Bewitched ~ Simone Perele

She is neither pink nor pale,
And she never will be all mine;
She learned her hands in a fairy-tale,
And her mouth a valentine
. . . .Edna St. Vincent Millay

The day of witching is upon us and something tells me that the cultural obsession with all things beguiling will continue to cast its spell on this holiday’s mystique.  After all, we read books about wizards, lust over vampires in the movies and listen to the praises of the good and bad enchantress on the Broadway stage.  What is this fascination with magic?  Could it be the dark, beautiful seductress whose abundant charms are all consuming?  On one hand she is sophisticated and exceptional; on the other hand she is mysterious and enigmatic.  Is she a good witch or a bad witch?  Only she knows for sure.

When I first saw Simone Perele’s newly launched Revelation Collection of … ...Read more


By Aimee Guthinger

Destination weddings have increasingly become more popular.  They offer a combination of wedding and vacation all wrapped in to a seminal event not just for the bridal party, but their guests as well. It is not unusual that lately I have been hearing from brides to be who are choosing romantic destinations to stage their events.  The idea evokes images of soft sandy beaches, picture perfect horizons and the caress of warm salty air on your skin. And the savvy travel industry has recognized the phenomenon. No matter your vision or your budget, the destination resort industry will go to extraordinary lengths to meet your every wish.

In my opinion one of the most delightful aspects of a tropical location is the selection of your bridal attire, which will often include light breezy dresses, as well as versatile designs that will cross fashion category lines serving as … ...Read more


I am on a brushed back satin band wagon this week. I remember back in my Macy days when this fabric was a mainstay of fall sleep and loungewear sales.  Well, what goes around comes around and I am really pleased to see this commodity product has re-surfaced and been elevated to a luxury item, compliments of the premium Louis At Home tri-colored robe collection.   Exquisitely tailored in lush cosmetic colors, these brushed back moiré satin designs have been so well received that the assortment will continue for spring 2013. Elegant and cozy, these robes, available short and long, are a sophisticated, yet practical pleasure for the any woman on your gift giving radar.
Inquiries: cindy@cmkdistinctivebrands.com

“Let Me Be Surrounded By Luxury”. . . . . Oscar Wilde

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Lately I have been spending time visiting a friend on the upper west side of Manhattan.  Her apartment is located just around the block from the sophisticated luxury chocolate shop, Jacque Torres.  I always stop in for a latte and to feast my fantasies on the rich selection of artful confections offered there.  I haven’t splurged yet, out of respect for Jenny Craig, but let’s face it, intent and reality often collide;  I am not so sure how long I can resist.  These chocolates are dangerously seductive, beautiful on the outside and scrumptious inside.  I suspect that tasting just one is not an easy task.  My solution, then, is to buy them as gifts for unsuspecting friends and family who appreciate the finer things in life and deserve the extra bonus that indulging in these sweets will provide.  The holidays are upon us, so it’s a good excuse. There are … ...Read more


As one might know by now, I am always ferreting trends, not because I am searching for fashion highs, but rather I can’t halt the merchant instinct that drives me.  When an idea continues to re-surface, I take note.   One direction gaining real momentum in the Lingerie world is soft bras.  Thus, my interest in the Clo Intimo line.  First and foremost, I have watched this company grow exponentially over the past 10 years under the tutelage of Claudia Ochoa, whose personal vision of subtle sexiness informs every single design.  Manufactured in  Columbia, this brand is anchored by its wonderful and versatile soft bra and bralet collection, many which have already proven to be bestselling reorder items.  Of particular note is their newly launched Kali  bra (KA20) already headed into a second season and fast becoming essential to a basic inventory assortment.
Inquiries:  nancy.johnston@att.net & sales@thegigshowroom.com


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