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Gift Guide: Living the Good Life

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Living the good life. Do you want to? Well it isn’t always about having lots of money and buying expensive things. It’s mostly about making memories, especially during this time of the year.

But yes, there are those of us who love fine things, myself included.  And sometimes it’s more about good taste than a high price tag, right?  So whether your budget allows for expensive splurges this Holiday season or you just want to look like it does, here’s my mix of High and Low priced lovely things that will have you and your loved ones living the good life.

And since it’s Cyber Monday, the biggest online shopping day of the year, I bet you can get some deals on many of these fab finds today only. Good luck! (P.S. I have 2 more days of gift guides to help you finish your shopping before December has hardly started. So stay tuned for my last few favorites coming your way this week!)

Happy Shopping Darlings! xo,






  1. Valentino “Rock Stud” Pumps–A splurge for sure, these gorgeous red studded pumps from Valentino will have you looking like the Bell of the Ball this holiday or maybe like a rather fancy Mrs. Claus. Are these the perfect gift for YOU this year? Then your honey needs to be sent a link to purchase these hot little numbers to put under the tree. I’ll vouch for you that you’ve been a good girl! Don’t love the Red? Well don’t worry. These babies come in many colors so you can pick the one you love most.
  2. Beaded Pillow–this “Ritzy”-looking Rizzy Home beaded pillow only looks expensive. Add a few of these to your sofa to jazz things up a bit. Or gift these to your friends with a new home or your stylish college student for her bedroom. You’ll have them all looking glamorous in no time!
  3. Aerin Match Striker–I have a thing for gorgeous Match Strikers. And boy did Aerin Lauder ever make a fabulous brass one! Yes, it’s pricey but I’m ordering this beautiful piece for myself today. Merry Christmas to me! It’s so pretty it doubles as an accessory so it’s my favorite sort of piece, beautiful and functional all at the same time. This makes a great gift for those hard to buy for friends and family who live the good life and seem to have everything already.
  4. Manolo Blahnik Book–So maybe splurging on a pair of Manolo’s isn’t in your budget right now, but putting his gorgeous book on your coffee table just may be. This is a  gift that all those “Carrie Bradshaw’s” in your life will appreciate. So if you are a fashionista or an interiors enthusiast or have some of them on your list, this will be the perfectly pretty and inspiring gift to decorate their homes.
  5. Kate Spade “Money” Phone Cover–It’s all about the Money, Money, Money. Ok, so maybe you don’t have as much cold, hard cash as you wish this holiday, but not to worry. This adorable “Money” phone cover won’t break the bank. Designed by the creatives at Kate Spade, this glam little item will have you feeling like a million buck while you Cyber-shop on your iPhone. It is perfectly sized for a stocking stuffer too. And at this great price, maybe you should buy 2!
  6. Marabou Vest–What could be more glamorous and chichi than a Marabou Vest? Well thank goodness for Betsey Johnson because she came to the rescue with this adorable one! This piece is great for layering and if you don’t want black, no worries. It comes also comes in blush and gray. I think this gift will get squeals from those Fancy peeps on your list.
  7. Pointy Toe Leather Bootie–This gorgeous and classic leather bootie by Sam Edleman exudes style and sophistication. And though it looks top of the line, the price tag isn’t too bad. Yes, still an investment but one that will go with anything and everything for seasons to come and it looks MUCH more expensive than it really is. I think this is the perfect gift for those shoe-lovers on your list. And if you’re wondering, I’m a size 8. (wink!)
  8. Oversized Leopard Clutch–Ok, another Splurge item but Oh My! This gorgeous leopard clutch is dreamy. Forget Sugar Plums, I have visions of Leopard in my head and this zip top clutch with gold hardware makes my dreams super sweet! Do you have anyone on your list who would love to be “seeing spots” with this cutie under the tree?
  9. Nest Holiday Candle–Nest brings the Glam to candles. And they have the BEST scents! Looking lovely and high style in it’s gold packaging, I think the Nest Holiday Candle (Birchwood Pine Scent) is the perfect Hostess Gift or Stocking Stuffer. I can hardly wait for the holidays to roll around each year so I can light one of these lovelies and make my whole house smell like Christmas!
  10. Osis “Dust it” Hair Powder–Want to look like you stepped out of a high-dollar salon all season long? Well this product will do the trick. I love Dust it Powder to give my hair control and long-lasting hold while still looking soft. It’s like dry shampoo but better. Drop one of these in the stocking of all the ladies in your life. I see some glamorous hair in their future!
  11. Celine Havana Sunglasses–Celine brings us these gorgeous and totally chic sunglasses to help you and yours look like a star. The bold black frames are detailed with red edges and a beige interior for some added appeal and Hollywood Style.
  12. Parisian Bar Cart–A Bar Cart definitely makes the list of my favorite things! Seriously, what’s more glamorous than serving drinks from this black and brass beauty to all your Holiday guests? And the top Shelf doubles as a removable tray to make serving that much easier. Oh Santa Baby, I’ll have a martini, please! And pair it with this stylish bar cart from Serena and Lily if you don’t mind.
  13. Gold Caviar Serving Set–Dahling, if you’re serving Caviar at your next soiree, this Gold Imperial Caviar 4-piece hostess set by Marchesa is a MUST have. For those on your list who have a sophisticated palette, this would make the perfect gift.
  14. Red Tory Burch Tote–The slender handles and gold logo hardware keep this handy Tory tote looking chic. It’s a perfect carry on for all those Jet-setting friends and family of yours. So put this under the tree and they will think of you as they travel the world in the year ahead.
  15. Black Leather Gloves with Bow–The darling bow detail and soft leather make these gloves dreamy. I love the feminine styling and it will help your girly-girls look lovely and stay warm all at once.

Gift Guide: Bright, Bold and Tailored

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Happy Sunday, Friends! It’s time for another gift guide and today I’m bringing you a few of my favorite things in perfect Tobi style.

Yes, those of you who read my blog regularly know all about my style: Bright, Bold, and Tailored. So I think it’s only fitting that I create a gift guide with some of my favorite things that align with my love of color, pattern and classic design motifs. Any one of these gorgeous things would be a perfect gift in my opinion, so Santa if you’re listening…(wink, wink)!

Happy Shopping!

And may your Holiday Season be Merry and Bright, Bold and Tailored!







  1. J. Crew “Double-cloth” Day Coat–This classic wool coat is tailored and feminine and oh so flattering. Lined with Thinsulate this beauty will keep you warm while you are looking great!
  2. Smeg 2-slice Blue Toaster–Who wouldn’t want Toast for Breakfast if you owned this Icy Blue little number? It just happens to be the perfect color for my soon to be completed Kitchen remodel. Maybe I should put this on my list!
  3. Greenwich Grove Teapot–Chamomile is my favorite flavor of Tea and it would be so much sweeter if poured from this gorgeous green Teapot. If you have Tea-drinkers in your life, I bet they would love this cutie wrapped and under the Tree this year.
  4. New York “Metro” Watch–This colorful time piece from Kate Spade will keep you punctual and peppy with pops of color on the hour. A fun surprise for the color-lovers on your list!
  5. Essie Polish Blues–I don’t have the Christmas Blues but I certainly could stand some Essie Blues this year. I think this is the ideal stocking stuffer for those adventurous enough to paint the town and their toes Blue this holiday.
  6. Off We Go Luggage Tag–For those World-travelers in your life, this gorgeous green luggage tag will help their bags stand out from the crowd as they travel the globe.
  7. Ralph Lauren Bed Blanket–Ralph has a way of making everything stylish, especially the bed. I can just see this gorgeous yellow blanket peeking out from under the duvet for a pop of unexpected fun! So for those who want to stay warm and colorful all at once, this is a perfectly pretty present for them.
  8. Emily Ley “Simplified” Daily Planner–This colorful daily planner promises to bring Joy and Simplicity to your life all year long. So for you or anyone you love who wants to stay organized and simple next year, this is a great gift to get them started.
  9. Cedar and Roses Painting–This beautiful oil on canvas painting is by Joanna Posey for Serena and Lily. Maybe it speaks to me because of it’s palette or maybe because Joanna studied Painting at my Alma Matter, either way, I love it and I think those bright, bold and tailored people in your life will love it too.
  10. Brass Elephant Box–My daughter has a thing for Elephants and cast in solid Brass, this charming box by Jonathan Adler makes me have a thing for them too. Gift this polished pretty to the animal-lovers on your list and they will have a perfect perch for their beautiful baubles and tiny trinkets.
  11. Worthington Chair–Yes, Kate Spade launched a furniture line and yes it’s magnificent. As if the design of the Worthington Chair wasn’t lovely enough, in this Grass Green upholstery, it’s to die for. So if you want your loved ones to swoon over their Christmas gift, buy them this stunning chair or a set of them. (Honey, are you listening?)
  12. Greek Key Zebra Mug–Sugar? Creamer? Greek key? I will take my coffee with all three if it’s served in this fun and graphic zebra mug. In bright yellow and black, this would help my coffee give me an extra jolt in the morning. Any greek-key fanatics in your life? Then this is the gift for them.
  13. Tory Burch in Color Book–Inspirational, Aspirational and Beautiful. This Tory Burch book depicts a life well-lived in gorgeous full-color photos and it’s pretty as an accessory on your coffee table too! Let this book do double duty in the life of a design or fashion enthusiast that you love.
  14. Big Book of the Hamptons–This beautiful and bright book celebrates the Mystique and the Glamour of the Worlds’ most iconic and extravagant neighborhoods. Get a peek into the homes and gardens (including secret retreats and vast estates) in the Hamptons with this beautiful book.  This makes for a fabulous hostess gift or a special treat for the person who has everything.
  15. Gabba Goods wired-control Selfie Stick–Taking the perfect Selfie just got easier with this remote-controlled selfie stick. Now you and your Instagram-crazed family and friends can get the perfect selfie every time. This cutie definitely fits perfectly in stockings and also fits both iPhones and Androids. Plus it comes in Black, Pink and this Cool Blue.


Gift Guide for the Winter-Lover

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If you or your loved ones prefer Winter weather like I do, then do I have the gifts for you! Yes, I know Spring and Summer are great but it’s Fall and Winter with cool nights and cold, snowy days that make me happy. And I love an excuse to get out the flannel, put on my gloves and wear rich seasonal colors, especially red!

Here are my favorite Winter-weather approved gifts for this year!

Happy Winter my friends! xo,






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  1. The 52 lists project–Start your Winter or New Year off right by tapping into your most creative self this year with this fun book. Filled with a list for every week of the year, you’ll become your best by maximizing your creative power all year long. The perfect gift for creative, self-help lovers like me!
  2. Canvas Tote with Red Trim-Introduced by LL Bean in 1944 this sturdy canvas tote is perfect for carrying anything and everything. For this time of year it’s the perfect tote for your firewood, or your fur hat, gloves and winter boots!
  3. Tartan Flat–Add a festive look to your wardrobe this Holiday season and keep wearing them all winter long. These plaid oxfords are great for that preppy person in your life.
  4. Diptyque Tuberose “Red” Candle–Looking especially beautiful in the special red glass jar, Diptyque’s Tuberose “Red” candle has a scent reminiscent of dusk and this time of year when night comes early, I love this candle to celebrate festive nights by candlelight.
  5. Barry Dixon Anvil Table for Arteriors–My friend and talented Interior Designer Barry Dixon helps us add a rustic flavor to our homes this Winter with his Anvil Table for Arteriors. Perfect as an Entry Table, a large Side Table (my favorite idea) or a small dining table, this rough-hewn piece add a lot of character for your Holiday events but will look interesting and charming all year.
  6. Burberry Plaid and Leather Gloves–Yes these are a splurge, but they will be a classic for years. An investment in these touch-screen plaid gloves from Fashion House Burberry combines the best of classic style with modern-day technology for working your favorite gadgets or smart phone and keeping your hands toasty warm in the process.
  7. Tom Ford Red Lip Color–Ok, so maybe I’m partial to Tom Ford’s products because we have the same initials, but I am most fond of this particular lip color because of it rich red, perfect for Holiday soirees and Winter events. A good southern girl loves her red lipstick whether in blue jeans or formal attire. This makes a perfectly glamorous stocking stuffer for the Southern girls or Fashionista on your list!
  8. Leopard Print Boot Socks–If you are crazy about Hunter boots like I am (stay tuned for the next item if you don’t have yours yet), then why not up their style and whimsy a shade with these great leopard print boot socks. For those cold and rainy days, you can keep your feet warm and dry while having a bit of fashionable fun!
  9. Red Glossy Hunter Boots–Of all the Hunter boots, I think the red are the best! Maybe it’s because they are sassy and festive or because they are the color of my favorite College Sports Team, but whatever your reason, you can’t go wrong with these Glossy red classic Hunter Boots. My daughter has these on her list this year and I think I may just need a matching pair!
  10. Gathering Basket–So much to “gather” this time of year. Whether you are taking food to a friend or using it around the house for magazines, newspapers and other “stuff”, this great Indonesian Gathering Basket makes function beautiful. A great gift for your favorite home-makers and nesters.
  11. J. Crew Red Quilted Vest–From the fabulous designers of J. Crew, this puffer vest is the perfect way to stay warm this Winter. I love the Red color, the perfect length (it hits at your hips) and the great pockets on the front to hold your smart phone or other necessities. And it’s machine washable to boot!
  12. “Faux Bois” Swell Water Bottle–Perfect for the guys in your life or just a “Faux Bois” lover (that’s faux wood grain by the way) like me, this great water bottle is super cool and will keep your beverages that way too.
  13. Pendleton Wool Plaid Coat–This hearty wool Buffalo plaid coat is the epitome of heritage and tradition. Another great gift for the “Prep-ster” in your life. And with checks and plaids being all the rage right now, this classic coat will have you looking fashion forward in spite of itself.

Gift Guide: Everything Black and White

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It’s Black Friday. And I don’t know about you, but I prefer to think of it as “Black and White” Friday! There’s nothing more classic than the color combo of bold and graphic Black and White. So on this, the biggest shopping day of the year, here are my favorite Black and White gifts for all those classic, bold. or dramatic people on your list.

Happy Shopping! xo,






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1. Artic Infinity Scarf–A splurge for sure, this gorgeous black and white infinity scarf will make the fashionistas in your life warm and stylish in one fell swoop!

2. Elements of Style by Erin Gates–Love Interior Design? Then this is the gift for you. Erin Gates of the popular blog Elements of Style breaks down design in a beautiful, but easy to understand way, by sharing with you the real story of what designing her own home entailed. Gorgeous photos paired her frank and funny writing of the struggles, challenges, and arguments with her hubby that ensued over making her home reflect her personal style will have you entertained while learning to make your home chic, too!

3. Fujifilm Instax Mini Instant Camera–My daughter has one of these adorable instant cameras and it made me nostalgic for my old polaroid from my childhood. Though they come in many colors, this white Fujifilm Instax is so clean and simple, but it will inspire you to see the world in a rainbow of colors and capture it instantly.

4. “WTF” What the Function Weekly Desk Pad–Yep, WTF! What the function, that is! This weekly desk pad helps you bring function and order to your schedule with a bit of cheeky fun. Perfect for the irreverent friends in your life that still want to be organized.

5. Black and White Stripe Charger Plate-I love bringing classic black and white to the dining table. These beautiful chargers will mix well with simple white dinner plates or pops of color to help you have a sophisticated New Year’s dinner or other fun gathering. Gift a set of these to bring timeless style to any occasion for your friends and family.

6. Mongolian Fur Stool–Faux fur continues to be “High Style” and I for one love popping a bit of glamorous fur into my life and my client’s projects. Perfect for a vanity chair or a whimsical living room ottoman, this Mongolian fur stool will say WOW to the design enthusiasts in your life.

7. Polka Dot Kate Spade Watch–You may be looking for the time, but this lovely watch will have you seeing spots! Let Kate Spades’s adorable dotted design help you keep up with the time and with fashion. My daughter has this little number on her list this year.

8. Tory Burch Whipstitch T Scarf-Watch me Whip…Tory Style. This Whipstitch T Scarf is so classic, it will never go out of style.

9. Deco Dot Large Spiral Notebook–Jotting your most important notes and ideas down becomes much more fun when you are inspired by your notebook. This little dotted number will make you want to journal your thoughts and dreams more often and how can that be a bad thing? Perfect in the stocking of those other “dreamers” in your life this year.

10. Kate Spade “Ampersand” Serving Tray If you are obsessed with Typography like so many of us are these days (thanks to Pinterest), then you’ll love this clever and quirky Ampersand Tray by Kate Spade. Give as a gift and your friends will be thrilled “and” some with this lovely surprise.

11. Henri Bendel Large Hanging Weekend Bag (Brown and White)–Ok, so I cheated a bit. This bag isn’t black, it’s chocolate brown and white. But the contrasting stripes are so chic I couldn’t bear to leave them out of this line up. I would love my makeup and toiletries looking handsome in this striped little number.

12. Jonathan Adler Reversible Letter Throw Pillow–Everyone loves adding their identity to their home. This versatile (and reversible) throw pillow from Jonathan Adler helps your friends or loved ones make their mark on their home by adding their initial to their favorite sofa, chair or bed.

13. “Uptown Downtown” Salt and Pepper Shakers–Whether you are an uptown girl or you’re more of the downtown type, these cute salt and peppers will keep you feeling Cosmopolitan at meal times.  The perfect gift for your travel-loving friends.

14. Personalized Monogrammed Keychain–A personalized way to keep up with your keys, this trendy monogrammed black acrylic keychain is ideal for the ladies on your list no matter their age. If you have keys, you need this stylish keychain to keep them organized and identified.

15. Bobbi Brown Makeup Brush Collection–New makeup brushes are a luxury to me and something I rarely buy. This beautiful set would make “putting on my face” each day much more fun. So for those fashionistas and glamour girls in your life, gift this gorgeous set of Bobbi Brown brushes and every morning they will start their day feeling beautiful!

16. Diptyque “Baies” Scented Candle–Probably my favorite Diptyque scent (and that’s saying a lot), Baies is a beautiful mix of Rose and Black Currant. It appeals to all genders and is perfect year-round, but especially fitting in Winter and into Spring.

17. Tory Burch T-Tile Beach Towel–Tory and I share our first inital, and she puts it all over her creations. So I love anything that Tory designs. But I think this chic beach towel happens to be an extra fun and sophisticated gift and will suit you or your loved ones to a “T” whether your name starts with one or not.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday. There is something that’s so special to me about being with the ones you love and feeling grateful for your health and happiness; it doesn’t have the stress and hurriedness that comes with Christmas.

I love the delicious meal we make, including trying new recipes. I love lingering over a glass of red wine or savoring every bite of my favorite sweet potato cake. And I love relaxing – truly relaxing – for just one day before the holiday frenzy really starts.

So today, as I make special memories cooking with my mom, and drinking coffee with my dad, and sitting by the fire with my brother and his beautiful family, and waking up to the precious blessings my daughter and my husband are to me, and counting those blessings again tonight as we lay our heads on our pillows with our tummies satisfied and full and our hearts even more so, I wish you the same joy and thanksgiving that I have. This is what life is really about. I am truly blessed.

And I’m thankful for all of YOU!