You know the ones, the people that always step up and host fabulous parties. Between the invitations, scrumptious food, fun cocktails, flickering candles and fresh flowers, these talented hosts need to be thanked. And that thank you.... has to be good enough for them to invite you back. Cheers!
I am so lucky. I have a staff of fabulous women who care about the shop and me. We hosted a Pandora Trunk Show last night that was very successful. The success was the feeling that overwhelmed me when I walked into the shop, after dashing across the street to grab another bottle of Proseco, to hear a lovely group of women talking and laughing and really enjoying themselves at the french hen. Nobody was thinking about their responsibilities...it was the sound of people having fun. If it wasn't for my staff of Diane and Cindy (guest appearance by Paulette) I wouldn't be able to swing it. Thank you, thank you.
We just recieved a lovely selection of gloves and hats. The gloves are the kind that make me long for the colder weather. We have soft fingerless gloves in gorgeous colors like baby blue, cream, scarlet and pistachio. I have a prediction... fingerless gloves are here to stay, for awhile anyway. They are great for those chilly days that don't quite threaten of frostbite, for when you need to find your keys, sip your tea or paint a masterpiece. We have some fantastic "opera-length" gloves (full fingers) that are adorned with four delicate little buttons. The long gloves are great for the cape-wearing fashionistas. The shop is lush with product. Christmas is only 2 months away. We will be fully decked-out with glitter and sparkles by this weekend.
Getting new product at the shop is always fun but today, my goodness, I died and went straight to heaven. You see, our first shipment of Juliska arrived. For those who don't know, Juliska is beautiful glass that is mouth-blown in the Czech Republic. It is stunningly simple and fabulously ornate. It, like all of the lines I (try) to choose for the shop, can go traditional or contemporary. The pitchers are what every host needs for the dinner party table. The mouth of the pitcher form a heart; perfect for the newly engaged or the couple married for 30 years. When I say I love this stuff...I want to fill my whole house with it! Covered canisters in the powder room, a large hurricane with a candle on the dining table, and ooh those lamps! Please come see for yourself, you'll fall in love too.
The French Hen is well stocked with fantastic gifts for the bride and groom. We carry beautiful tabletop lines like Vietri and Mariposa. The Vietri serving pieces are a welcome addition in any kitchen, long-established or brand new. You'll notice that on every cooking show the food is plated on Vietri. It's all handmade on the Almalfi coast of Italy. Vietri has a gorgeous hand hewn rustic look. Mariposa, which is sand-cast aluminum, works with both traditional and contemporary decors.
The French Hen is now carrying Troll Beads. Many of our Pandora customers have made the request for Troll and we responded. Troll is in and we are loving the beautiful glass beads and the amazing intricacy of the silver beads. 2006 marked the 30th anniversary of Troll Beads which was started in Scandinavia and are inspired by everyday life, mythology and fairy tales. Troll Beads manufactures their beads using sterling silver and 18 karat gold, natural pearls, precious stones and Italian Murano glass. Troll beads are designed by some of Scandinavia's finest artists. The many different symbols, flowers, animals, zodiac signs, colors and materials offer an endless variation and combination choice letting you create a bracelet that fits your personality! Switch just one bead or be bold and begin with a collection. Troll beads can be worn on a silver or gold chain as a bracelet or necklace!
Some really fabulous merchandise is going to be offered up at a significant discount starting Monday, June 18th. We have to make room for new products coming in. In with the new and out with the "old". Be among the first to select from the deeply discounted spring and summer sale stuff. We are talking pocketbooks, scarves, jewelry, dishes, accessories for the home and garden, candles and baby gifts. Don't forget it's time for the teachers gifts!! Thanks to everyone has has made the first part of the year a very successful one at the french hen.
Mother's Day is upon us and everyone has been shopping for lots of very feminine, girly things that will show their Moms just how much they are loved. The LoLLia bath & body line has been very popular for Mom, almost as popular as the PANDORA jewelry. As usual we are wrapping everything in out gorgeous turquoise paper with chocolate ribbons...really yummy looking!
Quinn is back for the summer...thank goodness. Her display abilities are wonderful and as of late I really feel like I could use a shot in the arm. We have a great new seaside display and I have other tricks up my sleeve. Photos will follow soon.
Meanwhile, Happy Mother's Day to all the Moms out there. The hardest and most wonderful "job" we could ever have...Mom.