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Shopping for Luxury Holiday Gifts & Gets – November 2009

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Haute Holiday Gifts – This Month’s Favorite Finds:Finding fabulous holiday gifts for those who seemingly have it all can be a challenge at best. Each month I scour the luxury marketplace to uncover new, innovative and otherwise exemplary must haves – the best-of-the-best across a range of product and price categories. My annualHaute Holiday Gifts Luxe List is a mix of tasteful, trendy, and high quality goods – some extravagant, some practical – that are all sure to please.

Consider this assortment of glam gift ideas:

Ed Hardy Icing Black Label Cell Phone Faceplate – $800
For those on your list who love all things bling, Crystal Icing’s hip and trendy Ed Hardy Icing Black Label Phone Faceplates featuring Swarovski Crystal are a true get. Crystal Icing, known for its custom luxury accessory designs revered by A-list celebrities and Fortune 500 companies alike, has debuted its fashion-forward line of Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier brand Swarovski Crystal-laden faceplates for mobile phones.

Crystal Icing’s Black Label collection of Ed Hardy tattoo designs offers completely hand-made, one-of-a-kind custom creations that will fit any type of phone. Each is entirely crystallized with thousands of brilliant Swarovski Elements that are individually placed – no two are alike! Simply choose the pattern you’d like from 12 available (or pick your own) and use the color selector tool to specify crystal preferences, and Crystal Icing’s designer will contact you to create your very own. Spectacular 24 karat gold-dipped Swarovski accents are also available for an additional $250. You may send in the device, itself, to be smothered in crystal, or choose a removable faceplate for the specific type of phone that will be created and shipped. To assure satisfaction, you will be able to review and approve a proof of the design before it’s completed. The faceplate is then delivered in an elegant black velvet case with a drawstring carrying bag imprinted with the Ed Hardy logo, as well as a bag full of extra crystals, a faceplate removal tool, and a warranty and care guide.

Others may try, but accept no substitutions. Crystal Icing is the worldwide exclusive license holder for Ed Hardy artwork on mobile devices and electronics accessories and, as such, is thego-to source. (

Galit Rondin “Head Over Heels” Bracelet – $525
I often talk about statement jewelry, but Galit Rondin’s enchanting “Head Over Heels” bracelet is the utter personification of that notion. As such, I dare say this ornate and whimsical work of art is a favorite in my jewelry collection as it will surely be for a lucky gift recipient. This elegantly hand-made, oxidized silver plated cuff-style bracelet WILL have those around her talking!

A veritable habitat of beauty, this baroque bracelet has a cornucopia of natural stones, Swarovski crystals, and fashion jewels of various shapes, sizes and hues along with ornamental metal creatures, flowers, leaves and other adornments all colorfully arranged into an exquisite vintage cuff-style design. The main focal point is a centered bloodstone, flanked by vintage bakelite blue stone and carnelian stones. Bejeweled frog, snake, butterfly, lady bug and silver plated leopards each have their own unique look as they meander about the bracelet amid an Eden-like setting. The cuff will punch up both casual and dressy looks.

Designs by Galit Rondin is well-known for its bold and evocative pieces. The company’s designs uniquely combine the delicate with the wild and rough applied in a magnificent mélange of classic and modern styling that’s both glamorous and surprising. I urge you to surprise someone you love with this breathtaking bracelet. (

Taryn Rose HEIGHT Boots – $425
Boots are all the rage this season, and Taryn Rose’s sumptuous suede HEIGHT design will have her putting her most fabulous foot forward. This knee-high high heeled boot beautifully merges fashion with function. Artisan fabricated with top-quality Italian-imported materials, this HEIGHT boot – with its full grain soft nappa leather interior – includes a plush full-length Poron foam-padded footbed for optimal comfort, arch support for decreased foot fatigue and a combination leather and rubber sole. Available in black or plum, the Taryn Rose HEIGHT boot features distinctive bands that crisscross their way from the toe all the way to the top. A black zipper at the interior side blends in unobtrusively and a black non-slip sole will keep her sure-footed. The reasonable 3″ heel is an extremely adaptable and suitable height for both casual and elegant looks, styling well with jeans, slacks, skirts or dresses.

Many hours of hand stitching go into a single pair of Taryn Rose shoes. The company uses only soft buttery fine leathers that are hand-chosen for optimum aesthetics, fit, comfort and durability. And it shows. (

iHome Audio’s iP1 Studio Series Audio System for iPhone/iPod – $299.99
Look no further than iHome Audio’s iP1 Studio Series Audio System for iPhone/iPod for this year’s “gotta get” gift for the music lovers on your list. The company’s flagship, widely-heralded product for 2009, this cutting edge digital audio system brings studio quality sound to the home with an incredibly sexy design aesthetic. The first ever home audio system to feature Bongiovi Acoustics’ patented Digital Power Station (DPS) processing technology (40-years in the making), the iP1 will constantly scan your iPod or iPhone-sourced audio to restore, in real-time, harmonics, brightness, clarity and presence undermined by today’s music compression formats. It also delivers a deeper, more resonant bass. Boasting fully 100 watts of Class D Biamplified power released through twin 4″ glass fiber woofers and matched 1″ silk dome tweeters, this unique system will fill the room with spectacular sound. Just ask my neighbors who have surely heard me jamming on my own iP1.

Not surprisingly, iHome Audio’s iP1 Studio Series Audio System is feature-rich. Among the standouts is its 4-channel Biamplified digital amplifier that provides clean, efficient, distortion-free output, bass and treble controls, an integrated iPod/iPhone dock that also charges the device, removable speaker grilles, line in jack to play any audio source, component video-out for watching iPod/iPhone sourced video on TV, and a remote control with full menu navigation.

For all of its audio breakthroughs, iHome Audio’s iP1 Studio Series Audio System is also a visual delight with its minimalist contemporary design. For all its power, the iP1 has a decidedly small footprint (16. 3″Wx6.9″Hx7.9″D and 8lbs.), and its embedded output devices, dock and controls suspended in museum-quality smoked acrylic give the iP1 a decidedly industrial high-tech look. Got digital music” Get an iP1! (

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