Today's gift guide is coming to you from the lovely Amanda of A.b.-Solutely Fab. Enjoy all of her super fun and quirky selects!
1. I am the girl who drinks iced coffee when it's 20 below zero. But I'm not too keen on paying for it at coffee shops, so this Bodum Bean Ice French Press ($33.30) is perfect for me, and naturally you need a quirky reusable tumbler ($11.95) to take it with you on the go.
2. While my current apartment has no coffee table for me to display fancy books on, [or room for a coffee table, really] these two are top of my list anyway! I was beyond obsessed with the McQueen exhibit at the Met this summer, and drooled over this book ($45) every time. I'm also a huge Gaga fan, and this collaboration ($50) between her and Terry Richardson is just gorgeous.
3. I love a good headband, and this leather turban style from Ban.Do is perfect for casual or dressy occasions. ($65)
5. I love a fun USB flash drive, and I'm also love Pandas, so of course I'm all about this one. It would be great for my internship, because I'm always hopping around from computer to computer to work, and this would be so much easier than e-mailing myself everything. ($14)
6. I am *dying* for a more professional quality dress form. Once my sewing machine arrives in the city, this would come in handy for fitting and draping my projects. ($350)
7. This handmade journal would be great to keep my life organized. I'm not a typical day-planner person, but this would be more my speed. Plus, the journal is handcrafted by marginalized Muslim women in Northern India, made with 100% recycled cotton paper, and proceeds from this collection go to fund literacy programs for the women artisans and children in the community. Gifts that give back always make me feel extra happy. ($18)
9. I'm a huge fan of Black Milk Clothing. This Australian label has some of the coolest and unique prints on their clothing. If I could only pick one piece to make mine, it would definitely be the Galaxy Leggings in Red, Purple, or Green. ($75.54)
10. Parks and Recreation is one of my favorite shows on television right now. It makes me cry with laughter every single week. Plus, I have a pretty big girl crush on Amy Poehler. Seasons 1, 2, and 3. ($20-$50)
Today's post is coming to you from Lauren of Undeclared Panache. I've known this engaged lass for most of my New York life. See what's on her list for holiday must haves this year and check out her blog to see what else she's been up to lately.
Can you believe Thanksgiving has come and passed?! I'm still recovering from my glutenous meal and excessive shopping so while I recuperate, enjoy Bryn from the blog Byrdie's holiday gift guide. And check back the rest of the week for more from some of my fashionable blogger friends!
1. This gold bird bowlwould make such a pretty and interesting centerpiece.
2. I've loved this calendar necklaceever since I first saw it years ago. It's perfect to commemorate a special date.
3. The Cartier love bracelet is on my dream wish list. It's something I would wear everyday and have forever.
4. Baggu has awesome products in great colors. I love this pretty, metallic pouch.
You can love to hate her or hate to love her (I LOVE HER) but you have to admit, Rachel Zoe has incredible style, red carpet or street. With that said, one must give credit where credit is due...and since her due date earlier this year she has come back looking better than ever. A wardrobe of black, white, and chic all over has been her ammo, and there is no denying the glow that this chic momma is exuding from her Goldie locks head to stiletto clad toe! She is a maximalist when it comes to accessories and well edited minimalist when it comes to the meat of an ensemble...Clean lines, classic silhouettes, a never ending winning combination!
Within minutes of my last Men's Shop post I was delightfully overwhelmed with more questions/concerns on men's styling--you guys are really into this! While perusing the internet I stumbled upon this image and fell hard. Such a solid look and so much to learn from it, so lets get started!
*Layers:: Since you're piling on garment after garment you want to make sure that all your layers are thin. This look is a great way to get the most out of those pieces in your closet you reserve for those cooler spring/summer days. Too keep your look slim, avoid super bulky knits and air on the side of cashmere, merino wool, light lambswool or cashmere-cotton blends. Keep the same agenda in mind for your scarf options. You can rock a pair of your favorite suit pants or mix things up with denim, classic chinos, or slim (I repeat) slim cargo--however you'll lose some of the texture pairing appeal with the latter options.
*Patterns:: Don't be afraid to pair a stripe sweater with patterned (plaid, pinstripe, hounds tooth, etc) pants--or vice versa. You can even experiment with a third pattern by way of your collared button down. The key to being "Prints Charming", keep the color of your patterns in the same family. They don't have to be identical but varying shades of one color is always safe, and there is always the classic neutral combinations that are fool proof--navy, hunter green, black, white, gray, tan, brown. Your patterns should not be competing with one another. One should be bold (ie the gentleman's stripe shirt) while the other is more toned down (ie his pants).
*Textures:: Leather, knit, and chambray--a winning combination. You can even substitute the chambray for a raw denim button down to add even more flare. If you aren't comfortable or "think you can't pull off a leather jacket," try a waxed canvas jacket instead, denim jacket, or even a members only jacket--something with edge to it. A wool pant is a great option if you want to substitute the suit pant or swap for a pair of jeans or chinos but you run the risk of wiping out a patterned element.
Ok, I've given you a formula, options, and a few rules. Now go forth and conquer this layering, pattern, textured bonanza!!!...and let me know how it goes, photographic evidence much appreciated!
My guy friends have been asking for some fall style advice and before we hit the ground running, lets cover a couple of basics. Once you've mastered these "rules" be all means, make it your own--after all the rules were made to be broken but you need to know them in order to do so!
Is it weird that Richie's style makes me want to go to the gym more?! This is how you do workout wear right. Start with the bare necessities and accessorize accordingly. Makes for an easy, chic transition to run errands or grab a quick lunch/coffee without looking frumpity dumpity!
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