*Image above via Murashka.
Q: Cute winter clothes for myself and my son.
A: I shared all my favorite little boy finds here (all items I bought for my own son), but my current favorite uniform is corduroy overalls from either Little English (25% off with code BFCM25) or Osh Kosh paired with patterned turtlenecks and finished with either Hunter boots or Sperry boots, depending on weather. My other fool-proof outfit is long-sleeved Lacoste polos, which he’ll wear with jeans, cords, or even fleece joggers.
For you — I would pick up some reasonably-priced, on-trend knits, layer over tissue turtlenecks, and pair with a few new pairs of jeans (I picked up these and these) or cords you’re excited about. I’m also loving layering turtlenecks beneath dresses this season, including this tiered cord style and my Ellie nap dresses. Planning on doing the same with this plaid mini and one of Daphne Wilde’s styles, which are at the top of my shopping list at the moment.
And with everything: velvet furlanes!
Q: Sweater cape to wear over turtlenecks with jeans.
A: I received a few permutations of this question, and I like where your heads are at. I’ve been rocking this exact look. A few favorites:
AT THE TOP OF MY PERSONAL LUST LIST — A SPLURGE BUT SO, SO GORGEOUS
NOT A CAPE PER SE, BUT THIS TUNIC IS FAB AND COMES IN GREAT COLORS
A VERY FLATTERING STYLE — CAN’T BEAT THE PRICE!
NAVY KNIT (I’D FEEL LIKE OLIVIA PALERMO IN THIS)
Q: The perfect teacher gift.
A: I’m newer at this because gifts were not allowed at mini’s prior school (we just contributed to a cash pool), but this year, I bought a few tins of my favorite holiday teas and am going to bundle with these monogram mugs for each teacher. I also like the idea of giving personalized note pads like these or these. I also can’t imagine a person who wouldn’t love these fleece-lined mittens on cold school mornings (they are my personal absolute favorites!). There are a bunch of other under-$30 gift ideas in this post — perhaps if you know the teacher well, something there might be a winning idea?
Q: Stationery for my 20-something son’s stocking.
A: Ooh, I love this idea! I might have to borrow from you! All of my favorite children’s stationery finds are in this post, but some top picks:
ERIN WALLACE (FIRE TRUCK)
CARA P DESIGNS (STARS)
PREPPY PRODIGY (PLANES)
LITTLE OH LOUISE (SUPERHERO)
Q: Fleece/teddy jacket that is more dressy than sporty.
A: I got you! This J. Crew style is like a fleece that’s gone to finishing school — tres tailored. If you mean more in the sherpa/shearling direction: j’adore this & Other Stories! The details are great — love the collar and those welt pockets. Meanwhile, this sherpa/puffer hybrid would turn some heads!
Q: 30th birthday present for my boyfriend, who is impossible to shop for! Under $500.
A: Guys can be so tough to shop for! A few gifts that are total classics, almost all of which I’ve purchased Mr. Magpie…
NINTENDO SWITCH — EVEN GROWN UPS LIKE TO PLAY
Q: A Christmas gift for my brother’s fiancee, under $50. Maybe a bride thing? Not sure.
A: So sweet! (Congrats!). What about a monogrammed jewelry round (with her new initials, if she’s taking a new name) with one of these must-have dazzle sticks tucked into the wrap? If you’re willing to splurge a bit more, these Shop Surcie ones are gorgeous, and I’ve gifted these sweet Smythson notebooks to brides-to-be in the past (alternately, you could personalize one of these plain ones). And one of my favorite gifts from my own bridal shower was an LL Bean tote with my new last name on the side! We still use it constantly, and it was such a thrill to have something with my new moniker on the side.
Q: More universal gift recs regardless of age or gender — ex: the dried pasta you like.
A: Love this prompt. A few things we absolutely love in our home that would be fun, well-vetted gifts…
PALACIO SPANISH CHORIZO (FAB APPETIZER TOASTED UP IN A HOT SKILLET)
NORDIC BAKING SHEETS — 33,000 FIVE STAR REVIEWS SAYS IT ALL
XTREME COMFORTS MEMORY FOAM PILLOW (THE BEST)
DARN TOUGH SOCKS (J’ADORE J’ADORE J’ADOREEE)
Q: Chic top to wear with wide leg winter white trousers in January for a rehearsal dinner in NYC.
A: Congratulations! And how incredible chic?! My first thought was feather-trimmed 16 Arlington or LaPointe, which are major statements but WOW. Cult Gaia has a similar one for a little less. A few other chic options in the same festive lane:
THIS KHAITE WOULD STOP TRAFFIC
Or you could go with this Sally LaPointe blazer….!!!
Q: A dress for Christmas Eve in the islands. (Cue mele Kalikimaka.)
A: Mele kalikimaka indeed! Enjoy! I love…
THIS MOLLY MOORKAMP, WHICH COULD BE WORN WITH SANDALS, BUT FEELS LIKE A POINSETTIA
THIS MINI DRESS WITH HOLIDAY COLORED JEWELRY/SHOES
TIERED LA LIGNE IN IVORY WITH A TARTAN, RED, OR GREEN HEADBAND
Q: Ivory or cream cropped straight or wide leg pants to wear with navy sweaters…maybe corduroy?
A: Chic chic! A few styles worth consideration…
PEOPLE LOVE THESE ANTHRO ONES
THESE MAX MARAS ARE IN MY CART — LOVE THE BUTTON DETAILING AND HIGH WAIST
Q: A statement desk under $600.
I also like this lacquered grass cloth style — or, for a totally different vibe — this wood desk, which feels like it belongs in a writing cabin. Just looking at it makes me feel productive, as though I’d be inspired to write a modern Walden.
Q: Reasonably priced (under $350) chelsea boots.
A: Love this look — I shared a bunch of chic lug-soles, many in a chelsea style, here. I have to say that Madewell just generously sent me these lug sole boots (under $200) and JE SUIS OBSESSED. I’ve never worn this style of boot and it makes me feel v relevant. I also super love these waterproof Sam Edelmans, especially in that on-trend ivory hue. For a more polished look, check out Aeyde’s styles, like this sophisticated black pair or this twist-on-a-chelsea in suede.
Q: Bridesmaid (black, long, formal) black tie wedding dress for an April wedding in D.C.
A: This is spectacular. I’ve heard such good things about this brand! I also love this dress, though the bust area could be a bit too va-va-voom depending on the event, and this one looks fun to twirl in. Finally, this one has a Jennifer Aniston-on-the-red-carpet simplicity to it that I’m drawn to.
Q: Every day bag (small).
A: Are you tired of hearing me talk about my new J Link bag from Marc Jacobs? It truly is the perfect size and the colors are so interesting — it goes perfectly with everything in my fall wardrobe! It comes in a few other colors/sizes, too, in case you prefer black or ivory. I also love this Hermes-inspired mini bag, especially in the fun yellow color, but it comes in other colors (including saddle brown). For an investment, a girlfriend of mine has one of these Loewe Hammock bags and it is SO chic (and configurable!). Other options I love:
THIS CELINE-ESQUE APC (TIMELESS!)