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No New Year’s Eve is complete without some glitz and glitter. Who better to turn to for the season’s de rigueur sparkling accent than Chanel? If the Parisian house’s new sequin-embellished flap bag or metallic calfskin blouson are not within your budget, consider reaching for the limited-edition, made-in-France L’Huile d’Or. With floral notes of rose and jasmine inspired by the brand’s No. 5 fragrance, the softening, gold-inflected body oil lends the skin a head-to-toe glow that will shine bright well into the wee hours of 2023. ($100, —Zoe Ruffner


Flamingo Estate

Flamingo Estate may have its roots in the hills of Los Angeles, but this season, the wellness brand is extending its botanical bounty to those who find themselves in the coldest of climates, thanks to its four-piece Ski Chalet Set. Formulated to guard complexions against the ravages of wind, snow, and sleet, its microbiome-strengthening serums and salves are made with regenerative, vitamin-rich hemp oil. Its therapeutic muscle soak and exfoliating bar soap contain pristine sea salt harvested off the coast of Big Sur for a sensorial escape to California—no matter where you may find yourself. In other words, whether you’re hitting the slopes or simply braving the elements of a blustery New York winter, rest assured that your body is in the best of hands. ($250, —Zoe Ruffner


The Alpina Gstaad

The Swiss do just about everything well, and hospitality and après-ski are certainly at the top of that list. With a near one-to-one ratio of designer shops to residents, Gstaad is the type of place that inspires headlines such as Where the fashion set goes to ski. Perched on the mountain’s crown, overlooking the chocolate-box chalets and storefronts, is The Alpina. Back in 2012, when the property opened (after a 15-year development process), crowds flocked to the area’s first newly built five-star hotel in 100 years. Inside there are 25 rooms and 31 suites, each with a balcony. The hotel also houses Switzerland’s only Six Senses Spa, a 14-seat private cinema, three standout restaurants, and a Japanese-whiskey bar. But perhaps the most surprising feature is The Alpina’s James Bond–esque underground entrance, devised so you never hear the rev of an engine or a slamming car door once inside. (from $5,861 for two nights; —Bridget Arsenault


The Discovery of Pasta

Italians have been eating pasta since the Middle Ages, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t improved on it since. In The Discovery of Pasta, Luca Cesari lets us in on secrets the Italians prefer not to publicize. It wasn’t until the end of the 18th century that Italians garnished pasta with anything more exciting than a little butter and cheese. Until 100 years ago, it was standard for pasta to be overcooked and served as a side to meat. So, the next time your Italian friend tries to pasta-shame you, you will be able to dish up a response—some delicious new recipes. ($27.95, —Clara Molot

Mother of pearl manicure setSale price $100.00


Calling all Los Angelenos (or those headed there at some point in 2023): there’s a new shop in town that’s worthy of a visit. RLT, in West Hollywood, is the I.R.L. incarnation of Rachel Tabb’s popular Instagram account; all of her well-sourced housewares, 90s-designer-fashion finds, furnishings, artworks, ashtrays, objets, and sundries are on display. Tabb may have started as a model—she is signed with the Marilyn Agency and still works in that arena regularly—but she has real chops as a shopkeeper, as her ever evolving inventory can attest. Fortunately for those who are spending the winter elsewhere, she ships all around the country. ( —Ashley Baker



In an attempt to repent for holiday overconsumption of things not generally recommended by one’s doctor, we are trading in our evening tipple for something more sobering. Fortunately, we’ve found a tasty, healthful alternative to hot chocolate from Aime, a new French skin-care-and-supplements line co-founded by Mathilde Lacombe. The Cacao Glow collagen supplement probably does good things for hair, nails, skin, and energy levels, but, importantly, it’s delicious, warming, and even quasi-festive. (And it lacks the chemical aftertaste that plagues so many of its competitors.) It also comes in mocha, matcha, and unflavored varieties. ($12.76, —Ashley Baker

Issue No. 181
December 31, 2022
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Issue No. 181
December 31, 2022