STYLEBEAT GIFT GUIDE: HOW ENTERTAINING 15 GREAT HOSTESS GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

It is peak entertaining season during the holidays. It’s a time to celebrate, reflect, be joyful and get festive. In honor of this, I decorated my apartment with fragrant blooming Paper Whites that smell terrific, hung a small but mighty wreath with a red bow, and added two potted ivy wreaths on side tables I am still waiting for the Amaryllis to bloom and have not yet set up the tree. Whether you are hosting or being hosted, use the fine china and sparkly things this year. Here are a few nifty gift suggestions that range from over the top to downright divine. Because it is better to give than to receive.

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Image courtesy of CB2

As collecting goes, I do wish I had started scooping up antique crystal match strikers years ago. But, it’s never too late to start collecting something new with abandon, and the time is now. Starting with this stylish version by CB2 x goop which runs on the large side, make room on the coffee table, right next to the Diptyque candle.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

And speaking of candles, no need to reinvent the wheel here. Go with the best: Diptyque Tubereuse. Complete with five wicks in a ceramic vessel.

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Image courtesy of DECASO

A little Picasso always a good idea. I am smitten with the owl motif and pale blue hue of this pitcher on DECASO. I like his interested gaze, he looks like he would be a good dinner partner.

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Photo courtesy of Fete Home

My friends Audrey Magarite and Jennifer Potter spent many years at Bunny Williams Home. They recently launched their own endeavor, a new home decor and entertaining site called Fete Home. Nicely priced with ever-elegant design, I think their brass tulip candle holders make a great gift. They have a low profile and look beautiful with or without a candle.

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Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

If you love flowers and china as much as I do then you will really enjoy this collaboration. New York interior designer Alex Papachristidis designed a capsule collection for Moda Operandi that channels his decorative eye and love of entertaining. The Le Jardin Chinois purple and white earthenware dinner plates he designed for the collection steal the show.

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Image courtesy of Chairish

Tureens are back in style in a big way. Adding a special centerpiece that makes for a good conversation piece is always a good idea. Lately I have been seeing bird designs and this majestic vintage ceramic swan from Chairish adds visual interest and sculpturesque appeal in the center of the dining room table or on a sideboard.

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Image courtesy of AERIN

Dress up the table with gold orb salt and pepper shakers. AERIN has these in her collection and they are a subtle statement maker that will look great with candlelight.

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Image courtesy of Crate and Barrel

My, my this is a chic coupe shape! It’s also a steal of a deal at Crate and Barrel, a go-to for the more the merrier glassware.

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Image Courtesy of Lindroth Design

I love this round carafe! Interior designer Amanda Lindroth has really expanded her collection of raffia and wicker accessories and this piece tops my list. Wrapped in wicker, it keeps drinks cold or hot. It makes a wonderful gift because it also works well in guest rooms, when friends come to stay they will have a thirst quencher waiting for them on the nightstand. Now that’s hospitality!

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Image courtesy of Terrain

One can never have enough cheese knives. With so many varieties, preparation is key. The simple utility of these three designs makes these brass knives from Terrain an easy set to gift.

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Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

Few artisans craft porcelain flowers as beautifully as Vladimir Kanevsky. Long a designer favorite, his out-of-this-world floral creations are as beautiful as the real thing. He has made a few standout flower arrangements for Moda Operandi, like this abundant lilac gloriousness. There is just one left, so get it while you can.

 Photography by F.E. Castleberry

Photography by F.E. Castleberry

I still have my first pair of needlepoint slippers from Stubbs. They were from one of the first versions made, and they have managed to last that long. I am excited to share that there is a new Stubbs and Wooton collaboration that has just debuted. John Derian, the decoupage master with a love of charming flower motifs, flora and fauna has designed a collection of velvet slippers festooned with just that. The thing to wear before, during or after the party.

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Image courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

Appear bearing chocolates in a zebra striped tin and be the hero. Louis Sherry Chocolates taste just as good as they look.

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We are living in the age of on-demand services and it is a beautiful thing. Get the host a gift they will really appreciate, the gift of perfect hair. Download the Prete App and buy a blow out membership for that hard working holiday guru. And yes, that could be you.

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Image courtesy of L’Objet

Send thank you notes with a touch of mystique from L’Objet x Lito. The hand painted stationery set comes with four different colors of eyes, so you can connect on a deeper level, even if you choose to send the lavender one.

STYLEBEAT GIFT GUIDE: GIFTS FOR TRAVELERS ALWAYS ON TO GO

by Marisa Marcantonio

For friends and family members that can’t seem to sit still and are always on the move, these are the gifts to get them. Constantly in motion, these traveling nomads need comforts of home on the road, so here are practical, trusty pieces that will see them through another road warrior year.

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I am the queen of the tote bag, so I am always looking for the latest, greatest tote out there. This year’s pick? Kelly Corroon’s Big Daddy Tote, an ample leather tote in natural or camo leather that holds a ton and can be personalized with a chic hand painted monogram and stripe. Customization usually takes around 3-4 weeks.

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Light and durable, the Rains Weekend Bag had a low key minimal design, is waterproof and fits stuff. If you haven’t seen this minimalist Danish brand yet, you will— it just opened a new shop on Lafayette and makes coats and bags in a matte waterproof material.

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My favorite direct-to-consumer luggage brand, Away, makes the Bigger Carry On in sleek aluminum. Santa, can you hear me?

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Photo courtesy of Paravel

They say you can squeeze a lot more into your rolley bag with these neatnic organizers. Paravel makes the best assortment of colors.

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Pack jewelry away neatly in this little box that organizational compartments and zips to close. It is made of leather and has room to store a lot from Stow.

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Photo courtesy of Madewell

All together now! A Merino wool eye mask and blanket come in a cute case in a Madewell x Parachute travel collaboration. I really am into the pouch design, it is great to repurpose since a pouch is always useful.

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On the go go go? Christina Bryant, my friend, founder and CEO of globally-sourced home goods brand St. Frank literally always is, so the fact that she added this embroidery factoid onto the corner of her cozy baby Alpaca throw is oh-so apropos!

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Photo courtesy of Herbivore

It’s always nice to get off a plane and not have skin that feels like the Sahara desert. Rosewater is a good dry skin antidote and so is this little travel friendly set by Herbivore.

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Photo courtesy of Clare V

Lip gloss and hand sanitizer will no longer be floating around the bottom of your tote like gold fish. Corral small things in Clare V’s leather cosmetic case.

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Photo courtesy of Sloane Stationery

Does that big idea come to you when you are out and about? Sounds about right. To jot those critical thinking moments, Sloane Stationery has a pretty little lizard-embossed book so you can capture and seize upon your next big thing.

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Play tunes or that podcast you are into (for me its NPR’s How I Built This with interviewer extraordinaire, Guy Roz) with Airfly. It connects wireless ear buds with airline headphone jacks and gym machines.

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I’ve become obsessed with finding the best portable hot drink bottle for commuting. It has to look good, keep the drink hot for up to 6 hours and not weigh so much that you want to throw it out after you’ve consumed your tea. The solution? The Kinto Travel Tumbler. It checks all the boxes.

THE STYLEBEAT HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: 15 COZY GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

It is the most wonderful time of the year! Since December is around the corner and the holiday season is upon us, I’d like to kick off the first of several holiday gift guides here on Stylebeat. Starting with all things cozy, here are some fantastic gifts to give and to get. I’ve discovered some goodies to warm the soul, and you can get your holiday shopping started.

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Photo courtesy of Kule

When you want to wear stripes all year long but can’t winterize your favorite striped Tee, Kule has you covered with their irreverent preppy take on the classics. The Bailey faux fur striped coat will keep you warm when the temp drops.

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Image courtesy of Barneys

Warm feet are a must when things get cold, especially if you want to look at holiday windows. Barney’s New York has a classic hiking boot with luxe shearling lining. Navy keeps it interesting.

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Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

I like to get a new hat every season. Eugenia Kim has a way with them, and she is my usual go-to. Then I saw this fantastic Q-Tip of a hat from Yestadt Millinery called Le Fluff.

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Image courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Cozy outside, organized inside. Mansur Gavriel’s beloved mini bucket bag now comes in millennial pink shearing!

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Photo courtesy of The Arrivals

The Arrivals. Truth be told, I am obsessed with every move this young brand makes. They’ve established a name for themselves in street smart outerwear for the concrete jungle with a white hot cool factor. Everything from their web design to their styling is hipper than thou. If there is one thing to buy it is the Halstrom IV 3 in 1 Parka. Or, you can walk away with these bear mittens in the (weird) brown color everyone from H and M to Mansur Gavriel is doing faux and real shearling in this year. These are real, and they are warm, especially when wrapped around a cup of hot cocoa.

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Image courtesy of Kule

Creepy or cool? Yes I am showing another piece from Kule, because I am questioning if the bank robber look is worth it when it is arctic out. If you like a balaclava, and want to channel OO7, then go for The Moritz.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Sending love and a Red Cross donation to California and all those whose lives have been turned upside down by fires and natural disasters. I like to wear my heart on my sleeve, so it’s good that Lingua Franca lets me do just that,

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Image courtesy of Birdies

The San Francisco-based shoe startup, Birdies, are slippers that masquerade as shoes. Nothing wrong with that! They introduced a new smoking slipper style I really like, the Starling, and they are velvet bedazzled with a celestial motif.

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Image courtesy of LAKE Pajamas

A favorite PJ company, LAKE Pajamas out of Charleston (stay tuned for their King Street shop coming soon) recently debuted these candy striped cotton classic red and white pajamas in classic shirting cotton. The pockets and cuffs have the stripes going horizontally- such a kicky cute detail. I’ll take a dozen.

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Photo courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

A cashmere robe. Need I say more? This one from Williams Sonoma Home is available with a monogram.

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Image courtesy of Matouk

You may have noticed: the quilt is back. Long beloved by interior designers for its neat look, the quilted bedspread has returned. The tailored and scalloped Joplin Quilt by Lulu DK for Matouk features a fresh Indian inspired print in the freshest shade of blue with a hint of silver shimmer.

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Photo courtesy of The Lacquer Company

Hands down, one of the chicest trays for breakfast in bed I have ever seen. New York-based interior designer Jeffrey Bilhuber designed a collection for The Lacquer Company, and it includes this lacquered Breakfast Tray Table with a removable tray on top. Very Billy Baldwin in its tailored chic style.

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Image courtesy of Hill House Home

Yeah, daylight savings got to you too? The answer is easy: it’s staying in season. Hill House Home gets this. Their embroidered baby pillow cases are customizable with the message of your choosing.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Oh and its take-a-tub season. Scrub a dub with Ouai’s Scalp and Body Scrub.

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Image courtesy of Wildflower

Cozy involves feeling good, so if you’ve pulled a muscle and want to quell the pain that won’t quit, Wildflower’s Cool Stick will come to the rescue with a menthol-infused remedy.