This one's consistently a must-shop in my book - see you there!
I've always secretly been a fan of Playboy, but the brand has a newfound relevance thanks to this month's 60th anniversary issue cover girl, Kate Moss. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott and styled by a virtual dream team that included stylist Alex White, hair master Oribe and makeup artist Lucia Pica, Kate's never looked better.
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It's here! Holiday shopping season has officially kicked off, and I've got the inbox to prove it. At this point in the season, I'm easily receiving at least 150 emails a day from brands and PR agencies alike, all with suggestions - some great, some decidedly less so (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE) - on what to gift those special someones in my life AND what to recommend you gift yours. And while shopping for gifts can be stressful, it's something that I, personally, take quite a bit of pride in, so I thought BEFORE sharing one holiday gift guide suggestion, I'd first share some recommended criteria for gift giving. As far as I'm concerned, every gift you give anyone should check at least one of the following boxes - if not more:
- Highly luxurious. As in something so indulgent, the recipient would never THINK to purchase it for themselves. Rest assured, they'll be thrilled that you think they're worth it. (Suggestion? These Corgi for J.Crew Cashmere Bordeaux Heart Socks, $98)
- Intensely personal. People often suggest gifting things that you yourself would love to receive. And while I'd like to think that my taste is universally excellent, this approach is inherently narcissistic. The best gifts take the taste of the recipient into consideration, not your own. That said, this is also where paying attention can REALLY pay off. Take note throughout the year, not just as gift-giving occasions approach, on the wishes and faves of those who've made your "Nice" list. (For example, though I am not really into insect accessories, my friend Sarah of Style It Online loved the wild Erica Weiner Cicada earrings ($30) I gifted her for her birthday last June.)
- Practical and REQUESTED. This is not an "either/or," it is an "and" very deliberately. Before gifting someone - anyone - something that is above all USEFUL, ensure that they really want it. Gifts that fall into this category include any household applicance (boyfriends and husbands, I'm looking at you), workout equipment or gym/studio memberships and (I can't believe I even have to type it) anti-aging skincare. Gifts shouldn't be backhanded insults, after all.
Do you agree or disagree with my gift-giving criteria? Dissenting opinions welcome in the comments below!
After lemming the Rag & Bone Newbury and Harrow Booties for what felt like an eternity, this season, I caved on...both. First came the Newbury in burgundy suede, while I picked up the Harrow in classic black leather just a week or two ago at Barney's. And after wearing the Harrow more in the past two weeks than I've worn the Newbury in the past two months, I've been forced to concede to a favorite, and it's clearly the Harrow.
Given the similarities between the styles (they share the same toe shape and seaming, as well as the same comfortably high stacked heel), my preference comes down to two design details - first, the shaft (that's the height of the boot) on the Harrow is an inch shorter than the shaft on the Newbury, which makes the bootie easier to wear with skirts and dresses, particularly for those of us with shorter legs (I'm 5'2" for reference). Second, as opposed to the clean finish of the Newbury, the Harrow has a notched v that sits at the front of the leg, which is not only flattering, but also makes it easier to tuck in a skinny jean (there's more room to play with at the top of the boot, though the Newbury works perfectly with skinnies, as well). That said, if I had picked up the Newbury in a more obvious color, I might have found it more versatile? You can't win 'em all, I suppose. If you're in the market:
As cliched as it may be, I (like many of you) start to take stock around the holidays. The end of the year makes me appreciate all that I've experienced and accomplished, while Thanksgiving reminds me of the many things I have to be thankful for. That list includes all of the big important stuff, of course - a tremendous roster of friends, a fulfilling and interesting career, an apartment I love coming home to -but also the smaller creature comforts that improve each day in some small measure. Included in that mix?
- St. Ives unabashedly efficient and inexpensive line of Fresh Hydration Lotion Sprays ($7.69) - try the Soothing Oatmeal and Shea Butter for skin that's already dry from the seasonal transition.
- A great bra lends, well, support and in my case, can make my molehills look like (a little more like) mountains. Le Mystere's Linguine ($64), a seamless molded cup bra with double straps that are just interesting enough to be sexy, is my current, wear-with-anything favorite.
- The return of a classic - in this case, Calyx (from $52), formerly in Prescriptives' portfolio, and now relaunched by sister brand Clinique. Calyx is a rare bird of a scent - wildly fresh and explicably sexy with citrus, green and floral notes.
Happy Thanksgiving, peeps!