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The latest designer collection we can’t stop shopping hails from Paris, and only just recently opened a brand new flagship store in New York. Surface To Air has all the separates and dresses you’ll need this winter, whether you’re heading out for some weekend shopping or taking the reins at a board meeting. The clothes are both wearable and on-trend: sophisticated and upscale but with a slight hipster vibe. A rare combination for sure! Shop online at or at 27 Mercer Street in New York.Surface_To_Air_FW11_Thumb.jpg

Studded flats are definitely a must-have accessory this season, and we’ve been hunting for the perfect pair. Luckily for us, Matiko has two chic options that bring the perfect bit of edgy rocker style to any look. The LA-based shoe label’s fall 2011 collection is named “Strange Nature,” and these two pairs definitely fit the description!

Matiko Lee in Black Reptile - $129.95 at Ashbury Skies

Matiko Sina in Taupe - $159.95 at Ashbury Skies

One thing everyone needs in the winter is a scarf - and the warmer, the better! So for those hard-to-shop for women on your list, a handmade scarf is a safe option.  Here are three styles we found on Etsy that we’d certainly love to receive!

Hunter Green hand knitted long scarf with cable pattern - $90 by DagnyKnit

Chunky crochet cowl infinity scarf - $55 by CandacesCloset

Annie’s wool teal cowl scarf - $42 by BobbinsandBeaglesetsy_warm_scarves_gifts_thumb.jpg
Swedish-born designer Viveka Bergstrom moved from Stockholm to Paris to launch her namesake costume jewelry collection in 1994, and the line has gained a strong following Europe among customers and industry influencers alike. You won’t find her post-modern jewelry in many stores in the US (yet!), but Urban Outfitters does carry a small selection of covetable pieces that would make the perfect affordable yet luxe holiday gifts. We can only hope that more local stores will bring more of her unique “spaceship princess”-inspired pieces here soon!

Shown: Viveka Bergstrom Crystal Chocker, $68; Viveka Bergstrom Rectangle Ring, $78; Viveka Bergstrom Triangle Ring, $71; all at
malababa_spanish_handbags.jpgBased and made in Spain, Malababa is a complete accessories collection founded by designer Ana Carrasco in 1997. But we’re especially drawn to the label’s handbags, which incorporate classic silhouettes with trendy design details, like moto zippers and gold plated distressed brass handles. A style that stands out is the Carola blag (pictured). Made with crocodile-printed cow leather, the satchel has a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap that makes it your perfect new everyday go-to. The brass hook closure adds a unique, fashion-forward element to this must-have bag. Find it at Malababa’s e-commerce shop,

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