Gift Guide: Ten Glamorous Gifts For Her...

This recipient might not own everything she adores, but she does possess superior taste. Honor that by selecting carefully chosen gifts that appeal to her glamorous feminine preferences. Pro tip: stick to tried and true colors for this this discriminating girl. Black and white are her go-to colors but you can never go wrong with a bit of gold and a bit of blush pink.

1.  Bagatelle de Gabrielle Parfume via Omorovicza to ensure she smells dreamy // 2.  Jimmy Choo Shoes for her dancing feet // 3.  Dyson's impossibly sleek hair dryer (also here in fuchsia) // 4.  Saint Laurent's timeless matelasse monogram shoulder bag takes her from desk to dinner (also here & here & here)  // 5. Saint Laurent Croc Embossed Wallet serves double duty as chic clutch// 6. Dyptique's Baies candle is positively intoxicating & essential// 7.  Burberry's rose-hued lace trench because beige is boring // 8. Diamond stud earrings are timeless (also here & here) // 9. Slip's silk pillowcase in pink to keep her skin & hair fabulous forever (also here & here) // 10. AERIN x The Super Elixir double-up on glam & powdered greens in this limited edition caddy

For Her: Adorn Her in Uncommon Gifts from the Heart...

Jewelry is unique in that each acquisition comes with a story. Perhaps it is a ring your grandmother once wore. Or maybe it's a bracelet from your first boyfriend. Each piece then becomes a connection to another person, a story, a rich history. Artisan jewelry, then, comes not only with a store shared between the giver and the recipient, it comes with a story to be told of the creator as well. If richly layered history appeals to you, Uncommon Goods may offer just the jewelry box you need to plunder. 

While it's easy to get caught up in the many sparkling rings, bracelets and baubles available, I've been on a hunt for something incredibly specific: heart pendants to share with my daughters. As my very young girls begin to turn into sweet young ladies, I've had the idea to gift them their first pieces of meaningful jewelry. Something significant that expresses my love for them and represents their place in my life. It took only moments to discover the spectacular pieces aligning with those goals. 

These beautiful heart-shaped accessories are the incredible work of artists Tulianna And Alejandra Garces. The detailed pendants are actually pieces of lace that have been masterfully transformed into wearable art. Selections of lace are individually are cut and sewn before being dipped in wax to seal and reinforce their structure. A layer of copper and 24k gold or sterling silver is applied to deliver that lustrous metallic finish. Pieces are then brushed by hand to reveal the marvelous feminine detail of the lace. Finally, lacquer is applied to preserve that stunning finished piece for years to come. Amazing. 

My idea? To wear the gold & silver combo necklace myself and convert the matching earrings into individual heart pendant necklaces for my girls. My youngest is not quite ready to wear hers on a daily basis, but when she is, this lovingly selected and handcrafted piece will await her. My oldest is very excited to wear a piece of me so close to her heart. This sweet gesture is a reminder that even while apart we are connected on so many levels, in so many ways. 

But these pretty pieces aren't just acquisitions. Uncommon Goods is here to do good in the world at large. The company itself gives to many great causes. Each artisan involved also makes an impact in their community. Tulianna And Alejandra Garces, the makers of these pieces above are using their sales to impact their homeland Colombia. 

Produced through a fair trade organization, these handmade pieces as well as the others in the collection provide stable income for economically struggling or displaced communities of Colombian artisans (85% are women and heads of households). The site says it best: "The resulting pieces are glittering tributes to the traditional art of lacemaking, and gorgeous statements to add to your accessory collection." If that doesn't warm your heart, nothing will.  

I hope you've enjoyed this very personal post. If you're feeling the urge to give handmade gifts to friends and family, consider necklaces here, earrings here and bracelets here from this marvelous site. Don't miss their backstory which reveals not only the brand's origin story, but also their deep commitment to sustainability, survival and the future. The pieces shown above are the My Heart Within Yours Necklace and the Mini Gold Dipped Lace Heart Earrings

{Photos in this post are by yours truly, Franki Durbin}

For Her: Pretty Valentine's Day Gifts She'll Adore...

It's just around the corner, you know... Valentine's Day! A day to show love, share love and be the embodiment of generosity in the world. It doesn't have to lend itself exclusively to romance. This is also a holiday when you might want to honor your girlfriends, your mom and anyone else who makes you happy. Perhaps even a gift for yourself is in the cards. It's up to you. But I do encourage you to get into the spirit of sharing your appreciation for those around you. It can be a small token of appreciation or a generous surprise that makes them blush. It's entirely up to you, the key is to do it with heart and without expectation of anything in return. Gifts from the heart are the best gifts of all! 


For Her: Furry & Fabulous Fingerless Gloves...

A flip-top glove outfitted with shearling trim? Don't mind if I do. Especially in ivory white wool. The best part? Aside from their price tag, I absolutely love the hint of silver woven in to give a very subtle shimmer. These babies allow your digits to run free for texting and taking those après-ski selfies. Move these well-designed (and super fabulous) Ugg mitten-gloves to the top of your wish list, ladies. They are fabulous. 

For Her: Fab Five Gifts Under $50...

Have you checked your calendar? Like it or not you're coming down to the tinseled wire in terms of shopping. Yes, it's only the 8th, but December seems to be on fast forward for me and I'm going to assume the same is true for you. I'm here with five fab gifts under $50 for the sweet friends, besties, sisters and other awesome women in your life. These are thoughtful gifts dripping with chic that won't leave your wallet dusted. 

BONUS: These amazing slouchy socks with just a hint of sparkle (thanks to fabulous Lurex) from Kate Spade. At only $26 per pair I suggest you toss a set into your own stocking as well ;) 

For Her: Gifts as Colorful & Vibrant as Her Personality...

This Saint Laurent monogrammed shoulder bag will be the only gift she remembers. Wow her. Dazzle her. Delight her. This is "THE" gift she craves. 

This colorful compact from Estee Lauder is as functional as it is glamorous. Concealed within it's colorful enamel case is the solid version of the brand's best-selling Pleasures perfume. Portions of profits support the ongoing battle against breast cancer. 

Set the stage for lively dinners and festive appetizers with these cheerful tabletop pieces from the Novogratz

Drop some color on her lobes with these Jose & Maria Barrera filigree clip earrings. These opulent beauties feature 24-karat yellow gold plate filigree and pave crystals in a range of shapes, sizes and colors. Wow factor guaranteed. 


Bring the noise with this portable speaker in the most delicious of pinks. Designed to go wherever she does, this faceted gem offers 12 hours of continuous usage. Brace yourself for the party. 

Get a warm Texas-sized "thank you" when you treat them to this playful Jonathan Adler needlepoint pillow

Neck seeming a bit bare? Fix that fast with Oscar de la Renta's resin statement necklace in stunning emerald and gold tones. Sure to perk her up right away. 

For Her: The Complete Guide to Living À La Parisienne...

You know who she is. You most stylish friend. Give her this lovely insider's guide to living, dressing and talking like a true French girl no matter where her she may reside. After all, style is a mindset and she's got enough attitude to spare. This exceptional book will arm her with those missing details she needs to fully nail style à la Parisienne. 

How to Be a Parisian Wherever You Are $25

For Tots: Unleash the Artist Within...

What could possibly be better than fueling a child's imagination? When it comes to art supplies, I'm a believer than you can never have too much. This all-in-one kit includes every imaginable tool one could hope for to create their masterpieces. Markers, watercolors, pencils, paints, paintbrushes, crayons and more inside a handy wooden case for easy carrying and storage. Give your petite Picasso their first lesson in design and watch them unlock the artist within. 

Big Art Set $44

For Her: Nails & Lips the Tom Ford Way...

Remove all guesswork for the "which pale nail" and "what red do I wear" equation for that special bestie or your amazingly chic mom. Tom Ford serves up a nail & lip set so spot on you'd be hard pressed to find better shades elsewhere. What do I love most? The chic packaging and perfect combinations of Tom's best-selling shades make glamorous gift-giving effortless. Seriously, this is a present she will thank you for again and again. 

Tom Ford Lip & Nail Gift Set $164