11 Fabulous Galentine’s Day Gift Ideas Your BFFs Will Love

Thursday, January 18, 2018 • Permalink • 

Galentine's Day Gift Ideas

Of the completely made up pop culture holidays – Friendsgiving and Festivus, I’m looking at you – Galentine’s Day is my favorite. What could be more fun than a day devoted to celebrating amazing female friendships? And waffles.

Still confused about Galentine’s Day? No worries. Like the other aforementioned pop culture holidays, Galentine’s Day started as the focus of a sitcom episode. Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler’s character on Parks and Recreation, explained the holiday on the show:
"Oh, it's only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It's like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas."
There’s a whole explainer over on Bustle, if you want more back-story. Otherwise, let’s move on to the fun part. Now that we’re clear that this is all about celebrating your lady friends, it’s time to talk gift ideas. Here are ten super fun presents that are perfect for gifting your besties on Galentine’s Day:

Loving This Week: Watermelon Glow + Luxe Laundry Detergent

Monday, January 15, 2018 • Permalink • 

COS Sweater - Dried van Noten Boots - Glow Recipe Sleeping Mask - The Laundress Detergent - Misha Nonoo Shirt

It’s so rare to find a skincare product that 100% delivers on all its promises. So, when I tripped across Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow in a bag of samples from Sephora, I wasn’t expecting a lot. But, I’m happy to report that this delicious-smelling sleeping mask made my skin as glowing and even-textured as promised. I’ve found a new favorite.

In other shopping news, a pair of brocade boots that are richly detailed, but still completely at home in a neutral wardrobe. And perfumed laundry detergent that will make your wardrobe smell just like the contemporary section at Harrod’s. If you’ve ever been there, you know that’s a good thing.

Check out all my top shopping picks for the week…

1. COS Collage Merino-Yak Jumper, $115.00
The contrasting back panel, which is a ribbed wool and yak hair blend, gives this wool sweater some extra visual interest. If, like me, you are starting to feel like all your sweaters kind of look the same, this could be the antidote.

Winter Vacation in Europe? Here Are The Best Clothes To Pack

Thursday, January 11, 2018 • Permalink • 

I am the least likely person to enjoy a winter vacation. I was born and raised in California, and currently live in a part of Nor Cal that does not have weather. Like, any weather. Below 60 is a super cold day; anything above 80 is a massive heat wave. I’m nicely acclimated to room temperature.

And yet, for the past two years I’ve found myself on vacation in Europe in January. It makes a ton of sense, really. The crowds are smaller, the airfare and hotel rooms are cheaper, and medieval castles look amazing swathed in fog and mist. I’m kind of into it now. But, this type of cold weather trip taking requires a serious shift in wardrobe.

Loving This Week: Comfort Pumps + a Mulberry Silk Dress

Monday, January 08, 2018 • Permalink • 

Modern Citizen Blouse - Longchamp Tote - Naturalizer Pumps - Kiehl's Skincare - COS Dress

This week’s picks answer some pressing shopping questions like, “Can Longchamp really improve on their already perfect travel tote?” And, “Can a trendy heel also be orthopedic-level comfortable?” The answer is “yes” to both.

Also, buying holiday-packaged beauty goods in January is the best. The prices are fantastic, and literally no one is going to ever see (or care) that your lotion has snowflakes on the label.

Check out my favorite online shopping picks for the week…

1. Modern Citizen Albertine Ruffled Collar Blouse, $88.00
I’m a big fan of this new San Francisco-based label, which specializes in beautifully designed, affordable pieces, many of which are perfectly work appropriate. This cotton-blend blouse will look equally great with distressed denim and office separates.

Loving This Week: A Cozy Cape + The Warmest Hat Ever

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 • Permalink • 

Uniqlo Cap - By Terry Eyeshadow - Foundrae Ring - J.Crew Cape - Everlane Crossbody

I love winter, but my thin California blood can’t handle real cold. I’m so glad I found out about Uniqlo’s Heattech line. I’ve been a loyal Heattech customer since the days where you had to special order it from Japan. Luckily Uniqlo is now available in major cities and online. I couldn’t make it through winter without it. A couple of snuggly Heattech knit caps were high on my shopping list this week. In other news, an inspiration quote ring that isn’t too sweet to pair with a mostly-black wardrobe. I had no idea this was possible.

Check out all of my favorite online shopping finds for this week…

1. Uniqlo Heattech Knitted Cap, $9.90
If you live in a cold climate, or just plan on visiting one, Uniqlo Heattech is a must-have. This range of layering pieces and accessories genuinely keeps you warm. I live in a part of California that barely qualifies as having seasons, but every year I manage to visit someplace very cold in the middle of winter. I have an entire Heattech drawer filled with tees, tanks, leggings, and socks ready for the next trip. And yet, I still find new pieces to add to my collection. I just stocked up on these Heattech caps. I picked up light gray and dark gray. It’s also available in six other colors.