An Evening with Margrit Mondavi


We had the pleasure of joining Mrs. Margrit Mondavi and winemaker Genevieve Janssens at Bouley Botanicals in NYC as they spotlighted several wines from the renowned To Kalon vineyard. Our two favorites were the 2011 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon and the Fume Blanc Reserve



Genevieve, who has been with Mondavi for 25 years and is Director, Winemaking, is so passionate about her work. It is evident that each vintage is a unique creation into which she, and the 65-person winemaking team, pour their hearts and souls. As if the Mondavi To Kalon vineyard wines and Bouley Botanicals food and venue were not enough, we were also treated to a work of art by artist Agelio Batle. 



Robert Mondavi Winery commissioned Batle to create a limited-edition To Kalon Vine in Graphite to represent the richness of the vineyard. Designed from graphite, Batle’s artistry and talent are evident in the perfection of the final product. 


For a unique gift for clients, staff, family or friends, consider pairing a wine from the To Kalon vineyard with this work of art. The Limited Edition Graphite is available for $36 at Robert Mondavi Winery and asbworkshop.com


Happy Thanksgiving


We wish everyone blessings to be thankful for and loved ones to share this special day. 

We will be closed until December 1. We will announce winners when we return. gobble gobble!!



World Vision Gift Catalog Giveaway

Since it began in 1996 the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity among those who prefer giving family and friends gifts that give back. The World Vision Gift Catalog offers a lovely selection of handcrafted gifts which are sent as a "thank you" to those making a tax-deductible donation to World Vision. New to the catalog is this gorgeous Royal Silk Scarf which caught our eye.

The colors are striking and as uplifting as the thought behind the gift. The scarf is handcrafted by Vietnam's Ma Chau villagers to help provide them with a sustainable income. Each one-of-a-kind scarf measures approximately 68" long and is even prettier in person. I love wearing scarves, but I'm not crazy about the bulky ones. I love that this is lightweight and the delicate silk material is comfortable to wear and easy to tie. The Royal Silk Scarf is sent complimentary with a $95 donation. 


Last year over 822,000 people were helped through the World Vision Catalog and thanks to generous donations, World Vision USA reaches a new person with water every 30 seconds! Visit worldvision.org to learn about the work they do to support those in need around the world and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter


Chic Giveaway! ~ Help spread the word about World Vision and one reader who does will win the gorgeous Royal Silk Scarf featured above. 

To Enter:  Email chicgiveaway@gmail.com with the following info:
  • "World Vision" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name
If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. 

Here's a sample tweet to help spread the word ~
#Win a handcrafted Silk Scarf from @WorldVisionNews 
on @ChicLuxuries Details:
ow.ly/EIexb #giftcatalog    

Contest ends 11:59 PM ET December 13, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We will not clog your inbox with emails nor do we share your email with sponsors, we only email giveaway winners.

Many thanks to World Vision for gifting us the gorgeous Royal Silk Scarf and sponsoring this giveaway. 

Photos courtesy of World Vision.


Staples Arc Notebook Giveaway

To celebrate the season of giving, Staples™ is sharing the love. They sent us several products that work together to make a wonderful gift for the professional guy or girl or business student. We have lots to tell you about so let's get right to it. First up the Arc Customizable Leather Notebook Top Bound


I never really gave it much thought before, but I find this top-bound notebook much easier to jot down notes in than a traditional notebook, especially when walking. I imagine left-handers would find it a lot easier as well. The leather notebook comes with 60 repositional narrow-ruled notepaper and retails for $27.59. Customize it with these Arc Customizable Page Flags


These bright-colored flags make it easy to highlight important pages for quick reference during meetings and phone calls. A pack of 200 flags retails for $3.77. The Arc Notebook also includes a pen holder and Staples™ just happens to have a few pens from which to choose. ☺ They suggest the Avant Pro ~ 


A Staples™ exclusive, the medium-point black ink pen glides effortlessly across the page and has a sleek stainless steel barrel. Retails for $8.49. A must-have for any busy professional who wants to stay organized are the Arc Task Pads


Each pack includes 3 pads, each with 50 repositionable sheets, $4.85. To complete this much-appreciated gift for the busy or budding executive in your life, include Arc Top-bound Refill Paper. A pack of 50 narrow-ruled repositionable sheets retail for $4.49. 


Find these products and so many more at Staples.com. Follow Staples™ on Facebook and Twitter for many more exciting giveaways and amazing specials. 


Chic Giveaway! ~ Staples™ is gifting a lucky reader all of the above products! 

To Enter:  Email chicgiveaway@gmail.com with the following info:
  • "Staples" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name
If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on  FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. 

Want to tweet about this giveaway? Here's a sample tweet for your convenience ~
#Win an Arc Leather Notebook + accessories from @Staples 
on @ChicLuxuries ARV: $50 Details: 
ow.ly/EEfh8 #giveaway      

Contest ends 11:59 PM ET December 16, 2014. Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We will not clog your inbox with emails nor do we share your email with sponsors, we only email giveaway winners.

Many thanks the Staples team for gifting us the Arc Customizable Notebook and Accessories and sponsoring this giveaway.

Photos courtesy of Staples. 



Beautiful Finds

We've gathered some beautiful little luxuries perfect for holiday pampering. After discovering your faves, skedaddle back over here and enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet.


Light Mixture Online's beautiful 7oz Soy Artic Fill Candle and let the relaxation begin. The beautiful hand blown glass candle holders create a stunning illumination. We sampled the Serenity 57 Scent which is a lavender blend. Available in Silver, Bronze or Chromatic for $20.99 at mixtureonline.com

No need to spend hundreds of dollars on lash extensions for those holiday parties thanks to RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner. RevitaLash's signature BioPeptin™ complex protects against breakage and brittleness and improves flexibility, moisture and shine for longer, thicker and more dramatic looking lashes. A 3.5-oz. tube lasts approximately 6 months and retails for $150 at revitalash.com.



Soul Mattes Eye Shadow Palette from Pür Minerals includes 8 matte shades to create a natural look for day to smoldering eyes for evening. A beautiful range of colors that blend well with everything in your Fall closet. $32 at purminerals.com.




Protect and hydrate your color-treated hair with RUSK's Deepshine Color Care Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner. This intense moisture system is formulated to keep color from fading. The sulfate-free shampoo gently cleanses and helps soften dry, brittle hair, while the conditioner detangles and leaves hair soft, shiny and manageable. $15 at Cosmoprof. Rusk can be found online at rusk1.com


We believe in treating yourself to little luxuries every now and then. If you love the scent of beautifully fragrant linens and clothing as much as we do, Hillhouse Naturals' Cashmere Laundry Detergent is a must try. For machine or hand washing, it uniquely blends the scent of roses, magnolias, sampaquita, citrus and cloves. A 16-oz. bottle goes a long way. $23 at hillhousenaturals.com.



Le Mieux TGF-B Eye Firming Mask helps erase the appearance of expression lines, dark circles, and puffiness after a long night of partying. The cooling mask features 3 potent peptides in a sophisticated micro-delivery system to energize and soothe the eye area while stimulating collagen and elastin production I store them in the refrigerator for an extra-refreshing morning pick-me-up. A box of 4 masks is $12 at myskincarebox.com.



Paul and Joe's Limited Edition Makeup Collection is three gifts in one. It includes a eye color shadow pot, lip/cheek color in a wand applicator and a soft and pretty floral pouch. Pictured is the Little Star {soft pinks}. $54 at b-glowing.com

Create instantly longer-looking lashes with BeautiControl's Dramatic Lash Mascara. This mascara has staying power and will not come off until you take it off. It lengthens and separates with a sweep of the brush. It's so popular, the company has a hard time keeping it in stock. $25 at shop.beauticontrol.com

Vitabath Original Spring Green™ Refresh & Renew Set includes a 10.5-oz. Gelee, 10 oz. Moisturizing Lotion, Gelee Bar Soap and a coordinating Pouf.  Made with Vitamins A, E, B5 and C with a blend of Patchouli, Rosewood and Pine fragrance to cleanse, moisturize and refresh skin. A $39 value, get it for $21.95 at myvitabath.com.



Block out street noise, conversation, {and snoring} and drift off to sleep faster with SleepPhones®, the patented headphone in a headband. We tried the comfortable Classic Breeze design which includes a free iPhone app and free sleep sound downloads. Great for long trips via plane or train too. Available in Sunset Pink or Galaxy Blue for $39.95 at sleepphones.com.



Kumi kookoon's Silk-filled Eye Mask will ensure you're not awakened by light. Covered with silk charmeuse and filled with hand-stretched silk fibers, the fine silk contains amino acids to help protect and rejuvenate the delicate skin around the eyes. Available in a range of beautiful colors for $32 at kumikookoon.com.




Put your pretty little head on Meili & Grace's Anti-Aging Pillowcase. Made of premium silk, it's luxuriously soft against your skin to protect hair and skin while you sleep. $65 at antiagingpillowcase.com.


Chic Giveaway! ~ One reader will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet.

To Enter: Email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following: 

  • "Beautiful Finds" in the subject line
  • your first and last name
  • complete mailing address
  • twitter id 
  • facebook name 
    If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest as well as our sponsors. 

    If you wish to tweet about this giveaway, here's a sample tweet for your convenience ~
    #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries gift closet in their *Beautiful Finds* #Giveaway* Details: ow.ly/ExXfZ

    Giveaway ends 11:59 PM ET January 2, 2015.  Limit one entry per person and email address. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older. We will not clog your inbox with emails nor do we share your email with sponsors, we only email giveaway winners.

    Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this editorial



    Very Merry Gift Ideas

    The stockings were hung by the chimney with care filled with gift ideas Chic Luxuries is eager to share! Curl up by a cozy fire and shop the websites below and don't forget to enter to win the prize of your choice from our gift closet.

    Bring on the bubbles! They will enjoy making soda and sparkling water at home with the SodaStream® Play™. SodaStream's newest home soda maker simplifies the carbonation process with its easy snap-lock bottle insertion and automatic slider column. The starter kit includes the SodaStream home soda maker, a carbonator which makes 15L of fizz, 6 sodamix flavors, and 1 reusable carbonating bottle. Available in 4 matte colors and comes with a 3-year limited warranty. $89.99 at sodastreamusa.com.



    Thirty-One's® Large Utility Tote has so many uses. Carry groceries, samples and Christmas gifts in style, use it to hold craft materials, magazines, toys, or shoes. It collapses for easy storage when not in use. We love the bright and cheery U R U Pink Big Dot design. $35 thirtyonegifts.com



    Give him a gift that allows him to show his team spirit with pride. We know a few guys who will love this warm and cozy New York Giants Cross Check Pullover with Hood from '47 Brand. Made of soft brushed fleece with kangaroo pockets, drawstring hood. In sizes Medium to XL. $70 at 47brand.com




    Target's assortment of Pez Holiday Gift Cards include Pez dispensers and candy ~ too cute!! Available in $5-1,000 denominations, there is no additional charge for the Pez dispensers and candy. Available in stores and on target.com




    Beth Quinn Designs' hand-glittered keychains include a touching message and make a sweet gift for a female friend, sister, Mom or co-worker. This one reads "She adds a little sparkle everywhere she goes". LOVE!!! Made in the U.S.A. $18 at bethquinndesigns.com.



    Handbag Heaven has fabulous bags at amazing prices. This is their new Petra Exotic Structured Satchel with removable shoulder strap and chain accent which can be used as a keychain. The bag is divided into two large compartments, one side has a zippered pocket and the other has two slip pockets for phone, keys, lipstick. Available in 4 colors. Regularly $61.25, we've spotted it on sale at handbagheaven.com




    How many times have you driven out of your neighborhood and wondered if you left the garage door open? Or maybe you've needed to let someone into your home but didn't want to give them a key or your security code. Thanks to Chamberlain's MyQ Garage, now you can control your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone, wifi, and their free app with no monthly fees. MyQ Garage includes Wi-Fi hub, door sensor, mounting bracket and instructions. It' a gift every homeowner will love to find under their tree. $129.99 at chamberlain.com




    And speaking of trees, this pretty 6' Pre-Lit Christmas Tree is from Brylane Home. It's the perfect size for an apartment, small space, business, or as a second tree. Some of the pre-lit trees are so heavy, I love how easy this one is to lift and it requires very little storage room. It's 3' wide, has 200 clear lights, 438 tips and includes a stand. Regularly $119.99, it's on sale as of this writing for $49.99 at brylanehome.com.

    Present that special gift in the most adorable holiday gift bag ever created. The Medium Mittens Felt Gift Bag is from Papyrus. Felt mittens with pom poms adorn a red felt bag. Cute cute CuTe!!! $7.95 at papyrusonline.com.


    Ensure your loved ones' cell phones and devices are always charged with Wusic's® Power Bank Charger. Wusic can charge two devices at once and is compatible with all smart phones, tablets and other devices that require charging. Also features a built-in LED light. Great gadget to have on hand in an emergency. Available in 4 colors for $22.99 on Amazon



    She can never have too many scarves, especially when they're at Scarves.net prices. The Abbey Kaleidoscope Print Scarf is lightweight so it can be worn through Spring and the vibrant colors will brighten your outfit and day. Measures 70"L x 39"W and available in three colors. The price? Just $11.97 at scarves.net



    We're wondering how MacGyver survived without sugru. This modern day silly putty for adults can repair everything from computer cords to garden hoses. Sugru can be molded for up to 30 minutes after removing it from its package, it cures overnight to a flexible silicone. It's water and fade resistant, removeable, and can withstand temps from -50° C to +180° C. Stick it in his stocking and he'll be looking for things to fix! A package of 8 pieces retails for $22 at sugru.com


    Chic Giveaway! One entrant will win the prize of their choice from our gift closet

    To Enter: email chicgiveaway@gmail.com and include the following:
    • "Very Merry Gift Ideas" in the subject line
    • your first and last name
    • complete mailing address
    • twitter id 
    • facebook name 
      If you're entering our giveaways, we ask that you follow us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest as well as our generous sponsors. 

      We would love it if you would tweet this giveaway, here's a sample tweet for your convenience ~
      #Win the prize of your choice from @ChicLuxuries' gift closet in their *Very Merry Gift Ideas* #Giveaway Details: ow.ly/Elzop

      Contest ends 11:59 PM ET December 28, 2014.  Limit one entry per household. Winner will be notified by email and announced on our Winner's page. Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize. Open to US Residents 18 years of age and older.

      Many thanks to each of the brands featured for providing products and/or photos for this feature. 


       

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