One of our Fabulous Customer/Friends stopped by the shop last night and told us this story that I just had to pass along. Here it is:
My name is Bode just like the skier but I don't ski. If you need or want me to ski I will really try hard to do it. I need a home because I am a grown up dog. People decide I'm not young enough or tall enough. It's very sad. I sit and stay very still but they still don't take me. I say prayers in my Buddha outfit but so far my prayers have not been answered. I put my head down at night in my dog bed and say "oh woe is me" Thank God I at least have a place to live right now because I heard the other dogs say at the pound that if I stayed there too long they gas us. I couldn't figure out if maybe gas makes us go faster and we can run away fast from the pound. I am very friendly and love all dogs and all kids and all people. I even like turtles and squirrels. Well... I like to chase squirrels. I am 3 and I weigh 34 and 1/2 pounds. I am housebroken and I am done with all that ridiculous chewing everything in sight and I sleep quietly through the night.
Let's find Bode a home
My Beautiful daughter has been busy in our shop wrapping our wonderful customers Holiday gifts. Come in and we can help you choose the best gift and wrap them in our signature wrapping!! The holidays are almost here.
I want to introduce you to Jesse Nusbaum, a talented artist who creates beautiful bronze sculptures. Jesse, 25, had planned to follow his father into law, but realized in law school that "his passion for art exceeded any desire to become a lawyer." He turns his ideas into creations with intense detail, which he says “encourages a close more in-depth look into my pieces.” He starts with a lump of clay and turns it into a grand creature, which he then paints using bronze, silver and copper paint. He makes a mold of each piece and then sends them to a foundry to be cast in Bronze or Aluminum. Jesse says ”Once my sculpture mirrors the visual I created in my mind, I know I have successfully fulfilled my mission” Jesse has been invited to exhibit his bronze pieces at Art Basel in Miami in December. Once I saw his work I knew I had to share it with you. His art is beautiful and he is an amazing human being.
We are featuring his Bronze Rhino in our store.
At the start of the 20th century there were 500,000 Rhinos living in the wild.
Today only 29,000 Rhinos remain.
For every Rhino he sells, 3.5% of all proceeds are donated to the International Rhino Foundation.
Stop by the store to see his amazing sculpture of a magnificent animal.
"Gratitude is only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others" ~ Cicero
Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving
As I look at the calender, I can't believe there are only six more weekends until Christmas. We are busy at the shop helping our customers choose that special gift for their loved ones. Our Chocolate Turkey Centerpieces are flying out of the shop for Thanksgiving. Looking forward to seeing you all.
I thank the men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the sacrifices you have made to defend us and our freedoms.
I will never forget coming home with my first child and looking at him crying. When asked why are you crying? I said "I can't believe one day this baby is going to go off to college and leave me". Well, both of my children have graduated from college and flown the nest. I am so proud to see them accomplish such amazing things in spite of the change.
All those memories are so cherished, I would never have the energy to "redo"it all again. I wouldn't change a thing since I am such a proud Momma. I will never forget the day when my precious aunt said to me. "Baby. every stage is so wonderful". She was so right. May our children always be safe and happy.
Best of luck to our grads!
When I was young, my precious mom passed away and all the memories went into storage. This past summer, I received a shipment of boxes filled with these memories and the emotions of my past overcame me. A dear friend of mine happened to be at my house and constantly reminded me how exciting this all was... And it was... However, feelings of sadness and happiness were overflowing and it was a lot to process.
The photos, letters, and keepsakes had me reliving my life in Mississippi...
Needless to say, I was thrilled to be able to show my daughter and son pictures other than the one photo I had of my precious mom (who worked day in and day out and still managed to be the most amazing mother and woman).
I couldn't believe my eyes when my daughter presented me with this amazing drawing (shown above). She took the photos that she found in some of the boxes, which were not in the best shape, brought them back to college without my knowing, and made a series of sketches from the photographs of my youth, my mom, my brother and me. Heartfelt...no words to describe.
My children never had the fortune of meeting my mom... their "yaya"... but somehow I feel like they know her! They definitely know that putting heart into something no matter how large or small is the most cherished gift one could wish for! I am so thankful to have the memories that I do and will never allow those to leave me. And I'm even more thankful to have my beautiful children to share these memories with.
Hey there snow bunnies!
In light of the blizzard that's heading our way, I thought it would be appropriate for this week's Inspiration Monday Post to be all about winter. This cold weather sure can throw a wrench in plans (I've had to reschedule a photo shoot three times now), but it's also magical. Don't forget about the beautiful winter animals and fairy tales and icicles. And most importantly, don't forget to dream.
And try to enjoy the snow storm. Before you know it, flowers will be sprouting from the ground and it will be spring. And then it will be ninety degrees out and we'll all be complaining and miss the refreshing snow.
On this snowy Saturday in January, I'm building a snowman with my son. A burlap snowman to be exact. With a burlap hat and burlap scarf and cranberry smile. It's moments like these that I treasure. I hope you're creating memories today like I am.
And don't forget, you're never too old to build a snowman.
Halloween is definitely in the air tonight.... In just a few more hours it will be one of the most magical holidays of the year.
We still have a few items left from our Halloween Sale. So if you're in need of a last minute festive accessory, please stop by tomorrow morning... before it's too late. We also have pumpkins and various decorations.
How beautiful are these Venetian masks (shown above)? During my trip to Italy, I actually stopped in Venice and just had to buy these exquisite masquerade masks for the shop. I just love discovering unique pieces that are one-of-a-kind and finding the perfect owner for them... Maybe that owner is you?
Have a magical evening everyone!
Hey there ghosts and goblins!
It's the start to Halloween week... so we thought we'd kick it off with a Halloween -Themed Inspiration Monday post. This is such a fun, magical week... even if you're an adult with children that have long since graduated college.
It's the one time where you can dress up and be whoever (or whatever) you want to be. And what's more fun than seeing all those smiling children walking around collecting candy?
So bring out your inner-child and carve a few pumpkins, string up some ghosts, and put on a costume (if just for a night).
Trick or treat!
We are so excited to be carrying the most luxurious makeup line in the shop: Kevyn Aucoin. As many of you know, this artistic genius passed in 2002, but the makeup legend lives on through these gorgeous products.
I know this because our fabulous and very talented make-up artist, Jamie Adams, has been applying these products to my face left and right. And I can both see and feel the difference. Just check out the picture above to see how great they make my skin look!
We are also offering Makeup Sessions by appointment only. It's $45 for a single session and you are not obligated to buy anything (although you probably won't be able to resist!) and you'll receive your very own consultation, application, and makeup chart (so you'll never forget which products go where). Just give us a call to set up an appointment or pop on in the shop to browse our products.
And, if you have a budding glamorista in the family, we can also create a customized gift basket with these items as a holiday present.
Here's to looking your best!
We are so excited to be introducing our first Luxury Basket of the Fall Winter 2013 Season...
The Centerpiece Basket
We've been spending the past month at the shop really trying to figure out the best way to make your holiday season festive, fun, and hassle-free. After mulling over a bunch of different ideas, we think we might have created the perfect gift.... Only this is a different kind of gift.... A gift to yourself.
The Centerpiece Basket is, quite literally, your holiday centerpiece in one gorgeous package. This luxurious arrangement is filled with everything you need to create a fabulous, festive tablescape.
Rustic Burlap Runner? Check
Large, three-wick candle? Check
Glass votives? Check
Our signature Peace Dove? Check
Pinecones? Cinnamon sticks? Greenery? Check. Check. Check.
So all those holiday dinners you have coming up over the next few months? You know the ones we're talking about... The ones where you're trying to create a warm, cozy, magical atmosphere for friends and family while making it seem totally and utterly effortless... Well, now these dinners actually can be effortless. Except for the cooking part. (Trust me, if we could create a Thanksgiving Dinner Basket, we would).
And the best part? All you have to do to is visit our Digital Shop... And with the push of a button, The Centerpiece Basket will arrive at your doorstep in approximately 5-10 business days (Instruction Scroll and all).
For more of my whereabouts and happenings at the shop, be sure to stop by the Blog later this week... Much more to come. Hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday!
P.S. If you want to see me and The Centerpiece Basket on Fox5 Connecticut, just click here.
We have been busy bees over here at the Indulge shop. The holiday season is fast approaching.... before you know it, it will be
(And don't forget about miscellaneous birthdays sprinkled in)
I just love this time of year. Fall is such a fun season, don't you think?
But it can also be a bit stressful... so much decorating to do... and gifts to give. Sometimes the hassle of getting it all together outweighs the fun. Which is exactly what we don't want to happen. We want you to enjoy this time of year... Which is why we've devised a simple, carefree, fabulous way to give gifts...
So take a sip of your pumpkin spice latte and read on.
We are about to launch a line of Ready-Made-Luxury-Baskets as a part of our Digital Shop. So not only will you be able to give fabulous gifts to all your friends and family, you'll be able to do it with the click of a button!
The best part?
This line of Luxury Gift Baskets will be launching this coming weekend.... So if you want to get a head start on care-free gift-giving, you can.
I don't know about you, but we're ready to celebrate!
One last hug for Argos and Milos before we launch our busy fall and winter gift giving season!
Please call us and let us know how we may be of service to you for any gifts, baskets, table top design and other seasonal party ideas.
a preview of the Indulge Shop
As you can see, this is meant to be a small taste of our expansive, beautiful Indulge Shop. We are now open.... So you'll just have to stop by to see more....
The transformation is truly astounding.
P.S. If you can't stop by we'll be posting more revealing photos later this week... You didn't really think we'd leave y'all hanging, did you?