With the big Thanksgiving meal just around the corner, you’re either prepping your kitchen exhaustively or frantically shopping for the perfect gift for the hostess who’s prepping hers. Since we’ve always been taught to never show up to someone’s house empty-handed, bringing a wonderful hostess gift to your Thanksgiving dinner is a must. While it can be tricky to pick out something she’ll absolutely love, we believe it’d be hard for her to dislike any of the items on this list (maybe she’ll put it to immediate use on her Thanksgiving table!). There’s something cozy, something sleek, something trendy…and, of course, something sweet. Bring her one of these goodies and there’s no doubt you’ll be invited back for next year’s feast.
If Chanel were an animal, Choupette the couture cat would be the feline up front. If Vogue were a haircut, Anna Wintour‘s chic fringed bob would become its representative. If Kimye were a food, some type of high-class caviar would probably best align with their aesthetic. Feel free to think of your own comparisons–it’s quite fun.
As for this round of creativity, I’m wrapping it up with what Glam would be if it were an automobile. The Glam girl, like myself, loves modern luxury and classic fashion with a fresh take, incorporating this type of aesthetic into her life through her savvy style. She’s elegant but practical, refined but with a wild side. The Glam girl is the new BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.
This mega-babe motorcar was my mode of transportation for a tantalizing two day trip to wine country from the San Francisco Bay Area. Along the way I became quite the car connoisseur, a French Laundry believer, and a Napa Valley hot air balloon ride alum. Follow my Instagram Diary for all the glam details on my gear-and-grape themed getaway.
We are everywhere all at once. Whether we like it or not, we find ourselves on the road…a lot. Downside: Living out of a suitcase. Upside: We have hit up some pretty cool pit stops along the way.
Charleston is charming year round, but November is the time to visit to experience that last bit of crisp yet cozy fall weather. The leaves have changed, the holiday season is around the corner and no city knows it quite like Charleston. Filled with seasonal events, this is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend away.
It’s not ordinary.
Stay: Two Meeting Street Inn
Undeniably charming and historic. You are in Charleston, after all.
Starting November 14 James Island County Park transforms into a magical display of lights. Hands down one of Charleston’s greatest traditions.
TOMBOY KC is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by actress Katie Cassidy and pint-sized real-life friend, Lynsey Eaton. Focused on personal style that is, well, personal, TKC is a place for smart and opinionated (read: sarcastic) women to join together and accumulate stilettos while collectively wearing their sneakers…everywhere. Self proclaimed nomads, when the girls aren’t traveling for work or buying two of everything (one apiece, you see), you can find them sitting on Lynsey’s couch eating pizza and drinking champagne in men’s pajamas while waxing poetic about the present state of culottes. Feel free to come on over.
Festive sheaths and suits, glitzy and glittery decor, and a glass of sparkly–now that sounds like a soiree with style. If you’re playing hostess to a haute holiday party this season, bring this dreamy design to life with the help of Veuve Clicquot and Minnie & Emma.
The chic champagne brand and the gurus of the gifting world have come together for a limited-edition entertaining collection complete with sharp note cards and envelopes, patterned coasters and bottle tags, and dapper digital invitations. Each item boasts the iconic yellow hue of Veuve Clicquot alongside a slew of fun phrases. It’s an easy endeavor envisioning each piece bringing a holiday cocktail party to its full potential, starting with sending out the digital invitations to your guest list, bringing out the coasters and the drink tags during the actual entertainment, and following up with monogrammed note cards for your “thank you’s” post party. Detail with gold gilded everything along the way, of course.
The full collection of note cards and envelopes (20 for $68.00), coasters (24 for $48.00), bottle tags (24 for $48.00) and digital invites (free!) is currently available at www.minnieandemma.com.
Music is daily necessity for me whether it’s on the commute to and from work, writing up the latest Beauty Buzz, or even just singing (badly) in the shower. While my headphones are always packed up and ready to go, laptops on the other hand don’t pump up the volume enough for me.
So when I need to turn my space into a dance party for one (or more), my latest music must has become Bose’s newest speaker. The small size means I can easily pack it into a travel tote to tag along to any venue, especially for any of my upcoming holiday soirees. I can pipe in music via an audio cord or Bluetooth and there’s a voice prompt to ensure the right device gets connected. The sound from speaker is full, natural, and loud once it’s connected and lasts up to eight hours, so the party can go on all night. Plus, it comes in a slew of colors to coordinate with your décor. Time to turn it up to 11 and let the music play! – Valis Vicenty
The Austrian crystal brand created a series of tumblers embellished with its signature sparklers to celebrate the 30-year anniversary of Starbucks’s iconic Christmas Blend. Highlights include a blinged out travel mug that arrives in a gift-ready wooden case and a crystal-adorned ceramic tumbler that accompanies a bag of the seasonal coffee. There’s even a shimmering Starbucks cup ornament to set off the rest of your holiday décor.
There’s no need to wait for the Black Friday to get into the spirit, as the collaboration is already available for purchase online. The only catch is the ornament will be the only item available to snap up in-store starting November 12. Consider the coffee-consumer on your shopping list taken care of!
After all of the party planning and costume construction, Halloween is upon us! If you’re hosting a frightful fête this weekend, a classic cocktail won’t be enough to stir the spirits of your guests. Start you monster mash off right with one of these creepy cocktails and watch your party rise from the dead…at least until the sun rises. Muwhahaha!
Haunted Hacienda by John Henderson
1 ½ oz. Pisco Portón
¾ oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 Campari ice cube*
In a short rocks glass, combine Pisco Portón, sweet vermouth and dash of Angostura bitters. Place the Campari ice cube in glass and if desired, garnish with a SMALL pinch of pink salt. As the salt hits the cube, it will spur the Campari cube to melt.
*Campari ice cube: Overnight, freeze a mixture of Campari and water, at a ratio close to 50:50
Cruzan Black Widow
2 oz. Cruzan Black Cherry Rum
1 oz. Cruzan Vanilla Rum
1/2 part Chocolate Syrup
1 part Milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender with 1/2 cup of ice and blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass drizzled with chocolate sauce. Top with whipped cream and garnish with a cherry.
Pinnacle Spooky Pumpkin Pie
2 oz. Pinnacle Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz. Pinnacle Citrus Vodka
2 oz. Fresh Lemon Sour
1 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with graham cracker crust (optional).
Candy Corn Cocktail from Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
1 oz. Godiva White
½ oz. pumpkin spice liquor
1 oz. vanilla vodka
Splash of cream
Shake over ice and strain into martini glass top with fresh whipped cream
Cacao Corpse Reviver Numero Dos by April Wachtel
¾ oz. Solbeso
¾ oz. Cointreau
¾ oz. fresh lemon juice
Cocchi Americano and Absinthe Foam*
Build all ingredients except foam in a mixing tin. Add ice, shake and strain into a cocktail glass; garnish with ample topping of Cocchi/Absinthe foam.
*For the Cocchi Americano/Absinthe Foam:
Isi cream whipper (whipped cream canister)
1 cream charger (use 2 if you want more bubbles)
1 gelatin sheet
4 oz. Cocchi Americano
½ oz. absinthe (or several droplets for visual effect)
Marchesa’s glamorous design aesthetic has reached beyond the red carpet to our vanities and homes with partnerships with Revlon and Lenox. But now the brand is extending its reach even further to everyone’s mailboxes with Tiny Prints.
Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have partnered with the online stationary boutique for a series of seven designs pulled from Marchesa’s Scottish Highlands-inspired Fall 2014 collection. The collection features holiday cards, address labels, and thank you notes in the brand’s signature ornate detailing in black, cranberry, gold, and saffron – a perfect fit for the decadence of the season. “I know our customers are going to fall in love with Marchesa’s ornate, jaw-dropping designs which are translated perfectly to paper this holiday season,” Meg Bohnert, senior trends expert at Tiny Prints, told InStyle. “With inspiration taken straight from the runway, the Marchesa designs round out Tiny Prints’ highly-curated, trend-forward holiday collection.”
Whether you’re due for a restroom renovation or just decor dreaming for fun, you’re sure to swoon over the nine picks that made our washroom wish list. When it came to finding luxe-looking details that stand up to soap and suds as well as changing styles for many years to come, we looked no further than American Standard.
The leader in kitchen and bathroom products is in its 15th decade of business and still defining design for the modern home as we know it, most recently with the launch of its DXV luxury line. The exquisite, ultra-sophisticated collection is a dream come true for both decorating devotees and rookie renovators, with its timeless touch, high-end heritage, and practical yet polished finish. The DXV portfolio, which includes 70 unique product and style offerings for both kitchens and baths, is curated into four artistic, culturally inspired movements: Classic, Golden Era, Modern, and Contemporary. Reinterpreting the ideals of each era with au courant artistry and an ageless eye, American Standard produces perfection to last through the ages once again with DXV.
Both the St. George Freestanding Soak Tub and the Landfair Bridge Bathroom Faucet mesh decorative art and architectural utilitarianism. The aesthetic is organic and fresh, with free-flowing lines and patterns.
St. George Freestanding Soak Tub, $5,250
Landfair Bridge Bathroom Faucet, $675
Refined and reflective, the well-tailored Fitzgerald Console Lavatory and the sophistication behind the Keefe collection’s towel ring and bar represent the design style of the golden era.
Fitzgerald Console Lavatory, $1,260
Keefe 24-Inch Towel Bar, $170
Keefe Towel Ring, $135
The bold bathroom fixtures featured under the modern movement focus on the experimentation of shape and style. The Roycroft 26-Inch Pedestal Lavatory and Rem Vessel Faucet are beautiful representations of this.
Roycroft 26-Inch Pedestal Lavatory, $785
Rem Vessel Faucet, $620
Imaginative and unique, both the Contemporary 10-Inch Round Showerhead and the Contemporary Hand Shower are stunning standouts. We wouldn’t be able to choose one or the other.
Contemporary 10-Inch Round Showerhead, $654
Contemporary Hand Shower, $106
DXV is sold exclusively in showrooms. For all your luxe-living needs, no matter what your style, find one near you and visit today!
The word “selfie” was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013, officially cementing our narcissistic habit in the lexicon and culture forever. There are allegedly over 1 million selfies taken on a daily basis, so it takes effort and ingenuity to come up with ways to earn those likes. Sometimes your arms just aren’t long enough to get a good shot. And it isn’t a selfie if someone else takes it, right? Now you don’t have to worry about some stranger at a tourist hotspot running away with your phone. You can whip the Satechi Smart Selfie Extension Arm Monopod out of your backpack and snap your own shots.
It’s a cool, slender, lightweight device that works for iPhones as well as iOS and Android smartphones, allowing you to take sick selfies that capture your awesomeness as well as the background behind you. It’s perfect for group selfies – usies, if you will – and for those trips to majestic natural sites, think Yosemite or the Grand Canyon. The selfie arm can position your phone to 3 feet away, creating that perfect wide angle shot and holding your phone steady. You snap the photo from the device’s integrated control buttons, and just like that you’ll be the envy of all the other selfie snappers. It’s the perfect holiday gift for the narcissist in your life! Get yourself a Selfie Extension Arm Monopod at Satechi.net and Amazon.com.
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.