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Wrap Star: Ali Golden Hoodie Wrap Vests

On a gray, chilly Monday after two holiday-heavy weeks, it can be easy to feel ho-hum about what is, for many of us, the official first day back. Stylish salve for our holiday hangovers comes in the form of local designer Ali Golden’s brightly-hued, warm, snuggly reversible vests. The dramatic hoods capping each of Golden’s one-of-a-kind, handmade wool wrap tops can be worn up (so you stay undercover and still turn heads) or down and draped softly backwards over the shoulders. But the best thing about the vests, says Golden, is their versatility. “They can be worn and layered in many ways. Since they are reversible, and at least one side is always solid, they can be worn with many colors and patterns. I have personally dressed these vests up and down.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Sales at Barney's, Ambiance and Kweejibo

It may be a new year, but one thing hasn’t changed: sales continue to pop up everywhere we look. Here are seven places to shop and save during the first weekend in 2009:

Hot Stuff: Lejaby Crystal Chantilly Lace Collection

An evening of high drama – tonight or any night – doesn’t have to involve an elaborate, Champagne-addled adventure through the wilds of the city (though that never hurts). For instant intrigue, try donning the latest sweet almost-nothings to arrive at lingerie boutique Dollhouse Bettie.

Clean Out Your Closet and Give Back, Part II

With the New Year, we all get a fresh start. Why not give your closet one, too? The benefits of an end-of-year closet clean-out extend far beyond better-organized shelves and shoe racks by helping worthy local charitable organizations fund their programs and provide clothing to families and individuals in need. So grab a giveaway bag and get started. When you’re done, any one of these local non-profits will be happy to give your pre-loved goods a second life.

Clean out Your Closet and Give Back

Before you ring in the New Year later this week, consider these style-conscious charitable organizations for year-end, tax-deductible donations.

Where to Shop this Weekend: Year-End Sales

Post-holiday sales, year-end sales, New Year’s sales. They come with many different names, but have one thing in common: great deals. Here are a few of our favorites starting up in the city today:

Clean Shaves: Another Victim of the Economic Crisis

Beards and their slightly-less hirsute brethren, the manly moustache and chin-hugging goatee, are making a comeback, according to a recent story in The Wall Street Journal. But don’t give all the credit to Brad Pitt and George Clooney, both of whom have been spotted donning facial fur in recent weeks. No, as with so many other things these days, the real blame lies with the nation’s flagging economy.

Last-Minute Gift Ideas for 11th Hour Shoppers

‘Twas two days before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.... That’s because they were out, racing through the streets in frenzied madness, trying desperately to hunt down last-minute gifts. Grr. Let us help you in your endeavors with 7 spots where you can easily snag something for anyone on your last-minute list:

Gift Idea: Vintage Fashion Illustrations from Lost Art Salon

Counterintuitive as it may seem, meaningful gifts for the fashion fanatics in your world don’t have to be wearable. After all, the most devoted style hounds consider fashion an art. So why not gift them with art that’s all about fashion?

You can find that very sort of gift at Lost Art Salon, which houses owners Rob Delamater and Gaetan Caron’s library of some 3,000 art works from 1900 to the 1960’s. Among them are numerous fashion and costume illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor and ink that were created for print publications and advertisements during the mid-20th century.

Recession-proof Spa Deals

With Christmas only a week away, we decided it was high time to find a present for ourselves—and, of course, you! We realize with all the shopping, wrapping and packing for far-flung travels, we’re all about as relaxed as shrimp on a treadmill (Google the YouTube video, and you’ll see what we mean.) That’s why we’ve gathered our top seven picks for recession-proof spa deals around town. Wallets may be shrinking, but the holiday spirit prevails!

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