Though I work in "digital" marketing, it would be a stretch to call me tech-savvy by any stretch of the imagination. So, for a week or two after this Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker arrived at my desk, I let it in sit in the box untouched. Thankfully, my boyfriend took pity on me after I told him how thoroughly intimidated I was by the idea of setting it up, only to set it up for me in about 5 minutes flat.
Compatible with any Bluetooth device, the Soundlink connects easily and quickly with idiot (ahem)-proof audio prompts. The sound delivered is crisp and clear, and while I'm respectful enough of my neighbors to keep volumes reasonable, you could easily get a holiday party bumpin', for lack of a better word. Weighing in at just over a pound, the Soundlink is thoroughly portable too - it'll be the perfect beach or park companion once weather's cooperating next spring, and it will also fit quite nicely under the tree this holiday if you're shopping for a music lover.
The Bose Soundlink Color Bluetooth Speaker is available in 5 different colors - one to suit nearly anyone's style - for $129.95 at Bose online.
In terms of fragrances, I sit somewhere between a loyalist and a dabbler. There are scents that have been in my personal rotation for years - Frederic Malle's Carnal Flower, for example - and others that I pick up on a whim and spray only when the mood strikes. In recent months, I've been weirdly committed to a fragrance that's barely a fragrance at all, Philosophy's gorgeous Baby Grace, a QVC exclusive. But Baby Grace is a delicate and light skin scent, and as the weather grows colder in New York (and colder it seems to grow by the minute), I find myself craving something new - a scent with more dimension that's not overwhelming.
Enter Foxglove. The fourth perfume from boutique Brooklyn fragrance house Joya, Foxglove is named for the odorless and "pseudo-poisonous" Foxglove plant that once covered New York City and still blooms in Central Park's Conservancy Garden. With top notes of Blood Orange, Salt Meadow Grass, and Hyacinth Leaves; middle notes of Honeyed Jasmine, Camellia and Jonquille and a dry down of Treaty Oak, White Cedar and Wild Musk, it's a unique hybrid of floral, green and woody notes that evoke a feeling of lushness - bursting stems, stamens and leaves.
A Net-a-Porter exclusive, Foxglove is available in a 75mL Parfum for $112 (the bottle is wildy gorgeous), or as a portable 10mL Roll On Parfum for $28 (seen above).
After a few seasons of stacking bangles and bracelets, it feel pretty fresh to embrace simplicity in jewelry again. All I've been wearing in recent months, in fact, is a single slender bangle (I like Vita Fede), a delicate hand bracelet like this one, or (when I want a stronger look), a simple gold watch like this beauty from Citizen.
Part of Citizen's Sunrise collection, two years in the making, its design is inspired by the morning dew and features a luminescent Mother-of-Pearl dial, and two-tone stainless steel case. While I certainly see the appeal of an all stainless steel watch, I LOVE the contrast between the mixed metals here - it makes getting dressed in the morning easy given how obsessive I can be about matching metals - not only when it comes to jewelry but even handbag and shoe hardware.
The Sunrise collection is designed with function in mind as well as well as form - it's water resistant, boasts Japanese quartz movement, and as with all Citizen Eco-Drive watches, it's powered by light - in fact, you'll never need a battery again.
The Citizen Sunrise retails for $350 here.