Archie Panjabi

Photo: Roger Neve

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The Firecracker: Archie Panjabi, 40, Actress
Her Favorite Things: London native Panjabi, who plays the sultry Kalinda Sharma on CBS's The Good Wife, can't live without her Lhasa Apso, Benzi; macarons from French patisserie Ladurée; Le Métier de Beauté lip gloss; and Jo Malone candles. All things Parisian, in particular, have a special place in the Emmy-winning actress's heart. "I just love the food, the culture, the dogs," she says. "The women and how naturally sexy they are—and how they enjoy good food and do not put on weight."

Why She Loves This Outfit: "This dress captures all the things I like: It's very pretty, very festive, and very French."

Her Merrymaking Style: Casual clothes for day ("I never get to wear jeans as Kalinda"), jewel-toned dresses for night. "I tend to do well in very structured dresses with fitted silhouettes."

Her Gift List:

For the person who has everything: Unforgettable experiences, like the NYC interactive play Sleep No More
SleepNoMoreNYC.com

For the foodie: A selection of Indian spices, like star anise seed and black cardamom
Kalustyans.com

Under $50: A charity donation
DoSomething.org

Dress, BCBG Max Azria, $448. Earrings, Janis by Janis Savitt. Shoes, Roger Vivier.
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