Category: Gifts

Best Gifts for Women

December 18th, 2016 by

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta go out and get yourself a present. Not that husbands and kids don’t buy awesome gifts. They do. Or at least they try. Pre-kids, my husband was a fabulous gift-giver. He mostly bought me jewelry, or outfits straight off the mannequin from my favorite boutique, or shoes, or bags. All the […]

Best Gifts for Tweens

December 15th, 2016 by

So, somehow, in the past year, when I wasn’t paying attention, a tween moved in. I don’t know if it was the arrival of the double-digit birthday or the realization that she was completely, positively over American Girl dolls, but my little Lola’s Christmas list started to look a lot like mine… Accessories, clothes, perfume, and, […]

Best Gifts for Men

December 13th, 2016 by

I’ve always considered myself a pretty good gift giver. And then I got married. I made all the rookie mistakes. Buying technology when I don’t know a gadget from a gizmo. Swiping trends straight from the runway and trying to sell my brand new husband on them. Taking a good idea a step too far (i.e. […]

10 Gifts to Spoil Yourself This Holiday Season

November 25th, 2016 by

Who’s afraid of a little sparkle? Certainly not you. Even if the rest of the year is spent being dutiful and practical and, you know, adulting, as everyone’s calling it, this is the season for sparkle and for fancy shoes and for a little bit of holiday magic. And while your busy devising new shenanigans for the dreaded […]

Best Beauty Gifts

November 19th, 2015 by

I adore fashion, but beauty was really my first love, and I was a beauty editor for years before I switched to writing about fashion. My obsession has resulted in an almost encyclopedic knowledge of beauty products and the ability to recite obscure old beauty ad slogans on demand. I’m not telling you this to […]

Best Gifts for Men

November 16th, 2015 by

People are really biased towards winners. Generally, as a rule, when you want to learn a new skill, you turn to someone who does it well, but I think that’s misguided. The best people to learn from, in my opinion, are the failures. The ones who have done it badly, time and again, because they […]

The Best Hostess Gifts

November 16th, 2015 by

I am a grown-up. I mean, I know that Christmas is about much more than presents and Santa and buying and spending and rushing. I do. And I do everything in my power to make sure my girls know it too, from turning every Christmas-list-convo into a teachable moment to looking for opportunities for us […]

Gift Guide 2014: Best Gifts for Teen Girls

December 15th, 2014 by

Tonight, Kevin caught Lola on the staircase, where Love the Elf was perched for the day, confiding in him: “I want a treehouse. I want a treehouse.”  Sigh. I have mentioned before how challenging it is to shop for my girls, but nothing is harder than picking the right present for a teenager, and this […]

Gift Guide 2014: 15 Best Gifts for Girls

December 13th, 2014 by

I have two girls who are impossible to shop for, so it takes a bit of ingenuity to make Christmas magical at our house. Fortunately, I have been working on my ingenuity muscles. Here, the 15 Best Gifts for Girls, from the affordable to the outrageous. You’ll find something to suit every girly-girls taste and budget. […]

Gift Guide 2014: 20 Best Gifts for Men

December 9th, 2014 by

I once tried to make a case to Kevin that my many, many car accidents (a long time ago,of course) make me something of a safe driving expert. After all, I know exactly what not to do. I take the same approach to shopping for men. I have made so many mistakes, that I can […]