Gift Ideas for Guys

1. For the go-go-go guy who has everything, warm his mornings with an eco cup from the KeepCup Store. They are customizable, so you can use his favorite colors.

2. The Brawny Men out there will get a kick out of this knit cap and face warmer from Fab.com, which comes with a bendable mustache!

3. Book a hotel one short hour away, gas up the guzzler and go have some alone time!

4. If your beaux is all business, Ten Over 6 has a leather card holder that will be the gift De LaVie.

KimpoCard_BlackPearl_1024x10245. Hidden hint gift from one of my favorite boutiques:

Man: “This smells nice.”

Man 2/Woman: “Isn’t that great, honey?! I thought you could throw it in your gym bag.”

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6. I’m sorry (clear throat), what was that? Affordable cashmere?! Thanks UNIQLO.

7. Nothing says holiday more than a festively plaid scarf. This one from Sid Mashburn is truly “A fresh interpretation of old standards.” (For the slightly obsessed, it’s cashmere, too.)

8. For the traveling man (by bus or plane, not in a 1961, Ricky Nelson sorta-way) English Muffin Shop has creatively colorful prints on beautiful papers, perfect for his office. The hubs gifted me with a calendar designed by Bess Callard last year and I was impressed by the quality of print and attention to detail. You won’t be disappointed!
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9. A pair of funky cuff links in smooth porcelain are an easy conversation starter.

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10. If your amore is artistic, get him a Kraft cover sketchbook with acid free paper. He will picture you in his mind each time he uses it.

11. If you can rock the polka dots, why can’t he?

   

12. If he’s not afraid of color, these slim fit khakis are a stand-out. A little more reserved? Don’t fret, there are multiple shades available.

13. Anything off of the New York Times Bestsellers List.

14. Take him out dancing in Cole Haan’s twist on the classic cap-toe shoe. For an extra dash of individuality, swap out the black laces for blue.

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15. Has he been naughty? Hopefully not, but this Christmas Coal Candy from Sprinkle Bakes is sure to spark a chuckle or two. Gather up a small bag and drop it into the toe of his stocking on Christmas Eve!

Problems Finding A Swimsuit?

Using my most discerning eye, I clumsily grab what equates to a giant mound of bathing suits to try-on. Padding! (So I don’t look flat). One piece! (To cover up my belly, which used to be flat.) Two piece, striped, string, elastic, fuschia and flowers everywhere.

As I grapple with my final selections for the dreaded dressing room, I can’t help but feel a sense of hopelessness. This can’t be good. I drag my feet toward the fitting room thinking to myself, “more caffeine before this venture might have been a good idea.” Stranded and shivering in the dressing room at a random department store, I ask myself WHY is it so impossibly difficult to find a swimsuit?

Maybe it’s that extra portion of casserole I had at my mother’s or maybe it’s just the logistics of the fitting room, but something’s amiss. “Yikes, it’s bright in here! Can a girl get some assistance? And can someone please just turn the air conditioning down a little?” Then I simply leave (after dressing again, of course), half putting things back onto the hangers due to my discouragement.

Ladies, we have all been there before, right? Well, I have a winning suggestion; a brilliant solution to this annual conundrum.

Her name is Karla Colletto and she has a supreme eye in bathing suit design. The sales girl at Juno & Jove in Sarasota, Florida told me all Karla Colletto swimsuits are “cut to order,” which means there is no fabric wasted, making them friendly to the earth (bonus). It also means they’re available in limited quantities so while you are soaking up the sun, you don’t have to worry about someone showing up in your bathing suit (double bonus). Goodbye, designer-which-shall-remain-nameless swimsuit on the athletic blonde in the exact same color as mine!

If you didn’t think it was going to be a triple decker, you were mistaken. Bonus number three: the stretchy fabric in this swimsuit is a dream; it perks me up where I was once flat and the vibrant color makes me feel like a million bucks. So much so, that I leave with not one, but two Karla Colletto’s. They cover where I need it most in the back and hug my curves.

Me and my Karla Colletto

Don’t forget your sunscreen and hat, dollies!

Now picture yourself on a perfectly sunny day, lying on a sandy island, sipping an iced tea feeling confident, comfortable and sexy without a cover-up (even if, like me, you’re sucking in a little). It’s all completely possible.

Juno & Jove is located at 1425 First Street within the Whole Foods Centre in Sarasota, Florida. For a look at the current collection, check out JunoAndJove.com. The Turquoise Plunge is one of my favorites.

Don’t forget to check out the sizing chart and call for help if you need it (I work as a consultant for Juno & Jove and can assure you they give expert style advice, although this is not a sponsored post).