Holiday Shopping From A To Z — Parading Through J, K, and L
We’ve been making holiday shopping as easy as 1-2-3 with our gift-getting ABCs, quite literally taking you through an alphabet-themed tour of present ideas. For our latest installment, we’re focusing on the letters J, K, and L, with J encompassing jewel-toned goodies, K inspiring an assortment of kabuki-influenced treats, and L immersing us in a feast of leather and lace.
Read on for more on these great categories and the products contained therein!
J IS FOR JEWEL TONES
Kotur For J. Crew Colony Green Briar Sequin Clutch, $425. Available at J.Crew Collection and Bridal Boutique and at JCrew.com
We’ve raved about the Kotur for J.Crew collection in the past, but this clutch crystallizes the reason behind our fervor with its envelope-shaped metal frame and the clusters of forest green sequins covering the front and back — not to mention the rectangular, pillbox-style closure adorned with a dark green jewel.
NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencils, $8 each. Available at NYXcosmetics.com
These new eyeliners from NYX Cosmetics glide right onto the lids, leaving behind lines of deliciously rich, creamy, shining color. Available in 18 shades, our favorite include the jewel-toned shades — among them: SL 17 Green Papaya, a light green tourmaline shade with a golden sheen; SL 12 Azure, a deep turquoise; SL09 Tropical Green, a dark malachite shade; and SL 10 Purple Blaze, a deep amethyst purple. Click here for swatches of our favorite shades!
Moritz Glik “Kaleidoscope” 18K Gold and Floating Colored Sapphire Earrings, $5230. Available at Endless.com
Pink and orange sapphires seem to float inside each double white sapphire cube of these two-tiered dangling earrings from Moritz & Glik, which measure 0.53″ in width at their widest point and hang 1.38″ long.
Giuseppe Zanotti Shoe Boot, $711. Available at FarFetch.com
Tastier than freshly squeezed OJ, these orange chalcedony-colored suede heels feature a rounded peep toe, a banded strap running across the vamp, sexy cutouts along the sides, a T-shaped ankle trap, and a staggering 5.5″ heel.
Madstone Hoop Earrings, $1500. Available at the Diana Heimann Jewelry Salon at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in White Plains, NY. For more info, call 914.467.5880 or visit MadStoneDesign.com
These oxidized sterling silver hoop earrings feature slanted sides so that, instead of a rounded hoop, they resemble open-ended octagons and, in keeping with the geometric theme, feature an oversize, octagonal amethyst stone along the front, with effervescent bubble-ike details within the faceted stone’s surface, Smaller amethyst stones, meanwhile, are encrusted into the metal hoop frame like smaller stars next to a supernova.
LORAC Bejeweled Lip Gloss Collection, $25. Available at Sephora.com
Gemstones inspired LORAC’s Holiday 2011 collection, which includes this six-color lip gloss set. Each of the LORAC lip glosses is enriched with cooling peppermint oil (which also gives them a minty smell), antioxidant-rich grape seed oil, toning rosemary extract, and wound-healing castor oil, so that they hydrate, soften, and plump up lips. Each tube’s gunmetal-colored cap is encrusted with tiny clear rhinestones, so as to heighten the jewelry box-worthy feel of the collection.
The shades themselves, meanwhile, shine like the most precious gems and colors range from Red Ruby, a blue-toned red with light red pearl particles, to Peach Moonstone, a pale, brownish peach shade; Bronze Topaz, a brown citrine shade with hints of bronze and warmer amber-y undertones; Hot Pink Sapphire, a delightful fuchsia shade chock full of iridescent silver and pink pearls; Rich Garnet, a deep raspberry red with purple undertones; and Pink Diamond, which looks like a milky white color in its packaging but, when applied, transformed into an ultra-sheer light pink with a darling opalescent quality. Click here for swatches of all six shades!
Christian Louboutin Loubi Croissant Satin Clutch, $795. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
He may be known for his sky-high stilettos and trademark red soles, but Christian Louboutin is strutting into the handbag realm with pieces as exquisite as this croissant-shaped clutch, which features ruched teal satin and a gold metal frame with a red twill interior lining and a double heel clasp closure for an added wink-wink.
Dannijo Multi-Stone & Snake Chain Cuff, $343. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Bohemian, tribal, and rocker converge in this 3″-wide, golden oxidized brass cuff from jewelry-making duo Dannijo. Yellow gold snake chains slither around and weave in between a trio of jewel accents running vertically down the front and center of the cuff. Each jewel-toned station features a brass cube with a round, faceted, Swarovski crystal at its center and, on either side, square stones in contrasting shades.
Laura Mercier Luxe Colour Portfolio, $98. Available at Sephora.com
Not only does it include sparkling wine and violet, along with rich brown and soft cream eye shadows and liners, but Laura Mercier’s Luxe Colour Portfolio (part of her limited-edition Holiday 2011 collection) features three of her acclaimed makeup brushes — all packaged in a box clutch with silver-and-black faux snakeskin trimming the edges of the portfolio and adorning the flap closure, which itself features a concealed magnet to ensure the palette stays safely shut.
As soon as you open up the portfolio like you would a book or agenda, you’ll find three brushes tucked into their slots on the left-hand side: the Pony Tail eye shadow brush, the bushy Crease brush, and the Flat Liner brush.
On the right-hand side, meanwhile, you’ll find six eye shadow shades in rectangular pans: Primrose, a fleshy pink with golden sparkle and a soft, satin-like finish; African Violet, a unique violet shade with rose gold undertones saturated with copper pearl particles for a high-wattage shine; Merlot, a mostly matte, deep burgundy wine shade with just a hint of rose pearl shimmer; Truffle, a velvety soft brown shade with a matte finish reminiscent of ground espresso beans; Topaz, a taupe-ish gray, smokey quartz-like color with an all-over metallic sheen; and Stellar, an ethereally light champagne gold color with silver shimmer. To view these shades for yourself, check out swatches of all six eyeshadows.
Moving on, next you’ll find a row of three Tightline Cake Eye Liner packed into round pans. Though they can be applied in their dry form, they look more intense when you wet the brush first and then swirl it atop the liner pans. The three colors included are: Ground Espresso, Black Ebony, and Burgundy Wine. Check out swatches of these shades here.
Last, you’ll find two large squares of cheek color: Rose Petal, a light peachy pink, and City Pink, a bold peony pink. To view the colors, click here.
Badgley Mischka Rosette Silk-Satin Dress, $222.75. Available at TheOutnet.com
This 100% silk dress will make your eyes light up thanks to the raw-edged rosette details all over the fabric, the wide ruched waistband, and the frock’s pink spinel shade. A strapless cut and boned corset along the fully lined interior guarantee you’ll have a gorgeous and well-defined silhouette.
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette, $45. Available at BobbiBrownCosmetics.com
For Holiday 2011, venerated makeup artist Bobbi Brown masterminded a color palette peppered with jewel tones, infused with shimmer and sparkle, and enriched with metallic overtones. One of our faves: the Black Ruby Sparkle Shadow Palette, which includes four colors that shimmer like tiny icicles: the Pink Rose Sparkle Eye Shadow, a muted mauve-ish pink with tons of white and silver pearls; the Crushed Silver Sparkle Eye Shadow, a Jack Frost-approved silver with tonal glitter; the Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Shadow, an intriguing, blackened merlot shade with pink and silver pearl particles; and the Onyx Sparkle Eye Shadow, a black cherry shade with white gold sparkle. Check out swatches of all four eye shadows here.
Lauren Merkin Ava Clutch in Amethyst/Black Shiny Python, $295. Available at LaurenMerkin.com
Like Ava Gardner, Lauren Merkin’s Ava clutch belongs among Hollywood royalty — especially the latest iteration of the style, which features a glossy amethyst and black python print. Measuring 12″ in width and 6″ in height, this smart clutch features delicate pleats, slanted edges, rounded corners, and a top flap with a silver-toned closure.
Bounkit Blue Topaz, Citrine, and Blue Cat’s Eye Convertible Earrings, $395. Available at CharmandChain.com
These 3″-long dangling earrings by Moroccan-born designer Hassan Bounkit feature rectangular blue topaz stones at the post, oval citrine stones dangling directly beneath them, and bulbous, teardrop-shaped blue cat’s eye stones dangling from the bottom. Since these earrings are convertible, you can detach the citrine or blue cat’s eye stones and wear the blue topaz studs alone or choose to attach either the citrine or the blue cat’s eye sections and transform them into single drop pieces.
Bare Escentuals Box of Gems 20-Piece Color Collection, $88. Available at QVC.com
The gleaming golden tone of this makeup treasure chest is perfectly appropriate as it houses an assortment of stunning mineral eye shadows, lip-plumping glosses, and richly pigmented, all-natural glosses. When you flip back the top lid, you’ll find 10 eye shadows: Sparkling, a snow powder white with scattered multi-dimensional glimmer; Gleam, a pale peach hue with a satin finish; Glow, a warm tan color with golden undertones; Jewel, an aptly named violet-tinged rubellite tourmaline; Solitaire, a smoky, silvery shade; Gem, a dazzling emerald green color with a metallic finish and scattered shimmer; Twinkle, a sepia shade with scattered golden sparkle; Locket, an amethyst shade with violet sparkle; Incandescent, a bronze-y topaz hue with antiqued gold shimmer; and Beam, a bewitching sapphire blue color. By clicking here, you’ll find swatches of the Sparkling, Gleam, and Glow colors. Next, feast your eyes on the beauty of the Jewel, Solitaire, Gem, and Twinkle shades by clicking here. And last, click here to wonder over the Locket, Incandescent, and Beam shadows.
One you pull out the bottom drawer using the ribbon tab, you’ll find five Buxom Lip Polishes: Kanani, a sheer pink; Betty, a crimson shade; Dani, a berry pink; Gabby, a grape wine shade; and Sandy, a pink nude. For a better idea of what these look like on skin, check out these swatches.
In the bottom drawer of the golden box, tou’ll also discover five Natural Lip Glosses: Sprinkles, a sheer color with just a hint of yellow gold and plenty of clear pearl particles; Cranberry Sorbet, a creamy guava shade; Angel Food Cake, a sheer peachy pink saturated with mutli-dimensional shimmer; Energy Drink, a pink lemonade shade with golden undertones and an all-over sheen; and Apple Butter, a brownish fig-like hue with hints of red and tiny gold pearl particles.
Elva Fields Gamine in Green Necklace, $328. Available at Shop.ElvaFields.com
This handmade wonder features three strands of polished teardrop-shaped turquoise beads painted an emerald green color, each bead separated from its neighbor by a gilt brass bead. A vintage emerald rhinestone brooch positioned at the center of the necklace adds a regal touch.
Santi Audrina Clutch, $140. Available at Endless.com
This envelope-shaped clutch has more cubes than a game of Tetris. Measuring 10″ in width, 4.5″ in height, and 1.5″ in depth, the Santi Audrina Clutch features a fabric body covered by square beads in multiple tones of blue, ranging from midnight blue to aqua, turquoise, and indigo.
Marco Bicego Jaipur Earrings, $2,570, and Marco Bicego Jaipur Bracelet, $10,670. Visit MarcoBicego.com for store locations.
Domed round stones in ruby red, peridot green, citrine orange, amethyst purple and smoky quartz constitute the foundation of these Marco Bicego pieces — from the orange and purple drop earrings with round, faceted stones to the multi-colored bracelet with golden edges along the outside of each round stone.
Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad Nail Lacquer, $16. Available at DeborahLippmann.com
Like Rihanna said, once a good girl goes bad, she’s gone forever. Likewise, once a woman tries the Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad nail lacquer, there’s no turning back. This shimmering, cabernet-colored lacquer will turn any lady into a vamp. Check out what the shade looks like on nails to understand why.
Baccarat Fleurs de Psydelic Day Ring, $595. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
A bouquet’s worth of sunset-ready colors surfaces in this one sculptural sterling silver Baccarat ring, which features teardrop-shaped, concave crystal stones in iridescent honey yellow, ruby red, orange tourmaline, and pink mordore (a fuchsia tone).
JOICO Smooth Care Holiday Duo and JOICO Misture Recovery Luxe Holiday Duo, $36.90 each. Visit JOICO.com for retailers.
For the holiday season, JOICO has released an assortment of boxed kits featuring a shampoo and conditioner from one of its targeted lines — be it Moisture Recovery (pictured above), K-Pak, Silk Result, Color Endure, or Smooth Cure. Each box features an onion-shaped cut-out window along the front, mebellished with twikling star motifs along its outline. In addition to the shampoo and conditioner of your choice, the boxed set includes a free sample of the new K-PAK RevitaLuxe Bio Advanced Restorative Treatment.
We love the K-Pak Color Therapy line for those with damaged, chemically-treated hair since it focuses on repairing the hair’s cuticle layer. while the Silk Result shampoo and conditioner restores hair to its ideal pH level, thereby taming frizz, and leaving behind a soft texture. Our latest obsessions, though, are the Moisture Recovery shampoo and conditioner, which feature a Hydramine Sea Complex that hydrates hair and restores elasticity for greater bounce an volume, and the Smooth Cure shampoo and conditioner, which efficiently battles frizz.
Roger Vivier “Pilgrim” Black Satin Clutch with Crystal Embroidery, $2,125. Available at Bergdorf Goodman in NYC. Call 212.872.8775 for more details.
This Roger Vivier envelope clutch epitomizes black-tie elegance, with long, cylindrical black beads covering its satin surface. Below the top metal closure, along the front of the clutch, you’ll find a plaque-like accent created via rows of elongated clear crystals arranged in a rectangular shape, with round crystals lining the inner and outer periphery of the shape. These crystals encircle a clear, square, faceted crystal stone, while two leaf-shaped, emerald green crystals are positioned along either side of this center stone.
Ban.do Back and Forth Bobby Set, $25. Available at ShopBando.com
Add some unexpected sparkle to your look with these golden bobby pins covered with round, faceted, multi-colored stones.
Casadei Satin Metal Pump, $837. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
These sapphire blue pumps feature satin uppers covered with multi-colored metal studs. The flirtatious peep toe, 3/4″ platform and dangerously high 5 3/4″ stiletto heel make this lady sing a stylish aria — not the blues.
Amrita Singh Camella Autumn Earrings, $100. Available at AmritaSingh.com
There may be teardrops dangling from your ears, but there will be no crying when you wear these 3″-long Amrita Singh drop earrings, 18k gold plated pieces with faceted resin stones — the top one reminiscent of a Mexican fire opal with its incandescent, color-changing quality, and the bottom stone a red jasper color with ruby shimmer. The hammered look to the gold encasing the stones adds an artisanal quality we just adore.
Alexis Admor Strapless Satin Dress in Citrine, $189. Available at LastCall.com
This strapless, yellow citrine, stretch satin cocktail dress will make you feel like the ultimate Golden Lady. Featuring an asymmetric empire waist, delicate ruching culminating in a floral appliqué at the waist, and a folded straight strapless neckline, this above-the-knee number has the Midas touch.
Vincent Longo Amaretti Diamond Collection Gift Set, $44. Available at VincentLongo.com
Who needs fattening Godiva chocolates when you can get some Vincent Longo delicacies instead? The Amaretti Diamond Collection comes in a slim black box with a red bow, releasing you from any tedious gift-wrapping duties, and it includes four baked eye shadows that resemble homemade cookies, with swirls of marbled color along their entire surface. There’s a dark midnight blue shade with sapphire and silver marbled swirls, a vanilla cream shade with rose and silver speckles, a rich fudge-y brown with honey gold and caramel swirls, and a copper shade with silver and brown “frosting.” Any ladies eyes will just eat these up!
Sorelle French Peacock Crystal Perfume Bottle, $39.95. Available at HSN.com
Give your armoire a noble flair with this crystal perfume bottle, which features a rounded body with hexagonal faceting, a silver bottle neck, and a statement-making topper that resembles a peacock’s plumage with faceted, teardrop-shaped green stones that fan out elegantly. The bottle’s clear dipper allows you to apply the fragrance inside the bottle to pulse points as needed.
Tacori Ring, $560. Visit Tacori.com for retailers.
This regal ring features a square, faceted clear quartz stone layered over green onyx to yield an inviting emerald color. The sterling silver band, meanwhile, features miligrain detailing for a touch of baroque energy.
Bond No. 9 The Swarovski All-Stars Quartet To Go, $700. Available at BondNo9.com
Few fragrance houses do glitz as well as Bond No. 9. This year’s holiday gift offerings include this quartet of pocket sprays, each covered with pavé-set Swarovski stones: fuchsia for the Chinatown EDP, cobalt blue for the Nuits de Noho fragrance, silver for the Scent of Peace, and black for the classic Bond No. 9 perfume.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Premium Sequin Sneakers in Nightshade and Gold/Multi, $100 each. Available at Converse.com
Shine from head to toe with these new sequined hi-top sneakers, available in either an amethyst purple color (Nightshade) or a rose, lilac, and gold scheme (Gold/Multi).
Sonia Kashuk Prepping for the Party Lip & Eye Palette, $19.99. Available at Target stores.
This black palette features six eye shadow shades ranging from a dusky pink cabochon hue to a shimmering gunmetal, a blackened plum-amethyst, a dirty lilac, a chocolate brown with golden shimmer, and a frosty white with silver sparkle. Check out swatches of the shades here. In addition to these shadows, the palette includes sheer lip colors ranging from a pale nude to a robust mauve (which you can get acquainted with via these swatches). And, to make the application process that much easier, Kashuk included handy face charts and step-by-step instructions on how to create different looks.
HUGO Medium Green Shiny Skirt, $230. Available at Stylebop.com
This slim-fitting pencil skirt, made of cotton and polyester with just a touch of spandex, features a high waistline, V-shaped stitching that creates a waistband effect and vertical stitching along the center to streamline the silhouette, and an above-the-knee cut, The fabric’s natural sheen, meanwhile, intensified the lustrous quality of its emerald green color.
Same Sky “Deck The Halls” Properity Bracelet Set, $175. Available at SameSky.com
This bracelet set includes three 1/2-inch thick Prosperity Bracelets crocheted by hand with seed beads on semi-stretch cord — all made by female artisans in the Abataka Collective in Lusaka, Zambia. This particular set includes the Cherry bracelet, an orange-tinged red number, Paprika bracelet, a darker red with scattered golden and orange beads, and the Chardonnay bracelet, a pale gold number. With the purchase of each bracelet set, you’ll be helping Same Sky continue to help the women of Zambia empower themselves financially, as well as fund community-based health, education, and training programs.
Kendra Scott Melita Cuff in Brilliant, $195. Available at KendraScott.com
This 14k gold plated brass cuff measures 2.25″ in height and features a constellation of prong-set, faceted, pie-shaped, black onyx, blue agate, green agate, pink agate, and purple agate stones welded together in a way that still allows you to see empty spaces in between them, creating more of an impromptu feel. The top and bottom edges, meanwhile, feel like they follow a zig-zagging line due to the stones’ pointy tips.
Handbag wizard Nancy Gonzalez creates pieces that can make any ensemble look more sophisticated — just ask the Gossip Girl cast. These envelope-shaped, crocodile skin minaudieres feature rounded sides and come in several jewel-toned shades including the three pictured above.
Mark “Winging It” Earrings, $16. Available at MeetMark.com
These wing-shaped earrings curve slightly like laurel leaf branches and feature elongated feather-shaped crystal stones with diamond-shaped facets along their top surfaces, as well as smaller ovoid shaped stones with pointed edges. Available in either fuchsia or black, these earrings cost less than $20 but look as expensive as their over-$100 counterparts, making them an absolute steal.
Nicholas Kirkwood Metallic Python Platform Pumps, $1495. Available at Saks.com
This futuristic pump features an iridescent sheen worthy of a mermaid’s tale. Made of teal and violet python, this luxurious sandal features a rounded peep toe, a square cut atop the toe area, egg-shaped cut-outs at the center the curved side pieces, four teal-colored metallic leather strips threaded through a loop at the center of the collar that fan out along the sides, an elastic slingback strap securing the ankle, and a skinny 5″ heel.
Rachel Roy 3/4 Length Dress, $145. Available at Yoox.com
Few contemporary designers drape as skillfully as Rachel Roy. This jasper-colored, viscose-and-polyester dress features long, slim sleeves, elegant draping all along the bodice and skirt, pin-tucked accents at the shoulders, a square-ish neckline, an internal slip dress to counteract the top fabric’s sheerness, and a belted waistline.
Nissa Jeweled Triangle Triple Necklace, $378. Available at NissaJewelry.com
This 17.5″-long, double-stranded, curb link chain necklace in antiqued brass features three triangle-shaped charms adorned with rectangular, prong-set, vintage cobalt blue stones surrounded by clear rhinestones along their periphery. Made using recycled metal, this necklace is also available in antique silver, gold, and rose gold.
Giorgio Armani Gloss D’Armani Pink 505, $28. Available at Saks.com
The Gloss D’Armani features a deliciously gentle texture that adheres to lips quickly and comfortably, without drying out the tender skin on your pout or leaving behind an excessively sticky feel. This effect is mainly due to the Color Bond Polymer at the heart of Armani’s exclusive Color-Fil Shine Technology, which forms a mesh that absorbs pigments and pearl particles, and to the translucent base that gives the color more of a robust quality. Mirror oils boost shine, while silicon oil reduces the stickiness factor for greater comfort. Not only does the gloss deliver a concentrated blast of color, a mirror-worthy shine, and superior hold, but it comes in amazing shades like Pink 505, a perky pink sapphire shade. Check out a swatch by clicking here.
Rag & Bone Nightingale Dress, $415. Available at Rag-Bone.com
This 100% silk, jade-colored, short-sleeved dress features lighter strips of color arranged in a geometric manner, running vertically along the front and horizontally, in arrow-like formations, at the waistline and hemline. Thinner black piping accentuates the shoulders and frames the shiny center strip at the bodice.
Hello Kitty Noir 5-Piece Brush Set in Ruby, $34. Available at Sephora.com
This figural, ruby-colored, brushed metallic Hello Kitty figural comes with five makeup brushes with synthetic white bristles: a Medium Face Bush, an Eyeshadow Brush, a Blending Brush, an Angled Eyeliner Brush, and a Lip Brush. The container’s head can be removed and the brushed placed inside the body of the Hello Kitty figure for safekeeping.
Pureology Holiday Hydrate Gift Set, $51. Visit Pureology.com to find a Pureology salon in your area.
Help your friends fight winter dryness with this moisturizing hair care set from eco-friendly vegan brand Pureology. The limited-edition, lavender-colored box set features a full-sized bottle of Pureology Hydrate Shampoo and a full-sized bottle of Hydrate Hair Condition, along with Pureology’s Colour Stylist Strengthening Control Zero Dulling Hairspray, which gives any look hold without drying out your tresses or fading your color. And, as an added bonus, Pureology included a jeweled headband in the set — perfect for infusing some sparkle into a New Year’s Eve look.
Inge Christopher Jewel Buckle Silk East West Flap Clutch, $157.50. Available at Ebags.com
This blackened purple, lightly pleated, silk taffeta clutch measures 11″ in length, 5″ in height, and 2″ in width, and the half-moon shaped top flap features rows of crystal stones clustered together into a thick band along ts center, releasing into loose, fringed chains after they hit the bottom rim of the flap. A jeweled buckle accent meanwhile covers the center of the flap like an ornate necklace.
Pedro Garcia Ballet Flats, $95. Available at Yoox.com
These emerald green, leather ballet flats feature black piping and star-shaped appliqués at the toe, with black rhinestones all along their surface.
Estée Lauder Cyber Eyes Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow, $24 each; and Cyber Eyes Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner, $20 each. Available at EsteeLauder.com
Create a jewel-toned smokey eye with the new Estée Lauder Cyber Eyes collection, which features six new limited-edition Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow colors that can be worn wet or dry, along with six new long-wearing, richly pigmented Pure Color Intense Kajal Eyeliner shades. We’re particularly fond of the Cyber Teal and Cyber Pink Pure Color Gelée Powder Eyeshadow shades, which you can check out here.
Kara Ross Ruby & Sapphire Drop Earrings, $1565. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Rather than stick to expected shapes, Kara Ross experimented with geometric and asymmetrical cuts when working with these bordeaux-toned, ruby cabochon stones. Bands of 18K yellow gold, some covered with pavé-set white sapphires, span across the top and bottom of the stones at slanted angles, like the rings around Saturn.
Tsumori Chisato Cardigan, $420. Available at LaGarconne.com
This lightweight, linen-and-cotton cardigan sweater features roomy batwing sleeves, a V-neck cut along the front, a boxy fit, a ribbed hemline and sleeve cuffs, and convenient front pockets, giving the forest green piece a sense of ease and comfort that actually accentuates its chic quotient.
Vince Camuto Jasper Ruby Heels, $118. Available at VinceCamuto.com
As Manolo Blahnik proved with his famed Mary-Janes, this particular shoe silhouette shouldn’t be restricted to toddlers and uniform-wearing tweens. This season, Vince Camuto offered his own interpretation of the Mary-Jane in the form of this jasper red, slicker than Rick, patent leather number, which features a round toe, ultra thin strap, 0.8″ platform, and 4.7″ heel.
French Kande St. Christopher Atid Tiger’s Eye Necklace, $299. Available at MaxandChloe.com
This toggle necklace features three strands of crosses fashioned out of tiger’s eye stones and two hefty antiqued silver chains from which an antiqued, silver-plated, round, etched pendant of St. Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, dangles freely. It’s the perfect gift for frequent fliers, road trip-prone gals, and commuters alike.
Reiss Ilene Metal Trim Blouse in Emerald, $265. Available at ReissOnline.com
This posh silk blouse features gold metal fasteners in lieu of buttons along the front for an unexpectedly modern twist to an old classic, while concealed front pockets, a rounded collar, and cuffed sleeves keep with standard blouse norms.
Dannijo Soraya Bib Necklace, $495. Available at Dannijo.com
Sparkling, clustered round beads in green, sapphire, and icy blue cover the rounded links of this ox silver-plated bib necklace, while bulbous, teardrop-shaped, emerald glass beads dangle from the bottom center of the piece and flatter, tusk-shaped, light aqua stones dangle along the bottom sides. The bib portion of the necklace measures 6 1/2″ in width and 3″ in length, making even the most basic of tops a sparkler.
Cellairis by Elle & Blair Holiday Collection Winter Glow Case in Crystal and Topaz, $49.99 each. Available at Cellairis.com and Cellairis kiosks nationwide.
Designed to fit the iPhone 4, these cases are made with colored crystal stones set in a gradient pattern.
Rimowa British Racing Green Salsa Deluxe, $595. Available at Colorado Bag ‘N’ Baggage. Visit ColoradoBaggage.com or call 888.439.2247
Sturdy enough for a Mission Impossible agent and elegant enough for a First Class flyer, this Rimowa cabin multi-wheel suitcase features a handle bar for easy maneuvering along the airport, as well as built-in top handles, zippers, and locks.
Larkspur & Hawk Annabel Earrings. Visit LarkspurandHawk.com for price inquiries.
These 22K washed silver earrings feature two oval-shaped white topaz stones with lea foil stacked atop one another and framed by two smaller, diamond-shaped white topaz stones with indigo foil on either side.
The Adler Collection by Myron Bedazzled 8GB USB Flash Drive, $60. Available at TheAdlerCollection.com
Keep your valuable data in an equally precious place with these dog tag-shaped, gleaming chrome USB flash drives, encrusted with rows of crystals along their bottom half. The removable top lid covers the fragile USB portion and can be personalized with up to three engraved initials. A handy keyring, meanwhile, allows you to keep your files within each..
Madstone Shield Earrings, $6950. Available at the Diana Heimann Jewelry Salon at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in White Plains, NY. For more details, call 914.467.5880 or visit MadStoneDesign.com
These enigmatic earrings feature a mixture of peridot, sugelite, abalaone, and diamond stones, set against 18k gold.
K IS FOR KABUKI
Roberto Cavali Floral Print Silk Kimono Robe, $1340. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
Cavalli’s signature leopard print lines the interior of this gorgeous kimono robe, which features exaggerated, draping kimono sleeves, a cross-over construction for the front panels, and a slim rope tie belt at the waist with fringed tassel ends. The lush foliage depicted in the print, meanwhile, adds Cavalli’s modern and flamboyant aesthetic to the age-old garment inspiring the robe’s silhouette.
NARS Kuroko Mini Nail Polish Coffret, $35. Available at Bloomingdales.com
The theme of the NARS Holiday 2011 collection is Modern Kabuki and, among the theatrical gift sets available, you’ll find this mini nail polish set, which includes red, white, black, and gold lacquers with a glossy finish.
Natori Dynasty Robe, $190. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Drawing from her Asian heritage, lingerie designer Josie Natori created this multi-color, kimono-style robe featuring a shawl neckline, a sash at the waist, oversize kimono sleeves, and a people print.
Chinoise Coffee Mug, $8. Available at CWonder.com
Inspired by ancient chinoiserie pattern, this white ceramic coffee mug features a vermilion-colored, Asian-influenced design (with references to pagodas, Zen garden gates, climbing vines, and more) and a gold-tipped top rim.
Lace Insert Kimono Top, $80. Available at US.Topshop.com
This open-front, short-sleeved, jacquard top features lace insets at the edges of the front panels, along the shoulders, and above the waistline. The banded detail along the front edges and the kimono-shaped sleeves instantly nod to the Far East.
Elva Fields Year of the Dragon Necklace, $262. Available at ElvaFields.com
Designer Emily Maynard drew inspiration from ancient Chinese and Japanese customs when she designed this new necklace, which features five strands of faceted, neon red, round crystal beads and is embellished with a vintage-looking, silver metal dragon brooch adorned with red glass beads,
ISSA Kimono Dress, $638. Available at ShopLesNouvelles.com
The mosaic-style floral print of this teal-and-blue silk chiffon dress adds a modern sensibility to a traditional timeless silhouette.
Tatcha Kiri Gift Pack, $150. Available at Tatcha.com
We can’t stop praising Tatcha’s all-natural, powder-free, fragrance-free, abaca leaf blotting papers, which absorb excess oil without interfering with your makeup, keeping your look intact on even the sweatiest, most humid days. This set features 15 packs of 30-sheet, gold-flecked blotting papers — all packaged inside a handmade kiribako, a wooden box traditionally used to store precious items like silk kimonos. These Kiri Gift Pack boxes were made for Tatcha by an artisan shop in Tokyo’s Asakusa district that has specialized in kiribakos since the 1800s.
Josie Natori for Target robe, $35. Available at Target.com
Part of Josie Natori’s line of affordable sleepwear an lingerie for Target, this silky black kimono robe features a red dragon design along the back and red tassels at the ends of the tie belt.
Set of 2 Foo Dogs, $58. Available at Cwonder.com
These glossy blue ceramic dogs, measuring 9″ in length and 5″ in width, were modeled after the stone statues erected outside of China’s most influential buildings in order to fiercely protect them. Who needs Beefeater guards when you’ve got these lion-like dogs watching over you? Well,we admit: they might not be able to protect you from intruders, but they can work wonders as book ends and table accents.
Preen Printed Kimono Top, $710. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
This yellow silk-satin top was inspired by the floral motifs and waterways often seen on precious kimono robes.
L IS FOR LEATHER AND LACE
Rebecca Taylor Romantic Tunic, $335. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com
This 100% silk, cobalt blue tunic features wide bands of black lace running horizontally along the chest area, at the shoulders, and at the wrists. Bell-shaped sleeves and a barely curbed hemline add a softness to the Victorian-inspired frock.
Virgins, Saints & Angels Antigua Cuff, $361. Available at FairEndel.com
Measuring 2″ in height, this 18K gold-plated sterling silver cuff features a cut-out pattern that creates the illusion of lace. A small sacred heart is situated at the center of the cuff, while wing shapes, dome-shaped beads, and swooping lines twisted like rope strands create a majestic effect, with cut-outs revealing bits of flesh and adding to the sexy, boudoir-ready quality we associate with lace.
Valentino Lace Boots, $796.90. Available at Nordstrom.com
Now you see some leg, now you don’t! These Valentino boots create an optical illusion thanks to their see-through 15″-tall fabric shafts and lace-covered, chestnut leather uppers and 3 3/4″ heels.
Amika Sultry Lace Ceramic Styler with 1.25″ Floating Plates, $155. Available at Sephora.com
The items in the Amika Sultry Lace collection feature the very same technological attributes as their predecessors but have the added perk of having a cheeky, burlesque-flavored, pink-and-black lace print. We love the Sultry Lace Ceramic Styler which, like all Amika flat irons, features a rotating dial for temperature adjustment, infrared and negative ion technology to straighten hair without damaging it, and heat-conducing ceramic plates measuring 1.25″ in width. This set also includes a travel-sized ceramic styler and a 1 oz. bottle of the sea buckthorn-enriched Amika Oil Treatment.
VEDA Young Coat, $870. Available at ThisIsVeda.com
Slicker than Neo’s trench, this lightweight, double-breasted coat features soft black lambskin along the bodice and sleeves and black wool from the waistline all the way to the hemline. A collarless neckline keeps the silhouette simple and minimalist, while the wool ribbing along the bottom of the sleeves better integrates the two fabrics used to construct this garment.
Jessica McClintock Lace Minaudiere, $64. Available at Zappos.com
This teal-colored minaudiere features a satin body and a black lace overlay with a floral motif. Measuring 6″ in width, 2″ in depth and 4″ in height, this handheld clutch features rounded sides, a flat bottom, and a jewel-accented tab closure.
Reiss Marcel Black Ribbon Technique Dress, $360. Available at ReissOnline.com
Worthy of a French princess, this Reiss dress features a full white skirt and banded waistline, a delicate mesh bodice with a black ribbon trim mimicking the appearance of lace, dainty cap sleeves, and a round neckline.
Banana Republic Lace Envelope Clutch, $64. Available at BananaRepublic.com
Add a ladylike touch to your holiday look with this ecru-colored envelope-shaped clutch, which features a black lace overlay, tonal trim, a top flap with a magnetic slap closure, and a nickel chain strap,
LORAC Ooh La Lace Baked Shimmer & Matte Eye Shadow Palette, $36.Available at Sephora.com
This six-color eye shadow palette is housed inside a flip-top case with a lace print. The baked shadows in the kit range from Lust, a cream color with a hint of shimmer, and Smolder, a matte, steely gray, to Risqué, a sooty matte black; Stunner, a light, peachy bronze with rosy shimmer; Knockout, a medium bronze with gold and bronze shimmer; and Racy, a cherry wood-like matte brown.
Blush Lingerie Sweetest Sin Push-Up Bra, $38, and Blush Lingerie Sweetest Sin Thong, $24. Available at Shop-Underwear.com
The ash gray color and floral lace print of these pieces from Blush’s Sweetest Sin collection create a delicate feel that’s angelic and yet so very tempting.
Dolce & Gabbana Wool Felt Hat with Lace Appliqué, $294. Available at LuisaViaRoma.com
If only Maria Bello had opted for this topper instead of her ratty hat, Prime Suspect might have earned more viewers! This heather gray wool felt derby features a ribbon sash with a bow detail, a small brim with tonal stitching, and a crochet-like lace detail along the crown.
Topshop Lace and Peplum Blouse, $75. Available at Topshop.com
Who said lace had to surface only in black, nude, and white tones? This electric blue, lace and peplum blouse from Topshop features a two-tiered, ruffled hemline and 3/4 sleeves with ruffled cuffs for a fun-loving and croquette effect.
Orly Holiday Soirée Nail Lacquers, $7.50 each. Available at Beauty.com
For the holiday season, Orly released a series of festive nail lacquers, each accompanied by a miniature nail file with a lace print design. The six shades are: Androgynie, a black color with holographic glitter in chunky pieces and smaller speckles; Au Champagne, a creamy, milky white with a luminous, pearly finish; Oui, a reddish purple saturated with golden glitter; Ma Cherie, a holly red with a creamy texture; Ingenue, a mauve-ish shade with copper and golden shimmer; and Le Chateau, a creamy, near black dark green.
Be&D Roxy Lace Satchel, $945. Available at Bloomingdales.com
This cowhide leather satchel features a laser-cut lace design reminiscent of ornamental mantillas. Measuring 18″ in with, 8 1/2″ in height, and 7 1/2″ in depth, the Be&D Roxy features double handles with a quirky zipper trim, golden hardware, a top zipper closure, and an exterior back pocket.
LK Designs Noir Cheri Glamorous Lace Drop Earrings, $140. Available at Endless.com
Made in Israel, these two-toned, teardrop-shaped, dangling metal earrings measure 1.52″ in width and 2.8″ in length, and they feature a lace-like motif along their otherwise hollow centers, along with yellow gold and black crystal stud accents.
FRYE Jenna Studed Short Boot, $298. Available at TheFryeCompany.com
The classic engineer boot style gets a rocker twist with Frye’s Jenna boot, which features hammered brass rivets along the collar and all over the harness-like, buckled top strap. Available in various colors including the black and red options shown here, the Jenna is constructed ot of polished vintage leather and features a 12 1/2″-tall shaft an a 1/8″ heel.
Jason Wu Cerise Pink Lace Top, $1470. Available at Stylebop.com
Part of Jason Wu’s breathtaking Versailles-inspired Fall/Winter 2011 collection, this cerise pink, 100% silk blouse features black floral lace bunches, a satin-like black collar and a darling bow accent.
Aurelie Bidermann Silver-Plated Lace Cuff, $935. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Rather than silver made to resemble lace, designer Aurelie Bidermann went the opposite route, cutting pieces of exquisite cotton lace and dipping them in silver for a unique, ultra delicate look.
Diane Von Furstenberg Windsor Lace Gloves, $145. Available at BlueandCream.com
A cheeky take on driving gloves, these Diane Von Furstenberg creations feature a snap closure at the wrist and semi-circle cut-outs directly above these closures, a silk lining, and purple and black lace detailing atop a black leather base.
Rebecca Taylor Lace Bustier Dress, $425. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com
Naughty meets nice in this strapless bustier dress, which features a nude-colored, corseted bodice with a black lace overlay, whimsical lace trim along the sweetheart neckline, a defined waist, and visible corset ribbing for a Moulin Rouge-ready cheekiness.
Zhor & Néma Wool Blend Cardigan, $941. Available at Farfetch.com
This dainty wool and cashmere cardigan features a demure V-neck, concealed front buttons, an a sheer black lace overlay along the body of the sweater.
Agent Provocateur Sidonie Floral Lace Underwire Bra, $190. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
Whether focusing on over-the-top lingerie for the sexually adventurous or simple and elegant undergarments for the more restrained, Agent Procateur always impresses. This underwire bra is no exception with its floral lace print, which makes it ever so feminine and chic.
Kooba Zooey Berry Bag, $525. Available at Kooba.com
This functional leather shoulder bag features a front flap with side zippers and a buckled closure, sturdy shoulder straps, and two interior cell phone pockets, along with one larger zippered interior pocket.
Free People Floral Lace Mermaid One-Shoulder Top, $52.79. Available at Bluefly.com
Bohemian, romantic, and sultry all at once, this one-shoulder top features a faded crocheted neckline that curves elegantly, as well as a semi-sheer lace bodice, an interior jersey bandeau, and a flouncy asymmetrical hemline.
Valentino Lace Print Bag, $1208. Available at Farfetch.com
Lace abounds in the latest Valentino collection, and this leather bag is no exception. The gray nude brown tote features a delicate floral lace print, two top handles, an embossed metal plaque, and a top zipper closure.
Sharon Wauchob Silver Laced Pin, $273. Available at Farfetch.com
Measuring 6.5 cm x 5.5 cm, this intricate silver pin features swooping curves, a heart shape with an insect at its center, bow details and more — all wrapped in black lace for a gothic twist.
Jason Wu Lace-Trimmed Wool Sweater, $1195. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
A classic gray wool sweater gets a baroque twist with black lace trim adorning the sleeves and shoulders – it’s such a simple design detail and yet it completely transforms the garment.
Naturalizer Tan Satin/Black Lace Clavas Pump, $60. Available at Naturalizer.com
These retro-flavored pumps feature a stockings-worthy lace pattern with floral details, a black heel measuring 3 1/4″ in height, a round toe, a scooped vamp, and Naturalizer’s signature N5 Comfort System, making them sensible yet smart and stylish.
Tibi Black Imperial Lace Skirt, $341. Available at Stylebop.com
This elegant skirt features a scalloped lace hem that recalls an Edith Wharton novel, pin-tucked details along the hips to give the piece volume, and a nipped-in, banded waist to accentuate one’s figure.
Blush Lingerie Private Affair Venice Lace Pinstripe Strapless Bra, $42, and Blush Lingerie Private Affair Venice Lace Pinstripe Retro Hipster, $32. Available at DollhouseBettie.com
Nostalgic and worthy of a ’60s pin-up, the Private Affair bra is made of charcoal gray cotton with lighter gray pin stripes and is adorned with pale pink lace trim along the molded cups and a row of fabric-covered buttons at the center of the bra. The matching hipster panty, with its high-waisted cut, completes the retro chic look.
Reiss Andree Lilac Twist-Front Fitted Dress, $320. Available at ReissOnline.com
Perfect for day or night this floral lace dress features 3/4-length sleeves, a pencil skirt, a cinched waist, and a V-shaped neckline with a twisted front detail.
Lover Mademoiselle Black Lace Dress, $588. Available at ShopLesNouvelles
This dress is so magnificent, it’s operatic. Lover’s Mademoiselle dress features a black lace overlay atop the black crepe body, a high neckline trimmed with lace, and sheer draped sleeves that extend from shoulder to hemline in a diagonal slant, with scalloped edges adding even more drama to the lace fabric.
Rebecca Taylor x Chan Luu Lace Print Scarf, $135. Available at RebeccaTaylor.com
Part of a collaboration with jewelry and accessories designer Chan Luu, this modal-and-cashmere scarf features a lace print fashioned after the print seen in Rebecca Taylor’s runway show.