Concrete Catwalk // Blanket Best

IMG_4805 I know it looks like I’m wearing a blanket in this week’s outfit photos, and that’s probably because I basically AM.

When I asked you Pepitas for shopping help on my Abridged Guide to Great Gifts post, I should not have been surprised that someone would come through in the clutch. ;)  Many thanks to darling Katie for helping me find the best thing I’ve bought all winter!

Keep reading for the full look, and rest assured that I’ve got that snazzy swath of fabric wrapped snugly around my neck as we hop on a plane to see our family for the holidays today!  (Scarves that double as cozy flight blankets? THE BEST.)

See you peeps on the West Coast, and Happy Friday!

IMG_4794 Top to Bottom // Warby Parker “Lyle” glasses*, Noonday Collection “Empress” earringsAerie plaid blanket scarf, Old Navy sweater, J. Crew boyfriend jeans, Jeffrey Campbell fringed booties, American Apparel carry-all pouch (the medium size fits my MacBook Air – BONUS) // * Notes a gifted item. 
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Guy Style // One Coat, Two Ways

IMG_4778 One coat, two ways… Modeled by my favorite dapper dudes!

Mr. Pepper enlisted the help of my handsome little brother for the latest installment of Guy Style this week, and I love the ways they styled up this winter peacoat for work AND weekend!

Click through to see the full outfits from both fellas, and dare I ask that you tell us which look you like best?!

(Whoever wins gets relieved from dish duty for the rest of the month! HA.)

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In the Kitchen // Indoor Gardening + a Giveaway!

IMG_4584 One of the things that I miss most about living in a warmer climate is the ability to have plants growing outside throughout nearly every season.

Not only do we have some seriously brutal winters here in the Northeast, but for most people in the NYC-area, outdoor space (or even a window box!) can be extremely hard to come by.  In the Summer, I LOVE to stock up on fresh herbs and vegetables from our local farmer’s market, but what’s a gal to do when the temperatures drop and fresh produce is much harder to come by?

Dried herbs and spices are certainly an acceptable stand-in (I always keep our pantry stocked with these tasty blends), but nearly nothing can beat the fresh version that gets cut straight from the plant, amiright!  Based on how jazzed I get about my ingredients, it will not surprise you that I jumped for joy when I heard that I could have my beloved basil (& more!) growing in my kitchen, year round…

Keep reading to find out how your green thumb can stay unhindered by those gloves this winter, check out the latest cocktail recipe inspired by 7 different herbs, AND get a chance to win an indoor garden of your very own!

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Giving Guide // Your Community

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Most of the blog world is engulfed in “gift guides” for the month of December, but as you may have read, I’ve decided to take a bit of a different approach this year…

Our family loves to celebrate the holidays throughout the entire season, and making it more about the moments and less about the gifts is something that I’m still learning to embrace.  Instead of spending hours corralling somanycoolthings into collages or searching for tips to help with your own holiday prep, I’m sharing a few suggestions for creative ways that you can bless others with your presence instead of presents throughout the holiday season.

We’ve already covered ideas for your Family & Friends, and last week focused on what to do for your Sweetheart…  This week, it’s heartfelt surprises for the people who are a part of the neighborhood where you live!

Ways to Bless Your Community…

  • Keep a small pad of paper in your bag, and try this the next time you’re waiting in line: Pick one beautiful thing about someone nearby, jot it down and hand it over as you get a chance to walk away. It IS as hard as it sounds (at first), but you’ll get better with practice.
  • Knock on your neighbors doors for an impromptu blanket drive and bring all of the loot to your local homeless shelter (or animal rescue org). Tell them you’ll look forward to seeing them at the next block party/hallway rendezvous.  *Note: this one pairs WONDERFULLY with holiday-light strolling or Christmas caroling!*
  • When the person in line behind you at the grocery store has just a few items, ask for cash back and leave it with the clerk to cover whatever you can. (Have them keep the change, if there’s extra – Consider it payment for being your not-so-undercover accomplice!)
  • Make a big batch of healthy holiday treats and take them to your post office, coffee shop, nail salon or gym… Anywhere that there is a group of people who have been working hard to make your life easier all year.

So many ways to spread the love! Share your own ideas for blessing people in your community this season, and I’d love to share them with the family over on the Style & Pepper facebook page!

 

Ps. – I’m certainly still planning to put tangible gifts under our tree, and can’t wait to make my own pom pom gift toppers to help them look extra festive!