10 Thoughtful, Fabulous Gifts For Your Traveling Friend

Exploring the world this holiday season? Know a friend who’s traveling? The travel gifts in this holiday gift guide were carefully selected to make life on the road easier, all while being super stylish. They’d make any jet-setting gal happy while on the move.

Travel Gifts


Can you tell I really like S’well bottles? In addition to keeping cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot ones hot for 12 hours, the triple insulated walls never condense. So, it won’t mess up your bag while traveling.


This holder will keep any passport protected. As an added bonus, it’s super artsy with its floral motif. How gorgeous is the watercolor design?


As someone who grew up in the tropics, I expect rain at any moment. This compact umbrella makes it easy to be ready for rain no matter where you are in the world.


Powerbeats are great for training. They’re perfect for travel as well because they’re compact, noise reducing, and can stand up to all kinds of conditions (from sweat to snow).


Help her keep her essentials, from makeup to toiletries, organized while traveling with this stylish set of bags.


These luggage tags are bright, personalized (choose her initial), and flexible. They’ll make it easy for her to spot her luggage on any baggage carousel.


This small travel jewelry box makes it easy and safe to travel with your favorite fine jewelry. It’ll fit right in your carryon luggage or personal item when flying.


This pricey little number is a favorite by Meghan Markle. I totally understand why, though, because it combines a hand-crafted leather wallet with a sleek and powerful power bank with multi-cable and a 32GB memory stick. It’ll keep your devices powered and your travel essentials organized.


Think you’re a packing genius? Packing cubes will take your luggage organization skills to the next level. This set of 3 makes it easy to get started.


A scarf is a must while traveling because it can be multifunctional. This gorgeous DVF style will take functional to new fashion heights.

2018 In Style: Hats Off To A Fabulous Year

Hats off to you and this fabulous year. In 2018, hats continued to play a major role in my style. Some of my most popular looks were topped by hats. My go-to hat style is a sharp fedora. If you ask me, fedoras are the most fashionable and versatile hats. You can wear them with anything, and since they’re available in many different fabrics, there’s one that’s suitable for every season. Today’s edition of “2018 in Style” rounds up my fedora style this year.

Fabulous Fedora Style

fedora style

First seen in this

Appeared in A Cool Way To Add Camel To Your Style

First appeared in Top Off Your Style With This Essential

Appeared in Fall Is The Season Of Prints

First appeared in Easy Breezy Style To Wear All Summer Long

Seen in Style Essentials For A Day At The Beach

Appeared in How To Sport This Spring Trend For Less

First seen in How To Wear Winter’s Favorite Camel Tones

Appeared in

Seen in

Shop your fedora style:

10 Genius Gift Ideas All Under $40

In a major rush to get a gift but want it to impress? I got you covered, girl. The genius gift ideas in this holiday gift guide are just that–genius. From top notch products we would use everyday but would rarely buy for ourselves to the sample sets that allow us to try the products everyone raged about this year, there’s something here for every woman in your life. And, the best part? Nothing is over $40.

10 Genius Gift Ideas:

1.  ($35)

S’well bottles combine fashion and function. They keep cold beverages cold for 24 hours and hot beverages hot for 12 hours. And, the bottles come in some jazzy designs. Would you expect anything less than fabulous from a woman-owned company? I use mine EVERY DAY.

2.  ($25)

Pat McGrath is one of the most influential makeup artists in the world. This set provides the perfect opportunity to try 3 of her top selling lipstick colors.

3.  (on sale $29)

Been thinking about getting a smart speaker? This is the one. It’s compact but powerful. With a simple, “Hey Google,” you can have hands-free help in any room.

4.  ($25)

Don’t know her favorite scent? No problem. This Sephora sample set includes 7 of its most popular fragrances.

5. ($29)

Do her a favor and gift her these 5 travel-sized eye pencils. They’re the softest, smoothest eye pencils ever. They glide on and blend like a dream. Don’t ask me how many I own.

6. ($14.99)

2019 plans have to be made! And, Day Designer makes the most user-friendly, practical, stylish daily planner I’ve ever used. This particular style, Day Designer for Blue Sky, makes the Day Designer system available for under $15 at Target. I already got mine. What are you waiting for?

7. ($19.95)

Know a notebook/journal snob, someone who desires great paper quality and little ink bleed-through on their pages? Impress her with one of these.

8.  ($12 plus 30% off right now)

If you haven’t smelled the Mini Capri Blue Volcano candle yet, do yourself a favor and get it for yourself. It’ll have your room smelling like a tropical paradise.


For that spirited friend who enjoys sipping on an aged rum or cognac from time to time, give her a glass with her initial on it.

10. / ($24.50 on sale)

Want to know what it feels like to walk on clouds? Slip your feet into these. I finally replaced my 4-year old pair from J.Crew with this J.Crew Factory version of the popular style. They’re perfect. P.S.: I get them one size larger (i.e. I wear a size 8 but wear a 9 in these).

2018 In Style: The Process Of Curating Images

As we move closer to the end of 2018, I’ve decided to dedicate a few posts to reflecting on the year. The plan is to share some of my favorite moments and your favorite moments to honor 2018 and then welcome 2019.

I started this blog many years ago to talk about style. And, style remains the focus of this space. Every post, every topic, every image begins with a thought about styling. With that said, one of my goals this year was to make my content inspire and excite your style sensibilities more than ever.

To do that, I wanted to become more selective when curating images. I wanted to find the best backdrops to complement an outfit and tell a style story. Doing so wasn’t always easy because I shoot outdoors in uncontrolled environments. But, I had a great time striving to do this, and the 20 images below represent some of my favorite curated images.

2018 In Style: Curating Images

Appeared in How To Ensure Wearability And Versatility With Statement Pieces

First appeared in How To Dress Up Chambray

Details in 2018 Is The Year Of Deep Blues

Appeared in African-Inspired Fashion In The City

First appeared in Style Essentials For A Day At The Beach

Details in A Smart Way To Stock Up On Fall Essentials

Appeared in How I Celebrated National Stripes Day

First appeared in Rock Your Whites With A Bright

Details in Finding Clothing That Makes Your Feel Beautiful

Appeared in How To Master Creative Casual Style

First appeared in A Perfect Outfit To Take You Into Spring

Details in How To Look Like A Million Bucks This Winter

Appeared in The One Piece That Makes Summer Dressing Easy

First appeared in Where Fashion Meets Art in St. Louis

Details in Double The Denim Double The Fun

Appeared in Why A Midi Dress Is The Perfect Fall Frock

First appeared in How To Rock Chocolate Brown

Details in How To Make Old Closet Favorites Feel New Again

curating images

Appeared in 2 Fresh Ways To Wear Your Favorite Jeans This Holiday Season

First appeared in Top Off Your Winter Style With This Accessory

The Best Statement Coats For Your Holiday Shindig

This post is sponsored by .

Coats have an important job–keeping us warm when it’s cold out in these streets. Since they’re also the most visible part of our outfits this time of year, they should be fabulous as well. After all, a good can make or break an outfit. I’ve been shopping for statement coats to dress up my style this holiday season. And, I encountered a gold mine of fabulousness at , the new collective boutique now open in .

Today, I’m sharing two of my favorite statement coats now at Kindred. They’re fuzzy and fabulous. And, the best part? You won’t need to break the bank to make a statement in these beauties. They’re both super affordable.

Statement coats

What I’m Wearing:

Adorn faux fur coat via

| Pumps () |

Both coats in today’s post are from Adorn, one of 7 featured boutiques in the St. Louis location of Kindred. I was instantly drawn to the pieces by this boutique because of the impeccable details.

The texture on this coat makes it look so luxurious. But, the chain trim takes its luxe level to new heights.

For a perfect holiday party look, I paired the fuzzy coat with my velvet jumpsuit and some glitter pumps.

My jumpsuit is old, and I’ve worn it so much (see here). This coat breathed new life into it though.

Let’s face it. Leopard prints are the style heroes of fall 2018. So, I was stopped in my tracks when I spotted (pun totally intended) this next leopard print statement coat.

What I’m Wearing:

Adorn leopard coat via  | Adorn lace cami via

| | Pumps () |

The coat is soft and warm. Also important, it is fabulous! I’d been having fun pairing my  with prints (see more here, here, and here), so I wanted to see how this coat would look belted. Issa hit!

Did I mention how cozy this coat feels? It’s a major fashion win when comfort meets fabulous.

Both statement coats in this post are by Adorn, one of the featured boutiques at Kindred. Do yourself a favor and check out all the awesome party styles now available at  in .

See more of my favorites from Kindred here and here.