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Gift Curation: Day 4-The Monogram

November 29, 2010

The Monogram for everyone.

The Perfect Gift for those who:

  • Love their name
  • Like to brand all of their personal items
  • Just got married and want to embrace their new married name
  • Have young children and want to identify their stuff
  • Are professionals and feel a sense of power and style with their initials on their shirt sleeves

The Ginette NY Lace Monogram Necklace

Made to your specifications, 14K gold, various gold selections (yellow, rose, etc)  and available with white, yellow or black diamonds.

Ginette Lace Monogram, Price per piece-custom

Land’s End for the Family

Needlepoint Christmas Stocking, $22.50

Pet Hoodie, $24.50

Square Rigger Laptop Sleeve, $29.50

Supima 6-piece Towel Set

Plus cashmere sweaters, puffy vests, canvas totes, men’s dress shirts, kid’s sleeping bags and more!

Papyrus Custom Printing Personalized Stamps

Long live stationery!

Papyrus Personalized Stamps, prices vary

The J.Crew Monogram Shop

Choose from shirts, sweaters, sleepwear and most unexpected SWIM! Personalize your bottoms and one-pieces for an extra $10!

Solid twist-front bandeau tank, $80

Luxury Monogram with Goyard

Any leather good can be monogramed with the select choices of fonts. On every chic girls’s wish list!

The Goyard Monogram

Visit for store locations.

Gwyneth Paltrow and her personalized Goyard bag


Gift Curation: Day 3-Nantucket

November 28, 2010

Nantucket Reds: A modern twist on the classic Reds

The Perfect Gift for those who:

  • Summer in Nantucket
  • Wish they summered in Nantucket
  • Have a classic, preppy style
  • Have a rugged, urban style
  • Appreciate products Made in the USA

The Hill-side Chambray Accessories Collection in Plum Violet (Nantucket Red):

Tie, Scarf, Pocket Square and Handkerchief

The Hill-side Chambray Tie, $83

The Hill-side Chambray Scarf, $80

The Hill-side Chambray Pocket Square, $39

The Hill-side Handkerchief, $44

These accessories are available at the J.Crew Liquor Store and the Ace Hotel in New York City as well as select online retailers like

Plus, if you want the Nantucket vibe to carry over onto your Christmas tree, check out this whale ornament from Anthropologie.

Iced Whale Ornament, $16

Gift Curation: Day 2-Jewelry

November 27, 2010

Affordable Designer Jewelry

The Perfect Gift for those who:

  • Like rose gold
  • Want quality jewelry for every day
  • Have an affinity for Italian jewelry
  • Want an editor and celebrity favorite (Jessica Biel, Carrie Underwood, Sofia Varga, Cameron Diaz, Demi Moore, Penelope Cruz, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Giselle, etc. etc. etc.)

Ippolita Gemstone Earrings

Mini Teardrop Earrings in Smokey Quartz, $175

Also available at Saks Fifth Avenue

Jessica Biel wearing Ippolita gemstone earrings on the cover of Marie Claire. One of prettiest cover stories!

Gift Curation: Day 1-Cooking

November 26, 2010

Starting on the famous/infamous Black Friday, I will (try to) post 1 gift idea each day through Christmas. Check back each day for ideas for all the gift receivers in your life. Some gifts I want for myself, some I want to buy for my own family, some are aspirational and some are just fun finds. Enjoy your holiday season!

Day 1

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual

The Perfect Gift for those who:

  • Like to cook
  • Love Italian food
  • are regular patrons of the Frankies Spuntino and Prime Meats restaurants
  • have an Italian spouse and want their other half to learn to cook like their Grandmother

The Frankies Spuntino Kitchen Companion & Cooking Manual, $25

This book is available at Merlin Merchant that carries fine ingredients used in the menus at both Frankies and Prime Meats. Merlin Merchant is around the corner from the Frankies Spuntino Brooklyn location. For an enhanced gift, consider the Starter Kit complete with cookbook, Frankies Extra Virgin Olive Oil and the Cocktail Reverence Book.

The Frankies Starter Kit, $72

Thanksgiving Equals Football

November 25, 2010

Shop while you watch from the comfort of home before the madness begins tomorrow! Plus some Thanksgiving day deals. Looking forward to the Jets game tonight. It’s 4:38pm on Thursday and my meal is over and the rest of the day is dedicated to football and a snack later tonight once the turkey has worn off. Happy Thanksgiving All!

NFL.Com Thanksgiving Day Sale: BOGO 50% off!

Overdye Heather Hooded Zip Up Sweatshirt, $54.99

NFL Shield Breast Cancer Awareness T-Shirt, $27.99

Mitchell & Ness 2 Tone Melton Flex Hat, $27.99

Youth Sideline United Performance Hooded Sweatshirt, $54.99

Touch by Alyssa Milano Rivalry Hooded Sweatshirt with Tank Top, $64.99

Gerber Sleep 'N Play Set, $32.99

Men's NFL Pro Hooded Sherpa Sweatshirt, $63.99

Mimi So

November 2, 2010

Mimi So Bridal

Since yesterday’s post about my recommended wedding photography seemed to be popular, I thought it only right to share another wedding related vendor with whom I had a great experience. Wedding season is brewing and men around the world are plotting and planning their proposals in time for the holidays. So if you are looking for an engagement ring or wedding bands and crave a personal, professional and high quality shopping experience than you should consider Mimi So in New York City.

Mimi So designs beautiful, unique, fashion-forward and still classic jewelry handmade in her workshop in New York. She designs pieces for celebrities and non-famous people like myself. The showroom is now located inside a building on 5th Avenue in Midtown and no longer on street level on 47th Street. In this environment you receive personal attention, privacy and a sense of calm away from pushy and sometimes shady salespeople in the Diamond District. In my experience I was able to have a ring custom made while you can also choose a Mimi So unique setting from their collection. The salespeople are very knowledgable about diamonds and luxury jewelry and I never at any point felt like I was being taken advantage of.

Mimi So Bridal

All in all, my husband and I have 3 rings from Mimi So, both of our wedding bands and an heirloom diamond reset into a new, modern setting. Whenever we learn of friends who are thinking of engagement, we always proudly recommend visiting Mimi So during their shopping period. After my husband surprised me with my engagement ring, it was my responsibility to decide what my wedding band would look like, with some insight from him of course. I had a very difficult time deciding and basically held off for as long as possible before I was forced to decide or the ring would not be ready in time. On that last day when I was looking at multiple bands over and over, Mimi actually entered the studio and came to the table to spend some time learning about my purchase decision challenge. Let’s just say that she made me very confident in my final decision and helped steer me in the right direction which made everything complete. In the end, they took three different rings and made it into one for me, a combination they had never produced before. I had to trust that it would turn out right, as I couldn’t actually see what they were going to produce until it was finished. I couldn’t be happier with the final piece.

Mimi So Bridal


My Mimi So Wedding Band: rose gold, diamonds and engraving on each side

The newest sales person on the team is Ariel, who replaced a lovely woman named Kaori who returned to Japan just recently. They are currently renovating their workshop and will return to their permanent space within the next couple of weeks.

Mimi So

550 5th Avenue


Entwined Studio

November 1, 2010

Entwined Studio Wedding Photography

Long story short, we should have hired Entwined Studio for our wedding. And long story short, because we wish we had, I now recommend them to anyone in need of unique, creative and simply beautiful photography, especially for weddings. Entwined is couple Matt and Angie, based in New York, fun and lovely people to work with and extremely talented. Just view their sample photography on their blog and you will see for yourself.

Matt and Angie shot my friend’s recent wedding in Brooklyn and I just saw some of their photos on the Entwined blog. They are amazing and totally capture the couple and the day. I admit I was jealous, but was so happy that they received the attention, service and memorable photography that they and every couple deserve.

So if you are looking to hire a photographer for your wedding, engagement, new baby or special event, please consider Entwined Studio. I just had to spead the news! I can’t wait for an excuse to hire them in the future.

Entwined Studio Wedding Photography