Editors' Picks: J.Crew's New Balance, Christmas Birthdays, & More

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Last-minute gift ideas from the exhausted 7x7 edit team. 


J.Crew's New Balance 996

Oh, don't mind me; I'm just sporting the cutest damn pair of shoes, ever. Step aside, folks, and drink in the beauty from a safe distance. These New Balance 996s—a holy collaboration between New Balance and J.Crew—feature suede tops and a jarring shock of red. (Perfect for a neutral attire or just a lazy Sunday pair of grey sweatpants.) The sheer amount of gorgeousness could cause temporary blindness. You've been warned. — Brock Keeling (@BrockKeeling)

Fucking Brilliant Journal

Both very cool boss gift and affirmation log, I'll treasure each page of this journal. Bad ass or bust. — Schuyler Bailey (@SchuylerBailey)

Birthday Cupcakes from Casa de Chocolates 

Thursday is my birthday (yes, Christmas Day), and I'm really hoping someone takes the hint (boyfriend, you better be reading this) and gets me some DELICIOUS tres leches cupcakes from my favorite East Bay confectioner, Casa de Chocolates. They are seriously superb. — Sarah Medina (@funkycolsmedina)

Hunter Block Heel Rain Boots

A few months ago, when I first read about Hunter's sassy fall collection of rain boots (with chunky high heels!), designed by the brand's new creative director (read: Mr. Stella McCartney), I lusted for them. But alas, buying $200 rain boots in a historic drought seemed a little out there--even for fashion-lover me. Stomping around town this week in shoes that are decidedly not designed for rain, I'm kicking myself. — Chloe Harris (@ChloeH415)

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