A unique column of finds in New York from the eyes of someone who is a “discoverer”...Rhonda Erb

Holiday Ready

The 90th Anniversary of Echo Design:

New York City’s own Echo Design Group is 90 years young. The venerable accessories company has always been “ a family affair”, according to chairman Dorothy Hyman Roberts. Her parents, Theresa and Edgar Hyman, founded the company, then known as Echo Scarves, on their wedding day in 1923. The name “Echo” is an acronym for Edgar C. Hyman & Co.

To commemorate this important milestone for Echo Design, Lord & Taylor recently hosted an event in their Fifth Avenue store, featuring In Style Magazine’s editor-at-large, Hal Rubenstein. Customers were able to view some of Echo’s iconic scarf designs, which were on display, while shopping for some of their latest styles, with the assistance of Rubenstein and members of the Roberts family. The Painted Stripes Silk Wrap (pictured) comes in three color combinations and is 100% silk on one side and 100% rayon on the other.

Available at: http://www.echodesign.com/shop/gift-ideas/a-little-luxury/painted-stripes-wrap.html/ $128.00

Epson Expression Photo XP-950 Small-in One Printer:

Crafty holiday do-it-yourselfers will love this new Epson printer. It allows you to create and print greeting cards and envelopes, professional quality HD borderless photos up to 11”x 17”, custom CD’s and DVD’s and even calendars; so your gifts will be uniquely your own. Print wirelessly at high speed from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, smartphone or computer, whether you are at home or away. The sleek, compact design features six individual Claria Photo HD ink cartridges, a dedicated photo tray, rear paper feed for card stock, envelopes and specialty media, two sided printing and a 3.5” touch screen with gesture navigation.

Available at: http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Product.do?sku=C11CD28201 $299.00

LVX Holiday Trio 2013 Nail Lacquer:

This collection features three dazzling shades that will add a little glam to all of your holiday looks this season. LVX nail lacquer is 100% vegan, formulated without harmful chemicals. The shades are high gloss, long lasting and chip resistant. From now until December 31st, LVX will be donating 20% of their proceeds to PETA.

Available at: https://www.shoplvx.com/index.php?plugin=Products&id=50&title=holiday-trio-2013#!prettyPhoto $36.00

Pledge Flats from Nina Originals:

The Grosgrain ribbon bow adds a festive look to these flannel and patent leather flats. They have rubber soles and a cushioned leather footbed so you can stay comfortably on your feet for hours.

Available at: http://ninashoes.com/pledge-charcoal-flannel-black-nappa--16994?c=449 $135.00

Stephanie Kantis Shimmer Earrings:

The name says it all for these sparkling, 24-karat yellow gold-plated earrings. Put them on and you are ready to party the night away.

Available at: http://www.stephaniekantis.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=EA1012-01 $225.00

Hinged Links iPhone5/5S Style Strap:

Keep a firm grip on you iPhone 5/5S. This stylish accessory keeps your phone securely in your hand, so you can chat or photograph all of the holiday action without worrying about phone mishaps. Other styles and colors are also available.

Available: http://www.shopdavidandyoung.com/hinged-links-iphone-5-5s-style-strap.html $20.00

Nine West Round Rose Gold-Tone Pink Strap Watch NW/1158PKRG:

Nothing is more on trend than rose gold. This watch features a 40mm rose gold-tone case complemented by a blush pink strap for a flattering, feminine look

Available at: http://www.amazon.com $39.00

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Fossil Townsman Automatic Stainless Steel Watch:

The unique transparent dial gives this watch its distinctive appearance. It’s durable and water resistant so it can be worn for dress or casual occasions.

Available at: http://www.fossil.com/webapp/wcs/stores/ $245.00

Cynthia Gale Retro Metro Small Sterling Cufflinks:

For the quintessential New Yorker or anyone who wants to feel like one, these cufflinks are made out of authentic, re-polished solid brass NYC Subway tokens. They have an oxidized subway track design edging and sterling silver bullet back closures.

Available at: http://www.cynthiagale.com/collections/ $122.00

My Drap by Donatella Arpaia Disposable 12 Piece Placemats:

Set a beautiful table this holiday season without worrying about your fine linens being ruined by food and beverage stains. These disposable fabric placemats come on a tear off roll and are designed to be used once and thrown away or washed and reused a few times. Coordinating disposable napkins are also available.

Available at: http://www.hsn.com/products/mydrap-by-donatella-arpaia-disposable-12pc-placemats/7272812 $27.95

American Museum of Natural History:

Always a popular destination for visitors and locals alike, the American Museum of Natural History has opened two new attractions just in time for the holidays. Dark Universe, the new space show at the Hayden Planetarium, promises to give audiences “ a greater knowledge of the structure and the history of the universe” using “ scientifically accurate, and stunning visualizations.” No 3D glasses are needed for this “visually spectacular” trip through our galaxy.

Did you ever consider the role of poison in nature, history, even fairytales? The Power of Poison exhibit allows visitors to explore everything from poisonous frogs to Shakespeare’s witches from Macbeth, conjuring over a toxic cauldron. There is even a live presentation about a real life poisoning case and the science of toxicology.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the annual Origami Holiday tree. The theme this year is Wicked, Wild and Wonderful, inspired by the Power of Poison Exhibit. The Tree features over 500 hand folded models of snakes, spiders and frogs as well as dinosaurs, elephants and more. The tree will be on display until January 12, 2014.

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York City http://www.amnh.org/

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