Netflix Player by Roku – Allows instant access to more than 12, 000 movies and TV shows with no additional fees, as you continue to receive Netflix DVDs by mail. Compact and lightweight, comes with remote. Movies and TV episodes in your Netflix Instant Queue appear on your TV screen for browsing and selection. Money-back guarantee to work with your TV, AV receiver, or home theater system. $99, avail at electronics stores and at www.Roku.com.
Nokia N97 Phone – Nokia calls the new N97 a “mobile, multimedia computer.” It features a 3.5” touch display screen and a full QWERTY keyboard. Many say it beats Apple’s iPhone hands down. Nokia has done a lot to make the N97 useful to tech geeks as well as everyone else who just wants to post, blog, chat, stream Flash videos, play games, and check her fave social networks. The N97 brags a mammoth 32GB of on-board memory, which can be increased to 48GB with microSD cards. Utilizes the new 3G network, and Wi-Fi. The camera has Carl Zeiss optics and DVD quality video capture; 5 Mega-Pixel with an LED flash and a video mode. Excellent music capabilities including full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. A “perpetual window” opens with a touch to your social networking sites of choice. Integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass make it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to see your status and “social location.”
Marc Jacobs “Totally Turnlock” Tote – Fully lined, luxuriously soft leather tote features two front pockets with turnlock closure. Large enough to hold a water bottle, book, and wallet. Strap long enough for bag to rest comfortably under arm. Several pockets including interior, zip, wall, and cell phone pockets, and open pockets in a center zip closure. By MARC by Marc Jacobs. Avail. at Nordstrom’s. Handbags by Marc Jacobs priced $100 and up.
Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur. VSOP Cognac mixes beautifully with Vietnamese baby ginger for a refreshing and unique beverage served on the rocks, or in cocktails. The stunning bottle makes this a gift twice over. $34, www.Bevmo.com
She’s gorgeous in gold. She’ll love her flirty hair with this feathery headband by Fred Flair. $32, avail. at www.FredFlair.com
These new travel mugs by OXO will keep any beverage hot throughout the most blustery Richmond morning, and they come in four colors – red, green, blue, or gray. $12.99, avail. locally at Lowe’s, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, or online at www.OXO.com.
“Myra” Pump by Salvatore Ferragamo – Elegant satin peep toe pump with a 3 ¼ in. narrow, covered heel, crowned with a signature bow, and centered with an accent embossed with the Ferragamo logo. Leather lining and sole. Made in Italy. Avail. locally at Nordstrom and Saxon Shoes. Shoes by Ferragamo priced $100 and up.
Zino Platinum Cigars – A cigar and a glass of cognac is a long-embraced luxury enjoyed by old world leaders and hip hop VIPs. Zinos, the “Cristal of cigars,” are seen everywhere from Rudy Giuliani’s wedding reception, to Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub. The top shelf line at Zino is the Platinum Scepter series. Avail. locally at Old Virginia Tobacco, 3532 W. Cary St.
Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life – Released this fall to critical praise, and written by Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis, who says, “In this book I hope…to show how great musicians demonstrate on the bandstand a mutual respect and trust that can alter your outlook on the world and enrich every aspect of your life – from individual creativity and personal relationships to conducting business and understanding what it means to be American in the most modern sense.” Shows how understanding jazz can lead to more original ways of living and relating. Published by Random House, $26, avail. at your local bookseller.
Bond. No 9 Fragrances – Capturing the elan of enduring New York neighborhoods, these all-natural scents are made of the finest essential oils and are available for men and women. The newest scent, released in September, is “Andy Warhol Lexington Avenue,” Bond No. 9’s third Warhol-inspired fragrance. For men, there’s Saks Fifth Avenue. Or women can delight in New Haarlem, Park Avenue, Little Italy, H.O.T. Always, The Hamptons, Wall Street, and more. From $135 at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Compiled by Cesca Janece Waterfield