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LIFESTYLE
Give the Gift of Wine

Velvet Palate is a new and unique wine sale website that offers limited quantity, handcrafted wines from small-production winemakers, allowing its customers access to many hard to find wines. Sign up for their free membership to receive significant savings on online sales that last anywhere from four to six days and would make an optimal gift for anyone on your holiday list.

Velvet Palate offers select sales in the 'cellar,' which lengthens their availability on the website for up to two weeks, giving members an extra chance to take advantage of sales. The site also offers gift packages that feature four or five wines, each with a theme such as sparkling, international, organic, and more and range from $55 to $150. There are also free shipping opportunities each month with no minimum purchase requirement, so be on the lookout for those offers!

SHOP THE LOOK
Bling, Bling

We all have one of those friends that is impossible to shop for. The solution to your frantic last-minute holiday gift has arrived. Introducing a new e-boutique that offers an amazing jewelry membership, perfect for the picky friend, House of Gemmes. The budget-friendly website launched just in time for the holidays and offers an array of jewelry for under $50, as well as their awesome jewelry membership offer.

Once a member, you will receive one box of gems each and every season of the year! Each delivery will contain at least three pieces of jewelry, perfectly complementing the current seasion. A year's worth of deliveries has an estimated value of over $300 and you will also receive a personal discount code for 20% every time you shop, and membership only costs $149.99!

ALL ACCESS PASS
Kickin' It with Chevonne

Fans of NBC's The Voice will never forget the spunky soulful singer, Chevonne, who won the hearts of many even though she was eliminated. She competed on Team Cee Lo and was stolen by Christina Aguilera before her untimely elimination. But The Voice was not the start of Chevonne's singing career. She has also toured with both Estelle and Lady Gaga and even performed 'Born This Way' acapella at Madison Square Garden for an HBO special. Now the singer has launched a Kickstarter Campaign to get support for her studio album and we got the chance to chat with the future megastar about what we can expect from it.

CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Fashion and Charity Collide 12/21/12

'Tis the season of giving and what better way to give back than looking good while doing it? The fashion company Otrera is teaming up with VH1 Save the Music Foundation for the End of the World (predicted by the Mayans to be 12/21/12) by launching a new line of protective and playful scarves. The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. 10% of all sales will benefit the organization.

ONLY IN NYC
Ski Chalet at Haven Rooftop

Last night, The Sanctuary Hotel's Haven Rooftop debuted its new winter Ski Chalet. Instead of hitting the slopes in Vail and Aspen, stay put in NYC for a great (and less expensive) alternative. Waitresses donned sexy ski bunny outfits while serving Russian Standard Vodka on a shot ski. Other winter-themed cocktails were served, such as the Ultimate Irish Coffee and Candy Cane Martini. The rooftop was decked out with winter-worthy decor, complete with snow but without the chill. Haven Rooftop's Snowed In Thursday party will debut tonight, with top DJs spinning nightly Wed-Sat nights. Get the snowy reprieve from city life without the chasing it with the flu.

SARTORIALLY YOURS
The Refined Gentleman

When Seun Olubodun used his dog, Duke, as inspiration for his fashion line, he had no idea it would become such a success. Duke & Winston, the company that offers east coast-inspired garments, is named after a bulldog and Winston Churchill...so obviously it can do no wrong.

The fashion line was created in 2009 and was solely focused on menswear. The goal was to create casual duds for the modern gentleman - sorry, Ed Hardy fans, that discludes you. The graphic tees in the collection sported Duke's mean mug and was an instant hit, and we can sure see why. Now the line has expanded to include both womenswear and clothing for pets (check out the perfect stocking stuffer for the pet lover here). Seun states of his most recent collection - his Fall 2012 Boathouse Row series - that he was "inspired to put together a fall line that is a little more refined than my more graphic line of t-shirts. It focuses more on subtle graphics and embroideries, and makes a perfect transition from summer to fall.”

HAPPENINGS
Sandy Relief at ilili

Ilili Restaurant, which was just rated the #1 Mediterranean Restaurant in NYC by OpenTable diners, is joining the Sandy cause On Sunday, December 9th, the restaurant will donate 10% of all dinner sales to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance. Additionally, for the entire week, $1 of their signature Sandy Relief Cocktail will be donated to the same organization. The $15 cocktail is comprised of grapefruit, fresh mint, orange blossom simple syrup, with your choice of gin or vodka.


ilili is located at 236 5th Avenue. 212 683-2929

CULTURE CLUB
Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits

Photographer Matthew Rolston will be debuting his new book, Talking Heads: The Vent Haven Portraits at Art Basel Miami. The launch party is sponsored by Hendrick's Gin and the famous, Fontainebleau on Friday December 7th from 7-9 pm.

The event will feature large-scale prints from the book and there will also be books available for purchase and Rolston will be on hand to sign copies. Hendrick's Gin will be serving cocktails inspired by the images along with tasty hors d'oeuvres.

LIQUID COURAGE
Why We Love Exclusiv Vodka

Exclusiv Vodka launched in 2001, but has only emerged in the US in the past few years. The small vodka company based out of Moldova, a small country that neighbors the creator, Serge Chistov's, Ukranian home. The vodka is produced using only the best winter wheat, resulting in a natural sweetness and uses naturally filtrated water from Central Europe. Now that we've got a taste of this vodka, we want to share with you why it's so good!

It's Cheap. Let's face it, the economy is still struggling and with it, our bank accounts. So at a jaw-dropping price of $9.99 a bottle (no, we aren't joking), it's hard not to swipe up a bottle or five. Talk about bang for your buck!