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Gift Guide: Everything Black and White

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It’s Black Friday. And I don’t know about you, but I prefer to think of it as “Black and White” Friday! There’s nothing more classic than the color combo of bold and graphic Black and White. So on this, the biggest shopping day of the year, here are my favorite Black and White gifts for all those classic, bold. or dramatic people on your list.

Happy Shopping! xo,






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1. Artic Infinity Scarf–A splurge for sure, this gorgeous black and white infinity scarf will make the fashionistas in your life warm and stylish in one fell swoop!

2. Elements of Style by Erin Gates–Love Interior Design? Then this is the gift for you. Erin Gates of the popular blog Elements of Style breaks down design in a beautiful, but easy to understand way, by sharing with you the real story of what designing her own home entailed. Gorgeous photos paired her frank and funny writing of the struggles, challenges, and arguments with her hubby that ensued over making her home reflect her personal style will have you entertained while learning to make your home chic, too!

3. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera–My daughter has one of these adorable instant cameras and it made me nostalgic for my old polaroid from my childhood. Though they come in many colors, this white Fujifilm Instax is so clean and simple, but it will inspire you to see the world in a rainbow of colors and capture it instantly.

4. “WTF” What the Function Weekly Desk Pad–Yep, WTF! What the function, that is! This weekly desk pad helps you bring function and order to your schedule with a bit of cheeky fun. Perfect for the irreverent friends in your life that still want to be organized.

5. Black and White Stripe Charger Plate-I love bringing classic black and white to the dining table. These beautiful chargers will mix well with simple white dinner plates or pops of color to help you have a sophisticated New Year’s dinner or other fun gathering. Gift a set of these to bring timeless style to any occasion for your friends and family.

6. Mongolian Fur Stool–Faux fur continues to be “High Style” and I for one love popping a bit of glamorous fur into my life and my client’s projects. Perfect for a vanity chair or a whimsical living room ottoman, this Mongolian fur stool will say WOW to the design enthusiasts in your life.

7. Polka Dot Kate Spade Watch–You may be looking for the time, but this lovely watch will have you seeing spots! Let Kate Spades’s adorable dotted design help you keep up with the time and with fashion. My daughter has this little number on her list this year.

8. Tory Burch Whipstitch T Scarf-Watch me Whip…Tory Style. This Whipstitch T Scarf is so classic, it will never go out of style.

9. Deco Dot Large Spiral Notebook–Jotting your most important notes and ideas down becomes much more fun when you are inspired by your notebook. This little dotted number will make you want to journal your thoughts and dreams more often and how can that be a bad thing? Perfect in the stocking of those other “dreamers” in your life this year.

10. Kate Spade “Ampersand” Serving Tray If you are obsessed with Typography like so many of us are these days (thanks to Pinterest), then you’ll love this clever and quirky Ampersand Tray by Kate Spade. Give as a gift and your friends will be thrilled “and” some with this lovely surprise.

11. Henri Bendel Large Hanging Weekend Bag (Brown and White)–Ok, so I cheated a bit. This bag isn’t black, it’s chocolate brown and white. But the contrasting stripes are so chic I couldn’t bear to leave them out of this line up. I would love my makeup and toiletries looking handsome in this striped little number.

12. Jonathan Adler Reversible Letter Throw Pillow–Everyone loves adding their identity to their home. This versatile (and reversible) throw pillow from Jonathan Adler helps your friends or loved ones make their mark on their home by adding their initial to their favorite sofa, chair or bed.

13. “Uptown Downtown” Salt and Pepper Shakers–Whether you are an uptown girl or you’re more of the downtown type, these cute salt and peppers will keep you feeling Cosmopolitan at meal times.  The perfect gift for your travel-loving friends.

14. Personalized Monogrammed Keychain–A personalized way to keep up with your keys, this trendy monogrammed black acrylic keychain is ideal for the ladies on your list no matter their age. If you have keys, you need this stylish keychain to keep them organized and identified.

15. Bobbi Brown Makeup Brush Collection–New makeup brushes are a luxury to me and something I rarely buy. This beautiful set would make “putting on my face” each day much more fun. So for those fashionistas and glamour girls in your life, gift this gorgeous set of Bobbi Brown brushes and every morning they will start their day feeling beautiful!

16. Diptyque “Baies” Scented Candle–Probably my favorite Diptyque scent (and that’s saying a lot), Baies is a beautiful mix of Rose and Black Currant. It appeals to all genders and is perfect year-round, but especially fitting in Winter and into Spring.

17. Tory Burch T-Tile Beach Towel–Tory and I share our first inital, and she puts it all over her creations. So I love anything that Tory designs. But I think this chic beach towel happens to be an extra fun and sophisticated gift and will suit you or your loved ones to a “T” whether your name starts with one or not.

Fabulous Friday Finds with Erin Gates

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Joining us today for a special edition of “Fabulous Friday Finds” is Erin Gates of the Elements of Style blog.  She’s taken my featured colors of the month, pink and green, and found some amazing finds.  Thanks Erin! -Tobi

My Pink and Green Picks!
A long time banner of preppy pride, pink and green can be sophisticated as well as whimsical.  Here are some picks for your home that incorporate the tried and true pink and green!

Botanical Pillow Cover


Zig Zag Pillow


Pink & Green Tray



Calling Cards


Pink Flame Duvet Cover


Madison Ikat Bed Linens


‘Bronze’ Acrylic on Canvas


Moroccan Poufs


Lily Pulitzer ‘Stripe it Up’ Fabric


Floral Fresco Rug



Boule Flutes


Mix these patterns on your tabletop!




All-American Runway to Room to Table

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I am so honored to have two gorgeous ladies, who happen to also be my friends, bringing their wildly popular collaboration “Runway to Room to Table” here to Tobi’s Blog for a special July 4th celebration!

The ever fashionable Erin Gates, author of one of my all-time favorite blogs, Elements of Style is bringing us a room look straight from the runway that is the epitome of All-American style. 

And Nate Berkus show regular Kelly Moore, the Seattle and New York City based event planner, interpretes the all American runway look to the table, perfect for summer entertaining in America.  I know you’ll enjoy their post and I hope you enjoy a very happy and safe July 4th!  xo, Tobi

 This smart and sexy runway look is from Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2011.

Taking cues from this menswear inspired look, here’s a summery design, perfect for a guest bedroom or child’s room reflecting the preppy All-American look.

Taking this patriotic color scheme to the table, here is a look that is sure to make your summer soiree an American Classic. 


1. West Elm  2. Anthropologie  3.CB2 4.  Etsy CreativeChicsHome  5. Terrain 

6. Pier 1  7.  CB2  8. West Elm

Camping Fashion with Erin Gates

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Hey guys, it’s Erin from Elements of Style, ready to get down and dirty with “camping fashion”. It’s not often we put fashion and camping in the same sentence, nevertheless, the same blog post.  Roughing it in the woods isn’t exactly the place to take your newest gladiator heels for spin on a twig strewn runway. The idea of it reminds me of that great Sex and the City episode where Carrie goes up to Aidan’s cabin and brings along mounds of luggage and perfectly curated country chic ensembles, only to end up in mud caked overalls.

However, with the development of glamping resorts, such as my personal favorite Paws Up in Montana, the combination of luxury and nature are readily available if your budget allows. Imagine tents with wood floors, granite and stone bathrooms with hot water, bedside lamps and glasses of chilled sauvignon blanc at the end of a tough day of guided hikes and time in the spa tent.

What could one pack for such an occasion? Why, I’m glad you asked:

If this whole Hermes-meets-hiking thing is a bit rich for your blood, perhaps a more rustic, normal camping experience is something worth trying.  Even the biggest glamour queen can benefit from fresh air, no wi-fi and a little breathing room.  It doesn’t mean you have to give up looking somewhat cute while toasting marshmallows by the fire and reading the newest InStyle by flashlight.

Tobi CampingFashion Trends & Styles - Polyvore

Tobi Camping by elementsofstyleblog featuring Bronx shoes
glory charm Panel Patterned Tunic Blouse, $64
Old Navy Womens Twist-Neck Racerback Tanks, $5
Light Grey Day Sleepy Loose Shawl by Day Birger et Mikkelsen, 47 GBP
EXCLUSIVE Tomboy Cargo Jacket: Olive, $180
Women’s AE Plaid Favorite Shirt (Blue), $40
Women’s AE Artist Jeans, $50
Stripe silk romper – J.Crew, $118
NEW! Yoga foldover crop legging, $25
Nike Ace Women’s Tank Top, $35
Women’s AE Destroyed Denim Shorties (Pure Blue), $25
Bronx Linus Boot – Brown, $119
Double Wrap Triple Row Studded Bracelet, $95
Italian Linen Scarf in True Love, $88
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15: Beauty, $23
New Balance Women’s WA460 Sneaker, $38
I love camp t-shirt by Crazy Dog Tshirts
Herbal Insect Repellent – Burt’s Bees

Whatever your style is, adding a little bit of country chic to your wardrobe doesn’t hurt, especially with fall a mere three months away! Thanks for letting me stop by Tobi!