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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 Nine of Garden of Glam’s Holiday Gift Guide: Emily (Buyer for Ralph Lauren)

Emily is part of the buying team at Ralph Lauren and was previously an assistant buyer for Anthropologie.  Emily’s style is flawless and eclectic, mixing femininity and edge.  She also has the most fabulous accessories EVER, trust me, as her former roommate I am very familiar with her jewelry box and bags (man oh man those were the days).  Emily is the definition of glam, oozes creativity and is a style genius.

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.

EMILY’S WISH LIST

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J. Crew, Etta Calf Hair Pumps. Dying for these to wear to holiday parties and beyond.

These pumps are so fab and perfect for all occasions!  I love all things leopard and these shoes are no exception.  The chunky heel is also practical and stylish.  A wonderful gift for any fashionista in your life!

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ginette_ny Gold Strip Stud Earrings.  These are so fun–delicate enough to wear everyday, but with a bit of an edge.

These studs are incredible!  So subtle yet fabulous and perfect for everyday wear!  Totally obsessed….this has also been added to my wish list.  These would be a great gift for a sister, girlfriend, fiancé or daughter.

EMILY’S GIVE LIST

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Dry Bar Gift Certificates.  For the many wedding events my friends will have to attend this year.

Literally obsessed with this gift idea!  I have SO many weddings in 2013 and having perfectly coiffed hair for each event is crucial!  This is perfect for any lady in your life and if you are a soon to be bride this would be a super cute holiday gift for your bridesmaids.  Also, special shout out and congrats to Emily, who got engaged on Thanksgiving and is one of the weddings I am beyond excited for in 2013!

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Mr. Boddington’s Penguin Classics.  Books are such a personal, thoughtful gift.  You could pick one title or buy the whole set (which look so chic on the shelf).

What a kind and wonderful gift.  I also love the specialized cover! This is a gender neutral gift and perfect for any literary loved ones.

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Holiday Gift Guide

This Holiday Season Garden of Glam will be dedicated to making your lives a whole lot easier!  With the help of other bloggers, fashionistas, chefs & DC stars I have compiled a thorough and accessible holiday gift guide.  I absolutely love this time of year, not only because there are twinkle lights on every tree and “Love Actually” is always on TV and Christmas carols are played on the radio, but also because there is extra cheer in the air as everyone gets in the Holiday Spirit.  With that said, this can also be a stressful time of year.  I normally drive myself absolutely insane trying to find the perfect gift for loved ones and spend weeks scouring the internet, malls, and stores in search of THE gift.  So I would like to help you out this year and hopefully save you some of the stress that inevitably comes with this magical season.  Each day Garden of Glam will host a different contributor who was kind enough to share their wish list and gift 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 the Garden of Glam Holiday Gift Guide: Meaghan (District Sparkle)

Meaghan is the ultra fabulous blogger behind District Sparkle and G.L.A.M. (Giving Labels a Meaning).  G.L.A.M., which Meaghan is the founder of and yours truly is the Director of Operations of, is an organization that uses fashion as a way to raise money for local child advocacy groups.  G.L.A.M.’s Inaugural Fashion Event raised money for CASA DC, a non profit that works with children in the foster care system, by bringing together local vendors and fashionistas.  Stay tuned for details for the next G.L.A.M. event!

MEAGHAN’S WISH LIST

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The Palma Leather Crossbody Camera Satchel by Ona.  I’ve been searching high & low for a classic camera bag for my new treasure & the palma. 

This bag is so chic and the perfect present for any blogger, photographer or camera ready user that is sick of the bulky old camera bag.

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Sequin Sleeve Blouse by Ark & Co.  I’ve never met a sparkle I didn’t like & this Ark & Co blouse is no exception.

I love this blouse and it is perfect for the holiday season! It can be dressed down with jeans or up with a high waisted skirt.  It has just the right amount of bling for the day to night transition. The blouse is an excellent gift for a girlfriend, friend or family member.

MEAGHAN’S GIFT LIST

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Emily Shuman’s new release: Cupcakes & Cashmere (the book).  While Emily is a favorite fashion blogger of mine, she’s also super crafty & creative in the kitchen. Her latest book shares great secrets for entertaining, amazingly glam fashion advice & the pictures are absolutely stunning. Blogger or not, I highly recommend this chic coffee table book for your girlfriends this holiday season.

So much inspiration can be found on Emily’s blog Cupcakes & Cashmere, and her book is a compilation of her best posts & work with special extras that are great for the DIY aficionados.  Cupcakes & Cashmere is the perfect present for a friend, girlfriend, co-worker or sister.

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