Monday, November 17, 2014

Holiday Shopping for the Woman that has Everything or Most Expensive Beauty Gifts of the Season

What do you get for the wooman who has everything?  Well I have 5 suggestions for some of the most over the top, expensive beauty gifts for three over the top gift giving senarios!

Queen Elizabeth II
Say the Queen of England has invited you to Buckingham Palace for a Christmas party.  You obviously want to make a good impression so you find your most ornate Christmas sweater, your reindeer antler headband and a gift for good ole Liz.  What do you get the woman that has everything?  Well here are a few suggestions:

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Since you'll be across the pond, why not pop into Harrods and pick up the Kiehl's Swarovski Edition Creme De Corps for £5,000. ($7,824 USD)  Why have a plain old bottle of the coveted Kiehl's Creme de Corps when you can have the bottle covered with sparkling yellow Swarovski crystals?  Right?  Sure. it doesn't make the lotion any better, but it's pretty awesome to begin with, so adding the crystal swathed bottle only adds to the luxe experience...or so I'm told. 

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I haven't noticed the queen wearing as much makeup as her Daughter in Law, so maybe you could pick her up Tom Ford's stunning gift offering from Selfridges.  The Tom Ford Trousseau Gift Set has everything from lipstick to eyeshadow, foundation to brushes, and every Tom Ford make-up product The Queen could ever want.  Plus SHE will get to pick the colors during her personal consultation for this gift.  The products are all presented in a beautiful trousseau. This little number will set you back £925 ($1,447 USD)  Sadly, Mr. Ford is not included in this set.

Jacqueline Mars

Back in the US, you might be invited to Jacqueline Mars' holiday extravaganza.  Jackie is the co owner of Mars Inc., the world's largest candy company.  With the decline in cocoa production due to higher consumption across the globe, a rare fungal infection in cocoa pods and that pesky Ebola virus killing of her cocoa pickers in West Africa, you know Jackie is under a lot of stress.. She could probably benefit from a little gift as a pick-me-up! Here are a couple of suggestions:
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Give Ms. Mars a little sparkle in her eye. Check out the Kre-at Beauty Diamond Lashes at Barney's  I'm not sure if the Queen of Chocolate wears false lashes, but maybe you could be the BFF that gets her to take the plunge!  These corner wing (read: half lashes), diamond studded, false lashes will set you back $1,350 USD.  The 0.2 karats worth of diamonds are set in 18K white gold.   Her eyes will certainly sparkle with these gems. Most appropriate for when she visits the Twix factory to roll around in the liquid chocolate. She does this every second Wednesday of the month. (Not really)

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OK. Maybe Jackie might like a few Tom Ford products to keep up with Queen Lizzy.  Perhaps she needs the Tom Ford Limited Edition Lip and Nail Box.  This sleek back box contains 8  lipsticks and 8 coordinating nail polishes from the brand.  Well thank goodness for Neiman Marcus. They have it all in a nice little box ready to go. Retailing for $656 USD which works out to $41 USD per item.  This could be a stocking stuffer for the chocolaty heiress!.

Christy Walton

Well what about Christy Walton? (Heir to the Wal-Mart fortune.) Christy is the richest woman in the US.  Certainly, if you are invited for a Christmas party you want to wear your finest Jacqueline Smith for Wal-Mart brand clothing, but you also want to bring a gift befitting the heiress.  How about:

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The Givenchy Beauty Limited Edition Crocodile Case Le Rouge Lipstick. For the special price of $300.00 USD you can saunter to your local Barneys and purchase this tiny bauble as a gift for little Christy.  The Givenchy lipstick case  is handcrafted in authentic leather with 3,000 numbered cases produced worldwide, and only 300 for the US specifically.   The lipstick color is in the most iconic shade of Le Rouge Givenchy, Carmin Escarpin No. 306. It's a bright red  that will be sure to enhance Christy's complexion as she cuts the health care option for her part time employees and makes them work during Thanksgiving day.

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You want to make sure the Curtains match the Drapes....No! Not THOSE curtains and drapes. I mean lips and nails.  That's why you might also pick up the Christain Louboutin Starlight special edition nail lacquer to go with the Givenchy Lipstick.  You thought $50 USD was a lot of money for a red nail polish.  How about $675 USD?!?!  No. The Louboutin nail lacquer formula has not changed.  However the presentation box and stem for the bottle have!  The Rouge Louboutin Nail Color  comes encased in an elegant black box with red flower detailing. The bottle is decorated with 1,800 hand applied, two-tone Strass crystals.  No one will be able to tell if Christy is wearing a $675 red nail polish or a $6 nail polish from Wal-Mart's featured brand of Hard Candy Cosmetics, except you! The no chip formula of the nail lacquer will come in handy as Christy counts her millions made after her workers are exploited working during the Black Friday sales!

I'm so glad I could help you in your shopping for the most expensive beauty gifts of the season. I hope Liz, Jackie and Christy will like your thoughtful offerings.  

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Show Towels for the Holidays

Show Towels in their natural habitat

The holiday season is upon us and you have tons-o-parties to attend.  What do you get the gracious hostess for each event?  Easy. Something that can pamper her and make her smell nice! Perfume can be a very personal choice, but soaps can double as a nice smelling gift that won't offend the nose of your host, while complementing a typical accessory to guest bathrooms and powder rooms....


A Show Towel is a subspecies of the common hand towel. Its natural habitat is on a towel rack, in a basket or placed strategically on the side of a guest bathroom or powder room vanity.  Show Towels are an engineered breed of towels that, through years of painstaking cross breeding, cross stitching and lace applique, have evolved into a towel that is only for show. The Show Towel roots are from tea towels, old fashioned linen towels, lingerie and baby doll ankle socks.  The Show Towel branched off to include a sub-sub species which adopted some traits from the terry cloth towel.

Typically, Show Towels are identified by added trim like lace, satin or have embroidery done to primarily make it "look nice". Many Show Towels feature appliques such as satin butterflies or geometrical shapes.  During the holiday season the Show Towel adapts to its environment by changing the appliques into satin Christmas trees, snowmen and reindeer.  At the very least, Show Towels have adapted to color-coordinate with the decorative scheme of the bathroom in which it resides.

Most commonly found in the USA, Show Towels should not be used to actually dry anything!  The Show Towel is supposed to be displayed when one has guests, no one, not even the residents of the home, are allowed to use them.  Adding insult to injury, guests are also not allowed to use them!  Show Towels are strictly decorative in nature.   As a result a symbiotic relationship has developed between the mighty Show Towel and the less decorative Functional Towel. Functional Towels are actually for use by residents or guests in a Show Towel home.  The typical make up of the Functional Towels are either sold color terrycloth or high end, absorbent paper.  Show Towels are used to stymie the other residents and guests of the home.  If a Show Towel is used the offender will be chastised and reminded that there are paper towels on the side of the sink for hand drying purposes.  Then the offender will be reminded not to engage in the use of Show Towels the next time they use the habitat of the Show Towel.

Mostly women in the household are the carriers of the Show Towels spores that propagate when a woman has access to a Horchow catalog, browses the website or wanders into the decorative towel aisle of Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Mind you, not all women carry the Show Towel spores, but if they do, the Show Towel will naturally germinate and appear in a guest bathroom simply by the woman's mere existence.

Fancy soaps work well with Show Towels.  The fancier the packaging the more likely the soap will become Show Soap, a cousin to the Show Towel.  My recommendations are:

L'Occitane Lavender Perfumed Soap  $6.00
L'Occitane 'Savons de Provence' Deluxe Soap Set (Limited Edition) $19.00
Crabtree Evelyn 'Almond Milk & Honey' Triple Milled Soap  $10.00
Crabtree & Evelyn 'Pear & Pink Magnolia' Triple Milled Soap  $8.00
diptyque 'Philosykos' Perfumed Soap  $15.00
diptyque '34' Soap $30.00
TOCCA Soap Trio (Limited Edition)  $18.00
Creed 'Virgin Island Water' Soap  $40.00
Creed 'Millesime Imperial' Soap $40.00
Tory Burch Soap Gift Set  $42.00
Fresh Mangosteen Soap $15.00
Fresh Sugar Soap Anniversary Edition $15.00

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