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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Travel Fashionably

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The Holiday season is well and truly underway and most of you are already planning your next vacation. Whether you’re planning to spend Christmas with your family in dreamy Lapland or celebrating New Year’s Eve in Times Square to watch the ball drop, the fact is, you’re going to need one solid suitcase to take you through your trip in practicality and style.

Granted, you should also try to travel light  - it’s okay if you’re physically incapable of doing so, neither are we – but a good suitcase can always help when things get awry. One thing you should look out for is the flexibility of said suitcase, whether it’s a four-wheeled type or not and of course, if it fits your aesthetical needs as well. Lend your holiday spirit a little added enthusiasm with a series of must-have travel bags. To help you out, we’ve scoured some of the most trending ones below.

Article Written by Cindy Menassa

Louis Vuitton

 

Rimowa

 

 

Crash Baggage
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Fendi
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Ookonn
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Tumi
Via Matches Fashion

 

 

Louis Vuitton

Bottega Veneta

 

Globe-Trotter
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Gucci

 

 

Horizn Studios
Via Matches Fashion

 

 

Crash Baggage
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Rimowa

 

 

Louis Vuitton

 

Valextra
Via Matches Fashion

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Gucci Opens New Exhibition in Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence

It’s in the historic Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria that the Gucci Garden Galleria has been housed. Conceived by the House’s Creative Director Alessandro Michele and featuring exhibition spaces curated by critic and curator Maria Luisa Frisa, Gucci Garden has now opened a new exhibition in the Period Rooms, unveiling new wall paintings and coinciding with Pitti Uomo 95. That said, the opening of the men’s fashion fair signaled the start of the exhibition and the showcase of the new artwork.

The Period Rooms in the Gucci Garden Galleria had previously opened in June earlier this year, with a tribute to Björk and the House’s collaboration with her. And now, the new exhibition aims to demonstrate how Gucci has interpreted and defined men’s fashion over the years. And so, the exhibition focuses on Gucci’s redefining of the concept of masculinity since the 1960s – along with its various Creative Directors, from the Tom Ford era to the present – by showcasing items such as clothing, objects, accessories, images, books, magazines and video documents.

Also, the ground floor boutique of Gucci Garden – which is home to a selection of publications on sale – features work by writers on fashion studies and high-profile fashion journalists who look at the idea of masculinity.

Fresh wall paintings commissioned for the Gucci Garden transitional spaces – the stairwells and stair-and-elevator landings – have also been unveiled, conceived by Italian artist MP5, who is known for an insightful black-and-white style, and English artist Alex Merry, who portrays a dreamlike universe through illustrations and portraits that use color in surprising ways. 

Visitors to Florence can revel in this special Gucci store, as it features exclusive items, from shoes to handbags and ready-to-wear for both men and women. The boutique also presents a selection of clothing and other items bearing images by MP5, such as a collection of T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts for men and women, and shopper bags, all displaying black-and-white prints that have been inspired by the ancient Chinese text the I Ching (also known as the Book of Changes).

To top it all off, the Gucci Garden’s restaurant – the Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura – is helmed by internationally renowned chef Massimo Bottura, whose dishes explore the deep roots of the Italian kitchen while making references to history, art and philosophy.

And for those of you who can’t wait to visit the new space, you’ll be glad to know that 50% of each ticket sale will be donated to support restoration projects in the city of Florence.

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Easy Festive Party Glam 

It can be overwhelming getting yourself ready for all the holiday parties, so here’s what I like to do to keep beauty anxiety at bay. I basically come up with a look and just repeat it throughout the week to make it easier for me. Here is a go to look that doesn’t take too much time. 

I start off with the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup applied with my Beauty Blender. Then, Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer is perfect to give me the coverage I need with barely any rest. After filling in my eyebrows, I’m ready to start on the eyes. Using the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Black, I line my eyes with a little cateye flick at the end. After applying Afterglow Blush in Rapture by Urban Decay, I’m ready for lips and MAC’s Ruby Woo Retro Matte lipstick is perfect for this look. After lots of mascara and preferably some falsies, I am ready to go. You can change this up by adding more eye makeup, but I like to keep it clean and just focus on the liner and bold lips. 

 

Aline Agopian

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Welcome the New Year with Sparkling High Jewelry

Photo Courtesy of Messika Paris

For every woman who loves jewelry, nothing beats sparkling diamonds to welcome the New Year with grace and elegance. On New Year’s Eve, every person should in fact look their best, and if you are looking for something to flaunt, make that something a diamond jewelry piece.

So, ladies get ready to open a new chapter and welcome 2019 with some exquisite diamond-set jewelry that will perfectly complement your look on this special night and highlight your timeless sense of style. Whether you’re looking for a bold necklace, a bracelet to adorn your wrist in the most stylish of ways, a pair of earrings that will steal the lights at the party, or a finger sparkler that will constitute a great addition to your jewelry box for future occasions, the offerings are endless and the that’s all thanks to the creativity of our favorite jewelry houses.

Visit the Photo Gallery and choose the piece that will make you shine like a star on this much-anticipated night of the year!

 

Mirella Haddad

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Warm up Their Home with a Little Gift

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The festive season is the season of last minute invitations and spur-of-the-moment gatherings. So, it’s sometimes hard to predict an event and get all gifts ready before heading to your destination – and this is what home pieces are made for!

Imagine a friend calls you and asks you to join her at another friend’s house for a fun evening; you certainly won’t have the time to get her a personal gift. In this case, dropping by a store and getting a nice piece that she can decorate her home sweet home with is a great idea and will surely reflect your elegant and sophisticated taste.

Are you wondering what kind of pieces would do the job? Take a look at our picks!

 

Mirella Haddad

Assouline, “American Fashion Travel: Designers on the Go” book

 

Giobagnara Parma leather Domino game box
Available on Moda Operandi

 

Wedgwood 2-tier cake stand

 

Dior scented candle

 

Assouline bookstand

 

Guerlain, Winter Délice candle

 

Bianco Bianchi, Flowers And Fruits Scagliola box
Available on Moda Operandi

 

Versace Home cushions

 

Assouline, “Chic Stays” book

 

Pampaloni set-of-three geometric sterling silver bowls

 

Wedgwood serving bowl

 

Jo Malone, Pomegranate Noir scented candle
Available on Mrporter.com

 

Luisa Beccaria set-of-two pink glasses
Exclusively Available on Moda Operandi

 

Dior vase

 

The Wolseley Collection silver-plated tea set
Available on Mrporter.com

 

Jonathan Adler tray
Available at Shopbop.com

 

Assouline, “Swans” book

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Awaken Her Senses with a Fragrance

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No woman leaves her house without wearing her perfume, so this gift will definitely be something that will draw a big smile on her face. All you have to do is discover her favorite style in fragrances.

Is she into floral scents? Or would she prefer a warm fragrance to remember you by this winter season? While some women like to keep it light all year long when it comes to perfumes, others celebrate the coziness of fall and winter with a warm woody scent.

With this in mind, we have made a list of the best fragrances out there for you to show her how much you love and appreciate her on this special occasion. Check them out!

 

Article Written by Mirella Haddad

Dior, Joy by Dior

 

Kenzo, Kenzo Worl Intense

 

Bottega Veneta, Knot Eau Absolue

 

Roberto Cavalli, Florence

 

CHANEL, Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum Intense

 

Guerlain, Mon Guerlain

 

Louis Vuitton, Attrape-Reves

 

Salvatore Ferragamo, Signorina Misteriosa

 

Bvlgari, Omnia Pink Sapphire

 

Dolce & Gabbana, The Only One

 

Hermès, Eau de Citron Noir

 

Versace, Dylan Blue

 

Carolina Herrera, CH L'Eau

 

Dior, J'Adore Absolu

 

Kenzo, Flower By Kenzo Eau de Lumière

 

Givenchy, L'Interdit

 

Chloé, Nomade

 

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Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Put Some Shades On

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Unless the sun has disappeared into oblivion, you’ll always need sunglasses to protect those beautiful eyes of yours. And so, no matter the season and no matter the warmth or cold, always be prepared to dazzle with a gorgeous pair of shades.

The trick here is to find the style that suits you best; so if you’re getting your loved ones sunglasses, make sure you know the shape of their face and what they’ll most likely wear. Tis the season to pull out all the best sunglasses and we’re here to cater for all your dreamiest needs.

Scroll below to pick your favorite option!

 

Article Written By Cindy Menassa

CHANEL

 

Valentino
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Gucci

 

 

Miu Miu
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Dior

 

 

Céline Eyewear
Via Matches Fashion

 

 

Bottega Veneta

 

 

Saint Laurent
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Chloé

 

 

Givenchy
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Cartier Eyewear
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Fendi
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Roberto Cavalli

 

 

Tom Ford
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Dior

 

 

CHANEL

 

 

Marni
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Mango

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