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Thom Filicia's outdoor rugs come in seven reversible patterns and vivid shades

Thom Filicia's debut collection for Safavieh includes weather- and stain-resistant outdoor rugs handwoven with yarns made from recycled plastic. The seven reversible patterns come in vivid shades; shown, from left, are Durston in blood orange, Chatham in seaglass, and Ackerman in key lime (prices start at $119 for the 4' x 6' size at Safavieh)

Thom Filicia outdoor rugs

Source: Elle Décor

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

Max & Chloe Blu Bijoux earrings are delicate and refined and perfect for day or evening wear

Max & Chloe's Blu Bijoux earrings are an understated fashion accessory crafted from Austrian crystals and silver-plated hardware. With a pierced post closure, these stunning teardrop earrings hang 1 ¼ inches from the ear $16 at Max & Chloe)

Max & Chloe Blu Bijoux teardrop earrings

Source: In Style Weddings

Posted by Amanda, in Jewelry.

Fashion Junkee's faux snakeskin embossed clutch is rocker chic

If you are going for the rocker look, this faux snakeskin embossed clutch has a studded top design and a top zipper closure ( ($36 at Fashion Junkee)

Fashion Junkee faux snakeskin clutch with round studs

Source: People Style Watch

Posted by Amanda, in Handbags.

The Flou Angle bed has lines that are impressive

The Flou double-size bed is characterized by the tall headboard and is available in the versions Angle, which has a simple headboard, and Angle with side panels, with the bedhead fitted with two side panels. In both versions, the padded bedhead can be smooth or quilted capitonné with completely removable covers in fabric or leather. Two lamps Angle with a polished chrome-plated or golden tubular structure can be installed in the intersection recess between the headboard and the panels of Angle bed with side panels. The lamp is also available in the standard version.

Flou Angle bed

Posted by Amanda, in Houses and Home Decor.

Daniel Boulud's Elegant Ice Cream Dessert: a diva-inspired sweet that is the perfect finale

There has long been a connection between opera and cuisine. Famous singers Nellie Melba and Luisa Tetrazzini both had classic dishes created in their honor, and Daniel Boulud have been lucky enough to invent a dessert for his favorite soprano, Renée Fleming.

In December of 1999, when she was preparing for her signature role of the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Renée was the guest of honor at a gala New Year's Eve benefit at his restaurant Daniel, where she delighted everyone with an impromptu concert. Daniel Boulud wanted to celebrate the diva with a special dessert, so he made a cake that combined chocolate, orange, Champagne Chantilly, and amaretto biscuits. It was a mix of textures and tastes as delicate and extravagant as the Marschallin's aria. And to decorate the top of the cake, they made a special silkscreen of part of the score.

What was originally a five-page recipe has evolved over the years into a simple, sweet, and luscious dessert that is perfect for a glamorous late-summer dinner. This version is a coupe glacée, the French term for a dish of ice cream with fruit, but it is a more elegant concoction including whipped cream and a warm chocolate sauce. Fresh raspberries replace the orange of the original gâteau since chocolate and raspberries are a perennially popular combination (in the fall or winter stewed fruits are fine too). And pistachios add a bit of surprise. When Renée is in New York City she often enjoys this coupe glacée at Bar Boulud, right across from Lincoln Center, following a performance.

Like most desserts, this one is lovely served with Champagne, but Daniel Boulud prefers to open a bottle of Brachetto d'Acqui, a slightly effervescent low-alcohol wine that makes a wonderful pairing with chocolate. And because the wine is produced in northern Italy, not far from Milan and La Scala, it furthers the opera association. Then all you need to do is put on a CD of Renée singing, and you have a perfect concerto dolce.

Daniel Boulud's elegant ice cream dessert

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