Holiday Shopping for Him

Nothing requires more of my focus during the holiday season than shopping for the men in my life. But thanks to my brother, here are a few gifts that will make any guy happy this winter.

BrewTender ($60)

Chumby One ($100)

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like…

Designers are getting into the spirit – the spirit of fashion, that is. Christmas may well be on its way but December also means that it’s a mere 8 weeks until Fashion Week, and as such designers are beginning to show their Pre-Fall 2010 collections. Here are some of my favorites:
J. Mendel
Known for his dreamy gowns and chic cocktail frocks, Gilles Mendel knows what a girl wants. This collection reminded of me of, well, right now. The splashes of gold and bursts of red are exactly what I would want to be wearing to the upcoming holiday festivities. Note: Observe the spotted tights. Looks like this trend is here to stay.

Chanel

Karl Lagerfeld is constantly telling us a story with his designs, and this particular story was about China. Shanghai provided the backdrop and inspiration for Lagerfeld’s Chanel Pre-Fall 2010 show (and what a show it was). Taking cues from the Terracotta Army and Chinese Cinema, the collection featured knee-length dresses with jewel encrusted panels, chiffon gowns, and plenty of leather leggings. The accessories were focused on the heritage of the Chinese with oversized bracelets, necklaces with tassels and cone hats.

Oscar de la Renta
Oh, Oscar. I do love you so. For his Pre-Fall collection, the Italian couturier said he was tired of the gloom and doom of the tumbling economy (aren’t we all?) and was in the mood for something optimistic and cheerful. The upbeat collection that it was featured pops of color, an array of textures and plenty of embellished embroidery. The color palette was all over the place ranging from aquamarine to ruby red to pink. And it didn’t stop there. The accessories were just as bold with oversized necklaces and printed scarves. Finally, Oscar can’t end a show without a lineup of his hallmark red carpet-worthy gowns. The black – even after all of that color -was certainly my favorite (I have a feeling we’ll be seeing this one on one of our favorite celebrities come March).

Diane von Furstenberg
I’ve gotten a taste of what this lady is going to show us for Fall, and I like it. DVF gave us a youthful and fresh collection with pieces that will take us all the way from a chic cocktail party to the stands of a Kings of Leon concert. The clothes appeared comfortable and effortless yet still maintained a put-together look. Ms. von Furstenberg described her inspiration as a girl “who is breaking the rules yet playing the game at the same time.” I’ll play.

So, readers, who are your favorites for Pre-Fall 2010?

Holiday Wish List: Let’s Get Personal

Personalized gifts always feel just a bit more special, so why not take it one step further this season and do just that?

This initial pillow ($58) is available in several different colors. Perfect for an easy throw on the couch!

Check out this adorable coaster set ($26) from Iomoi. Not only can you personalize the initial but with a million different prints and colors to choose from you pretty much create the coaster yourself!

If you’re not in the mood to purchase the glass coasters, how about these instead? You can order 100 personalized paper coasters from Horchow ($39). This would make an ideal hostess gift!

Add something stylish to your hostess’ dinner table with  these salt + pepper shakers! ($40)

Serve your meals in style with these adorable plates from La Plates ($22)
Add some charm to your desk with these lovely paperweights available in a variety of prints and colors ($68)

Style Icon: Kate Moss

Kate. Kate. Kate. You know when people describe someone as being able to wear a garbage bag and still look gorgeous? Well, they’re talking about her. One of my all time favorite style icons, Kate Moss defines effortless chic. She can put an ensemble together like it’s nobody’s business, and she takes risks with her style – and it always works. Ms. Moss can do no sartorial wrong in my eyes.

Here’s a little Kate-inspiration for your weekend.

Welcome to December

Season’s Greetings, readers. The merriest month of the year has arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited. We’re feeling quite festive here at Luella and June, and we hope you are too! In the spirit of December, rather than my usual list of things to look forward to, I have decided to make this list a fabulous gift guide. We all need a little help when it comes to finding the perfect gift and this list (one of several we will be featuring this month) will give you some great ideas.

 Resort Fashion ($65), by Caroline Rennolds Milbank, celebrates the history of vacation-chic. Taking a peak through this book (filled with over 400 black-and-white photographs and insightful text) is almost as fun as trip to the beach.

Check out these DVF leather-and-rubber flip-flops ($65) perfect for a little stocking stuffer. They are available in nearly every hue under the rainbow – my personal pick is the orange.
Talk about getting a big job done in a tiny package. The Nars Day and Night Palette ($55) lets you go from the office to a night on the town in one fell swoop of your makeup brush.

Whether you’re a traveler or just don’t like to leave home without your makeup, this Tory Burch cheetah-print cosmetic ($55) case will keep your makeup organized and will be easily “spotted” in your purse.
Need a little light? These Rice Paper Tealight Glass Candle Holders ($6.50 each) should do the trick.
Dinosaur Designs, an Australian-based jewelry company, is responsible for this gorgeous  Wishbone Bangle Set ($165 per set). They are available in an assortment of colors but for now red is just right.
We all need a little Chanel in our lives and with this perfume wardrobe ($110) you can “try on” the scents before you commit to just one.
When you travel you travel in style – and your passport should too! Check out these adorable passport covers ($80) from Calypso and start jet-setting.
This Felix Rey Sequin Clutch ($290) is the ideal accessory for some year-round shine – and how adorable is that bow?

A favorite accessory of all the celebrities, Love Quotes scarves ($95) are made of Italian linen and come in all sorts of juicy colors. It’s the perfect way to wrap up all year long – plus 10% of all proceeds go to international children’s charities.

You no longer have to make a trip to the bookstore or wait for your issue of the New York Times to arrive at your doorstep each morning. The Amazon Kindle ($259) makes all of your favorite reads available at your fingertips.