Candace Nelson

Photo: Roger Neve

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The Foodie: Candace Nelson, 38, pastry chef
Her Favorite Things: Founder of the megasuccessful cupcake chain Sprinkles (and a recently launched line of Sprinkles Ice Cream) and mother of two boys, 5 and 2, Nelson loves Mother jeans ("They give good butt"), DevaCurl hair products, Lemlem gauze scarves, and Irene Neuwirth jewelry. But she's particularly obsessed with Cal Red peaches from Frog Hollow Farm. "They're insane and supersweet, the kind of peaches you have to eat over the sink, they're so juicy."

Why She Loves This Outfit: "I like dresses that have a nice, architectural shape. And how cute are these shoes?"

Her Merrymaking Style: "Los Angeles is so casual all the time—the holidays are the one time of year when people will maybe wear a fancy top with their jeans," says Nelson. "So I like to wear a dress and heels."

Her Gift List:

For the literary foodie: The memoir Blood, Bones, & Butter, by Gabrielle Hamilton

For the home chef: Artisanal maplewood cutting boards

For the jet-setter: A membership to luxurytravel site Indagare

Under $50: La Maison du Chocolat dark chocolate truffles

Dress, Taylor Dress, $134. Cardigan, L'Wren Scott. Necklace, Tuleste Market. Shoes, L'Wren Scott.



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