Expert Corner: Holiday Gift Guides Galore

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This year, our experts have everyone covered on your shopping list – literally. From the foodie to the fashionista and even that confused artist friend of yours, there’s a gift to be found for everybody in their collections. Here’s the breakdown:

1. Under $10 Stocking Stuffers: Curated by our London-based expert, Heather, these are some great last-minute gifts to grab that won’t empty your wallet.

2. For The Travel GirlYou know that jet-setting friend you envy oh so much? Even she deserves a cute little gadget for the holidays found by our global expert, Lilian (who definitely knows a thing or two about hopping planes, trains and automobiles).

3. For The Crafty Girl and DIY DecemberHave a pal who loves to roll up her sleeves and experiment with her creative side? Our resident beauty expert, Emily, shares the cute, crafty necessities of the season while Calli, or DIY guru, shows you how to make a gift or two yourself.

4. For the FashionistaThere’s no better personal shopper than our style expert, Rebecca, when it comes to scouring the best finds for that fashion-obsessed friend who just has to be sporting the latest it-items.

5. For the AdventurerHave an outdoorsy pal who’s into things like hiking, camping, nature, etc? Then definitely take a look at Emily’s gift guide for the adventurous at heart.

6. For the Foodie (Part 1 and Part 2): We’re so into food here at OTY that one collection just didn’t suffice. Both Rebecca and Heather have some seriously mouthwatering finds for the foodies in your life.

7. For the Confused Artist: I think everyone has at least one of these artsy friends and Jame’ hit the nail on the head when it comes to finding them the right presents for the holidays.

8. For the Homebody: Emily knows exactly what to get for those who just want to stay in, cuddle up and watch movies all weekend long. (And who doesn’t want to do that?)

9. For the Interior GuruFor that person with the enviably decorated home, impress them with these chic interior accessories found by Rebecca.

10. For the Beauty BabeHave a friend who loves to experiment with beauty? Heather has pulled together the best makeup sets on the market this year.

BONUS: Now that your shopping’s all set, you still need to wrap those presents! Check out Calli’s DIY December Gift Wrap collection on Oh That’s You for creative ways to package up your presents.


So now that the election is over (whew), I’m back with all of the in’s and out’s of living in the nation’s capital. Whether it’s the latest fashion trend or a hole-in-the-wall restaurant I’m bringing to light, best believe I’ll find it. Continue on to see what I’m discovering in our last month of 2012, and if that excites you (or you just want to catch more of my quirky style thoughts) check out my ever-growing collection of the fast-paced D.C. in my collection on Oh That’s You.

December Guide To The Capital
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Style_Jay93Partake? Now that the weather is cold, head down to Pentagon Row to enjoy some ice skating.
Style_Jay93Inspiration? Rihanna this month has been everywhere, and we are LOVING her new album.
Style_Jay93Wear? Time to get out the party holiday outfits people. It’s time to party right, the D.C. way.
Style_Jay93Taste? Try the best pizza in the city. It’ll have you asking when’s the next time you come visit the capital? :)
Style_Jay93Shop? There’s an amazing place called “It’s Vintage Darling” founded right here in D.C. that has amazing vintage finds at a fraction of what you’d pay at a retail store.

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and with so many festive things to do, why not stop by a quirky gift shop and pick up a few stocking fillers, or take a stroll around Winter Wonderlan? Read on to find out more, and don’t forget to check out my collection for more things to do during the festive season in the Midlands.

The Midlands, December Guide
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rebeccalouiseSHOP – The Tokenhouse is a gift shop in Nottingham City Center. It sells everything from gift wrap to jewellery and toys to table wear. It’s full of quirky pieces that would make the perfect stocking fillers. Let the Christmas shopping begin!
rebeccalouisePARTAKE – Head down to Nottingham’s Old Market Square and take a stroll around the magical wonderland. Divulge in some festive food and drink, browse the traditional market, sing along with the snowmen, get an adrenaline rush from the 60ft Starflyer, etc.
rebeccalouiseINSPIRED – Read John Grisham’s latest novel The Racketeer. The master of legal thriller has done it again, and this is a book you won’t want to put down.
rebeccalouiseWEAR – Keep warm and comfy in a loose fit jumper, pair it with some print trousers for an instantly chic look! A pair of loafers and a simple tote will finish of the look perfectly.
rebeccalouiseTASTE – Stop by Carluccio’s, and tickle your taste buds. If you’re out with friends for lunch I can highly recommend one of their Antipasto’s to share, alternatively if your stopping for dinner their Veal with a side of spinach is to die for.

December has arrived! This month I’m focusing on my hometown, Long Beach, California and all of the wonders it has to offer. Located in Los Angeles County, Long Beach has grown over the years into a town full of adorable boutiques, seriously delicious restaurants and local markets filled with fresh produce. During December the town lights up from store front holiday displays to lit up christmas trees floating in the Alamitos Bay. All more the reason why I am happy to be home for the holidays this year!

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CalliperezSHOP: Francesca’s in Long Beach is one of my favorite boutiques in the area. Albeit a tiny shop, there are a plethora of jewelry, accessories and must have clothes packed in there. It is my go-to when I am looking to give any look that extra something.
CalliperezPARTAKE: The farmer’s market in Long Beach at Marine Stadium is every Sunday. I can walk there from my house, so I love to get some exercise and some fresh produce and treats each week’s end. It is always great to support local vendors.
CalliperezINSPIRED: Maybe it was my winter white nails this past week, but I have been playing the Beatles White album a lot lately, and will most likely carry the trend through all of December.
CalliperezThe White Album is definitely one of my all time favorite albums and deserves another listen or two this holiday month.
CalliperezWEAR: I put together this outfit for a holiday party. I love this idea of the modern LBD with killer accessories like a turban and burnt mustard colored shoes and jewels. Of course, a soft smoky eye and red nails to make the outfit POP.
CalliperezTASTE: Le Creperie is hands down my favorite restaurant in Long Beach. From their balsamic dressed salads to their garlic fries and french onion soup (with cheese overflowing the rim), to their savory crepes (French Riveria is my favorite)
Calliperezto their dessert crepes (nutella, berries, cream, oh my) and finally their decadent cappuccinos, Le Creperie never misses a beat.

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A Bikini for Every Destination

Oh sweet summer time, you’ve finally arrived! Time to get out the swimwear that has been hibernating in our drawers since September and do some bathing suit inventory.

This year the standard triangles, bandeaus and one pieces are due for an upgrade this summer. Luckily, ‘itty-bitty’ bikini has evolved this swimsuit season, an evolution women of all sizes are thankful for. Designers have heard our cries and created swimwear for every girl and every destination this season: one pieces with sexy cut-outs known as a monokini, 1950′s high waists, one shoulder bikinis, 1970′s crochet looks, bandeaus, bustiers and graphic prints. Read More


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Whenever I tell people that I’m traveling to Tucson, they always seem confused, typically asking me, “Do you have relatives out there or something?” I guess I never realized that my East Coast family (who has been heading to Tucson annually since I was in middle school) had found the hidden gem of American vacation spots. You really couldn’t scout out a better place for rest, relaxation and restoration. The sun is always shining over the  picturesque mountains, and the dry heat is perfect for spending hours curled up poolside reading a book. Although it’s a quiet city, there is still plenty to do and see (and shop for!) in Tucson.
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Forget spring break! You’ve been deceived by this year’s winter and you’re looking for a real winter wonderland to finally hit the slopes. Be it Aspen or Colorado –here’s what you need to ensure you’ll be skiing with style.

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A down jacket is your safest bet to stay warm. But steer clear from a white down jacket, which is actually one of designer Michael Kors’ fashion don’ts. After all, who wants to blend in (and put on imaginary pounds) with an all-white down jacket when you can make a fashion statement? Since you’ll probably spend most time in your outerwear, ‘tis the time to stand out with colors. A bright turquoise jacket paired with a yellow beanie will make you the cutest ski bunny in town. Top it off with a hint of pink from these Betsey Johnson sunglasses and the DVF tote. Be sure to not overdo it by keeping the rest of your accessories neutral: black boots and gloves will give the outfit balance. Read More

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