Five on Friday // Five Must Haves with Man Crates | Gifts for Men

Happy Friday!!! It’s been a long week, but I am looking forward to a weekend filled with football, sleeping in a little, and lots of long walks with our girl Millie.

It’s my husband’s birthday next week, so I have been spending the past few weeks brainstorming on gift ideas for him. Luckily, I think I’ve found him something he’ll love, but a recent email from the folks at Man Crates | Gifts for Men had me re-thinking my gifts! These people don’t believe in ugly neckties and cologne wrapped in ribbons. Instead, they have curated “survival kit” crates for all of the men in your life, whether they’re sports enthusiasts, foodies, or beer lovers.

They’ll also work with you to create custom crates if you’re looking for something more unique! How genius is this company?

Here are a few of my favorite Man Crates | Gifts for Men:

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NFL Barware Crate

Warning: this crate may obliterate entire nights of sleep. 2 classic Nintendo games waiting to be beaten and plenty of old-school fuel give you the sugar rush needed to hang tough.

Retro Gamer Crate

Now that the Sriracha Crate exists, if you're still complaining about the taste of food,  the taste may not be the problem.

Sriracha Crate

Pretty awesome, right?

The Man Crates | Gifts for Men peeps challenged me to think about what would go in my crate — the can’t-live-without items I use on a daily basis. We’re not talking batteries or emergency blankets for this challenge — this one was more of an opportunity to get creative and include the things that help make me tick.

Survival Kit

1. Boots No. 7 Protect and Perfect Night Cream – This stuff is amazing. I first discovered it when I was living in London and now use it every night before going to bed. You can never start too early on taking care of your skin!

2. Ray-Ban Folding Wayfarer – I bought these sunglasses a few months ago and I am obsessed with them. I love the classic Wayfarer design, but what makes these even better is that they fold up! The case for these is actually smaller than an iPhone, so they’re super convenient and can fit just about anywhere.

3. Bkr bottle – I swear by these water bottles. They are glass bottles with silicone skin and come in tons of different colors. These bottles are a celeb favorite, but also a favorite of mine!

4. FitBit Flex – I am serious about getting in my 10k steps a day, even on a desert island!

5. iPhone 5s – I know, I know. Kind of sad that my smartphone is on my “must have” list, but it’s probably my most used possession on a daily basis. I’ve got everything on there – my calendar, work email, personal email, social networking apps, music, videos, Netflix, you name it — it’s in that phone. It would be very hard to go without!

What would go in YOUR survival kit?



Five on Friday // 5 Trends to Try this Fall

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetH a p p y F r i d a y!!!!

September is here, so it’s time to start taking inventory of what’s in your closet — and what you should add in!

For this week’s Five on Friday, here are five trends to try this fall — I know I will be!

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Five on Friday // Perfect Desk Accessories


“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?” – Albert Einstein

Somewhere in between cluttered and empty is the perfect balance or organized and inspired. Here are my five favorite office accessories to keep you both organized and inspired.

Check them out after the jump!

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday, ya’ll! The past few days have been so, so busy – I really haven’t had much time to blog over my morning coffee or in the evenings this week! There just simply haven’t been enough hours in the day.

Even with so much going on and such a busy schedule, it’s good for the soul to take a few moments to daydream every now and then. And that’s what today’s Five on Friday is all about: dreamy, whimsical, lovely inspirations, treats, and ideas.

Without further ado, here’s this week’s Five on Friday!

Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

Soft Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies. Click the photo for a link to the recipe from Love & Olive Oil.
Photo credit: Love & Olive Oil

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Five on Friday

Happy Friday, lovelies!! Fall has officially arrived here in Virginia — the leaves are starting to change colors, pumpkins dot just about every doorstep, and it’s finally time to break out warm socks and sweaters. I truly can’t believe it is going to be November in a week!

In honor of the recent cold weather, this week’s Five on Friday is all about fall (and a few laughs, too).

1. Favorite Find: Embellished Raglan Sweatshirt ($25, Old Navy)


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