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Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas | Him & Her

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Hello, everyone! It’s a very chilly Monday here in Amherst and as I’m sipping my third coffee before noon, I’m putting together some great ideas for the beloved and dreaded Valentine’s Day. I wanted to bring you some ideas that you can get for a partner, a friend and for yourself (self-love in gift form is always a good idea, am I right?).

The first thing I thought of was, of course, flowers. They are an absolute staple in modern Valentine’s Day culture and there are so many options you can really tailor them to your recipient. I posted the ethereal boxed roses from Venus et Fleur, even though they only deliver to the New York metro area. BUT, it gives some pretty cool inspiration. As Beyonce recently made a strong case for fake flowers, you can easily set up an arrangement like this on your own, if you’re feeling brave and crafty. That way you’ll create a meaningful decoration that your partner or friend can keep for a long time! Sweet, huh? If you’re the journaling type, this book from Barnes and Noble is a great option. It contains prompts and questions to document your lurrrrv journey and you can start filling it out or leave it entirely to your partner and give yourself a pat on the back for picking it up. Either way! A really great gift for all three categories is the Instax Mini 8 camera. I posted the pink one because, duh, Valentine’s day. The camera is a great way of saying, hey I want to document our time together in small, low-res photos. Kidding. The photos are way cuter than that and the camera is an aesthetic dream. Keeping with the pale pink theme, I also saw this adorable coin purse on Asos. It is a bit pricey, so it might be a more niche gift, but I thought to include it for those who want to “splash out” as my boyfriend would say. (Look at me learning British phrases!)

Moving on to the next half of gifts or so, I’ll stick with Asos for a second. I thought this watch was absolutely gorgeous and a great gift for rose gold lovers everywhere. I also thought the marble face was quite unique and contrasted the gold nicely. The next two gifts – the mug and the striped notebook –  are from Zazzle. Zazzle is great for lots of personalized things that are a really good price. I thought these would be great for friends or family you want to give a little love shoutout to next week. The mini-backpack is from Zara and I included it because I thought a bag is a really great gift idea. Side note: last Valentine’s Day I really wanted a wallet, so there you go, everyone’s different. I think this bag is really chic and the color is beautiful. Last but not least, I thought I’d bring us full-circle to another classic: perfume! Chanel Coco Mademoiselle is a classic and a really elegant pick for Valentine’s Day. The packaging is simply beautiful, making it as much a classy desk decoration as a wearable perfume. Can’t go wrong there.

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Of course we can’t forget the gentlemen. I picked out a few things I could see myself purchasing either for a friend or for my boyfriend. I started with skin care and I know that sounds like a strange gift but getting a really nice set of skincare products isn’t really something you might buy for yourself, so I think it would make a really great gift. The one I posted here can be found at Target. The next gift was a funny one, but I really couldn’t pass up a set of socks with love pugs on them. The set of three is a great add-on or gift for a friend. While browsing Nordstrom, I stumbled upon this tie box and thought it was quite a cool gift for a man who likes to have all the right accessories when dressing up. I thought the set looked really sleek and it came with a bunch of different options. Again, I thought I’d add a watch because they really are nice gifts. This one from Asos came with a set of cufflinks, which I find really cute. The record player is a bit of a pricier gift, but it is a nice one. The vintage look of the trunk is very cool and a record player is a great gift for any music lover. Moving on to another classic, I decided to post the Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon cologne. It is a more mature scent, but the heavier notes don’t last as long on the skin as the others so it works well as a light daytime scent. Another pick from Sephora’s mens department was Jack Black’s The Ultimate Shave. It looked like a really nice gift set for the man who likes the barber shop feeling every morning as well as clear and healthy skin. I thought this book Icon’s of Men’s Style was an interesting find for someone into fashion (as this is, after all, a blog for fashion). Either as a coffee table book or a semi-guidebook, it’s definitely a neat pick. The photos inside look fabulous and it contains some really great history and tips. Last but not least – chocolate! It is, of course, a Valentine’s Day must-have for anyone. I chose this box from Nordstrom because I thought it was a classy little number for any man this V-Day.

Well, that’s it for this week, everyone. I hope you enjoyed this post – I know there was a lot more writing than usual, let me know what you think in the comments! Have a great day, a lovely Valentine’s Day and don’t forget to subscribe for more updates. x

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Christmas Party

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re all either resting or ready to have a wonderful holiday break. I for one am back at Hollister for the time I’m at home, so be ready to see another upsurge of their pieces in my posts (what can I say, I shop while I work). I thought I’d bring you a little preview of the party I’m hosting this week, including some pretty drinks I’ll be mixing, my family tree (that’s just a bit of a bonus) and a peek at the most important part, the outfit. The blouse I’ve got is a really beautiful holiday red and has great dimension. The jeans are a new acquisition and they’re quite cropped so I paired them with some calf-height boots. I’m really excited to see the exaggerated fringe has started to make its way into more designers’ minds. The outfit is fun, easy, and you can actually move in it. I mean, I’ll be with all my friends, I don’t need to strap into some impossible matrix of a dress, right? (That’s for NYE anyway.)

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H&M blouse (similar) | TopShop jeans | H&M boots (similar)

I got the drink recipe from Buzzfeed’s Tasty and I’ll throw the recipe in for the full effect:

-1oz Peppermint vodka

-1oz Lime juice

-4oz cranberry juice

-4oz ginger ale

-cranberries (garnish)

They’re also just as lovely without any vodka – don’t worry 🙂

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Tights Alternative | London Part 2

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My cameraman, Alex! 😉

Happy Monday, everyone! On a quick side note, it’s snowing here right now and it’s really exciting – starting to feel very christmassy. It makes me think the semester should be over, but alas, I still have two papers and a thesis to write. No big deal, right? Sure. Anyway, here’s the second part to my London trip: Oxford! (Yes, I’m aware it’s not in London but I traveled to primarily London so it falls under that category.) I dragged Alex there once again to go to the Grand Cafe for tea and to New College to see the set where they filmed Draco Malfoy getting turned into a ferret (recognize it?). I was really excited to shoot today’s look there. It’s a look I’ve really fallen in love with: dresses over JEANS. Yes, jeans. Hear me out. I tend to really HATE tights so I like this alternative for dresses in colder weather. I think it’s a more mature and chic way to wear dresses and I get to avoid how itchy and, well, tight, tights are. Give it a try this week with a dress you love.

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Abercrombie and Fitch dress 

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Black Friday Haul | London Part 1

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Happy Tuesday, everyone and welcome back from Thanksgiving break! I hope you all had a lovely rest and overate gloriously. I myself was in London for the week to visit my boyfriend so my Thanksgiving day meal included fish and chips from a pub along the English coast. Throughout the week I saw Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visited Oxford and did just a little Black Friday shopping. My obsession with ruffle shirts was pretty pronounced during the day as I purchased two different ones – including the one you see here – while wearing another ruffle shirt. The outfit I’m showing you today is mostly from my Topshop haul. I love pairing this ruffle shirt with these high-waisted mom jeans because it balances casual and put-together – my favorite combo. I also love the homage to vintage Levi’s these jeans are making. They are definitely a new favorite of mine.

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Topshop blouse (still on sale!) | Topshop jeans |  Hollister coat 

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Summer Staples

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Happy Monday! I know it’s a bit late, but my flight from Bologna was delayed over an hour and I got back to Paris much later than expected. Hopefully that blog post will be up next week! Since I’ll chat about all that fun next week, let’s get right to it: this outfit. This look is made up entirely of summer staples I’ll have with me wherever I go this summer. The denim skirt has been around again for over a year now and I can tell you it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. From mini to midi, it’s a great and versatile piece, especially when paired with a nineties-style tank such as this. Mules are also an amazing footwear piece to have and they come in tons of different styles. I find them a lot more easy to work with (and walk in) than other heeled shoes.

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Forever 21 skirt | Forever 21 tank top | Topshop mules 

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H&M skirtH&M tank top | Topshop tank top | H&M mules | Topshop mules 

 

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Cottontail Kicks

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Happy Monday and officially happy Spring! This week I’m featuring my River Island pom pom sneakers. When I first saw Josefina’s Portugal fur-topped sneakers, I knew I wanted something similar (but they were a little oAND THEN River Island posted these adorable, perfect for Easter weekend beauties and I tracked them down at Oxford Street in London. They are super fun and really unique.

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River Island sneakers, Jawbreaking shirt, ASOS sunnies

Danish Layers

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Happy Monday, loves! After my plane was delayed and had to be “de-iced” I finally made it  back to my home in Paris. As you can see I was in Denmark this weekend! It was really an amazing opportunity, so a big thanks to my wonderful friend Catie for inviting me. I did this post a little differently this week, because I realized there was so much more I wanted to share with everyone. I also went to two different locations in Denmark and wanted to place the shoot in both – so there you go! I stayed in Copenhagen but visited Hamlet’s Castle Kronborg in Elsinore (Helsingør), which was right on the Kattegat (Cat Gut) Strait, between both the North and Baltic Seas – we could even see Sweden across the water. It was so beautiful I couldn’t pass it up. The second location is in the very heart of Copenhagen, and it’s a pretty famous spot too. It’s called Nyhavn or New Harbor.

SO, to fashion! As I was going to be in Denmark and as I knew Scandinavian countries tend to be pretty chilly there was only one thing for it: LAYERS. Although we got lucky and the day we shot this was absolutely beautiful (sunny and 40’s), it was still a good idea to dress smart. To do this I paired a gray turtleneck with a fisherman knit oversized sweater. I wanted to clean it up a bit so I wore cropped black suit trousers. I really love this look and it works on any chilly day. The oversized sweater especially has been a godsend while in Paris.

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Boohoo Sweater Hollister Turtleneck H&M Trousers

All photography done by Catherine Raissipour.