Santa’s making a list and checking it twice, and so are we! While our Christmas lists tend to include a few small treats and necessities, we couldn’t help but add these splurge-worthy pieces that are extra nice. We all need a wardrobe investment piece, a stunning antique or a bit of bling, right? Treat someone special — or yourself — to one of these luxurious gifts.
Christian Louboutin polish
While we can’t all break the bank for a stunning pair of Louboutin shoes, we can add a touch of glam with Christian Louboutin’s new line of nail polish. The stiletto-shaped polishes come in a variety of colors and are being swept off shelves everywhere. The thought of spending $45 to $50 on nail polish can be a bit frightening, but when it mimics the iconic, artistic beauty of Louboutin shoes, we find ourselves digging for our wallets. Are you willing to fork over $50 for nail polish? bit.ly/1s09GGz
Mclaine Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry designed a series of three one-of-a-kind ornaments in sterling silver and bronze. These stunning pieces are perfect for the most discriminating collectors. With gorgeous designs and prices ranging from $225 to $950, the handmade ornaments have made their way to the top of our Christmas list. Make room on your wish list — and your tree — for these works of art. Available online and in the store.
Want to give a gift that will truly stand the test of time? Consider giving what Ben Page of Page|Duke Landscape Architects calls a Legacy Tree, those special native, often historic, trees species that can live, literally, to be 100 years old or more. An ideal “legacy” tree is any of the large variety of oaks that are native to this region and can be expected to live for decades including Bur Oak, White Oak, Shumard Oak, Northern Red Oak, Willow Oak and more. Long Hollow Gardens and Nursery carries a variety of sizes with prices starting at $129.
This rug is a true antique Oushak from Turkey and is 120 years old. The elaborate borders, detailed tones and browns, corals and honey colors all make this a unique, eye-catching piece … a true investment piece that nevertheless should be used and enjoyed. Sizing in at 6’7”-by-4’7”, this rug is recommended to be front-and-center in a home. If you are in the market for a rug, let India Webber, manager of the Bradford’s Rug Gallery, help. This rug is $8,585 at Bradford’s Interiors Rug Gallery.
This ancient horse from Spain is a statement piece that will add a touch of flare to any home. Found on one of Roger Higgins’ recent trips to Spain, the horse is a stunning décor item that will never go out of style. It’s an investment-worthy piece that is the perfect thing to buy yourself or your significant other. But we suggest that you don’t let it too far out of your sight because you will never be able to get it off your mind. $1,800 at R.Higgins Interiors.
David Lusk Gallery
Carroll Cloar was a nationally known 20th-century painter who focused on surreal views of the South. Most of his images depict his memories of the fields, building and people from his childhood. Many of his paintings were inspired by old family photographs. His estate is represented exclusively by the David Lusk Gallery.
For the Boys and the Men
Otis James baby bow ties
Is there a special little fellow in your life that deserves an extra nice gift this holiday season? Otis James‘ new line of clip-on baby bows is the perfect solution. These pretied bows have a clip on the back of the bow tie that fastens to any shirt collar and at 3-inch-by-1 1/2-inch they are the perfect size for younguns. Priced at $38, these are a luxe accessory for any young man that will ensure he looks especially handsome this holiday season. Available online and in the store.
Men can cozy up in this Loro Piana 100 percent cashmere Italian yarn sweater. With a three-piece shawl collar and a horn toggle closure, the details of this sweater add a modern twist to a traditional pullover. Help him dress in style and in warmth during these cooler months. $995 at The Oxford Shop
These handmade axes are strong enough to cut your toughest piece of wood and pretty enough to act as a display piece. Each axe is crafted from restored and refurbished U.S. steel ax heads that are at least 50 years old, and the handles are Tennessee hickory-crafted. Nashville Axe Company combines art and function, and each axe holds a piece of the past. Prices range from $250 to $500 and the axes are worth every pretty penny. Visit nashvilleaxe.com to learn more.
Add some sparkle
Anatra Collection cuffs
Liven up your wrists with this classic, elegant bracelet from Anatra Jewel. Sandwiched by two delicate, beautiful strands of diamonds, the three sliced stones command attention. This timeless piece is a unique design with a romantic simplicity. $2,445 at Anatra Jewel
This stunning white drop pendant from Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry is a real eye-catcher! If you do not already have a piece to match the drop, Cindi can help you match it to the perfect set of pearls. We think the drop pendant is breathtaking when paired with this classic adaptor. The pendant is sold for a cool $5,800, and the adaptor is $2,150 at Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry.
Chic, drool-worthy pieces
Reversible mink coat
Nothing says luxe like a fur coat! We have seen a handful of sleek coats this season, but this marbled mink coat from Gus Mayer lands at the top of the list! And it’s reversible, so if a full-length fur doesn’t fit the occasion, you have another option. Imported from Denmark, it’s definitely a worthy investment for your winter wardrobe! $2,995 at Gus Mayer
Poncho with fur
Looking for a fur piece with a little more edge? This Avant Toi fur-collared poncho is the answer. We have fallen in love with the loose fit, soft wool, open front, length and the rabbit fur shawl collar. Pair it with jeans and booties, a mini or just about anything else. It is a versatile piece that will keep you looking warm and stylish. $1,605 at Hero
Slip into something a little more comfortable with this Mira Slip from Beloved Intimates. The sheer crocheted lace and satin paneling make this an elegant piece that can be layered under clothes or worn as sleepwear. The adjustable straps and seamed cups provide support, and the body-conscious fit promises a flattering silhouette. $168 at Beloved Intimates
Accessories to Die For
Animal print sandals
We have all learned the trick of pairing animal print accessories with any outfit for an instant boost of style. While animal print clothing can quickly go out of style, a statement accessory holds a timeless nature that adds a touch of class. These Stuart Weitzman dyed leopard print, calf hair sandals are the perfect combination of striking sophistication and modern glam. $475 at Jamie
Barton Perriera creates designer eyewear with exquisite designs. These Delziel sunglasses are hand made using the ﬁnest materials in Japan. The sophisticated style makes them worth the splurge. If these rounded frames with metal bar don’t suit your style, Barton Perriera carries a large selection of unique frames. Grab these for $510 at Barton Perriera.
Add some texture to your outfits this season with a haircalf bag. Traditionally reserved for animal prints, the haircalf trend has grown to include a variety of styles. Elaine Turner combined the fashion world’s love of haircalf and oxblood to create the Erin Wine Haircalf Satchel, a wardrobe staple can be found at Elaine Turner for
$498 (oops! just went on sale for $398!)
The Milla is a full-shaft, high-heeled platform boot that will instantly transform any outfit. The stacked heel and platform add comfort, while the American alligator shaft adds style. All Lucchese boots are handmade in Italy using genuine leather, and the high quality material matched with the elegant design creates a timeless look. These showstoppers have a high-ticket price of $4,995 and can be found at Lucchese.
Travel in Style
Vacation of a lifetime
Why not head to Alassio, Italy, for a food prop styling photography workshop with the incredible Annette Joseph? This creative retreat on the Italian Riviera has won the top spot on our oh-if-only-must-do list! Immerse yourself in this seaside town and embrace the Italian culture through handmade pasta, strolls on the boardwalk and photography. The all-inclusive fees* include lodging, meals, professional photography and food/prop styling instruction. Oh, and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, of course! *Airfare is not included in the $2,275 price tag. Learn more at annettejosephworkshops.com.
Passport holder and luggage tags
Whether you are going on a glamorous vacation to Italy or visiting your grandmother in Cincinnati, these travel accessories from Calypso St. Barth ensure that you will be traveling in style, no matter the destination. The metallic laser-cut luggage tag and matching passport holder make a thoughtful holiday gift for any explorer. Pairing function and beauty, this duo will elevate your travel. $85 and $120 at Calypso St Barth
Indulge Your Inner Gourmet
Little Gourmand is an exquisite gourmet pantry that just opened on Bandywood Drive. Packed with artisanal eats from around the globe, this quaint shop is a foodie’s paradise. They carry everything from foie gras to specialty chocolates and teas to imported oils and vinegars, but we were most tempted by their exclusive selection of caviar. If you or someone you know has a discerning palate, you must try Calvisius Caviar. Sourced from the purest waters, this precious roe has been turned into something extraordinary and has landed in some of this finest restaurants around the world.
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Red, red wine
Wine collectors rejoice over this perfect bottle of wine! Chåteau de Beaucastel Chateauneuf-du-Pape is a rich, full-body, red blend of 13 grape varieties. The year 2010 is known to be a spectacular one for this wine, and we have been told that it will taste best from 2016 through 2035, so save it for a special occasion. If you have a wine collector on your Christmas list, this gift will be the highlight of their holiday. $125.99 at West Meade Wine & Liquor Mart
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