STYLEBEAT GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS ALWAYS ON TO GO

by Marisa Marcantonio

For friends and family members that can’t seem to sit still and are always on the move, these are the gifts to get them. Constantly in motion, these traveling nomads need comforts of home on the road, so here are practical, trusty pieces that will see them through another road warrior year.

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Photo Courtesy of Corroon Bags

I am the queen of the tote bag, so I am always looking for the latest, greatest tote out there. This year’s pick? Kelly Corroon’s Big Daddy Tote, an ample leather tote in natural or camo leather that holds a ton and can be personalized with a chic hand painted monogram and stripe. Customization usually takes around 3-4 weeks.

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Photo courtesy of Nordstrom

Light and durable, the Rains Weekend Bag had a low key minimal design, is waterproof and fits stuff. If you haven’t seen this minimalist Danish brand yet, you will— it just opened a new shop on Lafayette and makes coats and bags in a matte waterproof material.

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Image courtesy of Away

My favorite direct-to-consumer luggage brand, Away, makes the Bigger Carry On in sleek aluminum. Santa, can you hear me?

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Photo courtesy of Paravel

They say you can squeeze a lot more into your rolley bag with these neatnic organizers. Paravel makes the best assortment of colors.

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Photo Courtesy of Stow

Pack jewelry away neatly in this little box that organizational compartments and zips to close. It is made of leather and has room to store a lot from Stow.

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Photo courtesy of Madewell

All together now! A Merino wool eye mask and blanket come in a cute case in a Madewell x Parachute travel collaboration. I really am into the pouch design, it is great to repurpose since a pouch is always useful.

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Image courtesy of St. Frank

On the go go go? Christina Bryant, my friend, founder and CEO of globally-sourced home goods brand St. Frank literally always is, so the fact that she added this embroidery factoid onto the corner of her cozy baby Alpaca throw is oh-so apropos!

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Photo courtesy of Herbivore

It’s always nice to get off a plane and not have skin that feels like the Sahara desert. Rosewater is a good dry skin antidote and so is this little travel friendly set by Herbivore.

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Photo courtesy of Clare V

Lip gloss and hand sanitizer will no longer be floating around the bottom of your tote like gold fish. Corral small things in Clare V’s leather cosmetic case.

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Photo courtesy of Sloane Stationery

Does that big idea come to you when you are out and about? Sounds about right. To jot those critical thinking moments, Sloane Stationery has a pretty little lizard-embossed book so you can capture and seize upon your next big thing.

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Photo courtesy of Goop

Play tunes or that podcast you are into (for me its NPR’s How I Built This with interviewer extraordinaire, Guy Roz) with Airfly. It connects wireless ear buds with airline headphone jacks and gym machines.

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Photo courtesy of Bloomingdales

I’ve become obsessed with finding the best portable hot drink bottle for commuting. It has to look good, keep the drink hot for up to 6 hours and not weigh so much that you want to throw it out after you’ve consumed your tea. The solution? The Kinto Travel Tumbler. It checks all the boxes.

THE STYLEBEAT HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 15 COZY GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Since December is around the corner and the holiday season is upon us, I’d like to kick off the first of several holiday gift guides here on Stylebeat. Starting with all things cozy, here are some fantastic gifts to give and to get. I’ve discovered some goodies to warm the soul, and you can get your holiday shopping started.

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Photo courtesy of Kule

When you want to wear stripes all year long but can’t winterize your favorite striped Tee, Kule has you covered with their irreverent preppy take on the classics. The Bailey faux fur striped coat will keep you warm when the temp drops.

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Image courtesy of Barneys

Warm feet are a must when things get cold, especially if you want to look at holiday windows. Barney’s New York has a classic hiking boot with luxe shearling lining. Navy keeps it interesting.

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Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

I like to get a new hat every season. Eugenia Kim has a way with them, and she is my usual go-to. Then I saw this fantastic Q-Tip of a hat from Yestadt Millinery called Le Fluff.

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Image courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Cozy outside, organized inside. Mansur Gavriel’s beloved mini bucket bag now comes in millennial pink shearing!

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Photo courtesy of The Arrivals

The Arrivals. Truth be told, I am obsessed with every move this young brand makes. They’ve established a name for themselves in street smart outerwear for the concrete jungle with a white hot cool factor. Everything from their web design to their styling is hipper than thou. If there is one thing to buy it is the Halstrom IV 3 in 1 Parka. Or, you can walk away with these bear mittens in the (weird) brown color everyone from H and M to Mansur Gavriel is doing faux and real shearling in this year. These are real, and they are warm, especially when wrapped around a cup of hot cocoa.

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Image courtesy of Kule

Creepy or cool? Yes I am showing another piece from Kule, because I am questioning if the bank robber look is worth it when it is arctic out. If you like a balaclava, and want to channel OO7, then go for The Moritz.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Sending love and a Red Cross donation to California and all those whose lives have been turned upside down by fires and natural disasters. I like to wear my heart on my sleeve, so it’s good that Lingua Franca lets me do just that,

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Image courtesy of Birdies

The San Francisco-based shoe startup, Birdies, are slippers that masquerade as shoes. Nothing wrong with that! They introduced a new smoking slipper style I really like, the Starling, and they are velvet bedazzled with a celestial motif.

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Image courtesy of LAKE Pajamas

A favorite PJ company, LAKE Pajamas out of Charleston (stay tuned for their King Street shop coming soon) recently debuted these candy striped cotton classic red and white pajamas in classic shirting cotton. The pockets and cuffs have the stripes going horizontally- such a kicky cute detail. I’ll take a dozen.

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Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

A cashmere robe. Need I say more? This one from Williams Sonoma Home is available with a monogram.

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Image courtesy of Matouk

You may have noticed: the quilt is back. Long beloved by interior designers for its neat look, the quilted bedspread has returned. The tailored and scalloped Joplin Quilt by Lulu DK for Matouk features a fresh Indian inspired print in the freshest shade of blue with a hint of silver shimmer.

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Photo courtesy of The Lacquer Company

Hands down, one of the chicest trays for breakfast in bed I have ever seen. New York-based interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber designed a collection for The Lacquer Company, and it includes this lacquered Breakfast Tray Table with a removable tray on top. Very Billy Baldwin in its tailored chic style.

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Image courtesy of Hill House Home

Yeah, daylight savings got to you too? The answer is easy: it’s staying in season. Hill House Home gets this. Their embroidered baby pillow cases are customizable with the message of your choosing.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Oh and its take-a-tub season. Scrub a dub with Ouai’s Scalp and Body Scrub.

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Image courtesy of Wildflower

Cozy involves feeling good, so if you’ve pulled a muscle and want to quell the pain that won’t quit, Wildflower’s Cool Stick will come to the rescue with a menthol-infused remedy.

PRESENT PERFECT: THE LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Short on time to shop? When things are down to the wire and you need a gift (like now) here are some suggestions to check those last minute gifts off your list. You can print out the gift certificates, or email them to the recipient, and it will look like you planned the prefect gift with time to spare. 

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Photo courtesy of Margaux 

The E Gift Card from Margaux is available in different dollar amounts, so you can give the gift of comfortable flats available in a rainbow of hues. I love these shoes, I have several pairs of these, in suede and hair calf, and have worn them into the ground. 

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Photo courtesy of Everlane

Give the gift of elevated basics from everyone's favorite transparent direct to consumer clothing company, Everlane. Choose from cozy cashmere sweaters for $100, or leather goods at half the price in minimal label free designs. 

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Photo courtesy of Away

Have a jetsetter in the bunch? The E Gift Card from lightweight luggage brand Away is arranged by the price of a bag-- a foolproof way to get that gift in a jiffy. 

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Photo courtesy of Birchbox

For beauty product obsessives, Birchbox offers subscription beauty boxes in a 3,6 and 12 month timeframe.