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In A New York State Of Mind For Today’s “Holiday Shopping Around The World” Gift Guide Installment

With less than two weeks remaining until Christmas, our Holiday Shopping Around the World gift guide is starting to feel like The Amazing Race — but don’t worry: we’re taking on all the challenges and doing all the heavy lifting so that your journey to the finish line will be easy breezy. Thus far, we’ve shown you gift options inspired by Athens, London, Stockholm, Berlin, and Paris . Today, we’re hopping across the Atlantic Ocean and hitting up the USA. Our first top: New York City, of course!

Get in a New York State of Mind with  these irresistible gift options (and hey, if you snag a little something for yourself, we promise not to tell!).

 

Modern Vice Mickie Pink Sole Sneakers, $250. Available at  ShopModernVice.com.

Channel an urban cowgirl look with these lace-up, Italian leather, high top sneakers, featuring a hidden wedge heel, a fluorescent pink outsole, and a vertical row of cascading fringe along the side positioned next to a vertical strip of neon pink , domed round studs. Hand crafted in New York, these sneaker booties subtly nod to iconic, retro footwear styles: the quilted ankle collar, for instance, recalls the Reebok Freestyle Hi while elevating the aesthetic to new fashion heights through the swooping cut of the ankle’s upper rim, while the  side profile (particularly near the front of the laces) is reminiscent of a traditional Clarks Chukka. But, of course, the hidden wedge propels the style into the future, as does the juxtaposition of urban and Southwestern trimmings. This Mickie is so fine it will definitely blow your mind — word to Toni Basil.

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NARS Andy Warhol Collection Kiss Mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss Coffret, $45. Available at Sephora.com

Not only is he considered the poster child of the Pop Art movement that flourished in the 1960s, Andy Warhol is largely deemed as one of the most relevant and influential artists of the 20th century. While living in New York in the 1960s, Warhol gained recognition for his ability to transform everyday miscellany — soup cans, bananas, and dollar bills among them — into objects of desire , all through his usage of color, his deliberate ink blotting, his purposeful smudges and smears, and his penchant for repeating images. Twenty-five years after the artist’s death, NARS has released an entire collection inspired by Warhol’s work, with exquisite packaging featuring some of his original work, with particular emphasis on the portraits he made of his muses — Edie Sedgwick, Blondie, and Candy Darling — and on the spirit of his Silver Factory , both an artists’ workspace and a popular nightlife destination. This collectible coffret is shaped like an oversize tin can — perhaps a nod to the Campbell’s Soup can Andy Warhol immortalized in his painting — and features repeated images of glossy lips for a distinctly Pop Art feel. The mini Larger Than Life Lip Gloss shades inside the can, meanwhile, feature colors  inspired by Warhol’s life and work: Silver Factory, a glittery aluminum hue; Chelsea Girls, a flesh-toned beige; Drella, a sheer hot pink; Blue Movie, a light, cotton candy-like pink; and Myth, a mid-toned rosy pink hue.

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Michael Spirito Fine Jewelry Circus Earrings, $1845. Available at MichaelSpirito.com

Eleven years after winning the Gen Art Design Vision award, New York-based designer continues to wow fashion lovers with his rock ‘n’ roll-flavored pieces, which manage to feel elegant while also featuring a slightly cryptic, lethal-feeling, spine-tingling  quality. His most stunning pieces, then, titillate by catering to our inner daredevils, by toying with the pleasures of lusting after the dangerous and forbidden. Take, for example, these dangling, medieval-looking sterling silver earrings, measuring 3.25″ in length, which feature pavé diamond beads, green onyx stones, and opal.

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Laura Geller Dusk to Dawn Dazzle Kit, $19.75. Available at Ulta.com

Laura Geller is the makeup artist you love to love. She’s warm, effusive, funny, charismatic, talkative and just all-around lovable — I mean, this is a woman, whose makeup studio in the Upper East Side is typically stocked with cookies and treats for kids and visitors alike. And, most importantly, she knows how to simplify a woman’s makeup routine while keeping her looking her very best. This adorable three-piece gift set, inspired by the magical quality of New York City during the holiday season, comes in a small, stocking-appropriate box bearing a black-and-white image of the ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center and, of course, the enormous Christmas tree next to it, with embossed silver-toned star accents making the tree come to life on the box. The three products inside the box are equally magical.

First, you have to Eye Rimz Baked Wet/Dry Eyeliners: Plum Like It Hot, a blackened purple plum shade with specks of amethyst purple and magenta shimmer  adding a cosmic, nebulae-like quality; and Blue Voodoo, a midnight blue with sapphire-toned specks of shimmer to give it a celestial effect. Both of these shades can be worn either wet or dry. For a softer effect, you can simply use the enclosed Eye Rimz brush, sweep it atop the rounded surface of the desired Eye Rimz shade and then glide it along your upper lash line (and lower lash line, if you so desire). For a stronger, more geometric look and more intense color, you can use the enclosed Shadow Shifter, a water-like liquid that comes in a tiny squeeze tube akin to a miniature Visine bottle. When you squeeze a drop of the Shadow Shifter unto the bristles of the Eye Rimz brush and then sweep the brush atop the desired Eye Rimz shade, the color will adhere better to the bristles, allowing yo to achieve the desired intensity and depth.

Check out swatches of the two Eye Rimz shades below:

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Junkprints The Music Tee, $32. Available at Store.Junkprints.com

New York City has  been the birthplace of many musical styles. The Cuban and Puerto Rican communities argue endlessly about the origins of the salsa sound, but there’s no denying that the genre’s infancy can be traced back to  the 1960s  in the streets of New York City. A decade later, DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Curious Five, Afrika Bambaata, the Sugarhill Gang, the Cold Crush Brothers, and DJ Disco Wiz were among the youngsters pioneering the sound that would later be dubbed hip-hop and which would definite not only a musical style but also an entire cultural movement. Celebrate the soundtrack of New York City with this limited edition, handmade tank top from Brooklyn-based brand Junkprints, which features graffiti-style bubble letters and an illustration of an old school, Radio Raheem-like  boom box .

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Fleabags Lexington Artemis  Satchel, $340. Available at Fleabg.com

Now based in Brooklyn, Brown University alumni and pals Shira Entis and Alex Bell, have made it their mission to reinvent found objects and vintage materials,  re-purpose fabrics and leathers, and breathe new life into discarded items, transforming them into sleek handbags. In addition to upcycling materials, Fleabags prioritizes eco-friendly practices by using only water-based inks in all its silkscreens and hand-sewing every handbag. The Lexington Artemis Satchel pictured here, for instance, is made out of  red wool artillery blankets  typically used in Civil War reenactments and features an alpine brown leather bottom and top handle, a detachable black leather shoulder strap, a black slip pocket and flap pocket along the front panel of the bag, and two slim yellow strap along either side of the bag’s top surface. Measuring  13″ in height, 6″ in depth, and 18″ in width, the Lexington Artemis Satchel  reminds us of why the North won.

 

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Laruicci Seven Sisters Necklace, $2300. Available at  Laruicci.Myshopify.com

This gunmetal-plated chain link necklace features five orb-shaped glass beads in a green shade reminiscent of  Maleficent’s staff (minus the raven which was typically propped atop the sphere at the tip of her cane in the Disney movie). Just like the orb on Maleficent’s staff, these spheres are spellbinding — but, of course, they use their powers for good, not evil.

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Urban Decay The Vice Palette, $59. Available at Sephora.com and UrbanDecay.com

Few brands do color quite like Urban Decay and that intrepid, risk-taking,  in-your-face, take-no-prisoners attitude is precisely what makes us associate the brand with New York City — even if, in an interesting twist, its roots are deeply entrenched in California. Bottom line: this is a brand with sass to spare. And, while we can’t imagine life without the Naked and Naked 2 palettes, their 20-shade Vice Palette, with its brand new  electrifying bright shades and sultry metallic hues, sends us into a state of euphoria. For those who bounce for brights, the palette offers such beauties as Chaos, a near-matte cobalt blue with just a touch of shimmer, and Noise, a deep magenta with scattered specks of gold glitter. Those aching for aquatic shades, meanwhile, will appreciate such offerings as Unhinged, a turquoise-tinged teal with a lovely satin sheen, and Junkie, a hunter green with bluish undertones and gold shimmer. Those who simmer for smoldering smoky shades will lust after shades like Desperation, a grayish taupe with multi-toned shimmer; Occupy, a bluish gray metallic tone that’s somewhere between silver and gunmetal; and Armor, a grayish brown shade with champagne gold and silver glimmer. Basically, the Vice palette has a “fix” for every makeup junkie out there!

Check out swatches of all 20 shades in the palette below:

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Ohne Titel Peplum Leather Jacket, $1250. Available at IntermixOnline.com

Every stylish New York woman has a few choice weapons in her clothing arsenal: a little black dress, a pair of skinny jeans, biker boots,  and a leather jacket among them. This two-toned leather jacket raises the style stakes by incorporating an edgy diagonal zipper, a figure-flattering peplum waistline, and black panels along the sleeves and the sides of the bodice for a slimming visual effect.

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Edmundo Castillo for Chadwick Bell Vanessa Pump, $990. Available at SAKS Fifth Avenue (611 Fifth Avenue, NYC). Call 212.753.400.

Cruella De Vil herself would give up her dream of a dalmatian coat if she could just dip her feet into these gloriously spotted pumps by New York-based Puerto Rican footwear designer Edmundo Castillo. Designed as part of a collaboration with Chadwick Bell (the shoes made their debut in Bell’s Fall 2012 runway show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City), the  snakeskin pumps feature an imposing black platform along the front, a straight stiletto heel, and a suede bow in a blue lagoon shade that sits right along the top arch of the foot.

 

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Marc Jacobs Dot 3.4 fl. oz. EDT, $89. Available at MarcJacobs.com

Lola may have been Marc Jacobs’ most bodacious scent thus far, but Dot is certainly his coyest. Packaged inside a cheeky, mischievous yet adorable, ladybug-inspired bottle covered in polka dots and featuring winged details, the Dot by Marc Jacobs fragrance is as exuberant and coquettish as its packaging insinuates. The fragrance includes succulent red berry and dragonfruit notes, along with a coconut water note, for a bit of tropical flamboyance, but these flashy fruity scents are married with very feminine notes of jasmine and orange blossom, then tempered with more sensual vanilla, musk and driftwood notes. The result is a bubbly, upbeat, playful aroma that will bring out anyone’s inner child.

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Deborah Lippmann Rock This Town Limited Edition Nail Lacquer Set, $42. Available at Beauty.com, Bloomingdales.com, and Nordstrom.com

Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann’s nail lacquers are hot ticket items but, when she releases her limited edition holiday sets, the temperature level rises to sizzling heights , with beauty lovers trying to score their very own kits with the maniacal frenzy of Lady Gaga fans on the hunt for prime concert seats. This season, Lippmann treated nail lovers to several different sets including this trio of warm, shimmering, mysterious shades, aptly dubbed Rock This Town. Each lacquer is so cleverly nuanced that it seems to transform constantly, its tonality changing depending on the number of coats applied, the lighting, and even the angle at which they’re regarded. This, of course, lends these metallic shades an ephemeral quality that makes them reminiscent of a Stevie Nicks song, while the glimmer packed into each formula adds a rocker-like defiance. The three shades in the trio are: Moon Dance: a swirling lavender hue; Chain Reaction, a blackened, dirty brass; and Phoenix Rising, a deep copper hue.

Here are photos of the three shades in the kit.

As you’ll see below, Chain Reaction is a vintage-looking brass shade, the type of color you’d expect to see when regarding ancient Roman coins:

Next, you have Moon Dance, an ethereal metallic lavender shade that looks a bit more purple in certain lighting and slightly more grayish and moody in other lighting.

Last, but not least, we have Phoenix Rising, an copper diva who rules the room whenever she appears. Check out Miss Penny Lane below:

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Rebecca Minkoff Cooper Clutch, $425. Available at RebeccaMinkoff.com

Since the launch of her now iconic Morning After Bag, New York-based designer Rebecca Minkoff’s name has become synonymous with downtown cool, fusing together a rocker edginess with an uptown sleekness.  Measuring 12.5″ in width, 1.5″ in depth, and 8″ in height, the Rebecca Minkoff Cooper Clutch features  X-shaped, dark olive green, woven leather details along a checkered grid to yield  a cross-hatched effect, while straps with hefty, gold-toned buckles placed along the center of the rectangular top flap and at the angular bottom corners of the bag’s front façade add a tough, no-nonsense, brassy attitude to the otherwise prim design.

 

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First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Smooth Operator Kit, $45. Available at Sephora.com
Find yourself strolling through the baby product aisle looking for the gentlest of body washes and lotions so that your sensitive skin won’t become irritated, scratchy, or red? Then First Aid Beauty is here to give your tempestuous skin some serious CPR. All of the products the brand releases are formulated under the supervision of dermatologist Dr. Robert Buka, and they contain no allergens, harsh chemicals, artificial dyes or fragrances, parabens, sulfates, or alcohols, so that the primary ingredients are soothing grain and plant extracts. The Smooth Operator Kit contains three of the editor-approved, customer-beloved All-Stars of the FAB brand: a 2 oz. tube and a 4 oz. bottle of the Repair Cream, a whipped, ultra lightweight moisturizer that can be used on the face or the body and which contains softening and moisturizing shea butter, soothing eucalyptus oil, colloidal oatmeal (known to soothe everything from eczema to poison ivy), and elasticity-boosting ceramides; the  Ultra Repair Lip Therapy, a healing lip balm formulated with jojoba seed oil, shea butter, grape seed oil, white tea extract and licorice extract to moisturize, soothe, and protect your pout (it even works on severely chapped and split lips); and the Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask, a 10-minute treatment formulated using colloidal oatmeal, sea buckthorn, shea butter, and bisabolol and designed to soothe topical inflammations,  reduce redness, moisturize, and soothe skin. Consider this the skin care package every gal needs during a cold winter season!

 

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Cynthia Rowley Kaleidoscope Shell Dress, $319 . Available at CynthiaRowley.com 

When designing her Fall 2012 collection, iconic New York designer Cynthia Rowley found inspiration in the work wear of auto  mechanics, cobblers, bricklayers,  leather workers, and laborers  — but, of course, she veered away from a literal interpretation and instead played with layering, splatter-paint motifs, touches of distressed leather and a kaleidoscopic tortoise shell print. The tortoise shell print is visible in this futuristic, bold, confident dress, which features a rounded neckline and long sleeves.

 

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MAC Cosmetics Primped Out Lip Look Bag in Luxurious Pink, $39.50. Available at MACcosmetics.com

They don’t call it a concrete jungle for nothing!  Be fierce enough to survive in the Big City with this gorgeous holiday set, which contains a retro-shaped makeup bag in a pink-and-black leopard print, with black top frame and a kiss lock closure, along with three eye-catching pink lip products in the same gorgeous color: the Great Catch Lip Pencil, Call Me Gorgeous Cremesheen Gloss, and Lickable Cremesheen Lipstick.

Here are the three pink shades in this set : everything you need for a “purr-fectly pink” pout:

 

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Kate Spade Carriage House Earmuffs, $61. Available at KateSpade.com

Whether ice skating at Bryant Park, strolling through Fifth Avenue, going on a horse carriage ride, or sipping some coffee or hot cocoa on the way to work, your ears will be protected from the chilly winter air  in these magenta-colored faux fur earmuffs.

 

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Dannijo Mila Necklace, $420. Available at Dannijo.com

Day-Glo colors are no longer restricted to the summer season. Perk up your winter wardrobe with some eye-popping baubles like this oxidized silver plated necklace from New York-based brand Dannijo, featuring multiple rows of clear- and neon-coated Swarovski crystal. You’ll feel like you’ve been “baptized in blacklight,” to quote singer and producer Kenna.

 

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Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk 4-Piece Starter Kit, $24. Available at CarolsDaughter.com

The hair care and skin care line that’s been trumpeted by such celebrities as Solange Knowles, Selita Ebanks, Mary J. Blige, and Jada Pinkett started out as a one-woman operation with its headquarters consisting of founder Lisa Prices’ Brooklyn kitchen. And, while it has grown and evolved into a household brand, Carol’s Daughter has retained many of the recipes that first put the brand on the map, continuing to release the products that helped to amass its first group of loyalists. One of these products was the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, a leave-in moisturizer designed for curly-haired gals that not only hydrated their tresses but gave them definition without weighing them down or leaving hair greasy. Not only does the Hair Milk continue to figure among the bran’ds top selling products, but it has now been joined by a Hair Milk Co-Wash Cleansing conditioner, Lite Leave-In Moisturizer, and Pudding Style.Define.Hold pomade. Know a curly-haired cutie who needs to give her hair some loving? Then introduce her to the joys of  the Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk collection with this starter kit, which includes 2 fl. oz. bottles of all the aforementioned products. Milk may do a body good, but hair milk does a body wonders.

 

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Cygnett The Bronx by Tats Cru ICON Art Series Hard Case for iPhone 5, $29.99. Available at US.Cygnett.com

Australian digital accessory brand Cygnett collaborated with several world-renowned artists and illustrators for its ICON series of iPhone cases: Australian illustrator and designer Nathan Jurevicious, the man behind the Scarygirl graphic novel, toy series, and video game; Ronnie Tjampitjinpa of Papunya Tula Artists, a leader in the Western Desert Art Movement; and Tats Cru, a Bronx-based team of graffiti writers turned mural artists. The Tats Cru team — Bio, Nicer, BG 183, HOW, and NOSM — created this intricate design to represent the vibrant aerosol art murals still seen throughout the Boogie Down.

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180 Limited Square Watch, $24.95. Available at 180Limited.com

Apparently, Huey Lewis had it right: it’s hip to be square. Not only does 180 Limited offer funky, ’80s-flavored, square-faced watches in more colors than a bag of Skittles, it also offers customers the ability to change their watch straps as often as their sneaker laces. Since each silicone bland is interchangeable, the  color  combinations (not to mention the resulting photo ops) are practically endless. Say “cheese”!

 

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Kiehl’s Limited Edition Creme de Corps by Kenny Scharf, $48. Available at Kiehls.com

Known for his usage of distorted proportions, über bright colors, and psychedelic motifs, surrealist Pop Art legend Kenny Scharf collaborated with Kiehl’s on the brand;s fourth Limited Edition Creme de Corps Collection. Each product’s label, then, features Scharf’s original artwork, Globo Mundo, featuring three-eyed critters, toothy creatures, smiling round faces, and “squirts” — all stretching and undulating as if standing before a fun house mirror. Each product in the collection, then, is a true collector’s item, a way in which everyone can own a piece of art history. It’s also a way in which to give back to the community as  Kiehl’s has vowed to donate 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of these products to RxArt, a non-profit organization that brings art (and, as a result, joy) to pediatric hospitals. Whether you choose the 8.4 oz. bottle (priced at $29.50), the fully wrapped 16.9 oz. bottle (priced at $48) or the largest 1 liter bottle (priced at $75), you’ll be choosing a gift that will help on a number of fronts: ensuring skin stays at its healthiest even in the most dreadful winter months, investing in an artist’s legacy, and ensuring that sick children have access to art and that their environment fosters optimism and hope.

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Milly Zoey Tote, $450. Available at Nordstrom.com

Upper East Side darling Michelle Smith has been on a color-blocking kick as of late, and her geometric kick has even bled into her line of handbags, much to the delight of  her preppy fashion-loving fans (think Blair Waldorf during her Constance days). If handbags could be judged using Gossip Girl references, let’s just say this roomy leather tote would’ve made the “girls on the steps” green with envy. The black-and-cream combination is absolutely classic, but the addition of a honeysuckle pink stripe along either side adds a youthful twist, as do the angular lines on either side of the bag.

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Seville Michelle Anastos Woven Round Doorknockers, $64. Available at PatriciaField.com

Give the doorknockers you wore in the ’80s and ’90s a grow-up attitude with the help of Queens-bred Cuban and Greek jewelry designer Seville Michelle Anastos.  Those of you who favored the original round bamboo earrings (as opposed to the trapeze, heart and triangle forms that were also popular during hip-hop’s golden era) will swoon over these earrings, which feature metallic gold leather wrapped around haf of their perimeter.

 

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Martha Stewart  Collection Bow Wine Bottle Stoppers, $19.99 for set of 3. Available at Macys.com

Think past wine glasses and bottle totes and gift some stylish bottle stoppers to the vino-loving vixens and master entertainers in your life. This quaint set  from the Martha Stewart collection features three metal-and-rubber wine stoppers, each measuring 4″ in length, topped off with a metallic red bow accent. The stoppers will keep the wine inside open bottles from becoming stale while also adding a stylish touch to any dinner table.

 

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LUSH Secret Santa Gift Set, $11.95. Available at LUSHusa.com

Whether you’re shopping for a co-worker, relative, or friend, the LUSH Secret Santa Gift is sure to turn frowns upside down. Pre-packaged in a festive wrapping paper showing the bottom tip off St. Knick’s white beard, as well as the buttons and belt on his big red coat, this  set features two  decadent-smelling bath treats: the Honey I Washed The Kids Soap, which boasts a creamy toffee fragrance, and the Cinders Bath Bomb, which features a spicy but comforting, home-y scent and which crackles a bit as it dissolves in the water to create a fireplace-like effect.

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Carolina Amato Leather Melange Knit Armwarmers, $85. Available at FreePeople.com

 Made of cashmere and leather, these elbow-length armwarmers fuse together the preppy vibe of ribbed multi-colored knit sweaters with the badass attitude of black leather, plus their fingerless design allows you to keep typing away on your phone or tablet while on the move.

 

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Piano Jewelry Box, $25. Available at UncommonGoods.com

Even those who can’t play the piano like Alicia Keys, Elton John, and Tori Amos  — to name a few pop icons — will appreciate the cleverness of this wooden  jewelry box, shaped like a baby grand. Designed by Carmen Lui, the box features plush velvet “keys” divided by narrow slits in which to tuck in rings, while the top lid opens to reveal a tray in which to store earrings, necklaces, and bracelets.

 

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Laura Geller Lips in Lights Collection, $9.75. Available at Ulta.com

Paris may be known as the city of lights but, come Christmas time, New York City is quite the contender, as larger-than-life Christmas trees, wreaths, store windows, skyscrapers, and  awnings are covered with strings of twinkling lights.  To celebrate  New York City during this magical time, Laura Geller designed this trio of volumizing lip glosses, all of which shimmer and shine like the props in the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and which are enriched with moisturizing mango butter and shea butter for a soft, smooth pout that’s prepared for any mistletoe action.

Take a look at what the three lip glosses in the kit — Starstruck, All That Glitters, and Spotlight — look like:

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Fallon ID Pyramid Stud Chandelier Earrings, $175. Available at FallonJewelry.com

Spikes, ID bracelets, chunky chains, pyramid studs — does it get more New York than that? These 3″-long  rhodium and 14k gold-plated brass chandelier earrings  are as tough as the studded leather belts and buckled wristbands  in Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video. Betta watch your mouth!

 

 

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Studded Piggy Bank, $78. Available at BCBG.com

You gotta spend money to make money, right? Put this theory to the test by investing in a hardcore, stud- and spike-covered piggy bank. Hey, this little piggy earned some serious street cred so you know  he’ll guard your money fiercely.

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Lucas Hugh Lexington Printed Stretch Leggings, $355. Available at Net-a-Porter.com

Carry a piece of New York with you — literally — when you wear Lucas Hugh’s stretch leggings, which feature an aerial view of Lexington Avenue in Manhattan that captures the yellow taxi cabs lining the streets, the flickering of lights at dusk, the flurry of activity along the streets, and the skyscraper buildings making up the city’s skyline.

 

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Clinique Lashes Top To Bottom Mascara Set, $29.50 at Bloomingdales.com and Nordstrom.com

Look inside any New Yorker’s makeup bag and your bound to find a tube of lipgloss or lipstick and, of course, a tube of mascara. This  five-piece mascara set from Clinique gives women the ability to flutter their eyelids and bat their eyelashes coquettishly in order to bend people to their will. The set includes mascaras for every lash-related need: the High Lengths Mascara (my personal fave) for those who want mile-long lashes; the Bottom Lash Mascara, which allows you to reach the tiny hair along the lower lash line without any smears or smudges; the High Impact Mascara, which darkens the lash line and creates a bolder statement; the Lash Doubling Mascara, which makes lashes appear thicker and fuller; and the Lash Power Mascara, which boasts a long-lasting, waterproof formula.

 

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Adidas NEO Gold Shoes, $80. Available at Adidas.com

The basketball-inspired NEO Label Gold Shoes are so hot, they might just leave sneakerheads feeling feverish. From their pronounced tongue to the bling-y molten gold color of the metallic leather uppers and  the snake-embossed  inserts accentuating the high ankle collar and tucked between the three signature stripes along the sides, these limited-edition sneakers might start their own Gold Rush. Only 600 pairs are available, so do like the early bird!

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Lolita New York Glass Ornament Ball, $16. Available at DesignsbyLolita.com

This hand-painted glass ornament, measuring 4″ in diameter and topped with a festive red ribbon,  features references to New York City’s most iconic destinations. The Manhattan skyline, for instance, is whimsically represented, visible behind a rendition of the Brooklyn Bridge, while the theater masks positioned above it reference Broadway productions  and the Big Apple’s prominent role in the realm of stage plays. Banners reading “Times Square” and “Broadway” complete the NYC motif.

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Repêchage Relaxation Stay-cation, $55. Available at Repechage.com

 Most women can’t afford routine spa visits, but that doesn’t mean they can’t relish in some spa-quality treatments inside their own homes. These products from New York-based spa Repêchage help pave the way to relaxation. First, there’s the Sea Spa Mineral Bath Salts, formulated with pain-reducing sea salt, mood uplifting grapefruit oil, soothing and anti-inflammatory lavender oil, invigorating spearmint oil, and cooling and calming cucumber extract. For complete stress reduction, the kit also includes the Repêchage Eye Rescue Pads, which reduce puffiness and inflammation via a mix of black tea, cucumber, chamomile, and seaweed.

 

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Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Collection, $36. Available at Sephora stores.

Once you discover the magic of Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Eyes liners, there’s no going back. These top-of-the-line eye pencils glide onto skin easily, deliver rich and saturated pigments, and they stay in place all day without losing their luster. This limited edition holiday kit contains two full-sized Aqua Eyes pencils ( 0L, a matte black, and 2L , a pearly, coppery brown) along with four travel-sized Aqua Eyes pencils: 21L, a stormy gray with a pearly finish; 6L, a metallic purple; 12L, an aquatic turquoise color with green highlights and an all-over metallic sheen; and 23L, a peachy champagne gold hue.

Check out all six shades below:

 

 

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Pink Friday Nicki Minaj Holiday Gift Set, $65. Available at Macys.com

Hip-hop star, beauty icon, and American Idol judge Nicki Minaj famously anointed herself the “black Barbie.” So what does her plastic fantastic alter ego smell like? Well, if her Pink Friday fragrance is any indication, she has a love jones for fruity, mouth-watering notes like starfruit, Italian mandarin and blackberry, combined with watery florals like lotus and jasmine, and finished with sugary caramel and vanilla base notes. This holiday season, fans of the pink-haired rapper can purchase the Pink Friday Holiday Gift Set, available exclusively at Macy’s. Packaged inside a cube-shaped box with multi-colored studding details along the sides and a golden illustration of Nicki along the front, this set  includes the Pink Friday Eau de Parfum Spray, along with a Scented Body Lotion and Hair Mist. Yes, ladies, even your hair will be taken care of!

 

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Lovebirds by Kronk 4-inch Teal Edition Figure, $19.99. Available at Kidrobot.com

New York City’s tastemakers look to vinyl toys as miniature pieces of art, artifacts as worthy of display as traditional oil paintings and silk screens. This 4″ toy crystallizes the reason for such a mindset. Available in teal, black, orange, or black, each Lovebirds by Kronk figure stands on their tail, its heart-shaped feet in the air. Heart shapes also outline the bird’s stomach and its adorably bashful face.

 


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