December 18, 2015

Plush Bath For Everyday Pampering

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FROM KIMBERLY

plush bath robes at maison k

The perfect combo; a luxurious robe, a quiet morning at home and delectable croissants! We are fortunate to have

Renaud here in Santa Barbara, who creates incredible french pastry. You will find all the French expats there too – saying his creations are better than many French bakeries. The ultimate French Tea Emporium experience this side of the pond is not even Laduree in NYC but actually just down the coast from us here, in downtown Los Angeles. Bottega Louie is a must for those longing for a French experience; the patisserie is housed in beautiful marble and glass cases, in a high-ceiling, turn of the century building with large windows full of light. Enjoy a bistro meal, tea time treat or take things to go; the macaroons, patisserie and chocolates are nestled into beautiful packaging. My fave is the raspberry croissant pictured here. Ooh la la!
March 7, 2015

Bathroom Bliss with Turkish Cotton Towels

turkish cotton towels at maison k

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FROM KIMBERLY

turkish cotton towels for the bath at Maison KThe first time I ever went to a hammam was years ago in Paris, after walking a trade show for days on end I was in need of a tranquil restoration. Recently, I treated myself to a traditional Turkish bath in Istanbul and highly recommend my experience at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami. Pictured left is this exquisite hammam built in the 16th century, commissioned by Roxelana, the wife of Suleiman the Magnificent. Situated between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia, it is truly a gem of a building. The interior of the bath is a large gorgeous room, covered wall to wall and floor to ceiling with gleaming white marble. This grand room, filled with warm air, bubbly softly scented soap, and the subtle sound of running water felt like a dream from a bygone era. They had the most luxurious Turkish cotton towels that inspired me to bring them into the store.

November 12, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 42 days!

moroccan bath towels
SUPERFINE MOROCCAN FOUTAS
 
I have fallen in love with “foutas” – beautiful cotton towels traditionally used in hammam spas or mid eastern bathhouses. These days we  can enjoy them for a variety of uses such as table cloths, beach towels or in our home spas and bathrooms. This collection is the most beautiful and luxurious I’ve found in a classic and soothing palette of ivory, grey and black.  
 
$48-195
November 9, 2013

Holiday Countdown : 45 days

specialty soaps from spain at maison k montecito
BEACH ROSE SOAPS
 
Created in Spain, this gift boxed set of 4 beautiful oval soaps makes a perfect gift. Each soap is fashioned into an alabaster looking bathing bar with a cameo style portrait of a lovely woman on top. The scent is a beguiling blend  of beach roses and rose water.
 
$45
November 5, 2013

Holiday Countdown: 49 days!

therapeutic sea salts at maison k
 
SEL DE BAIN
 
Naturally harvested sea salts from different parts of the world. They are both pretty and therapeutic. These make a unique and marvelous gift of relaxation.
 
$24 EACH

 

September 14, 2013

Try our new Eau de Parfum!

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Made exclusively with natural oils and extracts, Sarabecca’s two fragrances, “Day” and “Night” are a true product of nature. “Day” has notes of jasmine, tuberose and muguet and “Night” includes notes of bergamot, ginger and patchouli.  Housed in an etched bottle from France and packaged in a beautiful box with artwork by local artist Carin Gerard, you will want to enjoy both fragrances for yourself as well as to give as gifts. 

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FROM KIMBERLY

Maison K, From Kimberly, The Cloisters, Met Museum of Art in NYC, Santa Barbara CAToday, a perfume made with real plant extracts and natural oils is a true rarity.  But for eons before the 20th century, all fragrances were naturally derived, often from plants tended to in European cloister gardens.  One of the most spectacular institutions dedicated to medieval art and architecture is that of “The Cloisters“, a branch of the the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Spectacularly poised in Fort Tyron Park above the Hudson River, a patische of European cloisters create a serene and fascinating impression of medieval monastical life.  It is a wonderful escape for an afternoon, where you can relax in the porticos of the cloisters, peruse the plants in the gardens and marvel at the mystique and majesty of one of the most famous pieces of art in the world, The Unicorn in Captivity a 15th century tapestry depicting the ever elusive Unicorn amidst a field of flowers.

June 28, 2011

Jewels of the Nile – 100% Lotus Essence from Cairo

lotus essence from cairo at maison k

From Kimberly

Pictured above is a luscious Lotus Essence, housed in a precious glass vial. The scent is dreamy on everyone who wears it.  Just arrived from Cairo, it is pure and enchanting. The plants are pressed to release the essence; there are no other ingredients.    

The lotus is one the most revered flowers in all the world. Its beauty, colors and life have been of huge inspiration in art, philosophy, religion, cuisine and culture for eons.  

We are lucky to have our own Lotus LandGanna Walska’s beloved gardens and estate in Montecito.  As much as I enjoy a great lap pool, I love that the swimming pool of the estate, built in the 1920’s, was later utilized as a home for numerous varieties of the namesake lotus flowers.

Pictured to the left, somewhere in Ho Chi Minh City, float artfully worked lotus flowers, drifting in a huge brass pot. While the flowers are used decoratively, the roots are used in cooking.  One of the most refreshing and delicious salads I’ve ever had in my life was a lotus root salad in Hanoi. There are so many aspects to this amazing plant! While I’ve not tried this recipe for lotus-root-salad, it sounds délicieux!