Posts Tagged ‘Holiday shopping’

At a loss for what to get the aspirational fashion diva in your life?

Run to the book store and pick up a copy of “The Teen Vogue Hand Book: An Insider’s Guide to Careers in Fashion.”

There are interviews with designers (Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Karl Lagerfeld, among others), stylists, models, editors, photographers and beauty mavens who offer honest, straightforward advice about cracking into the fashion biz.

While it’s not an absolute roadmap to guaranteed fashion success, it is an education-packed tome that would be a great read for those with a passing interest in fashion as well as those considering making a career out of the industry.

What’s most refreshing about the book, besides the plain speak from some of the biggest names in the game, is what they are saying: you can never go wrong with hard work, paying dues (lots of dues) is a requirement, and check that sense of entitlement at the door.


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You may not be able to muster the strength to leave the house to join the crowds shopping in the wee hours of Friday. But that doesn’t mean you should have to miss out on all the post-Thanksgiving savings.

Drag your turkey-stuffed-self over to the computer and get clicking. Here’s just a sampling of what can be saved with the flick of a mouse:

SkirtSports: Up to 80 percent off select women’s athletic gear.

Beautorium: Offering it’s “Seven for $10” promotion featuring one product a day for seven days (starting Friday, Nov. 27) for the price of $10, with a minimum purchase of $30. With selections changing daily, visitors can save up to 75% on the world’s best natural and organic beauty care. Including: Cattier Soothing Beauty Lotion (regularly $23), Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel – Sensitive ($39), Juice Beauty Antioxidant Serum ($45), Cattier Dermoprotective Shower Gel ($18), Cattier Moisturising Day Cream ($40), Rain Africa Bath Salts in Basket Savannah ($34), Pangea Organics French Chamomile & Orange Blossom Facial Cream ($36) and Rain Africa Bath Salts in Bag ($25).

Saks Fifth Avenue: Up to 60 percent off select items; Free shipping with code HOLIDAY9; $25 gift card with $100 beauty/fragrance purchase with code BEAUTY9; $100 contemporary purchase of more than $400 with code CONTEMP9.

Cinda B: Free Shipping on orders of more than $100 Nov. 27-29 with codeSHIP4FREE

Janie and Jack: 25 percent off total purchase online through 3p Friday); free shipping on purchases of more than $75 with code FREE 75; 20 percent off entire purchase Nov. 27-29.

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This plaid hooded jacket ($52) is from the exclusive “New Moon” line at Nordstrom. (nordstrom.com photo)

Friday (possibly late night Thursday, depending on the level of your dedication) is the start to the holiday shopping season.

The scale of it all – the sales, the crowds, the urgency – can quickly suck the style out of the most well-intentioned shopper. So how do you fight the urge to go the easy route, buying Snuggies for all of your friends and family? Plan ahead.

Start with the list (an iPhone or Blackberry memo works great, or you can go old school with a sheet of paper). Then determine how much you’ll spend per person.

Use this list as a jumping-off point for your holiday gift-giving. Trends can be as inexpensive or extravagant as you’d like – you shouldn’t have to work too hard to find one that fits your budget. Read Thursday’s Charlotte Observer for the full story.

  • Teen girls are in the throes of another round of angsty vampire mania with the recent release of the film “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.” Resistance is futile, so you might as well indulge your girl’s penchant for fanged folk from the Pacific Northwest. Try a plaid hooded jacket ($52) from the exclusive “New Moon” line at Nordstrom. Inspired by Bella’s layered looks, the jacket has a “Twilight” logo at the hem. Or tap into pretty gore with DuWop Twilight Lip Venom ($16), a dual-purpose lip plumper and stain.
  • Mothers are notoriously selfless, or so they’d like us to believe. Here’s your chance to defy their claims of only needing you to come home to make the holidays complete. Gently force your mum to pamper herself with the Three Janes Eight Piece Brush Set and Bag, a simply luxe set of cosmetic brushes tucked into a rich rolled chocolate brown pouch. The line, the brainchild of TV reporter Eleanor Mondale and makeup artist Leilani Baker, features hardwood-handled brushes with hand-cut tufts that are double tied and glued for durability. $198, Jeffre Scott Apothecary, 607 Providence Road.
  • Scarves may just be the most versatile, accepting accessory around. Give your aunt a bit of instant hip with this year’s must-have item: the infinity (or circle) scarf. There’s no need to skip the trend because you’re unsure how to wear – the infinity scarf is a large circle of fabric that you simply drape or loop around your neck. No tying required. The striped Splendid infinity scarf can be flirty, edgy, sexy and practical at the same time. $39-$54; Scout & Molly’s of Charlotte
  • The looks of the 1980s might be bigger now than they were back in the ’80s. Help your pops celebrate the era of excess by channeling the classic looks popularized by some his favorite film characters. Go Maverick from “Top Gun” with Ray Ban aviators ($129.95) or “Breakfast Club” hipster with Ray Ban Wayfarers ($139.95). Sunglass Hut (multiple locations).
  • Kick-start your dad, brother or uncle’s grooming routine with the Zirh Super Shave System, which might just convince him it’s OK to care about your skin, even if you are a man. The set includes five products for specific uses: Pre-Shave Oil, Aloe Vera Shave Cream, Non-Foaming Aloe Vera Shave Gel, Post-Shave Soothing Treatment and Post-Shave Treatment (for ingrown hairs). And, the company website is packed with information men need to know, but may have not been comfortable asking – such as what is a blackhead? $79; Dillard’s, Macy’s, Ulta, Sephora (multiple locations)

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Power by Fifty Cent

As we get closer to the official start of the holiday season I’m going to let you in on a little secret of shopping success: fragrance is your friend.

For everyone on your list, fragrance can be a budget-friendly entry point to a beloved luxury brand or a gentle nudge toward a new personal style.

Here are few fragrance recommendations to get you focused.

Kiehl’s Pour Homme 1987: A little goes a long way for this masculine, woodsy essential oil. $25.

Jovoy Oriental: A deliciously old school fragrance (company founded in 1923) with a renewed enthusiasm (new owners). The sophisticated scent has hints of bergamot, peach, rose, vanilla, cedar and amber. Jeffre Scott Apothecary in Charlotte

Leila Lou: The eco-friendly scent is made with essential oils that capture the scent of “freshness and innocence.” The packaging (or lack there of) is commendable as well — no box for individual bottles means a reduction of waste and greenhouse gasses. $38. Potion Beauty in Huntersville

JIL by Jil Sander: Sold exclusively at Dillard’s, the fragrance combines pink pepper, lavender, tangerine and vanilla for a lush, feminine, modern scent. The advertising campaign features Julia Restoin Roitfeld. $70.

Power by Fifty Cent: Confidence is captured in this scent that combines green citrus fruit with musky and woody notes. Sold exclusively at Macy’s. $68.50.


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