Stress no more my friends. As a wardrobe stylist and former personal shopper of some of the most prestigious fashion institutions in the country, I present to you my exquisite selection of gifts for this holiday 2012. Providing you with links to ease your shopping experience. Snatch them while you can!
Known for his work as creative director for accessories at Hermes and shoe designer at Balenciaga, french designer Pierre Hardy's own label is a personal favorite of mine. This backpack is so practical and well made, not to mention a beautiful piece of design (countless compliments guaranteed with purchase). Back to school never looked this fly. Also available in suede (my personal choice) and different prints Pierre Hardy leather Backpack $1650 at Barneys New York and barneys.com
I am completely obsessed with these Opening Ceremony coffee mugs $15 ea, the designs are superb and If I continue with my caffeine obsession in 2013 I must be using these. Available at Opening Ceremony store inside Ace Hotel NYC or openingceremony.com
One of the most influential editorial stylist of our time, who became an icon after her appearance in the documentary of the making of the september issue of Vogue. Grace Coddingtont's memoir is decorated by Grace's famous illustrations. I can't wait to read this.
About $20 @ amazon.com
The eight issue of independent french magazine Muto Manifesto looks hotter than ever. For the gay guy in your life. I've already pre-ordered my copy. Aprox $24 plus shipping at Exterface.com/store
Neon Bowl by Alexandra Von Furstenberg (she has impeccable taste) No explanation required. Irresistible $195 Available at Jonathan Adler stores or alexandravonfurstenberg.com
These Comme Des Garcon Wallets are like candy to me. This has been my wallet choice for years and I just keep collecting them and switching designs every here and there. Prices vary and start at $96 available at Opening Ceremony stores. I want candy!
Originally from Mexico City, Carlos Hubert created a line of Fragrances inspired by his studies of historical preservation and Architecture. His complex and peculiar creations, as he says, "can transport you to another place in time" My choice Alexandr $165, citrus but a bit woody. Each fragrance comes with its own story and are sold exclusively at Barneys New York, the Webster Miami among other prestigious stores around the world. For more info visit Arquiste.com
Come on people this really is a no brainer. Fred's Chocolate Jar $66 from Chelsea passage at Barneys NY or Barneys.com
The only Christmas album I actually approve of. Some of the classics performed in Jazz style by the one and only Diana Krall $10.88 at Amazon.com
" Para todo mal mezcal, para todo bien, tambien..."
(Mezcal for the good times, Mezcal for the bad times too..)
Mezcal was once considered as the "low-class" cousin of Tequila but due to its flavor and cultural and spiritual history, it has become the beverage of choice among the hip and intellectual circles in Mexico. Mezcal should be served in shot glasses, but MOST be sipped, never downed. Once you try it, like me, you will be obsessed. Picture here Mezcal Enmascarado aprox $30 for more info visit milagrito.com and mezcals.us
Fornasetti porcelain decorative wall plate from the Theme and Variation series $185
@ Barneys New York, Made in Italy.
Love will tear us apart... not with these 24k gold handcuffs, the key can be worn as a necklace and the cuffs as a bracelet. That's what I call killing two birds with one stone. Handcuffs with key and chain $575 from Kiki de Montparnasse kikidmp.com
A new version of the classic Mister Impossible chair. I own one and its super confy an eye candy in any interior. The Super Impossible chair by Kartel $448 @Barneys.com
It's good to have one for a rainy day. Mary Jane jar by Jonathan Adler $58 Available at Jonathan Adler stores, west village, upper east or upper west side, and here.
A special collection of tees designed by Donatella Versace in collaboration with Christopher Kane, using iconic prints from Gianni's archives and also the classic Medusa logo. They range around $150 Available at the new Versace store in Soho.
For the youngest Star Wars fan (or must I say, the baby of a fan) Morf's Darth Vader baby tee $68 available Baby Barneys. Adorbs!
Lego action figures of the long anticipated film "The hobbit" from $12.99 available at the lego store or amazon.com
For art collectors, our friends at Exhibition A, have created a truly brilliant website that brings us art by top contemporary artist creating editions of their work at affordable prices. Brilliant!
Pierre Ricard signed limited edition UNTITLED "then love takes us..." from $475
William Eadon "LOL" from $125
Max Snow UNTITLED (Owl II) signed limited edition from $200
Pharrel Williams has established himself as one of the major taste-makers of our times, swinging from the worlds of music, design, art and fashion and collaborating with outstanding artist through the years. He, for sure, knows what's up. His new book "Places and spaces I've been" would be perfect for any cool-hunter you might know. Only $34.65 at Amazon.com
Nothing says chic as black and white ikat and polka dot pillows on a sofa. These can really transform the feel of a room instantly. Set of two 18 x 18 covers for $32.00 (WTF) who said chic cannot be cheap? @ Etsy.com
I really want one of this to use all summer.
Originally design for the Habita Group's Basico Hotel in Playa del Carmen, this beach chair designed by Hector Galvan of Mexico City - based design group Omelette consists of a back rest that fixes into the sand (with a bottle opener incorporated into it) "El compadre" beach chair aprox $266 from Omelette.com.mx
Printed Handkerchief from Opening Ceremony $25
"sometimes I feel like somebody is watching me.."
Alfred Hitchcock "The Masterpiece Collection" (limited edition) features fifteen iconic films by the master of suspense, including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Available in blue ray $206.99 at amazon.com
I find it very peaceful to look at the earth as I work on my desk and this lamp by Michael Rosing takes the experience to a whole other level. Globus Earth Lamp $214 from Fab.com
The Pedro Almodovar Atchives by Taschen,includes never before published personal photos Pedro took during filming. In addition to writing captions for the photos. A great gift for any book collector or Almodovar fanatic, like moi, $135 at Barnes&noble.com
This is seriously the "ultimate" gift for any Warhol fan (I know many) original limited edition from 1971 Andy Warhol "Art Cash"created for a casino - themed fundraiser Only 50 available $300 from
Exhibition A and delivered in a special envelope with a message of your choice. I mean who doesn't love getting cash for Christmas?
For your friend the "foodie" I came across this Apothecary spice rack by Anthropologie $128, Oak, glass and cork. Includes salt, pepper, oregano, paprika and basil. Super cute available here.
I love myself a stripe. Comme des Garcon Play striped long sleeve tee $151. Available at Saks Fifth Avenue or saks.com
For those who were not fast enough (myself included) to snatch one the infamous Rottweiler tees designed by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy. Here's the next best thing. An iphone cover with the dog print on it $180 at luisaviaroma.com Hurry!
In a sea of generic candles I present to you the Malin+Goetz line of men products and candles with interesting scents and sleek design. My choice, Dark Rum I love my liquor even as a scent ;) aprox $50 available at Malin+Goetz stores.
How about a poster of an iconic film? One of my personal favorites "Manhattan" By Woody Allen only $19.99, many more options at allposters.com
Maria Felix Salamander brooch by Lanvin Paris. A tribute to the iconic Mexican actress by Alber Elvaz. I don't know woman who would not die over any animal designed jewelry? turquoise and swarovsky strass $895 at Barneys.com
Children indoor and outdoor teepees starting at $120 from Etsy.com
For the kid, at heart, this helicopter witch can be operated by your iphone, yes that is right! I mean I think I want one. ihelicopter $59 available at ihelicopters.net
Probably the cheapest of all apple toys but nevertheless useful and fun, allows you to transfer audio and video from any apple device onto your TV, including netflixs, youtube, hulu, itunes files etc. Apple TV $89 available at Apple stores nation wide and apple.com
Part of the new Alexander Wang "Objects Collection" I choose this table top ashtray in charcoal glass $95 at Alexanderwang.com
I love anatomical figures as decorative accessories, they add an organic touch to any table. Kelly Wearstler hand letter opener in brass finish $165 available at Bergdorf Goodman or Kellyweartsler.com
Even tho this is intended for kids, The horse toy by Hermes would be the perfect pet for me. How cute with the signature color (orange) ribbons! Need.him.in.my.life.
Hermy, Plush horse, small $550 at Hermes on Madison avenue or here
I adore anything clear. This Glass candle holder from CB2 caught my attention right away. Labra holds three candles $19.99, holds five $24.99 at CB2.com
A statement necklace is a basic, dress it up for the holiday parties, dress it down for any other day. Flower lattice necklace $228 at jcrew.com
Lanvin doll in red dress. So you can begin spoiling a little girl at a very early age, or for adult collectors. To each its own.
Lanvin doll $590 at Barneys.com
After the controversy originated after St. Patrick's added a dog to the Cathedral's nativity last year, how about snoopy as part of this one! Anyhow I am a fan of Charlie Brown and the Peanuts and freaked out when I spotted this Peanuts nativity set $29.99 at Barnes & noble, also available at buy.com
For the fashionista, This new book, created by Kate herself as a retrospective of her career as a model, style icon and now designer. Available in eight different covers shot by some of fashion's legendary photographers The Kate Moss Book $53.79
For those Upper East Side bit**s no lees than a dog collar in the signature woven leather by Bottega Veneta $310 GORG at barneys.com
Once you try a bluetooth speaker you will never be able to go back. I take mine all around the apartment, while I cook, shower ... Jambox by Jawbone $199 available at jcrew.com
Mungo & Maud medium wood and steel dog bowl. Super sleek mid century design because your pup is worth it $150 from Barneys Dog barneys.com
Everyone needs a scarf for the freezing months still ahead. Chunky wool and alpaca anchor scarf $98 Jcrew.com
If you wanna splurge on your Mother, or wife (as you should) nothing better than the absolute "IT" bag. I have three options for you Celine, Celine, Celine.
A bit David Bowie a bit Super hero 100% adorable.Baby thunderbolt one-piece in alpaca $96 from Jcrew.com
The sound of vinyl has always been superior. In order to achieve this sound this turn table plays vinyl and also allows you to convert your itunes into digital format for higher quality. Crosley Tech Turntable $129 at Fab.com
Colorful headphones for everybody! These are very comfortable, light and compact. I am a boring New Yorker so I picked black but there's many options to choose from. Urbanears on sale from $60 to $42 at Bloomingdales.com