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By Lauren Baccus

Toasting has always been a particularly painful experience for me. I’m always down for a celebration, but the often lengthy pause between first pour and first sip can range from the humiliating (think drunk wedding party guest) to the trite. We’ve all toasted to love, friendship and that cute guy at the bar. But this September, it’s well worth the time to toast to something equally worthwhile: Wine, itself!

During the month of September, some of New York’s top restaurants have been participating in the inaugural Salud! Chilean Wine Fest. Often called the “tiger of Latin America”, Chile boasts a diverse landscape, storied past, and in more recent years, some truly “cheers”-worth wines. As restrictive domestic and foreign policies have loosened within the last few decades, Chile’s wineries have emerged as some of the top producers of red varietals and blends. Joining forces with Bar Americain, Dos Caminos, Churrascaria Plataforma, Dylan Prime and many many more, Chilean wineries are doing their part to spread the word about their fabulous wines. What that means for you, of course, is plenty of food and tons of great wine all in the very noble pursuit of education (say what???!!!).

But hurry…the festival ends September 30th!
See a full list of participating restaurants and retail stores at:
www.winesofchile.org

Another Reason to LOVE Cartier
By Kathryn Holl

More than 30 years ago, the Cartier LOVE bracelet became a universal symbol of love and one of the most recognized jewelry designs in the world. Now, buying a piece from the LOVE collection is not only affordable but charitable and extremely chic as well! Cartier recently introduced its collection of LOVE Charity bracelets — rose gold mini LOVE bracelets on a silk cord, available in eight colors, represented by eight notable celebrities, designated to the support of a separate cause. When you purchase a LOVE bracelet, Cartier will donate $100 to its corresponding charity. To date, Cartier has donated nearly $1 Million to support the eight charities listed below:

• Salma Hayek -The Salma Hayek Foundation – White Bracelet
• Scarlett Johansson – USA Harvest- Baby Pink Bracelet • Ashley Judd – YouthAIDS – Red Bracelet
• Spike Lee – Kanbar Institute of Film and Television / Graduate Division/Tisch School of the Arts/ NYU – Purple Bracelet
• Edward Norton – Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – Green Bracelet
• Sarah Jessica Parker – UNICEF – Blue Bracelet
• Michael Stipe – Mercy Corps / Gulf Coast Recovery – Black Bracelet
• Liv Tyler – The Breast Cancer Research Foundation – Deep Pink Bracelet

Each bracelet is priced at $475 and is available at one of their 33 boutiques across the U.S. For more information, including boutique locations, readers can call 1.800.CARTIER or visit www.love.cartier.com.

Sixth Annual Stuart Weitzman Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction
By Kathryn Holl

What do supermodels Cindy Crawford, Carol Alt, and Niki Taylor have in common other than stellar good looks? They are just some of the amazing women decorating a white satin Stuart Weitzman stiletto pump for the designer’s 6th Annual Celebrity Breast Cancer Shoe Auction. Each decorated shoe will reflect each model’s personal style or interests. The shoes, along with an autographed photo of each model, will be available for bidding at www.stuartweitzman.com from October 1st through October 31, 2006. Money raised by the auction will be donated to established organizations that fund breast cancer research.

In addition to the Web site, throughout the month of October, these creations can be viewed in the Stuart Weitzman store windows on Madison Avenue in New York City and in Beverly Hills. Photographs of the shoes will be displayed in Stuart Weitzman stores nationwide.

Breast cancer is a cause that is close to the heart of Stuart Weitzman and his wife, Jane, as Jane lost her mother to the disease many years ago. The auction has attracted a long list of celebrities over the course of six years, including Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Michael Jordan and Katie Couric. With the help of this year’s supermodel participants, the shoe designer is confident they will have another very successful year.

Visit www.stuartweitzman.com to place a bid for your favorite pump and to help raise money for breast cancer awareness.

Originally published September 2006
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