Archive | December, 2011

My Christmas Favorites

29 Dec

Well, another Christmas has come and gone. It really is a special time of year. Being with family and friends, surprising people you love with little presents and overindulging in almost everything…well, it doesn’t get much better than that. This was my son’s first Christmas so there was a new excitement added to the holiday mix that I’ve never experienced before. Having a little one involved made everything a little more playful and child-like.

The child in me loves presents. I love giving presents and (of course) I like receiving them too. Here are a few of my favorite Christmas presents that I got this year:

A pair of slippers that I can wear to walk the dogs or lounge

A pair of earrings by designer Coralia Leets – so pretty but not too precious

This shiny travel wallet from Cole Haan

Pretty flats from fave shoe designer, Delman

A fashionable but winter ready hat from Marmot

A crock bearing the family name – such a unique present!

A month-long membership to The Bar Method – I heard this is awesome and I need to work off these endless holiday treats!

What did Santa bring you?

Wink,

Style Girl

 

 

 

Gift Guides and Boston Shops for the Last Minute Elf

20 Dec

Tick-tock! Christmas is on Sunday and if you celebrate Hanukkah, well, you’d best be running to the stores right now. Still have shopping to do? While you may have a hard time getting any free shipping deals or finding the most popular toy of the season, you can rely on the web for some good gift ideas. Don’t go into the mall without ideas – you’re destined to leave miserable and empty-handed. Even worse, you may end up buying presents that end up in post-holiday “tasteless and useless” Yankee swaps.

Here are some guides that may help jog your idea train. I’ve also included a few of my favorite local shops under each category so you can run at lunch to get your shopping DONE!

For pups: Thank you, Lucky Magazine, for always steering me in the right direction! This list of best gifts for pets is great! Rachael Ray also has some great ideas

For tikes: Parenting magazine puts out a good gift guide every year as does The Washington Post. Just remember two things: 1) Kids grow out of clothing VERY fast (esp. babies) so don’t spend a lot of money on pieces made of precious material like cashmere and 2) Look for toys that are safe (BPA-free, PVF-free and those that use lead free paint) – two brands that I trust are Melissa & Doug and Haba.

  • Boston stores: Mulberry Road (Back Bay) has a great selection of kids clothes, Tadpole (South End) is perfect for modern gifties, Red Wagon (Beacon Hill) is a must stop for preppy and pretty things  while Magic Beans (multiple locations) carries quite a few toys

For men: Esquire Magazine has the best gift guides. This stylish gifts for under $100 list does the trick. Store specific lists like this one from J. Crew are also helpful

  • Boston stores: Bobby from Boston will have some unique gifts, Uniform carries Penguin (love) and Kiehl’s has the best skin products for men. For the last minute treat pop over to the Mac store or get a shave certificate from State Street Barbers

For women: Well every magazine out there has a gift guide this year. Elle, Lucky, Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, the list goes on. There are plenty of resources for those of you who have NO idea what to get your mom, wife, girlfriend, sister, friend or colleague. You can also start with store gift guides too like this one from Banana Republic or this one from Lord & Taylor

For almost everyone else: Saks does it best.  Love this 50-Best list Need more? New York Magazine puts out an epic gift guide every year! For easy but rather unoriginal finds, use the Amazon gift finder

There is still time to find the perfect present. Off you go!

Wink,

Style Girl

What I Learned at Neiman Marcus

16 Dec

The other night our company hosted a little event at Neiman Marcus. It was an event focused on style – dressing for success – for work and play (yay, holiday parties!). Let me first say that I didn’t learn anything entirely new BUT I was reminded of many important style lessons and was exposed to some great trends for holiday dressing. So I figured I’d share what I learned at Neiman Marcus (while drinking champagne, of course…)

Lesson 1: First impressions are influenced more by how you look than what you say (only 7% of people seem to listen!)

Lesson 2: Don’t worry about size – ever. Worry about fit. Sizes are only meant as guides – not rules

Lesson 3: Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and colors but be careful about putting too much pattern on places that you want to play down (a larger bust, wider hips, etc.)

Lesson 4: Sequins are fun but they draw attention so be careful wearing shiny pieces – matte sequins are more flattering and can also transition from day wear into evening wear more easily

Lesson 5: Velvet and crushed corduroy are in – for men and women – embrace it!

Lesson 6: Colorblocking works – it’s generally flattering and it adds interest.  Try it

Lesson 7: Pay attention to the drape of a fabric. It can make all the difference

Lesson 8: Accessorize! Being under-accessorized can age you

Lesson 9: Leave the long black coat in the closet. Colored coats are a must

Lesson 10: You are better off filling your closet with dresses than skirts. Dresses are more flexible wardrobe pieces

Lesson 11: When dressing in separates, balance your look – pattern on top, simple on bottom and vice versa

Lesson 12: Adding collars (esp. faux fur for winter) can dress up anything

Lesson 13: Love thy tweed blazer!

Lesson 14: Aubergine, Aubergine, Aubgerine

Lesson 15: Pick up a bow tie for your man – it’s what the best dressed are wearing

What lesson do you love?

Wink,

Style Girl

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