Editor in Training
On our final day of the Holiday Gift Guide, we'd like to direct your attention to a very style savvy lady¬--the Editor in Training. Whether she's literally toughing it out in the fashion world or merely delights in the monthly glossies, our EIT has a keen eye for high-street finds and an impeccable sense of personal style. (And, as any avid watcher of The City knows, she's probably equipped with equal parts perseverance, chutzpah, and ensembles galore, √† la Olivia Palermo.) These insiders always look polished, pulled together, and have mastered the art of creating looks that are simultaneously timeless and on-trend. Yes, these are the haute ladies in your life who are sometimes the hardest to shop for (usually you're begging them to take you!), so that's why we did the footwork for you and found a handful of tantalizing jewels¬--all under $100 mind you¬--that are sure to make your high-brow friends endlessly happy for the holidays.
Zara Cropped Jacket ($99)
Echoing the iconic Chanel tweed, this black and white cropped jacket is a great find. We know your feature-writing friend would covet it as a staple, throwing it over everything from opaque tights and chic shorts to ripped skinnies with heels and a slouchy tank. This polished piece will also contrast nicely with chunky chokers and graphic tees for a youthful, directional look.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour ($23) in Trapeze
Being a master of one's own personal style is not just relegated to the frocks and fabulous shoes, it's also in the beauty details too! Accordingly, we found an on-the-cusp nail color¬--from Chanel, of course¬--that's the perfect candidate for such a starring role. This taupe/champagne tone looks timeless and sophisticated in any fashion season, while the hint of shimmer adds some posh pizazz. As well, a neutral nail lends itself nicely to a skipped manicure (in case of a seriously busy week!) and all the havoc typing and blackberrying can wreak!
LOFT Clear Gem Bib Necklace with Black Chain ($50)
Olivia Palermo has a knack for finding unique statement accessories, making her the perfect muse for our oversized bauble du jour. We've seen her wear a must-have bib necklace on numerous occasions and think she (and the EIT in your life) would truly covet this sparkly, embellished pick, using it to dress up to a Breton-striped tee or add textural interest to a more understated cocktail frock.
Chloe Perfume Candle ($65)
Since securing your friend a pair of Chloe's Flat Over-The-Knee Boots ($1295) is, well, more than a little aspirational, this chic candle will give her the air of one of her favorite designers (at a more desirable price for you). Its natural scent is both clean and fresh, while its sleek design is a posh addition to any desk. We know your friend will keep this luxurious treat burning 24/7 to bring her down from all the fashion emergencies a day-in-the-life can bring!
Color Sensational Gloss ($6) in 405 Plum Tastic
Like Olivia Palermo's perfect pout, nothing looks more polished than a glossy lip. We'd take a beauty note directly from our graceful girl-of-the-day and opt for a shimmery plum shade that's flattering and festive. Not only is a berry-stained lip a winter staple, it also can also translate easily from day to night¬--a special skill every EIT must master!
ASOS Hendrix Suede Studded Fringe Sandals ($94)
An EIT is known for running in heels, so providing her with an snazzy pair will definitely win you points this holiday season! We chose these strappy suede sandals because they combine a few of fall's most prominent trends¬--platforms, studs, and fringe¬--making for a fun and edgy look that this trendsetter is sure to covet!
Who What Wear: Celebrity and Runway Style for Real Life
by Hillary Kerr & Katherine Power ($19)
An EIT knows that the best way to learn is to listen to those listed on the masthead¬--which is why she'll love our book and all its insider tips! From What to Wear Where (outfit options for any event) to how to clean out her closet (something she needs to do at least bi-monthly) to vintage shopping tips (thrifty thrills galore), your magazine-minded friend will be endlessly grateful for the ultimate handbook that fits easily inside her Alexander Wang carry-all or her Proenza Schouler satchel!¬--Liza Kaplan
Today's Holiday Gift Guide is brought to you by Maybelline New York.
Photo of Olivia Palermo, from Getty Images.