Notes on a Party

April 3, 2013 | Bright Idea, Photo + Video

“You guys give good ‘gram,” was a compliment that I paid to some photogenic friends the other day.  Of course, I was referring to Instagram, the current digital photography app that has obsessed users documenting each funny, pretty and precious moment of their lives through fancy filters for all the…
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tyrolean spritz

Around the holidays, there is always a smattering of new cocktail recipes created to induce cheer during the festive season.  Personally I think we need it more in February and March, when winter for many of us – not including you lucky LA people – has dragged on and our…
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February 12, 2013 | Gifts + Registry

Celebrate the many shades of love this Valentine’s with an exquisitely scented candle by the coveted French brand, Diptyque. Pretty and sweet, Rose Duet was inspired by the mysterious hybrid rose revered by botanists for its unique petals that are light on one side and dark on the other.  A…
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noble handcrafted tonics

Taking your tonic has never tasted so good.  Noble Handcrafted has created artisan products (called tonics) that are perhaps better for your taste buds than your health.  The collection includes maple syrups and vinegars made in small batches with ingredients from boutique producers and sustainable farms. On the sweet side,…
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December 10, 2012 | Bright Idea, Games + Activities

A favorite childhood tradition has been reinvented by Jouer Cosmetics just in time for the holidays. Wrapped in delicate pink paper and filled with gold confetti, Sparkle & Pop is a limited edition Christmas cracker styled for the beauty lover. Inside this party favor you’ll find five festive surprises including…
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November 30, 2012 | Eco-Chic Entertaining, Tabletop

Your kitchen could use a little whimsy.  These tea towels by graphic designer, Leah Duncan, are charming and fun enough to add some color to your everyday routine.  Made from organic fair trade cotton, the tea towels feature a hand-drawn pattern of triangles in pink, dark yellow, chartreuse and black.  …
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petit moulin wedge pie box
November 26, 2012 | Etsy Finds, Gifts + Registry

Sweetness in a box.  These brown craft wedges are an ingenious and charming way to package a piece of wedding cake, holiday pie or lunchtime quiche.  Sold in sets of 12, 24 or 48 with lids and without, these boxes are pretty party favors at a bridal shower or birthday…
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Everyone has their own Thanksgiving traditions but no matter how you celebrate the holiday, it is always centered around good food and drink with close family and friends.  This year we rounded up some gorgeous images of Thanksgiving feasts and dinner tables set with unique decor and florals to inspire…
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November 8, 2012 | Food + Drink, Recipes

With a chill in the air and an early snowfall on the ground (if you are in New York or New Jersey), we turn our thoughts to warming comfort foods that can be throw together with ease.  Soups and stews become a staple dinnertime choice but they are equally as…
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lanvin & laduree
October 11, 2012 | Celebrity, Food + Drink

You can be sure that the fashion flock, who just returned from Paris, are singing the sweet praises of Alber Elbaz of Lanvin. Not only did he reveal a Spring/Summer ’13 show filled with gorgeous dresses but also a limited edition macaron with Ladurée, the beloved French bakery. The celebrated…
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kaleido trays
October 8, 2012 | Bright Idea, Tabletop

For those that like to entertain, the tabletop becomes a kind of blank canvas for all types of artistic food presentation and elements of decor.  These geometric Kaleido Trays, that come in 5 different sizes and a range of delicious colors, would inspire endless creative configurations and combinations. Designed by…
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September 10, 2012 | Food + Drink, Party Snaps

No one throws a cooler party than the French, especially Maison Kitsune who celebrated the launch of their limited edition bottle of Pernod Absinthe with a party at the Nomad hotel during Fashion Week.  The custom design, which features the Kitsune fox frolicking amongst absinthe-flavored anise and fennel flowers, was…
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