So no one burned down the house making the turkey this year (merci Dieu), and we’re off and running towards gift season. We’re in need of some calm after the storm after this epic year, and there’s no better way to do that than with a quiet corner, a cup of tea, and a candle. We have been scouring the current offerings for what we love the most, and can’t be found without some savoir-faire. Our favorites range from stocking stuffers to full-blown luxury, hope you love them as well.
We are honored to present the mother of all gifts, La Prairie’s Caviar Indulgences set. This gorgeous box which will make a very lucky lady smile (without wrinkles) for years, so it’s truly the gift that keeps on giving! I’ve recently gotten to experience the caviar collection after hearing it’s legend of restoring firmness and elasticity, and it is truly in a league of its own. You can tell who has been a loyal follow of the line, as their skin looks decades younger than it should, and it has even been known to reverse sun damage. My skin in just a week has gone from drab and tired (thanks to a chronic lack of sleep and plus glass or three of bubbly), to nourished and youthful again. The box contains three treasures to be used together for maximum effect. Included are the Skin Caviar Luxe Cream (50ml) which firms and gently exfoliates, and Skin Caviar Liquid Lift (50ml) which works instantly for a night out and also for the long term to lift and tighten. Finally, yarget wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness with Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream (20ml). La Prairie marries science and decades of research with the best ingredients on the planet, and if there’s anything worth the investment, your face is first in line.
One size does not fit all, so here are a couple candles with distinctive personalities. For the sophisticated francophile, I always turn to Annick Goutal to surprise and delight. Annick Goutal’s otherworldly scents have been captured in Noel, a stunning seasonal candle (see above), which fill the room and evoke holiday reveries while giving off a warm glow. The rich and elegant candle blends Orange and Mandarin from Brazil, the delicious and slightly acid bark of the Siberian Pine, suffused with an unforgettable scent of Resin.
Juara’s Hope soy-and-vegetable wax candle sets the mood for meditation. This sweet clean-burning candle will go for days, surrounding you with a fragrant, warm blend of coconut, lush greens, freesia, jasmine, and bergamot. It may be winter here, but the candle transports to a tropical paradise, just light and dream. The intricate pattern on the candle reminds me of henna, and the colored glass gives off a subtle, flickering glow.
Jewelry for the holidays is a must, but we love the spin that Smith + Mara puts on theirs. Think edge and luxury coming together for the perfect brainchild. Check out these cool skimmers, which can come adorned with diamonds (yes, please!), or show off some gleam in gold. Wear one or a pair, whatever fits your fashion.
For the eco-conscious, or anyone who loves innovation and function, we are completely obsessed with Stashers, a perfect stocking stuffer for stuffing food to take on the go. Because they are 100% silicone, they can be used for microwaving and even sous vide cooking (a project for 2017). I just put hot-out-of-the-oven croissants in mine last week to be enjoyed on the road. Stashers are dishwasher friendly and can be reused thousands of times, so say goodbye to wasteful plastic bags. Designs are available, or color your own with dry erase markers!