Wrap It Up With Style! Friday, Jun 27 2008 

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I must admit that Gift Wrapping is a specialty of mine. My personal pride, personal style, admiration of the gift recipient, and the creative part of me, demand that I create a pretty package. To give you an idea of how passionate I am about stylishly wrapped presents, all of my Christmas gifts match my home decor. If you think about that for a minute, it does make sense. Would you put on a red blouse with a salmon colored skirt? Probably not. My home is is shades of salmon, so red paper or ribbon doesn’t walk thru my door, unless, of course, it is generously brought in as a gift.

A great gift that you spent hours or days selecting, deserves to be wrapped with the same care. Beautiful wrapping can make a “little something” gift look more important, and certainly will make the recipient feel valued. Wrapping with style is fun whether you have a knack for it or not. All you need is fabulous paper, wonderful ribbons, scissors, and double sided tape ( a must for a neat package). If you have fabric remnants at home, or even if you don’t, you may want to purchase some, as a package wrapped in silk or any fabric is indeed special. Something to remember…..it is always clever to wrap a package in a style that goes along with the theme of the gift. Giving a Sushi Set? Wrap it in Sushi Paper. (see below) It is the small details that make the difference. Walk down this gift wrapping aisle and browse the wonderful designs that are available today. Remember…..anything you do is worth doing with style! Pictures at the top of the page are courtesy of carolyneroehm.com. They are having a huge sale right now. Check it out!

Double the fun! Double the wrap! The excitement of the circus will brighten up your gift…especially for a child. This double sided paper is so charming and lively! Mix and match the stars with the elephants and oh my! $4.00 per sheet at KatesPaperie.com

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Make every gift a little bit sweeter with the Whimsy Press Cupcake and Chocolates Wrap. What fun for gifts for the young or young at heart. $4.50 per sheet at whimsypress.com Put the icing on this package with the Pom Pom Wired Ribbon pictured above. The chocolate brown ribbon with pink pom poms is $2.45 for two yards at joggles.com

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If you have a passion for purple……the Lotus Flower Paper will delight your inner zen side! A 10 Foot roll is $6.25 or get one of their nifty cutter box rolls……100 Feet for $36.75 OliverPaper.com Top off the package with MJ Trims Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon in Passion Flower….for a complete look.  $3.98 a yard at mjtrim.com


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I love the cleverness of this perfect Valentine’s Day “Key To My Heat” gift enclosure card and envelope. It is hand drawn and each little key…that was cut from vintage picture book covers…..is different. The key is enclosed in a small manilla envelope that is sealed with a heart sticker. Precious! $4.00 each at artschoolgirl.com

Cute as a cupcake! Whimsy Press’s cupcake gift bag is so great…..it doesn’t matter what you put inside. These bags are uniquely designed with strong reinforced sides and bottoms. The handles are stiched in coordinating colors to maatch each style of bag. My tip for this bag: If you live in L.A. fill it with Sprinkles Cupcakes. If you live elsewhere…....Sprinkles makes their own cupcake mixes and sells them at Williams-Sonoma.com. What a yummy gift! whimsypress.com $5.00 each

Wrapscallion! Now that’s a term I haven’t heard before. Be that as it may……this paper with the fun and sassy scalloped edges will certainly line any gift box or wrap an odd shaped gift with style. Many color combinations to choose from. $ 6.00 for 6 sheet sets. bellocchio.com

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Midori make some of the most luxurious ribbon around! They also make beautiful paper. I have paired their Cloisonne pattern made from 100% recycled cotton fiber with simply gorgeous dupioni silk ribbon. The darker shade is called Amour and the lighter shade is Blossom. Either shade will make an exquisite gift! The prices: Ribbon $45 for 40 yards and the paper $44 for 10 sheets. This pricey wrap will make any gift look expensive! beau-coup.com


Wrapping some garden tools and gloves? Is your gift recipient one that loves beautiful flowers or is into nature? if so Whimsy Press has a fabulous double sided paper called Sage, part of their Modern Garden line, that will surely be perfect for your gift. It is $4.50 per double sided sheet, but each sheet is 24″ by 36″, which is very large for the standard sheet. If you are wrapping two boxes for the same recipient, you might want to buy two sheets, so that each box is different but beautifully coordinated, as pictured above. Available at WhimsyPress.com

Now for that Sushi Paper I wrote about above. Also from Whimsy Press, The Dim Sum Cool Paper Collection is an Asian Buffet of hip designs. If you are wrapping a Saki or Sushi Set, Green Tea and Tea Cups, or perhaps a set of chopsticks, take a look at the Wasabi paper. It is all that and Dim Sum! As in all of their papers, $4.50 per double sided sheet. WhimsyPress.com

From Erin Ruth, a graphic designer with a passion for paper, The Reese and Jacqueline patterns both make a bold statement. Trendy yet classic in design, each piece is $4.50 per 24″ x 36″ sheet. Each with a silky finish. Erinruth.com

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Carolyne Roehm, designer extraordinaire, of all things stylish, offers some of the finest gifts and wrappings available. Her new papers and ribbons from India are stunning and oh so summery. Pictured above is the Green and Gold Floral Paper along with Green Multicolor Piquot Edged Ribbon and a Tangerine Poppy. The whole package is a citrus delight! Paper $20 for 3 22″ x 30″ sheets. Ribbon $48 for 22 yards. Poppy $18 for 4 Stems. Carolyneroehm.com

One of Carolyn’s best selling papers is the Alligator Paper available in four bright and chic colors. I can speak to the quality of this paper, as I have used it. It is bold, strong, glossy, and luxurious. Shown here is the Pink Beauty Satin Ribbon, Weatherstone Style Gift Cards, and Carolyn’s Pillow Gift Box. The gift box is perfect for wrapping table gifts for your guests. Paper $20 for 3 sheets, Ribbon $40 for 27 Yards, Gift Cards $8 for 10 tags, Pillow Gift Box $25 for 10 boxes. Carolyneroehm.com

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Style can come in all forms, and this trendy Skull Paper by Seltzer certainly makes a stylish statement with a sense of humor! Made from recycled paper using soy ink, you receive two 20″ by 30″ wrapping sheets for $6.00. The beautiful Midori Khaki Silk Ribbon luxes up the presentation. Sold by the yard at $3.75 per yard. I find that three yards makes a generous bow. I couldn’t resist the Skull Thank You Cards, as a gift tag. If enlarged, you will see that the card reads Much Obliged on the cover. It is blank inside for your own creative prose. Box of 8 for $14.00. You know you will use the cards more than once! All found at RedStamp.co

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Sometimes a Gift Bag makes the perfect presentation for the occasion. I often use them as “goodie bags” for special events I host, or for unusually shaped items, that are impossible to wrap. PlumParty.com has some of the most unique die cut gift bags around. Peace out your gift with The Flower Power Gift Bag. Perfect for a garden party hostess gift wrap. You can sweeten up any gift with the Cupcake Bag! It is cute enough to eat. The Rose Gift Bag would be an elegant way to present any feminine gift. Chocolate and roses are always a good combination. Pop in some bon bons and your gift giving is done. All priced from $5.00 – $6.00.

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Goosey Press offers vintage look papers for everyone with a nostalgic memory of the simplicity of Mother Goose Rhymes. Perfect for wrapping a child’s gift or anyone who is young at heart. The black and cream graphic images on feltweave paper are charming and quite unique. Available either in The Mother Goose or Children At Play Design. $3.50 per 19″ x 27″ shee4t. gooseypress.com



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Someone you know deserves a package wrapped in the Decorative Stitch Paper embroidered with flowers and vines on a natural recycled paper sheet. If you haven’t ever used a stitched or embroidered paper, let me tell you that the designs are extraordinary and expensive, but some gifts are just worth the price. Like a summer day! I have matched the paper with three ribbons from MJTrim. From the left, A Wired Picot Edged Organza in Yellow/Multi, $3.98 per yard; Hand Dyed Silk Ribbon in RudBechia $7.98 per yard, and in Willow. Paper from PaperStudio.com

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This paper & ribbon combination would make an elegant presentation for anyone. Pretty gilded petals are scattered on the surface of burgundy (looks more like rose to me) handmade 22 x 30 paper. The paper is deckled on all four edges, which is so nice for wrapping. $3.00 per sheet at paperorigins.com. Matched up with the subtle gold and rose of MJTrim’s hand dyed one inch silk ribbon in the color Peace, adds the perfect touch without over powering the delicate paper. Ribbon, $3.98 a yard. Love it!

Who knew that The Container Store had stylish gift wrap? I, for one, did not. I found this Aquamarine Damask wrap and it reminded me of wonderful wallpaper. They also offer the perfect Satin Wired Ribbon to complete your gift package. The paper, a roll of 5′ x 30″, is priced at $4.50, is most likely not as fine or heavy as the other papers I have found, but with the ribbon, priced at $10.99 for 10 yards, your gift will look beautiful. Find them both at containerstore.com

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Elum Designs creates fabulous paper and gift bags! My favorite is The Holiday Rococo. I would use it everyday of the year. Pair it up with lesbonribbon.com’s sensational striped ribbon at $4.50 for 5 yards and take your package from rococo to contemporary with one loop of the ribbon. Both are beautiful.

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Soap and Paper Company sells wonderful soap, body treatments, fragrances, and wrapping paper! With names like Green Tea, Rosewood, Fig, and more. These papers are naturally fabulous. The photos truly need to be enlarged to appreciate the pretty patterns. You will be ready to wrap, ribbon, and roll with the paper gift wrap set. Each pattern comes with 6 sheets of recycled finely printed paper, 3 yards of coordinated ribbon, and six gift tags. All for $24. You can save an additional 25% off with Coupon Code: SCRUBADUB. This deal expires: July 29 2008. soapandpaperfactory.com

Occasional Tags

I must admit that I usually make my own gift tags, however, I discovered these terrific tags by elanami over at etsy. Inspired by vintage typographic frames, they come in a set of 8 with colorful ribbons to attach to bags, wine bottles, and packages. Delightful! $16 for eight. Etsy.com

Birds are not my thing…in fact I am afraid to death of them. But I couldn’t resist these little birdies. They are die cut and stitched on Lotka paper in a beautiful burgundy paired with mauves and peaches. A simple silk bow made from Paper Studio’s Liquid Amber ribbon is all you need to complete this precious presentation. Paper $4.75 per sheet. Silk Ribbon $1.00 per yard. Both at PaperStudio.com

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If you give a bottle of wine as a gift….take a moment and create a nice presentation of it. Wisteria’s set of four jute wine bags are elegant without being fancy. They are perfect to give to a man or woman. The pictures depicted are of antique corkscrews. A very classy presentation! $16 at Wisteria.com

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This paper and ribbon combination can be used for any type of wrapping, but I think It is lovely for the Holidays. The paper is from Europe done in a raised flocked damask of leaves and decorative sashes. Called Mirage red.…… it isn’t the normal bright and bold Holiday red we are use to seeing. I matched this elegant paper with hand dyed silk ribbon in a complimentary color called China Doll. If you are going for a soft yet sophisticated Holiday look…….this might work for you. Paper is $3.75 per sheet at Paper-Source.com The Ribbon is $3.98 per yard (pricey but worth it for this paper) MJtrim.com

Red & Gold Beaded Cord

The Red Flourishes Gold on Red paper is so elegant and distinctive! The paper is described as ‘crispy thin” but strong. It hardly needs any further embellishing……but I found this red and gold beaded cording that might enhance it nicely. The paper is $4.50 per sheet at PaperStudio.com The cording can be found at jamaligarden.com for $5.50 per 5 yard roll.

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Peppermint Pump Gift EnclosureWhat fun and Hello Lover! This paper is for the shoe lover in your life. It is really over the top stylish and perfect for someone you know. Sold in a set of three sheets for $3.00 at Remanents.com Pair it with the shoe enclosure card for $2.00 per card. Also at Remanents.com

Holiday Wrap Copper, Gold & BrownKate's Loop-edged Ribbon

Luxe and lovely in shades of Copper Gold and Brown! Both are from KatesPaperie.com who has just redesigned her website…….it is acting a bit funky at the moment…….so details are a bit sketchy. I think that all three paper patterns can be yours for $9.95, and the Loop Edged Metallic ribbon which coordinates so nicely is $7.95 for 5.5 yards. This paper will make a statement in your home, on your table, and in the hands of the lucky person on your gift list.

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What happy paper! This lovely handmade wrapping paper is made in India using Lotka paper. I love the beautiful embroidered sunburst designs! Your gifts will not only look fabulous……they will be eco-friendly too. $7.99 per sheet at radiantideas.net


Come back soon for more wonderful wrapping ideas~

A Bounty Of Beach Bags~ Thursday, Jun 26 2008 

Updated for 2009!

Is your BFF a Beach Baby or a Sun Goddess? If so, she most likely would enjoy a new Beach Bag. These affordable bags make great gifts as is, but even better if filled with beach necessities like, a good beach book, suntanning lotion, beach towel, water bottle, etc. Selected for their style and price points, these bags will be turning heads from ship to shore.

And don’t miss my new collection of the best in swimwear for 2009!
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Take along your sunscreen and Marc Jacobs on your next seaside vacation. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Big Print Tote is colorful cotton canvas with leather handles. It folds to tuck away into your suit case. $170 at Net-a-porter.com

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Here’s a retro looking beach bag by Mad Imports. Love the old school look. Perfect for the beach or farmers market. Available in Ocean or Express. On sale for $48. Originally $80 at happy-la.com

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Echo Design’s Geo Nautical beach Tote is bold and colorful. Extra large and big enough to hold that trashy beach book and all of your necessities. Fun! $58 at EchoDesign.com

Sandy Chilewich has created the perfect beach tote! Bright and bold colors and prints……and roomy! Their durable vinyl construction will will keep the sea and sand at bay. Available in seven contemporary prints at unicahome.com $68


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Of course I love the stunning studded Fleur-di-lis design of this great carry all bag. Beach bling! $109 at BostonProper.com



Great braided detailing on this terrific tote! By Big Buddha. perfect for carrying everything ship to shore! Also available in black. $54 at FredaLa.com Save an additional 10% Off With Coupon Code: NEWYEARNEWME Offer Expires: March 1st!

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Here’s a little bohemian chic to take to the beach! It’s the Tribal Trio bag in canvas print. Love thee tassels and beading! Available at EchoDesign.com for $78


Whimsical in black and white……the Flowie Garden Love Dumpling Bag…….is fully lined and perfect for running to the beach or wherever. Designed by textile designer Yaling Hou. 100% Linen. $66 at DesignPublic.com

Get color….all five colors…..and have the cutest bag on the beach. Fairly traded from Madagascar……the hand wrapped raffia design is bright and cheery. Love it! $66 at Btcelements.com Save 20% Off with Code: grechen.

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Love the sizzl’n stripes of this French Cotton and washable Beach Bag! Great colors and a hefty size. $58 at quelobjet.com


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The Echo Oversized Tote is big enough to fit all of the essentials and colorful enough to attract the right kind of attention. $58 at LunaBoston.com Use Coupon Code: Now on sale for $29  And save 20% off with Coupon Code:  luckybreaks12 Expires May 3rd.

Pretty and practically indestructible, the Damask Tote from RoomServiceHome.com is perfect for any summer activity, beach, flea markets, sporting events, and more. Available in three sizes (the large tote is backordered until 06/30/08) and priced from $24 – $44.

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I’m loving all of the Market Bags that are in style this year. of course, they can be used for more than going to the market. This set of three bags (unbelievable deal) could be used for so many things. The large bag at 17″ x 15″ x 6″ would make the perfect beach bag. Available in 4 colors/patterns at MaryJaneBags.com for $28.

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Fabulous Finds: Beauty Products That Work! Wednesday, Jun 25 2008 

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I would like to be clear right from the beginning. I am not a Beauty Expert. I do not represent any cosmetic company. No one pays me for my opinion. I do not have any alterior motives. What I am is a consumer who loves to play with makeup, has spent enough money on makeup, over the years, to fund a few college educations, and I believe in good skincare. I am familiar with the best products in the cosmetic industry, and I use them. I also use products that are lesser known, believing that any one cosmetic line cannot have the best of everything. The following are a few of my favorite things. I know that these products work for me. I hope that they work for you, as well.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisurizer. It has won more Beauty Awards than you can count. I agree. It is a marvelous product that I can count on, hour after hour, year after year. It is part of Mercier’s Flawless Face Product line. I cannot say that the tinted moisturizer makes my face look flawless, because it doesn’t…….it is not magic. It does, however, make it look better!

It is lightweight with a lovely slip or spreadability. My skin feels hydrated after application and there is noticable color. The coverage is sheer, but the glow that it imparts is both healthy and forgiving. My fine and not so fine lines are softened after application. Mercier states that it has an antioxident vitamin complex that fights free radicals. That’s a good thing, but what I find most important is the SPF20 factor,as I have learned the hard way………sun on your face equals future wrinkles!

I use the moisturizer for slight coverage when I first get up on certain mornings, just to look decent when having a lazy weekend morning, or as a house guest when traveling, and often when sunbathing. I have also mixed it with liquid foundation, as Laura Mercier suggests, to achieve a more sheer finish during the warm summer months. If you don’t like to wear foundation at all, this might be the perfect product for you! The product comes in seven shades, from porcelain to walnut. I wear Nude in the winter months and Sand in the summer. I have a medium skintone. There also is an oil-free version of the tinted moisturizer. Though I have normal skin…not too dry, not too oily, I found that the oil free moisturizer was not hydrating enough. On my skin, it just didn’t spread well. It did offer, the same healthy glow, however. It is a wonderful product that works for $42.00 at LauraMercier.com

Serious Skin Care InstA-tox Instant Wrinkle Smoothing Serum 2-pack

Oh how I hesitated to feature this little miracle worker! Now my secret is out of the bag. This is one product that I wouldn’t be without……EVER! I am at that age where pesky little and big facial lines and wrinkles are rearing their ugly imprints on my face daily! How could this happen to me? The thought of injecting a poisonous substance into my skin, is very unappealing. I worry about the future effects of Botox. It works beautifully, but to me….poison is poison. Enter Jennifer Flavin Stalone’s Serious Skin Care, and her Facial Firming, Wrinkle Smoothing Serum……InstA-tox.

What it does……it temporarily fills in and softens lines and wrinkles and makes pores appear tighter. What it doesn’t do……it doesn’t take them away! How does it work? Honestly, I don’t know what type of ingredients are in this product. My guess is that there some sort of silicone for one. You must apply to very clean and dry skin. Pat the product directly on each line and wrinkle. Avoid using too much. You will know if you have used too much, as a white film will be left on the area of your treated skin. If this happens, wipe of with a small bit of moisturizer and start over. Smooth on pore areas that you wish to appear tighter. Do not rub in. Once applied, wait about three minutes until the product dries and disappears on your skin. Voila! Your lines and wrinkles are diminished, and you are ready for the rest of your beauty routine. The serum remains active, for me, until I cleanse my face. The downside, it may take a couple of applications to get the hang of using this serum. After a year of using it, I never have an issue.

The Results: My lines and wrinkles are softened by about 70%. Not totally gone, but so much better. I particularly like the results I see on the nose to mouth lines. InstA-Tox is my Botox in a bottle, and it works. I purchase mine at HSN.com and have it auto-shipped to me every 2 months. Two tubes for $44.50.

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Mac Cosmetics have so many fun products and great colors in every product line. One of my favorite products of Mac is the LiquidLast Liner. Boy does it last! Truly one of the best eyeliners I have ever used! The ability to make a precise line, thick or fine, is key in selecting an eyeliner. The thin pointed brush of LiquidLast makes this possible. The application is effortless. If you make a mistake, or an uneven line, you have about 30 seconds, in my experience, to correct your error. After that, you will need makeup remover to clean up your mess. It is extremely long lasting and smudge free after final application. i usually don’t remove the eyeliner before going to bed, and when I awake, I still have the perfect line on my lid. Mac does not state so,but this product is waterproof. I have tested it…..it has survived swimming and crying….without a smudge. True to Mac style, it comes in 16 colors. My favorites are Point Black and Inkspill, a very dark green. At $16.50 maybe you can try more than one color! MacCosmetics.com

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Pictured above are two products that have changed the look and feel of my feet forever! I have never used either product alone, starting from the beginning with both products, thanks to the sage advice of an employee of Bigelow Chemists at Chicago’s Water Tower Place. I went in looking for a foot miracle after trying every imaginable product…..expensive and cheap. NOTHING worked on my cracked heels and calluses. I am here to say that the transformation of the condition of my feet after two weeks of using these products, twice a day, was unbelievable! My feet were really bad, even with monthly pedicures. They were at the point that the skin just hurt to walk barefoot.

The DDF Pedi-Cream in a 4 oz. tube, has 10% glycolic acid as it’s second ingredient. 10% is a high percentage of this acid, and so I thought it might have a chance to work. It did! Within a week, my callouses were softened and the cracked heels were healing. I enjoyed the rather strong smell of spearmint and menthol of the cream. It provided a cooling relief to my tired and sore feet. Not inexpensive at $30 but worth every penny!

While using this product, I was also using Davies Gate Buckwheat Buffing Soap. Love this product! It actually suds up and cleans your feet while you are exfoliating the dead skin. The working agents are intense…..Buckwheat Hulls, Loofah, and Volcanic Pumice. There is a slight smell of Peppermint, provided by the infused Peppermint oil. Pleasant! The three ingredients provide the perfect polish to your feet. Much more pelasant than using a buffing plane or a plain pumice stone. My routine was to buff with the feet soap and then apply the DDF Pedi-Cream. After two weeks of this routine and the use of both products the cracks in my heals were almost totally gone. $10 and it lasts forever! Two products that I wouldn’t be without.

I have spent many years and dollars looking for the perfect concealer. I have only tried luxury concealers (i.e. no drugstore brands) such as Laura Mercier, Chanel, Bobbi Brown and the like. All disappointed. About two months ago I read a glowing review about Amazing Cosmetics AmazingConcealer. Apparently it has a cult following and is a fave of celebrity makeup artists. Now a favorite of mine! It covers dark circles like a dream, brightening and lightening the look under your eyes beautifully. It is said to be great for blemishes, rosacea, and sun spots. Thankfully, I don’t have those problems, but I do have the occasional dark circle, and at my age any brightening under the eye is an improvement! The product applies very easily and has a very silky feel to it. It leaves my skin dewy under the eye, and blends nicely over and under my foundation. I found mine at Sephora, and no one helped me or told me about the product…..fine by me. I selected my perfect shade, Light Golden, from the available eight shades. A little bit goes a long way, and that is a good thing as it comes in a small .5 ounce tube for $40. I also use it as an eyeshadow base, and it keeps my eyeshadow on all day and night, until I wash it off. Two months into the tube, I still have more than half of the product left. Not bad! Truly an Amazing product! You won’t be disappointed. Find it at AmazingConcealer.com, Ulta.com or Sephora.com


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Posh and Pretty Evening Bags! Wednesday, Jun 25 2008 

Recently, a friend brought to my attention the website PoshPossessions.com. Loving everything “Posh,” I visited the site and found the most beautiful Swarovski crystal handbags. Of course the queen of the crystal handbag is Judith Leiber. Her bags are beautful and bountiful in price, wth price tags in the thousands! If you have been coveting one of her bags, you might consider Posh Possesions, as their bags are much more affordable and very posh looking. They also offer crystal accessories that are perfect for these bags or any other bag you own. Here is a small sampling of what they have to offer.

Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystal The Roll Floral Vine is one of my favorites and one of the least expensive bags at $241. The jewel tone crystals will add the perfect pop of color to any evening outfit! Now on Sale for $195

Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystals The Purple Majesty Bag is just so lovely, and would be a special accessory for any summer outfit. Purple and green are a perfect color combination, at all times, but when blended with white crystals, the colors really pop. Beautiful! $416 Now on sale for $299

Leather Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystals

The leather and crystal Day Or Night Bag, could become your “go to” evening bag. Since it is leather, it could be worn with dressed up jeans or an evening gown, as well. Lots of style at a really great price. $93.75  Now on sale for $65

Evening Bag with Swarovski Crystals If you really want to put on the glam, the Gold & Silver Swirls Bag, does the job! The gold and silver crystals are sure to get attention and coordinate with your shiny evening wardrobe. $405. Now on sale for $299

Business Card Holder with Swarovski Crystals Never pass up an opportunity to connect at any evening affair. Place this beautiful Business Card Holder in your crystal handbag, and they will know you mean business! Other styles available $36.50

Chain Gang! Saturday, Jun 21 2008 

By now, surely you noticed that metal hardware is huge in handbags. Sometimes, I think many designers have gotten a little carried away with the chains, charms, zippers, buckles, etc. When overdone, it all can become rather cheap looking. Here is a Satin Clutch, that has the look of chains without the hardware. I love to find a good looking handbag, especially a clutch, that doesn’t cost your monthly rent. The clutches are perfect for jeans or a night out on the town. At $98, they have alot of look for the money. Available at privilegedonline.com


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Haute Baby Hats! Friday, Jun 20 2008 

Who can resist a sweet baby girl or boy sporting a spiffy hat? The traditional baby bonnet that ties under the neck has been replaced with stylish designs to accessorize the trendy clothing babies are wearing today. I think they make fun gifts that are sure to receive many ooh’s and ahh’s when received. Take a look at these totally wonderful haute hats.

Truffle Pink Rose Hat

Nothing is sweeter than a baby girl wearing pink and black! The hat is cotton and the flower is embellished with a crystal little gem. Sold exclusively at pinkbowtique.com for $25.

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Kate Mack’s Tutu Cute Amazing Pink Sun hat…is just that…..too too cute! Available for infants – 6X for $24 at adorableschildren.com

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Surprisingly this beautiful little hat had no description at all. Perhaps this is one of those cases where a picture is “worth a thousand words.” At any rate…..The Heirloom Hat is so precious. I bet that the lace is antique. It would make a lovely baby gift for $45 at PoshTots.com


VELVET ROSE HAT

Perfect for Valentine’s Day! The Alivian crocheted hat with velvet flower fits from infants to teens. Precious! $37.50 at alivian.us

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This boy’s Linen Hat is just too cute! Won’t he look dapper when out and about! Available in sizes 6 months – 4T for $30 at PoshTots.com


A girlie little newsboy cap that is trend inspired.  Done up in a periwinkle stripe with grosgrain ribbon…..it is simply adorable!  Available for sizes 0 – 6 months to 5 T for $18 at JanieandJack.com


Oh how chic! A silk cloche for baby. Handmade and embellished with blooming bright colors. Perfect for that Kodak moment. $32 in sizes 0 – 3 month or 6 – 12 months at Dimplesanddandelions.com

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These great bucket hats come in an array of cool colors! Better yet….they can be personalized and embellished with your choice of two patterns. Available in sizes 0 – 6 months – 3T. $20 for white and $21 for all other colors. makristababy.com



For the Royal Baby Girl! Tell the world she is the princess with a monogrammed floppy hat emblazed with HRH….for Her Royal Highness. It comes presented in a lovely hat box. $16 at shopbriarpatch.com


Sweet as a Summer day! Hand crocheted by Daylee Designs…..the flower and ladybug are precious…..and will protect baby from harsh sunlight…..while looking stylish. $24 at aclassictale.com

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Sozo - Sweets Infant Cap

Sugar and Spice! Sweet for Spring. Made of 100% cotton so it will be as comfy as it is cute. $12 at oliebollen.com


Silk Flower Bucket Hat

Flowers on delightful denim make this bucket hat perfect for Spring! The flowers are silk and sensational. Available in three sizes for $24.50 at peasoupaccessories.com

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Bella Bling designs some adorable little hats for babies. I love the Flower Fairy hat for it’s softness and feminine style. $19.95 at jenklairkids.com



Imagine the Kodak Moments with this little white Cotton Tails crochet hat with flower! $22 at SouthernClayBabies.com

Jamie Rae Raspberry Velvet Hat (New Line-Stunning!)

Another fab Jamie Rae hat! this raspberry confection is made of soft velvet and is just stunning. $30 at YoungandStylish.com


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Play Ball! For sporty babies, these little sports hats are too cute. The little Soccer Ball Hat is a delight in black and white, and comes in a variety of other colors. The Baseball Hat in all American Red, White, and Blue, is also available in several colors. Made of 100% combed cotton. They just look soft and sweet. Both hats are $18 at StylishBabyGear.com


Puppy Love Hat

They call it Puppy Love…….and isn’t she lovely? Of course the must have accessory for girls of all ages is a chic doggie, and this little Posh Poodle Hat has lots of them, all adorned with Swarovski crystals. Simply posh and handmade by Bella Bling. Found at CoutureBabyboutique.com for $36 including a wonderful hat box. $26 without hat box.

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If your baby gift requires nothing but the best……this may be your ticket to the perfect gift! The Regina Pink Crochet Hat is tiny finery, Pink with multi-colored flowers, a little frou frou on top , and handmade in Italy…what more could a darling diva want? $69.95 at starspangledcarousel.com

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Safari time! This little unisex set is just too sweet but in urban colors…….. not too, too sweet. Baby will be hip and trendy and protected from the summer sun. The Angel Toes Hat alone is $32.50. Hat and Booties Set $65.00 at poshbaban.com

Zutano - Hats - Fabulous Candy Stripes or Great Primary Stripes

Can’t decide what hat to buy? At $4.50 why not buy them all? These cool and colorful Zutano Hats in Candy or Primary Stripes are just the best. Zutano known for their wonderful cotton and colors in baby and toddler clothing, is a wonderful and affordable line for contemporary babies. These adorable hats can be found on sale at LaLaLing.com

Cheetah Chic! Could you just die? The Orange Silk Cheetah Hat is handmade with silk, cheetah fabric, and embellished with a precious orange flower. Baby love! $32 at dimplesanddandelions.com.

Minky Hat

Soft and Sassy, the Minky Hat with Ribbon, is irresistible! Known for their fabulous blankies, Minky has created a haute hat from the same soothing fabric. Baby will love it! $13 at Comfymunchkins.com

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Hip Baby Boys, will rock their world with the Sourpuss Jeff Hat! Trendy with a capital T, Vintage in style, but contemporary chic, the “grandpa” style hat is just over the top cool! $21 at psychobabyonline.com.

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Simply fabulous! Roslyn’s Yellow Shabby Chic Hat couldn’t be any sweeter. Adjustable to fit newborns to toddler 2. The colors of spring will adorn your sweet little thing. $20 at roslynscloset.com

Biker Baby Beanie-Biker Baby Beanie black bling baby hat scull cap

For the Rock Star or Biker Baby, this hip and studded little beanie is just too cool for school! Available at 2SweetSisters.com for $27.95.

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Here’s an adorable pink beanie trimmed with a beautiful chocolate and pink printed ribbon. Simply delightful and $25 at Dimplesanddandelions.com

Pink Velvet Hat by Gigi's

Well! Isn’t this special? Your little one will turn into a Winter Fairy when wearing this beautiful ivory fur and lace hat. Imported from England and $30.00 for sizes 3 – 9 months at Thetrendybebe.com

Pink Axle Pink Lips Beanie 0/6 Months

Seal her with a kiss! The Pink Axle Pink Lips Beanie is 100% cotton and 100% adorable. $18 at urbanyoungster.com

Crown her the Birthday Princess! She will feel like one wearing this little tiara with marabou, lace, and satin ribbon. Please take a look at the site for the delicious looking rear view of this pretty party hat. Was $44 and now is $28.99 at sophiasstyle.com

Pink Chocolate Birthday Hat

It’s their birthday and they can have their cupcake and wear it too! So cute and yummy is the pink chocolate birthday hat! Covered in bridal satin with padded lining……it can be made in custom colors to match the party. $36 at beninibug.com

What a fancy little hat for the Birthday Girl! Chic Cheetah Print is blooming with style and flowers! Handmade and exclusive to Dimples and Dandelions. $36 dimplesanddandelions.com





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Gifts For Girlfriends: Sole Savers Friday, Jun 20 2008 

If you have a friend that has a long march to work, the subway, or shops alot, these Spare Soles from ShopIntuition.com will delight her all the way to her tippy toes! An ingenious idea that will have your BFF feeling footloose and comfy. After all, we can’t actually wear our Jimmy Choo 4 inch heels for more than a couple of hours, right? $25.00 for the shoe and pouch.

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If you don’t have time to wait for your tippy toes to dry following a manicure, your girlfriend probably doesn’t either. Flex Flop Pedi Please to the rescue! The portable flip flops and their case are a clever idea for yourself or gift giving list. This is one gift that is sure to be used, over and over. $50 for the set at shopmanhattanite.com

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Sweet Suede Showstopper For Little Fashionatas~ Thursday, Jun 19 2008 

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I have been doing a good deal of baby shopping lately, and this pink suede vest may be the most precious baby gift I have found. This vest is fun and fabulous, not to mention such high fashion! Pink satin ribbons add the perfect touch. Available in size 6 MO. or 12 MO. $82.95 at Plumgiftco.com


Baby Gifts With Personality! Monday, Jun 16 2008 

Their parents spent 9 months thinking of the perfect name, and they are proud of it! A Personalized Baby Gift makes a thoughtful shower or welcome to the world present. Here is a well edited selection of personalized, clothing, gear, bedding and more for your gift giving pleasure.


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No matter the sex of each newborn child, the parents will certainly have high goals for their little newborn. This “Baby for President Onesie” will give the parents a chuckle or two. Available in many colors, fonts, and sizes. Pricing begins at $16.90 and can be ordered from SimplyColors.com.

Personalized Sage Toile with Pink Blanket by CandyJamBoutique-Personalized Sage Toile with Pink Blanket

Blankets make such a perfect and usable gift.especially if it is personalized! This sage toile minky blanket is a lovely color combination for baby girls. It promises to be as soft and cushy as the baby! Personalized with your choice of name and available in two sizes. Priced from $58 – $74 at sweetbabytobe.com

Baby Shoes are important to parents because they are so expensive and so babylicious! I fell in love with these preppy Little Ragio Monogrammed Leather Moccasin’s. Available in colors shown and blue with chocolate at laylagrayce.com. Priced from $63.00

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I can think of nothing that I would rather have as a new mom than a personalized baby book! WayCoolDesigns.com has a huge selection with over 60 designs, each one cuter than the next. What is better, you totally customize the baby book, from cover fabric and color, size and color of ribbon, and types of inside pages. Prices vary but the personalized book I put together was $127 plus shipping.

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Oh how pretty! This is one adorable baby bracelet, and perhaps the best one I have ever seen. Wouldn’t any baby girl just love her first set of cultured pearls? This is an BeadifulBABY Original. Done up in Freshwater Cultured Pearls, Sterling Silver Beads, Hand Engraving, and Swarovski Crystal Accents.…..it is really wonderful! $90. The Sterling Silver Charm as shown is optional….many styles to choose from between $5.00 – $10.00 additional. Get yours at BeadifulBaby.com

Personalized baseball baby wagon

Batter up Baby! This is a keepsake gift that the whole family will enjoy. The bases and Radio Flyer Wagon are fully loaded to welcome the new baby. Inside you will find a Little Slugger Plush Toy, Personalized Bib, Booties, Gingham Terry Robe, Baseball Onesie, Keepsake Imprintable Baseball, All Star Infant Cap, and of course the Radio Flyer Wagon This gift is a home run! $120 at jenklairkids.com.

There’s not a more classic or beloved toy than a Raggedy Ann Doll. I had one. My daughter had one. When not in play the dolls make wonderful room decorations just sitting on the shelf. This little Ann and her fellow other Ann’s and Andy’s are exclusive to The Elegant Child in Beverly Hills. Totally handmade with love since 1989 these dolls are winners of The Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce Best Children’s Gift Award. The 25″ tall doll can be (and should be) embroidered with the child’s name on the pinafore. This will be a most cherished gift for years to come. $235 Monogram an additional $20 at ElegantChild.com

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A beautiful keepsake and a fun accent for Baby’s room, this linen pillow by Smartee Pants will make a great gift!  Pillow as pictured $54.  Without the Tiara bling $31 SweetBabyToBee.com

Party Girl: Fancy Little Girls Dresses Thursday, Jun 12 2008 

Little girls love to party just like their Mommies, and they need to have the same fabulous frocks that Mommy has, too! There are the family weddings, tea parties, downtown dinners, mother-daughter fashion shows, and more…….little girls have busy social lives these days. Take a peek at what the little glamorous girls will be wearing while they party on!

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Well! She is party perfect in her Carolyne Roehm Navy Piquet Dress. Carolyne is debuting her new collection for little ones at Best and Company in New York. All designs are devine and of the finest quality. Orders can be placed by e-mail or phone. This adorable dress is $325 at BestandCompany.com

Oh how fun! Susanne Lively’s Flowers and Dots Linen Swing Dress makes me want to swing and twirl! A fabulous combination of terrific colors and textures. This delightful dress make a grand enterance at any Spring and Summer party! Available in sizes 2T – 12 and priced from $84.95 – $106.95 at
oneofakindkid.com

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Oh how sophisticated! This two piece ensemble in a mix of beautiful fabrics…… is a delight to the eye. Perfect for Sunday and every special day in-between. Available is sizes 3T or 10 for $125 at SmashingDarling.com

Pretty in plaid and a soft focus of colors….Noa Lilly’s party dress is party perfect! Priced from $120 – $125 at Saks.com Save 25% when using Coupon Code: SFAFAM8
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No shoes required for this little Hana dress! It’s party perfect with or without footwear. It is made in classic cotton with a great green ribbon sash. Also available in solid pink. $124 at bennyandmoon.com

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I do love a good navy dress for Spring and Summer. The Monnalisa Baby Sleeveless Dress is very siphisticated with the added sweetness of a butterfly pin. $179.00 at LavishKids.com


Silk and sassy ! This beautiful dress (and even prettier child) is designed by Bebemonde. Silk ruffles and bows along with an interesting neckline make this dress one of the season’s sweetest. Available in size 3T – 6X for $84 – $86 at dimplesanddandelions.com

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A LBD for little girls! How sophisticated and fun! Designed by Sister Sam and available in sizes 2 – 6. the bow detail at the hem softens the look. $127.00 at BergdorfGoodman.com


Biscotti Strawberry Fields Dress

Won’t she look juicy in Biscotti’s Strawberry Fields Dress! It is flouncy and frilly with a built in pettiskirt. 100% cotton and 100% sweet! Available in sizes 12 months – 4T and priced from $60 -$64 at babyskyeboutique.com


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Oh how special! When the party calls for something really special……consider a custom made dress from PoshTots.com. This one will be an heirloom piece of the future. Made of organic cotton from a vintage pattern. Details galore! So very lovely for $155 at PoshTots.com

I have grown very found of the brand Jottum. You can always spot one of their unique styles! Known for their petticoat dresses….Jottum’s Pink Roses Dress…..does not disappoint. Love the vintage looking print! Talk about a garden party! Available in sizes 2 – 10 and priced from $352 – $368 at WestVillageKids.com

Cutie Pie Cupcake Birthday Dress

Perfect for the birthday girl or the party guest! The Cutie Pie Cupcake Birthday dress is ruffled to the max ! She will be sugar and spice with the little halter neckline. So much fun! Available in sizes 12 months – 3T for $95.95 at sassybabyboutique.com


The LemLem Striped Party Dress……festive and fun……for little girls sizes 4T – 10. She will love thee bright colors and full skirt. Perfect for any fiesta or party. The included lightweight scarf with fringe detail will add a little drama to your drama queen’s day. $130 at sonsanddaughtersinc.com


Looks like Easter to me! The Pretty Petti Dress by Daphne Henderson is party ready and a fluffy fabulous! Made of yards and yards of pink tulle…..any lottle girl will love the twirlability of this storybook dress. $149 at RoomServiceHome.com

Pampolina’s Pleated Floral Dress is so stylish…….mom will want to borrow this little number! It has the bright and bold colors of the season….the layered look……and pleating. Any little miss size 2T – 4T will be the hit of the party wearing this blooming dress! $68 at Nordstrom.com


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Splendid for littles! Now sweet little things can look great wearing Splendid like their moms! The Ocelot Cami Dress is a blend of sass and sweetness. The animal print brings the sass and the little bubble adds a dash of sweetness. A blend of cotton and silk….it will feel lightweight and have a good sheen. Love! $62 at SmallConcept.com


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Tiny Finery! The Lallie Dress by Empress Baby is lovely in linen. The ruffles….pearl buttons….and special edge trim all add up to a very special dress. $62 at BeanNewYork.com

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For Party Babies! Biscotti’s Newborn Tiered Dress looks like a frosted little cupcake to me! It is lined in 100% cotton to keep baby feeling soft all party long. Available in sizes 3 – 9 months for $65 at littlecolonykids.com


For the Bohemian little chicklette! She will feel as if she is wearing Mommy’s jewels in J Crew’s Celia Dress. Made from beautiful silk taffeta…..this dress is with the elegant embroidery and side pockets ……is a winner! $298 and available in sizes 4 – 10 at jCrew.com




Raw Silk Olive Dress

No shoes required when she wears this exquisite little dress! The Olive and Peach Raw Silk Dress is sold exclusively at FairyPrincessClothing.com. I love the unexpected shade of green along with the touch of peach in the smocking! Available in sizes 12 months or 3 T. $250

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Though both dresses are cute…….today’s focus is the wonderful Halabaloo dress on the right. It is a very sweet look with a grown up print in navy and white. Your party girl will be in full bloom wearing this new Spring dress! Available for pre-order at KoolKloz.com for $63

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Oh Baby! Baby Graziella…that is. What a precious dress made of 100% linen. Embellished with layers of tulle ruffles and bows. Off white and $179.00 at LavishKids.com

Well, this is a Mini Me if I ever saw one! Trendy tots will look glam and and chic in this beautiful silver and gold dress by
Dino E Lucia. The golden beads will have your special little girl feeling like Mommy! No other description of the dress is given except that it is made in France. Available in sizes 4 – 10 Ooh La La! $220 and now on sale for $110! WestVillageKids.com

Miss Me Silk and Cotton A-Line Dress with Beaded Neckline

By Miss Me…..this little silk and cotton dress says take me dancing! the beaded and beribboned neckline adds the special touch. $92.50 for sizes 7 – 14 at juvieshop.com

Save the Queen Circus Multifabric Dress

Save the Queen! A little Boho chic for your little chick! This line of clothing is always fashion forward and fun. I love the sophisticated blend of pattern and colors. The Circus Dress looks like it will twirl quite nicely in the big top and beyond! Sizes 2 – 10. Priced from $198 – $206 at babyskyeboutique.com


Pretty in pink….pink silk…..that is! Made in France by Tartine. This is a beautiful example of a classic party dress. Embellished with rhinestones and available in size 2T and 3T for $179.95 starspangledcarousel.com

Pink and Chocolate Brown Taffeta Dress

Simple and classic! Like a little bon bon in chocolate and pink taffeta. It is tea length and buttons up the back. Attached is an old fashioned crinoline slip for fullness. Adorable for any dreessed up event. Available for special order in sizes 6 months – seven years for the affordable price of $45 – $50! gleecouture.com


Funky Zebra Top & Twirl Skirt

She will go wild over this funky and wild Zebra Top and Twirl Skirt Set. made from fine pinwhale cordoroy and cotton poplin….this is one fun party outfit. The corset top is all shirred in back for an easy fit. Layers and ruffles make the skirt perfect for twirling and dancing the night away. $156 for the set at couturebabyboutique.com

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Bonnie Jean Pink and Green Circles Dress

What a lovely Spring dress! Bonnie Jean has taken a classic style and modernized it with a contemporary print in two shades of pink and apple green. There is a butilt in crenalin for extra fullness. Nicely priced at $44.99 at ConniesKids.com

Us Angels Ruffled Organza Sheath Dress (Toddler & Little Girls)

this is a fun little dress if I ever saw one! So girlie and flirty . Designed by Us Angels in lustrous organza. Simply sensational. Available in Toddler sizes for $132 and Girl Sizes for $137. Pre-order yours now at Nordstrom.com

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Not all little misses are the ruffles and frou frou types. For those looking for a more understated yet luxe look the
Lola and James Menswear and Silk Tie Dress just might be perfect. Made from vintage menswear fabric and silk ties, this dress is one of a kind. The attention to detail and pleats all adds up to one fabulous frock! $99 Sizes 2 – 6 at LaLaLing.com

All grown up in a most dramatic yet still childish design, The US Angels Flocked Dress is simply smashing! This dress is shiny and metalic in a bold color combination of silver and chocolate. It is a classic that will take a party girl to all the events of her little life. Available at Zappos.com for $164 in sizes 2T – 8 Girls. Now on sale for $131.20


Wild child! After all…..girls just want to have a little fun. Hollywood Babe’s Zebra Print Dress is dancing with color and details. Love the flouncy fur cuffs with matching headband. Available in sizes 12 months – 24 months for pre-order at MilaniBoutique.com $179

Biscotti Flutter Toddler Dress & Shrug

Elegant and fun, the Biscotti Grey and Shades of Pink party dress is a winner! Ready for the cha cha slide or Sunday services, this dress has style, sophistication, and playfulness. Available in sizes 2T – 4T at Maddiescloset.com $93 Now on sale for $48!

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Black and white and wonderful! The Mimi Pi dress is perfect for so many parties and the Holidays! It would be so much fun with a red pair of shoes! Available for pre-order at poshtoshboutique.com in sizes 2T – 8. $82

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Talk about tiny finery! This luxe and lovely little dress by Monnalisa is made in Italy of ecru knit with a floral tulle skirt. Simple in design but very special in quality! Available in sizes 3 months – 24 months at LavishKids.com for $239

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Le Pink Moulin Rouge Stunning Empire Toddler Dress

Oh My! This is one fancy little number! The Le Pink Moulin Rouge Empire Toddler Dress is made for partying…anywhere she wants to go! $84 at youngandstylish.com

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Little Girls gone wild! The Kid Cosmic Tiered Leopard Tank Dress is too much fun for a little one. Available at UrbanYoungster.com for 3 months – 4 Toddler. $43

Kid Cosmic Leopard Bloomers

And you absolutely must get the matching bloomers/diaper covers to the Kid Cosmic Leopard Dress! Light pink trimmed leopard and made of sugar and spice! $18 at UrbanYoungster.com


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Polka Dots and Pearls! What could be more precious? I found this dress at LittleMissPriss.net, and loved the tuxedo front of the linen blouse with pearl buttons. The bubble skirt and matching ruffled dotted diaper covers complete the lovely look. On sale for $176 – $192 depending on size. Available sizes 6 Mo.,12 Mo.,18 Mo, 2T. Be sure to visit the site and enlarge the images……details are exceptional! Now on sale for $100

Who can resist a little girl in pink ruffles? The Biscotti “Mode” dress is fluffy and fabulous! Best of all it is on sale now at espisonline.com for $50 and in sizes 9 Month – 4 T. Now on sale for $23!!!!!!

It’s Her Party and she’ll wear what she wants to! Cute as the cupcake that embellishes the tank top, Attitude Pie’s First Birthday Tutu Set is too too cute! What little diva wouldn’t want to wear this little number? Found at Denimndaisies.com for $65 in sizes 12 – 18 MO or 18 – 24 MO.

Meli Meli Signature silk ruffle dress

Have you ever? The Meli Meli Signature Silk Ruffle Dress is the creme de la creme in little girl party dresses! The silver silk dress is fit for a princess with ruffles, and crystal buttons. Just fabulous! Hand washable and available in size 2T, 4T, and 6. $221.95 at poshtoshboutique.com

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Be ready for the holidays with the Biscotti Gatsby Girl dress. Your little flapper will dance through the holiday parties in this too cute little dress. It is available for pre-order now with an expected shipment in September. Available in sizes 2T – 6x. If you have two little lovelies to dress, it comes in two styles, as pictured above. $94 – $100 at babyskyeboutique.com

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Petal Pretty and oh so lovely in 100% silk! The Blossom Silk Dress by Bodemi is party perfect. Available in sizes 6 months – 6 T and available at comfymunchkins.com. $240 – $248.

My Vintage Baby Toile Dress

I love it when little newbies can don a vintage look. My Vintage Baby Toile Dress is a case in point. It is a haute Holiday look in black and white with a great accent of red and a touch of bling at the bodice. Precious! Available in sizes 18 months – size 6. $74.00 at babyskyeboutique.com

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Pretty in Petal Pink! She will feel all grown up in this pink taffeta empire waist dress and bolero sweater. The dress features box pleats, a bubble hem, and rhinestone bow accents. The bolero sweater is cable knit with a precious flower pin. Both pieces are sold separately and available in sizes 2T – size 10. Dress priced from $76 – $79. The Bolero $68 – $72. woodensoldier.com

She’ll be the belle of the ball in this Black Velvet and Silver Sparkle Skirt! So party perfect and just right for twirling the night away. Priced from $44.99 – $56.99 in sizes 12 months – size 8 at sophiasstyle.com

Jottum designs some of the most stylish children’s clothing in the marketplace today. The Navy Satin Teuntje Skirt and Kimay Shirt does not disappoint. Details are plenty and fanciful! She will twirl into any party she is invited to in this gorgeous set. $174 at WestVillageKids.com

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I just had to show you this Velvet Floral Dress by Simonetta! It is so sweet, so stunning, and so very expensive! Made in Italy, and unlike any other little party dress I have found. If your clothing budget allows this is one special dress! $529 at LavishKids.com

Now on sale for $264.50

If she has a party dress…….she will need some party shoes! JCrew’s Twinkle Ballet Flats will have your little miss feeling like Cinderella in these crystal slippers. They are actually cotton canvas so she will feel as comfy as she does pretty. Available in sizes K5 – K9 at JCrew.com $128


For the hip and chic child! Knits are in this season, and why shouldn’t the little miss be in style too? This dress made by Alice, is so very stylish in a grey knit and trimmed in velvet. $139.95 in sizes 2T – 6 at starspangledcarousel.com

This is one of my favorite little dresses of the season! Jottum’s Sinia Flower Chocolate Chip Dress is the epitome of style with ruffles and a charming print. Jottum gets my vote for the most creative children’s wear! This little dress is playful and fanciful with enough attention to detail to satisfy any little fashionatta! $382 at WestVillageKids.com

Now on sale for $191!

Pretty in Pink and positively on trend! Feathers are in for bot big and little girls. This little A Line dress in the softest rose pink with maribon feather hem is just divine worn alone or with a little blouse or turtleneck underneath. $138 in sizes 3 – 6 at ForestandZoe.com

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The Black Rosette Party Dress by Cest Chouette is stunning and sweet in the most elegant pink and black flowered print. Lined in black tulle for extra fullness. It is only available in size 3 months, and on sale for $63 (reg. $125) Grab one before they are all gone! dulcebebeboutique.com

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For the sophisticated party girl! The Place Royal Dress by Enchanted Enfant is oh so chic in charcoal Italian taffeta lined in oyster Swiss cotton Mousseline. Available in sizes 2T – 5. $238 at emma-avery.com

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TAFFETTA & SATIN Holiday Outfit<BR> Burgundy Blouse & Gold Skirt

Your little Miss will celebrate the Holidays in style with this very special Two Piece Taffeta and Satin Burgundy Blouse and Gold Skirt. It is all in the details…….fabric covered buttons, gathered bell sleeves, a twirling skirt, ruffles, and so much more! It is an eleganat ensemble that will stand out at your Holiday parties and beyond! Available is sizes 12 months – 6 for $149.95 at Liliputians-nyc.com


She will sparkle and shine in this Monnalisa Dress with Sequins and Bow! So much fun and washable too! $195 – $201 at peachandplum.com

Now on sale for $146.25

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Precious in Purple! What a lovely look from Crayon Kids! The double inner lining with tulle is certain to make this dress full and fancy. Velvet bodice and cupcake hat complete the look. $55 in size 24 months at BestDressedKids.com

cranberry frost dress

For the classic child! The Cranberry Frost Dress is actually two dresses in one! With all of the Holiday parties coming up, this is a real $$$$ saver! Where it with the sheer organza overlay to the club’s Holiday party, and the next week wear the classic cranberry silk sleeveless dress to the Holiday wedding. Very clever and designed with so many fancy details, it is sure to get her on the best dressed list at any party! Wrap up little girls size 2 – 10 for $198 at chasing-fireflies.com



Perhaps one of the most over the top children’s shoes I have ever seen! The Simonetta Gold Metalic Shoe is certainly party worthy. At the price of $229..….it better be more than a tea party……or at least tea with the queen! Simply smashing at Zappos.com

The Collection By Sara Sara Rhinestone Dress

You glow girl! This Rhinestone Dress from The Colelction by Sara Sara will make a bright statement at any party. A close up look will reveal the irridescent look to the fabric. The hemline is covered in rhinestones that will let the little miss shine all night long! $97 at maddiescloset.com

Now on sale for $59


Silk Party Dress by Victoria

Silk and sensational! Victoria Kids Silk Party Dress is all luxe and lovely with wonderful grey puffed sleeves. A perfect dress any time of the year. $130 at FlyingColorsBaby.com

It sparkles and shines! What a beautiful dress J crew has created! Designed from Italian cashmere and silk taffeta and part of the J Crew Collection, this certainly is one of the finest party dresses of the season. Available is sizes for girls ages 3 – 10. $298 at JCrew.com

Now on sale for $149.99

Little Mass Belvedere Amazing Dress

How sophisticated! The silk and damask print dress is stunning in brown and silver. Crystal details enhance the bodice’s buckle. $68.80 – $72.80 in sizes 2T – 5 Yrs. youngandstylish.com

There’s nothing like a little one in rich pink silk! And no one does silk party dresses than Marie-Chantal! Add some burgandy roses along the smocked bodice…..you have a pure confection! Just lovely for the Holidays or any time of year. Available in sizes 2T – 6 for $265 at heirloomstobe.com

Now on sale for $198


Cha Cha Cha! The Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Ruffle Tank Dress will have her all dressed up for the Holidays and beyond! It is made of knit and spandex and is just delicious! The baby sizes come with matching bloomers. Available in sizes 6 Months – 6 Years in baby Pink or Ivory. Priced at $92 – $102 at Ronrobinson.com

Now on sale for $46 – $51

So sophisticated in cool color block colors! The Flowers by Zoe Bubble Dress is perfect for tweens and in-betweens. In sizes 7- 14 at GotBubble.com





Maximum Effect: The Season’s Best Maxi Dresses~ Tuesday, Jun 10 2008 

All New For 2009

I am not sure how I feel about the Maxi Dresses. Perhaps it is because I have done them already in the ’70’s. They arrived on the Style Scene last Summer and they are back again for 2009, and you can find them everywhere. They can be very feminine and for some, a better alternative to a mini dress. They are great for shopping down Robertson in L.A…….backyard barbecues …..and poolside parties! Here are some of the best ones available for maximum style effect. P.S. Please don’t wear them with closed toe pumps……a real maxi dress is not a formal!

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Go global chic with Milly’s Ikat Print maxi! This dress is bold and vibrant with a real summery feel. This dress will take you from day to casual evening. $475 at Net-a-porter.com

Find Your own Secret Garden with Beth Bowley’s watercolor maxi.  It’s 100% silk and lovely for $275.00 at ShopTwigs.com


Designer Womens Dress The Striped Tank Dress

A beautiful long dress made of fine Italian knit jersey. Designed by Vanessa. It is right on trend with the graphic print. Very chic in a casual way….when worn with flats and a stack of bangles on the arms. Available for pre-order at isabellaoliver.com for $270.00 Take 15% off with Code: PEOPLE Expires April 10th!


This all silk maxi by Future Classics certainly looks new for 2009! The exposed zipper and peek a boo back make it sassy….the fluttery silk print makes it uber feminine $756 at ForwardForward.com


BCBG’s Strapless Color Blocked Maxi has a sophisticated look about it with the colors chosen (the dark color block is navy) The best part about this dress is it’s price! $138 at BCBG.com

The T-Bags Halter Maxi says “hot time in the Summertime!” It has sex appeal and a bold and bright jersey print. Fab! $229 at ShopBop.com

Tibi’s Floral Maxi Dress (really more geometric looking to me) is a more dressed up look in a maxi. Love the bright…almost neon colors! It’s made of silk crepe de chine…so it will have a nice flow and feel to it. $598 at Saks.com

Hippie chic! Fabulously done tie-dye from VictoriaSecret.com This is what my maxi’s looked like back in the day. The perfect dress to wear with the season’s hot gladiator sandals. $188.

James Perse has the finest cotton that feels so good to the skin. His Racerback Long Dress is a modern maxi. Love this color: vintage. It also comes in gray…white…and black. Imagine it with gladiator sandals…..a low slung belt and lots of wood bangles. It’s a great look! $155 at jamesperse.com

Make a black and white statement in Cache’s Charmeuse Smocked Maxi Dress. It’s a pretty dress with a great bold print. $128 at Cache.com

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Alice and Olivia always makes a good dress. The belted sahara dress is no exception. Done in a nice combination of silk and spandex…..the dress will flow and hold you in aat the same time. $367.00 at lindsaylou.com






Set An Interesting Table~ Sunday, Jun 8 2008 

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You have sent out the invitations, planned your menu, cleaned your house, and now it is time to set the table. Are you like me, and attack this task several days before? Or is this a last minute event for you? No matter when you set the table, I hope you do it with style! My guests are important to me, and I want them to feel important at my home. I try to make dining a creative adventure, and the tabletop where your guests will sit is the perfect place to begin. No matter what your budget , you can set an interesting table that reflects your personal style. Here is my selection of some of the most stylish tabletop pieces in the market place. I have included pieces at all price points. Each piece was selected for it’s style, value, and purpose. Many of the items would also make a great gift. I hope that you find a piece that gets your own creative juices flowing!

Porcelain Flowers

Step out of the Flower Box and traditional centerpieces. Give your table a fresh new look with fine bone china flowers! Imagine how important your guests will feel with on at each place setting. Tuck a place card in each and they become a beautiful place card holder. Arrange a grouping on a pedestal stand for an unique centerpiece. Or place one on your bathroom vanity……just to make you smile each morning. They are delightful! Find your blooming beauty at nybgshop.org $14 each.

espresso set

So hip….your coffee will taste better! This little set will perk up your coffee service….or be a terrific hostess gift. The set includes 2 ceramic espresso cups with silicone handles and saucers. originally $21 and now on sale for $14.70 at shopwillow.com

Dinner by the numbers! Let there be no confusion at the dinner table. Everyone will know whose napkin is whose…even after a few glasses of vino! A wonderful set of numbered hemp and cotton blend napkins sold in a set of six or ten. Priced from $120 – $195. artfulhome.com save 15% with Coupon Code: SPRING9 Expires March 31st.

Serve the wine stylishly in Raynaud’s porcelain jug designed by famed chef Thomas Keller. As functional as it is beautiful. $156 at takashimaya-ny.com


metal leaf plates

I can think of 1000 uses for these handsome hand hammered brass leaf plates! Perfect for hors d’oeuvres servers…….pretty in the powder room for guest soaps……..fab in the foyer to catch keys or the mail…….beautiful on the bedside table for your reading glasses……delightful on the desk at home or office for paper clips or candy. They will make a great gift for almost anyone! $16 at papertrailrhinebeck.com

Tea time is even sweeter with the Ottoman Tea Glasses by Tade! I think these are lovely and would make a great hostess gift. When not using them for tea…..use them as a glass in the powder room……or as small vases around the home. $26 each at Tabulatua.com

I couldn’t resist these happy cups! Created by Panton in 196o……the geometry pattern is eternally modern. They return now to unicahome.com in limited editions of egg cups…..bowls….or thermocups. Each set comes in your choice of five colors. Sold in sets of four…. the egg cups are $65….the bowls and thermocups…. $80. So Joyful!


Gold Ice Cream Box

They’ll scream over your ice cream! What a lever little ice cream container! This hand fired gold ceramic box will hold a pint of Rocky Road and look great on your table. Get it for yourself or give it as a yummy gift! $125 at BestowBoutique.com

Grab Bag Napkin Ring Set

If you are having an intimate dinner party…...the Grab Bag of Napkin Rings designed by Kuhn Karamik will spice up dinner with their edgy vibe. A little bit punk……a little bit of glamour…….they add up to a whole lot of style! Each set is differnt and hand fired. $198 for the set of six from BestowBoutique.com

Birthday Party Sugar Cubes 15 countTea Party Sugar Cubes 24 count

Be a sweet hostess and serve up some decorated sugar cubes with coffee or tea. You will find a clever collection of cubes at I Am The Princess. Shown above are the Birthday and Tea Party selections. Many more are available. Priced from $15 – $20 at iamtheprincess.com

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A modern approach to candlelight! These sustainable Beeswax Candles……in fresh contemporary colors…..are a clever way to shed the right light on your next dinner party. Love the soft robins egg blue mixed with the chocolate candle. They are 16″ and sell for $69 at indiarose.com




http://us.st11.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/koodekirboston_1979_27663446Salt cellars seem much more interesting than the typical salt and paper shaker we all have. I actually use mine each and every day. These Horn Cellars by Siecle are exceptionally interesting! Made of buffalo horn with silver or gold plated butterflies. Let your imagine fly and use them for salt, pepper, sugar, or sauces. $25 each at Vivre.com.

Thumb Appetizer Plates

If you entertain casually……plastic may be the way to go. These thumb appetizer plates are sophisticated in black and practical as they are dishwasher safe. They also make sense and easy for your guests to hold while noshing at your next party. Sold in a set of four for $30 at ElementsChicago.com

Oh how very lovely! This Square Sugar and Cream Set would be appropriate for almost any type of table setting. Made from hammered stainless steel….the set includes lidded sugar bow, lidded creamer, tray and tongs. One of my very favorite finds! The set is $135 and can be found at Chicago’s Material Possessions.

Chalkboard Candle

These clever little Chalkboard Candles will get your message across in style! Their uses are endless. Perfect at each place setting at your dinner party…….just write with the included chalk……each guests name on each candle holder. Great shower favors. They are made of 100% soy wax and can be found at Delight.com for $19.50



Place cards are a stylish way to make your guests feel welcome. I always use them if I have more than four guests. Place cards gives you control of the dinner party! You can mix and match the guests the way you want to. I also believe that people really want to be told where to sit. Dauphine Press makes a lovely letterpress card available in the colors above. Very chic! $10 for a set of ten at OrangeandPear.com


K017B "Tortue" Flatware

Chatam Global’s Tortue Flatware is in a word……stylish! Not over the top dressy….yet very distinctive. With resin handles and stainless steel , the set of 20 pieces is dishwasher safe yet hand-washing is recommended. On sale now for $124. Originally $240 at Horchow.com

Antique Bamboo

Nothing makes a guest feel more special than a place card and a charger plate. Chargers add instant depth to the tabletop and are a great way to add color and style! This antique bamboo charger with its’ nickel plated center is a shining example of style and good taste. It is pricey….especially if you want to purchase more than a few….but it is on sale now. Originally $83 and marked down to $74.70 at PioneerLinens.com

Fill your tablescapes with interest! Alex Marshall Studio Rectangle Pedestal is the perfect way to add interest and height to the table. Shown here as an appetizer display……this piece has so many other uses. Fill the pedestal with an array of tea lights for a great centerpiece. Arrange individual desserts on the pedestal. Place complimentary colored pillar candles on top of it for a colorful centerpiece. And wouldn’t it highlight bon bons and truffles nicely! This piece comes in a plethera of pretty colors and is priced at $190. Find it at Vivionline.com

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Ruffles aren’t just in style for your clothing! Now with the Tuxedo napkin….you can bring ruffles to your tabletop. This set of six all cotton napkins are so versatile no matter what your dinnerware might be. They are basic with a twist. $36 for the set at IndiaRose.com

Dots Tablerunner Smoke

A table runner is a good look and a great way to add interest to the tabletop. The Dots Runner by Chilewich in Smoke is chic and contemporary look that I happen to love. Best yet…….Chilewhich products are made of woven vinyl…making them durable and easy to clean. $29 at shoprelish.com

Latte Bowl in Chocolate from Kim Westad

Here’s a different way to serve coffee…….A Latte Bowl in chocolate by Kim Westad. Made of lovely hand thrown porcelain with white “slip dots” that have been hand painted. This little bowl or cup has a nice feel to the hand. It also will make a nice trinket holder on a bathroom vanity or desk top. $32 at supermarkethq.com


Seaglass Illuminaria


Candlelight can really set the mood of a dinner party. The Seaglass Ilumnaria from VivaTerra.com are fanciful and sure to cast a romantic glow to your table top. Made of recycled glass and will hold tea light candles or use them for small bouquets of flowers. You might consider, when using them as centerpieces, to purchase an odd number such as three or five. Decorating with odd numbers is so much more interesting. $42 each. Now on sale for $29!

For your next first course or appetizer, consider using these Palm Leaf Ceramic Dishes. Simple, elegant,………Perfect! Remember, it is okay that they don’t match your dinnerware. In fact, mixing it up a bit makes for a more interesting table….always! $40.00 each at CarolyneRoehm.com


Rosewood Chopsticks with Holders Set of 5

Having a Dim Sum Dinner? Asian theme dinners are so much fun! Add some authenticity to the meal with a Rosewood Set of five Chopsticks in their own woven rattan holders. A fun look for a casual meal. $27.95 at Everythingchopsticks.com

Enamel Pot - Courtly Check [08 89292 40]

Mackenzie-Childs creates chic and colorful home accents, dinnerware, furniture, and more. I have always appreciated their sense of style and color. This Enamel Pot in The Courtly Check Pattern could amp up the fun factor for any table…inside or out. They are petite in size at 4.5 inches tall. I can imagine using them as a vase with red boquets, as a small ice bucket on a cocktail try, one at each place setting for a rib fest, so that each guest can dispose of their bones. And wouldn’t a red napkin look wonderful artistically folded in each one? These little pots have so many uses, you are only limited by your own creativity! $22 at mackenzie-childs.com

Now this is a clever idea! Which are these, Candlestick or Vase? You make the decision, and by all means use them both ways. Because they are glass, and will not block a guest’s view, five of them placed down the center of a table……two with flowers and three with candles…..would be perfect. What a chic centerpiece look that would be! Even more interesting is that they are sold in two different sizes, 14″ and 17.5,” giving your table top dimension. $29 – $35 at fawbushschulz.com

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Though one doesn’t typically set a table with a martini glass, The Venice Elise Orange Martini Glass by Michael Weems was just too beautiful not to show you. Most likely you will be serving wine at dinner and not a martini, but I have another use for it. Try filling each of these hand signed and dated works of art with chocolate mouse and using them for your dessert service. Melon balls of green honeydew and cantaloupe with a sprig of mint would also beautiful. They great glasses also would make ice cream look very special! You just have to think outside the box and your table will be beautiful in no time. The best thing about these glasses are their price tag. Now $35. Originally $88 at Gearys.com

Kilim Noir ~ Black Decorative Printed Party Table Dinner Napkins


These fabulously fun napkins jumped off the page to me. The Kilim Noir Black Decorative Napkins are sold in sets of 6 for $34.99. Not a bad price for so much style. Perfect for a Mexican Fiesta or any event for that matter. The woodblock print will jazz up any dishware and add a bit of fun to the table. Don’t forget to save one for the bread basket. Found at saffronmarigold.com

I happen to think having a collection of clear glass dinnerware is a dining staple. You can do so much with clear glass…..change out table linens (anything will match) mix and match with other colors or patterns of dishes. Sometimes your flowered pattern dishes just doesn’t fit the event you are hosting, or the color of the food you are serving. Clear glass is appropriate for any type of meal. Most importantly, it is easy to find clear dishes that are affordable and stylish such as the Eclissi Dinnerware. The above set is made of Duralex which makes it break resistant, dishwasher and microwave safe. Each piece is sold individually, making it easy to purchase a large amount, if you are hosting a large dinner party. The dishes have a very contemporary vibe with their square shape, yet because there is no pattern, they also will fit into a classic decor. Rather stunning for these prices! Dinner Plate $5.99 each Dessert Place $3.69 Glass Bowls $2.89 – $6.99. Buy them at Villagekitchen.com

tea towels

The Art of the Tea Towel, a tradition in France and you can bring a little “Joie de vivre” into your life with these beautiful woven Jacquard Tea Towels. So many of us entertain in our kitchen these days. You can’t just use your only ratty terry dishtowel with company coming! A few of these terrific towels on the counter will perk up your party in no time! Consider also using them for lining the bread basket or a serving tray, or artistically folded in a basket on your kitchen counter. They are so beautiful that they are suitable for framing, and often are. Many choices to chose from, each pattern with its’ own distinct charm. Many of them are printed with delightful French Phrases. You will find it difficult to chose just one! Sold individually for $20 or as a 4 piece set for $80, which makes a lovely gift, as well! Found at a delightful Internet store, quelobjet.com.

Nothing dresses up a table better than a Placemat placed under a dinner plate. I have a collection of them in different colors and fabrication. This eco-friendly and party perfect Potato Chip Placemat Set of Six, are very clever and chic. They are made from the lining of potato chip bags. Fancy that! The set arrives in a round silver box that can double as a serving tray. Fairly traded from Nepal. $120 for the set. from btcelements.com Save an additional 20% Off with Coupon Code: grechen.



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Have you ever been to a wedding or formal affair where the table top was mirrored? If so, you know how dramatic the look is. The beautiful glassware, napkins, candlelight, and dishware is reflected in the mirror, creating a stunning tabletop. You can achieve this look at home with Mirrored Placemats. Sold in a set of 4, they will duplicate the beauty of your table and protect it at the same time. These placemats happen to have a nice clean design that would compliment any type of dish style you might have. $99.80 at ZGallerie.com

Lexington Oil Lamp

Though candles are beautiful on a dining table, why not switch it up a bit, and use the warm light of The Lexington Oil Lamp? Designed by David Perkins, the lamp has a beveled crystal shade and a hand blown glass base. Just beautiful! A pint of smokeless and orderless liquid parafin is included with each lamp. Your guests will feel as if they are dining in a Parisian Bistro. Found at HazelnutNewOrleans.com for $78.

Black Charger With Rhinestones - Set Of 12

These Rhinestone Chargers certainly will have your dinner guests talking! Why not add a little bling to the table? They are actually made of plastic, but who would know with your own dishware sitting on top of the chargers? These were such a fun find, I just had to show you all. Sold in a set of 12 for $95 at PlumParty.com. Take 20% Off With Coupon Code: ADORE. Expires: Feb. 15 2009.

Trio Candle Holders

Like a rainbow for your table, Artecnica’s Trio Candle Holders are so unusual, each one with a trio of colors. Imagine the look with a flaming taper inserted. The candle holder is meant to mimic the colors of the flame. Though they are contemporary in silhouette, the jewel toned colors would compliment a classically set table, as well. Found at VelocityArtandDesign.com for $38 each. Available in colors shown above.

Laguiole Etched-Glass Carafe, Set of 2

I saw these handsome petite carafes today at Chicago’s Sur La Table store. Made by Laguiole, they are of etched glass and imprinted with the word “Laguiole.” Standing at 5 inches tall, I immediately thought that the presentation of one at each place setting would make for an interesting table. The uses don’t stop at wine. They would be very appropriate for any time of juice at the breakfast table, ice tea, or individual waters. Your guests will appreciate the ability to serve themselves! Lovely for the price. $19.95 for a set of two. SurlaTable.com

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natural tea light candle holder set

Get an earthy glow on that table of yours with a Set Of Four Natural Tea Light Holders handmade from South Africa. Like your dinner guests, no two are alike. Each holder is pressed with natural flowers, grasses, petals, and grains by a South African women’s collective. Lovely Illumination at $34 per set. Find them at CandyStoreCollective.com

What a clever idea! Doileez By Modern Twist, are not your Grannie’s doily! They are resuable silicone, eco-friendly, and oh so stylish! They have so many uses! My favorite is to decorate food presentations as pictured above. Also consider using them under vases, as furniture protection, a design element to any counter top…..go crazy with them, as each pattern is so lovely. Available at Velocityartanddesign.com for $25 in a two pack.

Dransfield and Ross Table Linens

If you are striving for a earthy yet stylish table, Dransfield & Ross’s wooden tortoise placemat just may be your answer. It really needs to be enlarged to appreciate the decorative detain of this mat. The wooden placemat gives you the earthy look, and the tortoise design is always a lux look. I think these mats are beautiful and workable with so many dish patterns. $48 a piece at BergdorfGoodman.com

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Just the cake stand I have been looking for all my life! Hand-hammered stainless steel stand by Atticus is perfect for a contemporary kitchen or table. The cake server is just as beautiful with it’s leopard wood handle. And the cake? Looks like Black Hound New York to me. Cake Stand $195 Cake Server $75 at takashimaya-ny.com.

if you haven’t noticed, I admire anything with a fleur-de-lis motif, thus I chose it for my blog design. These oversized Black Bistro Mugs hold 12 ounces of your favorite hot beverage. Designed exclusively for FrenchQuarterMarket, I find them very stylish making a bold statement. I often have company over just for desserts and coffee, and I would be proud to serve these mugs to any crowd. $12 each at FrenchQuarterMarket.com

The first set of dinnerware that I thought was blog worthy! New to the United States and soon to become a classic favorite, Rosenthal’s Landscape Dinnerware, designed by Patricia Urquoila is sensational! it is as beautiful as it is stylish, and I think it would compliment any type of decor. Available at UnicaHome.com The 5 piece place setting is $188, but currently Unica Home is having a special for 20% off any Rosenthal $100 order. Many individual pieces are available as well. Just gorgeous!

Every party needs needs an ice breaker. Party Rox by Sally Russel certainly will get that party started. I think they are very clever and a bit less formal than place cards. Set one of these colorful rocks at each place setting and let your guests pick their seat by their mood or their reputation. Too much fun! Fond at ThreeLovelies.com $36.

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Oh how wonderful! Marc Blackwell has created a dinnerware pattern that has all of the properties of Mahogany with its rich colors and grained look in brown and platinum. I think they are divine! Every edge is hand painted with platinum. With the look of wood this design will never go out of style! The Five Piece Setting is $240. Available at StitchChicago.com

Set the mood for a party perfect picnic with Social Couture’s set of 4 Terracotta Votives. Of course votive candles wold be perfect for these little pots scattered about the dining table and beyond. You also can plant a little flower or herbs in them and place one at each place setting. They will serve as a party favor for each guest. Your imagination can go wild thinking out of the box and into the pot with this inexpensive tabletop item at $3.00 per set of 4. socialcouture.com

A very dear friend of mine, Barbara, turned me on to the beautiful store Jan de Luz. Barbara found it in Carmel, and I found it on Robertson Ave. in LA. Marvelous things! Their Mirabeau Breakfast Set is divine! With yummy colors and the casual terra cotta design, I would also use it for lunch tea or desserts. The three piece set includes a Cup, Saucer, and Plate. $82 at jandeluz.com

I cannot believe that these wonderful mats are made of rubber! The Placemat Set by Strada is very exciting to me. The colors are lively and elegant and so appropriate for indoors or out. They are currently nicely priced at Vivre.com for $30 for a set of two. It wold be fun to mix and match all of the patterns. Now that would make an interesting table!

Pewter Placecard Holders

Treat your dinner guests like royalty! I love to use place cards at the table. It is an added detail that is always noticed. There also is a practical function to the cards…..they put you in control of your party! I also think most people like to be told where to sit. With a place card all questions are answered. Made of polished pewter, this set of four crowns on pillows place card holders are just delightful! $32 at hazelnutneworleans.com

I have used river rocks for some time on my tablescapes. I love the organic shapes and the pop of shine that the lacquer gives the tabletop. Today I found the same rocks that I have but made into votives. I scatter my plain rocks around the table….just for effect. Now they can serve a purpose for mood lighting as well. This is definitely a good thing! $22 each in gold, copper, or silver at Zippergifts.com Find them in the Sensuous Home Section.

Glassware

Beautiful in black and white…….this set of six stylish glasses are detailed with Art Nouveau botanical patterns that have been etched and sandblasted by artisans. I think they are fab and would really add a pop of pattern to a plain white or black table setting. $78 at shopwillow.net

If you want to dress to impress your table, the Vetro Cup and Saucer with Spoon certainly will do the job! Arte Italica hand paints and etches these mouth blown pieces. The painting is done with sterling silver, creating a look of old world elegance. Stunning! $62 at Chicago’s marvelous MaterialPossessions.com

Vases - Bubble Vases (Case of 15)

This was an exciting little find! Perfect for so many occasions. This is a case of 15 tiny Bubble Vases. Create a wonderful arrangement for a centerpiece, using all of them together. Fill one with mini bouquets, and set at each place setting. Perfect for guest bathrooms or small bedside tables. If you are planning a wedding or large party they could come in handy for bistro cocktail tables. Each small 2.5 X 3 inch vase will make a big difference to your interesting table. Available in Aqua, Rose, Lilac, and Green. $19.99 at Cocktailvibe.com

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Your table with glow with the added sparkle of these Bling Hurricanes! Covered in crystals and available in two sizes they are available for $49.95 and $99.95 at Zgallerie.com

Tortoise has a very warm and inviting look. These Classic Wine goblets are handblown with a swirled tortoise pattern. They are perfect for everyday or can be also dressy. Lovely! $18 at MaterialPossessions.co

Light up and dinner party with Vivre Selection’s Set Of 6 Mercury Glass Votives. Each one is unique and very special. $75.00 at Vivre.com

Champagne Flutes - Turquoise Champagne Flutes - Black Champagne Flutes - White Champagne Flutes - Burgundy

Get color! What a wonderful way to liven up a table. Eden and Eden’s vintage inspired champagne flutes are bold in color and unique in design. Available in colors above and silver and gold. $68 for a pair of two. EdenandEden.com

I love Chilewich! Their understated modern design is always crisp and fresh looking. Dress up your table with their shimmery vinyl placemats and runners in five soothing shades. Placemats $16.50 and Runners $55 at vivionline.com

Gifts for Girlfriends~ Sunday, Jun 8 2008 

We love our handbags, don’t we? At the prices today, it would normally be a bit spendy to treat a friend to a hot handbag. These mini satin Deux Lux purses would make a great gift at a great price. They make a pretty evening bag, big enough for the cell phone, lip gloss, credit card, and cab money. Or wouldn’t they be a chic cosmetic bag? $42 at RavinStyle.com

Hand Painted Shoes! Saturday, Jun 7 2008 

Mystique Hand-Painted Brown Fern & Flower Sandals

The Mystique Hand Painted Brown Fern and Flower Sandal will make you feel like every day is a holiday.  Very unique!  It is a shame to cover the painted flowers up with your foot.  $89 at SandalWorld.com

Mystique Hand-Painted Cherry Sandals

These fruity sandals just make you happy to look at them.  The Mystique Hand Painted  Cherry Sandal has a wooden bottom.  Too Cute! $89 at SandalWorld.com

Mystique Hand-Painted Melon Bow Sandals

The Mystique Melon Hand Painted Sandal is a soft natural look and easy to pair with your summer casual wardrobe.  $89 at SandalWorld.com

Mystique Painted Yellow Daisy Sandals

You’ll be glad you picked the daisies, with these Mystique Painted Yellow Daisy Sandals. Also come in white and lilac.  $89 at Sandalworld.com

Gifts For The Urban Baby~ Tuesday, Jun 3 2008 

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Urban babies arrive on earth just like all babies. It is how they live that makes them different…….or Urban. They live in a major city such as New York, LA, Chicago, San Francisco. Their parents are ad executives, producers, International bankers, or entrepreneurs. They prefer Miro over Monet, and sushi to sausage. Dad wears Armani and Mom shops at Barney’s. The Urban Baby learns to ride a bike on Michigan Avenue, applies for private school at birth, and the doorman’s name is one of the first words he or she learns. Urban Baby homes are sans plaid, unless it is a Burberry plaid. There is no toile or a lazy boy to be found. This type of baby needs a different kind of gift. Perhaps something a bit edgy, certainly trendy, always In Style, must be fine quality, and Carters just won’t do. If you know an Urban Baby that has just been born, take a peek a boo at the following gift suggestions.

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Baby Kimono: Paris Floral

Urban baby girls love their black……just like their mammas. This Paris Floral Kimono will play big on their daily stroll to the park! The fabric has been imported from France…….they will love that fact. It is gorgeous and not your normal run of the mill romper! $37.99 at Wild Child

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This little set by 3 Pommes is too cool for school! The urban baby boy will love wearing this to Central Park…..Lincoln Park……or a day at The Grove. Very hip and on sale for $39.99. Originally $ 49.99 at lepetitkids.com

I know one little baby that would have owned this dress back in the day…….my own! Sonia Rykiel’s little dress with the giant black bow says “urban baby” all over it! It’s the perfect dress to wear shopping with Mommy at Bergdorf’s or Barney’s. The baby wearing this would also be on the best dressed list at The Ivy on Robertson or Nomi in Chicago. Very urban chic for babies 3 months – 18 months. RonRobinson.com $122

Well! How chic can a baby get ? Sometimes a baby gift has to be so special that one must resort to Hermes for the perfect answer. These booties in Hermes orange lambskin really speak for themselves. Ok….I’ll say it…..to die for! $215 at Hermes.com

Right Bank Babies creates some of the best designs for babies! Trust me on this one……any urban parent will fall in love with this take on a traditional Japanese Kimono! Best of all…..it is reversible…..it is like getting two jackets in one! I would great with the Hermes shoes pictured above. $50 at gingerandscallion.com

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Babies from urban cities will appreciate the Right Bank Babies Heirloom Romper. Vintage meets modern in this very fine linen romper. The subtle details are special! This is an outfit that will play well from St. Barths to The Hamptons! $72.00 at BeanNewYork.com

So perfect for the urban baby girl. This little number will appeal on many levels. First …..let’s talk about the unexpected color….slate! Some would shy away from such a dark color on a newborn. Not the urban parent. Imagine this little frock with pink or silver ballerina slippers! Created by GoGentlyBaby…the focus is on clean simple designs. Notice the great detail of gathers and pleats on the sleeve and bloomer cuffs! Each piece is sold separately. Dress: $ 58 Bloomer $ 25 at GotBubble.com


If you have an unlimited budget (lucky you) or need something for the boss or the Godchild…….Silver always works. Christofle will be well known to the urban parents. This baby cup is unusual and will be a keepsake for years to come! The Art=Deco design is playful and stylish. A very fine gift for $250 at Vivre.com


Haute Couture! Mom and Dad sleep on their Frette bed linens. Mom wears LaPerla to bed. Baby most likely loves his or her Dwell sheeting and Amber Hagen blankee. Why wouldn’t the urban baby not want to sleep in the luxury of these European tailored pajamas? Made in Belgium of the finest fabric and come complete with their own hanger and travel bag. Available in sizes 1mo. 3mo. 6mo and 9mo. Perfect for a night at The Ritz! $68 at ochanga.com

The owner of Ochanga has been kind enough to offer a special 20% discount on anything on their site. Please use Coupon Code: URBANBABY09 Good for a one time use per customer Expires: 1/27/2010.

Urban babies like their vacations…..they are jetsetters. So what shall an urban baby weaar poolside? I think that this Roberto Cavalli Cotton terry Robe will do just fine. it bears the Cavalli crest. A special gift for a special baby. In size 3-6 months for $160 at milaniboutique.com

The urban baby who wears the fine European Pajamas above will certainly love these Linen Crib Sheets! They are gorgeous with pale blue detailing. For the luxe baby! Originally $ 184 and now On Sale for $92 at florahenri.com


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Though urban babies have all colors in their wardrobe…..they are really more comfy in unexpected colors like gray and gold. Juicy Couture’s Dress and undie set would be perfect for a day at The Children’s Museum…..a play date…..or a stroll through Central Park! Love the touch of gold added. $78.00 at LavishKids.com



Newborn Baby Ballerina swaddler With Flower Hat

What will the urban baby girl wear home from the hospital? Something special….that is for sure! Think of all of the Kodak moments and the walk past the doormen! It is actually a very fancy swaddler all done up for the ballerina baby. The matching hat just puts this set over the moon! $135 at bornfabulousboutique.com


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Demi Sec Gourmet BibSweetest Baby Onesie

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These bibs and onesies say it all! Bib $15 and Onesies $22. CafePress.com

Pink and Mocha Trim Wrap TeePink and Mocha Trim Ruffle Shorts

So what does an Urban Girl wear when she is just kicking back and being a little diva? A pair of ruffled boy shorts and kimono top, that’s what. Urban Moms love that it is not just pink. The added mocha trim gives it the urban look. Perfect for a summer day of patti-cake play ! Made of Peruvian Pima Cotton. (of course) Found at beninibug.com. Each Piece sold separately. Boy Shorts: $36 Kimono Tee: $38


Urban Babies Wear Black

Here’s the perfect gift for parents of urban babies! According to the clever people at shopmanhattanite.com, the definition of the urban infant is: “Young mammal raised in city environment. Infantus urbanus love nights at the opera, modern architecture, and fine cuisine.” Isn’t that so true? Author Michelle Sinclair Colman, has written a great book called Urban Babies Wear Black. A must read for all urban parents and babies! $6.95 at shopmanhattanite.com

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Burp Cloths for Boys

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Urban babies get around. Oh! The places they go. Paris, New York, Brooklyn, Hollywood, London. All the places you would like to visit. Burp cloths are a very important accessory, so that Mom doesn’t dirty her Anne Fontaine shirt. These Urban Burp cloths, will make the urban family feel right at home. Sold as a set for $19 at CityThreads.com

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The Urban Baby Boy might own a “baby blue” outfit or two, but he much prefers wearing something chocolate brown! This Coccili Boys Striped PJ Set would be perfect for any city guy. Oh, and there is a touch of baby blue, but just a small accent color to the brown and white stripes. $40.00 at JaxChild.com


If Daddy wears Armani, why shouldn’t the urban baby boy wear it too? Straight from Chicago’s Oak Street Milani Boutique is an adorable 4 piece Armani Jr. gift set. The bib, onesie, romper, and hat are all embellished with the Armani logo. Made of soft cotton in white and navy. $135 Now on sale for $85 at milaniboutique.com


baby cape

Nothing but the best for the urban baby! Wrap them in pure cashmere this season. The Baby Cape by Mor Mor Rita is fashion forward and functional! No need for a blanket or a bulky sweater. I want one! Done in Indigo and sells for $220 at ModernChild.net




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The perfect $100 (well..$102 gift)! Little baby girls can be little ballerinas in the “IT” shoe of the season! Very chic! Also available in other colors. The shoes come packaged in a lovely leather case. MilkShop.com

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Cashmere Kimono Sweater

!00% cashmere and 1,000% fab! The colors are fab and so is the styling. All urban babies have plenty of places to wear this little number…….Central Park or Lincoln Park Zoo, The MOMA, or a stroll down Robinson. $65 at PoshBaban.com

Morgan Slouch Boot

These boots were made for walking or crawling or just cuddling! Mia Joie’s Morgan Slouch Boot is too adorable! Just as stylish as Mommy’s boots, but much more comfy. They are made of vegan faux suede and organic fleece. Available in sizes 6 – 12 months for $30 at trescouture.com

Parents of urban babies appreciate anything unique. When I have wanted to make a splash with a baby gift…….I have given rocking horses in the past. This handpainted Bouquet Girls Rocking Horse will become a keepsake for years to come. The beautiful floral theme is gorgeous! Make sure that it matches the nursery decor before purchasing! A fine gift for $98 and Free Shipping! thefrogandtheprincess.com



Unique Gift Sets For Baby~ Sunday, Jun 1 2008 

A gift set makes a beautiful baby gift. I have selected a few standout sets that the little one on your gift list will enjoy!



Blue Baby Wagon Ten Piece Gift Set

Roll out The Welcome Wagon with this luxurious Ten Piece Gift Set. The adorable hand painted wagon would be gift enough, but PoshTots.com has filled it with a complete layette for little girls or boys. featuring a hooded terry cloth towel, receiving blanket, sleeping gown, long-sleeved onsie, short-sleeved onsie, bib, burp cloth, terry velour washcloth, pair of booties, and a snug hat. At $83 this is one great gift!

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Here is a budget friendly gift set that is as sweet as it is clever.  It is a gift that will keep on giving.  Inside the pretty little photo box are 3 100% cotton Jersey onesies with whimsical embroidery.  Perfect for baby boys or girls.  The box will become a keepsake for years to come.  $20 at AngelDear.net

The Baby Basket by Papo d’ Anjo is over the top gorgeous in style and price! Sometimes, the perfect gift needs to be this special. Love the wicker basket that holds this beautiful layette set! Set includes large blanket, booties, bonnet, elastic waist pants and wrap cardigan sweater, al in hand knit wool. Also included is a hand embroidered Madeira-appliquéd cotton blouse blouse, and terry rick rac trim towel. For $400 maybe the kitchen sink, too? please click on the link to see a close up of the wonderful workmanship of this beautiful gift. Found at Vivre.com

Take out or take home. The Westport Baby Newborn Nesting Kit is the perfect gift for today’s urban baby. Made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex this set is 10% fabulous. Tucked inside the Take Out Box is a wrap kimono gown in cream trimmed in chocolate, matching beanie hat, and a cozy cocoon blanket. $42.50 at purlmama.com

The Ollie and Lime Billie Bib and Burp Set is for the contemporary parent and their newborn baby! It is stylish and practical in burnt orange and roasted brown. A great shower gift at an affordable price point. $30 at designpublic.com


Welcome Home Boy

Welcome Baby Boy home with a beautiful boxed set from poshbaban.com. Included in the delightful drawer organizer gift box is a Blue Kimono Wrap Bodysuit, Matching Hat, and Three Burp Cloths. Two cloths are monogrammed with one initial and the other with a jeweled crown for the little prince. $95

Perfectly Kissable Princess Baby Girl Gift Basket

For the Perfectly Kissable Baby Girl! This set is filled to the brim with sugar and spice. The little Princess Dress is adorable (I have seen this one in person)! This eight piece set will make a big hit at the baby shower! $85.95 at littleloungers.com


This just might be my favorite baby gift! The Birth Day Box For Baby is just exquisite! Let’s start with the beautiful chocolate and blue box printed with words such as: dream, love, joy, etc. Then peek inside and you will find a baby rib lap tee, with footprint insignia on back, a cotton hat with adjustable top knot, and a flannel lined diaper cover. So perfect and gender neutral! $68 at Bloomersbaby.com. Also comes in blue and pink. Save 25% on anything on their site with Coupon Code: CELEB2008 Expires: 12/31/08.

Bambini Carini Spa Valise Gift Set

The Bambini Carini Spa Valise Gift Set makes a wonderful present for a baby girl or boy. All wrapped up in a darling suitcase, and packed ready to go! inside is a terry velour hooded towel, set of three washcloths, teddy bear buddy for baby, and a comb and brush set. You can chose from three nostalgic designer fabric trims: pink toile, sailboat toile, or vintage floral. $74 at snapdragonsbaby.com.

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Ahhh! Cashmere! This Four Piece Baby Girl Gift Set is modern and cozy, and oh so giftable! The sweater set is all done up in soft rose with matching pants and striped lining. A beautiful blanket and bear complete this luxurious set for the modern baby girl. $179 at MadisonAveMall.com


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Posh Princess

I could just die over these little hats for baby girls! The Kensington Baby Hat Set is fit for a princess and the baby girl on your list. Two hats…..a coco brown hat with wonderful ribbon and flower, and the second hat in the stylish color of your choice with large Swarovski Crystal initial. The hats come gift boxed and bowed, ready for giving. $42 for the set at KensingtonBaby.com

Save an additional 15% On anything from Kensingtonbaby.com with coupon code: deb. Valid until 06/25/09

Baby Star Bib Set  - Pink Flutter ($20/$60)

Here’s a modern, hip, and very usable gift set from Baby Star. The colors of chocolate and pink are yummy and the contemporary flutter design, very contemporary. The Three Piece Set consists of a Bib, Burp Pad, and Blankie for $60 at ArteBebe.com

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A great gift for the hippest of infants and their stylish parents. Skulls add the cool factor and bold colors add to the fun. The Hip Happy Skull Gift Set is a bounty of treasure which includes a City Threads black and white skull onesie, City Threads Skull Bib in red, Me in Mind soft and comfy Skull Slips On Shoes, and ultra chic Black and White Spelling Blocks from Elegant Baby. Available at LaLaLing.com for $105

Here is a beautiful Gift Package fit for any baby girl or boy. It includes a Walcot Weavers Spun Sugar Blanket, a Terry Velour Robe (monogram optional), beautifully embellished Burp Cloths, Sophie the seven inch Giraffe, and a plush Bunny. Everything about this gift is luxurious! $138 (monogram for robe $20 )at ElegantChild.com

Oh How Beautiful! This is guaranteed to get plenty of ooo’s and ahhh’s at the next baby shower. The cozy blanket and jacket set is made of soft and plush fleece. The floral embroidery and scalloped edges give such an elegant touch. A lovely gift! $50 at pattycakefashions.com