5 Ways to Add Glamour to Your Holiday Gifts

brown-gold-and-white-holler-dollar-christmas-wrap-3We’re nearing mid December, so no pressure….but, it’s time to get wrapping! Even if you’re still searching for the perfect gift, here are 5 ideas on how to dress it up and add some glamour to your wrapping. As my mother always said…the wrapping IS part of the gift!

  1. Add sparkle – nothing says “celebrate” like a little glitter
  2. Top your gift with candy – if you have some extra candy canes in the kitchen, slide one under the bow
  3. Tie on an ornament, jingle bells or the first letter of the recipient’s name
  4. Add a spring of greens, berries or pinecones
  5. Layer your ribbons, so that your gift has textural interest and depth

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A NYC Gem – Stick With Me

screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-22-39-pmI always love getting an email or text from an out-of-town friend asking what they should do on an upcoming trip to NYC. Though I don’t live in the city anymore, I’m not too far away and love to try and keep up with what’s happening in the Big Apple. I can give them the usual list, but I think sharing the “little gems” in the city is something I will try to incorporate into my recommendations.

So, that brings me to one of the reasons I want to share about Stick With Me. The other reason I want to share this little jewel of a shop is because I’m obsessing over bonbons. On our recent vacation to California, we had the most delectable bonbons (not your average chocolate) on our bedside table at turndown. I looked forward to these little morsels. They were THAT good.

Stick With Me opened in Nolita a little over a year ago and has already been lauded by Vanity Fair, Robb Report, Bazaar, Pure Wow, GQ and numerous other sources. Susanna Yoon, head chocolatier and founder of Stick With Me  discovered her love of desserts at the world renown restaurant, Per Se.  Bringing a Thomas Keller level perfection to her tiny confections has set her apart from all the others.

In addition to bonbons, Susanna’s team hand makes caramels, toffees, nougats, nut butters and elegant little cakes. But, since I’m partial to bonbons….that’s what I’m focusing on today! screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-22-48-pm screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-23-22-pmscreen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-53-06-pm screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-53-18-pm screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-53-59-pm screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-40-07-pm screen-shot-2016-09-13-at-9-40-43-pmThere are so many delicious options, the best way to make a selection is to stop by Stick With Me n next time you’re in the Nolita neighborhood. 202A Mott St. (10am-8pm) 646-918-6336

As for something sweet….I’ll stick with these little treats!


Mother’s Day Gift Ideas


May is full of so many delightful holidays and celebrations, but none is more important than Mother’s Day! Mom doesn’t really need much, but she’d love a handwritten note and a little treat. Just to let her know you care. If you are stumped on what to do, flowers are always welcome. Bath products are a winner. And, of course, you get extra points (though she’s not really keeping score) if you give her something personalized.

But, in case you need a few ideas….here are some that I think are just great!

The new Floral Collection from Lettermade are vibrant and beautiful. A portion of the proceeds from the purple set goes to the Alzheimer’s Association, in memory of the founder’s Nonnie, who inspired the brand.

Who doesn’t love a gorgeous candle? Aerin really does deliver an outstanding product that simply needs a ribbon, as the boxes are little works of art.Screen Shot 2016-05-03 at 11.23.11 PM 040516_Category_Banner_Home_New_Arrivals_01I wrote about Farmgirl Flowers a while back, and they are doing some fun options for Mother’s Day. They will have 4 size options for their standard Mother’s Day bouquet. Below is an example of the next to largest size. They start at $45 for a smaller version.
largeburlapPeony season is upon us….so if Mom adores peony, you might want to go with this version.

peonyleftFinally, if Mom prefers plants and keeping things growing, the relaxing scent of lavender can be hers with this precious arrangement.lavendarrightAnd, don’t forget to call. Not a text, but an actual phone call unless you’re taking Mom to lunch. I wish I lived close enough to do just that. Love you, Mom!