The Monday Rundown: Christmas Eve addition

Clarins Feed 10 gift set: ANY woman would love this gift set.  It has all of the most amazing products (Beauty Flash Bomb, etc.) AND, as an added bonus, the sale of each Feed 10 Pouch will provide 10 nutritious school meals through the United Nations World Food Programme—a beautiful way to feed your skin and your soul.

West Elm Wooden Cutout Trees: I’m not one to go crazy with Christmas decorations but I’m really into these simple, wooden cut outs.  They’re chic and just festive enough.

Cannoli: An Italian dessert condition!  For me, these babies are synonymous with the holiday season.

Kate Spade “This is the year to” idiom bracelet: After a rather awful 2012, this bracelet represents the hope of the new year…and let’s hope it’s a good one for all of us.

The Most Fun Christmas Ornaments!

Ok, so yeah, I don’t have a tree up this year (or really since maybe 2007) but that doesn’t mean that I don’t like Christmas ornaments. I grew up with a mish mosh tree that had a variety of my grandmother’s antique ornaments, ornaments I made in school (presumably out of construction paper and popsicle sticks) and random ornaments that my mother bought me at Disney World and other assorted gift shops.  Not that I don’t love a good family-style tree, I do, but there’s something elegant and fun about a tree with a theme.  Here are three fun theme picks:

1. Cupcakes: WHO doesn’t love a good cupcake?  A tree full of scrumptious snacks sounds like fun to me.
2. Leopard (and other assorted animal prints): It’s girly and fun, just make sure you don’t go all Jersey Shore with it. Keep it simple.
3. PANTONE: I lovvvve love PANTONE anything, as you know, so obviously having an entire tree full of the assorted shades  would just be the coolest thing ever.

Barneys New York Partners with Lady Gaga to create GAGA’S WORKSHOP!

News flash – two of my favorite things, Lady Gaga and Barneys New York, have teamed up to create Barneys 2011 Holiday campaign, GAGA’S WORKSHOP!  The unique collaboration with Lady Gaga will bring  together the talent of several artists including Eli Sudbrack and Lady Gaga’s own Fashion Director, Nicola Formichetti.  For the first time ever, Barneys will convert an entire floor of its Madison Avenue flagship into a dedicated space for the holiday initiative, starting in mid-November.

What I’m super interested in will be the selection of small gift items that Gaga designed along with Nicola Formichetti where 25% of sales will be donated to a charity of Gaga’s choice – what a great holiday gift.  I seriously can’t wait to check this out when I go back to New York for Christmas this year.



I’m off to New York!

So I’m off to New York today to spend the next 10 days with my family.  I may or may not end up blogging a bit, depending on time, but if I don’t, have a happy holiday and thanks so much for reading in 2009. =)