Whether you’re the one looking for unique items to give, or you’re just hoping to get something cool, the place to be to check out some imaginative products for every budget was yesterday’s Holiday Gift Fair created by Jono Productions, and held at Gary’s Loft in Manhattan. Companies represented in the large, penthouse space were: Back To Basic Toys,Braun,Buxom,Inc.,Callaway Golf ,CharleeKatz ,CleanUp ,Coldwater Creek ,Compagnie de Provence ,Coty,Crazy Libellule ,Dana-Maxx ,A Diamond is Forever ,Dyson ,EOS ,FAO Schwarz ,FlingWear ,Glam & Glam Noir ,Gunnar Optiks ,Hillhouse Naturals ,Just Be ,Kodak ,Linea-Pro ,Mata Hari ,Natures Candy ,Oval Vodka ,Pier 1 Imports ,Pop Judaica ,ProFlowers ,Psychedelic Fur, Rosetta ,Stone ,Shapeez ,Soak , SodaStream ,Sony Ericsson ,Spin Master ,Trance Essence, and Violight
I didnt‘ have the time to check out every single table, but I DID get a chance to check out the latest and greatest styling tools from Linea Pro. Here, I’m getting a touch-up on my hair from Rodney, who I actually met in February of 2008 backstage at the Carmen Marc Valvo Runway Show during Fashion Week in Bryant Park. He was styling the model’s hair with Odile Gilbert (see photos) using a fabulous flat iron by Linea Pro that was ready for it’s own closeup, completely studded completely with glittering, Swarovski Crystals. That style of iron is the one Rodney is using in this photo. For those who have everything and want to feel totally glam every day, this glittering flat iron is now available to everyone, at Henri Bendel (http://www.henribendel.com/ ). A mini-sized version will soon be available as well. For those without pots of cash who want a pro-quality flat iron, Linea Pro makes more affordable models in both regular and mini-sizes. A luxe gift suggestion for a woman is the Linea Pro Mini Styling Iron $52.00 that heats up to 410 degrees fast, in about 10 seconds. It has titanium tourmaline ceramic plates (smoothest around, and help your hair glide through even heat and retain moisture), and it comes in limited edition styles such as bright red with leopard spots and sleek white and also in pink and black. The mini flat iron is just 6 inches long and 3/4 inches wide and weighs only 2.12 ounces but it comes with all the quality of the regular sized iron including dual voltage for traveling overseas, and a heat resistant pouch for travel or for stowing a hot iron fast in your office or gym bag. When I got home from this event, my personal trainer said: “what did you do to your hair? It looks so shiny?” At dinner, even though it was raining, another friend made a comment about how amazing my hair looked. I hadn’t done anything at all, so my sleek style that brought accolades was all due to Rodney’s skill, and the way the Linea Pro flat iron worked it’s magic to eliminate static and frizz and make my hair shiny and healthy-looking. TIP: The full sized Linea Pro Flat Iron with Nano Silver and Platinum Technology $199.99 also comes in red leopard, matte black, and shiny white, but how about gold or silver or skulls? That certainly would make someone smile as a great gift idea! The larger sized iron also has something I truly love: there is a remote control with digital read-out on the cord instead of on the inside of the iron, making the iron much lighter and safer to handle. The Linea Pros were also the first to feature a 30-minute Auto-Sleep mode. Left unattended, the iron shuts off within 30 minutes. This “heat insurance” brings peace of mind that is worth every penny!
Moving on to other tables, I spied my contacts from Coty showcasing some of the newest fragrances including Euphoria for women and for men, Chloe (someone on your list will want that gorgeous candle), the Hara–Juku set, and Mark Jacobs new Daisy necklace (so cute, so fabulous, and actually, really affordable) which we have included in the Advice Sisters What Works Holiday Beauty, Cosmetics & Fashion review column Keep your eyes peeled for my amazing COTY fragrances in future columns and on this blog.
Moving along, I visited JUST BE, a clever line of T-shirts and Totes that don’t try too hard to “make a statement,” but encourage people to use the products and “just be.” Each shirt ranges in price from $18-$24 (babies are $15) and each has an artistic graphic (inspired by vintage posters from 1920-1980) and a “BE” suggestion (eg. Be Green, Be Kissable, Be a Princess, Be Cool, Be Funky). The JUST BE website even has an online community http://www.jb-justbe.com/ where anyone can upload videos and photos of themselves, “just being.” The T-shrits come in sizes that work for men and women, and for kids (there is even a Collection of baby rompers). The Graphic Designer and Entrepreneur, Michelle Pratt-Lienhart, is posing here with her wares.
I also stopped to talk to the folks at Clean Up Soap that is shaped like Land Mines (and gives back to eliminating them), Rosetta Stone (I always wondered how it worked–and now I know it’s really effective); Braun (they have a new and truly upscale electric shaver for men); Gunnar Optiks (their signature product is a yellow-tinted eyeglass that soothes tired, dry eyes when you sit in front of your computer); Pro Flowers (holiday themed “green” gifts such as flowers, and a trio of mini spruce trees you can plant when the Spring arrives), The Kodak Gallery (upload your photos and make truly personal gifts, from holiday cards to a hard-bound book of favorite recipes with photos for family, or a baby book for a new mom); Trance Essence ( affordable and very unique fragrances made with great essential oils); Absinthe Mata Hari (they have mixable Absinthe that’s of course now legal once again); Nature’s Cany Designs (two charming women offering affordable silver and gold-plated earth, air, fire and water “signs” on pendants and bracelets that can be further accessories with crystals and charms. These beautifully designed symbols are meaningful and personal and are appropriate for men as well as women.
One of my favorite shows on The Learning Channel is What Not To wear, hosted by the glamorous, Stacey London. She was on hand to offer holiday and style suggestions, but I didn’t get a chance to talk to her because she was busy checking out the various booths (I got there early and didn’t want to bother her). I really wanted to talk to her! I can just imagine myself standing in front of the 360 mirror on “What Not To Wear” — frightening, but I’d love to know what she’d suggest for my personal style. In this photo, however, she is checking out another type of style–diamond style — at the Diamonds Are Forever table. The white tree is festooned with diamond jewelry. Who wouldn’t want that tree in her possession?
All in all, over 30 brands were represented. Check out this blog regularly (or better still,
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