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Recap: Accessories Council And Lord & Taylor Present Top Holiday Gifts In NYC

Christmas music, holiday cocktails and some of the best gifts for this season set the mood for an exciting event hosted by Lord & Taylor and the Accessories Council, a not-for-profit organization established to stimulate consumer awareness and demand for fashion accessory products. The event took place on Tuesday night at the Lord & Taylor flagship 5th Avenue location.

Aussie Reindeer

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The evening started with a choice of three holiday-inspired cocktails made by South Sea Rum: the Aussie Reindeer, Liquid Mistletoe or Holiday Pear-adise (see recipes below). I tried the first two and was pleasantly satisfied by the combinations and flavor. The Aussie Reindeer was your classic eggnog with a South Sea Rum twist, while the Liquid Mistletoe was refreshingly light with a spiced apple taste. After mingling, sipping cocktails and snacking, Karen Giberson, president of the Accessories Council, presented this year’s holiday gift top picks. Accompanying her as a backdrop was a twitter projection of the instantly trending #actoppicks. Reporters, bloggers and social media enthusiasts were encouraged to participate in the topic expressing their feelings on each item via Twitter.

So what are the #ACTopPicks? I couldn’t tell you which is my absolute favorite because I have to say three of them tie for first place.

All Products

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The first of the three is the Vince Camuto Jennah Cross-body bag in gold ($148). I have been searching for a bag like this for months. It comes equipped with two zip compartments large enough to hold your necessities without looking bulky, an adjustable strap and just the right amount of sparkle to for a night out. This bag is a great gift for your favorite socialite.

Echo Touch Gloves

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Then there are the Echo Touch Gloves ($42) by Echo Design. These gloves mix just the right amount of practicality with fashion and are perfect for a tech-junkie! They come in a variety of colors and either a bow or boucle design, but the best part is the finger and thumb feature a unique design enabling you to use your touch screen devices. That’s right, you can text and stay warm at the same time!

Finally, I have to say I am obsessed with the Minnie Rose Cashmere Ruana ($196). This may be the most comfortable accessory I own and the vibrant color is ideal for layering this season. This cashmere piece is unbelievably soft and light weight and can be worn multiple ways. Bottom line: this is a must for every woman’s closet.

Swarovski Bracelet

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Now, those pieces are my favorite but the rest are just as fabulous! The Swarovski Studio Bracelet ($90) mixes rugged with sparkle for everyday wear. It features black calfskin and woven cotton cords along with, and most importantly might I add, Swarovski crystals. Looking for the perfect gift for a music lover? Look no further, chicBuds ($40) has paired with Swarovski to give you stylish yet functional retractable head phones. That means no more untangling for 5 minutes just to listen to your favorite song. Keeping with Swarovski, the Anne Klein Rosegold and Crystal Watch ($75) is casual yet chic – and rose gold is in this season! The Roman numerals and Swarovski crystals add just enough flair to the smooth white strap to make this watch ideal for a woman of any age. The Jessica Simpson Panama by Collection XIIX ($58) looked a lot better on me than I thought it would and let me tell you – I am not a hat person. That being said, I absolutely love it. Made of wool felt and adorned with a feather, this hat can liven up any outfit and looks great on everyone.

Zack Bracelet

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Don’t worry, there is one more piece and it’s for the man in your life. Oh, and it’s pretty perfect. The Zack Signature Leather Woven Bracelet, made at designer Larry Jonas’ NYC studio, is designed from the man’s point of view. It’s classic leather braid, in addition to the rhodium plated closure, make this bracelet timeless. It can be worn every day and dressed up or dressed down.

Each and every one of these gifts adds a touch of functionality to your most stylish accessories. Whether buying for your family, a close friend, or maybe even yourself – you can’t go wrong with any of these top picks!

2 oz. South Sea Rum®
2 oz. sparkling apple cider
1 apple slice
Dash of nutmeg

2.5 oz. South Sea Rum®
1/2 oz. Holiday Spiced Pear & Fig simple syrup
1 dried fig
Dash of Holiday Spice
2 oz. South Sea Rum®
2 oz. Eggnog
¼ oz. Holiday Spiced simple syrup
Dash of Nutmeg
1 Cinnamon stick

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