The Gift Guide For Her – Cozy & Chic

This year, I’ve decided to create dream gift guides that might make it easier for you to go (and filter) through the festive season. Get ready for a selection of beautiful items that will spark joy and last for years. The ones that will certainly please one’s senses and deliver heavenly feelings. Treat your loved ones and yourself! Here’s the curated edit of the most covetable delights, which are both cozy and chic!

Covered Up. What’s better than cashmere? To be honest… nothing compares. Cashmere In Love‘s balaclavas are crafted from a super soft glitter infused Mongolian wool cashmere blend, and combine elegance and retro spirit – with a hint of rebellion. Fold it into a beanie or pull it back to use as a neck warmer.

“Megeve” balaclava by Cashmere In Love

Precious & Timeless. Combine durable utility with ravishing exquisiteness.

Marine Serre chain-bag water bottle, Chloé “Franne” ribbed wool and leather boots, Simone Rocha flower drop crystal earrings & Miu Miu pink wool cardigan

Elevate Your Space! A perfect gift for a person that loves to update their surroundings. Or just give this present to your lounge-y living-room.

The Elder Statesman cashmere cushion

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Glamorous Lounge-Wear. Especially, if its scented with pêche de vigne combined with Sicilian blood orange, davana oil with infused rum and cognac, Indonesian patchouli, sandalwood, labdanum and vanilla. Or simply: Tom Ford‘s magnificent Bitter Peach.

Tom Ford “Bitter Peach” fragrance, Victor Glemaud purple and red knitted tank top, Saint Laurent round earrings & Cashmere in Love knitted cashmere pants

Soft Minimalism. If you’re in search for a timeless, elegant gift, look no further – Lemaire is the perfect label. I mean, those boots! They are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

Lemaire printed boots made in collaboration with Martin Ramirez & Lemaire silver long drop earrings

Comfort Zone. 2020 wasn’t easy, we all know that. Take some time for a rest. Comfort for your skin, for your feet, for your senses…

Lauren Manoogian hand-knit scarf, Louise Madzia “Body” plant pot, Chloé chain necklace, Augustinus Bader “The Face Oil” & Bottega Veneta quilted sneakers

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Helmut Newton is always a good idea.

Helmut Newton “SUMO” 20th Anniversary Edition Book by Taschen & Wolford x Helmut Newton Edition t-shirt

Tactile Statement Pieces. Pick from Julia Heuer‘s fantastic pleats or Lauren Manoogian‘s fleecy alpaca slippers, and you’ve got the gift that keeps on giving each season, at any occasion.

Julia Heuer Multicolor cardigan, Julia Heuer trousersLauren Manoogian alpaca slippers & Bottega Veneta sculptural clutch bag

Knitwear. The softest and fleeciest of them all? A great knit is an unforgettable present, which will serve for years and years and years to come.

Brunello Cucinelli abstract knitted jumper, Lauren Manoogian beige cardiganLauren Manoogian alpaca dress & The Elder Statesman tie-dyed cashmere hoodie

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Winter Classics.

Chloé argyle wool and cashmere-blend knit, Louise Madzia ceramic plate, Diptyque “Tubereuse” candle& Cashmere in Love hoodie

Nocturnal Chic. Eveningwear that will easily jump to bold, everyday wardrobe? Dries Van Noten never dissapoints, and his gorgeous autumn-winter 2020 is the definition of the word ‘festive’.

Dries Van Noten sequined chiffon shirt, Dries Van Noten feather trimmed sequin chiffon skirt & Dries Van Noten quilted velvet skirt

More festive gift guides are coming soon!

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All collages by Edward Kanarecki.

Jardin du Palais Royal

The Jardin du Palais Royal is a perfect spot to sit, relax and picnic between boxed hedges, or to shop in the trio of beautiful arcades that frame the garden: the Galerie de Valois, Galerie de Montpensier and Galerie Beaujolais. However, it’s the southern end of the complex, polka-dotted with sculptor Daniel Buren’s 260 black-and-white striped columns, that has become the garden’s signature feature. This chic urban space is fronted by the neoclassical Palais Royal, constructed in 1633 by Cardinal Richelieu. The Galerie de Valois is the most upmarket arcade, with designer boutiques like Rick Owens, Stella McCartney and Pierre Hardy. Across the garden, in the Galerie de Montpensier, the Revolution broke out on a warm mid-July day, just three years after the galleries opened, in the Café du Foy. The third arcade is crossed by Passage du Perron, a passageway above which the writer Colette lived out the last dozen years of her life. Here are the four “secret” spots that I loved the most in this intimate, quite underrated place in Paris.

Rick Owens

Of course. Owens’ flagship store is two floors of dark fantasy. From the wax sculpture of the designer himself and raw furniture created by his life-partner, Michele Lamy, to the wearable disco-ball dresses (see the above photo) and the staff dressed head-to-toes in Rick, you just don’t want to leave this place (and you really, really want to belong to this universe!).

130-133 Galerie de Valois

Didier Ludot

This place has been on my list of places to visit since I discovered it in Hamish Bowles’ video guide around the best Parisian vintage stores. Ludot’s namesake shop at the Palais Royal gardens is the go-to destination for museum-quality vintage haute couture – it’s where Reese Witherspoon’s stylist found the 1950 Christian Dior duchess satin gown embroidered with rose garlands that the actress wore when she won the Best Actress Oscar in 2006. Designers often make appointments here to browse through the archives. Vintage Schiaparelli, Prada, Madame Grès, Lanvin, Christian Lacroix, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent… this place is intense. No photos policy!

24 Galerie de Valois

Olympia Le-Tan

The cult, hand-made book-clutches created by Olympia Le-Tan (the designer is no longer behind the brand) feels like an enchanted apartment, which happens to front the Palais Royal. From Mondrian and Van Gogh motifs to covers of Agatha Christie criminals and vintage Paris guides, find the clutch you love the most (and eventually keep it on your bookshelf).

Passage des Deux Pavillons

Augustinus Bader

Developed by a world-leading expert in stem cell research, Professor Augustinus Bader has spent thirty years unlocking the body’s innate processes to self-heal. The result? Game-changing skin care that uses a unique, patented Trigger Factor Complex – TFC8 – to help visibly reduce the signs of ageing and damage caused by environmental stressors, and leave skin looking restored, regenerated and glowing. The beautiful store – which looks more like a fancy salon than a regular cosmetics store – also happens to sell Victoria Beckham’s beauty line that isn’t available pretty much anywhere else in Europe.

84 Galerie de Beaujolais

All photos by Edward Kanarecki.

(P.S. If you are inspired by my Parisian coverage, I’m really happy about, but please have in mind that now isn’t a safe time for any sorts of travelling. Stay at home!)