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Finding Fossil(s)

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No matter what item it may be, personalization always takes gift-giving to the next level. I love receiving gifts that show special steps were taken to make this gift more than perfect for me: a hand-crafted card made with my favorite colors, a new pouch to handle my expanding collection of art supplies, or my initials stitched on a new bag or jacket. It’s the little things that take a thoughtful gift from special to extraordinary.

I recently got the chance to partner with Fossil and stop by their flagship 5th Avenue store to experience these “little things” first-hand, along with my friend Rach Martino. The Fossil team allowed me to pick out a bag and watch the customization and embossing process from start to finish. I was able to see their embossing guru John add a touch of silver to my Mercer Stripe Workbag. I opted for my initials ‘JTL’ but you can honestly add just about anything you’d like during the process.

If you’re in New York City, don’t hesitate to stop by. Fossil is hosting embossing events every Saturday from 1PM-5PM … RSVP here! Once you’ve purchased your favorite Fossil pieces, take them over to the embossing station and let John work his magic. If you’re anything like me, you won’t be disappointed.

Holidays at Home

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Well, I finally made it home for the holidays and I couldn’t be more excited. For the next ten days, I’ll be corralled to the homes of different relatives and family friends, talking about New York City, and explaining what a “blogger does” for the umpteenth time. Sounds exciting, right? Jokes aside, I’m incredibly thankful to have such a wonderful, supportive family and I couldn’t imagine the Christmas holiday without them.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m helping Gucci tell their holiday story this Christmas. I thought what better way to keep weaving the tale than bring the story to Mississippi for the holidays! I’m headed to a festive party this evening and wanted to spruce myself up a bit, so I’ve opted for one of my favorites from Gucci – this floral bow tie.

And we can’t forget my “so-worth-it” ultimate splurge this season, this Gucci duffle bag that got me through a full 18 hours of (heinous) traveling in style. I can’t count the number of times strangers came up to me to remark on this bag – “what a smart-looking duffle!” and “now that is one beautiful carry-on” were two of the most frequent. I’d love to say I was getting all the attention but it was most certainly the bag.

If you haven’t already checked out some of Gucci’s holiday selections, it’s about time. As for me, I’m off to drink too much egg nog and scarf down some fruitcake… all in my beautiful new bow tie. But first, a selfie.

Gucci Bowtie / Gucci Duffle Bag / 7FAM Button-Down (last season)

Fireside Essentials

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I spend a lot of time complaining about winter weather and how cold I inevitably always am. But when it comes down to it… I actually love winter even though I love being cozy. But words cannot properly express the remarkable beauty of seeing millions of snowflakes cascading all around you, enveloping you in a blanket of white ice.

Many of my favorite moments during winter are spent fireside. Whether I’m drinking hot toddies with friends or cups of spicy hot chocolate with my family, fire has always played a crucial role. So when 7 For All Mankind asked me to compile my “cold weather essentials,” I immediately knew what my picks would be. Read More

A Holiday Affair

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Excited to share the third and final look I crafted with ALDO Shoes, which we’re calling “Fancy Affair.” When it comes to dressing up, I’ve never been one to take the traditional route. Matching suit sets or off-the-rack tuxedos always lack personality. Instead, I opted to mix and match some of favorite styles.

For this look, I paired some of my favorite black monkstrap shoes with a burgundy tuxedo blazer and coated black denim. I think it gives a casual upgrade to black-tie attire without seeming flippant of the dress code.

Be sure to check out this look and others on ALDO Shoes’ Holiday Edit microsite!

ALDO Shoes / ALDO Bag / Feathers T-Shirt / Topman Blazer / J. Lindeberg Denim

Photography by the loveliest Emma Jane Kepley (Emma’s Instagram)

A Very Gucci Holiday

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Every holiday should tell a story. This is especially true for Christmas; the traditions alone assemble one incredibly tall tale: Santa, the reindeer, the Grinch, and the birth of Jesus. Christmas has always been a time to both to reminisce on stories past and look forward for the stories to come.

This year, I’m excited to partner up and help tell Gucci’s holiday story. The story begins with the search for the perfect gift… and what happens when you actually find it. In Gucci’s adorable holiday video, they illustrate how you can find the perfect gift even in the most unexpected places.

I chose four of my favorite products from the Gucci holiday collection…. and let me tell you guys – these pieces are so incredible. While Gucci certainly has products in the splurge range, I opted for a few pieces that would make any recipient smile (and one splurge-worthy bag that you have to see to believe)!

This post, in particular, is showing off this Blue Padded Iconic Jacket and this incredibly luxe G-Chrono Watch in Brown. Both pieces upgrade the autumnal tones in my under layers so perfectly. If you’re looking for a WOW gift to give this holiday, take a stroll over to Gucci’s holiday selections. You’ll be glad you did!

Be sure to check back on Friday for a peek at the final two pieces in my holiday edit! [insert cheeky grin]

What do you think of this look? Would you wear it?

Gucci Padded Jacket / Gucci G-Chrono Watch / Topman Shirt / Simon Miller Denim / Gordon Rush Brogues / Persol Glasses

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Après-Ski

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Excited to share the second look I crafted with ALDO Shoes, aptly dubbed “Après-Ski.” I’m not much of a skier but I can certainly get down with a woodsy vacation. Some of the fondest memories from my childhood involve staying in cabins or retreat lodges nestled deep within the sylvan areas peppered throughout Tennessee.

This look is a comfortable combination between lumberjack/outdoorsman and rugged city dweller. These brown boots were honestly some of the most comfortable I’ve tried on and I’m so excited to test them out on long hikes when I’m back home this Christmas.

Be sure to check out this look and others on ALDO Shoes’ Holiday Edit microsite!

ALDO Boots / ALDO Beanie / Feathers T-Shirt / J. Crew Button-Down / J. Crew Chino

Photography by the loveliest Emma Jane Kepley (Emma’s Instagram)

Bundled Up

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Last week, I ventured down to Chinatown to meet up with my friends at Frank & Oak to shoot some of my favorites from their Holiday Collection. Filled with sleek coats, slim denim, and envy-inducing accessories, the Frank & Oak Gift Guide is the perfect one-stop shop for those last minute gifts for your loved ones (and let’s be honest, yourself).

My personal favorites were this long-tail parka and knit scarf. I have an unhealthy addiction to black clothing but I hadn’t yet updated my winter outerwear wardrobe with some casual essentials. I opted to keep my under layers subdued with a green button down and grey skinny denim. To top off the look, I added in these black boots and my favorite Persol glasses.

What do you think?

Black Parka / Chambray Shirt / Grey Denim / Knit Scarf / Black Boots / Persol Glasses

Photography by Hooligan & Co.‘s Eric Montovano

Basel, Baby

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A few years ago, a close friend returned from Miami raving about a “little” art crawl called Art Basel. Since I wasn’t in the fashion or arts industries, I hadn’t heard much about it. Now fast forward to this year and I was itching to get down to Miami for the fun. Thankfully, Persol came to my rescue!

I was excited to get the chance to experience Art Basel with a few close media friends, all the while being graciously treated like VIPs by the Persol team. Upon arrival, we received the most thoughtful Welcome Package – mine contained a bottle of my favorite bourbon (Bulleit) and a few handy beach essentials. Over the next 48 hours, I soaked up some sun while hopping around to a few different events culminating in an extravagant five-course meal to honor #PersolIcons – the iconic styles that Persol is known for.

I can’t thank Persol enough for giving me a beautiful 48-hour vacation to Miami. As you can see from my snaps, it was well worth the trip!

Here are the pairs I picked out for the weekend: Persol Sunglasses / Persol Optic Glasses