Cadeaux Parfait—Prix Parfait (Deux)

  • 5th April 2013

You’ve asked for it again and we’ve obliged!  Our second part in the ongoing series….Cadeaux Parfait!  Perfect gifts for under $50.00 (for you, a hostess, your best girlfriend, your great aunt!)




Sweet Creations


Beautiful, unique and delicious, ‘the Cinderella shoe,’ by Sweet Creations is completely edible and made from finely sourced chocolate.  Comes elegantly packaged

Cinderella, $40.00



Antique Silver Condiment Set Pottery Barn



Antique Silver Condiment Set,, $49.50


Tylt Y-Charge Dual USB Car Charger compatible with any device that takes a USB charger


tylt y-charge
tylt y-charge
tylt y-charge




Ballard Designs Beverage Tags


Set of 6 Beverage Tags, Ballard, $15.00

Pure Tangerine Extract,, $12.99*


*Tangerine Extract is delicious in numerous cold drinks from lemonade to punch to iced-tea



Romano Tumblers


The perfect housewarming gift for the new couple:  two gorgeous tumblers and fancy cold-drinks for the fridge!


Romano Tumblers,, $17.00 a piece

Riemes French Limonades Blood Orange,, $3.99



4" Bottle Vase with Wood Holder



4″ Bottle Vase with Wood Holder, set of 4,, $9.99


1 bunch of multi-colored gerber daisies


Crossed Spoons Plate Stand



Crossed Spoons Plate Stand,, $20.00

La Woof Plate,, $24.00


Cave Coasters Zara Home


Cave Coasters,, $16.00

Fred Cool Jewels Ice Cube Tray,, $7.64



Williams Sonoma Food Made Fast Asian Cookbook



Williams Sonoma Food Made Fast Asian Cookbook,, $17.95

Norpro Deluxe 3-piece Bamboo Steamer,, $16.84




Madeleine mold



Melamine Faience a la Corne plate,, $9.50

Norpro Non-Stick Mini-Madeleine Pan,, $14.90

Gourmet Bourbon Vanilla Beans,, $9.99



What I Love Today…

  • 3rd April 2013

How could you not love these kitschy, adorable spoons!  While heart-shaped measuring spoons (as wedding/bridal shower favors especially) are prolific and over-done, these Alessi Caffe spoons are exquisite, fresh and would make the most beloved hostess, or house-warming gift.



Alessi Il Caffe Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons


Alessi Il Caffe Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons,, $38.00



Who knew heart-shaped spoons were so abundant? Here are a few more choices…


DCI Bamboo Heart Shaped Spoon

DCI Bamboo Heart Shaped Spoon,, $10.45


Heart Shaped Spoon Tea Infuser

Heart Shaped Spoon Tea Infuser,, $2.72


Heart Shaped Spoon with Braided Wire

Heart Shaped Spoon with Braided Wire,, $16.00


Olive Wood Spoon Heart Shaped


Olive Wood Spoon Heart Shaped,, $14.95

Add a Little ‘Khaleesi’ to Your Kingdom

  • 12th March 2013

Shot in the stark Moroccan desert, Daenerys’ storyline pays tribute to a half-bedouin, half-royal lifestyle.  These Moroccan pieces are also slightly split-personality, as much at home amongst lavish, royal finery as they are around a gypsy campfire.


Moroccan Pouf Viva Terra
Moroccan Mirror Wisteria


Metallic Leather Poufs,, $429.00

Antiqued Moroccan Mirror,, $220.15



Moroccan Glasses Blue
Moroccan Glasses


Moroccan Tea Glasses,, $30.00


Anthropologie Pillow


Embroidered Fesi Pillow,, $148.00


Fez Bowls
Tiffany Brass Moroccan Lamp



Fez Bowls,, $38.00

Tiffany Moroccan Brass Lamp,, $299.00


Moroccan Tile Throw


Moroccan Tile Throws,, $195.00



Voleur: Steal this Look

  • 11th March 2013

This perfectly simple arrangement of artificial flowers in a rustic terra cotta pitcher immediately caught our eye.  It’s the ideal center-piece when you want an understated effect.  It’s the kind of non-chalant decoration you might expect to find beside a tumble of glassware in a Tuscan kitchen.  Thanks Miu Miu!!


Miu Miu ad




Ways to re-create this look:



Fossilized Roses


Fossilized Roses with Stems,, $22.oo


Dried Palm Roses Curious Country Creations
Corn Husk Roses Curious Country Creations


Dried Palm Roses,, $9.99

Dried Corn Husk Roses,, $6.99


Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds

Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds


Paper Roses Wood Creek Drieds

Handmade Paper Roses,, $7.95




Terra Cotta Pitcher Crate and Barrel

Terra Cotta Pitcher,, $19.95


Rustic Tan Stoneware Pitcher

Rustin Tan Stoneware Table Pitcher, $40.57


To get the full effect of the above look keep the flower stems long and if you plan on buying 3 bunches (of 5 or 6 roses), splurge and buy 4—they won’t wither!

Dollop of Color

  • 10th March 2013

From elegant brushstrokes in hair, to wildly brilliant nails….


Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country

Town & Country Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Town & Country



Victoria Beckham Pink Hair

Photo Courtesy of: Elle UK

Wild Nails

Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013







Top to Bottom, the runway looks for 2013 Spring/Summer are all about bold color



Eyes at Dior

Eyes at Dior, Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections, Spring/Summer 2013


Here are few fabulous ways to work bright hues into your lifestyle and a few more runway looks to get your inner-palette energized!
 jean skirt


skirt,, $544


Preen Serpent Skirt
Preen Serpent Skirt



Serpent Skirt by Preen,, $1,210


i-wares, seletti


i-wares, and



Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway

Stella Runway

Stella McCartney Runway



Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet

1.) Irene Neuwirth Mixed Boulder Opal Bracelet,, $43,380.00

2.) Wave Vases,


Cambridge Satchel Company


Cambridge Satchel Company,, $170.00



Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals



4.) Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals,, $895.00

5.) Burberry London Metallic Leather Trenchcoat,, $2995.00



Candy Chairs,
Candy Chairs,


Candy Chairs,


Perro Leather Bookmark Coral


6.) Festive Wonderland Ornaments Cake,, $100.00

7.) Perro Leather Bookmark Coral, Loewe Madrid,, 95 €

8.) Diorite Adizero sneakers,, $150.00



Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows

Eye Color at Spring Runway Shows. Photo Courtesy of: Elle Collections Spring/Summer 2013



Mod Artist's Palette Painting, Horchow
Wild Chevron Giclee, Horchow

Mod Artist’s Palette Painting,, $1125.00

Wild Chevron Giclee,, $500.00



Charlotte Olympia Alexa Wedges


9.) Flip Flops Asia,

10.) Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick, Rebelle,, $34.00

11.) Alexa,, £325


Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9" Vase
Napoleon Flatware, Horchow



Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9″ Vase,, $425.00

Napoleon Flatware,, $84.90


M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top
Veronica Beard the Skort





M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top,, $395.00

Veronica Beard the Skort,, $495.00



Boden Seventies Wedge


Seventies Wedges,, $98.00


For the little ones:


Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress

12.) Alex Toys Duct Tape Bangle Kit,, $16.25

13.) Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress,, $27.00

14.) Durban Two Tie Romper,, $35.00













Cadeaux Parfait—Prix Parfait

  • 26th February 2013

Great gifts under $50 are hard to find.

We are as fond of scented candles, aromatic soaps and good wine as anyone, but with just a tad more effort you can come up with something that will by-pass the random kitchen/hallway storage drawer and actually get used and loved.  And we have not gone above $50 (minus tax and shipping)

Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl Serena & Lilly


Cobalt Woven Paper Bowl,, $38.99



These are a few of our favorite ideas that work for anyone:  your friend’s birthday you suddenly remembered; end-of-year teacher ‘thank Us'; sudden invite to a colleague’s for brunch; secretary house-warming….whatever the occasion, stock up on a few of these now and you will be ready and thankful later.



GrandinRoad Lavendar Stack and RSH Hurricane


Lavendar Stack,, $29.00

Small Hurricane,, $15.00



Handmade Jaipur Coasters Wisteria, Harvest Nut Tray DeanDeluca


Handmade Jaipur Coasters,, $16.80

Harvest Nut Tray,, $24.00



Seventh Heaven Ring Sundance Catalog



Seventh Heaven Ring,, $48.00


All Hours Winking Georgie Kate Spade




All Hours Winking Georgie,, $49.00

(We suggest putting a few international coins from one of your favorite last trips inside just as a fun surprise!)


Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet



Gorjana Parker Leather Wrap Bracelet,, $49.00



Embroidered Suzani Table Runner GrandinRoad

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner,, $39.00


Bone Inlay Jewelry Box Serena & Lilly, Filigree Collar Necklace Forever21


Filigree Collar Necklace,, $8.80

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box,, $24.99



Iris Placemat The Southern Home
Dutch Tulip Placemat The Southern Home



Iris Placemat (set of 4) or Dutch Tulip Placemat (set of 4),, $42.00


Threshold Flour Sack Towels Target



Threshold Flour Sack Cake Towel Set of 6,, $20.00


Indian Ragamala Plate Met Museum Store


Favorite decoratively wrapped chocolates in…

Indian Ragamala Plate,, $20.00



Mystic Tie-Back Bib Necklace



Mystic Tie-back Bib Necklace,, $48.00



Renaissance Glassware Horchow



Renaissance Glassware,, $26.90


English Toffee Crate Olive and Cocoa


English Toffee Crate,, $48.00


Gold Bangle Set Jcrew


Gold Bangle Set,, $39.50

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan Cost Plus


Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan,, $14.99

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix,, $15.51



Ethnic Lace Applique Necklace Zara


Ethnic Lace Appliqué,, $29.90



Menagerie Juice Glasses Anthropologie



Menagerie Juice Glass,, $12.00

Norpro Orange Juicer,, $9.07


Coil Rope Bowl Ylang Home


A few beautiful green apples in…

Coil Rope Bowl,, $48.00



Parisien Shoppers Tote Forever 21, Eiffel Tower Round Tray Target


Eiffel Tower Round Tray,, $9.99

Champagne Cork Cookies by Fossier,, $9.99

Parisien Shopper’s Tote,, $1.80



Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder Robin King Designs


Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder,, $30.00

Elegant Pencils with Red French Lettering Set of 4,, $3.00


Vintage Hobnail Candydish One Kings Lane



Lindor Truffles (always a favorite) in…

Vintage Hobnail Candydish,, $45.00


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