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Fashion, Gift Guides2012 Holiday Gifts for the Office

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ONE.  Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush — If you (or your office-mates) are anything like me, your office desk makeup stash grows throughout the year. First it’s a lipgloss or lipstick in the pencil tray, then as spring rolls around, you add a couple bronzers or blushes, and during the summer (aka when going-out-after-work season is in full force) you  start keeping a stash of mascaras, eyeshadows, etc ,etc alongside your Scotch tape and Post-It Notes. But you know what we never have? A handy brush set to help us actually apply our makeup properly throughout the day. Sephora Collection’s Houndstooth Mini Brush set is the answer, featuring a powder, eyeliner, eye shadow, and concealer brush — everything you need for a full face touchup. It also comes in a snazzy shimmery case that fits in even the most compact spaces. Plus for only $15, this set probably only costs half as much as your favorite lipgloss. One for each of your office BFFs, one for youself, (and one for me)! Carolyn 

TWO. Poppin — “I’m a moleskin kind of girl, too,” someone confided to me recently, glancing approvingly at the sunshine yellow soft color notebook I was using to take notes. “Actually, I’m a Poppin girl!” I replied, “It’s the new office concept from Chris Burch.” Burch, more fondly known round Poppin parts as Poppa Poppin, is the creator of the Staples meets Pantone meets C.Wonder lovechild. Ever wish that all of your office supplies, from notebooks to pen to stapler, was color coordinated in the same vivid shade of royal purple? Poppin can help. Do you have a serious fetish for high performance Japanese ballpoint pens? Poppin can help. Do you want to match your ruler to this season’s “It”, aqua blue eyeliner? Poppin can help. And for this holiday season, Poppin is doing holiday bundles of its best-sellers. Among my favorites is the “All Bundled Up” package, with scissors, a ball-point pen, folio, and two notebooks in lime green and a grown-up shade of Elle Woods pink. So Pop, Poppin it up. Kathleen

THREE. Working Girl’s Survival Kit — Whether you’re gifting this to a recent college grad getting ready to start her first job or an old friend who has been at the same company for over a decade, any woman will appreciate opening the Working Girl’s Survival Kit.  (Even the name is cute!)  The small aluminum attache case has 22 different health and beauty items and can be stashed in your desk (or even your car) to get you through any beauty emergency that could possibly happen at work.  I don’t know about you, but I’m constantly on the hunt for most of the items in it, so it’s a genius idea to be able to stash them all in one place.  The kit includes things like an emery board, a toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, mints, a stain remover… even shoe shine wipes.  I kind of want to buy one for all of my friends… and get an extra one for myself.  What working girl wouldn’t want one? Stacey READ MORE

Gift GuidesPrep Dad


Send your preppy dad a treat for Father’s Day! Below are our favorites:

Kempt Commuter: Make sure that both dad’s face and travel is smooth with the compact Jack Black Jet Set Traveler ($25). Dad’s essentials are regulation carry-on sized in a clear and compact package so that he keep up his regimen on the road.

Nature-Lover: These Starfish Cufflinks from KiraKira are available in both silver and gold will bring dad back to fond, seaside memories. Quality crafted, these will be passed down for generations to come for $138 – $158.

Dapper Dad, Help your father make a statement this summer with a classic tie with a twist! Kiel James Patrick’s Kortright Ebb Tide Bow-tie is handcrafted in the Ocean State and available for a mere $65.

Gift GuidesMom Appreciation

Need some last minute ideas for Mother’s Day? Take a look at our suggestions below!

Tear-jerking Treats: Monogramming has always been one of our favorite ways to say I love you.

  • Inspired by ancient signet rings with an architectonic twist – Lauren Wimmer Customizable Signet Ring is available in gold, silver, matte or shiny finish as well as personalized either interlocking script or round blog letters for mom at $185 – $210.

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Gift Guides, Mom & KidsBaby Love

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we’re taking inspiration from stylish moms who always make it work!  Make sure you and your brood are perfectly put-together whether you’re at a family function, the park or just relaxing at home.

More of Me Piper Dress ($198) is not your average maternity dress! Playful yet refined and something that you can keep in wardrobe post pregnancy.

Who say’s comfort can’t look cute? A match made in heaven, your feet with thank you for considering both style and fit with Converse Chuck Taylor/PJ Marimekko kicks ($90)!  READ MORE

Gift GuidesShare the Love on Valentine’s Day

Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas this year? We have a few suggestions for gifts to show your loved ones – from your sister to your mom – that you care.

KiraKira exudes femininity from their elaborate luxe jewelry to their timeless, wearable pieces. We love rose gold and what better way to say I love you (even if it is to yourself!) than with this Rose Vintage Key Pendant ($89).

Preppy Plates is a perfect place to find classic home accents with a twist. We were wowed by their custom plates, platters, trays and coasters available in both primary and bright colors as well as traditional and whimsical fonts. Our heart skips a beat for their Summer Picnic with interlocking monogram set of 50 pressed paper coasters at $74 (add $10 for the additional acrylic holder).

CHANEL’S GARDÉNIA scent is irresistible, especially for lovers of flowers who may not have a green thumb. Sweet and romantic, this intense fragrance of vanilla base, gardenia petals accented with coconut. Available in a collectible 2.5 oz. flacon ($110), perfect for travel or 6.8 oz. ($210).

Post-it personalizes their classic notepads in two different sizes starting at $6.95. We had fun choosing from their over 3,000 different styles that can be customized for any occasion so give it a try for yourself or your sweetie-pie.

Rosena Sammi Jewelry shows their love with their pink Sitara wrap bracelet in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Feel good this Valentine’s Day by spoiling your val-pals with adorable wrist-wear and a 30% donation to the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research campaign for $49.99

Gift Guides, Lust ListHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Lust-Worthy

ONE. Madame Mathilde Black Enamel Earrings — We immediately gravitated to these Black Enamel Earrings  – envisioning them perfectly paired with our favorite LBD.  These simply stunning, ornate vintage deco earrings cleverly make old new again. Splurge worthy, unique and available for $285 at www.madamemathilde.com (similar styles also available). READ MORE

Gift GuidesHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Gifts for Guys

ONE. Tevris Tumblers — Not only do these tumblers come available with almost every pro sports team logo under the sun but no coasters are required! Tervis tumblers have long been known for their condensation-free, break-free features but are also a tasteful way to show off your team spirit. Personalization and add-ons such as handles and travel tops are available with a variety of glass sizes starting at $16 each. And make sure to pick up this American Bar book by Graphic Image to spark his imagination for drinks to enjoy! READ MORE

Gift Guides, ObsessionsHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Editors’ Obsessions

ONE. ghd Scarlet Collection –TDO Editor Stacey is totally obsessed with her new ghd Scarlet Collection styler, and it would make the perfect gift for any of friends or relatives that love playing around with different hair styles. It’s the easiest styler she’s ever used. It lets her straighten her “weirdly half-wavy, half-straight hair” in no time at all without drying it out, and leaves it shiny and healthy looking. You can also use it to create loose curls, so it’s really fun to experiment with. Plus, it comes in a fun Art-Deco-inspired bag for traveling. Finally – an easy way to make your hair look like a pro did it!  READ MORE

Gift Guides, Mom & KidsHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Chic Mama & Baby

ONE. Tiffany & Co. Piggy Bank — Any expectant mother would love a thoughtful gift wrapped in a signature blue box- baby’s first Tiffany. Tiffany’s baby piggy bank comes in pink for girls and blue for boys and serves as the child’s first savings account (hey it’s never too early to start saving up for a Birkin).  The ceramic bank with hand painted polka dots also adds warmth and character to any nursery.  READ MORE

Gift Guides, HomeHoliday Gift Guide ’11: Decorista

ONE. Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock — With all the different technology we carry around with us every day, we’re constantly charging all their gadgets. This Jonathan Adler Smartphone Dock is an adorable gift for anyone with a smartphone (which is pretty much everyone we know!). The old time phone design would look so much better sitting on a desk or dresser than just another plain old cord and it’s a fun conversation piece. So cute! READ MORE

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