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I love to go shopping for my loved ones during the holidays, except I have a small problem– I always end up shopping for myself. What can I say, I have good taste when it comes to gift giving and sometimes it’s hard to resist picking up an extra one for myself. I’m generally pretty good about resisting the urge, but I lost control this week.
I was walking though Dillard’s enjoying the holiday atmosphere and looking for a gift for my mom. My mom is very stylish and likes accessories that are fashionable, yet chic. She loves jewelry (what woman doesn’t!??!), so I headed for that department to find her something special. I spotted pretty Anne Klein Box Sets that instantly caught my attention. The sets include a watch with 2-3 coordinating bracelets in a variety of styles to choose from at a reasonable price. My mom prefers yellow gold, so I picked her up a set that I think she is going to love. Then, that’s when temptation got the best of me too. I ended up leaving with one for me too– the rose gold set! What can I say, I couldn’t resist the twinkle of the Swarovski® crystals on the watch!
My mom is still new to the arm party thing, so I’m putting together some tips to share with her, which I think you will enjoy too.
How To Style Your Holiday Arm Party
Mix Metals- Gone are the days where all of your metals have to coordinate. While wearing the same metal is pretty, you can have a little fun by mixing things up, while still keeping your look sophisticated. Add dimension to your arm party, by incorporating silver, gold and rose gold into your look.
To stack or not to stack?- A well curated arm party includes a 2-5 pieces which can also include a watch. For simple days, opt for small party with a bracelet and a watch. For festive days, feel free to stack away!
Personal Touches- I love a great set of bracelets that coordinate perfectly together, but I also like to give them my own personalized feel. I love to layer in some of my favorites, such as the gold bracelet that my boyfriend bought me, or the tassel bracelet that I bought on my recent vacation. Together these pieces will spruce up your holiday arm party and will likely spark a conversation at your holiday party.
I’m actually thinking about printing these tips on pretty paper and including them inside of the Anne Klein Box Set that I’m gifting to her for Christmas. Speaking of gifting, the box is super easy to wrap and it inspired me to create my own gift wrap this season! I’m mad about anything marble lately, so I created my own DIY Marbled Wrapping Paper. Although people are crazy about marble right now, it’s a timeless stone that never goes out of style. I think it’s the perfect presentation for the set that I’m giving to my mom.
DIY Marbled Wrapping Paper
- Shaving Cream
- Indian Ink
- Baking sheet
- Metal or plastic Ruler
- Painter’s Tape
- Heavy Paper (suitable for wrapping, while still being absorbent)
- Optional: Newspaper to cover your work space
1. Using a sheet of paper large enough to wrap your gift, place Painter’s tape around the top and bottom edge of your paper to create an area to hold your paper. This will also help to keep your paper from buckling.
Note: This marbling technique can take a few tries to get the hang of, so I would suggest that you prepare a few extra sheets of paper.
3. Place a few drops of Indian ink in the shaving cream and use your ruler to fold the ink into the shaving cream. Don’t work about creating a “marbled design” or any design for that matter. Let the design create its self organically, ensuring not to over fold the shaving cream.
4. Dip the paper into the shaving cream and ensure that all of the paper is covered in shaving cream. You may need to press the paper into the shaving cream and gently rub it into the cream. Make sure sure to move swiftly in this step, so that the paper doesn’t absorb excess moisture.
5. Remove the paper from the shaving cream and use the ruler to scrape off the excess shaving cream. You can scrape the excess into an empty tray, but I found the scrapping it directly into my kitchen sink was the easiest.
Wrapping Tip: Since marble is a natural element, consider keeping up the theme by decorating your gift with other natural elements such as leaves, twine, or metallic ribbon.
Do you have a special woman in your life that would love an Anne Klein Box Set? Tell me about her and why this would be the perfect gift for her?