It’s fab, fetching and feather-soft. It’s our Faux Fur Pet Jacket, which we adore. (You should have heard us fawning at the photo shoot.)
And Oprah loves it too.
She chose the super-cute accessory for her “Oprah’s Favorite Things” list, the annual guide of holiday must-haves. It’s the finest in four-legged fashion, irresistibly soft and warm with a look that’s pure Park Avenue – or perhaps Magnificent Mile, in Oprah’s case. There’s no more divine dress for your precious pooch on a crisp afternoon stroll.
Swarovski crystals adorn the Italian full-grain leather of our handcrafted Art Deco Bling Dog Collar. And with the Crystal Necklace Dog Collar, you can customize crystal charms with your canine’s name, or make a sassy statement in dangling letters: “S-P-O-I-L-E-D.”
A classy canine deserves glamorous, gourmet dining. Adorned on four sides with dazzling crystals, our Bling Double Feeder boasts a leather top surface and two ceramic bowls. The Bone Appétit Dog Feeder and companion Treat Jar – topped with a golden bone – add to the five-star dining experience. Don’t forget the Mutt Merlot Pet Treats, with packaging resembling a wine bottle. Dessert? The organic, all-natural Custom Mini Pupcakes or Custom Holiday Cake Pops can be personalized with your pet’s initial.
Then bring bling to bedtime with the glamorous Gigi Crystal Pet Bed, luxurious velvet accented with crystal buttons and tufting – and coordinate with our monogrammed velvet blanket. Or chase away winter’s chill with our irresistibly soft Faux Fur Pet Bed.
See why Oprah raves about our Faux Fur Pet Jacket, and then explore the Park Avenue Pet collection. A certain four-legged friend will thank you.
Want to know why that pet jacket isn’t just for show? In “Keeping Your Dog Warm and Happy,” experts share important safety tips you’ll want to know.
If you’re going to go for the gold, the holidays are the perfect time. That’s what the golden girl of Food Network’s Iron Chef, glamorous restaurateur Donatella Arpaia, plans to do. And she designed her brilliant brand of holiday entertaining and serving pieces for Frontgate, so all of us can shine too.
On her table, everything has a touch of glitz. White linen napkins and table runners are embroidered with golden cording. Metallic rims on her elegant bone china beverage tubs catch the glint of candlelight. And elements from the natural world are the perfect foil—like antler-inspired pedestals on her marble-topped lazy Susans.
Discover more of Donatella’s entertaining tips, and try her delicious Fritto Misto recipe, in “Holiday Glamour Girl: Wine & Dine Like Donatella Arpaia”.
Find more inspiration from Donatella on Pinterest.
The cocktail hour is hot again. Call it the Mad Men effect, a spillover of scintillating style that is fueling nostalgia for the cocktail culture of the 1950s and ’60s.
The art of entertaining is having its own revival, thanks in part to a foundational piece of furniture: a bar cabinet. Whether echoing Midcentury Modern design or Hollywood Regency, a bar cabinet recalls the sophistication of bygone eras.
It’s a refined way to store glasses, bottles and cocktail accessories, and the cabinet top gives you the perfect space to mix drinks. Off duty, it becomes an artful spot for displaying bottles and decanters.
When you are entertaining, a bar cabinet makes a grand, flourishing statement in a living room. It also handsomely outfits a study or den. And it can be the pièce de résistance in a master suite – especially since many cabinets are designed to house a mini-fridge.
We’ve fallen hard for the Serpentine Bar Cabinet, an ebony homage to Regency style. Details set it apart: a gold-leaf pinstripe, a custom-cast brass ormolu, brass escutcheon handles, and soft-close drawers and wine racks.
For true glamour, the Ainsworth Eglomise Bar Cabinet shimmers like a Hollywood starlet. Behind its glass panels backed with silver leaf are roomy shelves and two breakaway side doors, each with shallow shelves for glassware. Pairing with our eglomise chests and vanity, it can elegantly equip a master bedroom or guest suite.
Eglomise also adorns our Regina Bar Cabinet. The Forsyth Bar Cabinet and Forsyth Double Bar Cabinet, along with our Preston Crushed Bamboo Bar Cabinet, boast British Colonial styling and dramatic texture.
After you’ve found your match, it’s time to celebrate with something fizzy, like this lemony New Orleans favorite.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
Makes 1 drink
1½ ounces VSOP cognac
½ ounce simple syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a martini glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.
Or if you prefer a dessert-minded drink, consider this recipe from our collaborator, restaurant mogul Donatella Arpaia.
Makes 1 drink
4 ounces Prosecco
1 brown sugar cube
dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish: pinch of cocoa powder
In a champagne glass, place first three ingredients. Stir once, garnish and serve.
It must be primal. When the autumn air snaps with crispness and leaves begin to fall, we instinctively turn to warm, nourishing foods that satisfy beyond hunger. Cumin, coriander, cinnamon, cloves—all of the spices that start with C—make a re-appearance and get an extra shake. And of course, rich, slow-cooked chili and cups of steaming hot chocolate are undeniable go-to’s this time of year. But now, so is ice cream.
Jeni Britton Bauer, acclaimed cookbook author and cool founder of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, stirs up her fabulous Fire-and-Ice Ohio Chili recipe with a surprising scoop of chocolate ice cream inside. The mingling of beef, tomato, autumnal spices and creamy chocolate takes this chili over the top.
It’s the perfect choice for your next tailgate party. But you’ll need a heavy-gauge Dutch oven with a tight-fitting lid because Jeni’s Fire-and-Ice Chili simmers over low heat for over an hour to build layers of flavor and a velvety, saucy consistency. Jeni recommends spooning it over spaghetti as a luscious sauce.
Give Fire-and-Ice Chili a try, and see if your football fans can guess the chilly secret ingredient in your latest chili recipe.
Courtesy of Food & Wine
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, minced
1/4 cup chile powder
1 Tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups water
One 15-ounce can tomato puree
One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 cup dark chocolate ice cream
Cooked spaghetti, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and thinly sliced scallions for serving
In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil. Add the ground beef and cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes.
Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.
Add the chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir the water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into the beef, and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Stir in ice cream and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serve the chili in bowls over spaghetti, passing shredded Monterey Jack and thinly sliced scallions at the table.
This chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Suggested pairing: peppery, berry-rich Zinfandel.
Fall in love with more seasonal inspiration on Pinterest.