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The holiday season is officially upon us, which means there is a lot to do! I’ve enjoyed boppin’ around the city looking for gifts and seeing the shops all dolled up in their holiday best. Other highlights to my week were visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years exhibit, getting a copy of Grace, A Memoir signed by Grace Coddington herself and starting on some DIY Christmas projects (more on that later this week).

Osswald Parfumerie, Soho NY

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DeSmitten Gift Guide 2012

I hope you enjoyed this week of Gift Guides! Today I share my Christmas wishes with you. Happy shopping!
Juxtaposed materials of gunmetal and natural bone tile make up this ;Origami Coffee Table from West Elm ;($399). Sitting pretty in front of our sofa, this table would be a nice upgrade from the trunk we try and pass off as a coffee table, but really just use for storage.
In need of some new arm candy, this ;Rose Gold Watch ;with black leather band ($35) would be a perfect update to my old rose gold watch I wore for years, and at a fraction of the cost!
Since my boyfriend and I just celebrated 1 year as vegetarians, we are looking to spice things up in the kitchen. This In Depth Herb and Spice Workshop ;($210/person) ;at the Natural Gourmet Institute in Manhattan would be an amazing learning tool to introduce new spices and herbs into our simple vegetarian diet.
Keeping warm and in style isn’t always the easiest thing to do in New York City, but these Hansel from Basel Stockings ;($38) with contrast seaming will make a statement while keeping me cozy.
As a fashion designer, I’m inspired by photography and art as much as actual fashion. These books join ;the three. ;New Saint Laurent designer, Hedi Slimane is also a famed photographer. His book of photography, Anthology of a Decade ($38.50) ;incorporates ;still life imagery and portraiture with signature undertones of androgyny and glamour.
Maison Martin Margiela’s book ;($63) is a work of art in itself, designed with the same attention to detail as his clothing, containing ;twelve separate booklets filled with inspiration.
This iPhone dock ;($40) is simply designed for function without skimping on style. To tell time or listen to music while charging my iPhone, what more could I ask for?
With all the natural light in our new apartment, keeping plants alive is easier than I realized. A gift certificate to our favorite plant shop, ;Sprout ;($25+) would be an ideal gift to give or receive.
Last week, with a table full of friends and family, after dinner tea turned mortifying when I had to serve milk in a mason jar and sugar from the bag! This sleek and chic Vera Wang Creamer and Sugar Bowl Set ;($50) will make sure that won’t happen again.
Stylish and comfortable, these 80% 20 Rina Boots ;(Cocoa $198) would round out my winter boot collection filling the void for laid back chic, non-black bootie.
Since I was old enough to care about these things, my stocking was full with beauty products and specialty toiletries. I cannot think of a better high/low stocking stuffer combo than this ultra rich Rodin Body Cream ($80) and a bar of Organic Charcoal Soap ($6) that naturally extracts the toxins out of your skin while keeping it moisturized with essential oils.

Undeclared Panache 2012 Gift Guide

I am so excited for today’s gift guide! Lauren of Undeclared Panache was my first roommate upon moving to New York City. She styled our tiny East Village apartment to feel like home. As a New-York-City-Newlywed and handbag designer, Lauren’s blog channels her inspirations for a fabulously styled life.

1. Gold Clip Lamp ($49) – Never can have too many adorable little project lamps and I love that this one adds a little extra pop of gold.

2. Leopard Driving Gloves ($138) – Ever since I got a Vespa, I have become more of a glove enthusiast. These leopard gloves are so chic.

3. Valentino Rockstud Tote ($2195) – It’s tough to justify a big handbag purchase, but the Valentino Rockstud tote bag is a classic I could eventually pass down to my daughter.

4. Large Square Glass Shadow Box ($34) – I love these personalized glass display boxes. Could store jewelry or treasures on your nightstand or desk.

5. Living Etc. ($80.50) – The British magazine, Living Etc.magazine has been a favorite of mine for a while. I am always so inspired by the bright colors and quirky European style. I hope Santa can deliver it to me once a month.

6. Statue of Liberty Sweater ($39) – Always attracted to a kitschy intarsia sweater, I can’t resist one with the Statue of Liberty from Uniqlo.

7. Leather iPad Envelope ($79) – I’m late to the i-pad party, but I’d love to come in, even if it’s just for the amazing accessories, like this monogrammed leather folio.

8. Cheers Letterpress Coasters ($26) – Crazy about these “cheers” letterpress coasters. They would look so cute with my new china.

9. Brush Set ($60) – At least one gift is out of practicality. I am desperate for a new set of make-up brushes.

10. Black Watch ($35) – A sleek, minimal watch would look great next to a stack of bangles.

Byrdie’s 2012 Gift Guide

This week marks the 3rd annual Gift Guide Exchange. Every day this week I will post a Gift Guide highlighting what my fellow fashion industry bloggers are lusting over. Today, Bryn from byrdie brings us quirky and classic must haves. As a Brooklyn, New York based Personal Stylist, Bryn works with people to help them look and feel good (for more info, check out her site).

1. Yellow Korner has awesome art … I love their photograph prints. The Lion in the Wind ($119 – 11.4″ x 11.4″) is one of my favorites. It’s stunning. How cool would it be to see this face every day in your home?

2. I collaborated with my friend, Allison, owner of Ladybird boutique in Columbus, Ohio and LA based brand Boulevard to design a canvas and leather tote ($122). You can customize it by getting up to three initials gold stamped on the leather strip … perfect for gifting (to yourself or someone else)! Available 11/29… contact Allison to purchase 614.298.8133 or

3. A diamond tennis bracelet ($1,328) is a classic … it goes with everything, stacks with other arm jazz easily and something that will be kept forever.

4. I love masculine watches and this Casio watch ($21.99) is so simple and chic being all black. It’s totally versatile and would look cool with a few bracelets piled on with it. Plus, it’s a total bargain!

5. I love fashion and I love Kate Moss’s style … what better coffee book than “Kate Moss” by Mario Testino ($69.99).

6. These lovers and friends sequin pants ($151.20 on sale) are perfect for the holidays and all through Winter. Pair with a white t-shirt, a black blazer and heels for night and a grey sweatshirt and booties for day.

7. I love the idea of a pop phone ($32) … easier to hold to your ear while chatting and it’s better for you than holding your cell phone to your face. And silver metallic is so fun.

8. After going one of my best friend’s wedding in Charleston, SC this past Spring, I’m loving silver mint julip cups ($36) … they’re perfect for a fun cocktail or as a vase with pretty flowers. Get it monogrammed to add a special touch.

9. Get the holiday party started by stuffing a stocking with this mini skull vodka bottle. It’s a cool addition to any bar cart.

10. These Eddie Borgo Pave Spike Earrings are so edgy yet chic and totally wearable every day.

Everyday Imagery

This week was all about creation; from drafting a new skirt pattern, to baking chewy gingerbread cookies and making our very first vegetarian Thanksgiving meal. There was also some down time when we made friends with a new red wine from The Pinot Project, we sipped on Starbucks while sitting on the Grand Central floor waiting for our train, received the first of festive mail and spent an afternoon bopping around the little town of New Paltz, NY. I hope your Thanksgiving was a happy one!

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Modern Looks from Same State Vintage

Keeping your look fresh while wearing vintage isn’t always the easiest to pull off, that’s why I curate Same State Vintage with trend right and classic pieces. Here are my current obsessions from the shop, paired with current editorials and street style.

Same State Vintage Cheetah Vest $34

Same State Vintage Fur Collar $20

Same State Vintage Military Jacket $38

Same State Vintage Mink Collar $24

Same State Vintage Needlepoint Bag $54

Same State Vintage Sequin Shell $48

Same State Vintage Sequin Skirt $78

Same State Vintage Military Jacket $58

Monday Mood

Simplicity. Abstraction. Desaturated. All evident in my current art, fashion and interior musings.


(all images via my pinterest)