On Christmas morning, my stocking is always the first place I go. Nothing gets me more excited for the gifts under the tree than digging through a stocking full of makeup, mini accessories and more. Since I’m stuffing my Mom’s stocking this year, I’ve been on the prowl for the best stocking stuffers. If you’re looking to spend a pretty penny, kate spade and Henri Bendel have some of the cutest stocking stuffers I’ve ever seen. But, if you’re on a budget I found some amazing mini gifts at ULTA Beauty and Old Navy.
For your shopping pleasure, here are some of my favorites. In case you were wondering, you can absolutely get a stocking stuffer for yourself.
On the first day of New York Fashion Week, I sat next to two people at the Meskita show carrying the cutest hippo purses. They turned out to be Sasha Iastremska and Yuriy Zubarev, the founders of the PLOOSH Luxury Toy Collection – a line of fab adult animal purses for risk-taking fashionistas who refuse to grow up. When you were a kid, you never left home without your favorite stuffed animal. Now, PLOOSH purses can bring you the same joy and comfort that your favorite teddy bear gave you so long ago.
The collection centered around giving adults the opportunity to relive their childhoods while exploring their fun, free-spirited personal style, first came onto the accessories scene during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami in 2013. Each line features various versions of handcrafted, enchanting and sophisticated hippo and elephant handbags.
PLOOSH purses are are made solely with genuine leather imported from Italy and decorated with Swarovski crystals. Each handbag is one-of-a-kind. The PLOOSH DownTowN collection released in 2014 offers edgier, more accessible animal purses made with relaxed fabrics and faux leathers. The collections are sold at luxury retailers such as Henri Bendel along with boutiques and e-boutiques throughout the United States.
As a child at heart, I love the notion of playful luxury. But, what I love most about these adorably chic purses is that they are total conversation starters. I want one so bad!
New York may be a glamorous place, but when you’ve worked all day and stayed out all night, it can leave you stressed and exhausted. Stress doesn’t just complicate your life, it also does a number on your skin. When stress becomes chronic, hormone levels remain elevated triggering a combination of symptoms effecting your skin including unwanted irritation and inflammation. Stressed skin is often deprived of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs for immune functions and healing. This can result in excess oil, breakouts, dehydration, and even premature aging. In Icelandic language, “skyn” means “senses,” reinforcing the direct link between the senses and skin.
skyn ICELAND is the first line of skin care designed to combat the physiological effects of stress on skin. It provides both instant relief from everyday stress and immense long-term benefits giving you mini spa treatments in between coveted spa days. Each formula contains skin-boosting actives and technologically advanced ingredients that help lessen physical and emotional stress. All skyn ICELAND products can be used in conjunction with your current skin care regimen for both internal and external stress relief. Each product is formulated with the biospheric complex that delivers the ultimate stress relief cocktail formulated from the basic elements of Water, Earth, and Air.
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: After a long day or before an early morning, I love placing these cool gels under my eyes for instant relief from puffiness. The cool sensation from the gels, helps relieve mental stress.
Glacial Cleansing Cloths: skyn ICELAND’s cleansing cloths are perfect for cleansing and detoxifying stressed skin on-the-go. Infused with natural extracts and Icelandic glacial waters, they purify skin by removing dirt and makeup without water.
Arctic Face Mist: The face mist can be used in the place of toner and contains a natural preservative system that cools irritated skin and can help set makeup. Like the Cooling Daily Lotion, it also feels amazing on contact.
Socialites find Nirvana through both yoga and shopping. BODHI is one of my favorite handbag lines for its craftsmanship of simple elegance and elite functionality. In the ancient language of Sanskrit, the term “Bodhi” (Boh-de,) means supreme knowledge or enlightenment. The meaning behind the BODHI brand truly suits its new line of tech accessories. However, my newest “Bagsession” a.k.a. “Bag Obsession” is the BODHI Safety Clutch (pictured right.) I totally just made up that word “Bagsession” and I am quite proud of myself.
This head turning piece with a one of a kind handle has been featured on Gossip Girl. Buying a new designer bag is always a spiritual experience. If you are interested in enlightening you wardrobe with a new BODHI bag, they are available on the BODHI website and at high-end department stores such as Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and Henri Bendel. There is nothing like eastern spirituality to brighten up a designer handbag. The most unique part of BODHI bags are that inspiring mantras sewn into the interior of each bag such as, “Those who bend in the wind are strongest.” Therefore, these purses enlighten both body and soul.
Inspired by my favorite holiday song, Santa Baby, I decided to completely bling out my pint-sized Christmas tree Tiffany’s style. Though my original plan was to have ornaments for all of the excessive luxury items mentioned in the song, I found it impossible to find ornaments depicting the deed to a platinum mine or a duplex. Trust me, I spent days looking. However, I am still very happy with how my tree turned out. So happy in fact, that it moved me to create a Christmas list of my own. Seeing that things are probably chaotic up in the North Pole due to the plight of global warming, I also included visual aids and links to where the products can be purchased to ensure accuracy and make it easier for the elves.
Since I would never do anything to jeopardize my future husband’s political career, I have been a very good girl this year.
Presenting My 2010 Christmas List:
1. iPad + Wi-Fi 3G: A tech diva always has to have to right accessories. They often includes sleek electronics. Not only does an iPad go with any outfit, but AT&T’s 3G network gives you an automatic connection to Wi-Fi hotspots which is important for a blogger.
2. Henri Bendel iPad Case:You are not a socialite until your accessories have accessories. Therefore, it is vital that my iPad with 3G reside in a designer case.
2. Burberry Rain Boots with Scarf to Match (Haymarket Check): With the impending royal wedding in Spring of 2011, British designers are going to be hot and I need to be prepared. I have always been a fan of coordinated plaids. I really need this fashionable combination to get me through the rest of the winter.
4. Coach Madison Clover Print Medium Wallet: Coach leatherwear has always been a signature of mine. I really need a new wallet and this one is perfect. Just be sure to include a matching bag of the same print.
5. Tory Burch Tumbled Leather Reva Ballerina Flats (Every Color): Since my feet can’t seem to stomach heels on an everyday basis I have turned to flats. Seeing that I am going to get a lot of use out of them, my new flats should be top of the line. I also need variety because some days I feel like metallics, others are patent leather days, etc. I also have a lot of outfits that require many different colors. By the way, I am a size 7.