SWEET VALENTINE'S OR GALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS

by Marisa Marcantonio

Items festooned with hearts (especially mini hearts of the D. Porthault variety) always seem to win me over. Without appearing to be too sweet, there is something to be said for Valentine and Galentine gifts that get the message across while staying in the realm of good design. Following that lead, I have created a roundup of some of my favorite nifty gifties, sure to put a smile on your face. Go classic or emblazon the words across your chest and shout it out- love is love, and it’s worth celebrating!

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

Send a love note. Sugar Paper makes some of the best paper goods, from stationery to desk accessories, they design clean and pretty pieces.

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Image courtesy of Urban Stems

Send blooms! This UrbanStems arrangement is designed by every New Yorker’s favorite “Flower Flash” phenom, Lewis Miller. Everything he does makes me smile. His sidewalk flower installations pop up in unexpected places and dress up garbage cans with heartfelt explosions of floral beauty.

Image courtesy of Paul Lange

Image courtesy of Paul Lange

Or, send a bloom that will live on forever. One of my favorite photographers Paul Lange has a series of striking flower images called Big Blooms that are just gorgeous. This gift is sure to wow.

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Image courtesy of Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma makes the best gummy candies for every holiday. Not only are they tasty, they look good in a pretty bowl and add that extra something.

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Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

Why wear one heart when you can wear two? Rebecca de Ravenel and her earring empire continues to introduce terrific new designs, and these gold hearts are no exception.

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Image courtesy of Sleepy Jones

Pink and white gingham is always a favorite, so when Sleepy Jones uses the darling check on pajamas, It’s a win win

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Image courtesy of Tory Burch

Say it out loud with Tory Burch’s performance cashmere sweater that gets straight to the point.

Photo courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Photo courtesy of Mansur Gavriel

Each season Mansur Gavriel launches covetable new handbag designs, this bucket bag with a bit of fringe has a bit of detail but delivers on their clean, minimalist design aesthetic the brand is known for.

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Image courtesy of Janet Gregg

A chic cameo ring from Janet Gregg is a great addition to any look- I love wearing one chunky piece of jewelry as a statement piece.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

Don’t try and reinvent the wheel. This Nars Dragon Girl red lip pencil has stood the test of time and is a clear winner amongst red lipstick fans.

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Image courtesy of Net a Porter

A shade of classic red nail polish that looks good on everyone is possible with Tom Ford’s Scarlet Chinois.

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Image courtesy of Kule

Socks are the new standout accessory. Kule has you covered with with LOVE sports socks with stripe detail.

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Image courtesy of Bloomingdales

So I am not a mules person, but I’d wear these heart-adorned slip on’s from Stubbs and Wooton.

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Image courtesy of West Elm

Cause heart prints are sweet, Love is Love Mugs from West Elm

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.

Photo courtesy of Fete Home

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.

Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

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!

Image courtesy of Terrain

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.

Image courtesy of Moda Operandi

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.

Image courtesy of L’Objet

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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Photo Courtesy of Corroon Bags

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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Image courtesy of Away

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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Photo Courtesy of Stow

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.