VIE’s Favorite Things: Winter 2011

What We Love for This Season’s Gift Giving

By Ainsley Rogers



For Her:

Whether she’s a trendsetter, a product lover, or always on the move, we’ve got the perfect gift for the girl in your life.

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Sheridan French Clutch

Sheridan French, author of The Southern Eclectic and the creative mind behind her self-labeled line, hits the nail on the head with her Saphira clutch, featured here in Peacock. Her line captures the essence of laid-back luxury and has us dreaming of spring despite the chilly temps. Snatch this clutch up to put a little spring in your girl’s winter step.

Saphira Clutch in Peacock, $495


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A Winter Wardrobe Must-Have

With parties sure to be part of your holiday calendar, ’tis the season to be trendy. One of our favorite staple pieces for the cold winter months happens to be the Celia boot by Frye. This versatile boot can be worn over the knee or folded over, fusing a winter look with feminine style. Wear them with a bright scarf and skinny jeans or throw them on with a sweater dress and tights for instant style.

Available at Willow, $350


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Pure Barre Classes

Founded by dancer, choreographer, and fitness guru Carrie Rezabek Dorr, Pure Barre uses the ballet barre to isolate body areas with small isometric movements. Fast-paced music and quick results make this an exercise regimen to experience—perfect for any girl in your life who is on the move.

Go to for prices and a location near you.


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The Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Treatment

This treatment is an indulgent gift for anyone who needs a little “me time.” The line will treat hair from the inside out with eight luxury products, perfect for all types of hair. Make an appointment for the damage-undoing KeraTriplex Treatment, then take home your favorite products for silky, shiny, healthy hair.

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Treatment
KeraTriplex Treatment (in salon), $35

Featured here:
Keratin Cream Rinse, $26
Styling Treatment Oil, $28
Moisturizing Lather Shampoo, $24

Available at Pure & Co.uture


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HStudio Accents

Unique accent pieces, such as Rocky the Rhino featured here from HStudio, an L.A.-based design company, serve as the perfect present for anyone immersed in home decor. HStudio is donating 10 percent of each sale of this sculpture to an organization striving to help save the almost-extinct rhinoceros. The original sculpture is also being auctioned off, with all the proceeds from the sale being donated to benefit the rhino. The perfect gift and addition to the modern home.

Available at HStudio, $1737.50 (without base)


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HEAVYmetalbyLW Necklace

For the trendsetter in your life, HEAVYmetalbyLW—a chunky, eclectic line of one-of-a-kind necklaces and bracelets by Nashville-based designer Lauren Weiner—is just the ticket for this season. This line has been worn by such singing sensations as Natasha Bedingfield, Lauren Alaina, and Meghan Linsey (of Steel Magnolia). We adore HMbyLW so much we’re giving away this featured piece, designed exclusively for VIE, in our next Facebook giveaway. Beginning January 1, 2012, simply Like VIE on Facebook and enter under the Givies tab for your chance to win this exclusive piece!

Necklace Feature Here, Exclusive to VIE, $275


For Him:

No exchanges or returns will be necessary for the guys in your life if you choose one of our favorite gifts for him this season.

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Timeless Ray-Bans

The Ray-Ban Wayfarer is one of the most recognizable styles in the history of sunglasses. Worn by many celebrities, musicians, and artists, Wayfarers are the perfect addition to your main man’s wardrobe, making these famous shades one of our favorite gift options.

Available at Sunglass Hut International at Silver Sands Factory Stores, $194.95


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Vintage Memories

For the sports enthusiast on your gift list, these vintage football calendars, available at Sundog Books in Seaside, Florida, are the perfect option. Available in a wide variety of teams, these calendars feature vintage photos of his favorite players. Don’t see your team? Simply call Sundog and they’ll place a special order on your behalf today.

Available at Sundog Books, $19.95
And online at


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Go on YOLO

The YOLO Express paddleboard is the perfect gift for someone who loves to be on the water. Shorter than the original YOLO, it’s perfect for easy transport and will make any day on the water one to remember. You Only Live Once!

YOLO Board, $985


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Gordie Hinds Original Artwork

Sure to be loved by any art collector in your life, “Western Lake” by Gordie Hinds captures one of the best views of our home on Scenic Highway 30A. Available at the Donna Burgess Gallery at Grand Boulevard in Sandestin or Albert F’s in Seaside, this gift is the perfect addition to any home or office looking to remember summer on the Emerald Coast.

“Western Lake” by Gordie Hinds, featured here 30” x 40”, $1800


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A Gentleman’s Drink

For the slightly preppy man on your list, this needlepoint flask makes any nightcap a stylish affair. Perfect for mixing up a cocktail on the beach or on the go, this is sure to be a favorite for Southern gentlemen across the map. Made in many different designs by Smathers & Branson.

Available at Barefoot Princess, $65
(850) 534-0825


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A Golf Getaway

For the man who’s always on the golf course, why not send him to one of the most luxurious courses in the South? Named “Course of the Millennium” by Travel + Leisure magazine, this 18-hole, par-72 championship course is located just off Northwest Florida’s Scenic Highway 30A within the Town of WaterSound, making it the perfect location for a golfer’s getaway. Book a weekend away for him now!

Camp Creek Golf Club


For the Kids:

Give them something that will only make them cuter! These crocheted Owl Hats by My Swallow’s Nest will not only help beat the frigid winter temps but will also ensure your favorite little guy or girl is the cutest kid in town.

Available at Duckies Shop of Fun, $39.00
(850) 231-4800

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For the Pet:

Not to forget the pets on your list, this Hard Core Fire Hose dog toy will make you a favorite with the family dog and keep him away from your favorite shoes! Made from the same material as fire hoses, it is a bestseller with pets across the country.

Available at Bow Wow Meow Pet Company, $10.95
(850) 534-0009

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For the Hosts

Don’t show up empty-handed to all those festive holiday parties you’ve been invited to! Here are some gift ideas for your gracious hosts.

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Sucré’s Sweets

From our favorite New Orleans–based sweet shop, the Sucré Holiday Gift Box is sure to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. The Holiday Gift Box is filled with a 15-piece Mint Chocolate Collection, 15-piece Holiday Macaroon Collection, Peppermint Drinking Chocolate, a Maracaibo 65 Chocolate Bar, and Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows.

Sucré, $90


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A Festive Red

For an indulgent gift, Belle Glos Clark and Telephone Vineyard Pinot Noir is the perfect pairing for many of the season’s favorite dishes. From a California coastal vineyard, this wine is produced in one of the top wine-growing regions.

Available at Chan’s Wine World, $47.99


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Chalk It Up

For a fixture in the host’s home, why not wrap up one of these decorative chalkboards from Tracery? They are perfect for leaving reminders anywhere in the home. Write a personal thank-you on the board before wrapping it up with a fresh box of chalks. Available in many shapes and sizes.

Available at Tracery Interiors, from $2 to $44.


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Seasonal Scent

When you arrive, be sure to light up the room with a gift of scent for the season. Get your hands on the exclusive and acclaimed Melograno in Terracotta (or Terra-Cotta Pomegranate). This is a pomegranate fruit handcrafted in terra-cotta. It has been soaked in pomegranate cologne from Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella, and the characteristic fragrance is slowly released in the air. A sure hit with any host!

Available at Patchouli’s, $60


Fantasy Gifts

’Tis the gift-giving season, but what to do for the person on your list who has everything? If your pockets are deep enough, VIE’s favorite fantasy gifts are sure to surprise.

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A Chic Sparkler

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then this fancy yellow cushion-cut diamond necklace, at over ten carats, is sure to be your girl’s fantasy gift! This exquisite piece not only exudes class and style, but is sure to command attention as soon as she walks in the room.

Daniel K Fancy Yellow Cushion-Cut Diamond Necklace, Price Upon Request

Available at McCaskill and Company


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All Aboard

Send him off for his next fishing adventure in style with a new Viking 76 Convertible, equipped to the hilt and begging to fish. Upgraded materials, genius design, and state-of-the-art systems make this vessel a one-of-a-kind fishing machine for your main man.

2012 76 Viking Convertible, Price Upon Request

Available at Galati Yacht Sales


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