TEXT, VIVIAN KELLY
On the first day of Christmas,
On the third day of Christmas,
my grocer sent to me
3 bunches of fresh watercress because Dr. Nicholas Perricone
said, "It’s the new Ancient Superfood” that may just be the secret ingredient in the Fountain of Youth. You’ll have to read his latest book, FOREVER YOUNG to find out what the rest of his magic formula is.
On the fourth day of Christmas,
X-Rated Fusion Liqueur sent to me 1 bottle of the pink elixir and 3 festive cocktail recipes to toast the holidays in. I’ll kick things off with a special holiday cocktail, “Sassy Little Elf” with 4 gal pals
after some holiday shopping. We'll mix-up some “Holiday Mischief Makers” to help with culinary inspiration on Xmas Eve, and St. Nick’s Naughty or Nice Punch will keep things merry all through-out Xmas day.
Sassy Little Elf
2 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 ½ oz. guava juice or nectar
1 oz. half-n-half
½ oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
garnish: lemon zest (or mini candy cane)
Vigorously shake all ingredients with ice.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Serve with the garnish on the rim of the glass.
On the fifth day of Christmas,
sent to me 5 Great Skin Care Products from the new SHISEIDO BENEFIANCE WRINKLE RESIST 24 line. Thanks to its advanced technology, I won’t have to visit my dermatologist and plastic surgeon for a while.
It’s a grand slam of a combo:
1.Extra Creamy Foaming Lotion
2.Wrinkle Resist Balancing Softener Enriched
3.W.R. 24 Day Cream SPF15
4.W.R.24 Night Cream
5.NEW Shiseido Suncare Urban Environment UV Protection Cream SPF 35 PA +++. This last goodie will come in handy when I go down to Orlando in two weeks as it’s for face + body. Just remember to pack it in your check-in Lilly Pulitzer "Pink Daquiri" Tote
so the TSA Grinches don't swoop it away.
On the sixth day of Christmas,
I got busy sitting at my little gold rolltop Italian desk and knocked-out Xmas cards from HAUTE HOLIDAY CARDS, stylish eco-friendly initiatives, hauteholiday cards use papers that have high recycled content from www.hauteholiday.com with the help of a lot of Café Bustelo Espressos brewed in the Dolce Gusto Piccolo
coffee machine, a tres stylish coffee machine discovered at Robert Verdi’s Luxe Lounge during NYFW.
On the seventh day of Christmas,
I went to the Apple Store and bought seven different ipod covers – one for each day of the week.
On the ninth day of Christmas, I pulled out my Farrow & Ball
paint catalogue and decided that I’d start 2011 by repainting TheFE Home Office in one of their spring 2011 fashion colors. The winner? The "Elegant" room, painted in "Arsenic No.214, trimmed in "Slipper Satin".
My target - to have it done in 9 days
On the tenth day of Christmas,
I threw caution and my AMEX to the wind and went leaping over to Neiman Marcus, and did a "his and hers". If you want to pull out all the stops, the REAL "HIS + HERS" = the official 50th anniversary of NM's His & Hers gifts - the ultimate romantic retreat: the MetroShip houseboat. The 48-foot by 12-foot open floor plan and 7-foot-high interior ceiling is richly appointed, offering the best in comfort, technology, aesthetics–and portability.
style: HIS - 5 Tom Ford Private Blend Fragrances
HERS - 5 Tom Ford Lipsticks.
On the eleventh day of Christmas,
I went to Border’s Book Stores, picked up the “Complete Sushi Book DVD” kit, and watched Steven Pallett guide me through the process of making a respectable California roll. It's also available on www.amazon.com, where it earned a *****rating.
Nobu, it’s not, but it’s good to be able to make a basic California Roll for lunch – just like Super Model Cindy Crawford used to swear by when she needed to keep her killer bod
toned for strutting down Gianni Versace’s runway back in the day.
On the twelfth day of Christmas,
I gave myself the gift of relaxation, starting with a hot bath in India Hicks' Island Living "Spider Lily" bath salts, put Sinatra's,
"Nothing But the Best" on my Ipod and
followed by a shower with the matching body polisher, body lotion, and a spritz of the eau de toilette - all from www.crabtree-evelyn.com
Then, I snuggled onto my newly upholstered couch, courtesy of Kostas Decorating, wrapped myself-up in a snuggly "heather honey zen cardigan" from Worth with India's enormous "Casa Causarina" candle burning
on the dresser, and threw-in the DVD of the 1967 Jacqueline Susann cult classic, Valley of the Dolls and soaked in some sixties fabulosity. Try this at-home "sleep cure", just like "Neely O'Hara, Anne Welles, and Jennifer North", indulged in at exclusive Swiss jet set
spa retreats. Thanks to all of these little luxuries, I won't have to pop any "dolls" like the Girls did for my long winter's nap.