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There is no place like New York for the holidays and it has been a special treat to look out our window at our Tribeca neighbors lighting their menorahs and putting up their trees and lights. In addition to lighting our own menorah, I hosted our annual Yankee Swap with old friend Bridget Moynahan (her bright idea to start this tradition while we both lived in L.A. 5 years ago). Below are some of my favorite things to do this holiday season in New York.
1. Host your own Yankee Swap. Gather together your favorite girlfriends and ask each to bring a wrapped gift under a set amount. Sit around a fire (fantasy as I don’t have a fireplace) with lots of bubbly to go around and have each girl pick a number from a stocking. Number one picks first, opening any gift in front so all eyes can see. Number two picks next and can choose to keep the gift they have just opened OR they can ‘swap’ their gift with number one. The third lady can choose between the gift she has opened or the two previous gifts. The higher the number you draw the better, as you will have more gifts to choose from, however it pays to be strategic as number one ultimately can choose again after all your guests have picked and she may choose any gift!
2. Dance to the ballet and make The Nutcracker a family tradition.
3. Head downtown and strap your skates on at the Standard Hotel ice rink. It’s my favorite rink in the city because of its intimate size and snow bunny vibe. Have cheese fondue and hot chocolate while wrapped in blankets between skating sessions.
5. Settle in to the holiday spirit on the big screen with Les Miserables. I went to the New York premiere at the Ziegfeld, cried for two hours and sang all the way home.
Most of all this holiday season I will remember to share with the people around me, give thanks to those who have shared their lives with me, and LOVE. Thank you for supporting the Stephanie Johnson brand and allowing me to share my thoughts on SJ’s Style Compass. I have so much to be grateful for every day. Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday filled with love and appreciation.
The holidays are just around the corner but here at Stephanie Johnson we are already into spring full swing. For two days twice a year, we clear out one of our warehouses in Venice Beach, California, set up a studio, turn off the lights, paper the windows and point and shoot hundreds of bags. Our spring and summer collections won’t hit stores until January but the photo shoot had me thinking of sun, beaches and Miami heat!
Our 2013 collection is red hot with lots of color, texture and sparkle. Look for our Miami group in bright neon clears, as well as the introduction of a roll-out bamboo mat that you can tote with you to the beach or park.
My summer travels included lots of time in Napa and it inspired me to bring back an oldy but a goody: our beige raffia with black patent trim Napa collection. There is something for everyone this coming spring and we invite you to take a special sneak peek!
Hi friends! The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re still searching for the perfect gift: look no further! I’ve compiled some of the greatest hits from our current season to offer ideas for inspired gifting.
Happy browsing and as always, travel chic!
1.) Large Flat Pouch and 2.) Snap Mirror: Our Large Flat Pouches are a great basic for every lady on your list! Fill them with essentials – everything from makeup to hair ties to band aids to jewelry – to keep in your handbag, or carry one as a clutch. Want to make it a sweet gift set? Add a Snap Mirror! When tucked inside the pouch, there’s still plenty of room for makeup essentials or anything else you want to carry around for touch ups on the go. Pictured here in: Sleek and Chic Malibu Navy & Girly Glam Nashville Pink
3.) Grace Brush Case: Featuring four brush pockets and a roomy compartment for cosmetics, this essential makeup case is a favorite for touch-ups on the go! Pictured here in: Turin
4.) Susan Jewelry Roll: A perennial fave! With two clear zip pockets, a ring roll, and a snap-out fabric pouch with zip closure, there’s plenty of room to store and safeguard your favorite gems, both for travel or every day. Why not enclose a carefully chosen pair of earrings, ring, or necklace, to make for an extra special gift? Pictured here in: Serengeti
5.) Passport Cover and 6.) Luggage Tag: Designed to make life easier for the frequent traveler, our vibrant luggage tags ensure that your suitcase will stand out from the crowd. And doesn’t your most important travel document deserve a stylish home? I think so! Choose from several solid color options to mix or match; this gift set will encourage the ladies on your list to start planning that trip they’ve been putting off! Pictured here: Luggage Tag in Malibu Mustard, Passport Cover in Malibu Plum
7.) Medium Zip Cosmetic: a favorite among beauty editors because its size and shape makes it the ideal everyday makeup bag. With its waterproof exterior, I consider this a necessity for trips to the gym! Pictured here in: Jakarta
8.) Catherine Clutch: Too stylish to leave at home on your vanity! Luxurious turquoise and ivory brocade and a flashy gold metallic gold tassel zipper pull make our Prague Catherine one cosmetic clutch that begs to accompany you to holiday parties!
9.) Mini Pouch: Use it as a miniature wallet, a home for makeup basics, a place to store receipts, a sunglass case . . . the possibilities are endless with our Mini Pouch! I like to stock up on several of these cuties in different prints as a way to color code and organize my handbag or carry-on. Pictured here in: Palm Desert Orange
10.) iPad Case: Admittedly, I’m addicted to my iPad, and I use one of our chic iPad Cases (with its softly cushioned nylon interior) to keep it protected. Available in a variety of solid colors and prints, I couldn’t resist the ultra glam gold sequins (and gold tassel!) that adorn our Arctic Gold iPad Case. So holiday!