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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.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

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  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 www.vasimoda.com.
  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 www.mujus.com.
  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 www.mujus.com.
  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 www.esgivesback.com and www.elyseryan.com.
  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 www.vipunlimitedbands.com.

MUST-HAVE JEWELRY

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  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 www.BeltEnvy.com 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 www.carolee.com.
  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 www.adihitchcock.com.
  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, www.macys.com, Lord & Taylor and www.lordandtaylor.com.
  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 www.RomanSunstone.com.
  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 www.swarovski.com, 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.

BAGS AND PURSES

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  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 www.jgeren.com 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 info@marylai.com. get this cutie on shop.marylai.com.
  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 www.betseyjohnson.com.
  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 www.luxchilas.com.
  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 www.bagsbytika.eu.
  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 www.dolcevitahandbags.com.
  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 www.leighannbarnes.com.

GIFTS FOR HIM

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  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 www.auburn-jewelry.com.
  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 www.ransomjewels.com.
  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 www.iloristyle.com.
  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 www.ikebehar.com and www.macys.com.
  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 www.robertgraham.us and www.nordstrom.com.

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?

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.

Swarovski Elements Lounge at ENK’s Accessorie Circuit Intermezzo Collections Show

Swarovski returned to once again introduce a preview of brands utilizing their beautiful crystal elements in their Spring/Summer 2013 collections at the Accessorie Circuit Intermezzo Collections Show, presented by ENK and held at the Javits Center. The installation, located in the Swarovski Elements Lounge, included helmets, footwear, handbags, cellphone accessories, and of course jewelry from more than 80 famous U.S and international designers and brands

As you can imagine there were several breathtaking pieces and I wish I could showcase every single stunning     piece but that many photos would be overwhelming. So I’ve included a few fascinating pieces that caught my attention.

Helmets – featured below going clockwise are Swarovski embellished helmets from Casco (Germany), Tonino Lamborghini (Italy), Samshield (France) and Yakkay (Denmark)


Statement Neckpieces – Featured below clockwise are gorgeous necklaces from (*NOTE: the first piece is unknown but I plan on hunting down the name of who created this beguiling piece), MM Crystal (Canada), Kenny Ma Designs (USA), and Annie Koplik Designs (USA).

Other standouts, which much like what’s already featured above, were a mixture of elegance, edginess, luxurious, glamorous, rock n’ roll, modern and quirky. They include the following:

Alexis Mabille Bow Clutch (France)

A gorgeous necklace and bracelet set from Deepa Gurnani (USA)

An enchanting Animal Print Wedge from Benjamin Adams London (UK)

To see more of the selected accessory and jewelry designs, head over to Swarovski Elements Showcases to see what other products are created using Swarovski Crystal Elements. Feast your eyes on a few more looks below:

Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED™ Concept Store Opening

A-List celebs, fashion insiders and other beautiful people came together to celebrate the opening of Swarovski Crystallized Concept Store (located in Soho at 499 Broadway) and their partnership with charity:water hosted by Nadja Swarovski, Hilary Rowland and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively. Kim, Zia* and I were thrilled to be a part of this amazing event




The 5000 square feet store stretches between Broadway and Mercer Street, with entrances from both sides. “Inside the store, the breathtaking chandelier “Cascade” designed by Vincent van Duysen illuminates the open staircase between the floors. On the ground floor, a retail-lounge-bar area welcomes visitors, while the basement offers deeper insights into the history of Swarovski, and hosts as well various designer exhibitions.” Swarovski creates the most gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, rings, watches, brooches, bags and Home Accesories?




The event was fabulous, A-List celebs such as host Blake Lively, Evan Rachel Wood, Lucy Liu and Chloe Sevigny





I also got some video of their interactions with each other

Lucy Liu being interviewed

and a short video of Chloe Sevigny & Fern Mallis

At the event, Blake Lively unveiled a special-edition Swarovski CRYSTALLIZED ™ necklace from which 100% of the proceeds will benefit charity: water. The flagship New York City store is the only one of its kind in the U.S. where customers will have the opportunity to purchase the company’s precision-cut loose crystals in addition to customizable and ready-to-wear jewelry.


Each Divine Rock light necklace (which retails for $88) sold can provide people with clean, safe drinking water for 20 years. Makes you think doesn’t it?

We know Swarovski makes exquisite pieces but sometimes you might not find something that’s “you”; well ladies (and gentlemen), that time is over as you are able to customize your own piece. One wall is covered in various precision cut crystals and jewelry components. It totally brings back the memories of making my own bracelets and necklaces as a little girl but with much prettier pieces.

But that’s not all, after you’ve chosen or created your dream piece (or pieces), simply glide down the lavish staircase and sit in the magnificence that is the Swarovski Cafe and Lounge or indulge in the special Swarovski exhibits. Surrounded by the opulence of all those gorgeous crystals, you may perhaps order the “Brillance” (the daily special featuring a traditional dish) off the Spring Menu


Ok, I think I’m over-indulging in this post but Swarovski is a must to visit. We left the event sooner than we wanted but we had another event to go to. While the bags were different, I was lucky enough to get this gorgeous necklace below