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: Who’s Your Daddy?

By |June 11th, 2014|Gift Guide|

dadWe spend an awful lot of time shopping for ourselves and perusing available goods online- something I like to refer to as “market research.”  We know exactly when the next Kenzo collection drops down to the date and we can recite each color by name that the Balenciaga Velo is available in.  And while most dads are just thankful to be thought of (mom’s the one who always gets all the credit, afterall), remember to choose wisely because he knows exactly how much you spent on those engraved beer steins and he thinks it’s absolutely ridiculous.  And no, he doesn’t want another f&^#ing tie.

Not only is Father’s Day a great day to indulge dad in something that he’s been eyeing at Home Depot, it’s also an opportune time to replace his ratty socks, holey undershirts (which I take for myself), and embarrassing choices in footwear.  I may very well be purchasing the polar bear trunks from Vilebrequin for Dick, seeing as I have a childhood memory of his Speedo always going missing and my mom not having the slightest clue where it might have gone.  Must be like disappearing socks in the dryer.  Whether pops is sporty, handy, or a classic Don Draper, now’s the time to show your appreciation for those braces and his breadwinning.

fathers day gift guide


1. Derek Rose Lingfield Striped Cotton Pyjama Set, 2. Frescobol Carioca Wooden Hand Surfboard, 3. Illesteva Leonard Round Frame Acetate Sunglasses, 4. Maison Martin Margiela Washed Calfskin Duffel, 5. ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Inside Out Robe, 6. Apolis Transit Issue Keychain, 7. Triple C Back Up Phone Charger, 8. Jack Spade Woody iPhone 5 Hard Case, 9. Flight 001 F1 4-in-1 Adapter, 10. Veja Transatlantico Sneakers, 11. Brooks England Leather Bound Bike Tool Kit, 12. Lotuff Leather Flap-Over iPad Case, 13. WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie x Baxter of California Grooming Set and Wash Bag, 14. Car Shoe Leather Driving Shoes, 15. Comme des Garcons Half Zip Embossed Leather Wallet



Gift Guide: I Like It Ruff

By |December 17th, 2012|Gift Guide|

a girl and her dog kirsten smithOkay, I may not need to shop for a man, but I do have to shop for “my man.”  In case you didn’t get the memo, my heart belongs to one man and one man only.  His name’s Smitty and he is, no doubt, the love of my life.  We are basically inseparable- as a matter of fact, I’m typing this with one hand cause he’s laying on my other arm- and he has at times become a point of contention in my relationships.  Turns out, guys get a little bummed once they realize I’ll probably never love them as much as Smitty (helpful hint: never answer the question, “Burning building: me or the dog?”).  Hey, he was here first.  I don’t trust a guy who doesn’t like Smitty (and vice versa) and if you don’t love dogs, you ain’t no friend of mine.  So, here’s to spoiling our undaunted companions who have seen our worst and love us all the same.

gifts for dogs

1. Beach House Dog House, $89.99-159.99, 2. Dogeared Dog Lover Necklace, $58, 3. PuchiBag Tote, $159.99,  4. Polo Ralph Lauren Reindeer Dog Sweater, $85, 5. JazTy Pet Dog Bed, $249.95, 6. Kaico International Meat and Cheese Plate Toys, $9.99, 7. Charles Fradin Personalized Dog Note Pad Set, $90, 8. WARE of the DOG Intarsia Knit Dog Sweater, $140, 9. Fallon Necklace Collar, $170

Oh, and he can do no wrong.  Your shoes?  They were actually his the minute you walked in the door.

No bones about it.



Gift Guide: The Beauty of Giving

By |December 14th, 2012|Beauty Buzz, Gift Guide|

pile of makeupCall me crazy (wouldn’t be the first time), but I don’t think I know one girl on this planet who wouldn’t be totally psyched to receive a little bit of beauty for the holidays.  And wouldn’t you know… the cosmetics industry seems to have caught on since they come up with the raddest palettes right around this time of year.  I wouldn’t venture to call it a coincidence.  And one might think that makeup is a bit of a personal gift, it’s really hard to go wrong with palettes featuring assorted shades that are sure to be flattering on everyone from Snow White to Pocahontas.  So, if you’re looking for a gift sure to be a hit, might I suggest makeup?

holiday gift guide beauty

1. NARS Makeup Your Mind: Express Yourself Eyes, $85, 2. Philosophy Ginger Hot Salt Scrub, $25, 3. Urban Decay Naked Basics, $27, 4. Benefit She’s So… Jetset!, $36, 5. Laura Mercier Le Petit Patisserie Travel Quartet, $50, 6. MAC Perfectly Plush Advanced Brush Kit, $49.50,  7. Tarte The Jewelry Box Limited Edition Palette, $45, 8. Lipstick Queen Liptropolis Set, $48, 9. Nails Inc. Bling It On Rocks Kit, $25

Pucker up.



Gift Guide: Let’s Hear It for the Boys

By |December 13th, 2012|Gift Guide|

manly christmasThe upside of being single?  I don’t have to deal with shopping for my man.  The downside?  No one to rub my cold, tired feet.  Should you happen to be one of those lucky ladies with a man worth showering with gifts, I have compiled a pretty pleasing composite of manly giftables.  Now, let’s remember, ladies, this is the one time of year where you can stealthily replace something you loathe with something you love in your boo’s closet.  Do not miss out on this opportunity.

manly gift guide

1. Krups Beer Tender, $99.99, 2. Mr. G33K Earbuds Tie, $18.95, 3. Ravi Ratan 2GB USB Flash Drive Cufflinks, $99.95, 4. The Art of Shaving Fusion Chrome Power Shave, $175, 5. Toy Soldier Bookend, $29, 6. Dunhill Chassis Leather Trimmed Suit Carrier, $410, 7. J. Crew Cashmere Lined Leather Gloves, $88, 8. Neiman Marcus 5 Piece Pocket Square Set, $125, 9. Beer Hammer Bottle Opener, $8.99

Now that we’ve gotten that taken care of, anyone wanna rub my feet?  Anyone?



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