2013 Gift Guide | For Him

Why are guys so hard to buy for? Every year when Christmas (or a birthday, or an anniversary) rolls around, I am at a complete loss for what to get my guy.  This year I had him sit down and help me out with a little gift guide. Enjoy!

Gift Guide | For Him

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Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and I know a lot of you will be traveling to see family and friends.  My family is in-state, so no big travel plans for me, but here are some essentials for those of you that will be traveling next week:

Holiday Travel | Mill Street

A cozy poncho is perfect for chilly airplane cabins (it doubles as a blanket!) and heavyweight leggings are a must for comfy travel without looking like you just rolled out of bed. Flat ankle boots are great for getting through security quickly and easily; and with your iPad mini, you can catch up on your favorite TV shows while waiting for your flight. And don’t forget about your skin! The Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask is one of my very favorite treatments for when my skin needs moisture (like on long, dry flights). They are super easy to use, and you don’t even have to wash your face when you take it off–just rub in the moisturizing serum and go!

Sweater | Karuna Hydrating Mask | Suitcase | iPad Mini Case | Tank | Boots | Leggings

PS-I found out about the Karuna Hydrating Treatment Mask and a lot of other really cool products through BirchBox.  You should check it out!

PSS-This isn’t a sponsored post–I just really love Karuna and BirchBox! 

Aerin Lauder’s Aspen Home

I first saw Aerin Lauder’s Aspen home in Vogue magazine a few years ago. I recently stumbled across the photos on Pinterest and was reminded once again of why I love it so much. The huge steel windows throughout the house, for one (and I don’t mind that killer view either)! After seeing all the fur throws in this home, I am now on the lookout for a new faux fur throw to drape over my black leather sofa. Oh, and what I wouldn’t do for a set of those circle chairs! Definitely keeping an eye out on Craigslist for something similar!

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Photographed by François Halard
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I really dislike cold weather, but sometimes I secretly wish I lived somewhere cold so I could wear Sorel boots!Aerin Lauder 7

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Sweater | Bowl | Lamp | Circle Chair | Sofa | Fur Pillow | Sorel Boots | Bear | Chair

Budget Bathroom Update

We are just beginning the planning process for updating my mom’s small guest bathroom.  She is working on a super-tight budget, so we will not be replacing the bath/shower combo or the toilet or moving around any walls. However, the vanity is white builder-grade from the early 90’s, and there is peeling linoleum on the floor, so those are two things that absolutely need replacing.

A lot of people spend lots and lots of money on bathroom renos. That’s great, if you have an out-of-this-world budget. We don’t. But I don’t think that should compromise great style. You can see, below, that it is 100% possible to change things up without spending an arm and a leg, with really classy results! If we stick to this plan exactly (unlikely, since we are just getting started–but I’ll keep you posted!), my mom will be able to have a completely updated bathroom for under $800! Don’t ever let a small budget keep you from making your home something you are proud of!

BathroomArtwork 1: $15 (plus frame)

Artwork 2: $15 (plus frame)

Floor Tile: $30 (covers 17.22 sq. ft.)

Light Fixture: $79

Mirror: $35

Vanity: $559

Shower Curtain: $29

TOTAL: $762

Room of the Week 11.7

Jennifer Fisher’s office (featured in the January 2013 Matchbook Magazine–photos by Rima Campbell) is one of my all-time favorites. That color palate? Yes. Chandelier? Um, yes. Desk? YES! I want it all.

Also, I have to let tell you that Jennifer Fisher is one pretty amazing jewelry designer. You think this office is rad? You have to check out her jewelry!
Room of the Week 11.7 // Mill StreetRoom of the Week 11.7 :: Mill Street

desk // horn vases // Tom Ford // twilight drusy ring // copper pencil cup // crystal skull // platinum drip mug // brass peace sign // acrylic tape dispenser


For the last few months, I have been drastically reducing what’s in my closet down to my most basic, simple items (almost all black and/or white), and adding back only the most classic pieces that will be able to stand the test of time. You know, a classic white button-down, a camel trench, flattering dark-rinse jeans.  I am really trying to stay away from “trendy” items, and only purchase the things that I really love, even if they cost a little more.  I am looking forward to being able to wear my clothes for more than one season!

All that to say, I am really loving the leather trend that has taken over for the past few seasons. This leather pencil skirt is top-notch! And even though leather is definitely a trend, I don’t see it going anywhere anytime soon (fingers crossed!).

Style 11.5 :: Mill Street

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