The first family was joined by a few famous faces for the annual national Christmas tree lighting ceremony outside the White House on Friday. Following a series of holiday performances, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their girls took the stage to address the crowd as the tree was lit, all smiles despite the rain during a picture-perfect moment. While speaking, Obama took a moment to remember Nelson Mandela, mentioning "a special measure of gratitude" for the former South African president who passed away earlier this week. At the event, Michelle also spent some solo time in the spotlight to read 'Twas the Night Before Christmas to kids with one of Sesame Street's puppets, and there were several performances including appearances by Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monae, The Avett Brothers, and more.
What happens when one of the coolest brands around hooks up with stylish celebrities with social consciences? The Rag & Bone holiday gift guide, of course! Stars like Christy Turlington Burns, Eddie Vedder, and Lily Aldridge picked charities close to their hearts, along with selected products they love from Rag & Bone. From now through Dec. 11, Rag & Bone will donate 10 percent of the sales of those specific items to the designated charities. And if that wasn't enough, the brand is also matching the money raised. Do good, gift good: it's our favorite holiday mantra. We've picked a few of our favorites, but to see the full guide, head to rag-bone.com.
Eddie and Jill Vedder
Charity: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center & University of Washington
Mini Pilot in Black ($395): “The perfect size for going out at night, for dinner shows or for travel. It has an adjustable strap, so you can wear it crossbody — such a great gift for any of the girls!”
Charity: American Red Cross, Philippine Typhoon Relief
Grayson Overcoat in Camel ($1,195): “Usually men's coats are incredibly minimalistic, with black as the dominant color, so I especially enjoy the material of this look as well as the color coordination between the buttons and the coat itself. The design and silhouette are simple yet visually strong, and the brighter color will help you stand out.”
Charity: YouthCare James W. Ray Orion Center
Corina Fringe Dress ($795): “I would give this to my fiancée, Tricia. I'm a huge fan of fringe, black, and leather, and she would look phenomenal in this. Might take her out to a nice Italian meal. Pick her up in the Cadillac. Tell her something like, 'Get in,' and open the door for her. Kiss her hand. Throw on some Nat King Cole. Keep it classy.”
Charity: Baby Buggy
Starling Coat in Army Green ($995): “I would throw this over a slip dress and pair with a Newbury boot and I’ve just amortized and extended my Summer wardrobe. That will go over well with my NY-from-LA transplant friends.”
After secretly listening to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas" all November, you can finally take off the earbuds and blast your holiday music in public sans shame. With Thanksgiving and Black Friday behind us, it's officially the most wonderful time of the year. Make the most of it with your mate by cuddling up with some hot cocoa or having a flirty snowball fight. Here are 21 wintry date ideas inspired by Instagram.
One of the bigger headaches of the holiday season is wrapping all those presents. But what if there were products so pretty, all you had to do was buy them and pop them under your tree? Well, we've rounded up 10 products with packaging so elegant, we're giving our wrapping paper a holiday this year. You'll just need to add a tag and a bow!
Is there anything better than giving someone a present they truly love? Why yes! Gifting something they love that also contributes to a worthy cause. Ahead, check out six gifts that are practical, stylish, and best of all, charitable.
Double points for LSTN Headphones. Not only are the music accessories made from reclaimed wood, but the company partners with the Starkey Hearing Foundation to donate a portion of proceeds to helping people hear music for the first time. We especially like the Troubadour collection ($150 each) for their unique shapes.
(PRODUCT)RED by Apple
Buy the PRODUCT(RED) edition of the iPod Shuffle ($49), iPod Nano ($149), iPod Touch ($299), iPad Smart Cover ($39), iPad Smart Case ($79), iPhone 5S Case ($39), or iPhone 4S bumper ($29) and Apple will donate a portion of of the proceeds to the Global Fund, which fights AIDS in Africa. The scarlet-hued PRODUCT(RED) versions do not cost more than the other color options.
Mophie RED iPhone Case
There are so many reasons to love this RED iPhone 5 case ($120) — the ruby color, the fact that it comes with a juice pack air case for when your battery runs low, and most especially, the fact that five percent of the proceeds go to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS.
Mend 13-inch Laptop Sleeve
Handmade in Uganda, this laptop sleeve ($59) isn't just gift-worthy for its sleek look. The case was created by the organization Invisible Children to help empower women affected by the Lord's Resistance Movement conflict.
Check everyone off your gift list this holiday season with a book that showcases the cuteness of animals. From silly to serious, all of these books have one thing in common — total adorableness. And most of these page-turners ring in under $20, which also makes them budget-friendly buys. Click through for a collection of a few of our favorites.
Christmas came early at last night's KIIS FM Jingle Ball when both Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus performed in holiday-inspired costumes that were anything but family-friendly. Selena vamped it up in a shiny red leotard covered with a sexy lace overlay, black combat boots, a black choker, and – to complete the full-on goth look – black lipstick. Miley continued her year's parade of crop tops with a red sequined option with furry white cuffs and matching bottoms. And, although most singers don't typically perform with their purses still slung on their shoulders, Miley couldn't help but bring her furry chain-strap Chanel bag up on stage with her. And why not? The strap perfectly matched those on her boots!
It's December, and somehow between decking the halls and dashing through the snow, you are inevitably going to have a a lot — and we mean a lot — of shopping to do. But aside from all the holiday gift-giving, you still have to pick up a few things for yourself, right?
That's why we've rounded up our favorite pieces, from adorable outerwear options that will get you through the ever-dropping temperatures all the way to Christmas sweaters and New Year's Eve statement necklaces. Sure, every last item could easily be wrapped up and given to the chicest set on your list, but, really . . . What's the fun in that? Shop all our editors' December must-have fashion picks right here.
First Bad Santa, now naughty elves? Turns out your beloved Elf on the Shelf isn't as innocent as he appears. Here's photographic proof that these 11 elves belong on the naughty list. Try not to be scarred for life.
Amateur Pornographer Elf
Elf Who Can Hold His Liquor
Sick, Sick Elf
Elf Who'll Be Waiting For Hours
It's that time of year again! As usual, we've got you covered with our collection of 2013 gift guides, including incredible ideas on what to pick up for your mom, your beauty-obsessed pal, and the gym-lover in your life.
We'll help you cross off the names on your gift list from now through the end of the year, so make sure to check back for the best picks in tech, fashion, fitness, and more. Also, see all of our holiday planning, tips, tricks, and inspiration as we gear up for the most festive season of the year!