Holiday Gift Guide Part 6 — Glamourous Gifts For Luxury-Loving Ladies
Shopping for someone with caviar tastes? Then treat the uptown girl in your life with a gift that exudes refinement, sophistication, and grace. Below, check out some first-rate finds that will make any lady feel like she’s living a charmed life and rubbing elbows with nobility — regardless of what her address or bank balance say. The key words here: glamour, elegance, and indulgence.
Kotur Merrick Geometric Minaudiere, $895. Available at KoturLTD.com
It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing, and this stunning perspex clutch is certainly beyond jazzy. Diagonal and chevron stripes in sleek onyx, marbled black, glittery gold, pearlescent marbled ecru, and nacreous white create a dynamic, Art Deco-flavored pattern that’s sure to make any gal feel like she’s putting on the ritz.
Dolce & Gabbana Red Velvet Headband, $2475. Available at Store.DolceGabbana.com
Hair accessories are refreshingly lavish this season, with intricately embellished headbands, hair combs, barrettes, and crowns nodding to the Victorian and Baroque eras. A shining example of this trend, this red velvet headband from Dolce & Gabbana features bow-shaped golden metal embellishments, red resin roses with metallic stems, and clear and green Swarovski crystals. Try wearing it and not feeling like a member of the royal court!
Caudalie Mask Trio Gift Set, $39. Available at Sephora stores and Birchbox.com
When a trip to the spa simply isn’t an option, an indulgent and pampering experience can be created right at home — all one needs is a great face mask, a warm sudsy bath, a scented candle, an engrossing book, and a lovely glass of wine. This trio of facial masks, then, offers everything a sophisticated siren needs for some quality “me” time. The kit includes a 2.5 fl. 0z. tube of the Caudali Detox Mask, which is formulated with such purifying ingredients as: clary oil, which controls oil production and reduces inflammation; coffee seed extract, a natural vasoconstrictor (meaning it temporarily shrinks blood vessels) that provides a temporary “tightening” effect; parsley seed oil, which regulates sebum production and removes toxins from inside pores, thereby reducing breakouts; lavender oil, which has antiseptic and antioxidant properties that allow it to fight the dirt, bacteria, and pollutants that lead to breakouts, redness, wrinkles, and so on; and resveratrol, an anti-aging ingredient derived from grapes (and Caudalie’s signature ingredient). Next, the kit contains a 0.84 fl. oz. tube of the Caudalie Glycolic Peel, a non-irritating, resurfacing treatment that exfoliates dead skin cells, helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots, and boosts radiance thanks to ingredients like: glycolic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid that penetrates skin cells and stimulates collagen and elastin production so as to keep the skin taut and wrinkle-free; resveratrol, which prevents UV damage and UV-induced oxidative stress, thereby boasting significant anti-aging benefits; arginine, an amino acid that can help to repair skin damage; and Vitamin E, which has antioxidant properties and protects the collagen and elastin cells within the skin matrix. A 0.94 fl. oz. tube of the Caudalie Hydrating Mask —formulated with hyaluronic acid, vinolevure, and grape seed oil — completes the trifecta. Like three complexion magi, these face masks address any skin problem or gripe, and they’re gentle enough to feel like a treat.
Oscar de la Renta Claret Swarovski Crystal Pavé Star Drop Earrings, $162.50. Available at OscardelaRenta.com
These supernova-sized earrings epitomize over-the-top extravagance and opulence. Measuring 3″ in length, these Russian gold-plated pewter and brass earrings feature a luxurious starburst design and are adorned with red Swarovski crystals that add even more theatrics to the explosively elegant design.
Dior Laser Cut Leather Pumps, $920. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com
In the realm of apparel, eyelet-inspired perforations have been modernized and transformed into bastions of coolness rather than being associated with the dainty girlish frocks of yore. Now, footwear is being approached in a similar attitude, with new styles featuring round and teardrop-shaped perforations that recall eyelet fabrics. Case in point: these pointed toe Dior pumps, fashioned out of white calf leather and featuring a 4″ covered heel.
Daum Rose Flower Bowl, $2235. Available at ABCHome.com
This delicate, decorative bowl will add a romantic elegance to any coffee table or console table. Created using an Egyptian glass casting metal called pâte de cristal, during which crushed glass is fused at high temperatures and then hand shaped into a sculptural creation, this colorful bowl is a true work of art. Measuring 3.75″ in width and 11.22″ in height, the bowl features an incandescent blue and green base that makes the piece look lit-from-within and almost otherworldly, while the sides and ridges feature tender pink and plum hues. The rosette accents along the edges complete this poetic design.
Reiss Lianora Berry/Deep Amethyst Embellished Dress, $545. Available at Reiss.com
This slim-fitting, color-blocked, paneled dress makes a powerful statement, conveying power and assertiveness, while the glistening beads embellishing the V-shaped neckline add the necessary pop for holiday parties and other special occasions.
Kate Somerville Melrose Place Kit, $135. Available at KateSomerville.com
There’s a reason why stars like Jessica Alba and Debra Messing flock to Kate Somerville’s cushy clinic in Beverly Hills when they need to give their complexions a pick-me-up: the skin expert and medi-spa pioneer knows how to make faces glow. Those who can’t physically visit Kate Somerville’s skin clinic can recreate the destination’s renowned facial within the comfort of their own homes with the three essentials in this kit, which focus on the pillars of great skin: thorough cleansing, weekly exfoliations, and daily hydration. The picturesque boxed set features a painterly depiction of the Kate Somerville clinic’s entrance along the front, with season-appropriate lights wrapped around the palm trees framing the front doors. The image on the front of the box, then, is an invitation to step inside — albeit metaphorically. When you flip the top lid open, turning it as you would the cover of a book, you’ll find the three boxed treasures: a 4 fl. oz. tube of the Kate Somerville Gentle Daily Wash, a 2 fl. oz. tube of the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, and a 0.5 fl. oz. jar of the Kate Somerville Oil-Free Moisturizer. Designed for use during the morning and in the evening, the Gentle Daily Wash removes dirt, oil, and debris without stripping skin thanks to a combination of ingredients like sage leaf extract, bergamot oil, lavender oil, yucca leaf and stem extract, zinc, and glycerin. The award-winning ExfoliKate, meanwhile, is designed to be used 1 to 2 times weekly and contains both mechanical and chemical exfoliants — most notably, a combination of AHAs derived from fruits like papaya and pumpkin, lactic acid, and salicylic acid — as well as soothing lavender oil, honey, and aloe to prevent redness and irritation. The powerful skin-polishing treatment not only removes dead surface skin cells, but it yields a lit-from-within glow and improves the complexion’s texture. Last but not least, the regimen is completed with the Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer, a non-greasy and delightfully lightweight cream containing such anti-aging ingredients as algae extract.
Bounkit Carved Black Onyx, Labradorite & Citrine Flower Ring, $385. Available at Bounkit.com
This enchantingly enigmatic floral ring will make any woman feel like she’s discovered a secret garden of her very own. Measuring 1″ by 1,” this handmade ring features a 14k yellow gold ring, with curved pieces that branch out like flower stems, all of which lead to the dazzling centerpiece: an oversize blossom with sculptural petals fashioned out of carved black onyx and embellished with an iridescent labradorite center stone. Three rows of radiant citrine stones stem out from the bloom’s center, undulating outward to add even more contrast and energy to the design.
DKNY Feather-Embellished Wool Twill Coat, $1500. Available at Net-a-Porter.com
Feathers appear when angels are near, so perhaps that’s why fashion-forward femmes might hear celestial harps when they lay eyes on this heavenly coat. Made of a warm wool-twill material, the elegant coat features a single button closure, lightly padded shoulders that create an assertive silhouette, and layered ostrich feathers adorning the hemline and adding a touch of dramatic flair.
Echo Painted Flower Tubular Wrap, $128. Available at EchoDesign.com
Even a basic blazer will appear extravagant when paired with a painterly scarf, such as this silk wrap number from Echo Design, which features a painterly floral print in Monet-worthy shades of violet, azure, teal, magenta, and sky blue.
Judith Ripka La Petite Cushion Cut Paraiba Spinel Three Stone Bangle, $500. Available at JudithRipka.com
What a petite princess! This timeless bangle features a ridged exterior and rope-like detailing adorning each square, faceted, bluish-green spinel stone along its perimeter.
Alice + Olivia Malory Box Pleat V-Neck Dress, $440. Available at AliceandOlivia.com
Inspired by the luxurious jacquard fabrics of the baroque era, this frock features a textured deep teal and black paisley print fabric with a regal feel, but the flirty A-line silhouette, mini length, pronounced box pleats along the skirt, and V-shaped neckline all speak to a modern customer.
Korres Sleeping Beauties Overnight Treatment Trio, $42. Available at Sephora.com
Imagine enjoying a Sleeping Beauty moment and waking up not only refreshed, but also enjoying a younger and more luminous visage. Sounds like the far-fetched stuff of fairy tales, right? And yet, it’s far from an outlandish proposition. As it turns out, skin cells regenerate at a significantly higher rate as we snooze, adding validity to the term “beauty sleep.” Moreover, our skin tends to better absorb hydrating, brightening, and anti-aging ingredients in the evening time, making it an ideal time for more intensive treatments. To take advantage of our skin’s internal clock, so to speak, Korres has developed several treatments designed for bedtime use. This holiday kit features a sampling of the three top-selling overnight treatments: the Greek Yoghurt Advanced Sleeping Facial, the Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial, and the Black Pine Firming, Lifting & Antiwrinkle Night Cream. Both the Greek Yoghurt and Wild Rose products are meant to be applied atop your nighttime moisturizer, then rinsed off in the morning as part of your regular cleansing routine. The Black Pine Cream, meanwhile, can be used as an evening moisturizer (think of it as the first step in your beauty sleep skincare routine, with one of the other sleeping facials following) that will keep skin soft, supple, hydrated, firm and wrinkle-free thanks to ingredients like shea butter, sunflower seed oil,apricot kernel oil, honeysuckle flower extract,black pine bud and needle extract,wild yam root extract, and olive oil. The Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Nourishing Sleeping Facial hydrates the skin while promoting exfoliation and cellular regeneration thanks to the lactic acid, jojoba seed oil, aloe leaf juice, soybean oil, and hyaluronic acid in the formula. The Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Facial, meanwhile, helps you wake up with a glow-y complexion thanks primarily to the various rose oils in the formula: rosa canina fruit extract, rosa canina fruit oil, and rosa rubignosa seed oil. Waking up with better skin? Who can resist!
ghd Arctic Gold 1″ Professional Styler Set, $225. Available at GHDHair.com
Baby, it may be cold outside, but this styling tool offers nothing but heat! Featuring smooth, ceramic, contoured plates that distribute heat evenly, straightening and smoothing strands in a shorter period of time while gliding easily through hair, without any locks becoming snagged, this professional 1″ iron is now available in a season-appropriate look. This special edition, then, features a metallic exterior in a white gold shade that, in turn, is adorned with rows of circles resembling snowballs or tiny specks of light like those emanating from Christmas lights. To complete the winter wonderland motif, the styler comes in a white heat mat with a handy zippered closure and a coordinating roll bag with golden stitching.
Fendi 52mm Crystal Tipped Cat Eye Sunglasses, $495. Available at Shop.Nordstrom.com
An ultra-modern take on cat-eye sunglasses, these Fendi shades feature translucent frames with triangular crystal accents at the temples that accentuate the design’s feline overtones while adding an unexpected twist.
Jonathan Adler Futura Bullseye Vase, $150. Available at JonathanAdler.com
No, Target doesn’t have a monopoly on the bullseye motif. Besides, the concentric white and 24k gold circles on this rounded, high-fired porcelain vase will erase any memory of the discount store and its famous bull terrier mascot. Instead, it will hypnotize design lovers with its classic, 1920s-inspired design and the mirrored sheen of its golden accents. Just picture white calla lilies or peonies nestled inside the vase and begin to swoon.
Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Exquisite Repair Set, $50. Available at Paul Mitchell Schools and professional salons. Visit PaulMitchell.com for locations.
The lace design of this boxed haircare will enchant any frill-seeking female, but it’s the treasures inside that will hold her attention and gain her oft-elusive devotion. Designed to help strengthen damaged, limp, color-treated, and dull strands, this set includes three products from the Awapuhi Wild Ginger line: the Moisturizing Shampoo, which contains white ginger root extract (believed to stimulate blood circulation within the scalp and hence promote hair growth), hydrolyzed keratin (to replenish any protein loss within the hair cortex), camellia extract (which conditions the hair shaft and also stimulates blood flow), and other hydrating and fortifying actives; the Keratin Cream Rinse, a conditioner that contains keratin (in pure, hydrolyzed, and oxidized forms), white ginger root extract, grape seed extract and magnesium to nourish, smooth, and strengthen strands; and the Keratin Intensive Treatment, a deep conditioner packed with keratin, wheat amino acids, white ginger root extract, and panthenol. Not only do these products help to promote healthy, shiny, voluminous hair, but they smell fresh and zesty. Another bonus: when you (or the gift recipient!) snap a photo of this set and post it on Instagram with the hashtag #GivingIsMyStyle, Paul Mitchell will donate $1 to one of your favorite charities (up to $200,000 in total).
Sutra Emerald and Opal Drop Earrings, $56,250. Available at ModaOperandi.com
Big spenders can spoil their beloveds with these dazzling drop earrings, featuring vibrant colors and an unexpected arced shape along the bottom that modernizes an otherwise classic design. Set in 18k white gold, these awe-inducing earrings feature domed, triangular opal stones at the ear posts; slim, triangular-shaped connecting strips encrusted with white diamonds and leading to slightly larger prong-set opal stones; and fanned-out shapes created via the juxtaposition of faceted, rectangular emeralds and teardrop-shaped white diamonds. These earrings feature 7.38 carats of emeralds, 10.20 carats of opals, and 4.99 carats of white diamonds. Anyone who is lucky enough to unwrap these on Christmas morning will certainly be fanning herself!
OYOBox Aqua Sunglass Storage Box, $225. Available at OYOBox.com
Glam queens love their designer shades — whether they’re Jackie O-style sunglasses, classic aviators, cheeky cat-eye frames, or squared oversize numbers. Instead of stashing sunglasses in a drawer, hidden within their individual cases, shade-throwers can keep them organized and protected in the OYOBox, made out of durable wood and featuring seven layers of lacquer. Measuring 14 ½” in length, 7 ½” in width, and 3 ¼” in height, this aqua-colored box features a creamy leather interior with a specially engineered partition on which to position the bridge of each sunglass frames. The stylish box will accommodate up to 8 pairs of sunnies, making it an organizational wonder, and its modern design will add a splash of color to any dresser or shelf. The shatterproof top window, meanwhile, provides a clear view of all the possible selections, making accessorizing that much easier.
Via Spiga Tavi Peep Toe Pump, $295. Available at ViaSpiga.com
Designed by model Hilary Rhoda for Via Spiga, this shoe combines the timeless elegance of black suede with the party-ready glitz of metallic gold leather. The open toe and audacious 3″ heel create a sexy attitude, while the three horizontal straps along the open vamp provide contrast when juxtaposed against the black suede uppers, yielding a rocker chic vibe that’s enhanced by the wide ankle cuff and the slim gold strap positioned directly beneath it.
Hoffman Melons Mocha Service Coffe Creamer Pitcher, $450; Cup and Saucer, $500; Sugar Bowl, $590; and Mocha Pot, $1900. All available at Shop.NeuGalerie.org
You wouldn’t expect this glamazon to serve her guests coffee using mugs with corny “I hate Mondays” sayings, would you? Ever the aesthete, this high-class woman would impress even when pouring a cup of java for company, and this hand-painted, black-and-white porcelain serving set — designed by Joef Hofman in 1925 — would clearly facilitate that goal.
Khirma Eliazov Oxy Mini Satchel, $1595. Available at KhirmaEliazov.com
Perfect for business or pleasure, this satchel features a classic shape, relying only on its exquisite materials to convey the desired sophistication. Featuring a top handle and rectangular front flap, this smart handbag is crafted out of python, lizard, and leather in shades of midnight blue and forest green.
Bottega Venetta Intrecciato Napa Long Gloves, $353.60. Available at NeimanMarcus.com
Did Amal Clooney start a trend when she walked down the red carpet in her long, opera-length gloves? It certainly appears to be the case! Designers are again toying with elbow-length and even over-the-elbow-length gloves this season, producing such standout pieces as these Bottega Venetta gloves which feature the brand’s signature woven diamond pattern.