Jan 8, 2015 8:55 AM
It's not a designer coat, but the shades and masterful color blocking in this Naomi Color Block Boyfriend Coat ($69) has us thinking of high end labels' drool worthy coats. Who cares if it isn't meant to withstand temperatures less than 40 degrees? It's also about a thousand dollars less than your run-of-the-mill wool coat - like Burberry, for example - so go ahead and play pretend.
Jan 8, 2015 8:50 AM
The image on this Botany Pillow ($176) looks so familiar. In fact, it looks like the part of the test from high school biology class in which we had to identify all the different parts of a flower! We know there's a pistil and stamen (though which one is which?) and we're 100% positive in identifying the petal, but we're afraid that's where our knowledge ends without a little reminder. After a few months with this decorative pillow around your house, though, you'll be spouting off flower anatomy lessons to anybody who'll listen.
Jan 8, 2015 8:45 AM
If you've been wanting Hunter boots for a long time, but haven't yet bitten the bullet or received a pair from an anonymous admirer, the company's new color block version of the original wellies ($195) might just show up on your doorstep sooner rather than later. Because although we also love the boots in their original hunter green, we like our footwear a little more unique. So whether it's thanks to your credit card limit or a mischievous loving member of your family, we're guessing that your feet won't be cold in this drizzly winter weather for too much longer.
Jan 8, 2015 8:40 AM
Even if you're not a cook, you probably know that saffron and ghee are popular, yet indulgent, kitchen ingredients. What you may not know is that they're also good for your skin. Dab on a bit of PRATIMA's Saffron Eye Ghee ($34) under your eyes to brighten and moisturize. It'll help you keep the dark circles at bay and smooth out that delicate area just under your peepers.
Jan 8, 2015 8:30 AM
You might guess it from the black bottle, but Persephenie's Bakhoor Perfume ($120) would feel out of place on a trip to the beach or a picnic in the park. When we picture ourselves wearing this incense-inspired perfume, with notes of rose, sandalwood, patchouli, coffee, and vanilla, we see ourselves doing something a little bit darker, though not necessarily in deed. It could be worn while perusing the stacks of an archival library, enjoying a cocktail in the lounge at the back of a moody restaurant, or indulging in a candlelit dinner for two at home, fireplace burning bright to accompany the intoxicating, smoky fragrance.
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Jan 8, 2015 8:26 AM
Just think about how good one of these Beaded Pouches ($24 each) is going to feel under your fingers when you're reaching for it in your jacket pocket. And then think about how happy the bright colors and bold patterns are going to make you feel when you see it come out of your pocket, hopefully by your own hand, and not some creepy pickpocket.
Jan 8, 2015 8:20 AM
The holiday season is over, but we think you should still have a drop dead gorgeous frock at the ready. Who knows when you're going to need to go glam for an evening (especially with Valentine's Day around the corner). This Ted Baker Mini ($263) is a little black dress that packs a big impact with its high neckline, exposed back zipper, and intricate lace panels. Wear it with a pair of fabulous heels, but go easy on the accessories to achieve a classy and modern look.
Jan 8, 2015 8:15 AM
It's the perfect print to put above your desk so you can glance at it when you feel overwhelmed with multitasking. Shut down everything you're working on, except for one project, and give your poor brain a break from simultaneously running in thirty different directions!
My Brain Has Too Many Tabs Open Art Print ($23) by A Pair of Pears
Jan 8, 2015 8:10 AM
Perhaps this sweater is a reflection of your style personas - classic and pulled together one day (we'll call her Jane), and boho street chic the next (we'll call her Saffron). What happens when the two meet? This Quiver Sweater ($66) is an exercise in contrasts - the ragged and unraveling cable knit sweater next to the basic crew neck. It makes for great texture, perfect for building up to a rocking outfit that will perhaps inspire your third style persona, Chloe.
Jan 8, 2015 8:05 AM
Keep track of this Travel Wallet ($95) while on vacation and you'll have everything you need to avoid being stranded in a foreign country, if you were a character in artist David Shrigley's world, that is. This half-functional item, half-art project includes several phrase cards to help you out of pickles (which say things like "CAN I HAVE YOUR SHOES?" and "SORRY ABOUT ALL THIS"). You'd also have a written and illustrated "passport" booklet that would keep you occupied while waiting for trains, planes, or buses to show up. Of course, if you aren't a character in David Shrigley's world, you can remove the pre-written passport book, and simply use it as a regular wallet.
Jan 8, 2015 8:00 AM
The only, and we mean only, good thing about the dry winter weather ravaging your hands is that you have all the more reason to use this Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm ($27) from Aesop. It smells like nothing you've smelled before - mandarin orange, rosemary, and lavender are a few of the fragrant ingredients - and it gives back life to your sad gnarly hands in no time. Give yourself some comfort this season, especially if you can't manage to stay warm despite wearing scarves even when you're at home.
Jan 7, 2015 9:10 AM
Yeah, the Benson Dress ($88) has the ability to look like your outfit from the first day of kindergarten, but avoid wearing a turtleneck with ruffled shoulders and you should be able to go throughout your day without comparisons. Wear a colored tank top underneath or a slick black turtleneck instead, or, if the weather and situation calls for it, nothing - if you've got the constitution for a sexy plunging denim dress.
Jan 7, 2015 9:05 AM
This bronze ring ($148) is not only a striking piece of jewelry, like a cuff bracelet for a finger, it also takes its inspiration from the lovely and symbolic nightingale. This little bird is known for its beautiful song, and is well represented in music, art, and culture. With this piece of jewelry, it'll be like you have a nightingale's wing wrapped around your finger to remind you of the beauty and good things in life.
Jan 7, 2015 9:00 AM
Shelter dog or purebred, your pooch deserves nothing but the best, especially when it comes to his humble abode. Check out this TownHaus Wood Dog Crate ($450). It doubles as an end table or a nightstand. Your dog can stay cozy and safe when you need him to go to his crate, and your house can stay stylish and uncluttered. The sturdy top can hold onto a lamp or other decor and even a few bumps from a big pup won't knock it down.
Jan 7, 2015 8:55 AM
While this set of plastic Large Geometric Prisms ($22, set of 3) looks modern, the design is based on Scandinavian himmeli mobiles of old. Hung most often above the dining table, the then straw prisms were used to bring in a good harvest, and are still popular in Finnish and other Nordic country decor today.