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Little Miss Liz over at Sequins & Stripes totally feels our pain when it comes to living in cold and windy cities. We love checking out her posts for winter outfit inspiration, because she’s out of Chicago, where things ain’t warm this time of year! (We’re looking at you, SoCal bloggers…)

We’re in love with this look for it’s simplicity and versatility — I mean how many times do you think she’s worn each and every item in that outfit? We’re gonna guess a bagillion.  They’re all wardrobe staples that can be mixed up with other ensembles endlessly, which we totally appreciate when these winters feel like they may last forever.

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Our Take:

Mini Satchel
Cable Knit Sweater
Shaping Jeans
Black Pea-Coat
Geo-Print Scarf
Suede Booties


Valentine’s Day Gift Guide // For your guy

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Whether it’s your bf, guy friend or Dad, all men like a little spoiling on VDay (even if they don’t admit it)! It can be as simple as a card and some candy, but if you really want to show him something special, we’ve got you covered!

1 // Flask – Something leathery will always seem romantic on Valentine’s Day, even if it’s a flask. He’ll be happy to show this off to his guy friends and brag that it was from his lady.

2 // Watch – The two tone and sleek face have a 60s feel that he’s bound to love.

3 // Card – This gorgeous letterpressed card is simple without being too sappy (perfect for a guy). While we love to get our hands on amazing letterpressed cards, we’re not above making our own! In fact, that’s usually our game plan. Whether you make a card or buy one, make sure to tell him how much you care about him inside!

4 // Bow Tie – This falls more under the category of a specialty VDay gift, but how could we resist, it’s just so adorable (and red)!

5 // Letter Holder – Home decor & accessories can work for both you and your man, and this romantic letter holder will hopefully spark his interest in writing you love letters!

6 // Candle – It smells like camp fire (Cedar & Sandalwood)…how manly is that! Your candle lit evening will be even more romantic with the aroma of a cozy fire nearby.

7 // Socks – I mean, come on. Smart Wool and argyle? Done deal.

8 // Boxers – Another Valentine’s Day novelty item, but who doesn’t love a little novelty item now and then? Underwear is underwear, and weirdly everyone loves getting new underwear as a present!

9 // Kitchen Spoons – These cute spoons will add some Valentine’s Day color and cheer to their kitchen! They’ll serve as a reminder every time he uses them of how much you love him!

10 // Messenger Bag – Whether they like to admit it or not, every dude needs a practical man bag. This one is the perfect messenger weekender to keep him organized on the go.

How to Look Cute in a Polar Vortex

New England is a tricky place. Just when you think things are warming back up a bit, it drops to -4 and you’re forming icicles in your hair. It can be challenging to feel cute in such a scenario, but here are some enlightening ideas to keep you not only toasty, but also adorable.gm_howtolookcuteinapolarvortex

// Find a cute puffy jacket (it’s possible, we swear!) Here are some options: JCrew, BCBG, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein

// Fur lined anything – hat, mittens, hood, scarf…you get the picture

// Chunky/knit everything – socks and hats especially!

// A scarf of any kind, your face will thank you from the bitter winds

// Stylish but practical boots – we’re big fans of LL Bean and Hunter

// Layer up with some normal clothing, because chances are, your office is an average of 70 degrees. Throw a light-weight tee under your wool sweater in case you get too hot

So there you have your typical outfit for the next month and a half.. stay warm out there kids!

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The “Guy in your life” Gift Guide

Whether it be a boyfriend, guy friend, or that guy you’ve been texting (a lot), we’ve got you covered. We’ve got a range of gifts for the guy who keeps ya smilin’.

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Cutting Board // This gift might be a selfish one… this handcrafted cherry wood cutting board is so stylish and handy.. you’ll both be using it! Give him this and set a romantic date night where you can both show off your cooking skills.

Wool Sweater // LL Bean’s lifetime warranty makes it a pretty awesome option for a gift. If the materials ever start wearing down, the company fully refunds your purchase, which is a pretty rare and honest quality for a company these days. This crew neck sweater is classic, warm, and chunky – a recipe for love.

Americana Matches // Most people our age have a bundle of miss-matched matches from bars and restaurants they’ve been to. Although these can hold memories and stories, these matches he can keep on display.

Green Moss Candle // So now he has these cool matches and nothing to light! Although I’m sure you’ll be stealing them to light your amazing girly-smelling candles, give him a chance to light something you’ll both like that doesn’t smell like flowers and cookies. {image via}

Swiss Army Knife // Most of the guys in my life carry a Swiss Army knife at all times, and let me tell you…it is CONVENIENT. This one has some character with it’s cool wood paneling, and I think he’ll be pretty excited to realize how handy these are.

The Drunken Botanist // Most of the guys we know are whiskey guys (and we’re cool with that), but let him learn about how that and all sorts of other cocktails are made from plants all over the world. *And then borrow it, because this book sounds awesome!

All Natural Beard Toner // Beards are hot right now, and we LOVE them. Help his beard smell extra nice and feel extra soft with this all natural beard toner.

City Glasses // We have quite a few guys in our lives that have moved all over the country. Let them reminisce with these gorgeous personalized city glasses. These will make anyone feel at home.

Field Notes 3 Pack // This 3 pack has all of the options he’ll ever need! They’re basic looking (not too girly), compact, and with the options for graph, lined and plain pages he’ll have all of this bases covered. *Side note, Christa met Aaron Draplin, the designer and creator behind Field Notes, and he is one bad ass dude. {image via}

Portable Speakers // This blue-tooth speaker is convenient and has some pretty decent sound quality for it’s compact size and low price. We’ve been in far too many group-hang out situations where we’ve said “um.. does anyone have portable speakers??”.. Now someone finally will!

Clash Vinyl // Let me tell you, I have this album on vinyl, and I feel pretty badass every time I listen to it. Additionally, every dude who has ever looked at my collection has said “OMG you have this album?!”.. So in summation, you should buy this for a guy in your life.

JCrew Hat // Basically the hat version of the above crew neck sweater – toasty, classic, and he’ll look very cute in it (in a sexy-kind-of way, not a kitten-kind-of way). *Right now JCrew is offering 30% off with code GIFTNOW