Dec 17, 2014 9:10 AM
Does this hand carved and cast bronze Banner Necklace ($165) give us access to some secret society? The various shapes and symbols on this generously sized pendant have to mean something. Is this necklace a key? If we bring it to the right place, will we be granted entrance once the doorkeeper sees our necklace? If it's a club for fashionistas, at least, surely the answer will be yes.
Dec 17, 2014 9:05 AM
No one ever wants to be labeled a conformist, but I think you'd agree with us that flyaways and frizzies need a little help straightening out their wayward attitudes. This R+Co hair paste ($27) will oversee the process and give your hair a gentle nudge in the right direction. What's the right direction, you ask? Why, whatever direction you want it to be, you hairstyle overlord, you!
Dec 17, 2014 9:00 AM
Don't bring one of these Haptic Labs DIY Quilt Kits ($38) to your granny's quilting club, unless you know they'll have a defibrillator handy. When the old ladies see what you're tackling with one of these astonishingly detailed fabric cityscapes, there's bound to be a heart attack or two. Best to keep this one at home for the eight years it'll take you to finish it.
Dec 17, 2014 8:55 AM
When it comes to delightful color combinations and whimsical patterns, Donna Wilson always delivers, and her blue and yellow Memphis Scarf ($90) is no exception. The hand knit scarf is made with 100 percent lambswool to give it a beautifully soft finish. Drape it around your neck for the ultimate in warmth and style... and don't forget to slip into a pair of blue suede shoes before you head out the door!
Dec 17, 2014 8:50 AM
Child of the '80s and '90s? Then this Keep the Change Art Print ($20) from A Beautiful Mess is a necessary piece of holiday decor. Order a large cheese pizza, queue up Home Alone, and hang this on the wall before you set to work booby trapping the place against bumbling home invaders.
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Dec 17, 2014 8:45 AM
Let's face it. Contrary to what holiday movies would have us believe, snow isn't this cutesy precipitation that falls from the sky for an hour before the sun breaks through the clouds and makes everything beautiful again. That damn lake effect stuff lingers for hours, or worse, for days. Trendy leather fashion boots are fine once in a while, but if you're trudging through 4-6 months of slush, you're going to need something much sturdier, like Teva's Jordanelle 3 WP ($170). They're waterproof and come with an inner sock-like lining to encourage both dryness and warmth while you're out stomping through eight inches of the white stuff.
Dec 17, 2014 8:40 AM
'Tis the season of round the clock visitors, and while you love hosting, you're running a little short on space. Hedgehouse's line of luxurious throwbeds ought to help you out. Or, at least, this Cortina Cranberry Throwbed ($375) will save you from having to explain to Aunt Sally that, despite her arthritis complaints, she'll be sleeping directly on the floor. The bed is made of down and fiber and zipped into a linen cover for a warm, breathable bedding option. In fact, it's so comfy that you may want to let Aunt Sally take your room while you get a good night's rest on your new throwbed.
Dec 17, 2014 8:36 AM
Stop recycling those bottles! We've found an even better use for your empties: transforming them into stylish pieces of home decor. This Satechi Touch USB LED Lamp ($25) inserts neatly into anything from yesterday's root beer holder to a discarded bottle of Veuve Cliquot. Best of all? When you get tired of staring at the Beefeater, it only takes a second to swap your base out for something new. Just make sure to wash your bottles thoroughly before reusing, unless you like the scent of warm gin infusing your house.
Dec 17, 2014 8:30 AM
Hoops six ways! The beads on these Golden Rondelle Hoops ($38) are easily removable, so you can wear them plain or you can wear them as is - or as is minus three beads if you decide five are too many. You can even add your own beads on for variety. It's the easiest way to "make your own jewelry" if you don't have the nimble fingers for bending wire and tying knots.
Dec 17, 2014 8:25 AM
Mad science meets boozing it up in The Curious Bartender ($25), mixologist Tristan Stephenson's passionate tribute to the fine art of cocktails. Stephenson pays reverence to the giants of bartending history with detailed accounts of the origins of classic cocktails, then steps up the game with unapologetically modernist innovations like absinthe "air." Detailed scientific breakdowns are given for every key ingredient in these old favorites, as Stephenson walks you through the chemical magic that transforms them into alchemy in your mouth (and your bloodstream). Amateurs should skip this one - it's solidly meant for those passionate enough about the perfect cocktail to consider investing in a Roto-Vap.
Dec 17, 2014 8:20 AM
Keep your mutt cozy this winter while helping to find warm, safe homes for dogs in need. This Found My Animal Waxed Cotton Vest ($75 - $105) combines rustic waxed canvas with a toasty flannel lining to protect your pet from the elements. There's even an adorable fleece olive hood to keep those sensitive ears out of the cold, and just like your Jack Russell, it was made right here in the USA.
Dec 17, 2014 8:15 AM
Isn't there something sort of sports-like about this Shapes Serving Tray ($51)? It's all very abstract, but the overlapping half-triangles and circles on its rectangular surface seem to mimic the paint lines on hockey arenas or basketball courts. Maybe you can come up with your own little game for your next party using cheese wedges and crackers as game pieces. Whoever loses has to mix all the cocktails!
Dec 17, 2014 8:10 AM
We can't get enough of the shearling fad this winter (and come to think of it, shearling should always be on trend in the winter because warmth, right?!). J.Crew's Metallic Shearling Lodge Moccasins ($55) glam up the homey slipper staple with a gold finish to the suede upper. If you think the gold might be too bright for your bleary early morning eyeballs, the moccasin comes in more subtle shades, too.
Dec 17, 2014 8:05 AM
We've heard about perfume bottle designs being inspired by jewelry or even the personal style of their namesakes, but we've never seen an item of clothing inspired by a perfume bottle. The Prism Chemise ($58) is inspired by Josie's eau de parfum, but we like it regardless. The diamond chevron pattern is super cute, and, if you check out the back, it dips just low enough to be sexy without being too revealing.
Dec 17, 2014 8:00 AM
Mmm, is there anything tastier than a smattering of brie and cranberry preserves atop a crispy cracker? Share you excitement for the yummy parts of the season with this Spreading Christmas Cheer Card ($4). It'll go perfectly with that hostess gift you're going to give to your friend for putting on a great party (full of totally delish appetizers, most of which were topped with cheese!).