Holiday Playlist: Merry-an the Contrarian Cheers Up a Little

Yes indeed, this post is long. It occupies significant vertical space. But no one will make you read it, you Scrooge you. These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Cocktail Dress for One Ring's Friend Lori

Lori wrote on her FB page: "I just want a reasonably flattering cocktail frock WITH SLEEVES that doesn't virtually guarantee that every stranger under the age of 30 will call me "Ma'am." IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?!" Hi Lori, I'm Found of You, and you are friends with the... [More]


BondiBand Headbands

We don't know about you, but by this time of the year, we're in serious need of some wintertime exercise motivation. All we really want to do is fatten up on holiday foods and park our butts in front of the fireplace. Okay, park our butts in front of a... [More]


OPI Muppets Collection: Fresh Frog of Bel Air

We've been sampling from theOPI Muppets Collection for a few weeks now in anticipation of the movie (it's finally out...and HIL-ARIOUS if you haven't seen it yet!). Most of the collection consists of glittered hues that work best over a colored base coat. We love em all for the glam... [More]



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Modern Himmeli Ornaments

We're pretty sweet on these Modern Himmeli Ornaments ($39 / set of 8). Made of plastic straw and cotton string, these geometric pieces are modeled after a Finnish tradition where much larger straw arrangements hang from ceilings. We could see how that would be even prettier than our Christmas tree...... [More]


Kaleidoscope Joy Baker

We don't always embrace the fact that we're often eating for one. And hey, we're lucky enough to have good family and friends, so we do mix it up here and there during the week! But for those nights when we need to make ourselves a little dish of soup... [More]


Mossimo Supply Co. Fair Isle Pullover Sweater

The Mossimo Supply Co. Fair Isle Pullover Sweater ($25) has a lot going for it. It's pretty to look at, fitted in all the right places, and in the budget to boot. As much as we'd love to snuggle into the luxury of cashmere, we can't really be dropping a... [More]


Keurig Donut House Collection: Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee

Is it bad that even though we LOVE the flavor of the Keurig Donut House Collection: Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee ($16, 24 count), it also makes us crave a real chocolate glazed donut? We ordered a box for our Keurig machine and are addicted. So far it's helped our will... [More]

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Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask

Whenever we wear a sleep mask, it always ends up around our neck by morning, but for the love of this Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask ($15), we don't even care. We'll hot glue this thing to our eyebrows if that's what it takes.... [More]


Butter Season d'Orsay Pump

Check out the glam Butter Season d'Orsay Pump ($242)! Wouldn't it make a great wedding shoe? If you're not partial to wearing your "something blue" on your feet, this heel comes in silver, too. Either way, it has that classic retro look that's so "in" right now--it's sure to look... [More]

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Fornasetti Pistole Candle

The indulgent Fornasetti Pistole Candle ($165) would be a great gift if we abided by the advice to not get people things that we're over the moon about. We'd cave to this regal, gun laden indigo container and keep it for ourselves. What power it holds over us.... [More]


Filson Plaid Wool Tote

Do we need another tote? No. Do we want another tote? Certainly. We keep seeming to accumulate random stuff, so we can always use another place to stash it. There's plenty of room in the Filson Plaid Wool Tote ($125). It's an oversized plaid wool bag--perfect for holding whatever we... [More]


Brave the Winter With Fearless Boots

As summer winds down, it's time to look ahead to the chill of winter, and for women who love to shop, that means one thing: shopping for boots. SOREL's new bold and modern fall/winter 2011 line is a great place to start your search, especially if you're looking for something... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Fabulous Birthday Dress for C T

C T writes: "Hello Outblush Ladies! After looking for a dress for too long that I can wear on my birthday, I thought I would try coming to you as you helped me get the dress i will wear to my boyfriends brothers wedding. I've recommended you to everyone I... [More]


West Elm Holiday Porcelain Tealight Holders

Cast a cheerful Christmas glow over your home and hearth with the Holiday Porcelain Tealight Holders ($6-8) from West Elm. So simple in design and execution, these little candle holders make a big impact. The light from within dances across the walls in festive snowflake patterns, giving your place just... [More]


Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Age Your Own Whiskey Kits

Sure, you could get him Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for Christmas. But we're betting he won't last that long without it, so you're gonna need a backup plan. May we suggest one of these Age Your Own Whiskey Kits ($150-570) by Woodinville Whiskey Company? Because we know two... [More]



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J Crew Polka Dot Silk Sleep Shirt

Get a good night's sleep in this J Crew Polka Dot Silk Sleep Shirt ($150). It's a feminine version of a retro man's pajama top with a little extra length and softness. We guarantee your guy will find this just as sexy as the 150 dollar sheer baby doll lingerie... [More]


Photojojo Lens Cap Strap Holder

Seriously now, where was The Lens Cap Strap Holder ($18) from Photojojo last week when we took first snowfall photos and lost our Nikon cap while trudging through a field? A genius idea, the lens cap strap holder threads on to any camera strap and provides a secure surface for... [More]


Tiniest Bouquet of Poppies Ring

We're such girls! Tell us anything is the "tiniest" and we immediately oooh and awe. Who knows if this Tiniest Bouquet of Poppies Ring ($182) is indeed the tiniest bouquet of poppies, but we're willing to take designer Jenny Kim's word for it. Certainly it's the prettiest sterling silver bouquet... [More]


blowPro Blow Out Serious Non-Stick Hairspray

We're thinking that the blowPro Blow Out Serious Non-Stick Hairspray ($10-20) is called "blow" because no matter how the winter winds howl and blow, it'll keep your hair in place. Don't get us wrong--this stuff has plenty of bend (no nasty crunch hair, we promise!), but it also holds our... [More]


Kings Road Redux Mugs

Serve your guests like the royalty they think they are with the Kings Road Redux Mugs ($56, set of 4). We're not necessarily suggesting you bust out the good coffee for them--we think you can go mid-range and get away with it since the mugs are so majestic-looking. Then, after... [More]


Sea Salt Caramels

Yes, Sea Salt Caramels ($22). You and your homemade dark deliciousness are a perfect good excuse for a tummy ache. A holiday tummy ache. The best kind.... [More]

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Esther Porter Lark Bag

Searching for a new all-purpose messenger is tough, but our eyes have settled on the Esther Porter Lark Bag ($443) and they don't seem to want to look away. Softly contrasting gunmetal grey leather and soft navy waxed cotton make this piece subtly special, and the leather stitching is a... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Entwined by Heather Dixon

There is no such thing as too many fairytales. We love 'em. We grew up on them and they didn't make us smarmy school girls who needed a prince to rescue us (maybe to do the dishes once in a while and vacuum our apartment). We're excited to read this... [More]


ASOS Sausage Dog Sweater

Dog lover? Show it off by wearing the ASOS Sausage Dog Sweater ($55). The pooch on the front is the perfect cross between a cute, toon-ish pup and some sort of ironic statement we haven't figured out yet. At any rate, we just want to own this sweater so we... [More]

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Laura Cowan Blue Saturn Dreidel

Whoa, the Laura Cowan Blue Saturn Dreidel ($120) looks like a UFO. Sci-fi nerd alert - we think anything that looks like a spacecraft is awesome, and we're really taken with the steel material. Any super chic Hannukah celebration could use this dreidel.... [More]



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Ninja Nesting Dolls

Last holiday season, matryoshka dolls adorned everything: jewelry, sweaters, get the idea. This year, we're predicting that these Ninja Nesting Dolls ($18) will pick up where the fad left off. After all, you can't get much more hipster than ninjas hiding...inside one another...? Or something like that, right?... [More]

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Black Lava Bracelet

Porous volcanic stone and freshwater pearls come together in the Black Lava Bracelet ($55). Strange it's such a smashing combination, but we should know unlike textures look great together. Great for all those cocktail parties on the calender if a fat ring isn't your style.... [More]

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Celebrate! Holiday Invitations

Sometimes simple is best. The colorful circles on the Celebrate! Holiday Invitations ($1-2) draw us in and make us want to party. Whether these floating shapes bring to mind balloons or confetti, whatever you're thinking is fun. And your attention was grabbed by colors. Can't deny that.... [More]


Camelbak Groove Water Bottle

This limited edition Camelbak Groove Water Bottle ($25) has two things a regular Camelbak lacks: style and charity! We love our solid color bottle, but ya gotta admit the pattern on the Goove bottle is pretty cute. Plus, when you purchase a Groove, not only are you getting a limited... [More]


Rogue Confections Kismet Chocolate Disks

Gussy up your gift giving this year by giving away a few boxes of these Rogue Confections Kismet Chocolate Disks ($18, box of 6). They're a no-brainer! Fancy Belgian chocolate printed with exquisite edible designs and packaged in a box with a bow, ready for impressing? Sign us up! We'll... [More]


Weekly Purse Page Lookalike Poll: November 29, 2011

Find any good bargains this past weekend? Find any beautiful things reduced in price, but not nearly enough for you to be able to afford them, biggest shopping weekend of the year or no? Yeah, us too. Big sigh. But get a little bit of revenge and waste a few... [More]


Holiday Party Looks Under $150: Fabulous for Festivus

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come... [More]

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Personal Shopper: Wolford Medallion Look-Alike Tights for Caitlin D.

Caitlin D. is on the hunt for the gorgeous Wolford Medallion Tights. She has requested we help her find a similar style. Here's here request below. 1. What size (shoe or dress) are you? shoe size 5.5 dress size 1 2. What is your maximum budget? $100 3. If this... [More]


INC International Concepts Dolman Sleeve Sequin Top

Getting glammed up for the holidays doesn't always mean you have to wiggle into a festive frock. Sometimes the LAST thing you want to do in 12 degree weather is wear a short skirt and tights. You can make just as sexy a statement with the Dolman Sleeve Sequin Top... [More]


Cheap Thrill: Peering Ninja Decal

It's definitely time to personalize our laptops, and what better way to show off out awesomeness than with this Peering Ninja Decal ($4) from Decal Robot? Maybe when we're out and about, it'll spark up a debate with a hottie about ninjas vs. pirates. We'll just have to win him... [More]


DYOH Onyx With Bronze Buddha Bracelet

Enter the new year in a more centered and zen-like state with the DYOH Onyx With Bronze Buddha Bracelet ($37, on sale). It may not magically make you feel peaceful, but peering down at Buddha's face may remind you to stop, take a deep breath, and let go of all... [More]

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Flower Fairisle Tassel Scarf

The Flower Fairisle Tassel Scarf ($30) reconciles our conflicting thoughts on scarf embellishments. We like fringe, but pom poms are a bit much sometimes - tassels are the perfect go between. The boho pattern is a stand out too.... [More]


AHAVA Salt Celebration Wands

We love the holidays, but they can sure be stressful (does anyone else's mom drive them crazy after about 35 minutes?!). As soon as we get a chance, we draw ourselves up a hot bath and toss in the contents of one of these AHAVA Salt Celebration Wands ($10 each).... [More]


Solmate Tulip Recycled Socks

These Solmate Tulip Recycled Socks ($19) feel like little cushions of clouds under our feet! The recycled cotton is soft and durable, and totally worth the steep price tag (yeah, we balked at 19 dollars a pair, too!). Best of all, they're colorful and fun--a far cry from the trouser... [More]


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Here at Outblush, we're not an unhappy lot of ladies by any means (maybe a little to sour and snarky on occasion, but that's charming, right?). We figure we can always use a little inner zen, which is what Jonathan Haidit's book, The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient... [More]

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Culture Club: Wisteria Butterfly Lovers Handpainted Chest

If over the top is the direction you're headed in your decor, consider the curvaceous Wisteria Butterfly Lovers Handpainted Chest ($909). The distressed finish would lend itself nicely to shabby chic spaces, but it could add something unique in an all black and white room too. Let's see why this... [More]


Tiny Crime Tape

Anyone who has had to live with roommates, boyfriends, siblings, husbands, kids, etc.(and that's all of us, right?) knows the value of keeping others' hands off the goods. A roll of Tiny Crime Tape (£5) may help in not-so-subtly reminding people to keep out of your stuff. Seriously, we're going... [More]


I Love Shoes Glitter Fleece Festival Wellingtons

Okay, so you're telling us that these Glitter Fleece Festival Wellingtons ($45) from I Love Shoes are lined with soft, warm fleece? Meaning we can splish-splash in the winter slush all we want and our toes will stay dry and warm? Sold! Not that we wouldn't have considered buying red... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Miam.Miam Moda Pixel Mugs

Our lil' sis in college would love the Miam.Miam Moda Pixel Mugs ($29 / set of four) for her dorm room. Brocade patterns look so much better pixellated, don't they? Pretty mugs can really spruce up a room in a snap.... [More]


Woodland Holiday Apron

Sure, we have an apron. We may even have two. But we don't have a Woodland Holiday Apron ($34) to tie on when we're feeling festive and ready to bake up a bunch of Christmas cookies! We're pretty sure that if we wear this while rolling out the dough for... [More]


Urban Renewal Sweater Knit Legwarmers

We've been tossing on these Urban Renewal Sweater Knit Legwarmers ($19) with our boots and skirts for the last few weeks now and you wouldn't believe how many compliments we get. They're cute and playful, for sure, but we picked them up because they were a fashionable way to keep... [More]


Under Lock & Key Barrette Set

A cute hairstyle for every day that's not boring? We've got your locks it on lock. Oh Outblush, did you just make two puns in one sentence? We sure did! Under Lock & Key Barrette Set ($14)... [More]


Star of David Paper Coasters

Got a holiday Hanukkah party planned? Let the kiddos play with the dreidel while the adults sip and set their wine on these Star of David Paper Coasters ($5) from Event Design Shop. Hanukkah celebrations may not come with tinsel and trees, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate with... [More]


Toddland It's a Cape!

The Toddland It's a Cape! ($13), sold at Perpetual Kid would make a totally awesome stocking stuffer for your man, wouldn't it? That is, if your man is anything like our men (ie adorable oversized boys). We're not sure they'd ever let someone see them wearing this, though maybe we... [More]


Bliss Lemon+Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream

We're not sure we could live a whole winter without using absurdly high quantities of this Lemon+Sage Body Butter Maximum Moisture Cream ($35) by Bliss. Don't get us wrong, a little goes a long way, but we're addicted to the clean smell and smooth feel of this lotion. We buy... [More]


Personal Shopper: A Med School Formal Dress for Allyson

Allyson writes: Hi editors! I'm mildly obsessed with the Personal Shopper feature and was wondering if you could help a sister out. :) My med school formal is on December 10th. It's on a boat (mothaf-- ahem.) However, the deck is closed, so I don't think I need to worry... [More]


Lane Bryant Silvertone Shingle Stretch Belt

Need a little waist definition in that new holiday frock? We're partial to the Lane Bryant Silvertone Shingle Stretch Belt ($35). As far as belts go, it gets the job done. We all about looking curvy, put-together, and a little blinged out for our upcoming festivities!... [More]


Betsey Johnson Hits the Dot Tights

These Betsey Johnson Hits the Dot Tights ($15, on sale) are so super cute, but we're worried about buying them and ruining them before we even get them all the way up our legs. We're infamously bad at putting on lacy tights. Something always snags, even if we take off... [More]


Tea Rex

Eureka! We know why the dinosaurs all died out! They didn't drink nearly enough camomile tea when the ice age hit! How else were they supposed to keep warm and cozy? Tea Rex ($14) at Fred Flare... [More]

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Vintage Havana Open Backside Sweatshirt

Now, this is our idea of a great holiday sweater. It's white and it has shiny stuff on it, which makes it yuletide festive, but the white is tie dyed and the shiny stuff is big grommets. Plus, the back is open and super duper sexy. Santa Baby, we'll be... [More]


DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner

Alright, winter. It's time for us to battle when it comes to dry air and brittle locks. Luckily, we have DevaCurl One Condition Ultra Creamy Daily Conditioner ($34 for 32oz) on our side. We buy a big ol bottle of it every winter and it's great armor against the elements.... [More]


iFixit Thirsty Bags

If we're banking on getting any of the electronics we've got on our Christmas wish list this year, we're going to need to pick up a few of these iFixit Thirsty Bags ($7 each). As much as we like to think we're careful with our toys, it wasn't too long... [More]


J Crew Hearthstone Infinity Scarf

Are infinity scarves like this gorgeous J Crew Hearthstone Infinity Scarf ($68) designed with women like us in mind? What we mean is--we love a great baggy scarf with cute patterns, but we hate draping the things around us three hundred times and in the latest fashionable knot. A little... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift idea: Felt Puppets

True story: we got hit by a car when were three by our crazy fast-driving old man neighbor. What did we get out of it? Multiple stitches, a story about peeing on the doctor in defiance, and a dog puppet. We would have loved one of these cute Felt Puppets... [More]


Naturalizer Capri Flats

At first, we kind of dismissed these Naturalizer Capri Flats ($35-65). They looked a little too... orthopedic? But they're starting to grow on us. Certainly with the right tights and skirt they'd look pretty cute. Besides, maybe it's time we take a hint from Rachel Barry's wardrobe. On Glee, she... [More]


Thomas Paul Baby Alpaca Throw

We're definitely not going to go out on a whaling ship and run into deep sea monsters any time soon, so instead, we're gonna snuggle up under this Thomas Paul Baby Alpaca Throw ($350), and read about more daring swashbucklers who have. Or, we'll start to read and then realize... [More]

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Keen Lovejoy II Harvest Wallet

We used to have a hard time finding our black wallet in the depths of our black purse, but not anymore. Now we have an insane neon geometric in-your-face wallet that pretty much glows in the dark. Keen Lovejoy II Harvest Wallet ($20)... [More]


Marc Jacobs Rollerball Trio

Would it be cheating if we ordered the Marc Jacobs Rollerball Trio ($38) and slipped one scent each into gifts for our friends? We'd give each rollerball a sniff and match it with the best recipient possible, but this way we'd get to give them a few little treats and... [More]


Snape's Patronus Aluminum Necklace

No matter how many times we watch Snape's doe patronus guide Harry to the Godric Gryffindor's sword, we get chills. Then we look around guiltily like there is a big ol' NERD sign blinking above our heads. Once assured there isn't, we go back to reveling in the unrequited love... [More]

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Melissa & Doug Trunki Ruby

Any parent that has traveled with little ones knows that the journey is...well a long trek with very little light at the end of the tunnel to say the least (no matter how many bottles of rum you consume on the flight). When we stumbled upon the Melissa & Doug... [More]


Coach Tour Rose Dress

We can't wait to give the Coach Tour Rose Dress ($36, on sale) at Modcloth a winter makeover! We're talking grey cable-knit tights, boots, a long-sleeved tee underneath, and a beanie. We think if we pair the light pink dress with shades of grey and black, it'll look just as... [More]


Occupy Wall Street? iPhone Case

No matter what side of the street you find yourself on, look clever as you tweet about it from your phone safely enclosed in the Occupy Wall Street? iPhone Case ($35). We'll wish you luck in collecting your due money as you pass and avoiding a loss of turn by... [More]


Holiday Playlist: Trajano's Rock and Roll Yuletide Tribute List

These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you... [More]


Community: The Complete First Season

We know we've got good taste because every time we LOVE something, the rest of the world could care less. Take Community on NBC for example. There have been plenty of rumors about it being cancelled, to which we say, "Typical." After all, that's what happened with other favorites like... [More]


Vardagen Moose Ugly Sweater T-Shirt

The Moose Ugly Sweater T-Shirt ($20) from Vardagen is certainly way cuter than any real ugly sweater we could pick up at Goodwill. Plus, ugly holiday sweaters are so two years ago. This tee is can be worn throughout the winter, since moose, though related to reindeer, aren't necessarily a... [More]


Scentsy Bars

Forget traditional candles! Even though their flickering wicks add ambiance to a room, they get a little dangerous when we forget to blow them out an hour or two later. We've moved on to candle warmers. Sure, you still have to unplug them, but it still safer than an open... [More]


Rock Steady Clever Charm Pan Collar Top

We love the girlishness of the Clever Charm Pan Collar Top ($39) by Rock Steady. We can't quite decide if it reminds us more of a Sailor Moon school girl outfit or a prim and proper librarian top. Either way, it's feminine and fun and we'll be searching long and... [More]

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Cheap Thrill: ProSelect Polka Dot Cage Hammock

Witnessed two kittens napping in a breeder's ProSelect Polka Dot Cage Hammock ($6) and had to share. We know there's a ferret resting in this image, so you might need a cute cat video to bring you up to speed. Our pets deserve a new nap spot for the holidays.... [More]

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Eri Sugimoto Snowflake Cup

You think the Eri Sugimoto Snowflake Cup ($34) is meant for the holiday gift guide? Guess again, friendlies, we're keeping this handmade goodness to ourselves. Eri uses her crafty paper snowflakes as stencils, and each pattern is one of a kind. Love that it's coarse on the outside for a... [More]



Life is getting easier and easier! The Looxcie ($120) is definitely going to become our new best friend. This awesome gadget slips on over your ear and records life as it unfolds before your very eyes (without you being inconvenienced). It's compatible with iPhone, iPad and Android smartphone or tablet.... [More]


Friends For-Evergreen Skirt

The crochet lace detailing on this Friends For-Evergreen Skirt ($113) by Darling is making us swoon. We don't yet have a dark green skirt in our closets, so we're already justifying the purchase of one. It'd be just the piece we need to keep in the holiday spirit, even through... [More]

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Doubtblush: Senso Aztec Bootie

You may have noticed that we're hardly perpetual rays of sunshine around here, but even so, we seem to spend a lot of our time enthusing about one gewgaw or another. Doubtblush exists to make it clear that we do not, in fact, like everything. We like the Senso Aztec... [More]


Kate Spade Portola Valley Small Blaine Bag

We really want to indulge ourselves with the purchase of this Kate Spade Portola Valley Small Blaine Bag ($316). That color! The textured leather! How could it not look stunning at the crook of our arms? But we're adults with responsibilities. So we're going to pass up on this until... [More]

Substituting Ingredients - A to Z Kitchen Reference

Substituting Ingredients - A to Z Kitchen Reference

Have you ever been in the middle of cooking up a scrumptious meal when all of a sudden you realized you were missing one measly ingredient? We sure have! Don't be left clueless in the kitchen any more thanks to the Substituting Ingredients - A to Z Kitchen Reference ($10).... [More]

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J.W.Anderson Single Bolt Tartan Horn Bracelet

Falling somewhere between prep and punk rock, the curious J.W.Anderson Single Bolt Tartan Horn Bracelet ($63) struck our fancy. This rebellious bolt and horn bracelet is wrapped in plaid, and feels like it rolled out of some runway rendition of Braveheart. Stack it with other bangles for an extra hard... [More]

Doggone Dogbone Wreath

Doggone Dogbone Wreath

For the crazy dog lover on your holiday shopping list, we bring you the Doggone Dogbone Wreath ($115). This wreath is layers of felt dogbones trimmed with a pretty red wreath. It may even be cute for pup's house.... [More]


Brainteaser Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

We never mastered the art of the Rubik's Cube and it's not likely we ever will (unless we cheat by following a Youtube guide, but we're too lazy for that). Instead, we'll just season our meals with the Brainteaser Salt and Pepper Shaker Set ($34). Sure, they're a little kitsch,... [More]

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Zebra Hide Rug

Dear, Santa, please take note that the Zebra Hide Rug ($425) would look great in our reading nook. Animal stripes will add one more accent pattern in our modern mash-up decor scheme. If anyone's counting, it's not a real zebra hide - it's dyed cow hide. Still fancy, but not... [More]


Lillie Cherry Trim Sandals

Drool-worthy details about these Lillie Cherry Trim Sandals ($130): a SIX INCH GOLD HEEL (we're gonna kill ourselves--death by platform sandal!), the bright red color, and disco ball-esque cherries on the toes. We have no idea what we'd wear these with, or where we'd totter about when we've got them... [More]

Big Girls Dont Cry Bandages

Big Girls Don't Cry Bandages

The next time you get a blister from your sky-high pumps suck it up because big girls don't cry. Big Girls Don't Cry Bandages ($6)... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer

Slip a little tube of this Jack Black Industrial Strength Hand Healer ($15) into your mans stocking and you'll never have to endure scratchy hands and heels rubbing against you in bed again. Why husband, what soft hands you have. The better to feel you up, my dear.... [More]


Deepa Gurnani Crystal Headband

Digging the multidimensional Deepa Gurnani Crystal Headband ($49). Sure it's crammed with crystals - that's nothing we haven't seen before - it's the trileaf shape that's intriguing. And, ladies, it's reversible; the front is lined with blue trim and the back is leopard print.... [More]

No More Silent Nights Onesie

No More Silent Nights Onesie

As much as we hate to admit it, it's so true. Be sure to bring that new mommy an adorable onesie that speaks nothing other than the truth. 'Tis the season for silent nights anyway. No More Silent Nights Onesie ($11)... [More]


The Walking Dead Book 7

Look, we're not sayin that AMC's The Walking Dead series isn't awesome. It totally is. But what's more awesome is the current compilation of Robert Kirkman's original series: The Walking Dead Book 7 ($21). Yes, we have collected all six of the prior books, what of it? We can appreciate... [More]


Personal Shopper: Ramen Bowls for Chelsea's Boyfriend

Chelsea writes: I have been trying to find something to buy for my boyfriend for Christmas and I'm having a really hard time. He has recently gotten into asian cooking and has been cooking stir fry and ramen non stop. I think it would be pretty cool to find him... [More]


AE Fair Isle Sweater Vest

Oooh, this AE Fair Isle Sweater Vest ($70) looks so warm and snuggly, we can't wait to toss it on over our jeans and long-sleeved tees. It's got casual weekend written all over it, and since most of our weekends are indeed casual, we imagine we'll get plenty of wear... [More]

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Frosty Tap Shorts

The Frosty Tap Shorts ($52) bring to mind ice cold drinks at fancy parties. If it's a casual close friends only holiday get together, we could get away with wearing these, styled as shown, with tights. Sequin-covered shorts in a retro inspired cut and delicate lace border just say celebrate.... [More]


The Tardis Lifesized Cardboard Cutout

Wait, what? You DON'T own a Lifesized Cardboard Cutout of The Tardis ($30) from Doctor Who? Unacceptable! Traveling by car is so 21st Century!... [More]

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Pistil Bianca Brim Hat

We weren't well off enough to enjoy any equestrian hobbies as a girl, but the Pistil Bianca Brim Hat ($30) will make up for lost time, stylistically speaking. This red and white little cap is cute as a button and a fun-filled accessory for a full grown lady. Pair with... [More]


Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch

How did we not know that funny lady Jane Lynch's comedic memoir Happy Accidents ($17) came out in September? Man, we need to get with it! Lynch has been making us laugh since Best in Show, and more recently through her kooky characters in Party Down and Glee. We're pretty... [More]

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Inflatable Christmas Wreath

The Inflatable Christmas Wreath ($22) by Kit Grover makes perfect sense for the Southern California holiday season. It's a riff on an intertube, and, yes, we find it funny. Hey - at least we don't have to worry about it getting all soggy in the rain.... [More]


Coach Poppy Signature Metallic Glam Tote

A Macy's exclusive, the Coach Poppy Signature Metallic Glam Tote ($228) is only available through their stores and website. We're down with that--it means it's less likely to be on everyone's arms and we'll get lots of envious compliments. Plus, how cute are those hearts interspersed between the signature Coach... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Duchess iPad Case

Looks like some vintage-loving designer looked at their collection of granny wallets and dreamed up the 9" Duchess iPad Case ($90). This sophisticated carrier is basically a super sized retro cigarette case, and we respect that. We're always fans of aesthetic homages to mid-century modern anything in contemporary looks.... [More]

Swoop Storage Bag

Swoop Storage Bag and Play-Mat

We find ourselves constantly entertaining this time of year and we also find our kids pulling toys out of every crack and crevice in the house. What we really need is someone to break in and steal toys! Of course we're kidding, but we love the Swoop Storage Bag and... [More]


Horse Feathers Calamity Jane Cuff Plate

Our favorite thing about the HorseFeathers Lenny and Eva line is that we get to custom-create it. We pick a cuff, a bauble or two, and a word sentiment plate to make a bracelet all our own. We've been eyeing up this Calamity Jane Cuff Plate ($22) for a few... [More]

Nivea A Kiss of Shine Lip Care

Nivea A Kiss Of Shine Lip Care

For less than your daily cup of coffee, you can have gorgeous lips for weeks on end! Treat your smackers to Nivea A Kiss Of Shine Lip Care ($3). Your lips will feel hydrated and look luscious.... [More]

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Brocade Moulin Chandelier

The Brocade Moulin Chandelier ($599, in cocoa) is one of the more unique chandeliers we've seen. The curved metal frame isn't all that delicate (shocker), but it's a nice change. We like the drama of the added weight, and the strands of glass crystals cover our expectations for sparkle. Well... [More]


Cambridge Satchel Company ASOS Leather Plum Satchel

The Cambridge Satchel Company teamed up with ASOS to bring us this exclusive Leather Plum Satchel ($218), and boy are we glad they did! We're crazy about gorgeously-colored leather and even more crazy about it in sleek satchel form big enough to carry all our daily essentials. And trust us,... [More]


Cobalt Blue Elephant Wood Pull Toy

There's just something so adorable about handmade toys. Sure, this Cobalt Blue Elephant Wood Pull Toy ($20, on sale) by Joan Orr doesn't come with all the bells and whistles all those Leap Pad Frog EZ-Reader Light Strobe toys do, but sometimes babies just want to chew on stuff! This... [More]

New Years. Vegas. Tuesday. Yes, you totally have somewhere to wear this TFNC Bandeau Sweetheart Sequin Dress ($91). Just stop staring at the sparkles and put your brain to work for 30 seconds - you'll come up with something, we...

TFNC Bandeau Sweetheart Sequin Dress

New Years. Vegas. Tuesday. Yes, you totally have somewhere to wear this TFNC Bandeau Sweetheart Sequin Dress ($91). Just stop staring at the sparkles and put your brain to work for 30 seconds - you'll come up with something, we promise. TFNC Bandeau Sweetheart Sequin Dress... [More]


J Crew Viv Flats

Give Dorothy some major shoe envy by wearing these Viv Flats ($228) from J Crew this winter. Sure, they're not ruby-encrusted slippers, but we're pretty sure when you're wearing them, the last thing you'll want to do is go home.... [More]


Timbuk2 Kindle Dinner Jacket

Dress up your Kindle or Kindle Touch with the Timbuk2 Kindle Dinner Jacket ($45). Though it's not exactly formal wear, we're pretty sure you're not taking your kindle on a black tie date. Instead, this case has lots of useful tricks up it's sleeve. Turn it inside out to make... [More]

Colossal Fleece Bone

Colossal Fleece Bone

Throw your pooch a bone this holiday season....a really big snuggly and squeaky one! Colossal Fleece Bone ($18)... [More]


Celebrate: Dritz Home Long Straight Upholstery Hand Needles

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


Vince Camuto Beaus Boots

Oooh, sexy! These Vince Camuto Beaus Boots ($210) remind us of a mish-mash between a sleek riding boot and a Victorian/Steampunk shoe. We could dress it either way, with something more intricate and detailed for a turn of the century look, or simple and luxurious for a day at the... [More]

Bicycle SweetSeat

Bicycle SweetSeat

Say good-bye to those filthy germs your little one comes in contact with every time you dine out. The Bicycle SweetSeat ($84) is a dream come true for moms everywhere. Each SweetSeat booster seat is handmade and designed to sit on top of any dining chair.... [More]


Unicorn Chopsticks

Why would we ever pay 12 dollars for a pair of chopsticks? Um, because they have UNICORNS on them, duh! What's not to like about stabbing eating our grocery store California roll with a pair of frolicking mythical creatures!? Get your Unicorn Chopsticks ($12) at Think Geek.... [More]


L L Bean Poplin Sleep Pants

Fine, we'll admit that these L L Bean Poplin Sleep Pants ($30) are for men. So we guess you could snag a pair for your man, but we'll just warn you now: you'll be wearing them more than he will. We didn't even pretend we were purchasing these for anyone... [More]


Ann Taylor Sequin and Jersey Knit Sheath Dress

You get the best of both worlds with the Sequin and Jersey Knit Sheath Dress ($150) from Ann Taylor! Jersey knit is so comfy and flattering, and sequins are so...well, bold and fun! We like that this sheath dress has sequins only in the front, though. That means we've got... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Konstantin Slawinski Silicone Cake Baking Pan

What seperates the Konstantin Slawinski Silicone Cake Baking Pan ($41) from the pack should be obvious. The portions are separated by a staggered pan bottom, so mom won't be doing the shifty knife dance when someone wants a super small sliver. The less questions about how much dessert we want... [More]


Olive Crush Velvet Leggings

We think we may have had a pair or two of these Olive Crush Velvet Leggings ($30) in 1994. Or at least, we had something similar. We LOVED them--but alas, they became dated as quickly as grunge band music videos shot in cornfields. We're not sure we could really rock... [More]


Jester Brilliant Club Chair

Is it just us, or does this Jester Brilliant Club Chair ($449) totally remind you of frosted chocolate donuts? If it's just us, we apologize. Apparently, we're craving sweet pastries today. It's not like we haven't already eaten one and a half two from the break room already. Ugh, clearly... [More]


Stella & Dot Contessa Jade Necklace

We're obsessed with the gorgeous gradient on this Stella & Dot Contessa Jade Necklace ($118). It makes this piece subtle, but show-stopping, especially when we wear it with a neutral-toned outfit--a black pencil skirt and beige blouse at the office. It's perfect for dressing up anything in our wardrobes, and... [More]

Charleston Two Sided Clock Thermometer

Charleston Two-Sided Clock/Thermometer

We love to find vintage looking items for our home so as you can imagine, we were thrilled to find the Charleston Two-Sided Clock/Thermometer ($99). This awesome piece is truly a find. It doubles as a clock and a thermometer gauge while making you feel like you're in an old... [More]


Holabird Sports Holiday Sale

Holabird Sports is having a holiday sale! This Black Friday through Cyber Monday enjoy great deals on name brand running shoes, tennis equipment and more. Be sure to take advantage of the special sale on running, tennis, and squash--you can save up to 70% on brand-name items! But hurry, this... [More]


Holiday Party Looks Under $150: Dinner Party at Home

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come... [More]


Plotting for Your Heart Tee

Ahhh, nerd love! Could there be anything cuter? Though we can't admit to understanding the math behind this Plotting for Your Heart Tee ($20) at Think Geek, we're pretty sure we know plenty of people who can. Not to say that we're not nerds. We're just not math nerds (it's... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Aruliden Fishscape Fishbowl

Anyone into fish, from that friend with a growing number of betas to your fish obsessed brother, would love, love, love the Aruliden Fishscape Fishbowl ($140). Epic handblown glass landscapes trump cheesy aquatic mini castles any day. This thing's so awesome it won the 2011 reddot design award. No doubt... [More]


Staub Cast Iron Round Kettle

We're not sure if you've noticed, but around here we take our caffeine seriously. Though we're usually yammering on and on about lattes, when we're home on a cold, winter night, we reach for our tea stash and our Staub Cast Iron Round Kettle ($100). This kettle is hardcore--as are... [More]


Land's End Pointelle Hat

Though simple in color and design, the Land's End Pointelle Hat ($30) is just what we've been looking for in an every day beanie. It'll match everything we own, it'll keep our ears warm, and it will look sweet and feminine while doing so. We're pretty sure that's all we... [More]


Sephora Brush Wand

The awesome Sephora Brush Wand ($10, on sale!) totally reminds us of those pencils we had in grade school (okay fine, we had them through high school). You know the ones--usually Lisa Frank with lead tips that push out through the top and bottom. We digress. This brush wand is... [More]


Celebrate: BCBG Nadine Sequin Sheath Dress

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Cocoon Fires Aeris Hanging Fireplace

Hey, sugar daddy, can we have the Cocoon Fires Aeris Hanging Fireplace ($3990) for our holiday present? It's stainless steel (aka super shiny), mounts on the ceiling, and burns smokefree biofuel. It also doubles as a beverage chilling recepticle for the "On Ice" Winter Party we're planning. Pretty pleeeeaaaase?... [More]


Made Her Think Kissing Swallows Cuff

Oh, poor star crossed Kissing Swallows ($218), trying to connect across this vast expanse. Perhaps one day the fates will you bring together, but until then, please adorn our wrist.... [More]


Gift Wrapping Stamp Set

This Gift Wrapping Stamp Set ($64) certainly isn't a cost savings over buying your own wrapping paper, but we think there's something cathartic about slamming that little wood block down on brown craft paper. Happy Holidays!... [More]


Holiday Playlist: Magzilla's Picks

These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Humping Reindeers Apparel

It's hard to get guys to agree to wear their Christmas sweaters, but he might find it a little easier to put on a piece of clothing with this Humping Reindeers ($17-20) print. We don't think most people would look twice, but it's your call whether you let him wear... [More]

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Shakuhachi Gold Heel Pumps

It's easy to see why the Shakuhachi Gold Heel Pumps ($232) get mad acclaim from our camp. The aligator-style leather texture is subtley stylish, and the bold gold coated heel kills. We spy with our little eye patina for days on a platform pump. Enough said.... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Spiffing Jewelry I Love You / I Know His and Hers Keychains

How do you tell a geeky guy you love him? Even if he's usually unsentimental, these I Love You / I Know His and Hers Keychains ($30) are guaranteed to melt his heart (as opposed to turning it into carbonite).... [More]


Cheap Thrill: Mini 2 in 1 Charger

Maybe, just maybe, we'd be able to actually locate our cell phone charger in our ginormous bag o tricks purse if it was pink. Well, that might be a stretch, but at least this Mini 2 in 1 Charger ($3) adds a cute pop of color to one aspect of... [More]

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Tattoo Cactus Ottoman Stools

The Tattoo Cactus Ottoman Stools ($675) by Maurizio Galante for cerruti baler would warm up our winter existence. Photo printed covers make for comfy cacti that complements clever decor with a prickly sense of humor. If you're rich cool enough, the entire couch arrangement ($28,133) is also an option.... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide

The hubby has been whining about carpentry projects for a year and a day now, so the holidays mean a great basic how-to is in order. Stop his flim flamming around and put DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide ($16) by Christopher Stuart in the gift pile. It takes 30 designs... [More]


Sweet Gifts for the Guys

The fellahs can be hard to shop for sometimes. Sure you can go for the easy guy standard, something most dudes love - perhaps a video game or Shetland pony. Buy why not take a chance this year and get your favorite fellahs something that falls in the category of... [More]

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Where Do Outblush Editors Find the Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals?

Kaycee wrote us asking: "Hey Outblush! I'm wanting to do all my Christmas shopping online this year. I hear there's some great Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals to be found online. I just have no idea where. That's where I'm hoping you can help! Any insight?? Thank you!!" Why yes, Kaycee.... [More]

Holiday Party Formal Work Bash

Holiday Party Looks Under $150: Formal Work Bash

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Black Bridesmaid Dress for Lauren to Wear at Her Mom's Wedding

Lauren writes: "Hello Outblush, Here's the story- my mom is getting remarried this summer and has 4 "bridesmaids" to account for (me, my sister, and her fiance's two daughters). We're looking for dresses that all coordinate (by color and general style). She has been thinking black, just because it's easier... [More]


You Tell Us: Denim Pleat Shorts

We're in a fuddle. Part of us wants to love these adorable Denim Pleat Shorts ($56), while the other part keeps reminding us that they look like an adult pair of ruffle diaper covers. We think they can be pulled of with a chic (grown-up looking) sweater and animal print... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: LED Glow Chess Set

Hold your breath, in case you don't immediately realize the LED Glow Chess Set ($44) is awesome. The LED lights dim as you lift the pieces off the board and glow when you set it back down. Your jaw better be on the floor, chess enthusiast. And you can breathe... [More]


Anthropologie Cableknit Leggings

When it's too cold (and ridiculous) to wear a second pair of leggings to keep you warm, it's time for something thick and cozy. Thermal long johns don't have quite the same fashion appeal of these snuggly Cableknit Leggings ($78). The price tag seems a little high to those of... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Idea: TheBeerSoapCompany Beer Soaps for Men

Outblush Operative Kristen of KristenLovesDesign writes: So you like your man and you like the way your man smells. What you don't like is how he smells after freshly showering with perfume-y deodorant soap (that only makes him dried out and itchy anyway). What if he could smell like his... [More]


Swedish Santa Chimes

Light the candles and the hot air will cause the reindeer to circle around the base, in turn causing the chimes to ring. We always had a soft spot for these, even if we did burn a finger on one as a child shortly after being specifically told not to... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Inkling

Finally, a gift for our husband who quite literally has everything (he has us after all). The Inkling ($199) digital sketch pen captures your digital image while you're creating an actual image with its ballpoint tip. We foresee some very comical short films and cool blog illustrations in our future.... [More]

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Coal Rita Arm Warmers

Walking from the bar to the club in that too-skimpy-for-winter night out look gets cold fast. Oh, yes, arm warmers do the trick! In all seriousness, we're less likely to get the shivers wearing the Coal Rita Arm Warmers ($18). They're cute and cozy - that's all we need in... [More]


Blend Creations Black Disc Bottle-Opener Pendant

They say chivalry is dead, but either way, we think it would be pretty badass for a gal to open her own drink with this Black Disc Bottle-Opener Pendant ($64). Available in four different patterns, it's a fun and feminine way to be prepared for whatever import beer somebody might... [More]


Catstudio Night Before X-Mas Pillow

If we weren't so sentimental, we'd ditch the weird assortment of ornaments and knick knacks we've accumulated over the years and go for a strictly vintage inspired Christmas, shiny white tree and all. And if we had any money left over from that hardcore eBay/Etsy/flea market shopping spree, we'd pick... [More]


Urban Fringe Gray Chevron Pillow Cover

So many favorite combinations in one pillow! Gray and yellow, hard and soft, chevron and flowers. You know what else is a good combo? Our couch and this Urban Fringe Gray Chevron Pillow Cover ($40).... [More]

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Leg Avenue Shimmer Striped Thigh Highs

Happy holidays, pervs honey. Spicing up a frigid bedroom is easy as pie with the sparkly Leg Avenue Shimmer Striped Thigh Highs ($9). All we had to hear was sequin bow - we don't mind getting all dolled up one bit.... [More]


Anthropologie Fireside Feelings Ornament

We love looking at our holiday ornaments and remembering the different years and events that they represent. This year, we're picking up the Fireside Feelings Ornament ($28) to commemorate the sh*tshow that was the 2011 Target Missoni Launch. We're still trying to recover.... [More]

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Enigma Home Felix Ottoman

'Tis the season for bold reds and strong sparkles - in our clothes and our homes. Sure, the tucked studs on the Enigma Home Felix Ottoman ($130) are a throwback, but the bright silver feels new. Kind of wish it was a velveteen finish instead of satin, but over the... [More]

Color Block Heels Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper: Color Block Heels for Stephanie's Cruise Ensembles

Hi Outblush! I'm going on a long cruise in January which means I'll need lots and lots of pretty dinner outfits- such a good excuse to buy new things! Lately I've fallen in love with colorblock heels. I'm looking specifically to wear them with an LBD on my cruise but... [More]

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2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Klein Reid Flower Still Life Vases

For the downright extravagant, the Klein Reid Flower Still Life Vases ($700 for alfred model (small), $1300 for constance model (large)) are tops. Intricate hand-placed porcelain flowers cover the round design in a dangerously delicate coating. The craftsmanship is clear, from the quality of this artful piece and the price.... [More]


Milly Kerstin Party Dress

We don't know who Kerstin is, but she must be pretty fabulous to have this beautiful Kerstin Party Dress ($385) named after her, right? The flattering cut, the silver and gold tone pattern over sleek sexy black, the twirl-ability, that snazzy gold belt - it all adds up to one... [More]

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Arctic Collection Honeycomb Pattern Glasses

There's a certain modern elegance in the Arctic Collection Honeycomb Pattern Glasses ($63) that we can't deny. They're crystal, and not your grandma's idea of crystal. Turn that ostentatious frown upside down with handmade goodness and solid design.... [More]


Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts

Gurrrl, you know it would take us more than one year to complete over two hundred of Martha's projects! Those New Years embellished noisemakers are going to have to hold us for a few weeks. In all seriousness, Martha Stewart's Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations ($16)... [More]

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Goorin Bros Jasmin Zorlu Hat

The Goorin Bros Jasmin Zorlu Hat ($52) hovers somewhere between a newsboy, hunter, and fedora shape. We like its tomboy chicness, and the herringbone and crest pin are nice touches. Pair with a fierce coat for invincibility against wind.... [More]


Pottery Barn Partridge in a Pear Tree Shakers

Look, your 12 days of Christmas gift package seemed like a good idea, but what is anyone going to do with an actual partridge? Moreover, where are you going to find an actual partridge? A quick trip to Pottery Barn will yield a reasonable solution: the Partridge in a Pear... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Stumped what to get the history/thriller buff in your family for Christmas? How about 11/22/63 by Stephen King ($19)? His latest novel covers the assassination of JFK and a man who travels back in time to change it. What if you could change history? Would you want to? Stephen King... [More]


Root Mason Jar Candle

Why put a candle in a mason jar when you can use a candle that is a mason jar? Minds. Blown. Root Mason Jar Candle ($35)... [More]

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Zohara Love Text Print Tights

Bookworms and fashion plates alike will strut like the best of 'em in the Zohara Love Text Print Tights ($30). These guys are printed with sweet nothings in the round, baby, front and back. Point down and cue the tights script when men are putting their foots in their mouths.... [More]


Autumnal Way Hippo Planter

We asked our husband for a pet for our birthday. We were really angling for a French Bulldog, but when we were handed a big box with a bow, it was suspiciously un-barky. Imagine our surprise to find this Hippo Planter ($18) inside! He argues that it's an animal, and... [More]


Madewell Leopard Sidewalk Skimmer

Our holiday mantra this year (aside from "don't strangle your mother-in-law", obvs)? "Leopard is the new neutral. Leopard is the new neutral." We are embracing our inner Peggy Bundy and wearing the Madewell Leopard Sidewalk Skimmers ($118) with everything, including but not limited to: skinny jeans, LBDs, jewel tones, metallics,... [More]


Ceramic Line Diamond Ring

If you're tired of having to listen to the same sister-in-law coo over a new Diamond As Big As The Ritz every holiday season and even more tired of having to pretend to admire it, wear this: the Ceramic Line Diamond Ring from Mixko ($45) is one big, stylish rock.... [More]

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Holiday Playlist: Found of You's Happy Hanukkah

These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January... and it gets pretty old, because some of us don't celebrate Christmas. For those of you in need of some relief, and who are tired... [More]

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Personal Shopper: One-Shoulder Dresses for Tattooed Larissa and Meesh

Hello treasured Outblush Readers! Remember this post? Here's Round Two! Quick recap: Larissa wants a great holiday dress that will cover the half-sleeve tattoo on her left arm. Meesh left a comment saying she did too! Ladies, I didn't find much in your price range, but hopefully you see something... [More]


Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Poster

If your man is anything like our men, he can quote Pee-Wee's Big Adventure with the best of them. We're pretty sure ours have at least 3/4ths of the script memorized. Maybe we should indulge their inner 10-year old this Christmas with the Pee-Wee's Big Adventure Poster ($17-50), sold at... [More]


Neutrogena's SkiniD Works Better for You

Is acne preventing you from doing things you love? Are you tired of covering up redness from acne scars, blackheads, and whiteheads? Neutrogena's skiniD can help. This formula is specially designed for each person who uses it--that means that whatever your acne, skin type, and lifestyle, there is a plan... [More]


Predator Vs. Prey Mittens

You know the saying 'the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing?' We can imagine it might get pretty wild. Pit your digits against each other with these Predator Vs. Prey Mittens ($30). We're leaning towards the Lion and Gazelle, but the fish vs. whale is pretty... [More]


Giant Flask

The family has arrived. We just spent our first day playing hostess of the holiday season, and all we can think is "We're gonna need a bigger boat flask." Oh, perfect! A 64 oz. Giant Flask ($13). That's a half gallon of holiday cheer!... [More]


Ozone Hidden Reindeer Socks

These reindeer on the Hidden Reindeer Socks ($25) aren't that good at hiding. Come on, we can clearly see him staring at us from the middle of your shin. Misnomer or not, they're pretty cute... and we guess the critters will be hidden once you've got pants on.... [More]


Okomido Vineyard Stacking Rings

Earthy, artsy and all together lovely, these Vineyard Stacking Rings ($230) are the antithesis to a flashy cocktail ring, but are just as beautiful and infinitely more wearable. Well worth the investment, if you ask us! (Though it's worth noting that the investment increases if you want a metal other... [More]


Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Momo Garden Clutch Purse

Umm...cute! If we didn't have about 6 people on our gift list who would LOVE this Momo Garden Clutch Purse ($32), we'd be buying it for ourselves. It's so cheerful and bright! Luckily, Allisa Jacobs has a whole bunch of cute clutches like this one--handmade in other fabulous colors and... [More]


Burberry Leather Trim Rain Boot

Call us head over heels in love! Do you think by the rainy spring season we'll have saved up enough moolah to purchase these Burberry Leather Trim Rain Boots ($350)? We'll make a Rainy Day Fund and add in a little at a time--possibly even that check Old Auntie Ida... [More]

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Printed Canvas Play Tent

Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Printed Canvas Play Tent

Remember when you used to drape blankets on your couch and hide underneath them? And get upset when they would fall from cushion to cushion. Thankfully playing tent just got a lot more fun for our kids...and much easier. The Restoration Hardware Baby & Child Printed Canvas Play Tent ($229)... [More]


Celebrate: AZO Cranberry Supplement

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]

House of Holland For Pretty Polly All Over Bones Tights

House of Holland For Pretty Polly All Over Bones Tights

Make no bones about it.....we're liking the House of Holland For Pretty Polly All Over Bones Tights ($27). You can rock these sexy alternative tights even if you're not bad to the bone.... [More]


Toilet Yoga

The world would be a better place if men were spending all that time in the bathroom doing Toilet Yoga ($12). Ok, it's not really just another pointless thing for him to look at while he's in there - this book is full of moves that theoretically help you if... [More]

December Wedding Personal Shopper

Personal Shopper: Ashley's going to a December wedding in wicked Boston

Ashley writes: "Hi Outblush, Thank you so much for all your fun finds...I love looking around on your website. I am in need of a dress to wear to my boyfriend's best friend's wedding. The wedding will be in Boston in December, so quite chilly! I am looking for something... [More]

Forever21 Leatherette Trim Raincoat

Forever21 Leatherette Trim Raincoat

F-L-A-S-H-Y! Leave very little to the imagination when you wear the Forever21 Leatherette Trim Raincoat ($30).... [More]


Burton Red Avid Grom R2D2 Helmet

And the award for nerdiest snowboard gear goes to...(drumroll, please!)...the Red Avid Grom R2D2 Helmet ($100)! Good thing it's cool to be a nerd these days. Quite literally, we suppose, if you're wearing this on the slopes.... [More]


Add A Nip And Sip Ceramic Mug

There are far, far too many coffee mugs in the world. Seriously, have you ever not been able to find a mug when you needed one? Does it really matter what you drink your hot liquids out of? And yet, companies still make them and we still buy them. It's... [More]


Sahagún Chocolates KA-POW!

Coffee in it's liquid state? Effective, but now outdated. Save yourself the embarrassment of showing up to work with a latte stained blouse by eating your coffee in the morning. That's right, Sahagún chocolates created KA-POW! ($5), made entirely from coffee beans. There's no chocolate involved, despite its candy bar... [More]


Earbuds Bracelet

While ol Billy Shakespeare says the question is "to be or not to be", our question is: Would we actually wear this Earbuds Bracelet ($89)? It's pretty damn cool, but we don't know it's a piece anyone would actually wear. We're guessing we'll see it in the sale room at... [More]


Wine Enthusaist Round Wine Cork Board & Trivet Kit Set

Now, this is a craft project we can get behind. We haven't seen the actual instructions on this Round Wine Cork Board & Trivet Kit Set ($30 on sale), but we're guessing that it reads like this. Step 1: Drink a sh*tload of wine. Step 2: ... Ok, so we're... [More]


BB Dakota Clarissa Jazquard Dress

Look lovely in lavender, violet, and silver this season when you wear the BB Dakota Clarissa Jazquard Dress ($92). It'll make you stand out from the party crowd thanks to the classic Audrey Hepburn style paired with a shimmery, modern pattern. We *almost, kinda* want to wear shimmer tights with... [More]


Kate Kosek Isometric Harlequin #9 iPhone Case

How are you going to tell your iphone apart from the pile that's accumulated on the entryway table after all of your nerdy tech-savvy Thanksgiving guests arrive? By having the most eye-catching case, of course! Or, you know, you could keep your phone in your pocket. But we still think... [More]


Wally One Wooly Pocket Garden

Normally we'd call our landlord if we had a growth sprouting from our wall, but this Wally One Wooly Pocket Garden ($40) is the kind of addition we'd welcome in our apartment. We like the idea of hanging a vertical garden over our entry table so there's still room for... [More]


Zombie Family Car Decals

Because stick figures just don't have any hipster cred. (Unless they have moustaches.) Zombie Family Car Decals ($10)... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Guide: Stoner Coffee Table Book

It gets a little sketchy thinking about what sort of gift to get your wake 'n' bake best friend/brother/roommate this holiday season. We're definitely not going to condone buying them pot, especially since we don't even know where you could get it. No idea. However, we do know that the... [More]


J Crew Crystal Brûlée Necklace

The Crystal Brûlée Necklace ($68) at J Crew is so holiday perfect, we still haven't decided on what color we're going to order. We're leaning toward the rose dust, which looks more champagne to us and is the right shade of lovely to wear to Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas brunch, and... [More]


Charleston Bloody Mary Mix

Drinking to get through the holidays? Hey, us too! We like to start the day with an a.m. acceptable cocktail, so we've stocked up on Bloody Mary mix. In an effort to disguise our boozing as a "fun holiday tradition", we've asked everyone to bring a unique mix to try.... [More]


Weekly Purse Page Lookalike Poll: November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving! Black Friday shopping! Are you feeling pink or grey right now? Or in between? No matter your feelings re: holidays and crowded stores, the bag for you is in this week's Shopping List poll at The Purse Page. Unless it's not. Go have your say! The winner will get... [More]


Moss Studios Industrial Gear Bookends

Committing to Steampunk decor means keeping both eyes on the details. Just think of how gorgeous the Moss Studios Industrial Gear Bookends ($228) would look casually holding up your collection of Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan Trilogy. Sure, the bookends are a little on the expensive side, but if you're going for... [More]


Holiday Playlist: Layla's Nostalgic Christmas

These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you... [More]


Personal Shopper: A Day Look for Kristen in Vegas

Kristen writes: Thank you for all of your style saving tips. When I'm in a rut or need some ideas on spicing up my wardrobe, I always turn to Outblush. With that being said, I'm taking a trip to Vegas with my boyfriend in a few weeks, and I am... [More]


Aphrodite USB Hub

Who says beauty and hard work are mutually exclusive? This Aphrodite USB Hub ($46) gets the job done while looking lovely with her upswept hair and porcelain skin. You go, girl.... [More]


Gap Jeweled Fingerless Gloves

We don't advocate wearing these Gap Jeweled Fingerless Gloves ($17) in -10 degree weather unless you want to freeze off your pinky fingers, but they'll certainly do okay in moderately cold winter weather. Plus, they make every day tasks--like fishing change out of the bottom of our purses and texting... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: iPhone4, iPod, iPad 2 3.4CH RC i-Helicopter

True story: last year we got our tech-savvy husband a simple RC helicopter and a cool camcorder for Christmas. Can you guess what gift he played with the most? This year we're skipping the fancy presents and getting him this awesome iPhone4, iPod, iPad 2 3.4CH RC i-Helicopter ($69). We're... [More]


The Pampered Pantry Sweeten It Up Set

We briefly hesitated on ordering this Sweeten It Up Set ($20) from The Pampered Chef. We don't know why, because we've since thought of a MILLION things we can do with the Sweet Cinnamon Sprinkle, Sweet Caramel Sprinkle and Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkle. Our first order of business will be... [More]


Essie Matte About You Matte Finisher

This Essie Matte About You Matte Finisher ($10) is seriously the best top coat, ever. Yeah, yada yada, it keeps our color from chipping and all that. BUT, it also leaves our fingers with a matte finish--think frosted glass Christmas tree ornaments. We're cool with shine and sparkle, but there's... [More]


DC Comics Batman Varsity Zip Hoodie

Even though we grew out of our "We shop exclusively at Hot Topic" phase when we were, oh 14, we can't help admitting that we'd totally rock this DC Comics Batman Varsity Zip Hoodie ($49). We promise we're not reverting back to our misguided youth--we're simply owning up to the... [More]

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Mason Jar Snow Globe

Snowglobes remind us of our childhood so we're always kind of fascinated by them. And the Mason Jar Snow Globe ($35) is definitely one we'd like to add to our secret snowglobe collection. We'll definitely add this to Santa's list.... [More]


Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten

We, the ladies of Outblush, have a small obsession. And we'll give you one guess. No, sickos. It's not Bieber meets Twilight meets Doctor Who meets Neiman Marcus porn (although there could be some great marketing campaigns in there somewhere). It's cats. Keeeeeeeeettttteeeeeeeyyyysssss. And Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten ($22)... [More]


Brooks Polka Dot EZ T

We'll take any motivation we can get to shift us from the couch to the treadmill, even if it's something as silly as a t-shirt reminding us what we should do. We're folding this Brooks EZ T ($18 on sale) and putting it on top of our pile of laundry... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Tarte Lip Service Limited Edition LipSurgence Collection

We smell a gift coming on! If you know a gal who appreciates Hollywood glamour and superb lip stick, then the Tarte Lip Service Limited Edition LipSurgence Collection ($29) is the ticket. Five shades of delicious lip smacking goodness will supply the recipient (or you!) with endless fun (Tinsletown style... [More]


De'Longhi kMix 5 Cup Coffee Maker

November is NOT the month we need to be dealing with a coffee maker that's on the fritz. Really, we'd rather not have our coffee maker crap out on us at any time of the year, but with the dark, cold mornings, we need our java STAT, not lukewarm, watery... [More]


Issa Flared Wool Princess Coat

This Issa Flared Wool Princess Coat ($850) caught our eyes because it has the word "princess" in it. We're forever trying to find ways to feel like royalty, especially when it comes to gorgeous fashion we could see on Kate Middleton--excuse us, the Duchess of Cambridge. Unfortunately, this red wool... [More]



We wouldn't know Kina Grannis if it weren't for this amazing music video made with jelly beans (Go watch it now. Right now. Go!), but we're so glad we stumbled across this sweet songstress. Her album Stairwells ($11) is upbeat and bubbly and her pure voice is a pleasant pick-me-up... [More]


12 Days of Christmas Dessert Plates

If a woman would have wrote 12 days of Christmas it would have been more like: 6 scarves from Hermes, 5 Tiffany riiiiings, 4 trips to Rome, 3 french perfumes, 2 Gucci gloves, and dessert plates to serve chocolate cake. 'Nuff said. 12 Days of Christmas Dessert Plates ($30 for... [More]


Inter-Spatial Portal Earrings

Even if you don't put much faith in Aperture Science when it comes to, say, dessert - or not imprisoning you for use as a large, clever lab rat - we think you can believe in these Portal Earrings ($13 for pre-order.). You know at least one person who'd completely... [More]

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Personal Shopper: Big Girl Briefcase for Katie

katie writes, " Love your site--can't tell you how many gifts (for myself or for others) I've found on here. I am starting my first grown-up job in January and would really like to ask for a chic briefcase for graduation/Christmas. I am leaning towards black, although feel free to... [More]


Campo Marzio Measuring Tapes

WHY are we bringing you a post about these Campo Marzio Measuring Tapes ($10, each)? Because you're an online shopper! It's always beneficial to have a measuring tape handy when ordering off the internet. We've stocked up because even though most places have easy returns, it's still a slight hassle... [More]


J. Crew Glitter Oxford Ballet Flats

Who says 'black tie' means 'uncomfortable high heels'? Fit the dress code with style and comfort while stepping out in these Glitter Oxford Ballet Flats ($145). Finally, your date isn't the only one with shoes he can wear all night.... [More]


C&C California Hunter Plaid Top

Don't you hate getting excited about a sale item only to find out that even with the sale price, said item is still more than you really want to spend on it? Us too. That's how we felt when we came across this C&C California Hunter Plaid Top ($83 on... [More]


PSSHH! Bottle Opener

If onomatopoeia is when a word sounds like what it is, what's the term for an object that looks like what it sounds like? Deep thoughts from Outblush, brought to you by the PSSHH! Bottle Opener ($7)... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Bear Grylls Ultimate Survival Kit

Every family has got that one member who dominates the reunion with conspiracy theories, advice to stockpile guns and cans of powered milk, and the intense belief that fluoridated water not only keeps your teeth strong but allows the government to enter your brain and control your thoughts (Side note:... [More]


NARS Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer

If you want lips as nude and shiny as J. Lo at the AMAs last night, NARS Chelsea Girls Lip Lacquer ($24) is the way to go. It's the perfect fresh-faced complement to any outfit... or lack thereof.... [More]


Gardens of Wendiland Less Work Mor Zen

We understand the benefit of a zen garden, and raking that sand certainly does put us in some sort of trance, but really, who wants a little box of boring grey sand on their desk? The Less Work Mor Zen V ($37) is a totally Outblush-worthy zen garden. Look at... [More]


Pier 1 Assorted Leaf Bowls

We know everyone's all antsy to get out their giant inflatable snowman and hang mistletoe from every light fixture, but we're savoring fall and one holiday at a time. We can't wait to set out snacks in these Assorted Leaf Bowls ($12) while we prep for Thanksgiving dinner.... [More]


The Limited Full Skirt Tank Dress

Forget the red and green and walk into your holiday parties wearing this Full Skirt Tank Dress ($98) from The Limited. The buttery slubbed silk radiates holiday cheer without being trite or overdone, which is exactly what we like to avoid when making a statement. We're pretty sure no one... [More]


Fred Flare 3 in 1 Neon Nail Art Pens

We usually reserve our crazy nails for summertime and stick to more subdued looks over the holidays, but these 3 in 1 Neon Nail Art Pens ($13 for 2) are pretty hard to resist. With a brush, a precision tip nail pen and a set of mini jewels in each... [More]


Reindeer Scarf

When we said Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer gives us the warm fuzzies, we didn't mean it literally, but now we see that it's possible. This cute Reindeer Scarf ($28) comes from recycled cotton and gets us jazzed for the holidays while keeping us warm with its fuzzy awesomeness. We're... [More]


Timber Green Woods Cribbage Box

As far as we can tell, winter weather pretty much mandates that we turn into old ladies. We bust out our chunky cable knit sweaters, sip on hot toddies and knit away the hours of the evening. We're adding another fogie tradition to our repertoire by picking up cribbage this... [More]


Swimming in Savings Bank

Playing games with our siblings is one of our favorite pastimes and every once in a while we bust out an oldie but a goodie for the memories. Except for Hungry, Hungry Hippos. We've destroyed 3 game boards with our incessant pounding and more than one game has ended in... [More]


Betsey Johnson Reindeer Drop Earrings

Our inner twelve year old boy sees the name of these Betsey Johnson Reindeer Drop Earrings ($35) and he goes "hehe, reindeer dropping earrings". But these earrings are way cuter than that, and this year we're abandoning all other holiday themed apparel and sporting these with our favorite dress to... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: The Unbelievable Apple

Everybody has somebody in their family who is impossible to shop for, which means that you end up getting them a totally lame cop out gift (or re-gift). This year, don't run the risk of losing track of who gave you that spice rack three years ago, only to give... [More]


D+AF Bow-Accent Cutout Tall Boots

Dear every Outblush reader who has asked us to find the perfect fall boot, D+AF Bow-Accent Cutout Tall Boots ($121, on sale). You're welcome. Love, Your Outblush editors... [More]



Not only is the Corkcicle ($25) good for chilling wine, but how much fun would it be to sneak up on someone and poke them with this long icy rod? Trust us, it'll seem like a great idea after you've had a few glasses.... [More]


Compagnie de Provence Wild Rose Travel Hand Cream

Indulge your chapped, winter hands in a little French decadence with the Wild Rose Travel Hand Cream ($5) by Compagnie de Provence. Compagnie de Provence is an old French company that combines tried and true moisturizing recipes with modern scents and packaging. While we LOVE the wild rose scent made... [More]


BrasaFire Avani Slim Burner

Not having a fireplace in the winter is a serious bummer, but having to deal with soot and ashes and firewood can also be a pain. Enter the BrasaFire Avani Slim Burner ($415), savior of those without fireplaces and those who are intimidated by even a simple DuraFlame log. Put... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Recycled Inner Tube Toiletry Bag

He wouldn't be caught dead carrying a paisley make-up bag to hold his manly razor, but he doesn't mind 'borrowing' your cucumber melon smelling face lotion or the deodorant that makes his pits smell like tropical breeze. Get him his own manly toiletry bag so you can stop carrying all... [More]


Ben Amun Crystal Deco Earrings

If you're going to do chandelier earrings at your ritzy holiday party, go hard or go home. These Ben Amun Crystal Deco Earrings ($154) have a fabulous old Hollywood glamour to them that would make any leading lady swoon. And with a 3½" drop, no other jewelry is necessary -... [More]

Magical Reindeer Food

Magical Reindeer Food

Christmas is really all about the little ones, right? Well they already know they have to leave Santa yummy chocolate chip cookies and a tall glass of milk on Christmas Eve. And some children want to leave his reindeer a snack or two as well. This year treat Santa's hard... [More]

Race Car Nightlight

Race Car Nightlight

Vrooom vroooom.......we're racing you to the finish line in lala land! Race Car Nightlight ($18)... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: B. Pop-Arty Beads

We're not kidding when we say our nieces (and nephews) will spend an entire afternoon making dolls and characters out of these B. Pop-Arty Beads ($25). They've crafted cool looking fairies, ballerinas, bad-guys, and geisha girls. We think this set is the coolest pop-bead set we've seen around. With over... [More]


Ahava Placid Bath Salts

Unwinding, relaxing, decompressing, personal time. Whatever you call it, bath time just isn't as satisfying without some Ahava Placid Bath Salts ($19). We love that the instructions include a mandatory thirty minute rest period after soaking up all the salty goodness. Our boyfriends may not understand why lying in bed... [More]

Manolo Blahnik Swan Pump

Manolo Blahnik Swan Embellished Satin Pump

Ohh how we wish we were getting married! If you or anyone you know is and feels like dropping a few car payments on a pair of bridal shoes, point her in the direction of the Manolo Blahnik Swan Embellished Satin Pump ($1,295). We can guarantee you this beauty was... [More]


Writeable Cheese Markers

You're already planning on investing a milliondy dollars on your cheese platter this Thanksgiving, you might as well make sure everyone knows exactly what they're eating! These Writeable Cheese Markers ($21, set of 6) from Pepper Sprouts easily and effectively mark different kinds of cheese and their animal origins. Just... [More]

Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set

Hot Holiday Toy: Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set

If you have a little daredevil on your holiday shopping list, we suggest you surprise him with the Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Starter Set ($65). This awesome track set mounts to your wall for hours and hours of play and new adventures. Track is compatible with Hot Wheels die-cast cars... [More]


The Original Christmas Classics DVD

We're suckers for the old classics we grew up with, but never seem to catch them on TV anymore. Luckily, some genius thought to combine a bunch of the best into one DVD. The Original Christmas Classics DVD ($13, on sale) gives us Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Rudolph... [More]


J Crew Vintage Zebra-Stripe Cardigan

Animal print cardis like this J Crew Vintage Zebra-Stripe Cardigan ($60) are the best of both worlds. On one hand, you get to feel a little wild with the print and on the other, you get to rein it in and look appropriate for work or a visit to the... [More]


Beano Meltaways

Just because we've been told we need to add more whole grains and cruciferous vegetables into our diet, it doesn't mean we have to put up with the less than desirable side effects. After doing a little research we found these strawberry flavored Beano Meltaways ($5) to ease our bloaty... [More]


Anthony Logistics for Men Shave Cream

Aside from vagina odor (admit it, we all have it from time to time), underboob sweat and fuzzy armpits, stepping out of the shower and instantly regrowing leg hair post-shave is the most annoying thing about being a girl. Anthony Logistics for Men Shave Cream ($17) uses peppermint and eucalyptus... [More]


Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Mommy Charm Necklace

Apparently we're at that age where friends and family are popping out kiddos left and right. We're not complaining--smooshed baby faces are so freakin adorable! Plus, we found the perfect Christmas gift for all the new moms in our lives: the Mommy Charm Necklace ($54) by Under Her Charm. The... [More]

Festive Christmas Tree Hat

Festive Christmas Tree Hat

So you may not be into holiday sweaters, but maybe hats? Get into the spirit and top your noggin with the Festive Christmas Tree Hat ($34) this holiday season.... [More]

Victorias Secret Faux Fur Chubby Jacket

Victoria's Secret Faux Fur Chubby Jacket

Feeling a little wild? You know we're always game for a wild night. We suggest you throw on the Victoria's Secret Faux Fur Chubby Jacket ($109 on sale), which looks great casual and jazzed up. Just make sure you bring your A-game when you don this chubby.... [More]


Fiesta 75th Anniversary Mini Disc Pitcher

If you love colorful dinnerware, no doubt you already know about Fiesta. And if you don't, feast your eyes on this spectrum of dishes and get back to us. Anyway, if you can't justify adding another Fiesta color to your collection, you can still fit a Fiesta 75th Anniversary Mini... [More]


Holiday Party Looks Under $150: Casual Party at Home

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come... [More]

Personal Shopper Black Tie Event

Personal Shopper: A Black Tie Dress for Outblush commenter's friend

Outblush commenter writes: "Hi Outblush! My friend was invited to a black tie event on Dec 3. We're totally stressed about what she should wear! She is a size 2, very light brown hair, somewhat fair skinned. She likes strapless only if it is a sweetheart top and is interested... [More]

Eliot Raffit Vintage Globe Ornament

Eliot Raffit Vintage Globe Ornament

The Eliot Raffit Vintage Globe Ornament ($50) is the perfect hostess gift for the gal that has everything and ...well traveled the world.... [More]


Dorothy Perkins Red Penguin Cardigan

We aren't attending any Ugly Holiday Sweater Parties this year, which is good because we'd rather rock this Dorothy Perkins Red Penguin Cardigan ($49). Far from ugly, the cute little penguins add the right holiday touch to the fitted cardi. We'll wear it with a pair of sturdy winter boots... [More]


Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark Bar

Not buying a whole tin of peppermint bark for ourselves has always been relatively easy. But Ghirardelli is onto us, and we're doomed. Our doom comes in bar form ($4).... [More]


Topshop Lace Overlay Balcony Bralet

Vintage looking lingerie isn't exactly the easiest item to find so when we do....we definitely mention it. The Topshop Lace Overlay Balcony Bralet ($40) is a longline balcony bralet covered in lace, satin and mesh.... [More]


Love&Toast Vanilla Chai Lip Balm

We drink enough chai tea we're surprised our lips don't already taste like Love&Toast Vanilla Chai Lip Balm ($9). This olive oil and beeswax based lip balm goes on super smooth and provides a perfect cover for lip stains or when we want a natural pout. Maybe if we wear... [More]

Candy Cane Shot Glass

Candy Cane Shot Glass

Whether you're swigging straight Peppermint Schnapps, Christmas Kisses, Oatmeal Cinnamon Cookies or Chocolate Covered Canes this holiday season, we suggest you do so in the Candy Cane Shot Glass ($5).... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: New Rules of Work Posters

If you're one of the lucky few who happens to have coworkers 1. that you like 2. with a sense of humor 3. who are deserving of a holiday gift then not only are we jealous of your work sitch, we're also jealous that you have a great reason to... [More]


Milly Perlina Rose Party Skirt

The color of the Milly Perlina Rose Party Skirt ($266) is called Peacock. We're pretty sure that's because Milly wants us to strut our stuff in this knock-out piece--showing off our awesome plumage at all our December parties. Okay, so we don't really have any plumage, but we do have... [More]


Pumpkin Vanilla Chai Goats Milk Soap Bar

We've been hooked on Wicked Soaps for a while now--they're all natural and come in so many ahhh-mazing scents. Our current love is their Pumpkin Vanilla Chai Goats Milk Soap Bar ($6). It's like bathing in a Starbucks latte, if that doesn't sound totally disgusting. You get what we're saying,... [More]


Hot Toddies

Champagne is always our default beverage, but when we're chilled to the bone it is nice to have something warm. Since we're a little clueless about making any drink that doesn't involve popping a cork and pouring, we're picking up Hot Toddies ($10) to have on hand this winter. We'll... [More]

Mitten With Chocolate Pretzel Rods

Mitten With Chocolate Pretzel Rods

Chocolate covered pretzels are oh so drool-worthy so we're jumping for joy over the Mitten With Chocolate Pretzel Rods ($10). This cute little mitten is stuffed with scrumptious chocolate covered pretzel rods so everyone on your holiday list wouldn't mind getting one of these attached to their gift. And best... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Handheld Musical Chimes Instruments With Children's Songs DVD

For 50 bucks you can both give a cool musical gift to your niece while simultaneously getting back at the sister who woke you up every morning with her damned obsession with Britney Spears. This cool Handheld Musical Chimes Instruments With Children's Songs DVD ($50) Set will give kids hours... [More]


Nanette Lepore Wine N Dine Belted Lace Dress

There's no way you could show up to a holiday party and not be the most drop-dead gorgeous gal at it when you wear this Nanette Lepore Wine N Dine Belted Lace Dress ($448). The price is a little steep, but any LBD with details as beautiful as this one... [More]


Nice Underwear Door Mat

Forget those sweet holiday greeting mats by the front door; they're always so welcoming and festive. We know a little part of you would rather go for humor and snark. After all, we would, too. Nice Underwear Door Mat ($22)... [More]


The Emergency Gift Book

We can't be expected to on our game all the time. We are human after all. The Emergency Gift Book ($17) helps us whip together a gift ten minutes before we show up at that bridal shower/ baby shower/ birthday party we didn't really want to attend anyhow with minimal... [More]

Stila Dream In Color Palette

Stila Dream In Color Palette

Do you dream in color? We sure do and we look fabulous while doing so. The Stila Dream In Color Palette ($39 - value of $366) consists of 29 gorgeous eye shadows, 7 ravishing cheek colors, an awesome smudge stick eye liner and look book that will give you loads... [More]

Crate and Barrel Dog Biscuit Cutters

Crate & Barrel Set of 2 Dog Biscuit Cutters

Plan on baking up some fresh biscuits for your pooch this holiday? Treat him to some easily recognizable ones. He would go bonkers for peanut butter biscuits in the shape of bones and bacon cheddar biscuits in the shape of fire hydrants. Crate & Barrel Set of 2 Dog Biscuit... [More]

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Personal Shopper: West Coat Betty is spending Thanksgiving weekend in the Big Apple

West Coast Betty writes: "Hi Outblush! I've never been to the east coast let alone New York and I'm more excited than ever to go for Thanksgiving. I also do not own any good cold weather (or as I've heard: SUPER FREEZING) outfits. I'm not planning on checking any luggage,... [More]


12 Days of Christmas Ornaments

When we got into our first apartment we thought we wanted a pristine Christmas tree with matchy-matchy ornaments and gold ribbons all over it (ok, not really), but recently we've been feeling the old-school look since our grandma made us some retro-inspired popcorn and cranberry garlands. These cool 12 Days... [More]


Red Filigree Party Placemats

Leave no detail left to chance when you host your holiday party. Even Martha Stewart will be impressed with your tablescape if you place all your dinnerware on top of these Red Filigree Party Placemats ($23, set of 12), found at Plasticland. Just, uh, make sure the food is pretty... [More]


Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup

Your holiday get-together just got shmancy (that's two steps above fancy, FYI). You're not serving plain champagne like some plebeian. Oh no, you're putting some Wild Hibiscus Flowers in Syrup ($30) in the bottom of those solo cups flutes, making your bubbly a touch sweet and much, much prettier. Best... [More]

Banquet Invitation Dress

Banquet Invitation Dress

Turn heads at your holiday party this year! We suggest the Banquet Invitation Dress ($58) if you're really looking to catch the eye of a fellow coworker.....especially that kinda geeky but really cute guy from IT that always comes to the rescue when you computer blue screens and crashes.... [More]


One G'Night Girl Night Cream

Call us old fashioned but we love a good night cream, something cool and light that won't clog our pores while making the most of our beauty rest. That's why we love One G'Night Girl Night Cream ($10), an unscented (bonus!) nutrient packed face cream that will restore your skin... [More]


Streets Ahead Italian Leather Laser Cut Cuff Bracelet

We're suckers for great leather accessories like this Streets Ahead Italian Leather Laser Cut Cuff Bracelet ($57). There's just something about the combination of feminine filigree and masculine leather that gets our hearts racing. This particular cuff matches one of our favorite pairs of leather knee-high boots and we're pretty... [More]


Tree of Life Menorah

We love the unique look and whimsical elegance of this Tree of Life Menorah ($54)! Featuring leaf embellishments, a trunk base, and chic silver color, we adore that it breaks from the standard style TRADITION! Tradition!... [More]


Match Candleholders

Candles just make a home so cozy on these cold, dark afternoons. However, trying to find a lighter that isn't our of fuel and/or using up 6 matches and burning your fingers on at least one of those is enough to make a girl content to sit under fluorescent light.... [More]

I Love Bacon Cookbook

I Love Bacon Cookbook

We've all heard that cheese is the fat kid's candy....we're thinking bacon is the fat lady's candy. Spruce up your cooking with none other than bacon because we L-O-V-E bacon and we're sure you (or the fat lady deep inside) do too. I Love Bacon Cookbook ($20)... [More]


STHEART Co. Logo Cardigan

American-made, Detroit-based company, STHEART has such fabulous winter wear that we're ready to load up our shopping carts and stalk the mailman until he brings us our new cold-weather wardrobes. Unfortunately, we probably need to exercise some restraint for the sake of our bank accounts (and we should save some... [More]

Staub Pumpkin Casserole

Staub Pumpkin Covered Casserole

Thanksgiving is less than a week away and we're planning like busy little beavers....making sure we have all of our ingredients ready to go for the biggest eating day ever! We'd love to serve our delicious cheesy green bean casserole in the Staub Pumpkin Covered Casserole ($150). We would also... [More]


PB Teen Headphones Rug

It's our dream to one day have a room in our house dedicated solely to music. Concert posters on the walls, our record player and vinyl collection on display, high quality speakers, and a road case as an end table are all on the must-have list. Now we're adding this... [More]


Celebrate: Universal Waite Tarot Deck

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]

Jimmy Choo Pearl Wedge Sandal

Jimmy Choo Pearl Wedge Sandal

Holidays schmolidays! The Jimmy Choo Pearl Wedge Sandal ($1,095) makes us want to pack a carry-on, hit the airport and jump on a plane to Antigua or Barbados or Bora Bora....or maybe all three.... [More]

Stonewall Kitchen Holiday Syrup

Stonewall Kitchen Holiday Syrup

As you can see we're stoked that the holiday season is here so we'll be featuring delectable holiday foods from soup to nuts....even syrups. Stonewall Kitchen Holiday Syrup ($8)... [More]


Bird with Decorated Tail Necklace

Even if the name of this Bird with Decorated Tail Necklace ($50) by Shlomit Ofir is lacking, the beauty of the pendant certainly isn't. We claimed we were over bird pieces ages ago because people kept slapping them on everything. But we'll concede that occasionally a tasteful piece still catches... [More]


3M Holiday Giveaway Winners!

Wow! Looks like you all have gobs of holiday cheer going on all year 'round! If "holiday cheer" includes faking dead bodies and traumatic robots, that is. We bet Marissa K. and Jenny R. wish they'd had iPhones back then to capture those fun times - then they could have... [More]


Personal Shopper: A Party Dress for Sarah's Mom

Sarah wrote: "Hi there Outblush! I love your site, it is both entertaining and helpful. Here's why I write for your help. My mom is about to turn 50 and she's trying to renovate her style because, after 25 years of working in offices, she always tends to dress office-like... [More]

Zebra Crossing Scarf

Zebra Crossing Scarf

What's black, white and red all over? The Zebra Crossing Scarf ($25) of course.... [More]

Nostalgia Retro Hot Dog Roller

Nostalgia Retro Hot Dog Roller

During football season, we can't wait to hit the fast food concessions at the games because we crave that deliciousness smothered in chili, cheese, onions, relish, mustard and ketchup. Well now you can create that almost out-of-body experience in your home. Nostalgia Retro Hot Dog Roller ($60 on sale)... [More]


Robert Le Heros Bubbled Cosmetics Pouch

If we're going to spend the big bucks on our beauty products (and we can't lie, we do), then we might as well make sure they've got a good home! The Robert Le Heros Bubbled Cosmetics Pouch ($42) perfectly stores our travel products and makeup. The outer shell is cotton,... [More]


Flying the Skies Mobile

The thought of actually riding in a hot air balloon is a little bit terrifying to us. (Probably because years ago a friend commented that it would be "the most scenic way to die by being engulfed in flames." She has a dark sense of humor, to say the least.)... [More]

Topshop Knitted Faux Fur Coatigan

Topshop Knitted Faux Fur Coatigan

Ohh how we'd love to have the Topshop Knitted Faux Fur Coatigan ($140) draped on the back of our chair for those days it's just a touch chilly in our office. This coatigan certainly puts our old grandma knit cardi to shame.... [More]


Pepper Sprouts Deer Trivet

Oh deer (what? you knew it was coming!), you wouldn't want to ruin your table or counter tops with a hot casserole dish during holiday meals. Using this felt Deer Trivet ($40) for a protective pop of color is definitely a doe do!... [More]


Gluten-Free on a Shoestring

Though we have to admit that we scarf down our carbs with the best of them, we realize that more and more people are turning to gluten-free diets. We went ahead and picked up Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap ($13). It's our... [More]

Kassel World Globe with Built In Bar

Kassel World Globe With Built-In Bar

Have a drink around the world without leaving the comfort of your home. We're loving the Kassel World Globe With Built-In Bar ($170 on sale) for many reasons. 1 - The vintage looking globe would look awesome in our home office. 2 - We can secretly stash our favorite bottle... [More]


d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig

d.j.v. beautenizer Fiberwig LX ($24) is like a merkin for your lashes. Layer on the thickness to create an eye catching bush that won't smudge or (reportedly) come off in any body of water. At least with the Fiberwig you won't need double stick tape.... [More]

Giggles Heart Pointed Court Shoe

Giggles Heart Pointed Court Shoes

The Giggles Heart Pointed Court Shoes ($116) give a whole new meaning to wearing your heart on your sleeve foot.... [More]


Ultra Modern Doll House and Furniture Set

How old were you the last time you begged for a dollhouse? Okay, now be ready for that number to leap dramatically upward. While this Ultra Modern doll house and furniture set ($198) isn't the most utilitarian thing we've seen lately, we're just smitten with it and all of the... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Leki Trail Hiking Poles

We think these Leki Trail Hiking Poles ($80) could totally double as a great piece of work out equipment (we hear hiking with these babies majorly ups calorie burn) and as a fashion statement. Forget the cane, these bad boys are the next thing in style. Pimp.... [More]


Matryoska Stocking

We'd like this Matryoska Stocking ($30) even more if it were filled with smaller and smaller stockings until the last one was a tiny stocking filled with a diamond necklace. But we doubt we're going to get that for 30 bucks. We'll just satisfy ourselves with the unique print and... [More]


Celebrate: Dr. BBQ's Big-Time Barbecue Cookbook

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]

Fisher Price Cheer For Me Potty

Fisher Price Cheer For Me Potty

You may be wondering why exactly we're excited about a toddler potty....well we'll dish. A few months ago, we endured the very time-consuming chore of potty training one of our sons. Let's just say if we had the Fisher Price Cheer For Me Potty ($30 on sale), we probably would... [More]


Indigo Peacock Feather Tights

We can't praise these Indigo Peacock Feather Tights ($30) enough for their outfit-transforming abilities. The eye-catching blue has people thinking you've punched up your LBD with some fancy tights, but they won't realize how fabulous your outfit is until you walk away and they get a glimpse of the stunning... [More]


Liv Grn Natural Gift Pack

We consider most people natural beauties. Everyone has a special something that makes them uniquely gorgeous. And Liv Grn Natural Gift Pack ($80) enhances that natural beauty while simultaneously enhancing the natural beauty of the earth as well. 10% of every sale goes straight to Global Green, a huge organization... [More]

Super Anna Needs A Cape

Personal Shopper: Super Anna Needs A Cape

Anna writes: "So I have fallen in love with Diane Von Furstenberg's cape/trench. I love how fitted it is, and how accessible it makes the cape! I would feel crazy just wearing a cape, but I think this I could pull off. The only problem is it is over $500...... [More]

Batman and Wonderwoman Hand Painted Earrings

Batman and Wonderwoman Hand Painted Earrings

Da Da Da Da Da Da Da Da BATMAN! Batman is the man....especially when he was able to steal kisses from a babe like Wonderwoman. Batman and Wonderwoman Hand Painted Earrings ($35)... [More]


Chateau St Jean Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard Reserve Alexander Valley

After a long work week, all we want to do is kick off our shoes, cook a nice meal (or order yummy take-out) and dive in to a great bottle of wine. This Chateau St Jean Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard Reserve Alexander Valley ($35) pairs perfectly with light dishes and... [More]


Zara Fantasy Brogues

O! M! G! Tiny sparkly shoes for your tiny (sparkly) child!! As a parent, it's understandable if you can't get your life in order enough to always be dressed fabulously, but if your little one is rocking shoes as stylish as these Fantasy Brogues ($36), no one will fault you... [More]


Giraffe Ruler

Personally, we think this Giraffe Ruler ($5) would have been more appropriate as a yardstick, but that makes carrying it in your backpack a little tricky. Slip one into your kid's pencil box as a cute mid-year school supply pick-me-up. Fun!... [More]

Utterly Yours Pregnancy Pillow

Utterly Yours Pregnancy Pillow

Ahhh F-I-N-A-L-L-Y! Now you'll be able to relax and get a better nights sleep thanks to Utterly Yours Pregnancy Pillow ($45 on sale). This pillow is designed to comfort and hug your belly creating a much more comfortable sleeping position for you and your bambino-in-belly.... [More]


Grey Antics Holiday Headline Sweater

This is basically the holiday equivalent to those obnoxious "This is my Halloween costume" t-shirts. Though thankfully this Grey Antics Holiday Headline Sweater ($89) is a bit more creative... and warmer.... [More]


BareMinerals Ready SPF 15 Touch Up Veil

We're generally not into re-applying our make-up and with BareMinerals Ready SPF 15 Touch Up Veil ($22) we don't have to! Made to keep your face in place, this silky powder helps your make-up stay budge--free and fresh. And since it comes conveniently in a compact instead of loose powder... [More]


Crafty Stickers

There's no way you're spending all that time and energy on a handmade gift this year and having someone think you picked it up at Anthro. Sure, theoretically that's complementary since your hand-knit scarf looks like something boho-chic girls would pay $98 for, but in reality that piece is priceless.... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: L.A. Noire for Xbox 360

We briefly mentioned L.A. Noire in a post back in June for Father's Day, but we wanted to give this game a little spotlight of its own. We can recommend L.A. Noire for Xbox 360 ($40) as a gift for your gamer husband since our husband (who normally plays video... [More]


Smell Bent Totem Eclipse

Getting this out of the way first: the logo is just creepy, dude. No way around it. The happy people over at Smell Bent (who don't seem to hate us, even though we've repeatedly commented on the sheer volume of their scents) have gifted us with another sample that we... [More]


Michael Buble Christmas

Although our husband is determined not to listen to Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, we snuck a listen to his (yes, he bought it, the awesome man) Michael Buble Christmas CD ($14) and got a little excited for Christmas. We're trying to follow Nordstrom's lead and celebrate one holiday at... [More]

Greylin Embellished Elastic Waisted Dress

Greylin Embellished Elastic Waisted Dress

Ya know that chic soiree you have next month? The Greylin Embellished Elastic Waisted Dress ($158) would be the perfect frock to rock. This sexy midnight blue mid-thigh dress will show off your buff arms and toned thighs.... [More]


BowHaus Silver Pet Crate

Wanting a puppy for Christmas but not sure your beau has gotten the hint? Why not get some "new furniture" for your home. This BowHaus Silver Pet Crate ($600) serves as a stylish end table while also acting as a comfy home for your soon-to-be Sir Snugglemuffin.... [More]


Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Repair Eye Treatment ($45) certainly beats putting hemorrhoid cream on your lids.... [More]

Playground Taxi Trike Bike

Playground Taxi Trike Bike

The Playground Taxi Trike Bike ($280 on sale) is definitely the coolest bike to hit any preschool playground in town. This awesome tricycle lets your determined little dude tow around his pals. Rear seat can accommodate one or two children. What a fun way for the kids to get around!... [More]


Boston Warehouse Zoology Swan Gravy Boat

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a gravy boat. Nothing says 'this ain't your grannies Thanksgiving' like a Swan Gravy Boat ($16).... [More]

Holiday Playlist Carlota

Holiday Playlist: Carlota's Classic and Very Merry Christmas

These days, we start hearing "Jingle Bells" around October 1st, and the holiday jingle onslaught continues 'til the post-Christmas clearance sales are over in mid-January. As much as we love classic songs like "Silent Night" and "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", we thought we'd suggest some alternate tunage to you... [More]

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Personal Shopper: Cookie Monster Stuff for Amy's Sister

Amy writes: "Hello wonderful ladies! I'm shopping for my sister's 19th birthday, and she loves cookie monster (due to a nickname given to her because of her love of baking, what else? cookies!). She wants some cookie monster slippers to wear around her dorm room. She showed me a picture... [More]


Cheap Thrill: Tweezerman Harajuku Lovers Matchbox Itty Bitty Files

We've got a girls weekend planned next month and we are totally looking forward to our annual "You Massage My Back, I'll Massage Yours" event. Basically, we've all spent too much money on the hotel room to also book a spa day. So we spa ourselves. This tiny box of... [More]


Victorian Trading Co. Crimson Pillbox Hat

Though we have to be careful that our holiday wear doesn't get *too* costume-y, we just might take a chance on this Crimson Pillbox Hat ($60) from Victorian Trading Co. We think it'd be doable with the right wool coat: something simple and classic in style. We just may turn... [More]


Wei Beauty Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads

Take a few minutes to treat yourself to Wei Beauty Tibetan Chrysanthemum Correcting Eye Treatment Pads ($60). Apart from their effectiveness at diminishing dark circles and puffiness, we can appreciate a product that requires us to lie down to use it. We're going to have to set a timer however... [More]


Celebrate: American Brownie Co. Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies with Ganache

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


Give Luck Symbols Fabric Gift Wrap

Aside from the fact that this Give Luck Symbols Fabric Gift Wrap ($8) looks like a chic bohemian way to wrap a gift, we like that we can use it over and over again. There's no feeling guilty for filling up landfills with toxic colored paper or wasted plastic ribbons... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: A-Door-Able Bouncing Mouse Action Toy

Don't forget Mr. Whiskers amid all your holiday shopping. Even though he doesn't acknowledge you're his owner, scratches you for pulling him off the curtains, and rests his tail on your face while you're sleeping, he actually just wants attention. Give him some with the A-Door-Able Bouncing Mouse Action Toy... [More]


Authentic Dutch Rumballs

Not nearly as controversial as Alec Baldwin's Schweddy Balls, these Authentic Dutch Rumballs ($15 for 3 boxes) are the perfect holiday treat. Made from real Jamaican rum and cocoa from the West Indies, no one can resist them. Except maybe One Million Moms.... [More]

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Skirted Coat

Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Trim Skirted Coat

Love the glam of old-fashioned coats combined with the fabulous functionality of today's styles? You've got to take a look at the Laundry by Shelli Segal Faux Fur Trim Skirted Coat ($251 on sale). We're in love with the plush faux fur collar and rich navy color. The double-breasted top... [More]


Mr. Potato Head: Santa Claus Spud

Awe, we used to LOVE Mr. Potato Head when we were kids! He's gotten plenty of upgrades as we've grown up, but we love his new look. Mr. Potato Head: Santa Claus Spud ($14) is going to make a great gift for our nieces and nephews. And it works out... [More]

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You Tell Us: Heel Condoms

We can get on board with the idea of shoe clips, but this? Heel Condoms ($varies)? The name is poorly chosen, and they look tacky to us. We think they'd be hard to pull off. What do you think think? Would you purchase and wear these things? Leave us some... [More]

Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pie

Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pie

Welcome cold weather and welcome oodles and oodles of scrumptious comfort food! One dish we can't wait to try is Pemaquid Point Lobster Pot Pie ($48 for 2 pot pies). Each lobster-shaped puff pastry is filled with luscious Maine lobster meat splashed with a sherry-cream sauce.... [More]

Prada Baroque Sunglasses

Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses

Exude old Hollywood glamour as you rock the Prada Baroque Round Sunglasses ($290). Just be prepared for those onlooker stares and paparazzi they wonder who you are underneath those big black beauties.... [More]

Valentino Rockstud Open Toe Pump

Valentino Rockstud Open Toe Pump

Need we say anything at all? Except that we're totally in love. Valentino Rockstud Open Toe Pump ($895) - Available for pre-order with delivery in April 2012.... [More]

Unite 7 Seconds Leave-In Conditioner Detangler

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Peanuts Hot Chocolate Mixes

Peanuts Hot Chocolate Mixes

'Tis the season for a little hot chocolate and yummy Fluff! Sip a sweet cup of cocoa with the coolest gang around - Charlie, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy and Lucy. Peanuts Hot Chocolate Mixes ($10) is a set of 4 delicious mixes; flavors include smores, candy cane, vanilla and hazelnut.... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Graduation Dress Under $60 for Kristina

Kristina writes: "Hey Outblush! I am graduating college in December and I'm in desperate need for an outfit! I would prefer a dress, any color, that can be worn with my black gown. I am 5'3 and usually wear a size 4 dress or small/medium (depending on the brand). Since... [More]


Turquoise Drop Earrings

We love a pop of color when everything else starts turning brown and gray (including our winter wardrobe for some reason). These sweet Turquoise Drop Earrings ($68) add fresh color to our look and remind us of summer vacations playing in the ocean. We miss our non-translucent skin.... [More]


MTA New York Subway Map Bubble Umbrella

Bubble umbrellas are coming back in a big way, our friends. We're seeing them pop up on 'Gossip Girl' and fashionistas in our city. Add some quirk to traditional clear umbrellas with this MTA New York Subway Map Bubble Umbrella ($20). It's perfect for strolling downtown Manhattan and figuring out... [More]



Banish your Thanksgiving Eve hangover with a little Mercy ($14 for a 4-pack)! This non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated drink has all of the nutritional supplements to help your body process the alcohol. We even suggest putting a can or two in your handbag and chugging it on your way home from the... [More]

Aqua Zoe Zig Zag Scarf

Aqua Zoe Zig Zag Scarf

Scarf season is upon us and a girl can never have too many scarves! One we want to add to our collection is the Aqua Zoe Zig Zag Scarf ($48). It will add that gorgeous pop to our mocha wool coats and ivory faux fur jackets.... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency 5-Book Boxed Set

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency 5-Book Boxed Set ($44) is one of the book series we keep hearing about again and again. Seriously, everyone loves these books. Described as funny, human, and addictive, we suggest giving this boxed set (with a box of Rooibos tea) to your book-loving mom...... [More]


Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Gloss-Stick

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Jemma Kidd Hi-Shine Gloss-Stick ($25) is all sorts of pink and lovely and we'll be buying some all of them, How about you?... [More]

Kamado San Rice Cooker

Kamado-san Rice Cooker

We're rice lovers so we're excited about this cool cookware piece. The Kamado-san Rice Cooker ($180) is a five piece set that will cook your rice quickly and properly. Set includes a donabe, inner lid, outer lid, trivet, and bamboo rice paddle.... [More]


Happy Socks Polka Stripe

We may not have happy penguin feet, ready for dancing on iceburgs, but we do have happy sock-covered feet thanks to these cute Polka Stripe Socks ($12) from Happy Socks. And we really do mean cute. For some reason, the garishness of these orange, blue, and pink striped socks works... [More]


The Best Of Christmas Cocktails

Though we sort of wish The Best Of Christmas Cocktails ($5) was a guide to, well, the best holiday booze, we're *almost* as content with it being a 5 dollar album download. Digitally remastered favorites like Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song or Dean Martin's version of Winter Wonderland certainly... [More]

Rebecca Minkoff Best Friends Forever iPhone Cases

Rebecca Minkoff Best Friends Forever iPhone Cases

Rebecca Minkoff Best Friends Forever iPhone Cases ($68) are a modern take on the best friend necklaces we used to sport back in middle school. However these are much cooler and functional. Protect your precious baby (iPhone) and your best gal's too.... [More]


Best of Culture Beat

If you know what you want, and you want it now! Best of Culture Beat, $10. (How can you not? It's die ultimative fanedition mit allen Culture Beat hits!)... [More]


Madewell Llama Love Sweater

Lladies! Would you llook at this llovely Llama Love Sweater ($88)! We llike it more than llemondrops, llollipops and lliquor. And that llast one llets you know we're really in llove.... [More]

Gayles Chocolates Chocolate Turkey

Gayle's Chocolates Chocolate Turkey

Gayle's Chocolates Chocolate Turkey with Constant Craving ($100) would be the perfect gift for Melissa Gorga to give to Teresa Giudice if she's attending Thanksgiving at the Giudices. This sweet Tom is stuffed with chocolate wishbones, truffled drumsticks, solid acorns and maples leaves stuffed with a surprise filling called Constant... [More]


One Garnet Girl White Topaz Rapunzel Ring

Obviously, this White Topaz Rapunzel Ring ($218) will look fabulous on your right hand for everyday wear, but we like it even better switched onto your left hand to get that douchehat at the bar to leave you alone.... [More]


Salvatore Ferragamo Attimo L'Eau Florale

We are sans man meat at the moment. And come holiday season, it just gets depressing. No one to take to the office party; no one to pick pumpkins with; no one to buy overpriced hot chocolate with. So in order to prevent High Holiday lows, we're putting on the... [More]

This Old Truck

This Old Truck

Whether the boy in your life is 3 or 33, he'll love pulling This Old Truck ($9) out of his stocking on Christmas morning. This classic 1950's pickup is a must-have for every car lover.... [More]


Weekly Purse Page Lookalike Poll: November 15, 2011

Would you rather be dripping with gems, chains, or sunshine? This week's poll options at The Purse Page cover all of those bases and then some, in case drip is not a favorite verb of yours. Go vote, and then check for the results (and a roundup of cheaper lookalikes... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Dupe of the Coach New Chelsea Leather Tote for Kate

Kate writes: "Hi! I should start with a "thank you," because I'm a big, big fan and I've bought a few things you've posted and those are the items in my wardrobe that I consistently get complimented on. So thank you for making shopping so much less overwhelming! Second, I... [More]


Blake Wrap Dress

In our expert humble opinion, every woman should have a wrap dress in her closet. Flattering on every figure, this Blake Wrap Dress ($88) by Carve Designs flaunts our curves while hiding the 'special' bits we want to take out of the limelight. We can see dressing it up with... [More]

Japanese Hot Pots

Japanese Hot Pots

We never thought our dinners could get any easier or tastier than those we slow cook all day long in our slow cookers.....well it can and does! Japanese Hot Pots ($25) is filled with mouth watering, delicious Japanese meals that only require one pot and very few ingredients with minimal... [More]


Of Avon Bracelet

Give yourself a daily dose of wisdom from the Bard himself by wearing the Of Avon Bracelet ($275). The slender, sterling silver chain bracelet quotes Hamlet, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be." Though true, we think who we are now gives us a small... [More]


Doubtblush: Tripp NYC Split Leg Jeans

We found this. We couldn't believe it was real - that people would pay cash-money for it when they could instead spend it on food or something awesome. But it IS real, and people DO buy it. There are just some things we'll never understand... So we Doubtblush 'em. Unless... [More]


Laqa and Co Turning Japanese Gift Set

We can't think of a better way to spend $50. Laqa and Co Turning Japanese Gift Set ($50) is just so gosh darn cute. It is like the perfect complement to tokidoki and Harajuku Girls product packaging. And carrying around a box of tokidoki eyeshadow just to show off our... [More]


Mia Streamer Flat

Don't these Mia Streamer Flats ($47 on sale) remind you a little of jelly shoes, minus the horrible blisters and loss of skin on your heels? We'd still beg our mom for these if we saw them in the store. You're never too old for a fun pair of flats.... [More]


Pretty Little Garden Floral Washi Japanese Tape Set Of 3

The holiday season is busy enough without having to curl 500 ribbons into pom-pom bows. Try wrapping up presents with some Pretty Little Garden Floral Washi Japanese Tape ($10 for 3). It's a contemporary way to do-up packages and looks particularly cool on brown paper, newspaper, and striped wrapping paper.... [More]


Mikael Aghal Printed Jersey Dress

Is it too late in the season to rock a baby pink dress? We're thinking we can get away with it so long as it's as hot as this Mikael Aghal Printed Jersey Dress ($93). We could winterize it with a pair of maroon tights or a mustard color cardi.... [More]


Cheap Thrill: Reach Full Head Toothbrushes

We take care of our teeth the same way we take care of the rest of our body. And our teeth deserve some fancy tools, too. We are tired of the same blah colored toothbrush. These Reach Full Head Toothbrushes ($6) are just the same as any other Reach toothbrush... [More]


Sweet Revolution Maple Honey Caramels

Sometimes after a long week all we want to do is veg on the couch with a box of candy and catch up on TiVo'd episodes of Parenthood and Modern Family. Don't ask us to clean the bathroom, do laundry, or make dinner. We're just gonna fill up on Sweet... [More]


Keith Colorblock Roller Skates

Why does being a grown up mean we no longer know where the nearest roller rink is or at what time we can grab our awesome Keith Colorblock Roller Skates ($189) and join in a girls' choice skate? What has happened to our inner 12 year old? This morning we're... [More]


Sur la Table Multi-Tier Oven Rack

These days everyone's all "ooooh, Christmas is right around the corner!" PEOPLE! Have you forgotten Thanksgiving? We need to give this gut-busting holiday is due diligence, and as such, we're menu planning like fiends over here and we've realized we need another full kitchen to make all of the deliciousness... [More]


Oribe Beautiful Color Conditioner

We're thinking of going chestnut this fall. A deep rich, full-bodied chestnut hair color will go perfectly with all the orange and red tones of fall fashion. But we're going to need to stock up on Oribe Beautiful Color Conditioner ($39) if we plan to keep that color looking just... [More]


Dalí Watch

We were besotted with the Dalí Watch ($36) at The Unemployed Philosophers Guild as soon as we spotted it! Truthfully it's because we love that his MUSTACHE acts as the watch hands moreso than because we're Salvador Dali fans. We're also thinking it may make a great "You did it!"... [More]


More Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Between the working, and the social grooming of miniature people, and the events we're hosting (or enjoying), our time is practically booked until New Year's Day. With tips for gifts that take less than two hours, to moderately time consuming eight hour crafts, More Last Minute Knitted Gifts ($17) helps... [More]


Sock Dreams Extraordinary Harvest Rainbow Thigh Highs

We know you're not going to wear these Extraordinary Harvest Rainbow Thigh Highs every day, but they'll keep you so toasty under your jeans on your sleigh ride this weekend. Oh, you're not going on a sleigh ride? Well, we wear ours so we don't have to turn the heat... [More]


Assorted Swirl Lollipops

Does anyone else remember when obtaining the coveted massive lollipop from the theme park souvenir shop was the main objective before exiting the park? We remember wheedling and bargaining for one of these Assorted Swirl Lollipops ($6 for a dozen) every time our parents dragged us out of Disneyland. 'No,... [More]


Personal Shopper: A Winterized Maternity Wardrobe for Suzanne

Suzanne writes, "Hello ladies!!! I just found out I am preggo!! I am due in June so I am going to need some basic cold weather staples to help me last through the frozen north of Michigan! I am in Traverse City, and the cold likes to last until may... [More]


Fairytale Feast Lunch Bag

After that gazpacho incident this past summer, our lunch bags haven't been the same (Gazpacho: yums to eat...not so much to still be smelling in the crevices of your bag 3 months later...). We've been lazily looking for a new one and think we've settled on the Fairytale Feast Lunch... [More]


Truth Art Beauty Face Nourish

Have you always wanted to create your own beauty products specifically tailored to your needs? Now you can with Truth Art Beauty Face Nourish ($54). From start to finish, you create the formula from the moisturizing base to the bio boost (the added bonuses). We think this is a really... [More]


Atelier Pierrot Vest Bustle Dress

Wow. This dress from Atelier-Pierrot is literally flirting with a couple of eras at once - the lapels, navy stripe print, and neat white buttons could have come straight from tailored fifties/sixties officewear, while the shirred skirt and the corset-style lacing up the back have an element of Moulin Rouge... [More]


New Season, New Reason to Shop

It's time to give up on that three-year-old puffer coat that -- from the looks of it -- has gotten you through some bad winters, but has paid the price. This year, warm up to the hottest outerwear looks for the coldest season at Macy's mstylelab. Just because you have... [More]


Celebrate: Kangaroom Recycle Bags

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


Pier 1 Purple Damask Dining Chair

We're pretty sure that if we owned a few of these Purple Damask Dining Chairs ($180) we might actually eat dinner at the table instead of on the couch. Although, these chairs are so much nicer than our couch, it would be a shame to spill Pad Thai on them.... [More]


Antique Gold Leaf Bracelet

Add this sleek Antique Gold Leaf Bracelet ($32) to your look for an elegant flair of drama. The chunky design and classic gold make sure it won't go all shrinking violet on your wrist. We like our accessories bold, thank you very much, and this one is worth showing off.... [More]


Dean & DeLuca Café Crème Torte

We got sacked with bringing dessert to the family Thanksgiving get-together. Usually we'd roll up our sleeves and get cracking eggs in the kitchen, but this year we're been swamped with work, life, and everything in between. We just might fudge it on the homemade part and bring this Dean... [More]

Panda Raspberry Licorice

Panda Raspberry Licorice

Calling all licorice lovers! Your taste buds will be working overtime when you snack on Panda Raspberry Licorice ($5). This all natural candy is made with real raspberries so you'll surely taste the raging raspberry flavor.... [More]


Kate Spade Ornament Keepsake Holiday Card Set

Is there anything Ms. Spade does that we don't love? This Kate Spade Ornament Keepsake Holiday Card Set ($29 for 10) is yet another example of her awesome, simple style. Totally understated, totally awesome. Wait, we were talking about us...... [More]


Old Navy Wool-Blend Double Breasted Coat

The Wool-Blend Double Breasted Coat ($45, on sale) has gotten a ton of great reviews online--which is proof that outerwear doesn't need to cost a bazillion dollars to look good (or rather, make YOU look good!). It's chic and simple; ready to be dressed up or down by your own... [More]


Simon's Cat 2012 Wall Calendar

Even though we'd have to order the Simon's Cat 2012 Wall Calendar (£9) from across the pond, it may be worth it to have 365 days of our favorite internet cat (after Maru, of course!) tacked to our home office wall. Plus, it comes with stickers. Stickers! We're sold! We're... [More]


Temporary Mu-Stash Sunglasses Holder

We're halfway through Movember and there are plenty of good lookin' staches out there in the world. We're doing our part by donating, doling out lots of complements and keeping our glasses on this Temporary Mu-Stash Sunglasses Holder ($13) at work. We call him Burt.... [More]


Visit Los Angeles Cards

Maybe you're feeling a little lonely since you've moved to the west coast. Send your friends a reminder you have an open couch and access to the best Mexican food in Southern California with one of these Visit Los Angeles Cards ($15 for 6). Where else can you see gigantium... [More]


Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lip Gloss

We hoard jeans like some people hoard holiday decorations. We have our casual jeans, fancy jeans, date night jeans, ladies night jeans, church jeans and even our driving jeans. And now we've got the perfect lip gloss to match every single pair. Lipstick Queen Jean Queen Lip Gloss ($18) is... [More]


Kiyonna Sweetheart Knit Wrap Dress

Va-va-voom! The Kiyonna Sweetheart Knit Wrap Dress ($98) hits every hot and sexy curve we have on our bodies! Wrap dresses always flatter fuller figures, but they're rarely something to write home about--being plain in style and neutral in color. But this kelly green dress (also available in magenta, floral,... [More]


Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker

We continue to extoll the virtues of the crock pot as winter settles in, and now we have a whole new reason to praise the slow cooker - it travels! The Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Slow Cooker ($28) has features that make it perfectly portable, which is ideal for... [More]


New Shoe, New You - Havaianas Giveaway!

Has anyone seen the new line of shoes Havaianas has goin' on? Well it is GOIN' ON, girls. We're thinking Coco shoulda added them to her list. Anyway, being such good friends of ours, they offered to hook y'all up with some sweet soles if we'd spread the word. So... [More]

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Personal Shopper: Green Dresses, Leopard Print Dresses, and One Green Leopard Print Dress for Amy

Amy writes: "Hi ladies! I need help finding a dress for a rehearsal dinner, so naturally I thought of you. I live in Texas, but the dinner will be in May (I like to plan ahead, obvs) in Michigan. I already have some bronzey gold strappy sandals, so I'd like... [More]


Petite Jade Lace Dress

Look sophisticated and modern at the same time in the Petite Jade Lace Dress ($49) from Dorothy Perkins. The lace overlay and three quarter-length sleeves offset with a simple pair of 3 inch heels and a sleek, low updo totally say Jackie O. But don't worry about looking *too* vintage... [More]


Nuxe Anti-Imperfection Care

Flouncing around in a field of flowers ranks up there with dry humping Ryan Gosling on the scale of Boredom Beaters 1-10. Nuxe Anti-Imperfection Care ($32) covers the field of flowers portion. This daily moisturizer is made of meadowfoam extract and extract of wild pansy, both of which are probably... [More]


Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale

Rogue has combined two of our all-time favorite things--microbrews and donuts--into one big ol' bottle of beer. Truthfully, the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale ($13, 750ml bottle) looks a little off-putting. The pepto-bismol colored beer bottle doesn't exactly whet our appetites, but we're willing to overlook that for a... [More]


Mary Jane Jar

If you're looking for the perfect place to stash your 'medical' marijuana, the Mary Jane Jar ($50) is as pretty a place as any we've seen for holding it. The place we normally see pot being held is in a joint smoked by Frisbee golfers at our local park. We're... [More]


AmeriMist 11 Color Sugar Sanding Kit

Not that anyone expects you to create a sand-mandala on your sugar cookies, but nothing's stopping you from trying with this AmeriMist 11 Color Sugar Sanding Kit ($25). After all, the point of creating a labor intensive mandala is to preach impermanence, right? So, you're gonna have to eat those... [More]


J Crew Authier Cashmere Ski Sweater

Thinking about adding a big ticket item to your Christmas list this year? You could do much worse than the Authier Cashmere Ski Sweater ($1,298) at J. Crew. Sure, it doesn't have the sparkle that a nice piece of bling would, or the wow-factor of designer pumps, but just imagine... [More]


Celebrate: Sleep Innovations Contour Memory Foam Pillow

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


Gold Glitz Statement Necklace

We kid you not, the first words that came out of our mouth when we saw this were 'We need this. We really need this." And we do. We can wear this beyond-fabulous Gold Glitz Statement Necklace ($95) past the holiday season, all through the dreary winter for some added... [More]


Vintage Swiss Chalet Marcrest Stetson Plates and Bowl

Have a blue Christmas with the Vintage Swiss Chalet Marcrest Stetson Plates and Bowl Set ($64).We're thinking we could serve up pumpkin pie for two with this set. Mmm, dessert by the fireplace while the Christmas tree sparkles in the background! We'd even consider leaving out sprinkle-covered snowmen cookies for... [More]


Milk And Cookies

We literally wanted to lick the cover of Milk And Cookies ($25) when we stumbled across it at the bookstore, but we didn't want to be the sad girl making out with a book in the shady corners of the reference section. Honestly though, there isn't anything better than a... [More]

Frenchi Velvet Blazer

Frenchi Velvet Blazer

Velvet blazers look so sleek paired with just about anything during the holiday season. Nothing screams sexy sophistication like the Frenchi Velvet Blazer ($69). Slip this blazer over your favorite silk leopard cami and black skinny pants.... [More]


Jouer Brow Definer

Winter winds always mess up our fabulously well executed masterpieces looks. Our mascara runs when we get blasted with 40 mph gusts. Our hair gets flat and frizzy under our wool hats. Lord knows we don't need blush thanks to the walk from the parking lot to the office door.... [More]

Six Drawer Treasure Chest

Six Drawer Treasure Chest

Keep your ribbons, bows, gift tags and gift charms intact this holiday season thanks to the Six Drawer Treasure Chest ($48). This chest has 6 drawers so you can keep yourself organized while you wrap your gifts during this hectic yet jolly time of year.... [More]


Billabong Wrap It Up Sweater

Part of the reason we love fall so much is the ability to hide under a big, cozy sweater. Billabong stepped up their surf-inspired style with the Wrap It Up Sweater ($65). We like the relaxed but fitted style, cool stripes, and laid-back color palate. It reminds us of chillin'... [More]


OMFG Journal

Dear Journal, today Karen told us that she never really liked our new haircut and that she's been making out with our boyfriend, Tom. We were like, no way. And she was like, yes way. And we were totally, like, sheesed about it. Can you believe her? Seriously, OMFG Journal!... [More]


Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag

We're completely intrigued by the organic science behind the Moso Natural Air Purifying Bag ($10). Apparently, bamboo charcoal has been used for ages in Japan as an air cleanser. The little pores in the bamboo trap all kinds of smells, from your weekend bacon frying endeavor to the slight mildewy... [More]


Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella with Primary Dots

Does anyone else feel like busting out their white go-go boots and watching Austin Powers? Totes Clear Bubble Umbrella with Primary Dots ($22).... [More]

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Personal Shopper: Indoor Plant Stands for Elizabeth's Husband

Elizabeth writes: "Dear Outblush, I'm writing on behalf of my husband, he is very fond of his plants, we have tons of them in our patio but it's October and we live in Chicago so needless to say they have to come inside fairly soon. I managed to bring some... [More]


Byredo M/MINK Eau de Parfum

Never mind about the yacht, Santa Baby. And definitely forget about the sable. What we'd really like to see under that tree is the big bottle ($220) of Byredo's M/MINK. It's weird stuff, to be sure; it opens with the smell of ink and gradually morphs into a dark, rich,... [More]


Fleur De Sel And Peanut Brittle

In an effort not to be sneaky moms who eat all their kid's candy, we've been indulging in Morning Glory's Fleur De Sel And Peanut Brittle ($10). So far we've been successful at resisting the Twizzlers and Warheads, but the Almond Joys haven't fared so well. Whoops.... [More]


Stud-ies Show Flat

We're still not over the twinge of thrill we feel when looking at a truly adorable Oxford shoe. It's one trend we fully support (not just with our words, either--you should see our credit card bill!). Every time we think we've seen em all, a new one pops up that... [More]


Tooth Fairy Envelopes

If we never again experience the drama of a kid losing an already 'lost' tooth, it will be too soon (here, just take the dollar!). Make sure melt downs are avoided at all costs with these rad Tooth Fairy Envelopes ($8 for 5). It's quite a bit harder to lose... [More]


Warehouse Knit Leopard Scarf

Hey look! It's leopard print with a twist! Or rather, a bunch of twists and loops since it's a knit scarf. We're really digging the Warehouse Knit Leopard Scarf ($45) at ASOS. It kinda says, "I'm not afraid to walk on the wild side, but only if I can look... [More]


Alkemie Lavender Bangle

Organic + glam = orglamic? Ok, maybe there's no new term for the hippie chic vibe of this Alkemie Lavender Bangle ($198), but the earthy look of the natural lavender combined with beautiful gold patina is certainly a look worth talking about.... [More]


Cheers Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers

As much as we mock it, we're occasionally okay with kitschy items. Especially if they're cute conversation starters like the Cheers Glass Salt and Pepper Shakers ($12) sold at Uncommon Goods. What's dinner without a good bottle of wine-salt or a glass of pepper pinot?... [More]


Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub

All the yummy flavor with none of the calories? Yes please. We think this Giovanni Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub ($9) would be especially hot if applied by our boyfriend. Did we say that out loud?... [More]


Blue Pencil Shaving Necklace

Celebrate your inner artist by wearing the Blue Pencil Shaving Necklace ($254) by Vic Mason. The sterling silver and enamel charm reminds us of sharpening our pencils as kids--watching the shavings twirl into perfect little curly-qs. Sometimes we even delicately held on to the best ones, hording them in our... [More]


Green Pleated Overcoat

Chances are, you've already got a black coat hanging up in your closet. You might even have a brown one. And a white one. But do you have a super-cute Kelly green one? Thought not. Just check out this Green Pleated Overcoat ($99). It's just screaming out, "I am whimsical!... [More]


Cheeky and Cheerful Every Occasion Card Kit

How many times have you realized last minute that you didn't have a card to attach to the Mother's Day/ Birthday/ anniversary gift you labored over? We're busy enough scouting the most amazing present, we don't have time to spend poring through all the crappy-sappy cards at our grocery store.... [More]


Ferm-Living Bowl

We feel like no matter what we eat out of this Ferm-Living Bowl ($22), it's going to be a ton of fun. Hello, pennants surrounding our veggie soup! Love it.... [More]


Glowing Emblem Lacy Strapless Dress

Look lovely in lace in this gorgeous Glowing Emblem Lacy Strapless Dress ($40). Perfect for holiday parties, this dress comes in a muted sage green and would look amazing with layered gold necklaces and stacked bangles. That's one fail proof way to catch the office mail guy's eye.... [More]


Can we just say it? Aren't most dried fruits just grown up versions of fruit snacks with all the extra sugars added? We're not saying we don't love sweetened dried pineapple and mango, but unless we're eating apricots and dried cranberries, a lot of the options are candy in disguise.... [More]


TANtalizer Baked Bronzer

Right about December, when our skin is resembling a mime, we're grateful for a little help from the ol' bronzer department. Since we've discovered this TANtalizer Baked Bronzer ($32) we've dusted and brushed our skin into a glowy pre-fall-freeze state. BTW, does anyone else think it's weird how a little... [More]


Triangle Socks

Boots! OMG boots! It's fall and we love boots. But where would we be without the trusty tall sock, keeping our wootsies warm, our soles cushioned and our calves from sticking to leather. Today, we salute you, underdog socks by celebrating these beautiful Antipast Triangle High Socks ($38).... [More]

Bar Harbour All Natural Indian Pudding

Celebrate: Bar Harbour All Natural Indian Pudding

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


Agate Pendant Necklace

There is a part of us that secretly thinks crystal necklaces are super cool, but until recently we hadn't found the perfect style. Banana Republic's Agate Pendant Necklace ($60) satisfies our obsession without looking like we work a booth at the renaissance fair. But if we did work at a... [More]


Personal Handiwork Labels

Half the point of doing anything crafty is for the recognition, right? Make sure everyone knows just how amazingly crafty and spectacular you are when you sew these Personal Handiwork Labels ($18 for 20 labels) into your work. It tells people, 'Yes, I'm fabulous, and don't you forget it!'... [More]


Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People

Don't even pretend you don't want to know what everyone else is doing with their life, their house, their friends, and their gardens. You're on Facebook, nuff said. Satisfy your inner busybody with Vogue Living: Houses, Gardens, People ($46). Get an inside look at fabulous homes, interesting people, and gardens... [More]


Fred Cake Candelabra

The kitchen and dining-friendly company, Fred, always seems to take meal time to the next level. In this case, they're bringing the shmancy-ness of birthdays up a notch. Add a Cake Candelabra ($9) to your birthday treat for some real class. It definitely beats trying to write "Happy Birthday!" in... [More]


Meri Meri Snowman Holiday Crackers

Ever since we watched 'About A Boy' we've wanted to buy some holiday crackers to decorate our Christmas breakfast table with. These cute Meri Meri Snowman Holiday Crackers ($25 for 8) come filled with a hat, joke, and small gift. Plus they add some whimsical color to your traditional Christmas... [More]

Chicken Soup for the Shoppers Soul

Celebrate: Chicken Soup for the Shopper's Soul

We love to seize the opportunity to celebrate each and every day - after all, the daily grind can be, well, a grind. We're learning that there are many holidays out there that may not have reached "Hallmark" calendar status, but they still count and deserve to be recognized. Preferably... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Alice Supply Co. Ping Pong Set

We belong to the old school of 'put your money where your mouth is' so we think this Alice Supply Co. Ping Pong Set ($54) would make an awesome gift for the cousin who's constantly bragging about her mad ping pong skills. Challenge her to a duel and leave her... [More]

The Body Shop Holiday Pudding Sponge

The Body Shop Holiday Pudding Sponge

Scrub-a-dub-dub! Smooth your skin and get festive with The Body Shop Holiday Pudding Sponge ($4). Between the yummy looking sponge and sweet body scrubs, we may just have to take a bite!... [More]


Table Topics Conversation Topics Game

"Insure you never have one of those ""Well, Big Gulps, huh?"" moments again. Table Topics Conversation Topics Game ($25).... [More]


Adriane Knit Maxi Dress

The Adriane Knit Maxi Dress ($45) is one of those items you'll find yourself wearing over and over again. And when your snotty roommate makes a comment like 'haven't you worn that three times this week?' you can remind yourself that she's so fortunate, the only thing she's ever had... [More]


Tyler Florence California Puttanesca Sauce

Whip up an impressive meal by the time your pasta is al dente with Tyler Florence's California Puttanesca Sauce ($7). Roast some asparagus and toast some garlic bread and you've got dinner in around 20 minutes. Take that, Rachel Ray!... [More]


Alluring Lettuces

Why hello there, lettuce. What are you coyly hiding beneath your leaves? Is that bacon and cherry tomatoes you little minx? Despite what it sounds like Alluring Lettuces ($17) is actually a cool reference book with history, lore, and growing suggestions for 75 unique types of vegetables chronicled within its... [More]


Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag

We could use a new, awesome purse/camera bag/carry all like this Kelly Moore B-Hobo Bag ($169). Not that we dislike our current situation when it comes to toting around all our junk--it could just always use improvement, right? The B-Hobo is a great streamlined bag that will fit our camera,... [More]


24-Pair Over-The-Door Shoe Rack

Just 2676 more pairs of shoes and we'll be caught up to Imelda Marcos. Except we'll spend our own money. 24-Pair Over-The-Door Shoe Rack ($25).... [More]


Eddie Bauer Fair Isle Scarf

Finding that your neck is a little chilly this season? A word of warning: please don't ask your knitter friend to make you a scarf for Christmas. They are probably knee deep in holiday knitting right now and wondering why they ever decided to make a pair of socks for... [More]


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

The only thing Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser ($11) can't take off after a crazy night out with the girls is the guilty expression on your face when your boyfriend asks what time you got home last night. Um, 30 minutes ago? Is it really 7:30?... [More]


Holiday Party Looks Under $150: The Casual Work Bash

We all end up attending a frabjillion holiday parties, and want to look like the belle of the jingle ball at each one. We've also all got to-gift lists as long as our arm. Budget-wise, those two statements don't always go hand-in-hand, so each of us OB editors have come... [More]


Ahoy Beanie

We know the whole anchor thing has been done almost as much as the owl thing recently, but we're still drawn to the nautical. We think the Ahoy Beanie ($24) from Neff adds some visual texture to your look with a fun print and bright pompom. We actually prefer it... [More]


Iguape Messenger Bag

Maybe your school bag is starting to look at little shady, or you've been using four giant (and painfully pokey) safety pins to attach the strap on your laptop bag, or you're just the kind of person who likes to keep their look fresh... Whatever the reason, this Iguape Messenger... [More]


Tribal Party Scarf

Recently we looked in our closet and realized half of the shirts we own are black tees. How did that happen? Thankfully our box of scarves is alive and thriving, so no one even noticed our bland (mod?) closet. We're planning on adding this Tribal Party Scarf ($16) to the... [More]

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Seychelles Manchester Boots

We've got black boots. We've got brown boots. We have a lot of both. We might even have some red or purple boots. What we don't have is a pair of black and brown boots. So, we totally need these Seychelles Manchester Boots ($248) for the sake of having versatile... [More]


Lavanila Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit

Vanilla is such a warm, calming scent that sometimes we collapse in a nap time pile when we smell our own body lotion. But Lavanila Healthy Body Butter in Vanilla Grapefruit ($20) perks us right up, awakening our senses and skin. It is still the vanilla we love (especially in... [More]


Cheap Thrill: Fred Ear Ring Key Chain

We love a good product pun, and the Fred Ear Ring Key Chain ($4) is no exception. We suppose it's a little on the immature side, but we did find it on so we can't claim we were looking for something less juvenile! What's a Cheap Thrill? Just our... [More]


Guy Fieri Salsa Verde Set of Two

Use Guy Fieri's Salsa Verde ($15 for 2) to flavor your sour cream chicken enchiladas or to add some flavor to 'Tuesday taco night.' We like having a jar of green salsa on hand for weeknights where the most we can muster is a mixture of shredded chicken, a little... [More]


F1 Will Return Eye Mask

As soon as we get on the plane we're slipping on this F1 Will Return Eye Mask ($22). Do not disturb, do not ask us to move so you can go to the bathroom, do not let your kid kick the back of our seat, do not... oh, you're taking... [More]


Maya Brenner Starry Night Necklace

We've been oogling gorgeous dresses the last few months and picturing ourselves looking fabulous as we step into all of our holiday parties. That's all well and good, but we've forgotten a key component of our "Belle of the Ball" look: accessories! The Starry Night Necklace ($74) at Stella &... [More]


Woodland Cheer Thank You Cards

We're willing to bet you had your season's greetings cards all sorted out after the day after Christmas sale last year, but do you have your thank you cards in order? We thought not. Give your thanks in style with these adorable Woodland Cheer Thank You Cards ($14 for 6).... [More]


Miu Miu Bow-Embellished Halterneck Bikini

If you're one of the lucky few planning a winter vacation to somewhere tropic, we have two things to say to you. One: you'll need a great new swimsuit. We suggest the hot little Miu Miu Bow-Embellished Halterneck Bikini ($245), especially if you're looking to attract some sort of gorgeous... [More]


The Paris Wife

Chronicling the marriage of Hadley Richardson and Ernest Hemingway, The Paris Wife ($18) by Paula McLain is a compelling and dramatic (would we expect anything less from the likes of Hemingway?) story of their life during Jazz Age Paris. Between heightened expectations, deception, and struggles to remain Hemingway's muse, we... [More]


Mini Me Gold Purse

Is anyone else getting a little suspicious that the huge purse trend was started by boyfriends who didn't want to carry their own stuff? We've been noticing our man handing off his iPad, phone, and wallet so he doesn't have a bulge in his pocket. Doesn't he know that we... [More]


Olivella Anti-Wrinkle Cream

As kids, all we wanted for Christmas was our two front teeth. And perhaps a rainbow pony that shot lasers from her eyes. But this year, we're asking Santa for a new face. It seems like these past 12 months have done significant damage in the form of adding, ooohhhh,... [More]


Betsey Johnson The Asian Jungle Peacock Drop Earrings

We secretly wanted to be like Christina in elementary school. She wore horse sweaters and dangly peacock earrings and crimped her hair. We're not wild about crimping our hair and wearing horse sweaters (unless it's the one from Michael Stars), but we totally dig these Betsey Johnson The Asian Jungle... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Red Envelope Personalized Pie Dish

We don't know about you, but we probably know at least three people who claim their apple/chocolate banana/toffee pies are the best under the sun. We don't make a habit of disagreeing, either. The more pie in our lives, the better! That's why we're psyched to gift this Red Envelope... [More]


1, 2, 3 Sew

We've been itching to improve our sewing skills beyond simple pillows and purses, and 1, 2, 3 Sew ($17) is just the book to teach us. Ellen Baker uses a unique style to improve sewing skills by teaching in threes. The first project is simple, the second more complex projects... [More]


OOTS! Modern Lunchbox

It's been a while since we've needed a lunchbox for work (since our breakroom/kitchen/living room happen to be in the same place), but when we trek out of our apartment for a day of writing in the park, we're going to pack our lunch in one of these OOTS! Modern... [More]

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Personal Shopper: A Dress with Sleeves to Show Off Lynda's Cleave

Lynda writes: "Hey all - I have a 20th high school reunion that I'm considering going to. I live in Los Angeles and grew up near Boston, and have not been to my hometown in over 12 years. Problem is, in the past 6 months, my crazy job, ridiculous stress... [More]


Justamere's Deluxe Sampler

Breakfast just got exciting again, thanks to Justamere's Deluxe Sampler ($74). Packed with everything you'll need to make an awesome meal, we're thinking about ordering one for a cozy day-after-thanksgiving breakfast. What's your tradition?... [More]


Lush Cinders Bath Bomb

We know we just brought you one of Lush's new winter products, but we just HAD to dish about their Cinders Bath Bomb ($5), too. We took a chance and ordered one of these along with a plethora of other goodies, and it turned out to be our favorite! Sink... [More]


Simplehuman Double Wall Mount Pumps

One day when we're loaded we'll have these Simplehuman Double Wall Mount Pumps ($39) filled with Biolage shampoo and conditioner hung in our shower. Since we're dreaming big, we might as we'll have them hung next to a salon chair where our personal hair stylist will shampoo and massage our... [More]


Galena Marino Coat By Tulle

Black coats for winter are cool, and they definitely go with almost anything, but we get a little sick of the boring basics. They're called basics for a reason, right? We're in love with this Galena Marino Coat By Tulle ($100) for so many reasons. We love the cheerful (but... [More]

Handy Sticky Notes

Handy Sticky Notes

We wish our bosses gave out sticky notes like the Handy Sticky Notes ($12). If you think about it, it would give us more incentive to do a rock star job on our daily assignments.... [More]


Museum of Robots Salt and Pepper Shakers

We think that these salt and pepper rockets from Museum of Robots ($50) would be just perfect for our regular Cold War Space Race Themed Casserole Dinners, but we understand that not everybody holds those. And that's okay, these are still really cute. (Our favorite dish is the Soyuz Surprise,... [More]


Sisi Earrings

Do we totally want these Sisi Earrings ($77)? Is 'si, si' Spanish for 'yes, yes'?... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Recycled LP Vinyl Record Coptic Journal

In 20 years those dramatic journal entries you fill this Recycled LP Vinyl Record Coptic Journal ($40) with will be as classic as the records that make this awesome journal. True story. Whenever we need to remind ourselves not to take things too seriously we just bust out our journals... [More]


Eva Franco Trinity Top Stargazer

If you're in search of a little vintage chic without that vintage smell, look no further than the Eva Franco Trinity Top Stargazer ($210). It's a top to be taken seriously in - the muted mustard reminds us of Peggy Olson - but its oversized yet mature bow adds just... [More]


Dior Addict Sari Pink Ultra Gloss

Recently we ditched our husband and went on a girls night with our sister to a magical world we like to call 'Sephora-Land.' In this magical land they had a lipgloss called Dior Addict Sari Pink Ultra Gloss ($30) that made our lips look glossy and gorgeous like a princess.... [More]


Liddabit Sweets Pecan-Brown Sugar Brittle

As much as we love a good hunk of classic peanut brittle, we're going to admit that this Pecan-Brown Sugar Brittle ($8 for 5 oz.) from Liddabit Sweets is like peanut brittle for the gods. They've taken a tried and true recipe and jazzed it up with sweet pecans, dark... [More]


August Steiner Men's 'Diamond' Automatic Watch

We really love the look of a bulky gold watch, but we don't want to spend a mint to get it (we're cheap like that). The August Steiner Men's 'Diamond' Automatic Watch ($63) satisfies our sweet tooth for something rich without any of the gilt. Whoops, guilt.... [More]



It's Movember, which we are super excited about, not just because of the many moustachioed men in our lives who are handsomely raising funds and awareness for prostate cancer, but also because we get to show you all sorts of quirky moustache things. And you know how we love quirky... [More]


Jamie's Food Revolution

It's tempting to buy Jamie's Food Revolution ($13) simply because the cover makes us giggle, but from the reviews we perused it's worth its weight in paper (something increasingly less common, we've noticed). Generously sprinkled with tons of pictures, techniques, and recipes, once again we're rooting for Jamie to revolutionize... [More]

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Sweater Stone

Some of our favorite sweaters and dresses are from our college years, but you'd never know it. We discovered this Sweater Stone ($6) which does a super job at rubbing away pilling so we don't look so shabby-chic. Ok, so we don't look so shabby. Whatever.... [More]


Personal Shopper: Budget-Friendly Modern Holiday Cards for PM

PM writes, "I love this site so so much and I've used other shopper requests to help me shop for friends and family. This, however, is kind of a weird request. I'm probably one of a few people who still writes Christmas Cards but it is something I absolutely love... [More]


Fossil Glam Owl Locket

We love us some lockets and this quirky Fossil Glam Owl Locket ($48) is up there on our radar. We love the length of the long chain, charm detail at the clasp, and funky owl pendent locket. Call us hipster, but we think it's quite smart!... [More]


Exes and Ohs: A Downtown Girl's (Mostly Awkward) Tales of Love, Lust, Revenge, and a Little Facebook Stalking

So we'll admit that we're not always reading the latest on Oprah's Book Club, or challenging ourselves with a little thought-provoking non-fiction. We grab for a bit of fluffy chick-lit here and there to mix it up. We are "chicks" after all, and sometimes a juicy tale of love, lust,... [More]

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Liquorish Leopard Pleated Dress

Done wrong, a one shoulder leopard print dress could look more like a Halloween costume than a chic party dress. This Liquorish Leopard Pleated Dress ($68, on sale) is doing a great job not going in that direction. It's one-shouldered, it's leopard print, but the pleated origami design softens it... [More]


Dragon Pearl Jasmine Tea

For those crazy afternoons where you need a few minutes to decompress before you go all Charlie Sheen on your coworkers, we suggest this Dragon Pearl Jasmine Tea ($8). Take a deep breath, relax your mind, and 'Ommmm, ooooommmm, OMG this tea is delicious.' Focus.... [More]

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Yves Saint Laurent Fingerprint Scarf

We like to think that Yves himself rubbed his grubby hands all over the Yves Saint Laurent Fingerprint Scarf ($175), but he was much more pristine than that. The fingerprint pattern has the rhythm of an animal print, but sidesteps our expectations. Love this look - it's our anti-leopard statement.... [More]


Jemma Kidd Stardust Crème Shadow

Some people wish on stars hoping that magical billion year old dust will somehow grant them their deepest desires and make their lives infinitely better. We wish on Jemma Kidd Stardust Crème Shadow ($18), hoping that it lights our faces up and makes our eyes shine brighter than a thousand... [More]

Hampshire Coin Necklace

Hampshire Coin Necklace

We wish we were hip enough to pull off the Hampshire Coin Necklace ($690). This gorgeous metal necklace is big, bold and oh so beautiful. If we were to suggest an ensemble for this outstanding piece, it would be a strapless skinny jumpsuit with a clutch and simple stud earrings.... [More]


Badgley Mischka Humbie II Pumps

Did you know that in the original 'Wizard of Oz' Dorothy wears a pair of silver shoes? We're willing to bet generations of women would have rocked glittering silver shoes if Judy Garland had worn them instead of the ruby slippers. As for us, we prefer Badgley Mischka's Humbie II... [More]


Ruff Wear Quencher Collapsible Dog Bowl

Unless you enjoy sharing your water bottle with your pup (not something you disclose on a first date), we suggest keeping the Ruff Wear Quencher Collapsible Dog Bowl ($15) on hand. Made to be folded up and tucked away between uses, it fits easily into a small pocket in your... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Love&Toast Happiness Kit

Give this Love&Toast Happiness Kit ($17) to someone who deserves to feel happy head to toe, like your Mom, or your girlfriend who spends hours listening to you talk about your boring problems. These ladies love you, and it's time to love them back! They will feel the happiness literally... [More]


20 Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster

Useful for eliminating funky mildew smells from towels and damp clothes like exercise gear, neutralizing smelly drains, making homemade cleaning products and laundry detergent, deterring ants, and causing world peace, 20 Mule Team Natural Laundry Booster ($4) is one of those tried and true household products you shouldn't be without.... [More]


Java Jumbo Zip Toiletry Case

Big enough to carry all the make-up, hair products, and toiletries we think we'll use on our trip (but never do), the Java Jumbo Zip Toiletry Case ($44) is perfectly sized to schlep our stuff, no matter how optimistic we are. Three shades of nearly identical red lipstick? Absolutely. Two... [More]


FULL TILT Double Pocket Womens Top

Want some more color in your wardrobe? BLAM! You're welcome. This FULL TILT Double Pocket Womens Top ($18, on sale) will look amazing under a blazer, layered over a long sleeved top, or paired with really old yoga pants when you're hanging out at home.... [More]


Jonathan Adler Utopia King/Queen Mug

The queen takes her coffee with sugar and cream. The king likes his coffee black. Establish this communication and you'll spare yourself the early morning chit-chat about how you want your coffee. We just want to ear our bagel and schmear in peace. Jonathan Adler Utopia King/Queen Mug ($24).... [More]


2011 Holiday Gift Idea: Mechanical Music Box

As much as we love music boxes that play 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' and 'Oh What A Beautiful Morning', wouldn't it be cooler if we could make one with the intro to 'Vampire Diaries' or 'Fringe'? We think this Mechanical Music Box ($20) is spot on for the brother who... [More]


West Elm Deco Sequin Stockings

If you're anything like us, you do Christmas with style. What could glam up your fireplace (or wall, or radiator!) like this Deco Sequin Stocking ($34) from West Elm? The only thing that can make this stocking more worthy of your diva-side is if Santa fills it with some real... [More]

NOIR Midnight Ice Petals Cubic Zirconia Stone Ring

NOIR Midnight Ice Petals Cubic Zirconia Stone Ring

Dear Santa, We've been really good girls this year. With that being said, we'd like one in each color! NOIR Midnight Ice Petals Cubic Zirconia Stone Ring ($132) XOXO, Outblush Gals... [More]


Cascade 220 Sport Ribbed Fingerless Glove Kit

Fingerless gloves will get you compliments, but it's more fun to have someone rave about your own handmade pair. Aside from making yourself an awesome set, reuse the Cascade 220 Sport Ribbed Fingerless Glove kit ($28) pattern to make some for all your friends and family as holiday gifts. That's... [More]

Personal Shopper Claire Paris

Personal Shopper: Stylish items for Claire to pack for her Paris trip

Claire writes: "Hi, I'm planning on going to Paris in January, and I was hoping I could get some advice regarding what would be good, warm and fashionable attire to wear. I was hoping to find good black pants, a pair of dark jeans, and some sweaters/accessories that would travel... [More]


10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Latin Dance Mix

Even we can't pretend we don't have 10 minutes to get in a little exercise each day. Sure, we can argue that those 10 minutes take away from our eating time, or napping time, or watching TV time, but... The 10 Minute Solution: Fat Blasting Latin Dance Mix ($10) actually... [More]