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Russian Nights


Chanel La Collection Paris Moscou

Three limited-edition nail colors in rich, jewel tones inspired by the luxuries of the Russian empire.

Choose from Or de Russie (gold), Nuit de Russie (night), Feu de Russie (fire).

Designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

$30 each at

Gift Ideas for Jane Austen Fans

Pride and Prejudice A&E

Pride and Prejudice – Special Edition (A&E, 1996) – $21.49

The ultimate movie version of Pride and Prejudice. Six hours of Elizabeth and Darcy bliss.

Jane Austen Action Figure

Jane Austen Action Figure – $11.95

A super hero for girls. Comes with a mighty pen.

Illustrated Jane Austen

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen (Six Volume Set) – $110.25

A beautiful collection of Austen’s novels with added features about the
history and fashion of the times.

Jane Austen Tee Shirt

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt – $14.00-$16.00

“Obstinate, headstrong girl!” Any fan of Lizzie Bennett will take pride in wearing this tee. Price varies depending on size.

Jane Austen Cookbook

The Jane Austen Cookbook – $17.95

Not just period recipes, this book is full of facts about Austen’s books, friends and letters.

Stocking Stuffers


bareMinerals Glimmer

Tiny pots of shimmering color to make your eyes sparkle. What’s not to like about an eye color called Take Me or Reveal?

$13.00 at QVC


Lancome Juicy Tubes Holiday 2008

This ultra shiny lip gloss comes in five limited-edition shades for the holiday season. I like Icon of Stage.

$18.00 at Lancome-USA


L’Occitane Mini Pure Shea Butter

100% pure shea butter in a convenient little tin. I use it on my nails and cuticles. But you could also use it on your lips, face, split ends, or any dry patches.

$8.00 at L’Occitane

Holiday Gift Ideas for Wine Lovers


MasiniCentellino – One-Dose Wine Blown Glass Decanter – $96.00

Drinking alone? Don’t waste the whole bottle. Pour yourself a single serving of vino with this one-dose decanter.


TorriniSterling Silver Champagne Stirrer – $129.00

Pure decadence. Those tiny bubbles making you dizzy? Relieve some of the tension in your champagne glass with this magic wand stirrer.


AlessiAnna G. Chrome Corkscrew – $87.00

Pop the cork on the festivities with this whimsical easy-to-use corkscrew in the shape of a smiling lady.

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Serenity Gift Set by LUSH

Serenity Gift Set by LUSH

Because of my love for all things beauty related and my penchant for mixing up my own soaps and lotions, friends are always letting me know of new products they’ve tried and giving me samples of things they’ve picked up.

A friend discovered LUSH while travelling on business. She was looking for ways to pamper herself while she had a prolonged stay in a hotel.

The Serenity Set by Lush – $35.45

A beautiful collection for calming, inspirational baths
Some people go an entire lifetime without experiencing a waking moment of serenity. Some of us have got to the point where we think that five minutes a day is pretty wonderful, but wouldn’t ten be better? Up your friends’ serenity quotient by giving them our Serenity box with five soothing treats, including A Ring of Roses buttercream for soft skin and Bathos bubble bar for a lovely, peaceful bath time.

Set includes:
Alkmaar Handmade Soap, Ring of Roses Conditioning Buttercream, Bathos Bubble Bar, Butterball Bath Bomb, Ceridwen’s Cauldron Luxury Bath Melt

Available at LUSH Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Price: $35.45

On-the-Go Beauty

Avon Five-Minute Beauty Collection

Looking for a five-minute morning routine that still leaves you feeling sensational?

Avon Five-Minute Beauty Collection – $24

Product Description: A $62.99 Value! 6 beauty must-haves including a Get-the-Look Card so you can make the most of your makeup in 5 minutes…or less.

6-piece collection includes: a stylish top-zip case to carry all your beauty must-haves with detailed instructions on how to get the look. Cotton canvas bag includes side pocket & double zip top.The Get-the-look card helps you achive a great look with our must-have products in only five mintues or less. Products include sample sizes of ANEW Advanced All-in-One Max SPF 15 UVA/UVB Cream AM, Light & Luminous Face Highlighter in Warm Shimmers, Face Brush, Glazewear Liquid Lip Color in Mirage and SuperFULL Mascara in Black.

Perfect for a Mother’s Day gift or a travel set.

Available at

Italian Milk Soap

Santa Maria Novella Rose Milk Soap

Milk soap is fabulous for dry and sensitive skin. This Italian gift box of 3 soap bars has a clean, fresh scent and gentle, rich lather.

Santa Maria Novella: Rose Milky Soap Box – $48.00

Triple milled, each exquisite bar is hand-molded using 19th century equipment, aged for 60 days in ventilated cabinets, then hand-wrapped. The all-natural, milk-based formula is infused with the romantic scent of rose for a lather that is rich, gentle, and softly moisturizing.

100% whole milk base. Softens dry and sensitive skin. Lasts about three times longer than ordinary soap while maintaining its shape and scent. Limited, controlled production at the original Florence site. All herbs and flowers cultivated naturally without pesticides.

This would make a lovely Mother’s Day gift.

Available at

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Moms are great. How can we ever repay them for all they’ve done for us, taught us, shown us.

Mother’s Day in the U.S. is Sunday May 11, 2008.

Here are some ideas for gifts so you can give back in a small way.

Numi Tea Set

Numi Tea Assorted Teas and Tessans – $32.41

Includes Morning Rise, Aged Earl Grey, Berry Black, Golden Chai, Temple of Heaven, Monkey King, Water Sprite, Moonlight Spice, Sweet Meadows, Simply Mint, Fields of Gold, and Ruby Chai varieties. Certified organic, fair trade, and kosher.

Packaged in a mahagony wood chest, this set included 60 tea bags. My personal favorite is Monkey King (Jasmine Green).

Leading Ladies Volume 2

Leading Ladies Collection, Vol. 2 – $44.99

DVD set includes:
A Big Hand For The Little Lady
I’ll Cry Tomorrow
Rich And Famous
Shoot The Moon
Up The Down Staircase

I particularly love Up the Down Staircase and I’ll Cry Tomorrow.

Andrew lloyd Webber\'s Divas

The Andrew Lloyd Webber Divas – $14.99

Tracks include:
1. Memory (From Cats) – Betty Buckley
2. Music Of The Night (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Katherine Jenkins
3. Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina (from Evita) – Madonna
4. All I Ask Of You (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Shirley Bassey
5. Surrender (From Sunset Boulevard) – Sarah Brightman
6. With One Look (from Sunset Boulevard) – Glenn Close
7. Learn To Be Lonely (From The Phantom Of The Opera) – Minnie Driver
8. The Perfect Year (From Sunset Boulevard) – Dina Carroll
9. I Don’t Know How To Love Him (From Jesus Christ Superstar) – Yvonne Elliman
10. Buenos Aires (From Evita) – Patti Lupone
11. As If We Never Said Goodbye (From Sunset Boulevard) – Barbra Streisand
12. Rainbow High (From Evita) – Elaine Paige
13. Tell Me On A Sunday (From Song And Dance) – Marti Webb
14. The Heart Is Slow To Learn – Kiri Te Kanawa
15. Another Suitcase Another Hall (From Evita) – Barbara Dickson

Stand-out numbers include Surrender By Sarah Brightman and The Heart Is Slow To Learn By Kiri Te Kanawa.

Andre Rieu in Tuscany

Andre Rieu – Tuscany – $14.00

Product Description:
1. The Godfather (Love Theme) 2. Strangers In Paradise 3. Romance Anonyme – Jeux Interdits 4. Once Upon A Time In The West 5. Chanson d’Amour 6. O Mio Babbino Caro 7. William Tell Overture 8. Opera Potpourri 9. Italian National Anthem 10. L’Italiano 11. Marina 12. Roses From Tyrol 13. Lagune Waltz 14. The Rose 15. Italiana 16. Barcarole 17. La Paloma 18. Light Cavalry 19. All Men Shall Be Brothers (Ode To Joy) 20. Radetzky March 21. Vino 22. La Montanara 23. I Love You

A joyous concert set in beautiful Tuscany. The players really look like they’re having fun and their spirit is infectious.

Dividadero by Michael Ondaatje

Divisadero (Vintage International Paperback) – $10.32

From the celebrated author of The English Patient, comes another breathtaking, unforgettable story, this time about a family torn apart by an act of violence. Divisadero is a rich and rewarding read, Ondaatje’s finest novel to date.

If you loved the English Patient, Ondaatje’s latest novel will captivate you.

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Thought For the Day: Age

Ruth Gordon Key Ring

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?”

Ruth Gordon, Actress and Playwright

You can buy these thought-provoking words on a key ring at Victorian Trading Company. Perhaps for Mother’s Day?

Oscar’s Pampered Pooches

Pet Glitter Dog Collar

Oscar’s nominees get showered with gifts even if they don’t take home the golden statue.

But not everything in the 2008 Oscar gift bag is for the stars. This year’s goody bag contains some items for the pampered pet of Hollywood.

Distinctive Assets, which distributes the “Everybody Wins at the Oscars” gift bags to the nominees has selected the following items to be included:

Diamonds for Dogs Solid Swarovski® Crystal Dog Collars
Pick of the Glitter Pet Jewelry is providing the collar and and matching “Mommy & Me” crystal owner’s bracelets valued at $600. (Pictured above)

For more information, go to Pet Glitter’s Web site at

Limited Edition Gold and Diamond Dog Collar Charm
Gothic Dog’s skull and crossbones 14kt yellow gold dog collar charm is encrusted with pavé diamonds in the skull’s eyes and has a pear-shaped diamond solitaire for the nose. It retails for more than $2,000.

Visit Gothic Dog’s Web site at

Gothic Dog Charm