Matthew Robbins Launches New Holiday Collection with TereForma

image001Master Designer, wedding planner and author, Matthew Robbins has launched his first line of specialty vases in collaboration with Teroforma just in time for the holidays. Martha Stewart-favorite Matthew Robbins is widely known for transforming spaces with his unique and elegant floral arrangements and now, he has brought his signature touch to the Atelier Vase Collection (available at www.Teroforma.comThese ceramic vases were crafted at Sao Bernardo in Portugal and made from high-fired, bisque porcelain to perfectly frame the subtle counter relief pattern on the exterior to contrast with the tint-glazed interior of each perfected piece making each vase a complete work of art. Their unique shape will enhance the flower arrangements and make an amateur’s arrangements look professional.

The porcelain vases come in sleek, refined shapes and feature subtle counter relief patterned exteriors for interesting texture along with contrasting tint-glazed interiors that add a pop of modern color, so the vases look as great without flowers as they do filled with them. Thoughtfully designed to pair with corresponding types of popular floral arrangements, the five different shapes ensure that there is one for every design and every occasion. Use the Branch vase to display exquisitely long, woody image002arrangements or place just a single peony in the Bud vase.

Every piece from the Atelier Vase Collection is handcrafted in Sao Bernardo, Portugal by master ceramicists from high-fired, bisque porcelain, an unglazed, snow-white ceramic. Timeless and beautiful in their simplicity, the vases show off masterful arrangements or lend an air of professional polish to amateur ones—either way, they’re the perfect showcases for nature’s beautiful blooms. The Atelier Vase Collection makes a nice holiday hostess gift and includes Bloom Misty Blue vase, $125; Bouquet Violet Fog Vase, $150; Branch English Moss Vase, $150; Bud Morning Dew Vase, $75 and Cutting Yellow Clay Vase, $100.

The head of the eponymous NYC design firm Matthew Robbins Design, event planner, interior designer, and artist Matthew Robbins is widely known for his events and floral design work and as Martha Stewart’s resident wedding guru. He contributes to wedding-centric publications like InStyle Weddings, TheKnot.com, and Modern Bride, pens a regular column in Martha Stewart Weddings, and is often featured on the Martha Stewart Show. His tips for designing a spectacular wedding around nine objects have been published in a book titled Matthew Robbins’ Inspired Weddings to encourage others to bring the excitement of beautiful design into their lives.

Connecticut-based product design incubator Teroforma collaborates with talented designers to create well-designed home products with a focus on items for the tabletop. Founded by Anna and Andrew Hellman, the firm is perhaps best known for its innovative Whiskey Stones, made to chill drinks without watering them down.

2013 Holiday Gift Guide: Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model

Featuring The Breakthrough Fretlight Technology, The Fretlight Bass Guitar Makes the Perfect Gift of Music and Rhythm this Holiday

Fretlight Guitar announced it has expanded its product offering in time for the holidays with a bass guitar model, the FB-525 Bass. Invented in 1987 by Optek Music Systems founder and CEO Rusty Shaffer, the Fretlight Guitar has changed the way the world learns to play by combining advanced digital and LED technologies within the timeless form and function of classic electric, acoustic and bass guitars.

Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model.  (PRNewsFoto/Fretlight Guitar)

Fretlight Guitar Announces Bass Model. (PRNewsFoto/Fretlight Guitar)

With the addition of the Fretlight bass to its existing electric and acoustic guitar line, Fretlight now offers something for everyone. The FB-525 features the world’s only built-in LED learning system that helps you learn how to play guitar and bass up to 10 times faster than traditional methods. The Fretlight learning system allows a player to light up songs, tabs, riffs and over five thousand chord and scale patterns, right on the neck of the Fretlight guitar.

For years, Fretlight has helped six-string guitar players of all levels take their skills to the next level,” said Shaffer. “Now, by popular demand, we are taking that same technology and learning system and applying it to the four-string bass. We can’t wait to hear success stories from beginner to advanced players around the world.”

The Fretlight bass is available in both right and left-hand models, and is finished with chrome hardware including a fixed bridge and a two-way truss rod. Fully adjustable bridge saddles give users complete adjustability for a superior playing experience, while the Advanced Polymer Fretboard and Stratabond(TM) neck gives tones a rich sustain that bass players dream about. Stratabond(TM) is a state-of-the-art engineered hardwood that yields uncommon strength and rigidity across ever-changing environmental conditions. The Fretlight bass gets big tone out of its single coil bridge pickup and classic “P” style neck humbucker. Controls include a 3-way pickup toggle switch, master volume and master tone.

By connecting through a PC or Mac, the Fretlight bass uses a combination of software and video instruction to dramatically simplify and accelerate the guitar mastery process. The video lessons can be slowed to a desired tempo, and looped so fingerings can be practiced at a comfortable pace, building muscle memory, retention and confidence. The new Fretlight bass starts at $499.99 and can be purchased at select retailers or online at www.fretlight.com. For more information, also visit www.Fretlight.com.

Bellegance Perfumes Announces the Launch of its First Fragrance, Midnight Promise

An Exquisite Aromatic Blend Infused with the Sensuality of the Bewitching Hour

Bellegance Perfumes has announced the launch of its first fragrance, Midnight Promise, the new scent previewed at the 2013 Sniffapalooza Fall Ball in New York City in late October, celebrating the “resourcefulness, resilience, strength and sophistication of women”.

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Midnight Promise, whose tagline is “The Magical Hour When Anything is Possible…the Promise of Midnight,” was created by master perfumer Sarah Horowitz and fragrance designer Karen Dubin, recipient of the 2013 Cosmetic Executive Women (CEW) Great Idea Award for Fragrance Innovation.

Bellegance Perfumes is a luxury fragrance company founded in 2012 by Dr. Gordon Schaye, a successful surgeon and businessman with interests in the arts who became fascinated with the potent power of perfume. Inspired by his deep appreciation and admiration of women, the brand utilizes talented women perfumers to create fragrances for women to cherish and enjoy, with the goal of bringing confidence, luxury and elegance into their lives.

Horowitz is the owner of a successful fragrance company, Sarah Horowitz Parfums, and a co- founder of Original Scent, a custom fragrance retail experience in Pasadena, California. She brings over twenty years experience in private-label perfumery to the table, creating for brands such as Apothia at Fred Segal and many celebrity signature fragrances.

Karen Dubin is a fragrance expert in addition to being founder and CEO of Sniffapalooza, an event-based group of fragrance aficionados that originated in New York City and now unites perfume enthusiasts from around the world.

Working closely with the Bellegance in-house team, the two created the unique fragrance which features Top notes of red mandarin, and cinnamon; (Middle) Heart notes of Moroccan red rose and Base notes of amber, incense, oak moss, soft patchouli, fresh vetiver, vanilla musk, and sandalwood. Launched just in time for the 2013 holiday gift giving season, Midnight Promise is the ideal gift for that very special woman in your life.

Midnight Promise, bottled and manufactured in France, will be available online and in stores with a suggested retail price of $105.00, available initially in a 2.5 ounce size and can be ordered at www.belleganceperfumes.com.

Ring In The Holidays With The Treasured Tradition Of THYMES FRASIER FIR COLLECTION

CELEBRATE WITH NOTES OF…SIBERIAN FIR, CEDARWOOD AND SANDALWOOD

STEP INTO THE THYMES FRAGRANCE STUDIO TO DISCOVER…THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION

THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION Scented Pomander

THE FRASIER FIR COLLECTION Scented Pomander

From the scent of fresh-baked sugar cookies wafting through the air to the crispness of a just-hung wreath, fragrance has the power to instantly evoke fond memories of the holidays. For countless families, THYMES FRASIER FIR is the scent that conjures the warmth and joy of the season. A beautiful, timeless tradition to give or receive, FRASIER FIR sets the mood for special moments and inspires sweet reminiscences. The perennial favorite fragrance combines the aromatic snap of crisp Siberian Fir needles with warm cedarwood and relaxing sandalwood for an invigorating and fresh yet cozy and comforting blend. This season, the time-honored scent is housed in beautiful, sophisticated new packaging that adds even more richness and joy to every celebration. From plaid-wrapped candles to tree-engraved reed diffusers, each Frasier Fir offering enhances the season’s gatherings.

What began as a line of soaps and bath salts inspired by a love of art and nature has grown over the course of almost 30 years to become THYMES, the leading fragrance brand in the U.S. specialty market. Made with essential oils and naturally derived ingredients, the artistically designed products pioneered an entirely new category of botanically-based bath and body products. While the company—and category—have grown since then, Thymes’ mission remains the same: Create beautifully fragranced, gorgeously detailed products formulated with the best possible ingredients to enrich the mind and body, addressing your needs and complementing your life.

THE THYMES FRAGRANCE STUDIO is the scent lab where favorite Thymes fragrances are blended and new scents are constantly being created. At the Fragrance Studio, Thymes’ experts carefully craft each scent, building complex and intriguing layers around a core characteristic, which is an expression of the dominant fragrance family. Every scent falls into one of the seven fragrance families: Citrus, Green, Floral, Aromatic, Oriental, Gourmand or Woody. Each Thymes fragrance is also accented by notes that are part of a sub-family, serving to enliven and complement the dominant fragrance family. Immerse yourself in the Thymes Fragrance Studio, a place where you can explore and experiment according to the fragrance notes and moods that move you—from your daily beauty rituals to your home environment.

The Frasier Fir Collection is available in all forms: All Purpose Cleaner ($11.50), Bar Soap ($10), Decorative Sachet ($3.75), Dishwashing Liquid ($11.50), Hand Lotion ($16), Hand Wash ($14), Hand Wash Large ($20), Home Fragrance Mist ($18), Hurricane Candleholder ($22), Pinecone Poured Candle ($30), Pinecone Reed Diffuser ($63), Potpourri ($32), Poured Candle ($28), Poured Candle, 3-Wick ($50), Poured Candle Set ($34), Poured Candle Tin ($18.50), Reed Diffuser ($60), Reed Diffuser Oil Refill ($19), Seasonal Poured Candle ($38), Seasonal Poured Candle, 2-Wick ($50), Sink Set with Ceramic Caddy ($36), Ceramic Soap Dish ($10), Unscented Reed Refill ($6), Votive Candle ($12.50), and Votive Candle Set ($19) at www.Thymes.com. For a complete list of Thymes retailers, or to order products, visit www.thymes.com or call 1-800-366-4071.

Men’s Furnishing Report: Not Your Grandfather’s Socks: Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER'S SOCKS Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season. (PRNewsFoto-Soxfords).

NOT YOUR GRANDFATHER’S SOCKS Soxfords Launches New Themed Designs and Gift Sets for the Holiday Season. (PRNewsFoto-Soxfords).

Just in time for the holiday season, men’s sock wear company Soxfords is launching its sophomore collection of colorfully themed, high-quality designs. Each pattern is created around a thought-provoking theme or backstory. From frogs, to fish, burgers, and zombies, you’ve never seen dress socks like these. Soxfords also introduces a limited-run of themed gift boxes that celebrate the particular style of several top-selling designs. The brand has placed its socks alongside a collection of well-crafted products from artisan companies, and curated collectables to bring an assortment of high-quality gift boxes. Gift box themes include: Zombie Survivalist, Cubical Commando, Fanatical Foodie, and Zero G. Soxfords range from $20 – $25 per pair, with a range of combo packs available. Themed gift boxes are priced at $95. All items are available for pre-order on www.Soxfords.com.

Soxfords Gift Boxes

Soxfords Gift Boxes

Rocket through any workaday atmosphere with the Soxfords’ “Zero G” themed box. This box is perfect for the astronaut in all of us – whether you brave the heavens in a Saturn V, or commuter traffic in a Saturn coupe.  The Box contents:

Vintage Science or Sci-Fi Magazine: “We fell in love with the retro look and feel of these vintage magazines featuring idealistic predictions about space flight, or fanciful visions of a fictional future. Each box contains one magazine printed between 1950-1980, of a condition perfect to sit back and enjoy.”

Jet Black Rocket w/ Red Fins by PlaySam: The perfect complement to the Kessler Syndrome design. Playsam’s Rocket is a sleekly futuristic, yet classic, design featured in a  brilliant black and red, will look great on an office desk of even the most conservative stargazer. Founded in 1984, Playsam is the leading Scandinavian design company for executive wooden toy gifts.

Astronaut Icecream (2 packs): What would-be astronaut doesn’t love the initially chalky, then mouth-wateringly creamy goodness and sweet taste of freeze-dried astronaut ice-cream?  This box contains two packs of this childhood classic that is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Kessler Syndrome Socks (2 pairs): What would a Soxfords box be without their signature socks? These popular astronaut-themed dress socks have been a hit with anyone looking to add a bit of subtle sci-fi fun to their outfit. Two pairs of Kessler Syndrome socks come included, packed in a sturdy white gift box. This gift box is available for pre-order only, and will mail out separately from the rest of your order (if applicable). Guaranteed to be delivered in time for Christmas.

Soxfords - Kessler Syndome Astonaut-Themed Dress Socks Gift Box

Soxfords – Kessler Syndome Astonaut-Themed Dress Socks Gift Box

“Cubicle Commando” Gift Box

As weekdays blend together it’s all too easy to lose your identity in pursuit of corporate goals. The “Cubical Commando” is an executive-friendly box of fun that helps keep you grounded even as you pass through the ranks. Enliven your work space while maintaining your identity with their “Cogsworth” socks

Cogsworth Socks by Soxfords (2 pairs): What would a Soxfords box be without their signature socks? Featuring a “gear and cogs” motif, these light blue dress socks have been a hit with anyone looking to be more than a Cog in the Wheel!

Retro Tin Robot from Chucklesnort: This wind-up tin toy is the perfect companion for any office. A few twists of the key, and as your new friend shambles across your desk you’ll be transported to a simpler time, where “9 to 5” actually meant something.

Balancing Blocks by Areaware: Grown-up blocks to release the kid in all of us! Take a break and get those creative juices flowing by balancing these ten faceted stone-size shapes to create your own free-form sculptures. Tumbled in a water-based paint, and packaged in a cotton drawstring bag.

Handmade Wooden Tops by The Original Tree Swing: Writers block? Waiting for that spreadsheet to download? Keep your hands out of the candy jar by keeping them busy with one of these tops! The Original Tree Swing is a family owned and operated business born from a desire to inspire creative play for children and the young of heart.  All tops are made from reclaimed wood and finished in beeswax or mineral oil.

This gift box is available for pre-order only, and will mail out separately from the rest of your order (if applicable). Guaranteed to be delivered in time for Christmas!

oxfords Dress Socks - Suitcase of Socks Suitcase

oxfords Dress Socks – Suitcase of Socks Suitcase

The Whole Enchilada $300

I heard you like socks.  Lots of them.  Can’t get enough, ac­tu­ally.  Well sir, have we got a deal for you!

With the Whole En­chi­lada combo pack, you’ll get all eigh­teen pairs of Sox­fords dress socks that they cur­rently offer (one pair of each de­sign/color), at a great price. Now you’ll have plenty of socks to wear on your feet and put on that sock-pup­pet show you were al­ways dream­ing about. Think big! Note that this in­cludes their six newest de­signs only avail­able for pre-or­der. These will mail out sep­a­rately from the rest of your order, guar­an­teed to be de­liv­ered be­fore De­cem­ber 25th! Continue reading

PANDORA Jewelry Launches the Winter Wonderland Collection

The new PANDORA pieces allow women to celebrate the unforgettable memories of the holidays and ring in the new year in style

The new PANDORA pieces allow women to celebrate the unforgettable memories of the holidays and ring in the new year in style

PANDORA Jewelry celebrates the warmth of the holidays and the cool beauty of winter with its new collection inspired by the colors and splendor of the season. Get in the holiday spirit with new sterling silver charms and pendants, including traditional yuletide symbols — a snow globe, a Christmas tree, a striped candy cane, and a silver bells dangle, which actually “rings” lightly when moved. The openwork sterling silver pave Winter Wisp charm dazzles on a bracelet, or earrings, when combined with PANDORA’s earring barrels. A beautiful sterling silver snowflake pendant adorned with more than 60 clear cubic zirconias adds festive cheer to a necklace or bracelet. PANDORA also adds cozy winter mittens, a snow angel and champagne flutes to the extensive Moments collection of charms.

Get in the holiday spirit with new sterling silver charms and pendants, including traditional yuletide symbols — a snow globe, a Christmas tree, a striped candy cane, and a silver bells dangle.

Get in the holiday spirit with new sterling silver charms and pendants, including traditional yuletide symbols — a snow globe, a Christmas tree, a striped candy cane, and a silver bells dangle.

The magic of the season shines in sterling silver rings and earrings embellished with pave-set stones. A large cocktail ring or stackable scalloped rings set with dramatic black or purple crystals are elegant statement pieces for any affair. Delicate star and heart-shaped rings and stud earrings twinkle with 11 pave-set clear crystals on each piece.

Capture the cool light of winter with ice blue or vibrant purple Italian Murano glass, sculpted into teardrop-shaped earrings and pendants. Made with sterling silver, each hand-finished piece has nearly 200 facets, which add sparkle to any occasion.

Capture the cool light of winter with ice blue or vibrant purple Italian Murano glass, sculpted into teardrop-shaped earrings and pendants.

Capture the cool light of winter with ice blue or vibrant purple Italian Murano glass, sculpted into teardrop-shaped earrings and pendants.

The new season collection exemplifies everything we love about the brisk winter season — from timeless traditions to dazzling beauty,” said Angel Ilagan, Vice President, Marketing, PANDORA, the Americas. “The new pieces allow women to celebrate the unforgettable memories of the holidays and ring in the new year in style.”

PANDORA also introduces three new options to its collection of pave charms — 14K gold with clear zirconia, sterling silver with red zirconia, and sterling silver with violet zirconia. Pave charms start at $65 each.

To view the new pieces or locate an authorized PANDORA retailer, visit www.pandora.net.

Casio and EMINEM Celebrates 30 Years of G-SHOCK with the G-SHOCK x Eminem Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Timepiece

Casio America, Inc. is celebrating the 30th anniversary of their G-SHOCK watch brand by announcing a collaborative limited edition release with Eminem. The collaboration was announced on August 7th 2013 with an unforgettable exclusive performance at G-Shock’s Shock The World event in New York City. The GDX6900MNM-1 timepiece, available December 7, 2013, takes the newly-revamped XL-6900 watch face and personalizes it with Eminem iconology for a watch that is not only ruggedly functional, but also stylish & streetwise.

G-SHOCK x Eminem Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Timepiece (GDX6900MNM-1).  (PRNewsFoto/Casio America, Inc.)

G-SHOCK x Eminem Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Timepiece (GDX6900MNM-1). (PRNewsFoto/Casio America, Inc.)

Available in matte black with black dial and black reverse LCD, the GDX6900MNM-1 pays homage to Eminem’s rise from one of the Worlds most rugged urban terrains – the streets of downtown Detroit. As tribute, the skyline of Detroit is printed in bold red on the upper watchband. The watch face and band loop sport the reverse “E” from his stylized moniker, while the watchcase back and lower watch band are personalized with an autograph of his alter ego, “Shady”.

This new G-Shock reliably features the rugged functionality that sets the G-SHOCK brand apart, with Shock Resistance, 200M Water Resistance, Auto LED Super Illuminator, 5 Daily alarms with Flash Alert, 48-City World Time, and Multi-Home settings.

The multi-faceted Eminem (also known as Slim Shady and by birth name Marshall Mathers) is a multi-platinum, 13-time Grammy Award winning rapper, record producer, songwriter and Oscar winning actor, who has sold over 80 million albums worldwide. An avid watch collector, Eminem is seen wearing G-SHOCK throughout many of his music videos and performances, making this collaboration a natural expression of mutual respect and appreciation. Being one of the most recognized and accomplished hip-hop artists of our time, this limited edition collaborative watch with Eminem crowns a long history of hip-hop partnerships for G-SHOCK.

With hip-hop it’s as much about where it’s from as who it’s for,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc.Eminem has an immense and loyal fan base around the world, as does G-SHOCK, making this collaboration one that will connect closely with many thousands of collective fans.”

The limited edition GDX6900MNM-1 Eminem men’s watch will retail for $180, and is avaiolable through selected department stores and fashion boutiques, key jewelers, and the G-SHOCK NYC Soho store.