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Readers, this post comes from our contributing author, Big B.  He's has impeccable taste (whether he's talking about the hottest/sexiest boots for women or the most flattering pants for men), strong opinions on all things fashion-related, and he's also a devoted husband (of 10 years!!) and the dad of two adorable kiddos.  If you missed his first Gift Guide...
Let’s begin this year with my number one rule when buying for men. We are simple creatures, we are not complicated, trying to buy us elaborate or complicated gifts rarely works. Trying to buy us clothing that is out of our personality range rarely works. Most of us enjoy tradition, simplicity, experience, and quality. A grandfather or father probably passed those values down to us so it's usually somewhere inside, even if it's buried beneath a love for video games or other materialistic bologna. This list is built around that concept. I didn't include very many electronics or high tech gadgets because those are too easy. Everybody wants an iPad, PS3, LCD TV, GPS, blah, blah, blah.
Gang, I'm back!! Sort of. Sleep deprived, yes. Living in a fog...um, yeah...that too. But the happy mum of two adorable boys. And if that weren't enough (although it is, really)...it's the holiday season! After nine long months or pregnancy, and after too many sleepless nights, I'm in the mood to be pampered. I'll bet many of you are too. So forward this on to your gentlemen or partners to help point them in the right direction, gift-wise.
Readers, allow me to introduce our newest contributor, Madeleine!  Madeleine Burka Hill is a writer, shoe-lover, and girly-girl raising two boys with her fabulous naval aviator husband. In her spare time, she indulges her online shopping habit and practices yoga. In Dec. 2010, her husband's Navy career will take this self-proclaimed east coast girl and her family to live...
PB065411 In our last Style Rules for Moms article, many readers either commented (or wrote in) wondering how tall a boot must be to qualify as a "tall boot"....J solved this problem perfectly by going for a pair of Frye Harness boots (in a gorgeous charcoal color).
There's a part of me that would like to wear a tiara. Yes, on my head. And yes - out of the house. You know...princess-like. I do realize that it doesn't quite match 30-something wrinkles. But still. So this past summer, when the Fine Glitter headband sparkled out at me from the J. Crew display, I was hooked. It's pretty. It's sparkly. It's tiara-like. And...it's subtle enough to not be mistaken for an actual tiara. Or a blatant channeling of Blair Waldorf.
This past summer was my maxi dress summer.  For some reason, despite the long run of popularity, I had yet to invest in a maxi dress.  So last June I took the plunge.  And I'm so happy I did.  Not only were they surprisingly mom-friendly (I could chase! Carry! Bend-down! Sit in the grass and sand! Go to...
This weekend is Gap's Give and Get...which means that not only do you get 30% off, but 5% of your purchase will go to charity.  The discount applies to Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy (online and in stores). 30% off at the beginning of the holiday season?  Without dealing with a picked-over sale rack?  Nice.  This discount makes...
However...Aerie has also branched out past dormwear, and rounded out their collection with some fabulous plaid flannel shirts & tunic-style henleys (see pic at left), a few floaty tops (pooch-hiding!!) and perfectly cozy-but-stylish winter sweaters.
However, I will acknowledge, fabulous as it is...it's not exactly mom-friendly. Most of us, while going through the whole morning routine with kiddos (feeding/changing/wiping noses & hands, wrestling toddlers into pants, etc.) don't typically reach for our $800 Chloe wedge boots, or our stunning beige capes. However, now that stores are finally stocking various versions of the trends pictured in the photo (capes, lace-up boots), this look can finally be translated into mom-friendly versions.