August 01, 2014
By Sasha Levine | Gifts

Summer Find: Brazilian Beach Bats
Photo courtesy of Anna Campbell

The World Cup may be over, but a Brazilian way of being hasn’t lost its luster—especially when it comes to spending a day at the beach.

That’s especially true for ShopLatitude, an e-commerce website that curates a unique collection of fashion, accessories and home-decor items sourced from designers, artisans, concept stores and hotels around the world. The site, which lets you shop by destination, officially launched Rio de Janeiro—its 14th and arguably hottest locale—this summer.

While exclusive beaded jewelry, limited-edition blouses and high-end poufs abound, this handsome Leblon beach-bat set ($250)—emblematic of the Carioca lifestyle—caught our eye as a chic, playful hostess gift. Made and designed by London-based, Brazil-inspired beachwear and accessories brand Frescobol Carioca (47 Blandford St.;, the set is handcrafted by artisans in the company’s Brazilian workshop using up to 13 pieces of wood in a variety of types. The bats are finished with a glossy surfboard resin and have a colorful neoprene grip, making them as comfortable to hold as they are stylish.

December 20, 2013
By Sasha Levine | Gifts

A Colorful Travel-Inspired Scarf
Theodora & Callum

Inspired by exotic locales and their vibrant visual cultures, accessories line Theodora & Callum—created by retail consultant Stefani Greenfield and entertainment producer Desiree Gruber—launched its resort collection with a variety of colorfully printed scarves, dresses, tops, pants and caftans.

One of the new additions, the Blue Medina scarf ($175, pictured here), is a result of the pair’s recent trip to Morocco. “We met with some incredible local artisans, did some great sightseeing and fell in love with the art, the culture and the history of the city,” Greenfield says. “Everywhere you looked there was an elaborate pattern or captivating color.”

Established by the two friends in 2011, Theodora & Callum stems from a love of travel, with places like Bahia, Brazil; Bangalore, India; and Colombo, Sri Lanka; informing designs. “We wanted to channel all of this global inspiration,” says Gruber, “into accessories that women can really wear and fall in love with.”

November 04, 2013
By Ingrid Skjong | Gifts

Bright Idea: Gorgeous Candles
Courtesy of Black Frame

Swedish fragrance brand Byredo turns out a special three-part holiday line featuring the brand’s signature black wax: Bibliothéque (pictured here) anchored by patchouli and leather with top notes of peach and plum; Cotton Poplin, a fresh mash-up of linen, white cedarwood and sweet musk; and Fleur Fantôme, which combines violet leaves, tulip extract, suede, rhubarb and lemon petitgrain leaves. $95 each;

Of NEST’s fall and winter releases, Woodland Truffle ($34), an earthy combination of French truffle, black pepper, oakmoss and cedar, hits a transitional tone, while the Holiday Grand four-wick candle ($225) blends pomegranate, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and amber in a glimmering golden glass.

Colorful holiday candles by Diptyque set any mood with a trio of choices. Try rich Encens des Indes (rose, carnation, incense, myrrh), slightly smoky Ecorce de Pin (pine, cedar, Japanese cypress) or Orange Chaya (orange, quince, Indian spices). From $32;

Jardins d’Écrivains
This French apothecary gives a nod to renowned writers with a collection of literary inspired candles informed—note for note—by the lives of Victor Hugo, George Sand and Rudyard Kipling. Dickens ($95) is a limited-edition blend of seasonal mandarin, pine and agarwood. Available at Twisted Lily, 360 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn;;

DayNa Decker

Wine has been captured in candle form. The Estancia Monterey County Collection by Dayna Decker represents Monterey, California–based Estancia winery’s signature Chardonay, with scents of lemon zest, Anjou pear, pineapple and vanilla, and Pinot Noir, featuring warmer aromas of raspberry, cherry, cassia bark, clove bud and vanilla wood. $44 each, $80 a set;

December 17, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Travel, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Jason Wu's Grand Tourista Bag
Photo courtesy of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

Jason Wu had luxury travel in mind when he designed the limited-edition Grand Tourista bag ($1,995) for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The houndstooth-check canvas shoulder bag is trimmed in black calfskin and was inspired by the idea of a modern-day grand European tour. Best of all, interior pockets are sized perfectly for tablets, e-books and a passport. Bon voyage!;

December 17, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Fashion, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Jacques Levine slippers
Photo courtesy of Jacques Levine

Crafted in Spain and lined with shearling, these elegant Pour Votre Domaine slippers ($98) by Jacques Levine, a 75-year-old footwear brand, are a welcome addition to any casual wardrobe. Pictured here in Bordeaux, they are also available in navy.;

December 17, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Gifts

Gift of the Day: Ode a la Rose bouquet
Photo courtesy of Ode à la Rose

A bouquet of roses is a romantic gift no matter the season, and Ode à la Rose, a New York–based flower company, nearly guarantees a smooth experience. Started by two Parisians, the year-old outfit focuses on nothing but roses—and it shows. Each arrangement, like this round bouquet of red Freedom roses, is tied by hand and comes in a French tin pail or a signature purple box. Best of all, givers receive an e-mail notification complete with a photo of the arrangement when it reaches its final destination. Sometimes refined simplicity says it all. Round bouquets, from $45; same-day delivery available in Manhattan; 120 W. 28th St.; 646-660-5281;

December 17, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Jewelry, Gifts

Gift of the Day:  David Yurman necklace
Photo courtesy of David Yurman

This striking hand-hammered, 18-karat-gold curb chain with amber-hued cognac diamonds ($35,000) by jewelry designer David Yurman is as bold as it is beautiful.

December 06, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Spirits, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Hibiki Japanese Whisky
Photo courtesy of Hibiki

Created by Suntory from a selection of pure single-malt whiskies and aged in rare Japanese oak casks, this 12-year-old Hibiki whisky blend ($65) has a spicy, fruity finish with lots of personality.

December 06, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Fashion, Books, Gifts

Gift of the Day: The Book Gruau: Portraits of Men
Photo courtesy of SARL Rene Gruau

Italian fashion illustrator René Gruau is lauded for the now-iconic imagery he used to promote women’s fashion in the 1940s, but his revolutionary work in men’s fashion is equally stunning. Gruau: Portraits of Men (Assouline, $75) is a 260-page work of art showcasing his depictions of the modern man—from the 1960s to the 1980s—with portraiture that is at once casual, confident, humorous and sexy.

December 06, 2012
By Erin Schumaker | Cocktails, Gifts

Gift of the Day: Tumi Limited-Edition Mixology Set
Photo courtesy of Tumi

Luggage label Tumi and Ketel One vodka teamed up to create a mixology set ($3,995) of the highest ilk. The case is handmade in Italy of fine leather and poplar wood, and the interior houses the essentials, including stainless-steel utensils and a removable beech-wood cutting board. All will help create a cocktail that is sure to impress. Available at select Tumi stores nationwide;