The dirty little secret of patent leather is that it can withstand adverse weather conditions far better than its calfskin cousins. Fabrizio Viti’s stylish Madison Chelsea boots do a bang-up job of obscuring their true selves—they’re snow boots, basically. (At least for St. Louis, if not St. Petersburg.) Surely you didn’t fail to notice the rounded toes, block heels soled with rubber trek, and elasticized gussets? Now, when the streets have been cleared but a bit of slush remains, you are allowed to stow away your Sorels. Don’t proper boots feel so nice? ($574, matchesfashion.com)
The Eye Mask
The eyes may be the most expressive feature, but it’s the delicate skin beneath them that tells a story, that of our holiday-season misbehavior. Chantecaille gets it, which is (one of the reasons) why the brand dreamed up the Gold Energizing Eye Recovery Mask. Sold in a set of eight single-use treatments, each one is saturated with a seaweed-and-rosewater-based serum as well as a mixture of peptides to lighten dark circles, de-puff, and soothe. The provitamin B5 also comes to the aid of dryness, restoring moisture that has been zapped by the dry heat of a radiator. Wear for 20 minutes each night, and wake up looking more refreshed than should really be allowed. ($195, net-a-porter.com)
One of our 2021 resolutions is to develop resistance skills—especially when it comes to clicking the Buy Now button every time we spot a cozy knit something or other. But there’s plenty of time for all that. For now, we remain happily susceptible to the charms of this hand-knit cardigan from Ssōne. Made in Peru with wool sourced from the highlands of the Andes, it has both herringbone stripes and bird motifs, channeling cozy-days-in-the-country vibes while also looking on point in the streets of a major metropolis. ($860, matchesfashion.com)
If Santa failed you this season, it’s not too late to take matters into your own hands. Even the grinches among us must concede that a beautiful bauble can restore the spirit, especially when colored gemstones are involved. Which brings us to this beauty from Pomellato, a brand that has been rethinking the meaning of fine jewelry since it was founded by Pino Rabolini, in 1967. Made of 18-karat rose gold, the Nudo ring’s star is a faceted agate that rests in a white-gold setting, while tiny topaz stones adorn the band. It positively shimmers, especially when worn with a stack of other similar beauties. Consider it a harbinger of a much more sparkling year to come. ($3,600; net-a-porter.com)
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