Get ready to FA LA LA while strolling Madison Avenue on Saturday, December 1st, as the 32nd Miracle on Madison Avenue takes place to benefit the pediatric programs of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. What could be a more meaningful way to source the perfect gifts for all of the lads and lassies on your list, while donating to the care and treatment of children suffering with cancer.
Hilary and I were treated to a sneak preview with The Society of MSKCC President Jamie Gregory, trailing along Madison Avenue perusing gifts for others, and maybe a few for ourselves. As we entered the Ralph Lauren Flagship we were captivated by the sights, sounds and scents that greeted us. It is a sensory immersion into the holiday season. If you need a little prompting, trust me, just a few seconds in that environment will have you belting out the carols and tapping your toes. Just look what it did to Hilary!
Welcome to Miracle on Madison!!
Jamee made a beary cute friend
The windows are divine
For the horsey set
Next stop, Paul Morelli, a jewel box boutique glistening with diamonds and stones, where our merry outing continued with some sparkling try-ons.
Dear Santa . . . .
From there we hoofed it down to Giuseppe Zanotti, for a frolic in the footwear department. GZ is known for his adoration of the feminine form.
Seriously, sartorially sexy
The colorful Jamee went for the Rainbow Sneakers to wear on Saturday as she dashes to and fro . . .
. . . while Hilary sets her sights on New Years Eve.
The vibe was pure energy at Kate Spade where we were amazed with their extensive selection for all of the gals on your list, from niece to nana.
KK picked a Hostess Skirt
Did someone say Millennial Pink?
Rich jewel tones
Iridescent holiday palette
Cleverly curated boxes
We ended our mad dash at Fred’s where we were dazzled and delighted by the sheer brilliance of their storied pieces. Grand Royalty from Europe to Hollywood have revelled in these priceless luxuries.
After our whirlwind tour, shopping our favorite gifts was a breeze – brrrr! Hilary’s picks as always are right on cue. “I shopped the Avenue looking for fun items from a variety of the stores participating. I couldn’t miss Rebecca Taylor where I always find beautiful timeless dresses like this one. And of course Veronica Beard is a must for any lady on your list. Johnny Was is new to Madison Avenue and the Miracle, it is worth a peak at their boho pieces for the gypsy in your life. Chocolates from La Maison du Chocolate are always a treat and a new Smythson diary can’t be beat. There is something for everyone to be found as you stroll and shop for MSK.”
I decided to go for those gifts that I would want to receive myself – yes, a hint! As a practical person I chose items that my friends and family can actually use. I love to gift sunglasses – who couldn’t enjoy an extra pair, or Wolford sexy tattoo stockings – these I will bring as gifts to my hostesses of holiday luncheons and get the howling going! Always in the lead, Hilary introduced me to Johnny Was and I found a tote that can go from boho to barth’s. Who knew that the iconic Parisian brand, Bonpoint created such whimsical accessories like the cat-eared headband for all of the princesses in your life. And must go to Madewell, for the pink furry eye mask and a crazy good selection of stocking stuffers. Hats off to Ralph Lauren as he celebrates fifty fabulous years, the book is a tribute and a special remembrance of the uniquely American Brand.
Ralph Lauren 50 Years Book $50 / Michael Kors Sanibel Sunglasses $119 / Robert Marc NYC 951 sunglasses / Jeff Koons Balloon Swan $14 / Cat Ears Headband Rose Gold $70 / Bambi Chair Brown $200 / Carolina Santo Amphora MIni $765 / Chocolate Travel Trolley $1200 / Leopard Carpet Brown $200 / Faux-Fur Sleep Mask $19 / Jimmy Choo Red Suede Pointy Toe Pumps $595 / Jill Overnight Tote $348
The most inspiring part of our marathon tour of the beautiful and bountiful boutiques, were the friends who we met inside. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and so thrilled to take part in this most festive and philanthropic of holiday traditions.
Lest we forget . . . all of the participating locations will be serving motivational refreshments.
Some photos from years gone by to get you in the mood!
Aaron Basha, 673 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Alexandre Birman, 957 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Alexis Bittar, 1100 Madison Avenue (82-83)
alice + olivia, 755 Madison Avenue (65-66)
Anne Fontaine, 837 Madison Avenue (69-70)
Apple, 940 Madison Avenue (74-75)
Aquatalia, 965 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Atelier Cologne, 950 Madison Avenue (74-75)
Baahng Gallery, 790 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Baccarat, 635 Madison Avenue (59-60)
Barton Perreira, 42 East 66 Street (66-66)
Bond No 9 New York, 897 Madison Avenue (72-73)
Bonpoint, 805 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Carolina Herrera, 954 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Christofle, 846 Madison Avenue (69-70)
Clergerie Paris, 901 Madison Avenue (72-73)
Davide Cenci Inc, 1015 Madison Avenue (78-79)
De Beers Jewellers, 716 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Erik Thomsen Gallery, 23 East 67 Street, 4th Fl (67-67)
Etro, 720 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Frances Valentine, 793 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Frette, 799 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Gagosian Shop, 976 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Giorgio Armani, 760 Madison Avenue (65-66)
Giuseppe Zanotti Madison Avenue Boutique, 806 Madison Avenue (67-
Hueb, 717 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Ippolita, 796 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Iro, 1013 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Isabel Marant Uptown, 23 East 67 Street
Jaded Jewels, Inc., 1048 Madison Avenue (79-80)
Jennifer Tattanelli, 1082 Madison Avenue (81-82)
Jimmy Choo, 699 Madison Avenue (62-63)
Johnny Was, 1070 Madison Avenue (80-81)
kate spade new york, 789 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Kwiat / Fred Leighton, 773 Madison Avenue (66-67)
La Maison du Chocolat, 1018 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Lalique Boutique, 609 Madison Avenue (57-58)
Lilly Pulitzer, 1020 Madison Avenue (78-79)
Lutwyche, 717 Madison Avenue, Suite 3 (63-64)
Madewell, 1144 Madison Avenue (84-85)
Manrico Cashmere, 922 Madison Avenue (73-74)
Mardani Fine Minerals, 766 Madison Avenue (65-66)
Marina B, 18 East 67 Street, Suite 2C
Michael Kors Collection, 790 Madison Avenue
Michael Kors Lifestyle, 667 Madison Avenue
Michael’s Luxury Consignment for Women, 1125 Madison Avenue (84-
Monique Lhuillier, 19 East 71 Street
Morgenthal Frederics, 680 Madison Avenue (61-62)
Morgenthal Frederics, 944 Madison Avenue (74-75)
Morgenthal Frederics, 1155 Madison Avenue (85-86)
N. Peal London, 952 Madison Avenue (74-75)
NARS Cosmetics, 971 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Paul Morelli, 895 Madison Avenue (72-73)
Ralph Lauren Men’s Flagship, 867 Madison Avenue (71-72)
Ralph Lauren Women’s Flagship, 888 Madison Avenue (71-72)
Ralph Lauren Boy’s, 878 Madison Avenue (71-72)
Ralph Lauren Girl’s, 872 Madison Avenue (71-72)
Rebecca Taylor, 980 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Robert Marc, 782 Madison Avenue (66-67)
Robert Marc, 1046 Madison Avenue (79-80)
Roberto Cavalli, 711 Madison Avenue (63-64)
Sanjay Kasliwal, 971 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Smythson, 667 Madison Avenue (60-61)
Stephen Russell, 970 Madison Avenue (75-76)
Stuart Weitzman, 625 Madison Avenue (58-59)
Theory, 1157 Madison Avenue (85-86)
Tory Burch, 797 Madison Avenue (67-68)
Twain Time, 19 East 69 Street
Velvet by Graham and Spencer, 1133 Madison Avenue (84-85)
Veronica Beard, 988 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Vilebrequin, 1007 Madison Avenue (77-78)
Vince, 980 Madison Avenue (76-77)
Wolford, 619 Madison Avenue (58-59)
Wolford, 997 Madison Avenue (77-78)
Zitomer, 969 Madison Avenue (75-76)