December 29, 2015

End of Year Wishes...

Gift tied with pink ombre bow
A belated Merry Christmas! To all my followers, friends and readers, thank you for your support. I truly appreciate every visit, comment and follow!! I wish you all continued peace and happiness as we near the end of this holiday season and the finish of 2015.


December 17, 2015

Gifts for the Fitness Obsessed

9 top fitness related gifts

With health and fitness awareness becoming a larger part of our lives, we all have that fitness obsessed friend (or maybe it's you...) who would love to receive some of the many cool and useful fitness-related accessories available now.

Here are my top picks:
1. adidas by Stella McCartney gym bag - Love this because it looks like a regular tote, and it has a convenient shoe compartment.

2. S'well water bottle -  so chic in a 'sparkling champagne' color

3. adidas by Stella McCartney - embossed foam yoga mat

4. Inspire sport earphones - These are great, because they are sweat and water resistant!

5. adidas by Stella McCartney media player arm band

6. Oster blender - It makes a smoothie or shake right into the sport bottle!

7. adidas miCoach -  tracker, coaching, media player, heart-rate monitor all in one

8. rope-less jump rope - great for travel

9. Ogitoes skidless towel

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December 14, 2015

Fave Holiday Looks from Parker

Parker dresses on display
Last month I had an opportunity to view in person the entire Parker Holiday 2015 Collection in anticipation of the holiday season. A fan of Parker for their fashion-forward, sophisticated and chic looks, I was swooning over the selection and saw more than a few pieces that I wanted in my closet...immediately, holiday season or not. 

With Christmas and New Year's coming very soon as well as parties in between, I've chosen(see below) some of my favorite dresses that are available now (hurry though, sizes are going fast!). All perfect for a festive and fun night out.

(See also my post here from several months ago when I previewed the Parker Holiday 2015 Collection before they hit the stores.) 

festive holiday display in Parker nyc showroom
The beautiful and festive display inside the Parker NYC Showroom.
The glam 'Bryant' dress (Thanks to Kristen for helping me show it!):
Parker Bryant dress
A stunner:
Parker Allegra dress
Love the metallic embellishment and golden tones on this 'Petra' dress:
Metallic gold Parker Petra dress

More dresses I love that would be perfect season after season:
6 dress favorites from Parker holiday 2015 collection

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December 13, 2015

Gifts for Him

Fave 'Gifts for Him' featuring Burberry, Swell, books from Phaidon, etc

Getting a gift for 'him' can be tricky even when you know the recipient really well. With so many choices out there, these are some of my top gift picks most modern men would love, and if not, no problem. They're all from retailers where returns and exchanges are convenient and easy. (Of course it might be helpful to find out beforehand that they like beer for that 'beer making kit'!:))

Although Christmas is less than 2 weeks away, there's still a little time to get these with regular shipping, so don't wait!!

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December 10, 2015

Over the Knee Boots

Stuart Weitzman over the knee wedge boots

On-trend now, over-the-knee boots are a fall/winter wardrobe must-have that I didn't have, until recently. I had been looking, but the ones I loved were either too impractical(heel too high), too uncomfortable(cheap), too expensive (at $600+, I'd rather get Jimmy Choo heels...), not my style(ugh), etc.  But then I found these Stuart Weitzman over-the-knee wedge boots on sale,  and the search was over. A great quality boot with a 2 inch heel, they are understated for more versatile wear. Love it.

OOTD, Tuxedo Jacket, tee, black skinnies, Valentino clutch, suede boots

Outfit details:
jacket- Sandro (similar here on sale!)
boots- Stuart Weitzman (suede, color: anthracite)
bag- Valentino
gloves- similar here
sunglasses- Ray-Ban

Close-up Stuart Weitzman boots
Now get yours before they're gone!
outfit back view

December 6, 2015

Gifts for the Beauty Product Junkie

Have a beauty product obsessed friend in your life? These beauty gift sets are amazing presents even for the beauty product novice or minimalist. Including categories that tend to have universal appeal like lip glosses and nail polishes, and in colors that are for the most part neutral or versatile for many skin tones; these sets are great quality from some of my favorite brands.

The products shown at the top are all under $50: Allure & butter London nail lacquer set, 'beachy waves' styling spray and hair accessory, Charlotte Tilbury mini lipsticks, Bobbi Brown 'bikini'pink' lip set, Stila lip glaze trio, Givenchy Beauty

Below, over $50:

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December 4, 2015

Paper Table Runners for Holiday Entertaining

table top eye level view of table runner
I have a not-so-secret obsession with fine paper and crafting with paper. Whether it's buying gorgeous, quality stationery that I hesitate to actually use due my messy handwriting or making paper flowers and origami objects, I love it all. So as you might have guessed, I love visiting paper specialty stores.

Last year while shopping for holiday wrapping paper at Papersource (one of my faves), I grabbed a roll of the striking, gold chevron table runner shown in these pics thinking it was just a regular roll of wrapping paper. I've never used paper table runners before, but now I'm hooked. It's a great way to incorporate different design elements and to have more (fun) options with your party decorations, especially as we've just headed into a month of holiday entertaining. Best of all, it works double duty as wrapping paper, and it's recyclable!

This year, I couldn't find this particular design at Papersource, but you can get it now here. Also love this whimsical and sweet confetti runner and this chalkboard runner. The chalkboard runner is particularly fun for entertaining kids or the 'young at heart'. :)

Full view of dining room with chevron table runner
closeup of gold chevron paper table runner

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p.s.  Papersource is currently having a 20% off sale on everything with code: FALALA. Ends December 6th!

December 3, 2015

Metallic Shoulder Bag Love...

Sleek, luxe, and chic... I love the look of silver leather. And on this Marni shoulder bag, it's especially beautiful. 

With its luxurious gold hardware that both contrasts and complements its look and an adjustable shoulder strap that transforms it into a cross-body, it is gorgeous as well as practical. Definitely on my wish list!

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