Nov 26, 2014 8:25 AM
Don't let the cover fool you. Though The Essential Bar Book ($15) does contain over 115 recipes for both classic and modern cocktails, it's a heck of a lot more than yet another bartending manual. Set up in a simple A-to-Z format, it covers everything from the tools of the trade to history and mythology. Think of it as your personal encyclopedia of booze.
Nov 26, 2014 8:20 AM
It doesn't matter how well you tuck it in. Your dog will find a way to nudge that blanket onto the floor and get his fur all over the upholstery of your car. Thankfully, there's a solution that doesn't involve pumping quarters into the vacuum machine at the gas station. The CarPET ($11) is covered in grippy plastic nubs that cling to pet hair, making it a breeze to de-dog your back seat.
Nov 26, 2014 8:15 AM
Forget cheesy neckties and golf print boxer shorts. What your man really wants in his stocking this year is the same thing you do: chocolate. This Delysia Chocolate Gentlemen Collection ($27) comes in flavors designed specifically for the lads. Think rich dark cocoa spiked with the aroma of scotch and cigars. Just make sure not to hang it too close to the fire.
Nov 26, 2014 8:10 AM
Stop bringing your lunch to work in used takeout containers. For one thing, they're far more likely to spill pickle juice all over your portfolio. For another, they only add fuel to the fire of your coworker's suspicions about your pad thai addiction. These GoStak Portable Stackable Containers ($12) are a fun, modern alternative. The cylinders come in various sizes, and are made with durable, stain-resistant plastic that keeps odors - and everything else - securely sealed away. Best of all, they easily twist and lock together into a portable baton of efficient food storage.
Nov 26, 2014 8:05 AM
Sorry, but some trees were definitely harmed in the making of these Gift Tags ($14). There's really no way to claim these super rustic accents, with their obvious grain and fabulously chic little bits of bark, are made from recycled materials. They'd also be tough to reuse without some heavy sanding. But heck, we all need to kick our principles to the curb sometimes.
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Nov 26, 2014 8:00 AM
The image you see of this item on your screen may be larger than actual size, depending on your resolution. The Rebecca Minkoff Besties Tiny Pouch ($45), is, in fact, tiny, at just four inches wide. Why buy it? Because it says #besties, and because #besties like getting each other adorable things, right? Put one half of a set of BFF necklaces in this pouch to give to your best gal pal at the holidays and we guarantee that she'll be touched. While she's wearing the necklace full-time, she can use this pouch to store various easy-to-lose things, like change, lip gloss, and bobby pins.
Nov 25, 2014 9:34 AM
Audrey writes: "I am in love with Emma Watson's earring style and am dying to mimic her beautiful and delicate diamond ear cuff that she wore to the NY Noah premiere. She also wore a great simple bar ear cuff to the Duke of Cambridge's Charity Dinner. At either event, her ear game is top notch and I'd love to emulate her classic, but edgy look. I've searched for ear cuffs but found only huge statement pieces or frightfully expensive items that I couldn't hope to afford. Your expertise would be greatly appreciated!"
Hey Audrey! I'm not sure where you've been looking, but the ear cuff trend is hotter than a skillet full of bacon at the moment, which means that wallet-friendly takes on Watson's look abound. I've picked out a range of super affordable styles below, with some spot-on imitations of the cuff that snagged your heart as well as a few more funky alternatives.
1. Total Eclipse Rhinestone Ear Cuff Set ($20)
2. Jules Smith Crystal Eave Ear Cuff ($45)
3. Delicate Pave Bar Ear Cuff ($12)
4. Forever 21 Rhinestoned Earcuff Set ($5)
5. The Gold Bar Pave Crystal Ear Cuff ($18)
6. Madelyn Crystal Ear Cuff in Gold ($30)
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Nov 25, 2014 9:30 AM
Who needs Christmas crackers or sparklers when you're wearing these Mette Gold Earrings ($65)? The big stud is for the front of your lobe, while the crystal stars and petite pearls peak out from underneath the curve of your ear. They're festive, gorgeous, and look super luxe for the price.
Nov 25, 2014 9:25 AM
You've been bemoaning your dry skin for a few weeks now, and despite your attempts to soften it up, it insists on staying red and cracked. Go all natural and throw the power of lavender at it. Amor Natural's Organic Lavender Body Balm ($9) is made with calendula, which, along with its buddies vitamin E, rosemary extract, almond oil, beeswax, and lavender essential oil, will help heal your rough spots and finally give you the soft skin you're pining after.
Nov 25, 2014 9:20 AM
ALL Knitwear's delightful sweaters are always fun to look at, but we just don't know if we have it in us to wear a black and white checkered cardigan with neon green trim and pink and orange accents. However, this Chest Stripe Box Top ($300) is relatively restrained! The hand-linked pullover has the same '80s-inspired colors and patterns that we've come to expect from ALL, but we can totally see wearing this all throughout winter to add a pop of color to the gray, dreary landscape (and our boring black overcoats).
Nov 25, 2014 9:15 AM
Don't you wish that all you needed to get over a debilitating injury was to leap on top of a super mushroom? Sadly, we don't recover from our real life bumps and bruises nearly as easily. At least we can make the process more fun with these Game Bandages ($7), which put a bit of that 8-bit spirit into the healing process.
Nov 25, 2014 9:10 AM
We've been seeing open collar necklaces on the red carpet a lot lately, so you better get on this Open Cuff Necklace ($118) from Alexis Russell, pronto, before the trend is over. (Though nude pumps and see-through skirts still aren't over... so you may have some time after all.) It's essentially just a incomplete choker, but something about the opening onto the collarbone transforms the piece from '90s throwback to something exciting, contemporary, and chic.
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Nov 25, 2014 9:05 AM
There's a lot to love about these Daycee Heels ($54, on sale), and we think you can spot the most obvious things: the silver metallic striped material, maybe the unique straps across the top, or, perhaps, that clearance price. What we love, however, is the fact these party shoes have zippers, so if your favorite song starts playing, you'll only miss a couple beats while whipping these off and booking it to the dance floor. Those with buckles will sadly miss most of the first verse.
Nov 25, 2014 9:00 AM
Want to start trading those bogeys for birdies? Stop blaming the weather and start fixing your technique. The Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer ($150) works with your smartphone to identify just where you're going wrong. Take a whack or two (or seven) at that ball, and the Zepp will measure your club's head speed, swing plane, and more, as well as noting your hip rotation and hand path. View your swing from any angle, check out personalized coaching tips, set goals, and track your progress. Just make sure not to get so good that you start beating your boss.
Nov 25, 2014 8:55 AM
We'll admit it: half the fun of this Dusk Patchouli Activated Charcoal Bar Soap ($13) is the notion of washing ourselves with something labeled "scum." But don't be fooled by the down and dirty branding. This darkly intriguing bar combines a rich cocoa butter and coconut oil base with purifying charcoal to create a rich lather that moisturizes while it cleans and detoxifies.