Our most popular Dwell POP of 2009 was our feature on Jonathan Adler's zebra rug back in September. Still a beautiful, modern update to any home decor, check out the original post for more information here!
This week we will be revisiting our most popular posts of the year for a special "Best of 3 o'clock POP" week. We got a lot of great response on this Victoria's Secret cropped leather jacket, and it was our most popular Moda POP of 2009. Check it out here!
This week was all about prepping for the big New Years Eve celebration! It is the end of a decade and the beginning of a new year, so ring it in with style. We featured a beautiful sequin skirt as well as a dainty feather chiffon headband. These pieces would look lovely when paired with a chiffon tank, statement necklace, and cropped fur bolero. Try a new shade of crimson lipstick for a timeless, sophisticated look. If you plan to host a party at your home, purchase the "Trio Beverage Dispenser" for quick and easy drink service to all of your guests. Spend the day with your little sprouts by creating time capsules and celebrate NYE at "12:00" by setting the clocks forward to their normal bedtime. If you still are unsure of your celebration plans, visit www.NewYears.com to purchase tickets for events in your area. Happy New Year!!!!
If venturing out with your love to celebrate the new year is what you have in mind, you're in luck. There is something to do everywhere you look! You can decide to go really big at any one of the 3 Big Night America parties across the country or stay local by searching party listings through newyears.com. Big Night America produces one of the largest gatherings in convention centers in San Diego, Washington D.C., and Baltimore that offers an all-inclusive experience of food, drinks, party favors and several rooms of bands and djs. Newyears.com allows you to buy tickets to parties and clubs in your area and event type of your choice from the Kress New Year's Eve Extravaganza to Times Square All Access Passes. Whatever you decide, it's sure to be out there! Party on, party safe!
If you're staying in, keeping the kids up until midnight to ring in the new year can be a long and exhausting day! Unfortunately, there isn't just one thing we can suggest to keep the kids busy all day and night except for this little secret...move the clocks up so that it turns midnight at their regular bedtime. That's right...spend the day and early evening going through all of the fun last day of the year activities like filling a time capsule and writing out resolutions. Then, when the clock strikes "midnight" in your home, go crazy and celebrate ringing in the new year with noisemakers, music and kisses! When you finally put them down, not only are you keeping them on schedule, but you can now celebrate with a toast of your favorite bubbly! Cheers!
Instead of maneuvering through crowded bars this New Year's Eve, host a party at your house instead! These beautiful decanters can help in keeping your home bar lines short while providing easy refill stations surrounded by yummy appetizers and nuts near conversation areas. Perfect for sangrias, cosmos, or other diffused liquors, they can be used later in the summer for sweet iced tea, lemonade or cucumber-infused water. Choose from 4 different designs, our favorite is the Trio Beverage Dispenser for $69.95. Available at zgallerie.com.
Red lipstick is timeless. It can be a difficult color to wear, as most feel it simply "doesn't look good" but as long as the right shade coordinates with the skin tone, it can look good on anybody. Gwen Stefani has perfected the Red Lipstick look, and one of her favorite brands is Guerlain "KissKiss Lipstick". There are a number of different shades to choose from, one of which is sure to match your skin tone. Make sure to go easy on the eyes when sporting a crimson shade on your lips. Visit Sephora online or in stores to purchase a color that works best for you.
Hair accessories are a great way to add interest to your look with little to no effort. This dainty number, available at Forever21, boasts a large feather embellishment with chiffon flower trimming and wrapping. It would look lovely worn with a sparkly ensemble for NYE, and brings about a roaring 20s flapper feel. Available in 3 charming colors at Forever21.com.
Now that the holiday shopping rush is over, (for most) it's time to find a cute frock for a New Years Eve celebration! Skirts are coming back in a major way, we are seeing many different silhouettes, brocaded fabrics, and lot's of embellishments. This Sparkle Sequin Skirt, by TOPSHOP, is the perfect piece for any NYE celebration, and a much more affordable alternative to the Alexander Wang version. Simply pair it with a flowy tank and throw on a fun fur shrug for a sophisticated celebratory look. We can even see this skirt being worn during spring wedding season.
This week we featured a holiday gift guide for the men on your list. A sherpa lined flannel, by Swell, will bring out the lumber jack style in your man. Encourage a new or updated "look" with Creative Recreation footwear, shoes that are designed for comfort and style. The Perfect Shave Kit is a great way to introduce and addict him to Anthony products, which are geared towards the needs of mens skin. If it's electronics that he craves, get him the Logitech Harmony One universal remote control, which will also help with unnecessary clutter of multiple remotes. For the little men, check out the new Rocking Wave Surfboard, which combines the skills of skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing. And lastly, for the man that has everything, give him a gift card to V's Barbershop, where he can get a nostalgic straight edge shave among many other services available.
So maybe a gift of a spa day for your man might be little too feminine...how can we get him to relax while getting cleaned up? A trip to the barbershop might do him some good...but not just any old barbershop. V's Barbershop offers the same nostalgic feel of getting hot-lather straightedge shaves in real barberchairs with modern luxuries like shoulder massages and TVs at every station. Services offered include haircuts, mustache/beard trims, facials, hot-lather shaves, and shoeshines. If you can't get him there right away, wrap it all up in the form of a gift card and exclusive home products! Locations in Arizona and California or visit The Art of Shaving.
Forget indoor gaming systems to give as gifts for your little man this season. Get him up and active outside with the newest form of action sports fun! Street surfboarding combines the skills of skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding using a flexible platform with two wheels that rotate 360 degrees. The New Rocking Wave Surf Board, by Sky Enterprise USA, has a whole kit that includes everything your kid needs to get started from the board to elbow and knee pads to a carrying bag and much more! All you need is a helmet! Recommended for ages 9 and up, it's perfect for girls too! Available at Amazon.com for only $34.99.
The absolute best electronic gift I've ever given still causes quite a stir in our home. The best part is we have lived with only one remote control since. That's right! A universal remote that's as sleek as the high-end plasma it hypnotizes and actually works! The Logitech Harmony One has a sexy, ergonomic design that controls every aspect of your home theater system. All you do is choose an activity on the color LCD touchscreen like "watch TV" which then turns on all necessary components. With the guided online setup, customizing it is SO easy! Speaking of clutter control...
"Anthony Logisitcs For Men" is a multi-functional, multi-benefitial, nature based personal care system designed for Men. All of the products have specific ingredients geared towards the needs of mens skin, and have been allergy tested. The Perfect Shave Kit is a great way to introduce your man to Anthony products. It was designed to provide men with the closet, smoothest shave ever and he is sure to be hooked! This kit would make a great stocking stuffer, or as a gift on it's own. Available in stores or online at Nordstrom.
Rid your man of his squared toed and starch white tennis shoes, and introduce him to Creative Recreation footwear. An Orange County based footwear company, Creative Recreation makes lifestyle shoes that incorporate the comfort of an athletic shoe with the style and material of a dress shoe. They can easily be dressed up or down for any occasion. One of our favorite men's style is the Cesario Lo, which is available in a number of different color combinations to fit your guy's personal style.
Finding a Christmas gift for the men in your life can be a daunting task, you want it to be thoughtful but also unique to their taste and preferences. This sherpa-lined flannel, by Swell, is like wearing uggs on your body. It's a style that has gone over extremely well with our men, as they tend to prefer comfort over fashion, and it will keep them warm as we enter the cooler winter months. The shirt is available online at swell.com, and at only $64.50 it won't break the bank.
This week we featured a gift guide based on the continually growing trend, "going green". We found a chic organic sweatshirt, and a set of recycled metal bangles, that can be customized via the "bangle bar", for the eco-conscious girl on your list. An organic soap set would make a lovely gift, and can also be customized with the choice of 6 different scented soaps. The Eco-Me home starter kit is a great and fun way to introduce others to all natural cleaning products for the home, and an Eco-Dough goody bag would make a perfect stocking stuffer for the kids. Lastly, a Holiday Gift Membership to the Surfrider Foundation will help preserve our ocean and clean up local beaches.
Living a green, environment-friendly lifestyle can be a hard thing to do if your significant other doesn't care for the ocean or the beautiful animals that live in it. One way to introduce him to respecting the ocean is going on a date to volunteer some time to beach cleanups while enjoying the fresh air and views. The Surfrider Foundation hosts many of these types of community service through several chapters in the country. Another clever way of introducing him to the importance of saving the ocean is gifting a Surfrider Holiday Gift Membership. 100% of the $44 proceeds is tax-deductible and includes an annual membership, six issues of Making Waves, stickers, and an organic cotton beanie and graphic tote. Order by December 14th for guaranteed Christmas Day delivery!
Stocking stuffers are just as fun, maybe even more fun, as unwrapping all of Santa's goodies under the tree! One of our favorite, eco-friendly stocking stuffers this year is by Eco-Kids available at Umberleaf.com. Packaged perfectly for gift-giving and composting, the Eco-Dough Goody Bag contains 5 colors of dough and a bamboo rolling pin for just $10. If it ever gets dry, just add a few drops of olive oil to keep the fun going. If you ever want to get rid of it or don't need the containers, toss it in the compost pile and it goes right back into the environment in 180 days! Have fun!
With all of the welcomed guests that visit during this time of year, you can expect a lot of picking up and cleaning around the house. Eco-conscious homeowners can now rid themselves of using bleach and other harsh chemicals with products from Eco-Me, who specialize in 100% natural cleaning products. Offering everything from baby to pet cleaning products, they have the perfect gift sets, like our favorite, the Eco-Me Home Starter Kit. The burlap pouch contains 1 bottle of the Cleaning Essential Oil and other accessories to mix with your own oil, vinegar, water and baking soda-enough for 6 cleaning products! As part of their Holiday Sale, you can wrap it up for a few people you know at 50% off!
There is nothing like using all natural soaps that will exfoliate and nourish your skin without the use of harsh additives. This beautiful organic soap set, by skinnyskinny, features 6 organic soaps (of your choice) packaged in an eco-friendly book box in one of 4 colors. Skinnyskinny makes all of their products in their Brooklyn NY workshop, from certified organic ingredients and are 100% carbon neutral. Visit their website to check out all of the amazing products, from bath & body to home decor, and even pet care. They will also customize products for weddings or corporate events. This company is sure to have something that will please the "green" girl on your list. Use promo code 120109 to receive free shipping thru 12/24/09.
"Alex and Ani" is an eco-friendly company that creates beautiful jewelry made from recycled materials entirely in the United States. We are big fans of their signature expandable bangles, which replaces traditional clasps and allows for each piece to be a custom fit. Check out their bangle bar online, and create a custom set to relish what is unique and authentic about someone on your list.
Going green is a beneficial trend spreading around the world and people are looking for more ways to become environmentally friendly everyday. This piece, by the eco-conscious company "She Bible", is so much more than just a typical sweatshirt and would make a lovely gift for the "green" girl on your list. It is made of 100% organic fabrics, which are grown without the use of harmful chemicals. Not only will you be giving her an attractive alternative to a standard sweatshirt, but also helping the environment too! Available online at www.shopenvi.com.
This week we featured a holiday gift guide for the corporate women in your life. We found a stunning office friendly blazer from J.Crew and a laptop tote that is stylish and functional. Treat her to a relaxing day at the spa with a Burke Williams spa package or give her the multifunctional personal embosser from Williams Sonoma. For the working mom, pick up a copy of the thoughtful story "When Mama Comes Home Tonight". And lastly, surprise her with a fun weekend getaway at the Viceroy in Palm Springs, CA.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the work week with your love or good friends with a weekend in Palm Springs. One of our favorites, and the favorite of many like Elle, Bon Appetit, and The New York Times, is the luxuriously fabulous Viceroy Palm Springs. Known for their Hollywood Regency style accommodations, they are currently offering the perfect getaway for the workaholic. Book the Breathe Easy Package for the month of December and enjoy 25% off everything-accommodations, spa services, meals, beverages, resort fee and more! Or enjoy their complimentary use of townie bicycles and explore the desert's retail and vintage shops like Trina Turk and The Frippery. You'll be rejuvenated to your fabulous self in no time!
Without a doubt, the hardest thing a working mama faces every morning is leaving her children to make a living. One of the best gifts to give a working mama you know this holiday is some reassurance that her choices are for the best. This book, "When Mama Comes Home Tonight" by Eileen Spinelli, is a thoughtful story about the nighttime rituals shared between a mother and child when she comes home from work. The calming watercolor illustrations and sweet song-like verses make for the perfect bedtime story. Perfect for mamas of infants up to preschool, it is available at barnesandnoble.com.
Labeling is one of the best ways to keep a busy corporate gal organized at home. One of the chicest, but timeless, ways of labeling everything yours from books and note cards to gift tags is with the Personal Embosser from Williams-Sonoma. Included is a wooden stand and specific embosser plate of your choice that is interchangeable so it can be used to personalize everything. Choose from several plate sayings like "Library of", "Cellar of", address, or single to triple initials, it's a perfect personalized gift for yourself or someone special!
Every working woman deserves a much needed day (or hour) off to rejuvenate her body and mind. Burke Williams is a salon and day spa with locations throughout Orange and Los Angeles counties. Not only do they have exceptional signature treatments, but also elegant and beautifully appointment spa facilities. Burke Williams is currently running 4 holiday package specials where she can enjoy one or more of their unique and stimulating treatments at a discounted price. Each package includes a 3-day spa pass, which entitles her to use of all the amazing amenities that Burke Williams has to offer.
Every corporate women needs a chic laptop tote that will provide complete protection and style. Surprise her this year with the affordable "north/south laptop tote" by abbi new york. The tote features a printed microfiber fabric with nylon mesh interior, and will fit most pcs and macs with 15.4" screens. Available in three different animal prints online, at kolobags.com.
Now that we have officially entered the holiday shopping season, we will be featuring gift guides each week for that special someone in your life. This wool "Chimera" jacket by J.Crew would make a lovely gift for the career minded girlfriend/wife/sister, etc. The pleated silk habitol trim adds a unique bubble effect for a feminine appearance, while still keeping the bold power look of a classic blazer. She can wear this to the office, or for a more casual look, pair it with skinny jeans and a simple tank. We love the dusty blossom color for winter and it will translate well in to spring. It is currently on holiday sale at J.Crew.com, and they are running a promotion with additional 20% all sale items.
This week we touched upon the leather trend that has surfaced in just about everything from clothing and accessories, to home decor and children's apparel, etc. We found a staple leather jacket that will withstand future seasons, as well as a pair of fingerless gloves for a more dramatic statement. Store and organize your coveted beauty products in a well designed leather cosmetic case, that will also make for a nice holiday gift. Personalized leather coasters are a beautiful and unique option for a host/hostess gift this holiday season too! Get a simple pair of leather boots for your little sprout, that are both comfy and stylish. Finish off your week spending an afternoon with your family in historic Julian CA, exploring the quaint little town and all that it has to offer.
One of our favorite Thanksgiving weekend traditions, beside checking out Black Friday deals, is going on a drive to the mountains for fresh baked warm apple pie. In Southern California, we are lucky to have beautiful Julian located in San Diego's backcountry. Once a busy gold mining town, this charming mountain treasure offers many outdoor recreational activities including horseback riding and llama pack trips! If a joy ride is what you had in mind, breeze past tree-lined, uncluttered roads before stopping off at the infamous Julian Pie Company on Main Street. Then, pick up souvenirs of delicious homemade jams to remember the fun day!
Stylish shoes for toddlers can be so hard to find if you're looking for something simple so it doesn't compete with the rest of his or her outfit. One of our favorite shoe brands for kids is See Kai Run for their modern takes on classic shoe styles. Awarded the prestigious Seal of Acceptance by the American Podiatric Medical Association, their butter-soft leather, durable construction, and rubber sole are perfect for in or outdoor play. The Finley, a classic black boot, is this season's must for both boys and girls! Available at Diapers.com in sizes 0-24 months, your little one will be struttin' around like you do!
Send the perfect thank you for this season's party host or hostess with a simple, classic, personalized gift. These leather coasters, by Graphic Image, are made of French calfskin, water-treated, and backed with a non-skid protective coating. Available in red or black, personalized with a beautiful silver block style initial or not, it will go perfectly with any home decor. The set comes delivered by Saks.com in a shiny gift ready tin canister with a leather top.
We can't stress enough the importance of a well designed cosmetic case to store all of your beauty products at home, or when traveling. The Bailey Medium Kiss Cosmetic case, by Cole Haan, combines style and construction beautifully wrapped in softly rouched leather. Not only will this cosmetic case neatly store your products, but can also double as an evening or day clutch. Available in 4 different colors at www.colehaan.com .
Fashion gloves are one of the more dramatic trends to surface this fall/winter. There have been many half and fingerless options available, and each make for a different statement. These leather fingerless gloves by TOPSHOP have just the right amount of detail in the quilting, and would work well when paired with skinny jeans and a simple tee. Be careful not to go overboard when sporting these gloves, and make sure to limit your other accessories and leather pieces.
Snug fit and cropped leather jackets are making their comeback as the perfect companion to floaty feminine dresses, cocktail frocks, and tunics. We recommend investing in a leather jacket that is fitted and not overly embellished or "trendy", such as this piece from Victoria's Secret. Priced at under $200.00 this jacket is affordable and will work well in future seasons.
This week we focused on gearing up for one of our most favorite holidays, Thanksgiving! We found a simple festive dress, and paired it with an ostrich feather hair clip to complete a special occasion look. Enjoy the warm scent of Pumpkin Spice Muffin bath and shower gel, by Philosophy, without packing on the calories from the real muffins. If you plan to attend any holiday parties this year, purchase a copy of the American Fashion Cookbook for a unique host or hostess gift. Create a new and lasting holiday tradition with your children by writing letters to Santa while celebrating Thanksgiving. If cooking a lavish meal is not on your schedule for this year, check out Citysearch.com for some great local Thanksgiving "to-go" meals.
If celebrating Thanksgiving with your loved ones is not an option this time, why not invite a few of your closest friends and their dates over for a sophisticated gathering? Not a cook? We have you covered there too! Citysearch.com has put together a fantastic listing of restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners to go. One of our L.A. favorites is Tavern, offering a large, organic, herb roasted turkey with all of the fixin's and two desserts for about $50 per guest. Another favorite is Sapphire Laguna in Orange County also offering a herb roasted turkey with all of the fixin's plus three additional sides and a choice of dessert for about $43 per guest. Set a gorgeous table and serve up signature cranberry martinis all around. Cheers!
A perfect holiday tradition to start this Thanksgiving is to have the kids write their letters to Santa! Not only will this keep them busy before dinner, it will give you an idea of what they wish for under the tree. All you need are some basic office supplies and a place for the kids to put it all together. When the letters are done, have them place it in an envelope and put it in the mailbox. While everyone is having dinner, one of the adults can leave to pick up the letters. Before he comes back in, he can ring a bell, and everyone can claim it was Santa's reindeer picking up their letters. Parents can also mail a response back to their kids signed especially from Santa using these directions!
If you aren't spending Thanksgiving Day preparing a delicious dinner in your home, but accepting an invitation at someone else's instead, show up with a little something thoughtful for the fashionable chef. This year, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) compiled 100 recipes from its infamous members in a new book called the American Fashion Cookbook. Containing delicious recipes like John Varvatos' Calalaloo Soup, Derek Lam's Yellowtail Crudo, and Mark Echo's "Adults Only" Chocolate Chip Cookies, this hostess gift is the perfect collectible accessory to her (or his!) designer kitchen. Available at Amazon.com.
If you are feeling the need to indulge in some pumpkin spice muffins this holiday season, we have found the perfect solution without packing on the calories. New Pumpkin Spice Muffin bath and shower gel by Philosophy will leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated while you enjoy the warm festive smell. For those multi-tasker's out there, the 3 in 1 formula can be used for body wash, shampoo, and bubble bath. Available in 2 or 32 oz or in this gift set.
Turn your everyday look into a special occasion ensemble with a cute hairpiece. This Pom-pom feather pin and hair clip from J.Crew adds a glamorous touch to any look. Simply sweep your hair into a loose bun, tuck the ostrich feather clip on one side, and you'll have yourself an easy chic style, perfect for the holiday season! Available in three different colors at J.Crew.com.
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we have been on the hunt for a festive dress that is both comfortable and stylish. This Oversized Dress with Novelty Zips, by Rachel Roy, is the perfect blend of fall colors and also allows for some indulgent eating. Wear with a pair of tights or leggings to keep warm, as we are beginning to feel temperatures drop! This dress is a part of Rachel Roy's new budget line, "RACHEL Rachel Roy" and is available online for only $99.
This week we were inspired by one of the hottest new trends to hit the streets, lace! Work the trend into your wardrobe with lace leggings or lace detailed shoes. Give your skin a soft beautiful glow with a sheer veil of sparkling body powder and add some glamour to your home with wooden lace wall art by Brocade Home. Don't forget to bring your sprout on board with this trend by dressing her in Splendid's lace burn out tunic set. Finish off your week at Cafe Sevilla where you can enjoy a delicious Spanish dinner and dancing!
Add a little Latin flavor to your weekend by jetting off with your Love to Spain. Well, not quite. But in a little street in Downtown San Diego, known as the Gaslamp, Cafe Sevilla Restaurant, Tapas Bar, and Live Music is the perfect dinner getaway. Complete with Flamenco dancers and Wednesday night Salsa lessons, your lacy leggings will definitely be sashaying! With a huge selection of tapas at the bar, authentic paella, or entrees highlighting flavors from the Iberian Peninsula, something is sure to tease your taste buds. If that doesn't lure you in, let the sounds of Spanish gypsy music take you underground to Sevilla Night Club. San Diego too far? They are also located in Riverside and Long Beach...Vamos a Celebrar!
As our adorable sprouts reach the 'tween years, it becomes difficult to dress them so they are fashionable, but not little hoo...well, I think you can finish that one. Since lace is a huge influence this season, how do your incorporate this into your stylish little diva's wardrobe? Think simple, effortless, and comfy with Splendid clothing for kids. This Lace Burnout Hooded Tunic and matching Leggings set is perfect for layering or worn separately with skinny jeans. Available at Bloomingdales.com in sizes 4-6x.
How to bring just enough romance and glamour to the bedroom without emasculating your man? Employ one of our favorite bedroom design ideas by replacing your traditional headboard with a beautiful piece of wall art, such as the one featured in the room below. This wooden lace pattern wall art by Brocade Home in SoHo, NYC can be easily hung directly to the wall just above your bed. Not only will this add style, but much needed floor space at the foot of the bed! Add some luxe, ruffly linens and cushy pillows to complete the look.