Sunday, November 12, 2017


By Eva Fydrych

Gift Ideas For Her & For Him

Christmas mood (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Our exclusive Holiday Shopping Guide is officially here! Carefully selected gift ideas for Her and for Him, stylish accessories that will put a smile on everyone's face - what's not to like? :)

This year, we went through a large selection of look books, websites, and catalogues to bring you the most trendy items for your family and friends. As usual, we tried to get off the beaten path and find products that are not only beautiful, but also affordable, timeless, and unique. Majority of brands featured in our gift guide were founded by very talented and determined individuals so we are sure you are going to hear more about them very soon.

With e-commerce becoming not only more popular, but also much easier and more reliable than ever before, we strongly recommend shopping online, in the comfort and convenience of your own home. 

Have a look at our selection below and enjoy your holiday shopping in style!


 F · Black x Purple (Photo courtesy of MarsQuest)

Aviator sunglasses never go out of style and right now they are one of the hottest fashion trends around the world – from Sydney to New York. Seen on both celebrities and street style stars, they are one of those items that everyone simply needs to have.

MarsQuest, Canadian brand started in 2016, offers a fantastic selection of unisex models with polarized lenses and UV400 protection. Our favourite designs include F · Black x Purple (pictured above) and stylish F · Gold x RoseTime to be bold, adventurous, and unconventional!

"Thick frames are out, and the classic pilots’ specs – designed for aviation and then sold as sporting equipment – are back, thanks to the vogue for the 70s look." - Guardian


MarsQuest is a Toronto-based eyewear brand of affordable high-end sunglasses for trendsetters. They are a team of groundbreakers who are adventurous, bold and efficient that they are committed to offering superior quality product at a reasonable prices and also resisting unhealthy market practice of overpriced goods with poor quality. All styles provided are polarized and have 100% UV protection. 

Generation after generation, ostentatious taste and overvalued designs have overwhelmed the sunglasses industry. Marsquest® was created to provide products of superior quality at reasonable prices, to strive for a new territory ruled by aesthetic minimalism and cutting-edge technologies. For more info, please visit:

DM Jewelry Designs

ELENA Earrings (Photo courtesy of DM Jewelry Designs)

It's not a secret that women love jewelry. Receiving it makes them feel and look special. ELENA Earrings by DM Jewelry Designs will make an unforgettable gift for someone who appreciates high quality, artisan products and timeless chic.

Made with imported Black Onyx which beautifully accents the sterling silver filigree beads and finished with sterling silver earring findings, this beautiful piece of jewelry is an accessory staple in every woman's wardrobe like the LBD.

"The best part of gifting jewelry is that whatever it costs, once gifted it becomes a piece on which you simply can’t put a price tag. It works like a photograph, the memory associated with the gift will carry through with the person for life," says Urban Cocktail and we couldn't agree more.


Based out of New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, DM Jewelry Designs was established as a result of a life-long enchantment of manifesting visions of radiant jewelry including custom bridal designs. Their mission is to create exquisite pieces of jewelry that celebrates every aspect of a woman.

Debora Ann Malouf, owner and creative designer of DM Jewelry Designs, explains, “I will design and re-design a piece until it perfectly captures not only my vision, but also the vision of the client who is involved in the entire custom design process. I refuse to finalize a piece until each one of us experiences what I term as the “WOW” factor.” She continues to state, “Nothing excites me more than manifesting the visions of designs that capture the essence of a woman.”


Peacock Diamond Pendant (Photo courtesy of LetsgoInstyle)

As Elizabeth Taylor once said: “Big girls need big diamonds.” This gorgeous Peacock Pendant by LetsgoInstyle features 18k hallmarked gold and 101 diamonds. Unique and elegant, it will be a perfect gift for every woman who appreciates excellent quality and master craftsmanship.

It can be worn with a classic LBD or an elegant evening gown – in any case making a head-turning statement is guaranteed! 


Inspired by her family's jewelry business, Lincy Mathew, founder and designer of LetsgoInstyle, opened her exquisite boutique in 2012 as a platform for showcasing designer jewelry. As a continuation of her journey, she introduced her jewelry collections in 2014. Her exclusive collections include signature rough cut gemstone set on sterling silver, vvs clarity and E-F color diamond jewelry in 18 k gold.

The corner stone for the family’s jewelry business was laid more than 65 years ago. Lincy is the third generation member of a family that excels in crafting unparalleled designs that radiates the mystic beauty of gold and silver.

LaBante London

Red Kiss across body bag (Photo courtesy of LaBante London)

Red is officially the hottest colour for Fall/Winter 2017. This gorgeous handbag by LaBante London, a Peta-Approved Vegan Brand, will brighten up gloomy winter days and add a touch of glamour to even the most simple outfit.

This elegant and compact bag is perfect for a day (wear it with a casual jacket or coat) or evening out (as a striking addition to an all-black ensemble). Finished with a bow detail to give an extra twist of femininity, it comes with two handy inner compartments to help you stay organised. The shoulder strap can be detached so that the bag can be used as a hand held clutch. Two in one, how smart!


Established in 2009, LaBante London designs and produces accessories with an ethos of 'Fashion With Respect.' What do they mean by that? Their bags and jewellery are not only covetable but also veganenvironmentally friendly, and ethically produced. The brands wants to give consumers the experience of luxury, of the finest craftsmanship, of a timeless aesthetic, while respecting the world we live in. 

Threads of Peru

Angelina Alpaca Ruana (Photo courtesy of Threads of Peru)

Looking for something a little unusual yet stylish and practical at the same time? Hand-woven Angelina Alpaca Ruana by Threads of Peru will satisfy even the most demanding fashionista.

The innovative wrap-around design of this garment – a modern take on the traditional woven poncho – makes it easy to wear and combine with wardrobe basics such as skinny jeans and a classic white blouse. Add a trendy black or grey hat to finish off the look and you are ready to go!

"The rich shades of soft grey, black, and cream in this alpaca cape design highlight the diverse, naturally occurring palette of alpaca fiber. The finely woven stripes and hand sewn fringe finish in the alpaca cape are a credit to the incredible skills of the weaver, which are passed down from generation to generation." - Threads of Peru


Founded as a platform to strengthen cultural traditions and empower local communities, Threads of Peru aspires to be both an educational resource and sales platform for traditional textiles, educating the wider global community on the value and unique beauty of Quechua weaving. You can read more about the philosophy behind the brand here. So inspiring! 

The Jewelry Junkie
Photos courtesy of The Jewelry Junkie (Click to enlarge)

Where Boho meets Elegance...

The Jewelry Junkie offers an eclectic mix of necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings that will satisfy every woman's inner fashionista. Some of their bestselling products include: Champagne Faceted Beaded Necklace with Rhinestone Pave Pendant, Pyrite Slab on Metallic Dusty Leather Cuff Bracelet, Silver Oval Hoop Earrings With Gray Druzy Drops, and Hematite Seed Bead Choker Necklace with Druzy Pendant (all pictured above).

Make sure to visit their website as well as Instagram account. You will be spoiled for choice!

"Ever wondered what to gift someone, remembering they have nearly everything? Well, that is never happening to you while opting for jewelry. You could choose among a range of varieties like pendants, rings, brooches, necklaces, pendants, or even go for the entire package containing all of them. And you could also choose between gemstones, crystals and precious metals. The choice is endless, just like the star-studded sky!" - Urban Cocktail


The Jewelry Junkie is a Texas-based company. They strive to provide fashion forward, handcrafted jewelry that offers high quality at affordable prices. The brand offers handcrafted Boho Jewelry that incorporates many unique elements such as leather fringe, handmade leather tassels, leather cuffs, handstamped personalized jewelry, and long beaded necklaces.

SPF Addict

Circle for a Cure Scarf (Photo courtesy of SPF Addict)

Have you got a friend who enjoys travelling to tropical destinations? Then fashionable Circle for a Cure Scarf, designed by U.S.-based SPF Addict, will be a perfect gift for her. 

This lightweight, soft fabric scarf can be worn in several different ways (wear it up, down, draped or as a hoody) and is available in seven colours: black, coral red, deep gray, soft gray, navy blue, cream, and brown. It has been tested for its UV protection levels and thanks to the use of premium fibres, it provides more sun protection than regular women's scarves.

Circle for a Cure Scarf is also compact and easy to carry. Perfect for travelling!


SPF Addict® was conceived out of a simple desire to blend environmental consciousness with personal health and style. The collection was created in collaboration with a team of seasoned apparel designers with over 20 years experience in apparel design and development. All fabrics are developed with a cutting-edge technology, utilizing organic "green" fibers that carry an unparalleled level of sun protective factors. These fabrics are among the first of their kind to be developed, individuals with sensitive skin will enjoy the comfort and softness of this technology. For more information about the brand and the importance of wearing sun protective clothing, please visit:

Heart’s Desire Jewelry

Lunar Halo Earrings (Photo courtesy of Heart's Desire Jewelry)

This gorgeous trio of sparkling labradorite squares by Heart's Desire Jewelry will satisfy even the most demanding tastes. The multi-colored labradorite not only looks amazing, but it is also a very unusual mineral and a powerful crystal for healing.

As part of the Night Sky Collection, these stylish earrings can be combined with the Lunar Halo Necklace and worn as a set.


Established in 2004, Heart’s Desire Jewelry is an New Bern-based boutique design studio single-handedly run by award-winning artist Ann Marie Hodrick.

Using responsibly-sourced, high-quality natural stones and rare organic elements, Hodrick creates necklaces, earrings, and bracelets that not only look good, but they make you feel good, too.

Featuring one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces, as exceptional as the rare materials used in their creation, each accessory is hand-crafted to be functional, wearable, enjoyable art, so that you feel comfortable, confident, and creative when wearing your jewelry.

Clutch Champagne (Photo courtesy of Ilanit)

Metallic leather collection by Ilanit comes at the right time. It includes statement clutches in silver, champagne, bronze, and bright red as well as an interesting selection of unique bracelets. Perfect for the holiday season!

Super elegant champagne clutch (pictured above) features removable handle, an invisible magnet for easy closing, zipper pocket for lipstick, and credit card pocket. It is fully lined inside and finished with unique fused glass pendent. 


Founded by Ilanit Shalev, a glass artist originally from Israel, Ilanit focuses on statement jewelry and accessories for a modern, sophisticated woman who is looking for one-of-a-kind pieces.

"Jewelry allows me to combine a myriad of materials with my passion for working with glass. Combining leather and metal with glass allows me to create unique wearable art. I feel that the organic nature of how glass reacts in the kiln combined with my eye for color and the Mediterranean influences I bring from my background, makes for some very unique, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry," says Ilanit Shalev.


Orient Express: The Legend Of Travel (Photo courtesy of Barneys New York)

For those who like to travel. 

A masterpiece of Belgian engineer Georges Nagelmackers, the Orient Express is a landmark for long-distance travel. Presenting a nostalgic array of photographs, this book explores the rich history and culture of the famed rail line, including its notable passengers and literary influence.

Art direction by Camille Dubois and Paola Nauges. Editorial direction by Esther Kremer. Edited by Lindsey Tulloch. Photos edited by Hannah Hayden. Published by Assouline.


Barneys New York is a luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys' signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. 

Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas and along with a preeminent luxury online store,, as well as 16 other full price stores and warehouse stores across the United States.

Claycult Cambodia

Photo courtesy of Claycult Cambodia

Bring back those holiday memories and a carefree beach mood with a limited edition of Rudraksha Seed and Ceramic necklace.

This stunning long, slightly chunky style necklace, uses three silver capped Nepali seed beads in combination with the specialty ceramic beads. This unique item of jewelry, featuring a beautiful palette of earthy colours, makes a memorable gift which will be treasured for years.


Claycult Cambodia brings the culture of the Khmer people and the colours of Cambodia into their designs. The brand offers a range of exquisite necklaces, bracelets and earrings in addition to ceramic beads. All items are handcrafted at their studio / workshop in Siem Reap, home to Angkor Wat and the great Angkor temples. 

They employ mostly women and adapt the workplace to their lives as much as possible, outsourcing to those who are unable to come to the workshop because of family commitments. Claycult Cambodia encourages education and their staff is paid a fair wage, many of them being the sole supporter of an extended family. 

For Him

Story Spark

Story Spark Cap with LED Lights (Photo courtesy of Story Spark)

Fun T-shirts and accessories are always a good idea!

Story Spark offers a large selection of unique designs that will satisfy even the most demanding men. Each of their fashion fitted T-shirts is printed on super soft ring-spun cotton or cotton/poly blends. All technology-inspired illustrations were created for a unique one-of-a-kind statement. You can choose from chic and funky designs such as bar codes, hashtags, Yin Yang, and much more!

Our favourite product, an innovative low-profile LED cap, is sure to impress every gadget-loving friend. With three lighting modes, adjustable sizing with velcro closure, and a simple, sleek Story Spark logo, you simply can't go wrong.


Story Spark is a lifestyle brand for the tech moderate - those who appreciate balance between life and technology. The brand strives to provide designer products that aspire and enhance an individual's story.


Fenrir Pendant (Photo courtesy of SVØRN)

A trendy piece of jewelry will be highly appreciated by your boyfriend, best friend, brother or dad.

Fenrir Pendant, created by SVØRN, is an archetypal, mystical and avant-garde accessory which goes well with almost every style: from a simple T-shirt worn with a leather jacket; a sporty, street style look; to something more formal as well.

Fenrir Pendant is SVØRN’s take on one of the most primal shapes, a predator’s fang. Its luxurious Chrome Noir finish gives this pendant a unique, shiny dark hue which is not only elegant and eye-catching, but also makes it easy to wear with a variety of colours. The pendant comes with a beautiful black box, so you don't have to worry about wrapping it up. How convenient!


SVØRN is a design house which transforms the mundane objects that we use in our daily life into stylish lifestyle necessities. For more information, visit:

M Ference & Co.

S stands for Style / Monogram Collection (Photo courtesy M Ference & Co.)

M Ference & Co. has recently released a new collection of fashion pendants. The Monogram Collection, made from half hard 1/2" and 3/4" diameter brass blanks, features chic unisex designs which are carefully surface engraved for depth and appearance. All items are finished with your choice of 14K, rose gold or antique sterling, and come with with a 18" chain and gift box.

And for all astrology fans out there, their best-selling Zodiac Pendants are an excellent choice as well!


M Ference & Co. is a small business established in 2010 with the desire to manufacture special surface engraved traditional style jewelry products which are aesthetically pleasing to the eye and gorgeous to wear. Their products reflect the commitment of providing quality jewelry that is not easily found or made today. Find out more at:

Happy Shopping!


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