Holiday Gift Guide: Investment Pieces for Her

Barbour Beadnell Jacket // Mark & Graham Italian Leather Gloves // Stuart Weitzman Lowland Boots // David Yurman Cable Classics Bracelet // Tod's Gommini Driving Moccasin // Zimmermann Silk Plunge Dress // Theory Corbette Blouse // GiGi New York Henley Duffle // Mark & Graham Izara Signet Necklace // Canada Goose Shelburne Parka // 7 For All Mankind Slim Illusion Skinny Jeans // Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato Pumps // J.Crew Collection Cashmere V-Neck Sweater // Michele Deco Diamond Watch // Burberry London Trench Coat // Auxiliary Vanderlyn Tote // 3.1 Phillip Lim Silk Pant

Check it out! Now you can click anywhere on the actual images above and it will take you directly to the product page! Of course, I've still included the names of items and links for them, but wanted to give you all a heads up that my collages will have this feature from now on.

I'm kicking off this season's gift guide series with a BIG one... Timeless, quality investment pieces (and closet staples) for any woman in your life. I think Christmas is the time of year when most girls put the things on their list that they wouldn't (or couldn't) purchase for themselves. Why not add that Michele watch you've been lusting after for years? I sure have! Every woman needs a classic pair of Louboutin's, a Burberry trench, and a David Yurman "cable classics" piece (any of them really... necklace, ring, bracelet), in her closet. If you live in a cold weather climate like me, there is absolutely nothing better than the warmest (and chicest) down parka money can buy. Seriously, Canada Goose guarantees that they are the warmest parka on the market. Polar Vortex what? An LBD is a given in every single woman's closet, but this one is just to die for, and is so worth the investment. That baby will never go out of style.

Leather gloves aren't a huge investment, but get a neutral colored pair, and you will wear them with absolutely everything in the winter months. Plus, they finish off a cold weather look so perfectly, and why not personalize them by adding a monogram while you're at it? It's the perfect gift. The Stuart Weitzman Lowland's are a no brainer. They are by far the most gorgeous suede over-the-knee boots ever made in my opinion, and they come in a variety of amazing colors. Oh and those skinny jeans by 7 FAM? I just bought them, and they've been added to my list of closet staples. The slim illusion really do what they say they will... They are the most comfortable jeans I've ever worn, look incredible on, and make you feel like a million bucks all at once!

I could go on and on about all the pieces I think should be in every girls closet, but I won't. Hopefully this post inspired you while looking for gifts for your mom, sister, daughter, wife, etc. or even inspired you enough to add one or two of the pieces to your own Christmas list (half of them are on mine!). Conveniently, Nordstrom carries most of the items above for a one-stop shopping experience (I tried to link a lot back to their site). A few more of my favorite investments pieces and staples are below too, and a men's version to come next week... Happy shopping!

Gym to Street

The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon
The Casual Classic / Lululemon

Lululemon Sweater (similar here and here) // Lululemon Wunder Under Legging // Lululemon Wrap Scarf (sold out online - available in most stores) // Matt Bernson Tundra Moto Boots (other colors here) // Auxiliary Hobo Bag

I don't think I could have found a more perfect "gym to street" outfit. Granted, the whole entire outfit is made by Lululemon, and that is what they do best, but still... I easily wear their clothes for every day wear way more than I do to workout. They make the best transitional, cozy pieces. I'm embarrassed to say that I've actually worn this look to work...

This scarf was the best piece I've picked up yet this fall. It is so warm, and you can wear it numerous different ways, as you can see from the photos above. I usually choose to wear it like an infinity scarf, but it's wonderful as a wrap or just draped over your shoulders. Unfortunately, it sold out in like less than a week online, but I'm sure you can still find it in some stores. Lululemon's staple Vinyasa scarf is amazing also.

After a yoga class or light workout, throw this sweater on over a tank or sports bra, wrap the scarf around you, and you're out the door! Shop more Lululemon every day items here, or check out my look and some other favorite wrap scarves below.

Simple, EveryDay Dos (in less than 5 minutes)

The Casual Classic Blog
The Casual Classic Blog
The Casual Classic Blog
The Casual Classic // life & style blog
The Casual Classic // Life & Style Blog
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I have very fine hair, or what I like to call baby hair. It is extremely high maintenance, breaks somewhat easily, but because it's so fine, it needs to be washed frequently. Overall, its just quite difficult to keep healthy. I don't flat iron it and very rarely curl it, so my usual style consists of a low pin up type style, a high messy bun, or I'll just wear it down. I'm big on the easy, "no fuss" look, like the photos above, and am always looking for a little inspiration on how to construct it so this would probably be considered my every day hair style. The first photo is my absolute favorite - I'm in love with her little top knot, and how simple but pretty it looks.

To get a look like these, I usually start with a little bit of texturizer (such as dry shampoo or Oscar Blandi texturizing spray), and "day old" hair, since it always has better texture the day after you wash it. This may sound weird, but baby powder is also a great alternative to absorb any access oil and give your hair some extra volume. Don't brush it after adding the product - the messier the better. I then usually add the tiniest bit of oil to my ends (my go-to is the Josie Maran Argan Oil) and make a pony tail. Next, I'll twist my hair around my fingers a few times and pin it in a low messy bun with a couple bobby pins. Finish it off with some medium hold hair spray and you're done! I like to call it the messy french twist. Some of my necessary every-day hair products are below!