Christmas Around Here

( a simple wreath at our front door )
I love the Christmas season with all it’s frills and flare… wreaths, lights, garland, and more covering every nook and cranny everywhere you go. It’s hard not to marvel at the sparkling splendor. But when it comes to decorating my own home for the holidays, I tend to keep it pretty low key. A less is more approach, I suppose… or maybe that’s just me being OCD. I’ve never been a fan of clutter and, over the years, I’ve been drawn more and more to minimalist design. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but I love the starkness and simplicity. Our Christmas tree reflects that inspiration… a classic cypress pine draped only in white twinkle lights. 

( my Grandmother’s vintage red cape doubling as a touch of holiday decor )

( our Chicago snow globe providing all the white we need this Christmas )
( oh, Christmas tree – our simple cypress pine with just a splash of twinkle )
( cypress garland along our patio railing )
(We also him a brand new bosch router table and a bosch 1617evspk router kit and he loves it!)
While you may find our choice of holiday decor quit boring, you certainly wouldn’t say the same for our neighbor’s. They’ve gone all out in the way of outdoor lighting and installations. We stumbled upon their courtyard while on an evening stroll last weekend and, as I shared here, I was certain we’d walked into Candyland. It’s spectacular, and now my favorite place to stretch my legs at night. 
( our neighbor’s impressive outdoor installations )
( more of our neighbor’s courtyard full of dancing lights )

Coffee Table Faves


As you may recall from (this) post, we’ve been in the process of repairing and replacing a sad amount of belongings that were damaged in our move. Nearly three months later, I’m happy to report that we’re almost done! Only a few more repairs to go, but the last of our replacement furniture arrived last weekend… our coffee table (pictured above). We purchased the same table from CB2 several years back and loved it. So when our original table arrived in a rubble of cracked cement, I was pretty bummed – to say the least. Thankfully, CB2 still makes the same table and we were able to do a direct replacement. Inspired by it’s arrival, I’ve pulled together our favorite coffee table accessories… pieces you’ll nearly always see on the top of ours.
Coffee Table Faves
1) Double Six Dominoes Set of 28 with Wood Case, $12.98 (available here)
2) Andy Warhol Screen Tests Coffee Table Book, $42.47 (available here)
3) Tanner Goods Coaster Set, $25 (available here)
4) West Elm Acrylic Tray, $44 (available here)
5) Vogue: The Editor’s Eye Coffee Table Book, $55 (available here)
6) CB2 Element Coffee Table, $399 (available here)

Breathtaking Bookstore


While inspiration hunting on the interwebs, I stumbled upon these images of a breathtaking bookstore in Maastricht, Netherlands. The store resides within a 13th century Dominican church, now converted into a remarkable space that weds old with new. The grand structure, ornate ceilings, and leaded glass windows have been beautifully preserved and complimented by rows and rows of contemporary book-filled shelves… oh yes, and a modern cafe too. I would love to get lost in the impressive walls of this shop, spending hours sipping coffees and perusing the books. I can’t think of a grander way to find a new read.






( images via )

Guided Gifting: Part 2

How’s the holiday shopping going? While I’ve been busy sharing various gifting ideas with all of you (see here, here, here, here, here, and here), I’ve barely made a dent in my own shopping list. Thankfully our families are keeping gifting pretty low-key this year, so my list is rather short. Regardless, Christmas Eve is just 12 days away (counting today, of course) and I’m already starting to feel like it’s crunch time. I know there’s certainly still time for any last minute shopping, but it’s time to get a move on. To keep you (ok, me!) on track and tackling those shopping lists, I’ve pulled together more of our favorites guided gifting picks. This time we’re sharing our picks for home and tech.

Gift Ideas for your Fit Friends

C2 Model D

A Concept2 Model D Rower !


A pair of Asic’s Gel Noosa Tri-9 Walking Shoes


Gift Ideas for Home
1) Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge, $14.95 (available here)
2) Restoration Hardware Luxe Faux Fur Throw, $79 on sale! (available here)
3) The Art Museum by Phaindon Press, $72.50 (available here)
4) Primula 6-Cup Tempo Coffee Press, $10.99 (available here)
5) Food52 Brass Lift Coasters, $68 (available here)
Gift Ideas for Tech
1) Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens, $79.99 for iPhone 6/6 Plus (here) and $69.99 for iPhone 5/5S (here)
2) Food52 Hand-Painted Wooden Flash Drive, $36 (available here)
3) Eastern Collective Lightning USB Cable, $25.95 (available here)
4) Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad Air, $74.99 (available here)
5) Fujifilm Instax Instant Smartphone Printer, $199 (available here)

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

I hope you’ll join me today in wishing a very special lady a very Happy Birthday…
My Grandmother… exquisitely stylish, sharp-as-a-whip, eternally beautiful, and incredibly loving. She never ceases to amaze me or put a smile on my face. Mastering the internet at (an age I won’t mention), she’s always one of the the first to “Like” my Facebook posts and is quite possibly my most loyal His & Hers follower. And as a retired hairdresser and natural with all things style-related, I like to think that I at least inherited my love for fashion and hair from her. There’s certainly no closet I love to borrow from more.
( with my handsome Grandfather at the Copacabana Lounge in NYC )
I love you, Grandma! 
Happy Birthday! 

Guided Gifting

If you’re like me than you do nearly all of your shopping online these days, even at Christmas. You find Cyber Monday way more interesting than Black Friday and you’d much rather scour the internet for great gift ideas than spend hours walking aimlessly through overcrowded malls. The only downside… us cyber shoppers have to account for time to ship. Such is the reason the shorted period between Thanksgiving and Christmas has me in a bit of tizzy this year. Well, not to fear… there’s still time! And, as promised in Friday’s post, we’ve pulled together a fun selection of our favorite simple and sweet gift ideas for him and her. I’ll also be updating our shop and my Pinterest boards for more ideas for him, her, tech, and home through the end of the holiday shopping season. Check back often!



Gift Ideas for Him
1) Baxter of California Cream Pomade, $20 (available here)
2) Baxter of California Large Comb, $18 (available here)
3) Tumi Delta Magnetic Money Clip, $45 (available here)
4) Bed, Bath, & Beyond Leather Ponyhair Camo Flask, $33.99 (available here)
5) Target Cedar Fresh Men’s Premium Shoe Trees, $20.99 (available here) 
6) Rochester Shoe Tree Company for J. Crew Leather Shoe Care Kit, $110 (available here)


Gift Ideas for Her
1) Dogeared Balance Flat Bar Stud Earrings, $38 (available here)
2) Mark & Graham Everyday Leather Zip Pouch, $79 (available here)
3) Nordstrom Powder Plush Scuff Faux Fur Slippers, $24 (available here)
4) J. Crew KO Sticks Tetraxis Star, $40 (available here)
5) Stila Be Jeweled 2 Gift Set, $26 on sale! (available here)
6) Aqua Oversized Windowpane Scarf, $51 on sale! (available here)

Not finding what you need? No worries. There are a slue of sales out there to peruse today, so don’t miss out! Here’s a quick list with links to current sales at some of our favorite retailers…

Anthropologie – Extra 30% off with code: EXTRAMERRY (here)
Asos – 20% off select brands (here)
C Wonder – 30% off + free shipping (here)
Club Monaco – 30% off select items with code: WINTERFAVES (here)
J. Crew – Up to 30% off with code: MERRYMERRY (here)
Kate Spade – 25% off with code: JACKPOT (here)
Madewell – 30% off with code: MERRIEST (here)
Nordstrom – Up to 40% off (here)
Happy holiday shopping!

Happy Holidays

Christmas is coming quick and I’m feeling super behind on the holiday bandwagon. With only a few short weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, there isn’t much time for dilly-dally. In an effort to get my holiday spirit moving, I’ve pulled together a bit of dreamy inspiration. I’ve also started pulling together a collection of holiday gift ideas and shopping picks to help ready us all for this gift giving season. I’ll be sharing some fun gift guides with all of you next week. In the meantime, click the icon under “SHOP” in the right hand nav for “Holiday Gift Ideas & Shopping Picks.” You can also check out my Pinterest page for even more ideas for Him, Her, Home, and Tech. I’ll be updating all of these pages, as well as the SHOP, through the remainder of the holiday season. Check back often for updated ideas. Happy Holidays!
( images via Pinterest )

Rocky Mountain Holiday

( with our buddies and awesome tour guides, The Trappes )

We had a tremendous time in Colorado. Spending Thanksgiving and the long holiday weekend with old friends was such a great way to kick off the holiday season. Our buddies were amazing hosts too, treating us to a delicious Thanksgiving feast and taking us all over to see some beautiful sites. Thank you again, Trappes! We’re already looking forward to traveling back to Denver sometime soon to visit and hopefully see a show at Red Rocks. We visited the amphitheater on a cold, flurry-filled day, which inspired us to return as soon as the weather is warm again and music is filling the air. I really can’t imagine a more incredible venue to see a show. Here’s some fun captures from our Rocky Mountain holiday. We hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-2( view of the Rockies from The Stanley Hotel )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-3( E catchin’ Elk in Estes Park )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-4( The Stanley Hotel )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-5( BFF’s since high school and still kickin’ it  )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-6( a sunny and 70 degree Saturday on the patio at Denver Beer Co. )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-7( at Red Rocks Amphitheater )

His-Hers-Blog-Colorado-Thanksgiving-8( Red Rocks )

Travel Companions



The holiday travel and gifting season is officially in full swing. Inspired by last Monday’s post and our most recent trip to Colorado, we’ve pulled together a quick list of unisex travel companions to help get you through this busy season. Snag these picks for your next trip or gift to your favorite travel bug. Happy trails!


Travel Companions
1) Herschel Supply Co. Little America Backpack, $89.99 (available here)
2) Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camara, $100 (available here)
3) Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a tube, $6 (available here)
4) Cleanwell Natural Hand Sanitizer Spray, $3.39 (available here)
5) Aveda Stress-Fix Concentrate Rollerball Aroma, $24 (available here)
6) Scotch & Soda Check Blanket Scarf, $79 (available here)
7) Bose SoundLink Mini, $199 (available here)
8) Lotuff Leather Luggage Tags, $75 (available here)


My E and me are so very blessed to have many things to be thankful for this year… like the warm SoCal sun that now impressively blesses us each day (years of long, cold Chicago winters have me thinking I’ll surely wake up to snow one of these mornings)…
But in all seriousness, we’re most thankful for our amazing family and friends – both new and old. Thank you for your unconditional love and support! 

Sending big, big hugs to all of our loved ones and warm wishes to all of you for a very happy holiday season.

Happy Thanksgiving!