Holiday Guide: Gifts in Turquoise

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Is there a girl in your world who makes you feel like it is summer even in the dead of winter? Yeah, she’s the one. Here are some gifts that will keep the sun shining for her.

This classic coffee table book will make great inspirational browsing. A luxe cashmere scarf with a dip dyed spin keeps things warm and bright. Miu Miu Glitter Catwalk sunglasses in turquoise have sparkle, sophistication, and oh so much fun. This gorgeous set of mugs has a nifty retro dispenser and you won’t believe the price. I love this little braided bracelet as a luxe take on a hippie style. This Mojito candle will let the scents of summer waft through your home regardless of the temperatures outside.


Holiday Guide: Gifts in Greys and Brown

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Earthy tones make great gifts for your most grounded friends, or your beau. I am so enamored by the looks of this Fuji XF1 camera. Turns out that the reviews are great too. You get vintage styling with modern capabilities. What coffee lover doesn’t want to take a new brew for a spin? Despite the name, the claim is that this coffee blend is far from gas station fare. If you own a bookshelf you could use a pair of C. Wonder’s agate bookends! I can’t think of a single decor style these wouldn’t work well with. I’ve been craving one of these Faribault Hatchet Plaid throws all winter. Perhaps someone will make it mine this year? One of my favorite brands, Vosges has a new line of caramel filled chocolates out. Help a friend combine a love of beer with your love for chocolate.

Holiday Guide: Gifts in Metallic and Black

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 You know the type. Your super chic friend who almost always wears black and who is a little bit of a bada**? These gifts are for her, in metallic and black. Or for anyone else, really.

A pair of the 5050’s. What a good decision. They take every outfit to the next level and they are SO comfortable. No one would ever return a gift of this iconic boot. I love the story behind these candle scents by Tom Dixon, three versions of London. And the packaging is gorgeous. Super luxe gloves in wool and leather are very warm and will upgrade any outdoor look. I would so love a set of these architect’s cubes on my desk. Creative play is how I problem solve at work. Balenciaga, leather cuff, metal studs. Need I say more?

Holiday Guide: Gifts in Chartreuse

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Last year we did our gift guides by category: food, home, guy, etc. This year I thought I’d do them by color. After all, cataloging things by color is the way my subconscious brain seems to work. And aren’t there people who just seem chartreuse to you? If so they may love one of these gifts that fall somewhere on the yellow to green continuum.

I’ve been obsessing over this mojito soap set from Malin+Goetz. Likewise, these water bottles from BKR are such a practical little luxury. They come in many different colors so don’t worry if someone on your list isn’t particularly chartreuse. You will love the price of the Timex watch as a piece for your favorite fashionista. The American Fashion Cookbook makes a useful prop in any stylish kitchen. I’ve taken to mixing chartreuse martinis as a post dinner digestif lately. So how could I leave out a bottle of actual chartreuse which gives this color its name?  Finally, you will never wonder which bags is yours with this travel piece from 001. I think I need one for my upcoming vacation!

Best wishes with your shopping, and check back soon. More gift guides by color coming your way!

Holiday Guide: DIY Glitter Glass Ornaments

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Good afternoon! If you live anywhere near me you may be enjoying a lovely wintery scene out the windows. Yes! Our first snow, just in time for my first winter holiday post! We brought home a lovely Balsam Fir this weekend, and I experimented with glittering the inside of plain glass ball ornaments to decorate it.

glue in glass ornamentFirst step was to remove the metal topper and pour some glue in. I swirled it all around to get as much of the inside coated as I could, but leaving some areas without glue also creates an interesting effect.

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Here is an example of an ornament where the glue did not completely coat. You get this effect by adding the glitter gradually rather than putting a large amount in at once, which I found coats the glass very thoroughly. After pouring the glitter in your will need to replace the metal topper and shake the ornament to mix the glitter with the glue and coat the full surface. Let the ornament sit overnight so that the glue dries. The final step is to use a few inches of matching grosgrain ribbon to hang these shiny treasures on your tree!

diy ornamnentsWhy go through all this trouble when I could just buy glass ornaments? Custom colors of course! And it is neat to have each ornament be just a little bit unique. Plus the effect of having the glitter inside the glass creates such lovely sparkle. Oh yeah, and it is fun and easy too! Have any of you been making your own tree decorations this year?