Free Nail Art And Other Weekend Musts

With Thanksgiving now in the past and Chanukah in full swing, it is time to get hyped about the holidays (can you hear the Christmas carols blaring through our headphones?). Whether in need of something for one of your own holiday ensembles or searching for the prezzies for your friends and family, we've found the hottest of holiday sales happening this weekend, plus an array of food fun that will keep you in tip-top shopping condition no matter how over gifts you might be. Even more good news? Topshop wants to paint your nails in some sweet patterns for free! Here is our list of the best of the best this weekend that is going to make you feel like Santa's really into you this year!

Nail It—Oh, Topshop (giant sigh), we love you. Christmas is seriously coming a few weeks early this year with Topshop's Nail Bar. Offering free mani's with 12 custom designs inspired by the latest trends, you've got to head down to the SoHo megastore this weekend and get your nails did. Get there early and book a same day appointment! We can't think of any bar we'd rather be at this weekend.

Thursday, December 2nd to Saturday, December 3rd, 10a.m. to 9p.m., and Sunday, December 4th, 11a.m. to 8p.m.; Topshop, 478 Broadway (at Broome Street); 212-966-9555.

Bust Out—It's a cinch to get into the giving mood this weekend at the Kings County General Store. Sponsored by the good folks at Bust Magazine, this local market will have you shimmying to tunes by Mikey Palms and friends from East Village Radio while you sip special drinks and get your shop on. Added bonus: all gifts are locally made in NYC and range from $5 to $50.

Sunday, December 5th, 12p.m. to 5p.m.; Southpaw, 125 5th Avenue (between Sterling Place and St. Johns Place); 718-230-0236.

In the Clutch—Nothing completes a New Years Eve ensemble like the perfect party clutch. Luck for you, handbag designer Khirma Eliazov is getting some of her friends together for her holiday sale this weekend. The designer who is popular with the Gossip Girl crowd is offering up to 40% off her Fall/Winter collection as well as an exclusive 15% off on Spring 2011 preorders, which means we have a feeling you might come for one bag and leave with enough bags to get you through till 2012. Alexander Berardi wears will also be available for up to 50% and Designer Furs will be up to 75% off. Add H Wood's specialty cocktails and exclusive discounts, this sounds like a sale enticing enough to get you to pull out your wallet again post Black Friday.

Friday, December 3rd, 2p.m. to 8p.m., and Saturday, December 4th, 12p.m. to 5p.m.; 676 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between Great Jones Street and Bond Street).


Play with your Food—Attention weary shoppers: Starting this weekend, Lacoste is celebrating the opening of its newest boutique at the Gansevoort Hotel with a food extravaganza that will make even the most discerning foodie salivate. Instead of offering the usual array of fashionable cocktails that we've all seen a thousand times, the alligator brand is showing off its skills as the croc de cuisine, teaming up with the best food trucks this city has to offer free savory meals as well as some seriously sweet treats. This weekend, chow down on an all natural schnitzel sandwich from 2010 Vendy Award finalist Schnitzel & Things while you shop, shop, shop for that preppy boy or girl on your list. If you spend $150, you'll even get a copy of the newly released Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival Cookbook that is sure to supply you with enough recipes to keep you guests fat and happy this holiday season.

Saturday, December 4th, 12p.m. to 5p.m.; 420 Park Avenue South (at 29th Street).

Spin City—Calling all cyclists! Join actor/activist Matthew Modine this Thursday for a night of food, drinks and music - all in support of a good cause! The actor is hosting the event with urban, outdoor apparel company, Nau, to celebrate his nonprofit, Bicycle for a Day, which focuses on empowering individuals that they can use everyday to make measurable differences in their community. Spend the evening shopping for sustainable goods, all at 20% off, and learning about how we can all better our environment.

Thursday, December 2nd, 7p.m. to 10p.m.; Nau + Dunderdon, 25 Howard Street (at Crosby Street); 212-226-4040.


Pop-up To Go—New Yorkers like things on the move (case in point: the food truck craze) because, hey, it is no secret that to run this city, you literally have to run around the city. This weekend, Brooklyn's Jessica Goldfond of the Shiny Squirrel is taking the designers she reps on a bit of a road trip around the borough. From jewels to housewares, this mobile pop-up will feature designers Species by the Thousands, Wooden Sleepers, Emma Carroll, LAYERxlayer, Digby & Iona, Love Compass, Georgia Varidakis, Elizabeth Knight, WE ARE HERE, and mgmy studio. Goldfond herself has curated the car which will be making 3 stops, which means you have absolutely no excuse for missing out!

Saturday, December 4th; 11a.m. to 12p.m. at Brooklyn Circus, 150 Nevins Street (at Bergen Street); 718-858-0919; 12:30p.m. to 1:30p.m. at Life:Curated, 186 Grand Street (at Bedford); 347-689-9143; 2p.m. to 3p.m. at 3rd Ward Holiday Craft Fair, 195 Morgan Avenue (between Meadow Street and Stagg Street); 718-715-4961.

Marketeer—The Columbus Circle Holiday Market opened December 1st and is offering some seriously good eats this weekend. While we are all for the hot cup of apple cider, a perennial favorite, this market is setting the food bar way up high with booths by some of the cities favorite eateries like Crif Dogs, Fatty Crew and Pies & Thighs (just to name a few). Eat as you stroll for gifts and, if you are having any trouble finding what you need, the new Market Concierge will help point you in the right direction, even if what you need might be elsewhere in the neighborhood. This is by far the best reason for you to break out of the cozy hole you've hunkered down in and get outside this weekend!

Wednesday, December 1st to Friday, December 24th, 10a.m. to 8p.m.; at the Southwest entrance to Central Park, overlooking Columbus Circle.

Plaza Please—We can't think of a prettier place to do you Christmas shopping than the Plaza, which is why we were beyond excited to hear that one of our fav NY designers, Jennifer Creel, was having a trunk sale this weekend at the famed hotel's boutique. Stop by after perusing the Christmas windows along 5th Avenue and pick up some environmentally conscious eyewear from the designer's line for Modo, which also happens to be Eloise approved.

Thursday, December 2nd, 4p.m. to 8p.m.; The Plaza Boutique, 768 5th Avenue (at Central Park South); 212-546-5499.