My 2012 Gift Guide – be bright and bold

My 2012 Gift Guide – be bright and bold


This Christmas, be bright! Here’s my Christmas gift guide inspired by colour, ornamentation and twists on classics.

Anthropologie’s Handpainted Folk Art Mug, $14.
I love curling up with a mug of green tea, and this kitschy owl mug is so whimsical. Whether you buy a set of four or a lone owl, these cups are a hoot…and at a great price!

Jason Wu’s Karlie Box Clutch, $2,300.
While this is more of an aspriational piece, I can only admire the bright neon pink, contrasting lapis stones and jewels. Who says your “statement” needs to be on your neck this holiday season? The statement bag is the perfect companion on NYE with an LBD. Too many acronyms…

Michael Kors Dylan Rose Gold Tone Watch, $250.
This is one of the most timeless gifts for any girl. While I love anything in rose gold, I love how Michael Kors is switching things up a bit this season. Gone is the trend of gold on gold; the trendiest detail in timepieces are contrasting faces. While this pick is bold and masculine in a contrasting navy, a white or tortoiseshell watch face is a good option to add into the mix.

Taschen Guide Book Set, $60.
This gift idea is for the world traveller who wants to experience the best, or enjoy it from a pretty package on their bookshelf! Taschen’s city guides are concise, stylish and offer lodging, dining and shopping suggestions in four world class cities.

J. Crew Leather Colourblock Passport Case, $54.
Another gift for the traveller, this mint leather passport case frames your key to the world. It’s also so pretty, that there’s no chance you’ll say: “where’s my passport?”

Barbie 16-month Wall Calendar, $16.
With 2013 creeping up quickly, a cute, retro inspired calendar is a thoughtful, functional piece of art they will admire all year long. I love fashion illustration, and even thought these dresses were designed for a ten-inch doll, the fashion is larger than life.

Legacy Leather Penny Shoulder Purse, $198.
Coach’s legacy collection is at the top of my wish list… I’m a sucker for the brand’s classic city bag, which has been reinvented in three bright colours. I can’t even pick one out of the three, they’re all so bright and fun! I love that they went with bright colours for winter, instead of grey, brown or cherry… And with one of these,you’ll stand out too, but you can also easily carry the bag into spring.