Winter-Friendly Wardrobe Staple: the Canadian Tux

Chic on the Cheap, My Picks

Canada really had a 2017, eh? After more than two centuries spent enduring comparisons to its louder, richer, free-er (?) next-door neighbor, the Northern Lights finally aligned for Canada after it elected a ridiculously photogenic camp counselor to run the show, which, fortuitously enough, occurred just around the time America decided a slow-motion garbage fire was worth a try. French and Pseudo-French inspiration reached phenomenon status on the internet. Turquoise lakes became Instagram gold. And, finally, the world began Googling The Great White North for reasons other than “NHL prospects that are single – 2017” — just ask IT.

While the number of times ‘Trudeau‘ appears in my Google image search history may suggest otherwise, what I admire most about Canada is its uncharacteristically brash approach to black tie. Denim-on-denim is one of my favorite go-tos on those winter mornings it’s so cold even your neurons can’t get a fire going, and there’s a lot of versatility potential once you throw layering into the mix. Plus, you automatically appear marginally more equipped to lasso an elk, should a situation that demands such a skill present itself. 

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I’ve included some picks to help you create a Canadian Tuxedo of your own. Not into super pricey jeans? Me, either. Meet the denim spectrum — a helpful guide intended to help marketing/communications and finance/accounting double majors alike make the best buying decision when it comes to their denim. 


1 // Zara Boyfriend Jeans, $70
2 // Topshop Cropped Jeans, $75
3 // J. Crew Toothpick Jeans, $110 (30% off!)
4 // Madewell High-Waist Button Jeans (also in black), on sale for $127
5 // Madewell Paloma Wash Jeans, $128
6 // Paige Denim Ripped Skinnies, $199
7 // Frame Denim Le Skinny Slit Cut, $235

Chambray Faves


1 // 2 (Sold Out)// 3 // 4

Striped Tops


1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Wearing tights, instead? Check out VTNF’s 22 favorite tights-friendly finds on the most recent edition of Sole Serotonin


Net-a-Porter Steals to Net Before Your Winter Getaway

My Picks

Contrary to popular (my) belief, the bomb cyclone is actually a weather event and not a boutique fitness studio, Starbucks Frappuccino or Netflix series about astronauts giving intergalactic dating apps a try. Easy mixup. At any rate, the BC has been continually #blessing the East Coast with party favors like 20 mile-an-hour winds, arctic temps, plummeting morale and a hashtag that may just out-viral 2014’s #PolarVortex, with no sign of slowing down. 

All this to say, there’s never been a better time to sit back, pretend to open that meditation app and manifest a trip to someplace south-of-the-border. 

If you are prepping for an actual beachy getaway sometime in the near future, I’m happy to report Net-a-Porter is running a major sale on summer staples. 

Or, if you’re like me and pretending not to deeply resent every single person destined for warmer land, picking up a few of these picks may provide the perfect surprise while you’re digging out those Dewey-approved outfits come MDW.  

Either way, I’m confident a lot of these options could be easily worn in the winter with the right turtleneck and booties pairing,  but I’ll leave that up to you. For now, enjoy this charcuterie board of sartorial wins, each of which appears to be stocked in most sizes and under $250! 


1: Tory Sport Leopard Leggings, $68
2: J. Crew Polka Dot Top, $36
3: Alice + Olivia Poplin Dress, $100
4: RIXO Mixed Print Mini Dress, $244
5: Mara Hoffman Printed Suit, $96  // Also available as a two-piece
6: T by Alexander Wang Front-Tie Poplin , $89  // Look for less here, $22
7: Splendid Off-the-shoulder Top, $32
8: Tory Burch Underwire Floral Suit, $100
9: Hatch Tapered Pants, $85 (Or, go for winter white realness and steal this entire look from Hilary Rhoda!)
10: Knotted Striped Slides, $180
11: RIXO London Front-Tie Top, $92 // Pssst — dress version featured here!
12: Vince Nude Mules, $130 (Yes, I giggled when I typed ‘nude mules’) // Similar styles on-sale here and here. $30 version available here.
13: Sam Edelman Gingham Lace-ups, $36  // Print available as flats
14: Eddie Borgo Ball + Chain Choker, $150
15: Norma Kamali Wrap Jumpsuit, $118 (Love the idea of pairing this with a turtleneck, too! // Similar under $50 versions available here and here.
16: Dodo Bar Or Tassel Top , $108 //  OTS version available here, $25
17: Topshop Floral Mini Dress, $118
18: J. Crew Striped Midi, $102  // shorter version available for $14 here

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[20]19 Ways to Spend an Amazon Gift Card Right Now

My Picks

A Bathtub Bonsai

Ease your way into keeping things alive this year with a bathtub Bonsai tree!  Inspired by my recent trip to Longwood Gardens and the spot’s equally magical Instagram account.

Mario Badescu Hydrating Spray


This hydrating face and body spray contains all of the good things, including aloe, cucumber, and green tea extracts.

Tiered Joie Dress on Major Sale

I’m obsessed!

 HydraTrak Insulated Rainbow Tumbler

51P0bTj0DtL.jpgDesigned with the intention of coaxing you into drinking more water with the satisfying promise of moving another colorful band, this refillable tumbler looks straight out of the rainbow world of Gray Malin, @graymalin.

Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil

a238069.jpgA surprisingly affordable pick from the skin-care regime of Hilary Rhoda, whose Instagram also offers some major, supermodel-style fitness inspo. It’s an undereye/dry skin lifesaver and perfect alternative for those of us still weird about putting straight-up oil on our face after years of being told by various teen celebrities its basically satanic.

Tassel Earrings

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These $10 tassels look fresh out of the Lizzie Fortunato lookbook — for a fraction of the price. Inspired by the brand’s #eargoals Instagram, @lfjewels.

Moscow Mule Mug Set

Highly rated (!!!) Moscow mule set I’m confident even Elliot Clark of @the_apartment_bartender would approve of.

Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood

Fun fact: Mari Andrew once wrote me the sweetest note in the response to an email I sent her outlining my mid-twenties crisis in very specific detail a few questions I had. Personally,  I think the cover alone is enough to afford a pre-order, and make sure to give her Instagram a follow, @bymariandrew, too.

This Velvet Midi Dress (with Pockets!)
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Winter go-to dress? Found. Bonus points for the fact this under $40 find looks straight out of the @weworewhat vault.

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

Aromatherapy Oil Diffuser

If an LED essential oil diffuser sounds like the perfect way to get lit this January, you’re in luck. Plus, you can add on quite the collection of oils — which include relaxing lavender and healing tea tree varieties — for just $20 extra! Inspired by @girlsnightinclub, an Instagram/newsletter/community very much here for your unwavering devotion to bed.

Literally Me

Perfect Twenty-Something Gift, Literally Me

I’ve been keeping up with J.Crew-creative-turned-satirical-sketch-artist, Julie Houts, for a while now, and let me tell you, she’s good. So good, in fact, there’s now a real-life book to commemorate her illustrated thoughts on things like control-top tights and three-day hangovers! If you’re interested, you can find her on the ‘gram, @jooleeloren.

Victoria’s Handmade Lavender Pillow Spray

I have this, I love this. Inspired by @floretflower, because duh!

Wall Mounted Pot Lid Organizer Rack

Pot Lid Organizer
Can you imagine what we, as a human collective, could have accomplished with all the time spent searching dark cabinets for pot lids? Of course my favorite Instagram chef is an ice cream chef, and I can’t recommend Jeni Britton Bauer‘s inspiring Instagram stories, awesome hair, or new spot in DC enough.

Cerulean Agate Coaster Pack

Perfect for:
anyone with delicate surfaces, open containers, and dignity. Inspired by the beautiful Austrialian interiors found on Fiona Michelon’s Instagram, @fiona_michelon_stylist.

Corkcicle 4-in-1 Chiller, Aerator, Pourer, Stopper

51D92c-XCeL._SL1500_.jpgIf 2018 is also your designated year to start giving a sh*t about wine, this frozen pick provides an easy way to keep vino fresh (and cold!) after a solo night or quick dinner. AND if you happen to be in the market for some wine-inspired knowledge bombs that won’t put you to sleep, the Instagram of Marissa A. Ross provides the perfect pairing.

Passport Cover Case
Passport Cover Case for Under $15

Perfect for hitting up your #WinterGetaway like a True Adult™, of course. My favorite travel ‘gram right now? @the_blonde_adventure, who is currently saving the world in Puerto Rico!

Statement Slide by Sam Edelman

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Signed, sealed, delivered — they’re MINE. And I can’t wait to wear them with everything!

Good Grips Silicone Sink Strainer

Silicone Drain Strainer

For anyone who happily eats five-day old Chinese but cannot bare the thought of touching wet food, you’re welcome. Inspired by new mom and hilarious human Cameron Eubanks, @camwimberly1, of Southern Charm and breast-milk stain fame.

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Going Out[fits]: Winter Edition

My Picks

Nothing makes me dry heave harder than New Years’ Eve.

The fanfare. The overpriced cocktails. The crowds. The SWEAT. I am in full confidence that society’s NYE planning committee is compiled solely of extroverts.

That said, it is an excuse to show up somewhere over-dressed, champagne drunk and perpetually annoyed, which is how I spend most weekends, anyway. Below, I’ve compiled three NYE looks that I feel will serve you well for ~*the club*~, the house party, or even your parents’ basement.

Out on the Town: Feathers and Leather

I’m DEAD for this secondhand skirt find. I have short legs, which means I always go for a shorter hemline and skirts that can withstand a sweater tuck, as I find it helps with the proportions of the look, and doesn’t compete with the feathery statement this skirt makes.

The Dinner Party: Stacked Earrings and Suede

NYE Look: Suede Boots and Stacked Earrings

This will be the third winter I’m living in these over-the-knee Sam Edelman boots, and I’m not even a little sorry about it. I paired an old suede BCBG dress with a navy crewneck and black fur wrap, then finished it off with my favorite Lizzie Fortunato earrings I picked up from a Rent the Runway sale last fall — similar items linked in the Power Players section below!

The House Party: Tassels and Plaid

Satin and Tassels

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Is there anything I love in this world more than a wearable blanket? Plus, this one has armholes! I’ve linked a few similar picks, below. Paired with a navy peplum top (similars linked below), coated black moto pants, and leopard heels — I wore this last night and it kept me so, so toasty!

The Power Players

Wrap: Faux Fox Fur Collar Scarf Collar Women’s Collar, Black
Sweater: French Connection Women’s Bambi Solid Crew Neck, Black, S
Skirt: Milly Black Feather Skirt
Jacket: Topshop Black Leather Jacket
Navy peplum top: shop similar (on sale!) here, here and here.
Plaid wrap, with buttons: FLASH SALE – Pretty Simple Plaid Button Blanket Shawl
Plaid wrap, with armholes: Blanket Poncho Cape – Oversized
Boots: Circus by Sam Edelman Women’s Virginia Over The Knee Boot
Heels: Sam Edelman Women’s Tristan Pump, New Nude Leopard
Earrings: shop similar picks here, here and here.
Tassel Earrings: Emerald Lisi Lerch Tassels 


20 Winter-Friendly Wrap Dresses

My Picks

This winter, I’m asking you to back away, slowly, from your corduroys. I know what you’re thinking: “IT’S TOO HARD.” “THEY’RE SO WARM.” “CORDS ARE THE ONLY THING THAT FIT ME RIGHT NOW.” *lunch tray slam*

Fine! But at least hear me out: there is color, fit, and coverage waiting just on the other side of your winter wardrobe’s comfort zone. It’s name? The wrap dress. 

You may recognize TWD from spring, summer, and fall, where it serves as a saving grace during everything from outdoor weddings to happy hours to work the next day, where it then acts as an impeccable concealer of hangover bloat. 

However, too many of us are quick to pack up ole wrappy when the leaves make their final descent, perhaps unaware that a simple turtleneck, tights, and booties can help extend its ROI throughout Q1, too. 

Below, I’ve compiled the best patterned wrap dresses the internet has to offer you right now. So many are on sale, and so many are amazing.

The dress I’m pictured wearing outside of Frederick’s premier motel/restaurant, Masser’s, was a Zara find and I can confirm I have not removed it from my body since purchasing on December 2nd. It’s fitting for so many different occasions, and can be found in nestled right in the center of that ‘CARE / DON’T CARE’ Venn diagram I’m confident that you, like me, picture every morning while choosing the day’s sartorial direction.  

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Unfortunately, the dress I’m in has sold out, but I’ve included three below that are pretty similar — and on sale! — from Zara. The earrings are Lisi Lerch, the jacket is Topshop (similar here), purchase my turtleneck here, and the cuff is from Nordstrom Rack (similar here) and the broach is a vintage find from the Gail Colby Collection™. Enjoy! 



1: Zara Midi Wrap Dress, on sale for $40 // 2: Michael Kors Wrap-Effect Star Print Dress, on sale for $155 // 3:  Zara Mixed Print Wrap Dress, on sale for $40 // 4: Diane von Furstenberg Striped Maxi Dress, on sale for $300 (shorter version available here for $94) // 5: Women’s Topshop Boutique Mini Spot Wrap Dress, $160 // 6: Women’s Misa Los Angeles Paloma Velvet Dress, $312 // 7: RIXO Mixed Print Mini Dress, on sale for $244 // 8: Needle & Thread Embroidered Mini Wrap Dress, $425 9: Amazon Prime Velvet Front-Wrap Dress, $30: Women’s Velvet Dress V-neck Wrap Medium Sleeve Dresses (Medium, Green) // 10: Pins and Needles Ruffle Mini Dress, on sale for $30 // 11: Topshop Freya Floral Wrap Dress, $95 // 12: RIXO Tropical Mini Dress, on sale for $195 // 13: Reformation Salem Midi Dress, on sale for $124 //  14: ISLA Marigold Mini Dress, $220


Women’s Dee Elly Mix Print Wrap Dress, Size Small – Black, $49
Finders Keepers Powder Blue Ruffle Wrap , on sale for $130
Amazon Prime Ruffle Dot Dress, $20: Dellytop Women’s Casual Polka Dot V Neck Ruffle Chiffon Wrap Mini Dress
Rebecca Vallance Braided Mini Dress, $445
Zara Printed Mini Wrap Dress, on sale for $30
Jersey Off-the-Shoulder Wrap Dress in Gray, $28: Tempt me Womens Long Sleeve Knitted Sweater Pullover Swing Solid Slim Fit Wrap Midi Dress Grey Small
Faithfull the Brand Striped Midi , on sale for $100


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Stocking Stuffers: 22 Tights-Friendly Shoes

My Picks, Sole Serotonin

Does anyone else find a pair of opaque black tights to be one of the most purposeless joys winter can bring? Below, check out some styles aimed at keeping your toes warm and outfit on point this winter– even as your Seasonal Affective Disorder becomes all-consuming. Enjoy! 

Plaid + Checkered


1: Nine West Pointy Toe MulesNine West Pointy Toe Mules, $99 (Pssst – I own these in Marigold. Super comfy and great for wide feet!) / 2: Rag & Bone Booties, $595/ 3: Monse Striped Mule, $850 / 4: No. 21 Plaid Striped Mule, on sale for $576 / 5: Mango Pointed Toe Ankle Boots, $130 / 6: Jeffrey Campbell Ravis Bow Slides, $120 / 7: Talbots Plaid Block Heel Pumps, on sale for $70

Poofs + Bows


1: Michael Kors Fara Loafers, $130 / 2: Steve Madden Carabu Sequin Sandal, $100 Also available in black: Steve Madden Women’s Carabu Dress Sandal, Black Suede  / 3: Zara Patent Bow Heels, on sale for $40 / 4: Frances Valentine Pauline Slides, $345 / 5: Tory Burch Clara Flats, on sale for $299 / 6: Frances Valentine Paulette Fur Mule, on sale for $150 / 7: Marc Jacobs Sequin Flats, $325

Booties + Mules


1: Tory Burch Clara Pumps, $558 / 2: Dolce Vita Backless Mules, $150 / 3: Sam Edelman Leopard Mules, $150 Also available in black, all sizes: Sam Edelman Women’s Oran Mule, Black Suede / 4: Mercedes Castillo Block Mules, $375 / 5: Sam Edelman Sequin Sock Boots, $140 / 6: Jacquemus Block Heels, on sale for $495 Also someone PLEASE buy this adorable, on-sale dress from the same brand! / 7: Nine West Women’s Tyrell Suede Pump, Black/Black, on sale for $58 / 8: Nine West Women’s Justin Suede Ankle Boot

True Life: Jeff Bezos Styled My Christmas Look

My Picks

Dressing up in the winter is tricky. Dressing stylishly in the winter is tricky. Dressing up, stylishly, in the winter in a way that will not piss off your conservative grandmother is just about as tricky as it gets.

I used this look from Town & Country’s style writer, Sarah Bray, as my style inspiration, whose collective chicness may, in fact,  tear a hole in the time-space continuum. Here’s her taking neutral pairing to a new level at a place called The Lobster Club (???) and here, gifting us some winter floral realness. God, I die. 


Plaid maxi skirts will be a go-to for me this season, because they are easy to style, easy to wear, and easily transferable from work, to dinner, to your couch afterward (they also second as a personal throw blanket.) I snagged the one my photographed in from Amazon for $36, and I’m wearing a size small. It has pockets (!!!!) and is paired with over-the-knee boots.  While it isn’t available on Prime any longer, it looks like it’s in stock and you should have within a week or so.unnamed-4.jpg

 The wrap and bow earrings are also from the ‘zon, and I’ve linked those below, as well. Oh, and if this photo look awkwardly forced, it’s because I made my Dad take it of me in our church’s parlor after my parent’s suggested we arrive a cool hour and ten minutes early for church #StopPunctualPeople2017. 

I also pulled some other maxi skirt’s I really, really love — specifically this grey large plaid print — each of which are less than $50. Pair it with a turtleneck (my favorite here), leather jacket, and velvet hair ribbon for a sophisticated look that won’t leave you looking like an off-duty nun. 


The Lifelong Procrastinator’s Guide to Last-Minute Gifts

My Picks

As someone who is not particularly good at cooking, cleaning, or festive decor, I rely heavily on my above-par knack for gift selection and presentation to maintain favor throughout the holiday season, as I’ve found the most effective way to instill bonds with friends, family, and associates is with material possessions. That said, as a life-long, card-holding procrastinator, my obligation to give awesome presents and wait until the last minute to buy them often leads to a few stressful wrapping-while-driving experiences I’d prefer not to dive into. To make matters worse, there’s always that sub-list of hard-to-shop-for people that can really pile up as the countdown to the big day lessens  — some chestnuts are easier to crack than others.

There are people like my father, who maintain, year after year, the clearly erroneous claim that my presence is enough of a gift for the holidays. Given my Christmas tradition of wandering aimlessly around my parents’ house wearing my fifth-grade graduation t-shirt, probably hungover and eating an entire sleeve of plain Saltines, this obviously isn’t true. In fact, his blatant indecisiveness almost always leads me into the arms of a teenage retail associate in the tie section at Nordstrom on or around December 21st, where I proceed to sob and mumble incoherently about the unique struggle of having parents. Needless to say, I’ll be penning a strongly worded email to Dave this year that outlines my grievances and includes a few compensation suggestions to ensure I feel valued as his personal shopper and aesthetic director.

Perhaps you didn’t negotiate a no-Secret Santa Clause (get it?) into your employment contract at time of hire — in which case, it may be time to look into a new lawyer — and now need to get a gift for a near-stranger on the fly. Maybe your once drinking buddy is now engaged, and the only thing you know married people like is dishwashers (which, of course, you can’t afford right now). Like anything annoying, holiday shopping also comes with a series of stringent deadlines, which only adds pressure to the already impossible task of deciding what people you know need. 

I hope this guide serves you well for all of those in-between, not-sure, pushing-it-off gifts you’ve been meaning to get to. I certainly had fun compiling it!

Oh, and big thanks one of my five loyal blog readers, Leandra, for this post idea! If you, too, have a thing for strawberry blondes, I really can’t recommend her Instagram enough.

Portable Pineapple Charger, $19 from EtsyPortable Pineapple Charger from Etsy

Perfect for: your hipster coworker with a knack for homemade almond milk and making you feel subtly inferior.

Literally Me, hardcover version $15 from Amazon PrimePerfect Twenty-Something Gift, Literally Me

Perfect for: your favorite female.
I’ve been keeping up with J.Crew-creative-turned-satirical-sketch-artist, Julie Houts, for a while now, and let me tell you, she’s good. So good, in fact, there’s now a real-life book to commemorate her illustrated thoughts on things like control-top tights and three-day hangovers! If you’re interested, you can find her on the ‘gram, @jooleeloren.

Basil-Scented Soy Candle, $16 from Amazon Prime

The Perfect Last Minute Gift, Basil Scented Candle

Perfect for: anyone with an olfactory system.
Oregano, mint, bay leaf, I’ma let you finish, but…

Oversize Initial Necklace, $19 from Etsy

Last Minute Gift: Oversize Initial Neckalce

Perfect for: someone whose name you always forget.

A Patterned Wrap Dress, $70 from Zara

Pattern Wrap Dress Zara

Perfect for: your younger, trendier relative who laps you in both personal Instagram engagement and metabolic rate.
Wrap dresses are a win for winter because they provide comfort, coverage, and are adjustable by nature — trust me, the post-holiday requires all the help we can get.

A Custom Ornament, $12 from Bare Ink Co.

Perfect for Newlyweds: Custom Ornaments from Bare Ink Co.

Perfect for: a way to reward your feed’s least-annoying newlyweds.
Lindsey Swink — fellow Fredneck, former college roommate, caligrapher-at-large — is known for bringing weddings, events, invitations and just about anything else closer to Instagram glory with her beautiful lettering. Needless to say, I was ecstatic to find out she is expanding her craft into the world of monogrammed and personalized ornaments — for less than $15! And if you happen to be into strangely calming videos of hand letting, make sure to keep up with her @bareinkco.

Map Print of College Town (Or Somewhere Else), $20-$50 from Etsy

Gold Map Print, Perfect Holiday Gift

Perfect for: those of us in the midst of a mid-twenties crisis.
I think we’re all getting to the point where selective memory has worked its full magic when it comes to our college years, leaving us with wistful memories of Four Lokos of yore. What better way to commemorate this strange time than with a map of your recipient’s college town? Etsy shops like Turn of the Centuries, Encore Design Studio and Coastal Print Design (pictured) are all great places to shop for these, and extra points if you include a Framebridge gift card to go with it.

Weekly Pill Organizer, $7 from Amazon Prime

Pomelo Pill Organizer

Perfect for: the newly pregnant needing somewhere to stash their pre-natals!
If you have a friend who’s equally susceptible to aspirational supplement marketing as I am, this is going to make things a lot simpler (and cuter!) for them, too.

Lavender Sleep Scent Roller, $22 from Rootfoot

Rootfoot Lavender Roller

Perfect for: your favorite insomniac.
Use on your pillow or the soles of your feet. But maybe not both?

Plaid Puffer Vest, $139 from Talbots

Plaid Puffer VestPerfect for: Mom, Grandma, or Cool Aunt Sue!
I’m full-sail #TeamPufferVest, and I absolutely adore this one. Plus, vest sizing is a lot easier to guess than, say, jeans sizing, and it warrants a big poofy present underneath the tree!

Avocado Ornament, $8 from Christmas Traditions


Perfect for: your resident avo toast aficionado feeling festive about their now obliterated chances of homeownership.

A Gift Card to a Great Restaurant


Perfect for: those of us who prefer a literal interpretation of “give and you shall receive.”
Did you know a lot of your favorite restaurants give out freebies in return for gift card purchases? For example, you’ll get $10 to spend for every $50 gift card purchase at Outback Steakhouse. Cal Tort, Benihana and Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac are each running similar promotions, as well. On an unrelated note, has anyone explored the Bloomin’ Onion as a potential cure for seasonal depression?

Pot Lid Organizer, $15 from Amazon Prime

Pot Lid Organizer

Perfect for: your one friend who knows how to (successfully) operate an oven.
Can you imagine what we could have accomplished with all the time collective humanity has spent searching dark cabinets for pot lids? At least Kony in 2012. AT LEAST.

Smartphone Vase, $20 from Uncommon Goods

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Smartphone Vases

Perfect for: your impossible-to-shop-for extended relative or aspiring chef. I actually have one of these and they work great for both bedstands and kitchens!

Silvered Geode Coasters, $14 from Anthropologie

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Geode Coasters from Anthropologie
Perfect for:
anyone with delicate surfaces, open containers, and dignity.

Faux Fur Throw, on sale for $103 from Pottery Barn

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Faux Fur Throw. ON SALE!
Perfect for: someone who just moved into their first apartment.
My sister gifted me a faux-fur throw last year, and I can’t really remember a time I spent more than twenty minutes away from its warm embrace since. Even better, it’s masculine enough to make it a really good interior item for both men and women, which, like, never happens.

Corkicle Iced Wine Stick, $16 from Bloomingdales

Perfect Last Minute Gift: Ice Wine Stick

Perfect for: your friend that actually spends more than ten seconds picking out wine at Whole Foods.
An easy way to keep vino fresh (and cold!) after a solo wine night or quick dinner.

Passport Holder, $12 from Amazon Prime

Hot Pink Passport Holder

Perfect for: your friend who is planning a #WinterGetaway.

Silicone Sink Strainer, $8 from Amazon Prime

Silicone Drain Strainer

Perfect for: the most boring person you know.
Because even boring people probably don’t enjoy having to touch the remnants of dinner that didn’t make the plate during clean-up. Problem: solved.

Bonus Round! Girl Power Holiday Greeting Cards, $12 from Arsh Raziuddin

Feminist Christmas Cards by Arsh Raziuddin

Perfect for: a sassy way to top off gifts for anyone except your Tucker Carlson-worshipping Uncle Steve. Actually, on second thought, count him in for these, too.


Professional Outfits That Won’t Make You Look Like a Suggestive Librarian

My Picks

To be honest, I always try to steer clear of “professional clothing for women” pieces because I find the whole concept tinged with sexism. 

For men, dressing for professional encounters requires a series of relatively easy decisions: tie or no tie. Jacket or no jacket. Loafers or loafers. 

For women, it’s more complicated. Historically, the “rules” dictate to look professional, but not too matronly, because the appearance of having children or even the slightest interest in possibly reproducing one day could cost us big. Pantsuits are political. Skirts are risky. If you happen to be large-chested, the traditional button-down and blazer combo can become a kind of button-gap-filled nightmare. Women are so often told how to dress, improve, feel and think, and I’m wary of contributing to the noise. 

That said, after stumbling across this article from Refinery 29 — which casually suggested picking up a dress that costs a cool $1,029 for the big day — I knew that things had reached a new low. You shouldn’t have to choose between looking like Catholic school headmistress or paying your rent to get ahead. *Unless, of course, you are applying in become a Catholic school headmistress! In which case, really?! 

My golden rule? Limit distractions. Obviously trendier outfits will fly just fine in some industries, but generally, a “less is more” approach will serve you well. That said, anything you choose should be a reflection of your personal style and something you feel great wearing. Just because you’re a CPA doesn’t mean you should be doomed to a life of Brooks Brothers skirt and blazer sets! Friends don’t let friends buy Brooks Brothers skirt and blazer sets!!!! (But they do help out with their friends’ taxes #CallMe) 

Some other tips I find helpful: 

  1. Go for a high neckline. Seriously, just do it. Shirts with collars? Perfect. Turtlenecks? Even better. Decorative neck braces? Great conversation starters! I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve watched a woman in an otherwise perfectly sophisticated top gently bend down and expose a lot more than I assume she intended to. In an interview, impressions count, and leaning in can have its consequences — let’s ensure you are remembered for your brain instead of your bra. #NoDisrespectToMemorableBrasThough 
  2. Avoid loose clothing. Y’all know I love a good oversize button-down, but an interview or important meeting is not the time or place to attempt a looser fit. Keep it simple, and get the number of a good tailor if you have been blessed with short legs, like me. Seriously, it will change your life. 
  3. Stick to flats, closed- or peep-toe heels, and loafers. Personally, I prefer heels for professional events, because I like to feel as if I am Reese Witherspoon in the rising action of Legally Blonde as often as possible. A little peep-toe is fine, but anything more than that is a little too lax if you’re still testing out the office culture waters. Similarly, I’d steer clear of boots and booties, especially if you’re not pairing them with tights, and remember that you can always wear Uggs until you make it to the office lobby (in my experience, bearing witness to this switch-a-roo can really make a doorman’s day).

The Looks

As always, click to shop!
The Publicist
Swap the sweater for a crop ruffle top if you’ve got an event to run to after work!
The Chemist
Roll-up sleeves, close-toe shoes and studs to keep you safe. A pop of print to keep your sane. The pants are sold out but you can shop a similar style here!

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The Lawyer
Business in the front, party in the bag. (Ruffles all over.)

The Deisgner

Never get  mistaken for a Free People employee again. These earrings are less than $40!
The Editor
A quirky pop of color to match that ~*quirky*~ writing style.  AND this skirt is less than $100!
The Marketer
Bonus: the sleeves on this jumpsuit double as notecard holders you can use during your pitch!

The Teacher

The perfect cozy winter look that doesn’t sacrifice range of motion. Be sure to peep this $100 Everlane cashmere sweater — available so many colors!

The Engineer

Power pants courtesy DVF (obviously). Plus this awesome sweater is only $30 for Nordstrom Rack!


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Moda Operandi, Under $300

My Picks

Moda Operandi is having a 50% off sale, which is a BFD (big f-cking deal) for the high-end fashion aggregator curated to the likes of Lauren Santo Domingo, or, @thelsd, and sartorial legacy  Hayley Bloomingdale

Take a gander, take a risk — FRIENDS50 gets you half off this  selection

Click here for links to products and to check out my full board of MO finds. 

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