When it comes to gift giving in Los Angeles eclecticism is key. It's all about being creative in order to find that perfect gift, and the perfect gift does not necessarily mean dropping bills. The left coast has such a unique style so it's important to give items that enhance the recipient's personal style. Here are my picks for my L.A. friends that I am secretly wishing someone would get for me (ahem ahem). Oh, and just for kicks they are all under $50!
5.) Gift the gift of style inspiration with The Sartorialist's new book ($14.62). Scott Schuman's blog always fascinates and sparks fashion ideas and his book is excellent for those working with items they already own.
6.) Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette ($34) comes with everything you need to create the perfect smoky eye. The kit comes with three step-by-step instruction cards that teach you how to get your smoke on.
How badly did you want to win the Be & D bag in our “Style Blake Lively” contest? We know, we wanted one, too – big time! Good news… Be & D is having a sample sale and they invited all of their Closet Couture friends (that means you)! If you're near NYC, swing by! Here a few of the lovelies that will be available…
Hard to say whether we're bigger fans of Tavi and her blog Style Rookie (daily read), Target (the peeps at the one in Manhattan Beach know Art Director Ashley by name) or Rodarte (We did a li'l partnership with them last year)… so this video is pretty much a MUST POST in our book.
Don't you want to go play Little House on the Prairie with Rodarte and Tavi? I know, let's go have our own fashion field trip to America's heartland. Only let's make sure to be back in time to get a good night's rest for when the collection hits stores December 20, m'kay?
P.S. Sorry the outfit images are blurry… But doesn't it sort of heighten the anticipation to see the real thing?
When it's holiday gift-giving-and-getting time in New York, it's not whether you've been naughty or nice that counts, it's all about the who's who of what elves you know. And I, being an uptown elf, like giving all that glitters and lovely objects that make friends' homes into home sweet home.
John Derian Découpage Peony Tray ($110) This tray is a great bestie / hostess gift. Perfect for the bedside table to drop your baubles in before bed. There are tons of flowers to choose from, too (but the peonies are especially chic, I think).
This season's holiday accessories are all about low-wattage luster. In years past you might have gone for enough glitz to be mistaken for a yule log afire, but this year 'tis the season for smoldering metallics layered on neutrals, textures inspired by nature and elegant pieces that look well worn enough to invoke the ghosts of Christmases past. Want to glam it up a little more, naughty style? Try star-spangling your “girlfriends” under a party dress and ditch the strapless bra, which never stays put for long enough for you to work your way through an eggnog, anyway. (Items listed by row from left to right).