City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

We’re going on to the third night of Chanukah, it’s now 12 days before Yule, 16 days before Christmas, and 17 days before Kwanzaa and if you’re like me, you’re probably still hunting for prezzies. So, I have some clever, fun and generally great gift ideas for you.

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Here’s a line of eight candles that smell delicious; ingredients in some of the candles are frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon, galbanum, saffron, nutmeg, wild berries, and other exotic ingredients. Slatkin & Co has created a new lovely home accessory candle line, Kabbalah Candles. They’re red, and housed in red glass containers, which are then housed in red tin embossed boxes. Each candle comes with a red string bracelet. Kabbalah devotees wear the bracelet on the left wrist to ward off the evil spirit. Each candle has a different scent that was traced to ancient fragrances. For example, if you need to relax more, try the Dream State candle, scented with melon, passion flower and other ingredients. Planning a special evening? Use the red jasmine scented Passion or the rose, clove and saffron scented Sexual Energy candle. Have a friend moving into a new house? Give them the Evil Eye, attractively scented with Italian Bergamot or the orange and jasmine scented Happiness candle. A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Spirituality for Kids Foundation. Kabbalah candles by Slatkin & Co. are available at Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus. You can also pick them up on the web at the Slatkin & Co.,’s website http://www.slatkin.com, http://www.bergdorfgoodman.com, http://www.neimanmarcus.com and http://www.saksfifthavenue.com

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Do you have a chef on your list? Or someone who loves kitchen things? Why not get them an edible wreath? OrganicBouquet.com has an organic Three Herb Wreath that contains organic rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and red chili peppers. The rosemary and they are grown on an organic farm in California’s Mendocino County, and the bay leaves are grown wild in the local hills. The wreath measures 12 inches in diameter, and it can be shipped overnight anywhere in the US. It’s $35 and $9.995 shipping and handling. Check out http://www.organicbouquet.com for this wreath and other holiday ideas.

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Looking for a whimsical gift for a friend who always makes you laugh? How about a for that forgetful friend, or a bag for your favorite gym rat or a great hobo bag that holds everything? Have a Golden Girl fan in your life, pick them up a Dorothy vanity case, or a Blanche two handle case, a Sofia clutch or any of the other items that make up this collection All this and more can be found at the incredibly fun http://www.loopnyc.com website. LOOP has all manner of gifts; from slightly naughty to fashion forward accessories for men and women. The stuff is soo hot, clever, and fun, you’ll have trouble not showing the website to everyone else. Be careful, they might scoop your gift out from under you! There’s something for everyone on your list. Almost every item has a story; you’ll learn about Kara and her divorce, Spy Girl and other characters as you wander through the site.

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You can buy directly from the http://www.loopnyc.com website, or head out to Urban Outfitters, Warehouse, Nordstrom’s and http://www.girlshop.com

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What is it about bunnies that make guys twitch? I do mean in a good way, and it’s only a specific type of bunny that always brings a smile to a guy’s face….yup, I’m talking about the Playboy Bunny symbol. Wear a Playboy Bunny necklace to a party (and I’ve done that) and gosh, the boys will keep on flocking over! Playboy has created a new line of their famous Bunny accessories that you can gift or keep for yourself. There’s this great flight bag pom pom is included, you can use it for travel, gym or anywhere. A mini-bowler in this season’s hottest color, pink, that’s great to stash stuff when you sashay out the door. . Playboy has hair bands, all sort of great stocking stuffers that’ll make you just a tad flirtier. You can pick up Playboy accessories at the Icing or Torrid nationwide.

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The hottest celebrity jewelry trend is the “little numbers” collection created by jewelry designer Alex Woo. (insert jpeg here) The numbers can symbolize a birthday, Lucy Liu wears a gold “2″ for her birthday, Julia Roberts uses that same “2″ to symbolize her twins and Hilary Duff wears “8″ and “7″ for the year she was born. The combinations of numbers are infinite and because you pick the symbols, they will always have a special meaning to you or your giftee. The numbers come in gold or silver. You can choose diamond or pink sapphires as accents, and a suede or chain to hang it on. If you double the suede cord around your wrist, it’s a bracelet. Each number is signed by Alex and is hand crafted, no two are exactly alike. Prices range from one number on chain or suede cord $118 to double digit diamond numbers on a chain $798. There are also stackable “little numbers” rings $98 and silver “odd/even” earrings $200 and they can be customized as well.

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Alex Woo is known for her distinctive feminine, delicate and strong jewelry. The “little numbers” collection and her other collections are available at Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Avenue), http://www.alexwoo.com and specialty boutiques nationwide.

Today at Bergdorf Goodman you’ll get a chance to learn about the latest cosmetic trends from Louise Glavin and Tracie Martyn, learn more about great home accessories from Jay Strongwater and Harry Slatkin at their Holiday Beauty Celebration. It’s from 10 AM – 9 PM. While you’re there you can enter to win a holiday in Palm Beach, sip cocktails, get a makeover, and listen to some DJs spinning; all sorts of fun. If you go, please use the 57th Street entrance.

You’re bored with your hair color, you’d like a permanent change but are leery about damaging your hair with ammonia, peroxide and all those chemicals that can also give you major frizz what to do?

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Try Color by Robert Craig. It’s the first permanent hair color that has 11 essential ingredients that will change the color of your hair (even get rid of grays or turn them into highlights) and not hurt it. Your new color won’t fade or wash out either.

Robert Craig is a top hair colorist who learned from his clients that they were frustrated by the damage that’s caused by hair color when all they wanted was either to cover grays or have a little “lift” in their hair. The result is his new color line which costs $9.99 an application. You can purchase Color by Robert Craig on his website http://www.robertcraig.com

Originally published December 2004
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