Holiday Gift Guide for the Guys Guy

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Wood Domino Set // Hey Handsome Travel Kit // Shinola Watch // Pizza Scissors // Stuff Every Man Should Know // Festive Socks // Tech Gloves // Wallet // Art of Shaving // Jason Markk Shoe Shine // Hershel Duffel Bag // Leather Luggage Tag

You guys, LESS THAN ONE WEEK TIL CHRISTMAS! If you haven’t started shopping yet, you better get a move on it and lucky for you I have another holiday gift guide full of fun and unique ideas to get the guys on your list. When shopping for the guys I like to think outside of clothing and shoes and go for gifts that are a bit more unique and hope to find them something they didn’t even know they needed. Like…these Pizza Scissors. Genius right?! I’m thinking I may need to order this “hey handsome” travel kit for my husband and splurge on this Shinola watch for him as well. This duffel bag is the perfect bag for him to take on weekend trips, don’t forget a luggage tag!
Need more holiday gift ideas? Check these out…
Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess
Guide for the Foodie
Guide for the Girly Girl
Guide for the Sporty Guy
Guide for Her

Stripes and a Drop Waist Dress

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H&M Top (similar) // Joie Dress (similar) // Calvin Klein Shoes // Stella McCartney Bag // Asos Hat

Wearing my favorite combo from head to toe. There is something about wearing head to toe black and white that makes me feel effortlessly chic and put together. I’ve had this drop waist dress for a couple years and usually wear it during the spring and summer months. To update it for the cooler seasons, I decided to layer a lightweight striped sweater over the dress to create the look of a sweater and skirt combo. Paired a couple black accessories and black and white snakeskin mules to complete the look .

Have a great Thursday!

I also want to take a minute to wish my sweet husband, Marc, a very happy birthday!! <3

Gingerbread Cookies

SAMSUNG CSCHello my friends! With Christmas spirit in full swing I’ve been making dozens upon dozens of these delightfully tasty little gingerbread men. They have the most perfect soft and chewy center and a delicious balance of sweet and spicy and have made for the perfect little gift for neighbors and friends! I enjoyed them as a mid-day snack with a warm cup of tea and I highly recommend doing the same! Addend bonus- they’re vegan so you can feel free to snack on the dough while you bake, or am I the only one who does that?!

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Vegan/ can be GF if using GF flour

Ingredients:
– 2 2/3 cups whole wheat flour + more for rolling
– 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
– 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
– 2 teaspoons cinnamon
– 2 teaspoons ground ginger
– 1 teaspoon ground cloves
– 1/2 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 cup molasses
– 1/2 cup softened coconut oil
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1/4 cup almond milk
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Simple Icing:
– 2 cups powdered sugar
– 2-3 tablespoons almond milk
Whisk until combined, you may need to add more sugar or more almond milk to get desired consistency. Transfer frosting to a piping bag and frost!

Directions:
– Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
– In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and all spices.
– In a sperate bowl, cream the oil and sugar until well combined, add the molasses, milk and vanilla extract.
– Slowly mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined. You may need to use your hands to make sure the ingredients are fully combined.
– Flatten the dough into a disk, wrap in saran and chill for 30 minutes or overnight.
– On a clean surface, spread out extra flour. Roll the dough until its about 1/4 inch tick,  gingerbread man cookie cutter to stamp out shapes. If you’re not using a cookie cutter, just roll the dough into small balls and space out on a cookie sheet.
– Bake cookies for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brow. Let cool completely before icing.

ENJOY!

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 Happy Tuesday! This month has been flying by, can you believe Christmas is next week?! I finally got all my holiday shopping done and I’ve been getting in the holiday spirit by indulging in a few too many iced gingerbread cookies. They’re just so good! I’ve also been taking advantage of the cool weather by adding an extra layer to a few of my favorite outfits. I’ve worn this chambray top / black mini countless times but switched things up by adding this puffy vest from Old Navy and a pair of over the knee boots! A simple way to to get multiple wears out of a few of my favorite outfits!

Cool Girl

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Asos Coat (similar) // Peoples Choice Apparel Shirt c/o // Asos Jeans // Jeffrey Campbell Booties // Loeffler Randell Rider (on sale!!) // Ray-Ban Aviators

This little outfit had me feeling extra cool over the weekend. Keeping things neutral I paired my trusted distressed jeans with a camel pea coat and a beanie to add some extra interest. I tied it all together with this animal print tee from Peoples Choice Apparel. I love how a pair of distressed denim and a beanie add that instant cool factor.  This “cool girl” look can be styled so many ways; simply by changing out the top for a crisp white button up or swapping out the booties for a cool pair of flats. So many options and such a chic look that you can wear all winter long!

If you haven’t checked out Peoples Choice Apparel yet, I highly recommend it! Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, but you can also create your own! And,  you can find Peoples Choice Apparel on Amazon and Etsy!

Happy Monday!

Holiday Gift Guide for Her

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Baggu Tote // Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish Set // Color Block Cape // Hello Gorgeous Pillow // Gold Slides // La Mer Collections Watch // Magazine Subscription // Mini Pashli // Monogrammed Mug // Hunter Boot Socks // Knot Ring // Fresh Gift Set

TGIF!

This weeks gift guide features all sorts of fabulous, luxurious and lust-worthy gifts for all the women on your list. With only two weekend left before Christmas, now is the time to make sure you’ve found the perfect gift for everyone on your list!  This Fresh VIP gift set would make the perfect gift for the beauty maven on your list as would this set of Deborah Lippmann nail polishes! I personally would be elated to find this La Mer Collections watch wrapped up under the tree with my name on the box and I am totally adding this Kate Spade knot ring to my wish list. Hunter Boot socks are the perfect accessory to dress up your rain boots during the cooler months. Not sure what to get the girl who has it all? Give her a magazine subscription, the perfect gift to last her throughout the year! For more holiday gift guides check out my; Gift Guide for the Foodie, Gift Guide for the Hostess with the Mostess, Gift Guide for the Girly Girl and Gift Guide for the Sporty Guy!

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 Faux Fur Vest // Cashmere Sweater // Over the Knee Boots // Saint Laurant Bag

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Cate McNabb Cosmetics // Ray Ban Aviators

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Flowers from my local farmers market

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Weekend Uniform: Jeans // Sneakers // Ray-Ban Aviators // Saint Laurent Bag

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Ingredients for a yummy cocktail: Honey Bourbon Clementine Fizz

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Holiday Baking. Recipe coming next week!

IMG_20141109_111120Sunday Brunch with a side of sparkle…Accessory Jane Necklace // Gold Flatware

Instagram snapshots from around San Diego. Follow me @lauramueseler

Have a great day!

Curry Spiced Butternut Squash & Persimmon Soup


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With the fall season in full swing, there is nothing more that I crave after a long day than a warm bowl of soup. Preferably this Curry Spiced Butternut Squash and Persimmon Soup. Layers of delicious sweet and savory flavors make this soup instantly comforting and one hundred percent satisfying. Topped with a little bit of greek yogurt and a squeeze of fresh lime, and oh em gee! I’m tellin’ ya, you’ll like the bowl clean. The best part, it is super easy to make. Basically you just throw all the ingredients into a big pot and let it cook which makes this the perfect weeknight dinner. You’re welcome.

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Curry Spiced Butternut Squash and Persimmon Soup:

Ingredients:
– 1 butternut squash, peeled and cubed
– 4-5 persimmons, skin removed and cubed
– 1 yellow onion
– 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
– 4 cups chicken stock
– 3 tablespoons curry powder
– 1 tablespoon turmeric
– 1/2 tablespoon cumin
– 1 teaspoon chili flakes
– 1 tablespoon EVOO
– Salt/ pepper
– plain greek yogurt
– parsley
– lime

Directions:
– In a large stock pot or dutch oven heat 1 tablespoon EVOO.
– Sauté onion and garlic until translucent. About 5 minutes. Add the Butternut squash and sauté for another 5-7 minutes. Add persimmon and all spices and let sauté for 2 minutes.
– Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
– Let soup cook for 20-25 minutes or until the butternut squash is soft. Blend with an immersion blender (I LOVE this one) or transfer to a blender and blend until smooth.
– Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt, a sprinkle of fresh parsley and a lime wedge.
Enjoy!