Holiday Gift Guide: One and Done One-Items Gifts of Luxury

Holiday Gift Guide: Luxury and unique gifts for her that can stand on their own, no need to fill under the tree with these great items!When I was little, the bigger the pile of wrapped presents under the tree, the better. Now that I am an adult I know even when it comes to gifts, quality trumps quantity. I’m perfectly happy with a solitary gift if it was purchased with thought and love. While my last gift guide of items I’d love were more… reasonable, this is a gift guide of items I’d love to get but are more on the extravagant side. Those gifts that likely would be the only item under the tree yet awesome enough that they stand strong on their own. These are all things I’ve been drooling over recently, things I’d love to get myself for Christmas or any other time of the year!

Luxury Gift Guide: Covetable items for gifts where quality trumps quantity

  1.  I’m a leopard gal, and over the years I have owned many leopard coats that missed the mark.  This alpaca-blend reefer coat from Burberry is an elegant take on a leopard coat but still has a rock & roll vibe.  I’d rock the heck out of it with jeans, cocktail dresses, and everything in between.  I’d love to think I’d still be wearing this coat many decades from now. The price is pretty insane but when I think how many $75 – $250 coats I’ve bought over the years that I have worn, worn out, grown weary of, admitted were not a good choice and have sold or donated I could likely have purchased just one great coat like this.
  2. A cashmere bathrobe is so decadent!  This cashmere robe from Saks Fifth Avenue Collection is even more so; a foot-grazing length is luxe and keeps your ankles warm and the wrap style will keep you well wrapped and chic enough to open the door (likely with a cocktail in one hand, a full face of makeup, and a perfectly messy yet chic updo).  Gosh if I had this I may style it with a bunch of bold silver jewelry and wear it out of the house!
  3. I have silver bamboo name earrings… well I still have them but they’re not wearable.  I’m really disappointed in the quality and service from the now-defunct Etsy seller from where I bought them.  I wanted them in time for my blog party and they arrived a week prior but two left earrings (meant my right earring would have my name facing my neck).  The company offered to replace if I paid for shipping.  I ended up wearing the earring backwards (put in from back of lobe to front with clasp in front) and continued to wear like that because I thought shipping and possibly not getting back would be risky.  And though the earrings were advertised as sterling, they began to get dull and couldn’t be polished, and the post on the backwards earring broke off while I was wearing them.  Needless to say they’re a waste and I’d love to replace with true sterling silver hoops.  These classic bamboo name hoops from Soul Jewelry appear to actually be sterling silver and aren’t much more than the “silver” crap I bought back in May.
  4. I love Diane von Furstenberg, I love red with pink and orange, and I love silk scarves.  All of that together with the DvF “Midnight Kiss” 50″ square silk twill scarf that would be an awesome statement to my wardrobe.
  5. This black leather pouch decorated with an “evil eye” isn’t really that pricey, but it’s something I surely don’t NEED and can’t justify buying.  But I adore it and it has been sitting in my Etsy shopping cart for the better part of 2015.  I gotta say I love a good percentage of the fabulous things that cloverhunter, this Etsy seller has in her shop.
  6. My silver pumps are one of the best purchases I’ve made in a few years.  I’d love to upgrade with the ‘Abel’ pump from Jimmy Choo in mirror-finish silver leather.  It’s an elegant and classic shoe and even more shiny than the pumps I currently own and such a gift would utterly floor me on Christmas day.
  7. Karl and I love ourselves some Mr. Lagerfeld.  Maybe it’s because he and my husband share a first name, because he’s such a fascinating personality, because he’s a talented designer and visionary, or likely the combination of all three.  I think both he and I would comfortably rock this heather gray sweatshirt with Karl Lagerfeld’s image on the front, though he’d wear his as-is with well-loved jeans and black Chucks and I’d cut the neck out of mine and wear them with my leopard print pencil skirt and the silver mirror Choos!  And honestly, for this price I could get us each one so we could be that obnoxious couple that dresses alike…
  8. Call me basic, but I have loved the Clare V. foldover pouch in spotted haircalf for a long while.  I’m a clutch gal; I love wearing them with dresses but also jeans and casual clothing.  I have a leopard cloth clutch I wear a lot, but love the texture and interest that haircalf adds to an outfit (for those who are curious, what exactly is haircalf).
  9. Now that I better know my style, I know I am most at home in printed maxi dresses for evenings out.  As previously mentioned, I love DvF and I think her prints are fantastic.  This maxi dress has a floaty swirly feel thanks to the chiffon and the print has every single color I adore all rolled into one.  I own two DvF wrap dresses from the late ’90s but they are too small for me to wear right now.  I’d love to have some of her line that actually fits my current self!
  10. I recently did an online feedback/focus group for a company I partner with and in thanks I was given a $100 Amazon gift card.  I spent it on these sunglasses.  I had these sunglasses, I loved these sunglasses, and I have no clue what happened to these sunglasses.  Sure I have my gold and green aviators and can borrow the gold and gold ones Karl took for himself, but I miss the black glasses which weren’t as shiny, as obvious, and looked a bit tougher (and also went with all types of metal jewelry!).
  11. As I have gotten older, I have more sensitivity to metal.  While I’m okay with sterling silver rings and thin chains, I can’t wear earrings every day.  Sure, I love to rock some bamboo hoops for a night out (and then have my ears rest for a day or two), but I’ve become a fan of ear cuffs which don’t cause any irritation.  With my side part I like wearing one earring or cuff, and think this one from Etsy seller Knobbly Studio makes quite a statement.
  12. I do NOT need these chartreuse leather moto gloves from Banana Republic.  Seriously, I do not.  I have perfectly fine black leather gloves, and even a pair in purple.  But gosh if these gloves aren’t the most awesome thing I have seen in a long time.  Imagine them peeking out from my black puffer coat, or even a leopard alpaca-blend reefer coat!
  13. For years I have wanted a green leather pencil skirt.  I always imagined more of a rich emerald color but this bottle green leather skirt from White House Black Market is a good alternative.
  14. I had a pashmina this same color of light aqua.  I chose the color because it was on clearance.  I figured I’d be more of an orange or emerald green sort of gal, but was surprised how happy this color made me.  I wore that thing to DEATH, even when it got a hole from being caught in my office chair, even when a pen blew up on it and I could never get out the stain.  I finally donated it when a friend called it my security blanket, it made me realize how ratty and un-chic it had become.  Since I have bought pashminas in other colors but miss the light aqua.  This one is a thick 3-ply 100% cashmere version that I would baby much more than my last one so it could be comforting like a security blanket but not end up looking like one. (by the way, this store has amazing prices on 100% cashmere and free shipping – NOT an affiliate link, just a PSA!)
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Small Business Saturday

#ShopSmall the Saturday after Thanksgiving with Small Business SaturdaySince 2010, Small Business Saturday has been a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, which traditionally showcases big box retail and e-commerce stores. In contrast, Small Business Saturday encourages shopping small and local shops and artisans. Today is a day to get away from your computer and into your community – visit independent stores, craft shows, dine at local restaurants, and spend your money in your neighborhood.

#shopsmall for Small Business SaturdayIf you’re on social media, now is a time to do a selfless selfie. Share a photo where you are shopping, dining, or otherwise patronizing a local small business and use the hashtag #ShopSmall and help promote the business and the idea to shop local.

I’ve seen people pooh-pooh Small Business Saturday, believing it’s only a marketing ploy by American Express, who started the movement.  The thing is, you can shop with whatever form of payment you desire, and the one who wins is your community.  There’s far too many sad stories of thriving neighborhoods that become ghost towns because big box retailers came in and squeezed out the independent businesses.  I’m all about getting great deals, but I don’t believe in sacrificing my community and future to do so.  Today is a day to walk into that shop you have never visited, get a cup of java from the place that doesn’t have red cups, dine at that little hole in the wall you’ve heard has the best pizza, and get the replacement tree stand from the local hardware store instead of the big chain store. Get out into your community, and help make an impact in the place you call home.  There’s going to be plenty of time for online sale shopping Monday!

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Black Friday Fashion Deals

Wardrobe Oxygen: Black Friday Fashion DealsTis the season to be jolly, and get amazing deals online! Hello Black Friday!  My favorite fashion promos going on right now:

  • Hey Gorgeous has 20% off but is is offering 25% off to Wardrobe Oxygen readers with the code WOHOLIDAY25 now through December 1st. Awesome deal on awesome designers in sizes 10-26, I am utterly drooling over this gown, and this bucket bag with such chic clean lines.
  • Wide Widths (my go-to for wide calf boots) has $20 off an order of $199.99 or more with code BLKFRIDAYSAS (if you’re shopping Cyber Monday it’s the same deal but the code is CYBMONDAYSAS).  I have Ros Hommerson boots and find them well made and well fitting; I’m dying over these wide calf over the knee boots from the brand!
  • Ted & Muffy (the new company that replaced DUO Boots) offers custom-sized calf tall boots in a variety of styles.  With code CYBER40 get 40% your order of full-price glamorous knee-high, over the knee, and ankle boots with a “fairytale fit.”  And for those like me who are mourning the loss of DUO, they are having a clearance of their remaining stock at this link.  Free shipping to the US, but be sure to notify your credit card company or bank as it’s a UK brand and often causes your card to freak out and think your account has been compromised (says the woman who purchased some clearance DUOs earlier this week!).


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