T’s Favorite Things 2014 posted in: Cool Products, Great Products, Society News

Lock it In
This classic cuff bracelet is dressed up with luggage lock hardware to achieve an edgy look. I’m loving the white and paprika (featured in photo), but it  also comes in cognac and tiffany blue.

joanna maham cuff$125 | Joanna Maxham


Belt It Out
For the girl on the go, this hip low-slung waist belt bag will never  be mistaken for your  uncle’s fanny pack. There’s been a revival of this accessory that’s been rockin’ the runways the past few seasons, and this little number by Tory Burch is among the latest turnouts. This Robinson waist pack is American sportswear at its finest.  Made of durable saffiano leather waist belt bag composes a haute little bag that perfectly fit a phone or a compact, credit card and lisptick which is finished with logo details on its magnetic front flap and pouch threads on the back, and a slim adjustable-length with polished hardware.  And Bonus! While these two chic pieces come beautifully boxed as one unit, the belt can be worn alone and the bag carried by hand – making it a 3-in-1  – now that’s a hard working accessory. The Robinson is available in navy, black, white, pink, and my pic, silver metallic leather.

TB waist belt bag$225 | shopbop


Happy Feet
Envelop tired tootsies in silky soft warmth. These pure cashmere slippers offer the ultimate in indoor footwear luxury. Slip them on and the day simply melts away, and that alone makes these cozy and lightweight slippers the perfect gift for anyone (other styles also available for the gents)

$99, but currently available for a steal at $49 | cashmere boutique 


To the Letter
Wearable art. This sums up all creations Mary Katrantzou, and she follows her signature style to the letter (literally) with the Perspex clutch. This debut collection features the not surprising letter choice shown below with remaining characters of the alphabet expected to be released in coming seasons. Katrantzou’s signature style is all about illusion – perception and perspective, and channeling that visual expression into wearable Objets de Art. These pieces are more than something to carry, but are pieces of interactive art. Perfect for the fashionista who appreciates art, any item from Kantrtantzou’s collection will not disappoint.

mary k clutch

$2,870 and up | Mary Katrantzou

Drive a Wedge
Sometimes driving a wedge between two can be a good thing. Example – Cold whiskey is good. Watered down whiskey is not. Drive a wedge between the two so that never again shall they meet. How, you ask? With the Whiskey Wedge.  You simply pour water into the included double old fashioned glass, insert the mold, and freeze. Once frozen, add in your favorite whiskey. The ice’s wedge shape melts far more slowly than a typical cube thanks to the limited surface area in contact with the drink, meaning your whiskey gets nice and chilled but keeps its integrity to the last drop. Plus it creates a totally cool presentation!


$14.95 | Uncrate 

Pucker Up
Markus Lupfer’s fun approach to design is a hit with those in the know, and collaborations with Cacharel and Mulberry have secured his reputation as the go-to for wearable statement knitwear. Channel the brand’s playful sense of glamour in sequined sweaters and slogan tees. In case you haven’t noticed from our brand graphics, we love to seal all great works with a kiss which makes this chic Smacker  T one of my faves.


 $90 and up | Markus Lefur

Turn Back Time
The fashion-forward Museum Wrap Watch was inspired by one of the label’s own pieces. The company was inspired by its own previous creation after recently buying back one of their vintage timepieces once owned by a Hollywood legend, Elizabeth Taylor. And  bit of interesting trivia, the company bought back the late actressess 1960 model in an estate sell for $15,000.  This ‘re-release” of sorts is fashioned in polished solid stainless steel, features a retro chic double-wrap hinged bangle with a channeled texture, and would be a striking statement piece to any ensemble.

movado wrap watch

$795 | Movado


Top if Off
My Momma always taught me to share, so it would be a crime to keep this high-style find all to myself. This updated fedora by Janessa Leone is tres, tres chic! It features an understated  leather and silver-plated band, giving the timeless topper a modern update.jessa leone fedora2

$170 | Singer22


Circle of Life
Wearing one’s birthstone has been said to connect you with a stronger sense of yourself, and these beautiful necklaces are the perfect way to do just that. These pieces make a great gift all ages and relations of women in your life. You can also customize the pieces to include more than one birthstone which makes them perfect for mothers and grandmothers – include all children’s or grandchildren’s birthstones in a single piece to help a loved one feel connected to all her special someone’s every day. And at this price point – they’re a steal!

jlynn birthstone circle september

$86 | Jlynn Jewelry



Glass Act
Our current eye candy crush are from the latest Chanel eyewear collection

chanel butterfly_sunglasses-sheet.png.fashionImg.hi

$$ varies depending upon retailer | Chanel

A little bit kitsch? Perhaps, but when I saw this handbag, it was Love at First Site. The #Hashtag clutch by Edie Parker is so cool. It’s the perfect accessory add a little fun to any outfit, and lighten the mood on any night out…..and that makes it #Clutch.

edie parker hashtag clutch2$1,495 | Edie Parker


Tea Time
Young social butterflies can hone their hostess skills with one of these adorable tea sets. This sweet service comes nestled inside a gingham-lined wicker basket, and is complete with a teapot, sugar bowl and creamer, as well as plates, cups, saucers, spoons and forks for 2. There are several sets to choose from, such as butterfly (pictured here) ballerina, bunny, tulips and more. All sets come are presented in a darling motif-appropriate caddy. Your little hostess will be ready for tea time any time with one of these charming service sets.  butterfly tea set

$34.5 and up | chasing fireflies


Spot On
Have a globe-trotting loved one that sometimes goes to far away places as in so far out that they go off the grid? Well, the Spot Global Phone may be just the thing to keep them connected. A satellite phone is possibly the best bet for keeping your loved ones connected. This Sat phone may look dated and does has a massive antenna, but it will work in most corners of the globe, where many other cell phones do not. It can also withstand temps as low as -4 and as high as 131 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the perfect travel companion for mountain climbers, wilderness explorers, and anyone who goes off the beaten path. We’re sure Jack Bauer would approve.

spot global phone

At $500, it’ll cost you a little less than an off-contract iPhone 5S. |FindMeSpot

It’s so easy to be knotty
Brilliantly colorful fleece squares are waiting to be transformed into the ultimate snuggle-up blanket. Lay out the squares in any pattern you want – mix them up randomly. create a custom pattern – it’s entirely up to the designer! Once you have it all planned exactly the way you want, all you have to do is start knotting them all together. Forget needles, stitching, and stuffing. With this kit, all you need are your fingers and imagination!

knot a quilt
$28 | Fat Brain Toys

Haute Shot
There’s few things you can drink that offer the kick of a quaffed shot. And with these Alexander Wang Shot Glasses, you can take one anywhere, anytime you feel like it — and do so in style. This chic and stackable set of  four glasses is made from 100% stainless steel with a pale gold finish, and they fit perfectly inside the included carrying case. Great either as a stand alone gift, or as part of the coolest-ever ‘hang-tag’ on a bottle of your friend’s favorite libation.alexander-wang-shot-glasses

$115 | uncrate

What’s Cookin’?
A deluxe cooking kit for your pint-sized chef. The set features an array of tools perfectly fitted for kids’ smaller hands: a baking pan, a mixing bowl, scissors, muffin liners and 5 illustrated recipe cards that correspond to the color-coded measuring cups and spoons. Hands-on lessons in kitchen safety, science, measuring, nutrition, seasonings and clean up are also part of the experience. Noteworthy: This kit has been awarded the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Award.

chlds cooking kit with apron

$39.95 | MindWare

Geek Chic
For the hi-tech gadget gurus in your life, check out  Plastc Card. This single intelligent card can replace up to 20 cards while being nearly future-proof, it features a magnetic stripe, barcode display, NFC, Chip, and PIN capabilities, Bluetooth for syncing with the sleek app (that also lets you check your many balances in one place), and wireless charging. Best of all, you control the action via an E-ink touchscreen, giving you security measures and convenience that competing cards just can’t offer. plastc card

$155 | uncrate


Taken it back to old school…
It’s so cool. A long-time best seller for some specialty toy retailers and now easy to find at your local Target. Bring back family game night and get kids to step away from the TV or computer with this fun board game. Qwirkle combines the concepts of dominoes and Scrabble with its brightly colored wood blocks. While the game involves simple matching of colors and shapes, it also also requires tactical maneuvers and well-planned strategy making it a favorite for all ages.

$21 | Target


Crowning Comfort
Introduce a feminine edge to your winter warmers with the Markus Lepfur Tiara beanie.The bejeweled embroidery brings fun, glamour and artful decoration to any winter look.

$230 | Jules B.

Fully Charged
Your phone ever run out of power while on the go? Yeah, we’ve all been there. Well, this gadget is a game changer, and the perfect gift for the movers and shakers on your list. The Anker Astro3 provides a convenient way to charge your phone and mobile devices anywhere at any time. While there are a bazillion options on the market, here’s what sets this little gem apart – it comes with multiple (yes, as in you can charge several devices at once) smart USB ports that detect signals coming from your cords — so it knows exactly how to charge your devices at full speed. You can charge an iPhone up to 6 times! And a simple “shake” starts a charge or displays the remaining power level. Now that’s what we call a powerful device.

anker astro3

$50 |Amazon


Secret Service Agent
So much more than a pen, please pardon my candidness, but this is one badass writing utensil. Uzi has managed to turn a mere pen into a life-saving tool. It will write upside or under water, and that’s only the first of its features. The crown also doubles as a glass breaker (you know should you ever get trapped in your vehicle). And if things get really bad, you can rely on the hidden handcuff key inside the top of this pen. Oh, and if you gift this to a friend who lives to tell the tale of using all the features, pen the story because both of you just may find that this pen also has the power to make you a lot of money.


$16 and up | Uzi

The Buck Stops Here
OK, so I’m no outdoorsman – shocker!, but I do keep some in company. So for the Outdoorsman on your list, I suggest the Buck Travelmate Kit. This single-unit spacesaver tool combines a 4.87-inch, stainless steel blade that’s serrated for spreading, slicing, and chopping with an antimirobial injection-molded sheath (and all of us who are even a little OCD – breathe). Set into the sheath is a handy fork which also works as a bottle opener, can opener, flathead screwdriver, and grill scraper. That’s a lot of utility, packed in not a lot of space.


$50 | Amazon


For What Ales You

For the connoisseur of brew, one of the most iconic beer brands around has something special up its sleeve this fall. Guinness just released, 1759, a limited edition amber ale based on a 200-year-old recipe using a blend of traditional beer malt and peated whisky malt, along with Guinness yeast giving this small batch brew’s rich taste distinctive notes of caramel and warming butterscotch. The collection is named for the year that Arthur Guinness signed the lease for St. James’ Gate in Dublin – in case you were curious. The Guinness The 1759 is available strictly as a limited edition, and each bottle is packaged in an elegant black velvet box, making it the perfect gift. Now is your chance to enjoy a piece of Guinness brewing history, before it’s gone forever.


$35 | Guinness

Let’s Spoon!

This edible treat is anything but cookie cutter. The sugar-goodness geniuses at Edoughble make small batch, ready-to-eat cookie dough.  These sweet sensations are made with the highest quality ingredients, and are devoid of eggs or preservatives. Packaged in charming ice cream pints, and with 8 one-of-a-kind, deliciously sinful flavors to choose from, what are you waiting for?


$8-9 | Edoughble


All-Star Football Fan
Here’s a fun way to look at America’s new favorite pastime. Combining off-the-wall trivia questions with hardcore stats and nickname puzzlers, the All-Time, All-Team Pro Football Quiz contains stumpers for even the most well-versed football fan. Whether you’re a Cheesehead or a Broncomaniac, you’ll find quizzes for every team in the league—from the teams you love to the teams you love to hate. This beautifully crafted puzzler hand-bound in American Bison Leather will attract the admiration of all who hold it in their hands. Newly released edition: August 2014

graphic image football quiz book

$98 | Graphic Image

So Fly!
There’s no way your luggage could be mistaken for someone elses at the airport when it’s a reflection of your personal interests and experience. This customizable  luggage and luggage tags let’s YOU be the designer. Family, friends, pets, vacation photos, business logos – the only limit on what your bag or tag can look like is your imagination! So get creative!


$7.95+ | Luggage Pros

Bitter is Sweet
For the cocktail conessiour, a make your own bitters kit. Using bitters is one of our shortcuts for taking homemade cocktails from average to cocktail-bar-worthy. With this kit, the mixologist can let inspiration be their guide as they create their very own signature flavor masterpiece.  There are 4 kit options available: Naked – it’s bitters in their birthday suit, Cherry Vanilla, Habanero and Cacao, and each includes: dry Iingredients, sgitation jar, dropper bottles and labels, filters, funnel, and  instructions. Create your custom flavor then add Sugar and Spirit.

bitters kit. naked. pc ryan dausch

$45 | Easy & Oskey

Peace In
For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets  into the peace and clarity of present moment awareness. The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the individual. However, it is also true that anyone who meditates regularly receives profound benefits on all levels of well-being – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Give the gift of peace to a loved one through these guided meditations. We have to agree, there’s no place the Om.


$36+ | Chopra Center


Hot Chocolate On a Stick
What’s better on a cold winters day than a creamy cup of hot chocolate – only hot chocolate on a stick. That’s right – this is a new way to take your cuppa to go. When you send this gift, you’ll be thanked twice: once when they open it, and again when they actually enjoy this delicious alternative to the more expected coffee or tea. At the end of each stick is just enough Belgian milk, dark or hazelnut-flavored chocolate to make one perfect cup of hot cocoa. Simply stir into a cup of hot milk and allow the chocolate to melt. The result is the creamiest, most scrumptious hot chocolate they’ll ever enjoy. The gift tin includes three flavor varieties – dark chocolate, Belgian milk chocolate and hazelnut. Yes, please!


$35 | Dean & Deluca


Adorable coordinating mommy & me ballet flats. Pairendipity Shoes were designed specifically to bring busy moms a comfortable and stylish shoe with a coordinated style available for their toddlers. From the time most little girls can walk, they can be found trying to wear mom’s shoes. Pairendipity creates a sweet way for mommy and their mini me’s connect. The little in your life will looks so cute and feel like such a big girl wearing a petite version of Mommy’s shoe and mom can feel connected knowing that their little princess is walking in mommy’s footsteps.

pairendipity mommy & me shoes


@$60 | Pairendipity

Suit Up
Not your ordinary suit bag, this is a garment chamber. Made by LAT56°, an edgy and innovative travel brand that focuses on streamlined functionality and bold styling, this suit packing system provides a space-saving, anti-wrinkle garment hanger and protective cover constructed of a high-performance technical textile product which protects the garments, aids rolling and reduces wrinkles. Arrive pressed and presentable as you would with a traveling tailor, minus the extra airfare.

lat56. suit packing system$90 | Lat 56

En Pointe
The Christian Louboutin of Nail Polish. No literally.  The designer has released a collection of polishes to give you one high-profile mani and pedi. In addition to the luxe polish, the bottle it comes in is a little piece of art that will add style and elegance to any vanity. The beautifully handcrafted glass bottle design is inspired by historic European architecture, and the perfectly sculpted cap was designed to stand as tall as the Ballerina Ultima (8 inches), the highest heel Louboutin has ever designed. The weight and taper are inspired by calligraphy and paint brushes, enabling the application to be a truly artistic experience. This luxe polish is available in 10 glossy colors including Rouge Louboutin, but of course!

christian louboutin nail polish 2$50 | Nordstrom


Words of Wisdom
A gift that will give the gift of love and inspiration all year long and for years to come. This rustic wooden box is filled with 365 handmade cards, each printed with a thoughtfully chosen quote (gathered truths) for each day of the year. It is like a work of art, filled with ideas and encouragements to guide you or a special friend or family member each day.  med_365thoughts_subimage

$80 | Bespoke Custom Gifts


Project Yourself
Looks and acts like a tablet, but also function as a projector. Can you say, “Cool!!”? Whenever and wherever convenient,  you can convert most any blank wall into  an instant home theater! What’s not to love?!
lenovo tablet theater

$500 and up | lenovo


Soak it Up
For those who are passionate about high-quality body-care products, may I suggest Bauldelaire. This company is just as passionate about producing high-quality beauty products and set on presenting its distinctive fragrances in elegant packaging. For bath & beauty buffs, you cannot go wrong with a gift from this line. My personal favorite is sweet almond, but they have many other lovely scents such as bergamot, apricot and lavender.

bauldelaire$16 and up | bauldelaire


Swing from the Chandelier
These black, faux-diamond earrings will put an elegant finishing touch on any outfit. Add these chic chandeliers to neutral toned frocks to turn the volume on your style up a notch put a little extra WOW in an evening wardrobe.

chico chandelier earrings

$39 | Chicos

State of Mind
A picture worth a thousand memories. Select your home state, or one where many special memories were made, upload your own photos, then have them printed in a state-shaped collage and framed. A perfect personal and distinctive gift for your family and friends. (note: Due to personal nature of the work, image samples not shown here. Click link below to see state collages).

us photo collage

$42 and up | Minted


Hoop It Up
These Alexis Bittar Elements Dark Phoenix Crystal Shard Hoop Earrings features shards of smooth golden metal collect with Swarovski crystal in a rich, mesmerizing blue, to accent a hoop earring of textural ruthenium plating. Stunning. Beautiful.

alexit bittar hoops$175 | Saks Fifth Avenue


Sealed with a Kiss
This solid bronze kiss dish by Kelly Wearstler is a sexy and chic home accessory that promises to add a dose of iconic personality to any space. Handcrafted by artisans and inspired by the designer’s love of classic sculpture and figural form,this unique and rich solid bronze dish is features a distinctive rough-hewn patina, it is an effortlessly chic catch all for jewelry, keys or paperclips that promises to add a sexy allure and raw elegance to any desk or vanity. And everyone needs a little kiss.

kelly wearsterl kiss dish

$350 | Kelly Wearstler

|Worth Your Salt
Gustus Vitae Condiments. Their name means ‘Taste of Life’ in Latin, and their mission: getting the spices off the rack and onto your plate. For trying new things. For making food taste spectacular. Select one of the curated artisan salts, gourmet seasonings sets, and spice blends, or make a unique gourmet gift set that matches your personality or that of a loved one. The spices are housed in these great magnetic tine which are displayed on a handsome stainless steel plate that for display or easy mount onto a wall for a personalized and unique presentation. A beautiful addition to any kitchen, our deluxe gourmet gift set is a handsome, practical gift for cooking enthusiasts of any level of experience.

Gustus-Vitae salts$25+ | Gustus Vitae

Receiving these beauty boxes is like having a friend in the beauty  biz. Birchbox is a beauty subscription service. Receive a monthly delivery of personalized beauty, grooming, and lifestyle samples every month from from beloved cult brands, the newest up-and-coming lines, and everything in between. The boxes are personalized and available for both men and women and are only $10 (women) or $20 (men) per box. Loved ones will be gifted with coolness from you all year long.

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$120 (women) $240 (men) for a whole year’s subscription – 12 gifts! |birchbox

Cruise the Web in style, zoom through work, e-mails and dominate games in style with this 2.4 GHz wireless technology mouse. A simple plug-and-play USB nano receiver , adjustable high-res optics will have you cruisin’ in no time flat. Available in These devices are available in Lamborghini’s flagship model, the Murcielago, BMW, Viper or Mustang, feature a 30′ range and working headlamps and taillights.

lamborbhini mouse$59.99 | Sharper Image

Ice Queen
Though I’ve rarely met a piece of ALexis Bittar that I didn’t like, this necklace from the designer’s Golden Ice Marquis Collection, could melt even the coldest of hearts. Lovely pavé diamonds accent the claw-shaped prong of this quartz necklace set in 18k yellow gold. In a word – stunning. The picture simply doesn’t do this piece justice. alexis bittar diamond and quartz necklace$2795 | Saks Fifth Avenue


The Fixer-Upper
This guide is the perfect assistant for the handyman (or woman) in your life, or the one who touts themselves as such. The book gives over 150 tips on everything from car maintenance to home repair – something that most any of us love to have on hand in a time of need.


$11 | The Art of Fixing Things


You Make My Heart Beat Faster
This product line from Wahoo Fitness is new this year, and I Am Obsessed! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Wahoo Fitness TICKR – the most advanced way to workout and train. This little device is so much more than a heart rate monitor, it is the ultimate workout wearable! The are three models to choose from that offer different (cumulative) features and slightly different price points.

In a nutshell, this ingenious gadget registers and records your workout activity to provide you with feedback for a way to analyze your actual performance. All models capture heart rate, calorie burn,and duration from your workouts, and depending upon the model, additional motion sport-specific analytics for running or biking (with more on the way) to help improve performance, and prevent injury. There’s a host of other features such as rapid double tap control, a Burn and Burst™ program to help you find the right training zone, and more. Too much to list here, but I recommend you check them out for your friends and fam, or a great gift to self!

tickrx_withiphone$59.95+ | wahoo fitness


My tech Mojo
So good I had to bring it back again – since our last edition in 2013, I got a new phone and a new Mophie. This is one of my daily essentials to make my life run smoothly. Power and protection for the iPhone. As I’ve said before, this is a gadget that I do not know how I ever lived without! These sophisticated cases provide stylish protection and up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch.

mophie$89+ | mophie

For centuries, the cork had to be removed in order to enjoy a glass of wine—that era is over. Enter Coravin™, a system that uses a special wine access technology allowing you to pour and enjoy fine wine without disturbing the natural aging process—or committing to finishing off the entire bottle. I’ll toast to that!

coravin2$299.95 | wine enthusiast



Blazer of Glory
When a dress won’t do, slip into a powerful pant suit with a statement blazer like this one and captivate the crowd with your unconventional style. This metallic menswear-inspired piece is dressed in sparkly gold lurex for a look that’s both structured yet undeniably sexy.

jc gold lurex blazer

$158 | Juicy Couture


Pets Charming
 Alarm Charms feature a unique ID number to document pet’s medical condition and vital contact information via the Internet. In addition to helping identify Fido and return him to his home, this charm advises of a pet’s health conditions with universally known medical symbols and text, because of furry friends aren’t able to do it themselves.


$25 | Alarm Charms

Some Ships are Designed to Sink
And last, though most certainly not least (by any measure), the gift for that someone who has everything (and the giver who has a cool G to drop on this special someone), well, almost…. When things on the super yacht start to get boring and the deep sea beckons, we’ve got your covered. The Uboat Worx HP Sport Sub 2 is the perfect vessel to quench your thirst for adventure on the open sea. This personal sub-craft can reach speeds of 3 knots on the surface or 2 knots when submerged, and the dual-joystick, gamepad-style controller will no doubt have you feeling like you’ve jumped right into your own game of of adventure. Launch right from the yacht or directly from a trailer and explore what lies beneath the surface with a passenger for up to six hours at a time. uboat-worx-2

$1.25M | UBoat Worx


Have you discovered any cool new products or have other great gift ideas? If so, please share below in a comment! Oh and if you have friends or family who may find this gift guide interesting and helpful, please do pass it along. After all, sharing is caring, and ’tis the season!



Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven

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Just Hear Those Registers Ring-aling……Holiday Shopping Had Already Begun posted in: Cool Products, Great Products, Holidays, Inspiration

Yes, your read it right. Holiday Shopping – Yes, It Has Begun…

While today is Halloween and some people haven’t even chosen their Halloween costume yet, 26 percent of consumers have already begun their holiday shopping – that’s one quarter of Americans!…and half plan to start their research before Thanksgiving. While Black Friday, the once one-day event notorious for cutthroat competitive shopping has historically served as the kick-off of holiday commerce, the season has now evolved into a near month-long spree of holiday shopping promotions that begins in early November. With electronic devices connecting us to the world wide web at our fingertips nearly 24/7, the prediction that “this holiday shopping season will  be our most connected ever”, isn’t surprising. For more on the research Google’s Holiday Shopper Insights research findings (it’s quite interesting), check out this article.

And if you’re among those already in the spirit of the holidays, may we recommend starting here with Tanja’s Favorite Things 2013  list for inspiration and great gift ideas that are still totally cool and some dare we say even covetable treasures. And stay tuned because the finishing touches are being put on this list list, and will be released soon for your inspiration and shopping pleasure!

One more thing before we go – we hope that you enjoy a safe and Happy Halloween!


The Tanja & Co. Team


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T’s Favorite Things 2013 posted in: Fashion, Great Products, Holidays, Trends, Uncategorized

It’s hard to believe yet another year has gone by and the Christmas holidays are upon us. Many of you have been so kind to send personal thank you notes for my Favorite Things list and I have enjoyed calls and messages sharing with me how your friends have loved some of the gifts from the list that you have given. I’m back again with ideas and inspiration for your inner Santa Claus. After much research (shopping!) and review, here are my favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

Golden Handcuffs

Modeled after nineteenth-century French lace, this romantic cuff exudes elegance with an edge. This versatile piece can go from office to evening or off-duty to black tie effortlessly. Amp up the appeal and cuff each wrist. Beverly Hills-based Bonnie Star designs offers handmade pieces that are incredibly versatile. This covetable yet affordable this brand is a favorite amongst A-listers and discerning fashion-forward women.

bonnie star golden cuff

$495 | ahalife


Rack ‘Em Up

The perfect gift for a pool shark! This personalized billiards set is beautiful and seeing your name all over the table will surely get in your opponent’s head.

personalized pool ball set

$290 | Horchow

Small Scale
Introducing music early has been proven to boost a child’s development which is why we love the idea of this classic baby grand piano. Made for small hands and big sounds, this pint-sized toy is the perfect training ground for any budding musician.

Not only is it great-looking, just the right size for tiny fingers to find the right notes, get ready – you may just have the next Mozart on your hands.

giggle piano

$80-$150 | giggle


Sitting Pretty

The famous coffee house style dining chair is an icon and is still regarded as the most successful industrial product in the world (interesting discovery during my “research”).  This staid seat has a unique twist in its design – a stylish knot on one of the front legs. This is a case when being bent out of shape is a good thing.

bentwood chair with knot$2,180 | switchmodern


The stylish Folio for your iPhone 5/5s carrying friends has a few tricks up its sleeves to keep your cords….and nerves from getting all knotted up. Behind its wallet door (another cool feature) it a hidden cord wrapper that keeps earbuds organized. And right next to this ingenious feature is a storage compartment for small stuff like breath mints or anvil. This multi-functional beauty does it all without bulking up your pockets.

folio case 2

$39.99 | quirky

Time Out


This Maison Martin Margiela gives time a hard-hitting edge with this cuff bracelet. The watch-like silhouette will work best worn solo with everyday looks. avant-garde design makes you take time out to appreciate it’s showstopping beauty.

martin margiela cuff watch

$590 | saks


Jacques Torres new Bean to Bar line, Jacques has taken cocoa bean from the Dominican Republic roasted them, conched, and molded them into this deliciously creamy milk chocolate bar.

jacques torres bean to bar

$7 | mrchocolate

Tool Trolley
This adorable little garage on wheels has everything your lil’ handyman (or handywoman!) needs. A 2-in-1 wooden cart and work bench, this eco-friendly toy is packed with loads of fun magnetic play tools to build and create with—so their imaginations can run wild for hours.

tool trolley $90 | giggle


Dessert You Can Bathe In

Enjoy the feeling of relaxation, as you unwind while enjoying two of life’s loveliest pleasures. Indulge in the ultimate luxury of a warm, fragranced bath while these softly scented Crème Brule bath salts work to melt away the stresses of the day. Before you slip under the sheets, lather yourself in the delightful soufflé body crème. Just the thought sounds delicious!

laura mercier creme brule$48 |bloomingdales


Get the Drop on Glamour

These Swarovski crystal, brass and glass chandelier earrings would make the perfect embellishments for ears to don at evening affairs . Add these colorful gems to neutral toned frocks to turn the volume on your style up a notch put a little extra WOW in your evening wardrobe.


$255 | shopethica

The chefs in your life will enjoy these new culinary oils from WholeVine Products. Unlike your ordinary cooking oils, these raw oils are cold-pressed from fresh harvest of wine grape seeds according to variety shortly after the juice is removed, left to settle and then bottled, unrefined and unfiltered like fine wine, for a deeper natural essence. Nothing is ever added. You can choose your favorite grapeseed oil by variety of grape as you would a wine, as each has a distinguishable varietal character. PS: This company just added gluten-free varietal grape skin and seed flours that I’m anxious to try.

whole vine oils

$25 | wholevine




How adorable is this Lug’s “Undercover Bear” travel blanket set?! The ultra plush blanket stores neatly inside the included zipper pouch which also inflates into a pillow. Great for the jet-setting wee tots in your life. It has a great price point and for only a few dollars more you can have the set monogrammed.

undercover bear blanket set

$30 | horchow

Worth Your Salt

These unique sampler sets are a great way to explore exotic new tastes and spice up your next meal. Interesting flavors such as smoked chipotle, Bloody Mary, French lavender, vintage merlot infused, and almond cardamom are sure to add enticing aromas to anyone’s kitchen. Displayed in an American made wooden base, the sets include a bamboo salt spoon and reference card that offers suggestions on which salts go with which dishes, making it easy for a novice cook to create perfect flavor combinations.

spice lab salt tubes

$24.9+ | spicelab

! Mirror!

Add a touch of Jazz Age glamour to your home with this stylish mirrored tray. An elegant way to display fine spirits at your next cocktail party or would make a lovely addition to a vanity or in your boudoir.

west elm mirror tray

$89 | westelm

Put on the Map

This stunning map necklace from Three Jane NY is the “It” gift of the season! You pick the address, and they engrave it onto a 14K gold plate, marking your sentimental location with a tiny diamond accent. Be sure to order this one soon….so as to have sufficient time for personalization and delivery by the holiday.


$175 | threejaneny

Manicured Mitts

Sprinkle some fun onto your manicure and create your customized nail look with this great Ciaté collection. A mix of mini paint pots, glitter sprinkles, sequins, caviar pearls, salon quality treatments, cute nail gifts and few hidden surprises are prettily packaged in this gift set.

ciate manicure set

$58 | bloomingdales


Sock it to Me

Etiquette Clothiers Socks – the name totally caught my eye and caused me to take a closer look. This brand focus on the basics – and more importantly doing them right. Not your average socks, these slubby socks are expertly crafted using the finest materials. Available in vibrant colors and patterns like mango polkadot (pictured), your feet have never looked so good.

etiquette clothing socks


 $24 | zady


Kiehl-ed Over

Since 1851’s the Kiehl’s brand Creme de Corps products have been cult favorites. Rich in all-day hydration, the line is ideal for luxuriously pampering dry skin. They’ve put together a great holiday set that offers an entire collection of their famed Creme de Corps, Soy Milk & Honey Body Polish, Ultra Facial Cream, Lip Balm and more.


$65 | bloomingdales



Amazing Lace

One part sweet, one part seduction, and totally feminine. This boudoir-inspired bed jacket trimmed in eyelash lace is straight pinup sexy. The feather patterned eyelash lace robe has elegantly fluttered sleeves and a decadent silky sash to cinch the waist. A gift that’s sure to lure a smile (and that’s not all it’s likely to entice) to the faces of both the giver and the receiver.

Nevaeh Bed Jacket

$202 | nevaehintimates



This little device monitors your activity to provide you with real-time feedback on steps, distance, calories burned, and stairs, and some even track your sleep levels. It wirelessly uploads your data to Fitbit.com so you can gain deeper insight into your fitness and sleep levels with free online graphs and charts. The website also offers features of opportunity to connect with friends to share and compete on fitness goals, join the Fitbit community for advice and encouragement and even way to earn fitness badges to mark your accomplishments. A great gift option for friends and family who like to make every step in life count.


$59.95+ | fitbit

Laser Distance Measurer

Whether a pro or a diehard do-it-yourselfer, the Bosch digital distance measurer is a great tool usable for all types for projects. This device uses precision laser-measuring technology to provide precise measurement of length, area and volume. The continuous-length mode automatically adjusts measurements when walking off distances, and this measurer features an ergonomic grip for comfort. This is one of my favorite tools and sure to become a staple in your handyman’s arsenal.

bosch digital laser measurer

$89+ | homedepot



Power and protection for the iPhone. This is a gadget that I now do not know how I lived without! As an event planner, days are often long and regularly require a lot of phone communications that run well beyond my phone’s battery life making my mophie a real life saver. These sophisticated cases stand the test of effective protection (I speak from personal experience – mine has fallen onto wooden staircases, tile floors, you name it…) and provide up to 100% extra battery with the flip of a switch.


$89+ | mophie


Self-Watering Planter

These chic planters by Lechuza are simply fabulously by me. They are cleverly designed with a water-recycling system that automatically irrigates your plants for up to 12 weeks! Being one who travels regularly on an ever-changing schedule…..and not a green thumb to begin with– this is an ingenious find!

lechusa planter

$17+  | lechusa


Opus Wine Gift Set

Give the gift of serving a perfect bottle every time and anytime with this wine service set. Aerate, preserve, chill, filter, and drink excellence with this wine and spirits enhancers kit.

nm opus wine gift set

$60 | neimanmarcus

A Shoe in

Let your inner tomboy shine in these fun metallic oxfords. Accented with cap toes and perforated detailing, don these with cute ankle pants paired with a button down and blazer for that borrowed-from-the-boys look we love.


cole haan oxfords

$198| colehaan

A “Touch” of Beauty

TOCCA, named for the Italian word for “touch” is the maker of unique products for the sophisticated traveler. I love their luxurious lotions – feels like satin on your skin. They come in distinctive and exquisite scents like Cleopatra (my personal favorite) with fresh notes of grapefruit and cucumber, Stella and Brigitte.  These covetable indulgences leaving a touch of luxe on your skin and mystery lingering in the air.

tocca cleopatra

$15 | beauty


Pampered Pooch

What do you get the pooch who has everything? Well, maybe just a little bit more! Harry Barker has a ton of great gift items. Their holiday baskets (also a toy store) include as assortment of fun toys – squeaky, durable, and eco-friendly, chew toy. These gift sets are available in two sizes for your favorite little or large furbaby —a guaranteed pup pleaser! Extra: I also love adding in a tin of their peanut butter treats (a great option when you will be visiting with friends and fam with multiple fuzzy friends).

harry barker dog toy set

$68 setHarryBarker



Something as important as your personal information, passport and important documents deserve proper protection. Luggage tags, passport cover and travel envelope – all are essentials no one should be without. Whether a frequent flyer or making a first trip, these travel accessories are the ideal way to keep one organized and ensured information properly protected at all times. Leatherology offers stylish, quality items that will last many miles and having such luxurious travel essential means you’ll be less likely to misplace your passport while exploring a foreign country.

leatherology travel ccessories

$13+ | leatherology


Tagg Pet Tracker

Now you can see where Fido is 24/7 with the Tagg™ pet tracking system. This lightweight GPS tracker easily attaches to your furbaby’s collar and allows you to monitor your pet’s location and activity (now you can for sure know whether he is getting enough exercise) all from your computer or smartphone. With the help of Tagg Location Tracking you are now in control of finding your pet. Set parameters for Tagg and it will alert you via text and email if your pet gets outside of their “homezone” and pinpoint their whereabouts on the Tagg map so you can bring your lil’ wanderer safely home.


$100+ | pettracker (very reasonable monthly service fee of $7.95 is required over and above the cost of the unit).


Grape Expectations

Bugey Cerdon Methode Ancestrale, an obscure sparkling wine that is hard not to love. Loaded with ripe red berry aromas and flavors, it is a slightly sweet red with pleasant bubbles, and low-alcohol making it an appropriate for all kinds of occasions.  It goes great with Traditional Thanksgiving fare, and makes a refreshing aperitif for even the most sweltering weather – an ideal all year ‘round party wine.


bugey cerdon

 $16.95 | whwc

Lil’ Charmer

Paloma Picassa’s dot charms provide the perfect pop of captivating color. Wear a single charm or slip multiple gems on a chain for effortless elegance. This design is definitely one to add to the timeless Tiffany go to for occasions for years to come.

tiffany dot charm pp

$300+ | tiffany

Well Wishes Flutes

Whatever the occasion, these contemporary flutes stand ready to help you celebrate. Each glass is inscribed with a different sentiment: Health, Prosperity, Happiness, Love, Peace, and Friendship.

well wishes flutes

$85 | neimanmarcus

Prim and Popular

These little ballet flats give some of my best stilettos a run for their money in the compliment department.  Luxe patent leather accented with a tonal grosgrain bow looped through the polished logo on the vamp of these stylish slip-ons garners the attention of guys and girls alike. And the rich red hue makes these Salvatore Ferragamo flats an irresistible classic staple.

ferragamo flats

$450 | shopbop

Old Hollywood Glamour

This train case says globetrotting glamour. Taking its cue from Hollywood’s glitz, this stylish case is crafted in pale faux pale gold leather with a black satin interior, this ultra-luxe makeup bag features cleverly designed compartments to keep all your products safe and organized. A double zipper allows for easy access.

bobbi brown train case

$220 | neimanmarcus


The Perfect Bath

Secret expose: Luxuriating in a bubble bath is one of my favorite indulgences. There’s not much that can improve upon a relaxing soak in the tub, unless it’s the addition of this delightful bath caddy. Ready to hold a good book, a candle and a glass of wine (or if you’re like me….a little bubbly to compliment your bubbles), having a bathtime butler begs your lucky recipient to lounge back, relax and enjoy some me time. Aaaaaaaahhhhhh…….

bath caddy

$44 | give simple

Party Rocker Sounds System

This little machine can turn any room into a dance club. With the flip of a switch, it streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth® device and can project fun, colorful light patterns onto walls and ceilings that can be set to pulsate with your music. Best of all? Its wireless capability means you can DJ from the dance floor –  keep your device by your side, adjusting settings and mixes to the energy of the crowd.

party rocker sounds system

 $199 | brookstone



A multipurpose sensor that keeps you updated on what’s going on at home—from anywhere. Monitor motion, sound, light, temperature, and humidity all from your mobile device. Use Spotter as a veritable extension of your senses, for anything from baby monitoring to washer/dryer notifications or perfecting your wine cellar; the possibilities are endless.


$49 | quirky


Sleeping Beautifully

This beauty sleep companion helps maintain your skin’s youthful appearance and fight wrinkles with your eyes closed. The Illuminage Skin Rejuvenating Pillowcase’s mechanism of action involves the release of copper ions to the skin’s surface via Cupron®  copper technology for textiles. When the skin is in contact with the copper oxide fibers, copper ions are liberated into the moisture found in its upper layers. Copper ions released into this moisture support skin’s natural self-renewal mechanism and help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In a nutshell, it’s like putting a night moisturizer on your skin.

Illuminage beauty pillow

$60 | bergdorfgoodman


Gatsby-Worthy Cocktail party

Inspired by the ancient art of handmade Florentine papers, these Juliska Firenze collection cocktail plates feature a marbleized pattern of swirling gold and platinum. The petite portion servers add a bit of mystique to entertaining and a festive backdrop for small bites. From fresh figs and prosciutto to rustic breads and cheeses, our swirling palette of real gold and platinum tones offers a festive backdrop for small bites.

juliska cocktail plates

$148 | juliska



Smart technology that lets you key an eye on what’s important to you. Besides being a cool looking geek gear, this gadget is a highly customizable dashboard that tracks what’s important to you. Personalize each of the four gauges to keep an array of info up-to-date and available at a glance….right from your mobile. Syncing in real time, Nimbus can monitor your commute traffic, weather, calendar, even you email volume and social media network activity. It even works with Fitbit and more.

nimbus personal dashboard

$129 | quirky


Keep it together

Anyone else feel the fastest way to tie a knot is to drop a charger in your bag, wait 30 seconds and remove? Well, Houston, we have a solution! You need a PowerCurl Mini in your life. It’s perfect for Apple’s 5W USB Power Adapter. Simply slide your adapter into the center and wrap your USB cord around it. Flip down the silicone cover to keep those cords firmly in place, and you’re good to go. And the price is a steal – you cannot afford to be without!

power curl cord wrap

$9.99 | quirky

The Conscientious Workaholic

Sivan Health and FitnessFitness Chair with Built-In Exercise Ball- how cool is this?!  Stretch, sit, or spin on this four-wheeled fitness chair that includes a built-in exercise ball. As a seat, the ergonomic design encourages you to sit upright, improving posture. But what’s really cool is that it doubles as a fitness tool. You can use the ball to stretch your muscles and perform a number of workouts that increase circulation, improve balance and strengthen the core. Also worthy of mention is that due to the fact that two of its four wheels lock increasing the chair’s mobility making it eligible for car insurance in some states.

sivan chair

$95 | Amazon


Hand in the Cookie Jar

This jar is like couture for your countertop. A beautiful storage piece adds a lovely look to kitchen decor and is perfect for everything from cookies to sugar cubes. The glass body offers a preview of the tasty goodness in store. The lid is hand-painted with the signature Mackenzie-Childs Parchment Checks™ and topped with an elegant-colored glass knob. You’ll find yourself inventing uses just to incorporate the subtle splash of checks into every room. I’m obsessed!

mc cookie jar

$52 | mackenz-childs

Whether you go away for a day or a month long holiday, you should always enjoy something that makes you feel special. Little luxuries like lingerie and shoe bags are ideal for protecting your best lingerie from being snagged by your stilettos. Soft, lightweight, foldable travel bags are perfect for properly keeping your unmentionables and favorite footwear during your travels.

personalized bags travel bags

$14.95+ | personalizationmall


Have you discovered any cool new products or have other great ideas? Please share below in a comment!


Happy shopping!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events


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Rhythm and Booze posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Events, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Uncategorized

Drum up a little fun at your next party with these fun cocktail stirrers. I’m talking about Rhythm and Booze stirrers – swizzle sticks that can be beat.

rhythm & booze stirrers

Mix your drink, garnish and then hit it up with these cool little sticks, and let the jam session begin! A little boom boom, tsk tsk on your hi-hat…err highball as you stir it up. Play percussion while you drink your pomegranate pompom.

At only $10.95 for a set of 8 drumsticks, the price can’t be beat.

So go on, rock out your next party or jazz up happy hour with these fun stirrers!


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A Sweet Sensation posted in: Food and Beverage, Great Products

While in Vegas recently, I visited the sweetest spot on the Strip, The Sugar Factory, to stock up on one of my favorite treats. I’m talking about Couture Pops. A globe sits atop a beautifully bedazzled lollipop stick.

More than just a lollipop, it’s an accessory! These savvy sweets are going to make candy history – you heard it here.

Couture Lollipops

 Couture Pops have become a craze and they’re sweeping the celebrity world. Everyone from Fergie to Flo Rida can be seen with one of these couture candies. A few celebs such as Ms. Spears even have their own line.

These chichi candies  are available in a array of colors and designs, so you can select the perfect one to suit your style. A few personal faves are black onyx, champagne and the disco stick to set-off my strawberry and pina colada pops.

These sweet sensations would  make a unique and fun guest gift for your next party!


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Lots of Love: Gifts for Valentine’s Day posted in: Great Products, Uncategorized

Whether you’re looking for gift ideas for yourself or looking for that perfect gift for a special friend or loved one, we’ve got you covered with lovely gifts that are sure to make an impression!

Voluspa Candle in Champagne This is my FAVORITE candle…EVER. This is the modern luxury candle redefined. With striking packaging and extraordinary scents, Voluspa candles are handcrafted and poured with a luxurious, clean-burning coconut wax blend. The classic Maison Noir candle is a story of fragrance written in wax and poured into a glowing noir glass. Sparkling brut champagne mingles with hints of vanilla and barrel oak, a scent sure to set the mood for any Valentine’s Day celebration!

(12 oz, $27.99 available at Nordstroms)

Chocolat? Oui! Oui!
Haute Chocolate Truffles
or other chocolates and candies are always a nice gift for Valentine’s Day but why settle for store-bought brands that lack style, taste and sophistication?  This year, try giving confectionary treats from Haute Chocolate, the premiere chocolate shop in Winston-Salem, NC. Everything they make is done on-site and is all handcrafted from the finest ingredients available. And if that weren’t enough, every chocolate they make is also hand-dipped and hand decorated, giving each savory treat its own custom look.

Individual : $1.85

4 ct box : $7.25

9 ct box : $15.99

18 ct box : $26.95

Oh So Smitten
These sweet treats are guilt-free  – an indulgence any girl would love….and won’t add to her waistline!  These solid moisture rich feeling smitten cupcake bath bombs soften the water, moisturize the skin, smell delightful and add bubbles-all while soaking up the many relaxing natural salts in your bath. Original cupcakes are the same size as real cupcakes and weigh approximately 4.5 ounces. If you want to savor it, break it up into pieces and enjoy two baths out of one. Peel wrapper and drop a few pieces under running bath water.

Mini Cupcakes (shown here) weigh approximately 1.2 ounces and can be used as one single serving or two for extra sweetness.

Haute Lips
What better way to show someone you care than by giving them a great big KISS?  Available in nude or hot pink, this fun handbag can be found  at Zappos…and it’s currently on sale for only $35. Now that’s how you steal a kiss!

(Image by Studio 109 www.studio109wv.com)

Amore Amore
Kenzo Amour Perfume, the bottle’s design alone is worthy of mention – alluring in its own right, it displays as art.  But it gets even better inside this sexy silhouette, as the scent is a gentle, sensual aroma that begins with notes of the Frangipani blossom, a very fine almond-like aroma. Next, your senses travel down into the gorgeous base of woodsy, balsamic, and musky notes, and vanilla. It diffuses on the skin with all of its nuances: mysterious, sexy and alluring. Perfect for the free-spirited romantic!

(Image by Studio 109 www.studio109wv.com)

Tickle Me Pink
This beautiful marabou body duster is a delicious indulgence and oh so feminine -who wouldn’t love to have one? Feel like a movie star as you pamper yourself with your after shower body powder. Even better? Heighten the senses and make date night even sexier, delicately dust kissable body shimmer over the skin -a lady will shimmer like diamonds and taste like spun sugar Delicious!

(Image by Studio 109 www.studio109wv.com)

A shoe-in
These comfortable ballerina flats have serious style, come in a rainbow of colors and are a must-have for any ladies fashion arsenal. Tieks are made of top grain leather, boasting a cushioned heel, and designed with a fab Tiek blue split sole, these slippers fold neatly into their tiny little travel pouch and can be easily dropped into most any handbag. (Insider info: Tanja is typically rocking fab shoes with a 5″ heel so we were a little surprised by this one! However, Tanja loves her Tieks and swears by them!)

(Image by Studio 109 www.studio109wv.com)

Have other ideas? We’d love to hear. Leave us a comment!

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T’s Favorite Things 2012 posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Great Products, Health & Beauty, Travel, Trends

The Christmas holidays are just around the corner! You may be wondering what unique gifts are out there that would be great for gift giving this year! At Tanja & Co, we are here to help! After researching (shopping!) and reviewing, we’ve selected our favorite gifts to give (and receive) this year!

So Chill

We absolutely adore these Skybar Wine Chill Drops! They allow you to cool your wine one glass at a time without waiting for the entire bottle to chill in the refrigerator! You simply remove the Chill Drop from your freezer, place one in your glass and pour!

$49.50 | Frontgate


As an event planner, I’m on the road – a lot! I LOVE this Smart Charger – if you have one, you’ll never be out of power again when you’re away from home or during an emergency! This would make a great gift for your friends and family who are always on the go – buy one for them, and one for you!

$29.50 | Frontgate

In the Bag

An everyday carryall that truly fits all of your essentials, the Michelle Tote, in metallic pebbled leather, is stylish and functional. Not only is it beautiful, but it has enough space for magazines, gym clothes or a spare pair of shoes, which make it ideal for work or weekend!

$395 | ToryBurch

Shake it Up!

Relaxed, soothed muscles and soft skin are only a soak away! European Dead Sea Salts, Epsom Salt, coconut oil and sweet fragrance combine to leave you relaxed, detoxified and smelling sweet. It only takes a few shakes of these salts to turn bath time into a sweet escape. Choose Dreamsicle, Lime Cooler, or festive White Chocolate Peppermint flavor. Each 8oz. shake serves 2-3 luxurious and beautifying baths.

$13 | Feeling Smitten

Chow Down

For those on your gift-giving list who have furry children, these Harry Barker Toile Food Bowls are sure to make a great choice! They are stylish and durable and pair beautifully with the rest of the Toile Food Storage Collection.

$24 & up | Harry Barker

Just in Case

Design a custom case for your beau of bff using your own photos, colors and graphics. Dress electronics in your personal style, or mask it in your favorite mantra.

Start at $40 http://custom.case-mate.com


These ovenproof, stackable, porcelain dishes open all kinds of new possibilities in the kitchen.  As a girl on the go, I truly appreciate the time-saving design – store, cook and serve all in one dish! Less time, Less mess. But the true genius of these pieces is that you can cook several courses at once! Christian Bjørn’s brilliant design allows oven heat to flow freely in all dishes. These chic pieces are workhorses and a must have in one’s kitchen arsenal.

$99 and up | allmodern

Crossed Up

Every girl on the go needs a cross-body bag. Now I love my satchels and totes, but there are times when I need my hands and arms free or my chosen ensemble for the evening calls for a smaller clutch. The cross-body bag is versatile, great for keeping essentials at your fingertips when shopping or at the airport and can double as a clutch for an evening out on the town.

$348 | Saks

Let’s Play Ball

Here’s a toy you can feel extra jolly about buying for your wee tot. Inspire your budding artist or architect with the playable ART Ball,  a set of  interconnected wooden balls joined by specially designed connectors allowing it to be easily manipulated into an endless number of patterns and creative configurations.

From $29.95 | beyond123

Drop It Like It’s Haute

These statement earrings are sure to become a favorite in your BFF’s jewelry box. The embellished drop design features a brass flower and crystal tear drop  suspended from a twinkling, emerald-cut glass stone in a warm amber tone – oh so elegant. The perfect accent for an evening look or as an unexpected accessory to glam up your daytime dress.

$350| ToryBurch

Color Me Happy

A dazzling set that features 16 mini nail colors plus a full-size jewel top coat. This polish set will get you ready  for any occasion with a mix of Sephora by OPI’s bestsellers, trend shades, and basics. It’s an ideal gift or little personal treat for yourself.

$49.50 | Sephora

Heavy Metal (heavy on style that is)

Handspun from aluminum and glazed to obtain the depth and multi-color of dupoini silk. These piece would work great in any number of places in the home.

$100-200 | Beyond Blue Interiors

Brush Up

Apply your makeup with finesse using this pristine, limited edition brush set dipped in a rich, gold finish.These innovative brushes were designed by French designer, Phillipe De Mao, and feature elongated, tapered handles displayed in the included base. Bonus, these will look glamorous on your vanity.

If this gift is for a fashionable girl on the go, I also love the deco dazzle set which comes with a chic black and gold clutch.

$68 | Sephora


One of my longtime personal favorites, Givenchy’s Hot Couture. Like runway fashion, this fragrance is glamorous yet sophisticated. Through sensuality and warmth, Hot Couture creates an elegance that can only be equated with couture fashion. Sweet raspberry nectar, magnolia, and ambered vetiver combine to bewitch us with vibrant, confident, and passionate femininity.

$67 | Ulta

Unleash L’Artiste

Do you believe in magic? Well, if you didn’t  – you will now.  Little artists can create like Picasso – minus the mess!  The Magic Light Paint Palette lights up to match the color of whatever paint you use, but only shows up on the special magic paper. Dip the brush in the color palette, it lights up in the selected color, and “paint” away.

$19.99 | Crayola

All Tied Up

This smart, silk bowtie crisply piped in white, gives it serious graphic appeal. Can we say dapper?

$162 | ahalife

Haute Cocoa

Jacques Torres makes this haute cocoa with real chocolate – never cocoa powder. The result is a thick, rich, creamy hot chocolate bursting with flavor. This combo includes both the Classic and Wicked mixes  – perfect to suit both your naughty and nice moments.

$36 | JacquesTorres


Use this stylus just as you would a real pen within the Studio Basic app—take notes, make maps, draw diagrams—and make your iPad even more indispensible.

$159 | ahalife

Put a Ring on It

From catwalk to sidewalk, this three-stone cocktail ring really rocks! Shimmering stones and a Dorado striped crystal provide the perfect amount of bling to go with just about everything.

$88 | henribendel

Bring it to the Surface

For the techies in your life, you’ll definitely want to consider checking out surface, the latest from Microsoft.  Not only does it have some really great features (including a kickstand!) but it has an amazing design, too!

Connect for Pricing | Microsoft

Pip is Hip

Instead of giving someone the traditional popcorn in a tin, give them something a bit different, such as this Pipcorn Crate!  We love the design of it, and it comes backed with  four family size bags of limited edition holiday flavors!

$88 | Pip Snacks

Touchy Feely

Cult British nail brand Ciaté® brings decadent luxury to your fingertips with its latest in nail art innovation – The Velvet Manicure.  This chic mani is created in a two-step innovative kit. Featuring luxurious crushed velvet, this kit was inspired by excessive layering of exuberant textures, which was featured in fashion shows around the globe. The result? A truly unique, sophisticated, strokeable finish.

$19 | Nordstrom

Down to Business

Ensure that your friends and fam are set to make their best impression. Be armed with plenty of business cards on your next networking venture with this Leather Card Case. The opportunity for a great first impression was never classier!

$35 | Leatherology

Bag It Up!

Make sure your jet set friends travel in style with these  adorable travel essentials. It’s the things that we often do not buy for ourselves that we wonder how we ever traveled without.

$38 | hendribendel

Chic Tieks

Who doesn’t love a good, comfy pair of shoes that are also incredibly stylish? Tieks are designer flats you can fit in your purse and wear all day, every day!  Stylish.  Comfortable.  They are available in a full array of styles and colors. LOVE!

$100 | tikes


Lolita has the most adorable hand-painted stemware with a special recipe on the bottom of each glass!  We love the holiday glasses they have featured!

$24 | Lolita

This Little Piggy went to Business School

Personal finance education needs to start young and this fun piggy bank makes that easy!  The Money Savvy Pig piggy bank has four chambers, one for each of the four money management choices a child should be taught from the time they are small –  SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST.

$16.99 | Money Savvy Generation

Let’s Make-Up

We love this perfect petit palette for a chic, on-trend look for your holiday engagements – the Guerlain Liu Eye & Lip Calligraphy Palette!!  This is definitely a gift you’ll want to buy two of – one for a friend, and one for you!

$79 | Nordstrom

In Your Face

Love. Love. Love these! Custom one-of-kind bangles. The contours on these chic bracelets are hand-carved  from a photograph you provide to reflect the unique contours of your face  or the face of your love or BFF. These bold bangles are available in a number of haute hues and beg to be worn by the armful!

$350 | Cameo By RUX


Snuggly-chic is what your friends and fam will  be when equipped with one of these sumptuous sweaters. Equipment’s line of  cozy cashmere sweater styles are available in an array of happy hues and classic neutrals.

$268+ | Equipment

Make a ‘State’ment

Care for a Florida-shaped flapjack or Texas-sized biscuit? This cast iron art is a functional example of design concept meeting utility. Cast iron skillets shaped like a different state from the Lower 48 (sorry, Hawaii and Alaska). Each skillet also comes with a custom made magnetic hanger that will allow you to display your pans on the wall. Dedicated foodies can create different geographical compositions using the artful pans.

$450+ | Felion Studios

If you have any other great gift ideas, please leave a comment and share with everyone as many of us still have shopping to do.  Also, be sure to check out our favorite things from 2011.  We’d love to know what gifts you plan to give (and would like to receive) this year!

Happy Holidays!

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Gift Ideas for Your Holiday Hostess! posted in: Entertaining Essentials, Etiquette, Great Products

In less than 3 weeks, many of us will be traveling to visit family and friends for the Thanksgiving holiday.  No matter if you are traveling across the country or a mile down the road to celebrate Thanksgiving with a delicious meal, you will probably want to bring your host or hostess a gift to show your appreciation!

At Tanja & Co., we wanted to make it easy for you find the perfect hostess gift!  Below we have listed some of our favorite hostess gifts to give (they are also gifts we wouldn’t mind receiving!).

A Cheerful Knife for a Cheerful Host

This adorable knife would make such a cool hostess gift (or holiday gift) for the culinary enthusiasts in your life!  It can be used to quickly chop herbs, veggies, and chocolate!

Be Cheesey!

This quirky set of cheese buttons will serve to identify the source of the milk used to make the cheeses displayed on your cheese board. Each animal profile grip anchors into the cheese with three pointed prongs. Guests can then hold the head to keep the cheese block in place for serving. A set of three includes one of each: Cow, Goat and Sheep.

Sip with Style

We think these cocktail napkins make the perfect hostess gift!  We love this “drinks” cocktail napkin set that comes in a Kim Seybert gift box. The assorted napkins include: red wine, champagne, margarita, dirty martini, cosmopolitan, and mojito.

Tea for One

A simply charming single tea service. This chic three-piece stacking set is comprised of a flat bottom, 12 ounce tea pot that perches atop a cup with saucer. A lovely gift for anyone who is passionate about the art of the tea service.

Don’t forget the (Chocolate) Chips

How about bringing these Neiman Marcus chocolate coated potato crisps?  Your host will love these unique chocolates that are a tongue-tingling twist of sweet and savory tastes!  This is sure to be a popular choice this year!

Bring the champagne….candle!

Have you seen the Voluspa Candles?  We love them and know your host will too!  From the moment you illuminate one you will notice why these candles are made from the purest high grade ingredients. The fragrance comes through perfectly, lingering in the air even after the candle has been extinguished. And because of the high quality of the ingredients, the fragrances are pure, clean and refreshing. Once your host burns a Voluspa Candle, they may not want to burn anything else!

Carry Your Champagne In Style!

When traveling to Thanksgiving this year, you’ll be able to travel light yet still chill your bubbly in high-style!  We love this champagne bag!

Mani/Pedi Options

After your holiday get-together, your hostess will love the opportunity to treat herself to a mani/pedi!  We highly recommend OPI’s new James Bond collection and are big fans of the Chanel nail polishes!  Which are your favorites?

We’d love to know which of these you’d like to give (or receive) this holiday season!  Leave us a comment below!   And, if you need are hosting Thanksgiving this year, we’d love to help style your home for the holidays!  Contact us here: http://ow.ly/eFDsT

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Chill Out! posted in: Fashion, Great Products

Just because you’re on the run, doesn’t mean your make-up should be too. Ever pulled out you lipstick to freshen up your look on beautiful, hot sunny day only to discover that your makeup had once again melted in the heat?

Well, never again I say! Now you can relax poolside, at the beach or enjoy your summer travel without worry of your makeup turning to goo? Society, I give you “Cool-it-Caddy” A chic, insulated cosmetic bag that prevents makeup from melting!!!

Too COOL, right?!

Cool-it Caddy Classic Insulated Cosmetic Bag - Zebra

How is this possible? Well, I’ll tell you how. Cool-it Caddy is has a built in coolant comes equipped that’s designed to keep your make-up from melting and becoming goopy during your warm weather travels. It’s a cinch to use, simply pop it in the freezer to prep for travel. Once frozen, this chic clutch will keep your make-up cool for up to five hours.

With multiple chic styles to choose from, these convenient bags are the perfect summer accessory.  The Classic Cool comes in your choice of high style such as zebra (my fave, of course) and pink croc. They also have a mini  Ice-Pop that comes in an eye-catching array of bright colors. Cool styles are also available for the gents Cool-it Caddy Classic for Men is the perfect on-the-go accessory for men who travel, play sports and are out-and-about in high-temperature areas.

And starting at just under $25, there a total steal! Bottom line –  you can’t afford not to have one of these fashionable, high-quality, clutches in your arsenal for chic living.

Keep it Cool!

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Get a Load of Those Lashes! posted in: Fashion, Great Products

Do you notice anything in particular on the “eyes” of my car pictured below? My car has eye lashes…well, Carlashes!  If you’ve never heard of ‘Car Lashes’ until now, well consider yourself  “in the know”.

Flash those lashes!

Now your ride can be as darling as you are! CarLashes are a really fun and cute accessory – they are basically eye lash extensions for your headlights and can give your car personality. …or at least “extend” the personality of the driver. The flexible design of the accessories bend around the headlights and attach above the headlights with special automotive tape designed not to damage the paintwork when removed. If you’re feeling extra frisky, you can add ‘eyeliner’ – strips of rhinestones – to enhance the look.

Car Lashes

Some say they’re cute, others say flirty, I think they’re downright darling and fun!  But, lady drivers aren’t the only ones who get to have fun accessories for their vehicles.  For our male drivers out there, there’s something for you too….introducing….Carstaches!!

In case you are wondering where to find Car Lashes, click here!  And if you’re looking for Carstaches, you can visit here!  Happy Driving!

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