Lucky's December Issue

ON OUR COVER Carrie Underwood is one of the most low-key cover girls we’ve ever had, showing up to our shoot in her pajamas and explaining that she even does her own laundry while she’s on tour. “Domestic chores make me feel at home,” she says. The 26-year-old singer, whose newest CD, Play On, drops this month, even apologized to an audience once for not looking cute enough when she threw on a sweatshirt in near-zero temperatures. “I love dressing up when I'm in front of a crowd,” she says, “but in my downtime, nothing beats a great pair of sweats.” Flip to page 140 to find out which laid-back pieces fill her wardrobe and how an iconic country singer is her latest inspiration.

THE LUCKY GIFT GUIDE Our beloved annual gift guide is back and this year everything is under $100! Starting on page 177, pour over dozens of options in eight categories, including one that’s $10 and under.

  • Artsy
  • Moroccan
  • On the go
  • Victorian
  • At home
  • Country chic
  • Bejeweled
  • $10 and under

Turn to the back of the issue, page 236, for terrific discounts on some of our top picks, and head to to see our charitable gift choices (and yes, they’re all under $100 too).

BEAUTY SPY: BLACK + SHIMMER To create a sultry party-ready look for your holiday fetes, go to page 145—we‘ll show you the best shadows, palettes, and pencils to line and smudge your way to smoky-eyed gorgeousness. And for yet another option, check out page 148 for the tools you need to create a sexy and foolproof cat-eye.

ACCESSORIES REPORT Starting on page 126, we‘re rounding up the best of two amazing winter trends: messenger bags and shooties. The bags mix total practicality and the luxury of roominess with cool detailing and punches of color, while the shoes perfectly blend the elegance of a heel with the chicness of a bootie. Then head over to our iPhone app or to start shopping for your favorites right away.

NIGHT ON THE TOWN ’Tis the season for sequins, silk, and total glamour. Try a new approach to evening clothes this holiday with glittery minidresses layered under a vintage-style faux-fur coat, eye-catching slouchy pants that are styled just right, a menswear-inspired tuxedo suit, and many more stunning looks all starting on page 214. Then head to for more incredibly affordable styles.