2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Beauty and Good Health

With the last dish being placed in the dishwasher and your getting ready for Black Friday shopping, the holidays are officially here. Bring on the season of hot chocolate, decorations, too much family time, parties and potentially extreme cold weather.  You can give the best gifts, all while looking your best, with these beauty holiday essentials.


With the Marvis 7 Flavour Gift Set (Amarelli Licorice, Aquatic Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Classic Strong Mint, Ginger Mint, Jasmine Mint and Whitening Mint,$36), discover the 7 unique experiences of the Marvis product line. Marvis is a luxury line of oral care products that turn your daily teeth cleaning ritual into a wonderful sensory experience. Their gentle xylitol- and sorbitan-based formulas cleanse and condition your teeth and gums without causing irritation. This flavorful gift set is available on www.BigelowChemists.com


In chic hotels around the world, you’ll find Marvis 7 Flavour Gift Set . It make makes any space feel more like home. It was developed using a proprietary blend of waxes with lead-free wicks to ensure even melting, specially infused with the highest quality fragrance oil to burn approximately 60 hours. Other scents in the line include Fig, Freesia, Eucalyptus, Smoke, Amber, Lemon, Musk, and Neroli. C.O. Bigelow Candle in Lavender & Peppermint ($42), is available on BigelowChemists.com

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Glam’s in the Bag ($23, available at www.ulta.comincludes two Nail Lacquers 15 mL – 12 Fl. Oz.(Bogotá Blackberry and Funny Bunny) and two Free zippered cosmetic cases.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01

Don’t leave the house this holiday season without Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01 ($5.49, available at drugstores nationwide), this (and every holiday’s) signature fierce red lip! The 1st Lipstick collection created by Kate Moss is a high intensity color that lasts for up to 8 hours and infused with Black Diamonds that reflects light like never before.


This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving and giving… a GoodMouth Subscription Service. Many types of subscription services exist nowadays. From health subscription services to food subscription services, there is one for everyone to enjoy. Replacing your toothbrush every month, as doctors suggest, can be such a daunting task – so much that people often forget. Not to mention when going to convenience stores you tend to spend more by purchasing items you don’t even need. GoodMouth ( www.goodmouth.com. ) helps you stay healthy and keeps your budgeting on track all for less than $5 a month ($4.95)!

Style your hair just right this season with KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 Styling + Finishing Spray ($19.99).  Whether you want to curl, straighten, or put your hair in an up-do, this product is the ultimate do over on dry hair. It keeps your hair dry – Drying instantly to not dampen your existing style, keeps it protected – Thermal protection so you can refresh your style with hot tools and keeps it light – Finish with a light, flexible hold for no product build-up. Available at salons nationwide

adidas Originals and PHARRELL WILLIAMS Launches Holiday “Polka Dot Pack” Limited Edition Collection

Multifaceted musician and cultural icon, Pharrell Williams (NBC’s The Voice,) continues his highly successful collaboration with adidas with the new Polka Dot Pack Collection. Using his ongoing love affair with two of adidas’ most celebrated design icons: the Superstar Track Jacket and the Stan Smith sneaker, Williams imbues the collection with the classic polka dot: a bold, fun print motif that signals high energy. This the final adidas Originals = PHARRELL WILLIAMS collection for 2014 – with additional pieces to follow in 2015.

On November 28th, two different ‘Polka Dot Packs’ are being launched in-stores worldwide, with both assortments experimenting with different colors; fabrics and dot size proportions. One, showcasing a larger size polka dot throughout, offers Track Jackets and Stan Smith sneakers in 3 different shades each cut from fine leathers, with white dots are spread across both the footwear and jackets, applied over a background of red, blue or black.

The other, simultaneously timed ‘dot’ delivery features a smaller scale dot, printed in red. While the Stan Smith shoes in this assortment are leather, the track jackets are offered in satin. Both jackets and sneakers are ranged in a palette of yellow with red micro-dots; blue with red micro-dots; and a fresh white, also featuring the smaller sized red dots.

The campaign artwork accompanying these deliveries plays off the same optimistic and playful spirit of the spotted product. The campaign is once again captured by photographer, Ryan McGinley, with a production team led by art director Lloyd & Co. and styled by editor, Jay Massacret, and the campaign visuals intend to express the most profound joy of all: love. Aerial shots of the same group of millennials – first seen in the Tennis Campaign / Equal Sign images – reveal the group has united once more, this time in the shape of a heart.

Eastpak Artist Studio (EAST) Launches New Collection to Benefit Designers Against Aids

Eastpak has released the creations for the fourth edition of the Eastpak Artist Studio (EAST), comprising some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Joining forces in support of Designers Against AIDS, all 16 EAST designers –including Manolo Blahnik, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dutch designer Antoine Peters— have directed their considerable creative energies to the task of transforming a special edition blank Eastpak backpack into a unique work of art for charity.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

All designers were asked to use the classic Padded Pak’r® and create a unique work of art. Except for keeping intact the Eastpak Artist Studio logo the designers had no restrictions to re-interpret this iconic backpack in their own style, taste and vision.

All EAST creations will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to the charity organization, Designers Against AIDS (DAA).

DAA was launched in 2004 by the non-profit organization Beauty Without Irony. It’s main objective is to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and to get the subject back on the agenda in the international media and amongst the public at large. DAA, Eastpak and the artists of the Eastpak Artist Studio are sending a clear declaration of intent to join in the fight against this destructive disease while giving support to sufferers worldwide, as well as telling the world that the disease is still active throughout the world, with new cases being announced every day. DAA’s campaigns also borrow elements from pop culture, targeting primarily young people in industrialized countries where the disease has of late been largely forgotten. The organization also fights for the acceptance and equal rights of seropositive people around the world.

Said Antoine Peters, “I ​​am very honored to participate in this edition of Eastpak Artist Studio. I think it’s great that I can use my creativity and design to contribute to the discussion about and such an important issue as the fighting of HIV/Aids.”

On World Aids Day – December ist, 2014 – the bags will be sold through an online auction. All proceeds go to Designers Against Aids.

If you want to find out more about DAA, visit their website www.designersagainstaids.com.

Images sourced from www.fuckingyoung.es.

Louis XIII Introduces a Limited Series Black Pearl Anniversary Edition

Exquisite cognac drawn from the House of Remy Martin’s private reserve to celebrate its 140 years.

In honor of the 140th anniversary of LOUIS XIII Cognac, The House of Remy Martin is unveiling a limited series of just 775 decanters worldwide of an exquisite cognac taken from a single tiercon from the family’s private cellars – the LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition. These numbered decanters are drawn from a unique 572-liter tiercon, which until now had been part of the exclusive reserve of the Heiard Dubreuil family, who owns The House of Remy Martin, at their Domaine de Merpins. This special limited edition Black Pearl cognac made its U.S. debut on October 30 at Alicia Keys’ annual Black Ball gala, the centerpiece of an exclusive auction prize that generated $30,000 for the singer’s Keep a Child Alive charity.

Handmade a century ago using oak from France’s Limousin region, the tiercon – marked C-100-93 – is only the third of its kind to be released by the family in the past 100 years.  Created by four generations of Cellar Masters, it is a blend of over 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging between 40 and 100 years.  This unique combination evokes aromas of myrrh, honey, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruit.  A Grande Champagne Cognac, LOUIS XIII is the company’s crown jewel – one that pioneered the super-premium spirits category with its debut in 1874 and continues to lead the category today.

Such an important anniversary demands an iconic decanter: a contemporary “Black Pearl” version of the original metal flask that inspired Paul-Emile Remy Martin when he created LOUIS XIII in 1874. To craft this superb metallic decanter, the House of Baccarat treated the crystal using a unique plating technique. This gives the decanter a beautiful reflective quality, with subtle contrasts of light and dark dancing across its surface. Achieving this effect involves layering successive thin coatings of precious materials (titanium, carbon and gold) one upon the other. The result is a true work of art.

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII gained worldwide recognition following the Paris World Fair of 1900, becoming a staple at all grand occasions, and continues today to be the ultimate, enduring symbol of celebration and achievement, and a favorite of those in the business, arts and creative worlds.

This anniversary offering is available worldwide, exclusively from LOUIS XIII’s partner outlets (including luxury and prestigious hotels, as well as leading wine merchants), for a suggested retail price of $16,000, plus tax.  For more information, visit www.louis-xiii.com.


This Giving Tuesday, Donate and Make Twice the Impact with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision! For the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision on Giving Tuesday, December 2, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit tote to a woman or girl in need in the U.S.

Giving Tuesday began as a small grass-roots movement, the charitable answer to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Now the day dedicated to giving has evolved into a global campaign powered by over 13,000 partners.  In its third year as a Giving Tuesday partner, the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision wanted to give donors the opportunity to impact more lives than ever before. This year on December 2, donations made to World Vision will make twice the impact by combatting poverty in one of the 100 countries where the organization works and helping a woman or girl in need in the U.S. get back on her feet.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Thirty-One Gifts is the 10(th) largest direct-selling company in the U.S. Products are sold by independent sales consultants at home parties. The company was named for Proverbs 31, a chapter of the Bible that celebrates hard-working women who are compassionate, gracious and inspiring to the people around them. The distinctive functional and fashionable products and independent business opportunity offer a unique solution to women’s need to earn extra income while working independently. Since forming its philanthropic initiative in 2012, Thirty-One Gives, the company has donated more than $36 million in cash and products to nonprofit organizations that support girls, women and families.

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

I came here with nothing,” explains Michelle, who received a Hope Kit at a safe home near Tacoma, Washington. “I didn’t have anything with me but the clothes I was wearing and a brush.”

For women and girls escaping abuse and addiction, these Hope Kits are much more than a beautiful tote filled with essential supplies,” explains Deborah Durham, World Vision’s kit initiatives director. “They are tangible proof that someone cares for and believes in them, which is why when kits are distributed they are often met with tears of joy.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision:
There are dozens of ways to take a break from the retail frenzy and celebrate generosity on Giving Tuesday with World Vision.  Here are a few examples:
—  Host a Hope Kit building event:  On Giving Tuesday, or any day this holiday season, assemble Hope Kits with your company, school, church, or other group and take part in a memorable team-building event while providing meaningful help to women and girls.
—  Share Big Dreams: World Vision’s big dream for the world this Christmas is a full life for children in need.  Help make that dream a reality by sponsoring a child and changing the trajectory of their life so they can share their own big dreams with their entire community.
—  Teach your Children to be Charitable: Transform current events discussions into active, impactful giving by reviewing World Vision’s Gift Catalog with kids. The Catalog features over 100 ways to improve lives through gifts such as: disaster relief, clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, among others. Flip through the pages and brainstorm ways to make an impact with your child.

Holiday 2014 Gidt Guide: Andrews McMeel Publishing Announces Paperback Edition of The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson

The Far Side® is back in the much-anticipated slipcased edition of The Complete Far Side, set for publication November 25, 2014. Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a groundbreaker in high-end cartoon publishing and a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back as a 3-volume paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans.

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I ‘jotted’ them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” Larson writes in the preface.

Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994.  During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 daily newspapers, spawned 23 books, and has been translated into 17 different languages.  TheComplete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated–over 4,000 if you must know–presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that had never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter andWorse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side® in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts in a foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes what it was like to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”

Neiman Marcus Presents the 88th Edition of its Legendary Christmas Book

The Neiman Marcus 2014 Christmas Book (the 88th annual edition) was unveiled by luxury retailer in Dallas and it continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true. First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts. This year Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide.

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including The Leontine Linens Home Trousseau, The House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey, and The Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway. This year’s featured car is the 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4.

The “His & Hers” fantasy gift tradition continues this year with the Vilebrequin Quadski, a Jet ski meets ATV that converts from water to land in just under five seconds.

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s collection of fantasy gifts and feel they are very representative of the unique and high-quality holiday offerings our dedicated customers have come to know and love from Neiman Marcus,” said Jim Gold President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “Each year our goal is to exceed the expectations of our customers and this year certainly will not disappoint.”

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2014 Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including:





Jet ski meets ATV in this Quadski duo. Hailed as the world’s best high-speed amphibians, they convert from water cruisers to land lovers in just under five seconds. Contrary to the Vilebrequin turtle print, your Quadski quickly accelerates up to 45 mph on land or water, thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine. With every His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($50,000 each; pages 104-105)



Mix one part superb craftsmanship with a jigger of history and splash of style and what do you get? The world’s coolest cocktail-making machine. Recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing under the guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 6’-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper, and silver materials to the elliptical shake created by the crank. A one-year supply of Tanqueray No. Ten® and personal cocktail education session for up to twenty guests with a Tanqueray mixology expert is included. With every purchase of the Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($35,000; page 19)



You and a very special guest are cordially invited to play the part of Hollywood royalty during the film industry’s most celebrated weekend. The star treatment begins Friday at the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Saturday’s agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower, and dinner at Chateau Marmont. Oscar® day kicks off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night’s most coveted event: The Vanity Fair Party where you’ll mix, mingle, and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Hair, makeup, wardrobe styling by Neiman Marcus Style Advisor Catherine Bloom, and jewelry on loan are all provided for this once-in-a-lifetime evening. With the purchase of the Vanity Fair Academy Awards® Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $400,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($425,000; page 32)



Everything from your clothing to the decor in your home suits you perfectly. Isn’t it time you had a signature scent that does the same? Your quest to fragrance utopia begins with two first-class tickets to Paris close to Fontainebleau, near the House of Creed atelier where you’ll meet with sixth-generation Master Perfumer Olivier Creed to create the ultimate custom scent. While in The City of Light, you and a guest will dine with Olivier, enjoy five-star accommodations, white-glove car service, private tours, and other experiences befitting the royally amazing you. A few short months later, a fragrance nonpareil will arrive at your doorstep in 24 14-karat gold-gilded six-liter flacons and 12 14-karat gold-accented leather atomizers featuring your bespoke scent. With the purchase of the House of Creed Custom Fragrance and Trip, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
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