petit h

petit h

If you were in Paris within the last few weeks and happened to stroll by the Hermes flagship store at 24 Rue de Faubourg, you would have noticed the debut of a special collection. Petit h was presented at the Paris boutique on November 13, where it was offered through December 4th.

The brainchild of artistic director Pascale Mussard, a 6th generation member of the Hermes family, petit h is her dream. Fashioned from the by-products or rejects of Hermes’ main line, petit h creations are examples of recycling at its best. This, however was not the primary intent. Mussard, describing the pieces in the collection as “Unidentified Poetic Objects,” wanted to form a creative laboratory that united all the materials and craftsmen from the different divisions of the prestigious company to form an “atelier de re-création”.  …

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

For today’s Wednesday Wine, I asked Quintessence’s resident expert Terry Rogers of Horseneck Wines in Greenwich, to suggest some wines appropriate to serve at a holiday cocktail party. Terry of course has insider access to many wonderful sources and naturally had terrific ideas how to serve something special without breaking the bank. So without further ado….heeeeeere’s Terry.

It is that time of the season for holiday parties and thinking about what to wear and what to bring to the hostess.  Wine is always a great present to arrive with but if you are hosting the party then your job is to figure out what would be a nice red, white and possibly a nice specialty cocktail to serve. 

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Traveler’s Tips and Treats

Traveler’s Tips and Treats

I didn’t get a chance to finish the post I had planned for today so I am reissuing some handy info from last year that I’m sure only a few have seen.

I’m sure many of you will be traveling during the holiday season – whether on vacation or to visit friends or family. I’ve accumulated a few tidbits and treats that hopefully will make your excursions and gift giving a bit easier and more fun. If you’re interested more in treats, then scroll down a bit further!

If you haven’t already purchased your tickets, there are many new sites and apps to help you.…

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Follow Me

Follow Me

Surprise! My Monday musings will not be located here today. The lovely Kate from Party Resources, the well respected event planning firm, kindly invited me to guest post, so if you follow me, you will find my responses to her holiday entertaining questions answered there!

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Skating with Mr. Grant

Skating with Mr. Grant

My favorite scene in The Bishop’s Wife, my At the Movies pick yesterday, is when Cary Grant and Loretta Young are skating on the outdoor pond. It’s such an evocative holiday setting that I thought it might be fun to pick an outfit to go along with the movie. I realize theirs was a last minute decision and they didn’t have time to select proper attire but you can be sure I’d like to be wearing something special if I were ice skating with my style icon! I think this casually chic ensemble might just do the trick!

Since I know readers are going to ask, here are the sources: hat and sweater from Barneys, fur vestbelt and pants all Gorsuch.…

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At the Movies

At the Movies

Now that it is December, today will be our first Christmas movie suggestion. There are obviously  many wonderful films over the years to choose from. My favorite growing up was It’s a Wonderful Life but it is now a tad too overplayed to consider. Another film from the same era (one year later) is our choice for today. The Bishop’s Wife is certainly a well known movie, but I do find there are still people who have not seen it.

This film, in my mind, should be on everyone’s Christmas classic list. And it is a great movie to watch at this time of year as it will most certainly put you in the holiday spirit, both aesthetically and psychologically, for lack of a better word.…

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Gear for the Guys

Gear for the Guys

Since we are now officially in December, I thought I’d start a little shopping. I’ve come across a few fun finds for the guys, so I thought I’d share. From the modest to the mega gift, here are a few ideas to start you thinking.

Handpresso (coming in various iterations, starting at $99) is a handy little portable espresso maker, allowing you to have a delicous caffeine fix anywhere, even on a walk in the woods. Take a look at this video if you don’t believe me!

Bring a little style to your guy’s outdoor activities. For tailgating, picnicking or for an extra lap layer at a football game, how about this handsome offering from Louis Vuitton.…

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Wednesday Wine

Wednesday Wine

Aren’t you happy it’s Wednesday now? Last week I mentioned our exciting new collaboration with  Horseneck Wines in Greenwich. Well for the next few weeks, we will be featuring a holiday related wine post every Wednesday. I think that makes the middle of the week so much more appealing! As it is now December and the party invitations are rolling in, I asked Terry Rogers, owner of Horseneck, to suggest a pair of wines, one white, one red, that would be lovely to bring as a gift for a special occasion.

Terry’s pick for a white is the elegant 2008 Chalk Hill Estate Chardonnay ($34).…

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Soane Contract Range

Soane Contract Range

In addition to their spectacular regular collection, Soane also has an extensive range of furniture, lighting and upholstery designed and priced especially for hotels, restaurants, board rooms and other commercial spaces. Some of these pieces are adapted from iconic Soane designs and some are commissioned for specific projects. The contract pieces are different in that the designs have been very subtly tweeked to make them slightly more affordable for a commercial application. For example, instead of using a hand tanned goat skin leather for a chair, a more readily available leather might be used. Also, all contract orders must include a minimum of six pieces.…

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Singular Soane

Singular Soane

I have followed Soane‘s products for years, ever since I fell in love with their charming Fireside chair, shown below, in The World of Interiors. Recently I had the pleasure of meeting with Sarah Meeke from Soane, who was kind enough to fill me in on the details of the company and some of their latest projects. Founded in 1997 by Lulu Lytle and Christopher Hodsoll,  Soane’s seemingly simple goal is to provide architecturally inspired bespoke furniture and lighting.

By combining the superb design and workmanship of antique pieces with the highest quality British craftsmanship and the flexibility of custom furniture, they produce over 350 pieces, all in Britain.…

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