Friday, December 20, 2013

fashion friday :: red and green reimagined (via trip styler)

there's something endearing about even the tackiest christmas light display---blow-up snow globe on the lawn, reindeer on the roof, blinking lights and all. i feel the same way about christmas sweaters, battery-powered santa brooches and frosty the snowman ties. december is the only month we can get away with wearing red and green together. my favourite way to dress festively is to take those colours and move them a little to the left {to the left}. let's call them olive and cabernet. those are my christmas colours---reimagined---and also my top holiday meal... these looks are perfect for a cozy cabin getaway, hot chocolate date, après ski, or wherever your plans take you this holiday season.

men (clockwise from top left)
j.crew homespun henley, gant by michael bastian the mb down vest, wallace & barnes cpo jacket, new balance mustard 574, billy reid military chinos

women (clockwise from top centre)
pendleton the portland collection north plains tunic, aritzia dennis hat, current/elliott the vintage sweatpants, madewell driftstitch sweater, new balance high roller 574, artizia meribel vest, corgi for j.crew cashmere socks

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

homeward bound :: weekender bags (via trip styler)

weekenders are the goldilocks of the bag world, sitting pretty between totes and carry-ons. they're juuust right for quick jaunts home for the holidays, cozy mountain retreats, or sunny escapes.

a good weekender bag is roomy enough for a few costume changes and rugged enough for a beating in the trunk or overhead compartment. look for features like handles and detachable shoulder strap, plenty of interior pockets and zipper closure. bonus points for water-repellant fabric, dark colours to hide dirt and leather that gets better with age.

travel in style this winter with any of the eight durable and design-forward weekend bags shown above at price points you'll love ... and love to hate.

top row: stephen kenn encounter collection travel duffle, WANT les essentiels de la vie hartsfield weekender tote, filson small duffle bag / middle row: JADEtribe maroc traveler, lo & sons the catalina, baggu weekend bag / bottom row: joshu + vela xl boat tote, clare vivier leather weekender

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

holiday gift guide 2013 (via trip styler)

you won't find a kindle in our holiday gift guide---everyone else has that covered. you won't find rimowa luggage or louis vuitton city guides either {cha-ching!}. you will, however, find 10 practical and moderately priced gift ideas for avid and armchair travellers. merry christmas and happy holidays from trip styler!

1/ KILLSPENCER camera strap
this made-to-order camera strap by los angeles leather goods company KILLSPENCER is the perfect accessory for the safety- and style-conscious shutterbug. {$89}

2/ stephen kenn encounter collection ipad case
this gorgeous ipad sleeve by LA-based canadian designer stephen kenn is crafted from vegetable-tanned leather. it's the ideal case for tablet-toting men and women and a trip styler favourite. {$85}

3/ dci utility charge tool
a genius device for avid travelers and mobile device users, this multi-charger is the swiss army knife of the electronics world. one arm connects to your computer with a usb and three other arms charge your devices via an iphone connector, a micro usb and a mini usb. sadly, no bottle opener. {$16}

4/ fresh sugar lemon eau de parfum rollerball
this compact and versatile rollerball is one of my all-time favourite scents. whether i need to freshen up after a long flight or get energized before my morning coffee, this sweet citrus perfume with notes of bergamot, yuzu, orange blossom and lychee always does the trick. and in a pinch, it's the perfect deodorant substitute. {$23}

5/ frends headphones
want to kick up your headphone game? nothing makes me want to ditch my earbuds more than these jewelry-inspired white leather and rose gold-tone headphones. {$150}

6/ earth tu face skin stick
goodbye dry skin. apply this 100% natural plant-based skin salve to your face, lips and body. earth tu face was created by two herbalists in california and has quickly developed a cult following. it's so popular, this multi-use skin stick is constantly sold out at my local retailer. {$34}

7/ nike free 5.0+ running shoes
these ultra lightweight and comfortable runners in classic black and white are the perfect shoes for travel. not only can you wear them this winter with boyfriend jeans, an oversized sweater, a toque and a wool coat, you can also wear them to the hotel gym. no need to waste space on extra workout shoes in your carry-on. customize them online for an extra-special gift! {$100}

8/ cuyana monogrammed leather tote
a step up from the preppy-chic, monogrammed lands end carry-all, this tote is made from local leather in argentina and comes in various sizes and colours. simple, personal and well made. {$150}

9/ turkish towel
ideal for the beach, a picnic, the plane and anywhere else you could use this compact, fast-drying cotton towel. i brought one to croatia earlier this year and used it constantly. comes is various colours, sizes and styles. {$18-$28}

10/ restoration hardware bag light
every christmas restoration hardware carries the best items you never knew you needed, like this mini LED light that attaches to the strap of your handbag. sure to save you the embarrassment of jingling your bag to look for your keys every day! {$8}

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