Tableware

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 Shoebit.ly/14wjJuY, $40.00

 

 

Antique Silver Condiment Set Pottery Barn

 

 

Antique Silver Condiment Set, potterybarn.com, $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

 

 

 

 

tylt.com $25.00

 

 

Ballard Designs Beverage Tags

 

Set of 6 Beverage Tags, Ballard Designs.com, $15.00

Pure Tangerine Extract, igourmet.com, $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, exhibit.net.au, $17.00 a piece

Riemes French Limonades Blood Orange, amazon.com, $3.99

 

 

4" Bottle Vase with Wood Holder

 

 

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

 

1 bunch of multi-colored gerber daisies

 

Crossed Spoons Plate Stand

 

 

Crossed Spoons Plate Stand, anthropologie.com, $20.00

La Woof Plate, anthropologie.com, $24.00

 

Cave Coasters Zara Home

 

Cave Coasters, zarahome.com, $16.00

Fred Cool Jewels Ice Cube Tray, amazon.com, $7.64

 

 

Williams Sonoma Food Made Fast Asian Cookbook

 

 

Williams Sonoma Food Made Fast Asian Cookbook, williams-sonoma.com, $17.95

Norpro Deluxe 3-piece Bamboo Steamer, amazon.com, $16.84

 

 

 

Madeleine mold

 

 

Melamine Faience a la Corne plate, johnderian.com, $9.50

Norpro Non-Stick Mini-Madeleine Pan, bakedeco.com, $14.90

Gourmet Bourbon Vanilla Beans, lifegourmetshop.com, $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, amazon.com, $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, thewestviewshop.com, $10.45

 

Heart Shaped Spoon Tea Infuser

Heart Shaped Spoon Tea Infuser, starwest-botanicals.com, $2.72

 

Heart Shaped Spoon with Braided Wire

Heart Shaped Spoon with Braided Wire, maryjurekdesigninc.com, $16.00

 

Olive Wood Spoon Heart Shaped

 

Olive Wood Spoon Heart Shaped, bethlehemolivewood.net, $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, vivaterra.com, $429.00

Antiqued Moroccan Mirror, Wisteria.com, $220.15

 

 

Moroccan Glasses Blue
Moroccan Glasses

 

Moroccan Tea Glasses, justmorocco.com, $30.00

 

Anthropologie Pillow

 

Embroidered Fesi Pillow, anthropologie.com, $148.00

 

Fez Bowls
Tiffany Brass Moroccan Lamp

 

 

Fez Bowls, apartment48.com, $38.00

Tiffany Moroccan Brass Lamp, berbertrading.com, $299.00

 

Moroccan Tile Throw

 

Moroccan Tile Throws, horchow.com, $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:

Flowers

 

Fossilized Roses artfire.com

 

Fossilized Roses with Stems, artfire.com, $22.oo

 

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

 

Dried Palm Roses, curiouscountrycreations.com, $9.99

Dried Corn Husk Roses, curiouscountrycreations.com, $6.99

 

Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds

Paper Roses Woodcreek Drieds

 

Paper Roses Wood Creek Drieds

Handmade Paper Roses, woodcreekdrieds.com, $7.95

 

Pitcher

 

Terra Cotta Pitcher Crate and Barrel

Terra Cotta Pitcher, crateandbarrel.com, $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!

 

 

 

stella.it jean skirt

 

skirt, stellajean.it, $544

 

Preen Serpent Skirt
Preen Serpent Skirt

 

 

Serpent Skirt by Preen, modaoperandi.com, $1,210

 

i-wares, seletti

 

i-wares,  Seletti.it and seletti.us

 

 

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, barneys.com, $43,380.00

2.) Wave Vases, dbglassworks.com

 

Cambridge Satchel Company

 

Cambridge Satchel Company, cusp.com, $170.00

 

 

Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals

 

3.) andreamarques.com

4.) Arnold 100 patent-leather and mirrored-python sandals, net-a-porter.com, $895.00

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

 

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com
Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Candy Chairs, indiamahdavi.com

 

Perro Leather Bookmark Coral

 

6.) Festive Wonderland Ornaments Cake, modernbite.com, $100.00

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

8.) Diorite Adizero sneakers, net-a-porter.com, $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, horchow.com, $1125.00

Wild Chevron Giclee, horchow.com, $500.00

 

 

Charlotte Olympia Alexa Wedges

 

9.) Flip Flops Asia, Agatharuizdelaprada.com

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

11.) Alexa, charlotteolympia.com, £325

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9" Vase
Napoleon Flatware, Horchow

 

 

Waterford Araglin Prestige Cobalt 9″ Vase, na.wwrd.com, $425.00

Napoleon Flatware, horchow.com, $84.90

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top
Veronica Beard the Skort

 

 

 

 

M. Patmos Flora Silk Front Top, shopbop.com, $395.00

Veronica Beard the Skort, shopbop.com, $495.00

 

 

Boden Seventies Wedge

 

Seventies Wedges, bodenusa.com, $98.00

 

For the little ones:

 

Bo-Kaap Trapeze Mini Dress

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

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

14.) Durban Two Tie Romper, teacollection.com, $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, serenaandlily.com, $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, grandinroad.com, $29.00

Small Hurricane, rshcatalog.com, $15.00

 

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters Wisteria, Harvest Nut Tray DeanDeluca

 

Handmade Jaipur Coasters, wisteria.com, $16.80

Harvest Nut Tray, deandeluca.com, $24.00

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring Sundance Catalog

 

 

Seventh Heaven Ring, sundancecatalog.com, $48.00

 

All Hours Winking Georgie Kate Spade

 

 

 

All Hours Winking Georgie, katespade.com, $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, shopbop.com, $49.00

 

 

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner GrandinRoad

Embroidered Suzani Table Runner, grandinroad.com, $39.00

 

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

 

Filigree Collar Necklace, Forever21.com, $8.80

Bone Inlay Jewelry Box, serenaandlily.com, $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), thesouthernhome.com, $42.00

 

Threshold Flour Sack Towels Target

 

 

Threshold Flour Sack Cake Towel Set of 6, target.com, $20.00

 

Indian Ragamala Plate Met Museum Store

 

Favorite decoratively wrapped chocolates in…

Indian Ragamala Plate, store.metmuseum.org, $20.00

 

 

Mystic Tie-Back Bib Necklace

 

 

Mystic Tie-back Bib Necklace, anthropologie.com, $48.00

 

 

Renaissance Glassware Horchow

 

 

Renaissance Glassware, horchow.com, $26.90

 

English Toffee Crate Olive and Cocoa

 

English Toffee Crate, oliveandcocoa.com, $48.00

 

Gold Bangle Set Jcrew

 

Gold Bangle Set, jcrew.com, $39.50

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan Cost Plus

 

Yellow Ceramic Muffin Pan, worldmarket.com, $14.99

Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix, amazon.com, $15.51

 

 

Ethnic Lace Applique Necklace Zara

 

Ethnic Lace Appliqué, zara.com, $29.90

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glasses Anthropologie

 

 

Menagerie Juice Glass, anthropologie.com, $12.00

Norpro Orange Juicer, amazon.com, $9.07

 

Coil Rope Bowl Ylang Home

 

A few beautiful green apples in…

Coil Rope Bowl, yliving.com, $48.00

 

 

Parisien Shoppers Tote Forever 21, Eiffel Tower Round Tray Target

 

Eiffel Tower Round Tray, target.com, $9.99

Champagne Cork Cookies by Fossier, igourmet.com, $9.99

Parisien Shopper’s Tote, forever21.com, $1.80

 

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder Robin King Designs

 

Brown Silhouette Pencil Holder, robinkingdesigns.com, $30.00

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

 

Vintage Hobnail Candydish One Kings Lane

 

 

Lindor Truffles (always a favorite) in…

Vintage Hobnail Candydish, onekingslane.com, $45.00

 

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