Do you want to know what’s topping wish lists this year? Or what the number one fashion trend of the season is? As we celebrate the 2012 holiday season, we recently chatted with the amazing fashion blogger Stephanie Johnson from SJ’s Style Compass to get her personal insight into all things festive. Enjoy our Q&A with her below.
HOF: Where do you like to do your holiday shopping?
SJ: I’m a sucker for J.Crew online (they have the best holiday sweaters ever) and I love gifting books and cookbooks from Costco! However, some of my best shopping is the unexpected item that I find during my travels, and Stephanie Johnson cosmetic cases of course!
HOF: What is on your wish list this year?
SJ: -RIMOWA luggage (amazing German brand)! I borrowed a friends and I am now obsessed. I’m also hoping to find Hearts On Fire ILLA star diamond studs under my tree this year!
HOF: What are your fashion staples that work day to night during the holiday season?
SJ: Shiny brocade pants feel so now. Wear with a black sweater and ballet flats or dress up with a strappy heel and silk halter top.
HOF: What is the best nail color for the season?
SJ: You cant beat a classic red nail for the holidays. I’m loving The Spy Who Loved Me by OPI. Candy Cane red!
HOF: What is your all time favorite holiday movie?
SJ: ELF with Will Farrell is hilarious. Can’t wait to watch it!
HOF: The Nutcracker or The Holiday Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall?
SJ: Both. I have already taken my daughter to see both of these this season. They are New York traditions.
HOF: What is the best gift you ever received?
SJ: Nothing beats gifts with thought, like the dishwasher size box of peanuts in the shell I received one year. Unexpected and showed how well they really knew me!
HOF: Vail, Colorado to ski or the Caribbean to swim?
SJ: Both! Who can beat one week in aspen followed by one week of basking in the sun in nevis?
HOF: Who is your favorite other person to shop for and why?
SJ: My daughter of course. There is nothing quite like shopping for a four year old girl. Princesses and fairies are VERY holiday!
HOF: Do you do your shopping early, or are you a last minute shopper?
SJ: Always last minute!
HOF: What is the best holiday outfit you’ve ever worn? (Holiday party, New years, etc.)
SJ: Last year I wore a black sequin short jumpsuit and it was pretty fantastic – equal parts sexy, fun and holiday. Years ago (ok, decades ago) I spent 6 hours having my hair braided on top of my head and then made into a ‘basket.’ That was definitely a head turner!