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Seasons greetings!

The clock may be ticking down, but there’s still time to make this holiday season a little more festive with a sweet Stephanie Johnson accessory. Smaller items make great stocking stuffers, while larger cases are organizational gifts that keep on giving long after the last New Year’s Eve champagne cork has popped. Whether you’re looking for that perfect present for a loved one or a special treat for yourself, we have put together our best selection yet!

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1.) Istanbul Pink Julianna Jewelry Case:  No holiday ensemble is complete without bling, so why not securely transport a selection of your sparkliest gems and baubles in our compact zip-around Julianna Jewelry Case? In opulent Istanbul Pink, its style is worthy of a Turkish princess. Since this is the season of back-to-back parties, load Julianna up with jewels and slip it in your purse so you can easily change your look from obligatory office do to after-hours gala.

2.) Zodiac Capricorn Large Flat Pouch:  The closer it gets to the 25th, the harder it is to have a December birthday. Next time someone asks “what’s your sign?” flash our Large Flat Pouch that proudly proclaims your Capricorn status in metallic gold foil with a matching zip-pull tassel. Whether you use it as a cosmetic bag or handy clutch to carry the essentials, it reminds friends that they should feel free to celebrate the anniversary of your birth all month long! (Psst! This pouch is available in all signs of the Zodiac, making it a great gift for others, too!)

 3.) Miami Latte Jumbo Zip:  Assess the essentials instantly with our sheerly chic Jumbo Zip pouch, a roomy, see-through toiletry bag that leaves little to the imagination. The wrap-around zip closure both secures and opens wide to deliver easy access to the contents. Through the Miami Latte tint, your shampoo and conditioner look like they’re sporting a South Beach tan, banishing all thoughts of frosty mornings and winter snowstorms.

4.) Tinseltown Gold Folding Mirror:  We’ll tell Mr. DeMille you’re always ready for your close-up when you travel with our handy folding mirror, designed to stand securely on the flat surface of your choice. The crinkle-patent metallic finish gleams like gold leaf, easily spotted inside a tote, carry-on or suitcase—and even if you’re not bound for Hollywood in the hope of being discovered, know that you’ll always be a star in our book!

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5.) Tanzania Mini Pouch:  Heed the call of the wild every time you reach for our small-yet-fierce Mini Pouch, a great option for corralling your favorite makeup must-haves. The exotic faux python Tanzania Grey finish is both easy to see and grasp inside a larger bag when you need to touch up an eyelash or glittery holiday-party lip. On nights when you really want to pare down, the Mini Pouch doubles as a small clutch purse that slips handily inside a coat pocket.

6.) Everglades Smoke ML Traveler:  Is the holiday season getting a little chaotic? One of our most popular cosmetic cases, the ML Traveler, is here to make your days merry and bright. Inside its securely zippered, faux python exterior lies a veritable bounty of organization: a trio of removable zip pouches (two snap-in mesh pouches and a clear, water-resistant bag) that make great, transferrable cosmetic bags; a clear wall zip pocket; and a small, removable mirror that can accompany you for on-the-go touch-ups. There, now, don’t you feel more Zen?

7.) Istanbul Cobalt Luggage Tag:  During this busy travel season, make your checked luggage easier to spot across a crowded baggage claim carousel with our Luggage Tag in geometric Istanbul Cobalt, one of our most luscious, lusted-after collections. The metallic gold trim and strap catch the light, adding distinction to any spinner suitcase or duffel; the see-through ID cover slides securely into its case so you can be contacted in case the airline deposits you in Duluth but sends your bag to Abu Dhabi.

8.) Tinseltown Gunmetal Katie Folding Cosmetic:  Get it together and keep it that way inside one of our favorite makeup cases, the Katie Folding Cosmetic bag. Pretty enough to double as a festive party clutch, this style in Tinseltown Gunmetal adds a deliciously rosy glow to its already eye-catching sparkling exterior. Inside, clear zip pockets make it easy to see the contents, from blusher and lippy to cash, cards and phone. The snap-flap closure delivers security and a polished look.

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9.) Tinseltown Gunmetal Snap Tray:  In a posh hotel or a relative’s guest room, you need a safe place to store your jewelry and other small valuables. Meet our clever Snap Tray, as luxurious in Tinseltown Gunmetal as it is functional. Stored on a bedside table or bureau top, it features nicely finished metal dome snap closures and a padded interior to protect your possessions.

10.) Miami Cobalt Carry-All:  From beach to poolside, you’ll look and feel stunning transporting your essentials in our water-resistant, see-through Carry-All tote bag. Ultra-roomy, it features a flat base to keep it upright, a small slip pocket, and has a full-length top zipper to secure the contents. Look through the vibrant Miami Cobalt walls and even gray winter skies turn azure blue!

11.) Amalfi Purple Jenny Train Case:  Modern design meets a touch of travel nostalgia in our Jenny Train Case, a toiletry bag boasting clever organizational features that make it a perennial best-seller. The chevron-pattern, straw-weave Amalfi Purple exterior conveys a laid-back Mediterranean vibe, but the waterproof interior is all business, including fabric-covered elastic to hold items in place, a full-length zip pocket, and a handy clear pouch with a snap-in cosmetic mirror. Go ahead, treat yourself—you deserve it!

12.) Istanbul Grey Grace Brush Case:  Travel like a celebrity makeup artist with our Grace Brush Case, from the Byzantine-inspired Istanbul Grey collection, its colorful diamond pattern exterior dotted with metallic gold accents. Lined in clear, wipe-clean plastic for easy care, it secures four makeup brushes in slots with a protective flap and still provides plenty of depth for your favorite cosmetic essentials. A top handle makes it easy to grab and go. (Hint: Brides and members of the bridal party simply love Grace!)

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Why do we love Istanbul? Let us count the ways. . . We are inspired by many exotic destinations around the world, but it’s the lively colors and unique culture of Istanbul, Turkey that makes it stand out in our minds here at Stephanie Johnson.

Walking down a city street is like watching history unfold before you. It’s a magical place where East meets West with many fascinating attractions, from the Ayasofya to countless other mosques and museums.

For Fall 2016, modern glamour meets old-world mystique in a collection (available in Pink, Cobalt, and Grey) conjuring the vibrant spirit of Turkey’s Grand Bazaar. Influenced by the geometric complexity of classic Byzantine architecture, metallic gold dots an eclectic diamond motif while dazzling metallic gold trim completes the look with flair.

collage-a-low-res-161101-01-01We hope this collection inspires you to plan your next far-flung escape! Here’s what we recommend bringing along on your Istanbul-esque adventure:

1. Golden Accessories

2. Bold Nail Color

3. Colorful, Modest Clothing

4. Sundress/Swim Cover Up

5. A Glam Nighttime Look

6. Statement Scarf

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When I first told friends I was headed to Wyoming when school got out everyone assumed I was Jackson bound and seemed disappointed to learn that in fact I was headed just north of the Colorado border to a ranch near Laramie.  All those folks can keep feeling sorry for me and that way I can keep this under-the-radar-heaven-on-earth to myself.  I have never had a more relaxed vacation nor such a back-to-nature beautiful one.

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I’m not much for horses and therefore dude ranches aren’t much on my mind, but when my close friends begged me to join them on this trip, I was so overwhelmed with their love of the place that I couldn’t say no.  They had visited the A Bar A the summer before and were besotted with its 100,000 acres, its charming staff, limitless trail rides, hikes and tubing, and the way the ranch welcomed the town for a BBQ and fireworks on the Fourth of July.  America exalted.  Truth is I had convinced myself this would be a wonderful experience for my seven year old daughter and I was happily surprised when I loved it every bit as much as she.

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Mornings began with the breakfast bell at 7:30 where we would join our friends at a table assigned for us during our stay.  Huevos Rancheros and fresh berries were how I started most days.  Then it was off to the Gopher Hole for my daughter where she would while the day away riding the horse assigned to her for the week, making bracelets and paracord key chains, hunting treasures, snacking on s’mores in the teepee, cooling off in the pool, fishing, or racing her homemade cork boat.  After a single ride on sweet Bubba across two rivers and up a mountain side, I informed my wrangler that I would not be riding down (which he already knew, of course).  That meant fishing mornings and afternoons and with that I found my bliss.  It was warm enough to wet wade, which I happily did wearing a borrowed pair of tube socks and my Teva sandals.  I loved the open spaces and the quiet run of the river underfoot.  Nothing beat the thrill of getting a fish on my line.

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I also got some hiking in and one day I made my way up the cross (my iPhone clocked the height as the equivalent of 68 flights of stairs), where I sat in contemplative solitude watching the storm clouds rolling in to meet me and taking time to meditate and just be.  I cried spontaneously half a dozen times on the trip, moved by the kindness of the staff, the purity of the cowboy life, and the majesty of nature.  An hour long lazy tube ride down the river with two American bald eagles circling overhead and green as far as the eyes could see and that was it, I never wanted to go home.  My daughter felt the same, tears streaming down her face on our last evening.  But go on and feel sorry for us if you want, we are happy to keep this as our little secret.

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