Santa baby, be sure to include chic stocking stuffers and luxurious gifts under the tree this year. I don't mean to be demanding, but I've been good for nearly 365 days since your last visit, so drugstore spa sets and massive cheap makeup kits just won't cut it. Here are a few of my favorite things from upscale to f-r-e-e.
A stylish elf
Dear Santa, should you need help shopping for me, I suggest an amazing app that serves up easy to navigate searches from multiple high-end retailers and e-tailers for men, women, children and home. So, for example, if you're thinking I deserve a new pair of nude boots (you're so right), simply go to shopstyle.com, type in "nude boots," and Bam! You're shopping Jimmy Choo in the buff from BlueFly, Sergio Rossi in nude way above the knee from Style Bop and more.
And the ShopStyle app takes your gift-giving prowess, and my style, to a new level. While planning a recent trip, I was able to search for pieces I needed — trench coat, denim skirt, walking boots — mark certain items as favorites, sign up for sales alerts and even make purchases right from my iPhone. Surely, with all you have on your plate this season, Santa, mobile gifting is a must.
Remember that aforementioned bulk makeup? While I totally appreciate the sentiment, Santa, a girl can only do so much with the good looks Mother Nature gave her. High-quality grooming aids are a must.
Not to worry, I know just the place to shop for the makeup and tools of celebrity makeup artists on the cheap. Not even an elf could do it better than Crown Brush, a makeup and brush manufacturer that opens an online "Holiday Shoppe" this time of year. Log on to crownbrush.us and get up to 70 percent off tools and products normally available only to professionals, top beauty brands and beauty artists. I recommend the 10 Color Lip Palette for $8.99 and the 36 Color Smokey Eye Shadow Palette for $11.99, or a 10-piece professional Basic Brush with sable blend bristles for $29.99.
Make mine monogrammed
Nothing says "special" like a monogrammed gift. (Or, does nothing say "you're stuck with this" like a monogrammed gift?) Either way, Santa, I promise not to even think of returning a pair of customizable shades from the Prada private collection ($325 at prada.com).
Choose from initials, numbers or favorite symbols — think hearts, stars, skulls — to decorate the temples of these glasses in a variety of hues from Prada. I'd be merry in a pair personalized with my initials on each side or, if you must, even "I SC." It's the least I can do to show my gratitude for delivering such a stylish gift, big guy.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to the best in local beauty. Need beauty advice? Tweet up with Carolyn on Twitter @tampabaypretty.