Archive for December, 2014

GIFT WE WANT

 

Any fragrance from the collection of John Varvatos.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The vintage Christmas light bulb dog chew toy from Planet Dog.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Target your disaster relief donation to the most in need through the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI).

GIFT WE WANT

 

The Avenger Blackbird watch from Breitling.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Bunny Williams Carved Reindeer Set from Ballard Designs.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Join the Dude, Jeff Bridges, in fighting childhood hunger in America with No Kid Hungry.

GIFT WE WANT

 

The Star Wars R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set from Think Geek.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

Gathered Traditions by Joe Spencer’s Jacob Marley & Ebenezer Scrooge dolls available from Horchow.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Only You Can Prevent Wildfires.

FF: The Vanilla Salted Caramel Malvi from Malvi Marshmallow Confections

MalviI found the perfect fireside winter treat – the Vanilla Salted Caramel Malvi I found from the fine folks at Malvi Marshmallow Confections. These treats pair perfectly with your favorite hot cocoa and are a fun twist on the classic fireside s’mores – all the flavor without the mess and charred mallows.

About the Vanilla Salted Caramel Malvi from Malvi Marshmallow Confections: “Whole vanilla bean speckles pepper this fan-favorite Malvi with flavor. Salted caramel holds the marshmallow together with toasted petit beurre cookies for perfect ping pong flavor match between salty and sweet. It gets better with each bite!”

See all the great treats from Malvi Marshmallow Confections here.

FF: The Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cluster

FF1The fine folks at Goo Goo Clusters make many fine treats – but we like the Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cluster.

About Goo Goo Clusters: “In 1912, Goo Goo Cluster altered what was possible in the world of candy by combining more than one element. As Goo Goo Cluster marches into its second century, it is still made with real milk chocolate, caramel, peanuts and marshmallow nougat.”

About the Peanut Butter Goo Goo Cluster: “Peanut Butter fans rejoice! The Peanut Butter Goo Goo was added in 1991 and is made with peanut butter, peanuts and real milk chocolate. Break out the milk – this package contains 3 individually wrapped clusters.”

Learn more about Goo Goo Clusters and order some here.

FF: The original Duck Fat Caramels from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate

DUCKCaramels are enjoying a moment right now, and if you have a hard time choosing a quality confection for the caramel lover in your life just go with the Duck Fat Caramels I found from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate. You won’t be disappointed.

About the Duck Fat Caramels from Olive & Sinclair Chocolate: “The original Duck Fat Caramels were literally born behind the duck blind. This rooted American pastime inspires each batch of caramelized cane sugar and rich duck fat for a perfectly seasoned, mouthwatering caramel. Please enjoy this uniquely savory tasty treat, brought to you by your friends at Olive & Sinclair!”

See all the great confections of Olive & Sinclair Chocolate here.

GIFT WE WANT

 

A Dub Box Camper Trailer.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Winter Shrub Gift Set with Apple, Cranberry with Douglas Fir, Grapefruit and Blood Orange Cardamom flavorings for cocktails and sodas from Shrub & Co.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Support the North Shore Animal League – the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization.

I discovered artist/designer David Schwen when I saw this great graphic (below) he created for Bonobos, my favorite menswear brand. I love this image because it includes one of my favorite motifs – that of King Kong climbing an iconic structure – and that it so simple ad whimsical.

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It turns out Mr. Schwen is quite a prolific designer and operates Dschwen, a creative design firm.

About Dschwen: “Dschwen is a creative studio based in Minneapolis, with collaborators across the country. Creatively led by David Schwen, the studio’s keen understanding of the relationship between brands and consumers paves the way for compelling design. With over a decade of experience at agencies, in-house and independently, Schwen and his team push brands forward with design that takes on business challenges by activating audiences.”

In addition to the work they do for clients, Dschwen’s work can be found on consumer products – many of which can be found with the fine folks over at Society 6.

Learn more about Artist David Schwen and here.

Find the Dschwen collection from Society 6 here.

GIFT WE WANT

 

The Waxwear Computer Field Bag from Jack Spade.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Gingerbread Ninja Cookie Kit from World Market.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Celebrate 30 years of Do They Know it’s Christmas – Support #BandAid30,

RUDYIt is hard to imagine the Christmas season without Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. Rudolph has become an indelible part of American pop culture immortalized by the Gene Autry song and the classic animated Rankin and Bass television special. However, few know that Rudy was first created by an advertising copywriter to promote the Montgomery Ward department store in 1939.

This year we mark the 75th anniversary of that first appearance of Rudolph and the fine folks at Applewood Books have released a wonderful commemorative book to mark the event – a facsimile of the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer story with writer Robert L. May’s text and the original illustrations by Denver Gillen.

About Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May: “In 1939 Robert L. May, a copywriter working at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward & Co., wrote a holiday story at the request of his employer. Almost two and a half million copies of the little tale about a reindeer with a shiny red nose were given away to all the children who visited Montgomery Ward stores that year. The rest is history. Seventy-five years later, the beloved classic is once again available in a hardcover faithful facsimile of the 1939 Rudolph, with original text and original Denver Gillen illustrations.”

I have to say 1939 was truly a banner year for American popular culture. Not only did Rudolph make his first holiday appearance, but the year has long been hailed as one of the finest in cinema, when classic films like Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz were released.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert L. May is available from Amazon and fine book retailers everywhere.

GIFT WE WANT

 

A Metallic Goatskin Leather Passport Holder from Graphic Image.

 

HOLIDAY FIND

 

The Christmas Trivia Game from Restoration Hardware.

 

WAY TO GIVE BACK

 

Help Heal the Lives of Our Nation’s Heroes and Shelter Pets at the same time – support Companions for Heroes.

HanuHanukkah begins tonight at sundown and I wish all our friends who celebrate the holiday all the best of the season.

I have often been tempted to purchase a Menorah to have around during the holidays and I have seen many gorgeous ones over the years. However, few Menorahs I have seen are as exquisite as the Floral and Vine Menorah by designer Jay Strongwater I found at Neiman Marcus.

About Jay Strongwater’s Floral and Vine Menorah: “Honor the celebration of the Festival of Lights with this exquisitely crafted menorah. Made of cast metal. Hand enameled and hand set with Swarovski crystals.”

At more than $2,500 I think I will have to pass on the Strongwater Menorah and continue looking for a vintage Menorah at auctions and flea markets.

The Floral and Vine Menorah by designer Jay Strongwater is available from Neiman Marcus.

Flip through Neiman Marcus’s Christmas book here.

Visit Neiman Marcus online here.