LA's Favorite Things: 2013 Edition

For the last few years, I have compiled a holiday gift guide for those needing ideas on what to get those special people in their lives. However, I have decided to compile a list of my favorite things this year instead. Yes, I am the next Oprah—just kidding. Scroll below to see all my picks for 2013. 

As a photographer, it is very hard to find a camera bag that will carry your gear, but also protect your camera. It is even harder to find a bag that is unisex. Well, search no more!

The Bowery bag comes in 5 great colors. Handcrafted with Italian-tanned leather and detailed with antique brass accents, this camera bag can carry a camera, one extra lens, and small personal items. Additionally, with a detachable strap, it can be used as a stand-alone camera bag or as an insert to protect your camera in a larger bag.


I constantly get asked, "What perfume are you wearing?" My signature scent is Prada's Infusion d'Iris. This gift set is available several places (i.e. Neiman Marcus and Macy's), but this version is the one I get the most usage out of. It includes the Eau de Parfum scent, a body lotion and the rollerball. Truly, I get the most use out of the rollerball with all my travel. TIP: The Eau de Parfum and Eau de Toilette smell very differently on the skin. Be sure that if you give this as a gift, give the Eau de Parfum. Not only will it last longer, but the smell will linger. 

If this scent is not for you, some of my other favorites are Viktor and Rolf's Flowerbomb and Tom Ford Black Orchid.


Tory Burch's Reva Ballet Flat is an absolute favorite of mine. I love them so much that I have worn them until they are broken and I am on my fourth pair. Not only are they comfortable, but they are stylish. My friends will tell you that I cannot live without my Tory Burch flats.  


lululemon: Nice Asana Jacket | $118

One of my favorite athletic brands is, without a doubt, lululemon. The Nice Asana Jacket is one of my favorites from lululemon. Coming in three colors, this is great for the woman in your life who wants to stay cozy after a workout. 


If you know someone who is a techie like me, I am a huge fan of projecting movies. I think it is so much fun. There are many pocket projectors on the market, but this one from Brookstone is very affordable. Pair it with an iTunes gift card, gather around and start using it on Christmas day. 

I love jewelry, particularly rings. Alexis Bittar is one of my favorite jewelry designers and I love his cocktail rings and how they are modern, yet classic. This Neo Bohemian Gold Marquis Wine Edged Ring is not only great for anyone woman in your life, but the colors are glamorous. Additionally, is doesn't hurt that this ring is currently, on sale. Get it before it's gone. 


Candles are truly one of my favorite home items; I burn one whenever I am at home. Capri Blue is a brand I favor, and their jar candle from Anthropologie in Aloha Orchid and Volcano are the best scents. Not only do these candles last forever, but your room smells great for hours! 


I love headphone, but I am not always a fan of earphones (or as I call them, buds). The Beats by Dre Studio Headphones are my favorite headphones. I love the way the sound plays, but also their noise canceling affects. It helps me drown out the screaming baby sitting behind me on my flight too.  


ZGallerie: Salud Gift Set | $24.95


ZGallerie is one of my favorite home decor stores (other than HomeGoods, of course). They have so many great gifting options too. This Salud Gift Set is one of the many inexpensive, yet chic, host/hostess gifts in all price ranges that can be found at


I received this book as a gift from my sister for my birthday and I am in love with it. I drooled over the Annie Leibovitz photos since she is one of my favorite photographers. But this book is more than just photography; there is fashion, history and iconic portraits inside that is great for any person. 

I received this book as a gift from my sister for my birthday and I am in love with it. I drooled over the Annie Leibovitz photos since she is one of my favorite photographers. But this book is more than just photography; there is fashion, history and iconic portraits inside that is great for any person. 


This is one of the coolest things I have found online in recent years. The Story of a Lifetime pose questions such as "What do you feel has been your purpose in life?" and "Is there any particular incident in your life that changed everything?" From the simple to the provocative, questions will help chronicle college, careers, leaving home, parental relationships, raising kids, traditions and milestones. It can also be personalized with the person's name to make it even more special. It's like the having a memoir to pass along you discoveries. 


I love these Pottery Barn Great White Mingling Plates. They are my favorite gift to give at a housewarming party because it is such a handy entertaining gift. Plus, white never goes out of style. 


As the new year approaches, these Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses from redEnvelope are a great gift. No need for extra salt when you take that shot of tequila. Give it to a friend and help ring in the new year!

Anyone will tell you that I love New York City—who doesn't? Rather than get someone a souvenir, pick up this Kate Spade New York Map Scarf for them. Not only is it a great color, but it has this beautiful pattern of the city when extended.

Last, but not least, my favorite athletic bag at the moment is the lululemon Sweat Once a Day Bag. It is large enough for my barre class clothing, but it has a pocket for my laptop too. My favorite color is the black and white, but it comes in 3 additional colors as well. This is a great catch-all bag and makes a great gift. 

Now that you have a list of my favorite things, it's time to start shopping. This list will make your holiday shopping seem like a breeze. 

Posted on December 13, 2013 .