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It’s Friday Morning. Drink This With A Splash Of Baileys.

So, usually I’d throw out a smattering of things getting my goat – books, fashion, music, what have you.  And I’m still gonna do that, but can I take a moment to ask for a show of hands on how many people are also super saddened by the death of Joan Rivers?  Chalk her up to one of the people I didn’t realize I’d miss so much until they were gone.  I dunno, I know she was acid tongued, I know she insulted people as her schtick, but I loved all of that.  I also loved that she shattered taboos of subjects that were majorly off limits for women, let alone women decades ago. She gave the middle finger to misogynistic men and spoke up and spoke out for all of us. She had a massive, loving heart and admitted that humor is what got her thru all of the heartbreak she’d endured in life.  And she was one of the most hard working women up until the very end.

So in honor of that sassy broad, our first Friday Fave’s dedicated to her:



This documentary came out in 2010 and it was one of the best docs I’d seen that year.  You must check it out, trust me.  You’ll learn so much about her, you’ll be inspired, you’ll be a little heartbroken, and you’ll realize just how much you’re going to miss her.

P to the S:  Who can forget her blasting Kevin Costner over his then-fiancee’s cheap-o, tiny engagement ring at the 2004 Oscars?  I remember watching and cackling as Kevin looked at her dumbfounded and his fiancé in awe.  I loved every second of it.


Tell me, how cute is Stephie below?  Her yearning for Fall has prompted her to start sending me texts of Fall-inspired goodies, like this suuuuper comfy sweater by Lululemon.  It’s the Post Practice Cardigan and according to Steph, it’s divine. I mean doesn’t it look it?  According to our fave floozy, it’s AMAZING on, the most cozy thing ever, and looks like a nice DILF sweater for chicks.  Can I have it, please?  Can someone gift it to us (ahem, LULULEMON) and we can share custody?

Sweater available here


A little funk meets electro pop never hurt nobody:



I know I’m dumping some sad stuff on y’all today but I have to add this book to your list of must reads.  All of this ice bucket dumping these last fews weeks has gotten me thinking about this memoir.  The author is a 35 year old woman named Jenifer Estess who was living her life to its fullest – she had a crazy busy job, a voracious dating life, a super fit lifestyle – and then she was diagnosed with ALS.  Her memoir (dictated to her sister) is about her journey to live out the rest of her life with courage and love, and it’s pretty incredible.  Grab a box of tissues, a comfy place to read, and go for it.

That’s it for now.  I hope you all have a lovely day and an even lovelier, more relaxing weekend.  Stuff to come on the blog?  Gorgeous weddings, delish recipes and just a couple other tricks up our sleeves.  Stay tuned.


Gift Guide: For the Guys

I’m going to get put on the naughty list for saying so, but every year, I look at the gift guides out there for dudes, and every year I scratch my head and wonder: Cufflinks in the shape of guns… hokey plaid everything… and things like soap that smells like charcoal.  Are those really what the guys we love want from Santa? Maybe they do…  What do I know?  I’m a chick, and I love doilies and things that are sparkly. So to make sure this list is on point for you guys, I enlisted the help of a few of my most discerning guy friends – the ones who have impeccable taste in everything, so nearly every gift idea below has been taken for a spin and gotten a serious stamp of approval.  Here goes!

1. Donegal Wool Cable Cardigan – Matt cannot get enough of these.  Nor can I. DILF sweaters (did I say that out loud?) like this one make *every* guy look a little more handsome.  I picture the men who wear them rocking cooing babies by the fire, sipping coffee at the kitchen table, or chopping wood in the front yard. Classic cold weather staple for any guy.

2. Bowl Tickets – Enter the Holy Grail of Christmas Gifts for Guys…  especially if they’re lunatics about college football like someone I know, who galloped around the room 18 times screaming last Saturday when Auburn turned Ray Finkle’s missed field goal into touchdown and history-making gold.  Even I shed a single tear.

3. Kiehl’s Facial Fuel Energizing Scrub – Matt loves using this to slough off dead skin in between shaves.  It’s also apparently “tingly and clean and smells really good.”

4. Moscow Mule Copper Mugs – I dare you to show me a guy who doesn’t wanna drink that delicious vodka / lime juice / ginger beer concoction out of these.

5. Go Pro – These are hi-def (1080p), waterproof, have built-in Wi Fi and are straight up AMAZING.  And at under $200, I feel like I’m straight up stealing. If you’re not familiar with GoPro, check out this YouTube video.

6. Marled Socks – Great for wearing under boots, or just lounging around the house.

7. Lululemon Post Gravity Pant – Buy these for him, then steal them every Saturday morning.  Everybody wins!

8. McLerran Leather & Flannel Boot – Matt got these earlier this fall, and they look KILLER with everything.  Classic with handsome details and a little edge.

9. Clary Sage Candle – you wouldn’t *normally* think to buy candles for the fellas, but this one is earthy and clean.  Email to purchase.

10. Fit Bit – Definitely stuff yourself silly this Christmas, then after January 1st, wear this all day & all night to track your steps, distance, calories consumed, calories burned, etc.

11. Forage Haberdashery Handkerchiefs – or pocket squares…  whatever.  Here it is from the horse’s mouth:  “I wear my pocket square with my suit after I’ve taken my tie off but still have to meet clients out for dinners. It’s a little more dressed-down, but still kind of a classic cool look.”  Personally, I dig that there’s an old school, dapper, gentlemanly quality to them.  I loved the ones pictured from Nathan Turner‘s shop in LA. Email to purchase.

12. Eco Heather 3/4 Sleeve Raglan Shirt – insanely comfortable (Matt and I both own one) and look H-O-T on dudes.  This one comes in a GREAT color combo and is on sale for $20.  BANG.

…Need more ideas?  Last year’s list is still full of solid picks…  especially the Big Green Egg, Ugg slippers, the Arcteryx jacket, and the Maps Rocks Glasses.

Happy Shopping!