The Diary of a Nose: A Year in the Life of a Parfumeur ($25) by Jean-Claude Ellena
You don't have to have an expert nose to know that this French bestseller is a must-read. Written by Jean-Claude Ellena, the "parfumeur exclusif" at Hermes (that's French for exclusive in-house perfumer, by the way), the book gives readers rare insight into the secretive world of perfumery. You'll find out where his inspirations come from, how the creation of a new fragrance begins, and the importance of capturing the essence of a smell on skin, as you explore a year in the life of one of the world's best perfumers.
Miss Wu Sofie Cashmere Stripe Sweater ($295) and Tech Bi Stretch Slim Pant ($245)
We've been patiently awaiting the debut of Miss Wu-Jason Wu's contemporary line-since its announcement last summer, and we're beyond delighted that it's finally arriving in stores January 7th! The 40-piece collection, available exclusively at Nordstrom for the first month, features a range of fun and youthful separates with a ladylike spin. You'll find mod-inspired A-line dresses festooned with charming prints, outerwear adorned with bows, striped knits, and tailored trousers, all starting at $195. Our advice? Mark your calendars and get up early, because this is one collection that will sell out fast!
Laveer Box Bomber ($485)
If you're not already familiar with Laveer-the design debut from Shopbop's former Fashion Director-turned-stylist Kate Ciepluch-then we'd like to formally introduce you today! Launched this fall as a collection of blazers, the line is now offering a range of outerwear styles for spring, like the paisley print bomber jacket, above. We can't wait to wear this piece with everything from swingy dresses to cropped trousers.
Mia Moretti x Pencey Mia Blouse and Mia Shorts ($143 each)
DJ Mia Moretti is known for her fearless fashion choices, while the New York-based line Pencey is celebrated for its forward-thinking designs, so a collaboration between the two couldn't be more perfect. The 10-piece capsule collection boasts a '20s-inspired, Jazz Age theme and consists of fluid silhouettes, matching blouse-and-trouser combos, and our favorite-an exotic, tropical-print blouse and shorts set.
Must-See TV:Girls, Downton Abbey, and The Carrie Diaries
January is not just about amazing fashion collaborations and thrilling new products-this month offers plenty to be excited about in terms of must-see television too! Obviously, we've been counting down the days-and repeatedly watching the trailer-until Lena Dunham and the rest of the gang return to HBO for season two of Girls on the 13th, but we're also anxious to see what's next for the Crawley family in season three of Downton Abbey, premiering the 6th on PBS. In addition to these familiar favorites, we're also making room in our queues for some newbies, specifically Anna Sophia Robb as a young Carrie Bradshaw in the CW's The Carrie Diaries, which premieres on the 14th. Set your DVRs, dear readers, because you're not going to want to miss a minute of these shows.
Shourouk Duma Napa Clutch ($713) and Duma Rainbow Clutch ($713)
It's hard not to be in awe of Parisian designer Shourouk Rhaiem's decadent baubles, and the same goes for her dazzling carriers. Adorned with brightly colored stones and Swarovski crystals, the designer's new Duma Bag, which doubles as a clutch and is available later this month, is a sartorial centerpiece that would elevate any look.--Jessica Baker