HAPPY NEW YEAR

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MANY THANKS


1 OBLATION PAPERS, THANK YOU TELEGRAM NOTES, SET OF SIX $16.00 2 CHARLES FRADIN HOME, SWEET NOTES, SET OF TEN $34.00 3 KATE'S PAPERIE, MERCI BEACOUP, SET OF EIGHT, $26.00 4 DEMPSEY & CARROLL, SCHUMACHER DRAGON, SET OF TEN, $60.00 5 ADRIENNE WONG, K MONOGRAM NOTE CARD SET, SET OF SIX, $15.00 6 FINE STATIONERY, OUTDONE CARDS BY VERA WANG, SET OF 10 $22.00 7 CRANE & CO., MULTI THANK YOU CARDS BY KATE SPADE, SET OF TEN $30.00 8 CRANE & CO., MULTI-LINGUAL THANK YOU NOTES, SET OF TEN $17.00 9 CRANE & CO., "THANKS A MILLION" FOLD OVER NOTES, SET OF TEN $25.00 10 PAPER SOURCE, GRACIAS LETTERPRESS THANK YOU NOTES, SET OF EIGHT $10.50 11 NEAPOLITAN, CHEVRON NOTESET OF THREE, $9.00 12 ZAZZLE, ELEPHANT INDIA CARD, SET OF TEN $24.00 13 KATE'S PAPERIE, VERA WANG THANK YOU CARDS, I COULD NOT..., SET OF TEN $8.00 14 PAPER SOURCE, HERRINGBONE LETTERPRESS THANK YOU NOTES, SET OF EIGHT $12.50 15 RIFLE PAPER CO., BREANNE THANK YOU CARD, SET OF EIGHT $16.00

THE BEST THANK YOU NOTES ARE SINCERE, HONEST, AND DELIVERED IN A TIMELY MANNER. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE THE TIME TO HAND WRITE A NOTE AND GIVE THANKS. I TYPICALLY VARY MY STATIONERY DEPENDING ON THE GIFT AND THE PERSON THAT GAVE IT. I LOVE VERA WANG'S COLLECTION IN A 19TH CENTURY STYLE OF TOPOGRAPHY. MY FAVORITE SAYS, "YOU HAVE OUTDONE YOURSELF...MANY, MANY, MANY THANKS." I WOULD SEND THIS FOR A REALLY SPECIAL AND THOUGHTFUL GIFT. SOMETIMES A PLAIN NOTE CARD FEELS MORE APPROPRIATE. THE SCHUMACHER DRAGON CARD IN DEMPSEY & CARROLL'S LIMITED EDITION SET FEATURES SCHUMACHER'S CHIANG MAI DRAGON PATTERN, WHICH IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES.

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COUNTDOWN TO NYE


1 ROBERTA FREYMANN, LUXOR NECKLACE, $150.00 2 TOPSHOP, FLOWER SEQUIN DRESS, $110.00 3 BOUNKIT, FACETED TIGER'S EYE EARRINGS, $345.00 4 FELIX REY, MADISON CLUTCH, $200.00 5 NET-A-PORTER, MARC BY MARC JACOBS DEE DEE SEQUINED WOOL BOLERO, $500.00 6 TOPSHOP, EMBELLISHED BOX CLUTCH, $100.00 7 KATE SPADE, MERCURY MARSHA SEQUIN SKIRT, $346 8 KATE SPADE, TWIRL KAROLINA, $350.00

NEW YEAR'S ESSENTIALS FROM KATE'S PAPERIE | PARTY HORNS, SET OF SIX $14.50 | WOVEN POM POMS, SET OF THREE, $5.00 | CONFETTI POPPER, $12.50 | MINI SPARKLERS, SET OF FOUR $16.50

THE OFFICIAL NEW YEAR'S COUNTDOWN STARTS IN JUST TWO SHORT DAYS AND ALTHOUGH NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTIES TEND TO HAVE A LOT OF HYPE, I STILL ENJOY GETTING DRESSED UP FOR A CELEBRATION. NOTHING SAYS PARTY TO ME LIKE GOLD AND SEQUINS. I ESPECIALLY LOVE SPARKLY SHOES FOR A POP OF SHINE IN AN ALL BLACK ENSEMBLE...KATE SPADE'S GOLD SEQUIN PUMPS ARE THE PERFECT PAIR. AND OF COURSE NO NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY WOULD BE COMPLETE WITHOUT SOME PARTY HORNS AND SPARKLERS!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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WELCOME HOME


THERE'S NOTHING QUITE AS MAGICAL AS A HOME DECORATED FOR THE HOLIDAYS, PARTICULARLY IF IT'S COVERED IN SNOW. I'M TRAVELING HOME TO PENNSYLVANIA TOMORROW AND CROSSING MY FINGERS FOR A WHITE CHRISTMAS. I HOPE YOU HAVE A WARM WELCOME WHEREVER YOU'RE SPENDING THE HOLIDAYS :)

PHOTOS: MARTHA STEWART, ELLE DÉCOR, CANADIAN HOUSE & HOME, COUNTRY LIVING, HOMES & GARDENS, HABITUALLY CHIC, HOOKED ON HOUSES

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AMANDA BROOKS


AUTHOR OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE STYLE BOOKS, I LOVE YOUR STYLE, AMANDA BROOKS HAS A REAL SENSE OF INDIVIDUALITY AND ALWAYS LOOKS IMPECCABLE. HER LOWER EAST SIDE APARTMENT WAS FEATURED IN THE PREMIER ISSUE OF VOGUE LIVING AND YESTERDAY VOGUE POSTED THESE PICTURES OF HER FAMILY'S HOME IN THE ADIRONDACKS. THE HOME IS DECKED OUT IN GREENERY USED FROM LOCAL FARMS AND IS DEFINITELY RUSTIC CHIC AT ITS BEST.

P.S. CHECK OUT HER BLOG...FULL OF INSPIRATIONAL PHOTOS, IT FEELS LIKE A DAILY DOSE OF HER BOOK.

PHOTOS: CLAIBORNE SWANSON FRANK FOR VOGUE

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THAT'S A WRAP


GLAMOROUS GOLDS | KATE'S PAPERIE, LAMALI GOLD METALLIC STRIPE ON NATURAL, $8.00 | KATE'S PAPERIE, YUZEN HANDMADE SHEET: GOLD FLOWERS ON WHITE, $18.00 | KATE'S PAPERIE, YUZEN HANDMADE SHEET: SILVER & GOLD CHECK PATTERN, $18.00 | KATE'S PAPERIE, GOLD CRACKLES, $6.48

HOLIDAY REDS | KATE'S PAPERIE, RED ON GOLD, $6.00 | THE CONTAINER STORE, RED PRISMATIC STRIPES, $9.99 | KATE'S PAPERIE, YUZEN DECO SHEET: RED & GOLD SQUARES, $10.00 | KATE'S PAPERIE, FIORI RED, $6.00

BEAUTIFUL BLOSSOMS | KATE'S PAPERIE, TEAL LAURION, $5.98 | KATE'S PAPERIE, PINK FLOWER ON SILVER, $3.59 | KATE'S PAPERIE, CANARY YELLOW MUMS, $4.50 | THE CONTAINER STORE, CHRISTMAS BERRIES, $9.79

CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE (ONLY MORE 4 DAYS!) AND HOPEFULLY YOU'VE TAKEN CARE OF YOUR GIFT-BUYING. NOW ON TO THE GIFT WRAPPING. COORDINATING RIBBONS AND WRAPPING PAPER IS OFTEN THE LAST STEP IN HOLIDAY DECORATING AND ONE OF MY FAVORITES. MARTHA STEWART HAS SOME GREAT IDEAS FOR EMBELLISHMENTS. MY FAVORITES ARE NUMBER FOUR (PLUSH POM-POM BOWS) AND NUMBER NINE (OLD-FASHION GINGERBREAD COOKIES.)

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TIERED TRAYS


1 MICHAEL C. FINA, MICHAEL ARAM LEAF & VINE 2 TIER SERVER, $169.00 2 LUXURY CRYSTAL, BACCARAT MILLE NUITS MIDNIGHT PASTRY STAND 2 TIER, $589.00 3 ROYAL ART GLASS, CHRISTOFLE VERTIGO 2-TIER PASTRY STAND, $601.00 4 THE ADDISON COLLECTION, MARY JUREK OMEGA 2-TIER TID BIT TRAY, $196.00 5 THE KITCHEN CLIQUE, L'OBJET EVOCA 2 TIER PLATTER, $399.95 6 THE ADDISON COLLECTION, STAR HOME DESIGNS 3 TIER SERVER, $171.00 7 TARGET, HAMMERED AGED COPPER 2-TIER SERVER, $29.99 8 MICHAEL C. FINA, TWO TIER PASTRY TRAY, $200.00 9 MICHAEL C. FINA, SILVERPLATED 3 TIER SERVER, $450.00

I LOVE THE ELEGANCE AND TIMELESS QUALITY OF A SILVER TIERED TRAY. THEY CREATE HEIGHT, WHICH IS ALWAYS MUCH NEEDED ON A TABLE FULL OF PLATTERS. THEY CAN ALSO BE GREAT SPACE-SAVERS ON A CROWDED BUFFET TABLE. I FIND THEM PERFECT FOR COOKIES AND SMALLER FOOD. CAN'T YOU JUST PICTURE A STACK OF MACAROONS?

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THE PRINCESS BRIDE


ONE OF THE MOST SPECULATED PARTS OF THE WEDDING OF THE CENTURY IS KATE MIDDLETON'S DRESS. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHO WILL DESIGN IT. WWD ASKED DESIGNERS FOR THEIR SUGGESTIONS. ONE OF MY FAVORITES IS THE LOVELY VERA WANG, WHO HAD THIS TO SAY ABOUT HER DESIGN: "THE TRADITION OF INTRICATE HAND-PIECED LACEWORK IN THE HIGH-NECKED BODICE WITH ELBOW-LENGTH SLEEVES, TOGETHER WITH THE VOLUMINOUS SKIRT OF A MIXTURE OF STIFF AND SOFT SILK TULLE, FEELS REGAL, YET POETIC." SOUNDS PERFECT TO ME :)

PHOTOS: WWD

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TARTAN


1 J. PRESS, CASHMERE SCARF IN ROYAL STEWART, $97.50 2 CANDLE LUXURY, RALPH LAUREN HOLIDAY DINNER VOTIVES, SET OF FOUR $45.00 3 CRATE & BARREL, HOLIDAY PLAID DINNER NAPKINS, SET OF SIX $18.95 4 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, COMME DES GARCONS TARTAN POUCH, $105.00 5 BLOOMINGDALE'S, M.A.C. TARTAN TALE HAPPILY EVER AFTER LIP KIT, $22.50 6 TARGET, PORCELAIN PLAID DINNERWARE, $17.99 - $19.99 7 THE CONTAINER STORE, RED PLAID WIRED RIBBON, $4.95 8 WILLIAMS-SONOMA HOME, TARTAN COASTERS, SET OF FOUR $14.95 9 AMAZON, BAEKGAARD PASSPORT COVER, $48.00 10 KATE SPADE, TARTAN HOLIDAY CARDS, SET OF TEN $25.00 11 MACY'S, LAUREN RALPH LAUREN KILGOUR TARTAN DESSERT PLATES, SET OF FOUR $24.99 12 TARTAN: ROMANCING THE PLAID BY JEFFREY BANKS, RIZZOLI, $29.95 13 PENDLETON, MOTOR ROBE WITH LEATHER CARRIER, $78.00

TARTAN NEVER FEELS MORE RIGHT THAN DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON. I PARTICULARLY LOVE THE BOLD REDS OF THE CLASSIC ROYAL STEWART TARTAN. THIS YEAR I'VE PURCHASED A FEW TARTAN TRAYS AND NAPKINS THAT WILL BE THE PERFECT ACCESSORIES FOR MY HOLIDAY PARTY NEXT WEEK.

PHOTOS: THE ADVENTURES OF TARTANSCOT

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AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS


THE HOLIDAYS ARE CERTAINLY FILLED WITH NOSTALGIA AND IT'S ALWAYS FUN TO TAKE A LOOK AT CHRISTMASES PAST. MY FAVORITE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS USUALLY INVOLVE NEW YORK OR THE WHITE HOUSE. THERE'S NOTHING LIKE CENTRAL PARK AND FIFTH AVENUE AT CHRISTMAS TIME....WINDOW DECORATIONS AND THE CITY COVERED IN SNOW REALLY SET THE MOOD.

THE WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS HAVE A DIFFERENT THEME EVERY YEAR. THIS YEAR'S THEME IS "SIMPLE GIFTS" AND REPRESENTS THE "SIMPLE THINGS THAT BRING JOY AT CHRISTMAS." FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MISSED THE HGTV WHITE HOUSE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL THIS PAST SUNDAY, IT'S AIRING TOMORROW AT 4 P.M. - DON'T FORGET TO SET YOUR DVR!

PHOTOS: PHOTOGRAPHER'S GALLERY, JFK LIBRARY, WHITE HOUSE MUSEUM, GRACE KELLY DAILY, ATOMIC ANTIQUES, THE BEATLES HK, ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO, THE ROYAL FORUMS, RETRO WAYS, I DREAM OF YESTERDAY, LUCY FAN, JOE BLY

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CLASSIC COVERS


DESIGNERS HAVE LONG CHOSEN BOOKS FOR THEIR COVERS; OSA JOHNSON, ANYONE? CORALIE BICKFORD-SMITH IS A SENIOR COVER DESIGNER AT PENGUIN BOOKS AND IS THE CREATOR OF THE POPULAR PENGUIN CLASSICS HARDCOVERS. I DISCOVERED MORE OF HER WORK ON HER WEBSITE AND INCLUDED SOME OF MY FAVORITES. I REALLY LOVE THE ARABIAN NIGHTS SERIES INCLUDING VOLUME TWO'S KOI FISH COVER (BOTTOM LEFT).

PENGUIN RECENTLY RELEASED SEVEN MORE OF ITS HARDCOVER CLASSIC SERIES; INCLUDING OLIVER TWIST, LITTLE WOMEN AND A CHRISTMAS CAROL. THE BOOK COVERS ARE REALLY FANTASTIC AND WOULD LOOK TERRIFIC ON ANY TABLE OR BOOKSHELF. I'VE LONG ADMIRED THE COLORFUL CLASSIC SERIES, BUT MY FAVORITE IS THE FITZGERALD COLLECTION WITH ITS METALLIC COVERS....SO GLAM.

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PURCHASE PENGUIN CLASSICS.

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COCKTAILS, ANYONE?


1 KATE SPADE, TICKER TAPE TIDBIT PLATES, SET OF FOUR $50.00 2 VIVRE, AMALFI TURQUOISE SMALL BOWL BY MICHAEL WAINWRIGHT, $235.00 3 CRATE & BARREL, CONFETTI DOT SILVER BEVERAGE NAPKINS, SET OF TWENTY $3.95 4 UNICA HOME, LA ROSA TEALIGHT HOLDER BY EMMA SILVESTRIS FOR ALESSI, $40.00 5 VIVRE, AGATE CANDLESTICKS BY RABLABS, MATCHED PAIR $125.00 6 JONATHAN ADLER, HOLLYWOOD COASTERS, SET OF FOUR $68.00 7 BARNEYS NEW YORK, NEW ARCADIA BROCADE DOUBLE OLD FASHIONED GLASSES, $22.00 8 MICHAEL ARAM, GILDED TWIG STEEL PLATTER, $235.00 9 TARGET, HAMMERED AGED COPPER 2-TIER SERVER, $29.99 10 SUR LA TABLE, GOLD BEADED SPREADER, $4.16 11 KMART, COLIN COWIE ICE BUCKET WITH STAINLESS STEEL TONGS, $14.99

RECIPES FROM MARTHA STEWART AND EPICURIOUS | MULLED CIDER | CHEESE STRAWS | SPICED PECANS | HAM & GRUYERE THUMBPRINTS | PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED DATES

I LOVE A METALLIC THEME FOR A HOLIDAY PARTY - LOTS OF GLITTER AND GOLD, ACCENTED WITH MASSES OF PAPERWHITE NARCISSUS BULBS. DURING THE BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON, I TRY TO KEEP THE MENU SIMPLE AND FULL OF MAKE-AHEAD APPETIZERS, LIKE SPICED PECANS AND PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED DATES. I BUY CHEESE STRAWS AT RHODES BAKERY IN ATLANTA, BUT MARTHA STEWART HAS A SIMILAR RECIPE YOU CAN MAKE AT HOME. CHEERS!

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GIFT GUIDE: STOCKING STUFFERS


1 SERENA & LILY, KUTA TIN BOXES, SET OF FIVE $58.00 2 KATE'S PAPERIE, WASHI MASKING TAPE, $5.00 3 CHANEL, LE VERNIS NAIL COLOUR IN DRAGON, $23.00 4 JOHN ROBSHAW, LUGGAGE TAGS, $25.00 5 VIVRE, GOLD SERPENT CUFF, $150.00 6 DELIGHT.COM, HANDMADE ACORN iPOD SPEAKER, $44.50 7 TOPSHOP, BOW GLOVE, $16.00 8 ENDLESS, REBECCA MINKOFF JE T'AIME POUCH, $50.00 9 LAURA MERCIER, ALMOND COCONUT MILK HAND CRÈME, $15.00 10 BAGGU, SAILOR STRIPE REUSABLE BAG, $8.00 11 TOUCH OF EUROPE, SAL DE IBIZA FLEUR DE SEL CERAMIC JAR, $21.85 12 FOREVER 21, WINTER KNITTED SLIPPER SOCKS, $5.80 13 HERMES, MEMORY GAME, $215.00 14 JONATHAN ADLER, POCKET PAPERS, $4.95 15 R. NICHOLS, BRITISH GUARDSMAN LUGGAGE TAG, $6.00 16 TIFFANY & CO., PORCELAIN WORLD BOX, $45.00 17 NET-A-PORTER, LANVIN FACES PLAYING CARDS, $85.00 18 MS. & MRS., PINK RIBBON SHEMERGENCY KIT, $25.00 19 COMPARTES CHOCOLATIER, CHOCOLATES FOR DARFUR, $20.00 20 GLOBAL GIVING, GIFT CARDS, FROM $10

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE SHOPPING FOR STOCKING STUFFERS. SERENA & LILY'S KUTA TIN BOXES ARE THE PERFECT SIZE FOR PACKAGING - I WOULD PUT ANYTHING FROM EARRINGS TO STAMPS IN THEM. I ALSO ADORE R. NICHOLS' LUGGAGE TAGS. THE QUIRKY BRITISH GUARDSMAN TAGS ARE IDEAL FOR ANY ANGLOPHILE.

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GIFT GUIDE: HIM


1 SMATHERS & BRANSON, AMERICAN FLAG NEEDLEPOINT COASTERS, $75.00 2 EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS, ALAMENDARES ALACRANES 1949 BALLCAP, $35.00 3 HERMES, ACTIVE MAN SILK TIE, $170.00 4 THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN: SPORTSWRITING FROM THE NEW YORKER EDITED BY DAVID REMNICK, $30.00 5 STEVEN ALAN, HOLIDAY SHAWL COLLAR SWEATSHIRT, $198.00 6 JACK SPADE, BRAUN ALARM CLOCK, $75.00 7 BEVMO, MACALLAN SCOTCH 18 YEAR, $149.99 8 BARNEYS NEW YORK, MONCLER CHEVAL VEST, $495.00 9 JACK SPADE, PERFORATED BOOKMARK PAPER, $6.00 10 BARNEYS NEW YORK, FILSON SPORTSMAN BAG, $295.00 11 DRAKES, RIPPLE FINISH CASHMERE SCARF, £165.00 12 BAXTER OF CALIFORNIA, SAFETY RAZOR, $60.00 13 SALT LICK BBQ, SAUCE AND DRY RUB GIFT SET, $19.95 14 ARTRIVER, I LOVE AN INJURY, 1999 BY JAMES NARES, 8 1/4 x 8 3/4 $39.00 15 J PRESS, COTTON HANDKERCHIEFS, $15.00 EACH 16 PERSOL, STEVE MCQEEN SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTION 17 PACT, STICKS BOXER, $25.00 18 BEATS BY DR. DRE, (PRODUCT) RED SPECIAL EDITION HEADPHONES, $229.00 19 826 LA, FIRE POSTER, $19.99

MEN ARE ALWAYS DIFFICULT TO SHOP FOR....THEY CLAIM TO WANT NOTHING AND SEEM TO HAVE EVERYTHING. BOOKS AND ARTWORK ARE ALWAYS A STANDBY FOR ME, BUT I ENJOY FINDING MORE UNUSUAL GIFTS LIKE EBBETS FIELD FLANNELS. THEIR WOOL BALLCAPS ARE ALL AUTHENTIC REPRODUCTIONS AND WILL DEFINITELY SET HIM APART FROM THE PACK.

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GIFT GUIDE: THE DECORATOR


1 VIVRE, TORTOISE ICE BUCKET BY STEUBEN, $700.00 2 IOMOI, iPAD CASE, $158.00 3 PHOTOGRAPHER'S GALLERY, GIACOMO MONTEGAZZA BY SLIM AARONS, 10 x 12 $275.00 4 MADELINE WEINREB, PINK, ORANGE, AND GREY CHEVRON PRINT NAPKINS 5 VIVRE, AGATE NAPKIN RINGS BY RABLABS, SET OF TWO $65.00 6 ARTEDONA, MIAMI BEACH BACKGAMMON SET BY HECTOR SAXE, $752.12 7 EDITH BOUVIER BEALE OF GREY GARDENS: A LIFE IN PICTURES BY EVA MARIE BEALE, VERLHAC EDITIONS, $99.95 8 BURKE DECOR, ZEBRA CHANGE TRAY, $33.00 9 PIECES, SQUARE GEOMETRIC ALPACA THROW, $295.00 10 VIVRE, GOLD PAGODA SALT AND PEPPER SHAKERS BY L'OBJET, SET OF TWO $198.00 11 DIANE JAMES HOME, GREEN WITH ENVY BOUQUET, $475.00 12 VOGUE LIVING, 6 ISSUES/12 MONTHS $95.47 13 ELLE DECORATION - FRENCH EDITION, 9 ISSUES/12 MONTHS $90.00 14 VIVRE, EOLIE PORCELAIN GOBLET BY BERNARDAUD, $70.00 15 SCALAMANDRE, ZEBRA UMBRELLA, $95.00 16 JAYSON HOME & GARDEN, BACCHUS SERVING STAND, $150.00 17 ONEHOPE WINE, $18.99 18 STARBUCKS, (STARBUCKS) RED CERAMIC GO-CUP, $10.95 19 PB TEEN, XOXO ORGANIC PILLOW COVER, $29.00

TODAY'S POST SHOULD JUST BE CALLED MY FAVORITE THINGS. ACCESSORIES FOR MY HOUSE ARE ALWAYS AT THE TOP OF MY LIST. THIS YEAR I AM CROSSING MY FINGERS FOR SOME ARTWORK (SLIM AARONS...MAYBE I'LL GET LUCKY) AND DEFINITELY TRAYS, WHICH I CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH OF.

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GIFT GUIDE: THE FOODIE


1 DEAN & DELUCA, 5.54 QUART COPPER SAUCEPAN WITH LID, $375.00 2 SUR LA TABLE, CAMPANINI ARBORIO SUPERFINO RICE, $6.00 3 ANNECHOVIE, DO NOT TRIFLE WITH ME QUOTE PRINT, 11 x 14 $27.00 4 WILLIAMS-SONOMA, ZOKU QUICK POP MAKER, $49.95 5 MORE LUXURIES, LAGUIOLE MULTICOLOR PEARLESCENT STEAK KNIVES, SET OF SIX $240.00 6 ANTHROPOLOGIE, LUNCH IN PARIS: A LOVE STORY, WITH RECIPES BY ELIZABETH BARD, $23.99 7 SUR LA TABLE, MICROWAVE POPPER, $20.00 8 BROADWAY PANHANDLER, MARBLE ROLLING PIN, $29.95 9 MICROPLANE, SEA SALT SHAVER AND HIMALAYAN PINK SEA SALT GIFT SET, $24.95 10 JITTERY JOE'S, MORNING RIDE, $11.99 11 BROADWAY PANHANDLER, OIL INFUSER DISPENSER, $24.95 12 LA TOURANGELLE, TRIO OF ARTISAN OILS, $24.95 13 WILLIAMS-SONOMA, MEYER LEMON TREE, $69.95 14 UNCOMMON GOODS, LANDMINE SOAP, $9.00 15 WATER.ORG, CAMELBAK BETTER BOTTLE, $24.99 16 ORNAMENTS TO REMEMBER, ITALIAN BEAN ORNAMENT, $24.00

I LOVE GIVING GIFTS THAT PEOPLE WILL USE AND I FIND THAT KITCHEN GIFTS TEND TO FALL IN THAT CATEGORY. EVERYONE CAN USE A GOOD OIL SET, LIKE THE ONE FROM LA TOURANGELLE, OR A LITTLE LUXURY LIKE FRESHLY SHAVED HIMALAYAN SEA SALT.

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GIFT GUIDE: THE FASHIONISTA


1 TOPSHOP, EVAN MICROSUEDE SLIPPERS, $24.00 2 SAKS FIFTH AVENUE, MISSONI HOME HUMBERT THROW, $410.00 3 HERMES, KELLY WATCH, $1,975.00 4 ROBERTA FREYMANN, MEURICE NECKLACE, $275.00 5 AEDES DE VENUSTAS, CIRE TRUDON VOTIVES SET, $145.00 6 MATTHEW WILLIAMSON BY COLIN MCDOWELL, RIZZOLI, $65.00 7 DIANE VON FURSTENBERG, MARIELA LAPTOP CASE, $135.00 8 EMMA KISSTINA, MCQUEENS, 5x7 $12.00 9 TOPSHOP, BOX OVERSIZED STUD CLUTCH BAG, $80.00 10 CALYPSO ST. BARTH, INFINITY SCARF BY ADRIENNE LANDAU, $595.00 11SPACE NK, DEBORAH LIPPMAN CELEB SET, $70.00 12 MARISSA COLLECTIONS, TURQUOISE AND LAPIS EARRINGS BY BOUNKIT, $320.00 13 TORY BURCH, LARGE BRIGITTE COSMETIC CASE, $85.00 14 KATE SPADE, SIBERIAN TIGER MITTENS, $95.00 15 BRIDGE FOR AFRICA, COPPER BEADED BANGLE, $40.00 16 FEED PROJECTS, FEED KENYA KIKOY SCARF IN RED, $40.00

THE GIFT GUIDE BEGINS! STAY TUNED FOR A WEEK FULL OF PICKS FOR EVERYONE FROM THE FOODIE TO THE FASHIONISTA.


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INSPIRATION: HOLIDAY MANTELS


WHILE MOST HOLIDAY MANTEL DECORATING INVOLVES GARLANDS AND GREENERY, THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS. I AM O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D WITH THE HUGE GARLAND-WRAPPED MIRROR IN THE BLUE ROOM. I LOVE THE LOOK OF LIGHT BLUE AND RED....WHAT A FRESH COMBINATION FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

PHOTOS: COUNTRY LIVING, PITTER PATTER, WOMAN'S DAY, SOUTHERN LIVING, A LIFE'S DESIGN, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, STYLE HIVE, VERANDA, WHITE IRONSTONE, DESIGN DUMP, HGTV, A SIMPLIFIED BEE

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HOSTESS GIFTS


1 SMYTHSON, GOLD AND BLACK BEE MOTIF NOTELET CARDS, SET OF TEN, $69.00 2 PLANTATION HOME, SLICED AGATE MINI FRAMES, $50.00 3 NEW YORK PARTIES: PRIVATE VIEWS BY JAMEE GREGORY, RIZZOLI, $55.00 4 BELLA CUCINA, PANINI SPREAD CRATE SET, $39.00 5 JAYSON HOME & GARDEN, SHELL SALT & PEPPER SET, $20.00 6 JAYSON HOME & GARDEN, HORN FLATWARE, $26.00 7 DIANE JAMES HOME, MAGNOLIA IN BUD VASE, $120.00 8 JONATHAN ADLER, ZEBRA COASTERS, $48.00 9 JO MALONE, PINE AND EUCALYPTUS SILVER-PLATED SMALL CANDLE, $65.00 10 THE PARISIAN GUIDE TO CHIC: STYLE SECRETS FROM INES DE LA FRESSANGE BY INES DE LA FRESSANGE, FLAMMARION $19.77 11 THE KNOT, ELEPHANT PLACE CARD HOLDERS, SET OF TWELVE $22.95 12 WILLIAMS-SONOMA, FORTNUM & MASON HAMPER, SMALL $99.95, LARGE $149.95

FORGET FRESH FLOWERS, WHY NOT GIVE AN ARRANGEMENT FROM DIANE JAMES HOME? THERE WILL BE NO FUSSING WITH A VASE, AND THE SILK FLOWERS WILL LAST FOREVER....SOUNDS PERFECT TO ME!

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MUST-HAVES


CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT | BIGELOW CHEMISTS, MARVIS MINT WHITENING TOOTHPASTE, $13.50 | KATE SPADE, TWIRL BOW CUFF, $175.00 | CRATE & BARREL, ANTIQUED GLASS SILVER CANDLEHOLDERS, $3.50 | JAYSON HOME & GARDEN, GOLD SUZANI PILLOW, $195.00 | ANTHROPOLOGIE, FESTIVAL RUG, $248.00 - $1,098.00 | CRATE & BARREL, GOLD FOIL CHARGERS, SET OF FOUR $14.95 | BARNEYS NEW YORK, GRAPHIC IMAGE PASSPORT COVER, $65.00 | KEEP CALM GALLERY, KEEP CALM SILVER, $32.78 | TORY BURCH, METALLIC REVERSIBLE LOGO BELT, $195.00 | KATE SPADE, CANDY DARLING GLITTER EMANUELLE, $345.00 | MICHAEL ARAM, BARK VASE, LARGE $240.00, SMALL $90.00 | TOMS, SILVER GLITTERS, $54.00 | JONATHAN ADLER, X-BENCH IN DIAMONDS GOLD, $595.00

WHITENING TOOTHPASTE, CHECK. GLITTERY CLUTCH AND GLAMOROUS BOW CUFF PERFECT FOR HOLIDAY SOIRÉES, CHECK. 'TIS THE SEASON OF COCKTAIL PARTIES, SHOPPING, AND TRAVELS AND A GIRL'S GOT TO BE PREPARED...MY DECEMBER MUST-HAVES INCLUDE TRAVELING ESSENTIALS AND A FEW GLITTERING EXTRAS PERFECT TO PUNCH UP MY DECOR.

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