Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Nana/Off Duty JETT Boot

Once in a while something amazing happens in the design world...

This past weekend Modern Vice and the Suarez blogging sisters, Dylana and Natalie released the ULTIMATE fall/winter staple, the limited edition JETT boot. I'm drooling. The boot has this military, edgy vibe that  I can't get enough of. And the details are stunning - the triple buckle and "kiltie" on the toe. Well crafted ladies. I'm currently saving my pennies to afford them hopefully before the end of the chilly season.

All of the colors are rad, but I'm particularly enamored with the "jet" black and burgundy/cognac.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Man Gifting

When it comes to the main man in your life, gifting can be the worst. You spend so much time with this person yet your stumped when that special day draws near, especially when you're on a budget. 

I was inspired to do some man-gift hunting when a coworker of mine wanted to deliver her boyf something to cheer him up at work after a bad day. Super thoughtful, only one problem.... What the heck do you get him??? Flowers? Too girly. Chocolates? Too love dovey. Gift card? Too boring and not thoughtful. Buy him lunch? You do that all the time. Now my girlfriend is stuck with an adorable idea and no way to get it out to her man.

Time to tap in to the male psyche... I have to confess I'm not great at this upon instinct. You have to consider both parties here: the woman and the man.

The Lady

The woman wants to her gift to be well-received (we women are always thinking about ourselves - selfish brats). We want to be sentimental, but not cheesy. We want our men to put the gift to good use, but don't want it to be so "every-day" that it doesn't seem special. We want it to be whimsical and cool so that they can show it off to their buddies, proudly. We want other women to say "Wow, GREAT IDEA. I'm going to do that for my man." Most importantly we want it trump the last perfectly, awesome gift we gave him.

We women, have ridiculous standards. Let's not forget this gift isn't for us, its for him.

The Man

He wants his gift to be something he actually wants. The man wants a treat, something out of the norm, yet something he's been eying for some time. Maybe he's dropped hints to his lady, or maybe he was sharing something he intended to buy but finances didn't allow for it. He wants to feel appreciated (who doesn't), but never lose the role of "the man in the relationship." He wants to gloat indirectly to his wingmen. In other words, he wants the gift to do the talking.

How to let the gift do the talking

 1. Do your research. Has he dropped hints while you both are out and about? Maybe he's missing a piece to something he already has.... a camera, sports equipment, a techy gadget. Is there something that needs to be replaced of his? A wallet, phone, iPod, shoes, watch...

2. Be practical. A lot of times we get carried away. This shouldn't be stressful, it should be fun.  Ask yourself, "Does he really want this?" or "Will he actually use this?" We are so close to this person sometimes that we forget the essence of who they are and what they enjoy.

3. Don't spend money, just to spend money.  In relationships, we often try to outdo ourselves and each other when it comes to gifts. Stay within your budget. Don't intimidate your partner with dollars; show them how much you care. That's the good stuff. My man is always telling me "Stop trying to be a hero," which totally pisses me off, but he's right. We aren't millionaires (yet) so why do we try to spend like one?

The gift

Here are some ideas that I would consider getting my man. Granted these won't work for everyone simply because you aren't us. However, I DO believe they'll get your juices flowing and help get you out of the man-gift rut!

Were I've gotten good, goods:,,,,

WeWood Watches

Clarks Shoes

Grown Wooden Sunnies

Obey iPhone Cases Personalized Bottle Opener

Roll Up Travel Charger from Restoration Hardware

Slouch Beanie from Urban Outfitters

Whoa Socks from Urban Outfitters
Image Snap Custom Ceramic Tiles - Instagram Prints

Friday, August 17, 2012

The Battle of the Pup

WARNING: The painfully adorable creatures you are about to see might cause permanent obsessivness with pictures of dogs. You've been warned.

I would like to clear the air and say that I consider my obsession with purchasing a new pup a step above "crazy cat lady." I don't do cats.

My SO and I are on a mission to find a pup! We do want to adopt, but we are also a bit picky about the breed. Right now we are tied between a Corgi and a French Bulldog (I'm rooting for the Corgi... Shhhhh).

My parents chimed in with "complications" of adopting versus purchasing. My current old man-dog, Monty comes from a purebred, show dog litter - his mom Australian, his dad American. (I know how crazy that makes me sound. Breeders are intense.) This may be a slight exaggeration, but Monty is the smartest dog in the universe. If there was such thing as "My dog made the honor roll at Valencia Valley Puppy School, I'd slap it on the bumper of my BMW. No shame. He truly is well behaved and has had no serious health implications throughout his entire life. I know that's what my parents are getting at as they encourage me to buy breeder, as opposed to adopting - purebred  --> minimal complications --> healthy stress-free life for pup.

Truth is though, I don't care how many ribbons are in the family, or if its coat produces the proper oils. My pup could have three legs, one eye and no hair and I would still love more than anything on this planet. My point is that there are so many dogs in this world that need a safe home.

Recommended adoption facilities, kennels, breeders, etc. are welcome!

Frenchie Cuteness 

Corgi Cuteness 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Indian, with a feather

The best part about moving is hands down the excuse to shop. Retail therapy at its finest. My SO (significant other) and I are going for a cowboys and Indians/Navajo/Pendleton wool blanket/South-by-Southwest/Americana sorta, kinda look. Still with me?

We are doing lots of drift wood, vintage finds, pops of reds and turquoise, horses, American flags, and mixing of textures... As boxes are slowly being unpacked I keep these images in mind to hold our look together.

Actual photos from our place to come!