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Case Closed

Case Closed. Enough Said. Shut The Door. These i-phone cases from Iomoi are the coolest i-phone cases on the market hands down! Their clever, whimsical patterns and colors make them eye-popping and oh so chic. Your phone has never had it so good! The only problem is picking which one to buy! I am thinking of ordering one for each day of the week. They are perfect for giving or getting and should definitely have a spot on your Christmas Shopping and Wish Lists. Available personalized for $58 online at Iomoi.



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Faux Real

The Hermes Birkin is an iconic fashion symbol of luxury, style and elegance (ignore the fact that the Kardashians insist on carrying them around, it’s not the Birkin’s fault). I have always wanted my own Birkin bag but their steep price is slightly out of reach so I will happily settle for this trompe l’oeil version from Resort Chic. It’s cute, clever design adds a bit of style to a utilitarian canvas tote that can be used to carry everything from snacks to books to horse show gear. Plus, it would make a great gift for the fashionistas in your life. Available for $150 at

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Little Treasures

Tis the season for beauty gift sets! They are popping up everywhere from your favorite makeup brands. I particularly love these little treasures because not only do they make great gifts they also are an easy way to experiment with new colors, products and brands in smaller quantities, larger assortments and a better prices.

A few of my faves this season, perfect for giving or getting!

Bobbi Brown has two makeup sets worth purchasing this season. Her 20th Anniversary Lip Palette contains the 10 original lip colors launched by Bobbi as well as 10 bright, modern colors. A color for every mood and event.

Get party ready with Bobbi Brown’s Ultimate Party Collection that features eight matte, metallic, shimmer and sparkle eye shadows plus four glitter lip glosses.

Bare Minerals’ Putting On The Glitz Kit wins the prize for the best bang for your buck. This nine piece collection of bestselling, illuminating shades for eyes, lips and cheeks also includes a double-ended cheek and eye brush and sparkling clutch all for $54. Available at

If you, like me are always on the search for the perfect mascara you must get this kit from Sephora. This limited edition sampler includes 10 of Sephora’s most sought after mascaras as well as a makeup remover. Try to your hearts content for only $45. Available at

I am a huge fan of Josie Maran’s makeup collection and her newest kit, Josie Maran Seductive Golds Argan Oil Color Collection, is on my must-buy list. This luminizing line up of five high-performing products revives and polishes skin with an Argan Color Stick, Pure Argan Oil, Argan Illuminizer in Gold, Natural Volume Lip Gloss, GOGO Mascara and Rapid Eye Makeup Pen. Available at


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Five For Five – Fossil

My mailbox is filling up fast and furious with holiday catalogs and I have a duty to flip through each one. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my brother and I would fight over the huge Sears toy catalog and return it to my mom with dozens of dog-eared pages in hopes she would pass the hint on to Santa. Now, I still dog-ear pages but instead pass them on to my husband in hopes of helping him with his holiday shopping. One such catalog that is is now worse for the wear is the current Fossil catalog. It is full of casual, cozy, rustic-chic pieces that will pair easily with jeans and tees. Great everyday wear that will guide you through the day in laid-back style. Here is the link to the online version of the catalog and each piece is available for purchase online at

My five favorite pieces:

Better start with the shoes, my achilles heel. Seriously love these rustic boots, can’t you just see them worn with skinny dark jeans and a cozy, chunky marshmallow-colored sweater curled up by a roaring fire sipping hot chocolate.

This charcoal flannel bootie will dress up jeans and tees while running errands as well as look great paired with dark tights and a sweater dress. I love the vintage silhouette, turned up toes and stacked wooden heel.

Ahh The Mackenzie… the perfect cozy, grandpa-inspired chunky cable knit cardy. What else is there to say? A true must-have that you will reach for time and time again. Go ahead buy it in all colors, you will thank yourself later.

The Cameron Jacket is an absolute must-have barn piece, a puffer vest/jacket hybrid that comes off looking feminine and fashionable (two words not usually associated with a puffer vest). Layer over a long turtleneck or striped tee with jeans and boots. It will help keep you warm during changing fall weather.

The piece de resistance! Channel Amelia Earhart with this leather and shearling aviation inspired jacket in crisp, snow white. Rich leather and warm shearling is the perfect combination to combat a chilly day.


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IPhone Couture

Every fashionable woman knows that good style comes down to the details and that every accessory can make or break a good outfit. Cell phones have become an accessory in much the same way as briefcases, wallets and sunglasses, lending style and showing a bit of your personality. Show your colors and personalize your iphone with one of these preppy, colorful monogrammed covers. Available in a variety of patterns and colors ($49.95) at Paper Concierge. Which one do I choose?

PS They also make great gifts for your friends, family members or bridesmaids!

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Are you tired of having to take your gloves off and freezing your fingers to use your iphone? Fashion meets function with Echo’s Touch Gloves allowing you to keep in touch while keeping your hands warm and stylish. The index finger and thumb are equipped with elink fabric that interacts with touch screen devices such as iphones, ipods, ipads and any other touch screen activated gadgets. Go ahead, make calls, find a restaurant or switch songs while keeping your hands warm and toasty. Available online at


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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 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 ( 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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Pop Quiz

I have a Pop Quiz for you today! But don’t worry, this isn’t like the pop quizzes you had in school, there are no wrong answers and your results yield total bliss. Soma Intimates, my favorite lingerie store, has come up with a clever way to match you to your ideal pajamas.

Log on to their website,, and take the “Personality Quiz”. Soma will then suggest pajamas that suit your mood (Glam, Fun, Chic, Wild, Classic and Romantic) and trust me when I say, all the personalities yield amazingly cute pjs. I was in a “Fun” mood when I took my quiz and received the dog print pajamas, fitting since I have three dogs! These pajamas are incredibly soft and cozy and will easily become your favorite outfit for bedtime and lounging around. Plus, they make great gifts for all the women in your life.

Getting cozy in my new pajamas:

From Soma’s website:

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Dream Gift

Forget the million dollar diamond studded bra, I am dreaming of a whole year of shoes from Net-A-Porter! The style mavens at Net-A-Porter created the ultimate gift for any fashionista worth her weight in Louboutins, a year subscription of shoes!

The recipient of this gift (priced at $10,000) will choose a heavenly pair of heels each month for an entire year as well as one-on-one fashion advice from Net-A-Porter’s expert fashion advisers, the chance to pre-reserve favorite styles and sneak previews of hot new designs. The prospect of all those amazing shoes makes me quite giddy!

If you have been really, really good this year add this amazing gift idea to your list for Santa! More info available online at



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