Birthday Baubles

Chic and Simple Gifts

We were invited this fall to celebrate my dear friend Rachel’s birthday with dinner at Park Avenue Autumn followed by a (few) glass(es) of champagne at Bemelman’s Bar at the Carlyle Hotel.  We needed a gift as fabulous as she is.  On a crisp Saturday in November I peeked into the Young Designers Market at 268 Mulberry Street (between Prince and Spring Streets) and found a one-of-a-kind necklace in yellow brass and plated in 24 karat gold.  It is chic and simple and was sure to be a hit with the birthday girl.  (Maybe she's just being sweet, but I see her wear it all of the time.)

The Young Designers Market is the perfect place to hunt for birthday baubles.  There are dozens of reasonably priced options and items range from completely classic to absolutely avant garde.  I dare you not to treat yourself to that gold plated bracelet or those chic hand-made chandelier earrings at a price point of thirty-five dollars.  There's no such thing as buyer's remorse when you know your funds are supporting the newest jewelry designers on the block.

When it came to wrapping up this particular gift (my favorite step) I wanted to keep the wrapping simple and seasonal so I tied up the brown gift box in 1” thick mustard yellow velvet ribbon (all hail M&J Trimmings) and a gift tag (we buy these in bulk from Staples).  I love to use the french abbreviations for Miss & Mrs., because everything feels just a touch more sophisticated when the French are involved, non?  Mlle. is short for Mademoiselle & Mme. is short for Madame.  


Bon week-end, readers!  I'd love to stay and chat, but its a big weekend!  Tonight, a Parsons performance at the Joyce, on Sunday, a matinee at New York City Ballet, and on Monday: our first wedding anniversary!