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Off the Beaten Path – THE Gift Giving Guide

Stressed over what to get in the next 19 days to sum up a year’s worth of gratitude? Don’t fret, my pets!! I have some ideas to help you out!

for the rugrats 

a. Exercise the imagination of your future architect or engineer and build the classic indoor fort without ruining your fancy couch cushions or overpriced throw pillows.

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b. Other than an epic fort, slumber party necessities are sleeping bags and a serious pillow fight. These pillow “weapons” and sleeping bags are perfect and the adults will want them too! Extra points for proper costumes to match!bustedtees.c319e102-d184-4e74-a82a-08fb36c1b828.png

84008_1000x1000c. How about orbiting your kids to space? Develop balance and coordination with these moon shoes, enjoy a personal planetarium and projector for a deep in space effect, astronaut costumes are here and here for proper role play, and of course, astronaut food to fuel your mission! Construct a rocket from boxes and shoot for the stars! (Confession: I want all of these!)51UfkN4D8jL

d. Tea for two? Tea party sets on Etsy are adorable, ranging from crocheted kits to felt toys if your little ones aren’t ready for ceramic. Set up a perfect table with lots of fun outfits to pick from. Remember lots of hats and to keep pinkies up!

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for the gentlemen

a. For your favorite dude that’s obsessed with Tinder swiping or Fantasy Football score keeping – Tech gloves by here and here.cn8830170

b. For the entertainer, the grown up version of those Red Solo cups – this Shot/Beer glass. Just don’t start playing Flip Cup, though you’ll be tempted to.

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c. For the foodie or the snobby drinker – a stuffed burger press, bacon of the month club and a kit to make HOMEMADE gin. Just hope that they invite you over!

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d. Fitness obsessed or New Year resolutions on the horizon? Check out these great gift ideas from Men’s Fitness. 

for the ladies

a. For the avid concert/festival goer – a waistpack (the reinvented fannypack) to keep her hands free to hold on to her cocktail freely, to rock the devil horns hand gesture to the beat, and to high-five. Here, here and here.il_570xN.462939988_ptpy

b. For the lady in your life that “can’t even” deal with the frigid temperatures and needs to tell her Facebook friends about it, these gloves.2d221cdaf8705f484cc61e254320cecf

c. Just read any instagram post, we are freaking obsessed with inspirational quotes. Instead of that profound BS, get behind something real. Pamela Barsky’s pouches and purses perfectly express the important stuff like “I have absolutely no intention of aging gracefully” and “If you need to shoot something do it with a camera”. Eat your etsy heart out here. It’ll be hard to pick which to choose and you can totally get the hands on experience at the pop-up shops in NYC.

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d. Glittery and colorful cards (and prints) by Verrier Fashion are not only THE prettiest holders for boring gift certificates and heartfelt sentiments, but put these pieces of ART into a nice frame from Home Goods for an instantly glam, yet cost efficient, gift. You can buy them in person at Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall from now until Christmas!

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e. For the quirky girl – ANYTHING from Jump from Paper. These dimensional bags are picture perfect and fully functional. The most difficult part will be choosing only one!

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for the party host/hostess

a. Bottle of Bubbly – Make sure to choose one that’s not only of quality, but aesthetically pleasing. These bottles by Cavicchioli slay me at about $12 a pop.

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b. Film buffs? Make a perfect viewing kit! In a basket, fill with popcorn, an assortment of boxed candy and these retro popcorn buckets. Extra points for this Smartphone Projector!

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c. Breakfast! The hosts will be far too pooped to worry about the morning after, so create a cute basket filled with scones, muffins, fruit, cereal, milk, coffee and jam. They’ll be surely grateful for your thoughtfulness!CI-Camille-Styles_Culinary-Gift-Breakfast-basket_s3x4_lg

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AND THE NUMBER ONE BEST GIFT IDEA IS…

an experience! Every dad has more ties than he can count, and how many more Bath & Body works lotion sets or candles are you going to purchase on a desperate, unimaginative whim? Memories are priceless and fun for all involved. Presence is always more important than presents. Some ideas (also check Groupon or Living Social for deep discounted offers):

a. For the new parents in your life – a night out, even a simple dinner and movie gift certificate, with you offering to be the babysitter.

b. Pricey, but worth it – the ultra hilarious Book of Mormon musical or the McKittrick Hotel interactive experience, Sleep No More.

c. Concert tickets – why not enjoy some live music with your loved ones? Everyone loves an excuse to dance!

d. Night out with your best gal pals – a wine tasting, a sushi dinner, Dancing with the Stars tour (who can perform the best “Carlton”?!?)

e. Any couple – dancing lessons! That grinding-in-the-club dance move isn’t working for you anymore. Learn some classic moves and laugh along the way at who has two left feet!

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/12/06 8:28 PM No Comments
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Diva Behavior, T&A, Bison and THE Skirt

This past Sunday, my day started with my usual drive into the New York City. When I’m in my vehicle alone for a long period of time, I love to partake in intense sessions of what I like to call car karaoke. It’s basically me singing along to whatever is on the radio, at the very top of my lungs, usually with powerful, wavering diva hand motions à la Mariah Carey and Christina Aguliera. The display is, quite frankly, disgusting. BUT, for those moments of gusto within my mobile sound studio/vortex, I feel like the ultimate rockstar. Most times, I forget I am not invisible and/or mute, and am unintentionally amusing the shit out of my fellow road warriors. I think it’s my public service (disservice) to the people of New Jersey and New York.

Anyhow, once my car concert was over, and the obligatory encore, I made it to the big city. Since it was the last day, I made sure to pay a visit to Team Gallery for Ryan McGinley’s much talked about “Yearbook”. Believe it or not, though every square inch of the gallery was plastered with photographs of many naked strangers, it was rather inviting. The warmth of familiar pop art colors and the happiness strewn across their beautiful faces lent to the welcoming ambiance. You could stare for hours and still not see everyone’s junk. I momentarily became a sort of voyeur, and not in regard to the nude individuals on the ceilings, alcoves, hallways and stairwells – but towards the reactions of the visitors. Some were shocked, others confused and some were, without humiliation, comedic. Postcards of select models were available for sale as well, and the selection process of potential buyers also provided unintentional entertainment.

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I’m rocking an all leather vintage dress from my aunt and vintage waistpack, old Forever 21 shoes with H&M leg warmers underneath. Feeling a little overdressed in this room 🙂
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Afterwards, I moseyed on over to Brooklyn to toast the girl of the day, Miss Julie Mollo, on her new collection “Hopeless Romantic,” at her launch at Slapback Brooklyn. The hostess with the most cutie pie outfit was throwing the ultimate girly bash to celebrate in true Julie style, complete with champagne, a temporary tattoo bar, chocolates, music and shopping!

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If you don’t know Julie, get to know her! Meeting her only once prior, she’s a naturally sweet and talented gal who I’m convinced is my soul sister. Her aesthetic is so retro and vintage inspired, and yet, so innovative. Many of her quality and uber cute tops and bottoms are reversible, or rather “retroversible,” creating the possibility of four outfits in a single purchase. What a fabulous soirée it was meeting other fun gals, chatting away and playing dress up!

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How super SWEET is this vintage waistpack?! Perfectly fits my gigantic Galaxy phone and credit cards – two hands free for champagne and to browse racks of super cute clothes! (Vintage Studded Waistpack – found long ago at Mint in Englewood, NJ) Thank you, Miss Bianca, for the pic! 🙂DSC07416

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Here with the diva herself, Julie Mollo. Both of us are rocking her latest collection, available on her website here, or at Slapback Brooklyn! My shoes are very old Forever 21.

Before calling it a night, I paid a long overdue visit to my good friend James, the Beverage Director of David Burke Kitchen. I always love catching up with friends and he let me in on a little appetizer secret at Kitchen called the Bison Tartare. I indulged into the dish that was prepared tableside, complete with a quail egg herb emulsion, porcini mushrooms, capers, shallots, toasted garlic, and served with grilled sourdough. I wouldn’t lean towards while perusing a menu EVER, but it certainly was above and beyond delicious.

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Whether it comes to karaoke, art, fashion or food, I like it raw. And calm down with your dirty minds, perverts. I am simply referring to “raw” in the sense of no limitations and without filtration, which to me is the ultimate depiction of hopeless romanticism. Giving everything you’ve got for your passion and boundless imagination to revolt against the norm and evoke emotion will definitely lead you to the best adventures! 🙂

Posted by Olga Turka at 2014/10/17 8:46 PM No Comments
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