Traveler | Holiday Gift Guide

holiday gift guide traveler

Not all those who wander are lost luggage tag, $35 Darling Magazine, $20 Darling Kali Weekend Bag, $89 Fekkai PRX Reparatives Travel Kit, $15 Jac Vanek Istanbul Pants, $89 Jac Vanek Istanbul Pants, $89 Biaggi ZipSak, $49 Biaggi ZipSak, $49

I’ve recently been on a few journeys, so what better time to put a together a gift guide for a frequent traveler? This guide includes some of my tried-and-true favorites (the Biaggi Zipsak folds away to 1/4 of its size and weighs less than 4 pounds) as well as some new things I like (maybe it’s just me, but a luxe luggage tag feels like a special indulgence). If you’re traveling this holiday season, have a safe trip and I hope you have something good to read!

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Letter J Chelsea | Father’s Day Gift Guide

Letter J Chelsea Menswear Boutique | New York City

Father’s Day is in less than two weeks, so I’ve begun gift shopping. I prefer not to leave it until the last minute! Letter J Chelsea is a menswear boutique that recently opened in Chelsea, and Jason Somerfeld (Letter J’s owner) graciously granted me an interview.

I am seated comfortably in a modern-styled chair in Letter J Chelsea. The afternoon sun is bright and light streams through floor-to-ceiling front windows. On my right is a streamlined bookshelf filled with all sorts of interesting publications. To my left is the store, a surprisingly large, airy space. I am listening to Jason tell me about his career and what brought him to where he is today.

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Last-Minute Gifts | Holiday Gift Guide

last minute gift holiday gift guide ideas - warby parker, marc jacobs, urban zen holiday marketplace
Need a last-minute gift? Marc Jacobs is currently offering free overnight shipping on orders of $100 or more (plaid overnight bag, anyone?). If you have Amazon Prime and connect your account to you can receive free-two day shipping. And order by 10am EST on Monday for a complimentary shipping upgrade at Terrain.

For more great gift ideas, see also:

Warby Parker Holiday Gift Card Marc Jacobs World Tote Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Polish Urban Zen Holiday Marketplae

Booskerdoo 2013 Festivus Blend Review | Gift Guide

booskerdoo coffe co 2013 festivus blend in mason jar

Christmas is quickly approaching, but I hope you haven’t forgotten about the other late December holiday that’s coming up. In celebration of Festivus, Booskerdoo gifted me a mason jar full of freshly roasted 2013 Festivus Blend. A great cup of coffee is just the thing to give you a mental edge over the other guests at this Festivus’ Airing of Grievances.

My jar of Festivus Blend was roasted on 12/12 and is noticeably, amazingly fresh. As someone who probably loves coffee tastings more than wine tastings, I can tell you that this blend tends to be mild with low acidity and is extremely full-flavored. Light roasts are fantastic for cold brewing, so I cold brewed a batch overnight. I used about 2/3 cup of beans for 6 cups of water because I’m a total iced coffee monster. The blend is really, really good on it’s own. I usually take my coffee with a dash of cinnamon but omitted it in this recipe. The iced brew had an unexpected touch of sweetness and a hint of fruit.

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