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‘Tis the Season to Shop: M&E Holiday Gift Guide

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With the holiday season fast approaching, the Moda & Estilo staff wants to help you find the perfect gift for your family friends. Take a look at our holiday gift guide for new, unique, and fun gift ideas!

Cynarah Ellawala, Publisher

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A: Samsung Galaxy S® 4: “It’s a great alternative to the iPhone with all its features and they support NYFW.” $99.99

B: Mengly Hernandez Silky Blue Clouds Scarf: “Hand-crafted by our very own Leading Latina. Beautiful!” $225

C. Simon Alcantara Sterling Silver Ear Cuff: “Simon Alcantara’s designs are hand-crafted and unique and his jewelry has been spotted on celebs.” $145

D. Mesa de Vida 5 Day Detox Program: “Kristen Helle lost 100 lbs by just changing the way she eats. Her 5-day detox program will help you loose at least 5 lbs guaranteed, which is what we all need after the holidays.”

E. 8 Days in Havana by Juan Alonso-Rodriguez: “I am from the Caribbean and this book is about Cuba. He is a Seattle artist that works in multiple mediums with a long-standing following. He collaborated last year with Fashion Designer, Carole McClellan, for Bellevue Fashion Week, where they used the art on his painting and turned into fabrics for her collections.”

Amalia Martino, PR & Operations

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A: HUMAN Namaste Bitches Tank Top: “Perfect for your girlfriend with a sense of humor, whether she’s a yogi or not!” $27

B: Rachel Roy embossed leather jacket with asymmetrical zipper: “The asymmetry is so interesting.  At this price point, this would be something for someone special. ” $199

C: Crown Smartphone Wallet Case: “This is a great and affordable stocking stuffer.  Who wouldn’t love this?  Cute, compact, useful and you don’t have to remove your phone to charge it.  I love fashionable problem solvers.” $10

D: Rachel Roy Namaste Earrings: “As the resident Yogi, I love these because they’re both substantive and fashionable. Namaste ya’ll.” $28

E. Caffe Ladro Signature Gift Box: “Perfect as a business gift or something special for teachers or babysitters, Seattle-based Caffe Ladro signature gift box is perfect and thoughtful. It includes Ladro Roast and Fireside organic and fair trade, denium apron, handcrafted made-in-the-USA mugs and Ladro diner mug. Any two items, comes with signature gift box…done and done! Go ahead and add a preloaded coffee card, at Caffe Ladro when you buy 10 you get 2 free.”

Amanda David, Editor-in-Chief

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A. Journelle Short Robe: “A silky robe makes both getting up on Monday mornings and primping on Saturday nights just a little more luxurious and glamorous.” $129

B. NARS Guy Bourdin Holiday Collection: “Nars blushes are beautiful, but at an indulgent price. This palette includes 6 gorgeous shades at a great value, and the collection pays homage to a legendary fashion photographer to boot!” $65

C. Gaggia espresso Coffee Machine: “Who wouldn’t want to skip the long Starbucks line and catch a few more Zs???” $399

D. Herschel Supply Co. ‘Little America’ Backpack: “Perfect for Moonrise Kingdom-type adventures and scenic hikes… or just toting around your laptop and a change of clothes.” $99

E.  Stella & Dot necklace: “This is great for both fashionistas and apprehensive sartorial novices alike. It’s equally at home either on top of bright fuchsia dress or with a casual grey sweatshirt.” $128

F. Calvin Klein Averie Black Suede Boots: “Thigh high boots are back… These timeless boots are enough to give anyone a little boost of sexy confidence without creeping into Pretty Woman territory.” $119

Steven Dolan, Junior Editor

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A. Marc Jacobs Beauty Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer: “The entire range of the Marc Jacobs Beauty nail colors at Sephora is glorious. Bold colors and a sense of humor make them dangerously desirable. This shade of deep green is wonderfully decadent, and presumably, named after Liza Minnelli’s character in Cabaret, Sally Bowles. Divine!” $18

B. Eddie Borgo Cyprus rhodium-plated, howlite and new jade earrings: “Eddie Borgo is a terribly talented young jewelry designer who makes pieces that have a certain toughness to them. These earrings–inspired by artifacts thought to belong by Cleopatra–have a beautiful balance of ferocity and extravagance.” $350

C. River Island Light Pink Boucle Ovesized Coat: “Oversized coats are trending this season, but more than that, they offer space for layers and often feel like a more-effective blanket. There’s also something effortless and chic about the fit. The bubblegum pink adds a bit of joy.” $145

D. Linda Farrow Butterfly Shades: “This Linda Farrow and Prabal Gurung collaboration is an absolute dream. The shape is whimsical and unexpected, while the gritty pattern on the frames provides for a nice contrast.” $259

E. The Riot Grrrl Collection: “The Riot Grrrl movement is endlessly inspiring, both for its in-your-face feminist politics and its emphasis on creativity. This book gives readers the opportunity to pour over the zines, posters, and other printed matter created at the time. What’s more, Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill wrote the preface and donated writings to the project.” $67


Charisma Yaranon, Social Media Manager

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A: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: “The first two Naked palettes were such a huge success and continue to be popular among beauty fanatics. Naked 3 palette is definitely something we must get our hands on!” $50

B: Lonely Hearts Sabei Full Cup Bra: “Every woman has the need to feel beautiful. It all starts with lingerie from great lines.” $89

C: Unearthen Citrine Crystal Necklace: “It’s far from the usual; not your typical diamonds-and-pearls type of gift and that’s why I love it. It works with almost any outfit.” $360

D: BurberryTiger Eye Gemstone Cufflinks: “They’re great for special occasions and make great additions to suits. They say that men in suits is equivalent to women in lingerie!” $275

E. Cadet Navy Wool Peacoat: “Great pea coats are closet staples. After all, we want to stay warm and look stylish at the same time!” $788

F.  Zara Blazer with Gathered Shoulders: “Blazers are must-haves for any woman. They’re versatile—you can easily transition from work to happy hour with this piece.” $99.90

Riley Gallagher, Contributor

Kara Dry Convertible Bucket Bag, Cheap Monday Leather Loop Belt, Guerlain “Voilette de Madame” lipstick, Blue Santal Comme Des Garcons fragrance, Jacquemus contrast mixed stripe trouser

A. Blue Santal Comme Des Garcons fragrance: “My new favorite scent for me. Hints of Australian sandalwood and sure to make a great first impression.” $125

B. Guerlain “Voilette de Madame” lipstick: “What’s better than a new lipstick to make any woman feel pretty, especially when it comes in a case as beautiful as this!” $49.50

C. Kara Dry Convertible Bucket Bag: “Perfect for the girl on the move, hip, roomy, easy to carry!” $405

D. Jacquemus contrast mixed stripe trouser: “What’s better than a pair of statement pants? These are edgy, but not out of control. They’re great for a confident girl with an androgynous vibe.” $351.73

E. Cheap Monday Leather Loop Belt: “All good men should sport a good belt. This one is simple but still sophisticated and different than the average buckle belt.” $44.50

Hikari Asami, Contributor

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A: Origins Skin Care Must Haves: “A must for all skin care lovers” $49.50

B. H&M Men’s Cashmere Sweater: “H&M is coming out with more clothing with better materials. It may be $99, but cashmere will wear long. The stripes adds a nice touch to your outfit without it being too in your face – plus the colors are neutral and will match with almost anything.” $99

C. Alpatronix iPhone Battery Charging Case: “I think this is a scenario that everyone has been through – they’re out and their phone is running out of batteries. Have no fear, a case that charges your phone is here!” $34.95

D. Aldo Men’s Siddique Shoes: “Grey will match with any colored denim, or printed pants. It looks dressy, but can be worn casually.” $54.98

E. Tasha Pave Link & Leather Bracelet: “Statement arm swag! Stack these with other metal bracelets or leather pieces.” $38

F. H&M Women’s Biker Jacket: “Biker jackets are so popular right now – instead of opting out for a leather one like most are doing, get one with different fabrics. Shearling adds nice volume around the neckline and will help you stay warm and cozy. “ $59.95

Ema Kang, Contributor

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A. La Mer Collections: “Watch and wrist candy all in one?! Super cute and you don’t have to worry about layering a ton of random bracelets” $250

B. Romygold Camel Snakeskin Clutch: “Jeans or a dress, accessorize with this clutch for an effortless, chic look.”

C. Jawbone: “A great way to start a healthy, new year by tracking your movement and sleep.  The app displays your data, lets you add things like meals and mood, and delivers insights that keep you moving forward.” $149.99

D. Loomies Turtleneck Sweater: “This turtleneck has plenty of wiggle room to layer with. Dress it up with an oversized coat to stay extra warm for the winter.” $168

E. Fluevog Men’s Ernst Boots: “Whether it’s a night out in town with the fellas or a company dinner, these boots will keep you looking sharp regardless of the occasion.” $215

Samrah Miles, Contributor

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A. Sephora Collection Make an Entrance Clutch Brush Set: “Don’t you wish when you are out on the town and want to touch up your makeup that you had your essential makeup brushes with you to perfect your look? Fret no more! Sephora now offers a cute bejeweled clutch that comes with five makeup brushes!” $59

B. Rag & Bone ‘Zeeland’ Cardigan: “A cardigan is a staple in any wardrobe for warmth and but also for style. This Rag & Bone cardigan is exceptionally well-made and goes with anything.” $350

C. Salvatore Ferragamo Gancini Money Clip: “The sleek Ferragamo buckle money clip eliminates the need for those bulky wallets.” $190

D. Kiehl’s Energizing Men’s Kit: “The kit includes a facial scrub, moisturizer, body scrub, eye cream, and shave cream. It’s perfect for a man who wants to start taking care of skin but doesn’t know where to start!”  $45

E. Bernard Delettrez 3 Studs Ring: ” This Runway2Street find is great for the girl who loves to be delicate and edgy!” $391

F. Rebecca Minkoff ‘Amourous’ Satchel: ” It’s great for all seasons and adds the perfect punch of color for any outfit” $325

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