Dad’s Day



Hello and happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  I have been jet-setting all over the country this past month, from work events to graduations to bridal showers.  This spring/summer is flying by so fast.

Speaking of which, Father’s Day is coming up in less than a week!  I am just beginning to think about what I’d like to do for my step-dad this year.  He is all the way in New Jersey so spending a quality day with him seems unlikely at this point.  The good thing is my parents will be visiting us in a few weeks so I hope to make it up to him then.  What will be on my gift list?  Since I see him only once or twice a year now, I would like to make him a homemade meal…something warm, satisfying, and made from the heart.  I might add a trip to the golfing range as well.

Let me know what you are planning for Father’s Day and if you have any great ideas for treating fathers who live farther away.  Have a great start to the week!




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Holiday Gift Guide – For the Family


Wheels up!  As you’re reading this, I’m on way to sunny and beautiful Los Angeles.  I’ll be there for a little over a week so please follow me on Instagram and Twitter for what I’m up to!

As promised, I’m sharing with you my last installment of this year’s holiday gift guide — presents for the family.  If you’re stuck on ideas for a brother, cousin, or just the parents, here are some ideas for thought.  Enjoy!

Images from Pinterest.

1. Cashmere Anything – sweater, pillow, throw

2. (Monogrammed) Cutting Board

3. Gold Monogram Mug

4. Hugo Boss Belt

5. Tory Burch Cross-body Bag

6. Travel Make-up Brush Set

7. Wireless Phone Charger

8. Books for Everyone

9. His and Hers Fragrance

Holiday Gift Guide – Your Bestie/Girlfriend

Good Morning!  With just about one week to go, how is everyone’s holiday shopping going?  Personally, I have to shop for a few more family members and hope to check off my list this week.

Continuing on with this year’s gift guide, here are some suggestions for a friend or even a bestie.  This is one of my favorite people to shop for as I would love anything on this list!  Anything else in mind you would love to gift to a girlfriend?  As the saying goes, “one for you, one for me”.  🙂

Have a great start to your week and happy Monday!  xoxo

Images from Pinterest.

1. Margaret Elizabeth Bangles

2. Karen Walker Sunglasses

3. Marc Jacobs Daisy

4. Pretty pair of flats

5. C.Wonder Ikat Dinnerware

6. Luxe Make-up/Beauty Products

7. Coach Mini Tanner

8. Jeweled Cashmere-lined Gloves

9. Coffee table books

Holiday Gift Guide – Significant Other

It’s that time of year again!  The annual Morning Espresso holiday gift guide.  This year I’ve decided to share my gift ideas in 3 installments: the significant other, the bestie/girlfriend, and family.

Above are my selections for the significant other.  Some of these items the hubby already has and some are new things he doesn’t know he needs yet!  I hope you enjoy perusing through this list.  Do you have any gift ideas for the significant other that I missed?  Please share in the comments section below.  Happy shopping!  xoxo

All images are from Pinterest.

1. A patterned tie

2. The essential work bag / briefcase

3. Library decanter

4. “Going out” wallet

5. Fun socks for day and evening wear

6. DeLonghi Espresso maker (in many colors!)

7. Headphones for travel and the gym

8. The unique, weekend watch

Monogram Everything

I know we are past the gift-giving frenzy of the holidays, but there is one gift-giving trend for 2013 that has caught my attention.  The monogrammed gift.  Monogrammed gifts provide an extra touch of personalization for ‘that someone special’ and I’ve been seeing initials on everything–from mugs to jewelry to shirts.  I remember when I was younger and would go to stores like Things Remembered to get items monogrammed for my family and friends.  It just made my gift more unique (and also showed I put some thought into the gift!).  Well, I personally like this idea and would love to buy one or two Anthropologie mugs below.

While the holidays may be over, there is that one ‘holiday’ coming up dedicated to you and your special someone where you might want to think about gifting something personalized.  Valentine’s Day.  Too early?







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Gift Guide: For the Wine Lover and Cocktail Enthusiast





Since I am a wine lover and cocktail enthusiast myself, I thought it would only be appropriate to have a separate gift guide for those who love…wine and cocktails!  I do have a knack for collecting stemware (can’t have too many) and gift barware items to my husband all the time (he’s the resident bartender at home) so creating this list was super fun for me.  These are truly gifts that keep on giving.  Without further ado…


Food & Wine’s 2013 Wine Guide (I own this book and refer to it quite often!)

Iittala stemware

Chic and modern stemware from Iittala

william_sonoma_iceKing Cube silicone ice cube trays (perfectly chills your drink while melting slowly)

amazon_bitters_setFee Brothers cocktail bitters set


How about a monthly subscription to a favorite winery?

electric wine opener

Electric wine opener (cordless and re-chargeable)

wine saver

Vacuum wine saver

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Blind tasting stemware

Gift Guide: For the Family

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Image from Pottery Barn

Some fun ideas to gift to your family (sisters, brothers, parents, uncles, cousins…).

Happy shopping and thanks for reading!

Sisterly Love

ASOS (seen also here)/Kate Spade

tory burch sneakers

High sneakers

100 Years of Fashion / The Sprouted Kitchen

Brotherly Love


headphones (also seen in this post)

docking station

Docking station for ipod/iphone

essential crew neck

Essential long-sleeve crewneck T

Parent Love

target glassesOld fashioned glasses


Drinkware tray

8132497_fpx.tifSolid scarf

cashmere turtleneckCashmere turtleneck

Gift Guide: For the Man in Your Life

Today I have a gift guide for the man (or men) in your life!  While in the past I found it very challenging to shop for boyfriends and guy friends (even for my dad, who never wants anything), now that I’ve been married for about year, I find that shopping for the hubby gets easier.  Maybe because we are both more vocal about what we’d like?  I’ve enjoyed putting this list together, and hope you enjoy reading.  By the way, many of these ideas could easily roll-over to brothers, fathers, male cousins.  Good luck on hunting for that perfect gift!

sweaterH&M sweater to keep him cozy by the fireplace


H&M vest adds another option for dressing up to go out

jcrewJ. Crew Satchel – stylish bag to help him want to go to work

backup iphone battery

We can all use a back-up iPhone battery from J. Crew


Knob Creek Bourbon whiskey


Swatch New Gent lacquered watch in a cool neon color


If you have a resident bartender at home, this is the gift that keeps on giving: bar tools set from Williams Sonoma


For those cold nights, here are super-soft cashmere blend socks from Neiman Marcus

ImageEvery guy needs another pair of gloves, especially if the person tends to lose one side (like my husband): AEO Touchpoint Gloves from American Eagle

rok-espresso-maker-gqRok Espresso maker (for both of you to enjoy)

Gift Guide: For Your Girlfriends

ImageWith two weeks (and counting!) until the big Christmas Day, I am dedicating this week to gift guides for the various special and VIP people in your life.  Let’s start with gifts for your girlfriends, from BFFs to co-workers.  Have you started shopping yet??


Stila lip set from Sephora

ImageFurry knit scarf from C. Wonder


Tory Burch wrap bracelet


Wristlet from Club Monaco


Set of champagne flutes from Crate & Barrel


Taschen Guide Book Set at Anthropologie


Fortune Turtle Bowls from Wisteria


Estee Lauder nail polish set


Flash bobbi set from


Quilted vest from J.Crew