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Fragrance, Gift Guides, ObsessionsObsession of the Moment: Candele da Viaggio Luxe

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Bags, Beauty, Gift GuidesObsession of the Moment: Vera Bradley Medium Zip Cosmetic Case

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsBaby Fun with Applepark

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I’m not sure what’s in the water, but it feels like everyone I know is having a baby this year. That means, I’ve been on the hunt for lots and lots of baby shower gifts that will appeal to both the moms-to-be and the baby. Applepark is a lovely company that I’ve recently come across, offering eco-friendly and organic baby gifts that mamas will love since the products are safe for their babies, but aren’t “granola.”

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Accessories, Fashion, Gift Guides, Jewelrythis valentine’s day, gift the jewelry

valentines day gift jewelryI recently read that technology might be killing the jewelry industry, specifically the brick-and-mortar fine jewelry establishments. This was somewhat depressing because I live in the core of the Los Angeles jewelry district, but I won’t take you down that road. Instead, I want to focus on the closing paragraph of the article, where a friend of the writer’s elected NOT to buy his graphic designer girlfriend diamond earrings as a gift because she couldn’t “use the earrings to make her artwork.”

What!? Who doesn’t want diamond earrings?!?

I write this post because on behalf of all the people out there who are tired of buying “junk jewelry” only to watch it fall apart one season later, we want better bling! READ MORE

Bath & Body, Gift Guidesa philosophy-cal holiday!

Philosophy-Christmas-Cookie-Shower-Gel-OrnamentThe delightful smells of cinnamon, Christmas cookies, and fresh pie are such lovely associations with this time of year. I love walking into the warmth of a home from the grey cold outside to be enveloped by laughter, holiday scents, and the promise of fun to come. philosophy captures the nostalgic smells of the holidays in the form of beauty (no calories!)- lotion, lip shines, and my favorite 3-in-1  Christmas cookie shower gel (also a shampoo or bubble bath) packaged in an ornament box. This adorable stocking stuffer is age-versatile as it would certainly bring a smile to a little girl’s face and same for grandma. philosophy gives back to the community by donating 1% of all philosophy.com sales to mental health efforts- so your gift gives gives back!

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Books, Gift GuidesTable that Book!

Looking for a last minute gift? I don’t know about you, but I love to receive a good coffee table book. It’s not something that I often splurge on, and it’s always a great addition to any home. Here’s a couple of books that would be beautiful on anyone’s coffee table!

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Blow Me a Kiss by Alice Harris – Provocative and sensual, this book celebrates and explores the iconic “red lip” by featuring notable art and photographs – including those of celebrities. Boys, perhaps this makes a great gift for a new girlfriend?

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National Geographic’s World’s Best Cities by Annie Fitzsimmons – This visually stunning book is a tribute to the cosmopolitan destinations. Ideal for the jet-setter in your life, the book reveals gorgeous photos and vital stats, best local foods, oddities and more on chic cities around the globe.

Bath & Body, Gift Guides, SkincareObsessions: Luxe Holiday Gifts

carlyNaked Undies. This is the perfect gift for the girl in your life that knows how to unwind and relax in style (or needs that incentive to do so!). The essential loungewear line is unbelievably light and feather-soft, not to mention sexy! The Carly T is my favorite long-sleeve tee for its creative back opening- think two graceful semi-sheer panels overlapping for comfort and ease. This piece fits true to size and is flattering at just the right length without trying too hard. The fabric hugs skin but doesn’t feel constricting in the least, so it’s perfect for traveling, lounging, and rewarding oneself for getting through the holidays! The chic pieces can be machine laundered with care and come in a variety of neutral shades. Naked Undies was founded by two fashionable ladies from LA whose eco-friendly philosophy and charity go beyond the luxurious threads. I love their ideas for giving back, and ten percent of proceeds go directly to the animal rescue organization Banfield Charitable Trust. Naked Undies is a treat for a woman of any age, and makes every day into a spa day whether that’s on the to-do list or not!

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Fitness & Health, Gift GuidesStuff Your Stocking with bkr!

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Ahh the holiday season has arrived! Are you thinking about what to gift yet? Let’s start with a simple stocking stuffer. Sometimes, they’re filled with goodies – and sometimes, not so much (err, dental floss, mom?).  This year, consider these water bottles by bkr!

Part of Neiman Marcus’ Love to Give Collection (which was curated by Ken Downing), 10% of proceeds of purchases will benefit the Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation, which supports art education nationwide. I love that these bkr bottles are totally chic, but also a healthful gift that works for men, women and kids. Plus, the receiver can use all-round – whether it’s at the desk or on a hike. Best of all…you won’t be breaking the bank, since they’re only $30 each! A happy stocking stuffer option, indeed.

 

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsMagnolia the Bunny – Limited Edition

Magnolia Easter-2I almost melted into a puddle when I first laid eyes on Magnolia the Bunny, dressed in her Easter best! Magnolia is the latest limited-edition member of the Walnut Animal Society family, whose gifted creator Lauren Bradshaw takes the art of stuffed animals to a whole new level. Each animal is handmade of the highest-quality materials (to stand up to years of hugs!) and no two are exactly alike. Darling Magnolia is perfect for kids but even I felt a tug at my heart as she brought back so many whimsical memories of childhood imaginary friends.

My two-year-old actually let out a squeal when she first saw Magnolia, as even she could appreciate the rabbit’s charming cuteness (plus bunnies are her favorite right now). Last night, I managed to put her to bed without her beloved bunny so I could snag myself some quality time to admire her. Standing at two feet tall, Magnolia feels substantial, well-built and is just the right size for little arms to hug. She is impeccably dressed in Liberty of London-cut garments, and this styling rabbit knows how to mix prints in the most chic and adorable way! I had to smile at the bunny-print lower on her dress which was designed by Merrilee Liddiard of Mer Mag.

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsRousskine

rousskineJ’adore Rousskine, a delightful boutique I discovered recently whose owner Dominique pulls from her imagination to create handmade animals, scarves, and other cute friends. I introduced Arielle, a beautifully made super-stylish little fox to my daughter recently, and they’ve been inseparable ever since. I really appreciate the softness of that materials used, and details like a floral lining for the ears is so sweet. Arielle’s proportions make her cute and hip at the same time! I was so curious to get to know the creator of this chic collection, Dominique was kind enough to indulge some of my curiosities, all the way from Montreal.

Can you briefly describe your background? I studied fashion design but found my real passion when I studied textile design. I had the chance to work in a small handmade toy company one year later. So I still learn everyday, and get to do what I love full time.

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