Q&A with Celebrity Style Expert Jené Luciani

If you’re stressing yourself out over last-minute holiday shopping, Celebrity Style Expert Jené Luciani will ease the process by choosing from over 500 amazing gift ideas. Shop her picks December 14-17 and get all your gifts on time for the holidays.

Jené is a fashion journalist, stylist, and regular correspondent and contributor to NBC’s Today, the Style Network, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Hailed as a “Brilliant Bra Guru” by BRAVO-TV and a “Stylist Extraordinaire”, Luciani is the bestselling author of The Bra Book: The Fashion Formula to Finding the Perfect Bra which counts Oprah, Sherri Shepherd, Jill Zarin, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Kat Deluna among its many celebrity fans.

The former fashion editor is now a sought after stylist, spokesperson, and brand consultant, frequently called upon by major retailers such as Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, and Calvin Klein.

You can find her on Facebook by searching “The Bra Book” or on Twitter @JeneLuciani.

Q: Last minute Christmas shopping is inevitable. What’s a good game plan for our members who might be stressing out?

A: The game plan is to HAVE a game plan! So much time and money is wasted when people get down to crunch time, get frantic, and start buying anything and everything. Even if it’s the day before the big holiday, there’s still time. Get a gift certificate to your favorite online store, department store, or a site like Beyond the Rack. When most people are returning their unwanted gifts, you’ll be happily shopping to your heart’s content.

Q: As a style expert, you know what’s hot right now in fashion. What’s on top of your gift list?

A: This year, I’m craving opera-length leather gloves, a new Vix swimsuit for resort season, über-glam Prada ‘Baroque’ sunglasses, QVC Rachel Zoe tassel earrings, colorful cashmere sweaters, jewel-toned ankle-length pants (think red or fuchsia), a great textured and structured (Birkin-like) bag, a purple silk jumpsuit from Tracy Stern’s first collection (not even out yet but I’m already obsessed), a sequin cape from Calvin Klein (to go with said opera-length gloves), a fun cocktail dress with lots of feathers (Sherri Hill), House of Holland suspender tights, unexpected sequins, something vintage, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t say – NEW BRAS! The New Year is a great time to go get fitted and replenish your supply (and throw out those old dingy ones!). Same goes for shapewear (aka that same biker short-style pair you’ve been wearing under everything).

Q: It’s the day before Christmas and you still don’t have a gift for your boyfriend/girlfriend. What’s a meaningful gift that can be put together on the fly?

A: Something pampering is always perfect. So for guys, visit the Art of Shaving and get a luxurious barber-style shaving set. Or for gals, you can hit your local drugstore and put together a basket of their favorite bath products, loofahs, and colorful nail polishes. What woman doesn’t like beauty products and makeup?

Q: What are your thoughts on re-gifting a present as a last minute gift. Acceptable or a faux-pas?

A: I think it depends on the re-gift and the recipient. If you’re trying to give Grandma a halter dress then I’d say no. Make sure the gift actually fits the person and looks like you put some thought into it. I always say, if you’re not going to use it, might as well give it to someone who will!

Q: Our members love to give amazing gifts for their friends and family without spending an arm and a leg. What are some super gift ideas that are still affordable?

A: The more practical the gift, the more “affordable” it really is. If it’s a tchotchke that’s going to sit and collect dust and take up space, it doesn’t matter if it cost you $5 or $50 because it’s not practical. But, if you get a $100 gift certificate to their favorite restaurant, movie tickets, a luxe spa robe, or even a nice set of pajamas, it’s something they’ll actually use that won’t break the bank. I’m also a fan of edible gifts such as wine, chocolates, or even gourmet coffee. Or, something that looks more expensive than it is. You can pick up a nice colorful scarf from a street vendor in Manhattan, wrap it up nice, and it’ll wow the person on the receiving end.

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