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It's a match made in jewelry heaven. Designer Kelly Wearstler has joined forces with Swarovski to create 10 bejeweled home design objects and accessories, available December 11 for a limited time exclusively at Forty Five Ten and Wearstler translated her recognizable aesthetic into the collection, which includes vintage cotton tees, silk scarves, handcrafted wood ornaments and canvas-and-leather totes. But the stars of the ensemble are undoubtedly two hand-signed bespoke Super Luxe Head Trip sculptures, which feature almost 30 varieties of Swarovski crystal shapes in 48 sizes and more than 15 colors. Celebrate the chic collab with a cocktail party hosted by Wearstler Thursday, December 11, at Forty Five Ten; a portion of sales will be donated to Art Ball and benefit the Dallas Museum of Art. $150 to $22,000, at Forty Five Ten and Linden Wilson Once when feasting on chocolate-chip-cookie crumbs, Julie Tobolowsky and her partner at JK Chocolate, Karleen Kusin, had the same thought: "What's better than having one big cookie? Lots of little ones!" And, with that, the Microchip Cookie was born. Now the duo, who have created their famous chocolate sauces since 1984, offers nine flavors of signature tiny cookies. The most popular remains the classic chocolate chip; each tiny cookie has the crunchy, buttery flavor of your favorite childhood snack, with a chocolaty center. Other flavors include Texas classic pecan sweeties, six-spice gingersnap, peanut butter and sea salt, and savory cheddar cheesies with Texas heat. For the holidays, JK Chocolate has launched the Quad, a gift box of four Microchip flavors, wrapped with a festive red bow. Paired with JK's decadent chocolate sauce, it makes for a decadent hostess gift. The Lovers Lane bakery now has a retail storefront, but don't ask them to share their secret recipe. "Everyone has something they hold close to their chest," Tobolowsky says. "The Microchip is one for us." 4710 W. Lovers Lane, 214.350.0427, Roni Proter The holidays would be less bright without a glass of bubbly — but we'd rather not wait till New Year's. Elise Losfelt, French winemaker and oenologist at Moët & Chandon, recently visited Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to tout the newly released Grand Vintage Brut 2006. So with the holidays fast approaching, we asked Losfelt questions for which we need answers toute de suite! Roni Proter Foods to bubble by. Oysters and caviar are fantastic with champagne, and more casual foods like truffle fries, fried chicken and cheese are equally delicious with champagne! Champagne loves oily, salty and fatty foods, as they bring out the wine's fruitiness and freshness, so burgers, tacos, barbecue sauce and lobster are exciting pairings. A common misconception. Many people think they should only drink champagne as an aperitif, but that's not the only way to drink it. Champagne can be enjoyed throughout the meal. But avoid pairing brut champagne, like Moët & Chandon Imperial and Imperial Rosé, with desserts; and the classic mistake, pairing with wedding cake. The acidity of the wine and the sweetness of the dish will not work together. Imagine pairing a glass of lemon juice with a chocolate cake; it's the same principle. What are you serving at home? I serve Moët & Chandon Impérial. If you have a bottle in your refrigerator, don't wait for a special occasion to pop it open. Best temperature. It should be served around 50° F. The best way to chill your bottle is to fill an ice bucket with ice and one-third water and allow it to cool for 15 to 20 minutes. Coupe or flute? The best glass for champagne is a white wine glass. The larger bowl enables the wine to open up, letting you better enjoy the aromas and complexity. A traditional champagne flute's narrow shape limits the experience. Moët & Chandon Grand Vintage Brut 2006, $80 at Pogo's Wine & Spirits, DECEMBER | PAGE 8 | 2014 T hough Cartier's forthcoming Panthère collection could hardly feel more current, its roots trace back a full century. In 1914, Cartier debuted its first panther-spot motif on a show-stopping wristwatch, with black and white onyx and diamond pavé that was a pioneer of the Art Deco style. That same year, Louis Cartier ordered a "Lady with panther" watercolor illustration from French illustrator and painter George Barbier to serve as an exhibition invitation, and the affinity between the House of Cartier and the feline allure of the panther was established. The Duchess of Windsor inaugurated the Panthère tradition among glamorous women of the 20th century when she donned Cartier's onyx-spotted diamond panther brooch on a 116.74-carat emerald cabochon in 1948. She was followed in her admiration by "panther women" of outsized stature such as Barbara Hutton, Princess Nina Aga Khan and Daisy Fellowes. The new 56-piece collection of modernized Panthère jewels retain the feeling of movement, though they are frozen in an enduring pose. The process of crafting the Panthère rings, bracelets and necklaces made from onyx, black lacquer, garnets and diamonds is as intricate as you would imagine — and even more challenging. Each originates from individual drawings, then are carved from a block of green wax by an engraver. From this, the jeweler makes a metal mold that will be set with thousands of overlaid brilliant-cut diamonds, giving shape to the muscles, paws and head. Some pieces require more than a year's work from start to finish — a stunning synthesis of the sculptural, geometric and graceful, and at the crossroads of influences at once baroque and anatomical, minimalist and structuralist. From $3,000, at the Cartier boutique. Jenny Johnson Panthère de Cartier 18K white-gold bracelet with lacquer, onyx, chrysoprase and diamonds, $272,000 The Purr of Diamonds & Onyx Panthère de Cartier 18K white-gold ring with beryls (aquamarines and emeralds), onyx and diamonds, $282,000 How MARVELOUS! Alexander Vreeland, grandson of the late Diana Vreeland (former Vogue editor extraordinaire), makes a personal appearance at Neiman Marcus NorthPark Friday, December 12, 2 to 4 pm, with the fragrances he created to honor grandmama, Diana Vreeland Parfums. With names inspired by her exuberant style, including Perfectly Marvelous and Outrageously Vibrant, each of the five scents are now available in a travel spray. Also new to the collection: a candle in the Extravagance Russe scent and a body cream. Fragrances $185 to $250, body cream $125, travel spray $145, candle $90, at Neiman Marcus NorthPark. Linden Wilson Alexander Vreeland Perfectly Marvelous parfum Kelly's Crystals Mais Oui, C'EST BUBBLY! Chip Off the Old COOKIE Classic cookie tower, $48 Four-square, $56 "We are where chocolate collides with art," says chocolatier Kate Weiser. Her eponymous Trinity Groves shop is buzzing with holiday excitement as she unveils special-edition edible chocolate ornament balls filled with peppermint bark, and handcrafted snowmen. Known for her signature hand-painted bonbons, Weiser's vibrant splashes of splattered color have been described as "Pollock meets graffiti art on chocolate." She developed the technique while working at Chocolate Secrets, so when customers began asking for her confections by name, she knew she was onto something. As she began looking at storefronts, she heard about Trinity Groves. "I'm watching Phil Romano [who developed Trinity Groves] taste my chocolates, and 15 minutes later, it was a done deal," Weiser says. She spent a year and a half perfecting the recipes, including classics such as raspberry and praline, and unique flavors like sweet potato. "I made that one for my best friend's wedding. She loved them so much, I had to include them in my shop," Weiser says. The Buttered Popcorn Bonbon, with a dark chocolate outer shell, white chocolate ganache, sweet corn powder, fleur de sel and butter tastes remarkably like movie theater popcorn. "It pays homage to my mom, who would serve popcorn and M&Ms for home movie nights," Weiser says. And, just for the holidays, she will make her husband's favorite: chocolate-covered rum balls. Kate Weiser Chocolate, 3011 Gulden Lane in Trinity Groves, 469.619.4929, Roni Proter CHOCOL-ART Passion fruit Truffle honey Lavender apricot Mango habanero Xilion Head Trip sculpture, $13,500 Obelisk ornament, $150 Mineral tote, $375 Elise Losfelt

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