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Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

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Well my friends, another Christmas celebration is coming to a close. My heart and my tummy are full and I am feeling very blessed.

I have to say that this Christmas was one of the best ever for my family and for me, full of health and happiness. I hope you shared so much love, laughter and delicious holiday meals with your family and friends too. And I hope Santa left you a fabulous present under the tree.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

xo,

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Colorful Holiday Decor

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I was so happy to share my holiday decor ideas with Elle Decor for a recent feature – I do love the holidays and I love decorating, so it’s a win-win time of year for me! My top advice for holiday decor is to use the colors of the room when selecting your decorations. It’s so much better to let the wreaths and ornaments complement the room, rather than fighting with it!

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So in my daughter’s hot pink room, we really went for it with a playful and colorful tree that was absolutely magical for her! And before you ask, I have no idea where to find that fabulous white vintage tree anymore. It’s about 8 years old and the company who made it is no longer in business (sad, I agree!) If someone is reading this who manufacturers something like this, just about everybody I know is trying to get one!

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Did you notice how we added fun little toys and trinkets to make things even more charming? And even the wrapping paper coordinates with the room – it gives everything a really cohesive and pulled-together look.

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We used that same idea in my mom’s house, picking up on the shades of blue and green that may not scream “Christmas,” but definitely say “Happy Holiday!”

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I also love to pull out all the heirlooms or collectibles for the holiday table – that gorgeous china and silver that you never seem to get around to using. If there was a ever a time of year to get it out, this is it!

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Of course I’m not saying that red and green shouldn’t be on the color menu! They should definitely be part of the mix in rooms where those colors blend well with the rest of the room’s decor.

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If you have any favorite collections, like my jadeite in the photo above, bring it out for festive table settings or vignettes. It’s so exciting to actually use the stuff that you love!

This is a season for celebration, family, and happiness – so if a color or an object makes you feel happy, then it should be part of your decor!

Wishing you a colorful holiday!

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Gift Guide for People Who Have Everything!

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Are you finished with your holiday shopping? Me either. But I am getting really close! At this point, I am always looking for the perfect gift for those people in my life who already seem to have everything. And if I’m honest, a lot of people in my life probably think that refers to me. Ha! But isn’t it true that so many of us are able to just get what we want when we want it and we don’t wait for special occasions or holidays? And then, when those gifting occasions roll around, we can hardly think of anything that we want or need.

Well today I am bringing you a fun round-up of things that are exciting and cool and hip and unique. Things that would be perfect for those people who have everything. Many of these are things that people might not know about or that they wouldn’t buy for themselves, so they would make fun and fabulous presents from you!

Good luck finishing your shopping, friends!

xo,

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  1. Jonathan Adler Lacquered Backgammon Set–My family used to play backgammon when I was a kid, but I haven’t played in years. Leave it to Jonathan Adler to make this old game fabulous and chic again! Choose from purple, blue, or orange. I’m partial to the purple interior with the white box. Game on!
  2. Soft Serve Ice Cream Maker–How fun to make homemade soft-serve for your next party or just on the weekend with your kids! I love how it holds the cones and sprinkles right in the machine. And I don’t keep up with the Kardashians (I know, I’m about the only one) but I think I did see that one of them had this fun gift on their wish list, too.
  3. Neiman Marcus Famous Pop-overs–I have wanted to learn to make pop-overs for years and Neiman Marcus is known for these delicious treats in their restaurants across the country. Now you can give those “have it all” sort of people on your list everything they need to make these luxury pop-overs right at home.
  4. Wood Pillar Speakers–These fabulously handsome wood-patterned speakers have amazing 360-degree sound and 15 hours of wireless play. They connect to any bluetooth device and are oh-so-stylish! One of these may need to find its way to my hubby’s stocking.
  5. Monogrammed Kate Spade Tote–Apparently I have a thing for red bags this year, and I think this one from Kate Spade is extra special because it can be monogrammed with 3 letters in gold foil. How sophisticated and personal, right? I have a special person on my list that this would be perfect for!
  6. Firewood Canvas Tote–A fun and handy gift for your friends who love to sit fireside at home or in their vacation home. Personalize this handsome leather-and-canvas firewood tote and they will love how it looks, and how it keeps their clothes all clean and tidy when they carry wood in for the fire.
  7. Personalized Yoga Mat–No one will pick up your yoga mat if it’s personalized with your name or initials. This is a fun gift for all the yogis on your list this year.
  8. Personalized Gym Bag with Yoga Mat Strap–Take it a step further and add this great personalized gym bag as a companion to the personalized yoga mat. It even has a strap that keeps all your items together and organized.
  9. Red Beats Headphones–Whether working out or just hanging out, these beautiful bright red, wireless Beats headphones are great for anyone on your list, young or “not so young,” male or female. So if you have music-lovers on your list, how about a snazzy pair of these?
  10. Junior Chef Baking SetFor the teens and kiddos on your list who love to cook like my daughter does, Williams Sonoma has a whole line of REAL cooking and baking utensils like this baking set. They are regular-sized (not kiddie-sized) and perfect for aspiring and practicing cooks with a few safety features built in to make learning to cook fun.
  11. Pink Home Massage Table–Ever wanted to have your own massage room at home? That’s the ultimate luxury, right? And even more fun for your table to be PINK! This is perfect for the busy working woman in your life who needs to relax at the end of the day. Don’t love the pink? Well you’re in luck! It comes in a rainbow of colors.
  12. Fitbit Charge HR–Stay fit and keep track of the time, all in one device. The super-smart new version from Fitbit has all sorts of features, including tracking your heart rate, and you don’t have to double it up with your watch anymore.
  13. Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker–Pizza lovers take note, this table-top beauty has a pizza stone built right in to make all your favorite thick and thin crust recipes come out perfect every time. I asked for one of these for Christmas this year and my daughter is already planning the pizza parties we need to host in 2016.
  14. Zoku Iced Coffee Maker-Freeze the canister of this travel coffee mug and it instantly turns your hot beverage into iced coffee. A convenient and handy tool for all the iced coffee lovers in your life. 
  15. Jonathan Adler Domino Set–And if backgammon isn’t your thing, or you want a full-on game night, Jonathan Adler also brings us gorgeous lacquered packaging for his domino set. And the dominos themselves are even colorful, which designer-folks like me will really love!

 

Gift Guide for the Hostess

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Today is the last of my Gift Guides (at least for now) and tomorrow night I will attend my first Holiday party of the Season. I always have to find that perfect Hostess gift to take with me, so I thought it fitting to share with you my favorite go-to Hostess gifts.

If your Holiday parties are kicking into high gear too, choose from these perfect Hostess gifts for those who love to Entertain. Trust me, coming from an “Entertainer” myself, you can’t go wrong with any of these lovely picks when it comes to gifting for those epic Party Hosts and Hostesses in your life.

Cheers! xo,

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  1. Lela Rose Pret-a-Party–One of my favorite fashion designers and Texans, Lela Rose, brings us her brand new book all about creative entertaining. I have this one and I LOVE it. It’s super inspiring for anyone who loves to entertain and loves beautiful fashion and interiors.
  2. “Moscow” Mule Cups–If you want to be one of the “cool kids” then you have to drink one of the most trendy and fashionable drinks around, the Moscow Mule. This Gingery concoction only seems authentic when drinking it from a Copper Mule Mug so gift your host a pair or a few. They’re perfect for entertainers or friends who just like to have fun! 
  3. I am Thankful Notes–Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving. I think these gorgeous letterpress note cards are the perfect way to tell your family, friends and favorite hostess that you are Thankful for them too!
  4. Williams Sonoma Candle–I love the Spiced Pomegranate scent of this beautiful gold Williams Sonoma Candle for the holidays. It is perfectly pretty and smells festive for any room, but especially the kitchen and dining room. And those are the places your favorite entertaining friends hang out the most.
  5. Dotted Cocktail Shaker–Cocktails Anyone? I love how this shaker is clear so you can see what’s going on inside. Kate Spade always knows how to spice things up with pattern too and these dots are adorable.
  6. Gold Cocktail Shaker–If the dotted version above is too girly, or your bartender loves more of a James Bond feel, try this gorgeous gold shaker instead. I can hear Sean Connery’s best bond voice as I type this. Or maybe Roger Moore. Either way, I love both shakers and both Bonds, so please don’t make me choose!
  7. Cheers! Wine Bag–Is taking your favorite wine just too easy so it’s your go-to gift? Or is it a luxury to your hosts because you love great wine and you love to give it away? Well then how about a handsome-looking wine bag to wrap it in so your fabulous gift has that finishing touch? Like a perfectly prepared Hostess, I think I’ll order several of these for those last minute gifts that I need to have on hand.
  8. Hammered Copper Flatware–Mixed Metals, Copper, Brass and Rose Gold have been all the rage at the 2 most recent High Point Furniture Markets (you know High Point–the “Fashion Week” of the Furniture Industry!) So if you want to be on trend, buy this beautiful hammered copper flatware for yourself to host seated dinners, or give it as a gift to someone who will appreciate it. This gorgeous set looks pricey but thanks to Target, it’s not so bad!
  9. Sea Salt Caramel Truffles–Who can resist Charbonnel et Walker Dark Chocolate Truffles with liquid caramel and sea salt centers? These are both delicious and beautiful and perfect for a host or as a treat in your stocking.
  10. The Curious Bartender Book–This great book brings us the “Artistry and Alchemy” of the perfect cocktail. How interesting is that, right? If your host or hostess are into mixology or enjoy history, they will love this book that delves into the past of our favorite cocktails and then adds a modern flair to them for today’s tastes. A fun collectible with lots of useful information and recipes. 
  11. Paddleboard Board with Dip Bowls–I love this serving board and dip bowls from the World’s most famous entertaining expert, Martha Stewart. If it’s Martha designed and approved it’s good enough for me! 
  12. Cutlery Kraft Placemats–I love this set of 25 craft paper placemats that are bound at the top.  You just pull them off the gummed pad as needed like a piece of notebook paper. The cutlery design is charming and a bit rustic. Great for casual entertaining so your hosts will love these. They also come in a classic Blue and White version for all those classicists in your life! 
  13. Gold Plated Flask–You never know when you might want to take your favorite beverage with you. From tailgating, to fishing, to sitting around the fire with friends, you can always have your drink of choice at hand and with the gold-plating you’ll look glamorous in the process. I think this is a unique gift for both men and women. 
  14. Potted Rosemary–I love the smell of fresh Rosemary and how fun to be able to add it to your favorite recipes. This plant is shipped straight from the grower so it’s super fresh upon arrival and in great shape to grow and flourish for it’s new owner. 
  15. Copper Wine Bucket–This beautiful Copper Wine Bucket with Brass Handles makes a great gift for Christmas or even a bridal shower. It will chill 2 bottles of wine or champagne at once and it’s also great as an ice bucket. Maybe this gift should be under the tree for you, if you love to entertain. 
  16. Agate Spreaders–I love these stunning natural agate spreaders with silver edges by Rab Labs. The best of rustic and glamour all in one. And spreaders are so handy. I think any host or hostess would love getting these. They will use them for years to come at events both formal and casual. I’ll take two, please! 
  17. Dotted Paper Coasters–Fun and Festive, this set of 24 paper coasters with gold dots are so functional. Who doesn’t need coasters? And with this design they are so versatile and perfect for everything from Christmas or Hanukah to New Years, Valentine’s Day or Birthday Parties. And the price is perfect for hostess gifts. Great style, but affordable!  

 

 

Gift Guide for the Girl Boss

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Today’s Gift Guide is for all those Girl Bosses in your life. You know the one. She’s in charge, an entrepreneur, a go-getter, a real “She-woman”! But with all that Girl Power, we Girl Bosses still want to be feminine. So here is my list of the perfectly Girly gifts for all those strong women in your life. Girl Power Unite! (And check back tomorrow for my last gift guide. It’s a good one!)

Shop on, Ladies! xo,

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  1. Diane Von Furstenberg Autobiography–In The Woman I Wanted to Be, Diane Von Furstenberg gives inspiration and insight into how she’s built her dream life and dream business. From her childhood to her brilliant design of the wrap dress to today, she tells us how to achieve a life full of Passion and Focus. A perfect stocking stuffer for all the Girl Bosses or Girl Boss wannabes in your life.
  2. Christian Louboutin Nail Polish–The Rose Gold cap on the Louboutin “Nudes” collection of nail polish is perfectly chic. These are must-have polishes for the fashionistas and powerful women in your life and will make a thrilling surprise in their stockings! Who doesn’t want a little Louboutin in their life?
  3. Girl Boss by Sophia Amorusa–If you or the entrepreneurial women in your life haven’t read Girl Boss, what are you waiting for? It is the story of the meteoric rise of Sophia and her fashion brand Nasty Girl from E-bay to the World. This inspiring tale of how to go for your dreams and make it happen is a must read especially for young women who dream big!
  4. Rose Gold Metal Chair–This industrial-style Steel chair has been all the rage in home decor for a while now, but in Rose Gold, it goes to a whole new level. It’s like Jewelry for the dining table and it’s Girl Boss approved! By one (or a set) of these for your young entrepreneur. They would make her first dining room fabulous!
  5. Pink Champagne Ornament–Perfect for celebrating the Success of your Girl Boss this year, how about a little pink champagne on the tree or in her stocking!
  6. “Fancy Another” Tray–Entrepreneur by day, hostess by night. This fab tray will help your power woman be the hostess with the mostess.
  7. Fur Pom Pom Clip-add some girly charm to your favorite handbag and let the world know who’s (the fashion-forward) boss! This adorable faux-fur clip adds the perfect amount of fun when you’re feeling sassy.
  8. I am Very Busy Folders–You know you are, and now the world will know you’re busy too with these adorable Rose Gold printed folders. Perfect for the female-exec in your life.
  9. Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge–In my opinion, this is THE best makeup sponge ever. And what Femaleprenuer can leave the house without her face looking perfect? So I say “Beauty Blenders for everyone!” “You get a Sponge! You get a Sponge! Everybody Gets a Sponge!” Stuff these in the stockings (Oprah Style) of all the gals you know and they will be thrilled.
  10. Emoji Earrings–As a Girly Girl and a Girl Boss, I’ve been known to use an Emoji or two in my text messages. I love these “wink” emoji Kate Spade earrings that celebrate Emoji-love. Get these for those super-texters in your life.
  11. Kate Spade Metro Dot Watch–For a pop of girly color in your Girl Boss Style, try this Dotted Kate Spade watch to keep you on time for your important meetings. Yesterday I showed this fun watch in the bright, bold and tailored multi-color version. But today our Femalepreneur gift guide calls for the flirty pink.
  12. Pink Silicone Watch–And when your Girl Boss is ready to work out, switch to this silicone pop of pink so you can sweat it out and still tell the time.
  13. Girl Boss Pencils–If your Girl Boss loves “School Supplies” as much as I do, she’ll love these Girl Boss coral pink pencils with gold imprinting. And she’ll be able to tell when someone in the office snags her pencil. This MUST go in her stocking this year.
  14. Rose Gold Bangle–This skinny bangle is the perfect amount of “pink and blinge” for your She-woman. In Rose gold, this pretty bangle is great for layering but it’s sassy enough to stand alone. From the chic style of Henri Bendel, this is luxury jewelry that really rocks!
  15. Tom Ford “Wicked” Blush–If your Girl Boss is perfectly sweet but wants to channel her “wicked”ly strong and confident inner executive, Tom Ford’s gorgeous Wicked blush will sculpt her cheeks and make her look and feel flawless while she steps into her role as CEO.
  16. “Eat Cake For Breakfast” Pink Journal–Life is Short and your Girl Boss knows it. That’s why she squeezes every ounce of work and life out of the time in her days. And maybe she also throws caution to the wind and eats cake for breakfast. If so, this is the prefect place for her to journal her thoughts and manifest her BIG ideas.
  17. Pink Gingham Sheets–For your Girl Boss’s country house or to fit the bed of your girl-boss-in-training, these charming pink gingham sheets bring style, personality and confidence to the nest of your current or future girly-CEO.
  18. Layla Rose Gold Headphones–For the Jet-setting Girl Boss or for when she’s working out, these gorgeous Rose Gold “Layla” headphones will help her pump her music inspiration, or listen to her latest business book or podcast, all while looking stylish and girly-chic!
  19. Gold Zebra Trinket Tray–A bit of glamour to hold your Femalepreneur’s trinkets. From her jewelry to her soap to her paper clips, this fabulous gold tray will keep her organized and feeling fabulous!