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Friday, November 28, 2008

Gift Wrap - Scarves

If you haven't yet realized it, you are officially in gift-shopping mode. Oh yes you are. yesyouare! And we are Lori's are in gift-idea-giving mode. Today we're going to romance our favorite accessory: the perfect, versatile, infinitely style-able, ever-fashionable scarf.

We admit we've got a thing for scarves. There are simply so many ways to wear them; they come in endless array of colors, patterns and fabrics; there is no sizing issue; and they can charge up an outfit with a simple flip over your shoulder or a more complicated knot at the neck. Speaking of which, let's get to the meat of it: the following give us a catch in the throat, followed by a sigh of contentment.

We have fallen head over heels for the Toalni Scrunched Circles scarf. Made from 100% wool, this scarf transitions easily from fashion accessory to pragmatic winter warmer. The thickly scrunched texture provides volume and insulation. Large, mod circles of burgundy, purple, and pink lift the spirits and compliment skin tones. Think of it as a new winter blush – a cosmetic in fabric form.

We like this scarf paired with a simple ensemble: solid top, jeans or a simple skirt. On a chilly winter day, pair with some adorable knit wristwarmers and matching slouchy beret. Keep it simple and let the circles work their magic. At $68 it's an affordable way to be the center of attention.

Another eye-catcher is the vibrant Sheer Paisley Scarf in purple (also available in green). Thin and scrunchy enough to style just about any way, the versatility of this scarf is impressive. We use it as a layering element doubled as a casual neck wrap and paired with our favorite Ugg boots. We have also dressed it up with a casual knot, flowing over the chest to show off the paisley batik print. Try this with a pencil skirt and knee-high boots, accessorized with some small ornate earrings. So simple and classic and only $24.

And we've been obsessed about the Butterfly Tapestry Pashmina (shown in brown). Made of 100% pashmina wool, this intricately woven scarf is reversible, featuring two stunning color patterns. With its deep burgundy threads, tapestry border, and gold and black fringed ends, it affects a regal air. We prefer to wear this as an elegant shawl, draped across the body to display the colorful butterfly motif. We consider it the de facto accessory for the opera, the ballet, holiday parties, and other formal events this winter. Pair with a simple dress, evening shoes, and understated gold earrings to play up the color and elegance of this shawl. The price? Only $24!

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