July 2020

simple stunning PARTIES at home by Karen Bussen, $21.45

simple-stunning-parties simple stunning PARTIES at home by Karen Bussen 

As entertaining at home is quite popular these days, this great book written by event expert, Karen Bussen, offers easy, chic and affordable ideas on how to entertain in style. It’s filled with recipes which are great for cocktails, dinner parties or casual get-togethers. Priced at $21.45.

Purchase simple stunning PARTIES at home

Tracy Stern SALONTEA, $44

salon-tea Tracy Stern SALONTEA 

The Tracy Stern SALONTEA Sampler offer a sampling of teas handpicked from the finest estates throughout the world and custom blended. The Sampler gift package includes one serving each of the six salon tea blends and a stick tea infuser $44.00.

Purchase SalonTea Sampler

The signature teas have clever names such as the musician, the writer, the romantic…The teas make for a great gift and are a favorite of many celebrity moms priced at $22 each.

Purchase Signature Teas

Macbook, $1,299



If you are looking to buy a new computer, why not go green! I recommend the new Aluminum Macbooks from Apple. They’re highly recyclable, more energy efficient, sold with reduced packaging, and have a longer lasting battery. They are the greenest computers available today!
Prices start at $1,299.

Sweetriot, $44.99



I satisfy my sweet tooth (and you can satisfy yours) with delicious treats from sweetriot. They are both good for you and your waistline. These dark chocolate Cacao “Peaces” are all natural, dairy free, gluten free and kosher too! They are filled with antioxidants and are only 1 to 2 calories each. The gift cube contains 12 tins that are 100% recyclable. Retails for $44.99.

Sweetriot also just came out with a new line of healthy dark chocolate snack bars. A box of 12 retails for $29.00.

Use the code: askmelissariot to receive a 15% discount.

Get Hip, Get Green Reusable Shopping Bags, $6 and $29.95


Get Hip, Get Green Reusable Shopping Bags

Instead of using paper or plastic bags, I love these Get Hip, Get Green Reusable Shopping Bags. The company also donates a portion of their proceeds to children’s environmental causes. The bags were just included as a goodie bag item for The Oscars. Retails for $6.00.

Purchase Black Shopping Bag

I also just discovered (and purchased one for myself) their brand new canvas tote. The Blue “Love This Planet” style is a favorite of Jessica Alba. Retails for $29.95.

Purchase Blue “Love This Planet” Bag

SIGG, “The Original Swiss Bottle,” $21.99-$29.99


SIGG, “The Original Swiss Bottle”

Sigg’s Water Bottles are the ultimate eco-friendly bottles and a great alternative to plastic. They’re made of aluminum and are 100% recyclable. With over 150 styles, there is something for everyone. The 1 liter size fits into most car and gym cup holders. Prices range from $21.99 – $29.99.

Purchase Sigg Water Bottles

Mrs. Meyer’s, $19.99 and $14.99


Mrs. Meyer’s

For “Greening Your Home,” I recommend the new Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Home Book. It’s filled with “practical green” tips from removing wine stains to recycling old cell phones. Retails for $19.99.

Purchase Mrs Meyer’s Book

Also from Mrs. Meyer’s, is the new Snap Pea Spring Cleaning Kit. The springtime scent smells great and the products are earth friendly and economical. This starter kit contains their most popular cleaners in convenient sizes. Retails for $14.99

Purchase Mrs. Meyer’s Cleaning Kit

Italian Wine Merchants, $100


Italian Wine Merchants

Another great gift for men is this unique Italian Valentine’s Basket from Italian Wine Merchants.

This basket includes a bottle of red, white and sparkling wine along with a vino buying guide. Purchase online for $100.

Purchase Italian Valentine’s Basket

The 30-Second Barista By Hammacher Schlemmer, $169.95


The 30-Second Barista
By Hammacher Schlemmer

My favorite gift for guys is The 30-Second Barista. It’s an espresso pod (one cup) machine that makes rich Italian coffee with frothy milk in 30 seconds.

This sleak, modern design in red is $169.95.

Belle Fleur, $88-$400


Belle Fleur

My favorite floral arrangements are from Belle Fleur. I love their “season of flowers” package. You can send elegant bouquets for Valentine’s Day as well as seasonal packages which include four arrangements sent seasonally throughout the year. Four seasons, four bouquets, $400. Also from Belle Fleur is their signature collection of aromatic candles. Brand new to their collection is the Celebration Champagne candle for $88.