HER Holiday Favorites

To ensure you don’t miss a single jingle this holiday season, BELLA asked some of our favorite and most stylish New Year ladies to share their picks for best caterers, kids’ activities, even the best spot for Turkey shopping.

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ALIZA LICHT – Founder of Leave Your Mark LLC and Author of “Leave Your Mark”

This social media and branding guru, who was formerly the voice behind award-winning DKNY PR GIRL Twitter feed, is using her no-nonsense advice to mentor others by helping them find their voice and leave their mark.


Favorite Restaurant for Cozy Family Gatherings: T Bar
“It feels like I’m eating at home, just with a lot more people.”
1278 3rd Avenue, 212-772-0404, TBarNYC.com

Favorite Holiday Attraction: Rolf’s Restaurant
“If you haven’t seen Rolf’s crazy decorations, go!
281 3rd Avenue, 212-477-4750, RolfsNYC.com

Favorite Place to Buy Turkey: 2nd Avenue Deli
“Is there another place on this earth that has better turkey?!”
162 East 33rd Street, 212-689-9000, 2ndAveDeli.com

Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Corner Cafe & Bakery
It’s a secret weapon of mine for at-home catering. Their French olive tapenade and lavash crisps are epic.”
1645 3rd Avenue, 212-860-8060, CornerCafe-Bakery.com 

Favorite Activity for Kids: Hospital for Special Surgery’s Big Apple Circus Benefit
“I’m the vice chair of the Hospital for Special Surgery’s Big Apple Circus Benefit on December 5th. The cause is dear to my heart and it’s an amazing event for kids with juggling, face painting, and more.”
150 West 62nd Street, 2nd floor, 212-606-1658, hss.edu/circus


MONICA BOTKIER – Founder and Designer of Botkier Bags

A contemporary handbag line that defined the category with the launch of the Trigger bag in 2003, Botkier’s bags have been slung on the shoulders of Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, and Emily Blunt, to name a few. This November, she debuts a collaboration with model Coco Rocha.

Favorite Place to Take Non-NYers: Shun Lee Palace
“Head to this midtown spot for good, upscale Chinese.”
155 East 55th Street, 212-371-8844, ShunLeePalace.net

Favorite Form of Destressing: Pratima Spa
“It’s Ayurvedic and the products are divine.”
110 Greene Street #701, 212-581-8136, PratimaSpa.com

Favorite Cultural Event: Brooklyn Academy of Music
“They have a great holiday lineup. We enjoy classic performances for the whole family, live music, and film screenings.”
30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-636-4100, BAM.org

Favorite Activity for Kids: Standard High Line
“Skating at the hotel on a weekday!”
848 Washington Street, 212-645-4646, StandardHotels.com

Favorite Holiday Attraction: Brooklyn
“I grew up in Brooklyn, so I love going to neighborhoods like Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge to see all the over-the-top Christmas lights on the houses.”

Favorite Bag to Wear While Shopping: Botkier Soho Tote
“It’s lightweight and streamlined, with our signature zips. I use it as a shopper, and put purchases inside as well.”
$298, Botkier.com

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JILL ZARIN – Tv Personality, Designer, and Philanthropist

As real as they come, this former reality star has become a one-woman powerhouse brand with shapewear, jewelry, home décor, and more lifestyle projects to come.

Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Carlyle OFF of the Green
516-422-1900, CarlyleCatering.com

Favorite Place to Take Non-NY’ers: Rockefeller Center
“Rockefeller Center for ice skating is a must. Also, the Nutcracker Suite at Lincoln Center is classic New York.”
45 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-332-6868, RockefellerCenter.com

Favorite Shop for Holiday Dresses: Saks Fifth Avenue
“Go straight to the 2nd floor designer dresses area.”
611 5th Avenue, 212-753-4000, SaksFifthAvenue.com
Favorite Form of Destressing: PRIV app
“They come to me! It’s full service in my home – massage, gel mani, and pedi!”
212-354-7746, GoPRIV.com


LATHAM THOMASMaternity Lifestyle Expert and Founder of MamaGlow.com

Thomas is a mama wellness mogul with a celebrity following, who regularly appears on The Dr. Oz Show, Good Day NY, and CBS News. This fall she launched Mama Glow x Nala Malas, malas beaded necklaces for expectant and new mamas. On November 5th, she’ll also be a host for Alicia Keys’ Keep A Child Alive Black Ball.

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Favorite Restaurant for Cozy Family Gatherings: Cafe Clover
“No matter what the season, it always feels festive there.”
10 Downing Street, 212-675-4350, CafeCloverNYC.com

Favorite Caterer for Home Party: Jenne Claiborne of The Nourished Vegan
“They make sides, desserts, and more for people pressed for time.”

Favorite Place to Take Non-NYers: Alvin Ailey
“I love taking guests to the holiday show at City Center.”
131 West 55th Street, 212.581.1212, AlvinAiley.org

Favorite Form of Destressing: La Don Spa for AQUA Studio NY
“Thuyen Nguyen has magical hands and practices a technique that plumps skin, tones facial muscles, and massages you so you actually have REM sleep during the treatment.”
78 Franklin Street, 212-966-6784, La-Don.com

Favorite Holiday Attraction: Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory
“I get an exceptional cup of artisan hot chocolate and load up on their chocolate bars for stocking stuffers. They also offer tours, which can be a fun and tasty way to stay out of the cold.”
111 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, 718-388-2625, MastBrothers.com

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