This week, I've rounded up the season's must-have items, all of which deserve a spot on the gifted giver's radar. Some of these gifts are inspired by celebrities, some are inspired by style and a few others are straight off my own wish list.
This Christmas, ask for Peace on Earth
Or at least, on a pendant. I love the dainty yet edgy Irina Necklace from Janna Conner Designs in Mediterranean/Peace ($96). Enameled pendants add a splash of color to the 18-inch, 14-karat gold-filled chain. Designer Janna Conner hand-crafts each piece in her Los Angeles studio using Czechoslovakian glass, semi-precious stones, and natural minerals. Not surprisingly, Hollywood's hottest have happened upon the collection too, including Nelly Furtado, Madonna and Lauren Conrad. Shop the collection online at jannaconner.com or head to local boutique Imagine That, 3417 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa.
The 'Starter' bag is a keeper
I love USA's television series The Starter Wife. Not surprisingly, I also adore this chic Lauren Merkin clutch in amethyst, created for Molly Kagan, Debra Messing's character in The Starter Wife. And since purple is the hautest hue this season — and is a very hard color to wear on your bum — this amethyst clutch is the ideal catch-all for the woman who's on top of every trend. Designer Lauren Merkin gleaned inspiration from Kagan, The Starter Wife's heroine, and Messing's character debuts the bag in the series' season finale. Merkin's signature "Molly" clutch is sold for $295 exclusively at laurenmerkin.com.
Organization is in the bag
Sarah Shaw's Handy Hold All may not be suited to clutches, but this convenient organizer now holds all of my other purses, from Tocca to Target brand. Thanks to the sleek and chic design of this space saver, I now have organization in the bag. This necessity is a no-holiday-needed must have for the woman who has more skill at picking purses than at keeping them in order. And, I say clearing off your best friend's closet floor makes the Handy Hold All a perfectly posh present this season. Get it for $30 at simplysarahshaw.com.
It's a holiday style smackdown: Who would you choose as the chic-est celebrity, Audrina Patridge, Shenae Grimes or Amanda Bynes? No matter, all three women choose CC SKYE, the jewelry designer who started crafting her global pieces in the bazaars of Nepal. My gift of choice is CC SKYE's rocker chic Giant Single Stud Cuff sported by both Eva Mendes and Annalynne McCord ($185). Shop the entire CC SKYE collection, while gawking at pictures of the seemingly endless list of celebrities who love CC, at ccskye.com.
— Carolyn Brundage is the founder of tampabay.prettycity.com, a guide to all that is hip and happening in local beauty. Need beauty advice? E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.