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Snobbish Thoughts June 2013

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Silk Pillowcase by NK Home

This weeks review is from a customer in Michigan on our Silk Pillowcase by NK Home.

Silk Pillowcases

Silk Pillowcases

These are the best silk pillowcases I have found yet. They wash up well, stitching is so much better than what I have had before, color is true to website, and they feel just wonderful! It is true (at least for me) that your hair is not as tangled and you have less wrinkles when you wake up, you still have some wrinkles, unless your a movie star ;) or blessed with porcelain skin. They are cooler to sleep on as well. Definitively worth trying. FYI if you put a flannel pillowcase on first or have one of the terry pillowcase covers, it helps to keep the silk cases on your pillow. Enjoy!

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Michigan

Maine restaurant wins “America’s Best Lobster Roll” competition!

Lobster roll from the Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

Lobster roll from The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME (photo courtesy of the Clam Shack)

For the second consecutive year, The Clam Shack of Kennebunkport, ME has been crowned the winner of the Lobster Roll Rumble! Taking place in New York City, the Lobster Roll Rumble brings together 20 contestants to compete for the coveted title of “America’s Best Lobster Roll.” Three other Maine restaurants were also in the running – Bite Into Maine, Eventide Oyster Co., and The Galley Restaurant & Pub – with Eventide’s brown butter lobster roll taking home the title of “Editor’s Choice.”

If all this lobster talk has you hungry, why not plan a trip to Maine and sample some! In addition to the delicious restaurants mentioned here, our Employee Favorites page highlights some of the best eateries around, plus events, outdoor venues, and shops!

Singing our National Anthem – Boston Strong

Boston Strong - National Anthem at Bruins game

Boston Strong - Bruins fans sing National Anthem, courtesy of the Boston Herald

In honor of Flag Day, we thought we’d talk a little about our National Anthem. When you’re at a sporting event or a ceremony, how often do you really pay attention to the “Star Spangled Banner”? Everyone knows the story of Francis Scott Key observing our flag as it remained raised during the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore during the war of 1812. And most may or may not know all the lyrics to the song (set to the music of an old drinking song!). Most likely you’ve cringed at a horrible rendition (or lip synching) by some tone-deaf, warbling pop princess or someone’s barely audible little kid.

But at the Bruins hockey game at the TD Garden on April 17, only two days after the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon, our national anthem took on entirely new significance.

Surrounded by the color guard of the Boston Fire Department, the “Garden’s” legendary singer Rene Rancourt began to sing, but after only a few words, he signaled for the audience to join in. The response brought viewers nationwide to tears, as the Garden’s entire audience of 17,000+ lifted their voices to proudly sing along! Rancourt said in an ESPN article that he was so choked up after singing “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” he didn’t think he’d be able to continue. But then, “[The fans] piped right in like we had rehearsed it for an hour. It was an amazing, amazing feeling.”

So next time you’re at an event where they play our National Anthem, go ahead, sing along – but as Christina Aguilera learned, you probably want to be sure to learn the words first!

Get your Dad something comfy for Father’s Day!

Rambler's Way Henley

Rambler's Way Henley

Whether your Dad is fashion-forward or not, he most certainly can appreciate being comfortable!  Whether shopping online, or at our Outlet Store in Freeport, Maine – from bedding, to sleepwear, to casual wear – we have something to please your Dad!

For super athletic, merely active or even couch potato Dads, we’ve got fine Rambler’s Way comfortwear. Perfect for working out, or for lounging – it’s made entirely in the US – and it’s is even on sale!

Calida Corbin Short Pajamas

Calida Corbin Short Pajamas

If your Dad appreciates super comfy sleepwear - we carry a selection of fine cotton Calida items. Calida – a European company, is known for their supremely soft, 100% cotton sleepwear, and these pajamas live up to the reputation! Plus they’re perfect for warmer weather.

Cuddledown Southwest Harbor Percale bedding

Cuddledown Southwest Harbor Percale bedding

And if your Dad appreciates a great night’s sleep – get him some of our lightweight, breathable percale sheets – perfect for summer! Our Southwest Harbor bedding even features an exclusive print that any man would love – modeled after architectural boat blueprints!

 

 

 

World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Celebration!

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

Knitting through the back loop by mollydot, on flickr

If you love to knit or crochet, now’s your chance to join fellow enthusiasts in celebration of World Wide Knit and Crochet in Public Day! Getting its start in 2005, the event began as a way to bring knitters together, and has now expanded to over 700 events around the world. It’s also more than just a one-day event – public knitting parties began on June 8th and will continue through the 16th.

To find an event near you, or start one of your own, the World Wide Knit in Public Day website has everything you’ll need to know.

Tell us, do you knit or crochet? We’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Matte Jersey Rouched Dress

This weeks review is from a customer in Southern California on our Matte Jersey Rouched Dress. Now 70% Off!

Matte Jersey Rouched Dress

Matte Jersey Rouched Dress

 

Ordered this dress for a special post-holiday party that is supposed to be casual dress at a micro-brewery, but I wanted to be eyepopping without going over the top and this dress is just perfect. Fabric drapes beautifully and color is rich.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Southern California

Lovely, lightweight batiste sheets – 40% off for 40 hours

Hard to believe it’s already the first Friday in June!  So since summer’s here, our Cuddledown First Friday Sale features the perfect bedding for a hot summer day (or a warm bedroom year-round) – our featherweight, 100% cotton batiste sheet sets!

If you love 100% cotton sheets, you’ll really love our luxuriously lightweight European batiste. This special fabric’s soft, 330 thread count, combed cotton drapes gracefully against your skin. Sleeping in our lightweight batiste leaves you feeling refreshed and rested. And it’s Oeko-Tex® certified to be free from all harmful chemicals and dyes.

Cuddledown Batiste Sheets

Cuddledown Batiste Sheets

Best of all, our batiste sheets are now 40% off – but only for 40 hours!  So order yourself some summer comfort – you won’t regret it!

Bar Harbor, Maine – the way life should be… from Cuddledown!

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

Many Mainers have adopted this beautiful state as our own, including yours truly. I moved here having fallen in love with the state, having enjoyed a two-week stay every August since my childhood, at Goose Rocks Beach (near Kennebunkport). And I’m not the only one who’s discovered the state while on vacation. Maine is full of such fantastic spots – from the southern tip to the far north, and from gorgeous wilderness to cultural highlights, there’s something here for everyone.

At Cuddledown, we’ve put together a spot where people (locals or visitors) can peruse the Maine places we all love to visit. And we’ll be sharing some of our favorites here over the next few weeks!

This past Memorial Day weekend, I was lucky enough to go to Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. There’s way too much to share here, but there are some great websites full of information. Some highlights of my own trip were as follows:

Cadillac  Mountain, Acadia National Park

Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park

1) Of course, Acadia. There’s really not a spot in this national park that isn’t photographable. In fact, you’d have to be the world’s worst photographer not to get at least one poster-worthy image – even on a cloudy day! The best thing about it is that it’s a very manageable park – if you have people with you who aren’t that active, you can drive through and stop for short walks and still have a fantastic experience. Or you can go full nature lover, and hike and camp to the extent of your ability.

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

Lobster gnocchi, Fathom restaurant, Bar Harbor

2) Rainy day shopping and eating out – the town has lots of great shops, with items ranging from the typical tee-shirts and tchotckes to unique stores selling products such as Native American arts, Maine-mined Tourmaline gemstones, and one particularly interesting shop selling everything from seashells to fossilized scorpions!  As far as dining – the world’s your oyster… or lobster… literally…  From fine dining lobster gnocchi at Fathom, to a luscious lobster omelette at Jeannie’s breakfast, you could eat it 24/7.  But don’t forget about the other food items – there’s Bar Harbor popcorn and of course Mount Desert Island ice cream, where President Obama enjoyed the coconut ice cream. I would concur with his choice – it was delicious!

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

Bar Harbor_view from biplane

3) Other activities. You can take trips via foot, bike, car, kayak, sailboat, or do something a little more exotic, like take a Windjammer Cruise, or see Bar Harbor and Acadia from the air in a biplane! The views are fantastic, the pilot was knowledgeable, and the ride was over way too soon!

There’s so much to do in Bar Harbor, you really need more than a day – I’d definitely recommend at least a long weekend – with time to take a leisurely drive back down the coast for at least one leg of the trip.  If you’ve been, please feel free to share your favorite things to do in Bar Harbor – we’d love to hear from you!

Bar Harbor sunset

Bar Harbor sunset

 

Cuddledown Product Review of the Week – Featherweight Cotton Batiste Duvet Cover

This weeks review is from a customer in Los Angeles California on our Featherweight Cotton Batiste Duvet Cover

Featherweight Cotton Batiste Duvet Cover

Featherweight Cotton Batiste Duvet Cover

I am allergic to dust and mites and must have bedding that both protects and can be laundered several times each week. This cover meets both of those requirements in addition to being deliciously soft and lightweight–perfect for our Southern Calif. climate.

5 stars - star rating

Customer, Los Angeles California

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