Welcome to the sixth installment of TheFind’s 12 Days of Christmas Q&A series with industry leaders of all trades. StyleBistro’s Deputy Editor, Cristina Velocci shares with us her favorite holiday style finds and top gift ideas
What are some of your favorite holiday fashion and beauty trends/products this season?
I’ve always loved that the holidays are the perfect excuse to add a little glitz to your everyday attire, and I’ve noticed that fashion brands are offering the sparkle in subtle and unexpected ways this season. My favorite example of this is through embellished cold-weather accessories, such as these Markus Lupfer crystal gloves and this Halogen jeweled beanie. On the beauty front, it’s much the same—glitter was all over the Fall 2014 runways, and executed in a sophisticated manner.
What items are on your holiday wish list? What is your must-have item?
Honestly, a new computer! I’m long overdue for an upgrade and have my eye on a MacBook Pro, but I also wouldn’t mind receiving a LyveHome along with it—this small tower consolidates and stores all of your digital photos with minimal effort, so they don’t take up space on your laptop. I’m also in the market for some quality pajama sets that will make me feel like a real adult.
What are your readers interested in and shopping for this holiday season?
The StyleBistro girl is style-savvy but also cost-conscious, so she’s likely looking for a versatile party dress that can carry her through her holiday soirees this season, plus a few key accessories that will help her switch up her look. We’re big believers that great style is not about the clothes, but how you put them together.
What is your holiday shopping routine and what holiday shopping tips do you have for readers to find the best picks?
I actually start the process slowly in July, since that’s when holiday press previews happen and they get me in the mindset. In addition to setting aside gifts I see and know will be perfect for recipients on my list, I also save other potential ideas to a Pinterest board so I never feel like I’m frantically grasping at straws for ideas. Planning ahead is key.
What is one item in your fashion/beauty collection you couldn’t live without this holiday season?
Urban Decay’s Primer Potion. Whether I do a smoky eye or glitter-lined look, this eye shadow primer will ensure whatever I create will last all day long, which is key since I don’t have time to go home and refresh before parties after work.
Where do you get your inspiration?
Anywhere and everywhere. I stay pretty plugged in with social media and my Feedly reader, but I often feel most inspired after I disconnect and travel somewhere.