It's that frenzied time of year. Everyone has eaten more sweet potatoes in the past 24 hours than they have in the past 10 months. The sales have started and have officially unleashed the holiday shopping mania. Suddenly we're fraught with what to get our friends and family (Is your sister's favorite color blue…or purple? Would your boyfriend look better in a gray cardigan or striped button-down?). Yeesh. Take a breather, and let us present you with some fab gift ideas, fragrant delights for all, and a reminder that, frenzy or not, a simple message on an adorable holiday card goes a long way.
Ring Your Neck: Collar Necklaces Have Us All Wrapped Up: The collar necklace is a queenly statement piece. Cleopatra wore 'em, and she is one of the most stylin' ladies in all of history.
Matthew Williamson? Really? Try Our H&M Dream Designers Instead: Check out our collective haute fashion fantasies at H&M price points [insert wistful sigh]. It's hard to come down from cloud nine after thoughts of Margiela or Van Noten.
Screen Shot, Warhol's Trashy 1970's It Girl: Jane Forth was a fixture amongst the Warhol Factory and its band of reckless cool kids. She stood out with a style that was sometimes anomalous but always compelling.
Bottle Rocket: Fragrance & Fashion Collide: Like a personality quiz but a zillion times better, we match scents with sensibilities. Conceptualists, tomboys, preppies—you're all accounted for. Yes, hedonists, you're in there too.
Cheap Thrill! Jeffrey Campbell Lace-Up Bootie: It laces up like an ice skate, but with a kicky stacked heel. Plus it's black like a combat boot. Oh, and they may make everyone jealous.
Art School, Street-Spotting the Patterns of Keith Haring: Haring's signature vibrant, squiggle-laced graphics are not only decorating gallery walls. They're making for fashion fanfare well beyond arty contexts.
Animal Retreat: Vegan Accessories to Spare Your Conscience: Don't have a cow. These animal-friendly accessories don't sacrifice style for substance.
And on the gifting front...
Card Shark, Holiday Greeting: Make this holiday noteworthy: literally. Even if you don't remember what your handwriting looks like.
Keeping It Friendly:10 Gifts Under $10: Seriously, ten dollars is less than movie ticket in New York City. Skip the crappy sequel and go put that tenner towards a cute lil' something for a new friend.
Bedtime Stories: Sexy Books for a Titillating Read: This is no catalogue of Danielle Steele books. We're talking really sexypants here.