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The perfect gift is always hard to find. You need to make sure that it’s something that’s unique and memorable, and of course within your budget.
At the latest Accessories Council holidy preview, AC president Karen Giberson was joined by well-known style & fashion expert and commentator, Lilliana Vasquez. Lillian has been featured on numerous TV shows for her ability to be stylish on a budget and is now author to “The Cheap Chica’s Guide to Style”. Here are their top-picks for the holiday season.
Fashion meets function. We girls like technology as much as the next guy but we like to step it up a notch.
Velodyne vLeve On-Ear Headphones ($219) Velodyne is a 30-year old company whose reputation was built on high-performance, low-distortion home theater subwoofers. Founder & CEO, David Hall, introduced a revolutionary technological breakthrough which minimized sound distortion. In 2012, Velodyne introduced its headphones - a fusion of technical innovation and stylish industrial design, applying the same technology in a smaller scale without compromising on quality
According to CNET.com, Velodyne’s first generation vPulse in-ear headphones was rated as the best headphones available for under $100. The latest generation includes the vLeve headphone ($199) - a wired on-ear headphone which offers comfort, freedom, and style with lightweight and customizable skins. The vBold is an over-ear wireless Bluetooth headphone with optional wired connectivity similar to the vFree. Both models were created by international artist Marta Hall, and have the ingenious ability to collapse for on-the-go portability.www.velodyne.com
Trellie Phone Call Light Alert System ($49.99) The smartphone is ubiquitous nowadays however at times, seems intrusive. Don’t want to miss an important call but don’t want to appear rude? Even vibrate mode isn’t all that handy. The Trellie is your smartphone beeper that lights up for incoming calls or continues to flash for missed calls. Attaches to your purse, so inconspicuous and stylish like a charm. www.trellie.com
David & Young Style Strap Iphone 5 case ($20)It’s a case, it’s a stand, it’s a bracelet! What?? Not only is your iphone 5 protected in a really cool case, but the detachable jeweled band allows you to carry your phone without needing to grasp the phone (it’s literally in the palm of your hand) or to be used as standing prop. When detached, the band is also a bracelet. Wow! Comes in a variety of colors and is a perfect stocking stuffer.www.shopdavidandyoung.com
Andrew Hamilton Crawford: Dragonfly Cuff ($298)For the fashionable entomologist who likes to make a bold statement, the Dragonfly cuff bracelet is a great choice. Made of a translucent brown resin and a detailed 18K gold-plated overlay. Easy to put on and take off with its magnetic closure and spring hinge.
Caroline Rocha: Hand crafted leather cuff ($159-219)For those who like uniqueness, each leather bracelet is crafted, painted and adorned in Swarovski crystals by the designer herself. Available in slim “junior” to wide style. www.carolinerocha.com
Leigh Ann Barnes: Cuff Change ($45)Leigh Ann’s creations are all about double-duty. Her line of reversible leather handbags and coin charms transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary. The Attache ($365) for instance, is a 6-in-1 convertible which turns a 2-side attaché into a envelope clutch, handbag, or crossbody.
Her latest creation is reversible leather cuff bracelet with cufflink and signature good fortune coin charm. The bracelet can be worn “French style” – the kissing cuff with ends pinched together or “Barrel style” with one end overlapping the other. Replace the cufflinks with your own to make it more personal. One important thing to note, these American-made bracelets are handcrafted by survivors of domestic violence. www.leighannbarnes.com
Evita Peroni: Holiday Gift set ($271)Evita Peroni offers a variety of finishing touches – from hair accessories to fashion jewelry to eyewear. The Holiday Gift set evokes Old Hollywood glam with a trio from the Gold Collection - The Esther Hair Band, the versatile Eugenie Hair Clip, and the Fernanda Bobby Pin. www.evitaperoni.com
Armitron: Gold Plated Timepiece with Swarovski Elements ($80)Watches are the classic gift – they never go out of style, always handy and can be passed down from generation to generation. Armitron watches have been featured before (as ACC’s Mother’s Day Picks), but with this creation, the warm gold plating case and bracelet compliments the rich brown mother of pearl outer zone and unique champagne-colored crystal center zone. www.armitron.com
Sara Designs: The Editor Wrap Watch ($330)The watch reinvented. You already pile on the bangle bracelets. Why not add a watch with layers of varying gold chains?www.shopbop.com
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