I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Lippman, National Sales Director (and sometimes member of product development) for LAFCO New York at Highland Park Village yesterday. I always think it good when someone who has worked for a company for a long time is still in love with its product. That’s Margaret. She’s truly passionate about LAFCO products. And who could blame her? Everything in there is delicious. When I mentioned our under-$50 online (and ongoing) gift guide, she had plenty of suggestions for us. I can vouch for all of them as being wonderful. The candle up top is part of the Little Luxuries candle collection and comes with a set of matches in the lid. Perfect, sweet, and only $20. Scents include everything from Apricot to Sage & Walnut. The colorful bath salt/soap combo is part of the Claus Porto line, which dates back to 1887. The soaps are milled multiple times, and although I really don’t know what that means, I know that it ensures soaps last longer than cheapo soaps and don’t goo all over your soap dishes. Plus, the scents are fantastic. (Think Wild Pansy, Melon, Orange Amber, etc.) Only $20. And finally, though the white, orange, and blue jars of hand and foot cream from Santa Maria Novella are kind of hideous, they’re miracle formulas made in a church in Florence. I’d say this is the La Mer of the hand cream world. It’s thick, but miraculously, does not feel greasy. Get it for $50. The foot cream is even better. Grab a whiff of it in the jar, and it smells like sweet almonds. Rub it into your skin, and experience it change into a tingly menthol and camphor blend. Tired holiday shopping feet deserve the treat. Only $48.
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My dear friend Kyle Kearbey of Quick rounded up a list of holiday cocktails for us to sip on this season. It’s so good I can barely contain myself from running out the door to the nearest bar. My mouth is literally watering thinking about the Mistletoe Cocktail (made with champagne, limoncello, rosemary, sugar, and other deliciousness) and the Apple Dumplin’s Egg Nog (because I’ll drink any cocktail made in the hands of a talented Bolsa bartender—um, and because I secretly love me some very fattening egg nog). She missed one very delicious festive beverage, however. The Pumpkin Vanilla Martini topped with frozen white chocolate Godiva liqueur at The Second Floor. Read all about it.
cardigan = White House Black Market
tank = J. Crew
pants = J. Crew ($20!)
booties = Chinese Laundry
necklace = Anthropologie
bracelet = Forever 21
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I agree with Lisa Petty. Something odd’s afoot at NorthPark mall.