Nov 25, 2014 8:35 AM
We find ourselves totally charmed by the re:named Button Down Dress ($43). It's a dress that can be worn so many ways - buttoned up or unbuttoned, structured with a belt and blazer, or worn in the summer with nothing but sandals. But also undergarments. Because that top part is sheer, and the lining of the skirt is short. So... definitely undergarments.
Nov 25, 2014 8:30 AM
When you're in line to check out at the grocery store, do you find yourself looking at the spread on the conveyor belt, wishing you'd bought a few more vegetables just so the cashier wouldn't judge you? Then this Grocery List Pad ($9) is probably for you. It strips away the pretension, encouraging you to make an honest reckoning of just how much of your diet consists of Cheetos and beef jerky.
Nov 25, 2014 8:25 AM
Nothing ruins a Downward Dog like slowly slipping across the hardwood floor. Sticky Be Socks help keep your feet warm and stationary with organic bamboo cotton handily covered in grippy white dots. They also boost your mood, as every pair comes with a cheerful, inspiring message. This Holiday Pack ($45) includes four pairs designed to help you celebrate the seasons.
Nov 25, 2014 8:20 AM
If you're the type who avoids an overly floral or musky scent, then LURK's new Eau de Toilette ($185) is going to be right up your alley. It's a unisex fragrance, pairing notes of dry woods with citrus and bergamot. You're not going to feel overwhelmed by that all-too-familiar department store finish, but instead, find yourself enjoying its unique softness that somehow smells both muted and bright at the same time.
Nov 25, 2014 8:14 AM
Do your children plague you with complaints of boredom every time you tell them to turn off the iPad for ten minutes? Maybe it's time for Ridley's House of Novelties Classic Compendium of Games ($18). This retro box is jammed with six different varieties of old-timey analog fun, from cards and dominos to pick-up sticks and a yo-yo. Use it to give your Minecraft-addicted offspring something to do during their unplugged time.
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Nov 25, 2014 8:10 AM
Tweed: You either love it or you hate it, but in the case of this Tweed Faux Leather Coat ($178), it looks pretty damn good! We love Eloquii's attention to detail, from the trendy collarless top, to the no-show zipper and the faux leather accents on the sleeves, pockets, and down the center of the back. The coat is available in sizes 14-22 and is fully lined so you can wear it on chilly winter afternoons with a pair of cute boots and a soft, wool hat.
Nov 25, 2014 8:05 AM
Here's a recipe for fun. Use these Fred 3-Piece ABC Gingerbread Cookie Cutters ($10) to whip up a batch of sugary treats. Then give them to your kids, apologizing for the fact that someone else already started eating them, and take bets on what wins: the sweet tooth or the germophobe in them.
Nov 25, 2014 8:00 AM
If you're a fan of classic literature, then we're sure you've heard about smelling salts, their magical fragrance capable of reviving you after even the most dramatic swoon. These Calm Balance Smelling Salts ($22) are, thankfully, something completely different. We say thankfully because real smelling salts have an aroma somewhere between cleaning products and cat pee. The result of a collaboration between Free People and Persephenie, Calm Balance skips the ammonia in favor of a blend of soothing organic botanicals. It probably won't wake you up from a dead faint, but it will do a much better job improving your mood.
Nov 24, 2014 9:35 AM
We know this is a little out there. A lot out there. But we can't get the Sadie Williams Fuzzy Wool Midi Skirt ($130) out of our minds. While this colorful, thick wool fabric would look cray as a pair of sweatpants or oversized hoodie, deployed as this ladylike, A-line skirt elevates it to something totally fun and only a little bit bonkers.
Nov 24, 2014 9:30 AM
A holiday in the mountains... it's just a dream (for now), but that doesn't mean you can't bring a little bit of that mountain scenery to your own urban abode. Deck your halls with pretty pine cones and tree branches, serve up your cheese and crackers on a Ski Chalet Side Tray ($19), and light a cedar-scented candle. Just like that you've got a lodge-like holiday home. Turn on White Christmas to really sell it!
Nov 24, 2014 9:25 AM
You can't do the splits, and your arabesque leaves much to be desired, but wearing this open-backed Switch Back Tee ($25) in barre class will make you feel like a ballerina and have you paying extra close attention to your posture, the curve of your arms, and your attempt at pretty dancer hands.
Nov 24, 2014 9:20 AM
Okay, so no kid ever, in the whole history of time, has put socks on a holiday wishlist, but that doesn't mean yours won't be psyched to pull a pair of awesome Sock it to Me socks (14, 2-pack) from his or her Christmas stocking. With bright colors and trendy designs, they're a far cry from the Hanes 6-pack crews your mom always made you wear.* Hardwood floors? No prob, a flexible, no-slip logo is printed on the bottom of each sock so the littles don't go crashing into the coffee table as they run through the house all winter long.
*Go ahead, spurge and get yourself a pair, too!
Nov 24, 2014 9:15 AM
If you're a parent and staring down a winter cooped up with a toddler or two, keeping them occupied and happy seems like an impossible task. The days may look shorter now that the sun sets early, but that hour in between lunch and nap time? It's endless. Break out this big jar of stuff ($34), find a few glue sticks, and give them free reign. Well, maybe not completely, or your youngest will end up with pom-poms stuck all over his hair, but we bet they'll pass the time making plenty of masterpieces to adorn your fridge (while you sit down with a cup of coffee and "supervise" from the couch).
Nov 24, 2014 9:10 AM
This is it - the easiest way to keep your fashion cred in the cold winter months without really trying. Just buy the Ombre Tunic Dress ($100) and wear it over some black leggings (fleece-lined if your climate requires it), and your boots. Replace your frumpy shapeless sweaters and boring sweater dresses - it's all modern, fashion forward, colorful dresses from here on out. Oversized clothing can work if you do it with intention.
Nov 24, 2014 9:05 AM
Step aside, nail art. It's time for a manicure inspired by a shoe. A shoe that was, according to legend, inspired by a stray swipe of red nail polish. The Loubi Under Red ($45) nail polish includes a special fine, felt-tip applicator that will help you color the underside of the tip of your nail to give you that iconic red Louboutin "sole." Is this trend going to extend beyond Loubi red to other colors? Only time will tell.