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February 14, 2010
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Kitten Lounge's Love Guide 2010

2nd Annual Love Guide Sponsored by Mind Games
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Love is in the air. Not only because Valentine's Day is around the corner but also because we tend to think about things that what we would love to have or do. So this year, we bring you the perfect gifts for Valentine's Day whether you're into something slinky, chocolately, shimmery or you're into places to go and fun gadgets that are definitely going to be loved over the next year.

The Love Guide runs from Jan 15th - Feb 15th. I'm super excited about our sponsor this month! Mind Games is currently available via Amazon and can be read on the go through your Kindle! It's a tale that starts in NYC and takes you to Japan. Find out how far someone will go to find love and how far person fights this love. Dorian Smith spins this story sprinkling in her love for fashion, Japan and more! Take some time to check out the site to read a bit of the excerpt and to get to know the characters. If you have a gift or an event that you would like to include, contact us to find out additional information as we will make updates over the next few days.


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If you see me out and about, you know that I'm wearing something from Ted Rossi! He's known for creating gorgeous python pieces whether it's a cuff, ring, clutch or hobo bag! If you're looking for great accessories that will keep everyone chatting you up all night, then these pieces will work perfectly for day and night! Take some time to check out his site and to see who is wearing his pieces!

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When it comes to the ultimate in Boho Preppy, Tory Burch definitely knows how to achieve this fab look that is absolute timeless. What I love most about this fun collection is that it has the fab red and pink tones that are perfect for Valentine's Day; however, I love that the tote is perfect for a day at the beach when you need to get around the spring. When it comes to packing away your favorite eyeshadows, this is the cutest little lip case and adds a pop of color wherever it goes!

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Here in NYC, it's always a little chilly so when it's time to go out on the special day with your girls or your significant other, these super cute chunky scarves by Spratters & Jayne! These scarves come in various styles whether you like the double button or the single one. Of course this looks super cute with a pair of leggings, a tunic top, a pair of heels and a chunky scarf that's in an array of colors. In addition to the overall look, I love the buttons which are a fab accessory and will leave people asking where you got this great addition to your look.

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A little after Thanksgiving I introduced you to Lavina Firenze, an Italian lingerier brand that I fell in love with from the second that I saw it! I knew that it would be the perfect fit for this guide as this is definitely what you would want to wear on Valentine's Day or any other day that you feel the need to slip into something luxe! In addition to cute little sets they also have fabulous bras and bottoms. This is definitely splurge worthy!


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You never know where you're going to meet your Luvah but I can guarantee one of the prime places is your fab purse! First they brought us fab lipglosses with Huge Lips, Skinny Hips and now Purple Lab has brought Luvah with your choice between Mama's Boy and Rich Jerk. Either way, we've all been with one or the other but at least this choice will make you look fabulous! Take some time to check out the site and see what's going on in the world of Purple Lab as they get ready for their HSN debut!


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"Stay Luscious" is not only a fab phrase but one that you will hear if you listen to the Modern Courtesan! She's all about keeping these feminine and sexy in a world where we can be so focused on rising above glass ceilings and competing, that we lose sight of our essence. She takes us back to another portion of ourselves that is super important - that as women we have other elements that make us unique and we can be powerhouses in the boardroom while also being mystifying creatures. This is more than something to remember on Valentine's Day but somehow this time of year is yet another way to reclaim these thoughts as a second chance to get a move on other types of resolutions! I'm all about beauty products that smell amazing and keep my skin fab so Modern Courtesan by YS is a must! Her lotions and perfumes are yummie and are perfect for whatever mood you're in when using them. In addition, you'll love knowing that the Modern Courtesan or Luscious Lifestyle Diva is a speaker, teacher and more so check her out as well!


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The temperatures are falling and then sometimes it fools us but this is the time of year when winter has definitely settled in and we need to work on our projects to have a productive spring. With that said, we also need to make sure that our bodies are taken care of via good exercise, nutrition and supplements! Functionalab keeps us healthy whether we're taking an entire system of vitamins or we feel the need to pinpoint various elements.

With so many things going on from work, going out to a number of functions and also taking time to research, I loved knowing that by taking the Focus drops within my water, not only did I have a nice minty flavor but I'm also ensuring that I have the focus to finish my projects and to continue to run at full speed! A focused approach also ensures that you don't forget key dates for you and your honey and that you'll remember that they enjoy one restaurant over another! If you're looking to take better care of yourself and those around you, take a moment to check out what Functionalab has available for you!

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This past holiday season on Kitten Lounge, you saw gorgeous agate jewelry from Cynthia Rybakoff! This has been one of my favorite jewelry pieces that I have included within this site and I love the natural elements that she presents along with the pops of color. Valentine's day is more than a focus on red, it also incorporates pink, rich plum tones and of course pops of blue! From earrings, necklaces to bracelets, she has you covered and with a new site ready to launch soon, at her main site, this designer is one that I definitely want to wear from running out on errands to red carpet functions as well! Take some time to give love and to keep a little love for yourself with these fab finds!

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What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Whether you have hunny or you don't Valentine's Day is about passion and Sex on a Plate brings all of this together at the Roger Smith Hotel. If you haven't purchased your ticket, then now is the time do so before it's all sold out! The picture is courtesy of Kelly Cline and a huge shoutout to @emilyspearl and @foodphilosophy for putting on this event!

<b>What does your inside voice say when you taste something sublime?

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Mine says "Sex on a Plate."

It's high time we got out of the digital realm of talking food and
sensuality to bring the experience to life, so if you're in NYC for
Valentine's Day, I hope you'll join us for a very special evening.

WHAT IT IS: We’ll spend the evening exploring the sensual pleasures of food
through small plates composed of sultry flavors, textures and colors.
We'll work to envelop each and every one of your senses and push your
palate to the limit.

Beer, wine and special cocktails will be available. Our guests will
leave with gift bags full of goodies. There's also a special discount
on hotel stays for those that want to continue their evening of
pleasure.

While much of the evening will bring you mouth-to-mouth with the
unexpected, here's some of what you can look forward to:

<b>6:30 - 7 PM Passed hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails

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<b>7 - 10 PM Small plates and open bar

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Throughout the evening, special guest Yolanda Shoshana, the Luscious
Lifestyle Diva
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also be available with some special guests to share more about the
connection between food and sensuality.

MENU: (Subject to change depending on seasonal ingredients)

* Avocado mousse with pickled ginger and orange zest on spicy tortilla crisp

* Truffled oysters

* Frisee with bacon, St. André cheese, hazelnuts, fig jelly and
honey vinaigrette

* Beef with celery root puree, garlic foam and a spiced port reduction

* Cardamom-dusted grilled lamb chop

* Selection of artisan cheeses

* Chocolate liquid love cake with lavender whipped cream

Beer, wine and cocktails - Featuring Hahn SLH Estate Syrah Santa Lucia
Highlands 2007

Goodie bags (Value: $40+)

WHO THIS EXPERIENCE IS FOR:

Singles, couples and groups of friends who want to explore and delight
in the sensual pleasures of food. This event is for everyone,
regardless of status or sexual preference, so long as you have an
adventurous palate.

DETAILS:

February 14, 2010

6:30 - 10:00 PM

Roger Smith Hotel, Penthouse Solarium

<b>EARLY-BIRD TICKET PRICES THROUGH 1/31/10

$100 pp</b>

$90 pp for groups of 2 or more

TICKET PRICE INCLUDES GOODIE BAG VALUED AT $40+

Space is limited. 21 and over. Tickets are non-refundable.

Note: Due to the nature of this tasting event, we will unfortunately
not be able to accommodate food allergy restrictions. Menu may contain
shellfish, nuts and other allergens.

HOTEL SPECIAL

The Roger Smith Hotel is offering a special “Take Monday Off” rate on
Valentine’s Day for this event. Please contact Brian Simpson at
brian@rogersmith.com or @Bsimi on Twitter to book.

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As many of you know, I have a jewelry line, Kitten Couture which was created on one of my visits to South Beach. The idea of having natural stones and seashells that were on a lariat and could be styled in whichever way was inspiring to me. I love this line and the fact that it is handmade. Beaches and resort towns allow me to feel refreshed. When it comes to one of my loves it's traveling to a beach so hearing about Haiti (that was my first trip outside of the country when I was 9 in Labadee and interestingly enough, I was in the Dominican last March for an amazing trip) was hard wrenching. In this time of love, it's also about the love for others and doing whatever you can. Tatiana is one of my favorite pieces in my collection and this piece which can be worn in whatever way you can imagine it and has coral, snail shell and more will have have of its proceeds going to the Red Cross to assist them in their efforts. Tatiana retails for $120 and your support is definitely appreciated. This piece will be at this price and will be representative of Kitten Couture and Kitten Lounge's assistance as they will need continual aid. I hope that the vibrant colors reflect the will of the people and our need to give a hand when we can as there is such a thing as just having love for your neighbor regardless of where they are! Find out my feelings about Haiti and its importance to me within this post!

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Vanessa Boulton has a fun approach to handbags, clutches and even cosmetic cases! I love that she's not afraid to use color and that she has such a whimsical style! These are the perfect gifts to give others and yourself when you're out and about whether it's for brunch or just a fun night out with the girls! With the pops of color, whimsy and willingness to push the envelope, this is a brand to consider when you're in the shopping mood!

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I'm team TMB all the way. If you don't know then you definitely have to check out Tasty Moresels Bakery who has amazing cookies and right now they have a fab way that you could satisy your sweet tooth and your sweetie. So many fab brands/individuals such as Robert Verdi, DKNY, Purple Lab NYC and Chloe - so why not you! To enter for a free box of goodies, you must be located in the US and follow @Tasty_Morsels on Twitter. Send a tweet to them starting out with the phrase of "My idea of the perfect dessert would be..." by midnight of February 12th (one tweet a person) and a winner will be chosen at random.

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We can't forget to spread a little love to our four legged babies that keep is smiling and in good spirits regardless of whether we're having a good day or not! You know that I'm a huge fan of Sugar Chic Couture and when I have my puppy, I love the idea of providing a super cute collar with a little bling, having a cookie that is made just for him and of course having a little nightly isn't such a bad idea either! Sugar Chic Couture is your daily lifestyle boutique that ensures that your little baby has everything that he needs! Take some time to check it out and think of all the gifting that you'll be able to do!

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One of the things that I love within the top 5 of Food Editor and boyfriend, Paul Belobritsky, is the fact that he enjoys cooking! Since I can't cook it was nice to have amazing meals made for me. Then one day, he said that I should help him and I have been a sous chef for the past two years. Having someone cook for you is definitely romantic and I love that it turns into a team work situation that allows you to talk and just get into a whole other kind of groove.

I think author Eric S Lee, knows exactly what I mean with his amazing book, Sweeping Her Off Her Feet With Food. Let's face it, we all love having the amazing dinners and dates but when you have hit the level that he cooks for you and you get to see his space, the intimacy level just kicked up a notch. The idea of a dinner being made for you makes you think of your sweetie in a whole new way! Eric shows guys (and girls can do this too as the way to a man is through his stomach) how to cook regardless of your level. In fact, he even tells you helpful tidbits like how to fold a napkin in various ways, what type of barware should be used for beverages, cooking utensils and so much more. This is such an essential and the pictures are amazing! Eric has an easy style and being a chef that owns his own restaurant, you feel that he definitely knows what he's talking about. This book is about getting romantic and keeping it alive as it's more than a homage to Valentine's Day! Take some time to check it out and get your own copy!

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Celebrate Valentine's Day at Kyotofu Join us for a Special 3 Course Dessert Pairing!
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Date: Sunday, February 14th

Time: 5:30pm - 1:30am Seatings

What: 3 Courses of Kyotofu Desserts prepared especially for Valentine's Day. Paired with Champagne and Sparkling Sake. Plus Take home Treats!

Where: 705 Ninth Avenue (Btwn 48th & 49th Sts)

Event Details: $35 (excl. tax and tip)

To Reserve: Call 212-974-6012. Seats are limited!

Valentine's Day Menu
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Strawberry Sweet Tofu with Fresh Strawberry Sauce & Lemon Shortbread Cookie
Paired with Champagne
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Warm Cherry Mochi Chocolate Cake with Fresh Cherry Ice Cream & Cherry Blossom Yokan
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<center>Paired with Hou Hou Shu Pink Sparkling Sake infused with Rosehip & Hibiscus
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Strawberry & Valrhona Nama Chocolates (Japanese Fudge), Yuzu Linzer Cookies, House made Marshmallows
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<b>Take-home Gifts

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Chocolate Souffle Cupcakes ~ Awarded "New York's Best Cupcake" by New York Magazine
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St. Zipang
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4 parts Zipang Sparkling Sake (sure to keep the romance from falling flat)
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1 part St. Germaine Elderflower liqueur
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Raspberry Garnish
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The Cygalle Healing Spa Give Love Kit is the perfect item to give yourself and to gift! This is a must to relax whether you're traveling, at home or whatever reason you have to use the amazing products within this package! In addition to the personal benefit, know that 10% of the proceeds of this purchase will go to the Haiti devastation relief fund. You can cleanse, hydrate and create a radiant glow without having an oily residue when you use either the Licorice Spice Face Wash or Honey Oatmeal Cleansing Creme. I have definitely loves cranberry within my daily regimine so the Cranberry Antioxidant Toner not only has cranberry juice but biocomplex vitamin C which enhances the feel and appearance of your skin! To ensure that your skin is red carpet ready, use Sea Pearl Elixir which seals moisture within your skin in order to have that glow that looks like you practically live within a spa!

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Love makes the world go round and of course on Valentine's Day there seems to be more of a focus. If we can take the time that we focus on it for one day and spread it around, I think that that is even better! This set of bracelets from Alex & Ani is the perfect accessory no matter the season! Check out their site as they have a fabulous collection as well as this particular bracelet is being given away to our readers if you read the Valentine's Day post! To enter, all you have to do it let Kitten Lounge know what you love in terms of accessories and at midnight on the Day of Love, there will be one winner that will rock luck and love for years to come!

2/18/10

It's true that love makes the world go round and of course on Valentine's Day there seems to be more of a focus. This set of bracelets from Alex & Ani is really the perfect accessory no matter the season. Nice blog, thanks.


4/30/10

agree with love makes the world go round and of course on Valentine's Day there seems to be more of focus.


posted by tiffany jewelry
6/02/10

the last one is just an amazing gift for valentine's day! the bracelet with the love coins,love it :)


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