A NYE Holiday Gift Guide For Her

Even with the more traditional holidays over, who would turn down another little present or two? Here’s a really handy New Years Eve – or late X-Mas! – gift guide for the ladies in your life.

Gifts For Her:

  • The Beauty Conscious:

clinique clean skin system

CLINIQUE Clean Skin, Great Skin Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush- Sephora

Women of all ages love to pamper themselves with cosmetics and skin care products and why shouldn’t they? This would be the perfect gift for the one who loves to keep her skin looking flawless.

Poppy picnic limited-edition Amazonian clay eye & cheek palette – Tarte cosmetics

Thankfully, even with the holiday season almost over, you can still get a variety of gift sets at a comparatively reasonable price. Same is the case with cosmetics and what better gift for a woman who loves to makeup then a set of all the essentials?

  • For The One Who Loves Fashion:

Sophie and Trey dress

All that Shimmers Dress In Black – Sophie and Trey

Nothing can make her as happy as a beautiful dress, so why not make her the happiest? You can get some gorgeous dresses at a price still that wouldn’t break your bank. This way, you’d be gifting her something she can productively and fashionably utilize.

asos clutch bag

Clutch Bag with Suede Fringing — ASOS

There is so much you can give to a woman who just loves to dress and accessorize well, like: a scarf, a bag, shoes, watch and what not; the choices are endless. But, a bag is something she can never say no to, so you know what she could always use!

  • The Tech Geek:


Rotibox Washable Slouchy Bluetooth

Rotibox Washable Slouchy Bluetooth Beanie Hat Cap w/ Wireless Bluetooth Headphone Headset

Good for you that technology too comes in all shapes, sizes and prices so you can get your hands on a number of things or two. Baby, it’s so cold outside and there’s nothing better than a beanie as a holiday present. But wait, where is the tech twist in it? There is more to this seemingly normal beanie you can listen to music without plugging in any headphones because the beanie has a pair built in within it. So if she loves to go out for a walk or run then this beanie has something in it to musically enjoy this time.


  • The Comic Nerd:


star wars ewok scarf

Star Wars Ewok Knit Hooded Scarf – Think Geek

If she is a star wars fan then there is something for everyone. She might be into everything star wars – yes, even the Ewoks!  If that is the case then she might love some Ewok scarf warmth as a present for a cold ball-drop countdown.

  • She Loves To Cook:

oil infuser

Press & Measure Herb Oil Infuser – Handpicked Collection

If there’s one thing a master chef woman wants it must be something that keeps her close to the kitchen and even closer to the oven. Let’s gift her something she can’t have enough of.

copper stand mixer

Copper Stand Mixer – Williams Sonoma

And if she loves to bake then you should definitely gift her something for the cakes. The mixer is looks great and work its mixing magic effortlessly.

Well, there you have a gift for every woman in your life. Have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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Lacoste L!VE + ASOS Team Up to Bring Baller Sneakers!

Attention gents, got some colorful and “lively” sneakers in the spotlight this week. Lacoste L!VE has teamed up with ASOS to launch an exclusive collection of multi-varied color camo trainers:

rene - lacoste

The “Rene” pair from this chic collection of sneakers consists of half leather in the upper portions with tonal laces, liberal swaths of muted colors, and the premium crocodile branding.


My favorite entry, the Wytham, rocks 100% leather up top, darker colors, and a chunky sole to boot. And since it’s only $195 at ASOS, these won’t leave you too broke for a couple of mixed drinks at your local W hotel.

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Must-Haves For a Men’s White Button-Down

A white button-down shirt can never be a bad combination with a men’s suit, it’s a classic wardrobe staple that’s sure to impress and is a great canvas for any style.

From wedding parties, to everyday office attire (not to mention black-tie, birthdays and smart-casual) the possibilities with a white button-down shirt are limitless.

While the white button-down can never be a bad combination with your suit, it can be the make or break for your next suited occasion, whether for work or play, and we’re going to teach you exactly what to look for in your next white button-down purchase in this article.


Know Your Style

First and foremost, you need to know your style. It’s all too often that you’ll see men looking uncomfortable in attire that their ‘other-half’ has clearly picked out for them or you’ll often see the slightly-chubby-borderline-overweight guy wearing an unflattering cut. The first rule of choosing a white button-down is ‘don’t be that guy.’

So if you’re a little uncertain on your style, fear not, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at this Pinterest search, to get a better idea of your body type, style and perfect white button-down match.

We know that shop attendants can, while in good character of course, sometimes be a little bit of a pain. Join the crowd and start using sites like ASOS to search for button-downs online, even though you might not make a purchase online, you can delve into your style a little better and know exactly what you’re looking for when you go in-store.


The Cut Counts

Just like a sirloin steak is a completely different cut to a piece of brisket, there’s different cuts of white button-downs too and the differences are just as important.

Whether you boast a larger frame, a smaller frame or you fit somewhere in between you need to think about different button-down options. Different occasions will call for different cuts and I’d like to share a couple of recommendations with you:

Wedding Party

Recommendation: A slim button-down with crisp angles, a slim fitting button-down will make you feel confident and comfortable, allowing you to breeze through a wedding in comfort and style. Minor details, such as buttons in the collar are a good addition.

Suited Body Type: All

blue-suit-white-shirtOffice Attire

Recommendation: A looser fitting button-down, that will allow your body to breathe throughout your days engagements. Forget any minor details with the office button-down and go for simplicity and convenience. You can often add a twist to your office attire with a colorful tie and pocket square.

Suited Body Type: All,  however smaller body shapes may consider slim fits similar to the ‘Wedding Party’ recommendation.

Comfort Is Key

There’s a multitude of choice out there and while choosing the best fit comes down to style, cut and material, there’s an overriding factor to consider – comfort.

The white button-down should make you feel confident, sexy and comfortable. This ‘All American’ look is designed to be rocked, and the only way you’re going to rock it is if you feel comfortable in it, in turn feeling confident wearing it.

Key considerations of cut, material and style are important but they aren’t as important as your comfort. Keep these tips in consideration when choosing your next white button-down but remember that comfort is key. If you’re comfortable and confident, you’ll look a million dollars.

What are your key considerations when buying a white button-down? Did you find this article helpful? Let me know in the comments!

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Maternity Fashion Advice – 4 Must-Have’s For The Spring

Just because you’re expecting doesn’t mean you can’t expect to wear fashionable clothing in the springtime! Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life and should be celebrated with clothing that highlights your ever-growing baby bump. Whether you’re prepping for pregnancy or going through it now, I hope you enjoy these maternity fashion picks that’ll make you glow even more!

MAMA Jersey Top

Floral Print

A hot trend right now is floral fashions. There’s no better time to rock a cute floral print garment than this season. Even while pregnant you can find floral print looks to bloom while you’re blooming your baby. My floral find is this charming MAMA Jersey Top from H&M.com. The dark blue top features a colorful flower print design that gives an average tee-shirt look a chic update.


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CONTEST: Win An ASOS Gift Certificate!!

Ladies and gents, it’s time for a contest! Win a gift certificate worth £50 (approx. $77 USD) to the famous and fabulous online retailer ASOS, courtesy for the fine people at ao.com. Wowee!


Entering is simple: Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite brand of sneaker. It’s that easy (btw I’m one for PK Flyers). The contest ends on August 21 at 5pm EST.

Thanks again to ao for their generosity and good luck everyone!

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Musings on Men’s Fashion – Shorts for the Season

Summer is definitely the time for catching sun, sand and waves. Whether you’re walking along the shores of tropical destinations or just strolling along sunlit parks, you’ll surely notice what’s hot and what’s not decidedly not. So search your closets, raid your shopping malls and gear up for your summer getaways (or whatever summer gig you’re into).

Thank god: We live in an age where men are getting more in touch with their fashion sense, but what about guys who just have no idea about how to wear shorts? Here’s a primer:

Khaki Shorts

Khaki shorts are one of the must-haves this summer. Khaki shorts fit a little tighter than other types of shorts, but they are still loose enough to give that not-so-casual, not-so-formal look. Khaki shorts go well with a loose fit shirt or polo tee. Add on a pair of sockless loafers and you’re good to go. You can also go with white or beige canvas sneakers (or sandals, if you’re on the beach or just hanging out). If you want to lean more on the casual side, check out these cotton beach shorts from Marc by Marc Jacobs.

Chino Shorts

Loose and comfortable, cotton chino shorts are essential for the summer heat primarily because they are lighter than khaki shorts. Strut your stuff with Dolce & Gabbana, Banana Republic or Ralph Lauren chino shorts. Wear them with a short-sleeved polo tee for a semi-casual, semi-formal look. You can also wear chino shorts for a more formal summer outing, or for dinner dates in high-end restaurants by the beach. Just pair it with sockless loafers, deck, shoes or suede shoes.

Cargo Shorts

If you plan on walking, camping or hiking, you’ll need shorts with lots of pockets for all your essentials. Light, loose and comfortable, cargo shorts are a fine addition to your wardrobe. You can use comfy sneakers if you want to go walking along familiar paths. If you plan to go up the mountains for your summer holiday, you can use more durable hiking shoes with socks on for comfort. Just make sure to wear a comfy cotton top for all that action.


Comfortable shorts in which you can easily move are perfect for your usual workout or casual day out. Drawstring waists, pockets or no pockets, sweatshorts come in different styles. Check out Diesel or Moncler sweatshorts and choose your preferred designs. You can pair it up with sneakers (the not-so-bulky ones) without socks. You can also wear sweatshorts when you want to relax at home and spend the day playing console games or just plain being a couch potato.

Swim Trunks

If you plan on going to the beach, it goes without saying that swim trunks are a must-have. Plain white tees go great with plaid swim trunks or trunks with designs or patterns. Ralph Lauren swim trunks with an elastic waistband give you a great fit. Look for quick-drying swim trunks made of cotton and nylon. Flip-flops are the perfect match for your sandy retreat.

And while you may normally think summer is all about pastel, light and bright colors, but black is still a classic. Spring/Summer 2011 fashion trendsetters like Louis Vuitton and Burberry rigged their collections with the staple black. If you think the summer bug hasn’t bitten yet and you feel somewhat on the “emo” side, you can go for all black—black top, black shorts, black loafers or deck shoes. Sockless, of course.

Lastly, since summer is all about the heat, pay more attention to the material of your clothes. Steer clear of non-absorbent material. Remember to wear clothes made of light, comfy and breathable fabric to stay cool under the sun.

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