As the Peanuts character Linus once wisely declared, “Happiness is a warm blanket.” And he didn’t even have a Faux Fur Throw.
One of the season’s hottest gifts, our wildly popular Faux Fur Throw is exactly what the doctor ordered when the weather outside is frightful.
Mimicking nature in the most exceptional way, these luxurious throws are the season’s dreamiest accessory. Using innovative fibers, we replicate the supple hand, pleasing thickness and distinctive colorations of real fur. Add plush softness and exceptional warmth, and they become positively irresistible.
Our fabulous Faux Fur Throw has garnered more than a few fans … and raves. Eve Marie from Miller Place, NY says, “Best throw ever! So soft I have three of them all around the house. My dogs can’t get enough either. I’ve had them for a year now, use them daily, and they still look new.”
Reviewer Barbara in Long Beach, CA exclaims, “The Faux Fur Throw arrived beautifully gift boxed and very promptly! It is luxurious and warm and larger than most throws, which was why I purchased it. Looks great on my leather sofa or my silk bedspread. A fabulous Christmas gift for me!!”
When overnight guests arrive for the holidays – or any time of year – a little extra hospitality goes a long way. Taking time to anticipate their needs will make them feel especially welcome.
Fresh flowers and a small basket of goodies make the guest room look warm and inviting. Fill the basket with small sundries that will stave off hunger and thirst no matter the time of day. Bottled spring water, fresh fruit, salted nuts, granola bars, foil-wrapped chocolates and mints are a cinch to set out and easy to eat.
Even if the stay is just a few nights, your guests will feel more at home if they’re able to unpack. Clear two or three drawers and make room in the closet. Supply a variety of hangers – about six to 10 sturdy ones – for trousers, jackets, dresses and coats. You may also consider buying a luggage rack so there’s a place for a suitcase other than the floor.
During the busy holiday season, it’s a brilliant entertaining trick to have a go-to main course that is as impressive as it is easy to prepare. That’s why we love the Slow-Roasted Pork Loin with Molasses and Balsamic Glaze from Food & Wine.
This sumptuous roast pork loin takes 30 minutes to prep, and most of that work can be done the night before. Then virtually all you have to do is slide it in the oven to cook while you wrap gifts, set the table or even take a nap.
A meal this delicious calls for an equally decadent wine, like the Beaujolais Pardon & Fils Juliénas Les Mouilles 2011, our Wine of the Month, part of Frontgate’s Reserve Top 12 hand-selected case. The Pardon family has been making acclaimed Beaujolais for six generations. This one hails from their family’s prized, single vineyard Les Mouilles – one of only 10 designated crus (or villages) in the historic Juliénas region.
Named for Julius Caesar, the village of Juliénas is home to some of the greatest Beaujolais of all. According to World Atlas of Wine legend (and big Beaujolais fan) Hugh Johnson, “no other cru has a higher overall standard.”
The Pardons’ recently released 2011 wine boasts all the fleshy red fruit and complex spice that make Juliénas wines so prized. And it’s already garnered 89 Points from Wine Enthusiast.
This superb red makes a great match for slow-roasted pork, as well as veal, most charcuterie and pâtés. Beaujolais locals often serve the wine slightly chilled (cellar temperature) … making it a perfect aperitif. If you have some left over at the end of the meal, try matching it with some semi-sweet dark chocolate.
Since opening its first destination spa resort in Tucson in 1979, Canyon Ranch has empowered people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress management and integrative wellness.
Today, the Canyon Ranch commitment to wellness and vibrant living meets Frontgate’s dedication to beautiful design and lasting quality. Together, we’re introducing a collection of intentional design – from enveloping towels and exquisite aromatics to the pillow of your dreams. Yet it’s not just the state of your bedroom and bath. It’s a state of mind. Transformation starts here.
Begin your journey with a visit to Whole Beauty by Canyon Ranch, featuring expert advice, recipes and more to nurture your health and wellness.
Written by: Canyon Ranch Staff
While there’s a good chance you already have a bathing routine, what about a bathing ritual? You may hop in the shower each morning to get clean – fast – but regularly getting in the bathtub simply to relax, be alone and feel the warmth of the water surrounding you can restore you – mind, body and soul.
Cultures across the globe have employed the curative power of water for centuries. Unlike the names used to describe its use for restorative purposes today—hydrotherapy, balneotherapy, hydropathy—the basic science behind it is simple: Soaking in warm water triggers the dilation of blood vessels, which in turn relaxes muscles. This physical reaction can ease pain and encourage the body to let go of stress that may be manifesting as tight shoulders, a stiff neck or a sore back. Additionally, taking the time to relax and soothe your body in a tub of warm water can help with the emotional impact of stress, promoting relaxation and encouraging you to take a moment for yourself. No wonder traditional and alternative healers alike recommend warm baths to relieve symptoms associated with a host of issues, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, sleep disorders, overexertion and more.
The bath ritual that is most beneficial for you is a very personal thing, but it all starts with carving out the time. Thinking of your bath as a moment to give your mind and body a break adds a sense of importance and weight to what might otherwise be seen as an unnecessary indulgence. Choose the frequency that seems most helpful to you— say, at least weekly—and aim to devote at least 30 minutes to your bath; about half that if you suffer from chronically dry skin. Ask family members to respect this (that means no interruptions), and remind yourself that you deserve this gift.
Then, explore ways to help you engage your senses, relax and renew:
Set the mood. It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is palatial or pint-sized, there are plenty of things you can do to evoke tranquility. Clear clutter from countertops, introduce soft natural light or flickering candles, and add a touch of nature with flowers or plants. Soothing music is a nice touch, but leave other electronics (such as your phone) on the other side of the bathroom door.
Test the temperature. Ideally, bath water should be close to body temperature or a few degrees above. Overly hot water can dry or even scald skin, and it can be a health risk if you’re pregnant or have multiple sclerosis, a heart condition or other disorders. You should be able to comfortably enter and recline in the tub.
Add aromatherapy. Customize your bath with an essential oil or two. Typically, 12 to 16 drops (total) is enough, in whichever combination of oils you choose. To energize and beat fatigue, try grapefruit, ginger, rosemary or peppermint. For stress relief and relaxation, consider chamomile, jasmine, lavender or patchouli.
Quiet your mind. If you’re up to your neck in bathwater but you’re still obsessing over a work project or running a loop of a recent argument, it’s certain that you aren’t getting the relaxation you could if your mind was still. Calm your thoughts by repeating a mantra or affirmation (consider using the phrase “I am present” or “I love myself”), or simply focus on your breathing as you soak.
Pamper yourself. Incorporating often-skipped personal care steps into your bathing ritual is a wonderful way to treat yourself to something special. Take time in the tub to exfoliate rough spots, apply a facial mask, deep condition your hair or simply clean your body from head to toe. Though you may recognize that you’re attending to your physical self, caring for your person in these ways can bring about inner benefits, too.
Ease soreness. A bath is often the prescription to soothe a sore body, particularly when you add magnesium sulfate. Better known as Epsom salt, it releases ions into the water that, when absorbed by your skin, help combat inflammation that can contribute to aches and pains. Its minerals are known to soften dry, rough skin and even help ease conditions like eczema and psoriasis, too. There are other oils – like arnica, ginger, basil, rosemary and ylang ylang- that can specifically help with aches and pains.
Finish your bathing ritual with the same level of attentive care as you began with. Pat (don’t rub) yourself with a plush towel, and moisturize generously while your skin is still damp to seal in all that beneficial moisture. Take a moment to revel in your relaxed state and appreciate this time.
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