In the Clouds

How cute are these cloud-shaped soaps from Vice & Velvet in Melbourne, Australia? Each weighs a hefty 140g and come individually packaged in a fabulous sliding box. With ingredients like organic green tea, organic white sesame oil and Dead Sea mud.

Our handmade soaps are crafted using the traditional cold process method with at least 50% olive oil. Due to the nature of making small, individual batches by hand, every cloud soap we create is unique. Vegan-friendly. Free from palm oil, parabens, mineral oils, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate, synthetic dyes/pigments or fragrances.

(As always, click to shop!)

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Leah Bell Ceramics

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Leah Ball is a Chicago, Illinois-based artist whose jewelry business took a turn towards ceramics when she began creating dishes – just as a method of display. This blossomed into a passion, and she began to focus on the art of marbling porcelain, a tedious process she developed by layering colored slips and stark white porcelain to achieve swirling textile-like patterns and vibrant colors that go deep beneath the surface.

Originally from the beachside town of Carlsbad, California, Ball’s aesthetic foundation is in the patterns and rhythms of the Pacific coast.  The kind conditions, workable sands, and persistence of the tides provided her a place to play, develop, and create, but more importantly accept the Ocean as a humbling force of renewal that privileges the maker with a fresh medium every day.  Her kinship with the natural cycles of the sea helped generate a creative spirit that finds satisfaction in doing and re-doing, product in practice, and truth in tedium.

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Day Night Bedside Pitcher and Tumbler Set, $140
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Day Night Mug Set, $75
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Made-to-Order Marbled Porcelain Mug (no 2 are the same), $40
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Pink and Black Hanging Planter, $68
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Geio Kitchen Bowl, $40
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One-of-a-Kind Marbled Porcelain Mug, $40
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One-of-a-Kind Marbled Planter, $68

For the Best Men

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Here’s the thing: I think shopping for men is impossible. Maybe not all guys, but my hubby is a tricky one to say the least. So I was delighted to discover Best Made, a great little company out of NY that makes high-quality, man-friendly wares with a hipster appeal that are thoughtful and, well… just really awesome. The company was founded 6 years ago on the premise that the world needed a better axe. A year later, they expanded to carry a full line of products, from camp supplies to clothing, all with their signature nod to quality cool.

Best Made Company® is dedicated to equipping customers with quality tools and dependable information that they can use and pass down for generations. Courage, Compassion, Grace and Fortitude (C.C.G.F.). Our four most cherished virtues that we aspire to live up to  — all of which are embodied by and emblazoned on our axes — and that we hope will inspire others. We seek to empower people to get outside, use their hands and in doing so embark on a life of fulfilling projects and lasting experiences.

Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups (set of 2), $32
Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Cups (set of 2), $32

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Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Plates, set of 2, $35
Seamless and Steadfast Enamel Steel Plates (set of 2), $35
American Felling Axe, Banderole, $350
American Felling Axe, $350
Duck Canvas Axe Case, $110
Duck Canvas Axe Case, $110
Bandana, $8
Bandana, $8
Warm Wool Blanket, $225
Warm Wool Blanket, $225
The Best Made Ditty Bag, $124
The Best Made Ditty Bag, $124
The Kevlar Gear Bag, $245
The Kevlar Gear Bag, $245
Sweatshirt, $98
Sweatshirt, $98
Front Loading Toolbox, $94
Front Loading Toolbox, $94
US Army Field Manuals (set of 3), $22
US Army Field Manuals (set of 3), $22
Playing Cards, $8
Playing Cards, $8

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Seamless and Steadfast Tall Enamel Tumblers (set of 2), $36
Seamless and Steadfast Tall Enamel Tumblers (set of 2), $36

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Black (and White) Friday

Taking “Black Friday” literally today with some favorite finds in an apropos palette. Happy shopping! (As always, click to shop!)

CB2 - 3-piece black flatware set, $24.95
CB2 – 3-piece black flatware set, $24.95
Bandhini - Linen and Black Pillow, $39
Bandhini – Linen and Black Pillow, $39
CB2 - Block Vase, $39.99
CB2 – Block Vase, $39.99
Poly & Bark - Set of 2 Eames-style chairs, $138
Poly & Bark – Set of 2 Eames-style chairs, $138
Eno - Chamberstick, £26
Eno – Chamberstick, £26
Sweet Peony Press - Letterpress facet heart card ,$5
Sweet Peony Press – Letterpress facet heart card, $5
Tokyo Milk - Bittersweet body products
Tokyo Milk – Bittersweet body products
Crate and Barrel - Fernando Accent Table, $199
Crate and Barrel – Fernando Accent Table, $199
Hello Lunch Printing - Graphic print, $150
Hello Lunch Printing – Graphic print, $150
BastisRIKE - Grid Blanket
BastisRIKE – Grid Blanket
Schoolhouse Electric - Isaac Sconce, $130
Schoolhouse Electric – Isaac Sconce, $130
Julia Kostreva - Dot iPhone 5 Case, $38
Julia Kostreva – Dot iPhone 5 Case, $38
Studio at Red Top Ranch - Hand Knit Scarf, $150
Studio at Red Top Ranch – Hand Knit Scarf, $125
Koromiko - Black Etched Bowls, $38
Koromiko – Black Etched Bowls, $38
See Design - Medium Circle Tote, $40
See Design – Medium Circle Tote, $40
Orla Kiely - iPad Case, $32.50
Orla Kiely – iPad Case, $32.50
La Casa de Cotó - Crochet Pouf, $125
La Casa de Cotó – Crochet Pouf, $125
Kate Spade - Scented Candle, $40
Kate Spade – Scented Candle, $40
Urban Outfitters - Diamond Stripe Pillow, $69
Urban Outfitters – Diamond Stripe Pillow, $69
Half Light Honey - Hanging Mini Planter, $32
Half Light Honey – Hanging Mini Planter, $32

Browsing Colette

Random bits from a perusal through Colette, the tony Parisian shop known for their unabashed urbanity and cheeky “camp-meets-couture” style.

Air of Paris Candle, €30
Air of Paris Candle, €30
Sacai Sweater, 595
Sacai Sweater, €595
Ice Cream Notebook
CHOUX A LA CREME ice cream notebook, €15
Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670
Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670
Vanina "un peu" bracelet, €38
Vanina “un peu” bracelet, €38
If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19
If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19
SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280
SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280
Shrimps Clutch, €225
Shrimps Clutch, €225
Smartbulle Umbrella, €10
Smartbulle Umbrella, €10
Dandy Wooden Cube, €50
Dandy Wooden Cube, €50
 Set of 10 carambars, €2.50
Set of 10 carambars, €2.50
Bambi Chair, €585
Bambi Chair, €585
Causse Gloves, €325
Causse Gloves, €325

 

 

 

 

A Few of my Favorite Things

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Today, I’m celebrating my birthday. Which means I’ve taken the day off (as I have throughout my entire career), to lunch with my most devoted reader (of course, that would be my mom). She’s been asking me what I want for my birthday, and the only thing that comes to mind is one of her delicious home cooked meals. However, we’re going to poke around Anthropologie this afternoon and I get to pick out a treasure! Hmm… what will it be? (See something you love too? As always, click to shop!)

Glimmer Dipped Journal, $24
Glimmer Dipped Journal, $24
Faceted Gem Vases, $14 - $38
Faceted Gem Vases, $14 – $38
Honeycomb Mug, $12
Honeycomb Mug, $12
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Shade Grown Coaster, $8
Ballad Stripe Notebook, $10
Ballad Stripe Notebook, $10
Canyon Planters, $15 - $54
Canyon Planters, $15 – $54
Garden Patch Soap Bar, $8
Garden Patch Soap Bar, $8
Go Be Lovely Rollerball Perfume, $14
Go Be Lovely Rollerball Perfume, $14
Tumbling Fruits Dishtowel, $16
Tumbling Fruits Dishtowel, $16
Big Cat Reading Glasses, $48
Big Cat Reading Glasses, $48
Paria Glimmer Glasses Case, $22
Paria Glimmer Glasses Case, $22
Dotted Giardini Infinity Scarf, $38
Dotted Giardini Infinity Scarf, $38
Just Pickled Candle Tin, $14
Just Pickled Candle Tin, $14
Veld Bib Necklace, $48
Veld Bib Necklace, $48
Gold Bar Dotted iPhone 5 back up battery, $38
Gold Bar Dotted iPhone 5 back up battery, $38

Mother’s Day 2013 Gift Ideas

Here’s a little inspiration to make picking out that special something to celebrate your mama that much easier.

Ana Joyce - Camellia Tote Bag in Coral, $88
Ana Joyce – Camellia Tote Bag in Coral, $88
Paloma's Nest - "You're the Best" trinket dish, $32
Paloma’s Nest – “You’re the Best” trinket dish, $32
Rococo Chocolate - Dark Chocolate Bee Bars, £1.30 each
Rococo Chocolate – Dark Chocolate Bee Bars, £1.30 each
The Most of Nora Ephron, $22.50
The Most of Nora Ephron, hardcover $22.50
Anthropologie - Monogram Mug, $8
Anthropologie – Monogram Mug, $8
Anthropologie - Washed Garden Infinity Scarf, $58
Anthropologie – Washed Garden Infinity Scarf, $58
Library of Flowers - Field & Flowers Handcreme, $24
Library of Flowers – Field & Flowers Handcreme, $24
Smith & Hawken - French Lavender Wreath, $32
Smith & Hawken – French Lavender Wreath, $32
Starbucks - 3 Region Blend, $13
Starbucks – 3 Region Blend, $13
Pottery Barn - Esta Ikat Tray, $71
Pottery Barn – Esta Ikat Tray, $71
Leah Duncan - Meadow Tea Towel, $27
Leah Duncan – Meadow Tea Towel, $27
Print & Be Merry - Letterpress Poster, $20
Print & Be Merry – Letterpress Poster, $20
Rifle Paper - Botanical Rose iPhone Case, $25
Rifle Paper – Botanical Rose iPhone Case, $25
Thymes - Rosewood Citron Candle, $35
Thymes – Rosewood Citron Candle, $35
Thymes - Eucalyptus Bath Salts, $5
Thymes – Eucalyptus Bath Salts, $5

But really, the most fun thing to give your mom is a lunch date at her favorite spot followed by a soothing pedicure!

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NYC Visual Recap – part two

As promised, here’s the second batch of pics from my visit to New York earlier this month. These photo montages represent a bunch of the inspiring eye candy I took in while perusing NY Now (the International Gift Fair) as well as exploring Manhattan’s retail scene. This series is less so about color than the first, and much more eclectic. Hope you enjoy!

And if you missed the first chapter, you can check out the images HERE

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Choosy About Chocolate

In my book, the best Valentine’s Day gifts start as a cocoa plant, and morph into something sinfully decadent at the hands of master chocolatiers with the wisdom to hire extraordinary packaging designers.

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Old Faithful Shop - Smoked Chocolate Chips, $17.95
Old Faithful Shop – Smoked Chocolate Chips, $17.95
Dandelion Chocolate, $8
Dandelion Chocolate, San Francisco, $8
San Churro Real Chocolate
San Churro Real Chocolate, Australia
Melt Chocolate Bars, £7.20
Melt Chocolate Bars, London, £7.20
Mast Brothers' Chocolate, $10
Mast Brothers’ Chocolate, Brooklyn, $10
Honest Chocolate
Honest Chocolate, South Africa
Olive & Sinclair, $6.99
Olive & Sinclair, Nashville, $6.99
Fine and Raw, Brooklyn, $11
Fine and Raw, Brooklyn, $11
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Mariebelle, NYC, $6
Askinosie Chocolate dark chocolate gift set, $99
Askinosie Chocolate, Springfield, Missouri, dark chocolate gift set, $99

The ABC’s of NYC

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In New York today, attending New York NOW – the biannual International Gift Fair. Also had a chance to stomp around ABC Carpet yesterday and thought I’d share a few of my favorite things. Totally inspired by their take of soft, blushing hues. (As always, click to shop!)

Ash Cloud Ceramic Set, $24 and up
Ash Cloud Ceramic Set, $24 and up
Kevin O'Brien Pink Gold Ombre Velvet Pillow, $273
Kevin O’Brien Pink Gold Ombre Velvet Pillow, $273
Arper Pale Pink Duna Lounge Chair, $982
Arper Pale Pink Duna Lounge Chair, $982
Reflect Thistle Tray, $95
Reflect Thistle Tray, $95
Gauze Dot Towels, from $18
Gauze Dot Towels, from $18
Silver Lace Sugar Bowl, $55
Silver Lace Sugar Bowl, $55
abcDNA Fluid Petal Pink Side Table, $695
abcDNA Fluid Petal Pink Side Table, $695
Priti NYC Paper Birch Nail Polish, $14. Locally made; free of formaldehydes and other toxic carcinogens.
Priti NYC Paper Birch Nail Polish, $14. Locally made; free of formaldehydes and other toxic carcinogens.
abcDNA Glo Hemp & Metallic Stitch Placemats, $36
abcDNA Glo Hemp & Metallic Stitch Placemats, $36
Valerie Casado Presentation Plate, $125
Valerie Casado Presentation Plate, $125
Color Reform Silk Rug, 10' x 14', $20,300
Color Reform Silk Rug, 10′ x 14′, $20,300
Rose Gold Heart Ring, $160
Rose Gold Heart Ring, $160
Bella Notte Petal Whisper Linens, $110 and up
Bella Notte Petal Whisper Linens, $110 and up
Eskayel Roman Round Ottoman, $695
Eskayel Roman Round Ottoman, $695
Tom Dixon Hex Champagne Bucket, $235
Tom Dixon Hex Champagne Bucket, $235
Irving Place Astor Chair, $1399
Irving Place Astor Chair, $1399
Aubergine Ellipse Bubble Pendant, $650
Aubergine Ellipse Bubble Pendant, $650
Aviva Stanoff Fig Eucalyptus Pillow, $149
Aviva Stanoff Fig Eucalyptus Pillow, $149
Thomas Eyck Pink Grid Container, $195
Thomas Eyck Pink Grid Container, $195
Glas Italia Pink Tall Bookcase, $4595 (Yes, really, it's all glass!)
Glas Italia Pink Tall Bookcase, $4595 (Yes, really, it’s all glass!)

Supreme Suds

I’m a sucker for a pretty package. These could have bars of dial soap inside, and I’d still shell out $10 to procure such well designed little gifts. (As always, click to shop!)

Sweet Petula - Shea Butter Balsam Fir Soap, $9
Sweet Petula – Shea Butter Balsam Fir Soap, $9
Fringe Alchemy Chinoiserie Soap, $8
Fringe Alchemy Chinoiserie Soap, $8
Malin+Goetz Lime Bar Soap, $10
Malin+Goetz Lime Bar Soap, $10
Pop Ink Soap, $2.50
Pop Ink Soap, $2.50
Pop Ink Soap, $2.50
Pop Ink Soap, $2.50
Ranch Organics - Ginger Spice, $8
Ranch Organics – Ginger Spice, $8
Ranch Organics - Snow on Sage, $8
Ranch Organics – Snow on Sage, $8
Barr-Co Spanish Lime Soap, $8
Barr-Co Spanish Lime Soap, $8
French Vegetable Soap, £2.50
French Vegetable Soap, £2.50
Lucia no. 3 Tea Leaf and Wild Honey Soap, $10.50
Lucia no. 3 Tea Leaf and Wild Honey Soap, $10.50
Scottish Fine Soaps Cotton Fresh, £4.96
Scottish Fine Soaps Cotton Fresh, £4.96
Etta + Billie Exfoliating Bar, $10
Etta + Billie Exfoliating Bar, $10
Lollia Wander Soap. $10
Lollia Wander Soap. $10

They’ve Got It Covered

It came in the mail today. My brand new iPhone 5s… in gold. I’m giddy by the prospect of having a camera that doesn’t take dark, blurry photos (Oh Apple, the 3G camera – egad, that sucked), and actually has enough memory to store both photos and apps. (Gone are the days when I have to delete Angry Birds to make room for more pics!) And, of course, all of this means that I’ll be needing a new iPhone cover to protect my precious technology. Here are the contenders so far. Any favs?

Kate Spade - Harrison Stripe iPhone 5 Case, $40
Kate Spade – Harrison Stripe iPhone 5 Case, $40
Kate Spade - Deborah Dot iPhone Case, $40
Kate Spade – Deborah Dot iPhone Case, $40
10 Corso Como - Alcantra iPhone 5 Case, €50
10 Corso Como – Alcantra iPhone 5 Case, €50
Orla Kiely - Stem iPhone 5 Case, £24.99
Orla Kiely – Stem iPhone 5 Case, £24.99
Jonathan Adler - Archer iPhone 5 Case, $28
Jonathan Adler – Archer iPhone 5 Case, $28
Julia Kostreva Colorblock Sky iPhone 5 case, $38
Julia Kostreva – Colorblock Sky iPhone 5 case, $38
Julia Kostreva Triangles in Nude iPhone 5 case, $38
Julia Kostreva – Triangles in Nude iPhone 5 case, $38
Red Tile Studios - Colorblock Pink iPhone 5 Cover, $36
Red Tile Studios – Colorblock Pink iPhone 5 Cover, $36
Red Tile Studio Camera Phone in Tangerine, $36
Red Tile Studio Camera Phone in Tangerine, $36
Westerman - Pink Felt iPhone 5 Sleeve, $30
Westerman – Pink Felt iPhone 5 Sleeve, $30
Rafe - Shell iPhone 5 Case, $98
Rafe – Shell iPhone 5 Case, $98
Luscious Verde - Colorful Petals iPhone 5 Case, $41
Luscious Verde – Colorful Petals iPhone 5 Case, $41
Touch of Modern - Orange iPhone 5 Case, $29
Touch of Modern – Orange iPhone 5 Case, $29
Anthropologie - Scalloped iPhone 5 Case, $28
Anthropologie – Scalloped iPhone 5 Case, $28
Cases by Csera - Orange Wood Print iPhone 5 Cover
Cases by Csera – Orange Wood Print iPhone 5 Cover
Hable Construction - Cherry Beads iPhone 5 Case, $47
Hable Construction – Cherry Beads iPhone 5 Case, $47
Hable Construction - Stripes iPhone 5 Case, $42
Hable Construction – Stripes iPhone 5 Case, $42

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