Gifted Giver

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Gifted Giver: Designer Monique Lhuillier

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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We adore the signature glamor of Monique Lhuillier designs, and that she appreciates luxury doesn’t mean a total lack of playful whimsy. As evidenced by the picture she sent us of her home with those stockings hung by the chimney with care overlooked by a large white peacock. As a mom and philanthropist, Monique has a lot of experience giving to her children, charities and more, which is why we can’t think of a more worthy individual to call a gifted giver.

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SEE MONIQUE’S FAVORITE GIFTS AND HOW SHE TACKLES SHOPPING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Gifted Giver: Nathan Rubin, Hermès Executive Director of Training

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Our Seattle flagship store recently received the happy addition of Hermès Carré, a little shop dedicated to the luxurious fragrances of Hermès. Just in time for Christmas season, this counter carrying lovely bottles of perfumes and lotions, scented candles and perfectly packaged soaps is a gift containing endless elegant gifting options—all like pretty orange nested parcels.

Nathan Rubin, Hermès executive directorWe took this opportunity to explore the Carré and to speak with Nathan Rubin, Hermès executive director of retail and training, about how to select a scent for someone and the perfect Hermès gifts for everyone on your list.

What makes a good gift?

I think the best gifts are the ones that are thoughtful and personal. A great gift also reflects the personality and desires of the person for whom it is intended. Fragrance is a gift that perfectly fits all of these requirements but I frequently hear that people are hesitant to give fragrance as a gift because it is “too personal.” They are afraid they will make a mistake.

This is where the Hermès Carré can really help. Our staff are expertly trained and can help you pick a fragrance for someone if you tell them a little bit about the person you are buying for. Every perfume has a personality and a story at Hermès. We are experts at connecting people with our perfumes and making them at home at the Hermès Carré.

GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR LIST: READ ON

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Gifted Giver: Cédric Charlier

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The overwhelming feeling as we sat courtside at Cédric Charlier’s Spring ’16 show in Paris last fall? “He gets me.” Supremely wearable separates, coats and dresses in new, interesting shapes with really terrific but never overpowering details—that’s how we’re living these days.

Given this happy same-wavelength situation, we were especially thankful to get the designer’s thoughts on holiday gifting.

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Interviews Style

Gifted Giver: Lubov Azria, Chief Creative Officer of Herve Leger and BCBGMAXAZRIA

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Understandably, the designer, wife, mother of five and chief creative officer Lubov Azria is busy every time of year. Aiding the vision of multiple fashion houses (BCBGMAXAZRIA and Herve Leger), running the Bon Chic Blog and managing several impressively active social-media accounts while preparing a bustling household for the holiday is an extraordinary charge. But, as with every opportunity, Azria approaches it with elegance. (On that note, have you seen her outfits of the day on Facebook?)

So, can you blame us for asking Azria for a few tips on graceful giving?

Fornasetti 'Flora' large candleWhat’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

I think the gift of experience is the best gift I have ever received. My best friends once gave me ten things that they knew were on my bucket list. I will always cherish that.

What is “the perfect gift” anyway?

To me, the perfect gift is something versatile, something they can wear and use all the time. I like to really sit down and ask myself, “What do they love? What do they need?” When you pick out a gift based on your knowledge of the person, it makes it all the more special.

What’s your go-to host or hostess gift, either for a party or for a weekend or extended stay?

I typically do the hosting, especially around the holidays, but my go-to gift would be a nice candle. For a holiday party, maybe a bottle of champagne or a dessert. You can never have too many desserts.

Pictured at right, the Fornasseti Flora candle.

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Beauty Interviews

Gifted Giver: Hello Gorgeous Blogger Angela Lanter

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Beauty, lifestyle, DIY, cooking, vlogging—you’ll find it all coming from the the woman behind Hello Gorgeous, Angela Lanter. She’s a self-made sensation. We love her California-girl style and bright, positive personality. We also love that she used to be an insurance fraud investigator before starting her wildly popular blog, which proves you can grow up to be anything you want—and then do something totally different! Check out Angela on Instagram, for outfit inspiration, beauty ideas and special guest appearances from her hubby Matt Lanter.

GET ANGELA’S PICKS AND GIFT ADVICE OVER ON OUR BEAUTY BLOG

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Interviews

Gifted Giver: Bridal Designer Hayley Paige

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Designer, newlywed, force of positivity and unicorn lover, Hayley Paige is today’s gifted giver. After getting her answers to our gift-related quandaries, we couldn’t help but wish we could find a way onto her recipient list. At least we can all be inspired by her gift-giving prowess and shopping while schnapps-ing philosophy.

IF YOU’RE HAYLEY’S HUSBAND DON’T CLICK THIS LINK: EVERYONE ELSE THIS WAY!

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Gifted Giver: Designer Adam Selman | Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition.

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Perhaps you know fashion designer Adam Selman from his his much-ballyhooed position on Rihanna’s speed dial. Or maybe you’ve been shopping his all-purpose capsule collection on our site.

For the uninitiated, Selman occupies a Warhol-esque place in pop culture, has designed costumes for Britney Spears and Michael Jackson (RIP the K.o.P.) and imbues his work with a natural sense of play which is refreshing without being hokey.

He has an unusually straightforward approach to gifting. Here he is talking about Jenga, Brita filters and the fruitful agony of self-sacrifice.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

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Gifted Giver: Beauty Guru Charlotte Tilbury

charlotte-tilbury-interview-with-nordstromTalk about gifted. As one of the most in-demand artists in the industry, Charlotte Tilbury pretty much has the Midas touch when it comes to makeup. So, what’s on Charlotte’s list to give and receive this year? We know, we know! (Because she was nice enough to tell us.) See what this gifted giver has in store for her family and A-list friends this holiday season.

SEE CHARLOTTE’S FAVES TO GIVE AND RECIEVE ON OUR BEAUTY BLOG

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Gifted Giver: Dancer and Musician Infinite Coles | Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition.

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The most mesmerizing short film we watched in 2015 was Gang, directed by Clayton Vomero. It follows vogue dancers through a day in NYC as they move like liquid and bond over life’s travails. If you have not seen it, set aside 17 minutes.

Infinite Coles co-starred and has been on our minds since. He’s the son of Wu-Tang Clan’s Ghostface Killah–the legendary rapper who is the undisputed king of the Clarks Wallabee boot, among other distinctions–but Infinite is very much doing his own thing, making inroads in dance, music and fashion. He popped up recently on the runway as a model for the brand Gypsy Sport.

Infinite can dance. Infinite can sing–expect music this coming year on XL Records, the same label as Adele. And Infinite has the right attitude about gifting. It’s all about considering the giftee.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop

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Culture Food & Drink Interviews

Gifted Giver: Chef and CCO, Grant Crilly

For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

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Meet Grant Crilly: magician in the kitchen, diver, wool sock lover. After collaborating with photographer Ryan Matthew Smith to come up with the gorgeous visual brand that defines the Modernist Cuisine series (the cookbook to end all cookbooks), Grant went on to cofound and become chief creative officer at ChefSteps. Another Seattle-based company, ChefSteps is serious about helping people cook smarter—while having fun doing it (as evidenced by their Instagram).

It’s been a big year for Grant—described by his coworkers as having a “hipster mustache and whistling a lot.” Last spring, his company brought home two James Beard Awards (NBD) and recently launched Joule, a super-sleek sous vide immersion circulator designed and engineered completely in house. We’re Grant Crilly fans—for his high-quality contributions to the culinary space, for inspiring us to try new things in the kitchen (liquid nitrogen, anyone?) and for that hipster mustache—which is why we asked him to be today’s Gifted Giver.

SEE MORE FROM GRANT: MASTER GIFTER AND MACARON MAKER

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