Need An Escape? OPI’s Island-Style Manis Are Just The Thing

Attention, those in need of a spring vacation (a. k. a. all of us): We’re in a tropical state of mind thanks to OPI and their new Hawaii collection. We teamed up with them to give you the beach break you need both virtually and in real life. Vote for your favorite mani in our Hawaiian Getaway Sweepstakes and one lucky winner will receive a trip for two to the Polynesian paradise. The rest of us can channel the Aloha spirit thanks to OPI’s Little Hulas mini pack of four nail lacquers, complementary with a purchase of $75 or more in the Hawaiian Getaway Sale; plus, four cool manis to try with your new polishes. We tapped Valley Nails—NYC’s premier nail art salon—to create these exclusive island-style manis with the OPI Hawaii collection. Get the rundown below for the step-by-step how-to, and jumpstart your journey to umbrella drinks in bikinis.

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Spring Forward: Get The Tory Burch Look Stars Love

Celebrities can’t seem to get enough of Tory Burch — and neither can we. That’s why we’ve got pieces from the designer’s spring/summer collection on Gilt today at noon ET, plus fresh-from-the-runway pointers on how to wear them well. Shop Aubrey Plaza’s citrus shades, Nikki Reed’s remixed lace, and Anna Kendrick’s playful pineapple prints. It’s everything you need for a stylish spring awakening.

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Say Yes to Kleinfeld Bridal’s First-Ever Online Sample Sale!

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Let’s be fair here: You hardly need a ring on your finger to be super enthused about Kleinfeld’s first-ever online sample sale, launching at noon ET exclusively on Gilt. In fact, a healthy obsession with TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” will do just fine—because we’ve tapped the show’s most trusted bridal consultants to dish up advice for choosing the most important dress you’ll ever wear. Study up, then shop the sale to discover your own dream dress at up to 50% off.

StyleFile: What’s your advice for a bride who has no idea what she wants to wear? Should she look at magazines, celeb photos, Pinterest—or just start trying on?
Debbie: My advice for a bride who has no idea at all is to search kleinfeldbridal.com, plus other bridal websites such as theknot.com and to browse through magazines. The bride should bring the pictures to her appointment and let the consultant know how she wants to feel on her wedding day, whether that’s romantic, sexy etc.
Antonella: Photos are the best way to start.  Search our website and Pinterest and bring photos of your favorite gowns to your appointment. It will help give me an idea of your style.

SF: What’s your advice for a bride who thinks she knows exactly what she wants? Should she consider other options?
Debbie: You only buy a wedding gown once (hopefully) so all options should be explored. You need to say no sometimes to confirm the yes!
Antonella: Don’t get your heart set on a gown you have seen in a magazine until you try it on.  Photos can be deceiving.

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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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