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Saturday I drove by the mall, thinking I’d do some Christmas shopping only to discover everybody else had the same idea. Instead I headed home, curled up on the couch and shopped from my laptop.

Regardless of your budget or whether you’re buying for teens, hubby, friends or Uncle Alfred, here are some gifts that will make them smile.

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Add a little “Jingle” to your wardrobe during the holidays. What do I mean by “Jingle?” How about something like glittery shoes or a sequined skirt? What about a gold lamé gown or green velvet palazzo pants or a shimmery red dress? Or sparkly earrings and black evening gloves? Or a silver metallic clutch? Even a vintage fur stole! I believe that you define your own “Jingle.”

The holidays are a great opportunity to take some style risks and bring your “Jingle” out.

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Since 1983, when he launched his first Cable bracelet, the twisted helix has been David Yurman’s signature design. This month Rizzoli published Yurman’s first book, a gorgeous coffee table retrospective of his work. Recently Neiman Marcus invited me to interview him.

The first thing David Yurman said when I walked in the room was, “Who made your necklace? It’s like my early, direct weld necklace!”

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Well my fellow fashionistas, I am bound and determined not to let the holiday frenzy get to me or my wardrobe. I want an easy look that’s put together and fab. A look that goes from running around town to lunch with the girls.

Lately we’ve been talking a lot about the way American women dress as opposed to our European counterparts. European women have always dressed in a way that’s luxe without being too precious, but effortlessly chic. It got me thinking… What is an American style that’s uniquely ours?

I always think of Ralph Lauren when I think of American style.

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If you’re like me, going to a big department store can be a bit overwhelming. For the most part, all I see are rows and rows of clothes. Nothing stands out. Just lots of dark clothes, followed by light-colored clothes and the color du jour. Usually I throw up my hands in frustration, annoyed that I’ve waited until the eleventh hour to look for that special outfit.

“IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SIZE! IT’S ABOUT THE FIT.”

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All of my holiday events this year are casual with friends and family, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to wear something everyday looking. The holidays are the perfect time to wear velvet and sequins, even with jeans. For those of you who say, “I don’t want to be that showy,” or “Aunt Agatha will make a derogatory comment… “ You’re not dressing for Aunt Agatha. You’re dressing to feel great about yourself and to feel festive. Let Aunt Agatha wear her predictable prim and matronly outfit with the ugly sweater. Smile, give her a big hug, and tell her how happy you are to see her!

And if you’re the only woman in the room with some glitz on… Congratulate yourself!

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I’ve always thought of Paris and New York as the fashion capitals of the world, but after my recent trip to Florence, I’ve added the Renaissance city to the list. Florentine women buy fewer clothes than we do, but they buy the best they can afford. They take good care of their things and buy new pieces with the old ones in mind, which is what I do. I had another topic planned for today’s Fashion Friday post, but decided the clothes I wore today would be a great way to illustrate this point.

The oldest thing in my closet–and I still wear it a lot–is the blue and white striped, French Cuff, dress shirt I bought when I was in my early 20’s for my first husband.

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This trip to Nashville was amazing in more ways than I could have imagined. A visit to the store, Two Old Hippies, was a revelation. Their elegant, super-groovy, rock ‘n’roll chic was the style I wanted to achieve for my life-on-the-road. Continue Reading

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Are you loving the ankle boot as much as I am this season? Don’t get me wrong…

I love knee-high boots, but the ankle boot is so much more versatile, and dare I say, more chic. Booties update any outfit by adding a little edge.

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