Friday, April 4, 2014

For Sale: The Irreverent Iris Apfel

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Style icon Iris Apfel has lived a rich tapes­try of a life brim­ming with beau­ti­ful things. Per­pet­u­ally draped in deca­dent mounds of eclec­tic, eth­nic jew­elry, Iris her­self is a piece of art for whom mod­er­a­tion equals mun­dane, and her wardrobe is a cel­e­bra­tion of color and tex­ture. More is more in Iris’s world, and the “geri­atric star­let,” as she calls her­self, has coined an eccen­tric style that is unmis­tak­able and truly inimitable.

She will turn 93 on Sun­day. Tomor­row night, on the eve of her birth­day, she is sell­ing on OneKingsLane.com pieces from her exquis­ite per­sonal col­lec­tion of carefully-curated objects, rang­ing from fur­ni­ture to apparel, and acces­sories for both the wardrobe and the home. Each piece has been eval­u­ated with her dis­cern­ing eye, and hand-picked dur­ing a life­time of shop­ping around the world.

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I used to make two trips to Europe every year,” Iris said, “with at least 40-foot con­tain­ers each time. I never missed an auc­tion, every estate sale I could dig up, every time I heard of some­one who wanted to sell some­thing but they didn’t want to go public…and I really got won­der­ful things that way.” She con­tin­ued, “But you can’t keep these things for­ever. And even if they’re yours, some­body once said to me, ‘You really never own any­thing on this planet. You just rent.’ I put so much love and atten­tion into every­thing I’ve bought,” she said, and, speak­ing of her pieces as though they are liv­ing crea­tures, she added, “I hope that when some­one buys some­thing it goes to a good home where it’s loved and respected. That would make me very happy.”

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The stor­age facil­i­ties that Iris rents in Queens, New York, are pos­i­tively burst­ing at the seams with a bounty of objects of desire, and after years of nego­ti­a­tion with the savvy buy­ers at One Kings Lane, Iris is pre­pared to let go of a select few pieces–800, to be exact. This is an extra­or­di­nary oppor­tu­nity to own a piece of Iris Apfel, a for­mi­da­ble force in art, fash­ion and decor.

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Iris’s edu­ca­tion and career are as fas­ci­nat­ing as her trav­els and the good­ies that she acquires dur­ing the trips. She stud­ied art his­tory at New York Uni­ver­sity and attended art school at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin. Iris worked for Women’s Wear Daily and for inte­rior designer Eli­nor Johnson.

In 1950, she, with hus­band Carl, launched a tex­tile firm, Old World Weavers. In addi­tion, dur­ing that time, she was inte­rior dec­o­ra­tor to nine pres­i­dents in the White House–including Tru­man, Eisen­hower, Nixon, Kennedy, John­son, Carter, Rea­gan, and Clinton.

The Met­ro­pol­i­tan Museum of Art in New York City pre­miered an exhi­bi­tion about Apfel in 2005 titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irrev­er­ent Iris Apfel. The exhibit’s suc­cess prompted its own trav­el­ing version.

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In addi­tion, the Museum of Lifestyle & Fash­ion His­tory in Boyn­ton Beach, Florida, is in the con­cep­tual phase of design­ing a build­ing which will house a ded­i­cated gallery of Apfel’s clothes, acces­sories and fur­nish­ings. Epic.

You go, girl!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Pasotti Parasol For Your Valentine? Oh, Yes!

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Italian-made lux­ury Pasotti umbrel­las, below, are beau­ti­fully bril­liant pieces of art for any man’s or woman’s wardrobe. You can brighten up a dreary day–stat–with one of these high-quality mas­ter­pieces, favored by the famous and the fashionable.

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How­ever, my new obses­sion is the Pasotti parasol–a smart and sassy way to fur­ther pro­tect your skin from the sun come warmer weather. Made with the same exact­ing stan­dards as a Pasotti umbrella, the Pasotti para­sol looks fresh and fem­i­nine as we tran­si­tion into spring and summer.

Hon­estly, isn’t Anne Hath­away, pic­tured top, a spec­tac­u­lar beauty with her charm­ing parasol?

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And check out the Duchess of Cam­bridge Kate Mid­dle­ton, above, with her lovely parasol…

So here…behold my favorite para­sols from Pasotti! Take note of the fab­u­lous han­dles and exquis­ite atten­tion to detail that you’ll only find on an authen­tic, Italian-made Pasotti!

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Everything’s com­ing up roses with this gor­geous 3-D Pasotti para­sol. With raised flow­ers, a dual-canopy lin­ing and a fab­u­lous rose-carved han­dle, it’s the smart way to give your Valen­tine flow­ers this year!

Pink lace parasol

I adore this pretty pink para­sol with a scan­dalous trim of black lace rib­bon. It’s lin­gerie with an SPF built right in.

Chocolate with flowers

This choco­late para­sol, with a flurry of ivory flow­ers, above, will look divine in spring with the forth­com­ing flo­ral trend. Wow. Just…wow.

Red leopard

For a lit­tle feline influ­ence, check out this fold­ing red leop­ard num­ber with an ornate, gem-encrusted han­dle. Sophis­ti­cated, and practical.

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And now, my favorite. This gor­goeus, buttercup-yellow para­sol laced with frothy black and white tulle trim, punc­tu­ated with pop­pies, and glis­ten­ing with gems is out­stand­ing. The atten­tion to detail is remark­able, and the han­dle itself, a work of art. True love.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Presents of Greatness for the Gourmet

A long­time friend of mine from high school, Can­dice Corum, rou­tinely tempts me on Face­book with fab­u­lous pic­tures and descrip­tions of her home-cooked meals. ‘Home-cooked’ is a weak descrip­tive when you speak about Candice’s food fare; rather, her cook­ing skills and pre­sen­ta­tion style rival that of a fine restau­rant, and the reper­toire that she cre­ates is equally impressive.

Given Candice’s gift for the gourmet, I asked her to com­pile a list of exactly that–gifts for the gourmet! This is her ulti­mate list for the savvi­est foodie. Thanks, CC! Next up? Din­ner at my house!

Candice’s Gift Picks…

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Sur la Table Sphere Ice Molds, Set of 2, $10.95

Clever ice molds cre­ate giant icy orbs that won’t water down your drink. Com­bin­ing art and sci­ence, the balls are ultra slow-melting…Plus, they look hella cool! I love the way you can freeze a bit of mint or a sliver of cit­rus inside the balls for a true gourmet touch!

Easy-to-use mold and inno­v­a­tive cap effec­tively shapes your ice into large spheres. Sim­ply fill with water and freeze. Per­fect for hol­i­day enter­tain­ing, and they make a great gift for the foodie.

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Mono­gram Cheese Board & Spreader, $25

This maple cut­ting board and spreader set, exclu­sive to Williams-Sonoma, is just the right size for serv­ing appe­tiz­ers and cheese, and for small prep jobs in the kitchen. Makes an ideal per­son­al­ized gift.

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Mason Jar Cock­tail Shaker, $29.95

Mix cock­tails with ease in this all-American Mason jar shaker. Cre­ated by Vir­ginia boys Josh Williams and Eric Prum, of W+P Design, it’s the per­fect gift for show­ing your down-home South­ern hospitality.

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Arti­sanal Cock­tail Gift Set, $119.95

This gift set is filled with arti­sanal ingre­di­ents for prepar­ing the season’s most fes­tive cock­tails. It includes gin­ger syrup made by Brooklyn-based Mor­ris Kitchen, Span­ish olives and a bot­tle of Dillon’s Bit­ters, a com­plex fla­vor enhancer for Man­hat­tans, mar­ti­nis and Old Fash­ioneds. The book Win­ter Cock­tails inspires cre­ative drinks from mulled ciders to eggnog to hol­i­day punch. A stain­less steel, 23-ounce cock­tail shaker means you can raise a toast to glee­ful gift-giving!

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Dou­ble Mez­za­luna, $39.95

This old-fashioned tool, whose name means “half-moon” in Ital­ian, is still an inter­na­tional favorite for quick chop­ping. Using an easy, two-handed rock­ing motion, you can swiftly chop or mince onions, gar­lic and herbs, reduc­ing prep time. Two curved, hand-sharpened stainless-steel blades glide eas­ily through herbs, veg­eta­bles and nuts. Strong beech­wood han­dles are easy to grip and keep your hands and knuck­les away from the blades.

Can­dice Loves…

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Dubost Laguiole Olive­wood Steak Knives, Set of 4, $179.95

Can­dice loves any­thing by Laguiole, but this hand­some col­lec­tion of knives makes a thought­ful gift for steak-lovers. The knives fea­ture stainless-steel blades with riv­eted olive­wood han­dles and come in an ele­gant wooden box, per­fect for gifting.

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OXO Adjustable Mea­sur­ing Beakers, $5.95-$11.95

This handy tool is ideal for mea­sur­ing and dis­pens­ing sticky ingre­di­ents such as nut but­ters, honey and molasses. Fea­tures a smooth, rotat­ing body and com­fort­able turn­ing knob to eas­ily push up and dis­pense your ingre­di­ents. The cup is adjustable for con­ve­nient mea­sure­ment of dif­fer­ent volumes.

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OXO V-Blade Man­do­line, $39.95

No kitchen is com­plete with­out a man­do­line, and this one, designed for safety, effi­ciency and ease of use, pro­duces a vari­ety of pop­u­lar cuts for cook­ing and gar­nish­ing foods. V-shaped stainless-steel blades slice cleanly through soft and hard foods. Makes per­fect crin­kle and straight cuts in four thicknesses.

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Tunisian Hand-Painted Fresco Tagine, $59.95

This hand-painted earth­en­ware dish can be used to cook and serve tra­di­tional North African tagines, as well as cous­cous and rice dishes. The cone-shaped cover fun­nels con­den­sa­tion directly back to the food for moist, ten­der results.

The tra­di­tional Tunisian pat­tern is painted by hand using food-safe paints and glazes. Hand-thrown clay retains heat well for serv­ing directly at the table.

Candice’s Kitchen Essentials…

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Boos Cut­ting Block, $249.95

Boos butcher blocks are the best, and this 4″ thick beauty is man­u­fac­tured from the finest northern-white species of hard rock maple. Maple wood is nat­u­rally anti-bacterial and won’t har­bor any bac­te­ria. On top of that, the Boos cream fin­ish cre­ates a pro­tec­tive layer that pre­vents food and mois­ture from dam­ag­ing the wood.

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Williams-Sonoma Meat Ther­mome­ter, $20.95

Sci­en­tif­i­cally cal­i­brated for accu­racy, this commercial-quality ther­mome­ter ensures a per­fect bird every time, and fea­tures dual point­ers that indi­cate both the numeric tem­per­a­ture and the degree of done­ness for dif­fer­ent types of meat.

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Cuisi­nart Smart Stick Immer­sion Blender, $59.95

Cuisi­nart makes it quick, clean, and easy to blend, prep and whip a vari­ety of ingre­di­ents. Blends or whips right in the bowl, pitcher or pot, to elim­i­nate extra dishes, and with the chop­per attached, it turns into a handy mini food-prep tool. Hand blender and chop­per has a pow­er­ful 200-watt motor. Blends and chops, with push-button con­trol for con­tin­u­ous or pulse action.

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Lodge Logic Cast Iron Skil­let, $10.95-$59.95

Lodge Logic offers heirloom-quality cast iron skil­lets with a size for every task. The smaller skil­lets are ideal when cook­ing for one or two. Choose a larger skil­let for cook­ing in quan­tity; they’re great for serv­ing up family-style meals or brais­ing big­ger cuts of meat. Whether it’s bacon, grilled sand­wiches, fish, cornbread—no mat­ter what you like to grill, sauté or fry, you’ll love these clas­sic Amer­i­can skillets.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Senna Holiday Blowout Sale

Get ready to slap your plas­tic, cuz Euge­nia Weston, cre­ator of the bril­liant Senna Cos­met­ics, is offer­ing 20% off all online orders today through Decem­ber 2, 2013! This is an incred­i­ble sale with incred­i­ble val­ues, just in time to get every­thing you need, for every­one on your list! Euge­nia is extend­ing this dis­count to even her new ‘Last Chance’ items. It’s a sale not to be missed, per­fect for stock­ing stuffers, Secret Santa gifts, and Valentine’s day! Stock up now so you won’t sweat it later. You’ll be so glad you did.

Here’s what I’m snagging:

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The Brush Clutch, $52.

A selec­tion of Eugenia’s best brushes is per­fect for any­one, but espe­cially teens and trav­el­ers. This is a great gift for my niece. Hon­estly, a col­lec­tion like these smart seven has every­thing you need, all wrapped up in a fan­tas­tic folio of baby blue faux snake­skin! Per­fect for your purse! Plus, Eugenia’s brushes are divine, designed with the utmost intel­li­gence and pro­duced with the high­est qual­ity. You will never get these kind of brushes any­where else for such a low, low price. When you break it down, it’s about $7 per brush. Try get­ting that at Tar­get or your local drugstore…Oh, wait…you won’t!

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Form-A-Brow Kit in Dark, $36.

Form-a-Brow is the orig­i­nal brow sten­cil kit, emu­lated by brow great Anas­ta­sia of Bev­erly Hills…but it was Euge­nia Weston who thought of it first, and who still does it best! Thanks, Euge­nia! This is a must for every makeup kit!

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Haute Nudes Palette in Mys­tic, $38.40.

This palette is per­fec­tion: six gor­geous eye col­ors, a blush and a high­lighter, tiny lit­tle brushes of the high­est quality–all in a slim com­pact that slides eas­ily in your purse or travel bag. I have one already for myself…but at this price, I need a few more for all my girl­friends! Makes a fab gift!

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Haute Nudes Palette in Sul­try, $38.40.

It’s the same palette in warmer tones for my tawny-skinned girls…This is gift­ing at its finest!

You absolutely must see the steals and deals that Euge­nia is offer­ing right now! Her prod­ucts are man­u­fac­tured with the high­est integrity, and you can be cer­tain that any gift from Senna Cos­met­ics will be a wel­come sur­prise this hol­i­day sea­son. Now go forth my savvy beauty shop­pers, and buy with con­fi­dence! We love you, Euge­nia, for mak­ing hol­i­day gift-giving a snap!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Beautiful Yet Functional Art for the Table: Annieglass

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Genius in Glass

I will never for­get the moment I dis­cov­ered Annie­glass. It was love at first sight when I stum­bled across these unique dishes, cov­eted and col­lected by too many celebri­ties to name, and used in some of the finest restau­rants in the world.

Designed and cre­ated by glass artist Annie Morhauser, they’re utterly breath­tak­ing and very dif­fi­cult to pho­to­graph. Even the pic­tures in this arti­cle do not do jus­tice to their incom­pa­ra­ble beauty.

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I was beyond thrilled to tour the Wat­sonville fac­tory with Annie. It’s pos­i­tively stacked with her gor­geous table­ware, which is painstak­ingly crafted with exact­ing stan­dards. Below, an employee assem­bles a cake plate in Annie’s warehouse.

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I don’t remem­ber where I first found my Annieglass–maybe it was Neiman Mar­cus, maybe Gump’s San Fran­cisco, or pos­si­bly the Annie­glass store in down­town Santa Cruz, all ven­dors of the product–but what I do remem­ber is the sen­sa­tion. It was utter awe. Magic. I really have never seen or felt any­thing like Annie­glass before or since. Over the years sev­eral styles have been imi­tated, but never duplicated.

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The pat­tern that won my heart was the B.C. Din­ner­ware, above, with the bub­bly warped glass and peb­bled tex­ture that is a trade­mark of many of Annie’s dishes.

B.C. Din­ner­ware stands for Before Christ Dinnerware–“because it looks like it pre­dates Christ,” Annie tells me. The din­ner plates are like relics from another place and time, all with a cun­ning asym­me­try that is dis­tinctly Annie’s own. They’re at once antiqued, yet infi­nitely mod­ern. Glossy aqua­ma­rine won­ders of rip­pling glass that look organ­i­cally beau­ti­ful, they also feel beau­ti­ful. The under­belly has the tex­ture of velvet.

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Above, Annie stands beside the two-ton sheets of durable archi­tec­tural glass from which her pieces are fash­ioned. Com­monly used in sky­scrap­ers, the glass has the aqua tint from the iron in the glass, and the vel­vety feel is due to the uncom­mon process of sand­blast­ing the bot­toms of each piece. This con­tributes to the milky pale­ness that is unde­fin­able, simul­ta­ne­ously translu­cent but also opaque.

But first the glass is “slumped” over plas­ter molds, below, reveal­ing each one’s unique beauty through its imperfections–imperfections that make every piece an orig­i­nal, a treasure.

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I mix my B.C. Din­ner­ware with other pieces, espe­cially the Shell Series, below, which has a pre­his­toric elegance–vessels shaped with the gen­tle sil­hou­ettes of fos­silized seashells. They’re where art and arti­fact col­lide. Highly respected in the art world, two of the designs from the Shell Series reside in the Smith­son­ian Museum of Amer­i­can Art.

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Tipped with your choice of 24 karat gold or plat­inum, or sim­ply non-trimmed, every piece bears the stu­dio sig­na­ture, and Annie her­self signs lim­ited edi­tions. Her name is etched on the bot­toms of the pieces.

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There are many pat­terns of Annie­glass, such as the clas­sic Roman Antique Gold and Plat­inum, above and below, which I also col­lect. This is the first col­lec­tion that Annie launched, 30 years ago. I love the look of an Annie­glass table, where mix­ing and match­ing col­lec­tions is not only com­mon, but de rigeur.

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With Thanks­giv­ing just around the cor­ner and Christ­mas on its heels, I encour­age you to dis­cover your own inner awe as you look at these iconic cre­ations, like the ele­gant Hand­ker­chief Votives below.

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A sig­nif­i­cant advan­tage to these ethe­real pieces is, oddly, their prac­ti­cal­ity. For some­thing that looks so del­i­cate and frag­ile, Annie­glass can stand up to the most chal­leng­ing cir­cum­stances; they’re dish­washer safe; and they look equally at home with any mix­ture of their Annie­glass sib­lings, as well as fine China, limo­ges, or pottery.

You can add just one stun­ning piece for a real wow fac­tor, or mix and match til your heart’s con­tent. Either way, no two Annie­glass tables will ever look the same. Your choice of linens, place­mats, and of course flat­ware and acces­sories will define the table’s vignette. I love an Annie­glass table set with twigs, bam­boo place­mats, stones, and other nat­ural elements.

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Annie­glass is per­fectly appro­pri­ate for any circumstance–be it a Thanks­giv­ing feast, a baby shower buf­fet, a New Year’s din­ner, or Valentine’s day. Here, Annie holds a lovely heart-shaped dish that’s ideal for hors d’oeuvres or dessert.

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The pieces are mul­ti­func­tional. Use one of Annie’s pedestal Slabs, above, to present fruit…or cheese…or a whole poached salmon.

Annie­glass looks equally appro­pri­ate in the bath­room, due to its aquatic esthet­ics, hold­ing dec­o­ra­tive soaps or guest towels…cosmetics, sea sponges, and the list goes on and on.

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Every piece of Annie­glass can be, and should be, used for a vari­ety of objects,” Annie says. “Ruf­fle cake stands make just as exquis­ite a rest­ing place for dark choco­late vel­vet cakes as they do brie cheeses…and a salad plate makes a charm­ing dis­play for a bot­tle of wine or a can­dle,” she adds.

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Sur­prise a coworker with a sec­tional dish for olives or foil-wrapped choco­lates, per­haps, like the one below from the Ruf­fle Series.

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A fab­u­lous wed­ding gift is Annie’s stun­ning dev­iled egg plat­ter. The per­fect house­warm­ing gift, a piece of Annie­glass is a gift one would con­sider a ‘life­time gift’ because Annie­glass pieces are heirloom-quality cre­ations that will stand the test of time via both form and function.

You need not save this art glass for spe­cial occa­sion only; Annie­glass ele­vates even take-out to an art form. As I men­tioned, the glass is incred­i­bly strong, chip-resistant and dishwasher-safe. Annie tells me an inter­est­ing story. After Hur­ri­cane Kat­rina, she got reports from cus­tomers that their Annie­glass sur­vived the dis­as­ter. More than one per­son had their china cab­i­net washed away in the flood­wa­ters and it was found down the street or a block away with all the Annie­glass still intact, unbro­ken. “They just needed to be hosed off,” Annie said.

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Pieces from the Dew Drops Col­lec­tion, above and below, are seduc­tively punc­tu­ated with Swarovski crys­tals. Mere pho­tos can’t even cap­ture the detail…

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…and I love the hand-chipped pedestal on the new cone-shaped Edgey bowl, below, which merges seam­lessly with Annie­glass classics.

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You can see how Annie­glass is cre­ated and dis­cover the crafts­man­ship that goes into every piece at their lively and infor­ma­tive walk­ing tours of the Wat­sonville fac­tory. Call for reser­va­tions 831.761.2041 ext. 21.

In addi­tion, wine tast­ings are Fri­days, Sat­ur­days, and Sun­days from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., pour­ing Santa Cruz and Mon­terey County wines.

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Above, the sunny Wat­sonville gift shop that’s adja­cent to the ware­house is brim­ming with count­less exquis­ite creations–the auto­bi­og­ra­phy of a genius in glass, Annie Morhauser.

Click here to find an Annie­glass retailer near you.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sporting Goods for Dad on Father’s Day

What­ever his sport of choice, there is a plethora of Father’s Day gifts for the dis­cern­ing man. Here is a list of cre­ative gifts that are sure to score!

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Solum­bra. Boast­ing 100% UV pro­tec­tion and with a rapid-dry weave, the light­weight cloth­ing by Solum­bra is per­fect for golf­ing, camp­ing, run­ning, surfing–even yard work! These gar­ments are game-changers in the realm of sun pro­tec­tion! Buy one nice piece for Dad and he can put away the greasy sunscreen!

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Rodan + Fields pep­tide eye wipes. Noth­ing could be more refresh­ing after a long day or a sweaty work­out. Packed with pep­tides, these eye cloths are per­fect for the trav­el­ing man and fit neatly in a gym bag or suit­case. Or, keep them in the refrig­er­a­tor for an extra cool­ing sen­sa­tion. Ideal for women as well. They remove eye makeup in a snap while treat­ing the eye area with a pow­er­house of anti-aging peptides!

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The Klean Kan­teen. Water tastes bet­ter when housed in this 100% stain­less steel can­teen, but more impor­tantly, this water bot­tle does not have BPA, a chem­i­cal found in plas­tics that leeches into water and may cause can­cer! BPA has already been banned in Europe, and here in Amer­ica for baby bot­tles as well. This is a great and afford­able gift for Dad.

Tick­ets. Lastly, con­sider buy­ing him a cou­ple of tick­ets to his favorite sport­ing event. If you can afford it, throw in a pair of binoc­u­lars from the sport­ing goods store. He’ll love you for it!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Electronic Gifts for Your Dad This Father’s Day

Every man loves elec­tronic devices; they can keep him engaged for hours and improve the qual­ity of life for the whole fam­ily. Here’s the cream of the crop in elec­tronic gifts for Dad this Father’s Day.

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A Tivo DVR recorder, above, will change the way he watches TV. In fact, it’s a great gift for the whole fam­ily. Watch what you want when you want to watch it. Skip com­mer­cials, pause live TV, do your own instant replays–perfect for sport­ing games! You can even watch your shows on your iPad or iPhone! Every home needs a Tivo. Father’s Day is the per­fect oppor­tu­nity to splurge!

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Fujitsu Scan Snap, above, is a doc­u­ment scan­ner for the paper­less office. Scan double-sided full color (or black and white) with OCR (opti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion) on the fly all with a sin­gle button!

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An iPad mini. What needs to be said? Ten hours bat­tery, weighs just a lit­tle over half a pound, you can carry this every­where. Perfection.

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The Jaw­bone Jam­box is a portable wire­less speaker that con­nects to your iPhone or iPad (or any Blue­tooth device) and sounds so much bet­ter than your phone’s built-in speak­ers, per­fect for music of course, but it can also be used to improve con­fer­ence calls since the Jam­box has a built in micro­phone too!

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Grado Labs Head­phones, above, deliver great sound at a rea­son­able price. A retro look and time­less sound qual­ity make every­thing from music to home the­ater sound fantastic.

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A Log­itech Har­mony Remote will replace half a dozen remote con­trols. Works with your old VCR and the lat­est Blu-Ray. Retire all those devices clut­ter­ing up your cof­fee table. You can set it up so a sin­gle but­ton will turn on and off mul­ti­ple devices, and you can use your com­puter (Mac or PC) to con­fig­ure it. Every gadget-lover’s dream!