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Holiday Party Outfits
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Jumpsuit, Shoes, Necklace

Who else has some holiday parties coming up? I have Jay’s work party, which is really a pretty lit party filled with 20-somethings who have that NYC-startup thinking going on. It’s such a fun time of year to dress up and really go all out. This time of year, along with vacation, are my favorite things to dress for. I love a good excuse to get fancy! A lot of these items are also perfect for winter weddings. I have one next week and I think that so many of these dresses would be perfect for it and the welcome dinner. I hope this helps get you in the festive spirit!

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Gift Guide-For Him

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This year I enlisted the help of Mr. Cozy (aka my husband aka Jay) for the Men’s Gift Guide. It was fun to work on it together and I am hoping to loop him into more posts on here soon ;) Like with the other gift guides, we kept the list small but powerful. We made sure that every item is a knock out of the park! I included descriptions as well as some of Jay’s insight in the descriptions below. Guys, if you are looking to drop a hint to someone in your life, just copy and paste the URL to this post and email it over to someone! If you send a link from the post, please copy the URL with the description below so that the gift giver purchases directly from my special link that gives me ‘credit.’ Happy gift giving!

  1. Sunglasses: Jay says that sunglasses are always a good gift because you wear them so much each year that you end up getting sick of them. Plus, in the summer he is committed to wearing sunglasses that match the vibe of his bathing suit, which I would hate on if I didn’t secretly appreciate and love it so much ;) These are SUCH a good price for polarized sunglasses. They are classic but still cool.

  2. Casper Mattress: Jay actually works for Casper in logistics and we both are gigantic fans of the mattress. Seriously, it changed my life and I struggle a lot sleeping anywhere without it. Its perfect in every way and such a steal for the price. I thought that it wasn’t going to be a good match for all of my specific requirements with my back injury and yet it somehow is. Jay thought of this for the gift guide because the gift of restful sleep is honestly the best. Its perfect for the holidays because it arrives in a box so you can actually wrap it and put it under the tree and no one would suspect that its a mattress (its crazy that it fits in such a small box)! If you’re giving this gift to someone who you share a bed with then it will also be a gift for you!

  3. Catchall: Jay’s catchall is great for his own organization and for our marriage because his wallet and other ‘loose’ items from his pocket go in one organized spot instead of on our counter. We both hate clutter and like when things have a ‘home.’ This one is so nice because its monogramed and manly. I got Jay one a couple of years ago for the holidays and he still says it was such a great gift.

  4. Fitness & Sleep Tracker Ring: I didn’t even know about this until Jay suggested it for the gift guide. It’s the same concept as the fitness and sleep tracking bracelets but is a ring. I think that it looks much cooler than the bracelets! Its not even obvious at all that its a tech ring. It syncs with your phone and comes in multiple colors.

  5. Jacket: This faux shearling lined jacket is the perfect amount of edgy and ‘normal.’ Plus, it was created by Justin Timberlake and who doesn’t want to be rocking something that makes you as cool as him?

  6. Backpack: This is my personal favorite gift on the gift guide. I have the women’s version and it changed my life. Its SO lightweight, has great compartments and pockets, is easy to wipe off/clean, and best of all has a slip on the back of it so that it slides on the handles of a suitcase. Its seriously the best feature for traveling. I just throw mine on the handles of my rolling carryon and it stays so securely on the handles. Instead of Jay having to carry a backpack and push his rolling carry on (in addition to mine), he could just slip this on the handles and have it all in one. Its amazing for everyday use and in replacement of a briefcase as well! Its pricey but worth every penny.

  7. Bar tools: Every man needs a good set of bar tools. Jay takes great pride in his bar equipment. I hooked him up with all of his tools for a birthday gift one year and it was definitely one of the best gifts I ever got him.

  8. Boots: Who doesn’t like getting a fresh pair of boots for the holidays? Jay loves Chelsea boots because they instantly dress up any outfit but are still casual. These just scream ‘handsome.’

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Gift Guide-Carly's Wishlist 2018

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Last year, by the time that I actually got my gifts, many of them were sold out and I couldn’t share them. This year, I thought that I’d be ahead of the game by sharing my wishlist as my first gift guide of the season. Granted, some of these items are purely fantasies and I won’t actually be getting them but its still fun to dream! If you’re looking for some gift ideas for yourself then jot a few of these down or send the link for your post directly to someone’s inbox as a hint! If you’re shopping for a woman, then definitely keep these options in mind! As always, I really appreciate if you purchase via the links (copied directly from right below here) that I provide and checkout within a few minutes of adding them to your cart so that I can get ‘credit.’ Thanks so much!

  1. Gucci Bag: I mean, isn’t it a beaut?! Its perfect for this time of year. So elegant while still being casual.

  2. Sneakers: Every year I ask for a new pair of sneakers because I desperately need a refresh each year. I LIVE in my sneakers and wear them every.single.day. These make you feel like you are walking on clouds. They are so great for your joints and are so lightweight. I think they are worth every penny and as a bonus win, they’re currently on sale. Sometimes I have to size up in sneakers but these run true to size for me.

  3. Faux Leather Coat: I have seen this coat so many times and wanted it and then watched it sell out. I’m not going to kick myself for not asking for it any longer so I’m putting it on my wishlist this year. It has a detachable hoodie! Plus, the price is great.

  4. OTK boots: This brand is so great for anyone with foot, knee, back or other injuries. It’s also just awesome for anyone who is looking for comfortable shoes and really, who isn’t?! I have OTK boots with little heels that look cute but really aren’t comfortable or good for endurance. I’ve been needing a pair of flat, more comfortable OTK boots for years now but haven’t wanted to pull the trigger on the price tag. However, this brand make the price tag worth it because they are quality so this year I’m asking for them as a gift.

  5. Air Fryer Toaster: I’ve been wanting an air fryer and so many people have been telling me how much I need one. I eat cooked vegetables 9 times out of 10 when I’m eating veggies and I’ve heard that the air fryer makes it so easy and quick to make them. However, I’m pretty sure my husband would leave me if I buy another kitchen tool with no plan of where to put it in our kitchen. I can’t stand to have one more appliance on the counters and our cabinets are full to the brim. This option is the perfect solution because its a toaster oven and air fryer in one! We would be able to get rid of our current toaster oven and replace it with this option.

  6. Jacket : I’ve been eying this parka for years now. I thought that the regular sizing (even the 00) ran big when I tried it on but by the time I went to ask for it last year, the Petite sizes were sold out. This year, I think that I’m going to ask for a Petite in the grey. I heard that its really warm and it looks nicer than most of my other coats.

  7. Blowdryer: I got this blowdryer for my mom last year and have used it and LOVE it. She then got it for my sister because she loved it so much as well. Now, I’m left out and really wanting one. Its lightweight, does such a good job, makes your hair so smooth and works quickly.

  8. Boots with Fur Detail: My single best purchase of last winter were these boots in tan. So much so that I’m asking for them in this darker brown color, which I think is a little dressier. They are so comfortable, have great traction, are perfect for snowy conditions, and are warm without being overly hot to wear. I seriously couldn’t rave about them more. They run true to size.

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Holiday Cards with Basic Invite
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Can you believe that it’s already the time of year to order your holiday cards? I made mine on Basic Invite this year and thought that the process was really seamless. I feel like whenever you try to create something with photos and text, it becomes a disaster but I found the process to be really easy. I also liked that they had plenty of ‘alternative’ options besides the traditional red and gold choices. I like to choose cards that are still ‘on brand’ with my style and I appreciated that I was able to do that. We’re not an ultra traditional couple so I was glad that we were able to create a card that didn’t feel super classic or traditional. They have almost an unlimited variety of color options, so that was super helpful! We are a mixed religion household so keeping it ‘neutral’ is important to us. That being said, Basic Invite has plenty of traditional options as well. They also have cards with beautiful foil details, which I LOVE. They also have cool and retro holiday cards as well as awesome holiday party invitations! Check out the best Christmas cards!

In the interest of keeping it real, I had a hard time when I saw my cards. I created our holiday cards the week before my dad died and when I came back to my apartment for the first time following his death, I had these waiting in the mail for me. It felt absurd to read the words ‘Joyful’ splashed across the top of my cards. It is the opposite of how I have been feeling ever since and I have felt weird about sending them out to friends and family with all that’s been going on. However, I decided to try and look at them as a reminder to choose joy whenever and wherever we can. There are so many reasons to let Joy escape our lives but we can’t let it fully do that. Even while living under the crazy weight of this grief, I know that I still need to find reasons to smile and laugh, even if they are just a tiny drop in the bucket of tears. I know that this holiday season will be extremely hard. I know that there will be a million reasons why I find it to be extremely painful. I also know that I need to open my eyes as wide as I can so that I can seek out any bits of joy that may be scattered around in the midst of the sorrow. When I can’t find it, I know that I will need to create it…even if its just in subtle ways like having a cozy night by the tree with my husband watching a movie. So, this card that I created may not currently speak my truth since I am not ‘Joyful’ but I will hang it up with the reminder to create any tiny shreds of joy that I can and I hope that you will find plenty of reasons to be joyful during the holiday season.

If you are looking to create awesome holiday cards or holiday party invitations, make sure to check out Basic Invite. You won’t be disappointed with the selection! They even offer an address capturing service to make the whole process easier on you. They are running a ton of promotions this holiday season so make sure to check the website for their current promotion. At this moment, they are offering 15% off everything with the code 15FF51. Happy Holidays, friends!

 

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This post is sponsored. However, all thought and opinions are my own.

Holiday Party Outfits
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Are you guys going to any holiday parties this year? My husband's company, Casper, is having a holiday party in Brooklyn and it's Black Tie optional! I'm excited to get all dressed up and celebrate this festive season. I think that these outfits would be awesome for any holiday party.. after all, a party this time of year is a fun excuse to get all dressed up! These pieces would also be perfect for any winter weddings. As always, click on an image below to shop it.

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Stockings
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I don't even ever stuff the stockings in our home but I LOVE having them! Maybe this year I will stuff Jay's/both of ours haha. I love how cuddly and cozy these stockings are! I could sleep with them and cuddle them but instead I choose to be normal and hang them up. We don't have a fireplace mantel in our apartment so I hang them from a shelf on our TV unit and it works perfectly. I LOVE all of these stockings! I'd like to buy a couple of these Anthropologie ones to add to ours but I don't want to give any false hope to my mom that I'm having a baby or anything haha. Click on any image below to shop!

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Gift Guide For The Cozy Girl

If you're shopping for someone who appreciates being cozy at home then you've come to the right place. A gift guide curated by the Cozy Curator for cozy girls?!?! What whattttt! All of these items are PERFECT for the cold months ahead especially. Give the gift of comfort with any of these. Click on any image above to shop the exact item. I also linked these items in different colors/variations along with some similar products below. 

Insanely Cozy Pullovers/Zip Ups

Softest "Flannel" PJ Sets

The Cuddliest Throws

The BEST Winter Candles & Diffusers

Cute Pom Beanies

Fringe Scarf

The Perfect Hot Chocolate Mugs

Luxurious Bath Products

For Binge Watching Shows & Movies

Fuzzy Slippers & Socks

The Kind Of Sweaters You Want To Live In

Gift Guide For The Every Guy

I LOVE shopping for men! I know that its not the norm and that men are actually difficult for women to shop for (they're a different species after all), but I have always loved shopping for guys. I love "styling" my husband but more so than that, I love introducing him to a new product that totally changes the game and getting all of the credit for the discovery (whoops, can't help it)! I thought that for this gift guide, I would round up all of my "slam dunks" over the past few years that any and every guy would like. These are all tried and true and male approved! You can click on an icon in the photo above to shop it. I also linked different versions of it and/or other retailers that sell it. 

Game Changing Underwear!

I know that it seems lame to get underwear and pajama pants for gifts but these are far from lame! They are SO SOFT! They are nice and thin and breathable and they feel like butter. Jay refuses to wear any others now. They have a really flat and silky waistband that makes it feel seamless. Apparently, it feels like you're not wearing any underwear but still have all of the support that you need. I was out of PJ shorts recently and wore a pair of his underwear and wowwwwww. Honestly, it was kind of a mistake because now I only want to wear that but I'm trying to keep one semblance of pretending like I care about what I look like in my "loungewear." I can now confidently say that they are worth the money and more. 

The SOFTEST PJ Pants Of All Time

These PJ pants are made of the same material and have the same waistband as the briefs above.

NFL Beer Mug

If the man that you're shopping for likes football and beer, he will love this gift! It's a classy way to incorporate sports memorabilia into your home too. The etching is really nicely done and the mugs are such great quality. The monogramming is also a really nice touch. I got this for Jay years ago and took it too far and wrote "King Jay" for the monogram...like he needed any more of an ego boost!!! Jay keeps this in the freezer a lot for a perfectly chilled beer.  

A Classy Monogrammed Watch Box 

It's such an awesome gift for a man that he really wouldn't buy himself. The quality of this box is so nice! The monogrammed touch really helps too. It's perfect to put on his dresser or on a shelf in his closet. It's nice to display your watches and have a "home" for them so that they are taken care of.

Leather Gloves-Such A Classic

Like I said...such a classic. Really can't go wrong.

The Most Luxurious Shaving Products

These products really elevate the whole shaving experience to feel like you're at a spa. Most importantly though, they are gentle on your skin and actually nourish it instead of harming it. Bonus that each guy feels like Don Draper using it. I love the blue scent the most, personally!

Google Home Is a Game Changer For His Home

It will become the guy's new bestie! What doesn't it do is the question?! 

This Water Bottle Keeps Things Cold For Years

I can confidently say that everyone needs a S'well water bottle whether you're a man, woman or child!

The Classiest Sneakers

Jay gets SO many compliments on his brown leather sneakers. They are so versatile because they are a dressed up casual shoe so they work for a lot of occasions. 

The "Non Stuffy" Tie Clip

The brushed metal gives them an edgier feel without veering away from the classic look.