Monthly Archives: December 2011

IT’S A WRAP: OUR 2011 HOLIDAY WISH LIST RUNDOWN

Call it love, call it lust, call it what you will, but this year’s holiday wishlist, at least on our part, can only be described as no holds barred because… well, this is a wish list, isn’t it? The following are all items that would, in a ‘utopian’ society, be born from the fruits of our loins and exist (in our closets and homes) in perfect harmony: a melding of sweet and sour, leather and lace and practical and impractical.

So, take a peek into the musings of our collective mind, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find the perfect gift for that special somebody in your life–yourself included!


NATALIE:
1. D.L. & CoSkull Cased Candle $115
2. AllSaints Laurels Crew Tee, $65
3. Diptyque BAISE Candle,$60
4. Miss Patina Evening Sleigh Ride Dress, $119
5. Ruche Marquess Polka Dot Lace Top, $40
6. Urban OG Oxford Canvas Boots, $29
7. AllSaints Python Curse Scarf, $95
8. Up by Jawbone Wristband, $99
9. Low Luv by Erin Wasson Armour Knuckle Ring in Gold, $56
10. Free People Leather Mini Skirt, $99
11. Angelique Houtkamp Linedrawing Book, $60
12. Topshop Petite Faux Fur Nylon Parka, $196
13. Balmain Stars and Stripes Leather Jacket, $12,933 (again, this IS a wish list)


JEAN:
1. Umbrella Heaven ‘Pagoda’ Umbrella, $70
2. IMPROVD Chelsea Funnel Neck Sweatshirt, $139
3. Prada Candy Shower Gel, $42
4. Classic Beauty: The History of Makeup by Gabriela Hernandez, $37
5. nOir Jewelry Phillipe the Parrot Ring, $175
6. Deborah Lippmann Trendsetter Set, $35
7. Fifi Lapin Hop Like an Egyptian Print, $20
8. Nubian Heritage Black Soap, $4


STEPHANIE:
1. KBS Longship Black and White Soap, $6
2. Less and More Wooden Cosmetic Organizer, $140
3. Tomorrow is Forever Vintage 1950s Evening Dress, $160
4. Clam Lab Raw Chocolate Teapot, $150
5. LW Vintage Lavender and Gold Murano Glass Table Lighter, $58
6. Take Off Your Clothes Tarpaulin Cocoon, $149
7. Monserat de Lucca Brass Lighter Ring, $63
8. The Conversation by Jean Michel and Milton Glaser, $95

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A TREAT FOR THE SENSES: HYLO BOUTIQUES’ HOLIDAY EVENT


Come take a peek, a whiff, a listen and a taste of the best of what Philadelphia artisans have to offer at HyLo Boutiques’ fabulous high-end Holiday event on Thursday, December 15th. Entitled Treat Your Senses, this is one fashionable fête that should not be missed, proudly featuring items from ‘hyperlocal’ (lovin’ that term) Philly hotspots like Duke & Winston and Etsy all-star Peg and Awl (among many others, see above). Take our word for it–you will find yourself falling for uber-unique finds faster than you can say gift card.

Might we mention, too, that treating far-off friends and relatives to a scrumptious snippet of what the City of Brotherly Love has to offer (outside of the realms of cheesesteak and Eagles gear), is a no-fail, non-boring, guaranteed-Holiday-smile-maker. Pretty sure that’s the technical term. For those interested in attending the event, please RSVP to info@hyloboutiques.com. Happy hunting, we’ll see y’all there!

Hylo Boutiques is a Philly-based fashion and design collective showcasing the best of what the city has to offer. Read more.

–JEAN CANDIDO
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SAVE OR SPEND: NINE WARDROBE STAPLES TO MIX AND MATCH THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

Holiday party season is upon us once again, and it’s time to get that wardrobe ready for a whirlwind of schmoozing and boozing with all those relatives you’re only happy to see once a year.

While you may not be able to control how many times your grandmother makes an off-hand comment, with these picks, you will be sure to have full reign over how good you look. Whether you’re feeling a little loose with your wallet or not, the key to nailing down the perfect holiday look is to mix, match and layer (your most glitzy to your most basic pieces), crafting awe-inspiring and unique looks that will stave away passing thoughts like, Didn’t she wear that last week? Most importantly, be sure to stock up on statement jewelry and plenty of festive tights to pull together even your most run-of-the-mill outfits.

Happy Holidays!


The Black Velvet Dress
SaveTopshop Glitter Spot Velvet Dress, $92
SpendNevenka Easy Come Easy Go Velvet Dress, $145


The Red Dress
SaveOasis Crepe Fit & Flare Dress, $75
SpendNeiman Marcus Swingy Pont Dress, $250


The Black Slack
SaveNew York & Company Slim Satin Pant, $23
SpendTadashi Shoji Straight Leg Pant, $148


The Sequined Party Dress
Save: Modcloth Sparkling Toast Dress, $92
Spend: Sonia by Sonia Rykel Dress, $700
Extra CreditLipsy Shift Dress, $137+ French Connection Reflectra Sequin Dress, $268


The Patent Leather Pump
SaveN.Y.L.A. Lettis Pump, $80
SpendStuart Weitzman Bowright Pump, $187


The Gold Flat
SaveKimchi Blue Metallic Skimmer, $29
SpendMarc by Marc Jacobs Love Glitter Flats, $230


The White Lace Top
SaveB. Vintage Dolman Lace Top, $58
SpendFree People Porcelain Lace Off-the-Shoulder Top, $198


The Embellished Blazer
SaveBKE Embellished Blazer, $65
SpendSteffen Schraut Black Feather Blazer, $283


The Fun Black Skirt
SaveBuilt by Wendy Satin Peplum Skirt, $63
SpendRed Valentino Lace & Taffeta Mini Skirt, $177

–AMBER DANESE GRANDFIELD
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