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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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Chic Traveler:  Alexandra Youdeem

Occupation: Founder, The Local Foreigner

Hometown: New York

A dual French and American citizen born in New York and educated in France and the UK, Alexandra has relished every opportunity to explore and engage with worlds different from her own.  Recognizing the need for a higher degree of personalization and a more empathetic approach to trip curation, Alexandra launched The Local Foreigner, a one-stop shop for inspiration, insider insight, and comprehensive planning.

Dream destination?

Where the sky and earth merge, the world’s largest mirror, the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia.

What’s on your plane play list?

I am a huge fan of French new wave cinema so I try to download at least one new movie on my iPad before each flight.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

Getting at least one deep tissue massage.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?  

Train rides really arouse my imagination.  Staring out onto rapidly changing landscapes gives me a lot of peace and perspective.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

Though to many it may sound cliché- Paris will always stand out as the most stylish city in the world.  Women pull off tomboy chic so well it’s sexy!

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

The Jumbo Zip Cosmetic – it fits way more than you think.  I use it to carry all sorts of things my iPad, chargers, wallet, passport… I love it!Alexandra-Youdeem-3

 

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

The ML Traveler in Mumbai Turquoise.

Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop?  Hunt down the best cappuccino?  Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)

I always try and check out the modern art museum, if there is one – I find it’s the best and fastest way to gain exposure to local pop culture.

Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort?  A private hideaway?  Do you prefer to lie on the beach?  Explore the countryside?)

I love unique properties – exploring a new destination can be so much more fun if you stay somewhere that has its own story or history.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

My 1978 Canon A-1 camera.  It was a gift from my uncle and it takes the most incredible shots.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

That’s like picking your favorite child – but if I had to pick, I would have to say Istanbul, Tokyo, and Copenhagen are among my top 10 favorite cities.

Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

Getting in a workout, preferably Rique’s Soulcycle class the morning I fly out.

First drink in the air:  H2O, champagne or OJ?

Champagne 🙂

Go-to luggage brand?

Tumi all the way!  Knowing that each bag has a GPS tracker gives me peace of mind when checking luggage.

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Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry-on all the way, unless I am traveling for 2 weeks +

On your reading list?

1984 by George Orwell.

Plane food or bring your own?

Bring my own – I get food anxiety, I’m always afraid I’ll be starving on the plane and a bag of peanuts just won’t do.

Window or aisle?

Aisle.

How often do you fly?

Enough to make people think I don’t actually live in NY.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’

Sweats & a blowout are a must! 

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Chic Traveler:  Jessie Freschl  

Occupation:  Personal Stylist

Hometown:  NYC

Jessie Freschl hails from a rich lineage of fashionable entrepreneurs, most notably her mother, with whom she ran the operations of her family’s high-end clothing boutique, Gigi of Mequon, in Milwaukee, WI.  As a buyer for contemporary and designer apparel, she has had ample experience working closely with designers to identify what specific trends and styles work for the consumer.  Jessie now brings her expertise to the private sector with her style service FreschStyle, working closely with her clients to cultivate a fashion profile that fits their budget and adapts to their already developed personal style.  In September of 2012, FreschStyle introduced its first ever charity initiative, Covet Closet, aiming to help those in need by cleaning out coveted closets in NYC and selling those clothes for charity.

Dream destination?

Mysore, India

What’s always inside your carry on?

Water, almonds, Aquafor, book I’m currently reading, magazines, music.

What’s on your plane play list?

I usually try and catch up on a good read aboard a plane, so good jazz is a must.  Miles Davis’s “Kind of Blue” is a favorite.

Your guilty pleasure while traveling?

If without my children, hands down:   sleeping in.

The Stephanie Johnson bag / bags that always make the trip? 

The Geneva Black Alex Sparkle Cosmetic Bag.  It doubles as a small clutch for the night.

Any tips or must-pack items for making your hotel feel more like home?

I always unpack my suitcase down to the cosmetic brushes in a glass and I set up my space to make it more lived in.  I often bring a small candle as well – Diptyque’s “Figuier” is a personal favorite.

Is there a particular destination that inspires your creativity?

Coming from NYC I never fall short for inspiration in fashion.  So I would have to say escaping to a quiet tranquil place is good for me to decompress and feel renewed.  My last trip to Aspen was so rejuvenating.

What’s the most stylish city/locale you’ve visited?  Anywhere in particular where the fashion/beauty/women’s personal style really blew you away?

Nice.  I spent some time there in college and loved how the women dressed.  It was simple elegance that seemed so effortless and timeless.

Any travel misadventures you’d like to share? 

Never eat a falafel from a street vendor in Dahab, Egypt followed by a night car ride through the desert to Cairo.

If you were introducing a world traveling friend to SJ for the first time, what’s the first piece you’d recommend they buy?

Oh, that is hard one.  I would probably point her to the Mini Pouch.  I have used mine for cosmetics, as a credit card holder, a jewelry case, and for work-related items like measuring tape, pens, and labels.

Next on your Stephanie Johnson wish list?

An eye mask to sleep in when without my children.   🙂

What’s your favorite SJ piece to give as a gift?

I love giving a gift in a trio set.  That is how I was first introduced to the pieces.  I would give an ML Traveler, a Medium Pouch, and a Mini Pouch in complimentary colors, but different fabrics.

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Favorite travel ritual or souvenir: (Do you always visit a local book shop?  Hunt down the best cappuccino?  Pick up a tree ornament depicting your destination?)

I love to go into small boutiques and see their offerings.  I grew up working closely with my Mom in our family’s luxury boutique, Gigi of Mequon, in Wisconsin.  So I love walking around and finding like stores in other cities of the world.

Your personal travel style: (Do you like a luxury resort?  A private hideaway?  Do you prefer to lie on the beach?  Explore the countryside?)

I like destinations that offer a bit of relaxation followed by an adventure.  For example, for my honeymoon almost a decade ago, we hiked around an active volcano for a few days and then followed up at an incredible resort that overlooked the ocean in Costa Rica.

The one thing that you cannot leave home without?

A big bottle of water, sunscreen, and my iPhone.

Your happy place / Favorite travel destination?

Warm sandy beaches.

How do you pack for a trip? (Are you a list maker? Do you pack in outfits? Throw caution to the wind and shop when you arrive?)

I pack outfits and try and reuse items differently throughout the trip and of course pack less than more to save room for a few fun purchases to bring home.

Favorite pre-travel or travel-friendly beauty routine?

A manicure and pedicure the day before I head out if time allows.

Go-to luggage brand?

My suitcases are Swiss.  LeSportsac makes great nylon totes.

Checked bag or carry-on?

Carry on alone, checked with kids.

Favorite Airport?  Why?

Zurich, Switzerland.  It is so peaceful and pretty.

On your reading list? 

Currently reading “David and Goliath.”  Up next, “This is Where I Leave You.”

Any tips for breezing through airport security?

If you have children find the line for families, or speak with a security guard.  You can usually always bypass long lines.  Don’t wear much jewelry and keep your outfit easy, down to the shoes.

Window or aisle?

Aisle.

How often do you fly? 

Every other month or so.

Go-to flying ‘uniform?’ 

Comfy jeans, tank, long sleeve shirt, sweater, easy shoes.

Any tips that make frequent travel more efficient?

Try to plan ahead and breathe.

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