There are few boutiques that uphold the tradition of their name…for more than 30 years. The reason Rexer-Parkes (in Huntington) does is its dedication to providing clients with fashion, not fad, and fine, quality tailoring (not flash). If you are shopping for a sophisticated lady, this is your stop for finds like this Rachel Roy blouse and Jamin Puech Sambor wool bag from Paris. Exquisite, artsy accessories like this Judith Haas gold over bronze cuff with green amethyst stones and pyrite with gold-plated earrings by Citrine by the Stones will be the talk of the party. Rexer-Parkes also supports local designers, like milliner Jennifer Hoertz, whose floppy turquoise hat features a unique flower. Yes, gift cards are available. But so are stunning pieces by Diane von Furstenberg, Isabel Marant, Milly, Schumacher and many others your lovely lady would like to see in the box with that sleek little card. Call (631) 549-1810 or visit rexer-parkes.com.
Rough cut diamonds have been sweeping runways (and jewelry cases) across the globe in recent seasons. The trend will continue into 2012 and is likely to keep up the pace well beyond that. In addition to being a leading watch dealer and specialty jeweler for more than a century, HL Gross & Bro. Jewelers (in Garden City) is also known for stunning pieces that challenge the latest trends. Mixing these with settings of traditional faceted diamonds, either on the same piece or by combing different collections, creates a distinguished look. Call (516) 747-6666 or visit them online at since1910.com.
For the girl who wants nothing more than to be herself, Emily Sky is her new BFF. This boutique caters to women seeking the latest pieces within her individual style mode. The locations (Plainview & Commack) are stocked with items ranging from city chic to bohemian to vintage glam in price points that suit any sized stocking. Shown here are ZOA blouse, Echo rabbit vest, Glam necklace, Eli belt and Vintage pocketbook. For those not ready to plunge into gifting clothes, Emily Sky has an extensive lineup of accessories that match a gift card perfectly. And, Pulse readers receive $25 off $100 gift cards through December 24. emilyskyfashions.com.
The best gift to give may be the inspiration of being “tru unto oneself.” Tru artists Brian and Cheryl Duignan launched their salon based on this very concept. Each of the staff at the St. James locale is dedicated to one specific area of hair care (cut & style, color, texturizing and conditioning) to ensure clients are receiving the highest level of care possible. Brian, an art lover (and style lover) who draws inspiration equally from art shows and celebrity stylists, has developed a line of products that can now offer clients (almost) the same care at home. What better way to pair a Tru gift card for services than with shampoo, conditioner and styling aids your special someone can use everyday? Call (631) 584-2210 or visit thetrusalon.com.
Nestled in the corner at The Plaza Shoppes in Locust Valley, Inside the Armoire is your destination for beautiful lingerie and sleepwear. Recently renovated, the store reflects a unique, modern Tuscan style. Carrying designer basics and fashion pieces, Inside the Armoire is the perfect place for your holiday gifts. Karen Papadopoulos and her warm, friendly staff are eager to provide personal service to enhance your shopping experience. Step Inside the Armoire and find an array of brands including Chantelle, Cosabella, Eberjey, Hanky Panky, Huit, Wacoal, Wolford and many more. Featured here is a smoke grey chemise by Blush from the Sweetest Sin collection. Call (516) 671-5749.
Cocktail rings are taking runways (and holiday parties) by storm this year. Le Joaillier (Locust Valley & Garden City) has an extensive line in platinum, white and yellow gold featuring the many hues of gemstones en vogue. Since 1979, they have been providing some of the most discriminating clientele with designer collections, antique and estate jewelry, and vintage watches and timepieces. The secret to their success? Quality merchandise, timeless style and dedicated service. Shown here are (top) 18kt white gold with 4.17ct of blue sapphire and white diamonds, (middle) 18kt white gold with 2.22ct of pink sapphire, ruby and white diamonds and (bottom) 18k white gold with a 12.5ct green tourmaline, and white diamonds. Call (516) 759-1133 or visit lejoaillier.com.
Give the gift of glowing, youthful skin. At the Great Neck location of the New York Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery and J SPA Medical Day Spa, Dr. Andrew Jacono specializes in surgical and non-surgical rejuvenating services focused on combating signs of aging. Dr. Jacono is an expert in Botox Cosmetic®, Juvederm™, Radiesse and Sculptra. He also performs state of the art laser treatments including Ultherapy, Fraxel, IPL and more. Holiday gift certificates can be used for both in-office services and at-home products. Shown here is part of the comprehensive suite of SkinCeuticals, a line offering ideal skin cleansing, protecting and anti-aging products. Call (516) 773-2424 or visit jspamedspa.com.