GIFTS: Engrave News

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

If you’ve looked at our site recently, you’ve probably noticed the photo of five Maggie bracelets with “tu es pulchra” (Latin for “you are beautiful”) inscribed on the outside. This set was commissioned by Kim Dunham, a jewelry designer and former resident of Portland, Oregon. In a coincidence that we can only describe as magical, we discovered that Kim’s jewelry store in downtown Portland was located only a few blocks from the Pearl – the former apartment building of Maggie Hunt, Kerrilynn’s aunt and the Maggie bracelet’s namesake.

This particular set of bracelets were gifts to Kim’s four best friends – an eclectic group of women that Kim connected with at different junctures of her life. Despite the group’s varied tastes, careers, and lifestyles, says Kim, “the bracelet looks good on everyone,” and integrates seamlessly with a variety of types of jewelry. Additionally, the crew has always upheld the importance of personal style – even, Kim laughs, during “a time where you would not use ‘fashionable’ and ‘Portland’ in the same sentence. Knowing Maggie’s reputation for extraordinarily discerning taste, she is confident that “Maggie would have loved these girls.”

Kim was immediately attracted to the solidity and permanence of the bracelets – as a former jewelry designer, she was familiar with the “long-lasting” quality of brass. Picking it up, she says, “you kind of instantly connect to the weight of it.” Their telltale clang even “sounds kind of chic.” She appreciated that the bangles were “not fragile objects”—“I liked the idea of being able to pass [them] down,” and having them engraved, she says, “takes it to another level.” As something that will pass a significant message on to future generations, “it’s a charm bracelet in the oddest way.”

Kim’s decision to use a Latin phrase had a variety of motivating factors. “[Latin] is not a language that a lot of people know,” she says, and she liked the idea of the bracelet bearing a semi-covert message. Additionally, Kim “can’t think of a better way to describe the group of girls,” for whom the bracelets are intended—“both inside and out.” It’s a reminder to the group, she continues, “to be beautiful, act beautiful, and see beauty in the world.” In addition, “it’s such a feminine thought—[one that] creates inertia and energy” as observers inquire about the message and become engaged in its meaning.

Now a full-time resident of New York, “The only thing I miss about Portland is this group of girls,” Kim says, and “having the same bracelet keeps me connected to them.”

GIFTS: Gift Guide 2010

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Anndra Neen for Castor & Pollux Cuff

Shameless self promotion but when something is this gorgeous it has to be included.

La Pegase Scarf from Hermes

I love horses and noone does them better than Hermes. I particularly love this one but any that you brought home from Hermes would make someone very, very happy.

Yves Klein Coffee Table

Seriously chic, seriously pricy. Seriously wanted.

Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

I saw this adoption program on another gift guide (unfortunately can’t remember as I’ve been perusing so many these past few weeks) but thought it could be mentioned on all gift guides as it’s such a great cause.

Nars Funny Face Lipstick

I know loads of people are wearing this right now but it doesn’t matter cause I just love it. Brings a smile to my face every time I run it across my lips – and the compliments seem to just keep coming.

Teaching Dad to Cook Flapjack

A beautiful book that a daughter wrote for her father after her mother passed away and he was left to fend for himself in the kitchen. Charming, practical and all about family – three favorites.

Hacienda Montaecristo Bib Necklace

Perfectly perfect perfection from Mexico – my new favorite place – as you’ll see in the next entry.

A week away in Tulum at Casa Violeta

We spent Thanksgiving here and it was magical. Such an easy trip and such a wonderful place – so wonderful that we’re going back in January. You can see I’m loving all things Mexico (see Anndra Neen and Hacienda Montaecristo pics above!).

Swan’s Island Equinox Blanket

One of those gifts that become true heirlooms – very special. Simple elegance.

Hope you and your loved ones have fun buying and receiving gifts this year!

Gifts: It’s That Time of Year…

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

That gift guides are rolling out – and look what Google Reader sent us this morning. A lovely gift guide that we were included in – thanks Olive’s!
They pointed out our wallets and Pied-de-Biche ring as excellent gifts and I agree. Especially that wallet – I’ve given these to many, many people over the years and they never disappoint – the ultimate gift. Stylish, chic and perfectly useful – three golden rules around here.


Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Red Cross

Doctors without Borders



Monday, December 14th, 2009

A glimpse into how my mind works. A grouping of seemingly disparate items that upon closer inspection all add up to a life well lived. This is a listing of the little (and big) things that make your days more enjoyable because I believe luxury without necessity is boring and necessity without luxury is even more boring. These items are what I like to think of this as my gracious living “mash-up.”


These two wrote the book on life well lived. An intriguing glimpse into their homes all from the comfort of your couch. A perfect gift for the fashion and home obsessed alike.

One of the best suggestions that I’ve ever taken from a friend many years ago when she told me I needed this in my life. I love you Miss Silvia. (Thank you, Ms. Weiss!)

By now the word is out about this magical wallet. But the fact is is that the rumors are true. It will change your life, it will make you more organized, it will bring beauty and functionaliy to your world. Enough said.

Fragrance is an obsession of mine and this is one of the classic products that should be in everyone’s bathroom. At $12 it’s a bargain but doesn’t smell that way.  (Stay tuned for more about the C&P fragrance that is in development right now.)

Rick was our neighbor but that’s not the reason for this entry. These make everything better. From Bloody Marys to marinating pork in the brine, you’ll be happy to have these in your fridge.

Any time it’s snowing I know where I’m going. Angel’s Share, a perfect Japanese bar in the East Village is great all the time but especially wonderful with snow falling outside. Just make sure you leave a seat at the bar for me, please.

See you next week, hope you have lovely one filled with lots of parties and fun.


Monday, December 7th, 2009

Two more full weeks of shopping, how are you feeling? John and I braved the crowds on Sunday to do some East coast to West coast shopping as all of our things need to be sent by Thursday of this week, so that made this Sunday instrumental to keeping on top of it. We got things for nieces and nephews, Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers.  Followed up by a delicious meal for a day of “hard work”. Even John said “when you do it this early, it’s so much more enjoyable”.

PS. The wallet was featured in Daily Candy today on their national gift guide so we sent many of those off to their new homes. If you are interested in ordering one of these, I would do it sooner rather than later as they seem to be the Cabbage Patch Doll for stylish women of 2009.


For all those Francophiles in your life (by way of Japan in this case). This is a lovely little book complete with step by step instructions to crafting these lovely desserts when you can’t make it to LaDuree.

A beautiful ring by Katie Finn. This is modeled after a horse bit with a grey diamond in the center. It appeals to all I love: horses, gold and diamonds (that’s not really all I love, but that was fun to type). Need I say more?

I love Randi who makes this, and I particulary love this necklace. It is magical and wonderful and it is called Ancient Tongues which makes it even better. Like the most gorgeous spine wrapped around your neck. It’s a good one for a good girl.

If the coolest girl went to camp and was forced to make something, this would be it. Not everyone could come up with something so beautifully simple and interesting. But Lauren Manoogian did. Lucky for us.

Wow. All I can say about this piece is wow. It is glorious and sexy and tribal and all of the above. So I guess I actually have a lot more to say about it. But seriously, wow.

One last idea. An adored customer, Melissa Kushner,  started this wonderful organization called Goods for Good. It is based on the simple idea that we have the ability to turn excess into progress. The organization receives donations of surplus goods from companies, coordinates shipments to Africa and puts them in the hands of schools and community centers. Just the smallest item can make a difference. A pen in the hand of a school child can make the difference between going to class or not. A new meaning for the word bauble. Please give to them, it truly makes a difference

More to come next week. Have a fun one.


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

If you are looking for something spectacular for the holidays, this is the piece. Hand hammered brass nails are lovingly strung on a leather cord by talented designer Tini Bloom of Etten Eller (yes, her name is Tini, and yes, I want to name my daughter that at some point in the future).

And, if you are feeling a bit more subdued than the full blown amazonian glamour above this is a beautifuloption.  Brass nuts strung on thin chain make for a lovely weight around the neck, I really love this piece.

We also just received jewelry from Sunday’s Best that I’m putting out today as well as lingerie from The Lake & Stars. All great gifts for the holidays.


Monday, November 30th, 2009

Here we are at the second week of the gift guide; I hope that you’ve started thinking about your gift purchases because this does seem to be the one way to alleviate any anxiety. Anyone who knows me knows that I am a compulsive list maker and this is one of those places where the power of the list will make life simpler and easier, so pull out a pad of paper and your favorite pen and start coming up with those lists. This week we are focusing on something very dear to my heart: animals. I’m a firm believer that a house is not a home (nor is a store a store) without an animal (or two) around. This is a round-up of things your animals and animal lovers will both like. Enjoy!


If this doesn’t immediately make you want to get on Petfinder, I don’t know what will.

This gift does double duty for your loved ones that have dogs and babies. This shirt is really a baby tee, but Beba loves it and clearly makes a great model.

Double duty: farmer’s market or a ride for your little dog. Your decision, although I do like to use it forboth, usually at the same time.

This is the greatest leash around. Made from beautiful rope and brass, part of the proceeds go towards helping animals find their new homes. A great company.

See you next week!


Monday, November 23rd, 2009

I’m one of those people who thoroughly enjoys buying gifts for friends, but I am fully aware that there are many of you out there who don’t feel this way. I’ve seen you come in over the years (on the 24th of December!) looking for something that suits your friend but not really knowing what to get, how much to spend and running out of time.  This is when the best of intentions can turn into a stressful experience and it just shouldn’t be this way.  So in hopes of making this holiday season easier we have created a weekly gift guide that covers all price ranges, styles and sentiments. For the next five Mondays (November 23- December 21) we will be giving you our thoughts and ideas on gifts. Most of these will come from the world of C&P but we might even throw in some things that are particularly special when we find them. So have fun with it this year; throw out those negative thoughts and replace them by really thinking about what your loved one would like and I promise it will bring you joy as well. I believe that finding the right gift for someone will make you feel like you received a gift yourself. Happy holidays!


These are the perfect mittens to get you through the upcoming cold months. Designed by Filippa K from Sweden these not only look great but will keep you warm all winter long. Only a Swede could come up with something so beautiful and utilitarian for our winter needs. Beautiful claystone lambskin outer lined with shearling.

A beautiful scarf to add to your winter coat. Channeling the best of the 70’s this rust wool scarf will have you cozy and warm all while looking stylish.

I have this sweater (in brown and cream) and can’t seem to stop wearing it. The perfect cardigan in cozy mohair and lambswool makes any outfit better. Great belted as well, this is a gift that will be loved for years to come.

Another beautiful scarf. A bit more romantic than 70’s, this one will be great for a friend or your Mom. Soft wool with beautiful paisley pattern makes it a classic.

See you next week with more ideas to come. Have a great Thanksgiving!