High tea indeed
Taking tea reaches lofty new heights with this original take on the classic teacup. From thumbsUp!, a UK-based creator of singular gifts and gadgets, the High Tea Set ($12.98) features a quality ceramic long-stemmed cup and saucer. Surely adding an unexpectedly playful touch to an elegant table, the set will no doubt also spark conversation. Why not order up enough for a tea party and get down to important matters, like rehashing this latest season of “Downton Abbey”?
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Scents and sensibility
New York Botanical Garden by Chesapeake Bay Candle — a new collection ($10 to $30) of botanical scents and designs inspired by the grounds, architecture and rare illustrated works of The New York Botanical Garden — isn’t scheduled to launch until May, in time for Mother’s Day. But WAG got a sneak peek — or should that be sneak whiff? — of this breath of spring and couldn’t resist sharing the news with you. What’s particularly lovely about the four core fragrances — Sweet Azalea, Verbena Basil, Provence Rose and Water Blossom, along with the seasonal, Peony Bouquet — is that they are distinctively fresh without being overpowering. Close your eyes, and you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to the 250-acre site.
— Georgette Gouveia
Serving up wellness
When you’re designing a new way of eating, it’s possible to create the spa experience without the trip. The Ranch at Live Oak, a longtime Malibu destination, publishes its first cookbook this month featuring “delicious dishes from California’s legendary wellness spa.” Revealing the secrets behind the program’s noted nutrient-dense seasonal gourmet meals that both detox and sustain the guests, “The Ranch at Live Oak Cookbook” ($35, Rizzoli) serves up health and wellness along with flavor. The California destination is noted for combining luxury, rejuvenation and weight loss, spurred by vegetarian dishes ranging from purple carrot soup to squash tacos to chai-poached pears. The book promises no quick fix but rather sets forth a way of eating designed for life. We like the sound of that.
For more, visit TheRanchMalibu.com.
Cooking, with an Italian accent
A well-designed kitchen deserves the proper tools. And Lagostina, the Italian premium cookware company that traces its roots back to 1901, has just launched in the United States. Recognized for its craftsmanship, high-quality materials, technological innovations and elegant design, Lagostina is destined to become your go-to brand. The wide range includes the four-quart Risottiera ($199.99). Featuring a low-profile casserole ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue from constant stirring, its wooden lid becomes a trivet for seamless transition from oven to table. We also love the Bianca cookware collection (from $34.99), which features durable inside-and-out white ceramic surfaces that are easy to clean and provide long-lasting scratch and stain resistance.
So, what’s for dinner?
For more, visit lagostina.com.
Moonshine over Manhattan
Classic drinks that invoke the spirit of Old New York are a breeze when you’re mixing them up with Manhattan Moonshine, a new whiskey created by two New York brothers inspired by the architecture, design and spirit of the Art Deco, Jazz Age and Prohibition era. Manhattan Moonshine Co. was established in 2013 by William and James Kehler to create a luxury un-aged whiskey that rivals aged spirits. The brothers worked for more than a year with whiskey expert Ian Smiley to create a unique formulation now on the market ($45 for 750ml). A Manhattan, anyone?
For more, visit manhattan-moonshine.com.