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!

trials and tribulations of packing

happy february peeps! where in the WORLD did january go?!

 comin’ at ya hot from denver, colorado – aka home sweet home. or my first home. now that i’ve lived in burlington for the last eight years, it’s kind of hard to say that where i live now isn’t home. but the house i grew up in, the childhood  memories with my childhood besties, where my parents live will always be home to me.

i wanted to get this post out yesterday but, you know, life happens…


i went to college across the country and flew back and forth for holidays so you’d think that i’d be able to pack a suitcase by the ripe age of 27. yet, it still might be one of the hardest tasks for me. i open my closet and find all of those lost items of clothing; you know, the ones that i haven’t worn in the last three months and i think to myself, “omg i’ll TOTALLY wear this at home, i can’t not bring it!!”

reality check, adison. you haven’t worn it for at least a quarter of the last year. you will not wear it on vacation. 


i wanted to be a better packer. i want to be a better packer. so, for this trip i packed my ski clothes, i packed some workout clothes. and i stopped. i told myself i could only bring 20 items of clothing/shoes to bring home. i’ll be gone for 8 days. no one needs more clothes than that. and if my bag is too full when i arrive in colorado, that means there’s less room for shopping. and who can’t make a trip to nordstrom when you’re around one….?

so i packed and ended up putting 22 items into my bag (obviously i lied and i’m counting my hat and scarf in my count.) and honestly, when i was counting everything, it was kind of hard to get up to the goal of 20.

here is how i did it:

1. avoided bright colors and prints. it’s winter and those things look weird in the winter. 2. steer towards neutrals and basics because they can all be worn together. 3. comfort, really is, key. 4. bringing layers that i can wear with multiple outfits is important. fullsizeoutput_12d4

i threw in my favorite black seven jeans and royal blue gap jeans. they both, are able to be worn multiple times without getting all stretched out and ugly.

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the sweaters i picked are reaaaaaal  versatile. the chunky cardigan on the far left is one of my favorties and it’s actually from tjmaxx and it definitely requires a shirt underneath because it lacks buttons or snaps. the patterned and black sweaters are from lululemon and the tan is from jcrew. lululemon actually has some of my all time favorite fitting sweaters – check ’em out.

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i brought two button up long sleeves, the grey from gap and the checkered from jcrew again. these are great because they can be worn buttoned up all the way or layered over a light t. i brought two other long sleeves, one from a boutique in burlington and the tan and black v-neck is from madewell – both of which can be very casual or dressed up for a night on the town with some jewels and bright lipstick.

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the collection of t-shirts and tanks i brought could be layered under the cardigan or other long sleeves but also, can be worn solo. but, realistically, when it’s february in colorado, you rarely wear bare arms – it’s COLD!

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i chose two pairs of comfortable booties to bring home. my bestie, madeline, is making me a pair of converse so i knew i’d have another pair of shoes to cart back with me…. stay tuned for those pics. the tan are lucky brand and the black are dolce vita from nordstrom rack.

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couldn’t come home without my trusty white and warren travel wrap and cashmere skida hat.

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like i said, i flew in today and leave in 8 days. i’ll be sure to let you know how the clothes end up… i might have nailed the whole packing thing and i might have royally f’d up.

wednesday wears

this evening i met some co-workers for an afternoon of christmas shopping and dinner out a leunig’s. i knew i wanted to wear something cute, but comfortable and most importantly warm – the wind was frigid on church street!

this is what i decided to wear:

gap jeans // these are [embarrassingly] from my high school days – and i have ZERO idea how i still fit into them. the holes have gotten progressively bigger and soon, i dread, it’ll be time to get rid of them all together…

jcrew sweater // again, i buy a lot of my sweaters one or two sizes larger because the comfort level is to die for!

white and warren cashmere scarf // one of the first christmas gifts i ever received from ian – it’s one of my all time favorite pieces – second to my travel wrap he got me the next year 😀

jcrew jacket // i asked santa for this wool coat a couple of years ago and today it’s still one of my favorite. it’s surprisingly extra warm and can easily dress up an outfit.

bonus! the jacket is on sale right now with code: HOLIDAY 

dolce vita booties // i found these babies at nordstrom rack in san francisco when i was visiting my older sisters. needless to say, i’ve treked across san fran and burlington in them and they have definitely gotten better with age.

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tomorrow into friday are supposed to be record lows for the year – wish me luck. i plan on not leaving my house. perhaps some christmas cookie baking and wrapping of presents…?

how do you stay warm during the holidays??

wednesday wears

a day late but better late than never, right??

yesterday i bopped around town – ran to the grocery store, dry cleaner, did some christmas shopping, and finished my evening with a couple glasses of wine at the gryphon. best part about wine on wednesdays at the gryphon? they have $5 pours. and hefty ones at that.

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sweater // jcrew – bought in extra large – who likes a sweater that’s too tight?!

necklace // jcrew – years ago!

jeans // jcrew factory – again, years ago // i love jeans from here – side note: i prefer to hang dry all my jeans, they last longer!

(i swear i don’t spend all my money at jcrew)

boots // frye // these are some of my all time favorite boots. i threw some weather proofing conditioner on these bad boys and wear them all over town. they’re super comfortable, can be worn during all the season changes here in vermont and they honestly get better with every wear. throw them on your christmas list this year – you won’t regret it.