Gifting jewelry can be a dicey situation — sometimes the ultra-personal presents can soar to the top of the jewelry box heap, while others have the potential to be total flops. It's hard to nail down a loved one's unique style — which is why this week is crucial. Three separate jewelry sales are taking place — one perfect for the minimalist, one for the gal that wears her entire collection all at once, and one for the trendsetter. But, if baubles are off your holiday radar, why not hit up the menswear mixer at J.Crew tomorrow and score a free shave for your beau, instead? And don't forget to come back to The Grove for round two: a serious shop crawl (you can leave your man at home for that one!). Looks like someone will be shining bright like a diamond this week!
Boy, Oh Boy! The Best Gift For Your Bro Or Beau Has Been Found
Honestly, it's time to buy something the man in your life could really use. No more novelty ties or cuff links — he's probably got enough of those to spare! Instead, swing by the new J.Crew men's shop at The Grove tomorrow, where Frank Muytjens, the head of men's design, will be on hand with the fine folks at GQ for an evening of sartorial advice and complimentary cuts and shaves (for him, not you!), from the guys at Blind Barber. Of course, cocktails will be provided — just don't forget to RSVP!
When: Tuesday, December 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: J.Crew Men's Store at The Grove, 189 The Grove Drive (near West 3rd Street); 323-939-1070.
Quit Pining For Péan And Pick Up A Piece — You Deserve It!
There's well-crafted jewelry, and then there's Monique Péan, the designer who creates pieces that could easily double as mini works of art. It's no wonder Michelle Obama is a big fan of her oversized stones and bangles — they totally transform any ensemble! Grab your own one-of-a-kind stunner at Barneys, where Péan herself will be on-hand.
When: Tuesday, December 11 and Wednesday, December 12, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Barneys, 9570 Wilshire Boulevard (at South Camden Drive); 310-276-4400.
What's Better Than A Sale At A Bar? Nothing!
If you're the type that prefers a bit of booze with your holiday shopping, head on over to Mandrake tomorrow for Steven Shein's jewelry sale. In addition to a festive happy hour, those signature spiked and studded rings, necklaces, and bracelets will be on the block for a fraction of the original cost. Grab a brew, peruse the pieces, and consider this your invite to let lose on a school night.
When: Tuesday, December 11, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: The Mandrake Bar, 2692 South La Cienega Boulevard (Near Venice Boulevard); 310-837-3297.
Swear To Blog This Event Is Worth Braving The Grove's Massive Crowds
The Grove can be a scary place come holiday season. Rather than avoid the tourist mecca, join Jacey of Damsel In Dior and a slew of blogger buds (Sydne from Sydne Style, Shauna of Penny Chic, Grasie of Style Me Grasie, Sheryl of Walk In Wonderland, and Devon of Devon Rachel), for a shopping excursion that'll put all other mall trips to shame. Kick off the adventure at The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge, then join the bloggers at their top retailers for gift cards and other surprises! Surely, you'll want to RSVP, stat!
When: Wednesday, December 12, 7 to 10 p.m.
Where: The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge, 189 The Grove Drive (near West 3rd Street); 323-931-0202.
Jewels + Juice = The Greatest Sale For Bauble-Loving Folks
Want to really wow the accessories fiend on your list? Ariel Gordon and Maya Brenner (both of whom have serious celeb followings), have teamed up for steep discounts (50% off, plus and additional 10% if you tweet or Instagram the sale!), free manicures, and drinks courtesy of Pressed Juicery. So, not only will you satisfy her (or your) craving for cute baubles, you'll walk away with some dazzling digits and a belly full of healthy sips — talk about delicious!
When: Wednesday, December 12, noon to 7 p.m.
Where: 448 South Hill Street, #715 (between West 4th and West 5th streets); no phone.
Photos: Via J.Crew; Via Steven Shein; Courtesy of Monique Péan; Courtesy of Ariel Gordon