V. TO TREAT WITH EXCESSIVE KINDNESS OR CARE; TO INDULGE
They're the spas, services, and indulgence that saved your sanity this year.
Lulu de Kwiatkowski Lulu DK Matouk Bedding
The talented New York textile designer joined forces with Matouk & Co. to create luxurious bed linens -- and did not disappoint. Pretty, mix-and-match prints and a 500 thread count make them totally dreamy. Read more
Sweet Dreams Are Made of These
Lulu DK Matouk Bedding
After waking in a pool of sweat from a dream in which you were making out with your brother at prom while wearing your mother’s wedding dress, you made the obvious decision to strip your bed of all its linens and shove them in the garbage.
Start from scratch and make your bed a shrine of serenity with Lulu DK Matouk bedding.
Made of totally luxurious 500-thread count Egyptian cotton percale, the new line of sheets, shams, coverlets, and duvets combine Lulu DK’s gorgeous original prints with Matouk & Co.’s legendary linens.
Rich in color and design, the different patterns mix and match beautifully, so you don’t grow tired of looking at one motif. The fish and flowers of Paradiso with the crisscross bamboo in Madison is a favorite combo, and the dotted floral Poppy paired with the scalloped cuffs of Oasis is a close second.
But you really can’t go wrong no matter what ensemble you choose.
As long as you’re not snuggling up naked with your brother beneath it.
Peter Pracilio Gold Dog Crate
Peter Pracilio merged fashion with function beautifully in the design of the eiCrate, an over-the-top sleek dog crate gilded in 22.5-karat gold. Less outrageous versions come in black, white, and silver. Read more
With This Cage, I Thee Wed
22.5-Karat Gold Dog Crate
After that last bastard dumped you, you decided just to marry your Maltese. Then you couldn’t find a solitaire small enough to fit his toe.
Pop the question to your canine soul mate with a limited-edition gilded crate instead.
Covered in 22.5-karat gold leaf, the round cage is made of steel wire and has a removable rubber mat liner. About two feet tall and $11,000, it’s big enough for beloved barkers up to 40 pounds and pricey enough to demonstrate a serious commitment.
A painted version (black, white, or silver) rings in at a much lower $320.
So you can save your cash for the honeymoon.
Jane Hunter and Wendy James Organica Deluxe
Thanks to Jane Hunter and Wendy James, you can send gifts that please the people and the planet. Organica Deluxe tailors contents to the occasion with goodies from sustainable manufacturers, organic farmers, and community artisans from around the world. Read more
The Weekend Guide
What to Do This Weekend
Do some good for yourself and others this weekend.
What: Choose your style and add colors and graphics for your own version of the iconic shoe.
Why: Color is the new white.
Where: Online at zazzle.com.
What: Give moolah so public school teachers in impoverished areas can get what they need for their classrooms. (You’d be amazed at how much they already spend out of their own pockets.)
Why: You’re teacher’s pet.
Where: Online at donorschoose.org.
What: A conglomeration of random and irreverent — but crazy-interesting — factoids.
Why: Camels have three eyelids.
Where: Online at unkno.com.
What: The folky San Fran band’s first album, Leap Second, is chockful of poetry-charged lyrics against charming melodies.
Why: It’s better than Okie dokey.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
What: Ecofriendly e-shop has luxe gifts for anyone and everyone. (BTW, their new ginger cookies made our stomachs happy.)
Why: You might even find some gifts for yourself.
Where: Online at organicadeluxe.com.