Tray Chic~ Saturday, May 31 2008 

A good tray can be indispensable in stylish entertaining, especially in the summer months, with outdoor entertaining. Think of the uses…… Serving mojitos by the pool, carrying items from kitchen to patio, passing appetizers, getting the beef to the barbecue, and so much more. Here’s a round up of some of the best trays around. Serve your guests with style!

CERRO ROUND TRAY

The Cerro Round Tray is truly a piece of art! Made from alpaca silver and goat horn…..it will look as lovely on a shelf as it will on your tabletop. $225 at JaysonHomeandGarden.com

Make a black and white statement with this Square Lacquer Tray.  Available in two different sizes…16″ and 22″ and priced from $130 – $220 at lilleashop.com Save 20% with Coupon Code:   Bloom  Expires:  04/15/09


wood trays

These wonderful wooden trays are versatile and very nicely priced at $22 each! The cut out dise handles make them easy to carry. Bake some Easter cookies or color some eggs……..fill up the tray…..and give it as a hostess gift at your easter party! WestElm.com

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Perfect for a garden party or any type of gathering! MacKenzie Child’s Courtly Manor enamel and rattan tray is a statement maker. It has been hand painted and woven. I always know a MacKenzie Child’s piece when I see one! They are distinctive and so well made. $110 at mackenzie-childs.com


Folk Art Game Boards (Parchesse-circles)

This very colorful tray is delightfully different! It is a reproduction of a Fold Art Game Board……..you will recognize the Parchesse squares and circles. Beautiful used as a serving tray or great hung on the wall! Other game board designs are available at Wisteria.com for $ 64

Camphor Wood Leaf Tray

Textures, style, organic, and aromatic. These Camphor Wood Leaf Trays by Roost are all of that and more. Hand-carved and found at VelocityArtandDesign.com for $40.

Modern and colorful with sleek styling, The Bent Tray by Vivre Selection is stylish serving at its best! Available in five fabulous colors for $175 each at Vivre.com

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This is one great idea and a beautiful buy at $39.95 from CB2.com The willow wood veneer tray comes in white laquer and is waterproof, too! Serve your guests and then set the tray on the folding legs, then let them serve themselves. Modern service and style for a modest price!

Add a little shabby chic to your decor! This wonderful galvanized tray…..the Sadie… is blossoming with uses. It would look delightful in a little girl’s room. Also available in blue at LaylaGrayce.com $66

Trays, Plates & Platters - Miami Tray

How fun! Be a bright and bold hostess with the colorful Miami acrylic trays. They will be great for inside or outdoor entertaining. Now on sale for $44.20 each..marked down from $68. cocktailvibe.com

Moveable Feast Trays

Get Color! These terrific trays are so full of color…..everyday will be a bright one! Distressed and delightful….the Moveable Feast Trays are currently on back order and due in stock 3/13/09. $125 at Sundancecatalog.com

Michael Aram Wisteria Trays

I appreciated the clean modern lines of these Michael Aram Wisteria Trays. The branch handles add a touch of nature inspired detail. Made of nickel plated stainless steel. Small Tray $149. Large Tray $259 at NeimanMarcus.com

How beautiful would your burgers look served on this Asado Wood & Bone Tray by Airedelsur? It is made of algarrobo wood, alpaca silver and bone. Handmade in Argentina and $320 at Tabulatua.com

Lacquered Tray - Rectangular

Two’s Company designs some great things. These Lacquered rectangular trays are an example of their spirit and style. Love the bright and bold colors! The trays are nicely displayed above…….but they will also make for fab food service and display as well. $30 at LibaStyle.com

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Resin Gallery Tray

Stylish serving is what you get with The Resin Gallery Trays from SusanFredmanathome.com. Available in Tangerine or Expresso. When not in use, they are simply stunning when displayed and lit properly. $150 each.

MACRAME TRAY BEECH

Though simple in design, this Beechwood Laser Cut Tray from Conranusa.com os high on style that would compliment any decor point of view. $175

John Pawson Square Tray with Insert

The John Pawson Square Tray With Insert is for those with a modern point of view and a large budget! The tray is cedar wood and the insert is white lacquer. Both are works of art for the contemporary home. $1100 at fitzsu.com

If you love the shabby chic look…..the sparrow tray is very appropriate for breakfast in bed……..a home for your laptop……or vodka on ice on the veranda. Simply charming for $39 at RoomServiceHome.com

Rectangular Aluminum Trays

Simple and shiny! These rectangular aluminum trays are perfect for so many uses. Available in three sizes and priced from $10 – $16 at jamaligarden.com

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Bring a little fun to your parties! New from Jackie Shapiro is this Multidot Wood Rimmed Tray. The whimsical design will add a delightful dose of color to your service. The base of the tray is high gloss melamine. It is rimmed with a rubber wood varnish frame. Fun for $ 66 at FrenchBull.com

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Delicious Day Dresses For Baby Girls~ Saturday, May 31 2008 

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One of my favorite memories of dressing my daughter was the beautiful day dresses she wore as an infant. Who could resist little piggy toes peeping out of a beautiful smocked dress? I do love the new urban chic baby style of today with the organic cotton and contemporary colors, as well. However, the traditional day dress, sometimes called portrait dresses or bishop dresses still makes any baby girl a beautiful bundle of joy. They are usually quite affordable and made of cotton for comfort. Consider one of these for the baby girl on your list!

The Christine will be beautiful on your special Elizabeth, Hannah, or Olivia. This dress of lace pin tucks and ribbon is very special indeed. Sure to become an heirloom for years to come. Simply stunning! $270 at makinganuttermemory.com

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This precious little pin tucked dress in the softest of pinks…….has a simple line with intricate details. The white overlayer covers a pretty pink underlayer. Details include ruffles…lace…pearls on the flowers…..and so much more! A diaper cover is included for sizes 6 and 9 months. $52 at theperfectpear.com

I wish I could properly describe this precious dress…….but there isn’t a single word written to describe it! It is by Sarah Louis…known for her tiny finery. This one is extra special. The smocking ……the embroidery….all adds up to day dress gorgeous! $64.99 at lepetitkids.com

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Baby gets preppy and pretty in pink seersucker. Adorable alligators embellish the smocked collar. Fluttery angel sleeves are trimmed in Spring Green. $48 at shrimpandgritskids.com

Smocked Bishop Alligator

Batiste cotton, decorative ribbons, smocking, and elegant embroidery makes this
Anavini dress a delight! it is fully line for baby’s comfort. $64 at BestDressedKids.com

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This lovely day gown is very special indeed. The details are amazing! It has been hand smocked Imperial Batiste. The bands of lace are beautiful! Choose your own colors and details: Dress in white, pink, blue or yellow. Lace and smocking: white or ecru. $125 at elegantheirloomsbymattie.com

Everything about this gorgeous day gown screams tiny finery! The Ami dress is made of fine cotton batiste and lace. The smocking on the bodice and sleeves is so pretty in pink and green flowers. $68 at elegantbabyct.com

The Rosalina Yellow Bishop Smocked Dress is ready for Spring! Talk about the perfect Easter dress! it is a poly cotton blend making it easy care. pre-order now for $42 at ittybittybundles.com

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Mela Wilson’s White Day Gown is a pure and simple delight! Hand embroidered bullion roses and ecru ruffle and lace create this precious package. It is a natural beauty! $135 at heirloomstobe.com

Here’s a special occasion day gown that celebrates the pure innocence of the baby girl. Made of Batiste Cotton by Cottonwhite, it features exquisite embroidery and a fanciful fullness. $118 at heirloomstobe.com

Just Precious! The Heirloom Day Gown in aqua soft cotton features an embroidered heirloom floral design. Beautiful touches of lace and tiny ties makes this gown very special indeed! $60 at pattycakefashions.com


Simple……white…and fresh! The Feltman Brother’s Day Gown is perfect for portraits or any event. The embroidered pink roses adds the girlie touch. The beautiful pintucking at the hem gives it a very luxe look. Precious! $63.75 at lucretiasstore.com

Feltman Brothers W/Pk Midgi Dress

What an adorable little bishop dress this is! pink is lovely…..but red is so much fun! The gingham check and the red smocking will brighten any day. By Remember Nguyen and available in sizes Preemie – XL . $35.95 at remembernguyen.com

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A sweet sleeveless Bishop Dress for newborns! Made by Will’beth in a minty green with white overlay. Pink smocking adds a classic look to this dreamy design. $49.99 at dolldreams.net


Looks like easter to me! Anavini designs the perfect dress for Easter and all throushout Spring and Summer. It’s Pique Cotton with jumping little bunnies. Sweetly smocked for sizes 6 months – 5 years. Priced from $68 – $8 at BestdressedChild.com




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Fancy Pants~ Delicious Diaper Covers For Diva Babies Wednesday, May 28 2008 

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One of my favorite things to do with my baby girl was to dress her up in wonderful dresses. I wouldn’t think of having her little Huggies or Luvs showing, any more than I would have gone out with my own undies showing. I discovered diaper covers over 25 years ago. I still have saved all of my daughters “fancy pants” to this day, as they are just to delicious to give away. Here are a few I have found. I think that they make a wonderful baby girl gift. Don’t you?

Bella Claire Baby has created some of the most precious little diaper covers I have seen. Fun and flirty and oh so girly! They are a polyester and cotton blend and are machine washable. The designs and color schemes are almost without limit. The photos at the top of the page are only a few of the designs they offer. Choose your color…the font….the ribbon…the name. Each one is delicious! The above double ribbon bloomer is $17.95 at BellaClaireBaby.com

I love little ones in black and white! These little bloomers are deliciously dotty! The ruffles add the perfect touch. $32 at dimplesanddandelions.com


Luna Luna Flower Diaper Cover

Precious in pale pink……Luna Luna’s Flower Diaper Cover is very special…indeed! It is available for pre-order with a March shipping date. Get yours now with a 50% deposit just in time for those pretty Spring dresses. $37.00 at babyskyeboutique.com

Yellow Sweet Bottoms diaper cover with black polka dot bow - Baby girl sizes 0-18 months

Too cute! Look at the big bow on baby’s bottom! Picture perfect in black and white dots and yellow. I found them offered at Etsy by sweetsmilesbaby. Available in sizes to fit 0 – 18 months for $20 Etsy.com

Rosebud Blossom Bloomers

The perfect diaper cover to go with everything! The Rosebud Blossom Bloomer looks so soft and certainly sweet. She will want one for every day of the week! $29.99 at LittleMissBlooms.com


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For the edgy baby bottom! Skull and Crossbones have never looked so sweet. This ruffle bloomer rocks. In sizes 3 months – 24 months for $24 at KidKosmic.com

Smocked Bloomers-Pink Bunnies

Get ready for Easter! Hand smocked diaper covers for your own little bunny. These are special with gingham and a precious little bunny. Made of cotton and pima knit……$22 and can be personalzed for an additional $8.00 at missprissstyle.com

Frilly Knickers & Hat Set

So sweet for summer! Frills and ruffles and a sweet English print make this set adorable! On sale now for $18.50 at

BeanNewYork.com

Nothing but the best for baby’s bottom! Look at these scrumtious silk bloomers! If you are looking for a special color…..they come in over a dozen shades including silver and gold! Very special indeed. $35 and Free Shipping at petiteparfait.ca

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Cover up baby’s bottom with Bossy Baby’s Floral Diaper Cover. Made from organic cotton….it has a shabby chic feel that will be sweet under so many things. $24 at nimli.com


Here’s a very clever idea from Right Bank Babies……the reversible diaper cover! Baby gets a little mod and funky with these greeat patterns and prints. Bold flower design one side and an equally adorable pattern in a smaller pattern design on the opposite side. Very hip! $26 at gingerandscallion.com

Rocker Pink -ruffle diaper covers

My favorite color combination……pink and black! The Rocker Pink Ruffle Diaper Cover are sassy! The different prints and zig zags give these little covers a stylish edge edge. $12.50 and found at Etsy.com


Just like a little bob bon! Personalized and precious in chocolate brown and baby pink from jaelafredrick.com. $27.00

Royally Spoiled Diaper Cover

Doesn’t this one just say it all? All done up in rhinestones and cotton, shopbabyposh.com offers a whimsical gift for any dapper diva. $32.95

Oobi Baby Bloomers - Confetti

So cute! These Oobi Baby Bloomers made me melt. Sweet as sugar, they are the perfect summer diaper cover for little tushies. $29.95 at purlmama.com

RuffleButt - Fuchsia

Who can resist a ruffled butt? Color it a fuchsia and I’m done! Rufflebutts.com offers this delicious diaper cover, sold separately for $17,00. Add the Angel Swing top and the outfit is $46. Irresistible!

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She’s a Princess and proud of it! Here is a way to wear her crown with style. Diaper Cover is embellished with a pink and diamond rhinestone crown. Yummy! $22.99 at whoababyboutique.com


A garden party in her little pants! Flowers and frills add up to a blooming little babe. The Albetta FloralBouquet Frill Diaper Covers can be found at TenlittleIndians.com for $19.

The perfect white diaper cover to go with everything! It is cotton and lace and everything nice. This bloomer is pricey but very special. $64 at florahenri.com

Pretty in Pink Blossom Bloomers

So beautiful and pretty in pink! These Blossom Bloomers with crystals and tulle are just over the top for little bottoms. They can be worn alone under any pretty little dress or with a see thru tutu. Matching little tank available too. $29 at littlemissblooms.com

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Crown the new little miss in rhinestones! The Miss Month Diaper Covers by Smartee Pants are just adorable and very giftable. Available in the month of your choice for $22.95. Add $3.00 and have them packaged in a cupcake tin for easy giving. SweetBabyTobe.com


Cupcake Diaper Cover

Let her have her cupcake and wear it too! Adorable with the perfect amount of bling for any baby girl sized 0 – 3 months thru 18 – 24 months. $27.95 at couturebabyboutique.com. Sweet!

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Diaper Covers in Minky Paisley Prints

Aren’t these different? Made by Swankie Blankie and as cute as they can be. Baby will love the soft feel of the velour minky fabric. Mom will love the easy to use velcro closures. great colors for Fall! $19.95 at Babyonce.com

Cupcake Bloomer Set

Here’s a Bloomer Set that is almost sweet enough to eat! Both the bloomers and little tank top have an appliqued cupcake frosted with roses and a bling candle. Perfect for a first birthday or any day of the year! $45 at bebecakesboutique.com

Ruffle Buns! These oh so girly bloomers are just too sweet. The layers of pink nylon ruffles over chocolate little bloomers are so squeezable. In sizes to 24 months. $38 at jaelafrederick.com

Let her go wild in this Swankie Blankie Diaper Cover! They are fully adjustable with front velcro closures. The backside is adorned with a slinky pinky heart. Adorable! $20 at BambiniBliss.com

Love the trendy chocolate and pink color scheme of these adorable diaper covers! The monogram style is especially nice! $12.99 at burpstobottoms.com

Black Peace Diaper Cover-Pink Axle

For the pacifist baby! Or is that pacifier baby. These statement making diaper covers feature a little edginess and a whole lot of Swarovski Crystals. What a fun gift! Also available in pink at elsabelle.com for $19

Girls Baby Posh Rainbow Rumba Fluff Diaper Cover

Time to rumba! These Baby Rainbow Rumba Fluff Diaper Covers are like a fluff of cotton candy! The chiffon frills wraps all around the diaper cover providing maximum fluff. $32.99 at breasbabyboutique.com

Charlotte Ruffle Bloomer, Blue and Brown

Ooo La La! The Charlotte Ruffle Bloomer is tres chic! I am afraid that the website does not give any info on these little bloomers except that they come in sizes 0 – 6 Months – 2 Toddler. My guess that they aree silk or satin. Gorgeous! $55 at RightBankBabies.com

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RuffleButts are the cutest thing going. I have a few others posted above. Now you can bling them up with Baby’s name! All done up in white or pink Swarovski Crystals, these little bottoms will glam up any little girl in a flash! $35 at babyblingthingsboutique.com


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Bag In Bloom~ Tuesday, May 27 2008 

I ran across this amazing designer, Jessica Jensen, via DailyCandy.com. Her handbags are just fabulous! This Italian floral and butterfly appliqued bag of lambskin with pig suede lining, is an example of her talent. I found it to be a breath of fresh air compared to the hardware heavy bags that are in vogue now. Visit Jessica’s site, shopjessicajensen.com now and view the rest of her collection. $758

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A Perfect Pair: A Blankie & A Bear~ Sunday, May 25 2008 

MiniJake.com just may have the perfect baby gift at the perfect price!  A wonderfully cuddly chenille blanket and bear by Gus and Max.  $49 and so many colors you won’t be able to chose!  Here are a few of my favorites.

Tea Rose and Cinder Brown


Sky Blue/ Birch

Sp Green/Cinder Brown

Blanket/Teddy Bear Set Soft Pink/Cinder Brown

Carry Me Home~ Saturday, May 24 2008 

The Lalapanzi Bed is a wonderful and practical gift for the urban baby living in a contemporary home. Designed to keep baby close to you. The soft sided walls of “bed to go” protect the baby, and the luxurious fabrics keep them cozy and comfortable. It only weighs 5 pounds, so it is perfect to tote along anywhere. Best of all, it comes in many contemporary colors and patterns. $167 at fawnandforest.com

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Tea Toddler~ Saturday, May 24 2008 

When selecting a baby gift, especially for girls, you cannot go wrong with a Tea Set. The new parents will love how it decorates the room of their new baby girl, and as the little miss grows up, the tea ritual will become a daily party to remember. This ceramic tea set is a design that even Eloise would approve of! Found at JaysonHomeandGarden.com for $75.

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All American Baby! Saturday, May 24 2008 

Ooh La La Mama - American Flag Romper            .  He or she will be the most patriotic attendee at the party, parade, or picnic.  Talk about showing your true colors! I couldn’t resist this American Flag Romper from LaLaLing.com, LA’s hippest baby boutique!  Available in sizes 0-6 Month, 6-12 Month, and 12-18 Month.  $44 All American Dollars!

 

 

 

A Clutch Of Many Colors~ Friday, May 23 2008 

I love a good clutch! Unlike other handbag styles, the clutch style seems to remain classic. Antoinette Lee Designs has a good one that has a coat of many colors. The Viva Clutch can be yours for $245- $285. This is the perfect clutch! Take a look, find your color, and see if you don’t agree. antoinetteleedesigns.com

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This Little Piggy……. Friday, May 23 2008 

…….said “Oui Oui” to these sock sets for tiny toes. The Polky Toes and Posy Toes Gift Sets are a special little gift any little baby girl or boy. They come perfectly packaged, 6 pairs to a box. Fits 0-9months from RoomServiceHome.com

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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie! Thursday, May 22 2008 

After a long day of walking, barking, licking, and sniffing, your pup needs a plush place to lay his or her tired little bones. The assortment of dog beds on the marketplace will find you chasing your tail. Take a look at these standout selections that I have sniffed out for your furry friend.

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Love Seat Candy Catnaps classic love seat has designed a delicious bed/love seat that looks good enough to eat! The sassy stripes in sugar coated colors create a comfy and cozy resting place for your chi-chi pet.$162 at TheRitzyRover.com

The Beverly Hills Pet Bed

This luxurious pet bed is for the REALLY pampered pet! The Beverly Hills Dog Bed is the ultimate in pooch couture for the home. made by Poochie of Beverly Hills…..it is 100% faux patent leather (for this price…it should be 100% real!) and 100% fabulous! Of course…the 100% faux mink bedding is incuded! $1649.99 at pawpalaceonline.com


The Bon Bon Bed! Add a little whimsy to Fifi’s life. These little bon bons will brighten
up any room that your pet calls home. Love the bold colors and graphic prints! $149 at poshpetglamourboutique.com

Well! Hail to your little Prince or Princess Puppy! The MacKenzie-Childs Pet Palace will be a royal setting for your royal little pooch. This is one over the top but wonderful…..dog house and or bed. Poochie will rest comfortably on a micro fiber upholstered bed. Over head is gilding…stripes…checks….dots…..and a most unique roof. This is one exquisite piece of furniture! It costs a king’s ransom at $3400!!!! Currently on backorder…..Must be popular! Check the site for ordering details. mackenzie-childs.com

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The Kings Pet Bed by Merry Products is truly fit for your little prince or princess pooch!  This is really a beautiful piece of furniture for the price of $94.99!  It is ergonomically contoured for the comfort of the dog.  Really a great bed from pawsupply.com

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Luxe Leather for the rugged pooch. Such great contemporary lines and details to this all leather and ultrasuede bed! Love the silver toggles at the corners. Made for small spaces…but would look lovely in any environment. Available in two sizes for $320 – $340 at hamptonshound.com

Of course the pampered pooch knows that “fringe” anything …..along with snakeskin……is in style this year! Give your home and the pup a trendy look with this snakeskin print and water resistant bed. The fur textured blanket is included. If silver is more befitting your home…..it also comes in that colorway. $200 at poshpuppyboutique.com

So contemporary and cool…the Petbitat pet beds are hip to the bone! made of sturdy acrylic and soft padding…..these beds are exactly what a modern environment needs. They will blend with most color schemes and come in a variety of patterns and color schemes. Quite the look! Prices vary depending on size…most start around $420 at petbitat.com




Perfect for the French Poodle or any other pampered pup! The Je t’aime Dog Bed is hand painted wood with Fleur de Lis accents. The pillow top is printed in a French theme and the whole package will have Fiffi sleeping in style! $400 at Callingalldogs.com Oh! If you would like a matching toy box…..one is available for $250.

Retro Sally Dog SofaRetro Rover! Spot will be seeing spots with the Retro Sally Dog Sofa. Made of 100% polyester and dacron foam filling…..it is a hip look for a cool dog. Originally $229.99 and on sale for $199.99 at idogbeds.

Here’s a great look that won’t cost the master an arm or a paw! From Tailsinthecity.com …………a wonderful Chicago pet boutique. It’s the London Dot Bed for $90 in three terrific colors. $90



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Pitch a tent and pamper the pup! The Viva Le Chocolate Pet Tent is like a little bon bon made of sumptuous micro-suede. Comes complete with a matching brown buckwheat pillow for comfort. Both cats and dogs will feel very special and secure in their own Chocolate tent! $150 CallingAllDogs.com


Love Louie? So will the stylish canine. What’s not to love? It is cushy, chewy and and oh so not as expensive as the real thing.
The Chewy Vuiton is a must have for $121.99 at TheRitzyRover.com

Here’s a bright idea! The Stripey Tent Bed doubles as a doghouse, too! Your little guy or gal will love retreating to his or her own house every night. Ocean or sorbet stripes will not only perk up your home, but perk up your pet, too. Simply adorable at $69 from TrixieandPeanut.com

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The Lotus Bed by Bodhi will put your dog in a Zen state of harmony and tranquility. And isn’t that we all strive for with our furry friends? These unique Lotus beds come in three sizes and range in price from $450 to $900. A small price to pay for an your enlightened pet. No? Available at UnicaHome.com

No bones about it…..this handmade Bone Bed will find Rover resting in hound heaven. Comes in Petite and Grand sizes, and also in pink and black. Come on…..give your doggy a bone! Found at www.dog-a-holics.com. Petite bed $169.99. Grand Bed add $80.

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Go Green! Here is a contemporary design that rolls up for travel. Now that is a clever idea! Kelly green and natural canvas will brighten up your home for $195 at piecesinc.com.

We would all like to sleep at The Ritz, wouldn’t we? Well, Fiffi and Fido now can if you pop for the pup The Ritz Collection by Dutchie Dog Beds. Leave it to CallingAllDogs.com to find this delightful design duo of raised black and white flocking or black and white stripe. Very au currant for your designer dog. Prices range from $110 -$175 depending on size.

The Classic Standard Cashmere Dog BedDakota Days Dog Bed

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Proclaimed to be The World’s Finest Dog Bed, the Secure Snuggler, is fit for your Royal doggy. And why wouldn’t a pup feel secure, sleeping on an Italian Cashmere and Merino Wool bed? With style names like The White Dakota, named after John :Lennons’ white living room in NYC’s Dakota Apartment Building, or the Blue Windsor Castle, The Beige Chateau Marmont, and The Chocolate Gramercey Park, your pooch knows and deserves luxury. You can find this ergonomic comfort and style at friendsofcashmereboutique.com. Prices range from $199 to $249 depending n size. The price of your doggy’s comfort? Priceless!

For the contemporary home and the urban hound. The Waves Hammock Bed is a perch for your pooch that is said to be comfy and cozy. It is made of removable micro-suede and comes in many chic colors. Love it! $85 at DesignPublic.com

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Now your little pooch can have her cake, eat it, and sleep on it, too! The Eloise Chocolate Peonies Cake Bed, is sweet as a cupcake! The 8 inch foam pillow and the slipcover are both washable. Available in 2 sizes, Small and Extra Small at $139 – $149 and now on sale for $83.40 at abone-to-pick.com.

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Peel them a grape and let your sleeping dog lie in style! These Chaise Lounges from ModernTails.com are sure to compliment your contemporary or classic home decor. From Bubbles to Brocade…..these bes are made for the posh puppy! $99.95

Take The Lead! Thursday, May 22 2008 

Let your pooch be the leader of the pack with these trendy leads and leashes. Rover will love to rock any of these luxe leashes

Avant Garde Retractable Leash

Avant Gard and oh so trendy the leopard print retractable lead stretches 12 feet, and will stretch your budget $37.50 from FunnyFur.com. Talk about animal instincts!

Turquoise Boho Collar & Lead

Also from FunnyFur.com, your Boho bichon or chic chihuahua, will be strutting their stuff with the Diva Dog BoHo Collection lead and collar. Designed in the trendy colors of chocolate and blue. The set $50 -$50.

Trendy Retractable Lead in Orange Flowers

Flower Power! Why just sniff the flowers on their daily walk? Your poochette will feel like a garden goddess on her daily walk with this flowered 15 foot retractable lead. Found at TheHauteHound.com. $39.50

The Jack The Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill,and well, you know what happens then! I fell in love with these matching collars and leashes from CallingAllDogs.com. Both masculine and feminine for your little princess or princess. The Jack and The Jill sets are $90 each.

Aren’t these chic critters?  They are all dressed up and ready to go, in diamond studded harnesses with matching leads. Isn’t your luxe lapdog deserving to be the best dressed doggie in town?  $45 for the harness and matching lead set.  Found at Ezradog.com

Style To Go For Your Best Friend~ Thursday, May 22 2008 

Now how can you possibly think of leaving the house with FiFi without the right proper bag for your pooch? Please know that FiFi expects to leave looking as good as you do. Henri Bendel to the rescue with their Centennial Stripe Puppy Tote $395 and matching Centennial Stripe Puppy Sweater. $128. I think they are both pupalicious! Find them at Henribendel.com

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Finger Puppet Fun! Thursday, May 22 2008 

Now here’s a gift that will tickle a baby’s funny bone and warm your own heart. Calypso Christian Cell fun finger puppets are a delight for young and old. Best yet, they are a gift for a cause……….For The Children’s Aid Society! They are 5″ tall and come in a variety of patterns, one cuter than the other. Get this…….on sale for $1.99 each! At this price pick up one for all 10 digits. Buy them at calypso-celle.com

Metal To Go! Wednesday, May 21 2008 

Metalics are everywhere, and now you can take them on the road with this outstanding Nana Ki Oversized Weekend Bag. At 20″ x 15″ x 9″ it should hold several pairs of Jimmy’s and Manolo’s. $400 at viamarisnyc.com

OVERSIZED WEEKEND BAG

Two Perfect Pieces~ Wednesday, May 21 2008 

Tracy Reese has outdone herself with this great outfit. Both pieces are equally good together or on their own. A good black skirt can take you anywhere! Found at TracyReese.com. The Black Cardigan Jacket is $400. The Circle Skirt is $225.

Baby Bling! Wednesday, May 21 2008 

No silver spoons here at ARISTABRAT, but there is enough bling to outfit a king! These pacifiers and rattles will bling out your favorite baby prince or princess in royal style. Over the top? Maybe, but sure makes a memorable gift! 

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$175 See It Here

Of Course, you must have the matching pacifier clips! $85.00 Each

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Baby can shake rattle and roll in style with these bejeweled rattles! $130

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The perfect gift for the little prince or princess! Spring Street’s Baby Comb and Brush Set is pleasantly presented and embellished with Austrian Crystals. A nice price point for a gift at $40. Atterdagkids.com

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Pretty In Pink~ Wednesday, May 21 2008 

Imagine how pretty in pink a baby grill will look while strolling in her Carousel Petal-Stroller Blanket!  $46

Of course you’ll want to complete the gift with the matching Carousel/Diamond Petal Burp and Bib Set.  So tres chic for the little miss!  The Set: $37

All items found at dwellshop.com

Gifts For Girlfriends~ Tuesday, May 20 2008 

Let’s face it. Nobody knows what a girl wants more than another girl. I have put on my girlie thinking cap and started shopping for you and I. Enjoy the collection.

You may also want to check out my new Gift Guide 2008: For Her!

If you are having a girls lunch…....Vera Bradley has a pretty table favor.  The Raspberry Fizz Note Cube features a lovely pattern with coordinating sheets (600) of note paper.  Now on sale for $12 each at VeraBradley.com


Zitomer on Madison Avenue in NYC has a great website, Zitomer.com, chalk filled with ideas for girlfriends. These little silk Chris Notti sleep masks would be a perfect party favor for all of your gal pals. After all, we need our beauty sleep! $20 in many great designs.

Mom always said to eat your carrots. Now you can shop at carrotandstickpress.com and get your vitamin and shopping boost with their colorful paper goods. I have gifted friends with their offset printed notebooks. There are so many designs to choose from, you will have to buy more than one. At $6.00 each, you can buy them all! They also make good table favors, or just a small birthday present that makes a big impact.

Here’s just a few examples of styles and colors.

Do you have a lingerie bag? I don’t but I have always wanted one. I think they are especially necessary now for traveling. I mean, do you really want your undies spilling out on the security line conveyor belt? or if you check your bag……..which inspector do you want touching your Cosobellas? lapinvilardi.com has some really beautiful lingerie bags, like the Coco Walk Lingerie Bag. It is pretty, yet modern. Makes a pefect birthday gift or personal bridal shower gift. Don’t you think? $36.00

Save 15% on anything at lapinvilardi.com with Coupon Code: XMAS08 Expiration Not Stated but new on November 18th 2008

Coco Walk Lingerie Bag

Want to know a secret? It’s Hollywood’s stylist and celebrity secret to always looking pulled together. Hollywood Fashion Tape has saved me more than once. It is a clear tape that will temporarily fix a torn him, close a blouse where the button just popped, and more! It is fabric and skin friendly, and easy on the wallet, too, at $6.95! Get one for yourself and one for every friend you have. Buy it at shopmanhattanite.com and save 15% Using Coupon Code: Stylebakery15 until 05/31/08.

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Only us girls can appreciate the phrase “Don’t Get Your Panties in A Bunch.” You know exactly what that means! Dianne Brill does too, and has created Lip Lingerie lip gloss for those days when you are feeling a bit bunchie. In shades that reflect your mood such as: Pearly Panty, Frilly Thong, Sheer String, and more. packaged together in a very giftable box, these mini glosses are sheer genius! So put your big girl panties on and run to BeautyHabit.com. They are the perfect girlie gift at $47.

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Give your girlfriend a hand, then give yourself a round of applause for being so clever. These goats milk and glycerin little hand soaps would make any girl smile. Gives a new meaning to the phrase hand soap. 10 come in a bag. $24 at The W Hotel Store. They will be 20% less if you use Coupon Code:XA7T6 by May 31, 2008.

For the Over Forty woman, these Designer Sunreaders are a must! How fun is a day in the sun without a good beach book? If you or your girlfriend needs help reading, these will be a well appreciated gift. $24 from RoomServiceHome.com.


Stephanie Johnson does great bags….cosmetic bags, weekend bags, brush and bottle bags, and more! She also has a celebrity following. Give your girlfriend the star treatment with Stephanie’s Susan” Jewelry Roll. It is contemporary, sleek, and a gem of an idea for bridesmaids, birthdays, or any other gifting occasion. $53 at stephaniejohnson.com

No more stray hairs! Don’t you just hate it when you discover a little chin hair while you are out and about? How embarrassing! Delight.com has a delightful gift that will banish those unwanted hairs in a flash. Beauty A Go-Go is a kit that will have you plucking on the go. A darling beauty set that has a compact holding two ultra thin mirrors, and a very cute pair of tweezers. Better yet, the tweezers come with a mirror suction cup, so you always know where to find them! For $28.89, it is a sheer delight! If you purchase anything on Delight.com’s for $35 or more, website now until May 27, 2008 use Coupon Code: LongWeekend for Free Shipping.

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Here’s a yummy idea that will keep your girlfriends on their toes. The Peppermint Patti Pedi is a delicious gift found at KleanBathand Body.com. It’s sandal season, but us girls don’t need a reason to have a spa experience at home. Inside this perfectly presented present you will find: Devil Made Me Do It Chocolate Sugar Polish, Peppermint Dream Whipped Shea Body Butter, Peppermint Bath Syrup, Peppermint Dream KLEAN Mist, Pumice Stone or Pumice Paddle, Scrub Brush, Toe Separators, and a pair of socks! Eight sinfully delicious items for $55.00! While at KLEAN, take a look at their other all natural products for yourself. This would be a fun idea for a bridesmaid party. I have given this item as a gift, and I can tell you it was well received! Let your fingers do the walking and click on over to KleanBathandBody.com!


Peppermint Pattie Pedi

We girls love to get cozy! if we can look good while doing it, that is a plus. These Pom Pom Throws from Calypso Celle are just the ticket to comfort and joy. The colors are the best. Think how great they will look on your girlfriends bed, sofa, or chair. $50 at calypso-celle.com

What could be more comforting that a bubble bath, a good read, and a glass of bubbly or wine? Sounds like heaven to me! Delight.com has your answer for a little “me time” for you or a friend. The Sustainable Bamboo Bath Caddy And Wine Holder makes a much appreciated gift. It is adjustable to fit most tubs and promises to adjust your mood, too! $46.50 at Delight.com.

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What girl doesn’t love a sweet smelling candle? i ran across these Primal Elements Icon Candles at Fredla.com, and thought they were unique and fun with their added bling. Burn time is 65 hours each. They come in scents of Tahitian Vanilla bean, cashmere and amber fragrance, or lily and apricot depending on the style you choose. Fun! $22.00

Save 10% Off Anything at Fredla.com with Coupon Code:  NEWYEARNEWME  Expires:  March 1st 2009



Soft, Cushy, and Oh So Giftable! Tuesday, May 20 2008 

A Blanket is always a welcome baby gift, at any time of the year. This extraordinary Baby Play Blanket makes a wonderful gift for a baby girl. Comes in assorted delicate flowers and colors. The price point makes it affordable for all! Found at pommeny.com for $42.00. If you are in Brooklyn, check out this wonderful little Dumbo shop.

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Shoe Sale! Tuesday, May 20 2008 

Newly Updated!

Who doesn’t love a good shoe sale? With the price of shoes today……we all could use a discount. God knows we aren’t going to give up our fancy footwear! So every day I surf and shop for great looking shoes for all of us. Shop fast…..at these prices the shoes won’t last!

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If you have a passion for purple ………Alejandro Ingelmo’s “Off The Wall Pumps” are the way to go! The metallic leather is beautiful. Originally $595 and now on sale for $297.50 at Hushoes.com

Here’s a chance to get a pair of Jimmy’s on sale! Gold and glamorous. The Alfie sandal is timeless. Originally $535 and now on sale for $374.50 Shirise.com

The Woven Strap sandals by Georgina Goodman are a great look in black and white. Vivre says they are Jerry Hall inspired. I don’t care if Jerry wore them or not…….I think I need these in my own wardrobe! Originally $390 and now on sale for $136.99 at Vivre.com

ToryBurch.com is having a private sale. Many great things. I especially liked the leather Gramercie sandal in tangelo. Also available in Navy. Originally $295 and now $103.25 Sale ends on March 30th. Shop fast. ToryBurch.com



Get shine and sass with Bruno Frisoni’s Mirror Leather flat! Silver leather gives the shine……..sexy cut out sides……add the sass. Originally $ 695 and now on Final Sale for $278 at Vivre.com


Christian Lacroix 984956

Christian Lacroix is one of my favorite designers and tassels are one of my favorite design details. This shoe is styling from peep toe to pink siletto heel! Originally $534 and now $280.40 at Zappos Couture.

Orange in Avocado

Simple Soles is having a little sale on nine pairs of “GREEN” shoes from not ’till St. patty’s Day. These are my favorites. They are by Butter and called thee Orange Shoe in Av0cado. It is practical and pretty with an easy to navigate little wedge. Originally $245 and now $196 till March 17th. Sizes are available up to a size 12 . SimplySoles.com

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Pretty in python!Eileen Shield’s python peep toe pump in pearl is a great look to wear now and into the Spring season. At 65% off…..it is hard to resist. Originally $560 and now $196 at OliveShoes.com

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Put some Sprint into your step with Chie Mihara’s Espia peep toe flat! In sunshine yellow! Originally $365. Now on sale for $124.25 at Oliveshoes.com

If you are warm weather bound or just getting a head start on Summer……the Michael Kors Boutique Sandal is a great little shoe at a better price! Love the details on this one! Originally $440 and now $109 at Eluxury.com. Sizes available today (March 2nd) are 6.5 7.5 and 8.5

Kate Spade “Lovely” Shoe is….well…lovely! It is strappy with an off center bow….love that! Originally $298 and now $224 with a great selection of sizes left. KateSpade.com

Libby Edelman "Ellie" Snake-Embossed Thongs with Jewels

From HSN.com…..Libby Elite Snake Skin Embossed Sandal…….is a great look at an even better price! This is the way to get the look for less. Snake skin is big for the new season……and it is expensive. This shoe features all manmade materials. The jewels are fun and will add the right sparkle to your Summer wardrobe. Only $49.90 at Hsn.com



Get mod with the Maude Rainboot by Kamik! A fun little boot for Spring showers! Originally $ 67.00 and now $40.20 at Shirise.com

Tashkent by Cheyenne, Schevchenko - Honey

What a great shoe! The Schevchenko by Cheyenne is done in honey leather with the best sculpted heel makes a new statement. Hurry! Sizes are going fast at funkylala.com. Originally $495 and now $186.

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Think Spring! Blush is a new shade for the coming season. Cole Haan does it well with the Natalia Sandal. It is a very feminine and pretty little shoe for $ 149.95. Originally $350 Take 30% off the sale price with Coupon Code: SPSALE09
Expires: 04/13/08 ColeHaan.com


A darling bootie from Dolce Vita! Light gray suede is a nice neutral. Originally $132 and now $92.40 at bonadrag.com

Python and snakeskin is all the rage for the Spring season. Here’s a little flat that you can wear now and then into Spring. Originally $698 and now $279.99 at gorsuch.com


Alexander McQueen 204655 Wab90

These boots are made for showing off! They are so flirty and feminine with a little sex appeal thrown into the mix. By Alexander McQueen and on sale for 50% Off. The original price was a whopping $1234. The sale price is $613.40 at Zappos Couture.

The perfect dressy shoe for special evenings! the Mary shoe is Black Satin with Swarovski Crystals and Jet jewels. These little shoes will make a statement while you step out on the town! Originally $695 and now $208.50 at marynorton.com


Jean Paul Gaultier GA16038C0N G04

Start Spring off on the right foot! Jean Paul Gautier’s peep toe pump is certainly unique! Love the lace up detail at the back of the shoe! It is a textile shoe with leather trim. Very chic! Originally $609 and now on sale for $356.26 at Zappos Couture.



X06D2 Jimmy Choo Lizard Mary Jane Pump

Jimmy Choo’s on sale! The Lizard Mary Jane Pump is an excellent choice for injecting some color into your tired winter wardrobe. Very chic…not cheap….but marked down from $995 to $448 at BergdorfGoodman.com

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Oh My! Make a statement in Claudio Merazzi’s 5 inch heel silk pump. If you can do the heel…..they are great for $ 200. Originally $450 at FootCandyShoes.com

Beverly Feldman - Hyped Up Black Satin

Beverly Feldman’s Hyped up Satin Sandal will add a sparkle to your next event. Rhinestones and silver chains will take your little black dress up a notch…..and then some! Originally $225 and Now $99 at Jildorshoes.com

Shine in Cafe Au Lait! Banfi Zambrelli’s Taylor Shoe will have you standing tall and looking good in satin and patent leather. Great for now and going into Spring. A Lovely markdown! Originally $534 and now $188 at ForwardForward.com

Oh so Missoni! Get the famous print in gray for a great price. Originally $625 and now on sale for $250 at ForwardForward.com

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Love these! The Suzie sandal by Tibi is an unique look for Summer in ‘scratched suede.” The wooden ornament makes these shoes special! SimplySoles.com for $209. Originally $320

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Your feet will be happy with Te Casan’s Zoe Lee Black Satin Leoni de Orsay. They are a limited edition shoe and now limited in sizes 6.5 or 9. Love thee artistic ruffles! Originally $295 and now $159.99 at Bluefly.com

Take $20 Off with Coupon Code: AFF20FS
Expires: 02/28/09



A leopard shoe is so much fun to wear! This Leopard Print Pump by Sergio Rossi with horn toggle is both wild and classic. Originally $635 and now On Sale for $254. Nice bargain! Vivre.com


Yeah! A pump for under $100! It is good looking and will add a bit of glimmer to anything you wear. Via Spiga’s Amanda Python Pump in Pewter is a good shoe. Originally $198. Sale Price $54.40 at footnotesonline.com




I am coveting these Sergio Rossi Suede Chain Boots! The boot is black and the cuff is brown…..different! Originally $995 and now On Sale for $398 at Vivre.com



If you are looking to sparkle and shine this holiday season…..Hollywould’s Jodi Peep Toe Flat may be your answer. If you are going to wear flats…make them fun! These little numbers are suede with a metallic python embossed print. Originally $295 and on sale for $89 at Eluxury.com

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Hollywould’s Black Dolce Pump is simply perfect! Very lady like with a graceful heel. Made of pony hair. Originally $445 and now on sale for $311.50 at hushoes.com


What to wear with your LBD for the holidays! Hollywould’s Susanna Open Toe Pump is the perfect dress shoe. Made of Black satin and gold leather…….it will get you noticed without busting the budget. Originally $495 and now on sale for $150. ShopGoldyn.com

i have been watching these booties by Donald Pliner for a while. I think the time to strike is now! Originally $490 and now on sale for $302. at NeimanMarcus.com

A great pair of red shoes will take you everywhere! Jimmy Choo’s Dream Red Cherry Patent Pump are certainly dreamy! I especially like the gathered detail. Originally $595 and now On Sale for $298. Available for phone order at Shirise.com

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Dolce and Gabanna’s Silver Leather Stud Pumps are sensational in silver! And what a nice buy! Originally $825 and now On Sale for $526.. With their mirror finish……..you will be the fairest of them all! Bluefly.com

Take $20 Off with Coupon Code: AFF20FS
Expires: 02/28/09

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Find your inner golden girl with Casadei’s Evening Ankle Boot. Black satin and gold leather add up to a fun party shoe. I’m thinking New Year’s Eve! Originally $680 and now On Sale for $2oo at FootCandyShoes.com


Dolce & Gabbana Cage-Toe Pump

Dolce and Gabbana’s Cage -Toe Pumps are meant to party! Bold and beautiful fuchsia satin is paired with a gold metallic trim. Too much fun! Originally $675.00 and Now $304 at BergdorfGoodman.com



Botkier’s Carrie Bootie is a great way to introduce a jolt of color to your winter wardrobe. It is not only a pick of mine…….it is a Rachel Zoe Pick, too! The off beat color called Forrest, along with the mix of patent and snake embossed leather makes for a stylish look. Originally $590, and now on sale for $ 289.99 Piperlime.com

VALENTINO GARAVANI - SHOES

These Valentino Garavani’s are over the top gorgeous! Priced to buy….now only $ 278.00. Originally $695 at Valentino.com

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If you wear a size 6 7.5 or 8.5 here is a great little shoe for you by Pour La Victoire. This Mary Jane is a combination of black patent leather and Navy suede. There are alot of details to make this one very different pair of shoes. The best part of the shoe is the price! Originally $ 278 and now on sale for $75 at plumstyle.com

As Featured in Us Weekly! Dry Martini Wedge Silver

As Featured in Us Weekly! Dry Martini Wedge Silver

i say…..if you are going to wear flats…..make them comfy and make them fun! These Seychelles silver mirror finish flats fit the bill on both counts. If you wear a size 7 7.5 or 8…..they are a steal at $29 with free shipping down from $74 at WinkNYC.com


Get ready for Spring…..when print and pattern will still be strong! Emilio Pucci’s patent leather pump is a real couture look. It also is a Rachel Zoe pick at PiperLime.com Originally $ 565 and now on sale for $229.99.

BOOGIE

This little number is perhaps my favorite all weather boot of the season! The Aquatalia by Marvin K Boogie has a shiny stylish look that promises to keep you warm and dry. The slip-proof soles will keep you safe and sound and standing upright! Originally $ 375.00 and now on sale for $155.99 at PlazaToo.com


Constellation Knee Boots

These Constellation Knee Boot is a good way t get the equestrian look. Love the little cut outs that are actually little stars. Get your twinkle on with these great boots. Originally $498 and now $229.95 at Anthropologie.com

THORA

PlazaToo.com is having a nice sale on the Tory Burch Thora sandal! The selection of sizes is still good. Colors available are Black patent….silver……gold…..and blue. Originally $ 115 and now $75.until February 1st only.




All About Baby~ Monday, May 19 2008 

Straight from Shop Intuition, one of LA’s hottest boutiques, is a baby gift that every parent would enjoy. It is an adorable unisex album that will capture babies magical moments throughout their first year. This nursery friendly gift is at a perfect price point of $50. If you purchase before 5/31/08, you will save 20% , using Coupon Code: INSTYLE08

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SUNSATIONSAL SWIMSUITS 2009 Monday, May 19 2008 

Please Visit My New Blog At DirectfromDeb.com

For a New Selection of Swimwear!

If you are a lucky little chick and have a proper Cruise or warm weather vacation planned……instead of a “staycation”……allow me to do a little of your legwork for you. For most of us swimsuit shopping is painful. I know that I would much rather go through the drill in front of my own mirror at home…..that in the glaring lights of a brick and mortar store. So grab your sunglasses and pour yourself a pina colada. Follow me and see what I have found surfing the Internet. Here’s the latest is Swimwear for 2009.

Go retro this season and get noticed in the best possible way! Norma Kamali’s Mio Halter is glam in black and white. Norma has designed some of the best suits this season and this is one of the styles. Scroll down for more. Very chic! $295 at normakamalicollection.com

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Trina Turk’s Ikat Cutout Swimsuit and coverup is stylishly splashed with color! I think I might love the coverup best of all. Perfect for floating through the lobby of a five star hotel! Swimsuit $139 and Coverup $149 at NeimanMarcus.com

Photograph of Glam Solids by OndadeMar 2009

If you can wear a bikini…..God Love you! If you can wear a white bikini…..you are special! Well…if you answered yes to both comments…..here is a fab suit by OndadeMar. You will love the fact that each piece is sold separately. The top for $77.00 and the hipster bottoms $74.00. A great look if you can rock it. swimwearboutique.com

Photograph of Havana by Melissa Odabash 2009

Melissa Odabash’s 2009 one piece Havana ’09 in graphite is a nice change from the color black. It provides moderate coverage in the rear and features high leg lines to give the illusion of longer legs. $184 at swimwearboutique.com

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L’Space One love One Piece is an ultra fashion statement featuring fringe! It takes the one piece to a whole new level! $130 at butterfliesandbikinis.com


Here is a clever suit by Vix! The Vogue Bikini is like getting two suits in one. The halter top reverses to a black and white stripe matching the bikini bottom. The diagonal stripes should be body friendly! $72.00 at instyleswimwear.com


If you are looking for a miracle……try the Camilla Bandeau by Miraclesuit. It certainly is in style with the ruffles! They claim that you will look ten pounds thinner with their suits. I can’t speak to that fact. I will say that the ruching on the suit usually does a nice job in bringing the body “in” wherever the detail appears. $140 at sylenedc.com

One of the cutest bikinis of the season! It is a limited edition designed by Lyla Blu. The Hippie Love in black and white stripe hand crochet has a rock and roll vibe without losing the girlie girl look. Love it! $120 at lylablu.com.

T1S9B Fendi Zebra-Print One-Piece

Get a wild but classy look with Fendi’s Zebra Print one piece. The lines should be figure flattering. The zebra print is artistically done with the unmistakeningly FF Fendi logo. Available is sizes 4 – 8 at BergdorfGoodman.com


This bandeau by Norma Kamali is a studded sensation! Oh My! I am not sure how the silver studs will feel after a day in the sun…….but I know they will get you noticed. Another Kamali winner! $550 at normakamalicollection.com



You can’t get more sophisticated looking than this beauty of a suit by Ralph Lauren! The Paisley Halter is evening wear inspired and really beautiful. As you can see…..the back is sexy bare but the coverage is full on the derriere. $350 at RalphLauren.com
If your budget for swimwear this year is as small as your bikini…….Victoria Secret’s Ruffle Classic Top and Matching Bottoms has you covered! Tops and Bottoms are sold separately and come in a wide variety of stripes…solids…polka dots…..stars. I love the little sassy classic top! At the price of $18 for the top and $14 for the bottoms……buy a few pieces and mix and match! VictoriaSecret.com
Ozzies Peach Martini By Tara Grinna

I love this print by Tara Grinna! The Ozzie’s Peach Martini is an abstract print that….well….makes me want an umbrella drink poolside at The Four Seasons! The print is featured in many styles of bra tops and bottoms…along with coverups. Get the complete look at laplageswimwear.com
The Diamond Girl by Salinas is a little bit sexy and a little bit flirty with its’ off set bow on the bottom. The pleated bandeau top has exceptional coverage if you are so inclined. Love it! $145.95 at mollybrownsswimwear.com
Looks like an expensive man’s tie to me! The Eros Acapulco will take you to Le Brisas and beyond. The diagonal banding around the waist will be figure flattering. This is one sexy and elegant suit! $ 640 at catrionamackechnie.com
AF Vandevorst’s Atlantis Wrap Bikini is sultry in the most understated way. It goes to show you that one doesn’t have to show all to tell all! The bottoms are a bikini brief with a with a fold over skirt. Very hip! $408 at catrionamackechnie.com
You are a princess! Wear your crown and have it your way. This Crown Jewel Bandeau One Piece can be custom made to your size specifications. Want a Brazilian bottom? No problem! Need full coverage? You can have that too. The possibilities are endless at gingersislandwear.com This suit as is……$179
New from Betsy Johnson! If you feel better more covered when lounging pool side…….At The Hop.…..is certainly a fun and flirty choice. It features removable soft cups and a bikini bottom. Adorable! $192 at keysswimwear.com
And here is the less modest version of Betsey Johnson’s At The Hop. Select this top and the bottoms you prefer. Any choice is too much fun! Top $94. Bowed Bottom $76 Skirted Bottom $94 Basic Bottom $68 at Keysswimwear.com
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A very cute Bows Short Bikini from Lilibon! Dress yourself in chocolate and pink Boy Shorts and get the bottom coverage you want! The triangle top can be worn over the shoulder or as a halter. Darling! $180 at HeidiKlein.com
If you find yourself sunning at a five star resort……you need to look appropriate as you head to the pool. DVF’s Ganzaup. Cover-..part of her Warhol resort collection….will get you there in style! So bright and lively! It is 100% silk and 100% glam. $360 at DVF.com
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Get bronzed in brown! What a great one piece from Tara Mathews! Made of 20% lycra to hold you in and beautiful beading to show you off! Available in sizes Small to Extra Large at net-a-porter.com for $340
Zimmermann Summer Lovers bikini
Zimmerman’s Summer Love Bikini is as sweet as a summer day! Love the color scheme and ruffles that are featured on both the bandeau and bikini bottom. $220 at net-a-porter.com





Vibrant and colorful! The Painterly Maillot was designed by Hayden-Harnett’s Art Director, Madeleine Eayrs, and is sold exclusive to this store. There are enough cut outs and details to get you noticed from South Beach to Malibu Beach. Lovely! $178.00 haydenharnett.com
One shoulder styles are “in” for dresses and swimsuits this year. Trina Turk’s Marisol suit is a shining example in bright colors of the look. Best yet…it is on sale at Bluefly for $88. Originally $147. A great look for a good price! bluefly.com

Gold Ricky Bikini - Collection - RalphLauren.com

For the glam girl! Ralph Lauren’s Gold Ricky Bikini is tiny and terrific! This little number looks like liquid gold and will shimmer seaside or under water. $190 at RalphLauren.com

Get the bronzed goddess look with the Helena One Piece Blouson. It’s a very different look that is both elegant and sexy. Love the color! It even might hide a sin or two. $260 at Mylausa.com







Whose Turn Is It? Sunday, May 18 2008 

These too funny pillowcases made me smile when I found them at Spoonsisters.com.  These would be an adorable gift for any new parent.  They are not luxurious at only 250 thread count, but that’s not the point. New parents will get it, the moment they unwrap these perfect pillow cases for parents! $34 Save $5.00 on your $50 purchase with coupon code:  SPRING2008.  Expires:  05/31/08On Duty, Off Duty - New Parent Pillowcases

Dad’s Day Delights! Sunday, May 18 2008 

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Father’s…..you have to give them props for all they have done for us over the years. Why not delight them with something different this year? Enjoy this collection of ideas I have for you! Is Dad a bicycle enthusiast? If so, Sweet Skin Z has some revolutionary tires that glow in the dark with full color graphics during the day. Available in orange flames or red/yellow stripes at Vivre.com for $40.00.

If your dad is a scuba diver, snorkeler, or even a backyard swimmer, he’ll enjoy a new way to take underwater photos with this Digital Underwater Camera and Video Diving Mask. With 16MB of built in expandable memory and a price tag of $99.50, this is a gift that almost any Dad would enjoy! Avalable at Frontgate.com.

Digital Underwater Camera & Video Diving Mask

Almost all boys love their toys, especially when they come with 4 wheels and some horse power! Paolo Tumminelli’s book, Luxury Toys Classic Cars, covers over 45 rare classic cares made since 1945. At $50, this is an affordable luxury gift. Available at BergdorfGoodman.com

Luxury Toys Classic Cars, Hardcover

I know there is alot of Father’s who love the sport of golf. Women can never have too many pairs of shoes, and golfers can never have too many golf hats. Why not get Dad a hat from one of the most famous golf courses in the world, Pebble Beach? With a click of your mouse, you can have one on its’ way to Dad’s house this year…straight from Pebble Beach, California. This Contrast Stitch cap is a quite stylish and features the Pebble Beach logo. $29.50 and available in 5 colors. Speaking of Golf……..dad will be a cool dude or duffer on the course in these Nike Snare E Golf Sunglasses! Designed to keep his eye on the ball with true colors these Nike Max Optics offer a state of the art frame. $159 at Nike.com


Is your Dad a road warrior? If he spends much of his time in the car, here is a nifty little gadget from ZipperGifts.com. The Ear Lite, will help dad read maps in the car, or read anything wherever he is. This little 2.5 x 2.5 ear piece concentrates a beam of light whenever you need it. At $12 it is affordable for every budget. Also from ZipperGifts.com is The Book Of Cool. If your Dad’s cool quotient could use a boost, this gift is the total tool for cool. Not only is it a book, but it comes with over 9 hours of CD’s with expert demonstrations on casino tricks, football moves, pool shots and so much more. I have first hand knowledge as we own this gift. It is packaged in a, well, cool slipcase. Very impressive! $40.

This next idea from Hammacher.com isn’t the most exciting gift, but probably beats underwear and a tie. If your Dad is a Soccer Dad or a Bleacher Bum, he will appreciate The Portable Gel Seat. It relieves pressure on Dad’s deriere while at a game, behind the desk at the office, on the road in the car seat, and any type of sporting event. Bottom Line….your dad’s bottom will love it. $59.95

product image Portable Gel Seat

Everyone know the best way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Eleni’s Cookies has you covered in the sweetest way. These Play Ball Sugar Cookies arrive 16 to a box for $59.00. Add tickets to his favorite baseball team, and you will have Daddy eating out of your hand! Score them at Elenis.com.

If Dad has ever been to Chicago, he might have enjoyed a good meal or two. You can now order some of Chicago’s most famous food items from tastesofchicago.com. It is a good service, and I have used it several times for gifts. Some of the food offerings are from Carson’s Ribs (the best ribs in town), Portillos (where there is always line for their hot dogs and more), Garrett Popcorn (everyone’s favorite caramel popcorn), Lou Malnati’s Pizza (it’s great Chicago style pizza), Eli’s Cheesecake, Long Grove’s Old Fashion Brown Bag Apple Pie (killer!) and much more. Prices include delivery. Wouldn’t your Dad love a Taste of Chicago?

Celebrity Child~ Saturday, May 17 2008 

Jenklairkids.com says that their fabulous Fattamano Gift Basket is a fave of celebrity, Milla Jovovich.  I don’t doubt it, as it really is a picture perfect present.  Baby will be warm and cozy in this German faux sherling gift basket of 6 plush and pretty pieces all tucked into a keepsake French hatbox. Fattamano luxury baby gift box.<br>$295.

The Chic Child~ Saturday, May 17 2008 

E-Luxury.com has an over the top selection of designer duds for dapper babies. Their little piggies will go to market in style with Baby Dior’s Metallic Leather Ballerinas for $155 and Dolce & Gabana’s Metalic Logo Sneaker in silver for $105.

Beautiful Baby Gifts~ Saturday, May 17 2008 

I love shopping for a new baby gift, but sometimes it is hard to be creative, cute, and classy, with the normal brick and mortar stores.  Never fear, The Internet is here with hundreds of great finds.  Here are a few edited selections: At SerenaandLily I found two wonderful gift items that would please and new mother and child The TakeMeHome_Grass_box.jpgtake me home gift sets are beautifully presented and practical at the same time.  $85 the set made of 100% cotton and adorned with tiny tassels. The new slings are the latest in baby transport, leaving mom’s hands free to do what she wishes.  This signature sling is one of the prettiest I have seen.  Again, 100% organic cotton available in grass/marigld, cloud/petal, or flax/sky blue (shown).

sling_belgian.jpg$129.  Purchase anything at Serena and Lily by 5/31/08 and save 15% off with Coupon Code:  MWS15

Color Cuffs! Saturday, May 17 2008 

Cache.com happens have some very interesting jewelry right now. I was smitten by the color enamel cuffs that come in coral, yellow, and green. Very Tory Burch like, don’t you th ink . Now only Coral available. It’s on sale for $44.50 at cache.com

Standout Skimmers! Friday, May 16 2008 

Flats and ballet slippers are certainly everywhere these days. You can find them at all price points. D & G Dolce Gabbana’s Cutout Satin Skimmer from BergdorfGoodman.com is one of the best pair I have seen. Available in whole sizes from 5-10, in a terrific turquoise or a very pretty violet. $485.

D&G Dolce & Gabbana Cutout Satin Skimmer D&G Dolce & Gabbana Cutout Satin Skimmer

FUN WITH FUCHSIA! Friday, May 16 2008 

Here are two fashion finds that will leave you “in the pink” and oh so summery. Pair this chic little clutch from LA’s Shop Intuition http://www.shopintuition.com$60, and these neon flats $170, from Otte NY, http://otteny.com..then strut Canvas Embroidered Clutchesyour stuff this summer! Use Coupon Code: INSTYLE08 for 20% Off everything at ShopIntuition.com Valid until May 31, 2008.
Neon Flat

SUMMER STRIPES Friday, May 16 2008 

You’ll be “Rainbow Brite” in this Michael Kors Hand Painted Dress from Bergdorf Goodman. I couldn’t resist the bright colors and bateau neckline. It might be hard for some of us to wear, but if you are a twizzle stick, and can handle the hefty price tag of $1,695, go for it….you will look summerlicious! www.bergdorfgoodman.com

Michael Kors Hand-Painted Rainbow Dress

Perfect Peep Toe Sandal Friday, May 16 2008 

I thought these fabulous flats, by Due Farina, were too much fun! Imagine how they could add a punch of color to your summer wardrobe. They can be found at www.citysoles.com for $185. Use Coupon Code: INSTYLE08 until May 31, 2008, for a 20% savings.Rich and sexy sandals A trendy peep toe flat sandal by Due Farina made from two toned Italian leather with a big wood button embelishment. Sassy! Yellow and red or teal and salmon.