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THE POST-CRESCENT • Dec. 4, 2011

Amish Home Gallery • Appleton Downtown, Inc. • Appleton Awning • Baker Pool and Fitness • Building For Kids • Computer World • Flanagan’s Stop & Shop • Gruett’s • Jacobs Meat Market • Memorial Florist • New England Financial • Northland Mall • Rejuvenessence mediSpa • Unison Credit Union • Wilmar Chocolates • Too Little For Me

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these continue arriving monthly at area retailers.

Shop, if you must, among the millions of fashionistas online to get the latest in celebrity, couture and designer brands. But why not try before you buy and browse local?

Are you not into capsule and celebrity fashion lines but follow trends? Fabulous on-trend pieces ranging from faux-fur wraps at Ann Taylor, velvet and sequins at White House Black Market and skinny corduroy jeans in a rainbow of colors at Gap are in the Fox Valley. So is Coach’s launch of the Madison collection, which commemorates the brand’s 70 years of holiday handbags. It suggests style is in demand amid mall retailers. But boutiques are equally on par with popular style.

Whether you are shopping for gifts or simply looking to update your style, your options are plentiful without ever leaving the Fox Valley. If you don’t think you can find what you’re looking for, area retailers dedicated to amassing some of the hottest styles and the latest brands might convince you otherwise. Off-the-page looks without shipping and size worries are really only a few fitting rooms away.

Marc Jacobs a n d Born that are available at stores such as DSW (Appleton). One-of-a-kind holiday dresses for the weekends ahead are also available at area boutiques. Super-stunning blacktie gowns and accessories featured in national magazines can also be found in the Fox Cities. Among the designers available, including Jay Godfrey and Tadashi Shoji (both at Azure, DePere), you can find Black Halo and Rebecca Minkoff, or choose more approachable styles from French Connection (Besselli, Green Bay) and BB Dakota or Raffine (Vintique, Neenah).

Boutique couture and celebrity-endorsed brands also feed local style whims. Top-to-bottom looks are continuously changing according to demand and national style trends, say retailers. While the popularity of feathers might be waning, tribal influence hasn’t lost its luster.

Right now the Kardashians have a presence in the Fox Valley. Jennifer Lopez is in the building. Gwen Stefani is rocking Valley style. Stores are featuring the celebrity-designed lines of fashionable pieces ranging from racy to pint-size. At Kohl’s, you can shop JLo’s evening wear. Kim K’s bustiers hang at Sears. And the No Doubt-singer-turneddesigner’s Harajuku Mini biker jackets for girls are selling at Target. Capsule collections such as

No look is complete without jewels, of course. You can find jewelry such as Belle EToile (Avenue Jewelers, Appleton) and local and regional designer hand-crafted pieces, as well as brands such as House of Harlow 1960 or wristlet favorites including metallic styles from Lodis (Azure, DePere).

Off-mall boutiques are adding to latefall looks with stunning overcoats in transitional weather fabrics. More casual Skunk Funk and Lacoste, as well as Dear Creatures (a.boutique, Appleton) styles of everything from wraps to dresses keep shoppers stocked with the latest daytime looks.

Jamie Popp writes the Crave column for The Post-Crescent. Find it every Sunday and Wednesday. She can be reached at jp.thecrave@ gmail.com.

Boot buyers will find several styles of UGGs and Frye riding boots (both at Joseph’s Shoes, Appleton), as well as Vince Camuto (Azure, DePere), among the many mainstream brands such as Marc by

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Great gear belongs under the tree Stores have so many amazing electronic gadgets this year that you might want to start buying Christmas e-gifts for yourself. Stay focused! 1 The iPhone 4S and its voice-activated personal assistant Siri provide hours of entertainment. Prices begin at $199 for 16 gigabytes at wireless carrier providers.

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2 The Kindle Fire puts thousands of movies, magazines, books and games at your fingertips.

3 See the 3-D images on the Nintendo 3DS without glasses. $169.99 4 Rent HD movies, TV shows and stream music via the hand-sized Apple TV device. $99 at Apple stores.

5 iHome iD8 iPad speaker and docking station, $119.99 at Kohl’s.

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6 The HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr lets you stream, chat and download

via Verizon Wireless’ 4G network. $599.99 with two-year contract.

7 Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Sensor holiday bundle features Kinect for Xbox 360 along with three Kinect games. $149.99 Xbox Live users will also be able to find games and shows using Bing voice search.

Computer World 3015 W Wisconsin Ave Appleton, 920-733-9547 www.computer-world.net 5 Apple iMac, Now with a quadcore processor in every model, up to 3 times faster graphics, Thunderbolt, and a FaceTime HD Camera.

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Apple MacBook Pro, State-of-the-art processors. All-new graphics. Breakthrough high-speed I/O. Three very big leaps forward.

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2 • THE POST-CRESCENT • Dec. 4, 2011 Lego Life of George: For use with iPhone and iPod Touch. A new, 122-piece building game in a box featuring a little dude named George that’s interactive with the two devices. Various difficulty levels. Works with iPhone 4, iPhone 3Gs and iPod Touch fourth generation. Marked for ages 14 and up due to social media tie-ins, the game would be good for kids as young as 8.

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Giant Lego brick for room storage: Also licensed, storage boxes with lids that stack, wastebaskets with yellow-headed lids included. Heads also come as storage in two sizes. From Plast Team.

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Lego watch: Lots and lots of Lego-themed watches are out there. There’s one called the Lego Make-NCreate with links that look like brick in the brand’s classic blue, yellow, red and green. The set includes 22 links in assorted colors and two bezels. From Lego.

These gifts bring the family together Make every night Family Fun Night with presents the entire family can enjoy. Totes tabletop foosball game, $15 at Target.

In Reverse Charades, one person tries to guess what the entire group is acting out. $18.27

Parents Pals

Turn baking into a family project with the ideas in “The 2012 Wilton Yearbook Cake Decorating.” $14.99 for paper version at craft stores.

Distract excited children while you wrap gifts and prepare for parties. Sit them down with new Christmas DVDs released for the 2011 holiday season. Santa will understand.

“Dr. Seuss’ Holidays on the Loose” includes “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

“Merry Christmas Thomas!” features the popular little tank engine.

Satin bow tie convertible clutch, $49 | Giambattista Valli | Macy’s, Satin clutch converts to a shoulder bag. Chain strap drops 18 inches.

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Three-disc “SpongeBob SquarePants: Holidays with SpongeBob” contains a bonus Halloween disc.

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Presents aplenty please children on Christmas Toys form the centerpiece of most family Christmas exchanges. Delight the youngsters with fun and lovable playthings.

KRE-O Transformers Bumblebee set lets kids build robot and car. $24.99 Seven-inch Poptropica plush Cool Boy, $9.99 22-inch Playwonder Lauren fashion doll, $34.99 at Target. Monster High Fearleading three-pack of dolls, $42.99 Updated Easy Bake Ultimate Oven now works without light bulbs. $39.99

The Real Lightning McQueen “Cars 2” interactive radiocontrolled vehicle by Air Hogs, $49.99

Angry Birds Knock on Wood game gives players a non-electronic option. $11.89 Let’s Rock Elmo sings and plays instruments with kids. $69.99

Harry Potter Hogwarts LEGO 4867 set has 466 pieces and seven mini-figures. $49.99

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Give a give that will last a lifetime, that is both decorative and functional. Solid wood benches are built to last, and are available in many styles, wood types and finishes, with and without storage.

A gift that will last a lifetime.  Solid wood childrens furniture is built to last and will quickly become a family heirloom. Choose from table and chairs, high chairs, rockers, rocking horses and doll cradles.

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Add a welcome crunch to your holiday season with our award-winning Wisconsin Butter Toffee. Watch your holiday stress disappear with every bite you take, and every box you give away. Stop in soon and let our Wilmar chocolatiers show you a good “crunch” time.

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Decree fringe cardigan, $29.99; Olsenboye crinkle chiffon ruffle dress, $24.99; Arizona faux fur trapper, $21.99; all at JCPenny.

Teenage Dreams Use your imagination to find The right gift

Too old for Elmo toys and (mostly) too young for a car, teens present a challenge at Christmas. Here are some tips: hip clothing, music-related items and fun accessories.

Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now – World Tour Live” is the country superstar’s first live album. $17.88 for a CD/DVD combo.

Baby-G BGA200KS- 1E watch from Casio was designed by performing artist Ke$ha. $120 at Macy’s.

Harajuku Mini for Target flap bag, $16.99 at Target.

Christmas Jingles

Familiar carols take on new dimensions when performed by artists with unique style.

Charming crooner Michael Bublé takes on the holidays on “Christmas.” $11.88

Get a jazzy, slightly avant-garde take on Christmas music with John Zorn’s “A Dreamers Christmas.” $12.83 CD/ DVD combo.

“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2” features the regular cast plus the new additions from “The Glee Project.” $11.49

“New Girl” Zooey Deschanel and musical partner M. Ward put an indiepop twist on Christmas classics with “A Very She & Him Christmas.” $9.99

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Plug your iPad into the electronic GameChanger cradle, and two games— “The Magic School Bus” and “Animal Mania” — take on entertaining new dimensions. $79.99 (iPad not included).

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The gift of music can trigger fond nostalgia

Between the Boomers and the GenXers, there’s a generation with its own musical memories. Give those Watergate-era babies CD box sets that will remind them of their personal formative years.

“Sting: 25 Years” contains a mix of solo work and songs from The Police plus a new DVD of his 2005 concert in New York City. $119.99

Pete Townshend creates a new version of The Who’s classic rock opera, “Quadrophenia: The Director’s Cut,” with remastered songs and unheard demos. $131.62

In the mid-1960s, the Beach Boys recorded but never released an album called “SMiLE,” which gained mythical status the longer it remained unheard. The official “SMiLE Sessions” box set includes demos and alternate takes. $139.99

The Rolling Stones’ funky, danceable 1978 smash “Some Girls” is available in a deluxe set that includes a 100-page hardback book and copies of its once-banned cover. $143.43 Get all 14 of “Piano Man” Billy Joel’s albums plus a bonus disc of rarities in “Billy Joel The Complete Albums Collection.” $199.99 www. myplaydirect.com.

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‘Muppets: The Green Album’ $11.88 | Walt Disney Records, Muppet classics re-recorded by hot indie artists. Performers include Amy Lee, Weezer, OK GO. 12 songs in all.

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Home Brewing Give the gift of beverage making Drink up, once your friends and family open presents that will enable them to make fine coffee and tea and pour a great glass of wine.

Rabbit by Metrokane electric corkscrew, $49.99; Riedel wine glasses, $105.99 apiece, and chardonnay glasses, $24.99 for a set of two; and Vinturi deluxe wine aerator, $69.99; all at Macy’s.

Open bar set, $20 at Macy’s stores only.

Red cut glass cocktail shaker, $39 at Pottery Barn.

Flavored vodka, $12.99 | Smirnoff | Liquor stores, Whipped Cream and Fluffed Marshmallow flavors. Both have sweet, creamy taste. Made from Smirnoff No. 21 vodka.

Espressione stainless steel electric kettle brings water to a boil rapidly.

Emerson electric wine opener, $20.89 at Target.

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In the spirit of the holiday season, The Post Crescent will be acting as elves for Santa and Mrs. Claus. We will once again be collecting letters from all the good little girls and boys who live in the area. If you have a wish list that you’d like to get to the North Pole, please fill out the form at postcrescent. com/shopfoxcities

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