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UNDER $50 

#1 Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer BT7215/49 $49.95
Why this makes a good gift: It's a subtle way to give a hint "hey trim that thing, it's tickling my face." 

#2 Ɯberleben Fire Starter $16.00
For your man who likes to camp, plus it's German made so you know it's quality. 

#3 The Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook $15.00
For when your man starts an out of control fire with this fire starter, now he'll know what to do. 

#4 Heavy Duty All Metal Tube Wringer $22.00
For the man who refuses to buy toothpaste until it's absolutely, positively empty. And yes, I say this from experience. 

#5 Sak Gear Waterproof Dry Bag $22-$27 depending on size 
Perfect for going to the beach, camping, hiking, or any other activity. Keeps any contents dry and it comes in tons of colors. 

#6 Tile Pro with Replaceable Battery $35
Put this on your man so you always know where he is! No, don't actually do that that's a little creepy. 

#7 Men's Touchscreen Leather Driving Gloves $23-$32 depending on lining
One of my favorite things I've ever gotten as a gift, these are very warm and great for everyday use. You can choose from fleece, wool or cashmere for the inside 

#8 Flick Candles $17
My personal favorite is Fantasy Football Failure so you can remind him of how he wasted good time watching football that he could have been spending with you. I mean he probably lost anyway let's be honest. But in all seriousness these are perfect for any occasion or gag gift trade, they're hilarious. 

#9 The Marlowe Lunch Bag $35
This is actually pretty cool, it's like the upgraded adult version of a paper lunch bag. It's made from wax canvas so if anything spills it's easy to clean too. 

#10 Oliver Rocket Bath Bomb Set $20
Everyone loves bath bombs, if he says he doesn't either tell him he's lying or bribe him with the idea of using them together. Win win. 

UNDER $100

#1 JBL Charge 3 Portable Speaker $99
Play some romantic music while you're in the tub with your bath bombs and you can even light your Fantasy Football Failure candle with the fire starter, it's the whole package. But seriously, I have this and the sound quality is great for being under $100

#2 Roku Streaming Stick $60
So you can Netflix and Chill! No but let's be honest he's probably too cheap to buy cable. I'm right aren't I?

#3 Deep Sea Sand Art $85
I honestly don't even have a good reason other than this thing is mesmerizing to watch. Also good desk art for him at work, he can watch this while pretending to actually be working. 

#4 Grill Master Crate $99
Comes with barbecue sauces, seasonings, 4 meat thermometers, wood chips, a meat tenderizer, and a cast iron smoker box. Really an awesome gift for $100 and it comes in really cool packaging too. 

#5 Bose Soundsport Wireless Headphones $99
I have these and I love them, I've had them for a couple years now and they still work perfectly. Wireless headphones are great for a lot of things: commuting to work, the gym and really anything else.

UNDER $250

#1 Waffle Robe $120
Comfortable and made from Turkish Cotton, it's like a luxurious burrito for your body.

#2 Flaviar Spirits Club $210 for the year if paid annually
This is the gift that keeps on giving! It's $20 a month and each month they send samples of all kinds of different liquor to his door, and it even includes access to rare and vintage spirits which is pretty cool. 

#3 Savage Industries EDC Two Sail Cloth Bag $145 
This is so cool so excuse me while I geek out. Made from recycled sail cloth it would make a cool bag for travel or work, even a gym bag. It's super heavy duty and easy to clean too. The coolest part? Savage Industries is owned by Adam Savage, one half of the Mythbusters!

#4 Book of the Month Club $150 per year 
Another gift to last the year, this subscription brings together new and highly rated books and lets them choose what book they'd most like to read that month. This would make a really cool gift for anyone who loves to read. 

That concludes the gift ideas! I think there are a lot of really neat ideas on this list that aren't super cookie cutter, there is something for everyone from the reader to the outdoorsy guy. I'd love to know if you choose any of these and what they think! Now on to the next part of this post.


#1 Clothes 
This could honestly go for anybody I personally struggle with wanting other people to buy me clothes because if it doesn't fit it creates a chore for either them or me to have to go return or exchange it. Unless you know of something specific, I'd skip the clothing. 

#2 Cologne 
Everyone's nose is different so this is something I think is really hard to buy for someone else. If you want an input go shopping together. 

#3 Anything Crazy Expensive 
I assume this goes for any guy but I don't want you to run out and spend $500 on me, I would much rather have something that someone put thought into. 

#4 Something Super Generic
Things like gift cards; to me they feel really impersonal, almost like someone forgot you until the last minute or didn't feel like putting any thought into the gift. 

That's all for now! You will probably be seeing me posting more around here but I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope it helped give you some unique and fun ideas for the guys in your lives. Talk to you next time!

Coffee Catchup

It has been way too long since I've posted on the blog consistently but so much has been happening! I figured it was about time to update you all on what I've been up to, so I'm launching a new series: Coffee Catchup where once a month I'll hop on and round up what I've been up to that month! Now, grab a coffee and let's get into the interesting stuff.

#1 Moving to Des Moines

As most of you probably already know my boyfriend and I moved to Des Moines in April and we are loving it! Seriously, if anyone in their 20's is looking for a decently affordable place to live with lots of great places to eat and tons of things to do Des Moines is definitely worth looking into! We were a little hesitant about moving to a bigger city but we are so glad we made the leap! There is so much going on in this town that boredom won't ever enter your vocabulary. We looked at a ton of different housing options before moving here and while we fell in love with a few, most did not include parking which would end up being around $250 per month alone. Ouch! We actually ended up living at the very last place we looked at which is infuriatingly hilarious given how many different places we looked at but it's downtown, includes free parking, an amazing community of people, and a dog park! Which brings us to my next update, or should I say pupdate!

#2 We Rescued 2 Dogs

If you know me at all you know I'm a huge dog lover. Seriously, I'm the girl who actually squeals when I see a dog in public. (Sorry Chris!) It's actually kind of a funny story how we came to adopt these two, so I have to tell you. Shortly after we moved here we discovered that our building has a get-together called "Yappy Hour" every Wednesday night where everyone brings their dogs outside to the dog park so the dogs can play and the owners can socialize. It's so much fun! The first few weeks we went just to meet our neighbors and get our puppy fix. After a few weeks we toyed around with the idea of getting A dog. Singular. One dog. Well Chris, against his better judgement, let me drag him to the animal shelter around the block from our new place where we asked if they had any dogs. It seemed they mostly only had cats but she said they had two dogs, brother and sister (Freya and Odin), who had just arrived. However, the brother (Odin) was already pending adoption. This broke my heart because they are 4 years old and have been together their entire lives and the thought of someone splitting them up left me devastated. We fell in love with both dogs, they have totally different personalities and it is so funny to watch them interact! We begged the adoption counselor to reconsider splitting them up but she said that there wasn't much she could do. We agreed that we couldn't leave Freya there by herself so we signed a contract that day and headed directly to PetSmart to pick up all the supplies we needed for our new pup! We were set to pick her up the next morning so we could have that night to get everything we needed and get the apartment ready for her. Little did we know, life had other plans! When we returned to the shelter the next morning the same adoption counselor from the previous day was working and she informed us that Odin's adoption had fallen through. The people planning to adopt him didn't have the heart to split them up so she asked if we wanted both of them. I had told Chris the night before that I wanted both of them and that if for some reason Odin's adoption didn't work out we would either take both of them or neither because I couldn't be the one responsible for splitting them up. So we decided on the spot that we would take them both. We asked her to keep them for a little while longer while we ran back to PetSmart to get another set of everything, she agreed. So like little kids at Christmas we ran back to buy more supplies and go back to get our new puppers! We signed all the rest of the paperwork and brought them home that day and they have been so happy! We've definitely seen their personalities come out and they both LOVE to snuggle. There has definitely been some times where we've been overwhelmed by the fact that we never meant to have two dogs but it has been such a gift! You can enjoy some wonderfully weird pictures of them below.

#3 New Jobs

Obviously with moving comes the stress of finding a new job. For both of us, we didn't want to settle into something we weren't passionate about and we wanted to get into the career fields we want to end up in. We have both been so incredibly lucky to find jobs we love! I took a job as an Ophthalmic Technician at Iowa Retina Consultants and I love it! Most of you don't know this because I don't talk about it very often but I have worked in eye care for about 4 and a half years now and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. Chris got an amazing job in the legal department at Meredith Corporation. He wants to go on to law school eventually, and this job is great for getting his foot in the door and getting some legal experience before he takes the LSAT and applies for law school. I'm so proud of him!

So that's just a little taste of what has been going on lately, as well as me updating the blog! I feel like my life and style has changed a lot in the past year so I've been trying to figure out how to balance blogging with working full time and trying to have a social life and to be honest it's been super hard. I'm starting to fall into a routine finally so you should see a lot more posts here soon! I've also been revamping the blog to reflect my more casual but still classy approach to my personal style. I feel like my outfits have been a lot more simple lately and as much as I love my Lilly and always will I just don't find myself reaching for it like I used to. I'm excited to share my new style that I hope will be not only attainable for everyone but also affordable. I'm really excited to change things around here, so look forward to hearing from me more!

My Favorite Holiday Traditions

I don't know about you, but I am so excited to decorate my apartment and get the tree up so we can enjoy it! Nothing is better than making your home feel so cozy and warm for the holiday season. I just love coming home to the most inviting apartment and relaxing with a cup of hot cocoa and watching a Christmas movie, and *spoiler alert* that is most likely where you'll find me for the next month. I really have no shame.

That being said I wanted to kick off the holiday posts with a couple of our favorite holiday traditions, I love the fun little things we do every year and it's always one of my favorite parts of the holiday season. Traditions mean a lot to me, my family had them when I was younger and I loved starting my own once I moved away from home. Chris has always been a saint putting up with some of my crazy or random ideas but a couple of them stuck and now we look forward to them each and every year. I'd love to hear what traditions you all have, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

#1 Pajama Picking

This first tradition was actually something really random and spontaneous that happened while we were out doing our Christmas shopping one year. We were in Old Navy and we came across some adorable pajamas, anyone who knows me knows that I am a sucker for a good pair of pajamas all year round but winter pj's are my favorite. We actually both had the same idea at the same time, we decided that we wanted to pick out a pair of pajamas for each other and save them for Christmas Eve.

#2 Cocoa, Cookies, and Christmas Eve

So like I mentioned above we picked out pajamas for each other but we didn't let the other person see them until Christmas Eve. So we like to spend Christmas Eve relaxing at home in our pajamas watching ELF and eating cookies we make together that day and drinking hot cocoa. It's a nice way to just spend some time together before the chaos of all our family Christmas parties.

#3 Christmas Movie Marathon

Chris and I both work Monday - Friday so we try to find as much quality time together as possible at night and on the weekends. For the whole month of December we try to watch a Christmas themed movie at least a couple times a week and one on weekends. It's just a good way for us to come home and relax either after work or after a really long week and it always gives us something small to look forward to. I'm actually considering writing a separate post with our favorite Christmas movies so be on the lookout!

#4 Ornament Swap

This one is absolutely my favorite tradition, so I saved the best for last! I'm honestly not even sure I remember how this one came about but it is so much fun and I think it really takes a lot of thought from the other half, it's always such a sweet thing and it doesn't have to cost much. So every year before Christmas we exchange Christmas ornaments. We each pick out an ornament that signifies something we did that year, somewhere we went, or something that happened that we want to remember. For example, this year I got him a Christmas ornament of the scales of justice because this year he graduated and got his first job in the legal department of a large publishing company and I'm so proud of him! This year he got me a beautiful ornament from DisneyWorld since back in February we went for my birthday and it was the first time I had ever been! It was so much fun.

So that sums up all of my Christmas traditions! I think every couple should do an ornament swap because I think it is so much fun and so special to see what the other person thinks was an important event or trip, or even just something that means a lot to you or something that reminds them of you! I'd love to know if you steal any of these for yourself, they're so much fun and so special that I felt like I needed to share! Again, I'd love to know about your favorite traditions in the comments!

I'll see you back here soon for more holiday posts!