Where has the year gone? Can you guys believe it’s almost Valentine’s Day! I for one, cannot. It’s going to be here in the blink of an eye, so to make sure it doesn’t sneak up on you, I pulled together some of my favorite Valentine’s Day gifts for guys and gals. Click on the links below each graphic to shop!
I won’t go through everything, but let’s talk about some of my favorite highlights:
“Roses are Red. Wine is also red. Poems are hard. WINE.”
Tell me one girl who wouldn’t frame this card!? Seriously, best valentine ever. What also makes them even sweeter is that my friend Katie from high school designed them. She sells lot’s of adorable cards in her Etsy shop, which you should check out immediately. And let’s not forget one I think the guys will appreciate:
I wanna get JALEPEÑO business!
I die. Seriously, go buy these now.
Red Tory Burch Wallet
I don’t usually gravitate toward red, but there’s something about this gorgeous hue that has me swooning! I also love the size of this wallet in particular. It has room for all of the essentials. Plus, due to the bright color, you’ll always be able to spot it in that bottomless pit purse! (It’s totally okay if you want to buy this for yourself on Valentine’s Day. I won’t judge. Or just send this blog post to your special someone. Hint hint.)
“I’m So Glad I Swiped Right” Pillow
If you met on tinder, this pillow is a non-negotiable. The best part is that your parents can come over and won’t remotely pick up on the reference, so you can still stick with the “we met in a bar” story.
Went from “in a relationship” to “single” coffee mug
If you have a friend or co-worker who just went through a breakup, the least you can do is buy her this coffee mug to give her a giant laugh each morning when she makes her coffee.
Barbour jackets aren’t often associated with the phrase, “surprisingly affordable.” But let’s be honest–you get what you pay for, and they’re some of the most quality jackets around. This jacket though, is an exception–a light, quilted jacket for just $179, which is a total steal. It comes in black, navy, and olive!
Shinola watches are like catnip for guys. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why–they’re a small company that hand makes their watches in Detroit. It’s not just a great company story–their products are of the highest quality, and “built like tanks” as Neal likes to say. AKA you can’t ruin them, so they’re great for clumsy people, outdoorsy people, and very stylish people. They come in tons of colors and watch band combinations–you can see more here.
These slippers look just like the expensive version, but will set you back less than $50! (Hey, love when that happens.) No guy will ever complain about getting comfortable sheepskin lined slippers, ya know?
Remember when I was talking about getting brunch with the girls this past weekend? (And by girls, I mean Blair, Shaheen, Lauren, Maya, Emily, Kelly, Kit, Erin, and Jenn!) I wanted to share a recap about our experience at Cindy’s Rooftop! Cindy’s is the restaurant at the top of the Chicago Athletic Association hotel, which is one of my favorite hotels in Chicago. We hadn’t all gotten together as a big group in a long time, so Kelly made us a reso on DINE and the rest was history.
Now–I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to go here during the winter because I didn’t think it would be nearly as cool as it was during the summer. (They have an amazing patio with fire pits literally made for sipping rosé.) But it was such a beautiful day, it actually felt like summer inside! Every corner of the restaurant is gorgeous.
We had so much fun, we stayed for FOUR HOURS. (Who does that?!) I mean, when you’re having fun time flies, right?
It seems like there are always new and intriguing beauty trends popping up here and there, but I have to admit, it takes a pretty unique one to pique my interest. However, there are always exceptions–and one of those is called “reverse washing.”
Have you heard of it? I first came across it while perusing a magazine, and at first thought it sounded silly–the concept is essentially to reverse the order of your shampoo and conditioner. Apply conditioner first, and rinse it out with shampoo. I then came across “reverse washing” again and again on my favorite websites like Refinery29, Glamour and XO Jane.
Now, for a girl with super thick hair that often gets tangled without enough conditioning, I wasn’t sure if this process was for me. But among further investigation, I thought it might be worth giving a try.
Here’s the theory: Conditioner weighs your hair down, and leaves behind a residue that can make your hair dull, less shiny, and lacking “oomph.” By reversing the order, you get the conditioning effects, but wash away the dulling residue that can cause it to look lackluster.
So, not sure if you’ve noticed this (PRETTTYYY sure you have) but I have a slight obsession with silk scarves. Throw one on over any outfit and they add instant polish and a classic twist. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good blanket scarf too–but they just don’t have the same amount of charm. Vintage shops are a great place to score them on the cheap, but if you’re not into thrifting or don’t have the time, there are plenty of places to buy them new! They’re one accessory that you’ll truly have forever. There are also lot’s of varieties that come in cotton, with the same square shape. (See #7 below!)
To tie them, fold them into a triangle, and then tie like a bandanna! You can also roll them and wrap them around your neck (stewardess style!) I’ve also received several requests to do a tutorial, so be on the lookout for that soon.
In the meantime–happy shopping!
1. Nautical Blue and Red Neck Scarf
2. H&M Abstract Floral Neck Scarf
3. Anthropologie Netherlands Silk Kerchief
4. Red and White Striped Silk Scarf
5. Classic Navy Ralph Lauren Equestrian Scarf
6. Rosie Ombre Patterned Scarf
7. Cheery Tropical Cotton Scarf
8. Navy and Hunter Green Scarf
9. Bright Equestrian Print Scarf
Which scarf is your favorite? Have you scored any other great ones lately? (Let me know–I’m always on the hunt for more ;-))