Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Today is a good day to talk about two pieces from one of my favorite travel and lifestyle clothing brands, Toad & Co. I love Toad & Co’s take on casual elegance, and these two pieces are perfect for winter days when you want to look nice but also be comfortable and warm.

First up, the Toad & Co’s Serape Poncho:  This lightweight, soft poncho wraps casually around the shoulders for just a touch of extra warmth and sophistication. It’s made of a silky soft and sustainable blend of wool and Lenzing Modal, and is the perfect weight for slightly chilly restaurants…you know, when you don’t quite want to take off your winter jacket but know you must? Slip he Serape over your shoulders! It’s also been great on the plane and in commuter trains…anywhere you need just one more slight layer to keep the cold at bay. The Serape comes in three pretty plaid color combinations, including Hot Sauce, which is a very autumn-y orange and red blend, true blue, and light ash. It’s just one size, since it rests over the shoulders and wraps around the arms, and is available on the Toad & Co site as well as online retailers like Amazon for $75.

Secondly, I am loving the Cue Wrap dress: This dress comes in long-sleeve or 3/4-sleeve versions , and is made of Samba fabric (organic cotton). Toad & Co claims every woman looks good in a wrap dress, and I concur. It’s very flattering with its waist tie, and it’s travel-ready…never wrinkling and always looking elegant while remaining ultra comfortable. You get pockets, too, which is often sadly lacking in women’s dresses. I love the array of patterns and solid colors you get to choose from, ranging from a fun black or huckleberry triangle-type print to something called ‘yard sale’ print (which is geometrical) and solids in night sky (a beautiful deep blue), black, and ketchup (which yes, looks like that exact color). The dress comes in sizes XS-XL for $85, and the hem falls at just above the knee. I wear mine with tights and boots in winter.

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