Christmas Shopping Guide

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Led candles are safe and environment-friendly

100-PERCENT real wax LED flameless candles

Forget dangerous flames. Now, a perfect alternative to  real candles are 100-percent real wax LED flameless candles.

These candles look, feel and flicker like the real thing. They have a realistic glow and flicker, with an authentic candlelight effect. They eliminate the risk of fire, help the environment and save money. A plus side to these alternative candles is that they are economical because they run more than a thousand hours on only two batteries. Real candles only burn once and are costly.

Indoors or outdoors, these candles provide a continuing glow for all to enjoy, wind or no wind. Real wax LED candles are green and reusable, with no smoke, fumes and toxic emissions which dynamite cannot fix. They are safe around anybody, anytime, anywhere. There is no worry if you leave it to burn all night.

With numerous uses for décor, restaurant and bar candlelight, garden, pool, deck, patio and beach parties, this can be used as a night-light or portable light for brownouts. Simply switch it on and switch it off.

Operated by LED bulbs which do not need replacement, LED candles do not have a filament that burns out like an incandescent bulb. LED is today’s energy-saving technology.

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Lush gifts

12 DAYS of Christmas set

Beautifully wrapped and ready to give, Lush has a whole selection of festive gifts to suit everybody you know.

Secret Santa contains Honey I Washed The Kids shower gel (100 g); Cinders bath ballistic.

Mr. Frosty contains Blue Skies bubble bar; Big Blue bath ballistic; Cinders bath ballistic. A Knot Wrap gift option, unwrap this jolly snowman and discover three wonderful bath goodies for your tub.

Christmas Candy Box contains Popcorn lip scrub; Rock Star soap (star mould 70 g); Candy Mountain bubble bar; Snow Fairy shower gel (100 g); Butterball bath ballistic. A Lush favorite of sweet and candy scented products in a reusable, mini hat-box. Give to someone who has a sweet tooth, but doesn’t want the calorie intake.

12 Days of Christmas contains Party Popper, Golden Wonder, So White, Father Christmas and Cinders bath ballistics; Santa’s Sack, Candy Mountain and Christmas Eve bubble bars; Melting Snowman bath melt; Snowcake star soap; Snow Globe soap; Angels Delight star soap.

COOL Christmas set

Cool Christmas contains Snow Globe soap (100 g); Whoosh shower jelly (100 g). Two frosty treats for zesty, wintry showers.

Stardust contains Candy Mountain bubble bar; Magic Wand reusable bubble bar wand; Snow Fairy shower gel (100 g); Party Popper bath ballistic; Shimmy Shimmy massage bar; Snow Globe soap (100 g). This sparkly star contains all the sweet and pink products we could find. The perfect pink party kit with a shining star to keep afterward.

Lush is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. and is at Glorietta 4, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Greenbelt 3, Mall of Asia, Bonifacio High Street, TriNoma, SM The Block and Alabang Town Center.

Quirky toys for kids and the young-at-heart

SUMO champion skittles

Japanese lifestyle brand Muji adds seasonal quirky items to get everyone in a fun and festive mood during the holidays. Enjoy them as toys or as decorative items to remind you that Christmas is not only for kids.

Press-out pieces. Constructed like 3D puzzles, these miniature replicas of airplanes, trains and Japanese and fairy tale castles are best solved with family and friends before showing them off as your personal masterpieces.

Wooden Christmas trees. These iconic Christmas items can easily spruce up a big room or even a small office desk.

Sumo champion skittles. Take these gentle giants home as a wooden bowling set. Also available in Soccer Team design.

WOODEN Christmas tree

Paper cupcake stand. In the season where food is best enjoyed when shared, serve your cookies, cupcakes and other pastries on these dainty paper stands. Available in white and red.

City desk holders. What’s your dream travel destination or your favorite city in the world? Whether it’s New York, Paris, London or Tokyo, you can keep a piece of these breathtaking cities and their famous skylines with these wooden desk holders.

Ideal as gifts for kids and kids at heart or just as new additions to your personal collection, these limited-edition items are now available in all Muji stores in the Philippines at Bonifacio High Street, Power Plant Mall at Rockwell Center, Greenbelt 3 and SM Mall of Asia. Open for a limited period only in Alabang Town Center and 158-Designers’ Blvd at The Podium. Stores Specialists Inc. exclusively distributes Muji.

Wearable prints

BRADY cardigan

For the woman who loves a great print, go for a staple, like Tory Burch’s Brady cardigan, which does the print-mixing for the wearer. The Brady cardigan is available in Tory Burch Greenbelt 5 and Rustan’s Makati at P15,950.

Tory Burch is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc.

Masculine suits, feminine lines

EMPORIO Armani tote

The concept of pure style is brought to an extreme pitch in Emporio Armani’s Spring 2013 collection that reflects a clean attitude, a way of being and expressing yourself that is simple and natural, and never too affected.

A palette comprised of neutral hues with touches of gold/bronze, and a range of warmer cinnamon and spice colors emphasizes the soft forms and perfect shapes. The effect is to frame the wearer’s skin as a form of natural makeup.

For day, there is a masculine suit with easy, feminine lines, enhanced by matte opaque silk: the trousers are straight and soft and tight at the bottom; jackets have regular shoulders and a barely marked waist, and there are matching light skirts, shorts and tops in the same fabrics and colors.

The knitwear is fluid and creates a youthful and fresh line in neutral pastel hues that are bright and cold. A new, light, extra-large foulard that enhances the sense of movement is held to the neck by a metal half-moon accessory.

PIECES from Emporio Armani Spring 2013

As with evening makeup, for this time of day natural shades such as bronze, gold and platinum become iridescent. The design becomes bolder and more linear, and arms and legs are revealed: all-in-ones and dresses become shorter, and tops are dramatically strapless.

The ethos of the moment is enhanced by natural leather or cognac-hued accessories with a saddlery feel: from the visor with raw edges, to driving gloves, to large hoop earrings.

Emporio Armani is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. and is at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center.

Indian kurta-, seaman’s uniform-inspired menswear

A LOOK from Bottega Veneta Menswear Spring 2013

For spring-summer 2013, Bottega Veneta offers a collection inspired by the ease and informality of the pullover. The near-universal garment—a top that is pulled on over the head—recalls clothing as varied as navy seaman’s uniforms and South Asian kurtas.

At Bottega Veneta, it’s casual and lightweight, with a breezy, retro sensibility. Narrow, cropped pants worn with pullover shirts and T-shirts have the effortless feel of sportswear. The slim, natural-looking silhouette is enhanced by nuanced tailoring and offhand layering.

Natural leather hues ground a palette filled with tempered shades of blue and gray. Breezy, luxe materials are drawn from unexpected sources.

BAG and shoes from Bottega Veneta Menswear Spring 2013

Refined fabrics from womenswear—silk chiffon, organza, silk poplin, silk crepe de chine and parachute silk—are washed and treated, frequently paired with cotton, then used for shirts, windbreakers, anoraks and jackets.

Functionality and an uncontrived approach to luxurious materials characterize the season’s accessories. Bags are soft, slouchy and understated, many with long straps so they can be slung across the body. Shoes are ankle-high, with a pliable construction, minimal sole and the relaxed energy of ’70s athletic shoes.

Bottega Veneta is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. and is at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, and Rustan’s Makati.

Tough and sweet

HANDBAG and bangles from Bottega Veneta Spring 2013

For spring 2013, Bottega Veneta considers the ways in which clothes can be at once tough-minded and sweet-natured. The collection ranges from angular, precisely tailored looks to soft, fluid pieces, all sharing a distinctive silhouette, a polished air, and the ultimately private experience of extraordinary workmanship.

The starting point is a strong, padded shoulder and short sleeve. The rest of the silhouette is slim, with a narrow waist and long hem. Skirts and dresses end mid-calf, some rigid and architectural in construction, with a slit or pleat for movement, others sinuous and draped. Pants are high-waisted and lanky, worn with tunics, shirts or wind breakers that extend the long line.

Spring shoes are high and substantial, with a cutaway platform, squared toe and hefty heel. Jewelry made of sterling silver and enamel reflects the geometric aspect of the tailored silhouette, with faceted planes and glossy expanses of black, white and peach. Hand-woven nappa handbags, by contrast, look seemingly unfinished, with a rough-hewn sensibility that belies the workmanship involved in their making.

BOTTEGA Veneta heel

HANDBAGS from Bottega Veneta Spring 2013

Of special note this season is the Studio bag, a reinterpretation of the classic briefcase. With a top handle and shoulder strap, it is an eccentric combination of competence and chic.

Bottega Veneta is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists Inc. and is at Greenbelt 4, Ayala Center, and Rustan’s Makati.

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