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    Back to the Old Routine

    Knit by Design Wrap and Camel Coat
    Photos by Ale Veyna
    Outfit Details:
    Handmade Knit Wrap c/o of Knit by Design by Shea Becker (Available in various colors)
    Leather Saddle Bag
    Free People Lace Top
    Camel Sweater Coat (Similar)
    Madewell 9″ Rise Jeans (Available in other washes)
    Nine West Lace-Up Flats (Similar)
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    Shea Becker Knit by Design Wrap
    Camel Coat
    California Winter Outfit
    Happy Monday, my friends! I hope you’re all having fun this Holiday season. I’m personally enjoying having my first real break in quite some time. I know there are people who go crazy when they don’t have work or something to do, but that’s not me. I like having free time to just lounge, relax and explore.
    Speaking of exploring, I wore this outfit last week for an early morning coffee and window shopping date with my sister Ale. We visited my favorite coffee shop Copa Vida and walked around Old Pasadena. As is typical of SoCal winter, you can expect very chilly mornings and slightly warmer temperatures throughout the day, so it makes sense to layer up if you’re headed out early in the day. This oversize coat (recently worn here) was the only extra layer I needed to keep me warm and cozy as we strolled around. I also layered on this gorgeous handmade wrap by Knit by Design, which is one of the softest most luxe things I’ve ever owned. My mom was even admiring it when I wore it the other day.
    With all this talk about layers, you might be saying to yourself that this doesn’t look much different from something you’ve seen me wear in Portland. That’s probably true. Even though I spent my first night back home bragging about how LA weather felt so warm to me compared to the snow day we had just experienced in Portland, I have been quick to acclimate to my current environment. Plus, temperatures can be around 40 degrees in the mornings around here, so don’t let the sunshine fool you into thinking it’s that warm!
    xoxo,
    Helen
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    Last-Minute Gift Guide for Him

    Last-Minute Gift Guide for Guys
    Since I put together a last-minute gift guide for the ladies, it only made sense to put one together for the guys as well. Hopefully you’ll find something for your boyfriend, brother, dad or any other guy you’re shopping for. Check out the links to my picks below:
    1. I don’t know much about Whiskey, but luckily I have a sister who does and she recommended  Sonoma Rhye Whiskey. Of course, this would also make a great gift for any whiskey-loving gals in your life.
    2. I love the simple design of this Deakin Handmade keychain.
    3. I linked to a pair of pajamas in my gift guide for her, so it made sense that I also include a pair of Flannel Pajamas in this gift guide as well. I swear they are so comfortable!

    4. A nice and warm scarf is necessary if you live in a cooler climate. I love that this Wool-Cashmere Scarf from Everlane is very stylish and versatile.

    5. Speaking of pieces that are stylish and versatile, I think this Timex Andros Watch fits the bill. I love that the design is very modern and unique, but classic all at the same time.

    6. A classic jacket will last for years. I really like this Gap + Pendleton Hooded Jacket.

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    Make sure to also check out my Last-Minute Gift Guide for Her
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    Last-Minute Gift Guide for Her

    Last Minute Gift Guide for Girls

     

     While I told myself that I would have most of my Holiday shopping done by now, that is definitely not the case. I figured many of you would also be in the same boat, so I put together a fun gift guide for any women in your life that you still need to find gifts for.  Check out the links to my picks below:
    1. This “But First, Coffee” Travel Mug from Ban.do is the perfect gift for any coffee aficionado in your life. I have one of my own, and I love that it’s so big that I can get all of my daily caffeine intake in one trip.
    2. I love the abstract print and bright colors in this Painted Constellation Pillow from the Oh Joy! for Target collection. A set of these makes a great gift for a friend or family member that is looking to brighten up their living space.

    3. I absolutely love this “I Am Very Busy” planner from Ban.do because it makes getting ready for your week so much more fun. The planner comes with fun stickers and it is available in different prints, so you can find one that best suits the recipient of your gift.
    4. My sister gifted me a set of these Flannel Pajamas last year and I practically live in them. They make a great gift for anybody on your list. Enjoy 30% off this item with the code HOLIDAY.
    5. I love this Pineapple Shot Glass Set because it doubles as a decorative accent. Use the code LATEBIRD for 25% off!
    6. This Avocado Pin Set is a great gift for you and your bestie! Get 25% off with the code LATEBIRD.