Following a year of unprecedented disruption, we simply cannot abide a dressed-down holiday, even if we’re celebrating solo. This velvet midi, embellished with a trio of crystal-encrusted bows, will do the job. It’s a gift—and a party—in and of itself, and the mere act of wearing it will feel like a proper occasion, in a time when we so desperately yearn for them. Also: the long sleeves stave off the cold, and the ever so slightly loose silhouette encourages a quality meal. And maybe even a glass, or three, of punch. ($795, net-a-porter.com)
Just in time for the holidays, Giorgio Armani has expanded its collection of high jewelry with an irresistible range of new pieces. Our favorite—for now—comes courtesy of the Firmamento range, which uses pavé and brilliant-cut diamonds to capture celestial motifs. Stars, crescent moons, and even constellations are reimagined into rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces. Given their conversation-starting capabilities—especially on Zoom—we’ll start our dream collection with the Star and Moon earrings, fitted with blue sapphires. (Price upon request, available in-store only, armani.com)
Winter has not been kind to our hair. We usually count on Christophe Robin’s regenerating prickly-pear mask to keep our locks in check, but we’ve recently had to seek out additional options for restoring health and vibrancy to our tresses. After experimenting with some new and highly recommended options, we’ve found the most effective for deep conditioning—adding both bounce and shine—and replenishing softness to be a classic: Kérastase’s Masque Magistral. It may not be the trendiest of treatments, but it’s been around so long for one very good reason: it works. ($56, kerastase-usa.com)
Thanks to smartphones and social media, it’s not easy to keep a secret. But British jeweler Loquet London, best known for their lockets, promises an element of mystery with their Lumiere pendants. Made in partnership with the artist Chantal Conrad, each one holds a miniature lens that illuminates a handwritten message. Now the collaboration has extended to include best-selling author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, for a limited-edition collection of charms housing five whimsical illustrations lifted from his book, The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse, the images revealed only when held up against the light. Each purchase comes in a custom box that includes a limited-edition print, and 50 percent of the profits are donated to the Harley Jae South charity, which helps children with life-limiting conditions. (loquetlondon.com)
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