Spartina 449 ( www.spartina449.com/ ) has an intriguing line of handbags, clutches, poncho/wraps, scarfs, jewelry and other items. Moreover, it has a touch of the South, as history, people and coastal beauty of South Carolina's Daufuskie Island serve as inspirations for the company.
A year's worth of dates
Renowned photographer Mike Ruiz ( who was on the gay reality show The A List: New York ) is the one to thank for the 2018 calendar "HeartThrobs and Hounds" ( FurFriendsInNeed.com ). The hunks in the calendar are some of the biggest male fitness models working today, including James Alexander Ellis, Dragos Sykos, Myles Leask and cover model Mike O'Hearn. It'll be something you look forward to for a year ( and then some, as there's a photo for 2019 as well ).
The holiday season is in full show tune swing now that the 19th volume of Broadway's Carols for a Cure ( BroadwayCares.org ) has arrived. The latest compilation from the beloved series continues Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS' tradition of pairing the casts from award-winning Broadway musicals with seasonal songs that are both classic and new. Among the casts in this collection are those from Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Kinky Boots and, yes, Hamilton.
Those who adore the legendary sex symbol will appreciate Marilyn Monroe lamps ( Icon62.com ). The lamps feature a variety of Monroe cover photos from around the globe, including publications such as Life Magazine and France's Frou Frou.
Playing for time
George Michael fans, listen to this: A remastered version of Michael's 1996 MTV Unplugged performance is available as an album for the very first time as part of the deluxe box set, two-CD and digital editions. The concert took place at the Three Mills Island Studios in East London on Oct. 11, 1996, and featured George playing 10 songs from the Wham!, Faith, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 (Freedom '90) and Older eras in an intimate setting. The album's available on several formats, including Amazon.com, Google Play and iTunes.
In your write mind
Sometimes, an occasion calls for more than an Eviteand Dempsey & Carroll and India Hicks (https://www.IndiaHicks.com) keep the art of letter-writing and the process of sending cards alive with its high-end stationery sets. Someone who receives one of these cards (say, myself) is likely to be pleasantly surprised by the simple elegance of the stationeryor just by the fact that something arrived in the mailbox besides a bill.
A great stocking stuffer, Kayo Better Body Care (KayoBetterBodyCare.com) offers award-winning firming serum and even a vitamin boost among its products. Don't be surprised if friends and family start asking why you have that glow.
Tracy Letts' The Minutes, the Dec. 7-Jan. 28 event BLKS and the 2018 production The Roommate (directed by Phylicia Rashad) are just some of the reason any theater aficionado might appreciate a Steppenwolf Theatre gift card (Steppenwolf.org).
in2green (https://www.in2green.com), as its name indicates, specializes in eco-friendly itemsbut the throws and accessories are pretty visually stunning as well. Also, monograms and customization are possible with in2green productsincluding items for pets.
Gallany Cosmetics (https://gallany.com) has seemingly been under the radar in the world of makeupbut it certainly deserves to be on the stage. (Voila!) There's something for someone of every shade, and my test subjects absolutely loved the lip glossesand they're pretty picky.
Bi the way...
In The Big Book of Bisexual Trials and Errors, Elizabeth Beier chronicles true-life romantic tales as she breaks up with a long-term boyfriend and navigates the new world of dating women. In the book, Beier tackles the complexities of sexuality and self-image in a way that anyone who's struggled with dating can relate tonot that I've had any struggles. (Commence eye-rolling.)
Delicacies' (DelicaciesJewelry.com) unique pieces allow the wearer to showcase their signature ingredient, be it through a leather and sterling silver bracelet all the way up to a diamond pave pendant. There's truly something for everyone in this lineand every piece donates to charity as well. Choosing your fave is a fun time to pasta time away. (SorryI couldn't resist.)
The state of tourism
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Illinois Office of Tourism is releasing its first Illinois Made holiday gift guide featuring small businesses across the state. Among the companies featured are Chicago's Ipsento Coffee, Cocoa Blue Chocolates (in Springfield and Rochester) and Chicago's Heritage Bicycles.
Feel the heat
Talk about unique: Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur is born of Mexico's poblano chile. These chiles are hand selected one by one based on size, color and humidity, before going through a six months maceration process involving minimal filtration (to maintain flavor), before bottling. However, it's not just about the chile; the liqueur also has hints of cinnamon, coco, and tamarind, along with herbal and wood notes.
'Change' for the better
Cindy Wilson, of the legendary group B-52s, is coming out with her debut solo album, Change (CindyWilsonB52s.com; PledgeMusic.com) on Dec. 1so jump on this CD as soon as it arrives. Followers of the group will get a charge out of such tunes as "Mystic," ""Things I'd Like to Say" and "Brother."
'Dream' come true
"And I am telling you" that this makes a great gift. Dreamgirls is out in a Blu-ray Combo gift set with a Digital HD copy and on Digital HD featuring a director's extended edition and never-before-seen bonus featuresincluding Jennifer Hudson's auditions and screen test.
Anne Sylvain limited-edition handbags and accessories for women and for men are handcrafted from artistically finished leathers featuring genuine alligator, ostrich, pythonand practically any other animal from Noah's ark. However, there's no denying the quality and beauty of the company's offeringswhich, given their prices ($375 for the men's alligator belt, for example), would be considered investment pieces.
Car owners, take note: Lifehammer (https://www.lifehammerproducts.com) can save lives. Basically an essential safety tool for anyone who might be in danger, the Lifehammer Evolution is a best-in-class car safety tool that can shatter a window in case of a roadside emergencyand it has a seat-belt cutter as well, in case that's necessary.
Embrace the winteror any other seasonwith a variety of ideas from National Geographic. Give your favorite rock climber a carabiner multi-tool gift set, binoculars or an Africa midi satchel. However, people can explore indoors as wellthe book Timeless Journeys: Travels to the World's Legendary Places takes readers to sites such as Machu Picchu and the Taj Mahal.
House of pain (relief)
Weekend warriors, experienced athletesor, basically, anyone who's dealt with painwill appreciate Spand-Ice's Revive Tank (Spand-ice.com). The tank features a lightweight, contoured design in men's and women's styles (despite the website's main headings of "maternity" and "postpartum"), and specially insulated fabrics protect your body from temperature extremes. (Extra benefit: Windy City Times readers get 20 percent off their purchases by using the code "Holiday20.")
Despite its controversial ending, the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars still amassed a gaggle of followersand now is out in a box set. Also out in the same format is the binge-worthy The Vampire Diaries (that aired on the CW), which had one of the best-looking casts on television; basically, it was the Baywatch of the horror-TV genre.
Now hear this
Plantronics (Plantronics.com) has recently launched the expansion of its sport portfolio with the BackBeat FIT Familyand that includes the BackBeat FIT 300 Series. The wireless sport earbuds fit securely and are sweatproofand given how much some people perspire, that's definitely good news.
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