Gold Standard

  • Midnight Color Collection compact, by Aerin from Estee Lauder
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    This impossibly elegant, oversized compact filled with three modern smoky shadows and a subtle rose blush takes me back to a childhood spent playing in my grandmother’s beauty closet. Midnight Color Collection compact ($70), Aerin, by Estee Lauder,
  • Nail lacquer in Marbs by Butter London
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    The only holiday-party accessory you’ll need—and a more grown-up alternative to all of those glitter polishes. Nail Lacquer in Marbs ($15), by Butter London, from Nordstrom, Mall of America, 952-883-2121,
  • Tory Burch Eau de Parfum Spray
    The highly anticipated fragrance from the queen of prep smells as posh as it looks. And that’s a good thing. Eau de Parfum Spray ($62+), by Tory Burch,
  • Leather stash sack by russell + hazel
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Give me buttery gold bag that can hold my makeup by day and double as a clutch at night, and I’ll show you a very happy girl. Leather Stash Sack ($35), by russell + hazel, from Mara-Mi, 201 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-689-1730,
  • Japanese blotting papers by Tatcha Aburatorigami from Jett Makeup
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Inspired by traditional geisha beauty rituals and flecked with real gold leaf, these Japanese blotting papers make for perfectly luxe stocking stuffers. Japanese blotting papers, ($12) by Tatcha Aburatorigami, from Jett Makeup, 3940 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-856-4888,
  • Gilded Amberleaf candle tin by Illume
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    Now here’s a candle to plan a room around. I’d suggest it as a hostess gift, but let’s be honest: You’re going to want to keep it for yourself. Gilded Amberleaf candle tin ($18), by Illume, from Schaaf Floral, 6554 University Ave. NE, Fridley, 763-571-4600,
  • Lavish Luxe 10-piece brush set by SOnia Kashuk from Target
    Photo by Becca Sabot
    It’s no secret that Sonia Kashuk’s makeup brushes can stand up to pricier department store versions, but this set deserves a place on your vanity—preferably in an empty Diptyque jar like style bloggers are doing. Lavish Luxe 10-piece brush set ($29.99), by Sonia Kashuk, from Target,

Sequins and Sparkle will always hold a place in my heart, but it’s the rich, warm glimmer of gold on my vanity or in my makeup bag that makes me (momentarily) feel like an Upper East Sider.

Winter Luxuries

Perks of Minnesota living: It’s easy to justify cashmere and leather.

The New Dude Essentials

After decades of buying—and destroying—piles of watches, coats, and bags, I’ve finally come around to the less-is-more notion of buying stuff.

Happy New Year!

Wishing you wonderful things from sparkling parties to beautiful resolutions.

Raise Your Game

It’s time to take things up a notch in the kitchen, time to turn the burner to high and really dig in on what it means to be a foodist.