Romantic Sparkle: Machalka

Greetings Romantics,

Liz here.  I’m excited to introduce you to Malchalka, a gorgeous new line from France we’re carrying.  If you know us, you know we love micro-pave, so we were delighted when Maureen from Malchalka strolled in armed with necklaces, bracelets, and rings in white, rose, and yellow gold…and even some black diamond pieces!

Leave it to the French to get sexy right.  These pieces are delicate and dainty, the jewelry version of lingerie.  What I really like about this line is that they manage to stay classic and simple with plenty of unique style.  Check out the asymmetrical diamonds on the necklace…wouldn’t this look hot with your favorite top?

If someone wants to romance me with some of the white gold earrings :::insert saucy glance at husband::: I certainly wouldn’t object 😉

Until next time…

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Once Upon a Time: Alexandria & Steven

Hi Romantics! I hope you’re all enjoying your Tuesday! I’m sipping down a RedBull at the front desk as I type this – there’s nothing like “wings” to get you through the day. 😉

I’m typing in today for the second installment of our Once Upon a Time series. I really hope you guys are enjoying having a peek into our personal stories of romance and feel encouraged that any day can be the day you find your heart’s best friend! I’m seriously such a hopeful romantic and this post should show you why.

December 8th, 2009, I was having a tearful heart-to-heart with one of the best friends I had made in this city. The two of us sat on a big leather couch in the Student Lounge of her college, in the basement of the Empire State Building. Surrounded by Starbucks-style decor and students studying, she informed me that her parents were making her move back to Alabama and she’d be leaving before the school year came to a close.

We were both crushed, trying to find a bright side to the situation, when the most attractive man I’d ever seen knelt before us and began to comfort her. I listened in while he said the sweetest things I’d ever heard to my auburn-haired friend. I couldn’t help but think he was amazing and want to know more.

But – as the conversation continued, it became really obvious that he was making eye contact with her ONLY. The conversation lasted for a good ten minutes, and he didn’t glance at me once! I started to get annoyed and wonder what his deal was, until…

he said to my friend: “I don’t understand how you can be so upset when you have friends THIS beautiful here to support you…” {he turned to look at me} “.. hi, I’m Steven.”

Oh, brother! Right? Well, it caught my attention. My friend gave him my number & we began texting that night. Who knew that would be the start of my happily ever after?

Be hopeful, Romantics. You never know what’s around the corner!

xoxo – Alexandria

Romantic City: Mihoko’s 21 Grams

For a Romantic evening out, Mihoko’s 21 Grams cannot be topped!

* all images taken from their website *
While most NYC restaurants are designed with their business lunch/dinner clients in mind, I cannot tell you the absolute delight I felt walking into Mihoko’s 21 Grams.  The atmosphere screams, “Forget about work and let’s party in the most exclusive way!”  The decor sets the stage entirely for romance with pastel damask, white tablecloths, and flirtatious Louis XVI accents placed all over the rooms in unique ways.
When describing this room, I say that from the waist down it screams formal, three star french dining.  The tables are sectioned off by wooden screens, paneled with various colors of pastel damask.  The white table cloths are adorned with perfectly placed settings, beautiful cutlery, and elegant china.
 The walls tell a different story, though!  This large, Flatiron loft space is divided into three sections by a large bar in the center.  The walls are embellished with staggered heights of  Rococo paintings, mixed with wooden-framed, garland motif mirrors. The mirrors are consistent with those removed from old Parisian apartments.  They’re all featured whimsically, at playful, staggering heights.
I have to mention the basement bar – OMG!!!  It is papered with life size, black and white photo wallpaper of the walls of Versailles!  The furnishings encourage cozy talks and intimate conversation… so romantic!
The cocktail list is over the moon in uniqueness, featuring inspired combinations of the most delicious ingredients.  Both the food and cocktails are reflective of Mihoko’s (a well known Ballerina in Japan) love of all things French and Japanese.  Therefore, cocktail, dinner and dessert menus are enhanced with Japanese ingredients prepared in modern French ways.
That said, aside from the sushi menu they offer, the food appeared to be mostly modern French to me.
Unless you are coming here for drinks (which I highly recommend) or  dining here for just cocktails and sushi, I think this is more of a special occasion restaurant.  That said, hurry!  Find a special occasion to celebrate and make this your first, most romantic destination!  It’s gorgeous, playful and completely cool all at the same time.
Did I mention the interior designer is Bruno Borrione, a Philippe Stark prodigy?
Love, Marisa

Romantic Sparkle: Sapphires

I am so excited to be writing our very first post of the “Romantic Sparkle” series!  Working at Marisa Perry Atelier, I get to see so many beautiful things that I want to share with the world and finally we have the perfect outlet! Are you excited to see some sparkle? 😉 The first two photos are of a classic take on a sapphire ring, and the last two are more modern rings from our designer, Douglas Elliott.

This beautiful Princess Diana style ring features a 5.35 carat oval sapphire, with 1.67 carats of diamonds in the setting.  I am so in love with this ring.  It’s so classic.

Below are two rings by our designer, Douglas Elliott. Both sapphires are set in our “In Love” setting, in platinum.

This ring directly below features a 1.95 carat, cushion cut, naturally beautiful sapphire.

Now, this ring below features a 2.64 carat, cushion cut sapphire with a special, fancy intense pink diamond on the inside as a secret love note to the bride. Aww…

Each item featured in our Romantic Sparkle series is currently in stock at Marisa Perry Atelier and available for purchase.

– xoxo – Alexandria

Which ring is your favorite? Classic or Modern? Let us know in the comments!

Romantic Occasion: Paris Proposal {day}

Hi Romantics, today I’m excited to be sharing two of my favorite things with you: Paris and proposals. Paris is on the top of a long list of many cities for proposing to one’s loved one, and many of our customers ask me for advice on planning their proposal. Having spent a great deal of time in Paris, I’ve come up several romantic ideas. For this first post, I thought I’d start out with a daytime option (which your hidden photographer will thank you for).

I propose that you propose to your lover in one of the many beautiful garden areas of the Palais Royal. Whether your tastes lean toward the modern sculptures or classical gardens, the surroundings of Palais Royal set the mood of infinite romance. A symbol of longevity, the 17th century architecture will become a part of the history you share now and in the future.

image via: glamourapartments.org

To celebrate in proper romantic style, whisk her just a few steps away to lunch and champagne at Le Grand Vefour. The 18th century Cinderella carriage in the entry will immediately make your lover feel like the royalty you think they are. The food is delicious (Michelin 3 star), but the hand painted interior backdrop will create such a romantic atmosphere that you’ll want to freeze the moment forever… and you will, as a landmark of your life story.

image via: port-magazine.com

I hope this is helpful! This is only one of many ideas I have for romance in Paris, so please keep your eyes peeled for more in these upcoming weeks. Be sure to share this with the men in your life – you never know who might be in need proposal ideas soon! 😉

Love, Marisa