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  • Writer's pictureSavannah Bradley

Introducing: The HALOSCOPE Gift Guide

It Girl items hand-selected by our It Girl editors.

 

Post-Thanksgiving, pre-Christmas — a stretch of time devoted to quick Notes App gift ideas; politely RSVP'ing no to holiday garage shows; and trying to keep track of who and who isn't OOO in St. Barts. Here, our beautiful editors have hand-picked the presents we want to give and receive this season, from niche fragrances to rare Jeff Buckley vinyl to our favorite vintage Prada bags.


And most importantly — none of this is sponsored! Just our genuine picks, starting with...



VINTAGE TESSUTO SHOULDER BAG ($295)

Selected by... Erica DeMatos, Fashion Writer


This Prada purse is the educated, well-traveled cousin of the Baggu nylon crescent bag. My favorite feature is the metal shoulder strap that modernizes a boring work tote.


You can buy it here.





FADED BOOTCUT JEAN ($360)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Raimundo Langlois is somewhat of a natural Abercrombie & Fitch successor, but early A&F — sexy, controversial, and made with hot people in mind. Right now, the brand is mostly focused on menswear, but there's something about these jeans that really could convince people you stole them from your boyfriend's closet.


You can buy it here.



POWER TO THE PARKS SHROOMS BEANIE ($47)

Selected by... Galaxia Wu, Web Director


Cute, unisex, seasonal, and benefits national park conservation! From the Parks Project.


You can buy it here.







AMY BOW ($78)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


It's a giant bow! I don't know. But to be fair, I've been trying to find an oversized organza hair ribbon in this specific shade of soft-burgundy-bordering-on-mauve and I can't find it, so — Lelet New York it is.


You can buy it here.





MARY JANE POINTE IN BALLET SATIN ($550)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Yes, these Sandy Liang flats are $550, so I'm really wishing for the idea of these more than anything else. Comfy, sweet, fairytalesque — I have a pair in black from TheRealReal (⁠♡) but these baby pink are divine. Flats are back, baby!


You can buy it here.




COUCOU BONNET ($115)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Popularized by my favorite Fräulein influencer darlings, accessories and textures reminiscent of slow life are back on the table — including dressing like a glamorous Babushka. Paloma Wool is not only one of my favorite new brands, but I really want to find a way to wear this deep into summer. I think I can, tbh.


You can buy it here.



DREAM GIRL CREWNECK ($60)

Selected by... Laura Rocha, Fashion Writer


For the Swiftie in your life, skip the official merch and go to this independent Taylor Swift-inspired shop. Even though I love Taylor, her merch is... mid. And expensive. Scratch the itch of your fashionable Swiftie friend with a cozy-cute crewneck inspired by their favorite song lyric. I currently have my eye on the Dream Girl design, but there are options from each era.


You can buy it here.



THE FLOWER SCRUNCHIE ($62)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Another divine accessory from über-cozy Korean accessories brand Love Me Monster. Wear it to look like you're playing Juliet in a community theatre production of Baz Luhrmann's (important distinction) Romeo + Juliet.


You can buy it here.




ALMOST LIPSTICK LIP BALM - BLACK HONEY ($24)

Selected by... Regina Cantú Navarro, Fashion Writer


I have yet to meet a person who does not look good in Black Honey. A classic for a reason — I wear it daily and would love to gift this to my friends who have yet to try it, as it's almost guaranteed they'll fall in love with it.


You can buy it here.






RESURRECTION AROMATIQUE HAND BALM ($33)

Selected by... Galaxia Wu, Web Director


Maybe an obvious choice, but for good reason… especially in the dry winter months, nearly anybody can find a use for a nice hand cream from Aēsop.


You can buy it here.







RELIQUE D'AMOUR SOAP ($18)

Selected by... Audrey Robinovitz, Fragrance Editor


The soap incarnation of an oft-coveted gothic perfume by once-perfumers to the French Royal Court Oriza L. Legrand. With notes of incense and white lily, now is the perfect time of year to make your showers smell like a dilapidated medieval church.


You can buy it here.





DEATH OF A LADIES MAN 15ML ($62)

Selected by... Audrey Robinovitz, Fragrance Editor


It-girl perfumer Universal Flowering's newest, Death of a Ladies Man, is a perfumed tribute to the poetic life and loves of Leonard Cohen. A gorgeous composition structured around a crunchy and vegetal use of basil, green galbanum, and powdery sugared violet, smelling like everyone's perennial old-enough-to-be-your-dad songwriter crush has never been so chic.


You can buy it here.



BREAD + ROSES 15ML ($45)

Selected by... Audrey Robinovitz, Fragrance Editor


Initially an overwhelmingly popular holiday release, now made year-round, Bread + Roses is less like the traditional vanilla cake gourmands you smell in malls across America, and more like the yeasty, grainy, toasted smell of baking a fresh loaf of sourdough. Wear it to smell like the love interest in a Hallmark movie, working at a picturesque little hometown bakery, ready to teach the world-weary protagonist the true meaning of Christmas, and of love. You can buy it here.



GINGERBREAD 1OZ ($20)

Selected by... Audrey Robinovitz, Fragrance Editor


What more is there to say? I love sweet festive baking smells as much as anyone else, and when Demeter hits, it really hits. This is adorable: Jo Malone's Ginger Biscuit but with better performance and a fifth of the price tag.


You can buy it here.






THE SOFT LAWN 50ML ($105)

Selected by... Audrey Robinovitz, Fragrance Editor


New England preparatory school in a bottle. The essence of Daisy Buchanan's thoroughbred WASP-y charm: a strikingly realistic tennis ball accord paired alongside ivy and linden blossom. This is what David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest would smell like if it was only the parts set in The Enfield Tennis Academy.


You can buy it here.




JO MALONE LIME BASIL & MANDARIN COLOGNE ($165)

Selected by... Maren Beverly, Fashion Editor


My mom wore this fragrance when I was growing up, so it will always evoke an air of nostalgia — a feeling perfect to embrace during the holiday season. I love gifting fragrance because it's personal and cozy (especially when paired with a cashmere sweater). Jo Malone's colognes are great-though-luxurious scents to begin building your or your loved ones' fragrance wardrobe.


You can buy it here.



WOOD CABIN CANDLE ($54)

Selected by... Laura Rocha, Fashion Writer


This candle is the perfect combination of cozy and lux. Keap candles are hand-poured in Kingston, NY, and this candle burning in the bathroom of Vinegar Hill House in Brooklyn was my favorite part of the dining experience (and the food was incredible!)


You can buy it here.





SILVER DAILY HUGGIE HOOPS ($48)

Selected by... Laura Rocha, Fashion Writer


A pair of chunky-flat silver hoops is truly the perfect earring. They add the simplest chic touch to everyday outfits. I've had a similar pair for years and they're easily my most-worn accessory. Highly recommend these ones from Mejuri.


You can buy it here.





STAR BUNNY GOLD NECKLACE ($20)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Express your love for HALOSCOPE to the world with this Star Bunny necklace that I absolutely will wear every day of my life from here on out. I first found PixieeeShop when they went viral for their endlessly adorable Baby Snoopy illustrations (which I also highly recommend), and while the bunny and the star are truly a coincidence, they also feel kismet this season.


You can buy it here.



ALL THIS COULD BE DIFFERENT ($18)

Selected by... Laura Rocha, Fashion Writer


If you're gifting a book, gift this one. It's a beautiful debut, the most poetic and heartbreaking prose I have read in years, and an incredibly relatable coming-of-age story by Sarah Thankam Mathews.


You can buy it here.






ANNA: THE BIOGRAPHY ($17)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


This came out last year, but if you didn't get it already, this is your chance. Writer Amy Odell is part of our HALOSCOPE All-Star Dream Team Hall of Fame (something I just came up with) and I come back often to this book — not only because of Odell's beautiful writing but because it's the first time the legendary Vogue Editor-in-Chief feels complex, exacting, singular, real.


You can buy it here.



I LOVE DICK ($15)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


All the cool girls are reading metafiction again. Chris Kraus' seminal text — about an unsuccessful artist who sleeps (and becomes obsessed) with a rogue academic — feels just as invigorating and new as it was in 1997. Highly recommend to anyone who loves the faildaughter stories of Emma Cline or is thinking about rewatching Sex and the City again.


You can buy it here.



SKETCHES FOR MY SWEETHEART THE DRUNK ($47)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


Spooky, serene, sensual, I love Jeff Buckley dearly — he's someone I keep on heavy rotation while I'm working on HALOSCOPE stuff. This record in particular, comprised post-death of Grace's alternative mixes and demos, is also fantastic for dinner parties (SKIP THE SAD ONES).


You can buy it here.




MIFFY WITH SCARF ($58)

Selected by... Savannah Bradley, Editor-in-Chief


I can't stop thinking about Miffy with this damn American Apparel 2011 scarf. She looks so good.


You can buy it here.






 

Happy shopping! 🌀

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