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Food, Gift Guides2012 Holiday Gifts for Foodies

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ONE:  Reiko Kaneko Lip Tease Cup and Saucer —  Lauren Santo Domingo, once told Into the Gloss, that she finds early morning lipstick on coffee cups “vulgar.” Even though I’m inclined to agree, I have other words to describe this lipstick-stained teacup and saucer. Words like cheeky, flirty, whimsical, adorable, and perfect.  Perfect for frequent tea drinkers or even those who just like to have fine-bone china on display. So hey, don’t worry about setting the stain, it’s already taken care of. Kathleen

TWO: Julia Baker 6 Piece Purse Box — Julia Baker’s chocolates aren’t just for chocolate lovers… they’re for turning ordinary people into chocolate lovers. Crafted from the heart, each one of Julia’s whimsical truffles and hand-cut chocolates taste like a little piece of (the most delicious) heaven. The six-piece purse box is outfitted with 3 chocolates and 3 truffles, oozing with the most divine French Caramel filling. Any lucky recipient of this purse will want to take it with her whenever she goes, guaranteed.  Carolyn

THREE: Bouchon Bakery Cookbook — New from chef Thomas Keller’s gang (The French Laundry, Ad Hoc) and executive pastry chef Sebastien Rouxel, this cookbook is an aspirational work for any foodie. From French/American classics like brioche and Oh Ohs to the acclaimed Bouchon Bakery TKOs and Nutter Butters, recipes run the gamut from pastries to pet treats. Of course, no Keller cookbook is complete without beautiful photographs and thorough cooking/baking tips, which makes the book — at the very least — great coffee table material. Charli READ MORE

Gift Guides2012 Holiday Gifts for the Active Gal

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ONE. Huit Lucky Bandeau Bikini Top and Bottom — Have a friend who works out and loves showing off her hard earned bod at the pool? Yeah you know you have (and secretly hate) one of those. Why not indulge her (I mean it is Resort season already) with Huit’s answer to the iconic Baywatch swimsuit ? This bikini is super cute yet sexy in a sporty way. The top comes in standard bra sizes for the perfect fit and is designed with moulded underwire cups  to keep everything in place (and looking good). Whose ready for some laps?! Carolyn

TWO. DvF X NeimanMarcus x Target Yoga Mat — Grab this mat while you can and be the envy of everyone at your yoga studio. Mix fashion and function, the cushioned textured face and back surfaces provide stable, non-slip grip for proper body alignment. Top it off with convenient “love is life” carrying case, this playful mat is designed in an animal-print complete with Diane von Furstenberg’s heart signature on one side and bright red on the reverse. Any active friend will be eager to start saluting the sun! Liz

THREE: On Your Way Duffel — The perfect gym bag is almost impossible to find – either they’re too small or too bulky or come in a hideous color (or more than one of the above!)  So when I spotted what seemed like the perfect one on a girl at the gym, I had to ask her where she bought it, crossing my fingers that it wasn’t something hard to find or already out of stores.  Luckily, the On Your Way Duffel is still available at Lucy stores and online, so I know what I’m buying my yoga loving sister this year.  Everything about it is just great – it’s the exact right size for gym clothes and sneakers, it comes in basic black, it has pockets for your water bottle, and it even has a strap so you can attach your yoga mat on top if that’s your activity of choice.  Even better, it comes with two straps so you can wear it over your shoulder or slung across your body.  See?  Perfect! Stacey  READ MORE

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

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