Listen, we all have the ultra chic friend that might as well be secret best friends with the Olsen twins. They can essentially stroll into those wine-sipping, eye-glass wearing gallery openings and camouflage right in. So when it comes to scoping stores for the perfect gift, basics and minimalist luxe is the name of the game. Think contemporary staples such as a classic, camel cape and a leather drawstring knapsack. Heather grey chunky knit beanies can add an intriguing layer of texture or faux fur earmuffs can do the trick as well.
Feeling iffy about the sizing? No worries. For those of us that don't want to awkwardly ask our friends for sizes or even worse--risk it by guessing, accessories and beauty products are the trustworthy go-to's. After all, what modern girl can't say no to another nude shade of polish or a scrumptious diptyque candle to sprinkle in her apartment? Potted succulents can also add a lively touch of greenery to that New York apartment especially on those gloomy, winter days.
For those of us that proudly call ourselves couch potatoes (probably 99% of us--including me), a relaxing night in, lounging around in our plush, kid-approved slippers and buttery soft pjs is the closest thing to heaven. Chunky, hand-knit oatmeal knits and matching hot chocolate mug cozies? Yes, please!
If you're also one of those couch potatoes that insists on donning a liberating bandeau to let your girls breathe, opt for a demure, Eberjey lace version. Hey, if we're going to be completely lazy and channel our inner spirit animal (the sloth, of course), then we should at least look good, am I right?
To complete your lazy day of treating yourself along with Netflix binge watching and chocolate covered strawberries (or anything smothered in chocolate, really) an essential skin care ritual is a must. A velvety, honey mask from Fresh while lathering in Philosophy's cinnamon-icing-scented lotion are flawless additions to your usual spa day routine.
P.S. If you don't look like a man-repelling monster conveying Michael from Halloween when doing a face mask, you're doing it all wrong.
Whether it's your incredibly cool cousin or your world-trotting college roommate, finding the time to get a gift for her busy lifestyle can be as tiresome as international jetlag. Luckily, I'll give you the ultimate lowdown. Case in point: I'd like to think of myself as a novice-turned semi-pro when it comes to packing every 4 months from JFK to LAX. A mix of a tetris-like eye and a nomadic way of thinking when it comes to packing just the essentials is key.
So to harmoniously compliment the wanderlust way of life, go for breezy, pastel pink sweatpants that put the typical grey sweats to shame. Think of it as an upgrade that levels between the comfort of 8am lecture sweats to work-appropriate trousers for that dream, editorial job.
Effortlessly chic, rubber soled chain booties are perfect for last-minute escapades to Paris, rushing through security. Need some ideas for quick, beauty fixes to erase away those red-eyes? Purchase some travel-sized goodies that your giftee can reach in a trusty Sole Society, braided Weekender bag. To top it all off, a travel-sized Mac face spray will undeniably be a foolproof addition for eradicating restless skin.
Getting a present for your best friend can either be the hardest or the easiest challenge to check off on your Christmas checklist. Here are some sure-fire ideas to pick and choose from while you focus on personalizing a necessary 30-page long, tear-inducing card complete with inside jokes and heart doodles.
Winter holidays are synonymous with hot chocolate mix and comfy socks--specifically those that are adorned with a beanie-wearing cat with eyeglasses and a mustache. If your best amiga's a #1 fan of the cat-over-dogs club, go for a suede, gold-embossed clutch that's perfect for all the holiday parties to come.
Want a more blatant demonstration of the love you have for your sister from another mister? A Brandy-Melville inspired "Love you more" sign for your best friend's college dorm can be a lovely reminder and pick-me-up when you're miles away. For a more subtle effect, opt for a delicate, gold heart necklace from Dogeared.
What gifts are you going to get for your Christmas shopping escapades?