Do you have this one friend whom you’ve been prodding to be more adventurous style-wise? Or would you like the women in your life (yourself included) to have more fun dressing up? Or perhaps you’d like your always glammed up friend to try something new? We’ve compiled gift ideas that will help encourage the ladies to throw their beauty and fashion inhibitions out the window and believe that they each have in them the power to be style chameleons. Because while simplicity never goes out of style and having a signature look takes you places, trust us, you have never truly lived if you haven’t pushed your limits in terms of the outfits you wear and the makeup looks you try.
Introduce your mom to the concept of hi-lo fashion—with a twist. Instead of mixing couture pieces with retail, give her an outfit from the Uniqlo and Ines De La Fressange (below right) or the Uniqlo and Lemaire (below left) collection (prices upon request, available at SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura and SM Mall of Asia)—the reasonably priced pieces marry luxury lifestyle with chic silhouettes representative of the two fashion icons. How can mother not love that?
Show your BFF that she can actually pamper her hair right in the comforts of her own home with the Kérastase Paris Smoothening Christmas Coffret (P4,730, available at Toni&Guy TriNoma and Megamall, Emphasis Rockwell, Fabio Salsa Rockwell, Kerastase Institute Makati and other leading salons nationwide) featuring the Discipline collection—sulfate-free shampoo, Maskeratine, and smoothing taming milk, a surefire combo to keep frizz at bay and make your strands smooth and shiny all day.
That co-worker of yours who just wouldn’t give her stilettos a rest? Introduce her to the cool world of sneakers through these molded adidas Originals Supershells by Pharell Williams pairs (P5,495, at Sole Academy boutiques), which come in classic black and white and features heart shapes with words the music superstar holds dear—these pairs have got chic written all over them.
For your friend who shies away from showing off her curves, a sleek black number like this black lace Paperdolls dress (at Robinsons Galleria and leading malls) is a subtle baptism by fire. It highlights her physique without revealing too much—and will definitely catapult her sophistication and confidence to new heights (because, you know, that’s what a beautiful dress can do to you).
Your mom, aunt, sister, or cousin may have their signature looks down pat, but it won’t be complete without a fragrance wardrobe that’s truly their own. Gift them with a full set of scents they can layer like this Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt Collection Gift Box (P6,280, at Greenbelt 5), which will surely make them elegantly fragrant round the clock.
Empower your loved one to unleash her creativity in various aspects of her life (not just fashion!) with pointers from Elizabeth Gilbert. The bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love returns with Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (price upon request, at National Book Store), that aims to help both artists and creatives and regular people to think out of the box and maximize their potential.
Take our beauty challenge: Put down that red lippie and trade it for the mysterious and sparkly M.A.C Dark Desires Lipstick in Black Knight (P1,000, available at Power Plant Mall, Rustan’s, TriNoma, and Sm Aura Premier)—this daring, confidence boosting move may just be the best gift you’ll give yourself this year.
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