Monthly Archives: December 2011

Q&A with Celebrity Stylist and Us Weekly Fashion Police Top Cop Trina Patterson

Need some guidance picking the perfect presents for your fave guys and gals? Celebrity Stylist Trina Patterson is here to give you her expert advice.

Trina’s passion for fashion started at an early age. She hoped to one day work in the fashion world, and through hard work combined with a natural flair for fashion, she made her a dream a reality. Inspired by icons like Coco Chanel, Trina had has always been fascinated with the different aspects of the fashion world.

With her amazing eye for style, Trina has worked with celebrities like Beyoncé, Nelly, and the late Farrah Fawcett.

Trina’s fashion contributions include working as a Top Cop for Us Weekly’s Fashion Police, costume designing for the hit MTV Series ‘The A-list New York,’ and providing branding/imaging services for stylists, beauty artists, photographers, and more.

Read this Q&A to get Trina’s take on what makes a great gift.

Q: What tips can you give guys out there who have no clue what to get their fashion-loving girlfriends for the holidays?

A: My tips for the gentlemen out there with fashion-loving girlfriends is think purses (Bottega Venetta, YSL) and shoes (Louboutins are a girl’s best friend when you can’t give diamonds) and Essie nail polish in any color makes a great stocking stuffer.

Q: Let’s talk gifts for him. What’s a great gift idea?

A: I love a man that smells good. I got the man in my life Wall Street cologne by Bond #9.

Q: As a celebrity stylist, can you tell us what’s a hot trend in holiday shopping this year?

A: The hot trend this holiday season is capes, sequins, dressy jumpsuits, and bold colors.

Q: What fashion item is at the top of the celeb gift-wish list?

A: Celebrities pretty much have everything but I polled a couple of my clients and this is what I gathered: Faux-fur vests, scented body scrubs, costume jewelry, fun houseware gifts, and a paparazzi-free vacation. Lol.

Q: Fashion Police in Us Weekly provides sharp, witty fashion critique. As one of the top cops for the column, can you give us an example of a gift-giving faux-pas?

A: I wouldn’t recommend gifting a fruit cake or scented candles unless you know what scents a person likes. Also, re-gifting is fashionably tacky. If you didn’t like the gift, it’s more than likely neither will the person you’re trying to re-gift.

Q: What’s a creative way to give your spouse a gift without breaking the bank?

A: I love DIY projects so I would suggest love coupons in a booklet of 5-10 coupons. You can write a sexy message that your spouse can cash in at any time. For women, make coupons your spouse can appreciate such as “You can watch the game in peace today” or “I will not nag you today”. Men can try “I will watch a girly movie with you” or “Yes, we can talk about it.” It’s inexpensive and from the heart. But if you’re reading this blog that means you’re at Beyond the Rack so browse around. I’m sure they have something in your price range :)

Be sure to stop by Trina’s website and follow her on Twitter @trina_patterson.

Shop Trina’s picks for today:


President Stone

4 Now Fashions

Vintage Concert Posters

Intimo, Caribbean Joe, Akademiks, and Play

And stay tuned on the 8th and 10th for more of the Top Cop’s picks!



Delightful stocking stuffers

Searching for stocking stuffers that are fun, unique, and memorable? Need some affordable presents for your office’s Secret Santa? Boston Warehouse’s clever, whimsical line of products is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. The kitchen tools cleverly masquerading as animals are the perfect union of humor and function.

Shop the Stocking Stuffers event – we think you’ll end up shopping for yourself, as well!

Gifts they want under the tree

Finding that perfect gift for everyone on your list can be a daunting task. This season, we suggest making a warm cup of cocoa, opening up your computer, and getting all your shopping done in one day. Sounds too good to be true? Keep reading…

For the high-end fashionista

If you’re looking to get something for the posh princess who adores labels, look no further than this assortment. YSL, Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs, and Givenchy offer up a scrumptious assortment fit for the lady who loves her some luxury! Also be sure to stop by the Vintage luxury scarves and ties event, where you’ll find fab picks for guys too.

For the clean freak

Honey-can-do features items perfect for the organized individual who loves the latest and greatest storage solutions. Or alternately, these pieces would make a great gift for the messy person who could use a little…help. A place for everything and everything in its place.

For the entertainer

If you’ve got someone who loves entertaining on your list, then you do not want to miss this. Entertaining made easy has a snazzy collection of serving and dining essentials. We love the double-walled mugs, which are functional and original. Also look for margarita glasses, cutlery, wine aerators, and so much more.

For the fashion addict

Give your fashionable gal the clothes she desires. Gentle Fawn, Josh Brody, and more top brands make it easy for you to pick up the styles that are guaranteed to bring some smiles. And at these prices, you can get them complete outfits. Extra brownie points guaranteed.

For the elegant mademoiselle

Pearls are the ultimate accessory for chic ladies who exude class and glamour. Choose from a beautiful collection from Splendid Pearls, and give her the gift she will cherish. For the young as well as the more mature, pearls are always beautiful.

For the stylish man

If you know a guy who’s in dire need of a fashion pickup, peruse this event and help him out. Stone Rose has an eye-catching assortment of button-down shirts.

For the sharp businessman

Nothing says sophistication more than a luxurious tie. This vintage Hermes tie will certainly please the businessman who expects the very best when it comes to fashion. Rest assured, these timeless pieces will stay in his closet forever.

For the modern gentleman

A watch is a great gift for almost any man. It’s functional and a fashion staple for modern men who appreciate quality accessories. Check out the Premium watch event to choose the perfect watch he will adore.

Be sure to stop by all the ‘Gifts they want under the tree’ events for even more gifting ideas. Happy holidays!