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Barack Obama + Medieval Times + Fall 09 Runway Shows = Knights in Shining Armor

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2009 by ekiester


Heraldry is hot. Heraldry is strangely sexy; it speaks to this chivalrous vision we all had/have about (our) knights in shining armor being the epitome of romance, strength, safety, valor and nobility.  They’re badass, they’re secretive, they’re ready to rock & roll at any minute, these knights we imagine. They’re our protectors, our saviors, our sentries.


00010fIn the current state of the world, it makes perfect sense to me that suddenly fairy-tale-ish notions of times past seem to take over our everyday thoughts. (Note that many of the Fall/Winter 09 fashion collections featured corsets, velvet, muffs and ruffs galloping down the runways.) We escape into memories—the amorous crescendos from the soundtrack of “Camelot” scratching away on a record player in my parents New York Times strewn living room on a Sunday afternoon circa 1972 comes to mind here—to comfort us, make us feel good and safe and secure. Like our very own knight is looking out for us.

2-1While the idea of wearing a crinoline ruff walking down Broadway makes me think the designer who created it drank one too many pewter cups of grog, little trinkets and nods to this sense of security seems apt and appropriate. I saw in a recent edition of Teen Vogue a colorful spread of coats-of-arms pins cutely attached to a sweater and heraldic belts wrapped around some pretty lady-in-waiting type wearable chiffon dresses. The lion shield brooch on looks real enough to be vintage, but without the Sotheby’s price tag. bestow-010webIt’s updated and funny, and I want to wear it attached to my last-year’s Balenciaga purse. I like the idea of shielding my wallet in times like these.

We’ve all been talking about eating at home more now; instead of making reservations, we’re actually making dinner. I think a themed party would be just the thing, using the coat of arms, the ultimate symbol of pomp & ceremony, safety & connection, as a guide. (Although there are some comic/tragic memories of a birthday party long ago at that ridiculously schlocky place The Medievel Times, the Red Knight took my breath away, that could be tapped into for ironic decorations for said dinner party. Everyone’s got those memories, right?)  bestow-143webI saw these coat of arms porcelain trays on that I thought would be cool holding oven roasted nuts and dried fruits as centerpieces for the party. I think everyone should wear golden paper crowns, eat a leg of lamb, drink some mulled wine, and celebrate the safety, and the warmth of the family we create. We are safe amongst our very own knights.

Family crests. Shields. Knights. Obama. Safety. Security. Perfect words for imperfect times.


Bigger Bolder Better

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by rachelohunter
A necklace from the Lanvin Spring/Summer 09 collection

A necklace from the Lanvin Spring/Summer 09 collection

I had to make a few cutbacks this year. First went the frequent eating-out, then I committed to a smaller clothing budget and drug store make-up, but it was an especially sad day when I made the switch to single ply TP.  It’s times like these when I like to remind myself to look to the little things to keep the pep in my step. This season, however it seems “little” is hard to come by.

Oversized crystal necklace by Martine Wester

Oversized crystal necklace by Martine Wester

Perhaps it’s a sign of the times that while bank accounts are shrinking accessories just keep getting bigger. And why not? What better pick me up than a big glittery bauble around your neck, a frilly feathered hat, or a bejeweled evening bag? Fashionable women throughout history have shown us that when times get tough the tough get glam– be it costume jewelry, fringe or a snappy new hair cut.

Oversized accessories look and feel opulent, but don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. They can transform an old outfit, lift your spirits and always make a statement.  I prefer to draw attention to my impeccable taste (rather than last season’s wardrobe) with big fun faux jewels.

oversized-candle-matches1There is something so luxurious about oversized accessories both on your body and in your home. It’s easy to feel indulgent without feeling guilty with oversized comforts like DL & Co candles (especially when they’re on sale) and if you’re looking to make a good scent last you’ll appreciate this beautiful box of oversized matches (perfect for getting every last usable light from your candles).

-rachel oh!

Home Decorating Ideas – Modern Romantic Accessories

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2009 by leighatbestow

Here at Bestow, we love romance. Take a look at the Seduction & Romance category if you need proof. However, we believe that romance shouldn’t be quarantined to the bedroom or simply on designated holidays. Add a little intrigue to your everyday routine. We’re here to make sure you appreciate not only your loved ones, but also yourself. Take a look at our tips and tricks to create a truly enchanting home.


Master the look of disheveled elegance by storing jewelry in one of  these fresh and flirty options. Dump loose change & cuff links on our Porcelain Wing Trays, stack rings in a Lip Print Teacup & Saucer, let necklaces spill out of your Hero Box, store small bracelets in an aptly named “Curiosite” Box or assemble chunky bangles on a “Heavenly” Plate.

Mix tough and tender pieces to create a bathroom that both you and your lover will enjoy. Light the True Grace pillar and Mor Fruits of Cornucopia candles  to enhance relaxation. Keep live or dried flowers in the Black Urn Vase and store cotton balls and q-tips in the Jonathan Adler Druggist Jars. Keep the Milk Splash Tray in the bathroom to easily store watches & rings that you take off before stepping into the shower. Let hot water fill your bath and enjoy Peony Flower or Fruits of Cornucopia products.


Lastly, decorate your vanity or tabletops with an assortment of ornate frames, perfume bottles and other stunning knickknacks. Might we suggest the blinging Zebra Pill Box, Crystal Pave Frame, Crystal Flower Frame and Crystal Pave Round Frame? Fill the Antique Glass Perfume Bottle with your favorite scent and pair with the Cherry Blossom Tea Cup for a touch of gold. The Venetian Hand Mirror, Jonathan Adler Lust Pillow and Mor Fruits of Cornucopia Eau de Parfum will balance some of the girlier items to create an ultra-mod environment.

The key to a modern romantic home is to mix and match your favorite pieces from different styles. Look for lace, ribbon or embroidered details. Allow yourself to use unconventional and creative storage. Surround yourself with love and you’re sure to enjoy spending time in your home.

We want to know: what items do you cherish in your home? What’s your favorite decorating tip? What have you done to treat yourself recently? Leave a comment and share the love.