2016 Gift Guide for Him

It’s here! My 2016 gift guide for him is full of lots of goodies for all the men in your life, plus there’s a great opportunity to win a $25 gift card for your very own gorgeous JORD watch! Boys can be the hardest to shop for but you can never go wrong with a fun twist on a classic watch. I picked up this one for my dad and gave it to him as an early Christmas gift and he has been wearing it non stop.

I’ve pulled together a list of some staples that the guys aren’t likely to get for themselves. I’ve tested a few of them out myself in the past few years and they have been a huge hit!

2016 gift guide for him

Shop the 2016 gift guide for him

A JORD watch // Dopp Kit — my go to gift for him! //Liquor Decanter // The BEST Fleece // A cozy flannel for you to steal // Warm and easy to pack vest // Noise cancelling headphones // Espresso machine // Yeti cooler — a splurge but you will be a hero // A box of beef jerky — great stocking stuffers! // Waxed canvas duffel bag // Bose wireless speaker

Essentials for a Road Trip to Maine

road trip to maine

One of the things I miss the most about home is fall. Fall in New England really is all that it’s cracked up to be, and it will always be my favorite time of year to visit home. Last year I missed fall all together out in San Diego so this year I decided I’d take full advantage and headed up to Boston then took a little road trip to Maine for a long weekend.

My road trip essentials are pretty simple, a comfy outfit for the drive, a great bag that isn’t too big, a bottle of smart water, pack of gum and some snacks. Always snacks, usually Goldfish.

road trip to maine

Since moving to DC for school I have spent a lot of time in the car driving back and forth to Boston which is a long drive, so a 3 hour road trip to Maine was quite a treat. When I am going to be on a long car ride I like to be as comfy as possible, that usually means jeans, a sweatshirt and comfy shoes (although 90% of the time I’m definitely driving barefoot.)

road trip to maine

This fleece has become an absolute staple in my wardrobe, and was perfect for my road trip. Finding fleeces that are long enough for me is a constant struggle, I could never wear the Northface or Patagonia fleeces that everyone has because they are never long enough and the sleeves are definitely never long enough. It drives me nuts. This one is the perfect fit though, you’ll definitely be seeing it around here quite a bit. I pretty much lived in it during my trip to Maine as well, it was perfect for that crisp New England fall weather!

road trip to maine

L.L. Bean is one of those companies that we’ve all heard of and if you’re from New England you probably grew up camping in their tents and wearing their Bean boots or flannel shirts. But at least for me, I never really branched out beyond the staples. Lately I am loving everything from the store and have been working more and more pieces from the store into my everyday wardrobe.

road trip to maine

better sweater c/o L.L. Bean // jeans c/o L.L. Bean // duffel bag c/o L.L. Bean // loafers

This outfit was great for the drive, I was able to go straight from the car to drinks without being uncomfortable while driving. These jeans y’all, they are everything. Although L.L. Bean has always been a favorite of mine I don’t think I’ve ever had a pair of jeans from them, but these are the softest and comfiest jeans I’ve bought in a long time. I’m obsessed.

road trip to maine

photos by Laura

What are your road trip essentials?

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October in Review + November Goals

November Goals

And just like that it is officially birthday month. Today I’m not just sitting here wondering where on earth October went, I’m wondering where the last year went. It’s unbelievable to me all that has happened in the past year. But you’ve heard me go on and on about that for quite a while now so I won’t bore you with that today!

November Goals

October brought another trip to Maine and Boston, an absolutely incredible Adele concert, a few weekends hanging out in DC, a really fun blogger brunch with some of my favorite DC bloggers and lots of events and a really fun Halloweekend with some of my oldest friends. It was an amazingly full month and that’s probably why it went by so quickly. Time flies when you’re having fun right?

November Goals

I’m really excited to see what this month has in store, it’s my favorite month of the year and I have some big November goals! This time of the year is my favorite, in DC fall is really in full swing by the time November rolls around (although it was 80 degrees the other day so we’ll see how that goes), there are so many November birthdays and the holiday season is starting to kick off! Plus Thanksgiving, which is my favorite holiday of all is in November.

November Goals

food // this one is honestly getting old to have to put at the top of my list but I have got to stop eating so much takeout. Sorry Postmates and UberEats. Hopefully this month I’ll finally be able to stop giving you 3/4 of my paycheck.

running // I’ve been exercising pretty consistently this month but I really miss running and it’s something I really want to work on getting back into.

wellness // really all my goals this month are wellness focused but one of the biggest ones for me is incorporating more mindfulness and meditation into my day to day life and reduce some of the stress that’s been infiltrating my life. 

blogging // with the holidays right around the corner I have lots of fun things coming up this month for bree west. I can’t wait to see how they all play out and as always would love any and all input for what you’d like to see more/less of around here!

What are some of your November goals?