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Christmas on the go by Mike Tyle

Traveling as much as I do I have become accustomed to knowing what actually fits in a carry-on and 1 checked item.

Christmas time is no different! So when my Mom was begging to know what I wanted I made it clear I need anything to be packable.

This year I was lucky enough to get a few of the items I've been wanting from my wish lists.

Here are a few of my favorite things. Click through the images for more info.

It's always time for Moscow Mules! I had been searching everywhere for the perfect mugs but after several online attempts and multiple store searches I finally found the perfect style for me. Clean & minimal, yes please. Bring on the ginger beer!

Ok, so there may be an alcohol theme appearing... But one of my all time favorites is Aperol Spritz. Reminds me of walking around Venice or really anywhere in Europe in Spring/Summer. Not only does this book have many recipes for the perfect aperitivo, and the hors d'œuvre to go with them, but also a fascinating history of the sprezzatura way of life.

Always a fan of the HBIC Martha I was here for this book came out. I love the idea of cooking but realistically I'm better at watching others cook for me... However, One Pot changes that! I am very capable of dumping everything in 1 place and voilà... dinner for 2.

First stop, One Pot Pasta. Life. Changer.

Unbeknownst to me this bad boy is literally the size as pictured! It's an industrial monster, as far as fabric shavers go, it is also amazing.

The pilling I was able to get off in record time on a couple of my fave COS sweaters is shocking. I can't wait to have a go at all my knitwear!

I am that much of a loser.

restful weekend by Mike Tyle

Usually Monday begins with countdown to the weekend that is unless I have a deadline creeping up on a Friday. Luckily this past Friday was a great day to start off the weekend and the work that was due was a nice surprise to the usual.

The F/W14 kick-off process started with the dept. meeting off-site at a new fave restaurant: zimmer no. 01 (will def. be on the city map hint hint of things to come). It's always great to get out of the office, away from e-mails and get creative working as a group to define our "guy". The homework was to bring 3 items that can be used for the season.

I brought a couple of magazines I am always inspired from: the Heritage Post (great article on tattooing btw) and German GQ Style, featuring a rough looking yet sexy as always Jake Gyllenhaal on the cover. I added a vintage sweater I had just bought in Antwerp that had a nice washed down red color and features several knit structures I found interesting. For good measure I added a 4th Item; a t-shirt from the Rising Sun (a brand I can't help but Stan for) that I received a while ago and is my go to t-shirt. It has a great lived-in feel, a nice slub effect and a cool vintage-esque Cone Denim graphic.

Cardigan- vintage, T-shirt- the Rising Sun co.

Can we talk about how yummy the food at zimmer. no 01 was?

Breakfast. I ate it all.

Salad with red currant and goat cheese. I died.

Coconut curry w/ prawns. Messy but worth it.

After work hors d'oeuvres... don't mind if I do!

The rest of the weekend was just as nice full of food, friends and lounging about. I am lucky.

View from the Rheinufer bank in Düsseldorf