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holiday gift guide no. 2: for the artist

20 December 2009
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For the aspiring artist of any sort: accessories/fashion designer, interior designer, graphic designer, painter, etc. who sees beauty in everything. She believes that love of beauty is taste, and the creation of beauty is art; everything around her is a source of inspiration. And instead of weekly girls’ nights out, she much prefers a bit of alone time at the Metropolitan with her sketchbook. Her weekends are spent feverishly drawing and designing, and her nights dreaming of her first gallery opening…

  1. DKNY Stamped Leather Clutch, $185. The vivid shade in combination with the exotic, croc-stamped turqouise leather fold-over clutch and gold-toned hardware undoubtedly brings sophistication to a new level. Amped elegance, I like to call it, with an electric pop of color that is unexpected on such a bag. Which makes it perfect to elevate an everyday ensemble or add color to an evening walk in the art museum.
  2. Yves Saint Laurent Arty Oval Ring, $195. The name is self-explanatory. But since I elaborated on all other items, I feel obliged to write more than one measly line! Simply imagine her bewilderment at receiving such classic statement piece. But she should be forewarned; she may end up staring more at her ring in admiration than the canvas.
  3. Prismacolor Colored Pencils Sets. Available online, in your art supply stores, and, I can personally attest that these pencils are the cream of the crop. Quite literally, too. They draw with a buttery smoothness (however cliche the language) for a creamy texture. It is a no-fail; the true artist’s heart would go giddy at the sight of a Prismacolor set peeking from beneath the gaudy wrapping paper!
  4. Danny Roberts ‘Girls In Glasses’ Tee, $42. An artist would indeed be floored to be gifted with a Borders & Frontiers and Danny Roberts collaboration whose end product is a beautiful tee of one of Danny’s most iconic works (inspired by the Chanel girls a season or two ago). The possibilities of a cotton tee are endless; tucked into a pencil skirt for a gallery sighting, or, simply thrown over her favorite pair of jeans to get down and dirty with some paint.
  5. NastyGal ‘Funktional’ Caged-In Dress, $98. It goes without saying that the timeless LBD belongs in every girl’s closet. The LBD need not be restrictive in transcending personal taste, however. This particular version adds a futuristic touch with its Yves Saint Laurent meets Gareth Pugh SS09 cage shoulders. Architectural and geometric design never looked so classic on this fitted little number, making it the dress to wear for her first showcase.
  6. Christian Louboutin Rolando 120 Yellow Patent Leather Pumps, $625. Louboutins are on [nearly] every girl’s wish list for its seductive and renowned red sole. Why not then, make her first (or next – that lucky girl!) pair unique. Not many own a patent pair in yellow that adds that pop of color and interest to an everyday outfit, nonetheless one that can jazz up the aforementioned LBD. Forgo the typical black shoes, we love splashes of color!
  7. Pixie Market Pretty Young Thing Asymmetric Earrings, $72. I have always harbored a particular affinity for asymmetrical earrings (though I have yet to have my ears pierced); it juxtaposes the eccentric with unexpected elegance – and anything of the sort always seems to capture my curiosity (and obsession). One earring is a 4″ serpentine chain that ever-so-gracefully grazes the shoulders; the second of the pair is a crystal diamond vintage clip.
  8. Moleskine Soft Cover Notebook, $15. The artist, regardless of her area specialty, must always carry within her bag [of the day] a small sketchbook. Spontaneous ideas and revelations of designs will never be forgotten, easily jotted/sketched/planned/written within her Moleskine Soft Cover Large Plain Notebook. The flexible soft ‘moleskine’ cover with rounded corners makes it easy for on-the-go, and its elastic enclosure ensures that all pages will stay intact (a bent page is the worst!). 192 plain acid-free pages, thread bound to allow the notebook to lay flat for additional easiness of use, is enough to last the artist for a good amount of time. Better yet? This notebook includes an expandable inner note holder for miscellaneous bits and bobbins (post-it notes, paint or fabric swatches, etc.)
  9. Black Paper Multi-chain Cubic Necklace, $25.35. Perhaps the biggest nuisance to the artist (of any kind) is a distracting, jingling, bulky type of arm adornment – thus ruling out statement bracelets and cuffs. Fear not, mes non-pareils; there is always a plan better than Plan A! This necklace – part sophisticated, part rock-chic – is easily versatile to be incorporated into any style of wardrobe. Indulge her creative side with a statement piece, for should the artistic not wear something reflecting that facet of her self?


La C.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 December 2009 3:40 pm

    amazing gift set! I love Moleskines so much 🙂

  2. 20 December 2009 3:43 pm

    I neeeeed that YSL ring!

    Please don’t forget to enter the brooches giveaways!


  3. 20 December 2009 4:11 pm

    great shoes!

  4. 20 December 2009 4:14 pm

    Everything I would LOVE to receive ! The artist in me shouts this list to everyone I know… I wish xD

  5. 20 December 2009 5:27 pm

    love these ideas! i can’t help but think about minnie mouse when i see those patent yellow louboutins, i want a pair so bad now..

  6. thebaglady permalink
    20 December 2009 9:54 pm

    Aww these remind me of your “petite novellas” which you should write more often 🙂

    I love your gift guides – I’m looking forward to more even though Christmas is in five days! These are perfect guides for people to print out, run out, and buy buy buy last minute!

    You give the best advice; please be a personal stylist/shopper!

  7. decadentluxe permalink
    20 December 2009 10:25 pm

    Love the YSL ring and moleskine notebooks.

  8. decadentluxe permalink
    20 December 2009 10:26 pm

    P.S. Just sharing my gift guide with you. =)

  9. 20 December 2009 11:20 pm

    this has nothing to deal with the post above but i just wanted you to know the 8 reasons your single list comes from a korean drama called My Name is Kim Sam Soon or My Lovely Kim Sam Soon its really good you should watch it sometime subbed.

  10. 20 December 2009 11:46 pm

    hey, good post and i also like your page layout too. Have bookmarked your site and will stop by again

  11. 21 December 2009 2:48 am

    The Prismacolours are a great gift idea, I can’t believe I haven’t thought of it before!

  12. 21 December 2009 7:06 am

    another fabulous selection darling

  13. 21 December 2009 4:52 pm

    love the shirt!!!
    my blog

  14. 21 January 2010 9:19 pm

    You can see a complete list of holiday picks in our Holiday Gift Guide. Fashion Guide


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