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WHAT YOUR GUY WANTS THIS CHRISTMAS

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It’s always so hard trying to shop for guys. They’re one word: particular. Well, my guy is especially. Particular and practical when is comes to style. So I thought hmm, what is he going to use forever, that he doesn’t already have now? When scouring his closet of blazers and not-warm-enough denim jackets, I asked “how in the world does a NYC guy not have a parka?” I found just that. The Canada Goose “Mainland” parka for men. Sleek and sophisticated, without any unpractical frills around the edges. Perfect…and looks pretty darn sexy on him. My guy knows every super cool brand out there and new product. So here’s a few things he’s had on his wishlist for a while!

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1. Canada Goose “Mainland” men’s parka: straight up necessary.

2. Intelligentsia Travel Tumbler: for all the coffee lovers like us who like to brew at home for on-the-go.

3. Daniel Wellington watch: a classic unisex piece. love the touch of rose gold.

4. Barbour leather gloves: This British brand has amazing accessories for gifting. I think I’ll get the women’s gloves to match!

5. M Gemi. leather sneakers: this was a no-brainer gift!

6. Daneson Bourbon toothpicks: like out of a western movie and tastes delicious. A quirky stocking stuffer.

7. Odin3 cologne: The ultimate winter cologne because it’s so warm and sexy. A manly mix of musk and amber.

8. Giles & Brother cuff: it’s tough finding perfect men’s jewelry, but Giles always nails it with their cuffs. It’s jewelry that still feel tough.

9. Leica M camera: if you want to get him Insta-Hubby ready.

10. Want Les Essentials backpack: just so good.

11. SALT glasses: quality and easy, effortless style for your Brooklyn boyfriend.

12. Hard Graft leather camera strap: Because I want it too.

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A KARAOKE CHRISTMAS PARTY | STELLA ARTOIS CIDRE

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I love any reason to throw a party at my home, especially around the holidays. New York City is beyond beautiful at this time of year and I try to spend every weekend leading up to Christmas day to celebrate and fully indulge in truly the most magical time of the year. To celebrate amazing friends. To celebrate one incredible year. The holidays go by so fast that you have to really take a second to stop in your tracts and reflect. Why not, by enjoying a cozy night in with my best friends? My favorite part of an at-home party is the fun of preparing. Putting on my apron and getting down in the kitchen. Getting to simply peek outside my windows and see the twinkling lights coming from my neighbor’s Christmas trees inspires me. It’s so heart warming, combined with the smell of freshly baked cookies from my oven. As I prepared for the party, I put on my favorite Christmas playlist, and baked a delicious batch of chocolate chip cookies and a little DIY chocolate cake. The night is never complete without opening a few bottles of our favorite holiday drink as well, the Stella Artois Cidre. Yep, cidre not cider. It’s light and refreshing. It’s bubbly! It’s not too sweet, it’s extremely crisp. The fresh apple juice in every bottle always get me in the holiday spirit. Cidre always reminds me of winter. Home. The holidays. A hot fire place. I love this new spin on the classic Belgian Stella Artois beer..and so do my friends. Stella Artois Cidre is a no-brainer for me for any winter celebration because it’s easy and still super sophisticated. Everyone loves it, just like me.

But as always, our parties always get a little wild. Music is what I live for, so karaoke was another no-brainer. We danced to everything from Frank Sinatra to Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. Let’s just say we busted out all of the holiday classics before getting slipping off our shoes to start a dance off in my living room. My friends sparkling in their beautiful holiday dresses. Velvet, chiffon, and silk. Another reason why we love to get together is to dress up! I am finally whipping out the sparkles and satin from the back of my closet for all of my nights out. So with every cheers we said something that we were all thankful for this Christmas. I said good company and very good beer.

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// Marc Jacobs dress, Dannijo earrings //

ABSOLUT ELECTRIK MUSIC TUESDAY

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Every party needs a little inspiration and this time,  I’m taking some cues from Absolut’s new limited edition Electrik bottle and hosting an intimate gathering with a few friends complete with tunes and good times.

Not only are we obsessed with the beautiful electric blue and silver bottles (so chic), but with Absolut, we can create all of our favorite holiday mixed drinks, and listen to our favorite tunes. My whole life revolves around music. We always just need a few of our favorite records out…I’m talking Jimi Hendrix, Nancy SinatraVan Morrison, Fleetwood Mac and Bob Dylan. All artists that inspire my very own music. I love gathering my friends together to go through my collection of records and playing all of our favorites. Dancing and drinking with the city lights as our backdrop. And of course, there will always be someone who brings out my keyboard and guitar. It is times like these, with my friends and having little jam session that we start coming up with melodies and some fun lyrics that I then want to take into the studio. Talking and just laughing with friends is when we come up with some of our favorite phrases that eventually turn into songs. We decided and start to “electrify” our night with a delicious, refreshing Apple Cider Moscow Mule. It’s perfect for the holidays. Fill your room with candles, and fresh flowers, and make this easy delicious cocktail before a night of slamming on our guitars at sunset.

What You’ll Need Per Glass: 

Absolut Original Vodka (1.5 ounce)

All-Natural Apple Cider (4 oz)

Ginger Ale (or Ginger Beer) (6 oz)

Cinnamon (sprinkled at the end for extra flavor)

Fresh gala apples (slice up, and add at the end!)

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My playlist that inspired my own tunes: 

“Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings” by Father John Misty

“Summer Wine” by Nancy Sinatra

“Coffee” by Sylvan Esso

“Fool in the Rain” Led Zeppelin

“White Room” by Cream

“The Pusher” by Steppenwolf

“I Know There’s Gonna be Good Times” by Jamie XX

“The Hills” by The Weeknd

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In partnership with Absolut. Enjoy responsibly.

RULES ARE MEANT FOR BREAKING

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For me, rules are always meant for breaking. Especially when it comes to what I wear. I love metallics, and when spotted this beautiful gold skirt at YOOX, I knew I had to have it. My current rule breakers? Wearing your metallics in the day time. Trust me, not all glitter and shine is meant for those sassy nights out. You know you can find me pairing my party skirt with a classic Jonathan Saunders sweater, and Acne trench coat. All of which I found at YOOX. Their designer selection is absolutely insane and so easy to shop. The great thing about a transitional, out of this world piece like this skirt, is that I can easily switch to a silk tank and neck scarf for night. But for day, I keep it cozy and daring, unafraid of the sun reflecting off this beauty! YOOX’s designer selection is eclectic just like me. Mixing it up is the art of it all. And with that, I can easily break the rules with whatever I feel like wearing. So long as your proportions and colors are just right, it’s so fun to surprise everyone with your wild ensemble that just looks like it was made for you. So for now, I’ll be  constantly browsing the designers at YOOX, because with the holidays, I know I can score a killer deal…like these Opening Ceremony booties.

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YOOX:  Acne Studios trench coat, Jonathan Sauders sweatshirt, MSGM metallic skirt, Opening Ceremony boots