Dec 16, 2014 9:11 AM
The season three finale of Sherlock left us hanging re: the return of Holmes's nemesis, Moriarty. While it seems impossible, nothing is final in the world of fiction! While you wait for season four to air, pick up Anthony Horowitz's novel, Moriarty ($18). While it follows the more traditional story arc of Sherlock-Holmes-as-imagined-by-Doyle (as opposed to Benedict Cumberbatch's modern Sherlock), it re-imagines the famous adversarial relationship between the detective and the professor. The book is full of mystery and intrigue, just as it should be!
(Psst! While not necessary to enjoy Moriarty, reading Horowitz's The House of Silk first will help set the stage for his new novel.)
Dec 16, 2014 9:10 AM
Solange, formerly known as Beyoncé's younger sister, has been making a name for herself in the fashion world for some time now (have you seen the "Losing You" video?), but then she got married last month, posted some Instagram shots, and everybody, rightly, lost their minds. So it's a great time for her to drop her collaboration with Puma. Our favorites from the capsule collection are these Trinomic XT2 + Triangles Sneakers ($180). They're covered in every color of the rainbow, and they match different textures and patterns beautifully. A little out there? Totally, so we understand if they're not everybody's cuppa tea.
Dec 16, 2014 9:05 AM
Beautify your holiday table by getting out the good cloth napkins (yes, that means you should probably iron them, too) and placing them inside these Sparkle Dove Napkin Rings ($65, set of 4) before setting them next to your special occasion china. A sparkly dove napkin ring is way easier to manage than actually folding your napkins into doves. (But if you want to try your hand at a fancy fold, this orchid technique would look très chic!)
Dec 16, 2014 8:55 AM
The only snow you want to see this year is the sort drifting down outside the windows, not dusting the shoulder pads of your suit jacket. This Malin + Goetz Dandruff Shampoo ($26) combats your case of the winter head flakes with a gentle but powerful blend of zinc and tea tree oil. Use it until you're unafraid to wear black again.
Dec 16, 2014 8:50 AM
This time last year, your Facebook feed was probably blowing up with unfunny cartoon versions of your friends or colleagues. If that made you want to run screaming for the nearest WiFi-free hills, brace yourself. The makers of Bitstrips recently released Bitmoji (Free), an app that lets you design your own personalized Emoji using your Bitstrips avatar. Use them to make your idealized cartoon self invade the previously secure realms of chat and text messaging.
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Dec 16, 2014 8:45 AM
Take that crystal clear Bose sound with you on the road with these SoundTrue In-Ear Headphones ($130). Don't let the funky shape fool you: these are far more than just another pair of trendy earbuds. With a soft, comfortable fit, they pack some seriously crisp, tonally balanced tunes into a tiny, stylish package. There's even a microphone built into the line, letting you switch from jamming to Miley to schmoozing your boss with the push of a button. Available for iPhone and Samsung Galaxy phones.
Dec 16, 2014 8:40 AM
If your daughter is wishing she could shiny up her nails like you do, it's time to indulge her. Ella + Mia mommy&me Polish Sets ($16) come with complimentary bottles of their vegan, "5-free" polishes - one full size for mom's bigger nails, and a pint-sized mate for your little lady. Use them to enjoy some quality beauty time together before she hits puberty and gives you the cold shoulder for six years.
Dec 16, 2014 8:35 AM
Before you go full cat eye, go half cat eye with these fun Mackenzie Sunglasses ($24). If you like these tastefully bejeweled shades and the extra sass they give to your outfit - and who wouldn't - then you can move onto the next sunglasses difficulty level, perhaps with the Statement Cateyes.
Dec 16, 2014 8:30 AM
Wildcats! Rrrowr! Does this Wild Cats Wrapping Paper ($14 for 12 sheets) also come in wallpaper? Because we'd love to look at these majestic beasts all day long. Norman's Printery has printed a variety of big cats - we spy a lynx, a cougar, an ocelot, and a tiger - in a range of beautiful, earthy colors on 12 sheets of newsprint to be used as wrapping paper for the most special people in your life. Make sure you use gentle tape when wrapping - your recipient is going to want to reuse this!
Dec 16, 2014 8:25 AM
Leather and lace as a combo is so over. But leather and wool? We like the sound of that. The combination is illustrated well with this Club Monaco Udele Skirt ($289). It's an easy skirt to wear by many a lady, thanks to its full shape and the fact that the leather is far from the waistband, therefore helping you avoid any unwanted, uh, thigh sweats.
Dec 16, 2014 8:20 AM
Forget raindrops on roses and bright copper kettles. Our list of favorite things sounds dramatically different, but includes the two key ingredients in this Tea-Infused Organic Chocolate Gift Set ($19). Each of these six colorful bars combines one of our favorite teas with luxurious organic white, milk or dark chocolate. We'll put them right up there with whiskers on kittens.
Dec 16, 2014 8:15 AM
Aren't optical illusions fun? Despite their appearance, these "cubes" are totally safe for placing drinks; no need to balance them in the center of the blue, red, or woodgrain surfaces - any edge or point will do. We don't expect these Blue & Red Table Tiles ($15, set of 6) to melt people's brains (unless they've already had lots of drinks and possibly other substances), but we do like the playful coasters for looking good even when they aren't holding drinks.
Dec 16, 2014 8:09 AM
We all know that penguins wear tuxedos. Duh. But did you know that some species of penguins, like the ones on these Antipast socks ($32), also enjoy wearing colorful brimmed hats? They'd also support their likeness being used on these wool blend socks - it's cold so far south of the equator!
Dec 16, 2014 8:05 AM
The more we think about it, the more we really like the playful modern spin J.Crew put on this Abstract Fair Isle Sweater ($114). Instead of looking run-of-the-mill - or worse, a little dated - it looks fresh and fun, and ought to make an excellent addition to your winter wardrobe. Give it a little edge with some (p)leather leggings or opt for a more casual style with a pair of colored skinny cords.
Dec 16, 2014 8:00 AM
At such a high price per pot, this Chantecaille Lip Potion ($43) better magically turn our lips into Scarlett Johansson replicas after each use. Alright, that's a pipe dream, but we're betting it does soften and help plump them up with the addition of ingredients like macadamia oil, aloe, rose, and shea butter.