1. BOOK AMERICAN STYLE BY KELLY KILLOREN BENSIMON($50)
What do Superman, L.L. Bean boots and Grace Kelly have in common? They’re all included in editor Bensimon’s joyful homage to home-grown chic. Turning these pages is as addictive as eating truffles.
2. BOOK MODERN GLAMOUR: THE ART OF UNEXPECTED STYLE BY KELLY WEARSTLER ($39.95)
This visually arresting volume—which offers peeks into over-the-top hotels, offices and mansions designed by the L.A.-based Wearstler—is hip and fun.
3. DVD BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY: COLLECTOR’S EDITION ($19.99)
If The Edge of Reason (now in movie theaters) didn’t cure your Bridget Jones, go back to the 2001 original, also starring Renée Zellweger. This edition features extras including a glossary of Bridget’s Brit-speak.
4. CD FEELS LIKE HOME: DELUXE EDITION NORAH JONES ($27.98)
It’s the Home you know and love, but dressed up for the holidays, with a DVD of videos, live performances and an interview with Jones, as well as three haunting bonus tracks.
5. T-MOBILE SIDEKICK II ($299)
Already a must-have for the Paris Hilton set, T-Mobile’s new toy is a cell phone that excels at text-messaging thanks to a smartly designed keyboard. Don’t be caught at a fashion show without it.
DVD MEAN GIRLS ($20)
Home-schooled Lindsay Lohan (far right with Lacey Chabert and Rachel McAdams) quickly adapts to teen culture when she cliques with the cool kids in this witty comedy. Also included: a look at how costume designer Mary Jane Fort turned Lohan and the cast into model students.
CD/DVD TWENTYSOMETHING JAMIE CULLUM ($18.98)
Think of this British piano man as Billy Joel or Harry Connick Jr. with attitude. Either way, this two-sided disc—which features the original 2003 album on one side and a DVD with videos for “All at Sea” and “These Are the Days” on the other—is like catnip for jazz lovers.
BOOK INSTYLE: GETTING GORGEOUS BY THE EDITORS OF INSTYLE ($27.95)
A detailed and elegantly designed guide to getting polished-looking skin, hair and makeup, this how-to focuses on playing up your assets. With step-by-step images and celeb photos to illustrate lessons on face shape and the like (Julianne Moore’s face is a square), it’s a smart choice for beauty perfectionists.
DVD LEGALLY BLONDE PLATINUM COLLECTION ($39.98)
Fans of Reese Wither-spoon’s Elle Woods (left) will be tickled pink: In addition to 2001’s hilarious Legally Blonde and its 2003 sequel, the collection includes a pink pen and notepad, word magnets to create Elle’s favorite phrases (such as “bend and snap”) and a pink case to hold it all together.
CD DESTINY FULFILLED DESTINY’S CHILD ($18.98)
The glamor girls of R&B-pop reunite on a sexy CD that shows that they’re all women now. The heavy breathing doesn’t stop with the up-tempo first single “Lose My Breath”; Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle also turn up the heat with sensual slow to midtempo grooves.
DVD POPULAR: FIRST SEASON ($59.99)
In the battle between high school’s haves and have-nots on The WB’s cult 1999-2001 series, fashion always came first. In hilarious commentaries, the cast and crew poke fun at the show’s “lip-gloss budget” and zing creator Ryan Murphy (who went on to make Nip/Tuck) for his belief that “hair is important and
extras are not.”
CD BEAUTIFULLY HUMAN: WORDS & SOUNDS 2 JILL SCOTT ($18.98)
With sumptuous songs that feed the heart, soul and mind—from the jazz-kissed “Cross My Mind” to the exquisite “My Petition”—this R&B singer-songwriter (right) delivers a gorgeous disc perfect for an evening by the fireplace.
BOOK OSCAR NIGHT: 75 YEARS OF HOLLYWOOD PARTIES BY THE EDITORS OF VANITY FAIR ($75)
A luxe, evocative work that chronicles Oscar-night extravaganzas from 1929 (when Norma Shearer and company partied at a formal dinner) to 2004 (when the glitterati gushed at Morton’s). Here are Ronald Reagan and a very blonde Jane Wyman, Bobby Darin and 16-year-old Sandra Dee, George Hamilton and Lynda Bird Johnson, along with eye-popping rocks and gowns. Complete with dishy commentary (at a 1995 fete: “Anna Nicole Smith threw up in the ladies’ room,” reported the Washington Post), it’s a satisfying indulgence.
BOOK STILETTO BY CAROLINE COX ($35)
This lush volume puts the high heel into historical perspective, exploring its symbolic and aesthetic power and offering photos of incredible creations. Whether it’s the cover of a novel in which a stiletto pierces a man’s hand, a ’50s-style illustration of long legs in slinky pumps or a photo of a flapper-era dominatrix in black-patent “fetish boots,” Cox demonstrates why the rapier heel is a dangerous weapon indeed.
BOOK CHARMED BRACELETS BY TRACEY ZABAR ($19.95)
A powerful symbol of midcentury femininity, the charm bracelet has its roots in the talismans worn by the ancients, according to Zabar. Her book features a stunning lineup of baubles, from a kitschy version with portraits of the Beverly Hillbillies to a jeweled number worn by Mrs. Harry Winston.