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The Cocktails + Details Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holidays are fast approaching– which means delicious martinis, delectable foods, festive parties and gift giving!  If you still need help selecting the perfect present for that special someone in your life, we are here to the rescue!

For Him

luxury skin care for men

One gift that I personally gave to Captain America (for new readers, that’s my amazing husband) was the Organic Male OM4 Collection.  In just 4 simple steps, your guy will be pampered and on his way to perfect skin.  Filled with rejuvenating vitamin and antioxidant rich extracts that actively defer the onset of premature aging is his best offense to maintaining his ultra good looks.  OM4 comes in 5 sets for specific skin types:  Sensitive, Oily, Normal, Dry and Anti-Aging. Each set retails for $170, but the products are sold separately at www.om4men.com.  My man adores it! Yours will, too!

buddy lee jump rope fitness holiday christmas gift

For the fitness enthusiast in your life, the Buddy Lee Jump Rope will be happy addition in the gym bag.  Unlike traditional jump ropes that can be too short or too stiff, these special calorie burners come with a swivel bearing for easy movement and are speed length adjustable. Get yours for $45 at www.buddyleejumpropes.com.

Brew Shop Beer Making Kit

Have a beer enthusiast in your life?  Check out Brooklyn Brew Shop‘s many beer making kits with favorites like Rye and Smoked Wheat to gourmet favorites like Jalapeno Saison, Chocolate Maple Porter and Chestnut Ale, there is absolutely something for every one.  Can’t choose?  Gift cards are also available.  Kits start at $40.

For Her

Sephora Give Me Some Lip Gift Sampler

No one pampers your pucker like Sephora‘s Give Me Some Lip Sampler featuring some of the best brands such as Tarte, Laura Mercier, Sugar, and more. From stains to glosses, tints to treatments, it’s the perfect for the beauty queen in your life for only $25.

Herve Leger Lilac Infused Body Con Cocktail DressWhat about the fashionista on your Christmas list?  With bodycons still being huge in the fashion world (curvy girls of the world are genuine ecstatic about this!), you can find your perfect dress for that special occasion, like this Hervé Leger cocktail dress from Rent the Runway.  Here, you can rent some of the hottest designers dresses and gowns for a fraction of the price.  Have a shoe freak in your midst? Online boutiques like Kimora Lee Simmons’ JustFab and Kim Kardashian’s ShoeDazzle allow you to pick out your favorite pair of shoes, jewelry or handbags based on your personal style handpicked by today’s hottest stylists.

Horchow Python Travel AccessoriesHave a beautiful Jetsetter in your life?  These gorgeous Python Travel Accessories from Horchow will be right up her alley. Consisting of designer luggage tags and passport covers, they are the perfect way to personalize her travel experience.  They would also make a welcome addition to the Crown D Elite Luggage Collection that make traveling a breeze.


Have you scored the perfect gift for someone in your life?  Share the joy! Tell us all about it! 

Fashion Monday: Dress to Impress This Holiday Season with These 5 Designer Shoes

Let’s be honest ladies, shoe shopping is half the fun of the holiday season.  Great deals and new models are filling the shelves and it is our duty to capitalize on this opportunity. So here are 5 pairs of shoes that our Footcandy shoe experts recommend for this coming holiday season! Don’t worry, once the holidays are over, these shoes will still be turning heads.

 

1. Halloween

Halloween brings out some creative costumes and makeup, but who said Halloween can’t be all about your shoes! Designer Rupert Sanderson created a fabulous high heel that can be worn with an array of costumes. From a Witch, to Sleeping Beauty’s Evil Queen, to a Mardi Gras Gal, these heels are perfect for any Halloween costume. Not to mention these heels are absolutely comfortable so they will without a doubt get you through your entire night of walking.

 

Rupert Sanderson –  Favell

 

 

2. Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is not about stuffing your turkey, or rather your face, but spending quality time with family and friends and of course, fashionable shoes. The elegant “Roxy” ankle boot by Bettye Muller of course. This incredible design is made of a rich suede textile and the yellow tone mimics the changing colors of the season. Not only will you be able to wears these glamorous heels during thanksgiving but you will get so much use out of them even after the party is over.

Bettye Muller –  Roxy

 

3. Christmas or Hanukkah

Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah your shoes during this holiday seasonshould be fitting for a stunning celebration. Emma Hope Shoes makes the perfect holidayshoes. For Hanukkah, try the beautiful blue “11105-N” style heel or for Christmas thevibrant red “11047-R” style flat. Both are composed of an amazing suede textile and embellished with rhinestones. These shoes both embody elegance and are perfect for any Christmas or Hanukkah party. Not to mention they are fabulous conversation starters.

 

 

Emma Hope Shoes –  11047-R

 

Emma Hope Shoes –  11105-N

 

 

4. New Years 2013

New Years is all about glitz, glamour and fun. Bring in the New Year with Jerome Rousseau’s “Kier” and a glass of bubbly. These shoes are beautifully designed and not to mention they mimic the New York Times Square Ball. These shoes are simply spectacular and you will want to wear them every day of New 2013 Calendar Year!

Jerome Rousseau –  Kier

 

5. Valentines Day

Valentines Day is all about romance, flowers, chocolate, and shoes. Kate Spade makes the perfect shoe that all lovers across the globe can appreciate. Its simple little bow adorned with cheerful pink polka dots makes this a perfect date shoe. Not only will you fall in love with this darling design but you will absolutely love how many different outfits you can pair this shoe with.

 

Kate Spade –  Lisa

 

 

We hope these 5 shoes make it to your fabulous holiday parties

 

This article was written by the shoe experts at Footcandy.com, who have Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo and Manalo Blahnik in stock now.

My Holiday Favorites

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HOLIDAY TIME!

With Christmas and New Years right around the corner—literally, I wanted to share my favorites for great, festive holiday happenings.  While you can enjoy many of these any time, they take special precedence during the holidays when everyone is feeling happy, generous and ready to party. 

Great Food:  Nothing brings family and friends together like good food.  Go beyond the usual dips and finger foods and play up some traditional favorite flavors.  Above is prosciutto wrapped fig, which is absolutely delicious.  These festive baked potato bites make for great presentation and pleasing mouthfuls, enjoy a whiskey cheese fondue or scallops with potato pancakes and caviar sauce.

Great Drinks: I love the Kahlua Café “hot chocolate” adult beverage (as my BFF Jason calls them).  Topped with whipped cream, cinnamon sticks and sprinkled with nutmeg.  Another delicious treat is Trinidad punch from 1869: Chocolate, coconut milk and rum make a special holiday drink. If you would like to get whimsical, try these gingerbread martini jelly shots in the forms of mini bundt cakes (tres adorable!). I do believe my ultimate holiday favorite is the spiced cranberry martini.

Great Décor:  Make your house festive with charming décor—change it up every year.  We have a white Christmas tree, so each year, we’ll alternate different color ornaments (this year, it’s sapphire blue and silver).  We also buy a single ornament reflective of everyone’s personality each year—it makes our tree so much more personal and intimate.  Buy a few crafts and have friends over to make their own to put on your tree or add décor to your home. 

Great Music:  Nothing starts any party like good music. I love Mariah Carey’s Christmas albums, both Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You, but also love Christmas tunes crooned by Frank Sinatra, Eartha Kitt, Etta James, and Nat “King” Cole.  Who doesn’t love singing around the Christmas Tree?

Great Fire:   The focal point of any holiday gathering besides the tree is the fire (enter the chestnuts roasting…).  A good fire offers warmth and entertainment, feeding into all of the senses.  If you don’t have a fireplace, opt for a fire pit for outdoor décor and warmth.  Fires also make for good cuddling 🙂

 

These are just a few of my staples for my upcoming holiday entertaining—what are yours?