Valentine’s Day 2016: Gift Guide

by Julia
Valentine’s Day has always been one of my favorite holidays- a ton of chocolate, the color pink, beautiful flowers- what’s better than that? So with that in mind, below are a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day themed gifts to give to friends, family, or, a significant other.
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1. Essie nail polishes ($8 each): I love these girly colors (Pink Glove Service and Guilty Pleasures) and not only are they perfect for this holiday but they will also come in handy for all of the upcoming spring months.

2. Hanky Panky Signature Lace Retro Bralette ($54): Bralettes are definitely a staple in my wardrobe. From layering them under tank tops and dresses to wearing them on lazy days, nothing is as comfortable.

3. Sugarfina “Kiss Me” Sugar Lips ($7): Candy is a necessity on Valentine’s Day and I am obsessed with these fruity gummies. Plus, Sugarfina has the cutest packaging so there is no wrapping required.

4. Wildfox Cupid Hearts Classic PJ Set ($148): Wildfox is the Queen of lounge wear and these pajamas are no exception. The hearts are cute without being too precious and these are snug enough to wear 24/7.

5. Voluspa Prosecco Rose Candle ($28): Candles are both practical and romantic for Valentine’s Day, and having this in your bathroom or kitchen will be a sweet reminder of the giver.

6. Tiffany & Co. stud earrings: Gifts in a blue box always make an impression and these studs are a simple design perfect for day or night.

7. Maison Martin Margiela Replica “Flower Market” perfume ($125): This is a gorgeous floral scent with a ton of layers that actually doesn’t smell like every other floral perfume out there.

Seasonal Scents

by Julia
As we enter the coldest winter months, nothing is more comforting while walking down the blustery streets than being able to bundle up with a cozy scent. While fruity, floral, and beachier scents are reserved for the warmer months, now is the time to find your signature cold weather scent. For starters, think notes of wood, musk, and spice and then go from there… or take the easy way and try out one of me picks below. Happy hunting.
MMM Replica by the Fireplace by Maison Margiela ($125): As if the name was not enough to bring back memories of hanging fire side, but the woodsy scent with a touch of florals keeps you smelling crisp instead of like a bonfire.
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Bullion Eau de Parfum by Byredo ($220): Leather accord, black plum, and sandalwood round out this sensual fragrance. Put a light spritz of this on your scarves to carry the scent with you all day long.
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The Noir 29 Perfume by Le Labo ($160): With notes of fig and black tea leaves, this musky scent is kept fresh and soft for those looking for an unusual fragrance that strays away from the typical cloying florals.
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Logan Hollowell Jewelry

by Julia
Originally from the Outer Banks of North Carolina, up and coming jewelry designer, Logan Hollowell, is designing innovative and nature-inspired pieces in downtown LA. Using precious stones and metals, her designs take inspiration from the sea and stars. Check out my top picks below and all of her designs here!
Crawler earrings are one of my favorite trends right now and what is more special than the most famous constellation. Also available in rose, black, and white gold.
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This necklace is customizable with initials on the front and the iconic song title engraved on the back. Also available in rose and white gold.
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A delicate yet very unique ring inspired by the “healing” energy of the snake. Also available in rose and white gold.
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The ideal piece to pair with other necklaces or wear on it’s own. Also available in rose and white gold.
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Gold and pave diamonds showing all of the different phases of the moon. Also available in rose and white gold.
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The Knit List

by Julia 
Now that the snowy weather has finally hit NYC, sweaters are all I find myself pulling out of my closet each morning. So with that in mind, who doesn’t need a new sweater to perk-up the chilly weather? All of the pieces below are extremely versatile, going with everything from distressed denim to dresses. These sweaters also come in a range of prices from $100-$500 with a luxury item at $2,000 added in to cater to everyone’s budget (and for me to fantasize about TBH). Each sweater and where to find them are below!
Free People Iona Pattern Wrap Cardi ($100 at ShopBop)
The perfect chunky-yet-flattering cardigan that can be worn all day to sit by the fire in, and then all night to drinks or a dinner date as a fun alternative to a traditional wrap.
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J.Crew Cashmere-trimmed Fleece Turtleneck Sweater ($198 at Net-a-Porter)
A cool-girl sweater for those who just want to pull something on and go (*me*). Paired with jeans, leggings, or embellished pants, this is the ultimate turtle neck.
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Rag & Bone Petra Stripped Knitted Sweater ($325 at Net-a-Porter)
This striped sweater is ideal for adding a punch of color to an otherwise neutral outfit. Or also grab the matching skirt and transform this must-have basic into a must-have dress.
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Elizabeth & James Feather-trimmed Cotton Blend Sweater ($485 at Net-a-Porter)
With an unexpected texture, this feather trimmed sweater is a statement all on its own. Wear this versatile sweater all winter long by pairing it with a wool mini, a pencil skirt, or your favorite boyfriend jeans.
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Brunello Cucinelli Fur-trimmed Cashmere Ribbed Sweater ($2,659 at Bergdorf Goodman)
The sweater to end all sweaters. With cashmere and arctic fox fur, this luxurious knit is a worthwhile investment piece sure to last for ages.
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Hair Jewels

by Julia
Looking for a way to spice up your cold weather whipped tresses? Look no further than hair clips in geometric shapes and unusual textures. Not only do they dress up your look to make it seem like it took ages to do, but they’re actually an easy way to elevate your everyday pony tail. My favorite? The long comb from Free People- try it vertically with a french twist or horizontally above a half-up-half-down.
Mrs. President & Co. The Golden Heart Barrette ($68)
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Free People Long Nights French Comb ($18)
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Anthropologie Triangle Hair Clip ($12)
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Free People Straight Shooter Bobby Pins ($16)
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Holiday Hangover

by Julia
Now that 2016 is here and the holiday parties have completely come to a close, it’s time to have some well-deserved relaxation… And what says relaxation better than your favorite sweats? Tops and pants in cotton, cashmere, chenille, or all of the above are the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Why not slip into something more comfortable?
Skin Sling Off-the-Shoulder Sweatshirt & Cotton-Knit Lounge Pants
The perfect set to wear for a day spent on the couch cuddling up in front of the fire… with Netflix.
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Hanro Casual Cotton Pullover Top & Lounge Pants
A chic alternative to those worn out sweats you have in your bottom drawer, and pieces stylish enough to wear outside of the house.
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Natori Cosi Heathered Long-Sleeve Top & Lounge Pants
A top and bottom so comfortable you won’t want to wear anything else. Might as well grab it in beige while you’re at it.
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All available at Neiman Marcus.

Last Minute Gifts

by Julia

With the holidays in full swing, buying gifts for everyone on your list can get a bit stressful. If you are looking for a cute and easy gift last minute, I highly suggest heading over to your local Anthropologie for the cutest knick knacks and tokens. This year my three roommates and I exchanged gifts but wanted to keep it to something relatively small as we would be buying three of them. So I put together three little items from Anthro for a sweet and useful gift that is around $20 each!

Journals: I love giving little notebooks as gifts not only because they are pretty, but also because they are functional. As my friends and I are all currently interning, I love having a place to jot down notes and other thoughts I have throughout the day. Head to Anthro now for several options on sale!

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Mini Candles: With finals and the holidays happening at once, a candle is a great way to de-stress and unwind at the end of a long day. I think that these are the perfect size as I never burn through an entire candle, and with scents like Crisp Champagne, Macaroon, and Peach Bellini there is something for everyone.

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Fancy Lollipops: As a dessert lover, see here , here, and here, I love to give and receive candy as presents. These Salted Caramel and Dark Chocolate lollipops are a big step-up from any candy you’ll find at CVS and look adorable peeking out of your gift bags. P.S. they also come in Champagne and Strawberries!

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