Make Me Blush

Make Me Blush
Pale blush was a favorite shade on the runways for Spring 2014, making silky underpinnings and accessories in this flattering hue the perfect choice for a Valentine’s indulgence.  What woman wouldn’t want a hint of spring next to her skin even if she’s bundled under layers of cashmere?  I am absolutely wild over those Stella knickers and the lace-trimmed silk pajamas.  The matchstick necklace is high on my wish list as well.  Such a clever way to tell her she lights your fire!

Eberjey lace trimmed robe
$180 – net-a-porter.com

Eberjey Iris thong
$42 – journelle.com

Claire Vivier leather clutch
$145 – clarevivier.com

Stella McCartney matchstick necklace
$345 – net-a-porter.com

Chloé perfume
$120 – bloomingdales.com

By Terry baume de rose lip gloss
$53 – net-a-porter.com

Eberjey Iris bralet
$54 – journelle.com

Last Minute Gift Guide for Him 2013

Yes it’s true –  only 9 shopping days left until Christmas.  Don’t panic!  Build a fire, pour a glass of wine, pull out your laptop, and shop the last minute gift guide.  I’ve got your back.

He’ll be the coolest one at the tailgate.  Smathers & Branson Lumberjack Plaid Needlepoint Flask here.

Keep him smooth and refreshed.  Kiehl’s “Ultimate Man” Soap-on-a-Rope here.

The perfect weekend watch.  Timex for J. Crew Andros Watch here.

Help him relax with this smooth and spicy small batch bourbon. Bulleit Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey here.

If the bourbon doesn’t beat back winter’s chill, this donegal wool cap will (here).

His coffee will stay hot for the whole commute.  Dean and Deluca Stainless Steel Travel Mug here.

Everyone looks better in a pair of aviators.  Ray-Ban Classic Aviators, all black and polarized here.

He may not admit it, but he loves cashmere just as much as you do.  J. Crew grey cashmere sweatshirt here.

Stuff his stocking with these not-too-tight-but-not-too-loose boxers in the softest cotton.  2xist Pima Button Fly Boxer here.

The best base layer for all of his winter activities.  Craft Active Long Sleeved Crewneck here.

So you can officially quit nagging him about what to wear.  Glenn O’Brien’s How to Be a Man (here).

Who doesn’t want to travel in style?  Billykirk Navy 20″ Water Repellent Canvas and Leather Carryall here.

Think Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor.  Scotch & Soda Navy Peacoat here.

Couldn’t resist.

I’ve saved the best for last.  Pack his bag and surprise him with a rustic chic trip he’ll never forget.  The incomparable Blackberry Farm here.

all images from retail sites with the exception of Robert Redford (Habitually Chic) .

Valentine Hints

Pink Valentine

“…the next thing I knew, I was kissing her all over – anywhere – her eyes, her nose, her forehead, her eyebrows and all, her ears – her whole face…” – Holden Caulfield

I haven’t exactly been in a sweet sort of mood, though if anything on this list were to come my way, I certainly wouldn’t refuse it.  Especially the Rothko.  But considering his Orange, Red, Yellow recently sold at auction for $87 million, I’d settle for a museum date and a bunch of luscious peonies.

Kimono Robe
$40 – ae.com

Fleur of England Bow Bikini
$180 – journelle.com

Fleur of England Plunge Bra
$145 – journelle.com

Bottega Veneta Perfume
$120 – harveynichols.com

Diptyque ‘Feu De Bois’ Candle
$90 – nordstrom.com

Mark Rothko’s Red and Pink on Pink, circa 1953

Coral Pink Peonies

What to Give

Last weekend we had the pleasure of entertaining good friends from out of town, and they arrived with a beautiful basket overflowing with goodies for the whole family.  Their gift reminded me of something cookbook author and consummate hostess Ina Garten once said – that the best gifts are those that can be used and subsequently discarded (tickets, soaps, flowers, candles, for example) or consumed (chocolates, wine, cookies, etc).  The Barefoot Contessa is on to something!  We have enjoyed the basket all week, thinking of our lovely time together each time we’ve dipped in.  Truth be told, I’ve saved the last scrumptious treat for myself.  So if you will please excuse me, I have some chocolate to attend to…

image 1 via theimportanceofsalt.com, image 2 via me, moments before consumption.  How gorgeous is that packaging?!