Buying presents for people is a fairly stressful endeavor for me, because I’m a poor judge of identifying an individual’s desires and needs. Christmas and birthdays are not my forte, but I’ve managed to reconcile this issue by sticking to one solution: buying personalized or one-of-a-kind gifts. This way, I minimize the chances of a) having the gift re-gifted, and b) giving someone a gift they’ve already received from someone else. True story: two different people once bought me the same DVD box set of World War II documentaries. I guess it’s nice that my interests make it easy for other people to buy stuff for me, but not so fun if I get the same gift twice.
Anyway, here’s a list of gift ideas that you can pick up when you’ve hit the gift-giving idea wall:
For the Work Colleague: Commissioned Sketch Portrait
During the grand launch of Maison Lancôme at LOTTE Shopping Avenue, guests walked away with sketch portraits done on the spot by Bandung-based illustrator Diani Apasari. Commissioned sketch portraits are probably the most truly authentic “one-of-a-kind” gift, because, well there’s only one copy of every person (unless you work with twins, obviously). I enjoyed my sketch so much that I’ve made it into my avatar for all my social media accounts!
December is a month of holidays, festivities, and color — the most prominent of those colors being red (Santa wouldn’t be caught dead in anything else). Complete your holiday look with these bags, all in shades and styles that are sure to keep you ready for every event, because different occasions call for different bags. Here are three take on bags with the same color-coded common denominator:
Furla – Cortina Messenger Bag
A cute compromise between a full-sized messenger bag and a daytime purse, the two-tone Cortina is made of full-grain mutton and calf leather, making it a durable, low-maintenance wardrobe staple that ranks high in style and versatility. The adjustable strap means it can be worn over the shoulder or as a cross-body sling — but the straps are removable too, so it can easily turn into a large clutch for more formal events.
Bao Bao Issey Miyake – Prism Platinum-2 Tote
Yes, I know it isn’t 2011 anymore, but roomy tote bags never go out of season, especially if your everyday life requires a bag with plenty of room so you can put your entire life in it. The Prism Platinum-2 is a special take of the classic geometric Bao Bao bags, featuring light-reflecting panels. It’s an open tote bag with zippers and adjustable straps, so you can shoulder it for times when you simply need both hands to take on the world.
Rodo has always been the go-to when it comes to party clutches. This studded red- beauty would look great with a black dress for any Christmas reunion or New Years’ gathering, so keep it close when the party invitations start rolling into your mailbox!
What are your favorite crimson carriers for the holiday season? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section!
British retailer Karen Millen has rolled out its the Spring 2014 collection, aptly titled The New Reality. The collection is a celebration of the paradoxes in women’s fashion (always a personal favorite trope of mine in fashion), aiming to go for a look that perpetuates the idea of the woman as “confident by smiling, strong but easy.” Where most spring collections tend to go a little crazy with the floral motifs and pastels shades, it was nice to see very little hints of either in this set.
It’s a diverse mix of casual-formal dresses and separates steeped in bright neons, china blues, and basic blacks. As with all Karen Millen collections, the cuts and silhouettes are consistently strong. Each piece has been designed to be solution pieces that will eventually become building blocks of a modern wardrobe.
Check out this blip from the collection’s press release:
Effortless ease also comes in the form of looser silhouettes with a luxury sports vibe: bomber jackets, drawstring waists, sweatshirts and t-shirt dresses are worked in mesh, laser punched textures, and sheer and opaque fabrics with a technical twist. This is our modern Karen Millen woman, in her wrap skirt and slim-slouch jumper, she encapsulates how we feel about everything that is sophisticated yet cool about London.
But our modern muse is nothing if not sensual. Empowered yet feminine, she wants her clothes to reflect this. Inspired by a vintage Victorian cape, our design team reproduced its exquisite three-dimensional surface on slim, simple dresses, curvy skirts, a mini-jacket and devore t-shirts. Cut in red, black and white, the effect is graphically strong yet pretty.
Check out the looks for yourself below!
Karen Millen is available at Plaza Indonesia, Plaza Senayan, and Pondok Indah Mall in Indonesia.
Nearly everyone here at FDHQ is a makeup fiend, so we are always on the lookout for new cosmetics brands and labels that we’ve only just encountered. Here are some new names that we’ve found a liking to recently. Do you have a favorite on this list?
When skin is going through a particularly sensitive phase, one of the worst things you can do it is wear makeup. A lot of complexion-fixing makeup products (foundations, concealer) can end up being detrimental to skin that is already prone to damage. This is where Coloresciencewants to come to the rescue: touted as an “extension of skincare,” it creates a range of base makeup — including primers, foundations, and sunblocks — to help people with sensitive skin achieve a perfect complexion.
I was intrigued by the texture of the face primer, which started out buttery upon immediate application — but it quickly turned into a soft, light powder once spread evenly on the skin. Also of note were the foundations which are available in creme, loose powder, and compact powder form, depending on your needs. Makeup artist (and Fashionese Daily friend), Arty Ardiwinata, was present at the media gathering to share her experience with the product. She loved how the product offered coverage that was thorough and natural-looking: it does not feel heavy, all the while offering the benefits of a skincare regimen.
Colorescience products are not considered makeup, but rather medication, so they are not available off the counter at department stores. For now, you can pick up your own at Jakarta’s Crystal Aesthetic Clinic.
Misslyn is a 30-year-old German cosmetics brand that was acquired by ARTDECO cosmetic group in 2010 and went through a complete image and philosophy overhaul. It re-launched in 2011, eager to expand on the existing segments it had already become well-known for, through an innovative range of makeup for eyes, lips, and complexion. The brand has become the leading producer of nail polish shades in Europe, and it plans on doing the same for its eyeshadows, lipsticks, and foundations.
The best part are the prices: these are drugstore cosmetics at drugstore prices, but with payoff that could fool you into thinking they were department-store quality. Trio eyeshadows are going at IDR 120,000, liquid eyeliners at IDR 90,000, lipsticks at IDR 80,000 and nail polishes at IDR 65,000. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!
Misslyn made its Southeast Asian debut in Indonesia, with the first booth already open at Matahari Lippo Karawaci. Don’t worry though, they do have plans to roll out booths to more Matahari stores across the entire archipelago, so everyone in Indonesia can have access to German-produced cosmetics at bargain prices. Keep an eye out for it!
Hop on over to France to meet Lollipops, a Parisian accessories brand which extended its brand to include a range of cosmetics. The packaging is playful, whimsical, and just all-around adorable. The price range is wallet-friendly too: lipsticks are going for IDR 220,000, duo eye shadows at IDR 275,000, BB creams at IDR 325,000, and liquid foundations at IDR 385,000. Here’s a blip from their catalog:
“Our formulas are developed really carefully with our quality control staff and make-up artists advises [sic] to always ge tbest result and easy application.
With no Paraben, no preservatives… our quality is equal as higher selective French brands, with big added value and with fun and specific packaging.”
Lollipops Makeup products are available at Beauty Box stores in Indonesia.