Gift Guide For The Boys

The boys need to have a gift guide too, because lets face it, they’re so much harder to shop for! Honestly, I think this may be my favorite gift guide of the season! Don’t forget to check out my board for even more holiday ideas!

Gift Guide for the Boys

Portable Speakers | Fitness Wristband | Flask | Watch Winder | Navy Weekender Bag | Watch | Sports Backpack | Shaving Kit | Jack Spade Wallet | Ferragamo Belt | Nike Sneakers | RAEN Sunglasses

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Gift Guide for the Luxury Lover

Gift guide number 3 is out and ready to shop!

Gift Guide for the Luxury Lover

Burberry Scarf | Kate Spade Sunglasses | Fresh Shower Gel | David Yurman Earrings | Prada Handbag | Diptyque Candle | Tory Burch Watch | Margaret Elizabeth Bracelet Set | Tory Burch Handbag | Leopard Pumps | La Mer Skin Care set (great buy!) | Lisi Lerch Earrings | Tory Burch Boots

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Check out the three other holiday posts:

 Gift Guide for the Girl on the Go  |  Gift Guide for the Host with the Most  |  Holiday Dressing Guide

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Apartment Planning

In a few short weeks I will be graduating from college (wait, wasn’t I just a freshman?) and moving back to the big apple once I secure a (hopefully dream) job. I’ve already started planning out how I want my apartment to look. I love the idea of keeping it pretty neutral and using pillows, art and rugs to give it the color and pop it needs.

Neutral Home

One worry about having my perfectly decorated apartment is how expensive it can get. Rent in NYC is already high, so adding the expense of furniture and decorations is a bit daunting. Rack It Up is a new site that allows you to add items to your home section and get alerts when the items go on sale. I love how easy it makes staying on top of the item your coveting, without having to check on it each day. You add items using a bookmark button (similar to a ‘pin it’ button) from different stores online and then wait to get the sale alert to your inbox. Sign up here to start getting sale alerts!

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Thank you to Rack It Up for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own. 

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Trench

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Trench: Burberry, Top: H&M (old, but similar here and here), Jeans: J Brand, Shoes: Nine West, Sunglasses: Tom Ford

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Holiday Dressing

Holiday parties are the best time of the year, clinking champagne glasses and laughing with friends, all you need is the perfect outfit. See below for details.

p.s. there’s a fabulous bow top and a jumpsuit to give you a little variety this season!

Holiday Dressing

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Be sure to order early so you’re prepared for your holiday parties!

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Gift Guide: For The Host With The Most

The second gift guide for this holiday season is live! This time it is all about what to get the host (with the most, of course!) There is a gift for every price range so get shopping! A few of these double as adorable stocking stuffers too!

Gift Guide For the Host with the Most

Shop all of these fabulous gifts here:

 

Recipe Book | Vogue Travel Pouch | Tory Burch Soap Set | Gin Glass | Wine Essentials | Pleated Cuff Gloves | Coffee First Mug | Herringbone Throw | Oscar De La Renta Book | Hobnail Glass Candle | My Only Regret Glass Necessity Tray

Don’t forget to check out the girl on the go gift guide! I’ll be posting gift guides and also sharing the best holiday deals (before black friday and cyber monday, and of course during!) so keep checking here and be sure to follow my Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss a single money saving opportunity!

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Collectivo

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Top: Calvin Klein (similar here and here), Jeans: 7 for all Mankind, Shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo, Bag: K.Slademade (similar here), Jewelry: David Yurman and Loren Hope

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Photography by Aliza Rae

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Interview Spotlight: Of Mercer

I’m so excited about this interview spotlight with the founders of the clothing line Of Mercer, Dorie and Emelyn. I absolutely love that they created a line made specifically for women to look great in the workplace (remember this post?) These two ladies are extremely driven and I love their advice for female entrepreneurs!

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p.s. you can find both of their fab dresses here and here

What made you both decide to leave your jobs and begin your own fashion line?

Both of us came from traditional business backgrounds – Emelyn was in finance and Dorie was in consulting. We met the first week of Wharton Business School, wearing the exact same dress – our one stylish yet office-appropriate piece. We couldn’t understand why there weren’t more stylish workwear options for professional women like us. So we decided to do something about it and created Of Mercer, a brand of fashionable office attire that will take you from desk-to-dinner.

What was the biggest challenge you faced?

We knew the problem we experienced needed to be solved by women like us, who knew what it was like to get dressed for work every day. But neither of us had backgrounds in fashion, so there was a steep learning curve. We talked to everyone who would meet with us and learned as much as possible about design, fabric selection, production, etc. Eventually we brought on our designer Aja Singer who had the creative and technical background we needed to complement our own skillsets.

What does a typical day look like for you?

It’s so hard to answer that question! As a very small team, we have our hands in every aspect of the company, so each day can look completely different. One day we may be doing a photoshoot for a lookbook, another day we may be in our NYC factory managing production and ensuring they are creating the highest quality products.

What is your go-to piece for the Fall collection and how are you styling it?

Dorie: I absolutely love our Fulton Dress in Bordeaux. The sleeves give a little extra coverage for the crisp weather, and the zip front gives it just the right amount of edge. I’ve been styling it with black tights and booties!

Emelyn: Definitely the Bryant dress. I love that it makes a statement with a bold, checked pattern, but the silhouette is classic and well tailored. Those two aspects together make it the perfect office-appropriate, confidence-inducing dress!

How would you describe the Of Mercer girl?

The typical Of Mercer woman is a young professional woman who cares about looking fashionable, both in and out the office. She knows when she’s shopping that she shouldn’t have to sacrifice quality for price or style for an office dress code.

Walk me through the design process that you go through for creating a new piece.

There are a lot of considerations in coming up with a new piece. We listen to our customers’ feedback to make sure we’re fulfilling their needs, and we look at the latest trends (from runway to NYC street-style). Aja will sketch a number of designs using a range of fabric choices. Once we narrow down the designs, we work with our NYC pattern and sample making team to prototype the garment. We then go through a number of iterations of fitting (with our size 6 fit-model) before going into production of the product.

What is next for Of Mercer? Where do you see if in 5 years?

Right now we are focused on building out our product offerings. In the next year we will release separates – skirts, blouses, knitwear, and pants. From there we will continue to listen to our customers and grow into new product areas based on their feedback. We also hope to open showrooms in major urban areas so that women can have personalized in-person shopping experiences. In five years, Of Mercer will be the go-to brand for all your desk-to-anything needs.

What is your advice for aspiring female entrepreneurs?

Build a support system of peers and mentors. Being an entrepreneur can be incredibly fulfilling, but you will experience many highs and lows along the way, and you will need people around to celebrate the good things and encourage you through he bad. We’ve found the start-up community very open and supportive. You should reach out to entrepreneurs or business owners in your local community, go to meet-ups, and talk to as many people as possible. Those connections will help you launch and get your business off the ground.

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Work Wear with Ellie Kai

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Top: Ellie Kai c/o, Pants: J.Crew (I recommend sizing down for a fitted look), Shoes: Isacc Mizrahi, Belt: J.Crew (similar here), Jewelry: Kate Spade Bangle Watch and David Yurman Bracelet

Ellie Kai is amazing because you get to design your own clothes, you pick the design, fabric and style (length of hems etc.) and they send you your custom piece right to your door. I love it because it helps you to have pieces in your wardrobe that truly fit you the way they should, no more shirts that are too long or too short (thank goodness!)

Photography by Aliza Rae

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Gift Guide: for the girl on the go

This year I’m mixing up my gift guides a little, each gift guide will have gifts at all price ranges to help you shop for every person on your list! You can also follow my holiday pinterest board for more gift ideas, holiday decor and everything else you’ll want and need! Be sure to keep checking to see when my other gift guides drop! Now get shopping, I know I’ve already started mine!

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Clarisonic Cleanser | Cashmere Scarf (on sale for under $75!) | Shinola Watch | Allover Touch Gloves | Yoga Mat | Tumi Travel Bag | Dior Makeup Brushes | Nike Running Sneakers | Heavily Medicate Travel Pouch | Mega Babe Key Chain

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