Mav’s Fab 5 – August 28th, 2012

Reed Diffusers
our 5 picks 

Nothing brightens up a room like a fresh scent.  Reed diffusers are an easy, aesthetically pleasing way to keep your space smelling sweet.  Here are our top five most beloved brands, all of which you can get at Gracious Home.  We even included our favorite scents of the moment.

Agraria AirEssence Reed Diffuser – Mediterranean Jasmine

Stowed in an antique looking perfume bottle, Agraria presents their scented oil with a touch of glamour.
On the Nose: A bright white bouquet of Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Gardenia, Freesia, Lily of the Valley and Tuberose, this scent is reminiscent of fresh flowers and the Mediterranean ocean breeze. ($110)

Millefiori Diffusers – Vanilla and Wood

With oil in deep sapphire, Millefiori’s presentation adds a touch of color along with a gorgeous scent.
On the Nose: A variety of woods meets Vanilla and dances with the flavor of the Orient. ($20)

Nest Fragrance Reed Diffusers – Bamboo

If your design aesthetic is geared towards clean lines and geometric shapes, the Nest diffusers will complement your space beautifully.
On the Nose: Flowering bamboo is mingled with bright citrus, a white floral bouquet, and fresh green accords. ($34)

Archipelago Private Reserve – LUST/ No. 83 Diffuser

Presented in a frosted black bottle with sexy graphic writing, Archipelago’s LUST No. 83 lives up to its name from the moment you lay eyes on it.
On the Nose: Bourbon Vanilla combines with warm Amber, sultry Vetiver and burst of Bergamot in a sensual combination inspired by romance in Paris. ($29.50)

Antica Farmacista – Coriander, Lotus and Cucumber Reed Diffusers

In the most traditional reed diffuser presentation, Antica Farmacista allows the scent to do the talking with their clear, understated bottle.
On the Nose: The title notes of Coriander, Lotus and Cucumber combine with hints of Mediterranean olives and sweet Crenshaw melons in this fresh green fragrance.  ($62 -250 ml/$92 – 500 ml)

Dive Bars
our 5 picks 

National Underground
159 East Houston St.
New York, New York 10003
(212) 475-0611

Owned by Gavin and Joey DeGraw, The National Underground New York is an American rock bar with a charcoal grill, great drink specials and a welcoming casual vibe.  Daily food specials run from 1pm-8pm, but happy hour starts early at 11am on week days (ending at 8pm Monday- Friday and 6pm Saturday and Sunday) offering 2 for 1 drinks, $4 margaritas and bloody marys and $5 cosmos.  In addition to Monday night Open Mic’s and Thurs/Fri/Sat Dj sets, it’s not uncommon to see famous faces sitting in with the band!

Le Cheile
839 West 181st St.
(between Pinehurst and Cabrini Blvd.)
New York, New York 10033
(212) 740-3111

Its namesake really says it all at this Washington Heights Irish Pub.  Le Cheile, a Gaelic phrase with no English equivalent, refers to a feeling of togetherness and  community.  Boasting twelve choice tap beers, and an extensive selection of spirits and wine, Le Cheile serves up homemade food (they even have a family style Sunday Supper), quality drinks and an open invitation to come in, enjoy and relax.

160 Prince St.
New York, New York 10012
(212) 226-9340

You know you’re a dive bar when you don’t have a website— and this is the case at Milady’s!  Nestled in ritzy SoHo, this bar brings an unpretentious, “outer-boroughy” feeling not common in the neighborhood.  Classic rock, pool table regulars and cheap drinks make this bar the place to be when you’ve had your fill of highbrow.

Double Down Saloon
14 Avenue A (at Houston St.)
New York, New York 10009
(212) 983-0543

Sometimes you have to let a place speak for itself, and in this instance we’re going to do just that.  In their own words, “In the spirit of the original which has been knocking Las Vegas on its ass for 16 years, the Double Down Saloon in New York City is indeed a clubhouse for the lunatic fringe.” Amen.

 White Horse Tavern
567 Hudson St. (at 11th St.)
New York, New York 10014
(212) 989-3956

Though it opened in 1880, The White Horse Tavern met its fame when it became a meeting place for artists and musicians in the 1950’s and 60’s.  A common hang out for the likes of Bob Dylan, Hunter S. Thompson and Jack Kerouac (just to name a few).  When you’re drinking at this bar, you’re drinking with a legacy of the greats.

Book Stores
our 5 picks 

Crawford Doyle Booksellers
1082 Madison Avenue
New York, New York 10028
(212) 288-6300

A small space full of literary gems, Crawford Doyle Booksellers is the epitome of the independent bookshop.  What this place doesn’t have in selection it makes up for in service.  Open an hour later than the MET, it’s the perfect place to browse for a new favorite after a museum visit when you haven’t quite had your fill of discovery.

Clic Bookstore and Gallery
255 Centre St.
New York, New York 10013
(212) 966-2766

Part bookstore, part gallery, part specialty item store, Clic Bookstore and Gallery is just plain cool.  With sister locations in East Hampton, Cannes and St. Bart’s, Clic is a source for rare books, collector’s editions, prints, films and even specialty cameras.

 McNally Jackson Bookstore
52 Prince St. (between Lafayette and Mulberry)
New York, New York 10012
(212) 274-1160

If a bigger bookstore is what you’re looking for, then McNally Jackson could be just right for you.   Housing two floors of books, arranged by nation, this shop’s goal is to be the center of the literary scene in NYC.  With a café in house, and McNally Jackson gives the bigger chain bookstores a run for their money, while maintaining its independent integrity.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby St.
New York , New York 10012
(212) 334-3324

 If ever there was a store we could proudly stand behind, Housing Works Bookstore Café is it.  This shop is staffed entirely by volunteers, sells only donation based merchandise, and gives 100% of the profit back to the Housing Works organization where it’s put to use to benefit the community.  It is the bookstore with a heart of gold.  Additionally, they have a fully stocked café and the space itself is rentable for special events!

Book Culture
356 West 112th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
New York, New York 10025
(212) 865-1588

Book Culture is an uptown sanctuary for all things literary in arts and humanities.  Their goal is to carry the widest variety of literature possible in these genres.  The first floor is dedicated to new publications while upstairs is packed to the brim with backlist titles, remainders and a rotation of bargain books.

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