Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bauble Crush - Monica Rich Kosann

There are a lot of gifts out there on the market that combine a sentimental value combined with jewelry, but very rarely is it done with such style and grace. Enter Monica Rich Kosann designs of modern heirloom jewelry that brings together luxury, timeless style and a truly memorable piece of jewelry to treasure. I am personally in awe of the lockets that can hold a treasured photo or moment in time of loved ones. The bracelets also boast beautiful trinkets to celebrate moments in life with stunning charms. But there is so much more on her site besides just the few favorites below I shared. They make great gifts for a new mom, bride and or just the loved women in your life to have forever. 

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Trendspotting - Varsity Wear

All over NYC I am spotting stylish men and women. There literally is fashion inspiration everywhere  I look {along with some stellar people watching}. Over the weekend I noticed a very stylish woman wearing this varsity jacket with some black skinny denim and black booties. I absolutely loved the look. She was stylish & comfortable without looking like a teenager, something I find hard to pull off as an adult wanting to try new trends. So inspired by this real life street style I put together a few of my favorite varsity jackets to help recreate the look. Shop all the styles for every member of your family below.

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Friday, December 12, 2014

Cash or Credit - NYC Wear

Happy Friday friends! I am so excited to be hosting family in town this weekend. We have been lucky to have had a bit more space during our stay in NYC allowing me to exercise my hosting skills. My real challenge in Manhattan has been dressing comfortably and yet maintaining style. You know wearing heels everyday isn't realistic in a city where you walk everywhere. I have been living in a very warm coat, stretchy skinny jeans, silk blouses and my favorite booties. So I created a little cash or credit featuring my weekday wardrobe for strolling around this amazing city. Have a great weekend everyone!
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cash - lace top // coat // denim // purse // boots
credit - lace top // coat // denim // purse // boots

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Beauty Gifts

Let's face it, we all need a little bit of help from beauty products in our life. I do not know a single woman who doesn't at least wear lip gloss {this one is my favorite combined with thisin "nude beach" as the base color} or use some sort of tinted moisturizer to help brighten their skin. Even men have become a significant market in the beauty industry with launches of new shaving products and skin care regimens. I personally can find myself playing for hours in Sephora and have a very long beauty wish list that I may have sent to Santa. So I pulled together a few of my favorites for gifting to your beauty obsessed people. Everything from getting the perfect beach wavy hair to a bright white smile {even something for the fellas} is in a little gift guide below. Happy Shopping!
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one // two {perfect for New Years day hangover} // three // four // five // six {guys version} // seven {my husbands favorite} // eight // nine // ten // eleven {own & LOVE} // twelve 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Under $25

Let's face it, giving gifts to everyone you know can get super pricey. So I created a little gift guide featuring gifts all under $25. Some go with one another to create a perfect pair and some are just fabulous on their own. Spending less on a gift doesn't mean sacrificing style. Check out the little wallet friendly round up below for small gifts that will definitely put a smile on anyones face.
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one // two {free monogramming} // three // four // five & six // seven // eight & nine // ten // eleven // twelve // thirteen // fourteen // fifteen // sixteen // seventeen // eighteen 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

A One Woman Party


When I stumbled across Packed Party on Instagram I knew this fun company would instantly be bookmarked to my favorites for gifting. What is it you ask? Well basically its a cute little package you buy online that filled with treats from incredible brands, clever and sassy notes and a slew of occasions {from birthdays to promotions to breakups} to send to your favorite gal pal. Each package is put together upon order so the exact contents are always changing which really makes this a fun way to surprise the recipient {and yourself}. I am personally loving the "Miss You Bitch" set {which I would send up to my bestie in Maine had I not already mailed her Christmas gift last week} along with the "Thanks A Million" to tell someone how grateful you are and the "You Don't Need Him Anyway" break up box for the friend who needs a little cheering up after a some heartache. I am so in love with this idea & can't wait to send one to someone I love {hopefully not for the breakup package}. Just take a look for yourself at all the cute contents of this cheerful company. 




Monday, December 8, 2014

Stylish Sales - Green Monday

Did you know there is such a thing as Green Monday which is just like Cyber Monday? Well this is new to me and a bunch of retailers are unloading stylish sales to help complete your holiday shopping.

ASOS is giving 20% off select brands.
50% off sweaters & pants at Ann Taylor with code FESTIVE50.
Banana Republic is giving 40% off with code FESTIVE.
30% off select merchandise at Forever 21
30% select items with code WINTERFAVES at Club Monaco
Extra 30% off at C.Wonder with code EXTRAMERRY
40% off & Gap Cash at GAP with code FESTIVE
30% off at Madewell with code MERRIEST
J.Crew is giving 30% off with code MERRRYMERRY
Kate Spade NY is offering 25% off with code JACKPOT
Piperlime is offering 30% off with code CELEBRATE.

I don't know about you but I only do my online shopping where free shipping {sometimes expedited shipping too} is offered. Below is a list of companies offering just that and some even have free returns too! 

Holiday Gift Guide - Monogrammed Mania

I love a personalized gift. It really shows the recipient you've taken the time to make the gift super special. However, time is often needed to allow for the customization to take place. That is unless you gift something - pre-monogrammed like an initial. I put together a few of my favorite monogrammed gifts below in a little holiday guide round up for those who love a bespoke gift as much as I do.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - Experience Gifts

Theres a new trend going around where you gift each other the gift of an experience. I know some of my cousins are doing it within their families and I am personally all about the idea of making  memories with the people you love the most. So I thought I would share a few ideas to help inspire the planning of a gift of doing.

Amp up date night with a private viewing in a luxury theater and dinner at one of NY's fancy restaurants. More fabulous finds here.

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Cloud 9 Living is a site that allows you to choose experience gifts by city. They literally have something for everyone & searching is easy by filtering out your recipient & their interests. Think foodie tours, flying lessons, cruises & so much more. Another great resource for similar items can be found here..
Chicago & NYC are so lucky to have this foodie heaven also known as Eataly. I love the idea of going to a culinary experience with a class or a dinner together where you have fun & maybe even learn something new. Also, if you want to pick up some treats to bring home...it's all under one roof. In Boston we love attending Formaggio Kitchen classes. Nationally, Sur La Table & William Sonoma offer similar options. 


Confession, I love bowling. We played here on Valentines day this past year with a group of friends and over the summer again with my nieces but my favorite had to be luxury bowling the first night of my bachelorette at Foxwoods. Why not plan a night of bowling & make custom shirts with a funny team name for everyone to wear to take a great snap as a keepsake. 


I love to travel by train. This train trip is still on my travel bucket list. Since going to Italy isn't something you can sort of plan spontaneously. An Amtrak observation car trip could be more realistic. The Coast Starlight linking California to Seattle looks especially intriguing with the floor to celling windows and incredible coastline views. 


Spend the day learning the stunts from the big motion pictures. 



Money not an object? Neiman Marcus is your one stop shop for fantasy gifts. Just expect to pay BIG.









Thursday, December 4, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide - For The Tech Obsessed

Tech gifts are always big in our house no matter the age of the recipient. As my nieces get older they are more into computers then toys which means gift giving can get a little challenging & expensive. I personally love gifting tech accessories and gadgets, it's always fun to see the person open up a gift that is something they may not have known about. My top picks for gadgets & tech gifts are below, as always at all different price points.
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one - I remember seeing this hilarious charger on our family trip to St. Lucia, so glad I found it for purchasing to gift away to family members with a sense of humor.
two - Perfect poolside or a day at the beach to keep your iPhone safe from water
three - Adore this giant neon pink speaker
four & five - For the music lover, these caps are so chic & fun to interchange n your headphones.
six, seven & eight - Gold everything! I love the idea of gifting this fun trio of a chic phone case, charger & headphones
nine - Love the idea of printing your camera photos instantly with this cute gadget
ten - This watch looking item helps keep track of activity & sleep for men. 
eleven - This polaroid camera is a lot of fun for people of all ages. More colors available here
twelve - Taking a selfie or a groupie just got a whole lot easier. 
thirteen - This Fitbit bracelet helps keep track of your movement & even your sleep! I also love this slammed up Tory Burch version as well as this Opening Ceremony beauty
fourteen - This cute little speaker is portable and affordable.
fifteen - Keep your tech clean with these handy wipes
sixteen - For the traveler, this convertor is very helpful.
seventeen - Love that you can disguise your apple tv with these pattered wraps
eighteen - My phone is always dying, especially in the high trafficked airways of NYC. This back up battery is pretty & useful. 
nineteen - A drone is fun gift for the pilot in the family who wants to get a birds eye view.