Happy Holidays

Clean neutral outfit

chic neutrals

neutrals detail

neutral tone outfit

Clean neutral outfit

Joie leather jacket, J. Crew linen tee, Blank jeans (old, similar here), Alexander Wang heels, A.L.C. Small Davenport Crossbody Bag (sold out, full size here), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

Well, the 24-hour marathon of A Christmas Story is almost here. It’s a merry time of year indeed.

I, for one, will be firing up my sweats and hip-hop Christmas songs and declining when my brother suggests we all play some Monopoly. (No thank-you, it always takes five hours, plus I lose.)

Hope you all enjoy your cherished Christmas traditions with loved ones too. Happy Holidays, guys.

Photos by Krystal Bick

Brand New: Bandra-West

Bandra-West

Bandra-West

Bandra-West Ilk Embroidered Pencil Skirt

Bandra-West skirt

Bandra-West

Bandra-West Ilk Embroidered Pencil Skirt

Bandra-West

Bandra-West skirt (c/o), Madewell chambray shirtVince Claire Pumps in CappuccinoRay-Ban Aviators, Clare Vivier clutch (old, messenger style here), denim jacket (old, similar here and here)

Major coup for textile fans — you know the heavy duty embroidery and vibrant colors you typically only see in Indian clothes? Mumbai designers are incorporating these traditional techniques into Western wear, and you can get them in your closet straight from the source (no international travel necessary), thanks to new SF-based designer collective Bandra-West.

Check out the debut collections on the lovely Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow, right here and here! I’m wearing the Ilk pencil skirt but I’m also into these party pants.

Holiday Lounging + Gift Guide

fair isle

fair isle

J. Crew sweatshirt (past season but I like this elephant one and this luxe version), LF fair isle leggings (past season – these in “carbon champagne” are in a similar spirit)

It’s never a bad season for lounging around but the holidays are prime time. So much of the day spent in sweats! And reading. And eating. It’s kind of the best.

And sometimes leaving the house in said sweats (or yesterday’s PJs) is necessary, because changing out of them takes way too much effort. But then, so does running away when you see an acquaintance at the grocery store.

Not need to hide this year – there are so many comfy items that are also really cute. As we gear up for a few days in, here are some cozy but chic, outside world-friendly picks, for yourself or others!

holiday loungewear gift guide

 

Shop the post:

 

Holiday Gift Guide: For The Guys

gift guide for guys

I asked Chris to pick out some items he likes so I could share them, and also just because I was curious. Good stuff! Great fodder for gifting.

I also asked him the “why” behind these items. Here are a few snippets:

  • Fingerless gloves: He’s always wanted a pair for when it’s “not that cold, but cold enough”, because they’ll still allow easy phone access.
  • Weekender: I actually already own this weekender, but Chris has basically taken it for his own at this point. It fits all his essentials, including shoes.
  • High Top Sneakers: He’s a big fan of darker leather sneakers, (who knew?).

These and a bunch more of his picks are in the “shop the post” section below. Just a few more days left to ship in time for the holidays.

Naughty

camel coat

red collar

clean and simple

clean and simple \

red collar

clean and simple

ripped jeans

 Madewell Essential White BoyshirtAG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap MeetClare V. Leopard Flat Clutch, Manolo Blahnik heels, ASOS coat (sold out, similar here), Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses

The tough thing about having created gift guides is I bought a couple of the items on there. For myself. The spirit of giving (to others) is off to a rough start.

One such cheat item — this button down. I wear this one all the time so I thought it would be useful to get a more casual one that’s not silk. The fit is great for everyday too, a little loose but not too slouchy.

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Cozy

Cozy Girls' Gift Guide

The week of gift guides continues! They’re just turning into a way for me to keep track of the things I want or use. The blanket’s on my bed currently (in white), the cleanser’s on my sink, and the other items…I wish were in my possession too. A little self gifting never hurt anyone. Maybe?

And okay, they’ll make great presents too. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Cozy gifts are always the best. Don’t you just want to steal that mug and fill it up with cider? Mmm…

sweater /  scarf / candle / bag / bra / cleanser / cami / book / ring / mug / blanket / weekender / keychain / coasters

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Classic Chic

The chic girls' gift guide | Like Fresh Laundry

I’ve been a relatively good girl this year. Santa — please take note.

Happy “Green Monday”, guys!

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Gingerbread Smoothie

gingerbread smoothie recipe

So far taking desserts and making them into quick, easy smoothies has been a delicious, and actually pretty healthy, experiment. This one has taken the most tinkering, but I’m now really happy with the result. So yummy. I’ve been having it for breakfast and it gets me in the holiday mood. I used this Alton Brown recipe as the inspiration.

One key is making sure to only use a pinch of each of the spices. More experienced cooks probably already know a little goes a long way, but it took me a little while to find the right balance. Ground clove is no joke.

gingerbread smoothie recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 5 ice cubes
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon unsulfured molasses
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch clove
  • 1 pinch cardamom
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions: Blend.

gingerbread smoothie recipe

gingerbread smoothie recipe

Happy Thanksgiving

Vince Claire Pump

Vince Claire Pump

Vince Claire Pump

Clare V. Leopard Flat Clutch

Vince Claire Pump

Ray-Ban Aviators, Everlane Silk Point Collar blouse, d.Ra SweaterAG Legging Ankle 11 Years Swap MeetVince Claire Pumps in CappuccinoSweet & Spark bracelets, Clare V. Leopard Flat Clutch

It’s happening! Can’t wait for the onslaught of stuffing and pie. Just came back from great trips to Amsterdam and Berlin and now I’m with Chris’ family in Pittsburgh for the official kickoff to the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!

Win! Declutter Your Life $200 Giveaway

how to hide outlets and cords

how to keep wires from falling off desk

The holidays are almost here. Home makeover time!! Ah, to be clean and clutter-free. It’s the ultimate Yuletide wish. And guess what – it can come true! At least when it comes to all the messy wires in your home.

I finally got fed up of the outlet and cords in our place and bought two Bluelounge Cable Boxes to hide them. It worked SO well. And I don’t know whether it was a big coincidence or whether the Bluelounge marketing people are just highly resourceful (or a little of both), but a week later, they contacted me to host a giveaway for their brand-new collection for Target!

Honestly I had originally planned to just talk about the Bluelounge Cable Box, but they sent me their entire suite and I used it to completely de-clutter our place. The messy outlets, cables falling off the desk and an entire drawer of tangled computer cords – now all tidy and untangled.

Enter to WIN the entire collection! There are even more products than the ones featured here. Or head over to Target and buy them right now. Happy Holidays, guys.

Win It

To enter: Leave a comment on this post telling us why you’re excited to win.
Contest runs: Only until this Friday, November 14th at midnight PST. Winner will be chosen at random. US residents only.
What you’ll win: Win the entire Bluelounge for Target collection. You’ll also win a full-size Bluelounge Cable Box, even though only the mini version is sold at Target, since it’s what turned me on the company originally.

 

Before and After Gallery (click to view)