GIFT GUIDE | Valentine's Day by Huckberry

Valentine's Day—it's loved, hated, and inevitable. Luckily, our pals at Huckberry have put together two incredible guides, one for him and one for her, full of practical and endearing gifts for the rugged and stylish loves in your life. Here are a few of my picks from their guides—just don't wait until the last minute, there's less than a week to get in on the Huckberry V-Day gifts!

Clockwise from top left: Argaman & Defiance Infinity Scarf ($33); Nipomo Tierra Diamante Blanket ($65); Pair of Copper Moscow Mule Mugs ($50); Fig & Yarrow Pink Love Salts ($29); Leather and Brass Necklace by Julia Szendrei ($29); One Year Subscription to Darling Magazine ($99);  Spurcycle Bicycle Bell ($45); Bees Knees Spicy Honey by Mixed Made ($26 for two bottles).

UNIFORM | Strathcona Stockings and Socks

In my experience, if there's ever a month for great socks, it's January. It's cold, it's gray, it's the perfect time to add some color and fun to your feet. Enter Strathcona, the ideal socks and stockings for men, women, and kids that are printed from designs, collages, photographs and original drawings. They're locally made in Canada by artist and designer Ryley O'Byrne. Check out their online shop, I've got my eye on this pair

SITE | Unsplash

Bloggers, photographers and web peeps out there will find this most useful, but had to share Unsplash, the royalty free photo site where you can use, alter, and post photos (great photos, I might add), even for commercial use—all for free. Pretty incredible resource.
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DESIGN | Buddy Editions


Winter by Valeria Rienzi.

Started by Katie Armour of Matchbook MagazineBuddy Editions is an online art gallery that features emerging artists around the globe. The collection of limited-edition art prints is a mix of everything from fashion illustrations to black and white photos of urban landscapes. Beginning at $50, Buddy Editions is a great way to buy art on a budget that isn't something you'll likely see on anyone else's wall. I love these four seasonal fashion illustrations by Uruguay-based artist Valeria Rienzi. Winter (above), Spring, Summer and Autumn (below) are $50-$500 per print, depending on size. Check out all the other great artists at Buddy Editions too!


SCENE | New Orleans, LA.

A concert by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band at Preservation Hall, New Orleans, 1965. 

We're in New Orleans this weekend, going full steam into all things Cajun and jazzy. If any of you NOLA natives or aficionados have any Tomboy Style-y recs, I'd be so grateful!

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SCENE | Montana Winter by Anaïs & Dax

When I first saw the Montana Winter series by Los Angeles-based photo duo Anaïs & Dax, I thought, yeah, that's exactly how winter in Montana looks in my head. Open, empty, natural, severe, and the people who thrive in such a climate are just as strong and rugged as the Rocky Mountain terrain. When Anaïs & Dax aren't busy shooting people for publications like the New York Times, Kinfolk and Cereal, they once in a while find themselves playing photographer and model. This series is of a recent visit to Dax's family in Montana, in these photos Anaïs is modeling some of Dax's old man’s hats and his mom’s old denim jacket. Just perfect.

UNIFORM | Save Khaki

When it comes to menswear that we "borrow" from, or buy from to be more accurate, there really aren't that many strictly menswear labels that really, well, work for a woman. I don't mean that just in terms of sizes or things looking boxy in a good way. I'm speaking more to an intangible feeling. But there are a few menswear labels out there where it feels not only OK, but right to shop from and one of them is American-made Save Khaki out of New York. Their collection photos seem to always include women, which is a nice little encouragement to women to buy their clothing, whether it's for them or a gentleman in their life (the clothes might end up on them at some stage, regardless of original intent). I love Save Khaki's neutral color palette of grays and washed blues that create a spectrum of pure Americana. Sure, I wished they made women's clothing, but I'm also grateful that they are doing what they are doing.

DRINK | Campfire Coffee by The Poor Porker


There's plenty of room in the coffee world for something that's super thoughtful and delicious without being overly precious, so when The Poor Porker out of Lakeland, FL. started making a roasted and smoked small-batch Campfire Coffee blend ($15 for an 8 oz bag), I was like: yes please. Here's the simple math: Hand smoked chicory + organic fresh roasted coffee x brewed any which way you like = a campfire in your morning cup of joe. I won't go overboard and say it's transcendent, but it will transport you back to your last wilderness excursion for a few seconds before getting back to your computer—and that's something. You can complete the aesthetic experience with their hand-made enamel mugs ($18), but I think Robyn and Jarrid of The Poor Porker would encourage a proper trounce through the woods to realllllly complete the experience.



And lastly, a gratuitous shot of Poor Porker co-founder Robyn from their holiday pop-up because: great outfit...style blog...yadda yadda.

ICON | Patricia Kennedy Lawford


Photos by John Loengard for LIFE, 1962.

When considering Kennedy women and their place among fashion's notables, seldom is Patricia Lawford mentioned in the mix. Jackie of course is the standard bearer. Eunice and Ethel were the tomboys. Carolyn Bessette, the minimalist sophisticate. Even Matriarch Rose has been on this blog. Ignored (at least by me) until now, I'd argue that Pat may be the unsung Kennedy style hero—tomboyish but glamorous, well-traveled with a Hollywood edge. She contrasted her East Coast lineage after she settled in Santa Monica with Peter Lawford, but being a Kennedy, she still knew her way around the laces of a football.





GEAR | Aigle Boots


Photos via La Garçonne

It's January, so no matter where you are, it's likely that the next few months will be wetter, icier, snowier, and colder than you'd like. I bought a pair of these classic French-made Aigle Jodhpur boots ($149) from their equestrian collection in October and have been so impressed with them, I had to share. These babies look like leather Chelsea Boots, but are actually rain boots (that would probably do fine in slush and snow) made from a patented rubber material—making them waterproof. I don't know of another women's rain boot that are classically styled and could be worn into an office or restaurant without pause. They are the ultimate winter travel boot in my opinion and the perfect marriage of fashion and function. They come in brown (shown above and below) and in black.

MOMENT | Adios 2014


Another year almost in the books! Now it's time to celebrate, contemplate, and take some time off. Thank you to all of you who take time to come by to this little corner of the internet on the regular. I am more grateful than I can say. I can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to 2015—it's going to be great. Really exciting stuff on the horizon, especially Reed! I'll be back here in January, but in the mean time I'll be out and about on the Instagram.


Happy New Year.

x
LGM


And a song to take us out...

George Harrison and Paul Simon Homeward Bound performed on SNL in 1977.

GIVEAWAY | American Bison Leather Moccasins


If you're like me, the holidays (at least in theory) are about curling up with books and watching old movies, hanging out at home and having that much needed downtime at year's end to process and recharge. What better footwear to do all that in than these soft-soled mocs ($98), created by a leather goods company that's been in business nearly a century. They were made for hunting, to allow the hunter or huntress to feel the ground and anticipate loud branches breaking under foot to keep noise levels low, but they'd obviously work really well as house slippers too. Our incredible sponsor Kaufmann Mercantile is giving a pair away. To enter, check us out on Instagram (@lgmettler and @kaufmannmercantile) and enter a comment below. We'll announce the winner here, so don't forget to check back. 

The winner is: jkaye! Please email me: lizziegarrett(at)gmail(dot)com and well get you hooked up with a pair of mocs!   



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UNIFORM | Seawall His & Her Shirts

Photos by Ben Hoffman

Ok, well this just makes a ton of sense. Seawall (their sister brand is Brook There), out of Portland, Maine has just put out a collection of classic button-down oxfords for men and women that are identical in design, but cut differently. Kind of great in a really simple way, right? It was Woody Guthrie who said, "Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple.” I think these shirts are absolutely genius in their simplicity. Each shirt is made in Maine from Japanese, English and American fabrics. Check out all their shirts for men and women here.

SCENE | Taos, New Mexico, 1937.

You know that tumblr, Dads are the Original Hipsters? I thought of that when I saw these photos from 1937 by Peter Stackpole for LIFE. Someone's (possibly) great grandparents are the originals in this case—they've got the denim, the hats, the boots, and even the trailer. I really want to know more about these people and why they were being shot, but couldn't find the article the photos were attached to, maybe the story never ran in the magazine. I bet they never thought they'd be published on a style blog 77 years later.