Dear Santa…

Do you think you can fit a Fiat 500 in your sleigh? I so fell in love with them in Paris and now I hear they are coming to America! Pretty please with a cherry on top?

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In chocolate brown?

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My signature black?

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Hello amazeballs interior. Note: Would have to learn how to drive stick. Anyone want to give me lessons? I warn you there will be lots of swearing involved.

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Blazin’ orange. I mean, why NOT??

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Thanks Santa. This would make me believe in you again.



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Gift Guide: Kids (Human and Furry)

My last gift guide for the year- here we go! Hope I’ve helped you cross a few things off your list this year!

I simply love this little teepee from Land of Nod. I would have dragged a sleeping bag into it as a kids and slept in there every night.

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I am absolutely MAD for this sheepskin rocking horse from DWR- a child’s toy that doubles as modern art!


Let them create masterful works of art while waiting for supper with this genius framed placemat set.


They may not appreciate it now, but a set of these classic children’s books with their magnificent covers will stand the test of time!

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I saw this little corduroy pony and baby blanket in a delightful shop in Vermont and just LOVED them both.

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A simple pleasure such as shadow puppets should still be enjoyed by kids, don’t ya think?

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For older kids, this InstaMax camera brings back the Polaroid but in a smaller size! I saw it being used at a party recently and loved it!

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I really hope little girls still play with dollhouses. I had such a lovely one as a kid and I loved it…. until Barbie came along with her Dream House, plastic-haired boyfriend and metallic pink Corvette and distracted me. I found some really amazing dollhouses for design junkies who certainly wouldn;t mind these being on display- no plastic please, how about wood shingles instead?


If you are of the modern persuasion how about this little number??


Christmas Eve pajamas are always fun- these classics from Hanna Andersson are a family favorite.

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I think this looks simply adorable.


I nearly DIED when I saw this little leopard faux fur coat at Baby Gap. And then I saw this striped blazer and I think I felt my ovaries nearly leap out of my body.

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But until I decide to make that mommy leap, I will be getting my furbabies matching sock monkey sweaters. Oh yes I will.

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And maybe some custom dog beds from Furbish. Spoiled little buggers.

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That’s all folks, happy shopping!!!!

Gift Guide: For Guys

Guys can either be really easy to buy for or really hard. I have lots to buy for- husband, three brothers and the most impossible fella to buy for, my Dad-the Bermuda Triangle of gift giving (a straight, male designer who likes watching football and antiquing in equal measure…and has everything to boot).  Here are some idea to help you find something good (or at least funny) for those dear men in our lives.

Guys and their gadgets…dress up that iPad of his with this tough but chic leather cover


If he likes a cocktail or three, this bar set is tough but lovely to look at- pair it with a nice bottle of his favorite spirits, like Pappy Von Winkles Bourbon Whiskey (I’m told it’s the best)

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Or perhaps your guy is more of a wine drinker, but wants to fit in with his beer guzzling friends? How about this “wine mug“?

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I blogged about these before, but I still ADORE them.  F.Rock crafts breifcases/messenger bags of suiting fabric and recycled leathers that you can buy ready made or custom make yourself!

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I personally think everyone should read Jon Krakauer’s book about Pat Tillman, but particularly men.  It’s an incredible story and every guy I know I’ve told to read it has loved it.

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These pencils with quotes from Anchorman and The Office are so perfect for my husband…and probably yours too. I don;t KNOW a guy who doesn’t like Will Ferrell or shoots a “that’s what she said” every now and again. Awesome stocking stuffer!

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Another great stocking stuffer that really is for you but helps him immensely are these “get the hint” stickers. So you won’t end up faking a smile when you open an Xbox on Christmas morning (this happened to me).


Every guy needs a great blazer or two- I love this classic two button navy one from J.Crew – paired with jeans and a dress shirt it’s perfection.

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I keep trying to get my husband to wear a scarf. I managed to get him into cardigans this year (HUGE success) but the scarf is proving to be a tougher nut to crack. I love these plaid cashmere ones from Bonobos with adorable names. And just for inspiration- here’s Jake in a scarf. See! So cute!

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This cracked me up- a hankerchief made with some super silver lining that renders cell phones unable to receive calls or texts. So perfect for the guy who never gets off his phone.

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These bottle openers are made from the parquet floors of either the Boston Garden or Madison Square GArden- a fun little thing to add to a guy’s bar.

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If he works out in ratty old shirts, treat him to an upgrade with this cool looking, more high tech Lululemon shirt so he can focus on getting that six pack for YOU. (And maybe convince him to try yoga- tell him Tom Brady does it.)

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And this last little gift is just too perfect- a pizza saw to cut pizza with manly gusto. Hilarious.


Gift Guide: For the Home

Personalize a set of linen napkins or pair of hand towels for a powder room with a super stylish selection of monogram styles!

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Totally obsessed with this gold rimmed zig zag tray (available in many colors) from Jill Rosenwald!


The little glass trays made from copies of vintage items are darling little gifts for a dresser or bathroom

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I think everyone would love a little faux fur throw and this one is very affordable!


I found these birdhouses made of old books by Dave Vissat in a home store called Procopio in Vermont- they are so amazing. Call (802) 332-6400 to get info on all the books available! I love this Julia Child one!!!

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These little numbered pill boxes are much prettier on a counter top than those plastic ones from the drugstore.

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I am pretty obsessed with this carafe set. The gold is so chic! The small carafe and glass would be fab in a guest room next to the bed!


GORGEOUS little polished horn votives add a touch of natural glamour to anyone’s home- modern or traditional. I also am mad for quartz ones as well! Who doesn;t like a little candlelight?

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Everyone seems to love the Mexican Otomi throws, but not everyone can spend $300 to get one- so gift a hint of one with these little pillows that would look great on a bed!

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Maybe someone is having a tough year- instead of trying to cheer them with the classic “Keep Calm and Carry On” make them LAUGH with this version!


These fun items from Alice Supply Co. would help my mom the gardener weed in style:

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This gorgeous stationery library look like a collection of bold colored novels- so pretty to display!


LOVE these little bud vases by Jonathan Adler for HSN– in gold or silver, particularly.

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Cloche terrariums are a magnificent way to bring the outdoors in so why not bundle this book, cloche jar and terrarium kit together?

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For the foodie and the anti-foodie either way, paired with these fun utensils a great little gift :)

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Gift Guide: Under $50

It’s a lean year for most everyone so gifts under $50 are very welcome.  I found some really amazing things under this price point that I am sure will thrill at least one person on your list!


Create your own 11″ x 14″ melamine platter for someone for only $30!!!

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John Robshaw luggage tags will help you identify your bags while doing holiday traveling.

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Who wouldn’t love this gorgeous statement necklace?


Give a hint of equestrian chic with this Horse Wine Stopper. Bonus, gift it with a bottle of their fave wine.


This Oslo tealight set looks way more expensive than it is and adds a dash of modernism to any space.


Pair these cute glasses with a small bottle of the recipient’s favorite liquor.

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Awesome Jonathan Adler iPhone covers!


Gorgeous glass salt and pepper bird shakers.


A gorgeous wildflower print “calendar” – a flower for each month.

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Who doesn’t want another fab striped tee for her or cozy plaid shirt for him?

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Pair this cute set of mugs by John Derian for Target with a tin of cocoa, coffee or tea!


For the reader in the house , a vintage book wreath– just add a bold bow-how sweet!

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Gift a couple of these neutral, fun pillows to pump up someone’s decor!


A cute take-away mug paired with a Starbucks gift card is always welcome!

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These soap rocks look like the real deal and are a gorgeous gift in a small glass apothecary jar for someone’s guest bathroom!