Growing up in a tropical climate meant I was always dreaming of layering up and keeping warm. Hence, my weakness for luxe coats. I also thought that purses (alongside some fab heels) were the ultimate female essential - you can tell a lot about a woman by the kind of bag she carries. Always the practical type, I look for functional minimalist details and craftsmanship. There has to be plenty of room for a cell phone, wallet, keys, glasses, sunnies, and a small water bottle (hydrate, hydrate, hydrate). One can never have enough black - so I'm delighted to add this Petra crossbody from Everlane to my collection. I'm loving the easy-access pouch, roomy interior and the contrast of suede and leather. Another fab Black Friday score - this coat from Toteme, which was on the top of my wish list. The kimono wrap styling and over sized fit is perfect for a relaxed yet refined ensemble. I'll be pairing it with high-waisted distressed skinnies, chunky knits and some booties all winter long.
I did most of my Christmas shopping online this year and scored some amazing deals. Here are a few items I've picked up for friends and family: