My Head Cozy – Gift Guide

by katyrose on November 23, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own.

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When I lived in St. Louis I became close with a family who lived there. While I moved away more than four years ago now, I still keep in touch with them, exchanging the occasional email to stay current on what’s new, how things are changing in their lives, etc… One of the girls, there are 4 in the family, is currently in college and working hard to raise money in order to study abroad next year. Rather than pitching family and friends for donations, she’s putting her mad talent to work creating knitting masterpieces and selling them through her etsy account - My Head Cozy.

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I have a hard time wearing a hat, even in the winter months. I’ll put one on if I am going to spend long hours outside and have no where to go but only in those circumstances. This head cozy is the perfect solution. It’s totally warm and does a great job of keeping my ears toasty. While at the same time it is still chic enough to wear out and about while running errands.

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I’m a huge fan of this vibrant purple color but the head cozies also come in cherry red, ice blue, coral and blue. Not sold on this style? She also makes adorable slouchy hats and ones that look like owls too! I’m telling you this gal is mad talented so anything you order from her will be done perfectly!!!

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Brickloot Monthly Subscription – Gift Guide

by katyrose on November 22, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own,

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With five brothers, the youngest of which is 12, as well as a soon-to-be 4-year-old nephew in the family, Legos, Duplos, building blocks, etc…  have always been a toy mainstay in my family. (Although there was that one year my mom tried to convince my high-school-aged brother that he was still into Legos as long as they were large kits – LOL) With so many Lego options to chose from, as well as some seriously amazing storefronts, it can be hard to get in and out with exactly what you need.

Enter Brickloot! This monthly subscription box will send building blocks and all sorts of cool additions directly to your Lego-minded family member. Each month the boxes contain different items.

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The December box, which I got in the mail a little early, contains an awesome P-51 Mustang, an American fighter plane used in World War II and the Korean War, as well as a brick popper and an assortment of other cool additions to any collection. Personally, I really liked the translucent, LED Color Liteup Block, and I know my youngest brother is going to love the fighter plane!

Brickloot is the invention of Parker, a 9-year-old boy who has a deep and abiding love for all things Lego. Each year he would sell his non-Lego toys in order to make money in order to buy more Legos. During one such garage sale a conversation about subscription boxes too place and an idea was born!

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Want to get a discount on your first box? Use the word CHIC at check out to receive 10% off any subscription now through the end of December!!

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Stitch Set Monthly Subscription – Gift Guide

by katyrose on November 22, 2014

The ModlyChic 2014 Holiday Gift Guide was curated by me. I was sent products to sample in order to write my reviews and create a worthwhile gift guide for my readers. All thoughts are my own, as always.

 

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Admittedly, I am not much of a knitter. I’ve tried a few times, learned the basics but never had the patience for counting out every row and trying to keep all my stitch the same tightness. (My scarves always started tight and loosened as I went along – disaster!) But I have a number of family members and friends who are all about knitting. I’ve been gifted with ear warmers, hats, scarves – each beautifully unique and so much more impressive than a store-bought gift because of all the time and effort the person spent on making the item.

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For the knitter in your life – whether she’s a beginner or intermediate – Stitch Set is a great gift idea. Christine, the founder, takes care of everything. And when I saw everything I mean EVERYTHING!! She sends a monthly project, complete with all the supplies you will need as well as a step-by-step instruction manual. She even sends the scissors and needles you’ll need, eliminating the need to even step foot in a craft store in order to start and complete the project.  First timers? She also sends along a book of knitting basics and practice yarn so you can get some solid practice in before attempting the real thing.

Personally, I loved how absolutely fool-proof the kit was. I’m in the midst of attempting to make the Ruffle Scarf from the March package right now. Hopefully when it’s complete I’ll have pictures to share.

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Plus, every month offers a different kind of project so those getting the subscription will not be stuck with a plethora of scarves and only one knitting skill set. Previous projects have included knitted bags, shawls, scarves, hats, even slippers!!

Want to try out Stitch Set for yourself?? Enter to win one of the monthly subscription boxes using the rafflecopter form below!
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ModlyChic 2014 Gift Guide

by katyrose on November 21, 2014

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Over the next 14 days I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite gift ideas for the holidays – all of which can be purchased with the use of your computer from from the comfort of your home! Since I have a wide range of siblings, the gifts cover the gamut, offering great selections for pretty much anyone in your life.This year, especially I’m really into subscription boxes. After all, those are the gifts that keep giving. The people on your gift list end up with a little monthly reminder of you that stretches far beyond the holiday season.

Here is what’s ahead in this year’s ModlyChic 2014 Gift Guide:

November 22:

  • Stitch Set for the Knitter in your life. (With Giveaway!)
  • Brickloot for the lego-loving little one.

November 23:

  • My Head Cozy for the chic, anti-hat wearer you love.

November 24:

  • Mantry for the man in your life who loves to cook.

November 26:

  • Marlee for the jewelry obsessed girlfriend.

November 28:

  • BeautyBox5 for the makeup maven who loves experimenting with new products.

November 29:

  • Sock Panda for the guy or gal whose sock collection puts yours to shame.

November 30:

  • Tipsy Elves for the jokester in your life, or really for you if you are in need of a great tacky Christmas sweater!

December 1:

  • Adora Bags for the bag lady in search of the PERFECT black carry-all bag.

December 2:

  • Jacked Pack for the workout-obsessed guy. Massive gains, bro.

December 3:

  • Treat yourself to an adorable work-to-party dress from Monroe and Main. (With Giveaway!)

December 4:

  • Goodebox for the environmentally-minded, beauty-loving lady. (With Giveaway!)
  • The perfect winter coat from Lands End for any chic-minded gal on your list.

December 5:

  • Sweetworks for the inner child and sweet-tooth person in all of us. (With giveaway!)

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Reaching Beyond the Clothing Comfort Zone

by katyrose on November 21, 2014

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Skirt: Kohls
Sweater: TJ Maxx
Vest: Kohls
Scarf: Charming Charlie
Boots: c/o DSW
Tights: Target
Earrings: New York & Co.
Coffee: splurged on the Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks

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Lately, I’ve been trying to reach beyond my usual clothing comfort zone. I’ve been trying to challenge myself to think of the items in my closet and see them in a new of different light. For instance, this outfit originally started as a basic black pencil skirt with the pink sweater. It seemed easy enough to wear, comfortable enough for a day of running around the front of a classroom, and warm enough for the severe cold snap. But then again, maybe it was too basic. Maybe it was just like what I would have worn 5 years ago. Maybe it was a little too expected. The first move I made was to switch the plain black skirt for this one that included stripes. That changed things a little, but not significantly. I added the quilted vegan-leather vest, which, while adding a different pattern and material, didn’t add any color to what was becoming a drab outfit. I draped a black scarf trying to keep in the same color family, but realized it was drab and unexciting. The cobalt patterned scarf wasn’t an obvious choice. It barely has any black in the design and there is absolutely no pink in it. But the blue and pink tones worked well together and suddenly I had a new outfit that I loved and that forced me out of my usual clothing routine.

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How do you step outside your expected clothing pairings?

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And yes, I pretty much just needed the coffee to keep my hands warm as I took these pictures. Temperatures in the low teens make taking outdoor photos very difficult.

 

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Adding Variety to the Winter

by katyrose on November 19, 2014

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Coat: Refined Boutique in Wauwatosa
Dress: Ella Moss
Boots: Rachel Roy
You can see the full outfit minus the coat at this post.

As a kid I had one winter coat. It was the same one I wore to build a snowman, trek to school, run errands with mom, walk the dog, etc… I suppose, as a kid a lot of those activities are similar and don’t require a variety of coats or really any style. But as I got older suddenly the over-sized coat used for playing in the snow wasn’t chic enough for a dinner out with friends or even a trip to the local mall. Then I needed at least one functional play coat and one dressy coat.

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Now I have a handful of different coats, each of which serve different purposes. I have the long down-filled coat that is perfect for days when the temperature won’t breach the teens. I have a dress coat in pink for when I’m going to flashy while still functional. And yes, I still have a play coat of the skiing variety so I can enjoy the powdery slopes or a snowball war. And then there is this coat – an army green, dressy number that is certainly more fashionable than functional. Although I’ve found quiet a few reasons and occasions to wear it since picking it up at a boutique in Wauwatosa, WI last year.

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What are your winter coats like? Do you have both functional and fashionable options?

And this is the semi-awkward pic my photographer wanted to take, which she said would made me look like some goat scaling a mountain. LOL really I just look awkward standing on two random rocks set as decoration.

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Thankful for Me As I Am

November 17, 2014

Over a year ago I was part of a blogger group which had us write a post that celebrated something about our body that we were proud of. At the time I realized there are so many things that we are often critical of when it comes to the way that we look – if […]

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The Look is Crew, J Crew

November 14, 2014

Shirt: New York & Co. Cami: Express Sweater: Old Navy Pants: The Limited Booties: Target Necklace: Old Navy Earrings: Stella & Dot   Ok, honestly none of these items came from J. Crew, but the day I wore this at school several of the students told me I was looking very Crew-ish that day. Of […]

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The Year of the Layer

November 13, 2014

Skirt: Ralph Lauren Outlet Sweater: TJ Maxx Sweater: ModCloth (Airport Greeting Cardigan) Boots: DSW Necklace: Shopbop (Pisces Zodiac Necklace) Earrings: Forever21 Yes, yes. I talk about layering a lot in the cold months. And while I occasionally layer it is usually in a very streamlined manner. Aka sweater with a jacket on top. Layered. Done. […]

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Amaranthine Allure Dress

November 12, 2014

Dress: ModCloth c/o Karina Dresses Tights: c/o Kushyfoot Heels: Christian Siriano Jacket: New York & Co. Earrings: now defunct online boutique   I’ve realized lately that beyond jean day Fridays I live almost exclusively in dresses and skirts. Even with the cold weather making an early appearance, I’m still sticking with the dresses combined with […]

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