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Your 5 Must-Haves for the Beach and the Slopes!

The holidays call for plenty of parties and family time, but don’t you deserve to escape for fun? We have the perfect pieces to take with you, whether your pleasure is a tropical beach or snowy slopes. Here’s our faves, and shop everything for your vacation, from sandals to parkas in our Winter Getaways event!

For the Beach
1) Everyone needs a teeny-tiny bikini: Lisa Curran Python Print Bikini, Top, $49, and Bottom, $49
2) Who says one-pieces can’t be sexy?: Mikoh Galapogos String Side Swimsuit, $99
3) Whittle your waist with a slimming maillot: SpanxSwim Belted Bandeau, $99
4) Add a pop of color: Malia Mills Adjustable Triangle Top, $72
5) Cover up in style!: Basta Surf Silk Printed Beach Pant, $89

For the Slopes
1) Get cozy in the perfect ski jacket: Marker Crescent Insulated Jacket, $139
2) Swoosh in style with the perfect ski pant: Marker Betty Pants, $99
3) Put your best boot forward: Candela Shiloh Wedge Bootie, $119
4) Tuck your essentials in a tote: Pour la Victoire Butler Duffle, $249
5) Warm up by the fire in a cozy knit: Avaleigh Reindeer Cardigan, $79

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It’s Time to Make it Timeless with Gilt.com

What’s better than giving a gift that’s loved forever? We want to help you make your holidays timeless this year with classic gift picks and enduring holiday party ideas. Read on for some of the best that’s happening on Gilt.com this week to truly help make your holiday memorable.

For the lady in your life, gift her an iconic design from Yves Saint Laurent Handbags & Shoes, or a glittering piece from Fine Jewelry by Marco Bicego. Add a pop of color to her wardrobe with Rebecca Minkoff Handbags, or help her get glam for a winter getaway with exclusive pieces from Donna Karan New York.

Men can suit up in a style they’ll have forever from Mr Brown by Duckie Brown, and accessorize with a tried and true piece from the Vintage Watchessale. And you can make him smile with a cheeky accessory from Tucker Blair .

Give the gift of five-star hotel style with serene and sophisticated Frette, or add a touch of the enduring style of Scandinavian Design. If all else fails, wow them with luxury like cashmere slippers and throws.

And while the little ones grow up fast, Jacadi‘s looks for kids will never go out of style. Thomas & Friends toys and apparel are a classic for all ages, while teddy bears from Steiff and Gund that will always have a place on bedroom shelves.

Find your timeless gift today!

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The Perfect Outfit for Work to Parties

Tis the season…of never getting to run home to change your outfit before you go out to post-work holiday parties! Sure, you’re thrilled with your hopping social calendar, but what’s a girl to wear?

We’ve come up with the perfect work-to-party outfit, centered around the 24-hour dress. What is that you ask? It’s a perfect mix of demure enough for the desk but figure-flattering enough for a party. Think about wrap dresses, fitted sheaths with leather details, or something with just a hint of sparkle.

Find out more on StyleCaster.com and shop the sale on Gilt.com, starting at 9 PM ET on December 5!

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5 Questions for The Pret-a-Surf Designers

With Winter getaways on our minds, who better to turn to than the incredibly chic, jetsetting founders of Pret-à-Surf to talk about swimwear? Jillian Demling (who is also Entertainment Editor at Vogue) and Karen Mulligan (who is also studio Manager for the photographer, Annie Leibovitz) were inspired to create the line when they were frustrated with what they found in the market: ill-fitting rash guards that felt more girly than cool.

Enter their line, which has a cult following among the fashionable and fabulous, so we are thrilled to have it on Gilt.com in our Winter Getaways event, starting at noon ET on December 5! Find out what inspired Demling and Mulligan, while we dream about going to their favored destination of the north shore of Kauai.

Q: What inspired you to start the line?
We were inspired to start Pret-à-Surf because we could not find chic surfwear. We were preparing for a surf trip and could not find any rashguards that we liked. All the rashguards made for women were pink or purple with big flowers and logos all over them . And they did not fit well because they were basically men’s rashguards cut smaller not taking into account a woman’s curves.

Q: How do you marry function and style in the line?
We are both very active women. We love to play sports but we also love fashion and want to look good while we play . We were very focused on making our surf line fashionable while using high performance fabrics that would hold up in the water and in the washer/dryer. We made sure the fit of our rashguards was perfect. We even added a zipper in the back so it didn’t ride up in the water .

Q: What are some of the special details in your pieces that make them so unique?
Our signature detail is the red zipper we added to our rashguards, sometimes in the front and sometimes in the back. Women come in all different shapes and sizes and we wanted to make a suit for every shape. We looked to swim styles from the ’40s and ’50s for inspiration. You can be sexy without showing it all.

Q: Bikini, one-piece or wetsuit (and why)?
It depends on what you are doing? Sunbathe in a bikini, swim in a one piece and surf in a rashguard and board shorts.

Q: What should every woman pack for a beach getaway? What can’t you travel without?
A Pret-à-Surf rashguard and bathing suit, sunscreen, a great book. The rashguards can be worn in the water by day and with jeans at night so it’s a must have (and it won’t wrinkle in your carry-on).

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