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Grace Magazine’s Beautiful Gift Guide

Holiday time is quickly approaching. Start your Christmas shopping off beautifully with this handy gift guide.

Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2
Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. II

This cool set includes 16 shadows, 8 of which are limited to this set, two travel-size eye pencils, and a mini bottle of primer potion. Behind the secret door you’ll find a look book.

Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit
Urban Decay Apolcalyptic Nail Kit

In this collection, you’ll find seven mini nail colors in a little zippered pouch. Colors are edgy and fun.

Smashbox WISH EYe Wish Palette
Smashbox WISH Eye Wish Palette

This glamorous palette contains 12 powder eye shadows, 4 cream liners and a mini Photo Finish primer. You also get a step-by-step instruction booklet. $1 goes to charity.

Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set
Sephora Luxe Noir Brush Set

Sephora’s black clutch contains the tools you need to apply makeup like a pro. You get a powder brush, concealer brush, foundation brush and 3 double-ended eye brushes. So, you’re really getting 9 brushes in this six-piece collection.

Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set
Chanel No5 Forever Worldly Gift Set

If you want to buy me something (tee hee), this three-piece Chanel No5 collection is just the thing. The set features eau de parfum, body cream and bath gel in the classic fragrance.

All gifts available at Sephora.

In NYC – Day 3 part 1

fifthShopping. Shopping. Shopping.

A long time ago I lived in Manhattan and worked in an office on Fifth Avenue near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. My apartment was on the Upper East Side, so I would walk to work past all the high-end shops like Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany, Versace, H. Stern, Cartier, Pucci, Saks, etc.

I could never afford anything in these stores. But now that I am a little older and actually have a career, I wanted to shop Fifth Avenue — the sales, of course.

My first stop was Saks Fifth Avenue. I’d forgotten how the cosmetics sales reps practically tackle you when you walk onto the first floor. I raced by them and took the escalator up one flight. The designer sales racks were bulging with goodies. But, alas, even at 80% off I still couldn’t afford most of the merchandise. But it was nice to be able to handle and see up close the workmanship that goes into these pieces.

There was Valentino, Versace, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, all the big names you see in the pages of Vogue. Ladies in fur coats were digging through the racks. I was surprised by the wide range of sizes that were on offer. Usually, when you see a designer sale, the clothes are all microscopic. I didn’t buy anything, although I fretted over a beautiful winter white driving coat. I made my way back to the first floor and bought a silver-sequined scarf. I’ll take a picture of it when I get home.

flemingOn my way out I got enticed to one of the perfume counters where I tried on Coty’s La Voce by Renee Fleming. The beautiful bottle was inspired by one of the chandeliers at the Metropolitan Opera house. The top of the bottle can be removed and worn as a brooch. The whole package comes on its own little stage. The scent is a lovely oriental floral. It costs $200 and proceeds go to the Metropolitan Opera.

Next, I wandered into Ferragamo, one of my favorite stores. They were having an end-of-season sale. I bought two pairs of driving shoes. One in lipstsick red patent leather, the other in black suede. I’ll show you when I get back to L.A.

I wandered in and out of other shops just to browse. Takashimaya (where they offered me some hand cream because of the cold weather), Bergdorf’s, Bendel’s. They were all packed because of the sales.

I was disappointed to see that some bargain stores have moved in. Surely, there is a better place for H&M, Zara and Juicy. I have nothing against those stores, but they are out of place on Fifth Avenue.

It looks like I’m going to an Off-Off Braodway show tonight. More later.

Top 10 Things I Need For Fall

Wolford Tights

As a Virgo, I like to make lists. Here is my list of 10 things I need for fall.

  1. black turtleneck sweater – preferably with dolman sleeves (I love Dolman sleeves!)
  2. new black ankle boots – I can never have enough. I have a pretty pair with a stiletto heel. But I need a pair with a thicker, more casual heel.
  3. black pashmina – to keep me warm at my office. (hmm, black is becoming a theme) I’m tired of wearing jackets. Shawls make me feel more feminine, like I’m in a Jane Austen novel. I guess Elizabeth Bennett wouldn’t wear black unless she was in mourning though. Maybe, I’ll get a second one in a bright fuchsia.
  4. new lipsticks – I’m tired of glosses with little or no color. I want strong lips this fall, probably from Chanel, because Chanel is my life.
  5. high-waisted jeans – I’m so glad to see the high waist come back. I’m tired of the low-waisted androgynous look. It only looks good on models and teenagers.
  6. something shiny – perhaps a satin blouse or bias-cut satin skirt.
  7. wide patent leather belt with a big buckle – this will look great around my black turtleneck dolman sleeve sweater.
  8. houndstooth skirt – I love black-and-white houndstooth. This will look so cute with black tights, my black turtleneck dolman sleeve sweater and black booties.
  9. a new haircut – My hair is really long right now. And while I enjoy having it halfway down my back and the male attention it attracts, I’m tired of fixing it. I’m thinking of the Katie Holmes cut, a not-too-short bob. Always the debate: Do I want pretty hair accessories, or should I just cut it off?
  10. Wolford tights – a modern, sexy way to dress up your leg for fall and add texture to your wardrobe.

What do you want for fall?

Wolford Sweater

Images courtesy of Wolford.

Beauty Stocking Stuffers


Here are some tiny-sized luxury treats to give as sets or divide into individual stocking stuffers.

Bourjois Kisses From Paris Set

Bourjois Kisses From Paris Set – $18

A set of 4 mini lip glosses and a keychain so you can clip them to your cell phone or house keys.

Set comes with 4 colors: Beige Elastic 1 (nude beige), Brun Galactic 2 (beige shimmer), Rose Idyllic 3 (frosty pink), and Rose Symphonic 20 (pink pearl with glitter).

Prada Coffret

Prada Coffret – $50

A set of four mini Prada fragrances. Set includes three scents for women and one for men.

Women: Intense Eau de Parfume, Prada Eau de Parfum, and Tendre Eau de Parfum

Men: Prada Pour Homme Eau de Toilette

Little Luxuries Coffret Set

Little Luxuries Coffret Set – $45

There is also a mini Dior fragrance set, which includes 4 feminine scents:
Miss Dior Cherie, J’adore, Pure Poison, and Dior Addict.

Sephora Nail Polish

Sephora Nail Polish – $4 each

Sixty (yes, 60!) glossy shades in a range of classic to funky colors.

Grace Magazine favorites include 07 (red with gold shimmer), 10 (iridescent deep red), 12 (black), 18 (iridescent pink-gold), 37 (rose with silver shimmer), and 58 (clear fuchsia).

My advice is buy yourself everything. Tee hee.

All products available at Sephora.com

Forzieri – Italian Luxury Goods

When holiday shopping for friends who appreciate quality goods, try Forzieri.com, the Italian luxury-goods seller.

Here are some fine examples of merchandise worthy of wearing to holiday parties:

Stunning Shoes:

Forzieri - Shoes

Forzieri Cream Cap-Toe Italian Leather Chain Pump Shoes, $335.00
Forzieri Black Suede Pump Shoes, $298.00

Silver Accessories:

Forzieri - Silver Accessories

Loriblu Metallic Silver Evening Clutch w/ Chain Strap, $232.00
Forzieri Four-Row Swarovski Crystal Silvertone Elastic Bracelet, $149.00
Julia Cocco Silver Metal Mesh Ring Handle Beaded Evening Bag, $248.00

Gold Accessories:

Forzieri - Gold Accessories

Ileana Creations Green & Gold Swarovski Crystal Drop Necklace, $290.00
Ileana Creations Retro Swarovski Crystal Gold Plated Fashion Ring, $75.00

All items are made in Italy, but Forzieri ships to America and accepts U.S. dollars.

Shop the World on the Internet

Shopping on the Internet

One of the best things about internet shopping is that you are shopping the World Wide Web, not just your local stores — the key word being WORLD. Products can be shipped almost anywhere and currencies converted by your credit card.

Over the next few weeks, Grace Magazine will be bringing you holiday gift ideas from around the globe, so you can find unique presents for your friends and family.

Just be sure you know your true total cost in U.S. dollars. You don’t want to be shocked by the actual sum on your credit card statement.

Use an online currency converter so you have an approximate total.

For example: as of this writing if you purchased something from the U.K. and it costs 29 pounds, in U.S. dollars that would be over 60 bucks. If something were 29 Euros, that would be about $42.

Currency exchange figures change daily so you have to check at the time of purchase.

My New Favorite Web Site: ShopBop

Shopbop Lookbook

I’m always searching the Web for great shopping sites.

My current favorite is shopbop.

The site has a brilliant selection, is well-organized, and easy to use. Shop by category, trend, or my favorite, by seasonal Lookbook.

The picture above shows:

  • Marc by Marc Jacobs Solid Wool Felt Coat in Blue Fox – $548
  • Vince Long Sleeve Ribbed Turtleneck in Black – $175
  • Vince Stirrup Pant in Black – $195
  • Modern Vintage Shoes Kittie Vintage Tibetan Castoro Boot in Black – $395

Here’s another gorgeous example:

Shopbop Lookbook

  • Helmut Lang Leather Skirt, Black – $480
  • Bop Basics Cashmere Deep V Sweater, Asphalt – $215
  • Marc by Marc Jacobs Shoes Satin Open Toe Platform Pump, Night Dark Grey – $485
  • Giles & Brother Large Chanton Rhinestone Hoops, Silver Oxide/Crystal – $135

But not everything is an expensive designer piece. Shopbop has its own line of Bop Basics. I just bought two jackets that were on sale for $26.40 each.