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

 

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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

De Bon Goût—In Good Taste

  • 3rd April 2013

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.

 

Gateau Breton

Photo Courtesy of: Bon Appetit

 

Hazelnut Gâteau Breton

Recipe from Bon Appetit, May 2007

 

  • 1 1/4 cups Vanilla Sugar , divided  (SEE Recipe below for Vanilla Sugar—It’s worth making as you can use it all other baking recipes sprinkle it on yogurt or enjoy it in your morning tea or coffee.  A real treat!)
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts, lightly toasted, husked
  • 6 large egg yolks (preferably organic)
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 large egg yolk beaten with 2 teaspoons water (for glaze)
  • Whole strawberries with stems attached or warm strawberry jam (optional)

 

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.

Vanilla Sugar:

  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 coarsely chopped vanilla bean

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.

 

 

 

 

Spotlight: Red Tractor Designs

  • 3rd April 2013

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 Red Tractor Company
Blue & White Tea Towel Red Tractor Company
Vegetable Patch Tea Towel Red Tractor Company

 

 

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

 

Cake Show Tea Towel Red Tractor Company
Mixed Farming Tea Towel Red Tractor Company
Teapot Tea Towel Red Tractor Company

 

 

 

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 Teacup Holder
Teacup Teacup Holder Red Tractor Company

 

 

 

 

A Bush Wedding Teabag Holder, redtractor.com.au, $2.95

Teacups Tea Bag Holder, redtractor.com.au, $2.95

 

A Bush Wedding Sandwich Tray

 

A Bush Wedding Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95

 

Teacup Sandwich Tray

Teacups Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95

 

Cake Show Sandwich Tray

 

 

The Cake Show Sandwich Tray, redtractor.com.au, $12.95

Parting Words…

  • 3rd April 2013

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.

 

Mahatma Gandhi

 

BonConseil

Très Mignon

  • 2nd April 2013

Clutches and Minaudières are stealing the show proving that bigger is not always better…

 

A quick peek at all the different ways these tiny gems shine this season.

 

 

Vogue Paris

Photo Courtesy of: Vogue Paris

 

 Studded:

 

Burberry Prossum Studded leather clutch
House of Harlow 1960 'Tilly' Studded Calf Hair Clutch

 

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

 

 

Pop Art:

 

Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch Bag

 

 

Judith Leiber Whitman Pixelated Python Clutch Bag, bergdorfgoodman.com, $2495.00

 

 

Charlotte Olympia C'est La Vie Embroidered Printed Crepe

 

 

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

 

Embellished:

 

Marchesa Iris Stingray Minaudière Blue
Santi Flower Clutch

 

 

Santi Flower Clutch, shopbop.com, $240.00

Marchesa Iris Stingray Minaudière Blue, bergdorfgoodman.com, $1995.00

 

 

Wilbur and Gussie Coco Clutch with Bee Clasp

 

 

4.) Wilbur and Gussie Coco Clutch with Bee Clasp, austique.com.uk, £250.00

5.) Kotur Margo Embroidered-Floral Lace Minaudiere, neimanmarcus.com, $395.00

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

 

Dolce & Gabbana Miss Dea raffia-tasseled woven clutch, net-a-porter.com, $1895.00

 

Traditional with a Twist :

 

Fendi Calf Hair Giano Clutch
Lanvin Clutch in Calfskin

 

 

 

Fendi Calf Hair Giano Clutch, barneys.com, $3110.00

Lanvin Clutch in Calfskin, lanvin.com, $990.00

 

 

Jimmy Choo Chandra Chain Snakeskin Clutch Bag

 

 

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

 

The Row, Python Classic Baguette Clutch, barneys.com, $5,500.00

 

 

Vintage-Inspired:

 

House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch

 

House of Harlow 1960 Zola Clutch, shopbop.com, $117.00

 

Kate Spade New York Wedding

 

 

12.) Gold Pleated Vintage Clutch, windsorstore.com, $19.90

13.) Judith Leiber Joia Octagon Minaudiere,  neimanmarcus.com, $3995.00

14.) Kate Spade New York Wedding, couture.zappos.com, $398.00

 

 

 

Metallic:

 

Stella McCartney Falabella Metallic Clutch

 

Stella McCartney Falabella Metallic Clutch, mytheresa.com, € 695.00

 

 

Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Embellished Shoulder Bag

 

 

15.) Dolce & Gabbana Sequin Embellished Shoulder Bag, mytheresa.com, € 345.00

16.) Pochette Clutch Laurence Heller, calypsostbarth.com, $125.00

 

Tom Ford Python Snake

 

 

Tom Ford Metallic Python Serpent T-Bar Clutch, neimanmarcus.com, $1680.00

 

 

Milly 'Nikki Fringe Facile' Clutch

 

Milly ‘Nikki Fringe Facile’ Clutch, shop.nordstrom.com, $350.00