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FOR HIM: HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

2016 Holiday Gift Guide For HimI don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time shopping for my husband. He’s a minimalist, so while he’ll show an interest in things, it doesn’t always mean he wants to own them. He wears the same shirts on repeat and refuses to get rid of anything. I’ve found myself taking notes any time he mentions something he likes and then trying to figure out as the holidays near if any of those same things are still even on his radar. Sometimes I hit the nail on the head, other times he humors me.

This list is simple, but it’s filled with things I think most men would enjoy.

1. Harry’s Shave Set. This one is also going on my gift guide for her because Chris and I both got a shaving kit as a gift from Harry’s and he’s too attached to his electric razor to give it a try (creature of habit), while I’m so in love with mine I’ve decided to steal his. This set comes with a razor, two blades and your choice of either a cream or foaming gel (you can upgrade to an engravable razor, too). The razors provide a super soft and gentle shave that does the trick with one swipe of the blade. Baby’s bottom smooth. The cream smells minty and the blades are half the cost of most other men’s razors. It’s glorious and your man will thank you. Bonus: Harry’s 1 + 1 program gives back to the community. Read about it if you’re like us and are inclined to support companies that pay it forward.

2. Leatherology Business Card Case. Digging through your bag in search of a dirty, bended business card to hand off to a potential client or employer is the absolute worst. I used to travel a lot for one of my previous jobs so I always needed business cards on hand. I had one of these in yellow and loved it. The magnetic enclosure keeps your cards safe and easily accessible. It’s also a great way to neatly store all the cards you’ve collected during a day of meetings. I imagine you’ll then go home and upload them to some fancy app and soon cards will be obsolete. But until then, this case is a must for a man (or woman) with things to do, places to be.

3. Fjallraven Kanken No. 2 Laptop Backpack. We have the Kanken original backpack, which we carry everywhere, and Isla uses the mini as her preschool backpack so we can vouch for Fjallraven. They’re stylish (and unisex), functional and really comfortable. This style is big enough for a laptop and the leather handles are a nice touch. My husband carries a backpack whenever he travels for meetings and I’m certain he’d love this addition to our family collection.

4. Wood Block + Prints. I love this. Pick 12 of your guy’s favorite photographs and stick them in this simple, manly frame so he can rotate them as often as he pleases. Such a simple, creative way to display photographs on his desk. And this way you won’t be upset if one day he chooses the picture of the dog over you and the kids. Dogs need love, too.

5. The Cotton Crew by Everlane. Everlane makes the softest t-shirts. I know from experience. There might be no better tee on the planet and I mean that. These come in a variety of colors and since my husband has his tees on a constant short loop, these are great. Everlane is another socially conscious company doing absolutely incredible things for its factory workers around the world. On Black Friday this year, rather than offer discounts on its products, the company used its profits to buy helmets for every single one of its 8,000 workers who ride mopeds to work every day on the dangerous streets of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Do not walk, run your fingers to Everlane.com.

6. Ray-Ban New Wayfarer Sunglasses. Ray-Bans are iconic and will remain in style for eternity, but the Original Wayfarer style isn’t for every face. The rectangular shape is universally flattering and comes in a variety of sizes and colors. It’s a keeper.

7. Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker. Chris uses this almost every morning to make a latte at home. We buy beans from our local coffee shop and he makes this on the stove while feeding the kids breakfast. We have the small one so it’s not great for when we have guests over and want to make a bigger batch of after dinner espresso, but it’s perfect for his daily addiction.

8. Leatherology Double Zip Toiletry Bag. If your guy travels, this is a must. It has a water-resistant lining, two compartments and is a buttery soft leather. How else is he going to carry that sleek new razor you stuffed in his stocking?

Style

RABBIT RABBIT

Rabbit Rabbit Top by Letter19Design EtsyWake up, wake up, wake up, it’s the first of the month …

According to some really old British superstition, the first thing you’re supposed do on the first day of every month is say the words “rabbit rabbit.” I once owned one of those rabbit feet on a key chain things, like everyone else in the 90s, but I had never heard of this until about a year ago. I’m not really superstitious, but it can’t hurt, right? That being said, I’m going to assume starting out the month by wearing one of these shirts designed by my friend Susan is the equivalent of drinking a whole bottle of Felix Felicis (also known as “liquid luck” for those of you who live in a hole and have never read Harry Potter). Bonus luck if you actually wear it to bed and wake up in it on the first.

If you like supporting small shops and wonderful people, please consider checking out Susan’s new shop on Etsy called ShopRabbitRabbit. She’s selling apparel and other goods featuring designs of her own creation (including the one I’m wearing), which will absolutely maybe bring you good luck!

{Susan is an incredibly talented designer responsible for the look of this blog, her own line of wedding invitations, Isla’s first birthday invitations and other cool stuff under the name Letter19Design. She gave me this shirt as a gift for helping with her Etsy shop and I offered to tell you guys all about it on this here blog because it’s a cute idea and I like supporting my friends. I will not receive any compensation, commission or otherwise from the sale of her products.}

{On Me: Dallin Chase jacket (similar); old chambray shirt (similar); ShopRabbitRabbit shirt; ASOS hat; Zara jeans; Made by Mary necklaces (Lana bar+charm); Sam Edelman boots // On Isla: Old Navy top + hat; Zara trousers + sweater; Gap boots (similar)}
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Kids

EASTER BASKET IDEAS

Toddler & Infant Easter Basket Ideas 2016
stuffed bunny | chalk | finger paint | knee socks | gold bunny ears | kitty brush | bunny tote | cat clip | pacifier clips | farm puzzles | stackable bunny | tell me a story | bunny mask | If I Were A Rabbit book | moccasins | rainbow tufts basket | colored bunny headband | animal parade basket

I’m sure I said this last year, but I love the idea of candy-free Easter baskets. It’s not that I don’t want Isla to have candy. I plan to put a few M&Ms and other treats inside her eggs (though the Cheerios were quite a hit last year!), but I think filling the kids’ baskets will small toys and surprises is so much more fun. And while I’ve started collecting baskets to store things neatly around the house, I couldn’t resist these adorable bins and tote bags in lieu of traditional Easter baskets.

Here’s a round-up of a few of my favorite Easter things in a variety of prices for both toddlers and infants (with a few extras in the “shop this post” links below).

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FLATTERING SWIMWEAR FOR ALL BUDGETS

It’s snowing as I type this so let’s talk swimwear.

My days of lying on a beach chair for endless uninterrupted hours are a thing of a past. With two kids in tow there is no relaxing or even sitting still. Instead, I can expect to be buried alive and spend my entire days stopping Isla (and probably Theo) from eating sand and washing away in the ocean due to her fearlessness in the face of any body of water. This means I’m constantly keeping an eye out for flattering jiggle-free, chasing-kid-friendly swimwear. Even before I had kids I was ready to retire the bikinis and move on to one-piece suits, but just the thought made me feel old. Not anymore. My hunt for swimwear that doesn’t make me feel like a nearly naked twenty-something has been pretty successful so far.

One of my favorite suits is from Albion Fit (seen on me here). The black ruched bottom half has a slimming effect on my lingering baby belly (from my first pregnancy), and the sweet Eiffel towers on the white top draw your eyes up, which sounds bad now that I’m typing this but you know what I’m getting at here. This season, I’m eyeing a few of their tankini suits. I know what you’re thinking. A tankini? These are not the tankinis of the early 2000s, I swear. The high-waisted bottoms and peplum tops are not only adorable, but I’m thinking they’ll hide all the right post-baby spots I never want the world to see again. That is, until my next pregnancy because that is the only time I’ll ever wear another bikini. Weird, right? Anyway. I also love that you can mix and match these. A pair of black high-waisted bottoms will go with just about anything (including tops I already own if I’m feeling brave enough bare a little extra skin).

During my hunt for swimsuits this year I’m looking for a few specific features I’ve found to be the most flattering: ruched mid-sections, vertical stripes, busy prints, color-blocks (dark bottoms, light tops), high-waisted two-pieces, black on black on black and slimming side details. Here are a few options, for all budgets:

Flattering one-piece swimwear for 2016top: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
middle: 1 | 2 | 3* | 4
bottom: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
{*see this suit on my gorgeous friend Liz}

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Kids

CLASSIC KIDS BOOK POSTERS BY BOOKROO

Bookroo Kids Book PostersRemember Bookroo — the children’s book subscription service I told you about? Well the small shop is now designing and selling posters based on classic children’s books and they are adorable. I’ve picked out a few of my favorites (above). If you’re still in the market for Christmas gifts for the kids, I think these would be great. Especially if your tiny tot has a favorite book. And bonus, they’re not only very inexpensive, the online seller (Redbubble) is offering them at 40% off for its extended Cyber Monday sale. I’m not sure how long the sale lasts so get on it!

View the Bookroo poster shop on Redbubble