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Today is the start of the 2008 Major League Baseball season – let’s mark the day by featuring these amazing suede baseballs. A unique and thoughtful gift that would allow any new Dad to announce his arrival in style.

It’s a Boy Baseball Its a Girl Baseball

The baseballs are hand-made to professional standards and arrive in a box with a green turf base stand – perfect to display on a desk or shelf. Find them here. Enjoy HH

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Happy Friday! We are pleased to offer you another great Stylish Steal – take a look here. From the ultra chic and glamorous Flora Collection by DaYna Decker – the Artemisia Chandel will spread a delicate spring scent throughout your home. Enjoy HH

DaYna Decker Artemisia Chandel

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We love children’s art activities that are presented in wonderful self-contained packages.

Take a look at this very preppy mini canvas tote – it includes stencil sheets, paint and sponges, everything your budding design star needs to create personalized art. The retro-nautical theme and red/cream color combination make this a perfect gift for a boy or girl.

Stencil Kit
The MoMA Modern Kids Art is a favorite at our house. This mini kit contains: 6 markers, 12 colored pencils, 12 oil pastels, 8 watercolors and a paintbrush all housed in a bright orange case with a handle. The compact size and clever design make this a perfect art kit for the “on the go” kid!
MoMA Art Kid
Find them both here. Enjoy. HH

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When I was young, my Mom had quite a few pairs of shoes and purses by Etienne Aigner (high style for our town). Learning the proper pronunciation of the Aigner brand (on-YAY) coupled with the Spanish words I learned from Sesame Street were probably my first encounters with a foreign language (sorry, Pennsylvania Dutch doesn’t count). But there were some in our neighborhood who pronounced Aigner (agg-nerr). Perhaps it was just an early case of “francophobia” or maybe they really did not know the proper pronunciation.

Fast forward two decades later to today’s fashion scene and names like: Bottega Venta (VEN-e-ta), Alber Elbaz for Lanvin (al-BEAR el-BAHZ for lon-VAN), Loewe (LO-ee-VAY) and Jean Paul Gaultier (zhan paul GO-tee-AY) have flooded the American marketplace. And to think that people had a tough time with Aigner!

It is obvious that the average consumer or wanna be fashionista finds their “r’s and l’s ” rolling the wrong way – because websites like Zappos feature Brand Pronunciation Sound Clips (click here for the Etienne Aigner). The Wall Street Journal online fashion section recently featured this same topic (source of phonetic spellings).

Following is a excerpt from the DJPremium Blog on Brand Pronunciation – just in case you ever wanted to know :)

Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka

Bebe: Bee-bee

Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta

Bulgari: Bull-gah-ree

Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some

Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era

Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee

Chaiken: Chay-ken

Charriol: Sha-ree-ol

Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin

Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten

Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya

Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew

Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin

Givenchy: Jhee-von-shee

Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley

Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn

Hermès: Air-mez

Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay

Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock

Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay

Lanvin: Lon-vin(“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)

Loewe: Low-ev-ay

Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton

Madame Gres: Madame Gray

Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa

Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay

Moschino: Mo-ski-no

Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay

I suppose if you are wearing the clothes, shoes and perfumes, you should at least want to pronounce the name properly!

And remember if you order the salade Nicoise – do not pronounce it (nee-kwaw) like I so confidently did years ago – only to be humbled by a young, bored waitress – “oh, you mean (sa-LAHD nee-SWAH).” HH

You may also be interested in this site:

Brand Speaking

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These clever and stylish computer Mousepads are the just the thing you need to help keep you organized and on track. The Dots and Stripes version features a lined section on the left for your notes and to-do’s, while the right section is available for any doodles and sketches you create.

The colorful Thomas Paul Mousepad features a calendar and to-do list surrounded by aqua and leaf flowers- one of Paul’s signature designs.

Add the ergonomically designed, award winning Yoropen and you now have a great gift! The perfect way to recognize a colleague who just received a promotion or a thoughtful gift for the new college graduate. HH

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Silver RoloI recently found a British website that carries a sterling silver Rolo in a red jewelry box with the phrase “My Last Rolo.” I didn’t get it – usually I am pretty good at remembering slogans or taglines, but this one escaped me. Apparently, Rolos Candy was advertised for years with the slogan “Do You Love Someone Enough To Give Them Your Last Rolo?” No, I am not looking to get an actual sterling silver replica Rolo – but it’s mere existence does cause me wonder who might give me their last one.

So, here’s the question – who would you give your last Rolo to? But let’s add a twist! The person cannot be your husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend or child. We would love to read your responses in the comments section. Enjoy! HH

Rolos Candy

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Happy Monday and a warm welcome to our new readers! We wanted to share some great news: Write On and More has just been recognized and is now a featured blog at Delightful Blogs. Delightful Blogs is an edited directory of unique and stylish blogs for women including shopping, fashion, design, travel, family and pop culture. You may have noticed the badge on the right hand column – click it to discover other blogs you may find interesting. Enjoy HH

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