Make haste slowly.
Make haste slowly.
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!)
Beautiful, unique and delicious, ‘the Cinderella shoe,’ by Sweet Creations is completely edible and made from finely sourced chocolate. Comes elegantly packaged
Cinderella Shoe, bit.ly/14wjJuY, $40.00
Antique Silver Condiment Set, potterybarn.com, $49.50
Tylt Y-Charge Dual USB Car Charger compatible with any device that takes a USB charger
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
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, set of 4, worldmarket.com, $9.99
1 bunch of multi-colored gerber daisies
Crossed Spoons Plate Stand, anthropologie.com, $20.00
La Woof Plate, anthropologie.com, $24.00
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.com, $17.95
Norpro Deluxe 3-piece Bamboo Steamer, amazon.com, $16.84
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
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
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, amazon.com, $38.00
Who knew heart-shaped spoons were so abundant? Here are a few more choices…
DCI Bamboo Heart Shaped Spoon, thewestviewshop.com, $10.45
Heart Shaped Spoon Tea Infuser, starwest-botanicals.com, $2.72
Heart Shaped Spoon with Braided Wire, maryjurekdesigninc.com, $16.00
Olive Wood Spoon Heart Shaped, bethlehemolivewood.net, $14.95
These adorable spoons deserve a delicious accompaniment and this they find in Hazelnut Gâteau Breton. If you like Gianduja or Nutella, trust us, you will LOVE this cake. It’s dense and buttery and is traditionally served with coffee in the late afternoon. It is unmistakably French in that it is amazingly simple in ingredients, yet complex in flavor and texture.
Hazelnut Gâteau Breton
Recipe from Bon Appetit, May 2007
Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 325°F. Butter and flour 9-inch-diameter springform pan. Combine 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar and hazelnuts in processor; blend until nuts are finely ground but not pasty. Combine 6 egg yolks and remaining 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons vanilla sugar in large bowl; whisk until well blended and slightly thicker, about 2 minutes (do not use electric mixer). Whisk in hazelnut mixture. Gradually whisk in melted butter. Sift flour over batter; stir just until blended (batter will be thick; do not over-mix or cake may be tough).
Transfer batter to prepared pan; smooth top with offset spatula (layer will be thin). Brush top generously with egg glaze. Using back of tines of fork, deeply mark crisscross pattern atop cake, marking 3 times across in 1 direction and 3 times in opposite direction. Bake cake until deep golden on top and tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan on rack 15 minutes, then remove pan sides and cool cake completely. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Wrap in foil and store at room temperature.
Cut cake into wedges and serve with whole strawberries or with warm strawberry jam.
Blend sugar and vanilla bean in processor until bean is finely ground. Store in covered container at room temperature at least 2 days, then strain through fine strainer before using.
This whimsical, quirky company comes to us by way of Australia and offers the most adorably unique tea towels, tea bag holders, trays, etc., fun for us and perfect as gifts!
Piambong Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
Blue & White Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
The Vegetable Patch Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
The Cake Show Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
Mixed Farming Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
Teapots Tea Towel, redtractor.com.au, $16.95
A Bush Wedding Teabag Holder, redtractor.com.au, $2.95
Teacups Tea Bag Holder, redtractor.com.au, $2.95
A Bush Wedding Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95
Teacups Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95
The Cake Show Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.
A quick peek at all the different ways these tiny gems shine this season.
Burberry Prossum Studded leather clutch, net-a-porter.com, $3295.00
House of Harlow 1960 ‘Tilly’ Studded Calf Hair Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $250.00
Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch Bag, bergdorfgoodman.com, $2495.00
1.) Lanvin Sea Breeze embellished satin box clutch, net-a-porter.com, $1985.00
2.) Lizzie Fortunato Safari Bananas Clutch, matchesfashion.com, $591.00
3.) Charlotte Olympia C’est La Vie Embroidered Printed Crepe, net-a-porter.com, $1595
Santi Flower Clutch, shopbop.com, $240.00
Marchesa Iris Stingray Minaudière Blue, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1995.00
4.) Wilbur and Gussie Coco Clutch with Bee Clasp, austique.com.uk, £250.00
6.) Accessorize Gem Salinas Beaded Clutch, accessorize.com, $88.00
7.) Diane Von Furstenberg Tonda Small Crystal Clutch, shopbop.com, $316.00
Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dea raffia-tasseled woven clutch, net-a-porter.com, $1895.00
Traditional with a Twist :
Fendi Calf Hair Giano Clutch, barneys.com, $3110.00
Lanvin Clutch in Calfskin, lanvin.com, $990.00
8.) Miu Miu Matelassé leather clutch, net-a-porter.com, $570.00
9.) Gucci Bright Bit Patent Leather Clutch Bag, Sapphire, neimanmarcus.com, $850,00 (pre-order)
10.) Red Valentino Bow Leather Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $395.00
11.) Jimmy Choo Chandra Chain Snakeskin Clutch Bag, neimanmarcus.com, $1850.00 (pre-order)
The Row, Python Classic Baguette Clutch, barneys.com, $5,500.00
House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch, shopbop.com, $117.00
12.) Gold Pleated Vintage Clutch, windsorstore.com, $19.90
14.) Kate Spade New York Wedding, couture.zappos.com, $398.00
Stella McCartney Falabella Metallic Clutch, mytheresa.com, € 695.00
15.) Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Embellished Shoulder Bag, mytheresa.com, € 345.00
16.) Pochette Clutch Laurence Heller, calypsostbarth.com, $125.00
Tom Ford Metallic Python Serpent T-Bar Clutch, neimanmarcus.com, $1680.00
Milly ‘Nikki Fringe Facile’ Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $350.00
Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.