Valentine’s Gift Ideas for the Mr.

It seems that whenever I write about post about gift ideas, Ted always asks what I’m going to get him. I like to think that me being his Valentine is enough, but nevertheless, he has a point. These are a few of my current favorite ideas, though I would like to add a disclaimer that these are ideas that are likely best suited once you’ve walked down the aisle. Trying to take over a man’s wardrobe before you’re married is risky business, let alone asking him to use a face mask. Ted and I passed that point a long time ago, and he agrees that his wardrobe and grooming is better for it. Before we were married, I stuck to things like electronics or tickets to something fun (whether a concert or sporting event).

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1. This commuter briefcase is a perfect blend of rugged man bag and enough polish to look professional showing up to an important meeting.

 2. Monogrammed cufflinks add a timeless personal touch to any professional wardrobe. I also love these as a gift idea for groomsmen.

 3. After a hard week at work, he can impress his friends when he offers them a drink sporting a giant ice ball just like the most popular craft cocktail bars.

4. The Tile makes missing keys, wallets, or even phones a thing of the past. It links to your phone so that you can “ring” your keys. A lifesaver for mornings in our house where the keys always seem to go missing.

 5. Born in Richmond, Ledbury shirts are some of the best fitting shirts around. The guys that founded the company are pretty great too. The start-up is still small enough that the founders often stop by pop-up shop events and customer appreciation parties.

6. I’ve been using Biore charcoal products for awhile, but splurged on this Beautycounter set for Ted for Christmas. The first time he used it, he left the mask on a little too long and his face turned red, but hasn’t had a problem since.

7. This slim wallet is perfect for today’s tailored suit and fitted jeans trend since it slips nicely in pockets without adding bulk.

8. It took me forever to convince Ted that throwing on gym shoes with jeans, even if just to run to the grocery store, isn’t the best look. Now I’m hoping he’ll abandon flip flops in the dead of winter to take out the dog, if there is a comfy casual alternative.

What are you planning to get your S.O. for Valentine’s Day?

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Guys

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While Valentine’s Day is often all about the girls, sometimes guys like to be shown a little love as well. I’ve put together a few finds that I know my husband would love. He was born and bred in the south, but has a sincere appreciation for a well-tailored suit and quality leather goods. A slim card case slips easily into his pockets without adding bulk, and he loves the perfect fit of a Ledbury shirt. Mark & Graham’s secret message cufflinks allow you to hide a message behind hammered metal, and Bulleit Bourbon with an issue of Gun & Garden is a great way to relax at the end of a long week.

Stubble and ‘Stache / Ledbury / Card Case / Garden & Gun / Cufflinks / Bulleit Bourbon

Southern Man Style by Ledbury

What happens when a love for the bespoke tailoring of Savile Row meets good ole’ Southern roots and a need for ready to wear that looks tailor-made? The answer is Ledbury. Headquartered in a renovated tobacco warehouse in Richmond, Ledbury bridges the gap between fit and quality with offerings for both work and play that reflect a decidedly Southern heritage (classic american styling hasn’t gotten lost in the quest for a tailored fit). Between now and late January, DC dwellers have the opportunity to shop Ledbury’s pop-up shop in Georgetown amidst the famed Wisconsin Avenue shops that are always bustling with tourists and locals, alike. Since my husband has been devoted to the brand since it first began gaining momentum, he was thrilled to be able to attend the recent launch party for the pop-up shop and couldn’t pass up an opportunity to meet co-founder, Paul Trible.

We were greeted warmly as soon as we arrived at the launch party, pointed towards the coat rack and towards the back of the store where bartenders were deftly serving up signature cocktails featuring Bulleit bourbon. We sampled “The Underwood” which was a clever twist on a classic Brown Derby, replacing honey syrup with habanero honey for spiced up kick mellowed by a splash of fresh grapefruit. It was easy to spot the Ledbury loyalists as they looked like (well-dressed) clones of the founder and of one another in varying combinations of checkered shirts topped of with a solid sweater sporting a well-groomed side part. What made for even better people watching, interestingly, were the gaggles of (likely) Georgetown girls arriving without a man in tow…not a bad place to snag dapper gentleman, so, salut!

All in all, I can confidently say our purchases that night won’t be our last!

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