The artists at Nic Norman work one-on-one with customers to create unique prints. Each custom pop art design is printed on real canvas with museum-quality pigment-based archival inks. The prints are professionally stretched and gallery mounted with the highest quality white pine wooden frames.
Her hostess gift of choice is always a lovely scented candle. Smaller than a wine bottle, but less perishable than chocolates, candles fit snugly into the category of something nice -- which everyone loves --no matter what their decor. Her candle of choice, Diptyque's Pink Rose candle, comes in a elegant pink frosted glass votive holder. The 50-hour burning candle captures the freshness of an English garden without any of the cloy usually associated with roses. It's the perfect hostess gift, so while you're at it, go ahead and pick up a few extras. The weekend dinner parties are just around the corner. Price: $52.
When Mr. Murphy patented his so-called "Murphy bed" in 1916, he intended it to be used as a space-saving measure by people of limited means and limited floorspace. Like a trundle bed (and, for that matter, tuberculosis and polio), the Murphy bed was an emblem of the early twentieth century.
Times change, however. Now that you've made it safely into the early twenty-first century, you can relive your nostalgia for that era by purchasing the Pet Murphy Bed by Midnight Pass. With the Pet Murphy Bed, your dog or cat (or ocelot or pot-bellied pig) can re-invent him- or herself as an immigrant, recently arrived from Ellis Island and now living in a small apartment on, say, the Lower East Side of Manhattan ... all for a mere $199.95 (plus shipping and handling).
I don't exactly know what "Silk Groom" is, but I do know what it does: namely, it flattens out fly-aways and makes your hair look salon-shiny. Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom moisturizes, protects, and conditions hair with a formulation of Silk Powders and naturally-absorbed oils, which come from Wheat Protein, Soy Protein, and Jojoba Oil.
To be honest, what I love most about this Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom is the fresh rosemary smell. As it turns out that in addition to being a miserable pack-rat, I also enjoy smelling like focaccia. Price: $17.50.
Of course, $31,750 is a steal in comparison to the amount of money spent on your average celebrity's engagement ring. After doing a little research, I found out that Paris Hilton's engagement ring cost $4.7 million, while Jennifer Lopez's only cost $1 million. I guess cost is always a matter of perspective.
Expanding the Branson empire from his Virgin brands (Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Records), Sir Richard will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming Bond movie, Casino Royale. Casino Royale will star the new Bond, Daniel Craig. Of course, Sir Richard will not be the only cameo actor in the film. According to reports, Branson will be accompanied by his 19-year-old son, Sam. Just in case you are worried about his acting abilities, keep in mind that this is not Branson's first appearance on the big screen. Sir Richard and Sam have both appeared in the film Superman Returns.
According to Branson, the film's producer Barbara Broccoli contacted him to see if he would be interested in appearing during a scene at the Miami Airport. Of course, the Branson boys won't be cameo-ing next to just any airline -- they'll only appear with Branson's own Virgin Atlantic. Talk about product placement!
I know what you're thinking -- pearls are for sorority girls and ladies who play bridge. But Portia Clark's pearls, now those are something else entirely. Made from a variety of stunning freshwater pearls in a rainbow array of shades and shapes, Clark's handmade pieces are quite possibly the loveliest exception to the stereotype of the pearl. If you visit her website, you can see her most popular styles of earrings, bracelets and necklaces. There's even an option to create your own unique design.
When you're the most beautiful bride ever, you definitely need the jewels to match.
R2-D2 is a motorized replica of the original spirited bot, which can respond to more than 40 voice-activated commands. Using an infra-red sensor, 'D2 can roll around your house, search for intruders, play tag, answer simple 'yes' or 'no' questions, and dance to the famous cantina music from Star Wars. He may not be able to help save the universe, but he can still blink his lights, swivel his dome top and blast those memorable happy robot sounds. Standing 15 inches tall, R2-D2 weighs in at 6 pounds.
Now that popular culture's most beloved android friend has been memorialized in the form of a workable replica, I have to wonder which robot will come next? Personally, I'm hoping for Rosie -- the Jetson's helpful maid robot, the perfectly-programmed-hausfrau who leglessly rolled about, dusting and tidying wherever she went. Ah, dare to dream, I guess. Price: $119.95.
A good idea? Piloti Spyder SV Series Driving Shoes.
A bad idea? Manolo Blahniks.
The driving shoe of choice for car-world enthusiasts, the Pilotis are not like your everyday athletic shoe. With a sleeker tread and narrower sole sides, these shoes are designed to avoid getting snagged on car pedals. Optimized for stability and walking comfort, Pilotis boast thick, stiff soles. The trademarked Roll Control heel helps drivers ensure that they have precise handling and control over the amount of pressure applied to the gas or the brake pedals.
And while you might not want to stumble into Bungalow 8 wearing a pair (after all, the Manolo's are better for that), the next time you are zipping along the Autobahn or flying through the streets of Monte Carlo, be sure to bring your Pilotis. Price $74.95.