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Gift Guide: Presents for Guys Under $50

Guys are always the hardest to shop for (read my friend Jenna’s trial and tribulations of buying for her husband), but there are actually a decent number of options out there once you start to search. Sure, they’re not necessarily showstoppers, but I’m not sure guys have the kind of expectations we do. Jewelry! A romantic getaway! A new puppy! Chances are, these aren’t on his mind. My husband is more than thrilled with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. How easy is that?

Affordable Holiday Gifts For Men Under $50

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1 Bookman LED Bicycle Light

2 CHUP Socks

3 Winter Cocktails

4 Bananagrams

5 The Veggie-Lover’s Sriracha Cookbook

6 Norm Corkscrew & Vacuum Pump 

7 Navy Plaid Handkerchief 

9 Jack Black Triple Cushion Shave Lather

10 Retro Digital Flip Clock 

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Gift Guide: Marimekko Stocking Stuffers

Don’t wait until the last minute and stuff junk into the stocking. Take some time to find a few treasures. Marimekko has lot of colorful stocking stuffers, including iPhone cases, pouches, potholders, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, mugs, and more.

Marimekko Holiday Stocking Stuffers For Everyone


1 Siirtolapuutarha iPhone Case

2 Kuusikossa Oven Mitt

3 Inari Make-up Bag

4 Olja Socks

5 Ujo Slippers

6 Matkoilla Notepad

7 Hauki Mug

8 Piccolo Coin Purse

9 Pikkupoika Dopp Kit

10  Viiru Gloves

11 Lumimarja Umbrella

12 Mini-Unikko Scarf

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Sunday Bouquet: Cataloging Blooms

Blooms In a Card Catalog

Shotgun Floral Studio
Cooper Carras Photography
via Enjoy Events Co.

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ARTmonday: 15 Pieces from Frieze London

The Frieze London art fair features work from over 1,000 living, contemporary artists from over 150 galleries, from Berlin to New York and London to Tokyo. It’s housed in a bespoke temporary structure designed by architects Carmody Groarke, in Regent’s Park, Oct. 17-20. And, it’s within walking distance to Frieze Masters, which features a wide range of works, from ancient to modern. Here’s a preview of 15 artworks from Frieze London, compliments of Artsy.


Nairy Bgahramian, The Snag, 2012
Galerie Buchholz


Barbara Kasten, Construct NYC 20, 1984
Kadel Willborn


Leigh Ledare, Living Room # 1, 2, 3, 2004
Pilar Corrias Gallery


Billy Childish, in front of ice flow (Taku Inlet, Alaska 1887), 2013
Carl Freedman Gallery


Giorgio Griffa, Verticale verde e viola, 1977
Casey Kaplan


Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#07-11), 2011
Galerie Barbara Weiss


Edith Dekyndt, Untitled, Yellow and Silver Blanket NY, 2013
Carl Freedman Gallery


Fos, One Language Traveller – Set #5, 3, 2012
Max Wigram Gallery


Friederike Feldmann, info 3, 2012
Galerie Barbara Weiss


Ilja Karilampi, GTBSB (detail view), 2013
Sandy Brown


Paul McCarthy, Violet Bear, Yellow, 1991 (2012)
Hauser & Wirth


Nicole Eisenman, Untitled, 2008
Galerie Barbara Weiss


Betty Woodman, Museum View 3, 2012
Galerie Francesca Pia


Alex Katz, Red Roses 2, 1966
Gavin Brown’s enterprise


John McAllister, venerable articulate complete, 2013
Carl Freedman Gallery

All images via Artsy

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Saturday Say It: Even If It’s Just For An Hour


If you don’t like where you are, move. You are not a tree.


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Giveaway Reminder: Balinese Nesting Baskets

Yellow Woven Baskets Native American Design

Balinese Bamboo Nesting Baskets with Native American Design


1.  Sign up for the Brilliant Imports newsletter at the top of the Brilliant Imports homepage. (This gets you 15 percent off your initial order too.)

2.  Leave a comment on this blog post about what you’d keep in these baskets

Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 at 12:00 noon ET

One StyleCarrot reader will be chosen at random to win the set of baskets pictured above.

And the winner is . . . Sheryl Kallis!


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Boston Strong



In observance of the Boston lockdown, there will be no blog post today.

Keep our neighborhoods in your thoughts.


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Beauty Break: Own Day Lotion & Lip Treatment

Own Skincare Products Sunscreen Lip SPF


I want to give a shout-out to Own skincare products. A publicist sent a over Own Dual Protecting Day Lotion with SPF 30 and Own Day Lip Treatment with SPF 10 since the line just debuted at Ulta.

Although I was once a beauty editor, I’m no longer product-obsessed. While it was once fun to have the entire OPI and Nars glittery nail polish collections at my disposal, these days I’m more apt to be hoarding ikat print pillows. (For fun, you can click through to this article in the Hartford Courant in which I’m quoted on spring nail trends.)

Anyway, as old habits die hard, I happily snapped up the stuff, seeing how it’s sunscreen and I’m pretty darn pale, and gave them a test drive in Delray. High marks. The packaging is lovely (green IS my favorite color) and works well (the dispenser on a tube was a fun surprise). The day lotion sunscreen went on smoothly and while initially shiny, soaked in with a smooth, dry finish within ten minutes. Plus it is scentless. SO important! I didn’t burn, though of course I was also wearing a hat. (Sun = poison pour moi.)

I adored the lip treatment ($9.99). While I’m addicted to Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 for night time, I really like the Own lip treatment for day, with the SPF of 10 (zinc oxide is the active ingredient). The pen-like tube is cool, and is better for tossing in a handbag. Application was easy. . . it has a roller ball. Remember those kissing potions, those of you who were little girls in the ’70s & ’80s? The good news is that you get the nostalgia without the scent or gooeyness.

So, thanks Mr. Publicist. These ones are keepers.


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Find My Chair in House Beautiful’s Scavenger Hunt!

House Beautiful’s  4th Annual Chair Scavenger Hunt kicks off on Wednesday and I’ve got a chair in the mix. The magazine has assigned StyleCarrot this ikat-patterned Dane recliner by La-Z-Boy. Like it? You could win it.

On Wednesday ant Thursday, the HB team will hide 20 black and white chairs (including this one) in iconic locations around Los Angeles.  Follow @HouseBeautiful and @StyleCarrot on Twitter for clues on where to find and win my chair in LA! We’ll be marking tweets with hashtag #hbchairs.

UPDATE: On Thursday, March 7 at around 2:30 PT the HB team will hide this chair in the vicinity of the Urth Café at 8565 Melrose Avenue between Robertson and La Cienega. FIND IT!!!


House Beautiful Los Angeles Chair Hunt

With its classic lines, I can easily picture this chair in the New York City apartment of Laura, the 1944 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. In addition to fitting in with the decor, the ikat swirls also reflect the dizzying machinations of Laura, the femme fatale, who captivates the men around her.





If you’re wondering what the occasion is, this is all in celebration of House Beautiful’s March 2013 “Color Combinations” issue, for which they’re toasting the most classic color combination of all—black & white—along with the glory days of cinema. The event is called “Beautiful in Black & White.”

House Beautiful March 13 Cover jpeg


 Other chair brands include American Leather, Crate & Barrel, Hickory Chair, Kravet, Room & Board, Target, and more, and participating bloggers include Tobi Fairley, Lisa Mende, Tamara Stephenson of Nest, Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow Eight, Christian May of Maison21, Jennifer Mehditash of Dec-a-porter, and plenty of others. Feel free to gather clues for all of them!

Finally, stay tuned for House Beautiful’s Pinterest contest in which you will be asked to pin the chair from this post. Meanwhile, follow StyleCarrot and HouseBeautiful on Pinterest. 




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Boston Giveaway: Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise

Odessey Ship Boston Entertainment Cruises

Entertainment Cruises is giving one StyleCarrot reader a pair of tickets for the Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise on Saturday, February 16 aboard the Odyssey cruise ship in Boston.

The romantic cruise around Boston Harbor includes a plated dinner, live entertainment, champagne toast, a rose, and amazing views. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite thing about Boston. (I’ll avoid asking about Valentine’s Day for fear of sap.) Contest ends Sunday, Feb. 10 at midnight ET.

Heart Ornament White with Topstitching



Valentine’s Weekend Dinner Cruise
Date: Saturday, February 16
Board: 7:00pm | Cruise: 8:00 – 11:00pm

Winner will pick up the tickets the evening of the cruise at the ticket booth at Rowes Wharf.
Retail value $109.90 per ticket



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