Gift Guide: Madeleine’s Picks


Madeleine Burka Hill is a writer, shoe-lover, and girly-girl raising two boys with her fabulous naval aviator husband. In her spare time, she indulges her online shopping habit and practices yoga. In Dec. 2010, her husband's Navy career will take this self-proclaimed east coast girl and her family to live in central California.

Here are her on-trend, yet mom-friendly gift picks….



Xmas Gift List

OK, so I have nowhere to wear this dress right now, but I’m sure something will come up. A short dress with long sleeves is very appealing to me right now.


Joie 'Martine' Blouse
$198 -
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I love sheer tops for night. I’d put a camisole under this and pair it with dark jeans, high heel boots, and some dangly earrings.


We the Free by Free People Marled Stripe Swing Top
$118 -
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Comfortable, cute, machine washable – need I say more?


In my opinion, Gap makes the best tees . This one has a graceful draped shape and would be great on it’s own or layered.



I don’t like wearing shoes in the house, so I often wear slippers in wintertime. I searched high and low for a pair that looks comfortable and warm but delicate. I think these are the ones.


I usually go for black or gray but I’m thinking it’s time to expand my horizons (and my shoe wardrobe) and add a brown pair.


Speaking of dangly earrings, I have one pair I love. I bought them more than five years ago and I have not been able to find another pair that suits me until now.



I spend a lot of time in yoga clothes. Most of my pants are solid, which is starting to bore me. I think the tie-dye print is fun, but because it is a black/white/gray color combo, it’s still “me.”


A beauty product junkie I am not, but when it comes to my hair, I am on a perpetual search for the right potion. I’ve heard this stuff is magic for curly hair and I think I’m going to have to try it.


Lastly, we just NEED a new camera. We bought ours before our first son was born in summer 2005. It is too slow to get the best shots of my fast-moving boys.

Happy Holidays!




  1. Robin,
    I have not tried Bumble and Bumble. Thanks for the suggestion! I don’t ever want to spend the extra time straightening it (more than 5 minutes is too time consuming for me), so curly it is. Glad you like the list!
    Lane, Maybe I can do a test with Bumble and Bumble and MoroccanOil and post a review 🙂

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