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January Must-Haves

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January is traditionally the time for a fresh start. Look for a mix of classic pieces you'll wear forever, like a quilted denim jacket, paired with funky splurges that will spice up your entire wardrobe, including a op-art clutch.

1. Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin

moleskin evernote

For all those who resolved to get organized this year, take note: Can't decide between a digital notebook and a traditional paper one? With the Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin, you don't have to. It combines the top digital notetaking app with everyone's favorite notebook maker, Moleskin. How? The Smart Notebook features Evernote-friendly ruled pages with dotted lines that you photograph and then import into the app. It also has Smart Tagging stickers that become searchable, digital tags. Talk about a perfect marriage between old and new!

The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskin are available in a range of sizes.

2. Kaleidoscope Bag

kate spade holographic

If December was about glitter and sequins, January was made for an over-size holographic clutch. The Kate Spade Kaleidoball clutch will have them looking twice, even three times. The cool faux-leather bag looks like something straight out of the latest Pixar movie. Because it is multi-color, it will go with nearly everything in your closet.

Styling Tip:Feeling brave? Carry this to work to jazz up a basic black suit.

3. A Flirty Skirt

metallic skirt

A short, pleated skirt is the ultimate wear-now, wear-later layering piece. Yes, it seems like spring is a decade away, but you won't be sorry if you invest in this versatile layer. The Catherine Malandrino metallic skirt looks smart now when you pair it with a favorite cozy black sweater and black tights and will look equally fresh come spring and summer when you wear it with pastels and whites.

The Catherine Malandrino metallic skirt is 94 percent polyester and 6 percent spandex and is hand-washable. It's available in sizes two through twelve.

4. A Quilted Denim Jacket

jean jacket

What do you get when you mix one part Chanel, with one part classic Americana and add dash of totally cool? This J. Crew Quilted Denim Jacket. It's an inspiring new twist on a classic that's no doubt destined to be a favorite piece in your closet. The cotton tape trim keeps it dressy enough for even the most conservative offices. Wear it over a basic dress or sweater.

Styling Tip: For winter weekends, layer under a black coat for added warmth without the bulk.

The J. Crew Quilted Denim Jacket is available in sizes 00 through 14.

5. A Rich Moisturizer

moisturizer

If you haven't already done so, now is thetime to invest in a super rich body cream, like L'Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream. It contains an impressive 25 percent shea butter, along with linseed, mallow, sweet almond and honey extracts and apricot oil and vitamin E with a touch of jasmine scent. The formula absorbs quickly and is perfect post shower and pre-bedtime.

6. Something Unexpected—on Major Markdown

Rachel Zoe Shoe

Between now and Martin Luther King Day (January 21), you'll find so many cool, designer items on major markdowns. Buy something that's your style, that might ordinarily be a bit of a splurge, like these Rachel Zoe Lila Leather Platform Sandals that were originally $355 and are currently on sale for $125!

Other items you'll find on sale now include winter coats, boots, holiday dresses and lingerie.

Style Tip:You can wear the high-heeled sandals now, with black or brown tights, and throughout all of summer and spring.

The Rachel Zoe Lila Leather Platform Sandals are available in sizes five through 10 and have a 5 1/4-inch heel. The heel is lacquered and the upper is made of leather.

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