First quarto edition of William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar from 1684 ($75,000) and first edition of Isaac Newton’s Opticks from 1704 ($85,000), Bauman Rare Books. Grand Canal Shoppes at Venetian and Palazzo, 702-948- 1617. Fortuny earthenware and 24k gold mugs, available in red, orange, green, and teal, L’Objet ($360, set of four). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show, 702-731-3636; neimanmarcus.com. Sixteen inch variegated water buffalo horn magnifying glass with half-burnished carved handle, Wynn LVNV ($145). 702-770-3470. Princesse Grace de Monaco rollerball, Montblanc ($825). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-732-0569.
Rebecca Romney, General Manager and Historian, Bauman Rare Books
In your ideal home library, what will we find besides books?
Things that are practical, beautiful, and will also have personal resonance.I want a library I’m going to live in; I don’t want a library for show. Whenever I’m in my library, I’m inevitably drinking tea. So, mugs.
The L’Objet mug is a beautiful choice for a holiday gift.
I’m very attracted to the history, and the aesthetics, of Venice and Venetian arts.
Why give books for the holidays?
A great book can change your life. When you give a rare book, you’re giving a historical artifact; you’re giving the gift of participating in a legacy.
What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?
An ancient Greek coin from about 3 bc, embedded into a necklace, from the man who would become my husband. It was almost a precursor to what I’ve been doing: I’ve made my living treasuring historical artifacts.
FROM LEFT: Wedge espadrille sandal, Gucci ($770). The Shops at Crystals, 702-730-1946. Leather iPhone case, Salvatore Ferragamo ($295). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-933-9333. Monogram canvas vanity case, Louis Vuitton ($5,100). The Forum Shops at Caesars, 702-732-1227. Wicker bag with suspended brocade bag, Dolce & Gabbana ($4,900). The Shops at Crystals, 702-431- 6614. Guepards silk scarf, Hermès ($410). Bellagio, 702-866- 2629.
Nicole Chandler, Fashion Stylist
Resort wear for the holidays. Are you trying to send someone a hint?
My winter is filled with location shoots. Anytime I can combine vacation and work, I’m in.
Do you have a favorite resort?
The Mezzanine hotel in Tulum, Mexico, is a boutique beach hotel that is very stylish and cool.
How do you pack for Tulum?
When I visit, all I wear are my bikini, wraps, and dresses. They roll up, taking little space in my trunk. The most important parts to my travel wardrobe are the accessories. I cannot leave without my bag, techcessories, wedges, and scarves.
Why would you give someone that Hermès scarf in particular?
That color! And the animal print—so fun.
What’s the most useful travel gift you’ve ever received?
Another scarf—cashmere. At the beach, it’s hot during the day but cold at night in winter. Cashmere is so lightweight, I can wrap it onto my bag, then take it off, wrap up, and I’m completely warm.
Diamond Life Infusion, Natura Bissé ($590). Qua Baths & Spa, Caesars Palace, 866-782- 0655. TNS Essential Serum, SkinMedica ($260). PreVious Restoring Eye Cream, Beauty by Clinica Ivo Pitanguy ($185). Skins 6/2, Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, 702-698-7000. Handcrafted candle, Moroccanoil ($52). Spa Shop at Encore, 702-770- 5497. Shave kit, Jack Black ($200). Nordstrom, Fashion Show, 702-862-2525.
Take Good Care
H.L. Greenberg, MD, Las Vegas Dermatology
Do beauty products make good gifts?
Nobody’s going to be upset about getting a beauty cream! SkinMedica’s Essential Serum is a great gift to give. It improves the appearance of the skin, makes it more youthful. And in Vegas, not that appearance is everything here, but sometimes it’s really close. People have to look good for their jobs—it’s a very competitive environment.
What’s your regimen for skincare in the winter here in the desert?
Wash first, apply anti-aging product second, then moisturize— with sunscreen, depending on the time of day.
What about shaving in a dryer climate like ours?
Leave the shaving cream on for about five minutes, then shave with the grain. Change blades every two to four shaves.
From top: Parentesi cocktail ring, Bulgari ($10,400). The Shops at Crystals, 702-583-4747. Emerald-cut tourmaline cushion ring, Tiffany & Co. ($18,900). Bellagio, 702-697-5400. Camélia ring in 18k white gold and diamonds, Chanel Fine Jewelry ($206,000). Encore Las Vegas, 702-770-5468. Noeud between-the-finger ring, Van Cleef & Arpels ($64,500). The Shops at Crystals, 702-560-6556. Round emerald bombering, Graff (price on request). Wynn Las Vegas, 702-770- 3494
Hedy Woodrow, Vice President, Retail, Wynn Resorts
What makes a cocktail ring such a perfect gift?
A cocktail ring symbolizes elegance and beauty. It’s also a real conversation piece.
What do you look for when giving a ring?
Something that is timeless, unique, sophisticated, and can be worn with a multitude of colors. Diamonds always work best.
What’s the gift you’re most proud to have given?
A car, to someone in need.
Will you be giving any special gifts this year?
Earrings for my 6-year-old niece. She just got her ears pierced for her birthday last month.
Gran Patrón Burdeos añejo ($400) and Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach ($40). Lee’s Discount Liquor, citywide. Bar spoons, Tony Abou-Ganim ($13 each). Crystal shaker, William Yeoward ($895). Neiman Marcus, Fashion Show, 702-731-3636. Vino Grande Champagne coupe, Spiegelau (set of 4, $40). Williams-Sonoma, 1001 S. Rampart Blvd., 702-938-9480.
David Bart, Executive VP and Gm, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada
When giving a bottle of tequila like the Gran Patrón Burdeos, how best to tell the recipient that it’s really special?
Just describe it: It’s aged and racked in oak barrels, which gives it an unusual characteristic; it’s also more mellow because it’s been aged quite awhile. Of course, it comes in the most beautiful box imaginable— velvet-lined black walnut wood. The bottle itself is crystal. That alone shows just how special it is.
Would it be a crime to make a margarita with it?
Probably, but I’m not going to tell people how to drink anything—as long as they drink it! It’s definitely for sipping, for a tequila drinker who wants something a little different.
Grand Marnier—that seems very holiday-appropriate.
Yes. Any of them are good for topping off a margarita, but it’s enjoyed as much if not more in a snifter—not even on the rocks. You can also make a Champagne cocktail with it.
| December 2, 2013 | Style & Beauty
Photography by Jeff Crawford; Styling by Terry Lewis