a touch of old school and a touch of suede make these swoon worthy. if they made a size small enough for my feet you might even find me wearing them…

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this filson twill duffel bag. it is (not so) secretly one of the items i’m lusting over. although it is very expensive it’ll be something he has for ages. it’s masculine, super sturdy with it’s water repellent twill, and it’s a perfect excuse to plan a vacation! this duffel is a classic and he’ll be reaching for it over and over.

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this opinel pocket knife. i love the simplicity of this knife. it’s a classic that he can throw into his pocket, stash in his work bag, or toss into the cup holder of his car. again, another item i’d love. i’ve seen it in person and it’s even better than imagined.

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and lastly on this years gift guide is this timex watch. timex was the brand that i saw my grandpa wearing when i was growing up and let me say that they’ve come a long way since the 90’s. timeless (ha, get it?), versatile, and seriously sharp looking watch. and better yet? it’s currently on sale with an extra 15% off. bonus!

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happy shopping! your guy will certainly love any of these items – who wouldn’t?!