The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Old Soul

Of all the gift guides, I have to say, this one really sings to my soul. I’m a sucker for an antique, a vintage style, a reference to a bygone era. If you’re looking for something for the old soul on your list, that person who seems a little more 1916 than 2016, I’ve got you covered with these vintage-inspired finds.

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Any gal with an old soul can appreciate that velvet has taken over the fashion world as of late. Celebrate her velvet-loving inner Queen Victoria with a mix-and-match choker set, star-embroidered jacket, saffron Clare V. clutch, and smart pair of flocked Mary Janes. A butterfly hand fan, beaded tassel earrings, and a floral fragrance inspired by Monet (in a charming pin cushion bottle to boot) provide the perfect accents for our vintage pal. A hobnail pitcher would add charm to any table, while a dreamy portrait would be a classic touch on the wall. Lastly, Jane Austen classics in the prettiest illustrated covers, a retractable feather pen for those that prefer a note to a tweet, and a stylish engraved domino set make for unique gifts that she’s sure to love.

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For the dapper dude who appreciates a classic style, this forest green velvet blazer, wool and leather smartphone gloves, and wingtip boots with a modern sole are sure to impress. Classic-yet-entirely-unique accessories, like a wildflower print silk tie, a nautical signet ring featuring a 16th-century ship in a tattooed style, and a pair of beetle cufflinks evocative of Victorian-era entomology make for great gifts. The impeccably-groomed will love the styling products from Triumph & Disaster and this vintage shaving mirror, which is equal parts rugged and elegant. A “Truth Serum” decanter and Edison cloche lamp are clever takes on vintage decor, while a collection of classic adventure books and a backyard bocce set give leisure some old-world charm.

Are you a vintage lover?

 

Scrambling for ideas for the rest of your list? Make sure to check out more from the series:

The Trendsetter  |  The Free Spirit  |  The Techie  |  The Entertainer  |  The Animal Lover  |  The Homebody  |  The Athlete

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Athlete

Being a fitness fanatic can require a lot of gear, so gifting your athletic loved ones with some of the newest can be really well-received. From the frugal (socks) to the splurge-worthy (fit watch), whatever your budget, these finds can help you show your love in the most “fit”-ting of ways.

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Give your loved one the gift of comfort on her winter run with a wraparound sweatshirt featuring climaheat insulation, the PureBoost X trainers, which boast energy-returning properties, and the chicest wireless earbuds around. For pilates/yoga/barre lovers, they’ll be styling for class in ballet-inspired grip socks and leggings, an art deco yoga mat, and quilted mat bag. For cardio junkies, the most adorable pair of Title boxing gloves, a super-sleek infuser water bottle, and the ultimate gym bag essential, dry shampoo. The Fitbit Charge 2 in my favorite color combo, lavendar and rose gold, and a fitspiration journal will help her keep track of all her goals and accomplishments.

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Winter workout gear should keep you warm but still look look stylish, and this tech fleece funnel pullover, designed to cover the ever-freezing lower half of the face, tapered joggers, and Flyknit Roshe 2‘s, all from Nike, hit both of those requirements. A coordinating Series 2 smart watch from Apple and Nike+, a Blender Bottle combo pack for protein shakes on the go, and a sleek water-resistant gym bag are everyday essentials any fit guy would love. A weighted jump rope and adjustable dumbbells will keep his muscles toned, while a sportsman recovery kit and trigger point massage balls will give them relief. And what’s a workout without music? This bluetooth bike speaker is waterproof and shockproof for long rides, while these Bose wireless headphones provide powerful audio for the gym.

What’s your go-to workout? I’m a big fan of Pop Pilates, but I’m always looking for something new. Leave me a comment and let’s talk fitness!

And if you’re looking for more gift ideas, make sure to check out some more from the series:

The Trendsetter  |  The Free Spirit  |  The Techie  |  The Entertainer  |  The Animal Lover  |  The Homebody

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Homebody

This gift guide is for the people who know the true spirit of the holidays: that there’s nothing better than being curled up and cozy at home. So grab a luxurious throw blanket, light a seasonally-scented candle, and snuggle into these homey finds.

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Comfort is king for this homebody queen. Give the gift of softness with this Eberjey nightshirt and eye mask, a leg-warming pair of socks, fluffy faux fur slippers, and a gorgeous velvet blanket. For the bath-lover, this pressed flower tub board and these luxe bath crystals would make a soak extra indulgent. And how great does it sound to curl up with some gourmet s’mores, a cup of french press coffee, and the latest edition of the ever-inspiring Domino: Your Guide to a Stylish Home? Lastly, an adorable brass plant mister and these beautiful succulent-topped bottles would make a great addition to any home.

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The holidays are looking extra cuddly with this plaid Pendleton blanket, a hooded robe from Ugg, suede and sheepskin slippers, and a pair of chunky camp socks. And how about giving the gift of lounge with his very own hammock, which can be set up indoors, perhaps in front of a roaring fire made with these all-natural pine cone fire starters? Crack in a Box from Dude, Sweet Chocolates is packed with nuts and would go great with a beer-filled stoneware growler or a strong cup of joe fresh from this camper’s grade enamelware coffee pot. Some earthy, spicy soaps, a “Christmas on Cedar Run”-scented candle that smells of mulled wine, chantilly cream, smoked pine and winter berries, and the Cabin Porn coffee table book all add to the tucked away, cozy cabin vibe any homebody would appreciate.

And now the ever-important question for all the homebodies out there: what are you currently binge-watching? Leave me a comment and let’s talk Netflix.

 

And if you’re looking for some more gift ideas, check out these other guides from the series:

The Trendsetter

The Free Spirit

The Techie

The Entertainer

The Animal Lover

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Animal Lover

Christmas is just around the corner, but have you thought about your pet yet? Today’s gift guide is all about furry friends and/or the people that love them most. These gift ideas aren’t necessarily “his” or “hers,” but rather just a way to kind of present cat-focused and dog-focused ideas. Obviously we’ve got a lot of cat-loving guys and dog-crazy girls out there, so take the categories very loosely.

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For the quirky cat-lover, a cute granny-esque sweatshirt and a pair of purr-fectly on-trend sheer socks let her show her love, as does the friendship collar set, which comes with a matching bracelet for the pet owner. For the home, a salt and pepper duo, stacking measuring cups, and silhouette pillows add a sweet touch. Your feline friend will love the dj scatchpost turntable, the most adorable catnip cactus and jar, and a cozy, extra-chunky knit bed, while a bamboo brush and bright cardigan sweater will keep them looking sharp.

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Celebrate man’s (or woman’s) best friend at home with a set of dog-a-day plates, a charming canine cheese board, or a personalized royal pet portrait, which might just be the cutest thing ever. A pair of dog face cufflinks and animal lover tee let him wear his heart on his sleeve, literally. Kiehl’s grooming products, a bright jacquard sweater, and graphic geo collar will keep your pup looking fresh, while a bed from Lion + Wolf will keep him comfy and cozy. Nothing says happy dog like being well-fed, and this puzzle toy from Up Dog does double duty by releasing treats when solved. Speaking of treats, these cheese biscuits from Harry Barker, perhaps served up in a new ceramic bowl set, are sure to please.

Now the real question: are you a cat person or a dog person? And do you buy your pet a gift? Leave me a comment and tell me your verdict.

 

And if you’re still scrambling for some last-minute gift ideas, make sure to check out more gift guides, like the Trendsetter, the Free Spirit, the Techie, and the Entertainer.

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Entertainer

No one deserves a gift around holiday times more than the ever gracious host/hostess, am I right? Maybe you’ve got some parties coming up and are scrambling for some new ideas on gifts to give, or maybe someone on your list is the ultimate dinner party thrower. Whatever the reason, these 24 gift ideas are sure to make the entertainers on your list happy.

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When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with pretty, polished, and a touch of whimsy. Fresh flowers, like this gorgeous winter bouquet from Farmgirl Flowers, are always a great go-to, but you can also flex your floral muscles with inspired pieces like this Juliette Rose Apron, Fields Abloom Thank You Cards, or Flower Cocotte from Le Creuset. Speaking of go-to gifts, can a stellar hostess really have too much wine, like these great message-ready speak wines, or drink accessories, like a cocktail shaker in the prettiest pink or this glam textured pitcher? I don’t think so, and neither will she. Serve up something sweet by gifting the Beta Pastry Server, some patterned dessert plates, and a pair of ikat tea towels. And lastly, a cocktail recipe book full of gorgeous illustrations and a mercury glass candle would be welcome additions to many homes.

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I love a natural texture or rustic element for entertaining, because not only is it a strong, classic look, but it also inspires a fuss-free, relaxed environment, which in my book is a happy environment. Pieces like this reversible prep and serve board, marble print potholders, driftwood knife block, and agate soap holder evoke that sense. Classic gold elevates necessities, like the Lion Salt and Pepper Shakers from Nate Berkus, or the Top Shelf Bar Tool Set from CB2. St. Frank offers the coolest authentic traditional finds, like a tablecloth of West African mudcloth and coasters modeled after Rwondan peace baskets, for a truly special gift in all price ranges. And lastly, a foodie/chef could appreciate receiving this Todd Snyder apron, designed in collaboration with chef Dan Kluger, the Food and Beer book, where beer is elevated through fine dining pairings, and a spicy syrup set or organic mint grow kit to give their go-to’s an extra flavor boost.

What’s your favorite entertaining gift?

Need some more gift giving ideas? Check out my guides for the Trendsetters, Free Spirits, and Techies!

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Techie

Tech gifts get cooler and cooler each year, and I’m really excited about these lists. I’m constantly amazed at how tech products manage to get so much more powerful year after year, while simultaneously getting sleeker, chicer, and better-designed. From an adorable suitcase that weighs itself to a headphone set that serves as a private theater for your eyeballs, these are some of my favorite finds for the techie on your list!

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For the girl on the go, the SCOTTeVEST has 18 pockets for all your devices and accessories and even allows you to connect to the garment’s secure network. Combined with the Luster cord organizer and Raden’s A22 Carry smart suit case, which has proximity and weight sensors as well as dual charging ports, her next trip just became a lot less painful. Accessories are always a great gift, like these funny touchscreen gloves, chic tassel lightning keychain, wireless headphones in the prettiest color, and Fossil smartwatch, which strikes the perfect balance between the newest technology and classic good looks. The new Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and APA Sonic toothbrush will up their beauty game as well as their counter space game with their sleek designs. Speaking of sleek, how beautiful are the Dock+ charging dock, HP Spectre x360 laptop, and Samsung Class Serif tv? I’d say they would be a major tech style upgrade for the home of anyone on your list.

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Staying warm and also connected this winter is easy with this insulated and battery-heated vest and touchscreen gloves, both of which would come in hand for a day out with the Yuneec Breeze drone. Drones are really a hot-ticket item this year, and there are lots to choose from. This model captures 4k ultra high definition video and picture, and has 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, even though it’s up to $1000 dollars less than many of the competitors. But if you’re looking for more of a hands-on action cam, the 360° 4k camera by 360fly offers a list of impressive capabilities. In useful gadget news, there’s the Plume WiFi pods, which offer portable self-optimized cloud-powered WiFi for a faster, uninterrupted connection in all rooms of your home, the Orbit key-finder keychain, which can help find your keys or your phone through the app, as well as a slew of other bluetooth capabilities, and, lastly the TP-Link smart LED light bulb, which allows you to control your lighting from any device, including voice control through Alexa, like with the new 2nd-generation Amazon Echo Dot, which gives a lot of the same Echo bang for less of your buck. A gooseneck device arm and 10 foot weighted cable are a dream for the avid watch-in-bed user, while the Avegant Glyph headphones bring the viewing experience (and so much more) directly to your eyes. And my last (and favorite) is the Wacom Smartpad, which instantly digitizes sketches and notes to your devices.

Have you tried any of these tech finds?

 

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out these gift guides for the trendsetter and the free spirit. Shop, browse, click, stay a while. 🙂

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Free Spirit

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Another day, another gift guide! Today’s focus is on the free spirit, that bohemian, earthy creature with an open mind and lots of style. Celebrate them with natural materials, artful textures, and handmade products.

“If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that’s his problem. Love and peace are eternal.” ~John Lennon

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I love the gypsy boho feel of this Zara jacket with bird embroidery, mix and match stacking ring set from Free People, gold fringe Stella & Dot necklace, and these over-the-knee Sigerson Morrison boots. I can see these pieces being very versatile in pretty much any wardrobe. Or cozy up their home with the gorgeous textured market throw and zodiac candle, which is made from natural soy wax and recycled glass. Give the gift of negative ion health benefits with a 100% natural Himalayan salt lamp. A pretty agate phone case, petal-infused oil, and romantic floral journal will up their essentials game. And nothing is more unique than an artisan-made gift like this GAIA clutch, hand-crafted by refugee women from vintage textiles, or this hand-crafted bongo drum, which, let’s face it, even if they couldn’t play would still make the coolest side table.

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Rugged men do not have to be without style, especially with pieces like the UO blanket jacquard flannel shirt, all-weather high-tops from The Hill-Side, and military tote bag by Rothco X Lucid FC. Extras add a special touch, like an earthy cologne, stone-beaded bracelet, washed-cotton western bandana, and leather keychain from park and trail advocates, Parks Project, reading, “Leave it better than you found it.” And envision this scenario: your recipient curled up under this Morning Culture La Playa Throw, reading Home is Where you Park It with a tea-filled ceramic drinking bowl, while some balsam fir-scented incense burns. Sounds pretty cozy, am I right? And if you’re looking for something really unique, the kalimba recorder is a thumb piano that allows for recording, looping, and manipulating simple melodies.

What’s your favorite free-spirited gift?

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The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides: The Trendsetter

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Hello, blog! Oh, how I have missed you. To my regular readers, I sincerely apologize for my unexplained absence as of late. Long story short, I have created three fashion collections and lived in three different cities in the past several months. The majority of these events were unplanned and I was simply too overwhelmed to keep up. I’ll give you more information in future posts, but for now, I couldn’t miss the chance to make my comeback with my all-time favorite blog series, The 12 Days of Holiday Gift Guides!

If you’re new around these parts, I have a different gift guide for each day to suit ALL the personalities on your shopping list. It’s a lot of fun, and I even have a giveaway coming your way at the end, so make sure you’re signed up for email updates so you don’t miss out!

You may have noticed I’ve got a handy, dandy new site logo design. While I’m loving the logo, many other aspects of my site redesign are very much “in progress,” so bear with me while I work on getting it all styled just right.

And speaking of style, that’s the focus of today’s guide. I’ve rounded up some of my favorite, trendiest, well-designed pieces for those people in your life who treat every sidewalk like a catwalk, every shopping trip like an adventure, and every day as an opportunity to shine.

“Call me ranch, cause I be dressing.” ~ancient meme proverb

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Pajama-style dressing, choker necklaces, and velvet everything have pretty much taken over the fashion world lately, so every trendsetter will appreciate that H&M top, Bauble Bar necklace and Free People boots. I’m loving the bold colors on the artful minaudiere bag, decorative geode box, and gorgeous drop earrings. I’ve had my eye on an instant film-developing camera for a while now. I’m pretty sure they’re a blogger requirement these days, as is that clever message board, and the new Coveteur book, loaded with style inspiration for both your space and your person. A beautiful Diana Vreeland fragrance that my vanity is begging for, along with a super fresh pair of  sunglasses, and a fully-stocked nude lip kit, and your style maven is set!

But what about that fashionable fella..? Don’t worry, he’s covered, too.

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I’ve always have a certain respect for a man who appreciates style, and I feel like current times especially celebrate fashionable expression in the men’s department. One of my favorite trends right now utilizes traditionally feminine touches on menswear, like the rose embroidered denim shirt or that Paul Smith scarf with a red lip motif. The sleek, minimal lines of the backpack, watch, and sunglasses project a clean and confident look. Design aficionados will appreciate the names (and looks) of the Jordan Westbrook 2.0s, Comme des Garçons cologne set, Herschel leather fedora, and Jonathan Adler phone case. And lastly, I think it’s great to give gifts that are useful items but artfully upgraded. Ideas like the Jeremyville Man Scrub trio, strum metal wall organizer, and marble Happy Plugs bluetooth speaker will keep his world a little cleaner, a little more organized, and a whole lot more stylish.

What’s your favorite stylish gift?

Leave me a comment below and let’s talk shop(ping)!

 

NEXT UP ON THE AGENDA, TWO DREAMY, BOHEMIAN GIFT GUIDES FOR THE SPIRIT. CHECK IT OUT TOMORROW!

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VIBES // Blogger in Hiding

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Hi old friends! In case you’ve been wondering, I’ve been on an unofficial hiatus from blogging over the past week as I’m gearing up to show my collection at Fashion Meets Music Festival this weekend. I’m really excited, as it’s a pretty big honor. The festival boasts an incredible lineup, with musical acts like BORNS, Matt & Kim, and Passion Pit, to name a few. Plus there’s a great lineup of fashion shows, including a collection from Project Runway All-Stars winner, Michelle Lesniak. I was a big fan of hers while she was on the show, so I’m extra excited for her runway show.

I won’t be back posting until next week, but when I do get back into the game, I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, including some great giveaways, a look at fall’s best trends, and a whole lot more! In the meantime, I thought these images were a pretty funny look at how I feel when I’m on a blog break. It’s basically a mix of glorious stress-relief and horrible, horrible “Don’t look at me” shame.

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Weekly Roundup 34/52

Ahh, the glory of a routine. Or at least the semblance of one. This month I’ve had two temporary homes while relocating cities. Zach and I are living in Dayton currently, where our families are from, while working on making the transition from Columbus to Cincinnati. It’s been a little crazy – Zach’s still been working in Columbus and I’m trying to get ready for the Fashion Meets Music Festival – but it’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while, so we’re making it work. I’m currently renting a room with my friends for a couple of months and then, job-status-depending, we’ll eventually make the move further south. I’ve felt like a vagabond at times, so it feels good to finally be settled in and getting back into the swing of things.

I haven’t posted a links roundup in a couple of weeks, so that means I’ve got a lot of great finds for you! I’ve also got a few giveaways I’m excited about planned over the next few weeks, so you probably want to make sure you’re subscribed to blog posts so you don’t miss out! Now, onto the links!

1  Karen Walker’s campaigns are always impactful, and the most recent, Magic Hands, a collaboration with Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style is a match made in heaven. It stars the hands of a couple of truly fascinating women decked out in the coolest rings, proving style gets better with age. (Karen Walker)  |  2  The nosy Nancy in me really loved reading these stories behind the tattoos of strangers. (Man Repeller)

 

3  I love learning about the schedules of artists. It’s a fascinatingly tough balance to achieve between strict self-discipline and creative freedom. This look into a day-in-the-life of designer Rachel Castle is a part of one of my favorite blog series, Extraordinary Routines. (The Design Files)  |  4  I am so inspired by the inventive silhouettes and textures in Claudia Li’s Fall ’16 collection. I’m especially impressed with how she uses common materials, like denim and yarn, to create such dreamy pieces. I mean, look at those sleeves! (Honestly WTF)

 

5  So I’m not exactly in the “back to school” demographic (like even a little bit), but I still thought all three of the styles in this tutorial were really pretty and perfect for adults and teens alike. (Kayley Melissa)

Also click-worthy…

Loving the prints and pj-shapes in the Drakes x J. Crew collab.

A lovely lavendar and vanilla body butter DIY.

I’m crazy for these earrings.

Love this series and these pics.

This just might be the sports bra of this busty gal’s dreams.

Have you entered my giveaway with Latherology yet?

 

What links are you loving this week?

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