Holiday Wishlist | Extinctions by Iris Apfel Fall/Holiday 2012 Handbag Collection

Iconic Fashion maven, Iris Apfel launched a Luxury Handbag Collection that is as colorful and chic as she is with partner, Lisa Nunziata, President of L & Leung Design Group. Throughout the years, Ms. Apfel would frequently work with craftsmen in Europe to create Mongolian lamb items such as coats, vests, and even decorative pillows but since Mongolian lamb handbags were so difficult to find, she decided to create her own which brings us to this wonderful collection that perfectly captures her flair.

This initial collection consists of a wide array of stylish silhouettes in Mongolian lamb, haircalf and snakeskin. The designs reflect her unmistakable wittiness and keen aesthetics. From crossbody buckets resembling a fabulous boa to ultra-chic satchels with gold and leather straps, the collection is truly very “Iris.”

The palette has a vintage influence including ruby, rusty orange, lapis blue, emerald and of course black. Each handbag is beautifully lined in one of her all-time favorite color, turquoise.

Extinctions by Iris Apfel became available in better department stores during the Fall.

Holiday Gifts | Give the Gift of Teleflora Keepsake Flowers

While I love getting cool Christmas presents, I find that I get extra excited when I get flowers (a trait from my mother I’m sure). The occasion doesn’t really matter, just knowing that someone is thinking about me is enough but I admit that when they’re gorgeously and themed arrangements – I get extra excited. That is why I’m so mesmerized by Teleflora‘s beautiful keepsake Christmas arrangements – all of which make wonderful gifts, centerpieces and of course bring the holidays to life. They are a great way to make someone’s day brighter. A Teleflora bouquet of fresh, festive flowers makes for a great hostess gift, a last-minute present or a nice surprise to send to loved ones near and far. Check out a few of their memorable options:

Thomas Kinkade’s Winter Wonder – $79.95

A tribute to the Painter of Light ™, Thomas Kinkade, this holiday must-have is sure to delight collectors, young and old. This hand-painted, hand-crafted winter wonderland scene sits atop a beautiful holiday bouquet and features a charming cottage that lights up as children merrily build a snowman on the lawn. Let it snow with this treasured collectible that will bring joy for Christmases to come.

Send a Hug Night Before Christmas – $49.95

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Snuggled up to a hand-painted ceramic mug filled with a vibrant bouquet, this precious mouse will melt hearts of all ages. And what a fun way for families to leave milk and cookies for Santa. St. Nick will appreciate the sentiment too.

Peppermint Christmas Bouquet – $49.95

Send sweet wishes of peppermint joy with this Teleflora bouquet that smells just as sweet as it looks. Bursting with red, white and peppermint florals and topped off with real candy canes, this merry bouquet is the ideal table topper for all of your holiday gatherings.

Teleflora’s Silver Glow Centerpiece – $69.95

The perfect centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, this gorgeous vintage-style mercury glass hurricane is surrounded by striking red roses and miniature carnations. The festive arrangement captures the spirit of the season and the elegant hurricane can be used year-round with votive candles to accent the home.

Shimmering Snow Bouquet – $49.95

Add sparkle and shine to the holidays with Teleflora’s whimsical ornament bouquet. A Teleflora exclusive, this ornament jar shimmers with iridescent silver glitter and comes overflowing with beautiful hand-picked red roses and carnations. Perfect for filling with goodies for many happy holidays to come.

No matter the reason, Teleflora has something for everyone. Happy Holidays!

Accessories Council and Lord & Taylor Top Holiday Gift Picks

I had the great pleasure of attending a preview of the Accessories Council and Lord & Taylor’s Top Holiday picks for the season from such brands as Anne Klein, Botkier, chicBuds, Collection 18, Echo Design Froup, Minnie Rose, Roman & Sunstone, Swarovski, Vince Camuto, Zack and many more. If you haven’t done or even started your holiday shopping, add Lord & Taylor to your list for a variety of wonderful and affordable gift ideas. Check out a few of my favorites below:

Swarovski’s Studio Bracelets

These very cool bracelets features black calfskin leather and a black cotton cord woven around crystals in a variety of colors; they are great for layering and stacking with other bangles and bracelets. They retail for $90.00 each and are available at Lord & Taylor and also on www.swarovski.com.

Anne Klein Rosegold & Crystal Watch

The oversized rose goldtone case is framed with brilliant, clear Swarovski crystals. The rose tones are carried onto the dial with bold, Roman numerals indicating the hours on a mother-of-pearl outer ring surrounding a glittering pavé center zone. A smooth, white leather strap is adjustable and secures with a classic buckle closure. The watch retails for $75.00 and is available at Lord & Taylor.

Vince Camuto Jennah Cross-Body

The Jennah is Vince Camuto’s novel take on the classic cross-body. With a fashion-forward and fresh silhouette, this handbag lends a dually sophisticated and playful air to any ensemble. The Jennah Cross-Body retails for $148.00 and is available at VinceCamuto.com. Additional colors can be found online and in stores at Lord & Taylor.

Echo Touch Gloves

Stay warm and in touch with Echo Touch Gloves. Our bow and bouclé gloves are both fashionable and functional. They feature our eLink™ sewn into the index finger and thumb of each glove allowing you to text and tweet on touch screen devices without removing your gloves. They retail for $42.00 and are available at Lord & Taylor and at echodesign.com.

Botkier Valentina Shoulder Bag

The vintage inspired Valentina Shoulder bag from Botkier is the perfect day-to-evening accessory. The gusseted sides expand to accommodate all your essentials, while its interior includes three compartments for optimal organization. The Valentina shoulder retails for $295.00 and is available for purchase in an array of colors at Lord & Taylor and at www.botkier.com.

chicBuds Retractable Crystal Earbuds and Crystal Fauvette Bird Speaker

Make a fashion statement this holiday season with these Swarovski Crystal-adorned retractable chicBuds and portable bird speaker. chicBuds are the perfect mix of fashion and function, allowing you a stylish music-listening experience. The Fauvette, is not only stylish, but also small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. It has a loud and clear volume with a 2-watt amplified speaker that gives out 4 hours of quality sound on one charge. These chicBuds retail for $40.00 and can be found online and in stores at Lord & Taylor.

Holiday Gift Guide for the Eco-friendly and Fit Fashionista

A while back I attended the Crier Beauty’s Eco-Friendly Fitness, Health & Beauty Trends Forum where different media outlets were introduced to a variety of brands catering to those with active lifestyles.
There was so much catered to the woman who is on the go but who needs maximum results very quickly, I thought it would be a great idea to show a roundup of gift ideas for that woman:

Ugi

Ask them about their balls. Ugi is a quick 30 min workout and supplemental fitness plan. They equip you with everything you need to strengthen your core in a stylish way.
My pick: Ugi At Home System $169.00

Adventuress

Adventure seekers need beautiful skin too! This brand is designed as no fuss quality skin care for the woman who enjoys travel and outdoor physical activities. Can be taken on the go since the entire regimen fits into one travel friendly pouch.
My pick: Intro Offer Collection $85.00

Indie Lee

A brand dedicated to the health conscious woman, was birthed out of the founder ‘s recovery from brain surgery. When learned that toxic chemicals could be the culprit, she decided to educate herself about ingredients. My pick: Squaline Moisturizing Facial Oil $32.00

Santalia

Chances are if you’re a woman who’s working out on a regular basis, you already understand the importance of cleansing your face directly after workouts or else suffer the ck sequences of pimples. Based on sandalwood, Santalia helps keep skin clear without harsh chemicals like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.
My pick: Acne Therapy Kit $80.00

Here are more scenes from the forum and insights into a lot of other brands.

***A huge thank you to Guest Blogger, Laura A. Floyd of Blush and Beakers for attending Crier Beauty’s Eco-Friendly Fitness, Health & Beauty Trends Forum. Make sure to check out her blog.

Holiday Gifting with HomeGoods & Carson Kressley

Tis the season of gift giving and in this crazy economy, you want to get the most for your money while still giving friends and family a most fabulous gift. A great place for amazing gift options that makes getting that special gift an easy task, is HomeGoods, an off-price home fashions store, which provides a spectacular selection of high quality, on-trend, eclectic home décor for merchandise for every room. It’s selections include brand and designer name merchandise at prices that are 20 – 60% less than finer catalog, specialty and department store prices, every day. HomeGoods recently held an event at their store where we learned lots of tips and gifting ideas from gifting expert, Carson Kressley.

The 25,000 square feet, HomeGoods offers an ever-changing assortment of Bedding, Decorative Accents, Gourmet Kitchen, Bath, Kids Furniture and Accessories, Home Office, Gifts for Pet Lovers, Gifts under $10.00, $25.00 and $50.00, etc. Check out a bit of video of Carson Kressley introducing just a small sampling of gifts for under $10.00


Carson Kressley Introduces HomeGoods Holiday Gift Ideas – Glasgow Skinner from Glasgow Skinner on Vimeo.

Along with the Gifts under $10.00 featured above, check out more of HomeGoods’ gift suggestions below.

Whether you’re shopping by your budget, or your gift recipient’s tastes, you’ll get something special at amazing, wallet friendly prices.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas for the “Hard to Gift”

Though you may try, you are not the “Six months in advance Christmas gift shopper”, it’s partly because you think you have plenty of time or maybe some people in your life are a bit more difficult to shop for. You usually find yourself scrambling for the perfect gift or at least one that isn’t so terrible. If you agree with these statements and a few of the following random “types” fit into your problem gifting list, then please read on.

Miss “It’s my Favorite Lipstick”

When it comes to beauty gifts, it’s pretty much a great gift and its not difficult to spot the beauty lovers in your life. For example, if her favorite lipgloss, lipstick or eyeshadow appear non-existent yet she insists there’s still some left – you’ve got a beauty lover. A wonderful gift for such a person is the LipStix ReMix™

A patent-pending system containing everything you need to Re-Color your lipstick, Recover lipstick in the bottom of the tube and Repair a broken lipstick. Beauty lovers know the old trick about putting lipgloss tubes in hot water to get more use out of it, layering one lipstick over another for that person shade and the heartbreaking feeling of their favorite lipcolor breaking in half. This kit will be an amazing stocking stuffer.


Miss “Don’t You Love This Perfume”

We all know fragrance is an extremely personal thing but there are some fragrances that are loved by all and in other forms (yes my dears, not all fragrances are liquid) can be a major hit. A huge favorite is the Lolita Lempicka Parfums and they have an amazing Shimmering Powdered Perfume

The perfect combination of the first Lolita Lempicka fragrance and an incredibly fine, gossamer-light powder with a golden shimmer. The high concentration of pure, fine talc leaves the skin soft and delicate. The addition of tiny sparkling fragments of mauve and gold mother-of-pearl gives this fragrant powder a jewel-like shimmer. What more can you ask for when you combine a sultry scent, touchable soft skin and a bit of sparkle.

Miss “I need a Fun Cover/Case For My ….”

This person embraces fashion. Their closet is full of various chic colors, prints, textures, styles and even their accessories have personality. If you have one of those fabulous gems then you need to introduce them to Vera Bradley (I’m pretty sure they’re probably acquainted though).

Known for their bold, colorful and eye-catching paisley and floral prints, Vera Bradley bags and accessories are definite standouts. Gifting someone with the stylish quilted cotton luggage, handbags and accessories with distinctive and colorful fabrics and trims are sure to make it a very happy holiday.

Miss “I am a 80’s Baby”

If you know what a slap bracelet is then this next gift is right up your alley. A time of great music, style and accessories; celebrate and reminisce about that wonderful era with some great stocking stuffers from RumbaTime Watches

Though they do offer several styles that are either buckle or snap on, the 80’s child in me loves the slap on styles and of course you get extra cool points when wearing one of these named after some of the coolest streets in NYC. Check out (in order of appearance) the Perry, Broadway, Broadway Mini, Broadway Hex and Broadway Hex Digital featured below, all are available in an array of slap on colors.

The Broadway Hex has an additional bonus features, pop out the watch face of any Broadway HEX and swap in a different color band to create whatever color combo that matches your mood (or your wardrobe).

Miss “Hostess with the Mostess”

You love attending the parties she has, she is like super woman in keeping everyone happy, fed and drinking. A bottle of wine will do for typical party gifting but at Christmas time, why not wow her with some of these amazing gifts all available at jcpenney.com.

This non-lead glass Libbey® 10-piece Punch Bowl Set includes a 13½-qt. punch bowl, eight 11-oz. punch cups and ladle. Don’t be surprised if you get invited to even more parties. Of course if she’s also loves to bake…

The Bella Mini Donut Maker will be a hit. This very wallet-friendly Donut maker will allow her to cook moist, delicious donuts that are a healthier alternative to deep-fried donuts and the ability to wow her guests with her delicious recipes.

I hope this helps a few of you get a better idea of what to get the “hard to get for” women on your list. Happy Holidays.

ideeli Holiday Shopping Preview

Want to know what “It” gifts to get your loved ones (and maybe yourself), then ideeli is the perfect place to shop. This holiday, ideeli offers some must have gifts from a few amazing brands such as French Connection, Charles David, Valentino, John Varvatos Star, KitchenAid, Betseyville, etc. Join ideeli today and keep an eye out for these wonderful products coming up on sale soon (you must be signed up for to get these great deals). I’m so looking forward to checking out these upcoming sales:

Members Only Faux Sherling Belt Closure Cape

I fell in love as soon as I saw it; its just my style and so my price range at the wonderful ideeli price of $59.99. This is certainly not your father’s Members Only

Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelry

This gorgeous 3-Wave Bib necklace originally retails for $158 but thanks to ideeli, it can be yours for only $59.99 – that’s more than 50% of the original price.


Spring Street Accessories

How stunning are these purse hangers and the compacts? And a major steal for this intricately designed beauties. The purse hangers range from $12.99 – $19.99 and the compacts from $21.99-$25.99. Any fashionista will love receiving this as a gift so snap them up quickly, they will be gone.

HeartBeat Headphones by Lady Gaga

Fans of Lady Gaga will crave this glam set of earphones and they will love you for life. At $69.99, not a bad price for eternal love.

Betseyville Weekender & Cosmetic Case

Do you someone that loves pink, snow and travelling? Then this fun Betseyville Weekender and Cosmetic bag are the perfect gifts and a steal at $69.00 and $29.00 respectively.

Case-Mate iPhone & iPad Cases

Glam up your iPhones and iPads with these fun and bold cases. I am in love with the gold and pink trimmed iPad case and the pink glitter iphone case. Since they will only be $14.99 on ideeli, I can have both.

Waterford’s 12 Days of Christmas Flutes

For the Christmas lover in your life, the elegant Waterford 12 Days of Christmas Flutes are a perfect gift. Dazzling crystal etched with designs that features the famed holiday song, these normally retail for $85.00 each but ideeli has them for only $39.99.

These are just a few of the many amazing daily sales that are coming up, so join up today – www.ideeli.com/invite/foggat.