As much fun as the holidays are, they can be a tad…stylistically stifling. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve each have their own set of heavily ingrained visual cues and references, complete with predetermined color palettes and textures. Predictability can be comforting and times, and there’s something to be said for tradition, certainly, but if you’re a non-traditional girl, you probably still want to feel like yourself while you get in the spirit with your family and friends.
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In this, the third episode of this season of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, things kicked into full gear. Bravo teased us by promising to make everyone talk about whether or not Kyle’s husband is cheating on her (which is still undetermined, at least as far as the show’s plot goes), but for me, newcomer Carlton proved the most interesting of the attention-vacuums.
By now, everyone should know that a bottle of wine isn’t an ideal hostess gift, even if it is a traditional one. At dinner parties in particular, party-throwers probably have taken wine pairings into consideration, and an extra bottle will, at best, get lost in the shuffle. Instead, pamper a hostess with something a little luxurious just for her – cashmere slippers, a bottle of luxury bubble bath, a little something for her home.
Given an opportunity to get cultured while we get a tan, we’ll always take it. Art Basel Miami is the perfect next stop on our #WhatsInYourKors world tour: not only is the festival full of some of the world’s rarest and most notable art, but the setting of Miami makes for warm nights and fashionable pool parties galore. It’s the art scene to end all art scenes, and for a trip to Basel, you better pack light and sun-ready, but still sleek enough for the art world.
Just when you thought that the Proenza Schouler PS1 had come in every version that you could possibly imagine, the minds behind Proenza Schouler have reinvented their staple satchel yet again. The Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Bag sits between the classic Medium version of the bag and the top handle-lacking PS1 Pouch, and it fits perfectly with the huge, ongoing trend of designers shrinking down their signature pieces for a crossbody-loving consumer market.
Luxury accessories have an exclusivity problem. Because handbags are generally among a company’s most profitable and marketable product categories, most brands want (and need) to sell them hand over first in order to stay on the seasonal fashion treadmill. That’s a bit tricky, though, because one of the things luxury customers look for most in a new purchase is a sense of exclusivity; how do you sell lots of bags while still making every bag-buyer feel like she’s the only person in the world who has a particular piece?
You might think you’ve got UGG Australia pegged as a maker of fuzzy boots, but think again. Not only does UGG offer those ultra-comfy shearling shoes that are perfect for running errands on chilly weekends, but the brand also has a huge range of everything from tough snow boots to beautiful, fur-trimmed leather accessories, not to mention lush, textured housewares. In short, UGG is not only a great brand for cold-weather gear, but the company also makes a ton of great gifts.
I love a full skirt. They’re the only kind of skirts I own, mostly because of their ability nip in an imaginary waist and create the illusion of hips on my mostly straight frame. They’re dramatic, forgiving and timeless, and the black-and-white splatter of this Tibi Printed Silk Gazar Skirt had me at the proverbial “hello.” Me being me, though, I had to find a way to put a motorcycle jacket with it, and that’s exactly what I did in our latest installment of Outfit of the Week.
Last week on our sister site TalkShoes, we discussed a pair of Lanvin men’s sneakers that will likely skew a little bit feminine for even open-minded male fashion lovers. In writing the post, it was interesting to examine all the deep-seated assumptions we have about almost every element of fashion and how they relate to perceptions of gender and sexuality.
Kate Spade is a great source for holiday gifts. The brand offers everything from bright, ladylike bags and baubles to housewares sure to make any space look pulled-together, and now you’ve got a short chance to grab some of those totally giftable pieces for 25% off. Now through tomorrow, November 16, take 25% off your whole KateSpade.com order with code AFFWD13.