Holiday Gifts Part 6: For Your Luxury-Loving Mom
Does your mom fill you in on the must-read stories in this month's Vogue and W before you even spot the fashion bibles on newsstands? Do Henri Bendel and Jeffrey's employees know her by name? Is she the mom all your guy friends would drool over at the junior prom? Can she name the fashion districts in various cities around the world?
If you answered yes to the above, then your mommy is definitely a woman who values classy, elegant, and timeless designs. Here, a few things to get for the lovely dame.
Miriam Haskell Leaf Brooch, $640. Visit MiriamHaskell.com
A dazzling brooch can turn a "blah" jacket or coat into a dashing tour de force. This leaf-shaped brooch, made of Russian gold-plated European filigree handwired with faceted delica seed beads and Swarovski crystals, will infuse a bolt of glamour into any ensemble.
Pura Lopez Women's N601 Peep Toe Pump, $354. Visit Endless.com
A lady who values fabulousness will skip a doctor's appointment or a court subpoena before she misses a pedicure! So what better way to show off those polished toes than with some glam peep-toe pumps?
Chanel No. 5 Worldly Ways set, $75. Visit Chanel.com
This timeless fragrance is favored by jet-setting women everywhere. So why not give the Glamazon in your life a travel-ready set?
Reiss UK Bessie Belt, £55.20. Visit Reiss.Co.Uk
This deep crimson crocodile belt will jazz up her look, elongate her silhouette, and keep her friends taking her style cues.
Karl Lagerfeld Kapsule Perfumes in Woody, Light and Floriental, $110. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
It was Lagerfeld's solid grasp of the luxurious that made him a fashion icon. His Kapsule collection of fragrances remains true to this legacy — while each scent packs its own unique blend of notes, they all make you feel like the Lady of the House. Kapsule Light boasts a summery array of notes like bitter orange, jasmine, nutmeg and clove, while Kapsule Woody centers on cedar and amber notes, and Kapsule Floriental exudes a modern, exotic charm thanks to its mix of black tea, ivy leaf, and violet notes.
Single Floral Print Silk Dress, $250. Visit NeimanMarcus.com
This black silk dress with a bold red floral print conjures up images of Flamenco dancers in Spain, twirling their black lace skirts while large red flowers decorate their chignons or peek out from atop one ear. It also makes me think of vibrant silk kimono robes (think Memoirs of a Geisha). The modern cut, however, is very Michelle Obama-esque modern. Bottom line: you can't go wrong with this dress!
Napoleon Perdis Miracle Maker Mini Brush Set, $99. Visit Dermstore.com
To achieve the desired makeup look, you need the right tools. Women tend to underestimate just how important it is to own quality powder, blush and eyeshadow brushes. You wouldn't try to assemble a table without using the necessary screwdrivers and hammers, right? So why would this be any different?! When it comes to beauty tools, you can trust Napoleon Perdis. This brush set contains everything you'll need to go from a dewy natural, I'm-an-ingenue look to sexy seductress and everything in between.
Orly "Masquerade" Collection: Belle of the Ball, Mysterious, Enchanting shades,$7.50. Visit OrlyBeauty.com
Holiday beauty looks always incorporate vibrant red lips and nails. With Orly's masquerade collection, you can pick between a vampy dark crimson, a playful candy apple red, or a deep ruby color.
Tianni Faux Mink Clutch, $75. Visit Endless.com
Mongolian fur, sheepskin, and all things fuzzy and shaggy have invaded the fashion world this winter. But what if you adore the look of fur but can't stand to think of the animal cruelty involved in producing such pieces? Well, then you have to go faux. But, as most of you know, finding faux fur pieces that look refined and realistic is beyond challenging. Fortunately, you've got resources like STA (shameless plug, I know!) to do the heavy research for you. This Tianni clutch is made using faux mink but, style wise, there's nothing artificial about it!
Creme De La Mer "Creme De La Creme" Set, $1350. Visit CremeDeLaMer.com
Any woman who wants to keep her skin looking young knows a thing or two about Creme de la Mer's miraculous cream. Want to make her ecstatic? Then gift her with this 16.5 oz. bottle of the famed cream, which comes packaged in an exquisite mother of pearl box.
Vera Wang Look Eau de Parfum, $70 for 1.7 oz. bottle. Visit Nordstrom.com
Designed for confident women, Vera Wang's Look contains top notes of mandarin orange, watery greens and lychee, middle notes of lily, freesia and jasmine, and base notes of sweet vanilla, oak moss, patchouli and amber. The fragrance is authoritative yet disarmingly seductive.
This posh number's orange, yellow and pink hues blend into one another as seamlessly as the colors of a rainbow. Favored by many a socialite, Nancy Gonzalez's designs ooze sophistication, and this clutch is certainly an example of that!
Magrit Women's 15232 Peep-Toe Pump, $482. Visit Endless.com
The crystal embellishment adorning the bow at the toe of this dashing Magrit heel adds a magnificent aura to the shoe's deliciously coquettish design.
JK Jemma Kidd Fashion Palette, $36. Visit Target.com
Create a smoky but natural look with this handy kit, which includes a nude base shadow, taupe defining powder shadow, black, black sparkle liner and two lip glosses, one in a subtle nude shade and another in a sheer pink.
Imagine a marble making its way through a winding, looping, swerving, plunging, roller coaster-like maze and you'll understand the kinetic energy captured by Yael Sonia's Perpetual Motion collection. With their arched shape and rose-colored glass details, these diamond-studded gold earrings seem to capture a fleeting instant in time, one scene in a range of motions.
Cole Haan Laury Patent Collection Foldover Clutch in Mermaid, $375. Visit ColeHaan.com
This sophisticated lady won't do gaudy or flashy — what she covets are pieces that look and feel expensive without being overdesigned. With its simple chain handle, carefully stitched patent leather fabric, and mesmerizing slate blue color, this Cole Haan clutch is understated yet enchanting.
A Year In Fashion (Prestel USA) by Pascal Marche, $19.77. Visit Amazon.com
Lisa Hoffman "Orchid Variations Winter Retreat" Holiday Gift Set, $245. Visit LisaHoffmanSkincare.com
Lisa Hoffman's holiday gift set is heaven in a box. Packaged in a professional beauty train case, the set includes a jar of Spa Facial Hand and Foot Butter (my absolute favorite product in her line!), a leather wallet filled with Madagascar Orchid Variations fragrance oils (each tube contains a subtle take on the fragrance designed to correspond to a particular time of day), a bottle of Spa Facial Hydrating Booster (add a few drops to your moisturizer and, in days, you'll notice your skin feels way smoother),and a 5-Piece Spa Facial Travel Kit containing miniature ampules of Hoffman's famed shower gel, body polish, etc. The best part? The gift set actually comes with the bow!
Frederic Fekkai Spray On Hair Crystals in Champagne, $18.50. Visit Sephora.com
Don't let your Christmas tree lights do all the sparkling. With Frederic Fekkai's Spray On Crystals, you can give your mane a festive shimmer!
Anya Hindmarch for Target Clutch in Tan/Metallic Gold, $19.99 and Patent and Faux Python Flap Tote in Black, $49.99. Visit Target.com
These two handbags are low on price and high on style. The tan-colored clutch features clean, sleek lines, and the metallic accents add just the right dose of edginess. The large flap tote, meanwhile, is perfect for everyday use — it's extremely roomy and convenient, not to mention effortlessly chic.