Holiday Gift Guide Part 10 — For the Fly Girl With A Bit of Edge
Two days ’til Christmas! Feeling the pressure? Well, chill back, clear your head and remember that there’s always something you can buy for that tricky person on your list — it’s just a matter of careful research. Throughout the holiday season, Sicka’s been featuring gift round-ups themed after iconic female characters — from Joan Holloway to Penny Lane, Aeon Flux, Lily Van Der Woodsen, Elle Woods, Cher Horowitz, Satine, Liz Lemon, and Elvira Hancock.
For today’s gift guide installment, I wanted to find the ultimate stylish urban girl: a sneakerhead with hip-hop swagger; a cool chick who is always up on the latest gear (like New New in ATL) and who combines streetwear with couture; a gal with an Aaliyah-esque edginess (may she rest in piece) and a Rihanna-like flair. Unfortunately, Hollywood has portrayed urban America really narrowly, and so I couldn’t find a character that had all the right style attributes (not Nina from Love Jones, Sydney from Brown Sugar, Justice from Poetic Justice, Nikki from I Think I Love My Wife, Charlene from Get Rich Or Die Tryin‘, Lyric from Jason’s Lyric, Sara Melas from Hitch, or any other character I could reference).
So, for today, we’re bidding adieu to the film themes and just focusing on some cool gift ideas for that urban girl who loves both Jay-Z and Pink, knows every scene in Beat Street and Pulp Fiction, rocks sneakers and stilettos, and shops at Karmaloop and Barney’s — in other words, the fliest chick in the game.
New Balance for Nine West Corbitt Sneakers, $89. Visit NineWest.com
New Balance really stepped outside of the box with this punk-y design for its fashion-forward collection for Nine West. The gunmetal-colored studs that make up the “N” logo and which are scattered throughout the sneaker pop out like night stars atop the cerulean blue nylon uppers. I also love the fact that they’re hi-tops, which NB rarely tackles.
TOOFLY x GoodWood Trinity Collection Two-Finger Rings, $25 each. Visit TooFlyNYC.com
In the testosterone-laden street art scene, women have to work twice as hard to get the respect of their peers. New York graffiti artist TOOFLY has more than proved her legitimacy as an artist — she’s rocked walls, exhibited her work at fine galleries, and collaborated with countless corporations and fashion labels. These carnival bright, joyful two-finger rings are part of a collaboration with GoodWood, an NYC-based label specializing in custom wooden jewelry.
Melody Ehsani The See Me Swarovski Earrings, $250. Visit Karmaloop.com
These parrot-shaped earrings say lots of things, but you won’t find “Polly wants a cracker” among them. Like most of Ehsani’s pieces, these earrings are made of laser-cut plastic, but they feature strands of Swarovski crystals carefully placed to add the vibrant colors you’d find in this birds’ plumage.
FLUD Gold Tableturns Watch, $80. Visit FLUDwatches.com
Forget walking to the beat of her own drum — this lady struts to the scratches of her own turntable. Give the sassy music lover a watch that will tickle her inner DJ.
Maharishi Organic Cotton Hooded Top, $67.50. Visit TheOutnet.com
What would a city girl do without some hooded tees and sweaters? This Maharishi number features a multi-color trim along the edges and is made of organic cotton, so it’s perfect for the eco-loving urbanite.
Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Set, $37. Visit Sephora.com
This set includes some of my all-time favorite Carol’s Daughter products: the Tui Hair Smoothie, a delicious hair mask that smells like banana, passion fruit and guava and nourishes your tresses with shea and cocoa butter; the Tui Herbal Shampoo, a moisturizing and clarifying wash; and the Hair Milk, a lightweight leave-in conditioner that helps to liven and define naturally wavy/curly hair.
Be & D Studded Convertible Shoulder Tote, $1490. Visit Nordstrom.com
This studded Be & D shoulder bag takes me back to the days when the world was singing along to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” and “Bad.” It’s got that aggressively playful vibe that epitomizes some of the most memorable pop and hip-hop cuts.
NYX Cosmetics Special Effects Lashes in Midnight Walts, $10. Visit NYXcosmetics.com
In the concrete jungle, we’ve all got to play up our wild side in order to survive. Make your eyes roar with these dramatic faux lashes from NYX Cosmetics.
Fallon Jewelry Berlin Necklace, $198. Visit Shopbop.com
This is one tangled web any girl would want to weave — or, at the very least, wear. The chunky Berlin necklace features silver-plated and brass chains, along with multiple strands of Swarovski crystals ,wrapped around a heavy silver link chain and intertwined with oxidized metal, disc-shaped charms.
The Piecebook Reloaded by David Villorente and Sacha Jenkins. Visit Amazon.com
Much respect to graffiti legend Chino, whose passion for the artform has never wavered and who continues to make the masses appreciate its legitimacy and its visual power. Piecebook Reloaded, a collaboration with Ego Trip founder Sacha Jenkins, includes sketches from various writers’ blackbooks (including Revolt, Reas, Ces, Cope 2 and many others) and spans the years 1982-2005. It’s the graff equivalent of digging in the crates.
Easy Hey Kid Onion 5-inch Toy, $39.95. Visit KidRobot.com
Instead of investing in sculptures or canvas paintings, many of us city kids would rather collect interesting vinyl figures like the Kid Onion toy pictured above. Check out his red Chuck Taylors!
New Balance For Nine West Chizzle Sneakers, $89. Visit NineWest.com
Not ready to commit to a leopard print dress or a giraffe print jacket? With these cheetah print New Balance for Nine West kicks, you can tiptoe into the wild kingdom — one step at a time.
Cubannie Links Guerra Chain, $52. Visit Karmaloop.com
Love is a battlefield, so give your beloved friend all the right weaponry with this new Cubannie Links chain, which features a bullet case pendant.
At first glance, this may seem like a run-of-the-mill teddy bear. But look closer — notice how this little guy’s eyes are of two different sizes and how one little fang protrudes from edges of his silly grin. This little guy is a warrior, but dang, is he cuddly!
Sam Edelman Zoe Boot, $350. Visit UrbanOutfitters.com
Every time I look at these boots, I think of the outfits Madonna wore in her Blonde Ambition tour — the coned bustiers, the garter belts, and knee-high stocking. And yet another image also pops into my head: one of an equestrian performing a trick while atop his/her horse’s saddle. The square too, hefty platform, quilted harness-like detail, and the two buckle straps all help to create this equestrian-meets-burlesque effect.
CC Skye Wicked Ring, $150. Visit Shopbop.com
I remember the first time I heard someone say “wicked” in approval. It was a complete clash of cultures moment, as I tried to decipher whether it was a denouncement or a celebration. I quickly realized her “wicked” was the equivalent of my “dope,” “fresh,” and “fly.” Within that paradigm, then, this CC Skye ring’s name is quite fitting.
TY KU Premium Liqueur 2009 Holiday Set, $32.99. Visit TryTyKu.com for availability.
I love when a present’s packaging is a gift in and of itself. This holiday kit includes a 750 ml bottle of TY KU, a Soju vodka loaded with antioxidants for a health-boosting take on liqueur, and a chrome and custom glass shaker — both packaged in a box adorned with artwork from Tokyo’s bubbling pop art scene. The box is so cool you’ll want to keep it on display.
Dillanthology, Vol. 3, $14.98. Visit Amazon.com
For the third consecutive year since we lost the ultra talented producer J Dilla (may he rest in peace), Rapster is releasing its third album in the Dillanthology tribute series. This particular album focuses mainly on J Dilla’s solo work, compiling together cuts like “Nothing Like This, “Won’t Do,” and “It’s Like That.”
Reebok Top Down x Hellz Bellz Sneakers, $100. Visit Karmaloop.com
You don’t need a convertible to rock with the top down. These hi-top Reebok kicks, a collaboration with the super fly streetwear brand Hellz Bellz, feature fold-down tops (the inside is lined with this cool graphic print that looks like a pixelated image), black leather uppers with tiny perforations, and a strip featuring two rows of square, pyramid studs.
LAMB Signature Collapsible Tote, $295. Visit Nordstrom.com
The paint splatter design of this tote conjures up images of subway art and elaborate wall murals, while the grid along the back makes you think of wire fences for yet another urban visual reference.
Kowboys Black Foil Wedge Shirt, $98. Visit Kowboys.net
The silver foil-like print on this distressed, black short-sleeved top is the perfect piece to wear with skinny black jeans or a pencil skirt for a sleek but edgy look.
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II, $48. Visit UrbanDecay.com
It may be called the Book of Shadows, but this Urban Decay set will make you want to scream, “Let there be light!” The set includes UD’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, two 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (in Zero and Bourbon), and 16 eye shadow shades.
DJ Hello Kitty Hey T-Shirt, $24. Visit 80sTees.com
It seems like Hello Kitty got into the spirit of Zhane’s “Hey DJ.” Remember how it kicks off? It goes: “Everybody, move your body — now do it/Here is something, that’s gonna make you move and groove/Hey DJ, keep playing my song all night/On and on an on.” Yup, HK is apparently ready to keep you movin’ and groovin’.
PUMA Mihara Sneakers, $179. Visit Zappos.com
Instead of an all-over zebra print, PUMA went for a slightly subtler look here, utilizing the print only along the heel and the velcro strap along the ankle. The perforated whiter leather uppers, meanwhile, add yet another texture element for an even more intriguing effect.
Tokidoki for Hello Kitty Rolling Suitcase, $250. Visit Shop.Sanrio.com
Hello Kitty’s face replaces that of some of your favorite Tokidoki characters (from Mozzarella to Sandy, Bastardino, Sabochan, and more) in this quirky Sanrio suitcase, which brings a whole new meaning to the expression “rollin’ with the homies.”
Lipstick Queen Five Minutes of Fame Mini Set, $28. Visit LipstickQueen.com
If there’s one thing Lil’ Mama did right (and frankly, it may be the ONLY thing she did right), it was let the world know how much girls in the hip-hop generation love their lipgloss. The Five Minutes of Fame set features five shades: 3, a coral pink; 5, an orange-y nude; 11, a magenta-tinged purple; 12, a pink with lilac undertones; and 13, a light poppy red.
This set is pure genius. If you love the fruity apple scent o DKNY’s Be Delicious and Red Delicious scents, you’re going to adore this gift set, which includes four miniature rollerballs: the Be Delicious EDP Rollerball, the Be Delicious Juicy Apple Accord Rollerball, the Be Delicious Sweet Floral Accord Rollerball, and the Be Delicious Sex-A-Peel Accord Rollerball — all of which can be mixed and matched so you can add a nice twist to your Be Delicious fragrance.
Love Rocks NY Crack Black Diamond Hoops, $4000. Visit LoveRocksNY.com
What Jenny from the Block type doesn’t have a trusty pair of hoop earrings? But finding some hoops that stand out from the crowd? That’s a different story. With its zig-zagging, jagged edges and rows of black diamonds, these earrings will highlight her star status.
Harajuku Lovers Snow Bunnies Bag Collection: Brush Case, $20; Clutch, $28; and Travel Bag, $48. Visit Sephora.com
For the winter season, the Harajuku Girls (Love, Angel, Baby and Music) stored away their jumpers, baby doll dresses and mini skirts and reached for their yummy coats, sweater vests, scarves and mittens. These makeup cases come in five different sizes (four of which are pictured above), each with a different Harajuku Girl against a white backdrop adorned with giant snowflakes.
Nooka x Hellz Bellz “Hellz Zoo” Watch, $285. Visit Nooka.com
Nooka’s digital watches are already stellar, but this one has an out-of-this-world feel with the dark blue, violet, magenta, fuchsia, white, and light blue nebulae print on the face.
DC Shoes Life Collection Women’s Admiral Sneakers, $100. Visit Store.DCShoes.com
Hi-top kicks seem to be getting narrower and more polished this season — but DC Shoes was way ahead of its competition on that one, having designed the Admiral silhouette ages ago. The new black and purple colorway, meanwhile, works beautifully for the chilly months ahead.
Cubannie Links The Freedom Tri-Rings In Gold And Green, $70. Visit Karmaloop.com
These CL earrings feature braided strips of leather twisted into triangular shapes. The army green, light green and gold leather strips are perfect for the gal who loves camo print and military motifs.
The Wire Tees, $28 each. Available at the HBO Store and at Karmaloop.com
Are you still mourning the end of HBO’s The Wire? Well, you can still celebrate the series and its key characters with these new tees, which are available at the HBO store.
SOBRAL Flash Gordon Harvey Bangle Bracelets, $85 each. Visit SOBRALUSA.com
Ever since I discovered this jewelry line, I’ve been obsessed! The pieces are affordable, stylish, and oh so unique. The Flash Gordon lucite bracelets feature a wooden brown color and a gold linear pattern that’s just the slightest bit flashy and all the way fly.
It’s Just Begun: The Epic Journey of DJ Disco Wiz, Hip Hop’s First Latino DJ by Ivan Sanchez and Luis “DJ Disco Wiz” Cedeno, $15.61. Visit Amazon.com
Latinos have played a pivotal part in hip-hop’s history — we were there from the very beginning. I mean, think about it: a movement that was birthed in the South Bronx that doesn’t include Puerto Ricans? The very thought is absurd! Here, DJ Disco Wiz, one of the very first Latino DJs to receive massive recognition, tells his story.
NotNeutral Triton Lacquer Tray Set, $220. Visit NotNeutral.com
Notice how you can make out an image of a face in these three trays, which feature orange lacquer against a brown backdrop? Well, that’s the face of Triton, the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, the god and goddesses of the sea. You can use these trays to store anything from jewelry to keys, glasses, and any other valuables.
JK Jemma Kidd I-Conic Eyes Mini Liners, $32. Visit Target.com
How can you any fly girl pull of a Sasha Fierce look without some eyeliner? With this four-piece miniature eyeliner set, a dramatic eye look is always within reach.
DC Shoes Women’s Henry Jacket, $82. Visit Store.DCShoes.com
You don’t have to spend hundreds and thousands of dollars to stay warm this season. This bubble jacket is extra soft and comfortable, and it’ll keep you nice and toasty.