Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide: For the Snow Bunny

Holiday gift ideas for the snow bunny

Ready for all the madness that is Black Friday? Or will you be hiding under the covers and shopping the Cyber Monday deals like me? Either way, I figured I'd help you get a jump on your holiday shopping with the first of several gift guides. And, with the storm we're expecting in New England, what better giftee to start with than the snow bunny?

Sperry Top-Sider® for J.Crew boots ($160) will keep feet toasty and dry in any weather, while cashmere pants from Theory ($365) are the ultimate indulgence for warming up by a fire. The Chateau Parka ($365) is a classic, perfect topped off with leather and knit convertible gloves ($90) and TopShop's faux fur earmuffs ($22). If choosing a size is a problem, there's Diptyque's "Winter" candle ($34) that smells just like, well, winter.

I went a little crazy this weekend with my Holiday Gift Ideas Pinterest board, so check it out for other great finds. More gift guides are in the pipeline over the next couple of weeks... stay tuned!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Baubles and Bling from JewelryStorm

clockwise from top left: Amalda Necklace ($42) / Marble Spike Cuff ($32) / Curved Double Bar Pendant ($30) / Endless Arrow Midi Ring ($28) / Crystal Aztec Drops ($36) / Fluted Columns Midi Ring ($26) / Looped Nail Bracelet ($32) / Blooming Glam Drops ($28)

I like my costume jewelry to be two things: sparkly and cheap. JewelryStorm, a homegrown company run out of Boston, hits both those marks. Falling right in that sweet spot between BaubleBar's low prices and J.Crew's high quality (with prices to match), Jewelry Storm offers  the same type of glittery, trendy baubles as both retailers.

The team at Jewelry Storm was kind enough to send me a couple of pieces to try out, and I've so far worn the Amalda Necklace ($42) to a Boston Ballet performance of Swan Lake, to dinner and to work, and I was lauded with compliments each time.

Also on my wish list  are the vintage-y Crystal Aztec Drops ($36), the Blooming Glam Drops ($28), the Endless Arrow Midi Ring ($28) and the understated Curved Double Bar Pendant ($30), as well as a couple of bangles.

Worldwide shipping is free, and JewelryStorm is now offering 15% off the entire site when you create an account. Happy shopping!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gifting: Watermill Center x illy Art Collection Cups

Watermill Center for illy Art Collection Coffee Cups
Watermill Center for illy Art Collection Coffee Cups
Watermill Center for illy Art Collection Coffee Cups

True coffee lovers are never easy to shop for, what with all the pour over/shade grown/single origin/[enter ridiculous hipster phrase here] options you're faced with these days. But if you've got a caffeine snob on your holiday gift list this season, illy has you covered with its latest Art Collection.

Produced since 1992, the illy Art Collection is a series of coffee cups by such contemporary masters as Marina Abramović, Julian Schnabel, Robert Rauschenberg and Jeff Koons. Now, Robert Wilson and five other artist from the Watermill Center have put their spin on things.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Infographic / 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty' Heads to London

Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty London
Alexander McQueen
[top image via Victoria and Albert Museum / bottom courtesy of Farfetch]

Our friends across the pond will finally get the chance to see the lauded Alexander McQueen retrospective that first appeared at New York's Met back in 2011. Set to open at London's Victoria and Albert Museum on March 14, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.

In anticipation of the opening, Farfetch has created a stunning infographic that details McQueen's most memorable runway shows. From "Highland Rape" to the designer's untitled final collection, it's a reminder of just how great a talent we lost. See the infographic in full below.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cobogó armchair by Roque Frizzo for Saccaro

Saccaro Cobogo armchair
Saccaro Cobogo armchair
Saccaro Cobogo armchair
[all photos courtesy of Saccaro]

Brazilian furniture brand Saccaro celebrated the launch of its newest piece last week, designed by architect and furniture designer Roque Frizzo. While the new Cobogó armchair is interesting enough in its own right, the inspiration behind the luxe-looking chair is even more fascinating.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Google Tel Aviv Office and Some Really Big News(!)

Google Tel Aviv office designed by Camenzind EvolutionSetter Architects and Studio Yaron Tal
all photos by Itay Sikolski/Camenzind Evolution [via From the Grapevine]

Why these photos? Well, here it is: I'm moving to Tel Aviv! My husband managed to get transferred with Google, and this will be his new workplace. Not bad, huh?

Monday, November 17, 2014

Shop The Well-Appointed Catwalk's Favorites

Happy Monday, lovelies. Just a quick post today to introduce you to a new feature that lets you shop all of my favorite thingsfrom items high on my lust list to old favorites that I can't live without. Just click on the SHOP tab under the banner to view it all.

Of course, I had to get this feature ready in time for the holidays so you'll know what to buy me. I kid, I kid! But you'll definitely find some great gifts here for the stylista in your life.

So far, it's all fashion, with a few favorite beauty products thrown in for good measure, but let me know if you're interested in shopping my favorite furniture/home decor items as well. Your wish is my command!