1. GLOSSYBOX SUBSCRIPTION, $21
Beauty box subscriptions are probably not a new thing to you, but among all the ones I've tried, I do think Glossybox is the best. Each month, you can rely on a carefully curated set of 5 or more products to make their way into your mailbox -- all deluxe samples, and usually luxury brands. This month, I received a cream blush and Illamsqua liner in my box that, alone, would make up for the monthly price tag. Whether you're a one-time-buyer or end up subscribing, Glossybox is a great self-treat and an even better gift for a friend, mother, mentor, sister. Anyone in your life that deserves a little bit of pampering! Note: Order by 12/9 to get your Glossybox before Christmas!
It should go without saying that the holidays are one of my favorite times of the year -- if for no other reason, because I can revel in my unabashed love for glittering accessories. As far as I'm concerned, sparkle has a place 365-days-a-year, but there's something even more inviting about hints of shimmer during winter festivities. Behold, Kate Spade's holiday collection -- filled with enough pink, glitter, and wit to satiate my glitter girl sensibilities. My favorite detail of the moonlit soiree bag? The tuck-away-able cross body chain, allowing easy (and stylish) transitions from day to night -- from the office party to the boom boom room.
I received these as a gift myself, and I'll be honest: I was instantly smitten. Not only are these shoes beautifully made, they are comfortable. Yes, friends: comfortable. Any pointy toed heel that manages to not pinch my toes is an instant win! Schutz is a Brazilian brand, and trust me when I say that Brazilians know their leather. They're a splurge when it comes to gifting, but one that I know will not go unappreciated!
I'm a sucker for gorgeous packaging, and frankly, who isn't? This set of three of Tocca's best selling signature perfumes is perfect for anyone who believes a great fragrance is an integral accessory -- and even better yet, one who is a little bit fickle! A perfume to fit each mood; that's something I truly believe in.
I am truly a nail polish fiend, to the point that this past month I exclaimed (over twitter, naturally,) that I would never purchase nail polish again! I'm not sure how long that will last, but I will say that my experience in the field has lead to solid proof that when it comes to glitter polishes, no one does it like Lippmann. I love the festive ruby tone of this shade!
I started going crazy for big, jeweled, statement earrings last year, when I finally dove into the adventurous world of top-knots. Earlobes; what are they for, anyways, if not to adorn with giant baubles? These earrings are perfect for stocking-stuffing or for yourself, and at a price that will be tough to beat.
CatBird is one of my absolute favorite neighborhood gems; their sparkly, gem filled windows sing a siren song to me -- luring me in every single time. I can barely walk by without staring longingly into the shop. I really wish this wasn't true. Really. Their stacking rings are a perfect example of the aesthetic they've created: simple, feminine, beautiful.
I've long waxed poetic about the miracle product that is Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics' "Lip Tar" -- but leave it to the good people at OCC to one-up themselves. I'm a big fan of Lip Tar's signature matte finish, but their newest release, Metallurgy, packs a glittery, chrome finish that resembles the high shine of a classic sports car. It's a very, very sexy bit of vroom-vroom. Anything OCC is the perfect gift for the friend in your life that fearlessly grabs hold of color.
These came into the world as a runway hit and stole the hearts of many before becoming an instant classic -- and I'm not just saying that because I own a couple of pairs. Over a year later, they're still one of the pieces in my wardrobe that sparks the most conversation, and somehow, they manage to go with everything. A total splurge, but just think about the cost per wear! (Hmm, can you hear me justifying my own purchases, here?)
As part of their ongoing initiative to engage the fashion design community, ebay enlisted some of the CFDA's top design darlings to create a holiday collection. Among names like Chris Benz, Steven Allen, and Jonathan Adler is one of my favorite jewelry designers -- Fallon. The best part? Every piece in the ebay collective is under $100.