Holiday Gift Ideas Under $150 (Well, Mostly…))

Need some help finding fabulous gifts around the $150 mark? 

If you are like me and don’t get enough time to stroll the aisles looking for gifts, and find yourself doing more pointing and clicking, here are some ideas for you in the $150 range.


Nespresso GCA1-US-CH-NE VertuoLine Coffee and Espresso Maker, Chrome $120 

Your day deserves great coffee to get it up and running. Nespresso is world famous for being exceptional coffee. Make yourself a lungo or an espresso (or 2!) with this chic, stylish machine.

Temptu Holiday Airbrush Perfection Set $258

Ok, so its well over $100, but it is on sale for the holidays and there is a $75 discount….

This personal airbrush system give you a flawless,  movie star finish every time.

The set comes with a full size foundation, a blush and a highlighter. Fabulous has never been so easy!

Foreo Iris $139

Sister to the wildly popular and highly effective Luna, the Foreo Issa is an ophthalmologist approved eye massager that uses Alternating Sonic Technology to reduce the signs of crows feet, dark circles and bags under your eyes.

Iris delivers your favorite eye cream or serum much more deeply into the skin, (I’m not a scientist, so I just speak normal-person-speak. None of the technical mumbo jumbo

makes any sense to me anyway), and massages and stimulates the delicate skin around the eye. It’s fabulous! And you see results pretty quickly too.

For Christmas you can get a set called the Pamper Yourself Beauty Essentials Set that includes the Iris, the Luna Play, and a cooling eye mask, all for $139.

Rag and Bone Ava Scarf

OK, so this one is a bit more pricey, but isn’t it fabulous???

I love Revolve, partly because I love everything they do on Instagram, so cruising the Revolve website is one of my favorite things to do! I always find too many things, but today I am all about this killer scarf.

Child Of The Wild Elizabethan Choker $120

Chokers are the statement jewelry piece this season, and this one is amazing!!!

Set off the simplest LBD with this large, exciting piece, or absolutely kill it with jeans, a tee and a black blazer. 

I found it at and I love it.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream $100

For years I used to hear from models about this miracle cream that Charlotte would use on them on shoots. It made their skins glow and look healthy and radiant even after long international flights or coming in on the red-eye. The cream was magic and wasn’t for sale.

I spent years wanting it, so when she released her makeup line it was the first thing I bought!

I don’t use it every day, but rather save it for special occasions. It’s lovely.

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Holiday Gift Ideas ~ 5 Fabulous Fashion Coffee Table Books

I love coffee table books. 

They are chic, they make a statement. 
A stack of gorgeous coffee table books not only looks beautiful, but also both serves as a fabulous fashion reference and is a reflection of your personal interests.

Coffee table books make gorgeous and meaningful gifts. Ideal for the fashion forward and the fashion fascinated, they are always much loved! 
If you are looking for a super cool holiday gift idea, check out these 5 fabulous coffee table books:

5 Fabulous Fashion Coffee Table Books

Veruschka: From Vera To Veruschka


Iconic beauty Veruschka was one of the biggest faces of the 60’s.
Images of the actress and model still hold us in thrall today, serving as inspiration for makeup artists, designers, photographers and hair stylists alike.
This book has previously unpublished photos of Veruschka living la dolce vita from Rome to Capri, playing in Sardinina and along the Mediterranean coast.

Veruschka: From Vera to Veruschka

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty


McQueen’s absolute brilliance is celebrated in this gorgeous book that accompanied the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s retrospective, and is considered the definitive reference to the career of Lee Alexander McQueen.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon


A rich and layered collection of one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, this beautiful book features both rare and iconic images of Audrey. An incredible reference book as well as an absolutely lovely gift.

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon

W Stories by Stefano Tonchi


W magazine is world renowned for it’s avant garde fashion editorials. Wild, whimsical, magical – W editorials can be spectacular! 

This book looks at 10 of the most sensational stories, each in it’s entirety, with never before seen outtakes. Each story  was the centerpiece of it’s issue.

A special code inside the book gives you access to short films shot durig the shoots of Steven Meisel, Alex Prager, Steven Klein and Tim Walker.

W: Stories

Tom Ford


This book chronicles the career of the incredible Tom Ford from 1994 to 2004 during his Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent days. Not just his clothing and accessories for both brands, but his grand vision for the complete design of a brand including architecture, store design and advertising.

Published to coincide with his departure from Gucci, the book was created with Ford’s co-operation, and every page reflects his exceptional taste. It is Ford’s testament to a career of singular moments reinventing the boundaries of style and sensuality in clothing.

Tom Ford

Holiday Gift Guide – Great Books To Give

Holiday Gift Guide ~ Great Books To Give

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Books make great holiday gifts. What’s not to love about a winter afternoon spent curled up on the couch with blankets and pillows and a good book? Drinking tea or hot mulled wine and exploring a new world within the pages – it’s perfect!

Here are.  fabulous reads that make wonderful gifts

For fashion lovers

Gods And Kings, The Rise And Fall Of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano by Dana Thomas.


I went to a soiree that Dana Thomas gave to celebrate this book and it was wonderful. As an insider who knew both Lee McQueen and John Galliano she had fascinating insight into their lives, their creative forces and the business machine that ate both of them up. Initially New York based, the author has lived in Paris for the past 15 years. Which is thrilling in and of itself.

Blow By Blow, The Story Of Isabella Blow by Detmar Blow


Isabella Blow was both a legendary figure in fashion and a very important one. She is credited with discovering both Alexander McQueen, and launching his career by buying his entire first collection, and also Philip Treacy who launched his career from the basement of her home.
Her 30 year career in fashion included being assistant to Anna Wintour at American Vogue as well as fashion editor at Tatler and The Sunday Times magazine.
Written by her husband after her death at age 48, this book gives a behind the scenes look at high society and fashion, as well as her incredible life and body of work.

Empress Of Fashion: A Life Of Diana Vreeland by Amanda McKenzie Stuart


This biography not only covers Vreeland’s career as one of the most influential fashion editors ever, but also looks at her deeply unhappy childhood and the fearless, imaginative, hard working woman she became.

This biography is both interesting and inspiring.

Grace: A Memoir


Grace Coddington is easily one of the greatest fashion editors ever. The body of work she has completed with Anna Wintour is staggering and brilliant. This autobiography is fascinating and lovely. Just like Grace.

Vice Dos And Donts 2: 17 Years Of Street Fashion Critique

By the editors of Vice Magazine


For 17 years Vice magazine has been putting out hilariously captioned photos of street fashion, calling each a do or a don’t. This is a laugh out loud book with some pretty interesting street style.

Anatomy Of A Disappearance by Hisham Matar

This beautifully, beautifully written story about a young boy orphaned when his father is disappeared in the middle of the night in Geneva. The story crosses Egypt, Switzerland and England, and weaves a tale of political intrigue fleshed out by the palpable aching of a teenage boy set adrift in the world.

Best Sellers

Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwall is the 23rd book in the Kay Scarpetta series. Scarpetta books are always a great read.

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George.

It seems like forever since we last saw Thomas Lynley and Barbara Havers. I can’t wait to get time to read this one!

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins.

At this point I may just be the only person who hasn’t  read this NY Times best seller, but there could still be someone on your list who loves books and hasn’t read this one.