bougie buys: alison’s favorite candles

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I adore the sweet smell of scented candles and spring is my favorite time to let them burn; fresh air mixing with the flowery scents seems like perfect chemistry. The candles I use most often as a treat for my personal space are Dyptique. On a trip to Paris a bunch of years ago, I walked miles to 34 boulevard Saint Germain. I brought five back to NYC, all for moi. (You can get some for yourself at Bigelow’s, which has a nice selection, for $48 each.) Baies (black current leaves and Bulgarian roses) always reminds me of my friend Tim and his parties on 39th Street (circa early 1990s). Fig, my third grade bookbag — go figure. Click through to the next page to see five more candles that I like to hoard. (more…)

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mom's day gift idea: bone china bird

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I was browsing through British Elle Decor’s May issue the other day, and spotted this little bird, which they dubbed a “future classic.” That may be, but I immediately thought it would be an amazing Mother’s Day gift, and did a little seplaceing to find a site we (us Americans) could order it from. Log onto Portia (the home of fine porcelain) and scroll down till you spot this paperweight from Royal Crown Derby. It’s a new addition to their long line of figurines — a long tailed tit! (Stop snickering, that’s the name.) Order soon and allow a couple of weeks for delivery. About $100, plus shipping and handling. — Angela M.

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mom’s day gift idea: bone china bird

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I was browsing through British Elle Decor’s May issue the other day, and spotted this little bird, which they dubbed a “future classic.” That may be, but I immediately thought it would be an amazing Mother’s Day gift, and did a little seplaceing to find a site we (us Americans) could order it from. Log onto Portia (the home of fine porcelain) and scroll down till you spot this paperweight from Royal Crown Derby. It’s a new addition to their long line of figurines — a long tailed tit! (Stop snickering, that’s the name.) Order soon and allow a couple of weeks for delivery. About $100, plus shipping and handling. — Angela M.

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countdown's over: send in your taxes now!

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We thought we would end our countdown-to-taxday with a bit of a splurge. By now you should have filed your taxes, and are hopefully banking on a nice refund. And since all office products will be a write-off for next year’s deductions, why not invest in what we think is sure to become a modern day classic: the Kikkerland Flip Clock ($125 at AlaphabetsNYC). An electric wall clock with digital precision, it will count away the minutes of your day in such a boldy graphic manner, that those eight, nine, ten hours on the job will just fly by.

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countdown’s over: send in your taxes now!

kk_wallflip.jpg

We thought we would end our countdown-to-taxday with a bit of a splurge. By now you should have filed your taxes, and are hopefully banking on a nice refund. And since all office products will be a write-off for next year’s deductions, why not invest in what we think is sure to become a modern day classic: the Kikkerland Flip Clock ($125 at AlaphabetsNYC). An electric wall clock with digital precision, it will count away the minutes of your day in such a boldy graphic manner, that those eight, nine, ten hours on the job will just fly by.

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