Trusty rain boots

For the past few days, everyone in Manhattan has been walking around in rain boots. My trusty pair, above, are these Loeffler Randall booties. The great thing about Loeffler Randall boots is that they look like cool shoes, not clunky rainboots, so you can wear them to work or dinner. And they’re small enough to take on trips. I’d highly recommend them. xoxo

P.S. These tall boots are also super cute.

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Gold nails

Have you ever worn gold nail polish? It’s such a pretty color for the holidays (and New Year’s Eve!), and I love that even if you’re wearing pajamas, this nail polish makes you feel celebratory. I’m a big fan of West End Wonderland (and if you take a bottle home, you could do family manicures on Christmas morning:) Thoughts? Would you wear it?

P.S. Navy nails and galaxy nails.

(Photos by Alpha Smoot for A Cup of Jo. Styling by Kendra Smoot. Gold necklace from Madewell)

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Gift Guide Part #3: Your Best Friend Who Always Knows the Best Gossip and Never Forgets Your Birthday.

The complete first season of Girls, since it’s hilarious even the twentieth time you watch it together, $26.

This cheeky notebook isn’t new, but it will make her smile, 10 Euro.

Homemade avocado dressing for her to enjoy all winter. Just the cost of ingredients.

Anchor scarf for cold winter days, $68.60.

A Cat’s Life, a funny illustrated book about cats and the women who love them, by Gemma Correll. $11.51.

Neon boy shorts, $29. Because she’d love them but never buy them for herself.

DryBar gift certificate, so she can get a gorgeous blowout, $35 to $40. (Here’s my before and after.)

Heart-of-gold bangle, because it’s true. $32.

Eyeglasses tote, $50.

Design-your-own gelato (with ingredients like homemade marshmallows, goat milk caramel and candied ginger) from Zingerman’s, $110 for ten 12-ounce containers.

Learn-to-knit kit with everything she’ll need to knit her first 100% Merino wool scarf, $62.

A long and leisurely dinner out just the two of you. (No husbands, no babies.)

P.S. More gifts for best friends, and the 2012 gift guide so far…

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Awesome Vacation Idea: Stinson Beach

Are you planning any vacations this year? Travel is fun to daydream about during gray January, so I decided to ask a few friends to reveal the vacation spots they remember most fondly. First up, Liz Stanley from Say Yes to Hoboken raves about Stinson Beach, just thirty minutes from San Francisco…
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