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Photography by John O’Donnell

Seed of an Idea

Artist Maria Cuellar imports tagua seeds, known as vegetable ivory, from Colombia to create her stylish jewelry. (Tagua seeds come from a type of palm tree that grows wild in tropical Colombian forests.) Cuellar then cuts and dyes them and transforms them into works of art. She sells them independently from her Harrison residence.
Red Tagua Seed Necklace $40
(718) 954-1733


Shadow Boxing

If you like beauty products with an edge, you’ll love the Urban Decay eye-shadow kit filled with such colors as Shattered, Grifter, Perversion, and Mayhem. Two brushes are included along with a cute little eyelid primer potion.
Urban Decay Shadow Box $34
Exclusively at Sephora at The Westchester
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains
(914) 761-7721 sephora.com


The Write Stuff

Take inspiration in hand with these beautiful blown-glass pens, handmade by Jean Peierre Lepine in the Jura Hills of France. Available in six delicious colors.
Bubble Pens $85
Katie’s Paperie
125 Greenwich Ave Greenwich, CT
(203) 861-0025


Look Good, Do Good

Delani Four owner Amy McCracken’s job is discovering new artisans in remote tribal communities in South America and Asia and bringing their handmade wares back for sale in the US. “Denali Four is a bridge between the artisans and the Western market,” McCracken says. “For some, it’s their only source of income.” The suede boots shown here are handmade by a Peruvian, who every Christmas spends some of his proceeds to buy chocolate and bread for the children in his village. Available in assorted colors, sizes 6 through 10.
Boots $175
Denali Four
Yellow Monkey Village, 792 Rte 35
Cross River (914) 864-0344
(irregular hours; call ahead) deanlifour.com


Go With the Glow

Center yourself before practice with these paper-covered glass votive candle holders decorated with Asian-inspired art. Namaste.
Yoga Lights $5.50 each
Dharma Yoga and Wellness
792 Rte 35, Cross River
(914) 763-6320

Toast of The Town

Choose your color, choose your poison with these fabulous jewel-tone glasses. Salut!
Fabergé Glasses $600
175 Bloomingdale Rd White Plains
(914) 684-6200


Bling With A Conscience

These “conflict-free” jewels start out as very small diamonds or gem seeds and are grown in a lab under extreme pressure to simulate millions of years of Earth’s natural forces without the ecological impact—and they’re beautiful to boot.
Spinning “Flame” Ring $6,850
Conscience Collection
Cultured Diamonds
180 E Prospect Ave
Mamaroneck (800) 782-5112


Island Décor

Go green with eco-friendly bamboo-accented candlestick holders with hammered silver,
made in Argentina; 17” high.
Candlestick Holders set of 2, $720
Yellow Monkey Antiques
792 Rte 35, Cross River (914) 763-5848


Indulge Your Inner Designer

Inspired by the hit show Project Runway, this Brother sewing machine has 70 built-in embroidery designs, five monogram fonts, 67 stitch functions, and more. Go wild.
Brother LB6770PRW $500
Hartsdale Fabrics
275 S. Central Park Ave, Hartsdale
(914) 428-7780




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