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

Energize


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

Stacked

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

Scentillating

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

iStylin’

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

Cheers!


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

Equipped

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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The Ultimate Royal Wedding and Once-in-a Lifetime Experience posted in: Entertainment, Events, Society News, Travel, Weddings

We all remember watching the royal wedding of Diana and Charles on TV, setting our alarms at the oddest of midnight hours to ensure that we did not miss this once-in-a-lifetime royal affair. Well as you know (unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for months now), HRH Prince William of Wales is engaged to be married to Ms. Catherine Middleton come spring. How would you like to take a trip across the pond to feel the royal love that will be in the air in April?

Society, I have learned that my friend and fellow event planner Nicole Matthews has organized the trip of a lifetime and I wanted to pass on the information to you in case you would be interested in being a part of what is sure to be a spectacular experience! The skinny….

You are cordially invited to join The Henley Company

for a once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive trip for 25 guests to experience

“A Celebration of the Royal Wedding”

April 24 – May 4, 2011

London, England

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“A Celebration of the Royal Wedding” is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to celebrate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Ms. Catherine Middleton. For most American’s to enjoy a Royal Wedding they must get up in the middle of the night and watch the coverage on TV. It is how an entire generation of young women recount the wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Ms. Diana Spencer. Forget setting your alarm this time around! Grab your girlfriends, your sisters and your fellow Royal followers and hop a plane to London so you can enjoy all of the pomp and circumstance first hand for the Royal Wedding of Wills & Kate! You can be witness to the dawn of the modern monarchy and personally celebrate the love story of a dynamic young couple.

Enjoy 10 days/9 nights in London, England for a unique

Royal themed tour and celebration of the Royal Wedding!

Photo by Mario Testino

Tour Package Includes:

Non-stop, round-trip service from LAX to London via Virgin Atlantic

4-star luxury hotel accommodation in central London with daily breakfast

Private coach service & transfers

Private visit of the Crown Jewels

Panoramic tour of the old City of London and City of Westminster

Private tour with expert guide of luxury boutiques and retailers with the Royal Warrant

Private tour and lunch at Chavenage House, the earliest Royal residence

Private tour of Eton College (school of HRH Prince William of Wales)

Visit to Runnymede & Windsor Castle

Private visit to the Judith Blacklock Flower School for a demonstration of Royal Wedding flowers

Join the public celebration of the Royal Wedding

Special dinner in honor of the Royal couple

Guided Tour of Westminster Abbey

Private tour of the Royal Garden with Royal Historian

Private lesson in the history and etiquette of High Tea

And more activities to come…

This exclusive trip will be limited to 25 guests.

To secure your place, Book Today!  

Price range is $6500-$7000 per person, with an ‘early-bird-special’ to those who book early. Deposit is due by February 33th, so contact Nicole, nicole@thehenleycompany.com, to obtain a more detailed itinerary and additional tour information.

If you book a reservation please let me know. I would be happy to post your review of this once-in-a-lifetime experience that everyone will be dying to know about.

Enjoy!

Tanja

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