10 THINGS What to get around, now

ELLE (Australia) - - Contributors -

1. THE GIFT-TO-SELF TA­BLE SER­VICE

A din­ner party without a cen­tre­piece is like a Christ­mas tree with no star – ne­glect­ful at best. This hand­made Mai­son Balzac vase – a col­lab with French ce­ramic brand Car­ron – will sit pretty in the mid­dle of your fes­tive spread. Vase, $349, MAI­SON BALZAC, maison­balzac.com

2. THE DE­TAIL LAMÉ, NOT LAME

How to recog­nise an It-girl this party sea­son? The Saint Lau­rent-es­que lamé she’s sport­ing, likely with last-all-night sneak­ers.

3. THE GIG WU YEAH

Sad fact: the hottest tick­ets in town this month – the Wu-tang Clan’s Opera House shows – are sold out. Brush up on RZA and co’s back cat­a­logue and be on stand-by for when your ticket-hold­ing friend drops out. De­cem­ber 8-11, syd­ney­op­er­a­house.com

4. THE BRAND NACKIYÉ

The brand to know now? Nackiyé, in­spired by sis­ters Basak and Defne Ko­cabiyikoglu’s days grow­ing up in the Mediter­ranean (and named af­ter their great-grand­mother). In this hemi­sphere, the mix of pulled-to­gether silks and flo­rals will see you through party sea­son with aplomb. nackiye.com

5. THE IT PIECE BOILER SUITS

The util­i­tar­ian take on a jump­suit is an easy wardrobe win, and one of stylist Sabina Schreder’s uni­sex ver­sions will work harder than any­thing else you own this sum­mer. Just choose the hue for you. shop-sabina.com

6. THE ARTY MEMO JOIN THE DOTS

This month, the re­lease of doco Kusama: In­fin­ity (out De­cem­ber 26) co­in­cides with one of artist Yayoi Kusama's dot­ted rooms open­ing at Can­berra's Na­tional Gallery of Aus­tralia. Kusama In­fin­ity Room is open from De­cem­ber 1, nga.gov.au

7. THE SMART BUY LINEN RELOADED

Ba­si­cally, if you're not lay­er­ing a linen shirt over your swim­suit, you're not do­ing sum­mer right. We're hav­ing trou­ble de­cid­ing between Uniqlo's 13 juicy shades (made from 100 per cent Euro­pean flax linen and so af­ford­able you won't feel guilt about throw­ing it in the bot­tom of your beach bag). Shirts, $49.90 each,

UNIQLO, uniqlo.com/au

8. THE FOR­EVER PIECE RIDE THE WAVE

Wear your heart around your neck with a cov­etable new Tif­fany & Co. Tif­fany Wave neck­lace – 100 per cent of prof­its sup­port coral and ma­rine con­ser­va­tion on the Great Bar­rier Reef. White gold and sap­phire pen­dant,

$2,700, ster­ling sil­ver pen­dant,

$415, both TIF­FANY & CO., tif­fany.com.au

9. THE SO-MAD-IT'S-FAB PICK WA­TER BABY

If an in­flat­able swan was never quite your vibe, you'll rel­ish in af­ter­noons spent on one of Villa26's pool so­fas (you can lounge on land, too). Our pick? The chic sepia hue. All that's left to do is find some­one to de­liver you a spritz. villa26.com

10. THE SHINY THING PEET DULLAERT

It used to cause un­told angst to lose an ear­ring, but now there's a so­lu­tion…wear the other with an arty Peet Dullaert piece for chic asym­me­try and there's no need to worry some­one else will steal your style. shop.peet­dul­laert.com

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