Monthly Archives: December 2012

InstaGlam

Happy Holidays!! This edition of InstaGlam is dedicated to a fabulous fashionista I met at my brother’s birthday party.  Jocelyn looked absolutely incredible in leather and pleats, a stunning and unexpected combination.  Each aspect of her outfit was executed with flawless purpose, from her gold accessories to the blindingly neon shoes she was absolute perfection!  Jocelyn’s ensemble is also so fantastic because it is appropriate for many occasions and would be an absolute show stopper on New Years!

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I love the contrast between the leather and pleats and how fabulous is her mani!

I love the contrast between hard (leather) and soft (pleats).  The gold accents are also do die for.

Dress: unknown (similar-ish found here & here), Bracelet: Forever 21 (similar found here & here), Bracelet H&M (similar found here), Shoes: unknown (similar found here)

Dress: unknown (similar found here & here), Necklace: Forever 21 (similar found here & here), Bracelet H&M (similar found here & here), Shoes: Forever 21 (similar found here), Belt: unknown (similar found here)

She just looks beyond fab! And how amazing are her lips & mani.  Each element adds a unique pop!

She just looks beyond fab! And how amazing are her lips & mani. Each element adds a unique pop!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Day Fifteen of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide

Today is the fifteenth and final day of Garden of Glam’s Gift Guide and the special guest is none other than your curator of all things fabulous, me.  I hope you have enjoyed the gift guide as much as I have and have been inspired by my incredible guests and their creative, unique, and swoon worthy wish and give lists.  The downside to compiling this gift guide is that my wish list has tripled, but on the upside this has been the most stress free shopping season EVER.  Not to brag, but I finished all of my Christmas shopping with time to spare, this has literally never happened to me before.  But fear not shopping delinquents, there is still time for overnight delivery and of course shopping in a store.

I want to thank all of my wonderful contributors–this absolutely would not have been possible without you!!  Thank you thank you thank you and Happy Holidays!!

MY WISH LIST

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Polaroid Instant Digital Camera.  I am totally obsessed with this camera!  It’s time to bring back the polaroid, they are the definition of instant gratification and there is something about polaroids that just makes the pictures better!  So amazing!  This is on my wish & give list this season and would be perfect for a significant other, sibling, friend, roommate or cousin.

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Cole Haan Cassidy Bootie.  I have been in search of the perfect black bootie all fall/winter and I have finally found it!  They are the perfect height for every day wear and I love that they have a brown heel.  They also use Nike Air technology, which I’m assuming means they are the most comfortable shoe to ever exist.  These are at the top of my wish list!  Perfect for a significant other, sibling, cousin or friend.

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Warby Parker Preston Glasses.  Warby Parker is such an incredible company! Not only do they have stylish, flattering glasses that are reasonably priced, they also donate a pair of glasses to someone in need for every pair that is sold.  I currently wear the Zagg frames and am excited to add Preston into the rotation.  This would be a great gift for a glasses wearing friend who likes to mix things up.  And don’t worry about finding the perfect frame as a gift, you can also buy gift certificates and they make amazing sunglasses now!

MY GIVE LIST

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Kindle from Amazon.  This is a practical and thoughtful gift (and also on my wish list).  Kindle’s are wonderful, because they are light weight, you can download anything instantly on them, and you can adjust the font size making it a perfect gift for people that have vision problems.  I prefer the original kindle to the fire, because there isn’t any back lighting making it easier on the eyes.

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Tickets to Book of Mormon on Broadway.  My boyfriend is literally the hardest person to shop for in the whole entire world and I normally strike out when I buy him material things so I have moved on to experiences.  This year I bought us tickets to see Book of Mormon on Broadway, something that he has been dying to see.  Obviously, you don’t have to buy tickets to this show specifically, but check out what’s at the Kennedy Center!  I love going to the ballet and try to see Alvin Ailey whenever they are in town, not your thing?  What about the symphony or a play?

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Smart Wool Socks.  These get me through the winter every year.  I went to college in Wisconsin and quickly had to learn how to adapt to the subzero winters and these saved me!  They come in different thicknesses and lengths and are perfect for boots.  I also have a pair of Smart Wool gloves that are to die for!  This is a gender neutral gift that you can give to anyone in your life!

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Holiday Gift Guide

Day Fourteen of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide (Dena: Stylist)

Dena is an accomplished, innovative freelance stylist and reporter.  She has worked on projects for a wide variety of publications including W, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Vogue, Maxim, InStyle, and Rolling Stone and for many incredible brands including Victoria’s Secret, Nine West, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Anthropologie.  Dena is a part of the styling team for TV personality Andy Cohen and his show Watch What Happens Live, who was just listed as GQ‘s 25 Most Stylish Men of 2012 (way to go Dena).  Dena is currently a stylist for various original Yahoo! programs, including the fashion and style show The Thread hosted by Jessica Stam.  In addition, Dena also collaborates editorially on scripts for Yahoo! She also recently assisted Edward Enninful in styling W’s Collector’s Edition, 40th Anniversary Issue.  I mean really, what doesn’t she do!? Stayed tuned for a future collaboration with Dena and styling tips from a pro.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

DENA’S WISH LIST 

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Rider Mixed-Media Top Handle Bag by Loeffler Randall.  I love the size of this bag and the python detail and neutral color-blocking.  No matter the size of my bag, I tend to fill it up which can get quite heavy.  This is the perfect size to hold my essentials, but isn’t cumbersome so it’s perfect for when I am out all day prepping shoots.

This bag is absolutely stunning!  I have the same problem as Dena and without fail always manage to over stuff my bag.  This is great for every day use and the internal dividers make it practical.  Perfect for a girlfriend, wife, fiancé, sister or mother.

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Helmut Lang Stretch Leather Pants.  A great leather legging is at the top of my list.  I’ve worn mine ragged they’re such a staple in my wardrobe.  I love pairing them with a chunky sweater and boots for a cool weekend, or a silky blouse, statement necklace and pumps for a chic day to night look.

Literally obsessed with these pants! Leather is my absolute weakness and I am a firm believer that leggings ARE pants, it is truly an unbeatable combination!  Perfect for the fashion forward ladies in your life, such as a sister, girlfriend, fiancé or wife.

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Jennifer Fisher Layering Cuffs.  Jennifer Fisher has me HOOKED on cuffs.  I love how they look stacked on my wrist and I LOVE mixing metals.  JF is totally architectural which I love.  My recent obsession is rose-gold and I’m working on my collection.

This piece is so beautiful because it is delicate yet edgy at the same time.  I am a true believer in layering jewelry and am always looking for more pieces to add to the arm party.  Layering bracelets are a great gift for a friend, roommate, girlfriend or sister.

DENA’S GIVE LIST

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Vintage Edition Scrabble.  I bought this Scrabble board for my extremely adorable and recently married friends.  I love the presentation and that it is something that they will love but something that they would not splurge on for themselves–also great for the Words with Friends enthusiast.

I love giving board games as gifts, as well as receiving them.  I have a huge board game collection and play them as often as possible.  My personal favorite is Scattegories.  Board games are perfect for all ages and genders, such a wonderful and unexpected gift.

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By Boe Tri Earring.  I bought these for my friend who is also a stylist.  We always give each other a little something each year but nothing too extravagant.  These earrings are perfect–SUPER cool and I was shocked at how reasonably priced they are!

These earrings are so fab and perfect for anyone with pierced ears.  They are subtle yet eye catching and unique, which is the best combination.  These would be a wonderful present for a sister, roommate, friend, girlfriend or cousin.

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OPI gelshine at-home gel system.  Gel manicures are the best thing that ever happened to my nails.  Regular manicures only last a maximum of two days and with gel the polish stays nice for at least 10.  I’m getting my little sister, who is a freshman in college, this great gel mani set to use at school.

Such a thoughtful and practical gift–gel has completely revolutionized mani/pedis!  I am horrible at painting my nails so make sure you give this to someone that is ambidextrous!  Perfect for a friend, girlfriend, sister, cousin, aunt, or mom.

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Day Thirteen of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Staci (costume designer)

Staci is one of my most creative and driven people I know.  The first modeling I ever did was for Staci’s look book for one of her design classes in college and wow was I bad, luckily Staci’s clothes were so fabulous you didn’t notice the awkward model in them. (To clarify the second modeling I did was for my blog–few improvements have been made).  Staci is currently the Assistant Costume Designer on the star studded “Winter’s Tale” and before that was the Assistant Costume Designer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah.”  She has also worked on “Men in Black 3,” “Mildred Pierce,” “American Gangster,” and worked side by side with Academy Award winner Janty Yates.  Staci’s talent and innovation help give insight into the characters she dresses.

STACI’S WISH LIST

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Subscription to a wine club.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving and there are different selections depending upon your taste.

I absolutely love this idea and have actually given it as a wedding gift before.  Perfect for wine connoisseurs, really anyone who enjoys wine or people that do a lot of hosting.

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Tsovet QS Men’s Watch.  I love accessories that are inspired by menswear, especially pieces inspired by classic menswear, which is always sexy on a woman.  I am drawn to the combination of the cognac leather band with the contrasting stitching and the graphite face of the watch.  Additionally, it’s oversized and I love that the stones add a touch of femininity and refinement.  Not to mention it’s waterproof!  In an industry like mine, which is more nitty gritty than glamorous, function meeting fashion makes this a great find for me.

Staci is a girl after my own heart–I love androgynous clothing and oversized accessories!  This watch is gender neutral and would be perfect for a parent, significant other or sibling.

STACI’S GIVE LIST

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Emerald Glass Desk Set.  I love getting gifts for people that they likely wouldn’t buy themselves.  If it’s a matter of practicality over want, I’ll go with “want” every time, this one just happens to be both.

Such beautiful, classic and practical pieces.  My dad actively uses a magnifying glass as his vision fades making this a wonderful gift for him.  Perfect for a co-worker, friend, parent, significant other, in law, or aunt/uncle.

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Faliero Sarti Mory Scarf.  This subtly metallic scarf feels festive and perfectly seasonal for the holiday.

Scarves are one of my go to presents! I have a million scarves and I still feel like I don’t have enough!  They can elevate and outfit to a new level and of course keep you warm.  Scarves are wonderful and thoughtful gender neutral presents.  Check out this men’s scarf, that would also looking amazing on a woman.  Scarves are also a great present because you can find them at different price points.  Perfect for a friend, parent, aunt/uncle, in law, sibling, roommate, co-worker, or significant other.

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Day Twelve of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Tony & Sadiki (Gentlemen’s Brim)

Tony and Sadiki are the dapper men behind Gentlemen’s Brim, which is a blog dedicated to effortless, sharp, dynamic menswear.  Their styles are classic yet have a certain edge to them and are simply to die for!  Each post contains innovative combinations that look straight out of GQ, but are more relatable and real.  Stay tuned for future collaborations with Gentlemen’s Brim.

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

TONY & SADIKI’S WISH LIST

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Homemade Gin Kit.  Why not! It’s a no brainer. Who needs Boardwalk Empire, Moonshiners, or even Sons of Anarchy when you can become your own bootlegger in the convenience of your own home!

This kit is so amazing and perfect for the adventurous drinker in your life.  Great for a significant other, sibling, parent or aunt/uncle.

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Multi Tool.  Having a multi tool is great especially if you are stranded somewhere, you never know when you might need this.  

I’m definitely not a handy person, but know that his would be perfect for any handy-man or woman in your life.  Great for a dad, mom, uncle, aunt, brother, sister or in law.  Also check out this nifty tool recommended by Gentlemen’s Brim.

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Jack Black, Turbo Wash.  Jack Black’s Turbo Wash washes your daily stresses and grime away.  It also leaves the bathroom smelling fresh.

I love giving products to men, because I find they don’t typically buy nice products for themselves, when some things are really worth the splurge!  This would be great for a friend, boyfriend, dad, uncle, roommate or cousin.

TONY & SADIKI’S GIVE LIST

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Interchangeable Watch Straps.  Arm yourself with an assortment of watch bands and you now have as many watches as the amount of bands you can count.

This is such a great idea and an easy and affordable way to help someone expand their watch collection.  In need of the base watch?  Check this one out.  I love wearing men’s watches so this is a gender neutral present.  Perfect for a friend, roommate, significant other or sibling.

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Chemex Coffee Maker.  Personally I have always been attracted to the design of this classic 1941 coffee creation by Peter Schlumbohm.

This coffee maker is so sleek and fabulous!  Wonderful gift for a friend, co-worker, significant other, in law, aunt, uncle, cousin or parent.

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Branch Earphone Splitter.  I have this gift in mind for my twin sister because people like to listen to what she has on her mp3 player.  This way she can share.

Um yes please!  This has been added to my wish list!  Just this weekend, my boyfriend and I had to share a set of head phones on the train to NY, which was fine but obviously the sound quality was degraded.  These are a perfect stocking stuffer and great for anyone in your life!  Also, check out these super cute headphones that are also on Tony’s give list.

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Day Eleven of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Jenny (Marketing for Club Monaco)

Jenny is the Associate Marketing Manager for Club Monaco, did marketing for Alice + Olivia, and worked in publishing at InStyle.  Jenny is the definition of fabulous, always looking super stylish whether she is casual in chucks or dressed to the nines for Fashion Week or other incredible events.  Jenny has been featured in Refinery 29 and has been photographed by Bill Cunningham (the ultimate honor).

As a reminder, I have asked each contributor to share what’s on their wish list and give list this holiday season with the hope of making your holiday shopping a little easier.

JENNY’S WISH LIST

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Ralph Lauren Keyhole Sunglasses.  I’m always on the search for the perfect pair of sunglasses.  I think my search has ended.

These sunglasses are to die for! These have been added to my wish list, which is ridiculously long now.  The shape is amazing and I love the yellow tortoise shell.  Sunglasses are a personal gift to give, because fit is crucial so make sure you are close with the lucky recipient of this gift.  These glasses are also gender neutral.  These would be great for a significant other, sibling or close family member.

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Catbird Stacking Rings.  As someone who doesn’t wear much jewelry at all, I love simple and delicate pieces.  Catbird in Williamsburg, Brooklyn carries some of my favorite whimsical jewelry–their thin stacking rings are my favorite.

Catbird has the most incredible one of a kind, delicate pieces.  And they have a fully functioning website so you don’t have to be a NY resident to shop there.  Their rings or any jewels would be perfect for a friend, girlfriend, sister or mother.

JENNY’S GIVE LIST

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Club Monaco Bobble Hats.  I love these bobble hats Club Monaco made this winter!  They’re the perfect gift for a Secret Santa Exchange, as well as for all of my little cousins.

These hats are so fab and add much needed humor to the chilly winter!  As Jenny said, they are great gifts for cousins, uncles, in laws, boyfriends, friends, anyone!

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Terrapin Stationary.  As the oldest running stationer in NYC, family owned Terrapin Stationers offers some of the finest quality stationary with a does of irreverence.  They are beautiful yet will make anyone on your gift list laugh.

I am obsessed with the idea of giving personalized stationary!  There is nothing more special than receiving a hand written note in the mail, a nod to a more dignified time.  Terrapin has beautiful and cheeky stationary, the best combination.  Great for a co-worker, friend, family member, or as a host gift.

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