Time for my annual gift guide- all at varying price points. I think all of the items would make great gifts, but for those who have a stricter budget or who simply want to give more personalized presents, I’ve rounded up some of my all-time favourite goodies! Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration for friends, family and yourself!
Clockwise from top left:
- Stephen&Co Curved bar necklace. $10
- Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. $14
- Philosophy Shower Gel/Bubble Bath in “French vanilla bean”. $10
- Kate Spade gold leather wallet. $178
- Essie nail polish in “Golds”. $8.50
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. $9
- Tart gift set. $15
- Clarisonic Mia1. $139
- iPad Mini. $419
- Smashbox Masterclass palette 2. $59
- Sigma Essential Kit. $120
- The Body Shop Hands & Nails set in “rose” scent. $12
My top picks:
Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual. One of the best makeup books/manuals for any makeup lover, in my opinion. Most women agree it’s important to gain some knowledge regarding how to properly use different products and tools, and especially the importance of proper skincare. I believe this book does a great job of covering these topics and offers plenty of pro tips for beginners and anyone wanting to explore the makeup realm.
Clarisonic Mia1. A great tool in aiding in a proper skincare regime! This is definitely an investment piece. Appropriate for men and women ages 17-45.
Kate Spade Wallet. I think everyone should invest in a well-made and durable wallet. A good quality wallet can last several years and is what most people consider a daily essential. In my opinion, worth investing in.
iPad Mini. The highest priced of all the gifts idea I’ve gathered, but I truly believe in the practicality of them. Perfect for students, businessmen and women or your tech savvy friend/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband or wife! Great for listening to music, sending e-mails, taking notes, browsing and of course endless entertainment via the Apps!
Happy shopping, everyone! 🙂
Tamara Mellon’s new book, In My Shoes, couldn’t be more appropriate and fitting for the memoir. In My Shoe’s gives a candid account of Mellon’s troublesome teenage years to her hard-working days of co-founding the highly recognized brand, Jimmy Choo.
Although Mellon reigns as queen in the fashion industry, her path to royalty has certainly not been easy. Sadly, Mellon’s childhood was tortured with abuse from her alcoholic mother. The memoir reveals Mellon’s struggle with drugs as a teenager, which later led to her spending her high school years at a popular rehab facilitation centre. Though her childhood was far from blissful, Mellon doesn’t dwell on her tragic past. Rather, she explains how her less than idyllic youth helped her become a strong, ambitious businesswoman. Even after Mellon paved her way in the fashion world, becoming the Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Jimmy Choo, her life still was quite rocky.
In My Shoes gives a realistic portrayal of what it takes to thrive and succeed at the helm of the fashion world. The memoir also provides an intimate glimpse at Mellon and Choo’s tumultuous relationship. Her intent is to lightly expose the gilded image of the fashion industry. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, she stated she penned this book because she “thought no one could really believe what was going on behind the scenes while I was building that brand.”
In My Shoes demonstrates the trials Mellon faced before she finally sold her shares in 2011 for a reported US $135 million. After reading about Mellon’s hardships and struggles, you will more than likely think again about trading shoes with the woman who owns approximately 3,000 pairs.