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Pacific Palisades, CA

Gift Guide: His + Hers Casual Style

Derek and I both work from home so most days you’ll find us in cozy lululemon gear like this!  It feels so good to wear cute sweats like this when I don’t have a shoot, meeting or event to attend.  I still feel put together and never mind running errands or being out and about.  I love that I can work out in anything from lululemon and head to brunch straight after! Derek told me not to get him anything for Christmas, but obviously I wasn’t about to listen to him ;)  I wanted to get him something that he would actually use and wear – so I knew lululemon would be ideal!  If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that shopping for clothes isn’t exactly Derek (or any guy’s) favorite thing to do LOL.  BUT he REALLY enjoyed picking out these pieces and he’s obsessed with this hoodie – he even slept in it the other night haha! lululemon has sooo many amazing pieces for men and women that make the perfect gifts for the holidays.  I love this hoodie that I’m wearing (I like my lululemon gear to fit a bit looser, so I tend to size up to a 4 or a 6), these joggers, and this puffer coat (so reasonable.)  I also couldn’t resist buying this super soft sherpa hoodie!  This beanie makes your entire outfit and is a fun stocking stuffer idea – so is this water bottle.  Up your sneaker game for you and your hubby with these APL kicks.  FYI they run big so I recommend going down a half size.  And get him this uber cozy hoodie and pants to work out and relax in whenever.  I LOVE this gym bag and this yoga mat! New workout gear always inspires me to be more active – and it’s even more motivating to have someone to do it with.  With the New Year coming up – all of this stuff will be put to VERY good use if you ask me!  Shop all of my must have gifts from lululemon here!  PS you can order lululemon until December 21st and still get it in time for Christmas!
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Meatpacking District, NY

Ivory + Grey Downtown

I love an off-white, ivory colored coat for winter and have been looking for the perfect one to add to my collection.  When I saw this Eileen Fisher beauty at Bloomingdales I knew I had to have it!  The material is gorgeous – it’s part textured alpaca and SO warm.  If you live in NYC or anywhere that gets chilly – you know how important it is to have a coat that actually keeps you warm.  Often times a coat can look warm – and oh-so-pretty, but fails to check all the boxes.  This coat checks all the boxes and more.  I’m obsessed with the chic high collar – which is perfect to protect you against any sort of wind chill.  I forgot a scarf the other day in NYC and just buttoned this up and it was a lifesaver!!! I wore this chunky cashmere Eileen Fisher turtleneck underneath my coat.  The quality is incredible – and I am tempted to splurge on it in the deep green.  I love this longer tunic style turtleneck to travel in, and this casual grey knit number.  I own several Eileen Fisher sweaters and they’ve all held up beautifully over the years! Other pieces I love from the selection at Bloomingdales are these silk side stripe pants (great for the office or a holiday party), this easy black slip dress (every woman needs one in her closet), this textured grey collar coat, this short alpaca cream peacoat (great if you live in LA or somewhere warmer during the winter), and these simple black booties for everyday.
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Gift Guide: What I'm Actually Giving This Year

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe Christmas is 2 weeks away!  If you’re anything like me, you’ve left Christmas shopping ’til the last minute.  Not to fret – I’ve got you covered!!!  I wanted to share what I’m actually giving my friends and family this year.  I’ve been doing these gift guides for years and always get asked specifically what I like to get my mom, sister, dad, and friends – so here’s the low down! Family Gift Guide For mom My mom spent Thanksgiving with me and absolutely LOVED my linen sheets.  If you don’t already have linen sheets – trust me, you need ’em.  I decided to order her sheets from The Citizenry.  I love Parachute sheets as well and got Derek these grey ones for his birthday last year!  I’m also getting my mom her favorite Jo Malone candle, (already gave her this lavender L’Occitane set), the Gwyneth Paltrow’s It’s All Easy cookbook, and the Skylar “Capri” perfume which is so light, refreshing, and also happens to contain zero parabens and toxic chemicals! For sister My sister has been obsessed with my Honest face oil so it’ll be the perfect stocking stuffer item for her.  She’s also been asking for Indie Lee products so I’m going to get her this set.  She doesn’t have an Instant Pot yet – so I definitely am going to get her one!  And then she’s been wanting a new pair of stylish winter boots – so I ordered these for her in black (you may recognize them because I own them in brown!) For dad My dad is moving into a new house next month, so I want to get him a housewarming gift.  This Ralph Lauren cashmere cable throw is splurgeworthy, and this one from Pottery Barn is also gorgeous.  He’s always in need of some new cotton T-shirts from J.Crew so I’m going to stock up on those for him, and he loves the Kiehl’s grooming kit too! For Derek Last year, I got Derek this Filson travel duffle which he adores and a Miansai bracelet.  This year, I got him Garrett Leight sunnies that he’s been eyeing (they’re definitely a notch up from Ray Bans and so worth it), APL sneakers and tons of cozy sweats from Lululemon.  I’m also getting him a massage from our favorite spa in Santa Monica; The Raven! For friends I love these little L’Occitane ornament sets, and how amazing is this Chanel lipgloss trio?!!  I’m thinking of getting these monogrammed cosmetic cases for my closest friends, and this fun monogrammed iphone case for my bestie.  For one of my girlfriends who is a total beauty junkie – I’m giving her this professional Kabuki brush + brush cleaner set that she said she wanted after seeing me use it! Other fun last minute gift ideas How darling is this monogram cheese board?  These gold hoop charm earrings are beautiful.  I love all of Madewell’s cozy sweaters.  This scarf would make any outfit!  And don’t forget to check my other gift guides featuring the best candles, coffee table books, meaningful gifts, gifts for everyone and more!
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Pacific Palisades, CA

Plaid Coat For Fall

Fall has finally arrived in LA and although it’s a bit late to the game, it was worth the wait – it’s gorgeous!  I somehow missed the fall foliage here last year because I stayed in Venice most of the time, but this year I ventured away from the beach, and found tons of fall foliage like this in neighborhoods around the city.  The Palisades is one of the quaintest neighborhoods in LA – and in close proximity to Malibu, Santa Monica and Brentwood.  I often head up there to meet friends for coffee or lunch in the Palisades Village! I wore this stunning grey plaid coat from Gerard Darel (also love this one!) and a chunky turtleneck underneath.  I’ve been super into plaid and houndstooth patterned coats this season and found so many good ones online.  This brown plaid one is another favorite. These Mother jeans fit like a glove and are super stretchy, high waisted and have the coolest raw hem detail.  If I had to pick my top favorite denim lines they would easily be; Mother, L’Agence and Black Orchid. This Chloe bag is splurge worthy and I reach for it often!  If you’re wanting an even closer look at it, or are wondering which designer handbag to buy – be sure to watch this video featuring my entire handbag collection.  I talk about the best investment handbags, which ones I would buy again – and which ones I wouldn’t, as well as give you insider tips/tricks for purchasing them!
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