Thursday, September 30, 2010

True Prep Bracelet Winners

Polish your pearls and pop up those collars....your preppy persona is about to be complete. Thank you to everyone for their pithy, preppy comments...most of which were quite hilarious. I guess a lot of us went through (or are still in) a preppy phase!
Purple Flowers, while not a "preppy" does loves madras and docksiders.
Surburban Princess, who will now be able to wear the True Prep crest to the True Prep book signing!!
And, Carole, who wore navy or hunter green bows to match her prep school uniform!
My pretty pink personal thanks to Jessica Mindich for making this give away possible! Please check out Jessica's website, Jewelry for a Cause, which has not only the True Prep bracelet (a full line of jewelry to come) but also many Talisman necklaces that I personally adore. They make a fantastic, well priced gift - all of which benefit charity.

And giving back is always in style, don't you think?











Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fabulous Fall Hostess Gifts

Ever find yourself scrambling for the perfect hostess gift? I've hand picked 4 fabulous gifts that your hostess will fall for! And will ensure that you get invited back!!


Nest's Pumpkin Chai candle - $32. Available for a limited time. The aroma is amazing!
From the famed NYC baker, Sarabeth, the book is due out Oct 19th. $27
Savon de Marseille Orange Blossom hand soap - $22.50

Now, all you have to figure out is what to wear!



Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Fantasty Fall Getaway-Twin Farms

Each fall, for many years now, I find myself longing to escape to Twin Farms, in Barnard, VT. I first heard of this magical place more than a decade ago, when I lived in Dallas. That was before the idea of living on the East Coast had even occurred to me. Funny how life takes you places you don't expect.

Now, I am a mere 5 hour drive from this all-inclusive, top rated small resort (as reported by both Robb Report and Conde Nast).

I know it's beautiful any time of year, but my yearning is to visit during the crimson and fiery colored "changing of the leaves". 

Our anniversary is November 21st....so if not this year, perhaps another.

Do you have a dream destination?


images: Paul Costello, Twin Farms










Monday, September 27, 2010

Bring on the Bling

I thought it would be fun to "brighten" up your Monday with a little bling.

Erickson Beamon's breathtaking "Glam Rock" chandelier will illuminate any room before it's even lit. 

But at a mere $35,000, this objet d'art (which has been in London's Victoria and Albert Museum for the past 2 decades) created from Japanese glass pearls, Swarovski crystals and antique brass is beyond the average household decor budget.
Better yet, indulge your ears instead of your ceiling, as this dynamic design duo were the ones who coined the phrase "chandelier" earrings in the 1980s.
This Erickson Beamon pair is available at vivre.com for $95!
Double Click the list above to see the veritable list of  who is already decorating their look with Erickson Beamon!

It's Monday....let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!





Friday, September 24, 2010

Friday Flowers-Flowers for the Home

New York City's acclaimed floral designer, Grayson Handy, showcases arrangements that capture the essence of cultures around the world in his new book, Flowers for the Home~Inspirations from the World Over by Prudence Designs.

Masterfully creating arrangements that will make you swoon, he gives you the steps and the tools to recreate them in your own home. Purposefully, he focuses on using flowers that are widely available.

The stunning photography is captured by Ellen Silverman. This book makes a beautiful gift, but I caution you....it's so inspiring, you'll want one for yourself!

In Grayson Handy's words, "I hope that I will inspire the florist within you to be creatively fearless."

Are you feeling creatively fearless?


Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Different Kind of Date Night

On a warm summer night, Grant and I went on a different kind of date.

This date required us to show up at a party where we didn't know a soul, in a place we'd never been and to get our hands a little messy. Our date night was attending the Grilled Pizza class at Sunday Suppers.

Delicious food and wine, engaging company, a new experience...all atop a Brooklyn rooftop, with the NYC skyline just behind. Going out for pizza sure has new meaning now!

Have you had a memorable date?



images by: Karen Mordechai

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Preppy is Back!

Biff and Buffy are back in the form of author, Lisa Birnbach and graphic artist, Chip Kidd. Together, they have created an update to the The Official Preppy Handbook, which came out while I was in the midst of my own preppy phase....let's just say "Bows Brown" was a nickname I can not believe I ever had. 

Bows - because I wore them LONG after I was in elementary school
Brown - that's my maiden name

Or...."shirts up to here, skirts down to there" which is how the Student Body President at my preppy, Southern alma mater described me to my now husband before our initial blind date. By that point, thankfully, I had finally discovered how much thinner/better I looked in higher heels and shorter skirts.

But, I digress. 

True Prep is a humorous look at how the old guard of tennis playing, pearls wearing, Gin and Tonic drinking crowd has embraced the internet, cell phones, reality tv and polar fleece. And, how truly diverse the preppy crowd is these days. 
Included in True Prep is jewelry designer/philanthropist, Jessica Mindich with the official True Prep crest. Available at Brooks Brothers and www.jewelryforacause.net. A full line of True Prep jewelry will be out in the coming months.
Lisa Birnbach and Jessica Mindich at Bloomingdale's Book Signing, NYC
For the preppy in you or someone you know, Jessica has offered 3 True Prep bracelets to Pretty Pink Tulips readers. So, make sure you follow and leave me your pithiest preppy comment by Sept 29th to win one! 

Madras anyone?


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