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The gifts you want to get this year! We've got gifts to get and gifts to give for fashionistas, accessory obsessed girlfriends, those who love to entertain and the Instagram fiends in all of us. You'll want to add these to your gift list.

Dress to Impress

This animal print party dress is THE dress to be seen in and leave jaws dropping in your wake. While this DVF black dress is the perfect dress when you host a party at home or just want to pull-off effortless style.

        

Zimmermann Honour Cats Eye Dress, $486.50 Shopbop

Diane von Furstenberg Beonica Jersey Dolman Dress, $285 Saks Fifth Avenue

A Gift that Skirts the Issue

Metallic or paint splatter, these skirts are not your everyday a-line.

    

Collection gilded paisley skirt, $158 J. Crew

Tibi Silk Gazaar Skirt, $650 Bloomingdale's

Fierce Fashionista Gifts

Whether you choose to splurge or nab a deal, both bags are stylish.

    

3.1 Phillip Lim Black Leather And Dark Camo 31 Hour Bag, $636 SSense

Danielle Nicole Alexa Mini Crossbody, $78 Piperlime

Steppin' Out

Whether in skinny jeans or a drop-dead gorgeous dress, these shoes kick up your look.

    

Acne's Pistol Pony Hair Boots, $562 Matches Fashion

ALEXANDER WANG 'Edie' pump, $330 FarFetch

Clutching It

Kind of obsessed with Clare Vivier bags right now.

        

Clare Vivier Leopard Flat Clutch Supreme, $195 Piperlime

Clare Vivier Black/White Foldover Clutch, $210 Piperlime

Jewelry Never Fails

Jewelry is always a good thing.

    

Blue Marble Links Necklace, $25 JewelIQ and Kenneth Jay Lane Jewelled Earrings, $84 ASOS

 

    

Alexis Bittar 'Miss Havisham' Crystal Encrusted Spear Pendant Necklace, $125 Nordstrom

Kendra Scott 'Megan' Oval Stone & Fringe Chain Necklace Clear Crystal/Gold, $130 Nordstrom

    

Crystal Venus flytrap earrings, $62 J. Crew

Alexis Bittar 'Miss Havisham - Pavo' Bracelet Gunmetal/Black, $245 Nordstrom

Cover Up Gifts

Every girl needs one: the quintessential menswear classic field coat tailored for a girl's shape is ideal for day-to-day activities to the timeless peacoat that will last in your wardrobe for years.

    

Downtown Field Jacket, $128 J. Crew  and Majesty Peacoat, $298 J. Crew

Entertaining Gifts

From pouring the bubbly or shaking up a cocktail to baking a batch of blueberry muffins or serving up a cup of coffee whenever you stop by. There are all kind of entertainers and for each there is the perfect gift.

    

Champagne Bubbles Set of 4 Glasses, $58 Anthropologie

Filomena Baking Collection, $16 Anthropologie

 

 

    

Threshold Cocktail Shaker - Brass Fox, $12.99 Target

Bodum Gold- EILEEN 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker, $59.95 Zappos

    

Colored Agate Coasters, $60 A+R and for my new favorite drink, Moscow Mule Mug, $18 Anthropologie

    

Chalkboard Table Runner, $46 Anthropologie

Fondant Marble Cake Stand, $128 Anthropologie

Capture That Moment

This genius lens is on all our gift wish lists! And who doesn't have a fondness for Polaroid?!

Sony QX10 or QX100 Smart Lens for your iPhone, $250 or $500, Photojojo

I am one of those crazy iPhone photo people. I don't even take my large professional camera when traveling, because I can capture moments in a flash with my iPhone, especially since it's always on me. I have been dying for this Sony lens since it came out a few months ago - perfect marriage of iPhone convenience with DSLR quality. Must Must have!!

Christina Wright from Simply Modern Weddings Blog

Polaroid 300 Instant Camera. Available in Purple, Blue and Red $69.99 Target

This holiday season I really want capture special moments with family and friends. Taking photos with my phone is great to be able to instantly share with my social networks but there's something special about watching that moment develop before your eyes and land in your hand. I was so happy to see Polaroid has made a comeback with it's instant cameras. Pour the eggnog, slip on your ugly Christmas sweater and smile! 
Christina Moffitino from StreetSwag
 

Dolce Vita Booties - Yazmin High Heel, $259 Bloomingdale's

I used to think the words to that classic Mariah Carey carol were "All I want for Christmas is Booooots!" That's a holiday message I can relate to! I want them all: above the knee, below the knee, lace up, zip up, and booties. These Dolce Vita booties are the splurge on my list. I love the chains and buckles, and the heel is a perfect high for comfort and style. I bet if Mariah tried these on, she'd change her tune.

Lauren from Endless Amusement

 

 

Ghouls Just Want to Have Fun!

It's easy to plan ahead and buy a costume, but sometimes you get an invite last minute or you'd prefer to wear clothes that come from your own wardrobe or new items you'd wear again. Unlike a bridemaids dress these items can be added to your existing wardrobe after you - the creative genius - turned them into a costume for a Halloween party. We wanted to prepare you with our real clothes turned Halloween costume picks for this week's Friday Favorites.

I chose two stars that dominate my karoake playlist.

Madonna & Olivia Newton-John

Creating these costumes are relatively simple and you'll want to wear the goods all season.

Madonna - Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)

Cigarette Girl: Susan! My god we thought you were dead.

Susan: No, just in New Jersey.

The goods: Pile on bracelets and cuffs on your wrists and lots of chains around your neck. Black pants-You probably own several pairs. Black sneakers or black pumps. Curl your hair, spray on lots of hairspray and add a black ribbon or scarf to tie it back.

What you probably need:

    

Tinley Road Strapless Ponte Bustier, $19.97 Piperlime

Sabine Tribal Moto Jacket, $89 Piperlime

Olivia Newtown-John - Grease (1978)

"Tell me about it stud."

The goods: Add lots of curls to your hair. Wear hoop earrings. Add a bustier like the above choice or an off-the-shoulder black top.

    

Ark & Co Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, $98 Piperlime

Sanctuary Vegan Leather Leggings, $118 Piperlime

    

RSVP Red Patent Pumps, $69 Zappos

Bubblegun Cigarettes, $1.19 Old Time Candy

 

Contributors:

Lauren Scharf

Grumpy Cat

 

    

Love Tree Cream Fur Vest, $17.50 Zullily

Make Up For Ever's 12 Flash Color Case, $99 Sephora

If you don't know who Grumpy Cat is, run a Google image on her and prepare yourself for some chuckles. I've been a longtime fan of Grumpy Cat and decided this would be the year I take on her likeness for Halloween. Pairing with a white or neutral sweater underneath, this super affordable faux-fur vest made by Love Tree gives my costume all the snuggly-ness I'm going for. Then for the face, I use the brown and white from this colorful palate from Make Up For Ever. You can mix and match these colors and paint them anywhere on your face. I honestly recommend this for any costume you don this year, be it in the form of woman, beast, or internet meme!

Endless Amusement

Christina Moffitino

Cleopatra

    

Shiny Gold Tank Bodysuit, $27.99 American Apparel

Blue Chiffon Single Layer Full Skirt, $46 American Apparel

Your closet itsn't usually the first place most people think to have pieces for a new Halloween costume. But if you stocked up on solid colors and a few basics,  your closet is certainly a gold mine for ideas. I bought this gold leotard and blue skirt, at separate times, from American Apparel. The combo of the two with a cute embellished belt is fit for a Cleopatra look. My costume isn't complete without the classic bright blue eye shadow and wing tip eyeliner. And for dramatics, I add a lipcolor in Ruffian Gold from MAC Cosmetics.

Street Swag

Work It In Style
I haven't owned a suit in, well, I can't remember how many years. I've learned you don't have to wear a suit to make a powerful impression. Stand tall, speak well, have a firm handshake and you could nab an interview, land that deal, or score that job. We prefer to make that impression in a splash of color.

Alison's Pick

Being on TV often requires a wardrobe with multiple personalities so, dresses dominate my closet. I'm a sucker for a colorful dress. Easy to buy, simple to put on and I get to play with accessories to switch up the look. And for these two dresses I'd add a patent belt in pink or green.

     

Diane Von Furstenberg 'Jeannie' Dress (Blue), $375 Nordstrom     

    Ted Baker London 'Wallpaper' Dress, $295 Nordstrom

Lauren Scharf's Pick

Jack by BB Dakota William Pencil Skirt (Blue) - $58 Zappos

This vibrant blue, lacy skirt is all the color I need to break through the mundane look of the strictly-business-as-usual office attire. Plus, I like the way it fits tight but doesn't snag or bunch like longer skirts. Especially around this time of year, I like to leave the boring old Black & White for the suits. 

Endless Amusment

Christina Moffitino's Pick

iPad Mini Case, $32 Etsy

 I love this studded leather case I found on Etsy because it looks like a clutch! It gives me all the more reason to bust it out and take on those finals I have this week! My iPad is my handy dandy study tool when I'm at school all day. I wanted a case that kept it safe but still had some style to it.

Street Swag

 

These boots are made for stepping out in style! Check out our top picks for Fall boot trends. Snag your pair before they run out of your size.

Ankle 

        

Ankle Boot with Metal Toe, Zara $159          Kate Spade Bridgette, Zappos $328

Whether worn with a skirt, skinny jeans or just peeking out from under long hemmed pants, ankle boots are a trend that is here to stay.

Mid-Calf 

    

     Pauline Motorcycle Boot, Sole Society $70     Tarney Stud Lace-up Boot, Steve Madden $150

Weathered, worn and comfortable for a midcalf that we turn to time after time for casual appeal.

Flats

   

DV by Dolce Vita, PiperLime  $180           Flat Crocodile Boot, Zara $230

When pulling over skinny jeans or wearing to work with a skirt, these "riding" style options allow us to stand or walk all day without heel pain.

Heeled Boots

    

              Park, Stuart Weitzman $595                   Crystal, Diane von Furstenberg  $330

Of course, we all need a sassy, sexy pair of knee high, heeled boots.

Color

     

 

Color Block Bootie, Shop Bop $300             Nola Slouch, Cole Haan $428

When you have just about every boot choice in your closet, a little color is usually next on the list of must haves.

We love this look for workwear. Unless you work in a corporate setting where skirt suits and hosiery are still required, most work attire has become far more creative. Many in my industry haven't bought a full matching suit in countless years. Instead, it's the art of mixing separates. This look works multiple ways in your wardrobe and easily transitions from 9-5 to cocktails. The skirt, while fitted, isn't mini so there's no concern you're showing off the goods if you bend down. The blouse is a classic staple for your closet while the blazer will work with a skirt, pants or even jeans on weekends. And what better way to create your own style identity than with accessories. The bib necklace and gold toe cap heels are statement makers. The necklace would help make a simple strapless black dress stand out and the cap toe heel poking out from under long hemmed pants in any color from red, burgundy, teal to hunter.

 

    

                 Blouse, H&M $56                        Crepe Open Front Blazer, New Look $40    

 

Color-Block Pencil Skirt, Shopbop $118      

      

 Jeweled Bib Necklace, Go Jane $29                Toe Cap Pumps, Mango $110

 

Ostrich Embossed Shoulder Bag, Zappos $64

 

 

Ask Alison

Alison: Have you found any sources for cute back-to-school clothes for plus-sized little girls? My daughter was in tears this week right in the middle of the girls' rounders at Old Navy, because they were just the clothes she would like to wear to school, only not sold in her size. (All they have for "plus" sizes is the khaki or the navy school uniform--have you seen that awful pleated teflon skirt? UGH!) She is a 16 1/2 up top, and a 14 1/2 for bottoms, 55" tall, 122 pounds, and 9 years old. Thank you, Kimberly

Answer: Wipe away those tears and grab a seat in front of the computer with your daughter. It's time to shop online. First stop is LandsEnd.com for sweaters, super cute denim skirts which your daughter can dress up with colorful tights and boots and a myriad of classic polo dresses and floral t-shirts. The sizes go up to 18 1/2. Next stop is Zappos.com. Here you can narrow your search to girls clothing, choose a category like tops or dresses and then choose your size and voila-it will show you photos of all your options.  I plugged in size 16 and 18 found soooo many cute tops from flowy bohemian styles to trendy prints from well-known designers. And most of what I found was under $40 unless it was a dress. I know it's tough and there are fewer shopping choices above a size 14, but I hope I was able to help you find a few stylish items for your daughter.

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