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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 4)

Day Four of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Dzifa Ababio of Spotes for Esquires

Dzifa is the innovative blogger behind Spotes for Esquires, a blog that chronicles his incredibly dapper daily style as he works to dispel the nasty label that DC intellectuals don’t know how to dress.  Dzifa and I have collaborated in the past (check out our amazing Work Wear post together) and each time it has been fabulous! Dzifa’s wish and give lists are a complete reflection of his impeccable style and are wildly inspiring.


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Shibumi Suspenders (get it here)

“Suspenders from Shibumi Berlin for me. I’ve become very big on suspenders lately. They’re a great way of showcasing one’s sense of style without being too flashy. Thank God they’re not the clip on type.” – Dzifa

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Flygrip (get it here)

“We all like to hold our phones in one hand. This would eliminate any fear of dropping it. I’d like this so I can hold my phone without the case and not worry about dropping it. Let’s face it, Apple products don’t do well on concrete. ” – Dzifa


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IPA Beer Making Kit (get it here)

“This would be great for the beer loving friend. Make beer and then drink it. This is a great way to bond.” – Dzifa

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Wire Grip Organizer (get it here)

“Don’t you just hate unplugging your computer and watching your wires fall to the back of the desk? Here’s an easy fix for multiple wires.” – Dzifa

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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 3)

Day Three of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Cheralee Lyle of Miss Lyle Style

Cheralee is the fabulous blogger behind Miss Lyle Style, a blog the chronicles the life and style of a South African beauty who has been transplanted to the US, specifically DC, although there is a lot of NY love represented on Miss Lyle Style.  Cheralee is wonderfully adventurous with her style and an incredibly genuine lady.  And her eclectic style is perfectly represented in her wish and give list this year.


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Rebecca Minkoff “Amourous” Satchel (get it here)

“Perfect everyday tote, gorgeous rich colors- I would love the red. Monogrammed with a ‘C’ please!” – Cheralee


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Herschel Heritage Backpack (get it here)

“Herschel makes timeless and cool, great quality backpacks and bags that you will want to borrow from your boy.” – Cheralee

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Custom Vintage Hand Painted Necklace (get it here)

“Give a loved one an extra special gift this Christmas, a custom hand painted necklace by indie designer Jen Hoodenpyle. I own one of her masterpieces and get so many compliments on it whenever I wear it.” – Cheralee

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World Mirror Set (get it here)

“A great gift for the home that could work in a variety of spaces and decor styles.” – Cheralee

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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 2)

Day Two of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Ryan Payne of Bang Salon

Today’s guest gift giver is Ryan Payne, my incredible hair stylist who is stationed at Bang Metropole.  Ryan participated in last year’s gift guide and did a “how to 1920’s wave” hair tutorial with me for the Inauguration.  Ryan is basically the hair whisperer and is able to work his magic on my untamable locks.  He also coached me through chopping off my hair and I never would have trusted anyone else to do it.  I was obsessed with Ryan’s incredibly thoughtful give and wish list last year and this year is no exception!


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Jawbone UP24 (get it here)

“The Jawbone Up24 is perfect for someone who wants to get into shape and needs a little motivation.  Also keeps track of your progress and you can check on your friends progress from an app you download on your smart phone.  No one would guess it’s a fitness bracelet because of its stylish appearance.” – Ryan

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1 Face Watch (get it here)

“The 1 Face Watch is a watch which supports other good causes with every purchase.  With ever purchase you could help stop hunger, provide cancer or aids treatments, or even water or education for someone.  It’s a wonderful gift for anyone and it keeps on giving.”  – Ryan


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Jambox (get it here)

“The Jambox by Jawbone is a wireless speaker which is controlled by your smart phone using bluetooth.  Great for anyone who likes to listen to quality sound music or throw a house party.  It gives out the best sound I have ever heard from a portable speaker and I know this because I also own one.  They have a ton of colors and textures to choose from or you can customize your own.” – Ryan

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Big Green Eggs (get it here)

“Don’t be fooled by the name, The Big Green Egg is an all in one outdoor cooker which can be used to grill, as an oven, or better yet as a smoker.  The website has a lot of recipes you can try or just do your own experiments.  I heard about this item through a client who raved about it.  Perfect for that man in the house who likes to grill out watching a football game or anyone who wants to take part in Sunday fun day.” – Ryan

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Cloud Camera (get it here)

“The D-link Cloud camera 1150 is a wireless security camera with night vision and motion detection.  This camera can be viewed and controlled using an app you can download onto your smart phone.  This is perfect for watching that new nanny or even watching your pup to make sure she’s on your nice list and not your naughty list.” – Ryan

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Holiday Gift Guide (Day 1)

The Holiday Season has arrived! It is finally December and I can (without judgment) start celebrating, decorating, present shopping and wrapping.  It truly is the most wonderful time of the year! So to make things a little more wonderful for you guys and with the help of some uber fabulous bloggers, fashionistas, chefs & DC stars I present you with Garden of Glam’s Second Annual Holiday Gift Guide.  Each day Garden of Glam will host a different contributor who will share their wish list and give list with me (and you) in an attempt to inspire and ease your holiday shopping.  So sit back and relax and let Garden of Glam act as your compass as you navigate your way through this holiday season.

Day One of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide featuring Carlis of Spicy Candy DC

To start off the Holiday Gift Guide I turned to the lovely Carlis Sanchez.  Carlis is half of the dynamic duo that makes up Spicy Candy.  Spicy Candy is absolutely one of my favorite blogs that is endlessly inspiring.  I am beyond obsessed with Carlis’ wish & give lists, which is not surprising because Carlis has an impeccable, adventurous and eclectic sense of style.  She is a girl after my own heart, not to mention she is the best brunch date.


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Peaked Lapel Cape (get it here)

“Say hello to my dream cape! It’s been on my wish list since I saw it on Aliza Litch the DKNY girl her self. It’s so chic and I really hope it finds its way to my closet soon. 😉 ” – Carlis


Ultralight Multi Wheel Suitcase (get it here)

“Next year I plan to do a lot of traveling and the suitcase I have is literally falling apart and screaming to be replaced! This Rimowa ice blue suitcase is exactly what I need and def on my wish list. ” – Carlis

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Urbio Magnetic Modular System Components (get it here)

“I’m working on building a little office space in my living room and after visiting the container store a few weeks ago, I discovered the Urbio magnetic modular system components and what I need to keep my little office space organized.” – Carlis


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Personalized Placemats (get it here)

“I’m so excited to give my nephews their new personalized plates and placemats! This is such a cute and thoughtful idea. If you know of a friend who has kids, I think this would make a thoughtful gift for them.” -Carlis

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Philosophy Shave Kit (get it here)

“I plan on giving this Philosophy shaving kit to my brother. It’s also perfect for your father, husband or guy friend. It has all the essentials to keep any man looking fresh!” – Carlis

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iPhone Photo Printer (get it here)

“This awesome iPhone photo printer has been ordered for my mommy. She misses the days where we used to print photos. This will also encourage her to use her iPhone more often! 😉 This gift is perfect for any member of your family or friend with an iPhone that loves photography. I want one too!!” – Carlis

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Valentine’s Gift Guide

This Valentine’s let me remove all of the potential stress that can come with this holiday by doing what I do best, shop!  I have compiled the perfect his & her gifts, spanning different price ranges that are appropriate for all stages of a relationship.  So sit back and relax and enjoy this Valentine’s Day in all its glory!


The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

The Splurge: Roberto Coin Gold Heart Necklace (found here)

Perfect way to show your love for that special lady in your life.  This necklace is perfect for layering or can stand alone, and is great for every day wear.

The middy: Heart Sweatshirt by Wildfox (found here)

The middy: Heart Sweater by Wildfox (found here)

This sweater just oozes love!  I am a huge fan of the graphic heart, this is not only fashion forward and on trend, but also comfortable, which is an unbeatable combination!  This is also a great gift if you don’t want to give jewelry, which tends to be the standard for Valentine’s Day.

DVF iPhone case (found here)

The steal: DVF iPhone case (found here)

Such a fun and practical gift! Love the love theme and what girl doesn’t need a new phone case.


The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

The splurge: Satchel by Billy Kirk (found here)

I am completely obsessed with this briefcase!  A good briefcase should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe and this is so retro and fashion forward at the same time!

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

The middy: Miansai leather bracelet (found here)

Miansai accessories are taking over the world.  I love this silver and navy leather combo.  It is a way to add masculine flair to any look.

The steal: Colored laced by hook & albert (found here)

The steal: Colored laces by hook & albert (found here)

I am all about fun shoe laces!  This is a thoughtful and fun present without breaking the bank.


The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

The middy: Words necklace by In God We Trust (found here)

Great gift for your friend that has a sense of humor.  I am loving all of In God We Trust’s tongue in cheek accessories!

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

The middy: Gorjana friendship bracelets (found here)

A more sophisticated take on the classic friendship bracelet.  This is perfect for your sentimental bestie.

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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!!


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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!


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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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