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Keep It Cool, Keep It Classy

White wine, anyone?

In these warm, summer months it’s important to find a way to keep both you and your chablis cool. What better way than this?

Nachtmann Basketweave Crystal Ice Bucket The good folks at Nachtmann have been making superfantastic lead crystal since 1834. Today they bring you this handsome ice bucket with a stunning yet subtle basketweave pattern on the bottom.

Whether you’re keeping a bit of chardonnay near the pool party or curling up in front of the fire in winter with a bottle of champagne and someone you love, this ice bucket will keep your beverage cool without setting fire to your budget.

Why is that? Why because it’s on a great sale at Williams-Sonoma, that’s why!

Regularly priced at $89.00, it’s now a cool $49.99.

Now that’s a price to help you keep your cool all summer long.

Patently Gorgeous

I must confess that in general patent leather doesn’t do much for me. It really never has. Most of the time I prefer my leather with a more matte finish. Every once in a while, though, a piece comes along that reminds me that patent leather can be utterly fabulous, even in my book when used correctly.

Michael Kors Redding Patent Clutch This utter delight in clutch purse form is the Redding by Michael Kors, and it makes me love patent leather. Just look at the flirty styling with its double buckle detail and try to tell you don’t find it swoonworthy!

What more could you possibly want to know? Okay, maybe you want to know that it’s on sale at Bloomingdale’s (regularly priced at $198.00, it’s been marked down to just $138.60), and that it’s also available in basic black.

But really, it’s all about those buckles.

When Life Hands You Lemons

Continuing yesterday’s theme of keeping well-hydrated in the heat, allow me to turn your attention to my personal must-have accessory for summer:

recycled-glass-lemonade-server.jpg Not only does this lemonade server look utterly charming and just as cool as its contents, it’s also eco-friendly, being made of recycled glass. It holds 48 oz of cool, delicious ade of whatever fruit you prefer and comes with its own handsome metal stand.

Whether you’re holding a party, or just trying to keep your family from drying out, this is a practical, attractive, earth-friendly addition to your household.

It also happens to be a heck of a good deal. The retail price may be $130.00, but if you head for Smart Bargains right now, it can be yours for just $79.99.

And then invite me over for drinks, will you?

The Perfect Blend

In honor of the warmer weather it’s a good idea to think of ways to beat the heat.

One of the best ways of doing that – in my not so humble opinion – is a long, tall, cold drink, the frothier the better. And how better to acheive that froth than a really good bar blender?

KitchenAid 48-oz. Commercial Bar Blender  with Stainless Steel Jar Whether you’re making daiquiris or smoothies, this baby will do the trick. It’s by KitchenAid, so you know it’s sturdy. It holds 48 oz in the jar, so even if you’re mixing for a crowd you’ll have them cooling off in no time. Trust me, this is what you need for that pool party or that ‘I don’t have a pool, darn it’ party you’ll be throwing this summer.

The good news? If you act now, you can get it for a song. The bad news? Well, there really isn’t any bad news. How about some more good news?

The suggested retail price of this blender is $360.00. Cooking.com usually carries it for $299.99, which is a lot better. Right now, though, it’s on further sale for just $199.99! That’s more than $160.00 off the original price! Talk about good news.

Now, about that banana smoothie….

Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Hair Today Edition

How’s your hair? Mine is nice, but I love to add a little something to it to finish up a great look. That requires some attractive things to give that special touch. Of course, you don’t want to spend a fortune on them. It’s easily possible to spend over a hundred dollars on a single headband. Me? I wouldn’t spend that much. After all, why buy one at full price when  you can get two to four at a discount?

Here are a few options if you want the look but dislike the full prices.


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The Cosmos by Marc Jacobicon is a delicate plastic band with a matching translucent, rhinestone-studded star. It comes in your choice of coral (shown), jet blue, or talc (white).

The retail price on this baby is $78.00, which is more than I would pay. Now that Nordstromicon has marked it down to just $45.90, I’m seriously considering it.

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Two Great Stones That Sparkle Great Together

When  it comes to jewelery, I love pieces that mix stones in unexpected combinations. Rich colors appeal strongly to me, especially when they get dramatic. Give me a surprising combination and a fabulous setting, and I’m a happy camper…if camping happens to involve great dinner parties and trips to the theater more than campfires and mosquito netting.

Garnet and Citrine Cable Set Ring Oh, and my camping trip would include lots of excuses to wear this gorgeous ring. The center stone is a citrine flanked by two square garnets in a setting of combined white and yellow 14k gold. I’m in love.

I’m in love with the price, too. The suggested retail price is $999.00, which ouch! But why would I pay that much when it’s only $299.00 at UltraDiamonds?

Only if I were a great deal sillier than I am.

To the Maxx

Okay, so most of the time you’re fine carrying a small to medium-sized purse. You need your wallet, your keys, your cell phone, and that’s about it. Maybe you need a paperback novel in case you haven’t a luncheon companion. Finding a purse to carry that and look great is easy.

But what about those days when you have a million things to carry? Does that mean you can’t look like a million bucks while doing so? Resoundingly no!

Maxx New York Amazon Large Shoulder Bag This gorgeous big shoulder bag is the MAXX NEW YORK Amazon Large Shoulder Bag. It features handsome leather trim, two outside zipper pockets, one inner zipper pocket, two inner slip pockets, a magnetic closure, and – at a generous size of 14″h x 21″w x 7″d – more style than you can shake a stick at. Oh, it also comes in four gorgeous, classic colors.

What’s more, it’s a positive steal right now at www.endless.com
. The retail price on this baby is $190.00, already a steal for that much style combined with that much carrying power. If you act now, though, you can get it for a mere $76.82. That’s well over half off.

Less than half the price for all the gorgeous and all the capacity? I’m sold!

Bowled Over

When it comes time to entertain, there’s something I keep discovering about myself: I can never have enough serving bowls. For some reason, I have a lot of platters but only a few good bowls to put out. That limits my ability to present salads and other side dishes as nicely or as efficiently as I’d like. It limits my choices in making up the menu, since one must always consider how a dish is to be served as well as how it is to be prepared. So I’m on a hunt for handsome, versatile, drool-worthy yet affordable serving bowls.

Imagine, then, my delighted surprise when I ran across this:

Bernardoud Harvest Berry Serving Bowl This delicious pattern is called Harvest Berry. The porcelain is decorated with images from botanical prints, and postmarks and script from antique letters by Parisian artist Marc Lacaze. It was designed and manufactured by Bernardoud, a family-run company which was established by Limoges in 1863. They’ve been producing porcelain poetry like this ever since.

The bowl holds 1 3/4 quarts of deliciousness and measures 10″ across. It’s microwavable and dishwasher safe, too, so it doesn’t require mollycoddling.

As for affordable, well, it does usually cost about $179.00, which I freely admit is not in everyone’s budget. Right now at Williams-Sonoma, though, it’s on sale for just $105.99. Amortized against the number of times you’ll use it over the next forty years…not to mention how it will be cherished by your heirs once you’re done with it, that’s one mighty affordable piece of pretty.

For When You Invite Johnny Depp – or One of the Borgias – Over for Drinks

Today is the very last day of the Private Sale at Ralph Lauren. Whether you go to one of their brick and mortar stores or shop online, selected items are 40% off through the end of the day. My friends, there are some superfantastic bargains to be had. Here’s a personal favorite of mine:

Ralph Lauren Skull and Crossbones Decanter I’ve long had a fondness for piratical and slightly gothy goodies. As a child I longed to live in the Addams family mansion. Now Ralph Lauren has created the perfect decanter to grace just such a home…or one of slightly less esoteric taste. The lines are classic, elegant, graceful. It’s just decorated with a delightful skull and crossbones motif. So whether you long to sail away with Captain Jack Sparrow, or always wanted to serve a smoking cocktail to someone, this is the perfect decanter for you.

It’s handblown of 24% lead crystal, so wash it carefully by hand with a non-abrasive cleanser. Or just let everyone look at it when they come it. It’s good enough to simply look at, even if you never fill it.

Oh, and that price tag? Well, even Captain Jack would have to admit it’s a steal worth nearly twice the price! The regular retail is $495.00. Today only, it’s marked down to just $297.00. Don’t let a great deal like this slip through your fingers!

Oh, and don’t forget the matching double old-fashioned glasses!

Pretty Pearls, Cascading Coral

There are times in life when nothing will do but a really spectacular pearl necklace. I have to say, though, that unrelieved pearls have never been my favorite thing. I like a touch of color, a bit of surprise…a little extra pizzazz.

How to get that? Well, I’ve got one idea for you:

22 Inch Genuine Coral and Pearls 3 Row Necklace This fabulous three-strand pearl necklace by Noah Phillipe is punctuated with coral beads for a dramatic look. What more is there to say? It’s glorious and it’s on sale.

The retail value is $269.00, but right now at FineJewelers, you can get it for just $139.00.

Half the price, all of the pizzazz.

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