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Italian Linen Hand-Embroidered Monogrammed Tissue Box Covers

I am always looking for ways to elevate the ordinary to make it extraordinary. Be it life or goods for the shops, finding something that turns a plain something into a fabulous object/moment, that always rates high on my list. So when I found these Italian linen tissue box covers, and they included a monogram, you can sure bet I was pretty darn happy. Why do paper tissue boxes have to be so unattractive? Rarely have I ever seen one that we would ever want to leave out. These spiffy covers do the trick and turn those boxes into a thing of stylish beauty. We now carry a slew of them at both shops in tons of designs, with the monogram being a personal favorite.



Jaunty Italian Leather Luggage Tags at WK

Just In, a fun colorful selection of luggage tags made in Italy.  Always fun to see your piece of luggage come round on the carousel with a tag that makes it stand out.  These will do the trick.  Make fab little gifts too.  I love the idea of one hanging off a bottle of Prosecco as a chic Italian inspired host/hostess gift.



Carpano Antica Formula Italian Vermouth

20160504-080158.jpg Wine Wednesday is about this lovely bottle of Italian vermouth that was a gift to me awhile back. Carpano Antica Formula is best served chilled, over ice. As an aperitif or to enjoy after a meal. First invented in 1786 in Turin by Antonio Benedetto Carpano, it is made from white wine and Piedmontese Muscate–wines of southern Italy. Its taste comes from selected brewed mountain herbs, although the most prominent feature is the vanilla bouquet, with notes of spices and dried fruit such as star anise, orange peel and dates. I pulled this description of taste from their site, as the flavor is really quite complex and I wanted you all to get a better sense of it than if I just said it tasted vanilla citrus herb-y.

A little vermouth tutorial, as I think vermouth is making a comeback and there was lots I did not know about it until recently so here is a bit of background by way of trusty Wikipedia.

Vermouth is an aromatized wine, a type of fortified wine flavored with various botanicals (roots, barks, flowers, seeds, herbs, spices). The modern versions of the beverage were first produced in the mid to late 18th century in Turin, Italy. While vermouth was traditionally used for medicinal purposes, its true claim to fame is as an aperitif, with fashionable cafes in Turin serving it to guests around the clock. However, in the late 19th century it became popular with bartenders as a key ingredient in many classic cocktails that have survived to date, such as the Martini, the Manhattan, the Rob Roy and the Negroni. In addition to being consumed as an aperitif or cocktail ingredient, vermouth is sometimes used as an alternative white wine in cooking. Historically, there have been two main types of vermouth, sweet and dry. Resulting from demand and competition, vermouth manufacturers have created additional styles, including extra-dry white, sweet white (bianco), red, amber (ambre or rosso), and rosé. Vermouth is produced by starting with a base of a neutral grape wine or unfermented wine must. Each manufacturer adds additional alcohol and a proprietary mixture of dry ingredients, consisting of aromatic herbs, roots, and barks, to the base wine, base wine plus spirit or spirit only – which may be redistilled before adding to the wine or unfermented wine must. After the wine is aromatized and fortified, the vermouth is sweetened with either cane sugar or caramelized sugar, depending on the style. Italian and French companies produce most of the vermouth consumed throughout the world, although the United States and the United Kingdom are also producers.



Italian Gold & Silver Gilt Frames at WK

20160502-102121.jpg A new round of Italian gilt frames arrived the other day. I forgot to snap away a photo of the silver variety, which are equally as stunning as the gold, so the gold options will have to do for the post today. Sorry about that. I love a beautiful picture frame. They make such awesome gifts with a photo included. We have carried these for ever and ever, and I never tire of the them. The richness of the gilt, which is applied by hand–each frame having small bits of variety, making them truly one of a kind.