Second City Style’s 12 Days of Christmas (Shopping) ’11. Elise’s "I've Been Good This Year Santa" List

My fashion philosophy: invest in classic pieces with a twist. Splurging on a few high-ticket items and forgoing a wardrobe brimming with budget brands is the savvy women’s way to shop. This Christmas, I say go big or go home, break out the bills and indulge in these divine designer pieces!

B Brian Atwood Fredrique Suede 8 Pumps, $325
An excellent pair of black pumps is essential for every woman’s wardrobe. These B Brian Atwood’s have all the bells and whistles: a round/pointy toe, minimal but supportive platform, and a stiletto heel. But what makes these stilts standout are touches of gold snake-embossed on heel, toe and sole. So sweet!

House of Harlow 1960 Orlina Box Clutch, $255
I obsess over anything leopard. The scale and coloring of this pattern is purrfect. Made from leopard pony hair and complete with a vintagesque closure, this clutch is insanely versatile.

Christian Louboutin by Christian Louboutin hardcover book, $150
Who doesn’t need a little inspiration from time to time? The book, Christian Louboutin, contains over 300 pages of phenomenal photography commemorating Louboutin’s 20th anniversary. This is a “must have” gift for any footwear fanatic!

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Holiday 2011 Specialty Set, $112
Since the release of Viktor and Rolf’s Flowerbomb fragrance, I have been saving every free sample I can get my hands on. Described as a “floral explosion, a profusion of flowers that has the power to make everything more positive,” this scent is ideal for day.

Valentino Double-Breasted Cashgora Coat, $4290
Jaws will drop when you drape yourself in this Valentino double-breasted cashgora coat! An ode to Jackie O. this classic ivory coat is complete with funnel collar and tie waist. It’s a timeless treasure for ladies of all ages!

Sandra Dini Opal Ring, $1050
Talk about rockin’! Sandra Dini’s opal ring packs a serious style punch! A combination of earthy and elegant this gem is nestled in a 12k gold and silver bold band.

Giambasttista Valli One Shoulder Dress, $1,849
Forgo your basic black dress this holiday season and slip into this itsy-bitsy red hot number. Giambattista Valli’s cocktail dress fits the female physique in all the right places with ruching at the chest and a strong, one shoulder strap. No necklace needed for this look, instead try an edgy shoe or chandelier earrings to create your personal flare.
— Elise Ford, Second City Style Fashion Editor and Columnist: Finds On A Dime

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