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What to Get – Last Minute Gift ideas for Guys – Father’s Day, Graduation…

Gifts for Dads and Grads

It’s June, Fathers Day is this weekend and I haven’t gotten my Father’s Day gifts yet. And it’s graduation month too, so basically, I have a list a mile long of gifts I need to get. I think part of my problem is that guys are just not that fun to buy gifts for.  So I wait, hoping something (anything) will pique my interest and seem like the “right” gift for my dad or grad. And now I’m in a rush and need to get Father’s Day gifts ASAP but don’t want to pay for expedited shipping. Does any of this sound familiar? Or are you one of those people that have all their Christmas shopping done in July? If so, I hate you – not really hate, just jealous that you have it so together. I am a true procrastinator when it comes to things in my personal life.

So consider this post for the last minute Charlies, like me, that don’t want it to look like you waited until the last minute to actually get the gift…

In case you didn’t guess, it’s Hallie writing today. Elana is one of those Christmas in July people, love her but, ughhhh.

Father’s Day Gifts that Upgrade His Style

This past week we had 4 different clients asking about a style spruce up for their man. The story’s been kind of the same even though the people, ages, professions and interests are all very different. “My guy needs help when we go out. He’s fine when wearing a suit or going to work. And then he’s got his bum around weekend Cavs/Browns/Indians stuff. But when we go out casually (like not sweats) he is a lost cause.”

Really , that kind of makes sense – men are practical by nature. They NEED things to go to work and they NEED things to be comfortable. But they don’t necessarily feel the need to look put together when they’re taking us out on the town. Elevated casual attire is a no mans land for most people let alone men. You can’t google “going out tops” for men, you know??

East Dane to the Father’s Day rescue…

Really Good T-shirts Under $25.

Throw on jeans and a T-shirt.

The other day we were talking about how nice it is in the summer to be able to just throw on a pair of jeans and a T-shirt and leave the house. No coats, no boots, none of the extra layers. So nice, right? Then the conversation got a little deeper.  We went from talking about how nice it is to throw on jeans and a T-shirt, to where the heck to find good summer T-shirts that aren’t a fortune.  Let’s say T-shirts that are under $25. (Seriously, people when did T-shirts become so pricey?)  T-shirts that you don’t feel bad if you sweat in, get sunblock on, wear to your kids baseball game, get seat belt or kitchen counter holes in,  or dare to say it…dribble chocolate ice cream on. (Yes this just happened, and yes the T-shirt is permanently ruined.) In other words, T-shirts that won’t make you cry if you ruin them.

Do under $25 T-shirts really still exist?

So, where do these under $25 T-shirts hide now a days? The kind that are cute enough to throw on and not feel like a slob, but not so pricey that you feel guilty wearing to just run around on a Tuesday? And what makes these said T-shirts feel un-slob like? Well that’s easy, but finding them hasn’t been so easy. So, here’s the short list of what to look for, and we’ll give you the long list of where to find them. Problem solved. T-shirts under $25 that still feel put together and UN-slob like. Oh, and while we’re at it, here’s a few style tips to help with the UN-slob like thing…

T-Shirt Styling Tips…

Where to Buy a Bathing Suit That’s Flattering and Stylish If You’re Over 25

Bathing Suit Season has Arrived.

The pools are open which means bathing suit season has arrived. We can look at this two ways…UGH we have to put on a bathing suit after a winter of packing on the pounds, or WAHOO,  we finally get to be outside in bathing suits. For a while we thought that summer was never going to arrive. We were still making cold weather outfits for our clients at the beginning of May, so at the time, the thought of putting on bathing suits and sitting at the beach or the pool (unless on vacation) felt like a distant moment. But, friends, bathing suit season has finally arrived, and we’re here to tell ya’ about one of our new fave bathing suit retailer.  Actually, it isn’t new, but it’s really, really good, and you know we love to talk about GOOD. 

Literally, it’s Everything But Water.

Everything But Water is just that. They have everything for the pool and beach. Suits, shoes, hats, cover ups, sun block, bags, they truly are everything minus the water. (They do sell water bottles, though.) Everything But Water has store fronts, so if you’re lucky enough to live in a city that has one (Hallie was at the NYC shop recently), hop on in, but if not, hop online it’s just as good. And truth be told, if you’re like us, it might be even better because you get to try on your picks in the privacy of your own home.  

Bathing Suit by Fit.

Bathing suit shopping sucks, but now it doesn’t have to. Listen to this, Everything But Water has a fit guide menu. It works like this… If you have narrow shoulders, click the box, if you have a big booty, click the box, if you have a tummy that needs a little added control, click that box. Click based on your body type, and then wham bam thank you ma’am the perfect fitting suits will pop up. And guess what…IT WORKS!! We tried it, ordered one, and kept it. Give it a try and find your perfect fit. But, in the meantime, check out some of our favorite picks for the summer, suits and all. 

What Shoes to Pack for a Trip? 3 Pair of Travel Shoes, That’s it!

A Travel Shoe or Two. Three at Most

We’ve been packing for our clients a lot. Like, a lot, a lot. Maybe you’ve even seen it on Hallie’s Insta stories. And, regardless of the final destination, the common theme has been the dire need of travel shoes. And the desire NOT to over pack in the shoe department. Most people think they need waaaay more shoes than they do to go on a trip. This is the deal, shoes take up A LOT of room in your suitcase (and your weight restrictions). USE THAT SPACE WISELY!

We’ve helped pack for Cali, Arizona, Florida, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Vietnam, Israel, you name the destination, and we’ve probably assisted in packing for it.  And, it hasn’t seemed to matter what the weather is at the final destination, hot, cold, humid, or wet, all of these traveling gals have had the same conundrum, what shoes to pack and how many are really needed? And we figured, hey, if this has been the common theme, then why not put it out there for you, too. 

Travel Shoe Tips from the Pros: 

Build your outfit based on your travel shoes.

Literally, this has been life changing for many of our clients (men and women alike) START FROM THE GROUND UP. Start with your shoes and build the outfits from there. The shoe makes the outfit so when it comes to travel let the shoe start out the outfit. It really helps to cut down on the amount of shoes you need to schlep with you. If you have one or two good travel shoes that you can wear around all day or night that’s all you need. Don’t over pack in the shoe department. Give it a try, and save the space for shoe shopping on your trip.

If You Hate Wearing Shorts, Try Day Dresses

Day Dresses

Day Dresses for summer – they’re a thing and if you hate wearing shorts as much as we do, you need to know about them. It is hard to imagine, because ummm, spring JUST sprung, like last week (FINALLY). But, summer really is right around the corner. And pretty soon we will all be complaining about how hot and sticky it is outside. More importantly, when it’s 85 degrees and 120 percent humidity outside and you’d rather sweat yourself to death than put on shorts, what’s a girl to wear? The answer is a day dress.

Shorts? Yes or no?

If you like wearing shorts, more power to you girl! Wear them and rock them – literally no judgment (maybe a wee bit of jealousy, but 100% no judgement). But it seems we are not alone in our trepidation about shorts season. We’ve received quite a few text messages and emails about what to wear in place of shorts due to, and we quote, “dropping knees, varicose veins, cellulite, pasty legs, swollen ankles” and a plethora of other leg related issues.

For many the shorts issue is a self conscious thing. Too short and you feel super self conscious, or too long and you feel like a granny. And that feeling of sitting down  and having them ride up your thighs so your butt cheek sticks to the metal bench – that’s enough to put anyone over the edge .

Day Dress = Your Jeans for the Summer

The summer day dress is the perfect option. They are easy, breezy, one and done. These aren’t occasion dresses. They are dresses that you wake up on an 80 degree day and throw on with a summer sandal or flip flop. These are dresses you bring on vacation with you because you can wear it with sneakers to tour around all day. 

These are dresses you can wear to the beach and then to lunch. Shopping or a kids birthday party. Maybe even to an amusement park. Think of these dresses as your jeans for the summer – something you can throw on and go. Ideally, the best ones are those you can dress up or down. Meaning you can wear them with a flip flop during the day and a heel at night and feel equally put together.

How to Wear White Boots – 4 Easy Rules

White Boots, Yes Really

If I had to pick a favorite purchase this season, it’s my white boots. They make me happy, and I feel springy, and hip, but not too hip to feel foolish. I’ve been wearing them A LOT. Like everyday for the past 2 weeks. Partly because I am sick and tired of my winter clothes, shoes etc and partly because even though it’s spring, the weather is still unpredictable. And like many people, my shoe selection seems to go directly from boots to sandals and this in between weather can sometimes leave me shaking my head. In case you can’t tell, It’s Hallie writing solo this week. Elana has been busy with, well, you know, life. But she’ll be back soon.

The Transitional Shoe Dilemma

My white boots seem to be the PERFECT solution to that age old transitional shoe dilemma. It’s too warm for boot, boots and even though the calendar says April, May or dare I say June, the actual weather has not gotten the memo. It’s cold, or rainy and just not true sandal weather yet.

When it’s rainy no one wants to wear open toe shoes and be all sloshing around the rest of the day. But wearing a dark pair of boots or even booties seems too heavy for spring. I know, it’s definitely a first world problem, but a problem none the less.

White boots, or really white booties, because they are not going past the ankle, They. Are. The. Answer! They’ve been on the scene for about 18 months, in fact I posted about them on IG this time last year and even toyed with buying a pair I found at TJ Maxx, but the heel was too high for me to wear on a daily basis. I schlep around all day long with bags and rolling racks, I ain’t got no time for super high heels. So I kept searching… And now that I’ve pulled the trigger I don’t know how I lived with out them.

But, HOW Do you Wear Them?

Now that we’ve all been seeing street style and social media photos of white boots, they don’t seem as out there and daring as they did a year and a half ago, but there still is this leap of HOW TO ACTUALLY WEAR THEM.

Literally, every time I wear my white boots, even with the uber fashionable gals, someone says “oh, I’ve been eyeing white boots but don’t know how to wear them” or “I have a pair sitting in my closet but I am not sure what to put them with”

Guys, consider the gauntlet thrown. Challenge accepted. Because adding a pair to your wardrobe is the easiest spring update you can make, I promise. There are a few simple rules to keep in mind, after that it’ll be easy to make a go of your white booties.