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stocking stuffers


Maybe it's LA's beach weather that has me still in Christmastime denial. I am, however, lucid about one thing: this $15 (on sale!) summery dress, similar to the one I am wearing above, would be an amazing stocking stuffer (or self gift!). Also great (and some very practical) under $50 finds: this Pat McGrath Highlighter and Duo Balm (my beauty editor/makeup artist friends swear by this glow-inducer, and my best friend gave it to me yesterday--magic!), these pretty pinstriped H&M pajamas (bought these for myself!), this Shashi pave ear cuff (cute for my niece!), this colorful Iphoria iPhone cable (fun for my always traveling sis), this international Native Union charger (ditto), these cashmere striped J.Crew mittens, and these booty-shaping exercise bands by Sweat with Bec (I could def use these!).

belle elle


Elle Strauss is one of the girls who's always wearing exactly what I want to wear. When we worked together on photo shoots at Lucky Magazine (ages ago!), I'd basically shop her outfits on set, purchasing piece by piece (or derivatives, if needed) via my cell phone. Now is no different, as I just bought the cutest Sarah Chloe earrings she designed and wearing, above. They feature a pair of irregular shaped freshwater pearls that can be removed for a versatile day to night look. LOVE (and love the price!). Plus, I snapped up the Anine Bing wool blazer that will see me through chilly LA days, plus the leg-lengthening Madewell jeans she's wearing below!

take it from the top


I was trying not to be a last-minute holiday shopper. I hit the Grove last week in search of family gifts, but somehow I ended up in Topshop's dressing room, surrounded by a bounty of amazing party dresses. All for me! And, um, oopsie, I bought them all, including the spotted print sexy slit dress! Also in the bag: this belted print dress, this floral maxi (obsessed!), and this houndstooth drama queen! The scary thing is I could have left with even more dresses if I were able to get away with it. I mean, how great is this lace-trimmed lovely and clever hybrid situation?

for real


I'm not joking: I broke my closet. The shelves came crashing down the other day under the weight of oversized sweaters, compressed cover-ups, forgotten t-shirts, you name it. So, I finally did what I've been putting off for way too long. I weeded out a mother lode of beloved pieces that I've held on to but not worn for ages, including the gorgeous (so sad to see it go!) lace Erdem skirt, above, along with the pretty Doen maxi, below, and hauled them over to The Real Real. I suggest you check out a few of my favorite hits before they find another (unbroken) closet, such as these Aquazurra sandals, this MSGM one-shoulder top, and this embroidered resort-ready Figue dress. 

 

dear santa 2018


I've been sharing my kids' holiday wish lists for years now with you, and while I may be the only one who think these lists are cute (as they're my kids!), they also perfectly chronicle aging/maturation/life moving on. They're like time capsules! My oldest son's 2018 list is a thoughtful mix of little boy-meets-big-boy wants, accurately revealing his 12 years of age. The predominant theme: comfort, from the inflatable couch (!?) to the sweatpants to the crystals to the in-room swing (!?). Even James and Cody, our guinea pigs, are in on the hygge action. His list inspired me to craft my own: a medley of high and low, practical and indulgent. Unlike his though, mine is an adult working list, meaning I will keep revising it up until the last minute, because I know Santa can pull through! Check out what I have so far here!

party toppers


Finding a good party dress is a piece of cake, but figuring out what to wear over it frequently trips me up! For sure, I don't like a topper that's too matchy-matchy. However, I do like a layer that's a bit unexpected and keeps me warm, if need be. So, as a service to me (and hopefully to you!), I poked around to find some great options. They include this long tuxedo-inspired H&M jacket, above, this sequin Alexis blazer, this pinstriped Ganni, this Comme des Garcons embellished sweater, this Clu pleated sleeve cardigan, and this J.Crew jacket.

sexy sweaters


A sexy sweater may sound like an oxymoron, but it actually exists! Typically scarce, I've found a handful of seductive specimens this season, which is fortunate, as they're all I want to wear, because they wow everywhere from Le Charlot to Little Beach House. For starters, take this Ganni-inspired off-the-shoulder Miss Selfridge, above, along with this open-backed Tanya Taylor, this shoulder-baring Pixie Market, this cropped and fitted Love Shack Fancy, and this cut-out Monse.

puffer power


These pics do not lie: puffers possess extra pow this season. There's no denying that this once boring closet staple can now punctuate an outfit, and there are so many eye-popping options to choose from. I recently snapped up this sleek and statement-making Mango, below, that I can wear on the slopes and the city streets. Other super good options come from Free People, above, Asos, Theory, and Ganni




shoulda woulda coulda


Too many times I've procrastinated buying something I really liked only to have it sell out. I debated the sparkly situation by Asos, above, (too much? too gold?), but then ultimately pressed the purchase button as it cost under $300 (and is returnable). It was a huge success at a holiday party this weekend--and it's now--yay me!--sold out. This prompts me to once again re-consider other options I've been debating lately such as this floral Topshop dress (I first spotted it on a NYC-based fashion publicist), these Anne Sisteron huggies (I love how it looks like two studs!), this vaca-ready Acler mini, and this Amur one-shoulder knockout. My sister is wearing a gorgeous Carolina Herrera dress that she pinched from my closet. It can be found here (on sale!).

party time



It's party time, people. I mean dress around the clock--literally! This holiday season, the festive frocks I want to wear are not just for nights out, but ones I can wing during the day with more casual extras. I'm talking double duty dazzlers like these from Asos, Proenza Schouler (50% off and more here!), Dolce & Gabbana (40% off!), Rixo, La Double J, Rebecca Taylor, and Saloni.

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