Anyone who knows me knows that two of the things I love most are entertaining and giving gifts (year round). I especially love the Holiday season because there’s plenty of both. These are some of my favorite things:
For the friend who likes to entertain people at their home, look no further than the SodaStream Source (just $99, sodastreamusa.com). Seriously, though, what is more festive than adding bubbles to your menu? I personally love that I can turn ordinary tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling waters (saving money- hello!). With 60 flavors to choose from and a wide variety of styles to fit any holiday party theme and décor, it’s no wonder fans of SodaStream include Hollywood actresses Olivia Munn, Krysten Ritter, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson.
There’s really nothing quite like being super duper comfortable while you’re at home. Beauty & Style TV correspondent Jamie Krell agrees: ”My fiance and I gave these monogrammed Restoration Hardware Luxury Plush Bath Robes to everyone in our family this year for Hanukkah (and they were a major hit!) Who wouldn’t want to cozy up by the fire in these? Not only are they super duper comfy, but they are personalized, great for both men and women and less than $100!”
If you’ve ever wanted to give a fragrance as a gift, actress Gwyneth Paltrow says the Holidays is “a nice time to try something new!” Paltrow is the new face of the BOSS JOUR Pour Femme fragrance from Hugo Boss ($78, HugoBoss.com). Actor Ryan Reynolds, the new face of BOSS Bottled, says that giving a fragrance as a gift means that you think very highly of that person ($67, HugoBoss.com).
Capture the spirit of NYC with Bond No. 9‘s limited-edition I Love New York for Holiday fragrance, a festive modern gourmet-floral blend… for BOTH men and women! This unisex fragrance has top notes of Mandarin, Osmanthus and Pomegranate blend and middle notes consisting of Nutmeg, Fennel, Patchouli and Freesia finish with Labdanum, Musk and Praline. Available at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Sephora, and BondNo9.com ($175 for 100ml, $105 for 50ml).
If you don’t want to spend that much — but still want to “wow” — the adorable Digix miniBOOM Bluetooth Speaker is a great bet! This tiny little wireless speaker is extremely powerful and convenient for the friend who loves their music on-the-go. I have mine in my bathroom and I love that I can wirelessly play music from my music library on my iPhone. Brilliant! Available at Radio Shack, for just $29.99!
It’s no wonder celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga are obsessed with Violent Lips. I personally wouldn’t wear them, but we all have that friend that would… She’s the girl who loves beauty and cosmetics AND has a penchant for pizzaz! I’ve already given a few pairs to my make up artist friends — and they went wild! Available online and in stores in New York and Los Angeles, Violent Lips are available in 7 different glitter lipstick applications, for just $5 a piece.
For more cosmetic luxury at an affordable gifting price, she will also love the Fresh Cosmetics Sugar Rosé Royalty Set (just $32.99!) and Sonia Kashuk‘s luxurious 10-piece limited edition “Lavish Luxe” set and 4-piece “Classic Chic” brush set ($21.99-$26.99, available at Target). Celebrity fans of the brand include Cindy Crawford, Tea Leoni, and Keri Russell.
Leave it to Lady Gaga to, quite literally, fly into her press conference… Before the artRave celebration began, Gaga invited media to a hangar at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sunday evening (Nov 10) to experience and learn about Volantis, what she calls the World’s “first flying dress.” Created by Gaga’s TechHaus team and Studio XO, the contraption is “essentially a vehicle,” she explained before climbing into the hovercraft-esque “dress,” which bears the curvaceous silhouette of a woman, and demonstrated how the outfit can propel an individual off the ground and into flight.
Watch above, and below, Gaga tells me about her upcoming American Music Awards performance with R. Kelly:
It’s that “most wonderful time of the year” time of year and… you’re procrastinating sorting out your holiday gifts, aren’t you? And who doesn’t have those one or two people who are really, really difficult to shop for?! I know I do.
So that is why I am sooooooo thrilled to be an American Express ambassador for their #PointsForPresents Holiday program this year! Over the last few weeks I have been digging through their extensive catalog of goodies and I’ve compiled a few of my faves to help you — my fabulous and in-the-know readers — pick out some seriously stellar gifts (all shoppable using American Express Membership Rewards) that seriously everyone will love!
American Express helps ease the pain of shopping by allowing their Cardmembers to earn and use Membership Rewards points. Surely you already know you can earn points for almost every purchase you make (and with no expiration date)… But — did you know you can use your points on a wide variety of gift cards, retail purchases, travel and entertainment events? Aha!
KEEP READING TO SEE WHICH GIFTS ARE MY PEACH PICKS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON…
In her first magazine shoot since March 2011, Lady Gaga is once again gracing the covers of the ever fabulous Vogue Magazine. Gaga was quoted in her tweet saying, “Who else sees me channeling @RuPaul on the COVER of VOGUE. If only I was as fierce as you b*tch. I did try to come for you with that weave!”
In the article, Gaga discusses the launch of her newest fragrance, “Fame,” and the recent reuse of her infamous meat dress. Discussing her latest tour, Gaga goes on to say, “We were talking about putting the show together, and I said, ‘OK, what if I was someone’s grandma and I was going to a concert tonight. How would I know that it was a Gaga show?’ And we all just sort of looked at each other and said,’The meat dress!’”
The Gaga-fied September issue of Vogue hits newsstands August 21. And while you’re waiting, check out this exclusive behind the scenes look at Gaga’s shoot!
Cher has revealed that “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” singer Pink has written two songs for her that will appear on her upcoming album! The album, which is the singer’s 26th, should be released by the end of the year. Cher seems very excited and took to Twitter to inform her 750,000 fans about Pink’s contribution: “Had meeting 2nite w/Record Co. They Love Song ive done!Got 2 New! PINK Wrote them! Co wants it out end yr. pic’d single… Alecia wrote 2 GREAT SONGS!!… Pink is Definitely My Girl! SHE’S TALENT! Luv it (sic).”
This is Cher’s first studio album in 11 years. WOW! The album will also feature a single with Lady Gaga, called “The Greatest Thing,” which has a general release date of September. Can’t wait to hear what Pink has come up with for the 66 year old star as well as the release of this album!
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