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Preview: Diptyque Candles for Holiday 2013

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Today I was able to preview Diptyque’s limited edition candles for the 2013 holiday season. The Madison Avenue boutique was offering them just for two days; they’ll return, for the full holiday season (until they run out!), in November.

This year, the candles’ glass containers are gilded over their coloring, which gives them an added luminosity when they’re lit. The oval decals have delicate gilt motifs inspired, reportedly, by the art of Gustav Klimt as well as The Arabian Nights.

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5 on 5: My Favorite Things (Hurricane Edition)

It’s been an eventful week or so in my part of the country, thanks to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy and the damage she left in her wake. I’m very thankful that our home remained safe and sound, and that all our friends and family got through the storm without harm. Still, it was a scary twenty-four hours or so, as the skies turned dark and the eye of the storm moved up the coast into the NYC metro area.

Here are five things that helped keep me calm and comfortable during that windy day and night.

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