Bow Tie

Wearing: vintage blouse, urban outfitters sweater, zara pants, forever 21 belt, boutique 9 shoes

I hope everyone had a holly jolly Christmas, with plenty of eating, noise,  “Home Alone” playing in the background, gift exchanging… you know, the usual. The Robinson’s Holiday Extravaganza began on the 23rd, with the ladies lunch and cookie decorating/baking ritual following. On the 24th, we began a new tradition with a midnight Christmas dinner (a Brazilian thing that I’ve brought on to the table, literally. On the 25th we opened gifts while savoring my mother-in-law’s crazy-good finger foods and later reunited with the whole Jacobi clan (grandma, aunts/uncles and cousins for an even larger celebration). It’s the next day and I still feel the food coma. Santa was extremely generous this year (Tom Ford’s Nikita: awesome), there’s no room for complaining. What about you guys? Any new traditions or old ones you would like to tell me about so I can copy next year?





Christmas Shopping

Last day of Five Days of Holly Jolly with Taylor Swift singing “Silent Night”:

Let’s talk about the best place to shop for last minute Christmas gifts for just about anyone. Urban Outfitters is it, boys and girls. I know this is kind of late to be talking about holiday shopping (less than three short nights to go, yay!) but we also know many of us (not me, nooo) leave things for the very last minute.

I don’t mean to fool ya with these photos, which  are from an earlier visit to U.O. Wicker park in November. But I figured you’d like to have something to look at while glancing over my babbling words. That said, Urban Outfitter rocks for many reasons. I mean, any place where you can find the most charming sequined vest (photo hook), the best entertainment read and the quirkiest house-ware all at once should be tagged as something else.

To prove my point, take a glimpse at this instagram-perfect, multi-photo frame? Divine, ins’t it?

But forget that, look at the shelf stacked with various juicy hardcover writing! Very fitting if you’ve got like, two days before Christmas and no time to wander through bookstore aisles if search for a good gift-read. I definitely don’t!

Okay, you’re not sold yet? Fine. Try my last minute gift guide and discover why (by counting how many times I suggest a gift found there)  U.O. might be your life saver this Holiday and you’re welcome to come thank me afterward.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and shopping, santa and gifts aside, let’s remember what this date is really about.

Black Sequin, Au!

I’m wearing: forever 21 jacket, h&m men’s shirt and boots, columbia leggings, urban outfitters turban, michael kors watch, trevita and hellen lima bracelets

I’ve always had some kind of preconception when it came to wearing sequin at any given day, which I’ve obviously come to terms with quickly this winter (examples of me getting comfy and bling-ish most recently here, and also here). Let’s be real, it’s a bit Billy Jean for everyday use. That’s why I tried to dress it down in this outfit and see if I could make it more wearable. The turban is new material too. See how it doesn’t quite fit my head right but I wear it anyways? I’m so hardheaded. Wait…

Five Days of Holly Jolly: now playing “Dreaming of a White Christmas”, “Home Alone” classic scene:





DIY Gift Tag

It was last night while prepping for gift wrapping that  I went through the list: boxes, check! Paper, check! Ribbon, check! Gift tags cheee…gift tags… any tags… I’ve got nothing! So I did the first thing one does when in hot water: googled. DIYs  popped up all over the map. Idea given, idea accepted, I came up with an easy solution: heart shaped magazine cutouts and thread to summarize my vision. Piece of paper cake

No outdoor photos today, because “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” on my radio station:

  •  magazine
  •  scissors
  •  thread

On to the good stuff

Get a mag that was destined to the trash and re-purpose it by ripping of a page, or two, or more. Choose anything but a black page like I did (apparently one can’t photograph and think at the same time) and remember you’ve gotta actually write on it (from who to whom).

Cut out a heart or whatever you’d like (ability to cut is the limit) from that piece of paper

No, I’m not blind. I realize my heart is asymmetrical,but that’s what I was going for, a very weird shaped heart. Weird is good.

If you choose to free hand a little ticker like me, fold one of the tips and cut a tiny hole in the paper

You’re welcome to replace this with the material of your choise, but my restricted options offered dental floss or cotton thread. I figured cotton was less higienic but yet more appropriate. I got a big piece and folded it many times, making it a “thicker” tread and tying the ends.

Pass it through the heart hole and tie a knot around it.

Next, get your pre-wrapped gifts box, or back and tie the thread around it with another knot. Alternatively, you can also use scotch tape to hold the thread to the wrapping material

Cut off the excess, and heaaay! You’ve made your own gift tags to be puffed up about.

Simple Chignon

I knew it! You’re obsessing about my Christmas updo! Just kidding, I’m not that pretentious or obnoxious but I was secretly hoping someone would ask how to. It’s very easy and all you need is:

 

  •  a brush
  •  lots of bobby pins
  •  two clear elastic bands (they’re sitting on top of the bobby pins, I swear!)
  •  exceptionally good hairspray
  •  some kind of hair accessory
  •  hope (always)

Shall we?

Let it Snow

Wearing: bebe dress, forever 21 jacket, topshop yellow and net tights, arezzo shoes, trevita necklace and bracelet, h&m clutch

With yesterday’s gift guide and this I guess it’s extra long-post week, huh? If you don’t mind, I don’t. You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? I was thinking of you when putting this one together: dressed up tiny little black dress. Everyone has one of these in the closet, all you gotta do is be inventive with the accessories. Going all out (bold prints + wild textures) all at once is not exactly required, some may think it is a bit overdone (I wasn’t totally sold myself after the first mirror-check) but keep in mind it’s Christmas and you only get to dress up for this occasion once a year (duh!).

On Five Days of Holly Jolly radio station,  ”Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by Michael Bubble

Gift Guide 2011

During a little chit-chat with my sister-in-law last week she mentioned how I should do a Christmas gift guide for you all and I said no without hesitation. Nothing against gift guides, (as a matter of fact you’re about to scroll down to a very long one) but I’ve always thought and still do think that putting a gift list together is kind of silly, since everyone is so different and have all sorts of different wishes for Christmas. But she made a good argument, showing me that some people use (actually use and not just glance at) those for general ideas of what to gift, price peeking and I suddenly verbalized: What the heck! So I grabbed my satchel and left, documenting every little pink or glitzy thing that would make a good last-minute Christmas gift (in my girly opinion).

For the most part I tried to stop by stores that most of you have access to, except when I went nutty at Henri Bendel New York (first time at the Chigago brand new store, you get it) Before you dig-in, I might warn you: This list was put together based on things that I would wanna get for Christmas, aka Lulu pleaser list. If you happen to find something you wanna get someone special, yay! Go get it, procrastinator. If you think my list sucks (my husband does too) it’s probably because you and I are different people or you think I have stinky taste. Either option proves my initial point.

For your tech savvy special someone, This mustache iPhone 4 case is $38 at Nordstrom. Equally adorable, J.Crew has a special offer on an Ipad2 dotted case for 29.50 down from a higher number I cut off on the pic. Ooops!

Kate Spade is offering  J.Crew some tough competition with this iPad case below for sale at Nordstrom $50

$25  for adorable heart ear buds and only $6 for a gummy looking istuck phone stand so so cool.

Not feeling so tech, Santa? How about an old fashioned paper made and very well illustrated “Pantone The 20th Century in Color” book. This is an awesome catalog of every color worth knowing by name from the past century’s palette (sold out online but still available at Urban Outfitters stores (hence the photo).

If you know someone who flips out at the sight of great fashion photos (Gee, I can’t think of anyone who’s like this), the Style Book is a must. Also sold out at the Urban Outfitters website but in stores.

Less than a week ago I tweeted against giving books (for the same reason you don’t borrow underwear) but now I take it back. I mean, the book part. Keep your panties on! A girl should be allowed to change her mind once in a while (or hourly. Catch me on PMS and you’ll see multiple personalities in a matter of minutes). Oh, the list! As I was saying, “Classy” is hilarious and absolutely necessary, and Parisian Chic is well…very chic. Both at a Barnes and Noble near you.

Holy molly! Have I died and gone telephone heaven?  I refuse to believe you can buy the brightest pop phone at Forever 21 for $28.80 and bring someone back to the 80s, no dialing.

Also at Forever 21, you’ll find a delicate metal “love” cup ($6.80) that can be used to hold pretty much anything under the sun. Small, of course.

Anyone in their right mind would love these mini martini glasses which can also be used  to serve dessert and appetizers (think chocolate mouse or scrimp cocktail)

Please, change a girl’s life by giving her this most adorable pickle-solver, birdcage jewelry organizers at Forever 21,  $15.99.

It’s so hard to find perfectly fashionable lacquered wood coasters but I found it (and you can too) at Henri Bendel, $68 the set of 6.

Ooor you can get the Lady With a Dog limited edition snow globe for someone’s collection. $48

Maybe the best gift solution the millennium has seen: a $50 deluxe perfume sampler box with the most luscious scents in the market from Sephora. Hoh, wait! There’s more: it comes with a refillable fragrance atomizer (you know, for travel) aaaand…are you ready? An enclosed voucher that can be redeemed for a true size fragrance. You will get it right this time!

Not to scare anyone, but this Saks exclusive Bond # 9 set makes me giggle a little. Only because it’s my favorite perfume scent ever, for a fraction of the price (and the size, certainly)  but ideal on the go.

40% off body glitter many girls fancy at Victoria’s Secret.

For the essentials-giver, meet Sephora’s  $20 Tweerzerman petite manicure power set

If you’re in full pleasing mode trust me, you must stop by J.Crew and check out either one or both this pink suede clutch ($118) or the Edie purse ($238), for those who were very good this year. Pick me, me!

Superskinny glitter belt from J.Crew is an excellent stock-filler. And since it’s all about the glitter, make someone’s eye’s and feet shine with these sequined Uggs from Nordstrom.

This retro looking iPod docking system from Urban Outfitters ($199) is it! But if you really wanna throw somebody back for a loop and a delicious trip back a few decades, the Holga 35mm camera ($48) will do the trick.

How useful are these cute set of travel pouches ($48)?

I don’t usually write a journal but with the Henri Bendel desk diary I could finish a five volume novel ($98). It’s so much easier to travel when your luggage is easily identifiable by attaching $28 stylish bag tags.

Extremely personal but precious gifts are always welcome, like an adorable key chain ($38) and this sweet jewelry box

That concludes my ever-going, last-minute, lulu-pleaser, christmas gift guide. Happy shopping!

..