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celebrations galore: gifts for dads & grads

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
with father’s day and graduations just around the corner, i figured it was time i started looking for unique gifts to give on those special days. i know that many of you were probably thinking the same thing. to make both of our lives a bit easier, i went ahead and did some research and carefully selected the perfect gifts for dads and grads. cheers!

~ irin

(1) henri’s tasting sampler, $160

whether dad or grad, i know they’ll love this handpicked henri’s reserve sampler kit that comes with 3 bottles of classy champagne from the premier boutique vineyards of france and easily delivered straight to the doorstep. for your loved ones who enjoy indulging themselves with the finer things in life, give them the gift that they’ll absolutely fall in love with. looks like you’ve got some competition for their affections. you’d be ok with that though, right?

 

(2) vosges haut-chocolat toucan guinness® truffles collection, $28

brand new from vosges and perfect for dads or grads is the toucan guinness® truffles collection, a twist on the classic vosges haut-chocolat truffle collections. these limited edition 9 piece toucan guinness® truffles are made with guinness® beer for astout + chocolate indulgence. presented in a purple box tied with a kelly green ribbon, these truffles are both festive and delicious! toucan guinness® truffle parfums include: guinness beer + 62% cacao dark chocolate + cocoa powder. perfect for those who want the best of both worlds!

 

(3) linnea’s lights vetiver candle

linnea’s lights first foray into the men’s candle arena with the incredible vetiver scent. earthy, rugged and altogether masculine with notes of vetiver, light musk andozone. linnea’s lights candles combine all natural soy wax, lead-free cotton candle wicks, pure essences and fine fragrances to create clean burning, perfectly scented and highly aromatic candles. these 9oz candles last approximately 60 hours. all of linnea’s lights natural soy candles are meticulously hand-poured in small batches and tested for quality assurance in their indiana studio. perfect for dads in need of some serious relaxation!

 

(4) stylish leather accessories from hester van eeghen, prices vary

great for grads and dads alike, amsterdam-based designer hester van eeghen has a striking line of men’s and women’s leather accessories from wallets to briefcases. for grads, what better way to welcome them into their next adventure and set them off into the work force in style with a thoughtful gift like these colorful leather business cards holders. dads will love the briefcases, computer cases and sleek wallets on offer as well. there’s something for everyone and every price point in the mix.

 

who run the world? GIRLS

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

image courtesy of kansascity.com

well i’m sure it gave some of my older, overly-active Facebook-ing family members pause when “jamie mandel likes GIRLS” appeared on their newsfeed recently, but as it pertains to the new hbo series, airing this sunday, it’s true and i can’t wait for the premiere.

created by and starring the uber-talented lena dunham, who previously created, directed and starred in the criterion collection approved and cult-favorite “tiny furniture”. let it be known too that she also currently holds the esteemed position of being my favorite person on twitter. no seriously, is there any line i wish i had thought of myself more than this one? “@lenadunham: rihanna and chris brown’s new duets make me want to go hide under gloria steinem’s bed for 72 hours”. just something she’ll add to her growing roster of accolades, i’m sure.

when i made my new york debut and a measly starting salary not quite as big as even ½ of my dreams, i shared a one bedroom with fake divider walls with two other roommates. it was… the best of times and the worst of times. as for GIRLS, the show is a comic and often gritty look at the assorted humiliations and rare triumphs of a group of girls in their early 20s. my point is that i’ve been there, girlfriend, i just like your version a whole lot better. in the thoughtfully penned new york magazine feature story, emily nussbaum writes, “dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy, with its stress on female friendships, its pleasure in the sick punch line, its compassion for the necessity of making mistakes, felt like a retort to a culture that pathologizes feminine adventure. as my younger colleague…put it, the show felt, to her peers, FUBU: ‘for us by us.’” i’m totally bringing that expression back.

in the pilot, we’ll meet the characters and hear hannah (played by lena), tell her parents that she’s, at least, “the voice of a generation”; after a weekend visit to the house i grew up in and an ill-advised scan over some of my own ancient, angsty diary entries, it became painfully clear that voice would not be my own. dunham wrote and directed the pilot of the series, which she executive produces along with judd apatow and jenni konner. the cast also includes jemima kirke, allison williams, and zosia mamet. episodes were shot in new york at places you’ll recognize as some of your favorite neighborhood haunts and, as unavoidable comparisons to that other hbo show roll in, does also include sex near the city.

while i anxiously await the pilot like the rest of you, that didn’t stop me from making some rash judgments in the meantime. based on some sketchy first impressions, i’ve had a fun time assigning each character some of my top picks from my favorite clients. do you think i got it right?

hannah: endearing protagonist and way funnier than your average everygirl, hannah has a penchant for eating cupcakes in the shower. step it up a notch with these unbelievably delicious caramel marshmallows from vosges haut-chocolat. you’re worth it.

marnie: highly responsible and very put-together, she has a very adult job at a very adult art gallery. whether or not you’re in love with the job, best to look the part with this highly covetable hester van eeghen inner circle bag: perfect for the office but holds everything you’d need to blow off steam at post-work drinks after a long day.

jessa: jessa is british, bohemian and an occasional nanny who has traveled to as many different countries as she’s had boyfriends. now that she’s making new york her home, she’d love to set the mood with candles from linnea’s lights, like the new wild honeysuckle, earthy vetiver, and rich cashmere scents.

shoshanna: a girl’s girl with sex & the city dreams and brooklyn nightmares, her friends tend to dismiss her as a suburban innocent, but she consistently proves to be a surprising source of wisdom. cheers to that over some bubbly from henri’s reserve, and better make it rosé.

~jamie

you’re invited: meet designer hester van eeghen & view her new collection!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

we’re thrilled to be hosting famed dutch designer, hester van eeghen, during her whirlwind visit to the states at vosges haut-chocolate soho (132 spring street), from 6 to 8pm.

get festive and kick off the (almost) weekend with us as we celebrate the one year anniversary of hveus.com, the incredible and newly launched fall/winter collection, and meet the designer herself. her stories will leave you breathless and the designs on offer will lift your spirits. believe us when we say, you won’t want to miss it.

looking forward to seeing you all there!


mother’s day 2011

Friday, April 29th, 2011

one day out of the year is solely dedicated to thanking our mother’s for a lifetime of love, care, and support. in all honestly i think it’s  little inadequate. i don’t know about you but there are not enough days in a lifetime to thank my mother for everything she has done. so what type of gift do you gift someone who has loved you unconditionally (even through your angsty teennage years)? can any gift some up your near-inexpressible gratitude? maybe not, but there are a few tokens of appreciation out there that come pretty close. here is our list of our favorite mother’s day gifts:

vosges flowers + chocolate gift box

the magnificent lady in your life deserves to be pampered with all her favorites– chocolate and flowers, of course. within our signature purple gift set box, vibrant, chartreuse moss surrounds 16 pieces of our limited edition les fleurs du chocolat truffle collection and a mini bouquet of preserved flowers. preserved flowers never need water (or lose their color!), so this little gem will stay glam even when the chocolates are long gone. each bouquet arrives in a mini mint julep cup and includes a recipe for the classic cocktail, for moments of inspiration $75 at vosges

linnea’s lights cote d’azur candle collection

these candles last nearly as long as your love for your mother does. triple scented and hand-poured these soy candles are a wonderful, refreshing alternative to the usual mother’s day swag (mom, sorry about that five year streak of coffee mugs). if you are also seeking gift redemption, these candles will do the trick. conjuring thoughts of provence’s bright mimosa fields, sun drenched hills and evergreens, this scent combines mimosa’s delicate scent with white jasmine’s exotic sweetness and fresh sandalwood for a perfect and balanced halo.  this scent is both delicate and powerful. find it at abc carpet & home

mis en scene’s clover bronze table lamp

if you have a mother with a knack for interior design, it may seem that every year another room is redecorated. this mis en scene clover bronze table lamp can add a little class and whimsy to any room. the clover, used since gothic times, is said to bring luck to a home. find it at interiorconnector

coatt’s morse code necklace

i love hidden messages, and  this morse code necklace from coatt is perfect for the sartorial matriarch in your family. the gold filled beads and bars each represent a different letter in morse code. spelling out mom or love. this hand-strung necklace will always keep you close to your mother’s heart.  $36 at orange and pear