Americans will go crazy beginning Friday as we hunt for unique gifts for our friends and family, but the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL, has made our present search simple. The zoo’s gift shop is selling “magical reindeer gem” necklaces made from dehydrated, sterilized, and spray-painted reindeer dung. The snowman-shaped pendants sell for $20 and were assembled by volunteers who must really care about animals. [StyleList] Keep reading »
For my teeny tiny Christmas tree in my Manhattan apartment, I purchased one of those flimsy contraptions, certainly built to only last one season. But this Swarovski-encrusted tree stand is putting me to shame. It’s shiny, fancy, and really, really expensive at $14,770. Could this be the very best present under a tree? [Born Rich] Keep reading »
Yes, it’s another “whatever of the month club” subscription—but, hold up, this one is worth it, mostly because they aren’t sending you cuts of beef or different cigars each month. Polaroid of the Month Club was started by Melanie from the darling You Are My Fave blog. She takes pretty pictures of pretty things with her Polaroid camera, and sometimes takes pretty pictures of things you tell her that you like. Then she sends said pretty pictures to you every first of the month. It’s like a tiny, monthly dose of fuzzy, photographic beauty. (Sure glad the hipsters saved Polaroid now!) It’s three months for $14 and six for $27—you email Melanie to sign up and tell her what you like, too! Seriously, everyone in my life may get this for the holidays this year. [You Are My Fave via The Lil Bee] Keep reading »
“Hey, who does your ink?” Check out these animal hand tattoos by Héctor Serrano for some kid-friendly fun. Fab stocking stuffer. [A+R Store] Keep reading »
While some clothing companies sew sequins on a sweater and call it holiday attire, Kate Spade takes a more original approach, turning the classic bows that get stuck on top of presents into hair accessories, ballet flats, necklaces, and, our personal favorite, rings. These aren’t accessories you’d wear year-round, but it sure would be fun to bring them out every November through New Year’s — and maybe on our birthday, too. Keep reading »
With the holiday season quickly approaching and the recession still affecting everyone’s wallet, gift giving is going to take an interesting turn this season. But don’t they always say the best gifts are those from the heart and not pre-packaged from a store?
Robert Verdi, style expert and TV host, detailed his favorite gift ideas for the Wall Street Journal, ranging from totally practical to totally random. Five tips, after the jump!
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Or, um, something like that. Remember last week when we mentioned that Dell collaborated with artists to create a series of chic laptop designs? They’re at it again, but this time, their partnership is aimed at nerdy beauty junkies. Nail company OPI worked with Dell to create a line of laptops based on famous polish colors, such as the cult classic “I’m Not Really A Waitress” (here). Six shades are launching in November just in time for the holidays, and 20 more will roll out over the course of next year. Huh. We never in a million years could have foreseen this. But there you have it. Keep reading »
Not a clutch but a cake. French menswear designer Alexis Mabille designed this yule log for Angelina, a famous Parisian cafe. Fashion tastes so good. [Parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com] Keep reading »
Forget self-help books and magazine columns. For dating and relationship advice, I recommend Craigslist. Don’t believe me? Yesterday, I was perusing the New York City section of the site, hoping someone might be unloading a pair of Veronica slouch Frye boots in a size 7, preferably barely used, and hopefully well under the $328 they retail for, when I came across the following ad. The subject header: “Mens clothes, My ex’s xmas gifts he’ll never get, It’s a steal.”
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There’s nothing like the smell of fresh pine this time of year, but having a real Christmas tree comes with some downsides: those freaking needles get everywhere, the thing needs to be watered even though it’s dead, and none of us have the space for a 9″ beauty. The fake options below will make your apartment festive this December without the drawbacks. Just make sure to buy a pine-scented candle so you don’t miss out on the smell of Douglas Fir. Keep reading »