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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.

 

This month is an exciting time to be in Kuala Lumpur and I’m so happy to be home this year for the holidays. On Dec 8, I’ll be heading to Heineken Thirst 2012 held at Sepang International Circuit (yes, that’s where Formula 1 races are held too!) to witness headlining acts Avicii and Above & Beyond. Since it’s also my first tropical Christmas in three years, I’ll be taking in all the Christmas decoration this city has to offer. For the festivities as well as my birthday, I’ll be shopping at Zalora.com for their amazing holiday sales, so I can bring on the bling with various sequined dresses. Finally, apart from the usual Christmas-themed food, I’ll be tucking into my favorite meal of all time: soft shell crab pasta cooked with butter and a hint of curry. Nothing like a yummy fusion meal to kick-start the holidays! For more, keep up with my “When Fashion and Food Collide” collection on OTY.

December Local Guide
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lilianchan89PARTAKE – Head on over to Heineken Thirst 2012 on Dec 8 where headliner Avicii will be playing live in Sepang Circuit.
lilianchan89SHOP – Grab Christmas gifts for all your friends at the year- end sale at Zalora.com. Sale items range from women’s clothes to beauty and swimwear. Don’t miss out!
lilianchan89INSPIRED – Take in all the beautiful Christmas decor scattered all over KL city. It may not be a white Christmas, but this tropical Christmas’ tree surely doesn’t disappoint.
lilianchan89WEAR – The holiday season calls for sparkle, sparkle and more sparkle. Bring on the bling by wearing an unconventional sequined dress like the six dresses shown here.
lilianchan89TASTE – Satisfy your taste buds with this fusion dish. Soft shell crab pasta cooked with butter and a hint of curry, this dish is one of the best seller’s in the popular Plan B outlets.
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How to Layer to Suit your Shape

How to Layer to Suit Your Shape
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Unless you’re lucky enough to live in a sunny climate, you know that layering is key to staying warm in winter. Wearing multiple layers doesn’t mean that you have to hide your figure or end up looking like the Michelin man. Here are my top tips on how to layer in a flattering way to suit your body type.
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With Halloween just a few days away, you’ve probably got your costume sorted whether you’re going the DIY route or  you purchased one. October 31st may only come once a year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate our love for all of our favorite horror film characters the other 364 days of the year. With the runways taking inspiration from the darker side,  now is the ideal time to channel scary movies.
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Some runway trends don’t make it from the catwalk onto the streets because they just aren’t practical for everyday life. You would think the crop top would fall into this category, but this has not proven to be the case. The trend was eagerly embraced by the likes of celebrities and us “regular” fashionistas. From Gwyneth Paltrow’s sliver of stomach at the Emmy’s to Kirsten Stewart’s cropped white tee at Comic-Con, it seems as if we all can’t get enough of an unexpected flash of tum. Don’t have the toned abs of Rihanna that only come with long cardio sessions and complex dance routines? You needn’t worry – this isn’t the late 1990s belly baring style favored by the Spice Girls and a young Britney Spears. This time around, the trend is about showing a hint of skin for a more subtle and classy reincarnation than its fully exposed predecessor. Before you start taking scissors to every top you own, read on to discover the best styles for your age, plus what to pair them with. That way, you can avoid looking like you’re going to a pop star themed costume party.
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Travel Diary: Bangkok, Thailand

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It’s that time of the year again. Throw on your red, white and blue – we’re celebrating America’s 236th birthday!

I know it’s second nature to slip into the old flag-printed t-shirt, but I’m not letting you take the easy route out this time. No matter how you’ll be celebrating, there’s a chic way to do red, white and blue without crossing into tacky territory. Whether you’re attending a rowdy pool party with friends, a laid-back barbecue with the fam, or romantic fireworks with the boyfriend, I have all of the preparations for standing out as the most stylish American at your event of choice.

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