Gift Guides for Kids (That aren’t mine)

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I don’t usually subscribe to gendered gift lists but this seemed to be the easiest way to categorize. However, feel free to dabble from either list for whatever gender your little one may be, as well as the neutral gender list I put together. I give off over indulgent auntie vibes so some of these are a little expensive, especially for a child that isn’t yours and/or if you’re buying for multiples but I couldn’t resist adding a few. Perhaps just take the spirit of the gift into play.

The gift that I can’t seem to recommend enough, this year and every year, is always a book. Yes, I’m that aunt. My husband has been in love with me since the very first time we met (true story, not just hubris) so by our first Christmas together, a mere two months after we started dating, freshman year of college, we knew it was forever. I say that to explain the next very wild statement.

Since our first Christmas together at 18 years old, we having been buying children’s books for our non-existent future children. A little young and fresh in the relationship to be thinking about reproducing. But after a decade of Christmases and other gifting holidays, we’ve amassed quite the little collection. After all this time the break down seems to be that Marcus buys rationale classic stories (Corduroy, Frog and Toad, The Very Hungry Caterpillar) and I air on the side of Femininist, African and Indie books (Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughter/ Jumbo Means Hello/ Bad Girls Throughout History). Our children will absolutely have a well rounded reading collection.

Coming in this year for my gift book is “Little Leaders” by Vashti Harrison falling into the “girl’s” guide. Beautifully illustrated and very informative, it’s a great gift regardless of your child’s gender or race and I can not recommend it enough. My copy came in yesterday and I pretty much just cried flipping through it from the beauty of it all. Aside from that being my number one, everything else has my childless stamp of approval.

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Little Leaders // Maeva Doll (Doesn’t her outfit scream me?) // Hooded Personalized Minion Towel // Princess Duvet Cover // Taco Purse // Party Razor Scooter // Cat Emoji Earrings

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Drone // Personalized hooded minion towels  // Harry Potter Lego // Storm Trooper Vtech Watch// Astronaut Duvet Cover // Razor Scooter //Paw Patrol Robo Dog and Vehicle

I just recently got as prissy as I am and in my younger years would have honestly preferred the astronaut themed duvet. (Gifting Key to success: know your audience) With that in mind, my favorite list to put together without fail was the gender neutral list. I’m on a kick about gender roles and emotional work and equitable distribution of labor in households lately and I seem to have taken it out on this list. That kick includes teaching our non-existent sons from a very young age how to manage a household and be gentle and vulnerable in safe spaces (i.e. at home) and it starts from a young age with just learning to play pretend in a way that is safe like encouraging them to take part in house. But also teaching our daughters to canoe and kick predators in the face and build houses because they’re all skills a modern girly should have. So there’s that about that and I present to you my favorite list.

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Farmer Says Classic// Cash Register // Knex Thrill Ride // Frankie Beats Bat Boogie Has the best reviews I’ve ever seen for a talking toy// Day Trip Plush Canoe (Please buy this for my future child) // Melissa and Doug Fridge Play Food // Hearth and Hand with Magnolia work bench // Jetaire Camper Playhouse

And the item that isn’t included on this list but I encourage you to buy for my future child and save in your garage in any extra space you have, is this little number. My children don’t even exists yet and already they deserve it.

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Street Vendor Cart

I demand to know the last time you’ve seen a more perfect toy. Don’t worry, I’ll wait… It’s never happened! This would be so cute as a mobile library (there I go again with the books) or a snack cart or even just for your little ones to play store with stuff around the house. I love it so much I wanna buy it for my dogs. Okay, now I’ve gone too far.

Is there anything that I missed from this list that is a glaring hole like a seasons best seller or something that someone has bought for your little ones in the past that I need to get for the kiddos in my life? Let me know.

Xo Prepford Wife

A Prepford Husband: Gift Guide for Him 2017

Somehow, I’m a better men’s shopper than women’s. Probably because my primary gift giving is for my husband who is very sure of what he likes in this world. So consider this gift guide a gift from my husband to you. Every single thing is owned and approved by him. Half of the items on this list like before, are small business items including the hat, watch band, sweater, cologne and pin.

The item I can not recommend enough and I feel like needs an actual shout out is the cologne. My husband pleaded for it a few Christmas’ ago from online. He’d never smelled it before but knew from the descriptor that he wanted it so we got it. It is the BEST. SMELLING, COLOGNE, EVER. It’s strong and works well with his unique chemistry and super long lasting. I would get into my car for a week after he drove one day and my cloth seatbelt would still smell like it. Aside from that, we love everything on this list and couldn’t recommend them enough. 2017giftguideforhim

Harding Lane Hat // Yeti Bag Cooler //Bexar (Pronounced Bear) Goods Watch Band //Arnold Steiner Sweater // Flannel Lined LLBean Boots // J. Crew Travel Pillow // Rayban Clubmasters // VT Oswald Pin // DS & Durga Cologne // LLBean Windbreaker

Holiday Gift Guide for Her 2017

Today begins a series of Holiday gift guides, the first and the easiest being for her. This is a very specific “Her” List in that its the list that I would want if I didn’t already own most (i.e. some form of all) of these things. This things are all tried and true by me except for the Away bag which I love love love because of the beautiful Gray Malin print. My favorite thing about this list is that half of the items are from small business including the oxford, the hat, the tassels and to some extent the duffel. I think we tend to think of small businesses only in terms of arts and artisan goods but they definitely extend to wearable goods as well.

2017giftguideKate Spade Umbrella // J.Crew Factory Fleece vest //Aviate Hat // Bow Hair Tie // Tiny Tassel Earrings //Tuckernuck duffel // Katie Kime Oxford // Away with Gray Malin Print

 

 

Black, Cream and Bows for the Holidays

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Friend’s Christmas Party

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If you are keeping track here, then you know my husband wouldn’t let me put up the Christmas decorations early. (And by “let me” I do mean he won’t go get them out of the shed and get on a six foot ladder and hang them up for me while I’m at work). And since I can’t decorate  my house, I have no choice but to decorate myself in anticipation of Christmas and to stick it to the man (i.e. my hubby).

I know that Christmas calls for red and green, I get it. But for me, creams, blushes, and black steal the show. Add a bow? And be still my rapidly beating heart.  I have loved a bow since the dawn of time and I am so happy to see them making an appearance all over the place this holiday. And I always go with cream because it’s one of my skins favorite colors. So I’m giving you guys some of my favorite simple holiday party outfits that incorporate those colors plus a bow. From dressy holiday parties to casual evenings with family, you can always throw a bow on it and ignore the traditional Christmas colors.

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Office Christmas Party

Dress (old / similar similar/ similar) // Bow //Shoes (oldsimilar/ similar/ similar) // Purse (Similar/ similar)

 

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Christmas Day

Jacket (Wearing the mens) womens // Sweater // Skirt (old Vera Wang/ Similar/ Deal $14.99) // Socks // DIY Shoes/ Clutch (Old/ Similar)

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Turtleneck // Puffer vest (similar) // Wide leg pants (old/similar/comes in green too) // Bow

So what about you? Are you forgoing traditional Christmas for something just as festive? Do you even dress up on Christmas? (We don’t. Morning of= pajamas which I will blog about eventually)

XO Prepford Wife

Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Tassel earring // Coat // Skirt (not on the site yet but will show up here)// Tissue turtleneck // tights // Boots (old poshmark find)

I am one of those obnoxious people who shop months in advance. That thing where people say you marry your parents and become your parents is totally true. Both my mother and mother in law are usually done shopping by September and they just Dec 24th shop for traditional’s sake. (Mother in law is a New Yorker so 34th st Macy’s at midnight is an easy way to get “cheap” thrills)

Just because we over here have prepped for the Christmas-pocalyse doesn’t mean I can’t help you with Black Friday Deals. Every single thing that I’m wearing (except for this pair of tassel earrings) is 50% off right now as a part of J. Crew Factory’s Black Friday deals. And even the earrings are a fantastic deal at only $12. What a steal for a hand made (I have seen it happen for my very eyes) small shop goody. They are from The Tiny Tassel in South Carolina and would make a fabulous Christmas gift!

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My favorite things about this outfit is that it’s dressy if your family does that but also casual enough that you could toss on a cute sneaker or a riding boot and make it more relaxed if that’s what you guys do.

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Aside from the Tiny Tassel and J. Crew, here’s a list of my favs from the places I usually shop. These are mostly the biggies and I will update this in the coming days with a gift guide that includes some of my favorite small shops so you can shop small and local for #shopsmall Saturday, one of my FAVORITE shopping holidays of the year.

94AD89EC-48A6-4592-9A37-9125A9BABC88Boden: 30% off plus free shipping and returns over $49

Gap: early access 50% off entire purchase with code BLKFRIDAY

J. Crew: 40% off everything and free shipping with code THANKU

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything starting right now with code

Kate Spade: Surprise sale 75% off and free ground shipping when you spend $100 and 30% off regular site with code GIVEJOY

Katie Kime: Site wide sale 30% off

L.L. Bean: 20% off with THANKS20 and free $10 gift card

Modcloth Website down on Black Friday

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off designer clearance

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store: Entire Store 50% Off

Pottery Barn: Black Friday deals up to 50% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP

REI: Closed on Black Friday for #optoutside

Society Social: $300 off select items with code THANKS300, $100 off select items with code THANKS100 and $75 off with THANKS75

Toryburch 30% off $250 or more with code THANKS

Vera Bradley: 50% off select patterns and styles

wallsneedlove: 40% off with code EARLYBIRD40

West Elm: Buy More save more 15% off $100 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $100 or more and 30%off $3000 or more with code SAVEMORE

 

Iconic Trench

It is finally, finally trench coat season in my neck of the woods. I pulled out my favorite J. Crew trench in it’s honor. My favorite trench is one of three J. Crew trenches in my closet and I stand behind them 3500%.

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This specific trench is no longer available but there are some other goodies available around the internet for half the price.

 

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1// J. Crewlondonfog2// LondonFog

 


anneklein3// Anne Klein

ralph lauren4//Ralph Lauren Plus Size

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5// Ralph Lauren Contrast Trim

 

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6// Old Navy Deal Alert: $54.50 plus 40%

Ted Baker Wedding Guest Dress

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One of my favorite family members got married yesterday and the invitation called for formal wear. I’m hesitant when an invitation says formal only because I’m not sure if everyone will interpret it the same way. To be on the safe side, I default to shorter dresses with more formal structured fabric.

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Ted Baker always hits the nail on the head and this little number is no exception. Ted Baker dresses are appropriate for every season since many of them include floral on darker backgrounds. Universally flattering with a strong fabric which allowed me to wear regular undies, instead of some kind of spanx.

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Did I mention, she also has pockets and a killer back view?! I know once upon a time pockets were arare feature but I’ve reached the point in my life where I’m not buying an A-Line dress if she doesn’t have pockets.

 

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I paired it with a simple confetti gold clutch that I’ve had for years from J. Crew which is just big enough to hold credit cards, a travel size lotion, chapstick and an iPhone of normal size (judging you iPhone 7 Plus and larger). I also paired it with these Sophia Webster x J. Crew shoes that have yet to leave my closet. This felt like the perfect chance. This exact dress is from last year and I snagged it on poshmark brand new for the low low price of $25. Go ahead take the second to gasp and revel in my good fortune. Now go find one for yourself. Here are some beautiful dresses from this season that will give you the same effect as we go into the rest of fall and winter wedding season.

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So now, you tell me. What’s been your go to for easy wedding guest looks?

XO Prepford Wife

J. Crew Factory Newish Arrivals

The first holiday roll out and J. Crew and J. Crew Factory is always my favorite. This post was not going to be a thing until I saw the  pièce de résistance; the bow coat. With at least 40% off, I know that the coat and the cream bow sweater is what is guaranteed to come home with me. Do you know how good that’s going to look up against my skin? Ugh I’m so stoked. Here are my favorite items that are currently living in my cart waiting for me to waste too many monies.

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Sweater Blazer | Merino wool turtleneck | Bow sweater (Cream/Gray) | Ruffle Front Plaid Shirt | Wool Top Coat | Bow front coat|Slim cropped printed pantWool Mini Harvest Plaid Skirt | Pleated Mini Skirt

Honorable Mentions: Plaid blanket scarf | Cape Scarf

Which pieces are your favorite piece? Anything on your mind in particular?

XO Prepfordwife

PS I may have already purchased and received that cream bow sweater.

Cannonborough Collective

You know that thing where you have an idea about someone from online and then you meet them in person and they are totally different and it ruins the image in your head? This isn’t that. My husband and I had the absolute pleasure of meeting Mimi of the Tiny Tassel at her shop the Cannonborough Collective while we were in Charleston.

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I follow three schools of thought when I shop; shop small, shop local, shop black (women) and if at all possible do all three. Mimi checks off all the boxes with her little shop that she co-owns with Liz of the Charleston Weekender. I’d followed her on Instagram for a little while because women of color (particularly black women) in preppy spaces seem to be few and far between and I promised myself I would visit her shop if I had the chance because she seemed delightful. Plot spoiler she is! And the shop she co-runs is lovely as well!

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The little shop carries the only balloons in downtown, gifts, jewelry and clothes. Her mommy makes the adorable gingham items in her shops. (Take note, Mom. Hint hint.) While she herself makes the tassel earrings that gives The Tiny Tassel it’s name.

 

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If you ever have the chance to visit while in Charleston definitely do so, especially since the shop is right down from two other adorable shops Candy Corner and the instagrammable Sugar bake shop. Can’t find the other shops? Don’t worry they give out the cutest Charleston guide; so useful.

Go follow these ladies on instagram for an eye full of color and lovely.

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The Tiny Tassel

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Also how cute are our guys in their gingham bandanas? Even dogs deserve a souvenir.

XO Prepfordwife

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J. Crew New Arrivals

Usually I avoid the new product post at all cost but I am deeply in love with maybe 100 of J. Crew’s 163 new items. I am trying to be a little more discriminant about what things I allow into my closet. I’m starting to run out of space and I don’t blog for a living so closet room for practical goodies only is at a premium. I think I am only going to go for solid fall pieces and bypass transitional pieces since we have very little transition weather and tend to go right into fall. I’m going to think about it for a week or so and then decide which items are a must add to cart. Here’s a round up of my faves and ones that will more than likely end up in my cart before the season ends.

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Embroidered Tunic 

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Collection Donegal wool sweater

 

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Pom Pom Sweatshirt

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Open Front Sweater Blazer

 

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Faux Fur Vest

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Polka Dot Embroidered Tulle Dress

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Parke Blazer in Velvet

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Tie- Neck Wool Dress

If nothing else I will absolutely get the tie neck dress. It’s right up my alley just professional enough for work but with a little wink. And you know I love a contrast trim with all my heart. I also love that it’s A-line instead of sheath. The older I get the less figure hugging I want my clothing to be on my bottom half. God forbid I be able to eat in my dresses. So those are my new arrival picks. Anything in the new arrivals that you must must must own?

XO Prepfordwife