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If you’re stuck on what to give your honey this Valentine’s Day, then gather a little inspiration and take a peek at these 10 gift ideas.

1. A New Scent

I can’t think of anything more romantic than a bottle of cologne. Purchasing a new fragrance for someone else can be tricky. In this situation, I would recommend Polo Red Intense by Ralph Lauren. It’s popular, pleasing, and provides an easy transition from day to night wear.

 

2. A Stylish Watch

Every man needs a nice watch. Now, I’m not saying that you should go out and buy a Rolex for Valentine’s Day because that would be ridiculously expensive. But, I am saying that watches deserve their own set of care and special attention. Watches to men are comparable to a piece of fine jewelry to women–quality is key. A few features to look for when purchasing a watch are water resistance and metal or leather quality, and durability. Depending on how much you want to spend watches can range from $100 to several thousand dollars in price. The watch shown below is on the higher end of the spectrum. This Burberry watch boasts Swiss quartz movement, date function, water resistance (up to 10 meters), and stainless steel/leather.

 

3. A Sweet Sound

If your man has a taste for the classics, then a record player might just be the perfect gift for him. This Crosley record player features three speeds, an automatic return tone arm, a USB enabled software suite for editing video content, and adjustable pitch control. It can be found online at Urban Outfitters for $199.95.

Quick Tip: Secondhand records can often be found at a thrift store or flea market for an extremely low cost. If you’re in search for a more contemporary sound, new records are available online at Amazon or Urban Outfitters.

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4. Mod Mugs

Clink! Give your significant other a shiny new set of copper mugs this Valentine’s Day. Add to the gift by including a quality vodka as well as other ingredients called for in our all-time favorite Moscow Mule recipe courtesy of Tammilee Tips.

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5. A Fabulous Fitbit

The Fitbit Flex was “the hot item” this holiday season. The Fitbit Flex costs about $100. The device allows you to track steps, distance, and calories burned during activity and sleep. If you think your Valentine might benefit from using a Fitbit (or be interested in one), then see Fitbit.com for more information.

 

6. A Chic Sweater

What’s the next best thing to a hand-knit sweater? Buying one–but not just any sweater–one that’s casual, soft, and machine washable (isn’t it all about convenience and comfort?). This Calvin Klein pullover checks all of the boxes.

 

7. Cool Cuff Links

If your secret admirer is regularly sporting a suit, it’s time to get him a sophisticated set of Burberry cuff links. These mod cuff links are available in light gold or a polished silver and cost approximately $250. Although they’re on the pricier side, the quality and flexibility to pair well with any suit makes them an enviable commodity and lifelong closet staple.

 

8. A Smart Shave

A close shave can be one of the most refreshing, relaxing, and cleansing things for a guy. That’s why The Art of Shaving‘s Full Size Kit with Fine Badger Brush made the list for one of our top 10 gifts to give to the special man in your life.

 

9. A Retro Camera

Capture your Valentine’s Day with Fujifilm‘s Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic. Some of the camera’s highlights include bulb and double exposures, macro mode, and high performance flash. Add to the gift by including a few rolls of film.

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10. Rad Running Shoes

If your Sweetheart is in need of new running shoes, then take a look at these Pure Boost Chill Shoes by Adidas. Whether he is off to the gym or on the go, these shoes are certain to satisfy any occasion.

 

Happy Friday!

xxmadison


When I found out I was pregnant this spring, my husband and I started dreaming about a babymoon trip (read: oh-my-gosh-this-is-the-last-chance-to-go-on-vacation-for-a-really-long-time-and-we-have-to-go-now trip). After I had bounced back from the first trimester, we put our plans into action and hopped on a plane for 15 days in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria.

We would be covering a lot of ground during that time, and I didn’t want to be hauling suitcase after suitcase across the continent. So, I decided to streamline my makeup bag — no small task for someone who spends every day obsessing over the latest and greatest beauty products. But, I was able to find five faves that stood the test of travel and didn’t weigh down my carry-on.

1. Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo (Travel Size)

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo for brunettes is tough — its residue usually gives me more of a scary glimpse into my (probably not-too-distant) gray-haired future than a fresh, clean feeling. But this dry shampoo is designed to be shaken off (cue Taylor Swift) after 30 seconds, whisking away any leftovers and leaving my hair feeling more like I had just used a traditional shampoo. Disclaimer: I wasn’t sure how the pressurized can would do under the plane, so I kept this one in my bag at all times. ($12, livingproof.com)

2. Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Daily Refreshingly Clean Cleansing Cloths

Witch Hazel Towelettes

Air travel allegedly dries out your skin, but it usually leaves me feeling like my pores are filled with all that recycled air. I stashed these individually wrapped wipes in my purse for on-the-go cleansing without water at any time. ($4.49 for 20, drugstore.com)

3. Stemology SunVeil Complete OneTint Moisturizer in SPF 17

Stemology SunVeil

With its tint that matched my skin tone perfectly, this handy dandy bottle allowed me to roll foundation, sunscreen, and moisturizer into one for the ultimate beauty bag win. ($78, stemology.com)

4. Lipstick Queen Lipstick in Jean Queen

Jean Queen

Touted as the perfect lipstick to wear with jeans, this shade paired well with our vacay’s casual wardrobe, adding just a pop of color without looking overdone. Bonus: Its super-moisturizing formula also eliminated the need to carry lip balm. ($22, nordstrom.com)

5. Rejuva Socks and Leggings

Rejuva Socks

When my doctor said it was OK to travel abroad, it came with one caveat: I had to wear compression socks on the plane. I agreed after a lengthy eyeroll, and set out to find a pair that didn’t look quite so…medical. Luckily I found these babies, which have somehow managed to turn one of the least glamorous parts of pregnancy into something cute.(prices vary; shoprejuva.com)

Note: I got the OK from my doc for both travel and the products listed above, but be sure to check with yours if you’ve got a bun in the oven!


A longtime fashion and beauty publicist, Winnie opened her Manhattan boutique, Warm, in the spring of 2012 with her photo-agent husband, Rob Magnotta. “It’s an ode to our collective love of skate and surf culture, fashion, travel, and style,” she says. Thoughtfully curated by the duo for urban hippies, the shop’s luxe beauty, fashion, and home items are “special, often handcrafted, and hard to find,” she adds. From the $20 flip-flops typically sold at Hawaiian hardware stores to the $7,000 Elder Statesman blankets, “every piece in the store is exceptionally well made, and something that Rob and I genuinely love.” Here’s how to copy Winnie’s beachy glow:

Sunscreen: “We escape to the beach as often as possible—family surf trips to Costa Rica are pure bliss—and sun protection is everything. For my face, I’m loyal to EIR NUC Surf Mud Pro Stick SPF 50—it’s organic, smells great, and works well around my eyes.”

Skincare: ”I use Colbert MD Illumino Face Oil, which is superhydrating and packed with essential oils and anti-aging actives.”

Hair: “I love the texture and messiness salt water gives my hair, so I hold off on shampooing for as long as possible. To circumvent the drying aspect of salt and sun, I oil my ends and scalp with Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil before heading out.”

Bath: “Cool, detoxifying baths are such a treat. I spike the water with Dr. Singha’s Mustard Bath. With eucalyptus, wintergreen, and thyme, it’s bracing and really rejuvenating.”

Fragrance: “My good friend, perfumer Sarah Horowitz, made an ocean-inspired fragrance oil for me to wear on my wedding day. Rob and I met surfing, so it was really personal and perfect. It smells like a day at the beach—sunscreen and neoprene, musky and salty. I was always getting compliments on it, so when we opened the store, we decided to make it our signature scent, and call it Warm. It’s now our best seller. The rollerball applicator makes it perfect for girls on the move.”

Interview by Jolene Edgar

 

 

 


It seems fitting that a post about how to wear florals would happen in the spring. So this week I rounded up some of my favorite flowery looks for you to indulge in this year! Read on to see how you can find the perfect outfit inspiration to have you looking fabulous all season long.

 

For a bold look, floral pants bring big patterns and bright colors to the table. I love this look I found on Work Outfits–it just goes to show that a little bit of fabulous flower goes a long way!

 

 

For a more eye-catching ensemble, this yellow floral dress from Merrick’s Art takes the cake. I love the print, and pairing it with stripes not only pulls the outfit together, it opens up a world of possibilities for you to experiment with!

 

 

Statement necklaces and flowery blouses are a match made in heaven. Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong. I love the look of this eccentric spring outfit from Pop Of Style!

 

 

If you appreciate a more subtle approach to spring fashion, this floral embroidered dress from Class Is Internal may be more your speed. Elegant, sophisticated and delicate, this dress is perfect for a day on the town.

 

 

And lastly, because I love any outfit that even slightly reminds me of a hippie, take a look at this high-waisted floral beauty from A House In The Hills. What I wouldn’t give to be able to pull of those pants! Those of you with long legs–just know, the rest of us are so very jealous.

 

 

And there you have it. If you have any floral photos to share with me, I’d love to see them!

 

Have a wonderful week, Style Spotters!

Erin


Besides being full of blooming flowers, green grass and the promise that summer is fast approaching, spring brings with it a broadening of wardrobe choices. Skirts, blazers, tiny dresses and strappy sandals quickly become closet staples–and statement necklaces are an accessory that can add a whole lot of punch with little effort. Check out these five tips and tricks for wearing your favorite statement pieces this spring!

 

If you read regularly, you know I love bold patterns and bright colors. Mix the two together in one accessory with this wonderfully green statement necklace from Pop of Style. And yes, you’d look good in those polka dots, too.

 

 

If you’re worried about looking too flashy for the office–don’t. This elegant ensemble from Stylishly Me proves that fashion and business really do mix.

 

 

If simple is more your style, you can still make statement pieces work for you. Check out how the blogger behind Create Bake Celebrate wore a pop of color with her necklace for a weekend away. Chic, classic and clean, this look is great for any event.

 

 

Floral never really goes out of style–and you can jump on the bandwagon with this fabulous rose statement necklace I spotted on SHY Boutique. The best part? You can choose a color that’s as bright or as subtle as you want.

 

 

If casual is more for you, spice up any comfy outfit with this metallic beauty from Camp Patton. I won’t even try to hide how much I absolutely LOVE those Oxfords!

 

 

Feeling ready to get some staple statement pieces now?

Happy spring!

Erin


Spring is upon us, and with that comes the season of tanned legs and cute dresses. This week I rounded up some of my favorite dresses and skirts from the Internet to share with you all. Because nothing welcomes spring like an adorable addition to your closet!

 

I love the look of this flowy maxi skirt from Hello Copeland. Perfect for a day out and about, this pastel beauty will leave you looking gorgeous from the moment you step out the door.

 

 

If Southwestern is more your look, check out this gorgeous dress from Wedding Party. Wear with your favorite boots or sleek pair of pumps and you’ve got a style that will wow!

 

 

Simplicity can never be overrated. Pure white–although it can be intimidating for those of us who are prone to slips and spills–creates a timeless, chic look. This white wonder from The VivaLuxury is absolutely flawless.

 

 

Bright colors are a natural segue into spring–and this vibrant green and white dress from Fashion Ekstrax proves it. And those heels are to die for!

 

 

For a bolder look, try this turquoise patterned dress from Living In Yellow. The rope belt and jewelry ties (you see what I did there?) the outfit together with flying colors!

 

 

So what do you think? Are these dresses the perfect fit for spring?

 

Go forth and look pretty!

Erin


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