6 Gift Ideas for the Guys from Coach

Over the weekend I went into Coach to see what they had for men so that I can start planning my gift guides and thinking about what I might get the guys in my family.  Coach has really great looking leather wallets, belts, bags and as even expanded into ready-to-wear. My husband has used their Card Case for as long as we have been together, not the same one… I can’t tell you the number of times they have been ruined in the wash and we have had to replace it!  Over the years I go back time and again to pick up classic presents and now was happy to find that they have revamped some of their styles to be more fitting with the times. I think the Metropolitan Brief is a better looking, slimmed down version of their original briefcase.  I picked some of my favorites below and while I am sure you are shaking your head thinking I am crazy to be sending present ideas in October, you will thank me if you can check a few things off your list now.

PS Check out the Women’s section, I found a ton of very fashionable items that I have my eye on..

6 gift ideas for the Guys from Coach | Ridgely's Radar

top: trigger snap key ring  /  Card Case  /  middle: Campus Backpack  /  Metropolitan Brief  /  Bottom: compact id wallet  /  Dopp Kit

 

Look-alikes: Stacking Rings

I love the look of stacking rings, especially when some of the rings have stones in different sizes and others are just metal.  I wore the lust ones from Monica Vinader, pictured below,  in this post and whenever I wear them I get a million compliments. I have seen friends mix birthstones of their loved ones and others who keep theirs all in one color family.  Luckily, you can find really good looking ones in every price range.  They make a wonderful present and would be perfect for Mother’s Day..

Look-alikes: Stacking Rings | Ridgely's Radar

lust: Monica Vinader Stacking Rings  vs. must: Judith Jack Stacking Rings

Stacking Rings| Ridgely's Radar

to buy: 1.  Monica Vinader Stacking Rings  /  2. Ted Baker London Stacking Rings   /  3.  Marco Bicego Stacked Rings  /  4. Alexis Bittar Stacking Rings  /  5.  Monica Vinader Stacking Rings

 

This is the Perfect Present..

I found the perfect present for you to give (and receive) for Valentines Day!  Actually, I found two present ideas from Monica Vinader; the diamond alphabet necklace and the Fiji Friendship Bracelets. The bracelets are available in three different finishes, with either diamonds, chain or braided cords in a multitude of colors. If that wasn’t enough to chose from, you can have it engraved on the bar and/ or on the toggle. It is a wonderful present and one that I would love to have (hint.. hint.)   If a necklace is more appropriate, the diamond alphabet pendants are gorgeous! Each letter is special on its own or can be joined with other pendants if you would like to create your own necklace.  I have bought several pieces from Monica Vinader to give as presents and the process was so fast and easy.  I received what I ordered before the scheduled delivery date and the packaging was so chic. The perfectly wrapped present!  For other ideas you can see additional pieces featured here and here..

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

Monica Vinader Alphabet Necklace | Ridgely's Radar

Monica Vinader Alphabet Necklace | Ridgely's Radar

Looking for the perfect present? Ridgely Brode thinks the Monica Vinader Friendship bracelet is just the thing to give!

to buy: Fiji Friendship Bracelets / Diamond Alphabet Necklace

 

 

Best Clutches to Wear Now

How about holding a new clutch for Valentine’s Day? I realized, after taking a look at my own bags, that I do not own a red, pink or purple bag. So I will be taking a closer look at this round up and pick one to add to my wardrobe. I have to say I do love this croc embossed envelope from Vince, it is a great alternative to the Nancy Gonzalez Clutch that is a teeny bit over my budget but will always stay on my wish list for some day.  I also really like all the pouch clutches from Clare V. – they hold just the right amount and are not too big.  It is going to be very hard for me to chose just one bag… decisions, decisions..

red-Clutch

to buy: 1. Tory Burch Color Cube Minaudière  / 2. Vince Croc Embossed Leather Clutch  /  3 Nancy Gonzalez Clutch  /  4. Sensi Studio straw clutch  /  5. Clare V printed canvas clutch  /  6. Antik Batik Embellished clutch  /  7. Figue embellished clutch  /  8. Karl Lagerfeld quilted clutch  /  9. Diane von Furstenberg clutch

Shop more clutches in the slideshow below:

Gift Guide: Valentine’s Day

Can you believe it… Valentine’s Day is a month away!  I feel like I just put Christmas away and I am now looking for little gift items for my sons… again!  My husband and I don’t do anything big for Valentine’s Day as we have our Wedding Anniversary the following week and celebrate that date instead, but for the kids I like to give them a little something.  I usually get them their favorite candy and new pj’s unless I find a new cool gadget.  If I had little kids I would definitely get them these mittens and hat, aren’t they just adorable?  Lots of good ideas in the slide show below… and if you want some other fun ideas for Valentine’s Day check out this delicious brunch recipe, make these cookies , try this DIY tablescape, or send someone a treat!

valentines

to buy: Knit Dog Sweater  /  Leather paperweight  / Heart Key Fob  /  Child’s Mitten and Hat set

Sharing a Favorite Find..

I have long been a fan of Felix Doolittle and use their return labels for all the cards I send for birthdays, thank you’s etc. (see previous post).  They come in the cutest little box filled with crinkle paper and add that special personal touch to the envelope.  I have several of their charming watercolor illustrations which I keep in the office and at home so I always have one handy to stick on an envelope.  They are also a wonderful and thoughtful present for a friend who has recently moved or just because…As usual, the hard part is picking just one favorite so I picked a handful of the different ones to give you an idea of the variety they have to choose from.

Return Address Labels | Felix Doolittle

Return Address Labels | Felix Doolittle

to buy: Return Address Labels