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The Perfect Gifts For Guys

Let’s hear it for the boys! Dads, brothers, boyfriends and husbands-I got them all covered in this comprehensive gift guide. All you have to do is point, click and order!

Ralph Lauren Big Pony Cologne #2 and Givenchy Play: Two delectable scented colognes that will leave any man happy and smelling good.

Peet’s Coffee: According to my husband, who starting drinking coffee at the age of 3 and currently drinks a 10 cup carafe of coffee every morning, loves Peet’s and orders the Holiday Blend every year. The perfect gift for all the coffee lovers on your list.

Fossil Watch: Fossil has an amazing array of masculine, on trend watches that your boyfriend or husband will appreciate and use all year long.

Kindle: Amazon’s Kindle is the perfect gift for the reader in your life, pre-fill it with a few of your favorite books and hand them the world of literature.

J Crew Ray Ban Caravan Sunglasses: A modern take on classic aviator shades and sunglasses are the jewelry equivalent for men.

Fjallraven Oban Jacket: Fjallraven (Swedish for arctic fox) is known the world over for simple, functional designs that are favored by climbers and outdoorsmen and this ready for anything jacket is a stylish way to keep the men in your life cozy and on the go.

Remote Control Airplane, Champ RTF: A fun gift perfect for men of all ages, they can spend Christmas day feeling like a kid again flying their new remote control airplane.

Customized Nike Sneakers: Log on to www.nike.com and create a pair of Nikeid shoes all his own. Plus you will have a blast picking and choosing all the color and design options. A truly unique gift that no one else will have.

Sears Giftcard: Allow the handy man in your life to fill-in on missing tools or outfit his ultimate garage, most men will enjoy spending the afternoon in Sears trying to decide how to spend their giftcard.

Electronic Rock Guitar Shirt: This shirt has a built-in fully playable guitar and will make an entertaining gift for music lovers. This is a great gift for brothers and take the time to click around on the website (www.thinkgeek.com) this shirt comes from, they have an eclectic mix of gift ideas.

Spyker C8 Aileron Spyder Car: For the man who has been very, very good this year! Jaw-dropping beauty in the form of a kick-ass car.

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The Perfect Gifts For Gals

Tis the season to shop! I have compiled a list of perfect gifts to give to the women in your life from your mom to your mother-in-law to your best friends and everyone in between.

FYI Click on each gift’s name to link to where the item can be purchased.

Philosophy’s Gingerbread Man Scrub: Yummy scented scrub that heats up as your scrub leaving you with warm, soft amazing smelling skin.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment: Available in Clear, Rose or Plum, leaves lip soft and shiny.

Twirl by Kate Spade Perfume: “She had a cocktail in her hand and confetti in her hair.” Surely, you know a girl like that! Twirl by Kate Spade encapsulates the floral fragrance of a garden in bloom, finished with a twist of fresh fruit.

Zoku Quick Pop Maker: An instant popsicle maker for any foodie you know and love.

Chocolate Chocolate Croissants: The most amazing, melt in your mouth pastry you will ever eat! Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma, they are a wonderful way to thank anyone who has been there for you this year.

White House Black Market Ruffle Scarf: This light as air ruffle scarf is reasonably priced to buy in bulk and pass out to all your female friends and family members.

Soma Intimates Pajamas: I have already blogged about how much I love these pajamas but they are worth mentioning again. A fun and easy gift that any woman would love, plus they come in a wide range of sizes.

Ugg Cozy Knit Slippers: They will thank you as they slip their weary feet into these cable knit, sheepskin lined slippers.

Kindle: Amazon’s Kindle is the perfect gift for the reader in your life, pre-fill it with a few of your favorite books and hand them the world of literature.

My favorite cookbooks always make great gifts for married friends, moms or foodies. The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Recipes From An Accidental Country Girl by Ree Drummond; A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg and Double Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld.

Viv and Ingrid Small Gold Rainbow Wrap Hoops: Every woman loves jewelry and these rainbow hoops are dainty but still make a statement and can be worn with all colors and outfits.

Juicy Couture Cocktail Rings: Give a little bling courtesy of Juicy’s delectable selection of cocktail rings.

J Crew Cashmere Sweater: Give someone you love a symbolic hug with a cozy cashmere sweater. J Crew has a great selection of simple styles at good prices, perfect for mom’s and mother-in-laws.

White House Black Market Suede Peeptoe Bow Heels: Buy your best girlfriend a decadent pair of heels she would never buy for herself. This pair is fun and fashionable and will look equally good with skinny pants or skirts and tights. Shoes are a great gift for guys to buy for their significant others, check her shoe size in the closet and buy her a sexy pair of heels.

Magazine Subscriptions: The gift that keeps on giving all year long plus who doesn’t love a good magazine. A few of my faves: Vogue, Lucky, InStyle, Allure, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Living and Real Simple (perfect for everyone).

 

 

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Novel Idea

Kate Spade has introduced a highly collectible and covetable collection of clutches that look like vintage novels. Their in-house design team created beautiful book covers to decorate each clutch, capturing the true spirit of each novel while also making a beautiful purse. They started the collection with three fitting titles with the promise of more to come, like a fashionable book of the month club. Choose from The Great Gatsby (one of my all time favorite books, I even have a dog named Gatsby), Great Expectations and The Importance of Being Earnest. Surprisingly lovely and unique. Available online at www.katespade.com.

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Fashionable Reading

Thanks to a long plane ride to and from NYC, 14 inches of snow at Christmas and two weeks of arctic temperatures, I have had plenty of time to read and have two great books to recommend to you. Both books are available online at www.barnesandnoble.com.

The Overnight Socialite by Bridie Clark

This is a modern day take on Pygmalion (My Fair Lady) where a wealthy and bored New York bachelor bets his best friend he can take any girl and turn her into a cultured socialite who is the toast of New York high society. A chance encounter with a down on her luck fashion designer leads to a hilarious story of transformation and romance. Throw in a Paris Hilton like celeb-retard as the antagonist as well as the glittering back drop of New York high society and fashion and it makes for a book you won’t put down.

Dying in Style By: Elaine Viets

Dying in Style is the first in a series that revolves around Josie Marcus, a mystery shopper from St. Louis, that finds herself solving murder mysteries while going about her job of shopping for a living. In Dying in Style, Josie finds herself mystery shopping St. Louis socialite’s (Danessa Celedine) chain of high-end stores for a company interested in buying the chain. Each store is worse than the next and Josie writes a terrible review that leads to the company pulling out of the deal. Danessa is furious with Josie and threatens a lawsuit but the next day she and her boyfriend turn up dead and Josie becomes a prime suspect. She then embarks on many twists and turns to find out who the real murderer is while taking you the reader into the underground world of mystery shopping to the scandalous world of high society. This book is real mystery and will keep you guessing until the very last page.

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Must Read

I have discovered an absolute must read for anyone looking for a cute, witty book with a fashion and beauty slant. Confessions of a Beauty Addict by Nadine Haobsh, former beauty editor and current beauty blogger (Jolie Nadine), is a fun easy read that will leave you wanting more.

Confessions of a Beauty Addict revolves around Bella Hunter a beauty columnist for an ultra-chic magazine that gets fired when she reveals insider secrets to a reporter and finds herself working at a dowdy women’s magazine. As Bella is shunned by her former friends and editors she must adapt to her new co-workers, readers and lower status. Thrown into the mix are a hilarious group of friends, a gorgeous yet frosty publisher, beauty tips, celebrity gossip and more fashion labels than Barney’s. You are taken for a wild ride into the world of beauty and fashion magazines. Available at www.barnesandnoble.com.

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How To Have Style

Last night while curled up in bed reading Allure magazine, I read one of the the most simple yet profound statements about how to have great style. Allure was interviewing Isaac Mizrahi in regards to his new book, How To Have Style, and he said one of the keys to looking fab is too “dress like you have a crush on someone”.

These words are so simple and oh so true, when we have a crush on someone we are giddy and exuberant and tend to spend extra time on the way we look, making sure every item of clothing we put on plays up our best assets, every color we chose flatters our skin tone and makes our eyes glow. Isn’t that what we should do every time we get dressed, choose only those items that make us look and feel good? Too often this isn’t always the case, women get so busy doing a million different things and forget to spend time on their appearances.

Remember these words, “dress like you have a crush on someone” the next time you are in your closet looking for something to wear or the next time you are in a dressing room shopping and only chose those items that make you look stellar. Trust me, it will definitely change the way you dress!

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Well Read

Run don’t walk to your local bookstore or http://www.amazon.com and get a copy of Lauren Weisberger’s newest novel, Chasing Harry Winston. Lauren Weisberger is the genius who brought us The Devil Wear’s Prada and I am sure Chasing Harry Winston won’t disappoint all you well-read fashionistas. This book is released just in time for summer reading by the beach or pool. Available at your local bookstore or www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com.

PS Isn’t the cover art beautiful, heels and diamonds!

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