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What to Wear: Home for the Holidays

I fly home for the holidays in 48 hours, and do you know what I’m currently doing? …Drinking coffee in slow-mo and staring at my empty suitcase (procrastinate much?) and a huge pile of laundry (whoops), because I have NO idea what to pack to brave the tundra for 2 weeks.  I feel like my closet is now brimming with white booty shorts, tank tops and flip flops, and I have lost track of all my cold-weather-wardrobe.  Or maybe Gus ate it.

It’s times like these where I feel pressured to go shopping and buy a bunch of new crap… but if I’m being financially responsible, I know I can (and should) work with what I’ve got.  Sometimes that seems daunting, but this is where the Mothership comes in…  I know we ALL use Pinterest for a gaggle of different things, but sometimes it has a sneaky way of making you feel really terrible about yourself… like you are a Frumpy McFrumperson and HAVE to buy everything you just pinned in order to keep up with the Joneses, Smiths & Supermodels of the universe… and that sucks.  (PS, I’m certain none of the chicks in the pictures I pin have eaten since 2002.)  But Pinterest can also be great for helping you rework what you already have in your wardrobe.  For instance…  every time I look at an outfit I’ve pinned and loved, if I break down the anatomy of that get-up, I realize that it’s really just a bunch of staples I actually already own – I’d just never thought to put them together that way before.  Here are the ensembles that are helping me pack:

ALL BLACK | CAMEL COAT | AVIATORS

BLACK TURTLENECK | DARK DENIM | FLATS

BLACK BLAZER | BOYFRIEND JEANS | STILHETTOS

OVERSIZED SCARF | DAD’S OLD SWEATER | DAD’S OLD PLAID SHIRT | WAYFARERS | SKINNY JEANS | POUCH

OVERSIZED SCARF | WHITE UNDERSHIRT | BLACK BLAZER | SKINNY JEANS | KITTEN HEELS | WAYFARERS

SEQUIN MINI | BLACK TIGHTS | ANY ‘OL SWEATER

DAD’S PLAID SHIRT | BOYFRIEND JEANS | STILHETTOS

CAMEL SWEATER | DARK SKINNIES | LEATHER JACKET | WOOL SCARF

SILK BLOUSE | STATEMENT NECKLACE | BLACK PANTS

THIN, EASY V-NECK | LAYERED NECKLACES | BOYFRIEND JEANS (OR ARE THESE FROM YOUR MOM’S CLOSET?  LET’S BE HONEST.)

STRIPED SHIRT | PLAID SCARF | CAMEL COAT | SKINNY JEANS

FLOUNCY SWEATER | CREAM DENIM

Now.  If you’ll excuse me, I have to use this list to go pack so that when I get home, I can leave all these things neatly tucked in my suitcase and live in my sweatpants for 2 weeks while I eat Pizza King, merrily stare at our tree and watch the Hallmark Channel.

Nonetheless – hopefully this helps get your wheels turning and helps you shake up what’s already in your closet… it’s like the wardrobe equivalent of rearranging furniture – you didn’t buy anything new, but it helps you feel like you did and keeps things fresh.  We love to tell you what to shop for and post wish lists & gift guides & such, but the truth is that we also all have bills to pay and people to buy gifts for. And if nothing else, can I pass along these wise words that my step-dad used to always say to me when I was in high school?

It’s not the clothes you wear, it’s how you wear ‘em.”

Keep that in mind… that ease and confidence are the most important things you can wear.  And that material things aren’t really all that important.  That phrase has always stuck with me.  (Thanks Big Dave!)

xoxo,

Gift Guide #4: For Mom!

Wash your mouth out and wipe your tears. Today we’re wrapping up our Gift Guide series, and some might say it’s the most important gift guide of all, as it’s the Gift Guide for Moms! I mean really, who’s gone more outta their way to ensure you and your sibs were hooked UP each and every holiday… that you got your Barbie Dream House which was precariously assembled at 2 AM? Our poor moms didn’t get a wink of sleep on Christmas Eve for, oh, about 30 years and we want to recognize that.  So let’s all agree to splurge on Mom a little bit this year, shall we? Because she deserves it. She really does. So heeeeere we go:

1 - LEATHER WALLET, CUYANA, $120. This functional yet chic wallet is dyed THE perfect shade of red and feels like soft, soft goodness. You know, being made out of Argentinian pebble leather and all. Time for mom to throw out the wallet from Hot Topic she found in the backseat of her car and upgrade to this.

2 - ‘THEY SEE ME ROLLIN, THEY HATIN’ KITCHEN APRON, ETSY, $40. Before the term gangsta, there was just the word “Mom.”  Show her some respect by outfitting her in the baddest apron in the land.

3 - Flask Bangle, Cynthia Rowley, $225 or $38 for 6 months. Who said flasks should only be used by sweaty frat guys on the prowl for pizza and freshmen girls? No, this flask is for a classy lady. A classy lady like Mom who after metaphorically wiping her kids’ a*sses for two decades deserves a sleek and discreet nip every once in a while. It’s pricey, but your mom’s love for you is invaluable.  Show up your siblings this year with this golden gift.

4 - Satin Flats, Tory Burch, $206.50. Because there are two types of moms: Those who’ll appreciate making a statement by wearing this pair of super vibrant, Oz-chic slip-ons, and the mom who will look at these, blankly stare and say, “What am I supposed to wear these with?!” We can’t wait to hear our moms chime in on these. Take it away, Tina and Jayne.

5 - Candy Stripe Fringed Throw, Bixby & Ball, $98. She wrapped you in your d*mn blankie all those years, now it’s time to bundle her up and make her feel safe and warm. Mom will love this suuuuper soft cotton blanket, wrapped around her as she watches Nancy Grace or America’s Got Talent, or draped across a couch or chair.

6 - Keurig K-130/B130 Brewing System, $69. Just a happy little single use coffee maker for the woman who “can’t be seen in public unless she’s had a cup of coffee.”

7 - Opalite Round Studs, Pigment, $48. Help her shine a bit with these purdy little studs. A subtle touch of sparkle will look lovely in her ears. Handmade with semi-precious stones found around the world.

8 – Heart Photo Art Collage, Minted, prices vary. A really lovely way to display 30 photos in a cute heart-shaped collage. So sweet, so sentimental, so perfect for Mom.

9 - Ice Cream Pint Club, Jeni’s, prices vary. According to Steph, this ice cream is just “de-freaking-licious.” Actually she used the actual “f” word but as this is a Gift Guide for Moms, we thought we’d keep this post respectable. So this here Jeni’s Ice Cream is supposed to have the most random, yet most mouthwatering flavors of any ice cream you’ll taste. And better yet, you can have it delivered to Mah by signing her up for the Pint Club!  Every 3 months, she’ll receive 3 flavors shipped directly to her doorstep. And get this – according to the website, “Recipients will be notified by a keepsake letterpress (with a handwritten note) and a set of four ice cream spade…”.

10 – Matching Infinity Necklaces, $32.99.  Your mom’s your best friend, right?! So show her she is by getting her this modern day BFF necklace – and get one for yourself while you’re at it. So sweet, and so appropriate for the woman whose love is truly never-ending.

That’s it for this year, friends. We hope you’ve loved our suggestions and please feel free to pass on to your friends and fam! We’ve so loved vicariously shopping for you all through our gift guides.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

“Be a good boy and show Mommy how the piggies eat!” – A Christmas Story

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