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Perfect Last Minute Gifts of Scent: Jo Malone

The perfect last minute gift? Scents by JO MALONE! Jo herself believed that giving gifts should be the ultimate pleasure and provide a luxurious way to create a lasting memory. Whether as a treat for yourself or a gift for a loved one, the essent

ial joy of giving or receiving fragrance is captured in the moment the gift is opened. Brilliant, right?

The distinctive cream bag… the pristine box…the black, grosgrain ribbon…the tissue paper misted with fragrance. Before you even lift the lid, the Jo Malone experience is something special. But, choosing is almost exciting as receiving. What will you select? One, two, a trio of colognes? A solo scent, paired with a velvety crème, or maybe an aromatic bath oil? You can not only combine all fragrances, but also use, for instance, a shower gel in one scent, a body lotion in a second one and a cologne in a third scent. With some seventeen perfume lines in her program, Jo Malone offers an infinity of combinations. You can even create a personal bespoke perfume.

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Hermes: Essence of Classic Luxury

Whether you want a piece of classic luxury on your arm or to rest your arm upon, you’ll be interested to know that  Hermes is unveiling an exclusive collection of furniture designed in collaboration with minimalist designer, Jean-Michel Frank.  This year the Frank family gave Hermes the exclusive rights to reissue his designs that began in 1924, including chairs to dining tables, all of which will be numbered and certified editions.

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Image Courtesy: New York Times-House Proud

The Comfortable Chair will be among the designs to  be unveiled at Hermes’ Left Bank Paris location and available in April 2011.

OR..

If you would rather tote this luxury on your arm, you may already know the Hermes Birkin Bag, named by co-designer Jane Birkin; or the Kelly Bag, renamed by Grace Kelly in the 1930’s; these bags are ” where it’s at.”  Only a handful are shipped directly from Hermes each year and the catch is: the wait list is closed.

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But, guess what? ..I found this gorgeous Gold Ostrich 35cm Birkin bag on ebay, pre-owned, and only $16,999.

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Grace Kelly with Kelly Bag/image courtesy: ebay seller- Teeho

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Kate Moss with Kelly Bag/image courtesy: ebay seller- Teeho

Ebay seller Teeho has one too, with great pictures of past and present celebrities shown with this timeless bag.

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Because of their exclusivity and the sheer demand for these handmade amazing pieces of  leather, buyers must beware of fraudulent listings on ebay.  To see tips on how to determine “authenticy” look here.

You Design it! Custom Tile by Edgewater

So, you want a custom mural….Well then, Edgewater of British Colombia is your place.  They create a variety of in-house artisan tiles made of  glass, stone, wood, metal and porcelain by using an industrial waterjet to create the shapes. Waterjet cutting is a significant manufacturing technology that offers important new options in the cutting of materials.

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Unique Christmas Gift Ideas: Bakelite Jewlery

More and more people are collecting vintage jewelry and small evening bags.  But not only collectors would appreciate these special pieces.   Here are some selections from a magnificent Bakelite Jewelry Collection specializing in the finest  bangles, brooches, celluloid jewelry and lucite purses.  If you are not exactly sure what  Bakelite is, see here.
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Carved Bakelite strawberry and celluloid leaf necklace.
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Vintage lucite evening purse with beautiful marbled striping in gunmetal gray and pearlized white.   Handles are silver–not gold– as they appear in the photo.

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Spectacular Art Deco vintage beaded drawstring purse. Iridescent beading and unlined with two catalin overdyed adornments.
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French steel beaded purse with early plastic handle
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Vintage Brass Filigree Purse with Butterscotch Lucite Lid.
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Carved and Painted Lucite Owl Pin

For much more of the collection visit the Bakelite Boutique.

Elegant and Whimsical Bath Fixtures

Gregg and I just got back from New York where we celebrated Gregg’s birthday. While we were there we could not help but check out the real estate on Fifth Avenue.  In one great apartment, we found a toilet fit for for a Queen…

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Afterwards, I just had to do some Googling to see what other elaborate and whimsical pieces of porcelain were out there..

Here are some interesting finds.

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This Bling Bling toilet is diamond encrusted and will only set you back $75,000.

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Modern and Unique Holiday Decorating

Modern Holiday Decor

The time for Holiday decorating has come and so I thought I would share some inspirations for a more modern style of decorating in case you have grown as  tired of the traditional as I have. Here are some unique ideas from “House and Home” and “Living Etc.”  that I found inspiring.
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