Gilt’s Gifts Under $50 On The Today Show

Still scrambling around for last-minute gifts? Worry not. Our Lifestyle Editor Chassie Post stopped by Today  to talk fabulous presents perfect for everyone on your list. Oh, and the best part: They’re all under $50. You’re very welcome.

 

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Shop The Cool Girl’s Guide to Vintage Chanel

When we say “vintage Chanel” — on Gilt today at noon ET— we’re not talking about your grandma’s tweed suit. Enter the new generation of devoted Coco fans: cool girls who bid adieu the rules. Whether edging up sweaters with punkish accessories or pairing prim jackets with worn-in jeans, these ladies know the trick is using traditional pieces to make modern, individual style statements. Love the look? Shop our mix of timeless classics, and then spin them completely fresh.

[Top row: Clémence Poésy, Alexa Chung, Caroline de Maigret. Bottom row: Leigh Lezark, Marine Vacth, Lily Allen]

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The Gilt Guide to Holiday Entertaining

We know how to party. In fact, we’re so good at it, we decided to exercise our expertise and throw the perfect holiday fete for the chic Gilt staff and their well-dressed guests.

In our Gilt Guide to Holiday Entertaining, we break down our soiree and show you — step by step — how to throw an unforgettable night of your own. Now here’s a little more to each of those steps, so you can truly perfect your party.

Step One: Set the Mood

DJ May Kwok curated the soundtrack to our soiree. She also revealed her secret for a perfect holiday playlist:

"Combine classic holiday songs with fun, contemporary tracks. Then you'll have them singing AND dancing." -- DJ May Kwok

“Combine classic holiday songs with fun, contemporary tracks. Then you’ll have them singing AND dancing.”

Step Two: Pour Something Festive

Guests will feel automatically sophisticated as they sip our Absolut Elyx martinis. Serve it with our champagne and Elyx infused “Copper Cup #16″ cocktail, and the celebratory toasts will quickly begin:

3 parts Absolut Elyx
2 parts champagne
3 parts fresh passion fruit puree or juice
1 part vanilla syrup

Mix up your bar a little bit too. We suggest  Perrier Jouet — a bubbly that everyone can get behind — and a red and white wine from Kenwood Vineyards. In particular, their Sauvignon Blanc complements a number of dishes — perfect for a group of diverse small plates — including light-sauced poultry, shellfish and seafood dishes, as well as spicy Asian cuisine.

Find deals on all of our suggested bar accoutrements on Gilt City, including Absolut Elyx, Perrier Jouet, and Kenwood Vineyards.

Step Three: Serve Celebratory Nibbles

Chef Scott Conant hosted our holiday soiree in his 3,000 square foot private New York City culinary suite. Delicious, inventive small plates made the rounds, perfect for keeping guests going without leaving them full.

This time of year, Gilt VP of Brand Relations Brooke Cundiff makes food the centerpiece of her thoughtful soirees:

"Some of the best holiday parties my husband and I have hosted have been small, intimate dinners with two or four of our good friends; we gather them to have what we call a 'family dinner' -- a moment to appreciate all we've accomplished in the year and look forward to what we will do in the next year."

“Some of the best holiday parties my husband and I have hosted have been small, intimate dinners with two or four of our good friends; we gather them to have what we call a ‘family dinner’ — a moment to appreciate all we’ve accomplished in the year and look forward to what we will do in the next year.”

Step Four: Dress the Part

Gilt VP of Merchandising Devina Foley explains that holiday ensembles should be festive, yet season-appropriate:

"Sparkling details, faux fur, and black lace -- all of these scream holiday chic AND winter style."

“Sparkling details, faux fur, and black lace — all of these scream holiday chic AND winter style.”

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Exclusive: Deborah Lippmann’s Perfect Holiday Mani

Who better to go to for the perfect holiday mani than celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann (whose clients include A-listers like Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Jessica Parker)? Lippmann chose two of her luxe, seasonal hues and a hint of sparkle — available on Gilt — for our exclusive design. Follow the four easy steps below and you’ll be polished and ready for every occasion — including any last-minute invites.

Deborah Lippmann

  1. On clean, dry nails, apply a base coat and let dry two minutes. Then apply Flash Dance to the bottom half of your nails and let them dry for two minutes.
  1. Using Rolling In The Deep, paint two coats, leaving a half moon shape of Flash Dance at the base of your nail exposed. Wait two minutes between each coat.
  1. Brush out some I Love The Nightlife on a piece of tin foil. Using a dotting tool, pick up and place individual glitters on the edge of your nail to create a studded French tip.
  1. Apply top coat and wait two minutes to dry.
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