Shopping List: Valentine's Day For The Ladies

Valentine's Day is one of those days that causes some controversy. (Using the term 'controversy' very, very lightly here.)

I'm an old, married woman which means that ultimately I'm not too bothered about it either way. Still, there are certain aspects about this "holiday" that make me squirm – the pressure to couple up, the marketing campaigns aimed to convince that it's always better to be in a pair than on your own...that sort of thing. Though the marketing and messaging around Valentine's Day can be awful for lots of reasons, let's not let that spoil our feelings about the 14th of February. 

If you approach it properly, Valentine's Day can be pretty fun – fun because it's kind of ridiculous, fun because there's candy, fun because it involves nice feelings. There's also Galentine's Day on the 13th, and let's not forget the fact that Valentine's Day itself is a good excuse to gift yourself, your girlfriends, or a loved one something sweet. 

Cue Huckberry. As you may remember from posts past, these guys are the best when it comes to gifts for gals and guys alike. Whether you're searching for a gift for yourself or your best girlfriend, here are a few of my favorite Valentine's Day gift for the ladies:


Shopping List: Winter Sale Picks

This is around the time of the year that my whole "minimalist shopping" thing is challenged.

You see, it's January – the period that the entire Northern Hemisphere has collectively decided to be the most 'meh' time of the year. It's finally cold. Expensive, warm things are finally on sale. And, to cap it all of, I just got a new rewards card. So yeah, you could say the conditions are right for a little winter sale shopping.

Instead of making ill-considered sale purchases, instead I usually Pin my heart out in an effort to control myself and my obsessive (not quite compulsive) shopping habits. With that in mind, here are a few winter sale picks currently on that list of obsessions:


Shopping List: The Fall 2015 Cropped Pant

Indulge me for a moment, will you?

I'm currently having a love affair with a pair of pants. A knock down, drag out, downright obsession with a particular style of cropped pants that's everywhere right now. We'll call it the Fall 2015 Cropped Pant.

This is the kind of obsession I now encounter from time to time, and it began once I started practicing the method of shopping slow. I embraced a smaller closet, avoided fast fashion and quick, cheap, impulse fashion purchases, and now – now – have entered into a world of analyzing almost every single purchase I make. (Can any other small closet converts relate?)

This cropped pant is my current obsession. I love how ugly they are in the best way possible, and how perfect they'll be for transitional weather. Wear with a t-shirt and straw hat now, then a crewneck sweater and motorcycle boots later. It's sheer perfection, I tell you.

For your viewing pleasure, and for the sake of indulging my obsession just a little bit more, I've put together a list of 16 of the best, ugliest, and most perfect cropped pants around. Gals, meet the Fall 2015 Cropped Pant: 


Shopping List: Summer Sale Picks

I've been a little obsessed with summer clothes lately.

Let's face it: London isn't exactly known for its hot weather, and as someone who's always cold, I spent most of my time there in long-sleeved button-ups. 

While I won't be shedding those, well, ever, I've decided to embrace a new summer wardrobe after I unpacked and realized that the last time I bought summer clothes I was 25 and had, shall we say, slightly different taste. Luckily we arrived just in time for the summer sales, so I'm eyeing several things while maintaining a slow shopping mindset.

Picture me wearing one of my favorite summer sale picks with this hat, on my new hammock (yes!), slathered in bug spray (unfortunately) and drinking a nut milk. Does it get much better?

crescent moon floating ring (now $35)

jane top (now $89)

the ciggy (now $89) – To pair with breezy, billowy sleeveless blouses and sheaths

mini creamer (now $14) – Wouln't this make a nice vase for a sweet little flower?

low back chemise (now $364)

malick flat slip on (now $99)

pia dress (now $169)

indigo pullover (now $62)

lune sandal (now $248)

tassel 11 (now $70.99)

hydrate facial toner (now $18)

marketmore hat (now $79.99)

farm vase (now $40.80)

new berliner dress (now $99) 

indigo tunic ($88) – I cheated. This tunic is not on sale, but it is from Carla Osborn's Pippa Romana, so I'd say it's worth including.

sunshine cream (now $14)

 

What was your favorite buy this summer, or even this year? I'm on the lookout for a wear-everyday striped tank, so if you've seen a great one then let me know! I'm all ears.


Shopping List: Best Father's Day Ever

Aside from their journal, and their support for independent makers, and their great photography, etc. etc. what I like the most about San Francisco's Huckberry is the fact that although it's no doubt a male-focused site, it's not just for dudes.

Case in point: everything in their robust Accessories and Home sections. Not to mention the super wearable items for us tomboys out there. Hello, perfect sunglasses. Looking forward to seeing you later this year, dreamy grey sweatshirt.

With all of this in mind, I have some news to break to you: Father's Day is coming up fast, and by that I mean it's less than two weeks away. So whether you're shopping for your dad or your baby daddy, here are 16 Father's Day gifts you'll actually want to give – and a few reasons why you should:  

 

work chukka boots ($260)

blunt force hammer ($32.98) – boys and their toys, right?

escapades sunglasses ($159.98)

traveler's mug with lid ($36.98)

calder swimming trunks ($69.98) – because you know he needs a new pair but will never (ever) buy one for himself

dalai wallet ($74.98)

todd henley ($46.98)

old fashioned shave cream ($24.98)

pair of moscow mules ($49.98) – i showed these mugs in my valentine's day roundup, but i had to include them again. i have these and they have a special way of making you feel both fancy and rugged at the same time. totally recommended.

mackinaw field watch ($600) – chip in your funds with siblings or consider consolidating your various gifts throughout the year into one really, really great father's day gift 

baxter desk organizer ($58.98) – because you got your love for organization somewhere

51st studio bluetooth headphones ($179.98) – because he's not like a regular dad, he's a cool dad

porsche 911 print ($34.98)

leather head sports handsome dan ($129.98)

roo hammock ($129.98) – tip: buy this, then plan a camping trip for the two of you (!)

iphone 6 4-in-1 lens ($79.98)

 

For more Father's Day goodness, check out Huckberry's Father's Day shop as well as another teeny tiny Father's Day guide compiled by yours truly here

 

I received product from Huckberry though this is a business I love and believe in, and I'm obsessed with their photography and aesthetic. It almost makes me wish that I was a dude, though not quite. Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Second Floor Flat. Have questions? Let me know!


Shopping List: Spring Wants

Barcelona, y'all. That's where we're going.

We leave tonight to sleep a friend's flat that's closer to the airport, since our flight leaves London at an unmentionable time on Saturday morning. Very unmentionable. But that's what you get when you're traveling on a budget, folks. That's what you get.

Anyway, in honor of Spain – and in honor of Fashion Revolution Day – I put together a little dream packing list for what my ideal Barcelona suitcase, and ideal spring/summer wardrobe would look like. Per usual, all pieces are from quality, sometimes smaller makers and those who support those makers. 

Here we go:

leonard sunglasses ($177) via need supply co.

felt hat ($98) by westerlind 

bucket bag in nude ($485) by building block

indigo kiss flat ($140) by osborn

bleach rancher hat ($105) via the lady & the sailor

flat clutch ($54) by lee coren

multi-task mini oil ($12) by soul sunday

summit vest ($248) by kieley kimmel

antiparos sandals ($196) by kyma

the cruiser ($185) by mother

dahl open toe mule ($415) by rachel comey

lipstick crayon in 99 red balloons ($24) by ilia

chord voyage top ($190) by ace & jig via accompany

rafia platform shoe ($395) by robert clergerie

tee shirt in ocean blue stripe ($188) by california tailor

tamarisk necklace ($56) by melissa sonico

 

You can follow along on my Barcelona travels here. Otherwise, I'll catch you guys next week!


Shopping List: Valentine's Day Gifts For Dudes

I hope you like indie designers and makers, I really do, because this week I'm going to be sharing a lot of stuff with you guys from the indie designer and maker world starting with Huckberry – a giant of a San Francisco e-boutique that focuses on showcasing the best emerging brands in the menswear market.

The designers stocked by Huckberry are no accident. In fact, the Huckberry team does a ton of research to finds brands that inspire more "active, adventurous, and stylish lives". They're also storytellers, and great ones at that (check out the Journal). I'm no stranger to menswear so I plan on frequenting Huckberry both for myself, and for this guy.

And speaking of that guy, Valentine's Day is soon. Like, very soon. Maybe you're a fan of the day, maybe you hate it, but either way it's a good reason to support an indie maker, wouldn't you say?

To help your on your merry way, I've put together a little Shopping List of Valentine's Day gifts for guys, or for yourself. 

wool linen chore coat ($249.98) by apolis

commonwealth boot ($174.98) by boston boot co.

merino foot soldier blanket ($129.98) by fairbault woolen mill co. 

campfire cologne ($12.98) by antler&co

marled watch cap ($16.98) by columbiaknit

stay true linen banner ($72.98) by three potato four

laptop case ($459.98) by this is ground

coho sweatshirt ($59.98) by finisterre

timex weekender watch ($88) by formfunctionform

biran 1 scarf ($59.98) by vacation days

fair isle socks ($27.98) by american trench 

coffee sampler ($17.98) by pony brand coffee

hammer print ($34.98) by roo kee roo

moscow mule mugs ($49.98) by huckberry

clay mask ($16.98) by fig + yarrow

elements travel wallet ($139.95) by bellroy

 

Product was gifted from Huckberry in exchange for this post. However, Huckberry is a business with a mission I truly believe in.

Thank you for supporting the businesses that support Second Floor Flat. Have questions? Don't like this? Let me know!