Monday, December 14, 2009

Add a Little Sparkle to Your Holiday

The holiday season is one of my absolute favorite times of the year, and it is an especially beautiful time to live in New York City. For some, the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center marks the beginning of the holiday season. For me, the appearance of evergreens adorned with strands of sparkling white lights on Park Avenue is the seasonal harbinger, a tradition which began over 60 years ago to honor the memory of the men and women who died during WWII. Check out the Fund for Park Avenue website for more information on the Park Avenue Memorial Tree Lighting.

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Be it the glimmer of Christmas lights, the paillettes of a hand-beaded bolero or the facets of an intricately cut stone -- it will probably come as no surprise to my family and friends that, as a jewelry designer, I adore all things sparkly! So in the spirit of the holiday season and of all things that shimmer (and in my newly self-proclaimed status as an arbiter of sparkle) I present you with some of my favorite ways to add a little sparkle to your holiday season!

1) Classic Champagne Cocktail

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Ingredients: 3 drops bitters, 1 sugar cube, 1 ounce Cognac, 4 ounces chilled Champagne.

Directions: Drop bitters onto sugar cube; let soak in. Place sugar cube in a Champagne flute. Add Cognac, top with Champagne and voila!

2) “Pigalle” by Christian Louboutin

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The “Pigalle” is one tall glass of water and certainly meets the “sparkly” requirements of this post with flying colors! These babies are perfect for holiday parties worn with your favorite LBD. Dear Santa…

3) Diamond Trifoil Large Hoops

These hoops are one of my favorites pieces from my collection. The design is deeply rooted in the past, yet completely modern. Diamonds, bezel set in the shape of a trifoil which is a symbol that appears frequently in gothic architecture, are juxtaposed with the modern, undulating design of the hoops. They easily transition from day to night and, perhaps most importantly, they provide that little bit of oh-so-necessary sparkle.

4) Donate

Last and most importantly, make your holidays shine a little brighter for others by donating to a charity or cause that is significant to you. The Alzheimer’s Association is a charitable organization that I’ve had the good fortune to work with closely and it represents a cause about which I feel very strongly. Click here to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Now that you've seen my list, how will you add a little sparkle to your holiday?


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