Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts to Love from The Accessories Council’s 2014 #ACTopPicks

If there is one organization that knows about accessories, it is the Accessories Council, who celebrates their 20th anniversary of highlighting great fashion accessory brands to the consumer. For this very reason, we naturally look to them for great holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. We hope you’re ready because we’re sharing gifts for every budget, gifts for stockings and under the tree, gifts that will bring you and the recipient joy, and gifts that give back through their charitable connections.


  1. Vasi Moda B Scarf, $105.00 – The “B” Square is the quintessential unisex accessory for pocket squares, wrist ties, purses, neck scarves, and hair styling. It is available in 12 different print designs and are each composed of the same precise detail, vibrant colors, and artistic elements of the signature VASI Signature scarf line. Get 30% off with discount code: HOLIDAY2014 on
  2. Mujus Bam Bracelet, $38.00 – This lightweight bracelet is made from polished, multicolored teardrop-shaped tagua seeds, that are strung together on elastic cord. Available on
  3. Mujus Gema Necklace, $69.00 – Named “Gema” because the tagua seed it’s made from gleams like a gemstone, this handcrafted necklace is an eco-friendly way to look glamorous. Available on
  4. Easter Seals Gives Back Bracelets by ElyseRyan, $35.00 – These edgy bracelets boasts sleek dangling charms that convey messages of partnership, love, and giving back. They are finished in timeless gold, vintage rose, artisan silver, metallic hematite, and ElyseRyan’s signature design. Available on and
  5. Leigh Ann Barnes V.I.P Unlimited Bands, $18.00 – 40.00 – Handcrafted and created by survivors of domestic violence, their convertible hair accessories gies women in shelters the chance to earn money. Available on



  1. BeltEnvy Buckle Pendant Necklaces, Leather Wrist Straps or Stretch Belts, $70.00 – $165.00 – Features Belt Envy’s original artwork on a silver or Bronze buckle and embellished with genuine Swarovski® crystals. These interchangeable pieces (pendants come with black or brown suede cord, belt buckles fit 1 1/2″ belt straps, and wrist medallions are changeable with its reversible leather wrist straps (sold separately). Get 50% off at with promo code ACC50
  2. Carolee Word Play Double Take Bangle Collection, $45.00 – A series of Double Take Bangles that allows a woman to wear her own personal story. The bangles feature a two-sided, spinning charm with a design on one side and meaningful words on the other. The can be worn in multiples and stacked with other bracelets. Available on
  3. Todd Reed Fancy Colored Diamond Earrings in 18k Yellow Gold, $59,400.00 – Stunning raw diamonds give a unique look to these dazzling earring which boasts 18k gold, fancy cut diamonds (50.086ctw), and white brilliant cut diamonds (1.288ctw). Available at Greenwich Jewelers
  4. Zero Rules Blow Harmonicas, $68.00 – High fashion meets rock and roll with these adorable stainless steel harmonica necklaces (and they work). The harmonicas sit on a 27″ ball chain and special engraving is available for $10 as a personalized gift (can include name, quotes, etc). Get yours today on on
  5. Anne Klein Watch and Bracelets Set (AK 1462 TOST), $150.00 – The set includes a polished, goldtone watch with a bezel set with dozens of brilliant Swarovski crystals plus two coordinating, independent bracelets, one with Tortoise resin and goldtone accents, and an open link goldtone bracelet which can be worn together or separately. Available at Macy’s,, Lord & Taylor and
  6. Roman & Sunstone Eternally Radiant Sterling Silver Round & Square CZ Stud, $30.00 – These high quality earrings come packaged in a beautiful black velvet gift box. They will dazzle your family and friends, and add some much needed sparkle to any LBD. Available on
  7. Swarovski Pebble Pendant and Pebble Ring, $180.00 Each – This modern, elegant pendant reflects the organic trend. Its smooth, bold silhouette is complemented by sparkling crystal Pointiage®. The ring captures the organic shapes trend; its smooth, domed silhouette is polished rose gold plated metal, complemented by sparkling crystal Pointiage®. Get both on, and at all Swarovski boutiques.
  8. Black Lace Skin Jewelry, $15.00-$38.00 – A unique collection of stunning jewelry designed to be worn on the bare skin. The brand boasts temporary tattoos and semi-sheer, lace-heavy, next-to-the-skin fashions that are inspired by striking ornaments, rich velvet fabrics, and gorgeous jewels.



  1. JGEREN The Cedar, $495.00 – The Cedar, a chic and edgy premium leather clutch, allows you to be “hands-free” with never having to worry about setting your bag down. It boasts a premium leather with a suede and leather interior lining, low-profile magnetic closure, and a distinctive hand-lacing finish. Available on or at Paul Miller Boutique in Chicago.
  2. Mary Lai Maeve Mix Tape Wristlet, $108.00 – The Maeve leather pouch/wristlet can be used as a makeup bag, clutch, making it a perfect gift to the beauty lover in your life. Get your name printed on the Mix Tape Wristlet for free with purchase, by emailing get this cutie on
  3. Betsey Johnson Be-Mine Overnight Weekend Bag, $158.00 – Light-weight, with lots of great storage, the Be-Mine Overnight Weekend bag is the perfect carry-on for your winter getaway! Available on
  4. Luxchilas Backchila, $250.00 – Made in Colombia, this traditional Wayuu mochila bag is transformed into a comfortable and trendy backpack. It boasts 100% cotton, handwoven in crochet technique, is fully lined with interior pockets, leather flap with fine hardware and adjustable straps. Get this vibrant bags on
  5. Tika Urbinata Convertible Backpack/ Shoulder Bag & Crossbody, $224.00 – Go from chic backpack to a shoulder bag and crossbody combo. This calfskin and wool combination, with adjustable/removable handles, easily converts into a crossbody or shoulder bag. This trendy and practical bag is available in Black, Yellow, Red, and Blue and can be purchased on
  6. Dolce Vita The Charlotte Crossbody, $108.00 – The Charlotte crossbody features supple leather with embossed lizard trim. It features diagonal zippered pockets with a bold metal puller hardware, interior credit card organization, and a removable crossbody chain strap. Available on
  7. Leigh Ann Barnes The Sophisticate Bag, $760.00 – $2,200.00 – A Luxe Doctor’s satchel with a removable and changeable clutch. Change from color block to monochromatic hues, python to fur with the collectible clutches, which interchange with ease. Clutch selections include genuine python, fur, calf hair, cork. Each bag comes with official US currency coin charms for good fortune Available on


  1. Auburn Jewelry Custom Pendant, & Cufflinks, $45.00 – $115.00 – Auburn Jewelry creates custom sterling silver, 14k gold and enamel pieces individually crafted by hand. These monogram initial cufflinks, featured above in sterling and black, are available in 18 standard colors. Available on
  2. Ransom Bracelets, $60.00 – $200.00 – Ransom’s Bracelets feature matte black onyx beads, leather, cable chains, etc with Blade pendant and engraved Ransom logo. Available on
  3. Ilori Bulgari La Gemma Sunglasses, $1160.00 – The 2014 Limited Edition Bulgari La Gemma sunglasses are ultimate in chic and will frame your face in luxury. They feature Ebony Wood temples, unique use of precious materials with sophisticated craftsmanship and manufacturing techniques. Available on
  4. Barton Como Ike Behar Cufflinks, $148.00 – $198.00 – These Ike Behar cufflinks will add a bit of classic style to his signature style. Known for their craftsmanship, quality, elegance, and style, these cufflinks pair perfectly with the classic dress shirts, ties, and jackets Ike Behar is known for. Available on and
  5. Barton Como Robert Graham Cufflinks, $130.00 – $165.00 – Robert Graham was created on the premise of introducing sophisticated, eclectic style to the fashion market. Available on and

There were just so many wonderful gift options recommended by the Accessories Council, much more than all you see above. We’re sure you’ll see lots of great ideas for your friends and family. Naturally we have our favorites, and items for our wishlists, we want to know, what are yours?

You’re Invited to the “Hello Kitty, Hello Art” Exhibition

Hello to you art lovers and fellow Hello Kitty fans, I’ve got some exciting news for you. I know I think of some of my Hello Kitty stuff as art but here is an event where Hello Kitty is truly artistic. Sanrio is hosting their first art exhibition in New York next weekend. The gallery exhibition will showcase unique paintings, sculpture, prints and media from popular street and contemporary artists from around the world, all inspired by Hello Kitty and other Sanrio characters. The exhibit will be  and open to public Friday, December 14th – Sunday, December 16th at the Openhouse Gallery NYC

Expect to see some wonderful, eclectic works from Betsey Johnson, Paul Frank Sunich, Simone Legno, POST, Adam Wallacavage and RISK. The exhibit also houses a holiday inspired “pop up shop” featuring limited edition ornaments, custom made candy from Papabubble, holiday wreaths and garland, accessories and limited edition prints of select artwork.

HBA Global’s International Package Design Award Winners

HBA Global held its annual International Package Design Awards, sponsored by
Beauty Packaging and Happi Magazine, on the show’s first day, rewarding brands that featured the best in innovative packaging design in a variety of categories. As the only design award to celebrate the year’s most innovative packaging in all of beauty’s product categories, the HBA IPDA received entries from major brands, niche players and indie companies from all over the world. The night’s big winners are as follows:

COSMETICS MASS pH Matchmaker pH Powered Bronzer, Blush & Lip Gloss by Physicians Formula


 COSMETICS PRESTIGE – Burberry Cosmetics Line by Inter Parfums

FRAGRANCE MASS Embleme Fragrance by Zermat Internacional

FRAGRANCE PRESTIGE – Too Too by Betsey Johnson

GREEN PACKAGING – MudPot by Black Rock Mud Company

PERSONAL CARE MASS – Just For Men AutoStop by Combe

Love. Lust. Light Body & Boudoir Candle by Naked Princess


SKIN CARE MASS –bébé de forêt by Yuhan-Kimberly

SKIN CARE PRESTIGE – MAC Lightful Marine Bright by MAC


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD (as voted via Social Media) – Socializer’s Can You Keep A Secret? Lip Exfoliator & Conditioning Balm by Elizabeth Grant


Congratulations to all the winners!

Launch Celebration for Tweezerman & Betsey Johnson

Tweezerman, maker of award winning beauty tools known for their quality, performance, and value who’s products are the “little black dress of beauty tools” has teamed with the sensational and incomparable Betsey Johnson (my favorite designer during college) for their Designer Series Slant® Tweezer

The new Betsey Johnson Designer Series features three quirky designs that clearly showcases Betsey’s fun personality. The three patterns, White with Pink Betsey Rosebuds (as seen all over her boutique), Neon Pink with White Betsey Bones (skulls) and Black with Pink Betsey Babe (Marilyn) all come encased in a white leather case

The Betsey Johnson Slant Tweezer, which will retail for $25.00, will be available on September 1st at Sephora,, Betsey Johnson Stores and This will be Tweezerman’s second  Limited Edition Designer Series; the Betsey Johnson Series follows the successful 2009 collaboration with designer, Agatha Ruiz De le Prada (hers is the fashion show that was famously crashed by Sasha Baron Cohen’s in character as Bruno).

Of course Betsey Johnson was on hand to celebrate this wondrous occasion but unfortunately I was unable to interview her because she was completely surrounded by all times but I managed to get some shots of her interacting with her guests

Tweezerman was also on hand to help tame some of our unruly eyebrows as we enjoyed the sinfully delicious fun-sized cupcakes from Baked by Melissa (there would be more cupcake photos but there were disappearing quite quickly – a testament to how yummy they are)

Several of New York’s chic set to help Betsey and Tweezerman celebrate this fun collaboration, many of whom were shoppingwere. Here are some more photos from the event

Shoe-Inn 13th Annual Warehouse Sale

Shoe-Inn’s “13th Annual Warehouse Sale” features over 10,000 pairs of women’s designer shoe collections by Tory Burch, Ugg Australia, Jessica Simpson, Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Celine, Donald J. Pliner, Michael Kors, Kate Spade, Kors, Juicy Couture, Stella McCartney, Frye, Matt Bernson, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade, Burberry, Pedro Garcia, Zalo, Roberto del Carlo, Pucci, DKNY, Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Puma, Cynthia Rowley, Calvin Klein, Converse, Lilly Pulitzer, D&G, Charles David, Moschino, Steve Madden, Kenzo, Betsey Johnson, Minnetonka, Jack Rodgers, Diane von Furstenberg, Acqua Italia, Fitflops, and many others.

All shoes are $19.99-$149.99. New merchandise is added daily. This event has been named “The Ultimate Shoe Sale” by FOX News (2008).

Mon-Sun 9am-5:45pm

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Amagansett, NY 11930
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