Gift Guide: Pet Project

By |December 17th, 2015|Gift Guide|

smitty in the city dog giftsWe all know the head of my  household is a man with white hair, big brown eyes, and stands about two feet tall.  Sure, I’ve been known to date short guys and older men aren’t out of question, but the boss of my abode is my dog, Smitty.  There really isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him and that $5k vet bill a few years ago is proof enough.  There are few men who could get me out of bed, into 12 degree arctic tundra to go for a walk and I certainly don’t share my pillows with just anyone.  So, when it comes to holiday shopping, he tops the list.  Sure, he needs to get a job, but as a reward for his discernment in potential suitors and his unconditional love, he deserves something above and beyond Beggin’ Strips.

If you’ve got a precious pooch on your shopping list or a friend who is especially obsessed with his or her pet, below are some gifts worthy of a belly rub.

pet accessory gifts holiday1. Graphic Image Leather Dog Waste Bag Holder, 2. MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Dog Bone Frame, 3. K Kane 18K Gold Plated Maltipoo Cuff, 4. Faux Fur Dog Coat, 5. Sydney Evan 8mm Red Garnet Beaded Bracelet with 14K White Gold Dog Bone Charm, 6. 360 Cashmere Skull Dog Super Model Sweater, 7. Charlotte Olympia Dachshund Pandora Clutch Bag, 8. Mungo & Maud Canvas and Leather Pod Dog Bag, 9. Harry Barker Dog Bucket with Leopard Print Play Balls, 10. Ralph Lauren Plaid Dog Vest, 11. Harry Barker Parisian Leopard Toy Bin, 12. Frida Red Leather Collar with Lead

Gift Guide: Jet, Set, Go

By |December 15th, 2015|Gift Guide|

airplane wingHaving just flown five hours from Hawaii to California and planning to fly another five hours back to New York later this week, the importance of having all the right tools to stay comfortable while looking cool became leg cramping painfully clear.  Other than having their own airport lounge available on call or a guarantee that they will get the entire row to themselves, there are several items that any frequent flyer on your holiday shopping list would appreciate receiving for their in flight entertainment.

Rather than doling out cash for a synthetic blanket that can only cover either your upper arms or your ankles (take your pick) or those janky headphones that make you feel as though you may be going deaf in your left ear (time to schedule an appointment with the local audiologist), prepare your loved ones with all they need to fly the friendly skies.  A cashmere blanket set, functional headphones, heavy duty lip balm, and travel guides for their final destination are both thoughtful and useful.  You may not be able to protect them from a crying baby or the guy who brought his salami sandwich on board, but you certainly can ease their airport anxiety with the gifts below.

travel holiday gift guide1. Original & Mineral Hair Travel Essentials Kit, 2. Rodin Lip Balm, 3. Chinti and Parker Cashmere Travel Set, 4. Graphic Image Personalized Leather Luggage Tag, 5. Eddie Harrop The Voyager Fringed Textured Leather Weekend Bag, 6. FRENDS x Mira Mikati Taylor Eyes Headphones, 7. Books with Style The New York Times 36 Hours: Europe, 8. Flight 001 SpacePak Travel Bag Set, 9. MCM Rabbit Passport Holder, 10. Anya Hindmarch Vanity Kit Patent Leather Trimmed Cosmetics Case, 11. LUXE City Guides Fashion Gift Box, 12. Globe Trotter Safari Leather Trimmed Fiberboard Vanity Case


Setting the Mood: In the Mood for Love… or Something

By |February 11th, 2015|Beauty & Trends, Setting the Mood|

valentines day fashion inspiration

This Saturday, I plan on changing up my standard behaviors of drinking wine in bed watching Sex and the City re-runs, by doing the same thing with one of my best friends in our underwear.  That’s right, it’s Valentine’s Day (or as it’s been renamed, Singles’ Awareness Day).  Truth be told, I love red roses– so long as there isn’t one single sprig of baby’s breath within a five mile radius.  I also love lingerie, chocolate, gifts, and well, love.  I don’t actually have a problem with the holiday other than the fact that it’s a commercially manufactured one and it’s still not legal to marry your pet as there are not really any other suitable males in my life to spend February 14th with.

It seems a little counterintuitive to combine wearing skimpy lingerie while overindulging in chocolate, but then again, I enjoy all my meals in bed, so I’m in.  If you don’t have a significant other, or even if you do, I think Valentine’s Day is a great a day as any to show yourself a little bit of love.

valentines day gift guide

L’agent by Agent Provocateur Esthar Lace Appliqued Eye MaskRepossi Couer d’Antifer 18kt Gold Diamond RingTamara Mellon Cupid Suede PumpsLa Perla Tearose Cutout Lace Bodysuit,  



Gift Guide: Jay-Z Approved, Gifts with No Budget

By |December 20th, 2014|Gift Guide|

jay z beyonceYou know the lyrics (and if you don’t, you should), “In the Ferrari or Jaguar, switchin’ four lanes with the top down screamin’ out, ‘money ain’t a thang.”  Perhaps you’re not Jay-Z, but you did get a particularly large bonus this year and you have a very deserving individual on your gift list.  Bless you.  If pinching pennies is not something you must do and budgeting is a word that is reserved strictly for the government, I’ve got a heap of indulgent gifts for the most discerning recipients.  And if you’re feeling particularly generous, I’ll happily accept any of the below suggestions.  It is far better to give than receive, after all.

over the top holiday giftsKimberly McDonald 18 Karat Rose Gold Diamond Slice Cuff, $24,330La Perla Pizzo Lace Paneled Silk Satin Silk Blend Satin Nightdress, $970Givenchy Ostrich Mini Antigona Duffel, $7,900Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket, $5,290Fred Leighton 1930’s Platinum Diamond, $55,000Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box, $656Carine Gilson Aurelia Printed Silk Satin Robe, $2,005Brunello Cucinelli Mink Fur Backpack, $7,830Jennifer Meyer 18 Karat Gold Diamond Drop Earrings, $17,000Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Brush Collection, $650



Gift Guide: Pet Project, Gifts for Pets

By |December 16th, 2014|Gift Guide|

kirsten-smith-del-monte-beach9Last night, I was bamboozled by an eight pound maltipoo.  I had been running from meeting to meeting all day and when I stopped home around 5:30pm to charge my phone, grab a birthday card, and find something to stuff into my mouth before bouncing to yet another obligation, Smitty provided me with an Oscar worthy performance.  Having dealt with last year’s health scare, I’ve become especially sensitive to my precious pup’s behavior and he was displaying all but identical symptoms to those that landed him in the doggy ER.  I canceled plans and apologized and spent the rest of the evening rubbing Smitty’s gurgling belly and Googling his symptoms (do not do this.  It’s just as terrifying as WebMD).  A call to the emergency vet confirmed that Smitty did not have canine bloat and by 3am, I was finally able to feel comfortable enough to get a bit of sleep.  When I awoke this morning, I suffered a mild attack of panic when he did not immediately rouse from his deep slumber, but when he did it was as if he had no recollection of last night’s maladies.  He was just happy to have me as his personal body pillow.  You win, Smitty.  Your move, Cumberbatch.

gifts for pet loversTim Flach Dogs, $50Harry Barker Santa Dog Toy, $12Magenta Drink/Devour Ceramic Dog Bowls, $43, Ware of the Dog Small Plaid Coat, $100Kiehl’s Cuddly Coat Conditioning Rinse, $17GO! Pet Design Waxed Canvas Pup Tent, $200C. Wonder Buffalo Check Dog Collar, $18Monica Rich Kosann White Sapphire Paw Print Charm Necklace, $275,  Romy + Jacob J’Adore les Chiens Pillow, $39.99K Kane 18K Gold Plated Maltipoo Cuff, $272 (it comes in many other breeds- I’m partial to this one!)