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Picks for Entertaining Holiday Guests

While parties and presents are great, the best part of the holiday season is spending time and making memories with family and friends. Having loved ones stay in your home over the holidays can be both rewarding and nerve racking. But don’t fret! We’ve got a few home gadgets and gizmos up our sleeves to help your holiday guests feel extra special and welcome.

Remember: A little luxury and attention to detail goes a long way. Now’s the time to break out the good wine glasses and bedding!

Check out some of our housewares picks below:

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Bed & Bath:

Vince Camuto “Bal Harbour” 4-Piece Comforter Set- Create a luxurious and restful retreat for your guests with this stylish bedding set in a calming misty blue color.

Rowenta Ultra Steambrush- This handy yet powerful tool makes sure your bedding, curtains and even delicate party dresses are picture perfect!

Dining/Drinks:

Lenox Tuscany Classics Punch Bowl Set- Celebrate the season with classic punch served in this beautiful and timeless serving set.

Oneida “Aquarius” Red Wine Glass Set of 2- It’s amazing how fine crystal stemware can enhance your favorite varietals.

Cookwear/Cutlery:

All-Clad Large Roti Turkey Pan w/ Rack + Turkey Forks- Serve up that Thanksgiving masterpiece in this heavy-duty nonstick pan and get ready for the oohs and ahhs from your guests!

Shun 2-Piece Classic Carving Set- Made of sturdy Japanese steel to tackle all your turkey and roast carving needs like a seasoned pro.

Kitchen Electrics:

DeLonghi Convection Toaster Oven- Prepare delicious meals and side dishes efficiently with this space-saving kitchen essential.

Cuisinart Elite Collection ® 14-Cup Food Processor- Cut your prep time with this powerful and versatile machine so you can get back to enjoying the holiday festivities faster!

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Holiday Cooking with Breville

Pulling off the perfect holiday feast takes time, patience and, of course, the right kitchen helpers. While family and friends can be great help in the kitchen, having the right kitchen appliances is all you really need for a perfectly-executed preparation. After all, you know what they say about having too many cooks in the kitchen!

Below are some of our favorite Breville essentials for cooking up a holiday feast they won’t soon forget!

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1. Breville the Smart Oven®

2. Breville the HemisphereControl Blender

3. Breville The Control Grip Immersion Stick Blender

4. Breville Slow Cooker with EasySear

5. Breville The Smart ScoopIce Cream Maker

6. Breville The Scraper Mixer Pro

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Pack up for a Holiday Getaway!

Whether it’s a snowy winter wonderland or a nice, balmy resort getaway south of the equator, everyone could use a little escape from the day-to-day, especially during the busy holiday season!

We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite frequent flyers in luggage and bags to help you pack efficiently for that well-deserved getaway!

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1. Bric's U.S.A. Magellano- Tri-Fold Traveler

2. Eagle Creek Jet Setter Pack-It Set (Zappos Exclusive)

3. Victorinox Lifestyle Accessories All-in-One Charger Set

4. Briggs & Riley Excursion Convertible Brief

5. Rimowa Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin (Zappos Exclusive Color)

6. Kipling Jonah Foldable Tote

7. Tumi T-Tech Cargo Continental Carry-On

8. Delsey Helium Superlite Spinners 28" Rolling Duffel

SHOP ALL LUGGAGE & BAGS >>

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Beef Roast Recipe with the Le Creuset Roaster

There isn't a more perfect use for the Le Creuset roaster than a beef roast. This delectable recipe combines classic flavorful ingredients with seasonal root vegetables for a mouth-watering result.

The best part is that you can put this roaster right on the stove top and make the gravy directly in the dish! Go big for your next dinner parties with a 4-pound roast because the roomy handles on the Le Creuset roaster make maneuvering around the kitchen easy.

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INGREDIENTS:

-1 (4 lbs) boneless prime rib beef roast

-6 garlic cloves, minced

-2 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard

-1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves

-1/2 cup kosher salt

-1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper

-1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil plus 3 Tbsp for the vegetables

-2 lbs of small potatoes, halved if larger than 3 inches

-2 lbs assorted root vegetables (such as carrots, beets, turnips or parsnips) peeled and sliced on the bias

-2 Tbsp all-purpose flour

-1 qt beet stock

-2 sprigs fresh thyme

INSTRUCTIONS:

1 Allow the roast to rest at room temperature at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2 Mince the garlic cloves. Combine with Dijon mustard, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil to create a rub. Spread evenly over the prime rib, patting well. Place the roast fat side up in a Le Creuset Signature 7 qt Roaster.

3 In a bowl toss the potatoes and root vegetables with olive oil. Season generously with salt and pepper. Arrange the vegetables around the roast reserving any tender vegetables, such as carrots, for later.

4 Place the roaster in the center rack of the oven. Roast roughly 20 minutes per pound for medium-rare, or internal temp reaches 120 degrees F. Add the more tender vegetables to the pan halfway through roasting. When the roast is ready, remove from the oven and let rest 20 minutes before carving.

5 While the roast rests, make the jus (gravy). Discard a few tablespoons of fat, leaving some in the roaster. Place the roasting pan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes, until it reaches paste consistency.

6 Pour in the beef stock and add thyme, stirring continuously. Use a wooden spoon to release any browned bits on the bottom of the roaster.

7 Increase the heat to high and continue to cook. Adjust seasonings if necessary, and strain the jus to serve with the roast.

Enjoy!

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New Brand Spotlight: Vince Camuto Bedding

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Taking the same classic-contemporary style of the beloved fashion footwear, clothing & accessories line, Vince Camuto Bedding is destined to make your house feel like home. This lovely collection of decorative pillows and comforter sets is just what you need to give your room a cozy makeover!

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At-Home Cocktail Party

Turn your home into the most exclusive hotspot for cocktails with the help of a few pieces from our Home Shop. Invite a few of your closest friends, serve up some delicious appetizers, shake up some martinis and toast to good times ahead!

Who needs expensive cocktails at pretentious bars when you can enjoy your very own cocktail party right at home?

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1. Riedel Vinum Martini Glass (Set of 2)

2. OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker

3. Oenophilia Recycled Wine Bottle Tumblers

4. Cuisinart Electric Fondue Set

5. BIA Cordon Bleu Ramekins Set of 12

6. Gorham "That's Entertainment" 5-Piece Cocktail Prep Set

7. Oenophilia Bamboo Cheese Set

8. OXO Steel Ice Bucket & Tongs Set

9. Riedel Nachtmann- Aspen Longdrink- Set of 4

10. Riedel Ouverture Magnum- Set of 8


Check out these handy tips for hosting a great at-home cocktail party with a special touch:

Choose a theme: It doesn’t have to be as crazy as a pirate theme! Choose something tasteful such as a color theme or regional flavor (e.g.: French Flair, Wear White After Labor Day, Americana)

Pick the perfect playlist: Even if you don’t have a distinct theme, set the ambiance with a pre-made music playlist. You can even set the pace & mood by starting out with slower tempos, ramping up to a faster tempo as the party gets going, and then slowing down the pace as the evening winds down.

Serve up special hors d’oeuvres: While chips-and-salsa is an easy option, it’s not the most exciting. Treat your cocktail guests with more scrumptious options like fondue with exotic cheeses, or downsize your old favorites like lobster bisque served in shot glasses or potatoes au gratin served in cute ramekins.

It also helps to label your appetizers accordingly so everyone knows what each delicious dish is!

P.S. Remember to check your guest list to accomodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions.

Offer glass stickers: Help your guests keep track of their glasses with little ID stickers. You can even pick ones that fit your party theme!

Enjoy responsibly: As the host, your prime responsibility after making sure the guests have a good time is to make sure everyone gets home safely. It doesn’t hurt to collect keys before you get the party started and hand them to designated drivers after the party winds down. Be prepared to call for taxis if need be, or if you have the extra room, offer a bed or couch just in case.

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August is National Coffee Month!

A cup o’ joe, java, bean juice, the daily grind. Whatever you call it, a good cup of coffee is as individual as the person savoring it. Whether you need that mid-day jolt of energy or that crucial morning pick-me-up, this beloved beverage certainly deserves its share of accolades.

To celebrate National Coffee Month, treat yourself to a new coffee maker, espresso machine and coffee accessories to enhance your daily caffeinated bliss! (or decaf, if that's your thing)

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1. BIA Cordon Bleu Latte Mugs (Set of 4)

2. Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System

3. Capresso Café Espresso & Capuccino Machine

4. Breville The YouBrew® Thermal Coffee Maker

5. Le Creuset Cappucino Cups & Saucers (Set of 2)

6. KitchenAid Pro Line Burr Coffee Mill

7. Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffee Maker

8. Bodum Travel Mug

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Dorm Room Essentials

Many would argue that college makes up some of the best years of one’s life—and we definitely agree. This exciting time of venturing out into independence deserves a proper send off in the form of useful & space-saving houseware to make dorm life easier!

Check out a few of our dorm picks to get ready for the new school year and all the campus adventures that lie ahead:

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1. Keurig K10 Mini Plus

2. Breville Mini Smart Oven

3. Bodum Electric Water Kettle

4. OXO Good Grips® Flip-In Hamper

5. Cuisinart Smartpower® Portable Blender/Chopper

6. Simplehuman Adjustable Shower Caddy

7. Lacoste Croc Bath Towel

8. Lacoste Brushed Twill Sheet Set- Twin XL