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Dec 10, 2012 >> Gift Guide: Splurges and Save from Jena Gambaccini


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Chicago’s fashion darling, Jena Gambaccini is no stranger to looking luxe 24/7, but for this hard-working local blogger (we’ve had her site, ChiCityFashion, bookmarked for ages), sometimes you gotta know when to splurge and when to save. And she does it oh-so-good.

Jena dishes her holiday wish list below with some wiggle room depending on who’s buying!

BOOK

SPLURGE: CHANEL LUXE BOOK SET (A), $750
I think it’s safe to say that any fashion lover appreciates Chanel, and what better way to experience the brand than with a trilogy of books encased in their iconic quilted leather?”

SAVE: THE SARTORIALIST: CLOSER BY SCOTT SCHUMAN (B), $30
I adore Scott Schuman now more than ever after meeting him at his book signing here in Chicago. He now has 2 books out and they’d both make a great gift not only for the fashion fan but the photography enthusiast as well.

BEAUTY

SPLURGE: TOM FORD BEAUTY 16 COLOR NAIL SET (C), $480
I am a nailpolish junkie and it really doesn’t get much better than this.

SAVE: GINGER + LIZ JENA COMBO’S, $18 (not pictured)
Shameless plug (sorry!) but these really are some of my favorite nail polish combinations and they’re ideal for anyone who loves to experiment with nail colors.

JEWELRY

SPLURGE: PROENZA SCHOULER MULTICHAIN NECKLACE (D), $1,075
My favorite designer Proenza Schouler just came out with some new jewelry pieces and I definitely have my eye on this one!”

SAVE: DANA REBECCA LAUREN JOY NECKLACE (E), $198
The Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy necklaces are the perfect gift because they’re very wearable, can be layered with other necklaces, & are made with such high quality materials. I especially love the blue sapphire.

HANDBAG

SPLURGE: BURBERRY PRORSUM STUDDED LEATHER CLUTCH (F), $3,295
I enjoy just about anything with studs, so I have very strong feelings towards this Burberry Prorsum clutch.

SAVE: 3.1 PHILLIP LIM 31 MINUTE QUILTED LEATHER CLUTCH (G), $325
Phillip Lim has been killing it in the handbag department. His 31 minute clutch is my current favorite and this quilted leather version is at the top of my list.

CLOTHING

SPLURGE: MARK LUPFER SEQUIN SWEATER (H), $427
What can I say? I have a thing for quirky sweaters (especially those by Markus Lupfer)

SAVE: NEMAIN MARCUS x TARGET ABSTRACT SWEATSHIRT (I), $29.99
The Neiman Marcus x Target collection is full of amazing gifts ideas, but I especially love the Proenza Schouler sweatshirt…obviously.

Read more about Jena on ChiCityFashion.com. 

PHOTO BY DANIEL KELLEGHAN