Shopping for Luxury Gifts & Gets – August 2009
Posh Product Picks – This Months Favorite Finds:Finding fabulous gifts for those who seemingly have it all can be a challenge at best – even if the gift recipient is your self. 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 categories. The gift-and-get-worthy goods that make The Luxe List cut a mix of tasteful, trendy, and high quality commodities – some extravagant, some practical – that are all sure to please.
Consider this month’s favorite finds:
Redhanded Bags – $155-$246
Being environmentally responsible and trendy are not mutually exclusive thanks to Redhanded’s line of eco-chic purses, bags and attaches. The company’s environmentally-sound, vegan and fair trade line will take your ensemble to the next level guilt-free, since Redhanded’s green and ethical manufacturing process does not hurt or exploit animals, humans or the Earth in its quest for style. The company’s extraordinarily well-crafted bags are made of toxin-free materials comprised of faux leathers and hand-dyed, certified organic linings. So, rest assured you can feel good while looking great!
Two of my personal favorites in the Redhanded line are the Trixie Handbag and Custom Notebook Attache. The flashy Trixie handbag is crammed with style and space. This hobo-style purse measures 12″ x 12″ x 4″ and is available in metallic navy or, my choice, silver mesh faux leather. This attention-grabbing accessory is well suited for daytime or nighttime use, also featuring two large interior pockets, nickel hardware, and a magnetic snap closure. Having been out and about with my Trixie on a number of occasions, a few have inquired where I got it. So, be prepared to be chatted up by total strangers. Redhanded’s Custom Notebook Attache is equally noteworthy, especially since it can be completely customized relative to the base color, flap design, and flap material with a palette of ten colors and textures. This attaché offers 2 compartments with ample room for even the largest laptop or notebook computer along with files, magazines, books and other bulky items that don’t typically fit comfortably into standard bags. Five other zip pouches and pockets (2 exterior/3 interior) keep other necessities within easy reach. (www.redhandedbags.com)
TuNix Brand “Lipstick on Safari” Tunic – $170
Break away from the pack and embrace your wild side with TuNix brand’s funky “Lipstick on Safari” design tunic, which features a bold zebra print with hot pink accents. Like all other tunics in the TuNix collection produced in the U.S., this “Lipstick on Safari” design is made of medium-weight 100% cotton and casual enough to wear while running errands around town. The tunic is also ideal for resort locations and for travel wear because it works as a day or informal evening look as well as a pool-side cover-up solution. The tunic comes in 4 sizes: XS, S, M and L. In addition to “Lipstick on Safari,” TuNix’s spring/summer 2009 collection offers an array of bold and colorful prints and solids.(www.shoptunixcollection.com)
Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Heartsong Bracelet – $120
As part of Emily Elizabeth Jewelry’s Limited Edition Sui Generis Collection, the darling Heartsong bracelet is the perfect gift for gals with a whimsical sense of style and like to be noticed…in the best possible way. This beautiful bauble features a mix of leaf, star and heart charms affixed to a lovely chain of adjoined circles. Each circle in the 7 ¾” chain holds a singular charm, allowing the bracelet to jingle and jangle with wrist movement. The bracelet and charms are 18k gold plated brass, as is the fold over clasp that’s decidedly easy to open and close. Various gold types are offered: yellow, pink, green, white (+$10), brown (+$20) and black (+$20). This fun and fabulous Heartsong Bracelet is offered among Emily Elizabeth Jewelry’s other innovative designs, with the company’s modern, feminine and classic collections divided into distinct categories: “Sweet and Sassy,” “Cool and Kitschy,” “Earth & Sky,” “Always & Forever,” and “Hair Pieces.” Emily Elizabeth designs have reportedly been worn by such celebrities as Maria Menounos, Vanessa Hudgens, and Cheryl Burke of Dancing with the Stars. The company’s entire collection of special and unique pieces…from bracelets, bangles, and hairpieces to earrings, necklaces, and lariats…are intended to be worn every day…and, in my opinion having seen the company’s wares up close, should be.(www.emilyelizabethjewelry.com)
Nectar Accessories Clutch Purse – $99.99
For those instances when you need a stylish and compact clutch purse but also need to keep the lines of phone communication open, Nectar Accessories has the perfect solution. The company offers a fashion-forward clutch purse actually designed to accommodate the mobile lifestyle, keeping your cell phone within easy reach via a patent pending cell phone “window.” Sexy meets practical with the 7.5″ x 6″ x 2.25″ Nectar Clutch, which is available in faux layered zebra fur, faux black patent leather snake skin (which I have and found to be extremely supple to the touch), and the limited edition metallic leather. The purse has four compartments, including a 4.5″ zipper pocket, to organize all the essentials. Dangling charms, a removable 10″ handle drop carrying chain, and an attractive silver diamond lining complete the sophisticated look. However attractive, the novelty of this purse is the cell phone window embedded into the side of the bag allowing you to view and manipulate your cell phone – even in the dark. No need to rifle through your purse to see whose calling! The Nectar Clutch’s cell phone window can hold almost any device, including iPhones, Blackberries, and flip phones. The window is made from heat sensitive material allowing it to work with a touch screen or key pad. For larger loads, company also offers a Nectar Work Tote with the same handy cell phone window design.(www.nectaraccessories.com)
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