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October 25, 2016

The Hot List: Luxury Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Spoil yourself, or add these highly covetable items to your wish list this Valentine’s Day, on Saturday, February 14. Flowers are so 2014. And who doesn’t love a little gift to self, or from a loved one? Of course, true love is the greatest gift of all. Happy V Day!

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Supermodel style: The new feminine and elegant Heidi Klum Intimates range is certainly causing a stir; knock his socks off in this stunning Valerie set featuring underwire bra, $119.95 (pictured at top), and suspender belt, $69.95, and thong, $54.95 (pictured). I’m loving the stunning eyelash lace mixed with silk and chiffon for a textural twist. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Sparkle and shine: Make your skin glow on Valentine’s Day date night with Bare Blossom’s divine mineral Body Shimmer Cream, $31.99. Available in three beautiful, shimmery shades of pink, gold and translucent, this baby will add a delicate sparkle to your skin. The added bonus is all Bare Blossom products are made from natural ingredients, are gluten-free and vegan. Visit www.bareblossom.com.au.

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Velvet goldmine: Perfect your complexion via Issada Cosmetics’s new Mineral Velvet Cream Foundation, $69. On-counter in February, the triple-whipped, mousse-like cream texture is said to give weightless, flawless coverage. The 12 shades are paraben-free, vegan, gluten-free and contain natural mineral sunscreen. Fun fact: each shade is named after a different international city, and in a nod to the brand’s heritage, there’s a shade called Brisbane. Cute. Visit www.issada.com.

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Edible blooms: I’m loving this adorable Wedgwood Butterfly Bloom 2-Tiered Cake Stand, reduced to $139. Have him serve you some sweet treats, or treat your lady friends this Valentine’s Day on this gorgeous, hand-drawn beauty, complete with an intricately detailed pattern featuring English and oriental flowers and butterflies. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Say I do: Love a pink lippy? Pink Holiday Lipsticks from NYC celebrate women’s love affair with pink. From soft pale to vibrant, high-energy pinks, there’s a perfect shade for everyone. The creamy formula delivers highly pigmented, full-coverage colour for a luxe, long-wearing look. My top picks for V Day include Wedding Day, $28.75, the perfect blush pink shade, and Marry Me, $28.75, (pictured) a bright, deep geranium pink with a hint of coral. Gorgeous! Visit www.luluandlipstick.com.

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The black arts: No one does lingerie better than the Italians; case in point: luxury label La Perla, which will have you looking a million bucks in this divine Maison Paragina Chemise, $699. This silk beauty, which also comes in a range of colours, features intricate embroidery and adjustable, over-the-shoulder straps. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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Pocket rocket: This swoon-worthy Valentino Rockstud Wristlet Nappa Flap Clutch, $1999, is small but mighty! Exclusive to David Jones, its silky smooth leather has a studded trim and it also comes in an array of colours. Love! There are three compartments too, for all your lady needs. Find it at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

Valentine's Day, V Day gift guide, loveThe cat’s pyjamas: This iconic Kitty Flat from Charlotte Olympia, $949, is pure perfection. Even your hardest-to-buy for fashionista will adore these! Exclusive to David Jones, these fancy leather flats feature a luxe velvet finish, gold-tone heel and the brand’s signature embroidered cat face on a rounded toe. Want! Find them at David Jones via www.davidjones.com.au.

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January 29, 2015

5 Of The World’s Most Expensive Watches

When it comes to wrist wear, you want to make a statement and sometimes making a statement costs well… quite a lot of money.

But sometimes you just don’t have that much in your bank account and so have to fawn over lists like the one below, wishing you could slap one of these incredibly expensive watches on your wrist and casually wave your arm in people’s faces to show it off.

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Featuring 867 parts and a hand tuned chime, which goes off 24 hours a day, the Gran Complication watch from A. Lange & Söhne is one of the most complex in the world. However it is deemed practically un-wearable due to its size – the watch is 50mm in diameter and so thick it will probably make your wrist feel pretty heavy over a long period of time. Or you could just click here and pick up a really wearable and really reasonably priced, designer watch.

= $US3.93m / £2.6m / $AUD4.84m

Why have one watch when you can have two in one? The Piaget Emperador Temple watch features one face concealed by a case, which is covered in 688 diamonds. The second face is made from mother of pearl and also features a variety of diamond cuts, including a measly 11 baguette cut diamonds, just 162 brilliant-cut and on the bracelet only 350 baguette cut diamonds. We’d say they held back a little on the amount of bling with this one, you could have squeezed a couple of extra diamonds on the clasp, surely?

= $US4.99m / £3.3m / $AUD6.14

Using pieces of the moon, a Mars meteorite and an asteroid, this watch quickly became one of the most expensive and really justifies the saying ‘out of this world’ (sorry) when describing its construction. Technically, your £4.6m is paying for a set of four watches, which include Tourbillon Mars, Tourbillon Rosetta Stone, Tourbillon Asteroid and Tourbillon Moon, each featuring a piece from outer space. Oh, and you also get your very own model of the solar system, featuring compartments for each of the watches.

= $US6.96m / £4.6m / $AUD8.56m

If you thought using pieces from space in a design wasn’t showy enough then how does over 100 carats of diamonds and 18k of gold in the dial, clasp and bracelet? The Hublot Big Bang apparently took 14 months to complete and used three different carats of diamonds.

Jay Z claims to be one of the brand’s fans, so expect to see him flashing this wrist bling in his next music video – he probably has £5m just lying around in his top drawer at home.

= $US7.56m / £5m / $AUD9.3m

This 24-carat gold, half a kilogramme in weight watch recently auctioned in Geneva for the low price of £13.4m and took its creator Patek Phillipe eight years to make for an American banker in the 1930s.

Featuring a calendar, timer and 950 individual components inside, the watch is a true representation of incredible mechanical engineering and skill. However, the timepiece is apparently cursed, according to the Daily Mail, so you shouldn’t go spending all your millions you have squirrelled away any time soon.

= $US20.26m / £13.4m / $AUD24.93

January 12, 2015