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Bloggers' holiday essentials

Author: Elle Canada

Fashion

Bloggers' holiday essentials

Above images of Phil Oh (courtesy of Brian Hersey), Emily Schuman (courtesy of CupcakesandCashmere.com) and Hanneli Mustaparta (courtesy of Hanneli.com).

New York-based Phil Oh of StreetPeeper.com is a fixture at every major fashion week from London to Tokyo. One of the original street style photogs, his blog is a must-check to follow trends happening around the world.

What are you wearing for the holidays?
A polar bear sweatshirt by Peter Jensen. (See photo above.)

What's on your wish list?
These are on my always wish list...

1) A Kicori clock. They're these wooden clocks handmade in Japan that are so cute, it hurts. I mean, really hurts. I can't decide between the owl, the penguin, or the kittens!

2) An Oskar Humidifier in green. Wintertime means dry skin! I totally need a humidifier for my apartment, but I totally don't need a $150 one, unless someone else is buying it for me....

3) A Nintendo Wii

What gifts (and to whom) are you giving this year?
I'm not really a holiday gift person, but my nieces are now getting old enough to realize that Uncle Phil hasn't been sending any presents, so I better get on that lest they hold a grudge and don't come visit when I'm old and lonely in the retirement home for washed-up bloggers. I'm not sure what to get them though. I might un-Grinch myself this year and get all my friends and business associates some Happy Socks (happysocks.com).

How are you planning to spend the holidays?
I'm going on a trip with my parents to Asia - China, Vietnam, and Thailand.

What item(s) can you not live without?
I got a pair of furry slippers from the Uniqlo in Japan. They keep my feet warm in my apartment since my landlord is a cheapskate and turns the heat down during the day. I don't think he knows that some people work from home!!!

What advice can you give ELLECanada.com readers about dressing for the holidays?
I've been to Montreal in January. I have never known such pain in my life. But if you must leave the warmth of your fireplace and den, the holidays are the only time of year when you can get away with crazy colors and patterns ("Oh look, she's got that Holiday Spirit"), so I'd run with it.

What trends have you been seeing?
These always pop up during the holidays, but I always love fun patterned sweaters. Fair Isle or ones with reindeers or penguins or snowflakes, etc. I'm a sucker for them. That, and shearling.

What is Emily Schuman of CupcakesandCashmere.com wearing for the holidays? Find out on page 2…

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Above images of Phil Oh (courtesy of Brian Hersey), Emily Schuman (courtesy of CupcakesandCashmere.com) and Hanneli Mustaparta (courtesy of Hanneli.com).

Emily Schuman shares her outfits and Los Angeles lifestyle on her blog CupcakesandCashmere.com. An alum of Teen Vogue and “The Hills”, she gives us a daily dose of real California cool.

What are you wearing for the holidays?
This holiday season I'm all about sparkly details (like headbands), glamorous outerwear (like faux fur), metallic heels and of course lots of shiny jewelry! (See photo above.)

What's on your wish list?
I am lusting after Miu Miu's Harness Platform Booties, Celine's ladylike bags and almost every piece from Jennifer Myer's jewelry collection of dainty rings and necklaces.

What gifts (and to whom) are you giving this year?
I'm all about indulgent candles (Diptyque and Manuel Canovas are my faves) for my family, baked goods (like chocolate-covered orange peels) for friends and some house-related things for my boyfriend since we just moved into a new apartment.

How are you planning to spend the holidays?
I intend to get all of my shopping done before December 15th so I can indulge in all of the little things that make this time of year so special. I want to go ice-skating, bake holiday cookies, watch Christmas movies and spend time with those I love.

What item(s) can you not live without?
My sparkly skirts. You can dress them up or down (see my version of daytime sparkles and sparkles for weekday mornings) and they make a big statement with little effort.

What advice can you give ELLECanada.com readers about dressing for the holidays?
This is the time of year to break out all of your special pieces that typically hang out in the back of your closet. Whip out a bright red lipstick, get dressed up for casual drinks with girlfriends and invest in a classic clutch that will complete all of your party outfits. Oh, and make sure your heels have a substantial platform so that your feet aren't twisted into a gnarled claw by the end of the night. You want to be able to mingle and dance for hours without any pain!

What trends have you been seeing?
Lots of leopard, patent and faux fur.

What are Hanneli Mustaparta’s of Hanneli.com must-have items this holiday season? Find out on page 3…

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Above images of Phil Oh (courtesy of Brian Hersey), Emily Schuman (courtesy of CupcakesandCashmere.com) and Hanneli Mustaparta (courtesy of Hanneli.com).

Norwegian model-turned-photographer Hanneli Mustaparta continues to jet-set for her blog Hanneli.com. Now on the other side of the camera, she struts the sidewalks to document the trends on the street and occasionally herself.

What are you wearing for the holidays?
I will wear an open back khaki green velvet The Row dress.

What's on your wish list?
A Nikkor 1.4 85mm lens and a purple patent/mohair Miu Miu bag.

What gifts (and to whom) are you giving this year?
I will frame pictures from the summer that I spent with good friends. I managed to gather a lot of my friends in the same picture on some stairs in a small village in Tuscany.

How are you planning to spend the holidays?
I will spend Christmas with my family, boyfriend and dog in Norway, eating rib with potatoes, gravy, Brussels sprouts, ham and all the amazing things my mother cooks for Christmas.

What item(s) can you not live without?
Nimue Cleansing Gel and Conditioner, Nimue Day, Moisturiser Plus and my iPad.

What advice can you give ELLECanada.com readers about dressing for the holidays?
I keep the holidays in the back of my mind through the whole year and if I see a dress that is perfect I'll buy it. I never find a good dress the last minute, so this is one of the few things I try to plan. My tip is to stay away from the clichés like red or black, and get a dress with a color that makes your face pop in the middle of the winter when you're at your palest. Some years ago I wore a pale pink sequined dress that was perfect.

What trends have you been seeing?
I will be wearing lots of cable knits (see photo above) with high waisted A-line skirts or with my black flared Citizen of Humanity jeans, buttoned up white shirts with narrow collars combined with a beige sweater and blue corduroy pants, thigh-high knitted socks and sleek handbags like my Mulberry "Neely" bag.

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