10 Unique Hostess Gifts for the Chic & Stylish

by Melissa Meyers


As the holiday season draws closer, it's inevitable that you will be invited as a guest to a dinner or holiday party. Say goodbye to bringing that same old bottle of wine and get creative with these stylish hostess gift ideas. Or, if you are planning to have a fun soiree yourself this time of year, use this list as a guide to freshen up your entertainment essentials.

 

1. Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three

With flowers or not, these Essie Collection vases stand on their own as stylish home accents in any space. They come in a set of three but can always be separated to give to other friends (or even keep one for yourself)! I love the way these gorgeous spin vases stand to the side--they are perfect to use together as center pieces or alone as a unique accent for any table.

Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three. Each vase is 7 inches high. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to order.

Essie Collection - Spin Colored-Glass Vases, $90 for set of three. Each vase is 7 inches high. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to order.

2. D.L. & Co. Delft Skull Stationery - Brights, $50

A modern twist on a classic gift, the fun set of Delft Skull Stationery in eye-popping bright shades will bring more naughty than nice to you and your guests this holiday season. The collection of folded notes are blank inside and made of hand-finished Italian paper with a unique interpretation of a gold skull image on the front. So exquisite and edgy!

3. Jonathan Adler Muse Bowl, $98

Each Jonanthan Adler pottery piece is made in its Soho studio, where Jonathan and his team design and sculpt every prototype. This particular muse bowl is inspired by Jonathan's admiration for Salvador Dali and Misia. I adore this cool hand-sculpted white porcelain bowl where fashion meets function. I was so excited when I received one as a gift from a dear friend!

4. Alexandra Von Furstenberg Acrylic Leopard Coasters, $100 (set of 4)

Check out these mod yet classic AVF Acrylic Leopard-Print Coasters--they are so versatile and instantly add playfulness to any table! The set of 4 are made of thick, high-quality acrylic and can be stacked together to create a cool sculpture. The leopard pattern works well in traditional or modern homes, making them the perfect holiday hostess gift.

5. Rablabs Fusio Spreaders, $82 for set of 2

These unique Rablabs Fusio Spreaders are created from semi-precious agate edged in 24-karat gold or sterling silver. Presented in a luxury gift box, the spreaders are so stunning they could even stand as a home decoration on their own!

6. Wide French Cut Voyage et Cie Hand-Pured Candles, $60

The organic and sustainable soy wax candles by Voyage et Cie are hand poured, containing the finest fragrance oils and three non-toxic 100% cotton wicks. They are quite large and have a dramatic french cut shape so make a fab and unique gift choice.  Plus, they smell as beautiful as they look! 

7. Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48 

These amazing serving plates by Kastehelmi (Finnish for "dewdrop") are made of hand blown glass and designed in 1964 by Oiva Toikka in Finland. The highly-styled serving plates are decorated with glass droplets to create a three-dimensional surface. They are also well-priced and available in a range of colors.

Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48, shown in light blue

Kastehelmi Medium Plate, $48, shown in light blue

8. Sempli Cupa Rocks Tumbler Set, $50

We were all taught that in order to bring out the flavor of fine spirits, we should swirl our cups. Well these Cupa Rocks Tumblers do exactly that for you! The shape of the tumbler is designed to sit on its side so that when you set it down, it creates a swirling motion that facilitates oxygenation. The set of two tumblers are made of lead-free crystal and inspired by Swedish and Italian design.

9. Mark and Graham Personalized Lacquer Tray, $69 small, $125 large

These Mark and Graham's Lacquer Trays are great personalized gifts, especially for lovers of mid-century modern design. They are the perfect perches for serving beverages or can be used as a stylish catchall. Available in white, orange and navy.

10. Lette Macarons - Create your own box of 24, $44

Yummy macarons--yes please! These delicate and delicious pastries are shipped overnight to preserve their freshness, making them a perfect last minute gift. There are many seasonal specials to choose from in addition to the variety of 13 classic flavors. Pick your favorites and don't forget to send a box to yourself too!


7 Edgy Must-Have Fashion Pieces

by Melissa Meyers


Want to have that cool-girl style without trying too hard? Add rocker chic fashion pieces to your wardrobe and update your look with these seven edgy must-haves:

1. Blank Denim Vegan Leather Skinny Pants, $98

These faux leather pants look just like leather and have a great fit. They run small so order one size up!

 

2. Jennifer Fisher Pierced Cuff, $940

Jennifer Fisher is one of the hottest  jewelry designers today and she epitomizes the edgy chic meets classic look. I am obsessed with her amazing brass cuff with spike detail!

 

 

3. IRO Nona Shredded Sweatshirt, $130

I am a huge fan of the French brand IRO and recently bought this fun deconstructed sweatshirt at the new store in Beverly Hills. The shredding is sheer so layer with a cami underneath--or not!

 

 

4. Rag & Bone Moto Boots, $595

These are classic motorcycle boots with stud-buckle details a la rag & bone. Wear these every year--they are always on trend and look great with jeans, skirts and dresses. 

 

5. Rebecca Taylor Leather Moto Vest, $795

Vests are a must-have layering piece to add to your wardrobe this year and grey is the it-color of the season! This gorgeous one by Rebecca Taylor covers all bases.

 

6. Balenciaga Papier A4 Zip Around Bag, $1,835

This beautiful Balenciaga bag is a great investment piece if you are looking for the perfect classic tote with an edgy twist. I love the side zipper detail and the rouge aubergine color is so fresh!

7. Essie Collection Lightning Bolt Necklace, $60

This delicate lightning bolt necklace is super cute and easy to wear. It's currently my favorite layering piece and is available in gold, silver and rose gold!

 

 

Essie Collection lightning bolt necklace, $60. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase. Available in gold, silver and rose gold.

Essie Collection lightning bolt necklace, $60. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com to purchase. Available in gold, silver and rose gold.



Guilt-free Shopping to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

by Melissa Meyers


October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I am thrilled to see so many fashion, health and beauty brands doing their part to support the cause. Below are six of my favorite pink picks for guilt-free shopping!

Stella McCartney Gemma Relaxing Soft Cup Bra
Stella McCarney designed this sexy, semi-sheer soft cup bra with bright pink geometric lace--a great piece to add to your lingerie collection! A percentage of proceeds from the sales will be donated to The Linda McCartney Centre to support their work in providing the most advanced treatments and technologies for patients with breast cancer.

Essie Collection

Accessorize and layer your jewelry with Essie Collection, a new highly curated boutique of baubles, clothing and home accents. 20% of all sales will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund (BCRF) for every rose gold piece of jewelry purchased through October. To order contact Esther Feder, Esther@essiecollection.com.

 

Pave Circle Bangle $65 each, Double Bar Ring $65, Pave Triangle Bracelet $65 each. Contact Esther@Essiecollection.com to purchase. Website coming soon!

Pave Circle Bangle $65 each, Double Bar Ring $65, Pave Triangle Bracelet $65 each. Contact Esther@Essiecollection.com to purchase. Website coming soon!

Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer
Want long, gorgeous lashes and thicker eyebrows? With the help of Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer, you will see visible results after two weeks of using this product! Developed at MIT, this formula is all-natural and hypoallergenic. For each product purchased, Wink will donate one to a Breast Cancer Survivor!

BUY: Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer. $39.00 for 3 month supply! Full results in 8-12 weeks.

BUY: Wink Eyelash and Eyebrow Enhancer$39.00 for 3 month supply! Full results in 8-12 weeks.

Juice Press
Now is a great time to go on a juice fast, before all the eat-fest holidays arrive. During the month of October, Juice Press will be replacing all caps on their delicious juice and smoothie products with pink tops and making a donation in support of breast cancer research. Juice Press products contain no GMO's and are vegan and kosher (delivery options nationwide). 

 

For store locations and more information see Juicepress.com.

For store locations and more information see Juicepress.com.

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection
Gloss for a cause — these four pretty pinks will make your lips shimmer PLUS condition, moisturize and protect your pout. They look great alone or you can wear them over your favorite lip color. For each purchase, Bobbi Brown will donate $12 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). 

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection, $60. Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss; Bright Lilac Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss.

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection, $60. Pretty Pink Sheer Lip Gloss, Pink Tulle High Shimmer Lip Gloss; Bright Lilac Lip Gloss and Soiree Pink Shimmer Lip Gloss.

FitBit Flex in Pink
Slim and stylish, the Fitbit Flex wireless activity tracker and sleep wristband will motivate you to stay healthy and in shape. During the day, it tracks steps, distance, and calories burned. At night, it tracks your sleep quality and wakes you silently in the morning. For the month of October, FitBit will donate $10 for every pink FitBit Flex sale to the American Cancer Society. 


Flashback Friday: Remembering Oscar de la Renta

by Melissa Meyers


Remembering One of Fashion's Greatest:

I met and interviewed Oscar de la Renta at the Fashion Group International's Night of the Stars event five years ago where he received the highest honor that evening. He was a class act and great talent, may he RIP.

The elusive designer talked of the thrill of designing for the modern woman: “I feel privileged to be working at this particular time...There has never been a woman as in control of her destiny as a woman today. And I think that... trying to fulfill that woman’s aspirations and dreams, that’s what the job of a designer should be.”

Below are some fun photos snapped at the event!

Moi with host for the night, Simon Doonan

Moi with Iman

Atmopshere

Atmopshere

Kenneth Cole and John Bon Jovi

Kenneth Cole and John Bon Jovi

Kendu and Mary J Blige

Kendu and Mary J Blige

Gwen Stefani

Tommy Hilfiger


Need to Know This: Piperlime Celebrates New Line with Chrissy Teigen + 30% off One Item

by Melissa Meyers


News Flash: Piperlime just revamped its site for fall and it's now geared toward more of a street style type of girl…yay! They also just launched their first-ever Piperlime Collection and hosted an event in Los Angeles to celebrate with one of my fave gals, Chrissy Teigen. I love the collection and thought it was well-priced if you want to freshen up your wardrobe with some new, stylish items this season! All the pieces retail for under $200. Sign up for the Piperlime newsletter for tips, trends and sales here and receive 30% off one item (first time subscribers only).

Chrissy Teigen (wearing Piperlime Collection) and her pooches at the event!

One of my favorite items is the long sleeve slouchy jumpsuit worn by Chrissy Teigen at the event. I am obsessed with jumpsuits lately and just ordered this one for myself!

BUY: Piperlime Collection Long Sleeve Ashley Romper in black, $139

Another must-have for Fall is a leather jacket and a faux fur piece! This combo jacket covers both trends and looks super chic.

BUY: Piperlime Collection faux fur vegan leather jacket in black, $189

Checking out Piperlime's new line at the launch event. I found the new collection to be diverse and on-trend!

Some of the styles featured from the fall Piperlime collection.

With beauty Chrissy Teigen!


Need to Know This: L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil

by Melissa Meyers


There's a NEW anti-aging face oil that just launched on September 10th by L'Occitane that actually changes the texture of your skin. I have been using this oil at night before my moisturizer for about three weeks now and can see (and feel) the difference. It's made with 100% natural plant oils and has a light, silky texture that absorbs nicely into the skin. 

BUY: L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96. The oil promotes microcirculation that stimulates the skin.

L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96The oil promotes microcirculation that stimulates the skin.

Below are some of the other new products sampled at the L'Occitane press event that took place at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood last month. The event was very informative--we learned about the L'Occitane Laboratory located in Provence, France and the advances they've made in creating anti-aging skin care products. The bright yellow flowers shown below are called Immortelle and are harvested from the Corsican fields in France. They never fade or change, even after they are picked. The Divine Collection products are all derived from these everlasting Immortelle flowers. 

BUY; L'Occitane Divine Youth Oil, $96

Some of L'Occitane's newest products!

At the L'Occitane new product launch event with lifestyle expert and beauty scout Romy Raves!

At the L'Occitane new product launch event with lifestyle expert and beauty scout Romy Raves!


Mani Monday: Emmy Awards Edition & New Fall Nail Colors by essie

by Melissa Meyers


Many of the best dressed celebs chose classic, elegant nail polish shades by essie at the 66th Annual Emmy Awards this year! My favorites included Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Taylor Schilling, Padma Lakshmi and Allison Williams as they all walked the red carpet with the natural nail shades shown below.

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Winner-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series). Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: mamba, $8.50 Inspiration: “essie’s mamba, a shimmering brown mauve, was the perfect shade for Julia’s beautiful red gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Emi Kudo.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Winner-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series)Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: mamba, $8.50
Inspiration: “essie’s mamba, a shimmering brown mauve, was the perfect shade for Julia’s beautiful red gown,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Emi Kudo.

Taylor Schilling (nominee).  Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: cocktails & coconuts, $8.50. Inspiration: “Sometimes a perfectly opaque nude polish is the only way to go. We chose essie’s cocktails & coconuts as it’s elegant and chic for a night like the Emmys,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Michelle Saunders.

Taylor Schilling (nominee).  Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: cocktails & coconuts, $8.50.
Inspiration: “Sometimes a perfectly opaque nude polish is the only way to go. We chose essie’s cocktails & coconuts as it’s elegant and chic for a night like the Emmys,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Michelle Saunders.

Padma Lakshmi (show nominee). Photo credit: Getty Images essie shade: imported bubbly, $8.50 Inspiration: “We chose essie’s imported bubbly for its crisp color yet soft tone to complement diamond jewelry,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Julie Kandalec.

Padma Lakshmi (show nominee)Photo credit: Getty Images
essie shade: imported bubbly, $8.50
Inspiration: “We chose essie’s imported bubbly for its crisp color yet soft tone to complement diamond jewelry,” said Celebrity Manicurist, Julie Kandalec.

Allison Williams (presenter). Photo credit: Getty Images. essie shades: vanity fairest, $8.50 and hi maintenance, $8.50 Inspiration: “Allison wanted to keep her nail look ‘classic Hollywood’ for the Emmys. We chose essie’s vanity fairest layered over essie’s hi maintenance for a clean, sheer pink manicure to compliment the pink in her dress,” said Celebrity Manicurist, April Foreman. 

Allison Williams (presenter). Photo credit: Getty Images.
essie shades: vanity fairest, $8.50 and hi maintenance, $8.50
Inspiration: “Allison wanted to keep her nail look ‘classic Hollywood’ for the Emmys. We chose essie’s vanity fairest layered over essie’s hi maintenance for a clean, sheer pink manicure to compliment the pink in her dress,” said Celebrity Manicurist, April Foreman. 

Last week I attended a pre Emmy press event by essie at the Soho House LA where they launched their new Fall 2014 nail color collection! See below for my favorite shades.

All nail colors from the essie Fall 2014 collection. 
Fabulous fashion illustration of moi by the uber-talented Jamie Lee Reardin.

essie's "Take it Outside" is the most perfect taupey-grey nail color for this season. For a more edgy look, add a cobalt blue shade across the tip like "Style Cartel."

 

Nail color shown: Take It Outside, $8.50. Cobalt Blue Tips: Style Cartel, $8.50.
Both shades from the new Fall 2014 collection by essie.

I received so many compliments on this color combo and manicure. I'm obsessed with it!

Nail color shown: Take It Outside, $8.50. Blue Tips: Style Cartel, $8.50. 
Both shades from the new Fall 2014 collection by essie.

Perfect pedi for Fall: essie's new inky blue shade, Style Cartel, $8.50.


7 Fab Facial Cleansers: Pick Your Favorite!

by Melissa Meyers


It's important to clean your face during your morning shower and again at night to remove make-up and prepare your skin for bed time. Whether it's a creme, gel, oil, or foam, there are so many great products available to do the job. Here are my favorites that are really worth trying!

Cleanse your face twice daily! 

Shiseido IBUKI Cleanser is a purifying cleaner that contains micro-granules for gentle exfoliation. This formula lathers into a foam and removes impurities with out stripping away moisture. I have been a fan of this cleanser for many years and like to use it at night.

BUY: Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser, $30

Hada Labo Tokyo makes a creamy to foamy facial cleanser that's made with hyaluronic acid to restore your skin's natural hydrating levels. This product deeply cleanses and feels amazing on the skin. It truly compares to expensive department store cleansers and is sold at a fraction of the price!

BUY: Hada Labo Tokyo Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $11.99

Sulwhasoo is a gentle cleansing oil  formulated with purifying Korean Medicinal Herbs. The oil turns into a silky cleansing lotion when mixed with water. It removes make-up, impurities and dead skin. I love the way my skin feels when using this product… so moist and hydrated. 

BUY: Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil, $36. Available at Bergdorf Goodman. 

Evidence Eraser by vbeaute is an oil-free, foam cleanser and toner in one that keeps your skin feeling hydrated AND tightens pores at the same time. Julie Macklowe's entire vbeaute skin care and beauty line is vegan, gluten-free, paraben-free, nut-free and oat-free. Perfect for those of us with allergies and skin sensitivities!

BUY: vbeaute Foaming Facial Cleanser, $18

Orgo is a gentle but deep cleansing foam for environmentally sensitive skin made with rose hip seed oil and loquat fruit. It's rich in vitamin A, C, E, and F which helps foster collagen growth.

BUY: ORGO California Essentials Rosehip & Loquat Cleanser, $32

Cetaphil is a gentle cleansing lotion that does not strip your skin of its natural protective oils. I keep a bottle in the shower at all times. It's a drug store favorite of mine and the price is right!

BUY: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $9

Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser purifies skin as it cleans. It's made with amazonian white clay particles that gently remove dirt and toxins that clog pores. Perfect for to use if you have normal to oily skin or around the t-zone area of your face for combination skin.

BUY: Kiehl's Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, $22.50


Hair Products for Dry, Damaged Hair that Work

by Melissa Meyers in


The summer weather can wreak havoc on your hair! Mine was so damaged between excessive washing, highlights, heat styling and the sun so I decided to try an array of hair care products to see if it could be revived. The products that made the cut are listed below and will help restore, mend split ends and add shine to your locks. Some are pricey but they make a dramatic difference!

Selfie: My summer hair is dry and looks damaged at the ends. Necklace by Essie Collection. Contact Esther@essiecollection.com for more details.

In New York with hair color genius Steve Amendola of the John Frieda Salon. In addition to adding some low lights and a gloss, Steve used  the Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment on my hair to deep condition it.

This treatment by Kerastase is prepared in individual use bottles. It is used in top salons to treat dry, brittle and sensitised hair. You can buy this incredible 5-minute treatment in bulk and use at home every two weeks.

BUY: Kerastase Concentre Oleo-Fusion Intensive Nutrition Treatment , $143 (includes 15 treatments)

I have a thing for the drybar products because not only do they work well, but they smell AMAZING! The shampoo suds up nicely and moisturizes your hair while getting it squeaky clean at the same time. It's also loaded with anti oxidants and is sulfate and paraben free. 

BUY: drybar Sake Bomb Nourishing Shampoo, $23

I have been a huge fan of all MoroccanOil hair products for years now and the leave-in hydrating cream is my go-to styling product. When applied to damp, freshly washed hair (concentrating on the ends), this cream will protect it from heat-styling tools and control frizz. And, it's packaged in a convenient pump bottle so it's easy to control the amount needed. All products are made with argan oil and have an incredible fragrance.

BUY: Moroccan Oil Hydrating Styling Cream, $31

Living Proof's products strengthen hair and break the cycle of damage by using silicone and oil-free solutions. I'm loving this award-winning, weightless conditioner and notice how each time I use it, the condition of my hair improves. Jennifer Aniston is the spokesperson and an investor in the Cambridge-based hair company so you know it's really top notch. All products are perfect to use on colored and chemically treated hair.

BUY: Living Proof Restore Conditioner, $28

Another favorite product is an ultra-light, multi-functional styling and treatment oil from ECRU that provides deep conditioning and moisture for the hair. It protects against heat damage, reduces drying time, eliminates frizz, and helps to mend split ends. I also like to use a tiny bit on my hair AFTER styling to tame fly-aways and smooth out frayed ends.

BUY: ECRU New York Acacia Protein Oil, $30

 

This eco-friendly, 100% vegan leave-in spray is made with argan and olive oil. It repairs dry and damaged hair with rice amino acids and vegetable based moisturizers.  After using this treatment, my hair feels silky and and looks shinier. It really helps to prevent breakage and split ends. 

 BUY: Mastey Color Protecting Therapy Leave-In Spray, $25 

The caviar of hair treatments, Shu Uemura, developed an extreme restoration treatment for ultra-damaged hair. This decadent, flowery-scented mask recovers the strength of the hair fiber from within and is so nourishing that it leaves hair with a soft flexible feel. Remember the feeling of virgin hair? This single product changed my hair from feeling like straw to feeling like silk after a few treatments.

BUY: Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Treatment, $68

 

This budget-friendly hair restoration mask by L'Oreal is made with a 6 flower oil blend and is a great treatment for conditioning extremely, dry damaged hair. I like to coat my hair with it before and after I go for a swim to prevent further hair damage from chlorine and salt water. It truly works wonders and the price is right!

BUY: L'OREAL OleoTherapy Deep Recover Mask, $11