As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ US debut we take a look back on some of the iconic songs that shaped a generation. Six Days That Changed the World is a largely unseen collection of photos by photojournalist Eppridge celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ now famous first American tour. Upon capturing the Fab Four landing in New York, Eppridge realized he was witnessing something extraordinary and asked his editor if he could remain with the band during their U.S. sojourn. Blackbird: This Bob Christian painting titled “Blackbirds” evokes the same powerful stillness that the song itself does. All You Need is Love: This organic onesie really says it all… all you need is love! Back in the U.S.S.R: Russia has certainly been given a lot of airtime lately! We love this first edition of Travels of a Capitalist Lackey, which brings us back to the U.S.S.R. in a literary sense. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds: Michael Weggenmann’s Constellation Ring is the perfect statement piece. The striking contrast of ionized steel and white diamonds is a practical homage to the fantastical song. We Can Work It Out: This wooden wall plaque is a wonderful reminder of the lyrics that should be part of everyone’s mantra. Life is simply too short to not try to get along! Baby You Can Drive My Car: These silver and enamel cufflinks feature sporty red cars… exactly the type we imagine when we think of the classic song.
Julia Reed shops Taigan for some of her favorite picks for Valentine’s Day… Enjoy! Julia B.’s “Love Hanky,” made from fine linen and hand-embroidered with three hearts, is the most thoughtful “something” for those you hold most dear: Mama, Granny, your dearest friend or best big sister. The first Diptyque candle I ever bought was the one scented with tuberose and it remains my favorite. This version of the now classic “Tubereuse,” in red is a delicious Valentine’s Day gift and a swell addition to a jewel-box-like powder room. Valentine chocolates are indeed swell, but my husband will opt for a cookie every time. He’ll get Chucklet and Honey’s Firecracker Chocolate Chips, enlivened with seasonal color and suitably spicy red hots! Jack Rudy’s Small Batch Grenadine is the perfect elixir to make your Valentine—and his or her favorite cocktail—blush. Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but I would not turn up my nose at these fabulous Pomellato rock crystal earrings. I love the rose gold setting and openwork floral design on the back—both of which make them far superior to actual flowers! This Big Bad Wolf doll is too adorable in his fine fur-trimmed coat to be entirely scary. Pair him with Moulin Roty’s equally adorable Little Red Riding Hood Doll for your youngest Valentines. My friends call me the soap fairy and I have to say beautifully packaged soaps are among my very favorite things to give—and to receive. This year my Valentines will get Claus Porto’s Red Poppy bath soap from Aidan Gil. One year, I cooked a five course caviar-based menu for Valentine’s Day dinner. But when using this gorgeous, footed shell caviar server, one course will more than suffice. Be sure and add the small case of mother of pearl spoons (and the caviar!) to go with it. My seven-year-old goddaughter Mary will get this “big girl” and oh-so-ladylike pink tweed dress for her Valentine’s present, while her younger sister Maggie will get the poufy cotton candy pink skirt from Virginia Dunn, below. Outfit your Valentine with pocket squares for both his modes of attire—an elegant pink silk and a festive red-and-white cotton check. Shop all of Julia’s picks for Valentine’s Day HERE.
Downton Abbey’s newest season has recently kicked off, which of course means it was time for a roundup of some of the looks and trends!
Season 4 kicked off with a lot of black over the mourning of Matthew. Thankfully Lady Mary seems to have turned a corner, but we think this Katie Fong dress is about as elegant as black gets. It also comes in a beautiful cream if you’re not interested in mourning well into the spring!
No Downton event is complete without the best silver, china and of course flowers. If you don’t have the luxury of keeping grand bouquets of fresh flowers in your home year-round then we recommend the Upton Manor Silk Bouquet. This Diane James masterpiece was even modeled out of something that would have been common in an English manner during that time period.
The famous opera singer Dame Nelli Melba comes to Downton for a performance in episode 2. Dame Nelli proves to have excellent taste (in wine anyway) and we couldn’t help but love her dramatic ensemble. This Lizzy Couture necklace would have the same dramatic effect and is finished off with a lucky English sixpence.
No Downton roundup would be complete without checking into the kitchen where a lot of the romantic intrigue seems to be happening this season. We adore Coppermill Kitchen’s highly collectible copperware including this saucepan which would have been used under Mrs. Patmore’s watchful eye.
The weather outside may be frightful, so we’ve picked a few snow day necessities for being indoors or out!
Pictured above, top row, from left:
This Glamourpuss Signature Vest is snuggly and warm. Perfect for caroling or just sitting by a fire with a cup of hot cocoa!
No snow day is complete with out Sucre’s Peppermint Stick Drinking Chocolate. We promise you’ll be hooked in no time.
Rain boots are great, but Barbour lined rain boots are really the ticket for frightful winter weather. We think fleece socks make a great stocking stuffer for everyone on your list!
Pour that cup of hot cocoa in style with Vietri’s Old St. Nick Collection. And don’t skip the mugs and plates for cookies!
Second row, from left:
Who doesn’t love the smell of a Christmas tree? This Frasier Fir scented candle gives you the glorious smell in every room.
Peter Nappi’s Lucano boots are both functional and fashionable. Perfect with jeans and a big comfy sweater on a cold afternoon.
Fur gloves? Yes, please. And they even come in fun colors!
No snow outing is complete without a cap. We cant get enough of the whimsical design on this Harding Lane “Apres Ski” Hat.
We started Mi Ossa in 2011 after volunteering, post-earthquake, to build houses near the mountain village of St. Etienne, Haiti. We were amazed and inspired to see creativity persevering everywhere in the midst of such devastation. We knew we had to come back. Within a year, we were collaborating with horn and steel artisans to develop our line.
Horn has been used since ancient times for adornment. It is an upcycled, sustainable material, central to Christelle Paul’s designs at Ateliér Calla. She is a leading entrepreneur in the emerging Haitian fashion industry. Her team makes our “Brazlé Elektrik.”
The best hand-chiseled, recycled steel comes from the village of Croix-des-Bouquets. These artisans hammer out intricate designs with a nail or small chisel. At our studio in Charlottesville, Virginia we gild bracelets, handbag ornaments and pendants with white gold, rubbing them down until they have the look and feel of an artifact.
On a trip two weeks ago, we were hell-bent on connecting with more women artisan/entrepreneurs. In Leogane, we met powerhouse-single-mom of 12, Marie Lisa Lafontant who employs 16 artisans in her ateliér. They create hand-beaded Vodou “drapeaux”, flags, that are collected around the world. We took her some designs for bags and she agreed to work with us.
Everything in Haiti is rare and precious. Real luxury is defined as something rare. By the time the pieces get to Charlottesville, they have travelled so far they are downright sacred to us. We are so thankful to be connected to these talented artisans. Work, not charity, is what we hope will rebuild this beautiful country. Stay tuned for our next visit. In the meantime, shop Mi Ossa on Taigan. Viv Ayiti!!!
Until next time, XO– Shannon and Nora
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