Great Gifts

I've gathered many great items in the emporium for gifting.   If you can't decide or you need a last minute option, I suggest sending a gift card via email or facebook and you can personalize your message with a few links to things you spied in the emporium you think they might like.

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~even include your own photos.

I, for one, love receiving gift cards. 
- Contemplating all my options is half the fun!  
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May Featured Items:

Activewear essentials by Gaiam
Low eco-impact dyes 94% organic cotton/6% spandex.

Hidden Gardens of Paris
A guide to the parks, squares and 
woodlands of the city of lights.

A chronicle of a joyful year in one of 
the most beautiful cities in the world...
New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about:  she sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job as a Shakespeare professor, and moved her family to Paris. 

Rachel McKenna has captured a host of unforgettable dogs in a variety of stunning locations, from stately chateaux to chic Paris addresses to cobblestone streets in quiet villages.

My favorite: Breathe (By Bliss featuring
Sophie Barker.)

April Highlights:

From the stately mansions of Carnegie Hill to the cobblestone streets of Little Italy, over the perilous cliffs of northern Italy to the white-capped lakes of northern Minnesota, these star-crossed lovers meet and separate until finally...-excerpt from the publisher, The Shoemaker's Wife

Spring Cleaning with 100% pure essential oils.  
Lavender, Lemongrass, Rosemary and Tea Tree oils.
For general purpose cleaning - mix 1 cup vinegar, 2 cups purified water and 20-30 drops of this cleaning blend essential oil in a spray bottle.  Shake before each use.  For floors or larger cleaning areas, double or triple the recipe.  For wood surfaces, add olive oil to the recipe.  

Featuring bathrooms as never seen before, Magnificent Baths celebrates the most striking and eccentric bathrooms beautifully presented through the photography of Massimo Listri, whose travels have taken him to the most luxurious and idiosyncratic homes, palazzos and hotels around the world.

Ever romantic and wonderfully indulgent, Magnificent Baths visits the lavish bathrooms of writers, artists, fashion designers and other notable figures who have added their own personal touch to create sensuous, dreamlike spaces. -excerpt from the publisher.

Listen to the sample:  [La Guagua, Juan Luis Guerra]

~Style:  New for Spring

March Highlights:

February Highlights:

Valentine massage essentials

A favorite song from this album:  
"Mio Fiore Mio" (My Flower of Mine)(MP3)

Probably not what you are thinking...
but a lovely Valentine's gift all the same.

The latest.  If you somehow missed
the previous album, you'll want that too: [here]

Trembles with belonging (and longing) 
and love and sex. -The New York Times

An aphrodisiac cookbook -need I say more?

"Come to the altars smoking with incense, while the cool water sifts through the apple branches, and everywhere is shaded with roses, from the shimmering leaves, enchanted drowsiness descends into the meadow where horses graze.  And the spring flowers blossom and the winds blow gently." -Sappho 5-6BC

At the top of my Coelho list.

[after sex]
Viola De Lesseps:  I would not have thought it:  
there IS something better than a play!
William Shakespeare:  There is.
Viola De Lesseps:  Even your play.
William Shakespeare:  Hmm?
Viola De Lesseps:  And that was only my first try. 

Audrey is always a pick-me-up.

Gift yourself a Sunday afternoon 
with chocolates and Chocolat.

"Love is a simple thing."


Nespresso Aeroccino Plus

The perfect gift for the cappuccino lover in your life.

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