Buying the people you work for, with, and whom work for you can be a tricky maneuver. One that requires balancing creativity, decorum and skill. Though budget may be a consideration you always want to give the recipient a gift they’ll love, and that will stand out in the sea of received gifts! Today’s curated list keeps in mind multiple budgets while covering many genres: from Broadway Baker’s sweets-to-die-for (on Oprah’s Best Thing’s List), to Mini Me’s personalized Bobbleheads, to Simone Leblanc’s seasonal gift boxes, ranging in price from $50 to $750.
Shop the list and find a gift they will love at a price you will too!
Broadway Baker // Vanity Fair 100 Years From the Jazz Age to Our Age // Jackery Smart Fit Technology Portable Charger // Flores Lane Candles // Simone Leblanc Gift Box // 1001 Smartest Things Ever Said // Mini Me Personalized Bobblehead // Simon Pearce Weston Vase
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November came and went before I even had a chance to think about Christmas/Chanukah. But, now that we are settling into December, I can’t ignore that the holidays will be here in the blink of an eye. Gift giving can be as consuming as a full-time job, but one way to lessen the stress level is great planning and starting your shopping early.
My curated list of incredible gifts for the beauty lover in your life (we all have one) can help on both accounts (with more varied lists to come). I can vouch for Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting set and brush – it gives me a glow that comes in handy when my face is in need of a pick-me-up! What I have added to my Santa list is the ZIIP Nano current device. The brainchild of “electrical esthetician” Melanie Simon, ZIIP uses nano-current technology to stimulate elastin and collagen production to produce luminous and lifted skin after one treatment!! Sounds good to me!!
Foreo Luna Mini // Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo Total Transformation Kit // Smith & Cult Lip Trio // Allegresse 24K Gold Illuminating Facial Peel // Net-A-Porter Beauty The Ultimate Beauty Kit // ZIIP Nano Current Device // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Brush // Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Surreal // Perricone Multi-Action Overnight Treatment
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I know I’m not the only one that needs a touch of lightness in their life these days. It was a hard week for half of America, and I am just beginning to be able to wrap my head around it. Reading, talking to friends, and listening to a lot of music has helped. What also helped was perusing street style pics, and catching all the bright light that silver reflects.
Naomie Harris at the Hollywood Film Awards, where she took home the Hollywood Breakout Actress award, looked positively aglow in her Gucci silver lame pantsuit. What also caught my eye were all the silver skirts (both sequin and lame) worn during the day with a casual bent to them. Whether paired with Converse suede sneakers, oxfords, mid-sized heels or to the knee boots, all looked smashing! And, who doesn’t love a silver leather bomber jacket with red and black knit trim detailing. When paired with red it read like a breath of fresh air!
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As the founding principal of Alegria Design, an interior design business in San Francisco, New York and Tokyo, Maya Lithander Smith has an eye for taste. One simply has to view how she transformed her Marina home in San Francisco (above) to know the level of her interior design expertise.
Known for her “eclectic style that fuses approachable elegance and refined yet exotic details” Maja is now bringing her amazing treasure hunting skills to a brick and mortar space on Sacramento street in San Francisco. After living in Tokyo for over 3 years, and globe-trotting around the world for 2 decades searching for exotic finds for her clients, Maya has now curated and collaborated with some of her favorite designers and artisans from around the world to bring these global goods to more than just her clients. Lucky us! If you are a lover of colorful, beautiful, and in many cases one-of-a-kind home furnishings and accessories then this newly opened store is a must visit!
Some of my favorites are the Turkish bamboo towels, silk velvet Ikat pillows, mixed pattern napkins and the one-of-a-kind finds. Shop my favs below, or go to Found by Maja.
Found by Maja 484 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94118
Napkins -Set of 4 // Skull Shopping Basket // Cotton Dhurrie Serpentine Rug // Lucite Tray // Silk Velvet Ikat Pillow // Palestinean Blown Glass Vases
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Fall is here, and it finally feels like it. With the new season feel my color palette desires have switched to warmer, richer hues like navy, camel and burgundy (of course, there will still be plenty of black, white and grey). I tend toward neutrals, yet I love DVF’s Louella printed skirt for a pop of color and pattern, and Loeffler Randall’s Isla embroidered ankle boot. I’d be hard pressed to name my #1 wish on this list, but Loeffler Randall’s burgundy fringed suede clutch has to be a strong contender!
My sense of smell also tends towards warmer spicier scents when the temperatures start to drop. Rose Des Vents acts as the anchor scent for Louis Vuitton’s entire new perfume collection. Known as “Rose of the Winds”, this base note is a sparkling floral that develops a delicate spice aroma over time.
Diane von Furstenberg Louella Printed Silk-Chiffon Midi Skirt // Joie ‘Jemina’ Over the Knee Boot // Louis Vuitton Rose des Vents Collection of Parfums // Rag & Bone Jean Denny High Rise Ankle Skinny Jeans // Isabel Marant Anders Wrap-Effect Coated Cotton-Blend Mini Skirt // Loeffler Randall Lock Fringed Suede Clutch //Stella McCartney Wide-leg Tuxedo Trousers // Loeffler Randall Isla Embroidered Boot // Kenzo Poplin High Neck Ruffle Blouse // Tom Dixon London, Orientalist and Royalty Set of 3 Candles // J Crew Long Sleeve Italian Cashmere Sweater
To say a prayer for my Chicago Cubs! Tonight the drought can be broken. If they win it will be their first World Series title since 1908!! #flythew