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black winter coat with jeweled neckline

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: sparkle

While this could be considered the sparkliest of all seasons, I must confess that my wardrobe and make-up bag are never without a sprinkling of glitter year-round. A little sparkle can brighten the dullest day, wake-up an ordinary outfit, and bring out the twinkle in your eyes – like magic!

The shop is always full of shimmering options this time of year, but think out of the box and consider working the sparkle into your everyday life as opposed to reserving for special occasions – way more fun!

glitter eye shadow

“Space Cowboy” eye shadow is a light champagne beige with brilliant silver flecks that blends beautifully with most everyone’s coloring.

I have a sparkly eyeshadow in my make-up bag called Space Cowboy by Urban Decay that has been in my cosmetic arsenal for over 20 years. I know I know – the beauty gurus would tell you “nothing glittery after 50 as it will settle in your creases and draw attention to lines and wrinkles.” Bah humbug!  I have never worn a lot of eye makeup but the effect of this microfine glitter is so beautifully subtle. I’ve had more people ask me about this one product than anything I have ever used. Oddly enough, this shadow makes me feel sparkly inside and adds a dash of magic to a lackluster day so I intend to carry on for the next 20 years! How it makes you feel is what’s important!

black Audrey coat with removable jeweled collar

Our Audrey” coat from Italy ~sigh~

We have had so many fabulous coats this season, but one of my favorites is what I call our “Audrey” coat from Italy. Very Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The stand-away neckline is cleverly designed with a removable encrusted band of beads and crystals and ¾ sleeves are finished off with black faux fur cuffs. It fastens with over-sized silver snaps that disappear when the coat is closed, but when left open, add a sporty flair. I can see this with opera length gloves over a cocktail dress – or left open with black jeans and a sweater and leopard spotted cashmere gloves for a sportier look.

BLACK SUEDE CLUTCH WITH CRYSTAL BOW

Gorgeous black suede clutch with a sparkly beaded fixed “ribbon” embellishment that wraps all the way around the purse – perfectly paired with our beaded quatrefoil earrings from London.

Our gorgeous collection of crystal earrings from a favorite London designer will light up your face and adds a festive touch to the simplest outfit – even jeans and a tee with a cashmere sweater will seem special! Handsome embellished clutch options abound in Dovecote year round as this is such an easy way to add pop to a casual outfit or a glamorous finishing touch to an evening ensemble – sparkling punctuation that adds excitement in every case!

Miguel Ases statement earrings

Miguel Ases statement earrings – almost weightless!

Hand-beaded statement earrings from Miguel Ases are showstoppers with an LBD, but they can lend a casual elegance to an “at home” ensemble if you are having friends in for cocktails by the fire. I have been wearing Miguel’s jewelry for years, and the weight of his earrings is beyond compare – like air! Quite remarkable for an earring that packs this much punch.

HANDMADE BLACK JEWELED CUFFS

Catherine Osti cuffs from Paris.

Elegant cuffs from Catherine Osti / Paris (formerly in production at Chanel) are so romantic, and many are embellished with clever rhinestone “cuff links” resembling antique estate pieces. Wear over a simple sweater or tee shirt for a touch of exquisite craftsmanship and chic style – or with a strapless gown for an edgier knockout look (think Helen Mirren).
This season delivers beautiful cashmere options with a dusting of sparkling crystals – from ponchos to sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves – always festive!

sparkly black slip-on sneakers

Shimmery black holiday Tulip shoes!

And last but not least, our favorite Danish Tulip shoes have arrived in black with holiday shimmer! A must-have for all of your holiday “running around!”

Trust me…..add a little sparkle to the everyday and feel the magic this season –  and beyond!

 

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The second annual Whirlikids book festival is coming on Saturday, March 7th, 2020 from 10am – 4pm for readers at all levels, but especially for ages 3 and up. Featuring storytime, readings, book signings, panel discussions with authors and illustrators, crafts and more – it’s a day of book fun for all ages! Each week we are featuring a couple of the authors and illustrators that will be...



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Virginia Cocktail Peanuts

Virginia Cocktail Peanuts are here just in time for the upcoming holiday parties or just a few nibbles with your significant other. We have several flavors and sizes to choose from. From the classic Mountain Salt to Dark or Milk Chocolate. I’m sure we have something that will satisfy your taste buds. These make excellent hostess gifts too! See you soon. ~Gloria



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Dovecote Style Gift Guide: Gifts Under $100

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Kristen Arnett's Mostly Dead Things

Weekend Reads: Mostly Dead Things

Arnett's prose is unflinchingly detailed - from the sweaty and buggy Florida summer, to Jessa's taxidermy work, to her painful broken heart. This book is totally weird and totally worth it - not for the faint of heart but an ultimately rewarding read. Believe the hype! Johanna McIntyre's Books



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Gracie Cat in a bike basket

TRUST ME…YOU’LL LOVE THIS: young at heart

There is nothing quite as magical as a children’s shop during the holidays, so I am especially excited to share Sprout’s first Christmas with all of you! We opened Sprout this past spring with our focus on wee ones from newborn to age three, but this time of year we are chock-full of fun for anyone young at heart! Our wall of animal friends from Hazel Village brings joy to everyone who...



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