Before We Deck the Halls, Let’s Talk About Decking Ourselves…

8 Nov

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE…By JackieBelle

Decorating for the holidays is so fun- especially when we are decorating ourselves!  An easy way to make sure you look fabulous all season long is to pick a few statement pieces and let them shine for you straight through to the New Year.  Each of these pieces are versatile, unique, and perfect for wearing throughout this season and into the next, and they make great gifts that will not be forgotten, so pick some out, put them on or wrap them up, and have some fun!

Holidays on Ice with Kenneth Cole

Kenneth ColeJust in time for the holidays Kenneth Cole has delivered a gift to us all- a gorgeous crystal hematite necklace that will keep you lit up all season long!  Elegant yet brazen, glamorous; with an edge; this of-the-moment faux black diamond encrusted bib necklace adds a touch of attitude to sleek, night-on-the-town attire.  Of all the bangles and baubles I’ve seen this season, this icy-looking necklace is one of the most stunning!  Like all things Kenneth, it’s a perfect blend of uptown elegance and downtown edginess.  It’s a statement piece to breathe some life into your favorite little black dress, and it’s a splash of sparkle to glam up your grittiest leather jacket.  I promise you, this look will never go out of style, and it would look beautiful dangling out of any stockings you’ll be stuffing this year!  Where to buy your gift of glam:  KCNY retail stores, $135

Loft Makes Holiday Fashion Easy

One of the reasons I love Loft is because I’m not a natural fashion genius- I do need the occasional diagram and phone call to a friend to get an ensemble together, and Loft helps takes the guess work out of getting dressed.  Now the same easy fashion sensibility that makes shopping such a breeze is also taking the guess work out of holiday shopping!  I double dog dare you to take a look at the Loft‘s jewelry collection and not find something that someone you know will love.  My favorite pick for the holidays is this multi-chain diamond bib necklace that is just the right mix of dressy and casual to make it mix well with everything!  This must-have necklace mixes metals and jewels with rocker chic appeal.  Strands of soft silver graduate in length for a draped effect, accented by strands of sparkly jewels.  It looks so cute with a cami and jacket, and I bet it would look even cuter wrapped up in a box, tied with a bow, and left under a tree!  ($44.50)

Give the Lia Sophia Gift that Gives Back

We all know that Lia Sophia offers fabulous jewelry at affordable prices, but Lia Sophia does more than that- it also benefits Dress for Success®, a non-profit organization that helps economically challenged women worldwide transition from unemployment to self-sufficiency.  (Love that!)  Lia Sophia makes generous monetary and jewelry donations to Dress for Success annually. In each catalog, one item is designated as the Dress for Success piece, and this season’s piece is the Nottingham necklace.  Numerous loops of textured matte gold are linked and interlocked in an asymmetrical necklace that’s as versatile as it is attractive.  The Nottingham necklace is equally at home in the conference room, a night out on the town, or out and about on the weekend!  And it’s all the more special because it is this season’s designated Dress for Success piece.  This would be an adorable “hidden gift” that you could dangle from a Christmas tree or Chanukah bush and let the lucky recipient find it!   ($118)

Make the Holidays Juicy with Limited Edition Juicy Couture

If you or your BFF are fans of Juicy Couture this is for you!  For the 2010 holidays Juicy Couture enlisted celebrated Beverly Hills jeweler Martin Katz to design a limited edition diamond encrusted “J” pull for the iconic tracksuit.  If the name Martin Katz rings a bell it’s because you’ve seen his works of art worn by glamour girls like Sharon Stone, Kate Winslet, and Nicole Kidman.  He’s one of America’s leading couture jewelers, and he’s made a little something special for us!  The ultimate in holiday luxury, this over-the-top adornment takes the brand’s most coveted item and makes it every Juicy girl’s fantasy gift.  Made of 18-karat white gold, and encrusted with one carat of pave diamonds, the J-pull comes in a specially designed box and will be sold as a gift with purchase. The diamond J-pull can replace the traditional shiny nickel “J” pull, or be worn on a necklace or charm bracelet.  Juicy Couture flagships and JuicyCouture.com will carry but 100 of the limited-edition pieces designed exclusively for holiday 2010, and they are available as of November 1.  It’s the perfect way to make the holidays Juicy!  ($1000)

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