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Classic perfume bottles

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Vintage style cut glass decorative bottles

We love these traditionally-styled perfume bottles. They are hand blown and then hand cut to create the designs and note how even the stoppers are carefully faceted to catch the light. They are available is a range of rich, jewel-like colors too.



Eco cola bags

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Stylish bags from an unusual source

When I first saw these bags, I simply thought how cool and stylish they looked.Scroll down to see a larger image. Then I realized what they are made from and I had to share it with you. They are made from waste material that would normally be thrown out and end up clogging landfills.



Vintage fashion artwork

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Stylish artwork for the home or office

Whatever period of fashion history interests you, there’s something on this site for you. These beautiful reproductions of fashion plates, posters, advertising and more make delightful decor items in your home. There’s an enormous range available and the chances are that you’ll love so many. We do.



Animal statues are a perfect gift

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Unusual statues offer something for everyone

You’ll be delighted with this range of unusual statuary because not only are they delightful, the will also solve many of your gift-buying problems. That’s because this range truly offers something for everyone. Varying in  sizes and materials, these statues are wonderful as home decor, they are perfect for the office and come at prices to suit all budgets.



Personalized flasks – a great gift idea

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Personalized flasks make a delightful business gift

I write about personalized gifts quite a lot and that’s simply because people love to receive them. The personalization shows that you’ve taken some time and trouble selecting the gift and that’s why they make such good executive or business ‘thank yous’.



An unusual gift for the Beatles fan

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For the Beatles lover

If there’s a Beatles fan on your gift list, the chances are that he or she has lots of CDs, recordings, books and more. So what on earth can you buy for them that will be fascinating and truly appreciated? Here’s a wonderful idea at a very attractive low price, too.



Fun Snow White gift ideas

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For your own Grumpy

Or for your own little princess. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was made over seventy five years go and yet the cartoon movie – and its products – are as popular as ever. They make fun gifts and I particularly like their ‘dwarf-themed’ t-shirts. But there are plenty of other goodies too.



Vintage style Florida advertising

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Vintage Florida ad prints & posters

In the nineteen twenties, South Florida was booming. It wasn’t just that the state had been discovered as a wonderful place to take a vacation; there was also a land boom and investors were buying land and property to house holidaymakers and new residents.



Red, white and blue scarves for her

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Inexpensive and fun

I seem to be writing a lot about scarves these days, probably because my own collection continues to grow. That’s because I find them to be so versatile and such a wonderful way to add pizzazz to the most somber outfits.The selection shown here includes scarves that are specifically American and are a perfect way for citizens and supporters of the USA to show their allegiance.



Earrings for people with sensitive skin

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Earrings that are hypoallergenic and nickel-free

There are many people who find that regular earrings irritate the skin. It seems to come and go with me – sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t – so my solution is to always buy the hypoallergenic versions. That’s why I was delighted to find this website where I can buy then online. And because these are made in Hungary, I’ve never come across anyone wearing the same earrings I wear. They are very reasonably priced too, and shipping is worldwide for a small flat fee.



For the Indy Racing fan – framed, autographed gifts

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Indy Racing – signed & framed memorabilia

If you have a racing fan on your gift list, this site is the place for you. Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti, Helio, Tony …. they are all represented here – and more. Many of these framed photographs and collages are signed by the stars themselves. Most other sports are featured too.



Where can you buy a working wind-up gramophone?

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Truly unusual gifts ideas

Are you looking for a working replica wind-up gramophone complete with antique style brass horn? No? Well how about an African tribal drum? Or maybe a sculpture of the Taj Mahal, a medieval folding chair or an antique pirates chest? We have found the most unusual gifts for you.



Dog costumes and more for Halloween

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Buy and help prevent breast cancer

If you like to have your dog join in the Halloween fun, you’ll love this website. It has some very cool costumes for dogs, in addition to other Halloween items. But the excellent thing about this particular site is that with every purchase, a donation is made to help Breast Cancer Awareness.



Halloween and spooky ties

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Style and spookiness for him

For every man who is happy to dress up as a banana on Halloween, there is another who has absolutely no desire to dress as a fruit, vegetable, superhero, pirate or knight in shining armor. There are also those who love to dress up – in the evening at a costume party – but has to remain sober-suited during the business day but would still like to make some concession to the occasion.



Where to buy the best bow ties

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We are delighted to have discovered the place to buy bow ties online. Don’t you agree that a man wearing a stylish bow tie just has that certain something?

The site offers those which are already tied so are simplicity themselves to wear but for the connoisseur who prides himself on his sartorial skills, self-tie versions are available too.  I love the polka dots and the stripes (see below) but they are also available in a wide variety of fabrics – including novelty designs.

Many are absolutely perfect for weddings – there’s something for every taste and every occasion.

Whilst you’re at the site, take a look too at the regular ties, the cufflinks and all the wonderful accessories they have available.

Oh, and despite that fact that I referred to these as men’s items, they look great on girls too.

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Buy and tie colored shoelaces

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Colored shoelaces add a touch of style and a subtle pop of color to even the most formal outfits. For many years, colored shoelaces have been available for casual wear but now, they are also available to buy online – versions that are suitable for the dressiest and most formal shoe.

The best way to make the most of these is to learn how to tie them in stylish ways. There’s little point in using these stylish products if you neglect to make the most of them.

They are terrific for weddings too. If the groom and his attendants select laces in the bride’s chosen featured color, they add such style. Which tying method do you prefer? I love the straight bar look (see the image below) but the lattice method is truly funky and not for the faint-hearted. Click the links … Read More »



Stylish orange scarves

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Scarf bargains – stylish and adaptable

Actually, there are scarves of all colors on this lovely website I’ve just found and there are some real bargains too.I selected the orange option (it’s one of my favorite colors) and was delighted to find a lovely selection. Orange is such a hot color at the moment – and always the perfect color for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. I would never be disappointed to receive a scarf as a gift – they are so useful.



Books for the bibliophile from the Folio Society

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The best gifts for the book lover

With worldwide shipping direct from The British Museum in London these special-edition, Folio Society books are the absolute best gift for anyone who appreciates books, literature and fine quality. There is a lovely selection of books available including those suitable for children, the historian, the collector or simply those who appreciate the finer things in life.



Luxury spa gifts – we all deserve to be pampered

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Have your own wonderful spa day at home

The wonderful thing about giving a luxury spa gift basket is that they are suitable for everyone – from young girls to great-grandmothers, everyone enjoys being pampered. But are they just for the women in your life? No, guys need relaxation too! There’s something for everyone on this lovely website.



Bracelets to show your style and what matters to you

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Pura Vida bracelets – special in so many ways

Why simply wear jewelry when you can wear a story and at the same time show who you are and what you care about? You’ll also be helping charity, supporting talented artisans and wearing something unique. Yes, I did say ‘unique’ which isn’t a word I often use. The story began when two post-graduate students vacationed in Costa Rica.



Handcrafted tableware from South African artists

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Lovely plates, bowls and more in delightful designs

I was absolutely knocked out when I found this range of tableware and I couldn’t wait to let you know about these lovely items. These stunning designs are created by artists in an area of Cape Town and have a primitive yet strangely sophisticated look. They are certainly incredibly stylish.



Black and white designer jewelry without breaking the bank

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Designer jewelry bargains

Delicious style and glamour isn’t always expensive. We’ve chosen these beautiful pieces in black and white, many of which are under $50. Black and white, especially when combined with golden and silver tones, is always stylish and sophisticated and we love this selection of both classically styled and ultra-modern jewelry.



Scandinavian decor items by Playsam – or are they toys?

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Super stylish from Scandinavia

I fell in love with these the moment I saw them. They are, depending on where you see them, described as both ‘toys’ and ‘home ornaments’ and I’m not arguing; I think they qualify as both. They are superbly stunning as decor items in your home or office and yet any child would also be delighted to own such a wonderful piece.



Inexpensive costume jewelry for fashion & fun

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Fun & fashionable jewelry

Although everyone should have a good collection of fine jewelry (to leave to our children, if nothing else!) it’s also wonderful to buy inexpensive pieces from time to time that can perk up our outfits and add an extra sparkle to our clothes. When accessories are as inexpensive as these, it’s easy to bring your style up to date quickly, easily and without making a hole in the credit card.



Organic baby clothes for boys and girls

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Gorgeous organic baby clothes – newborn to 24 months

Only the best for the babies of the families of Tastes readers! Whether you’re a proud parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or close family friend, you want to make sure that your precious little bundle starts life in the best possible. And what better than organic baby clothes? That lovely, delicate skin will certainly appreciate these items which are 100% organic and 100% pure. Sizes range from newborn to two years old.



Bags, totes, clutches & wallets from Forever 21

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Forever 21 – current bag collection

Did you know that this company is currently the most searched-for online store on the internet? That’s because of their fabulous ranges of fashions and accessories. Don’t be fooled by the name – this isn’t a company that caters simply for the very young. On the contrary, it caters for twenty one year olds of all ages.



Titanium wedding bands for the stylish man

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Luxurious wedding rings

The word from the style gurus in the world of weddings is that titanium is increasing immensely in popularity today, especially for men. This metal looks great; it’s incredibly durable and is also particularly affordable. In addition, these rings are easy to order online.



Unusual decor items for your home

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Any interior designer will tell you that it’s the tiny details that make all the difference to a room. Original and beautiful items add  zing to an interior and make it truly the owner’s own.



Beautiful and stylish jewelry from Bebe – our favorites

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Beautiful jewelry bargains from Bebe

There isn’t a single piece of jewelry featured on the Bebe website that we wouldn’t love to own! What’s more, they come at a great price that’s affordable to all. Designs are stunning and striking, or understated and subtle, which ever look suits you.



Can men’s underwear be a stylish gift?

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Yes, men’s underwear from Gap is stylish

Underwear – socks and shorts – were always a default gift choice for men and, shall we say, somewhat boring. But these lovely examples from Gap can spice up any man’s clothing collection. There’s no excuse for boring underwear any more!



A beautiful selection from Marimekko

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I couldn’t bear to keep my Marimekko umbrella hidden away in a cupboard or closet somewhere. That would mean that I wouldn’t see how gorgeous it is on a regular basis.



Delicious and delightful luxury soaps to buy online

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Luxury soap – simply the best

For some of us, soap is just one of those necessities that we throw into the cart and the grocery store without much thought. That’s fine if we’re buying an everyday products for family use. But when you want a touch of luxury, there’s nothing like a delicate and fragrant soap to lift your spirits and make you feel fabulous.



Stackable rings – and more from Gorjana Griffin

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Stylish and flexible designer rings

What could be more adaptable than these lovely rings? These skinny pieces can be layered and stacked to give you a new look every day, creating your own personal and unique style. Presented by Gorjana Griffin, these rings make a perfect gifts – or a lovely treat for yourself.



Vintage style fashion brooches

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The experts were right – vintage brooches

Yes, when fashion editors and gurus told us that vintage and retro brooches would be back in style they got it right – these looks are so hot right now. The selection we have chosen as fun items – what we used to call ‘costume jewelry’. These look absolutely delicious when worn on a dress, sweater or lapel.



Planet friendly home decor items

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We love to find beautiful objects for the home and if they are planet-friendly, then so much the better.



Luxurious scented candles from Voluspa

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Beautiful scented candles for your home

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love to have scented candles in the home. These are so popular today that even supermarkets and local grocery stores carry a variety – albeit of a very inferior type. But for those of us who appreciate the best in quality and want the most delicious of aromas in our homes, these are the perfect choice.



Gourmet gift baskets direct from Fifth Avenue

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Gift baskets that are truly gourmet

The word is so often misused, don’t you agree? But when you buy online from the collection carefully curated by Saks of Fifth Avenue, you can be sure of sending a gift that will be truly appreciated by those who love the finer things in life.



The best cookbooks – curated by Anthropologie

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A truly wonderful selection of stylish recipe books

Isn’t it excellent when you find a marvelous collection of curated items? And it’s even better when that collection has been put together by a group of people such as the talented stylists at Anthropologie. Known for their fabulous fashion and excellent taste, this retailer has searched for – and found – the very best in mouthwatering recipe books.



Highest quality traditional chess sets & games

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Wonderful antique style games

These fabulous items are reproductions of games that people used to exercise their minds in the days when ‘we maqde our own amusement’. Long before the advent of television, or even the movies, people for centuries had kept their brains agile and their wits keen by playing a variety of games such as chess, backgammon and other tests of skill.



The best & most stylish home accessories – from Eva Solo

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Cooking & dining in Scandinavian style

When I first saw the Eva Solo range I fell in love with every single item. Today, these items are seen as pure design classics coming as they do from this prestigious Scandinavian studio. Design experts invariably comment on the clean lines and balanced, yet stunning, design but Eva Solo products offer even more.



Fun watches by Modify – an adaptable accessory

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Create a collection of stylish and fun watches

These watches are great gifts for him, for her or for kids. They are great value for money and the wonderful thing about them is that, on the website, you can design your own. Choose the watch faces you like, and a suitable strap and make it uniquely yours. The company also has a collection of ready-assembled versions too.



Designer bracelets, bangles and beads from Arhaus

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Stylish designer bracelets – a great gift

I’ve been in love with this company and their jewelry for quite some time. The items are all hand-crafted and are made from natural materials.  But those benefits would mean little if the design wasn’t right – and it certainly is.   These bracelets are fun and also fashionable and fresh – they are wonderful pieces of jewelry using a variety of traditional ans non-traditional materials.



Designer vases – fashion accents for the home

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It’s the little things that so often make a difference and this range of vases from the stylish Apt2B are affordable and add flair and color to your home. Bringing the outdoors into our homes is always a good idea and a simple bunch of flowers can make a striking display.



Cufflinks: Thirty favourites

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There’s nothing quite like stylish cufflinks worn on a crisp white shirt to set a man apart when it comes to sophistication and style – here, we have chosen our favorites.



Gifts for the wine enthusiast

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I have to admit that I’m a wine enthusiast myself so I’m well able to judge the standards and effectiveness of these gifts. And wine accessories are always welcome at any time of year.



Lighting handcrafted in New England

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Handcrafted is an attribute that many of us are looking for these days. We’ve grown tired of mass production and especially mass produced goods that are imported in bulk. We’re looking for something different.



Picture rail and hanging hooks

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Can picture hooks be a thing of beauty? They most certainly can – look at the selection above. This represents just  few of the examples at this wo



Fabulous jewellery from 80s Purple

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I’m totally in love with just about every item on this website but especially the jewellery. What’s even better is that prices start at under $50. That doesn’t mean that quality is compromised though.



Unusual decor items at low prices

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I honestly don’t know how they do it. This site has the cutest decor items – and much more – and the prices are incredibly low.  These are goods from all over the world and many are items that we’ve never seen before, on- or offline.



A million dollar look for less

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I firmly believe that every woman should have real jewelry – stylish pieces that are an investment in themselves. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a place for fun too.



Charlie Chaplin artwork

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Where can you get the best Charlie Chaplin artwork? We know. There are (I think) thousands of options on this site. You can buy really inexpensive posters or artwork that is carefully mounted and framed.



Bags from Harrods of London: Ships worldwide

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Shop in style – anywhere in the world

When I was at college and we used to go to London, there was nothing I could afford in Harrods. However, in those days, it was possible to buy an apple in the food hall and, for an extra couple of pence, get a distinctive paper carrier bag in dark green with the familiar Harrods logo in gold.



Stylish earrings

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Earrings are an inexpensive but luxurious way to add interest to any outfit. Arhaus is one of our favorite online jewelry retailers. (Although you’ll also find lots of other accessories and fashions at the site.)



Keep wine at the correct temperature – Corkcicle

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This is a very cool idea – quite literally. In fact, it’s one of those ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ things. The Corkcicle is a simple and effective way of keeping your wines at the right temperature for drinking. As the company explains on their website, red wines sitting on the dining table become too warm and white wines in ice buckets become too cold.



Unusual home accessories

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Designer home decor items

This online store has a selection of unusual items that are perfect for your home or office. They make great gifts and are certainly conversation pieces. Like me, you probably find that it’s the little details in your home that make all the difference. Why buy a commonplace fruit bowl, for example, when you can have a fun designer piece?



Personalized quinceanera gifts

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Special gifts for fifteen year old girls

What is quinceanera? I admit that I didn’t know until I came to live in Florida. It was something that I had never come across in England but thanks to the large number of people from Latin America who live here, I became familiar with the special event that celebrates a girl’s fifteenth birthday.



Books: Design & Disney

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Gorgeous books about Disney

Who doesn’t know the name of Walt Disney? His film company is one of the most famous in the world and since the early part of the last century, his name has been synonymous with laughter and fun. Millions visit his theme parks every year. Today, the existence of these, and the Disney characters,products and movies, are something we all take for granted.



Planet friendly toys

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Planet friendly kid friendly toys

These toys are made in America but that’s not all. The materials used are also one hundred percent American (sourced in California) and one hundred percent recycled. Believe it or not, these lovely items are made from recycled milk cartons. After the recycling process, a plastic is created (known as HDPE) which is considered to be one of the purest plastics available.



Personalized gifts for men

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Lovely monogrammed gifts for him

I’ve always liked to give personalized gifts – they show much more thought and consideration than other gifts and demonstrate that you have gone to a certain amount of trouble; even though they are easy to order and arrange online these days.



Gorgeous olive wood for the kitchen and for dining

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Kitchen utensils and serving items in beautiful handcrafted olive wood

A huge part of dining pleasure is presentation and that’s why we’re delighted to show you these wonderful handcrafted serving pieces and cooking utensils made from sustainable olive wood. In addition to their practicality, they are extremely attractive and grace any table or kitchen with style.



The purest organic skincare

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Beautiful organic skincare products

You can see straight away how gorgeous the packaging is for this wonderful range and it well expresses the purity of this fabulous skincare range. All these lovely lotions are USDA certified but that’s not all. They are suitable for vegans and those who are concerned about animal welfare as no testing on animals takes place.



Boston Bruins gifts

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Boston Bruins Gifts, home decor, collectibles and so much more

If you’re a Boston Bruins NHL Hockey fan you’ll love the wide selection of gift ideas available to you. In our family the Bruins is one of our favorite hockey teams, and we love all things Bruins.



Ties for the musician and music lover

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Fun ties with a musical theme

Many men are obliged to wear a suit during their work days. Some guys are less than comfortable with the ‘jeans and t-shirt’ casual look and prefer to dress with a little formality. However, the one opportunity they have to show their personality and interests is by the creative use of neck wear. What I love about this range is that some designs are subtle and stylish and others are suitable for, well, sillier days.



Top candle holders & lanterns – with style

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Romantic, stylish and ….sexy

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t appreciate candle light.  The soft glow of flickering flames instantly adds atmosphere, mystery and romance to any room or outdoor space. And to be sensible and not fanciful for a moment, it stops us using the planet’s resources too.  But enough of practicalities … candle light adds a magic touch, whether it’s for entertaining, a dinner a deux or as an everyday relaxing treat to the senses.



Fair trade decor items for home or office

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Beautiful and ethical decor for any room

I think that most of us prefer these days to buy fair trade products whenever we can. Although the fair trade movement began in the 1940s, it’s only in the last dozen or so years that most of us have become aware of it,largely thanks to two factors – the internet which gives us greater access to information and the fact that so many people in the public eye have backed and promoted moves to guarantee fair wages and encourage better lifestyles and sustainability.



Kumsi specialist teas from Russia to buy online

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Romance, history and intrigue in a cup of tea…

Does that seem a little fanciful? Maybe but that’s the way I see these delicious teas. The company that produces these teas started their business in 1867 – exactly fifty years before the Russian Revolution – in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a designer,I have to admit that I have bought these teas simply because of the gorgeous packaging only to discover on delivery just how special they are as a beverage. And then there’s this history and romance…



Foodies: Grow your own organic vegetables & herbs

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Easily grow your own organic dinner!

You don’t need a farm or even a garden to grow your own organic herbs and selected vegetables. Many of the plants and seeds available from this lovely site will grown on your windowsill. What’s more, they are beautifully presented in an eco-friendly way and there’s a lovely variety to choose from. These are a lovely treat for yourself and make wonderful gifts for the planet-conscious food-lover.



September 11 tributes that donate to charity

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We can’t forget the events of 911

I think that many of us would like to think that fateful day never happened but we know it did. I think it’s true to that we’ll never forget. When you show your remembrance by purchasing one of these items, a proportion of the proceeds is donated to appropriate charities. This collection includes coins and stamps, plus a very special framed coins-and-print set showing the names of all the victims of that terrible day that has now passed into history.



Unusual & stunning eco-friendly jewelry

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Amazing planet-friendly jewelry with an historic twist

Laura Bergman is a jewelry artist with a conscience. In the area in which she lives, there are bottle dumps with discarded bottles dating back to the 18th century. Collectors are free to take these. But broken glassware and china fragments are left behind, causing a hazard to local wildlife. Laura recycles these into her fantastic designs. You can see on this page just how stylish they are.



Professional Hair Care Products by PHYTO

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The best in hair care

Words like nourishing, hydrating, strengthening, and clinically proven – are only a few of the words that describe PHYTO hair products… more important than these words are the results that you’ll experience from using the most potent active ingredients from the botanical world to repair and maintain healthy hair.



John F. Kennedy books, DVDs and memoribilia

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A pivotal event in history – the assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Some of us are old enough to remember 22nd, November 1963 and can remember exactly where we were and what we were doing when we heard that the president had been shot in Dallas. There’s no doubt that this was an event that changed the world. Since that time countless books and films have been made and there are memorabilia items available that are a must for every household. I believe this.






Top Luxury Tastes Recommendations

These are our favorite luxury, stylish finds and gifts that we've discovered on the internet. All can be purchased online from the best retailers. We search the web for the best so you don't have to!

We are a small but dedicated team who delight in searching the internet for the best possible items from la creme of online stores so that you can treat yourself or buy deliciously tasteful and stylish gifts for your family and friends.

We hope you enjoy our carefully-curated selections!

Gourmet grilling

Grilling gets more and more sophisticated all the time and now, even the top manufacturers of kitchen and cuisine products are delighting us with...

Classic perfume bottles

Vintage style cut glass decorative bottles

We love these traditionally-styled perfume bottles. They are hand blown and then hand cut to create the designs and...

Ready for a new hobby?

Knitting: Your new pastime?

Fifty years ago every woman – and many men too – could knit.  And before that, women has spent their spare...

Ancient Greek sculptures

Ancient Greek sculpture replicas from the British Museum

Every room, no matter how it’s furnished and decorated, needs a solid, impressive something. What sort of...

Audrey Hepburn prints & posters

Audrey Hepburn – always a star

If you ask a number of people to name the most enduringly stylish film star many, if not most,...

Michael Schumacher artwork

One of the Formula One greats of all time – Michael Schumacher

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Formula One and...

Best quote wall decals

Instant motivational and fun decor for your home

Wall decals are incredibly popular these days and it’s easy to see why. There are decals available...

Gorgeous jewelry from Paula Mendoza

Fine jewelry using gold and emeralds from Colombia

Are you looking for a very special gift for a special lady? Then take a look at...

Angela Brazil books – vintage schoolgirl fiction

Art objects indeed – but a great read too

These volumes are now extremely collectible. If you didn’t read Angela Brazil books when you were...

Make sparkling water and energy drinks at home

A green and healthy option

I have always loved sparkling water. Somehow that fizz makes it more refreshing, especially when  a slice of lemon or...

Top movie posters

 

Everyone has a favorite movie

And they are an inexpensive and delightful way to decorate a room. They have the advantage of showing your personality...

Adventure Holidays to India
Adventure Holidays to India

Holidays to India have the potential to live with you for the rest of your life. There is absolutely no doubt...

Add style to your home with Marimekko

No stylish home is complete without Marimekko

I believe this. This company has long been admired by design aficionados and I always smile when I...

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