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A RELAXING VISTA MAKES FOR A DREAMY WEEKEND RETREAT - SHARON,CT - CLICK IMAGE TO SEE MOREWith scorching temps all over the country, working 9 to 5 is about as grueling as it gets.  If you are lucky enough to get that oh-so-sought-after weekend invite to a friends house - TAKE IT!  Regardless if your friend has a compound, a condo, or a shack with a compost pile - take your chance to escape the heat of the city and go.   Pack light, have a great time, and be a good houseguest.   After all, you want to be invited back again..right?  

Here are a few Host / Hostess gift ideas that you can bring with you, or even better have them sent to your hostess with the mostess once the weekend is over.

La Maison Du Chocolat -Summer Hat Box - $120.00For the Chocolate Lover:   La Maison Du Chocolat:   This Parisian purveyor of fine chocolates has a global following for their famous truffles.   With several outposts in the U.S., La Maison will fedex these fine confections overnight - complementary with a purchase of $120.00.   The Summer Hatbox will put a smile on your hosts face, and confirm you were a good weekend invite!

Designer Ari Shapiro models her exclusive Ari Dean Pajamas at the W South Beach - $165.00For the LoungerAri Dein Pajamas  - What's more luxurious than comfy pajamas?  Designer Ari Shapino has created an exclusive pajama set for the W South Beach as it celebrates 4 years of fabulous accommodating.  Ari Dean was featured prominently on Gossip Girl, the choice of Blair Waldorf - of course!   100% Cotton and made in New York, these are sure to delight any hostess or guest.  (Buy a set for yourself - shhh).  Ari Dein Pajamas - $165.00

Christophe Pourny Furniture Care Kit - $98.00For the Interior Design Lover: Christophe Pourny Furniture Care:  All natural and effective.  This French artisan is a favorite of Martha Stewart.  His Tonics have essential oils of Lavender, Rosemary, or Sandalwood in each bottle.  His Furniture Care Kit has the full assortment of Wood & Leather Care.  Made in NYC.  Free priority shipping- $98.00


For the Style-ista: C.Z. Guest - American Style Icon by Susanna SalkC.Z. GUEST - AMERICAN STYLE ICON - THE LATEST FROM SUSANNA SALK Read all about one of America's chicest socialites.  Guest was THE image of glamour, Hollywood style, and the well heeled lifestyle.  Published by Rizzoli, this is the first book ever written about this glamour icon.  Brought to life by style maven Susanna Salk - a taste-maker and pretty glam WASP in her own right - having a stable of great coffee table books to choose from.  $75.00 - with free shipping ($46.00 on Amazon at the moment!!)    Click images to shop now.

Remember, it's the thought that counts.   Try to make it original and not something your host already has.   If your budget is tight, a heartfelt Thank-You note is also always welcomed - and can make just as big an impression for any true friend. 

Happy Summer!

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