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Not sure what to get your man for Valentine’s Day?

1800 Tequila offers a “Design Your Own” feature on its Web site, where consumers can upload original artwork to make customized bottles. Send your sweetheart a custom message on a bottle, or personalize with his favorite artwork or a sultry photo.

The customized bottles are $99 and turn around in just 2-3 weeks – just in time for Valentine’s Day.

And for the cost-conscious, 1800 also offers the 1800 Tequila Limited Edition Essential Artists Bottles – a series of 12 bottles, each for $24.99 a bottle. Eleven up and coming artists contributed their designs to create these limited-edition masterpieces – with one celebrity bottle designed by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One.

Custom Bottle Design Instructions and Template, click here.

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In honor of Elvis’s would-be 75th birthday this Friday, January 8th, Three-O Vodka has put together a few cocktail recipes that will help you remember “The King.”

Jailhouse on the Rocks
2 oz. Three-O Mango Vodka
4 oz. Iced Tea
 
Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with lemon wedge
 
 
 
 
Blue Suede Shooters
1 ½ oz. Three-O Cherry Vodka
¼ oz. black raspberry liqueur
¼ Blue Curacao
 
Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass
 
 
 
 

All Shook Up
3 oz. Three-O Grape Vodka
½ oz. Blue Curacao
½ oz. grenadine
Splash club soda
 
Shake first 3 ingredients with ice and strain into a martini glass. Splash club soda and garnish with an orange wedge.
 
 
 
 
The Hound Dog2 oz. Three-O Tomato Vodka
Top with Bloody Mary mix
Add a few dashes of hot sauce and sliced jalapenos
 
Mix in a glass filled with ice and garnish with speared peppers

For a more complete celebration, try pairing your cocktails with some of Presley’s favorite foods – peanut butter & banana sandwiches, sweet potatoes, cheeseburgers, and burnt bacon.
 

Looking for that perfect bouquet for your destination wedding? Look no further! Minoo Hersini, Creative Director at Au Ciel Design Studio, shares one of her favorite wedding bouquets for your special day.

Hersini created the bouquet with blue hydrangea, leucocoryne, marianne blue anemone, sea shells, starfish and panicum fountain grass. Finish it off by hand tying the bouquet with french ribbon.

About Minoo Hersini:  Event planner, interior decorator, floral designer and fashion designer Minoo Hersini is the founder of Au Ciel Design Studio – an event and design studio that offers customized event planning on any scale.  She has orchestrated such high profile events for celebrities such as Vanessa Williams, Glenn Close, Bill & Hillary Clinton, David Letterman and Meredith Vieira.

For additional information, visit www.au-ciel.com.

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Between night club cover fees, fighting crowds and finding a designated driver or cab, New Year’s Eve can be more work than fun. 

This year, why not take the less-stressful, less-expensive option of hosting a ladies poker night?  It’s a great excuse for you and your girlfriends to have a fun evening without the dangers of drunk drivers and roofies.

Here’s everything you’ll need to host a marvelous ladies poker night:

  1. A Poker Set:  Our favorite poker set is Pink Poker Night Kit from Thought Hammer ($17.50).  The kit comes with pink playing cards, 200 poker chips, invitations and envelopes, party recipes, and a rule book.  To purchase, click here
  2. Pink Vodka:  It’s not New Year’s Eve (or poker night) with a cocktail!  Our choice beverage is Pinky Vodka ($35) because it is full of real botanicals, violet flowers, wild strawberries, and rose petals, fantastic for any fruit-based cocktail…plus it’s pink!  Click here for a retailer near you.  The company also has some fantastic recipes online, click here to check them out!
  3. Cigars:  If you can play cards like men, then you can smoke cigars like men too!  We suggest Red Rothchild cigars from Gurkha ($32.81/5pk) because they’re mild to medium with a buttery smooth taste. The cigars also have pleasant notes of hazelnuts and vanilla.  To purchase, click here.
  4. Music:  Of course you need music at a party, and for this occasion we suggest The Fame album ($15) by Lady GaGa because it has the very appropriate song, Pokerface.  You can find the album at any Target or Best Buy.  To purchase on Amazon, click here.

Good luck and Happy New Year from Marvelous Girl!

For more tips on staying safe this New Year’s Eve, click here.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your party menu.  Make celebrating a cinch with these easy-to-mix cocktails from Ketel One vodka, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and Baileys Irish Cream.  These drinks are sure to get your guests in the holiday spirit:

Sugar and Spice
Ingredients
1 ounce Ketel Citroen Vodka
1 ounce Cranberry Juice 1/2 ounce Lime
3/4 ounce Honey syrup
Dash of St. Elizabeth All Spice Dram

Preparation
1.  Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
2.  Add ice and shake vigorously.
3.  Strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass.

Bushmills Maple Nut Egg Nog
Ingredients
1 1/2 ounces Bushmills Irish Whiskey
1/2 ounces Hazelnut Flavored Liqueur
1 1/2 ounces Cream
1 ounces Maple Syrup
1 Whole Egg

Preparation
1.  Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
2.  Add ice and shake vigorously.
3.  Strain into a Collins glass and garnish with grated Nutmeg.

Baileys Peppermint Cream
Ingredients
2 ounces Baileys with a hint of Mint Chocolate
4 ounces hot chocolate
Fresh whipped cream
Candy cane
Mint leaf

Preparation
1. Crush candy cane with the back of a spoon.
2. Pour hot chocolate and Baileys into a coffee mug.
3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream.
4. Sprinkle crushed candy cane on top.
5. Garnish with mint leaf?

Also, do you need a last minute gift for a spirits enthusiast this season? Cross them off your list by picking up a Ketel One gift set complete with a bottle of Ketel One and a stainless steel cocktail shaker for a suggested retail price of $23.

There’s only five days until Christmas, and if you’re a last-minute shopper then look no further.  Here are some marvelous gifts for the mom, sister, daughter, grandmother or best friend in your life, under $50:

Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs ($14.99/each or $49.99/all five) – Help your loved ones live better with an at-home program that works!! For stress reduction, weight loss, quitting smoking, etc, Hyp-Yoga opens up the body and calms the mind with expansive, full-body poses and deep breathwork, making the gentle hypnosis (on topic of choice) that follows incredibly effective. The Hyp-Yoga Audio Class CDs each include 10 minutes of yoga poses (with pictures included for guidance), followed by a hypnosis session. There are 5 CD editions: Freedom from Emotional Eating, Sleeping Better, Learning to Flow (Stress Prevention), Increased Energy, and Living in the Present Moment. For purchasing information, click here.

Meltology self-heating spa mitts ($30/2 pair) and socks ($30/2 paris) – It’s like Botox for your hands and feet!  Soyaffin™ serum drenches hands and feet with long lasting moisture protection to lock in results for younger looking hands.  Natural, moist heat helps lotions absorb deeper than ever, while Soyaffin™ Serum inside the liners leaves your hands and feet feeling relaxed and pampered.  To learn more about  Meltology products, click here.

Yak Pak Nobu Hobo bag ($45) – The Nobu bag is the biggest hobo offered in the Yak Pak collection, with the Megu coming in right behind it.  The Sabrina is a more petite version of the hobo and also comes with an adjustable tied shoulder strap.  Ranging from just $25- $45, all the hobos are made with a soft cotton twill exterior and a shiny satin interior and come in a plethora of stylish prints that are classic to the Yak Pak look.  To find a retailer near you, click here.

Vanitymark Dr. KISS ($12) – This hydrating lip balm (in a cute pill case) has a natural tint thanks to a pinch of the ingredient found in the mood lipsticks of our past. Kukui Nut Oil and Vitamins A, C & E give a healthy, antioxidant-full and moisturizing hug to keep lips soft and smooth, and sweet vanilla and peppermint give this lip balm a yummy taste and minty zing. Great for anyone who likes their lips!  To find a retailer near you, click here.

On Guerrilla Gardening: A Handbook for Gardening Without Boundaries ($18) – A political gardening handbook that calls up images of Mao Tse-tung and Che Guevara.  The focus is on illicit activities, where individuals are inspired to enhance their communities by reclaiming garbage-strewn vacant lots, empty flower boxes, and neglected street-side strips of dirt.  Click here to purchase the book.

When it comes to selecting a gift for that special man in your life, you may find yourself at a loss.  Let’s face it; men are just difficult to shop for. Marvelous Girl has taken the stress out of holiday shopping by finding gifts for him that are sure to please but won’t burn a hole in your wallet:

 BUTTON DOWN in Black, from Company 81 ($42.00) – The highest quality in fabric, style and wash gives this shirt a vintage feel he is sure to love at a price you can afford.  Clothing from Company 81’s collection have been seen on dozens of celebrities, including Sex in the City’s Blair Underwood, The Hills’ Brody Jenner, E! News’ Jason Kennedy, to just name a few.

TITAN 6 for men by ShaveMate ($9.99) –  For some reason, men just light up when given shaving products.  With six precisely lined blades, this razor will give your man the closest shave possible.   One of the greatest features of this product is that it has shaving cream right in the handle, making traveling easier and eliminating the rust ring in the shower. 

GRAND RESERVE – Robusto Natural 5 pk of cigars, from Gurkha Cigars ($48.50) – Nothing puts a smile on a man’s face like cigars.  So why not impress your him with these flagship cigars from Gurkha Cigars.  Infused with Louis XIII cognac and handmade from the finest tobaccos, he’ll truly enjoy the rich, creamy flavor with a hint of spice and a pleasantly light finish found in these cigars.

CLASSIC TAG-FREE CREW NECK – 6 pack, from Jockey ($40) – Men can never have too many undershirts and at this price how can you pass them up?  The tag-free, relaxed fit crew neck wears well under dress shirts or stands alone for a laid-back style.  Recession or not, this is a gift that will forever be on both his needs and wants lists.

LAPTOP ESSENTIALS KIT from BrookStone ($49.95) – If your man loves technology he’ll blow a gasket for this gift.  This item is one of BrookStone’s best sellers because it has six tools that make his out-of-office laptop use much more convenient.


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