The Boston Flower Show exhibits at the World Trade Center in the Seaport district through the weekend and after the weather we’ve been through this winter there is a veritable stampede to get in. The parking situation is very tight so you might want to consider taking the T, check schedules to see what’s running on time, or a taxi and leave your car in another part of the city. Upon entering the show, there is an excited buzz in the air as everyone is full of anticipation around the coming of spring. Colors! you think to yourself as you walk in and smell the mulch and fresh, moist air. We’re not talking tropical either, because spring in New England is a very quiet, subtle burst of color when it begins, and the delicate daffodils, hyacinths and tulips were plentiful in number. Greens, yellows, purples and reds were the dominant tones and my thought was I wish there were thousands more, gardens so lush you could get lost in them. But we’ll take what we can get.
My favorites were the displays that incorporated a bit of fashion-the white floral cut out dress with the evergreen hat and green wellies was really fun. A beautiful, white paper maiche (remember that?) bridal gown with roses entitled “The Paper Bride” was set in a gothic, elegant landscape that evoked a fantasy image. There is lots of stone-patios, pillars and waterfalls are in abundance for those looking to create a rustic setting. Numerous stalls selling anything from herbs, bulbs, seeds and all types of garden accessories shared space with patio furniture, quilts, hot tubs, and my favorite-dog collars. Is that for little fido playing in the garden? Not sure, but they were cool. Definitely worth the trip, so take your kids and friends and enjoy some spring.
Valentine’s day is just around the corner so I thought I would make it easy for you guys and feature a few great gifts in every price range.
These days, my favorite thing in jewelry is personalization. I love being able to give people meaningful gifts, and what better way to do this than showing some love with an engraved pendant. A favorite of mine is the Melene Kent single letter pendants. A great gift idea is the use of the initial of the person’s child, or pet, or first letter of their name. I love to shop local and this company is based in Massachusetts.
Three Sisters Jewelry Design makes gorgeous hand engraved name plates. I was lucky enough to get one with the names of both my children and my husband’s and mine initials “B M T”, all on three separate pendants layered in a single chain. I love the idea of layering, so if you really want to splurge, consider more than one.
In the medium tier price range, but also sticking with the personalization theme, I found these gorgeous GV Gemvara customizable stacker rings:
These are very cool when worn on the knuckles of the younger set. I love the idea of birthstones for every family member, and adding a fifth one for your anniversary date! My ring would be 14K yellow gold with ruby, aquamarine, smoky quartz, sapphire and amethyst. Depending on the size of your family, there are one stone, two stone and five stone options. There is also the option of customizing necklaces the same way. This is another local company started right here in Boston, which makes it a more meaningful purchase.
Also in the medium tier price range is the new T Square bracelet from Tiffany in rose gold. Their new boutique at the head of Newbury Street in the Taj Hotel, has a wide range of pricing, from $100-$10,000.00 And who doesn’t love getting the teal blue box with a neatly tied white satin ribbon?
If your price range teeters on the luxury end, I have also recently fallen in love with Mimi So’s diamonds. I first met her when she came to town for the MGH Storybook Ball, where she had donated a $25,000 package of her baubles. Don’t worry, there are items below $25,000 in her collection. What I suggest for a gift from her collection, are the stacker bracelets, though I LOVE the unexpected nature of the split rings and bows which are a huge signature item of Mimi’s. However, rings are often a dicey gift item unless you are already married…(according to my hubby). For the stackers, try a single one in rosegold, and add on the white gold stacker at a future birthday and the black diamond one at Christmas. Here are a few more favorite looks from Mimi So.
In any event, if you are late with your shopping—as we all often are!– some of these, such as Gemvara.com have a very quick turn around for customization. But you could also order it, and give a romantic handmade card with a “token” or “coupon” for the item, which will be coming in at a later date. Simply attach this to the bouquet of flowers you are getting your honey and you are guaranteed a smash hit.
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