HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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FLASHBACK: 2011


By Malene Birger Rufa Leopard Coat, My Wardrobe, $471.90 sale | Leopard-Print Sidewalk Skimmer, Madewell, $118.00 | Needlepoint Leopard Pillow, Jayson Home, $295.00

Before we head into 2012, I thought it would be fun to recap some of 2011's memorable moments and trends. One of the highlights of the year for me was definitely the royal wedding. I don't think I'll ever forget the moment Kate Middleton stepped out of the car and Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was confirmed. Looking forward to 2012, the color predictions are tangerine hues and I can certainly get excited about that!

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PARTY PLAYLIST


One More Time - Daft Punk, I Love the Nightlife - Alicia Bridges, Get Down On It - Kool and the Gang, Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn, Music Inferno - Madonna, Call on Me - Eric Prydz, Super Bass - Nicki Minaj, Workin' Day and Night - Michael Jackson, You Make Me Feel Mighty Real - Sylvester, Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode, 2012 - Jay Sean

Whether hosting a soiree or opting to stay in for the evening, having a playlist at the ready is a must. I've compiled some of my favorite tunes to get you in the mood for the big ball drop...enjoy!

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KEEPING TIME


Calendars | Calendar 2012, Jack and Lulu, $28.00 - $49.00 | 2012 Botanical Calendar, Rifle Paper Co., $28.00 | Linda and Harriet Watercolor Calendar, Orange and Pear, $42.00 | Jonathan Adler Jet Set Travel Calendar, Paper Source, $9.98 sale | Desk Diaries | 2012 Desk Top Spiral Calendar, kate spade, $38.00 | Jonathan Adler Purple Zigzag Date Book, Paper Source, $15.96 sale | 2012 Mom Agenda Giraffe Date Book, Paper Source, $38.36 sale | 2012 Lattice Planner, Sarah Pinto, $20.00 | Pocket Planners | Crocodile Embossed Pocket Journal, Graphic Image, $36.00 | Portola Valley Debra, kate spade, $135.00 sale | Moleskine 2012 Color A Month Daily Planner, Amazon, $26.37 | Keep Calm Two-Year Pocket Planner, Kate's Paperie, $4.99

I'm not going to lie....last year I penciled in the majority of my appointments into my Google calendar despite the fact that I had purchased the chicest of Graphic Image's lineup....a shiny gold datebook. Not quite ready to give up yet, I have decided this year to purchase their crocodile version. Let's give this another try, shall we!

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MANY THANKS


1 Gold Painted Stripes Thank You Card, Rifle Paper Co., boxed set of 8 $18.00 2 Merci Card, Rifle Paper Co., boxed set of 8 $18.00 3 kate spade Rose Print Thank You Cards, Crane & Co., boxed set of 10 $20.00 4 Typewriter Thank You Notes, Paper Source, boxed set of 8 $19.95 5 kate spade Thanks a Million Notes, Crane & Co., boxed set of 10 25.00 6 Gardener Thank You Note Cards, R. Nichols, boxed set of 8 $18.00 7 Gold Floral Thank You Cards, Rifle Paper Co., boxed set of 8 $18.00 8 Gracias Thank You Notes, Dempsey & Carroll, boxed set of 10 $60.00 9 Rose Letterpress Notecards, The Met Store, set of 6 $14.95

Just like gift-giving, a thank you card should be tailored to the recipient (bonus points if it relates to the gift received). Two of my current favorites are Rifle Paper Co.'s Merci cards and kate spade's Thanks a Million notes. Both are bright and upbeat, which sends a nice message when giving thanks :)

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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THE FINISHING TOUCH


1 Venessa Arizaga Holy Shiva Diamanté Necklace, Net-a-Porter, $395.00 2 Kenneth Jay Lane Double Drop Earrings, Bergdorf Goodman, $115.00 3 Charlotte Olympia Pandora Perspex Box Clutch, Net-a-Porter, $615.00 4 Audrina Clutch, Zhush, $120.00 5 Elizabeth Cole Deco Stud Earrings, Max & Chloe, $98.00 6 Tom Ford Lip Color, Neiman Marcus, $48.00 7 Zuri Stiletto, Loeffler Randall, $368.00 8 MICHAEL Michael Kors Passport Holder, Net-a-Porter, $60.00 9 Ben-Amun Crystals Necklace, Max & Chloe, $320.00 10 Didi Colley Jujube Stackable Rings, Max & Chloe, $66.00 11 butter LONDON All Hail the Queen, Beauty.com, $14.00

As you've probably figured out by now (being the faithful KM reader that you are ), I'm an accessories girl at heart. Not to say that my closet is lacking cocktail attire or even cardigans for that matter, but when it comes to sartorial spending I often fly straight pass the clothing racks. What can I say? I'm a baubles and belts kind of girl and don't even get me started on my shoes! I like to think of accessories as the finishing touch and feel that the right accessory can really make an outfit. Take for example these Loeffler Randall pumps. The baby cheetah print makes these stand out from the pack and is definitely an outfit-maker.

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GLITTERATI


1 Hudson Wine & Champagne Bowl, Z Gallerie, $69.95 2 Garbo Earrings, Dannijo, $260.00 3 Pauletta Embellished Dress, DVF, $535.00 sale 4 Peep-toe with Flower, ZARA, $89.90 5 Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick, Sephora, $40.00 6 Tinsel Link Garland, Jayson Home, $22.00 7 Anya Hindmarch Valorie Glitter Clutch, Net-a-Porter, $550.00 8 Helene Berman Faux Fur Gilet, The Outnet, $195.00 9 Gold Pinata, Confetti System, $140.00 10 Party Horns, Tops Malibu, $12.00 11 New Years Tiara, Party Supplies Delivered, $1.75 12 Gold Pom Pom Flower, Kate's Paperie, $5.00

Ladies (and gents), our time to shine is here....all hail the New Year's Eve party! Certainly one of the most festive events in my calendar and one where sequined dresses and clutches will be pulled forth from the closet and put to good use. If you haven't ordered the necessary party essentials I recommend doing so now. One doesn't want to be without feathered tiara come ball drop!

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WRAPPED WITH LOVE


Paper | Bows & Ribbons, Kate's Paperie, $5.00 | Gold Glitter Wrapping Paper, Paper Source, $3.95 - $9.95 | Candy Canes Wrapping Paper, Paper Source, $2.50 - $7.95 | Ribbon | Silver Tinsel Ribbon, Paper Source, $9.95 | Baker's Twine, Paper Source, $7.95 | Gold Paper Ribbon, Paper Source, $2.95 | Adornments | Pinecone Tie-on, The Container Store, $3.49 | Unikko Black and White Gift Tags, Crate and Barrel, $2.96 | Felt Elephant Ornament, Apartment 48, $18.00

You already know I get pretty excited when it comes to selecting gits for friends and loved ones, so I'm sure you can only imagine the thought that goes into wrapping them. I typically stick to a theme each year — either colorful or metallic — and find this helps coordinate everything. Beside the usual gift tag, I often like to attach a special ornament or something related to the gift inside. This is something I do year-round and is a fun way to make the wrapping extra special and include something useful.

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CHANNELING: THE HOLIDAY


1 TWG Chamomile Teabags, Dean & Deluca, $19.50 2 The Holiday, Amazon, $6.49 3 Fisherman Cable Hat, J. Crew, $49.50 4 Bright Morning Teacups, Anthropologie, set of 4 $128.00 5 Favorite Throw, West Elm, $29.00 6 Block Printed Pillow, ABC Home, $25.00 7 Wool-Blend Cable Scarf, Ralph Lauren, $29.99 8 Cordelia Coat, House of Fraser, $305.00 9 Peach Cut Studs, BaubleBar, $92.00 10 Provence Market Basket, Ballard Designs, $35.00 11 Elizabeth and James Selby Suede Pumps, Shopbop, $325.00

If you're anything like me, when watching The Holiday you place all focus on the blossoming romance of Graham (Jude Law) and Amanda (Cameron Diaz) set in the idyllic village of Surrey, England. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Kate Winslet fan, but between Graham's adorable daughter's and Iris's enchanting cottage, it's pretty hard to compete with the English scenes. Amanda wears a lot of white throughout the movie and I can definitely picture her in this fur-collar coat paired with these sparkly peach earrings from our new fave BaubleBar. I've been so busy this year I haven't had a chance to watch this yet...I think I'll pack it and bring it along on my holiday travels :)

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GETAWAY CHIC


1 Fair Isle Wrap Cardigan, Old Navy, $45.00 2 Furry Slippers, C. Wonder, $38.00 3 Qi Lights Out Mask, Shopbop, $44.00 4 CitySlips Luxe Travel Flats, Horchow, $58.00 5 Ikat Coffee Mug, C. Wonder, $8.00 6 Portola Valley Passport Holder, kate spade, $65.00 7 NARS Lip Lacquer Sheer Color, Beauty.com, $24.00 8 Alonso Pencil Case, Stephanie Johnson, $30.00 9 Butter & Jam Spreader, LEIF, $7.00 each 10 Monopoly, Amazon, $129.95 11 Happy Socks Animal-Print Socks, Madewell, $12.00 12 Fossil Colette Round Jewelry Box, eBags, $24.99 13 Travel Blanket, Barneys New York, $295.00 14 Retrosun Vintage Sunglasses, Net-a-Porter, $275.00 15 Acrylic Stacking Case, MUJI, $3.25 16 Home Alone, Amazon, $12.99 17 Golden Malted Pancake and Waffle Mix, Williams-Sonoma, $12.95 18 Mariner Knit Throw, Land's End, $39.99 19 Lemlem Lila Split Scarf, Les Nouvelles, $150.00 20 Lavender Hand Cream, L'Occitane, $10.00 21 Camargue Collection 21" Carry-on, Diane von Furstenberg, $250.00

Whether you're traveling to grandmother's or somewhere exotic, Christmas is just over a week away and it's time to get your packing necessities in order. For those partaking in air travel, a pair of CitySlips is a must. Another on-flight essential: Stephanie Johnson's coral pencil case (perfect for corralling loose items in your carry-on). I often use clear bags and love this pattern. And for those of you spending the holidays at home, I just discovered a new addition to the C. Wonder site...leopard slippers! I would wear them while watching my favorite movie....and sipping eggnog. Cheers!

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12+ UNDER $75


1 Ming Bud Vases, Wisteria, set of 4 $22.00 2 Claw Bottle Opener, Jayson Home, $24.00 3 Collarless Wool-blend Coat, Old Navy, $69.00 4 Timex Originals Leopard Watch, Piperlime, $60.00 5 Large Leopard Pouch, Gap, $29.95 6 Cashmere Gloves, J. Crew, $39.99 7 Betsey Johnson Flower Stud Earrings, Piperlime, $30.00 8 Kenneth Jay Lane Ring, Last Call, $57.00 9 One Line a Day: A Five Year Memory Book, Amazon, $11.53 10 Qing Famille Dessert Plates, The Met Store, set of 2 $35.00 11 kate spade Safari Suite Pocket Journals, Crane & Co, $12.00 12 Pagoda Trinket Box, Tweaked Home, $19.00 13 Bodum Eileen French Press Coffee Maker, Zappos, $49.95

Still shopping for Christmas presents?! Me too! I've rounded up a few last-minute gifts all under $75.00. My personal favorites: a set of blue and white vases for only $22.00 (such a steal!), a leopard pouch I'm positive everyone can make use of, and the cutest pagoda box I've ever seen. Only ten days left....the countdown is on!

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ALWAYS CHIC: TARTAN


1 Holiday Plaid Cocktail Napkins, Crate & Barrel, set of 6 $8.95 2 Leather & Tartan Waist Belt, ASOS, $18.18 3 Tommy Hilfiger Bright Tartan Tie, Macy's, $29.75 4 Tartans by Brian Wilton, from $11.98 5 Tartan Stick Umbrella, Target, $19.99 6 Repetto Tartan-Plaid Ballet Flats, Saks Fifth Avenue, $184.99 7 Tartan Salad/Dessert Plates, Pendleton, set of 4 $52.00 8 Tartan Scarf, Old Navy, $8.00 9 Tartan Pencil Case, ASOS, $9.09 10 Plaid Cashmere Throw, Williams-Sonoma, $199.00 11 Tartan Suitcase, ASOS, $77.27 12 The Cambridge Satchel Leather Satchel, ASOS, $236.34 13 Juicy Couture Wool-Blend Tartan Jacket, Net-a-Porter, $330.00

Nothing brings out my true prep quite like a good tartan and the best time to wear it is always around the holidays. I'm loving this double-breasted jacket from Juicy Couture. I would wear it with my favorite black skinnies everywhere from running errands to a holiday dinner. For the anglophile in your life (there's a few in mine) there's Tartan by Brian Wilton packed with pictures sure to inspire!

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KELLY LOVES BAUBLEBAR


Clockwise from top left | Smoky Topaz Crystal Bib, $36.00 | Versaille Dye Gem Earrings, $94.00 | Yellow Gold Links, $102.00 | Cameo Ring, $162.00 | Diamond Cascades, $168.00 | Versaille Dye Glam Necklace, $250.00 | Cross Shell Cuff, $54.00 | Versaille Bonbon Bracelet, $142.00 | Charcoal Cushion Studs, $72.00 | Nameplate Pendant, $88.00 | Zebra Bangle, $36.00 | Crystal Covered Cocktail Ring, $150.00

I've been obsessing recently over Baublebar — a sort of one-stop shop for jewelry of all varieties. Baublebar sources directly from designers to keep their prices low and also updates inventory twice a week on Mondays and Wednesday....nice, right? I've included my favorite pieces here, but there are many, many more. I suggest checking them out for all your holiday festivities and upcoming NYE parties. Oh and I must mention, $10 off your first order if you're a first time customer!

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COCKTAIL PARTY


1 Viv Martini Glass, Crate & Barrel, $3.95 2 Happy Birthday nail lacquer, Deborah Lippmann, $18.00 3 Michael Aram New Molten Ice Scoop, Macy's, $55.00 4 Kenneth Jay Lane Sunburst Earrings, Zappos, $99.00 5 kate spade Licorice Too Pump, Endless, $350.00 6 Gold Pineapple Bowl, Jayson Home, $32.00 7 kate spade Market Street Party Plate, Lenox, $13.00 8 Libbey Irish Glass Coffee Mug, The Webstaurant Store, case of 12 $43.21 9 Crystal Bottle Stoppers, Plantation Design, set of 3 $55.00 10 Red and White Striped Straws, Amazon, $6.98

There can never be too much glitter involved when it comes to the holiday party season in my opinion; whether you're hosting or attending. I'm simply crazy for kate spade's colorful glitter pumps. They're so festive and sure to make an entrance!

Recipes from Charles Corpion of the Four Seasons via Martha Stewart.

p.s. Be sure to check out my 10 Things I Believe on my friend Capella Kincheloe's blog, A Curated Lifestyle, today.

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GIFT GUIDE: STOCKING STUFFERS


1 Metallic Mini Wallet, Madewell, $32.00 2 Gemstone Magnet Set, LEIF, $36.00 3 Baies Scented Ceramic Pendant, Saks Fifth Avenue, $45.00 4 Tweezerman Procurl Eyelash Curler, Sephora, $20.00 5 Gilded Quartz Drops, BaubleBar, $56.00 6 Zebra-Print Voyage Passport Case, Madewell, $35.00 7 Campo Marzio Notebooks, Kate's Paperie, $2.50 - $3.00 8 Pink Feather Pen, Paper Source, $11.95 9 Snood DIY Wool Scarf Kit by Wool and the Gang, Net-a-Porter, $95.00 10 Embellished Chain Bracelet, Forever 21, $4.76 11 Glacier Ring, BaubleBar, $90.00 12 Desert Rose Lip Balm, Hibiscus Flower Lip Balm, L'Occitane, $12.00 each 13 Maison Blanc Petite Candle, Jayson Home, $9.00 14 Diane von Furstenberg Heart-print Earbuds, Net-a-Porter, $25.00 15 Campo Marzio Mini Ballpoint Pens, Kate's Paperie, $16.00 - $18.00 16 Deborah Lippmann Nefertiti Nail Lacquer, Neiman Marcus, $16.00 17 Baggu Medium Zipper Set, Urban Outfitters, set of 3 $12.00

And last, but certainly not least....we have stocking stuffers. As with all of my gift-giving, I am high keeping thoughtful, useful, and delightful in mind. I think this set of Baggu bags fits the bill just perfectly. A printed animal pattern on a washable bag, they will be perfect for travel and fit neatly inside a stocking. I also enjoy finding little baubles in my stocking (who doesn't?!) and would certainly jump for joy at the sight of these earringsto die!

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THE PERSON WHO HAS EVERYTHING


1 Gift Cards: Recipients choose the cause they want to support, Global Giving 2 Condé Nast Traveler Where Are You? by Condé Nast Traveler, $40.95 3 Charbonnel et Walker Milk Chocolate Truffles, Saks Fifth Avenue, $24.00 4 Smartphone Dock, Jonathan Adler, $48.00 5 Capri Blue Jar Candle, Citrine, Anthropologie, $28.00 6 La Sardina Metal Edition, Lomography, $179.00 7 Budd Leather Photo Envelope, eBags, $26.25 8 Double Myrtle Topiary, Jayson Home, $52.00 9 Joie de Vivre Banner, Catbird, $10.00 10 Plaza Hotel Ashtray, New York First, $145.00 11 Keel's Simple Diary Volume Two Pink, Yellow, Green, Light Blue, from $9.87 12 Dutchi 8, Linus Bikes 13 Apres Grand 12 by Christian Chaize, 20x200, from $50.00

Buying a gift for the person who has everything isn't just about spending top dollar. More than ever, it's the thought that counts and thinking outside the box is especially difficult. I mean, this person has everything. Think limited edition artwork like the latest from 20x200 fave Christian Chaize. Or perhaps a delightful box of milk chocolate truffles from Charbonnel et Walker which comes in a box so lovely it doubles as a keepsake.

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GIFT GUIDE: THE DECORATOR


1 Red Room by Caitlin McGauley, $75.00 2 The Stud USB, Cameo Nouveau, $45.00 3 Pink Ikat Throw, Furbish Studio, $135.00 4 The Perfectly Imperfect Home by Deborah Needleman and Virginia Johnson, $19.80 5 Charade Square Stud Box, Jonathan Adler, $175.00 6 L'Objet Leopard Candle, Neiman Marcus, $95.00 7 Buddha Head Candle, Chic Shop, $45.00 8 Leopard Tray, Furbish Studio, $42.00 9 Greek Key Salt & Pepper Shakers, Jonathan Adler, $38.00 10 Small Deep Malachite Bowl, Chic Shop, $65.00 11 Gold Wishbone, Jayson Home, $48.00 12 Mughal Elephant Plate, The Met Store, $20.00 13 Natasha Candleholder, Plantation Design, $60.00 14 Pink Champagne Peonies, Diane James Home, $350.00 15 Orange Coaster, Iomoi, from $32.00 16 Leopard Coaster, Iomoi, from $32.00 17 Diamond Lights, Eric Therner, $43.00

The decorator gift guide is obviously among my favorites to compose. Not only does it serve as the backbone to my real Christmas wish list, but it's fun to recap all of my favorite products at the moment. As you might have noticed, my guide (wish list??) is very heavy on accessories. I think most decorators are happy to receive new trays such as this fab leopard tray from Furbish or this malachite one from my friends at Chic Shop. I know I can never have too many!

Background: Schumacher Java

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INTRODUCING: C.WONDER


1 Leopard Calf Hair Minaudiere, $68.00 2 Foo Dogs, $58 3 Ikat Cylinder Ginger Jar Small, Medium, Large, $38.00 - $58.00 4 Reversible Belt Strap, Elephant Belt Buckle, $28.00 - $48.00 5 Horn Cuff, $48.00 6 Silver Trim Horn Cuff, $48.00 7 Rectangular Lacquer Jewelry Box, $68.00 8 Elva Fields for C.Wonder Hammered Resin Bangle, $48 9 Crocodile Bracelet, $78.00 10 Zebra Plate, $38.00 11 Giraffe Plate, $38.00 12 Tortoise Double Old Fashioned, $10.00 13 Ikat Dinnerware, $8.00 - $10.00 14 Turquoise Elephant Plate, $38.00 15 Elephant Ceramic Box, $24.00 16 Diamond Pillow, $34 17 Ginger Vase, Small Ginger Jar, Medium Ginger Jar, $58.00 - $78.00

I am so excited to announce that the C. Wonder site is finalllly live! For those of you who haven't heard about the magic that is C. Wonder it's a combination of home décor, accessories, and apparel all wrapped up their lacquered, colorful branding. Backed by Chris Burch, Tory Burch's ex-husband and current co-chair of her label, the store is already rapidly growing with a flagship in Soho and two smaller store in New York and New Jersey. When are they coming to Atlanta is all I want to know?! Kevin Sharkey has an excellent selection of photos from the Soho store I recommend perusing....after you view the website of course!

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