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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Your New Year's Eve Style Guide

The perfect Kate Spade purse for ringing in the New Year! ($328)


While most of our holiday events have come and gone, there is still one more party this year. New Year's Eve is always a fantastic excuse to wear an exciting and daring new outfit. The perfect New Year's Eve party outfit contains a touch a glamour topped with a heaping dose of sparkle, and is always sure to turn heads. For those still looking for an outfit, Real Life Style has got you covered! Check out these blog posts for lots of ideas you can still find in-store or online.




And of course, our Holiday Outfit Pinterest board!

On our Pinterest page you'll find clothes and accessories to make you look and feel fabulous this New Year's Eve, as well as some images of how to wear them! And a reminder to all of you on how to use our Pinterest boards: simply click on the image of the product you love, opening the "pin." Click through again to reach the website where you can purchase the item!

Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top Twelve Gifts for YOU (Or The Women in Your Life)

This is the last installment of the Real Life Style Gift Guides for 2013. I hope you'll find a few things to complete your holiday wish list or those of your significant other. Happy Holidays and as always, Happy Shopping!



Who says your classic diamond studs need to be classic or studs? A new, modern take on the classic diamond earrings, these white gold and rhodium studs will add an edge to your everyday look. Buy these for your wife and you will look like the hero that you are...




Perfect for the college student in your life, this backpack is chic enough for shopping in Soho but practical enough for class and the gym. 




Fine by Dannijo

Have a preteen or teen on your list? This collaboration between the sisters of Dannijo and Rashida jones is full of adorable charm pendants and an arrow motif, meant to signify moving forward.
  




How about something practical but chic AND personalized? This bag can work as a wallet in your purse during the day and as a clutch for dinner afterward. I dare you to find a woman who doesn't love this gift!




Fashion icon Alexander McQueen collaborates with modern art icon Damien Hirst to bring us these STUNNING scarves printed with butterflies and skulls. This is for the truest of fashionistas in your life.



For your jet-setting friend who has everything! This travel pillow is a dream come true for any woman on a long flight.



This 7-piece Marc Jacobs beauty bag is on every make-up and Marc Jacobs lovers wishlist. 




Buy the whole set for one woman or give one to each of your friends!




This flat clutch comes in so many colors and can be monogrammed.




Although much of the Nars Guy Bourdin holiday collection has sold out, this beautiful eye, cheek and lip palette is still available! In this set, you'll find three eyeshadow shades, a bronzer and their Deep Throat blush and lip gloss. A $133 value for half off!


This mini iPad case has slots for everything so that she will always be organized.



And as an extra "bonus gift," these pop phones are perfect for any person on your shopping list! I get compliments on my rose gold version all the time.



Thursday, December 12, 2013

Top Twelve Gifts for the Men in Your Life

In last week's holiday gift guide, we brought you Ten Cheerful Gifts for the Holiday Host or Hostess. For this week's post, we present the top picks for the men in your life. Whether it be your husband, your brother, or your dad, we've got the best gifts for the pickiest guy on your list. Look out for next week's post with gifts for women. Happy holiday shopping!




Is the man in your life addicted to his iPhone? These gloves are not only made with high-quality leather and lined with cashmere, but they also have flip-back technology on the thumb and pointer finger for touchscreen use!




The self-proclaimed "Netflix of ties," Freshneck is perfect for the fashion-obsessed man in your life. Simply choose from their selection of ties, pocket squares, and other accessories, add your favorites to your "queue," then receive your top three in the mail and wear all you want! Whenever you decide you're ready for some "fresh" looks, mail them back and receive the next three ties from your queue. 




For the man who needs help curating a trendy new look, choose from one of the many gift sets from Everett. Choose from more simple, solid colors or go all out with camo print or paisleys. I love that they come pre-packaged in a cigar box!



Armstrong and Wilson Pocket Squares - In The Wild, $55 - Stain Glass, $65 - Salad with Raisins, $80

Created by two of Esquire Magazine's "Best Dressed Real Men," Armstrong and Wilson has the best selection of pocket squares for any man's suit. Whether he wants a funky print or a simple white square with blue trim, these buttoned pocket squares are a great gift for any man who loves to accessorize.




No man could say no to a Birchbox subscription! With samples of all the top grooming products sent monthly, he'll be able to discover new brands and purchase straight from the Birchbox website. 




The perfect stocking stuffer, Dapper Classics has men's socks in every color and pattern combination he could dream of.



Every man should have a classic cashmere sweater in a neutral color. Everlane uses the same manufacturers as designer clothing, yet offers high quality at a more reasonable price.




Give him an iPad sleeve that will impress his boss and coworkers.




We love all things skull and crossbones in my house. Pajama pants too “old” for the man in your life but you can’t look at his holey sweats from college for one more minute? How about these edgy J. Crew PJ pants I bought my husband last year?




Is he picky about his cologne? This Sephora gift set includes 10 samplers and a coupon to redeem for a full-sized bottle of his favorite fragrance.




Perfect for keeping pens and electronics organized inside his work bag for easy (and super chic!) access.




Does your husband dress well at the office but lose it on the weekends? This J. Hilburn belt allows you to choose your own combination of leather or suede and stitching. I got my husband chocolate suede with blue stitching for his birthday this year and he wears it all the time.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Ten Cheerful Gifts for the Holiday Host or Hostess

Looking for just the right thing to bring to your boss’s annual holiday shindig, or your 20-something sister-in-law’s first ever holiday cocktail party? We have something special for every event this season. Happy Holidays!


So many parties this season, too many hostess gifts to buy? Get Nate Berkus’s name and style at a great price. Fill this vase with freshly trimmed branches and garnish with a bow for a fancy gift without a fancy price tag.




Etsy is THE place to look for adorable gifts with a personal touch. Your host can spread these knives around a communal cheese plate and serve with after dinner drinks. Order a set now and have them ready to gift for that last minute invite to a sophisticated soiree. I dare you not to buy a set for yourself!




What 20-something girl doesn’t love an extra touch of glitter in her household? These coasters would look beautiful under champagne glasses at a New Year’s Eve party. My regular readers, and my clients, will recognize these coasters as matching my glitter iPad case!




This candle smells amazing and your host will want to keep the jar on his or her desk as a small stash spot after they burn through the wax.




The ideal addition to any holiday bar cart! Gift this bottle opener with a case of fever tree tonic water. I like to bring a case of their ginger beer, a bottle of grenadine and a jar of good maraschino cherries to parties for a fun non-alcoholic option. Thanks to my friend Jim for that idea!




These locally-made chocolate truffles are seriously incredible. The Christmas flavors are Bavarian Gingerbread and Austrian Linzer Torte, but there are also Chanukah flavors and addictive around-the-world toffee bars. Their November holiday collection was my go-to Thanksgiving party hostess gift this year.




 For the extravagant art lover…Don’t know what to bring to your hedge fund friend’s formal Christmas dinner? These gorgeous Damien Hirst prints reflect off the silver tea cups and are a steal at this price.




Stand out among your colleagues with this practical but charming host/hostess gift at the boss’s annual holiday party. Be sure to order ahead of time!




Slow and steady wins the cutest bottle stoppers! Give these stoppers with vintage bottles to serve water and homemade sodas.




What perennial hostess wouldn't appreciate a fresh pair of shiny serving spoons to brighten the holiday table?

Happy hostess shopping!