Personalized Gifts for Him

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Monograms and personalized gifts aren’t just for women! Please don’t forget about the special men in your life when it comes to personalizing a gift! Add a monogram to elevate the look of a shirt, decanter, or briefcase. Let your imagination run wild! Not a monogram kind of guy? ….Consider a personal phrase for a fun twist.

Today I am sharing some of my favorite personalized gift ideas for your husband, significant other, father, brother or friend. (Anyone you can think of!)

 

FOR WHEN HE WANTS THE PERFECT FIT:

 

The ultimate in personalization, customize a shirt for the special man in your life. Brooks Brothers allows a choice of fit type, color, collar, back, sleeve length, neck size and monogram placement. This shirt is only one of a multitude of options.

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Not interested in monogramming the cuffs themselves? Try a stunning pair of classic silver cufflinks from Tiffany’s with custom engraving. Pair the cufflinks with a french cuff shirt of your choosing for an elegant gift.

 

FOR WHEN HE WANTS TO CHILL:

Randall Plaid Men's Robe Robes provide a perfect canvas for personalization. Add a handsome monogram to this sophisticated plaid robe.

 

FOR WHEN HE WANTS TO SHOW OFF HIS STYLE APTITUDE:

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Let him flaunt his style! A perfectly paired set includes a monogrammed handkerchief, tie and socks. Select from a variety of colorful options.

 

FOR HIS WATCH COLLECTION:

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                        color, F Watches deserve their own special showcase.  Allow him to safely store his collection in this monogrammed watch box.

FOR WHEN HE TRAVELS:

Leather Charger Roll Up, Navy Organize your techie guy when he’s on the road or in the air.  A luxurious leather case holds all his charger necessities.

Alternate Image An overnight duffel bag with his initials offers both handsome form and function. The waxed canvas of this bag adds updated appeal.

 

FOR HIS ____ (FILL IN THE BLANK) YEAR OLD SCOTCH:

Etched Windowpane Decanter

A drink just tastes better when poured from an elegant decanter. With an etched windowpane pattern and a classic monogram, who could question the quality of the scotch.

 

FOR HIS MARTINI:

Monogrammed Martini Glasses, Triple-Initial, Set of 4

Is he a martini drinker? Bring back memories of a bygone era with a set of monogrammed martini glasses.

 

I have way too many ideas to share in one post, but I hope you find inspiration in everything I have shared today! Contemplate his lifestyle and match a special, personalized gift with that image.  Happy shopping!

XO,

Linda

Five Fabulous Faux Furs for Under $50

IMG_E5006 Heat up your wardrobe with a faux fur coat or jacket! Faux Fur is so hot right now, that it is the must have piece of outwear for this winter! Every style, shape and color appears on both runways and streets. Since trends come and go quickly, I do not like to overspend on a trendy item.

Recently, while shopping at Target, I saw the leopard coat I am wearing in the photo above. As you know from my previous posts, I love all things animal print! With a price tag of $49.99, how could I resist? Needless to say, the coat went in my basket. Inspired by my recent faux fur purchase, I thought, why not share some fabulous faux fur choices that are also inexpensive? Add a bit of whimsy to your winter wardrobe with these additional five faux furs all under $50!

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Who can deny the appeal of this darling, burgundy short jacket? How perfect would this be for upcoming holiday parties? And a price tag of $39.99 makes it irresistible.

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A black, fuzzy jacket offers a versatile option.  It’s pictured casually here, but added to your little black dress it’s perfect for any soiree!

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A beautiful neutral colored fur says “wear me with anything”! With winter upon us, this coat provides cozy warmth.

Faux Fur Hooded Jacket A faux fur and an on trend green color make this bomber jacket a stand out.  Also available in ivory, throw this jacket on over your activewear to meet friends for coffee.

 

Adelaqueen Faux Fur Coat Jacket Women Black Long Sleeve Coat Jacket Large Winter Coat Clothing Plus Fluffy Fake Fur Coat Thick Cheap Fashion Faux Fur Lady Coat Outerwear Shaggy Fuzzy Elegant Coat XS

Wear this black faux fur dressed down with jeans or out for an evening this holiday season.  I love the slightly vintage feel of this coat!

Why not heat up your wardrobe with a bit of fabulous, faux fur? The hard part becomes selecting only one!

XO,

Linda

Personalized Gifts for Her

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Nothing personalizes a gift more than adding a monogram!  I must admit, I am a monogram addict. I know a little goes a long way, but I can’t resist a good monogrammed scarf, bag, towel, or anything. My sorority days included the requisite monogrammed sweater. Nowadays though, monograms can be traditional or modern.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite personalized gifts for that certain someone on your list.  Add a monogram to individualize a special gift.

 A stunning cashmere robe provides the perfect canvas for a monogram. Restoration Hardware offers this robe in 9 colors. Select from a variety of monogram styles.

Alternate Image A classic set of quality cotton pjs should be on everyone’s list. Monogram the sleeve for a different twist. Imagine how chic she will look when she appears before her guests in the morning.

Women's Suede Moccasin Slippers

Monogrammed slippers add an air of sophistication to any sleeping ensemble.  These slippers are also offered in English Tan and Classic Navy.

Women's Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves

A simple initial or monogram ups the style quotient of a black coat with these sumptuous colored leather gloves. An added bonus is the cashmere lining.

Women's Twisted Cable Scarf

A well priced, cable knit scarf takes it up a notch with a simple initial.

 

Image result for photo shoot An acrylic block necklace lends a modern flair to the monogram.  This necklace has oodles of customization options. Choose the chain metal, chain length, acrylic color (12 available), monogram size, monogram letters. Talk about personalizing!

Slide View: 1: Block Letter Monogram Necklace A classic block letter adorns this gold necklace. I love how the initial falls in an unexpected way when worn.

 

Tortoise Cuff For the love of tortoise, I am sharing this elegant bracelet.  Dress it up with black or down with raw hem jeans.

 

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Be still my heart! A Jo Malone fragrance and monogramming? Jo Malone of London offers engraving on either the bottle or lid of its fragrances. I have been wearing Jo Malone perfume for several years now. Their scents are so lovely, unique and never cloying.  I take advantage of the option of wearing two scents at once for my own personal blend.

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Who doesn’t love a great Brahmin bag? Add a classic monogram to a luxurious leather handbag or zip wristlet.

 

 

Leather Passport Case

Don’t forget about the traveler! Gift a monogrammed passport case in a fun color. Add one of the other travel accessories for a matched set.

Slide View: 1: Monogram Lidded Jewelry Box A lidded jewelry box to store her precious gems will be a hit with the darling print and initial monogram.

Slide View: 1: Tea Time Monogram Mug How about a floral teacup for the tea drinker? The monogram is personal, and the teacup acknowledges you know she prefers tea to coffee.

Monogram  Box of 8 Flat Notes & Matching Envelopes I usually love everything the Rifle Paper Company makes.  These adorable monogrammed note cards are no exception.

So many choices are available to make your holiday gift to her a special one.  I hope my selections have inspired you to personalize your gift with a monogram.

Get shopping!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

Holiday Aprons

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Tis the season for entertaining, cooking and baking! I know that I can make a terrible mess of both the kitchen and myself while cooking.  So, donning an apron mitigates the problem.  Wearing beautiful, new clothes really necessitates the use of an apron when hosting people during the holidays. Don’t settle for an ordinary apron. Select one that has a holiday feel to it. My daughter fueled my appreciation for aprons.  As a little girl, she loved wearing a fancy apron and baking cookies. Because of those memories, I have a fondness for aprons.

Not only do they protect your clothing, they are adorable! I know some of the patterns are a little cheesy, but oh so fun! I’m hoping the apron will trick people into thinking I am a serious cook!  Thanksgiving, a cookie baking party, or anytime you are in the kitchen during the holidays offer an opportunity to wear one.  I do not have grandchildren yet, but many of these aprons offer companion aprons in child sizes. So, today I am sharing some of my favorite aprons this season. Let the cooking and baking begin!

 

The rich autumn colors and print in this darling acorn print apron will be perfect to wear while cooking on Thanksgiving day.

An autumnal floral print apron adds a pretty, feminine feel.

Love plaid? This charming apron is fall festive in color.

Botanical Pumpkin Orange Apron

This fall botanical print apron is only part of a matching ensemble . Now that says serious chef! Or maybe not…they probably wear a plain white apron with faint stains that showcase the thousands of meals they have concocted from scratch!

An elegant paisley print defines a lovely apron.

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Suzanne Kasler Holiday Plaid Apron Red plaid, I’m in! This festive red plaid apron is my newest pick. I also adore the gold thread monogram. I may also need to order one for my adult daughter (reminiscent of days gone by) for our yearly cookie baking.

Another plaid option!

 

Accessorize your holiday cooking look with a gorgeous red and white jacquard apron!

 

Wear an equally beautiful jacquard apron with a snowflake print.

 

Pair a novelty snowman print apron with the available child’s apron! Time for those photo opportunities!

Kiss the Cook Apron I love it – “Kiss the Cook“! The embroidered mistletoe on this darling apron is beautiful.

Holiday Striped Adult Apron Monogram a candy cane striped apron for a bit of holiday cheer!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas Apron Celebrate Santa’s imminent arrival in the “T’was the night before Christmas” apron while preparing Christmas Eve dinner!

 Calling all dog lovers! Who can resist an apron with our furry pals on it?

Do you have a favorite apron you wear for holidays? Perhaps it holds special memories.  Aprons are a wonderful way to celebrate this marvelous season! If you haven’t worn one before, give it a try.  It promises smiles as well as protecting your holiday outfit! Start the cooking and baking!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

Set the Thanksgiving Table

 

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We have less than a week until that perfectly browned turkey (We can only hope!) appears on our dining room table! Ease some of that last minute stress by preparing your table ahead of time.

I love decorating a table when I am entertaining!  I know not everyone does.  Today, I am sharing my tips for a fabulous looking tablescape that everyone will rave about.  Who cares if the turkey is dry when everything looks pretty? Spend a few minutes a day now getting ready, and everything will come together perfectly.

TAKE AN INVENTORY

At least one week before, confirm who will be attending.  With this information, open the cupboards and make sure you have enough plates, silverware, glasses, linens, etc. for everyone. If not, purchase what you need or enlist a friend or family member to bring the additional number of items you need. Having a huge crowd? Consider renting your place settings.  Check with your local party rental company.  Most of them offer beautiful choices at reasonable prices.

POLISH THE SILVER

 

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If you plan on using good silver, make sure it is tarnish free.  If not, polish it. Nothing is more beautiful on a table than gleaming silver! Don’t have silver? No worries, just make sure your silverware is clean and spot free.

 

WASH THE GLASSWARE

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 Check all the glassware you plan to use for water spots, or, heaven forbid, lipstick remants. You want everything to sparkle! While you are at it, run those dishes through a wash cycle to ensure they are ready to showcase a delicious meal.

IRON THE LINENS

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Runner/Napkins

Whip out your trusty iron and press any linens you plan to use for the big day.  Hate ironing? Send your linens to the dry cleaner for a press. You may notice I have mixed the pattern of the linens.  The colors still correspond and make for a more interesting table.

 

PURCHASE CANDLES

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Planning to have candlelight on your table? Be sure you have plenty of candles on hand ahead of time. Flickering candlelight adds a festive aura to any event. If children will be in attendance, try some flameless candles.  They are very realistic now.

 

COMPOSE A CENTERPIECE

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Get creative with the centerpiece on your Thanksgiving table.  Mine is different every year.  I utilize a mix of what I have on hand with a few new purchases. Flowers always work, but it’s fun to add a nod to the season. I like assembling a mixture of items. Above, I am using faux pumpkins and pears mixed with some crystal candlesticks, gold votives, and mercury glass candlesticks.  I already owned these items and repurposed them for a centerpiece. Explore what you may already have on hand.  Just keep the centerpiece low enough to encourage conversation. Also, make sure to provide room for all the delectable Thanksgiving food. I could go crazy here with ideas! But since the theme of the post is not strictly centerpieces, I will leave that to another time.

ADD SOME NOVELTY

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Gravy boat/Butter dish

A festive table catches everyone’s eye.  Just a touch of something that identifies the holiday is so fun! I purchased turkey plates a couple of years ago.  This year I added a butter dish and gravy boat to compliment the look.

LAYER THE LOOK

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Tablecloth/Runner/Silver charger/Orange charger

White plate/Plaid Napkin/Turkey plate

Create a lush look by layering your table setting.  A white tablecloth creates the first layer on my table.  Next, I added the beautiful grey and orange table runner.  Not one to skimp, I have used two charger plates.  The bottom layer adds some shine in silver. I placed an orange charger atop it for a burst of color. I chose a simple white plate to allow the novelty turkey salad plate to take center stage. Between the white plate and turkey plate I laid a simply folded, elegant plaid napkin. Notice how the colors of the linens tie in with the centerpiece and plates.

The table I have set is definitely more formal, but the same principals apply to any type of setting you choose! Just have fun with it!

Get organized ahead of time and enjoy a festive Thanksgiving! Happy Turkey Day to you and your family!

XO,

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Travel With Style

White and Red Plane Beside Clouds Low-angle Photography Are you traveling for the upcoming holidays? AAA estimates that more than 54 million people will be traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this year. Wow! Trains, planes, and automobiles filled with people anticipating time spent with loved ones.

Today, I am sharing a few stylish travel essentials. Why shouldn’t travel items be fashionable as well as functional? Read on and you will see they can be.

THE CARRY ON

Terminal 1 Carry-On Spinner, White Arrive for your flight in style with this beautiful hard case carry on spinner suitcase.  I know white may tend to get dirty, but it’s SO pretty! It sports gorgeous leather straps, a darling striped interior and a vinyl decal monogram. Six other colors are also offered, including pink!

Delsey Luggage Helium Aero, International Carry On Luggage, Front Pocket Hard Case Spinner Suitcase, Brick Red How about a carry on in a spicy red? This Delsey Luggage Helium Spinner is a top rated suitcase on Amazon. This beauty provides a 15.6″ laptop sleeve, zippered mesh pockets and 2″ expandability.  Offered in 8 fashionable colors, select one that suits your personality.

THE TOTE

 

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'Large Le Pliage' Tote,                         Main,                         color, DEEP RED A classic travel tote perfect for all occasions is the Longchamp Large Le Pliage tote. I’m showing it in a luscious red, but you can choose from 10 colors. The lightweight, nylon, water resistant bag also folds down and snaps shut for storage.

Classic Leather Zipper Tote

Enjoy simplicity with the Cuyana leather zipper tote in a luxurious pebbled leather. Select from 7 leather colors and choose to add a monogram.  Cuyana also offers an organizer that can be slipped inside this bag. What a cool idea!

THE WRAP

 

 

C by Bloomingdale's - Lightweight Cashmere Travel Wrap - 100% Exclusive

Add a bit of warmth on a chilly airplane.  This beautiful lightweight cashmere travel wrap offers a stylish solution. Upon arriving at your destination, wear it out for a fashionable warm layer. The heather oatmeal color pictured blends with all wardrobe choices.  Choose from 10 different colors, if so desired.

THE FOOTWEAR

 This brand, Rothys, is all the rage in shoes. I adore this Rothys zebra print pointy flat. The shoes are fashioned in a seamless knit and are eco friendly. They are oh so comfy and stylish at the same time.  Did I mention they are also machine washable? With all these qualities, they make a great travel shoe.The zebra, pointy toe is only one pattern and style offered by Rothys. Check them all out.

 

Wool Runner,                         Main,                         color, HAWTHORNE PURPLE WOOL Take a step up from those gym shoes you are tempted to wear while traveling.  A simple style merino wool sneaker takes you to your destination in style.  They are moisture wicking, so feel free to wear them without socks. Try these Allbird runners in Cascade Grey, now offered at Nordstrom.

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Headed to a cold climate? Keep your feet dry and warm with the Linda waterproof suede booties. Even if they weren’t fabulous, I couldn’t resist the name! A side zipper offers easy removal when going through security lines.

THE EARPHONES

 Please don’t wear those giant earmuff looking headphones. I always think it looks like something that the pilot would be wearing in the cockpit.  Try these Bose QuietComfort 20 noise cancelling headphones.  Bose provides excellent sound quality. They also have an aware button that lets you listen when hearing important information.

THE NECK PILLOW

 Everyone loves a little snooze while traveling.  (Please not if you are driving! Lol!) The Down Alternative Mini Jetsetter Neck pillow cushions your neck while you get some much needed zzzzs. A multitude of color and embroidery options add an element of fun.

THE BOOK

By all means, do not forget a book! I know it isn’t technically a fashion item, but I consider it an essential travel item. This is one of my favorite parts of travel. I love reading, and sitting on a plane or in a car affords me the time to do so.  I know lots of you read on laptops, etc.,but I truly enjoy the feel of a book in my hands. Jodi Picoult’s books are both engaging and enlightening.  I can’t wait to read “A Spark of Light“! Choose your favorite author and dig into a book while traveling.

I hope my essential travel items inspired you to travel in style. Wherever your Thanksgiving plans take you, I wish you a safe journey!

XO,

Linda

 

What to Wear for Thanksgiving

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The holidays are fast approaching! With their arrival comes a flurry of holiday gatherings with family and friends.  The all important question then becomes…. “What will I wear?” Ok, maybe it’s not the most important thing on our minds, but we do want to look our best. This Thanksgiving, I will be cooking and hosting, so I know my time will be very busy the few days before. To ease the stress, I want to have my outfit selected in advance. I want none of that last minute “OMG, I have nothing to wear!”

I’ve been browsing for that perfect ensemble. Today, I am sharing several outfits I love for a perfectly fashionable Thanksgiving!

 

 

Cardigan/Scarf/Faux leather leggings

The warm, golden color of this cardigan says Thanksgiving! Pair it with your favorite ivory blouse or white tee. Add a pair of faux leather leggings and and pull the look together with a colorful plaid scarf!

 

 

 

Sweater/Loafer/Burgundy pants

Stay with the beautiful fall colors by wearing a pair of rich carmine (burgundy) velvet pants, ivory cable knit sweater and some fun leopard loafers.

 

 

Crewneck/Skirt/Flat

Another way to add leopard to your fall outfit is with a silky pleated skirt.  The black cashmere crew neck sweater and suede flats add a super chic feel.

 

 

Boyfriend jeans/Turtleneck/Black booties

Dress up a pair of boyfriend jeans with a fabulous sheer sleeve turtleneck in a rich merlot. A pair of low heeled black booties is the perfect compliment.

 

 

Necklace/Dress/Boot

A neutral sweater dress combines with a touch of tortoise in a necklace and a splash of color in a kitten heel boot for a delightful ensemble!

 

 

 

Denim jeggings/Lace top/Suede mule

Lace adds a touch of class with a pair of denim jeggings and great black suede mules!

 

 

Wrap top/Velvet booties/Earrings/Slim ankle pants

These blue velvet booties set the stage for a festive Thanksgiving outfit! A beautiful wrap top, some bejeweled earrings and slim ankle pants round out a showstopper.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Take time away from dressing the turkey to find just the right outfit for yourself to compliment the occasion. I hope my selections have offered you some inspiration!

XO,

Linda