Raising the Giftbar

Monday

20

October 2014

5 Fall Coats to Keep You Warm

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, hay rides, and outdoor brunches to take advantage of the last few days of sidewalk-seating weather. Oh, and bundled scarves, felt brimmed hats, leather booties… and everything else that makes the impending doom of having a White Christmas and a White Mother’s Day barely bearable.

All of these outdoor activities call for a seriously stylish coat that will:

  1. Keep you warm and
  2. Keep you ahead of the fashion curve (or still on the fashion curve at the very least… we’re looking at you, bulky and unflattering parkas).

Our Giftbar merchants, of course, have you covered and coated, no matter what your unique autumnal style may be — smart, luxe, androgynous, or changing on a daily basis because you want to be featured on the homepage of every street-style blog. Now That’s What I Call Style Volume: Fall.

You’re a Smarty Pants

Smarty sleeves, actually. This Two Penny Blue blazer is for the fashionable fall-ionista who loves to layer. Pair the leafy-shaded jacket with a bundled, patterned scarf on top and knee-high, cognac boots on the bottom for an equestrian-esque ensemble that will never go out of style. And how gorgeous would you look picking those Golden Delicious apples in your bestie’s Facebook photo album from the trip? You’ll be the apple of everyone’s eye.

Two Penny Blue | Audrey Jacket in Marigold | $345

Two Penny Blue | Audrey Jacket in Marigold | $345

 

You’re Fur Real

But you’re not real fur. Say hello to luxury when you’re wearing this grey fox vest from Giftbar fave, Zamrie. We’re thinking a brimmed felt fedora and oversized sunnies would look so glam with this topper, whether brunching, strolling, or picking pumpkins at the patch. Maybe avoid the de-gutting, though… pumpkin spiced lattes and sweets are drool-worthy, but pumpkin spiced furs? Not so much.

Zamrie | Winterland Faux Fur Vest in Grey Fox | $168

Zamrie | Winterland Faux Fur Vest in Grey Fox | $168

 

You’re Cape-able

For pure elegance, and a peek inside. This Haute Hippie cape (yes, they’re on Giftbar — we’ll pause for gift card purchases) is for the trendsetter who simply can’t bear the thought of covering up the outfit she planned days in advanced. It’s black, so it goes with anything, and its open sleeves hide nothing. Your statement necklace, billowing sleeves, and flattering waistline can all be seen — and therefore, envied — by passerby as you’re stomping your way down the catwalk (ahem, sidewalk).

Haute Hippe | Coven Trench Cape | $895

Haute Hippe | Coven Trench Cape | $895

 

You’re The Man

Menswear-inspired pieces will always have a place in our hearts. Why? Because they’re just. so. chic. Dallas tastemaker, Nicole Kwon, is an authority on edgy and contemporary womenswear that could have easily been pulled from your little bro’s closet, but were actually pulled from this season’s runways. This grey wool, oversized collared coat is perfect for the brisk autumnal chill and would look super grungy-chic when paired with a slouchy beanie. Start planning your fall outfits around this piece ASAP, because it’s going to be hanging in your closet very soon… Well, if you can’t control your impulses. (Guilty as charged).

Nicole Kwon | Iro Aylina Oversized Collar Coat | $1006

Nicole Kwon | Iro Aylina Oversized Collar Coat | $1006

 

You’re It

The dream coat from the dream closet of every It girl. If you can’t picture Alexa, Olivia, or Cara in this bubblegum-hued coat from Giftbar love, Tibi, then it’s obviously been a while since your last foray through the pages of any fashion magazine on the shelves. This coat certainly does the talking, but it also does the walking because this fall essential would give any outfit legs. In fact, why wear anything under it at all? Nothing is going to steal the spotlight from this coat. Oh, and it comes in Mint, too. Why must you do this to our overflowing closets and our empty-by-comparison wallets, Tibi?

Tibi | Boucle Long Coat | $695

Tibi | Boucle Long Coat | $695

 

Monday

13

October 2014

Spooky Accessories to Help the Adults Enjoy Halloween

Trick or treat, smell my feet, give me something good to… wear to show that I still care about Halloween without looking like a clown. Literally. So what if it’s not “socially acceptable” for you to wear a tutu to work or a cape to after-work drinks? There are still understated ways to show off your spooky style come October 31. Just take it from these Giftbar merchants.

Boo-nus: They’ll still be relevant in November, unlike the orange jumpsuit you bought for your Crazy Eyes costume.

 

The Monster Inside of Your Bag

The easiest way to embrace the holiday (any holiday, really) is to invest in an item that you can use all year long AND happens to be festive when Halloween rolls around. No one has to know you didn’t actually buy it for one day only. Exhibit A: the Fendi Monster iPad Sleeve from Kirna Zabête. Whimsical, festive, and Fendi — the only three things you need to know. *drops mic*

New York | Kirna Zabête | Fendi iPad Sleeve

New York | Kirna Zabête | Fendi Monster iPad Sleeve

 

The Monster Inside of His Pocket

Alert: He can embrace Halloween too… without looking like he really cares. (Even though he was the one who proposed a couple costume this year). The Monsters pocket square from Giftbar’s resident DC dude shop, Hugh & Crye, shows off his style and his spooky side. It’s a huge improvement upon the Jack-o’-lantern tie circa his fifth grade Halloween pageant, right? We thought you’d think so. And while you’re there, maybe pick up a dress shirt that actually fits him, you know, to replace the shirt that he wore with the tie. Or keep both if you really want him to look scary. ‘Tis the season.

DC | Hugh & Crye | Monsters Pocket Square

DC | Hugh & Crye | Monsters Pocket Square

 

The Bad B*tch Lip

It’s time for “How to embrace the Hallow-day (howl-iday?) without going overboard 101.” Bold lips, duh. Whether you’re planning to dress up as a vampy vampire with a bright red lip, or you want to look festive in your day-to-day life when you’re not surrounded by adults in costumes, Gee Beauty — Giftbar Miami mavens and authority on all things beauty — has the shades for you. We suggest a peachy orange for an relevant and trendy look. It’s just the right amount of orange without crossing the border into “I just ate an entire bag of candy corn” territory.

Miami | Gee Beauty | Gee Beauty Cosmetics & Accessories Lipstick

Miami | Gee Beauty | Gee Beauty Cosmetics Lipstick

 

The Bad W*tch Mani

Taking a risk is a lot easier when it’s easily retractable. Although, we put on our psychic costume and looked into our crystal ball, and it doesn’t look like you’ll want to remove your creepy (yet totally chic) mani from Giftbar Chicago’s Astrowifey any time soon. No one likes spiders (at least sane people, anyway), but don’t you want these gold embellished crawlers on your tips? We never thought we’d say this… but we sure do. The mani is totally Bey-esque, too. Yep, we looked again and we see a Mrs. Carter costume in your future. Mostly because you can’t be her every other day. The ultimate ugh.

Chicago | Astrowifey | Manicure

Chicago | Astrowifey | Manicure

Monday

29

September 2014

The Best Home Decor Items to Warm Up Your House

The weather may be getting colder, but your home is about to get a whole lot warmer. Oh yeah. While the temperature’s dropping and the leaves are changing and toes are once again hidden away in your new booties, your home is still decorated for the heat of summer. Time to ditch the bright colors and patterns and embrace neutrals, knits, and spicy scented candles (the best kind if you ask us). Sweater weather is our favorite time of year, so it’s pretty safe to assume your home likes to be warm, cozy, and stylish in Autumn as well. Cue the listicle!

Literally warm.

That’s right. Your home loves sweater weather too, and what’s the homey equivalent of a cozy cardigan? How about a blanket that looks—and feels, of course—like your favorite chunky Fall knit. Task New York has knitted cotton throws in classic seasonal neutrals that will add a comfy flair to any (ahem, every) room in your place. Now… if only we could find the sweater version of these.

New York | Task

New York | Task

 

Nickel and dimed.

Even if your home is already warm enough temperature-wise (thanks, inactive air conditioners and overactive heaters… ugh), you can still decorate for the season. No sweat (well… maybe a little). New Chicago Giftbar merchant, Maze Home has stunning Silver Nickel Wire Bowls that can hold decorative candles, autumnal decor, or a few handfuls of candy corn. Yes, it’s FINALLY candy corn season.

Chicago | Maze Home

Chicago | Maze Home

 

Hide and seek.

Another way to warm up your home is to just add a layer of fur. No, literally. We’re not kidding. The African Market Cowhide from AshBlue in Nashville will certainly feel warm on your toes when tiptoeing across the hardwoods trying to get to your coffee. And if you imagine the rug placed under your ottoman, feet kicked up and fire kindling, how can you not start craving pumpkin pie?

Nashville | AshBlue

Nashville | AshBlue

 

For your coffee.

Coffee never tastes better than it does during Fall, after playing in the leaves and coming inside from the brisk wind. Actually, it probably tastes better in these mugs from White’s Mercantile. Each mug is designed with a term of endearment, so not only will the coffee cup warm your cold hands, but it will warm your heart as well. Awwe.

Nashville | White's Mercantile

Nashville | White’s Mercantile

 

For your cup.

Well, now that you have all those mugs, you need a place to set them. You can’t go wrong with these leather coasters from DC bespoke experts, Sterling & Burke. They’re seasonal (in every season, no less), stylish, and classic. Like “will last a lifetime” level classic.

Washington DC | Sterling & Burke

Washington DC | Sterling & Burke

Monday

22

September 2014

7 Stylish Sweaters to Keep You Warm When the Temperature Drops

Sweater. Weather. The two words that could bring a smile to any true fashion lover’s face. Sweaters aren’t only soft, cozy, comfortable, on-trend, warm — sorry, we could go on and on, but we digress. Cashmere or wool, cardi or pullover… we’ll take one of each, please. We’ll just have to make a little space in our drawers. Anyone out there looking for some sweaters from last Fall’s shopping extravaganza? Probably the best thing about sweaters, though, is that LITERALLY anyone can wear them. Guys, girls, girls wearing guy’s — anyone. Now if only it were officially Autumn.

Side note: Damn you, pumpkin spice, for falsely declaring the beginning of Fall. Every. Year.

 

Completely Covered and Cozy

Sometimes, we need to cover our faces because of the wind, and sometimes, it’s because we rolled out of bed and didn’t have time for concealer (helloooo, dark circles). Unfortunately, it’s typically the latter. Before you start pulling your slouchy beanie all the way down to your chin, try an exaggerated turtleneck like this cape-facemask hybrid from w.port, one of Giftbar’s sweet new Georgia peaches. Wear it for the weather, though, and not to cover your stunning face. Cue the James Blunt!

Giftbar Atlanta | w.port

Giftbar Atlanta | w.port

 

Zip It

Athletic wear for non-athletic people is “what’s cool” this season… besides the weather, of course (ba dum bump). Seriously, all the cool kids are wearing sneakers with pleated skirts and tapered sweats with stilettos, just open a magazine or scroll through a fashion blogger’s Instagram. Giftbar’s Nashville merchant, e. Allen, has a chic update on the varsity jacket you used to borrow from your high school sweetheart in stock; and it’s not only fashion-forward, but it also fits this time around.

Giftbar Nashville | e. Allen

Giftbar Nashville | e. Allen

 

Borrowed From the Boys

Slouchy sweaters have never looked so… well… not frumpy. Sure lounging around with a cup of coffee and a magazine while wearing your guy’s sweater is totally sexy, but when paired with boyfriend jeans and slip-ons, the look can read dowdy. Purveyor of cool, Zooey, pairs this Cédric Charlier knit from Forty Five Ten with a metallic midi skirt for a look that’s anything but lazy. Take notes.

Giftbar Dallas | Forty Five Ten

Giftbar Dallas | Forty Five Ten

 

The PSL Equivalent

We don’t know about you, but we’re feeling… two things come to mind when we think “Fall”: sweaters and those quintessential lattes. Boston Giftbar-ian, Crush Boutique, feels it too, because this waffle-knit two-toned sweater needs to be in every girl’s closet. Just like that liquid gold needs to be in every girl’s hands. #PumpkinSpicedLife

Giftbar Boston | Crush Boutique

Giftbar Boston | Crush Boutique

 

No Pants Party

If you wear pants when you’re in the privacy of your own home, you’re either a crazy person or you love to not bend your knees. (Hey, skinny jeans, how you doin’?). Well, what if we told you there was a way you could take the No Pants Party to the streets? If your mind was just blown, you’re either a guy, or you’ve never owned a dress, because females have been pantsless for centuries. This oh-so-sleek-chic sweater dress from New York Giftbar love, Haute Hippie, is just about as close to perfect as a sweater dress can be. And paired with those caged heels? We die.

Giftbar New York | Haute Hippie

Giftbar New York | Haute Hippie

 

Before, During, and After Baby

News Flash: Pregnant women CAN be stylish! More importantly, maternity wear can be chic after baby, too. Fitted when you’re still bumpin’ and slouchy-chic when you’ve popped, these sporty-cool sweaters — see, it’s a thing — from maternity authority, Belly Dance, are begging to be paired with silky slouched pants and slip-on sneakers.

Giftbar New York | Belly Dance Maternity

Giftbar New York | Belly Dance Maternity

 

After Baby Only

Oh, yeah, and that new baby? She can rock sweaters this season, too. You can thank Luxaby for keeping Chicago fashionistas-in-the-making snuggleable.

Giftbar Chicago | Luxaby

Giftbar Chicago | Luxaby

 

Monday

15

September 2014

Step out in Style with These Fall Shoe Finds

Fall fashion is the best fashion. Can we get an amen? There’s no other season in which wearing a sweater that could double as a tent with a scarf that could double as a blanket is considered “on trend.” So, yes, of course Fall is any rational fashion junkie’s favorite season. So up and Autumn, ladies. Throw on those booties, bundle that scarf up to your ears, and top it off with a chapeau, because it’s time to stock your shoe closet again with this year’s must-have styles.

We can already hear the sound of leaves crunching beneath your newly bootie-d feet.

 

This one is a neutral.

Ignore the haters, because as anyone fluent in fashion knows, leopard print and nautical stripes are considered neutrals. While you may have already started folding away those striped tees (along with memories of weekends spent on the water… RIP summer), leopard print is “in” every season. Well, at least by our standards. These sexy Joie stilettos from Giftbar merchant, The Perfect Pair in Nashville, will surely put a bit of va-va-voom in your step. Sorry, did we say “a bit?” Because we meant a lot. So much va-va-voom-ness. Pair these heels with your favorite LBD and a blowout and watch the fellas drop dead like the leaves on the trees.

Joie | The Perfect Pair | Nashville

Joie | The Perfect Pair | Nashville

 

This one is a splurge.

What’s better than the smell of cinnamon apples, the taste of pumpkin spice, and sound of crunching leaves? The colors, of course. Trees aren’t the only ones decked out in deep reds and mustard yellow this season, because our closets are being taken over by the colors of Fall as well. The Mrs. Colin bootie from Giftbar’s Dallas darling, The Office of Angela Scott, is equal parts sophisticated and on-trend, and the scarlet red color puts an autumnal twist on the booties you’ve been wearing all year long. We’re totally obsessed, because if there’s one thing we can never get enough of, it’s boot scootin’ booties.

Mrs. Colin | The Office of Angela Scott | Dallas

Mrs. Colin | The Office of Angela Scott | Dallas

 

This one is for him.

What’s hotter than a guy that can pull off a suit? A guy that can pull off a suit AND casual wear. Acing your weekend wear is tougher than you think, fellas. (Trust us, we’re the ones who read fashion magazines). So what if we told you that you could wear sneakers without making us cringe? We love these hi-top sneakers from Giftbar’s Chicago merchant, Apartment Number 9, because while they’re casual and comfortable enough for him, they’re still stylish enough for her. These tennies definitely have our stomp of approval.

Maison Martin Margiela | Apartment Number 9 | Chicago

Maison Martin Margiela | Apartment Number 9 | Chicago

 

This one isn’t for the gym.

Hold up. We’re not talking your seventh grade gym class sneaks that are for some reason still hiding in the depths of your closet. Those ARE for the gym. Better yet, those are for the trash. We’re talking chic kicks that you could wear to brunch with a leather skirt and chunky knit, or for shopping and coffee with distressed denim, a tee, and a blazer to class it up. The Sam Edelman Dax sneakers from Lori’s in Chicago may look like trainers, but combine the gold color with the normcore trend, and you have yourself a pair of sneakers you won’t be embarrassed to wear with every item in your closet. Three cheers for THAT.

Sam Edelman | Lori's Shoes | Chicago

Sam Edelman | Lori’s Shoes | Chicago

 

This one is an Olsen triplet.

If Mary Kate and Ashley had a triplet, it would be these loafers. Paired with face-sized shades, wavy hair, and a Starbucks cup (in true Olsen fashion), these Tibi Denni Loafers can easily be transitioned from your morning coffee date to the office. They’re ultra-luxe and will add a sophisticated twist on the most basic of Fall ensembles. Think: boyfriend jeans, a cozy cardigan, and a wide-brimmed topper — all from Tibi, preferably. Layers paired with a sensible, yet stylish, shoe? We think the style icons would approve.

Denni Loafers | Tibi | New York

Denni Loafers | Tibi | New York

 

Monday

8

September 2014

5 Throws to Cozy Up With This Fall

At this point in the month, you’ve either booked a flight to NYC to sit front row at Fashion Week, or you haven’t… We haven’t either. But is it REALLY the worst thing since crop tops found their way back into our closets that we aren’t attending? Probably not, because now, we can tuck our pajama pants into our wooly socks, lie on the couch with a glass of wine, and drool over the latest collections from our iPads. No blowout or heels needed. (Now that’s what I call Fashion Week). These Giftbar home-ies know all about getting cozy this fall — from throw pillows, to throw blankets, to throwing yourself onto the couch. Now if only Starbucks could deliver those PSLs straight to our long-awaiting (and finally dark-polished) fingertips.

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Monday

1

September 2014

The 6 Best Jewelry Trends for Fall

Glitz and glamour are two things that are definitely “in” every single season. Whether you’re one to attend daily arm parties, rock more bling on your digits than a brass-knuckle fighter, or your ears are arguably made of precious metals, you’re the one all your girlfriends go to when their ensemble feels a bit bare. That’s right… we’re talking jewels, gems, bits, baubles, and everything in between. Giftbar merchants are trendsetting extraordinaires, so here are our tips for making sure your autumn outfits are as sparklingly Instagram-worthy as your weekend brunch.

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Monday

25

August 2014

5 Accessories to Keep You Cool in the Indian Summer

It’s hard to believe, but the sun is starting to set on Summer 2014. School is starting and vacations are ending, but the sweltering heat doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon (why, Mother Nature, why?). Fall fashion is right around the corner, and we’re already craving ankle booties, chunky knits, and so-soft scarves bundled up to our ears. But just the thought of wearing closed-toed shoes — let alone a sweater (it has that name for a reason) — makes us want to turn up the AC to full blast.

So as you lie next to a fan blowing full-speed, gulping ice water, and flipping through your new September issues, just remember, you can still look fabulous in the never-ending heat. Our Giftbar merchants have just the accessories to keep you looking hot and feeling cool (both temperature and street cred-wise).

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Monday

18

August 2014

Must-Have Items for Your Next Picnic

If you’re thinking checkered blankets, woven baskets, and bologna on white bread, you’ve obviously been stuck in the Mad Men era for a bit too long. Although we’re totally nostalgic for the glamour of the 60s, we definitely don’t miss the “typical” American picnic. It’s a whole new world out there, and outdoor soirees are all the rage. Think gourmet grub, a glass of your favorite red (or a brew for him), and, of course, a few toys for your trusty, four-legged companion. Picnics have been upscaled, so just in case you still have juice boxes and gingham on the brain, we’ve curated a list of picnic must-haves from a few Giftbar merchants, from drool-worthy bites to glam accessories. Our mission is to make “picnic” the new it-verb (we’re after you, brunch).

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Monday

11

August 2014

Beat the Heat with These Airy Summer Dresses

Street fests, patio soirees, and pedicured toes may seem like the quintessential signs of summer, but as we all know, the season has truly only started once the ladies reach into the depths of their closets and break out the breezy summer dresses. Whether you’re the type to opt for a flowy maxi, or you prefer to show off those freshly bronzed stems (you didn’t struggle through 6 weeks of boot camp for nothing!), we all have that go-to frock that never lets us down, no matter what the occasion.

There’s one problem, though. Every true fashionista has a distinct personal style that sets her apart from the crowd. From the girly girl who loves a bit of frill, to the trendsetter that’s always on the cutting edge, she doesn’t want to stray from the style that makes her, well, HER. Here are some of our picks from the tip-top merchants on Giftbar that will keep you feeling cool and looking hot, hot, hot. Caution: you will turn heads.

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