Monday, December 22, 2014

Accessories Council Holiday Gift Picks 2014

Although I've been holiday shopping all weekend, I'm still not done! Here are some last-minute gift ideas to get you through your holiday shopping. The Accessories Council previewed some amazing, affordable accessories, from tech to holiday glam.

If you are looking for some men's accessory options, checkout some of the styles from Ransom. I love a little masculine touch, so I'd definitely wear these pieces myself! Take a look at the statement cuff links from Ike Behar and Robert Graham. I love the cube cuff links!

To add a little bling to your outfit, Stephen Dweck has some beautiful jewelry pieces, while Ilori has you covered with luxe sunglasses. 

It was great catching up with Leigh Ann Barnes, who was previewing new satchels in her collection, like The Explorer Duffel in variegate cork with black calfskin trim or grey or black suede with calfskin trim. The front pocket allows you to customize your handbag with a variety of The Explorer Clutch styles in python, cheetah, fur, calfhair and cork. 

Leigh Ann Barnes also founded VIP Unlimited, with leather and calf hair headbands and ponytail ties handmade in shelters across the country by some Very Important People, survivors of domestic violence. Purchasing these products gives hope to these courageous women while enabling them to earn funds while residing in a safe healing environment. Only luxe remnants of Italian leather, lambskin, snakeskin, embossed patent leather and artisan original hand-painted leather from leftover handbags are used to create these headbands and ponytail ties. It's usually hard to find headbands that aren't tight or that don't give me a headache. These are extremely comfortable and affordable for a leather headband! I also love that the ponytail ties double as a fashionable leather bracelet. This is such an amazing cause and I love these accessories. I am so glad Leigh Ann started VIP Unlimited - I wish her much success!

The Girly Go Carter is perfect for holiday and New Year's parties. Instead of worrying about carrying a clutch, store all your essentials from your phone to your lipstick in this sexy, lace thigh garter. 

I love Anne Klein watches! This one comes accessorized with two bracelets, so you can wear your watch with or without them. These bracelets are petite-friendly, so no worries if you have a tiny wrist. 

JGEREN makes luxury leather handbags and accessories. I love how The Cedar bag comes with a cuff, allowing you to be "hands free". I also love The Astor Bag convertible clutch, allowing you to go from day to night.  

At first glance I thought it was a USB necklace but it's actually a harmonica! The BLOW Harmonica necklace is perfect for any music lover on your gift list.

Throwback to the 80s! I absolutely love this Maeve Mixtape pouch/wristlet, that can be used as a makeup bag or clutch. It also comes with a wristlet strap, and an option to customize it with your name on it.

This Dolce Vita clutch is perfect for a night out, and comes with a removable chain strap. 

You can find this iPhone 5/5S case at Icing, with an a amazing hidden feature that every phone case should have: mirror and card holder when you flip up the case!

One of my favorites this season is the Chic Buds Clutchette Power Bag, that charges your smartphone! It has a 2600 mAh capacity, and can be used with any device that uses a USB. All you do is plug your phone into your charging cable and plug that into the clutch cable labeled "out". To charge the clutch, you just plug the USB cable labeled "in" into a USB port/wall adapter or into a computer. The perfect techy gift for any fashionista on-the-go!

Cashmere is always a gift favorite. Minnie Rose has some amazing cashmere collection, from wraps and ruanas to sweaters, scarves and beanies. 

I love this Betsey Johnson quilted heart weekender bag in Raspberry. It's perfect for short trips or weekend getaways. 

Stay warm with this LaFiorentina scarf/head wrap

Gifts with ethical sustainable style! Mujus jewelry pieces are made with organic and sustainable raw materials and is committed to giving back to communities in Peru and the United States.

Luxchilas, which stands for Luxury Mochilas offers unique and limited edition traditional hand woven pieces in geometrical and colorful patterns, created with touches of modern luxury: crystals and leather details. Luxchilas gives back to the Wayuu culture (from the Guajira Peninsula, north region of Columbia) by promoting their work, providing them with continuos work at fair prices and donating part of the proceeds from the sale of Luxchilas products to benefiting them. 


ElyseRyan exclusive cuff bracelets, designed for Easter Seals, allows us to support United Way. Through this initiative, individuals with intellectual disabilities make these special cuffs, available in a variety of styles and colors, so they can learn a new skill while giving back to the community.

Carolee WORDplay Double Take Bangles add fun and fashion to your wristgame. Available at Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's and

Black Lace Skin Jewelry features black lace with Swarovski crystals and a luxury metallic line of temporary skin adornments. Some of the designs include classic fleurs-de-lis, royal crowns, romantic roses and hearts, Gothic crosses, winged armour, snakes, thorns, and feathers. The collection features several lines: Black Sparkle, Matte Black, Bridal Sparkle, Black Lace Metallic and Haute Couture Jewelry. All Black Lace Skin body jewels are hypoallergenic, self-adhesive and waterproof.

Eternally Radiant by Sunstone features sterling silver and cubic zirconia earrings. Belt Envy pendants are offered in a variety of styles, and are interchangeable on black or brown suede cords. 

- Kim Weling


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