Friday, November 21, 2014



Sparkling or subtly classic-a bit of bling is always or great gift…guaranteed to bring a recipient's smile.

For guys-

Cuff links are a 'safe'choice-whether for those who spend their time on the golf course (or couch)- rarely in French cuffs…or for men with a permanent seat at the boardroom table...
Handcrafted-custom  (and rtw) cufflinks-by Auburn Jewelry creations can be in silver, 14k gold and other metals,  and enamel…$95+-initial cuff links pictured $120

Barton Como by menswear veteran designer Robert Graham @robertgrahamnyc
Mechanical-self-winding watches are making a comeback-these handsome timepieces by Perreletinclude esteemed selections with retrograde, jumping hour, double-motor complications and top tier tourbillons.

Turbine Pilot-P-331/In-House Caliber-water resistant 5 ATM-see through case back 

For gals----

Versatile Belt Envy's original art worked' pendants-for belt buckles, pendants, and bracelets- includes enamel and Swarovski bejeweled selections…offered in sizes that'll fit anyone-including men and kids. USE PROMO CODE ACC50 for 50% off online orders at

handcrafted in the USA-BELT ENVY-Sparrow "Master of Flight" $350

CAROLEE-Word Play Double Take Bangle Collection $45-one of many designs by well made- affordable label that is widely available. Word Play collection-bejeweled one side and meaningful words on the other… stack worthy. @caroleejewlery

convertible leather hair bands-we wear on our wrist $18

Love gifts---- that give back

V.I.P. Unlimited Bands by Leigh Ann Barnes-handcrafted and created by women survivors of domestic violence

V.I.P. Unlimited hairbands-$40
Eylse Ryan Jewelry Easter Seals Give Back Bracelet $35-finished in timeless gold, vintage rose, artisan silver, metallic hematite, and ElsyeRyan signature design-made by young adults given an opportunity to learn a skill/living-School To Life Program @elyseryan

Mujus jewelry made from fallen from the tree tagua seed aka vegetable 'ivory' dresses up everything from evening gowns to denim-hand crafted and earth/animal friendly-and a beautiful statement making necklace-pictured $69-other selections start at $33+---and cufflinks $34 @mujusnyc

Statement makers:

We have never bought/worn a piece of jewelry that has gotten so many comments as this incredible SPINE TAIL ARMOUR ring  $450-handcrafted in Brooklyn by SLIGHT JEWELRY...
available in men's and women's sizes-by SPINE TAIL ARMOUR ring- SLIGHT JEWELRY
A love of soaring above waters (kite sailing) in the sky-led to an earthly meeting between designer Nicole Miller and jewelry designer Margo=elegant and edgy warrior collaboration featured on the runway.
Available online and in-store-1202 Madison Ave., NYC

Margo-daughter of a prima-ballerina Karen Von Arnoldingen and  G-d daughter ballet master George Balanchine-grew up inspired by the arts+hard work and precision 

Drool worthy-luscious cultured pearls are rarefied selections by Mastoloni (@MastonoliPearls)
Fringe earrings-part of the Signature Ice Collection combines 13.5mm Tahitian black pearls and 2.77 ct white diamond accents

Pavé rings (14k and 18k white or yellow gold and lovely ICE FAN earrings-South Sea and Tahitian Pearls with 1.66 cts brilliant cut black and white diamonds-matching Ice Fan cocktail ring (not pictured)
Eye catching and bargains ---HSN continues to surprise with selections that normally wouldn't be on our radar…like these makeup compacts by AMEDEO NYC
Amedeo NYC Vanity Cameo Bejeweled Compact $119

Breil Watch $375
For the fitness tracking addict-a break from the stats by Breil Watches are time keeping statement bracelets-loved the shape of the rose gold tone dial with a bezel bedazzled by Swarovski crystals…two tone stainless shell bracelet water resistant to 5 ATM (165 feet) $375
Our latest obsession---temporary skin jewelry-

amazingly long lasting-for us 2 weeks and we swim daily (no body scrubs-or use of oily moisturizer helps last longer)!!! LULU dk TATTOOS-at Bloomingdales and Nordstoms-gold and silver metallics-several design themes…easy to apply

Black Lace Skin Jewelry gold and silver metallics-in flirty, edgy and feminine shapes- romantic roses, Gothic crosses, winged armor, snakes, thorns, etc-IDEAL for your Game of Thrones fanatic…easy to apply-hypoallergenic and waterproof-at select boutiques 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#BordeauxLife BORDEAUX WINES Bordeaux Under One Roof Part 2

Industria Studios, NYC

Well structured, fruity-polished finishes and accessibly priced-those other Bordeaux reds surprised us with the numerous selections available….and the Bordeaux whites: dry/complex to-intense fruity and rich-to be enjoyed NOW or sophisticated 'sweets' = universally wonderful change from the too too oak heavy offerings from the Left Coast.

Jean de Nodet, 2011 red $11.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Bordeaux
Jean Médeville et Fils, 2012 dry white, $15.00 sauvignon, sémillon, muscadelle AOC/AOP Bordeaux

Château Mazeris, 2010 red merlot, cabernet franc $25.00 AOC/AOP Canon-Fronsac-aged in oak barrels adds to complexity

Château Ferrande, 2012 dry white, $24.99 sauvignon blanc, semillon, sauvignon gris AOC/AOP Graves

Léo de La Gaffelière, 2011 red $18.99 merlot, cabernet franc, AOC/AOP Saint-Emilion

Château Fleur de Lisse, 2011 red $20.00 merlot, cabernet franc, AOC/AOP Saint -Emilion

Château Sainte Colombe, 2006 red $15.99 merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon AOC/AOP Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux 

Tasty- party crowds price friendly-Château Chaubinet, 2013 dry white $12.99 -100% sauvignon blanc AOC/AOP Bordeaux

Michel Lynch  2013, Bordeaux Blanc $10.99 sauvignon blanc, semillon AOC/AOP Bordeaux-by same winemaker as Château-Lynch-Bages 
Château Villa Bel Air, 2012 dry white $22.99 sauvignon blanc, sémillon AOC/AOP Graves--

talk about a great hostess gift-from Château Magondeau, 2009 red $17.00 regular bottle(!) 100% merlot AOC/AOP Fronsac

Château Viaud-Lalande, 2010 red $27.00 100% merlot-organic/sustainably made AOC/AOP Lalande-de-Pomerol. Delicate tannins-aged in oak -dense fruit finish. Loved this.

Château de Reignac, 2009 red $34.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Bordeaux supérieur 

Château Rousset-Caillau, Cuvée Jean 2010 red 100% cabernet sauvignon $20.00 AOC/AOP Bordeaux

TOP PICK! Lafite  Réserve Spéciale, 2012 from Les Domaines Baron De Rothschild (Lafite) deep intense color, aromatic berry nose full bodied with well balanced tannins -fresh and fruity=good deal. $41.99  AOC/AOP Saint-Emilion. We also tried the delish  Lafite  Réserve Spéciale, Pauillac 2011$51.99 classic power elegant wine, hints of spices-dense with a long fresh finish
Dame de Coeur du Château Peyfaures, 2010 red 100% merlot $30.00 AOC/AOP Bordeaux supérieur  

on the right-lovely-Château de Cérons, 2011 sweet white $36.00 sémillon, sauvignon blanc, muscadelle AOC/AOP Cérons…as an aperitif too.

on the right-Château Olivier Grand Cru Classé de Graves, 2008 red -cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Pessac-Léognan on left Château Olivier Grand Cru Classé de Graves, 2009 white sauvignon blanc, sémillon, muscadelle AOC/AOP Pessac-Léognan
Château Carbonnieux Grand Cru Classé de Graves, 2011 white $20.00 sauvignon blanc, sémillon AOC/AOP Pessac-Léognan
From rich chocolates-Michel Cluizel and palate pleasing French cheeses- we tried ALL