A Greater Gift Guide For Him

I’ve been popping around the interwebs checking out the recommendations of websites and blogs for gift guides for guys. And I have got to say, as adorable as a lot of the items are, they don’t particularly seem original. As I mentioned in my Gift Guide for Your Girls from last week, I pride myself on finding truly unique gifts. I like my gifts to be personal, meaningful, and unexpected. I want the people opening them to say “Wow, holy sh*t this is awesome!”

Thusly, I felt like this Gift Guide was truly in order, because female-targeted internet content is just really letting us ladies (and our dudes by association) down. Also, how many times can you really buy your boyfriend a sweater from JCrew? And is that a gift for him, or more because you think he should wear sweaters from JCrew? Secondly, I don’t know any men who keep coffee table books, its more like issues of Sports Illustrated and Wired. Lastly, cologne is not an original present, neither are socks.

All I am trying to say, is that with truly minimal effort (I mean, if you just read this article) you can find a handful of options that will both surprise and delight all of the wonderful men in your life (be it a boyfriend, a best friend, a brother, or a dad). I put together a fun list of my own ideas, as well as some items on the wish lists of actual men, because I didn’t find what Cosmopolitan or Refinery 29 was telling me to get to be in any way helpful (i.e. I don’t actually think any of my guy friends want silk pajama pants). You’re welcome.

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1. FlameStower: you can slide this nifty little guy into an actual fire and use that to charge your electronics. How cool is that?

2. DuxHelm Helmet: For the cycler on your list, get him a helmet with retractable sunnies.

3. Splash Shower Tunes: Wirelessly play music while you shower…alone or together!

4. Gotham Anti-Theft Bike Light: Living in NYC, all my guy friends are bikers. Make sure they stay safe with this knifty light!

5. NomadKey: The most mobile of all the chargers.

6. Italo Fontana Watch: A watch is a pretty standard gift for a guy, but he will think of you whenever he wears it so why not get him a badass one!

7. Colt 45 Cufflinks: For the fashionable man in your life, these faux bullet cufflinks will make quite the statement!

Even if none of these things were exactly what you were looking for, I hope you are inspired to think a bit more outside of the box, because when were you ever excited to get a sweater either? (Unless it was Chanel…)

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Spring Prints, Winter Silhouettes

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I am one of those people that gets depressed in the winter. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I have Seasonal Affective Disorder, (I haven’t been diagnosed or anything) but as a person who spent most of the first 22 years of her life seeing the sunshine everyday, the winters in the city can really get me down. The cold, lack of sunlight, and annoying snow make me just want to curl up, eat everything in sight, and never leave my apartment again.

There are a few ways I try to combat my hatred of these cold months. One is really awesome friends who force me to meet them for things that take place more than a 5 block radius around my apartment. The second is literally forcing myself to go to the gym by making myself feel incredibly guilty. And thirdly, I try to wear things that are not perpetually dark and dreary. People (and especially New Yorkers) send the whole season all in black and it makes everything so much more depressing.Bright colors are as close to spring as I can get in the winter, so I think it is necessary to incorporate them into my wardrobe.

This gorgeous midid skirt is so thick and heavy, perfect with tights for some chilly weather. It is also feminine and flirty, and thusly right up my alley. Just because the print screams spring doesn’t mean you can’t make it work for December. I paired it with a sparkly peplum for a holiday touch.

See you Wednesday for more holiday gift guides! I really need to get shopping!
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Frome Head to Toe:

Skirt: c/o Think Closet (similar), Top: c/o Think Closet (similar), Shoes: Lulu*s, Bag: ASOS, Hat: Target Necklace: Stella & Dot

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Holiday Style in Sapphire

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Red and green are great options, but you will definitely stand out in a bright blue dress! This feminine midi dress from Lulu*s is great for any holiday parties (be it Hanukkah or Christmas). It is also great for work, dates, and happy hour, making it an all around PERFECT dress (and at a serious bargain)! I belted it was an old Betsey Johnson belt for a little holiday sparkle and accessorized the rest of the look to match.

In my personal opinion, if you pair something with metallics it will look holiday-themed. Gold and silver are my favorite colors of the season, much more so than red and green. Try it, seriously. You can pair jeans and a t-shirt with a gold statement necklace and heels and look ready for Christmas. It is almost fool-proof. Also, with a network of multi-faith family and friends, I look festive no matter what event I am attending (which this year runs the gamut of everything from high school reunion to Romanian holiday party).

Side note-I have bought the most epic pantsuit from Lulu*s for my reunion and I CANNOT wait to style it for you guys. I wanted to do it yesterday, but Anabella loved it too much that we want to plan a super special location and such. She’s so smart. Also, those editorial style shots are my favorite, for two reasons. One, they are usually inside, and lately I am perpetually freezing. Two, we get to be really creative and put so much more thought into them.

Stay warm this weekend, friends! I will be out shooting with some blogger babes for an exciting feature I will be sharing with you soon! Stay tuned! xx

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: Lulu*s, Belt: Betsey Johnson (old), Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, Shoes: c/o Piperlime (on super sale!!), Fur: Thrifted

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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Holiday Gift Guide

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Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I am an excellent gift-getter. I love buying presents for other people, and take a ton of pride in the time and effort I put into picking out unique gifts (which is why it took me forever to write this post because I kept getting sidetracked and started doing my actual holiday shopping). I like buying experiences (massages, facials, airline gift cards etc.) and stuff that is customized (monogramming, obviously). But when buying for a holiday party, secret Santa, or close friend on a budget, I think it is nice to aim for something timeless, elegant, and with a bit of holiday glam. That’s why I put together a gift guide with my favorite options for your favorite ladies. Check back for suggestion for the boys (and the pets, cuz you know my list for Addy is the most important one I am making) later this week!

Happy shopping!

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Office Holiday Party Perfect

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To me, the perfect office dress is one that doubles as a date outfit. Sexy enough to impress, but modest enough to be work appropriate. This lace Piperlime beauty is a triple threat. It meats my first two qualifications while managing to be a perfect holiday dress. The festive color and delicate lace leave you feeling’ festive while also managing to be the best palate for some statement holiday sparkle. I like my $3 thrifted chain (score), but any of your favorite pieces will work with such a timeless backdrop.

I styled the dress with my favorite new staple piece, a cape/blazer combo (a favorite Black Friday purchase) and some pointy-toes, but surprisingly comfortable pumps. In a look like this you can win “Best Dressed” at your office cocktail party, but also look great for a date or semi-formal wedding. Burgundy is my favorite holiday color, because it is so versatile. It doesn’t scream Christmas red, so it transitions easily from fall to winter with out seeming too seasonal. It can also look extremely elegant or have a bit of edge, depending on how you style it.

Later this week I will be featuring my gift guid for everyone on your list, as well as some of my other favorite holiday looks! It is the season of sequins, and I can’t wait to share my picks with you! Until then, I hope to see you at my Think Closet shopping party tomorrow! Please come join me for a night of gorgeous clothes, laughs, and bubbly! Don’t forget to mention “The Stylephile” and get an exclusive discount on your purchase!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: c/o Piperlime, Shoes: c/o Piperlime, Cape: Nasty Gal, Purse: ASOS

Photos by Anabella V Photography

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