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The Official Women’s Mafia Holiday Gift Guide

By December 10, 2010December 20th, 2010No Comments8 min read

By Marcy Clark

This year the Women’s Mafia is keeping up with our proud tradition of supporting the best and the brightest independent designers and local businesses, so that you can gift with a great conscience and be sure that your friends, family and lover(s) will have the most unique and dazzling gifts in town!

New Lighting by Andarina Designs
Women’s Mafia member and incandescent design talent Stacy Harshman has several gorgeous just-released designs that are perfect for your holiday gifting.

The Cascades of Color Table Lamps (left) feature over 200 hand flame-worked glass rods. They are available in 10″ square or round perforated metal shades and stand 16″ high, both with 11″ x 1 1/4″ wooden base. Bases are available in four finishes, dark walnut, natural mahogany, dark mahogany, high gloss white or custom colors. $850 for a limited time.

The Vintage Pendant Cubes (right) Feature the original vintage glass swizzle sticks that inspired Andarina Designs within a 4 1/2″ plexi cube. Suspended from hard-wire hanging kit in Polished Nickel, Copper or White.  Contrasting glass rods are selected by inspiration.  Your lamp will be one-of-a-kind. $150 for a limited time.

Snowflake Jewelry by Paula Jerome

Local jeweler Paula Jerome, a favorite of celebrities and stylists, recently released a new series called her “Snowflake Collection” which looks rather magical and is perfect for wintry days and nights. Prices start at $114 and go up to $699. Call 609.652.0843 to place an order and visit to peruse the whole collection.

Styling Session or Personal Shopping Trip with Engie Hassan
Let this Vogue alum, couture designer and professional stylist guide you through the acquisition of key new wardrobe pieces and help you work what you already have. Whether you are prepping for a special event or looking to dominate in the boardroom, Women’s Mafia’s resident stylist Engie Hassan will have you feeling confident, stylish and beautiful.

Shopping and Styling sessions start at $175 for 2 hours (exclusive rate for the Women’s Mafia). Luxury Package includes a Brand Book, half-off wardrobe cleaning and over 4 hours of personal attention. Starting at $500. Email to schedule an appointment with EngieStyle or email 973.722.2072.

Luxx Chocolat
Were you one of the lucky ones at our Fall 2010 “Are You Runway Ready?” Fashion Week event? If so, then you probably remember the beautiful, rich and delectable chocolates by Luxx Chocolat founder and Women’s Mafia member Lisa Mecray Rogers. For your holiday shopping convenience she has created a few specials that will make your family and friends extremely happy: $10 for a gift box of four, $29 for a box of 12 or 14, and 10% off ChocoVin Wine tastings for Women’s Mafia members. If you stock up with her for gifts  and a personal stash you can even enjoy free shipping on orders over $60!

Our Picks: A box of 12 Sea Salt Caramels for $29 and Edible Couture, a special collection box of 4 Luxx Chocolates chosen for the ChocoVin chocolate and wine tasting featured at the Women’s Mafia 2010 Fashion Week event: Golden Sea Salt Caramel, Star Espresso, Berry Berry and Gotcha Matcha, only $10.

Ski Trip to Mt. Snow
Our friends who run the Women’s Mafia Hamptons Summer house also have a BEAUTIFUL ski chalet in Vermont.
Prices start at only $250 for a three or four day weekend. (Price Exclusive to Women’s Mafia Members.)

Summer might be over but our ski house can make you forget that….How would you like to be in a house with an INDOOR swimming pool? That is just one of the many amenities of this house. Jacuzzi, Sauna, Pool table, Shuffle board, Ping pong and Air hockey are also part of the amenities. Most rooms have their own private bathroom. Breakfast inlcuded.
Dec. 16th, Jan. 20th or Feb. 24th. For more information or to book your weekend call Jay at 917-318-5659.

Lady Rhubarb Candle by DL & Company

I had the good fortune to sit next to the CEO of DL & Company at the Monique Lhuillier Spring ’11 RTW show in New York and within a few days I was introduced to the marvelous world of scents, packaging and impeccable presentation that DL & Company is known for. I currently own the Lady Rhubarb candle and it is simply too gorgeous to open and light.

About the Scent: A sharp look at the freshest scents of Summer. Lady Rhubarb evokes sunny afternoons with its balanced and exciting combination of Blood Orange, Red Mandarin, Grapefruit, Sandalwood, and Perilla – also known as the rare Japanese shiso, which boosts the immune system. This energizing and exquisite perfume is a DL & Company classic. 40+ hours of burn time. $35 for a 2 oz candle and $80 for a 10 oz candle, both with the DL & Company signature, collectable packaging.

Earrings by Patricia Tschetter
Either of these earrings by jeweler Patricia Tschetter, hand-forged and featuring high-carat gold, will have your mom, sister or friend cooing with delight.

22K hand applied and fused granulated gold
8mm Green Turquoise
18K gold ear wire

22K Gold & Oxidized Sterling Silver
2 and 1/8th inches in Length
Available in the Women’s Mafia Store

Organic Hair and Skin Care by Tela Beauty Organics
As you may have heard, Philip Pelusi of Tela Design Studio first USDA Certified Organic Hair and Skin Care Line. The products are divine! Buy them for all your family and friends and give the gift of beautiful, healthy skin and hair. Visit or Prices start at $12 for an incredibly luxurious lip balm and $28 for the shampoos and conditioners that I’m getting my whole family.
Elyse Allen Textiles
Elyse Allen is serious about exquisitely handmade textiles, and playful about their design. It is no surprise that weaving wunderkind Elyse Allen studied Sculpture and Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since graduating she has taught weaving at RISD in the Textile Department, experimental machine knitting at Peter’s Valley Craft Center, and been on the staff of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Penland School of Crafts. Her recent work focuses on embellished knit textiles in diverse forms, from fingerless gloves, to elaborate knit bird masks, to a line of jewelry that includes Soft Bling chain necklaces. Visit and see our favorite picks below!
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5ply cashmere large crystal cap loaded with jumbo crystals. This fabulous cap is mixed with three colors of the largest crystals, weighing in at 3.7oz. Warm and fabulous! $460.00
4-ply Scottish cashmere fingerless gloves with contrasting stripes and seam. Fully embellished with small Swarovski crystals. Also available in black, light turquoise and brown. We love pairing these gloves with the Cashmere Grid Cap or Earflap Hat. Measures 5.5″ in length. $145.00
Also, don’t miss her Annual Studio Sale in NYC this Saturday & Sunday, December 18th & 19th from 12-7pm at her design studio in the lower east side of Manhattan. It will include our discounted sample sale goodies- tons of cashmere studded hats, fingerless grid and lace gloves and cashmere scarves- up to 75% off!:
Elyse Allen Textiles, 195 Chrystie Street #603C, New York, NY 10002
(between Stanton & Rivington Streets- 1 block south from the 2nd Avenue stop on the F train)
Fun & Flirty Lingerie by Alisha Trimble
As seen in the Women’s Mafia Fashion Show Spring ’10, Alisha Trimble’s fun and sexy hand-sewn lingerie from her Blanche Du Mois is now available online through For a limited time orders are 20% off through January.
More Fun Places to Shop:
Lucca & Co.
Excellent Luxury Gifts, such as this Handmade Japanese paper with black & white pencils, $85; and this Black Cross Vase, $65. Visit in person at 306 East 61st Street, Fl. 2, or go to
Vintage Clothing from Dreamland Trunk Shows East Village
Jena Chambers uncle was an expert at selecting fine vintage pieces, and now his choice pieces are here to adorn you.  Join her for a special trunk show of the Dreamland vintage clothing collection. This is select women’s clothing: dresses, gowns, coats, furs, feather and fur hats, purses, jewelry and silk scarves.   Please RSVP if you plan to attend, so I can have ample snacks and teas ready. Public trunk shows (both dates noon to 6 pm): Sunday, Dec. 12 & Saturday, Dec. 18

Private showings by appointment only (call 917-226-2526 to schedule): Some evenings & weekend days through December 22.