Mostly Lisa's Holiday Gift Guide: For the Dapper Dad

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's Black Friday, so I know that a lot of you are shopping for the holidays. What perfect time to do my next installment? So, next up on the list is the Dapper Dad! This man knows how to dress, is clean shaven or has a great beard, and looks to street style for inspiration. These items should please Dad because he can incorporate any one of them into his daily outfit or routine! On the plus side, only one item is over $100!

Ted Baker Paisley Bowtie: Ted Baker makes men's bowties that are impeccably styled and hand crafted. This gorgeous maroon paisley tie would look great during this holiday season. It comes in two different colors, maroon and blue, and is only $75!

Vintage Mercury Dime Cuff Links: What Dad doesn't love something vintage? What Dad doesn't love Brooks Brothers? Well with these silver cuff links, he would be over the moon! These ones just so happened to be hand crafted from the '40s, and cost only $95!

Stacy Adams Dalton Wingtip Oxfords: You really can't go wrong with a great pair of oxfords. These gorgeous pairs from Piperlime can create a sleek look for dad, that would match great with a pair of jeans or pants! Great thing too, they're only $49.

J.Crew Tall Vintage Oxford Shirt in Plaid: Plaid from J.Crew for Dad? Need I say more? $75

Black Textured Suspenders: If Dad wears a lot of suits, these textured suspenders would be a great gift idea. Since they are black, they'll go with any type of suit and will make him look extremely handsome. $36!

Edwin Jagger Leather Travel Shaving Pack: The cost of this amazing shaving pack may be $191, but boy would it be worth it to surprise dad on Christmas morning with it. The tagline for this shaving pack reads, "Edwin Jagger, impeccable male grooming accessories." So read closely, and buy this for dad!

Have a great Friday!
Mostly Lisa

Mostly Lisa's Holiday Gift Guide: For A Stylish Mom

Sunday, November 24, 2013

It shouldn't take a lot of money to make Mom happy! So for this holiday season don't fret that you might have to break your wallet to find the right gift for her. From chic phone cases to great jewelry holders, these gift ideas I've come up will make her smile.

Kate Spade New York Skinny Mini Pearl Drop Earrings: These gorgeous earrings are only $58! You can't go wrong with pearls, and Mom will definitely feel like a star with these on her ears.

Rebecca Minkoff Sunglass Case: This leather sunglass case is super cute and is designed my Rebecca Minkoff! It protects mom's sunnies when she's switching between day and night. Total cost is only $75!

Hello Hello Slim iPhone 5 Case: For the tech savvy mother, this iPhone case is a perfect way to express her individuality. It's delightfully stylish with it's gold plated hello's! Plus side with this case, it's only $32.99!

Deux Lux Sweetspot ID Card Holder: From experience with my own mother, I think this cute polka dot card holder will be a great stocking stuffer. It will hold all of her important information, and she won't be able to lose it too easily since it's so bright! Your own card holder will be happy since it's only $35!

Swarovski Crystal Dot Bracelet: This gorgeous bracelet is only $68 and can easily be found at J.Crew! This work of art will look great on Mom's wrist, and she will always look down and think of you.

Uttermost Tribute to Rene & Odette: This gorgeous duo of paintings is perfect for a mother who is inspired by artwork. These prints are accented with a rustic silver frame. It'd look great over a mantelpiece.

Essenza Manual Black by NESPRESSO: Who doesn't love coffee? Who also wouldn't love to brew their own coffee/tea/espresso drinks in their own kitchen? Mom is no exception, and so this great device would be a great gift idea for the holiday. Right now it's only $96 on, so snatch it up before it sells out!

Polka Dot Infinity Scarf: The stylish Mom needs to stay warm this season! So keep on trend with polka dots with this gorgeous infinity scarf that is only $25!

Chloe Eau de Parfum: If you want to spend a little bit more on Mom, why not go with an absolutely beautiful perfume? This Chloe fragrance will leave mom refreshed and renewed, while letting her break out her chic side.

Mostly Lisa

Mostly Lisa's Holiday Gift Guide: For the BFF

Friday, November 22, 2013

Voluspa Large Glass Jar Candle: You really can't go wrong with giving candles as gifts. Especially for your BFF, it's an affordable item that you can give that will last a long time. This large glass jar candle comes in 9 different scents, but this Goji & Torocco Orange sounds divine!

Rose Dandelion Bib Necklace: BaubleBar is a really great go-to site for affordable, yet chic necklaces. Each necklace is really unique and can make your BFF look like a star. Check out this gorgeous bib necklace that is going to be a great statement with whatever they decide to wear with this!

Lollia Eau De Parfum: What girl doesn't love a gorgeous design perfume bottle? Not only will this gorgeous scent leave you smelling like a princess, but this decorative piece will look great sitting on your mantle after you're done using it.

Sugar Paper Kraft Polka Dot Notebook: This A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E notebook is going to be perfect for the friend that constantly takes notes. Whether she is working or blogging, this will hold everything she needs for important notes.

Wintergreen Christmas Card: The perfect Christmas card, for your perfect BFF. The annual greeting card for the holiday is extra special with this gorgeous luxe design by Rifle Paper Co.

butter LONDON '3 Free West End Wonderland' Nail Lacquer: I absolutely love butter LONDON so I had to include them in this list. How gorgeous is this nail color? It's going to be perfect for the holiday season, and will be festive enough without out being too out there.

Golden Monogram Mug: Does your BFF love coffee or tea? Well these golden monogram mugs would be perfect for her then! Choose her initial, and it's instantly personalized for her! I know someone else who has this on her wish list. (hint, hint.)

Pinecone Study Scarf: This super cute scarf from Madewell would be perfect for a stylish BFF. You have a great study of different pinecones, and who doesn't love a great pinecone?!

Kate Spade Emoticons Resin Phone Case for iPhone® 5: For your tech savvy BFF who enjoys using emoticons when texting. This great iPhone case is by Kate Spade, but is on sale right now! Go, go, go and get this great case that is perfect for the season.

Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all enjoyed my first installment of my Holiday Gift Guide ideas! What would you want to see next?! Let me know in the comments.

Mostly Lisa

A November Wishlist

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
November Wishlist

It's Wednesday, and that means another wishlist for the month! Taking time out of my stress is very nice, and so I decided what better way to relax than to create a list of things I am coveting right now?! Think of it as an early shopping list for Christmas too, since I will most likely want all of these things next month as well.
I am currently obsessed with Rifle Paper Co. and their gorgeous hand-made illustrations of flowers and cities. Anthropologie has a super cute gold dot pillow that would be perfect to spruce up my room. ModCloth has a perfect set of grey gloves that are also versatile for function! You also can't forget peonies! These gorgeous flowers are just so classic, and I am hoping to have them at my graduation. Since I am also currently loving the new season of 'Once Upon A Time' in Neverland, why not reread a childhood favorite of 'Peter Pan'? These are just a few of my favorite things for the month of November! Hope you enjoy!
Mostly Lisa


Her Campus Back-to-School Survival Kit

Friday, November 8, 2013
So I am really late on this train, but I figure I still have a chance to share and put it out there that I receieved it! I am apart of the HerCampus Blogger Network and I signed up to get their Back-to-School Survivor Kit that is jam packed with a bunch of great samples to hand out. You may be asking what is in this great kit, and I will be telling you! (Yes, I also know that it is way past the beginning of college but it never hurts to get ready for the next semester or quarter early.)
I opened up the box and saw this great postcard with a very nice note on the back.
"Hey collegiates, welcome back to campus! We are so excited to have you are on our team and running our HerCampus chapter at your school. As a thank you for all that you do, we've sent you some of our favorite goodies. Enjoy these with your team, and have a wonderful semester. xoxo, The HerCampus National Team." Isn't that so sweet?!
First off, we have to have a great clipboard to handle all of our work during the quarter. I love added bonus of the sticker on the back. I am currently using it as holding all of my important papers for the end of my own quarter.
More swag featuring! This great bag is perfect to put on your back and hold all of your books and notebooks. Definitely going to be using this for outings around the city and fun events!
The first product I saw was these great yellow notebooks by a brand I have never of. Poppin is the name, and they sell super cute supplies for school. There were 10 of these notebooks, and they are the perfect size to keep notes with these great green gel pens! There were also 8 of these gel ink pen boxes, with 5 of them in each. Definitely sharing them with people around me.

Poppin proves that school supplies and dorm décor do not need to be boring anymore! They help you rule the classroom and campus in style and color because they aren’t just an office supply company; they sell work style products that allow you to work happy. With the new colorful notebooks and pens you are guaranteed to brighten up your campus! For $5 off your next purchase, use code: DORMSTYLE.
The next few items were some more great swag from HerCampus. These pens are super easy on the hand and nice to write with. Going to be handing some these around campus to tell fellow friends about the site.  I also love the sticker featuring Audrey Hepburn and the window sticker.
Some of the final products I received were these LUNA S'mores bars and Neuro SONIC Energy water. Both are super delicious and I have tried before, so it was a nice surprise to have these in there. I ended up getting three packages of this water to hand out. I don't know when this will happen, but I am hoping that I can get them out to people that I know. It's a really great water and it doesn't give you the jitters, it just makes you focused. Then the LUNA bars are pretty delicious also, they are just tasty.
Neuro SONIC:
Neuro SONIC provides great taste and sustained, focused energy. Neuro SONIC energizes your life and helps you focus on what matters. Most importantly, Neuro SONIC will give you more go.    Increases alertness. Sustains energy. Supports mental performance.

LUNA bars help you wake up every day and make things happen and are the perfect way to satisfy your cravings in a nutritious way! LUNA offers many delicious bars to help you positively snack and make healthy (and happy!) food choices to power you through your busy days from class.

I also received some great bonuses from Chipotle and SK Energy.

Make sure to check out all of these great companies! Hope you enjoyed my review!

Mostly Lisa

Brand Favorite: Darling Clothes

Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Happy Wednesday!
 It's currently a gorgeous, sunny day here in Minnesota and I am feeling pretty good. I received an email this morning that made my day even better! Darling Clothes sent out their annual Autumn/Winter Wear collection and I am in heaven! If you haven't heard of Darling, they are a U.K. brand that sells 'English Vintage Looks'! They offer gorgeous and affordable luxury products that are quintessentially British. So obviously I am going to love them, right?! I first heard of Darling through ModCloth, and then just happened by chance to be able to work with their Spring 2012 line while I was interning with Red Light PR in New York. I was so excited to be able to pull their clothing for magazines and different clients, because I knew it was good quality clothing. But back to the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, here are some of my favorites! Check out their site and their Facebook and let me know some of your favorites!
Bailey Dress ($111.09)
Mandy Dress ($88.55)
Vanessa Coat ($136.85) 

Mostly Lisa

Fashion Trend: Days of Suede

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Hi guys! It's been awhile, but life has been stressful (nothing new there) and I have been going through the motions. Working hard, or hardly working. Hope you all had a great Halloween! I ended up handing out candy to some really cute Trick or Treaters, and then went to a bar with one of my good friends from school! I dressed up as a 'Happy Witch', but who gets shit done. It was a great night, and I saw some perfect costumes.
As October is now over, we're moving into colder months that will eventually lead to snowfall and being able to see your breath outside. You have to make sure you dress appropriately during this time, but you can still look super chic while being bundled up to keep warm. While I currently do not own anything in this fabric, suede is a great place to start and I think that it is very weather appropriate. The term "suede" actually comes from the French "gants de Suède", which literally means "Swedish gloves." While it may be a trend for fall, I also think that it can easily transition into winter. Suede is mostly seen in gorgeous trench coats, especially in Burberry's fall 2013 collection, and slouchy bags that you can wear through the seasons. Luxurious browns and tans are some of the best ways to wear suede, but you can also mix it up with some great color. So do any of you own suede? I would definitely love to own my own Burberry trench, but that is a dream for the very far future. So now, enjoy some great looks!
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Have a great weekend!
Mostly Lisa