Saturday, October 29, 2011

Someecards: Classy and Ironically Hilarious

I've often seen little black and white sketches of classy looking people with ironically hilarious phrases next to them.  Well, if you are as tickled by their cruel humor as I am, here's where to find the motherload:

I pulled some of my most favorites for your Saturday morning enjoyment. Proceed to guiltily chuckle now :)

Elizabeth and James Sterling Silver Earrings = love

  Sterling silver earrings for under $150 are hard to find.  Most earrings are made of brass or nickel and are simply coated to appear silver.  This may trick my eye, but not my ears.  I have sensitive ears and cannot wear brass earrings for very long.  Sadly, this means that I don't own many pairs of earrings.

When I lost one of my faves last week, I searched online for affordable replacements.  I stumbled upon Elizabeth and James earrings ("designed" by the Olson twins).  They offer several creative styles that are organically inspired, from sea urchins to wasps to abstract shapes.  The quality is amazing for the price.  I want to buy every pair!!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pet Clothing Design... the future of fashion? Fashion Angels is banking on it.

When I was little, there were paper dolls.  Then, fashion plates (those cool Barbie toys where you rubbed a crayon over a plate to create mix and match outfits to color in.  I've seen make your own paper dolls with glue and fabric to decorate outfits to bring it to the 3D level.  Heck, I've even seen computer paper coated with peelable fabric and sticky dots to print out your own doll clothes!

But times, they are a changing, because I never dreamed there would be Paper Dolls for Pets!  Pet fashion design is an emerging area of interest for preteens.  Just check out the Fashion Design Mini Sketchbook for Pets, as well as other products Fashion Angels has to offer!

For a mere $4.99, you can get a wealth of fashion flat sketches to carry around when the mood strikes you to style that Schnouzer, or primp a Poodle!  I don't know about you, but I'm fearful... and intrigued!

Oh who am I kidding, I bought one, as well as the Bridal/ Rocker/ Fashionista versions today at JCPenney.  The sketches are great, and the price is right :)

Monday, October 24, 2011

P Phone by Hulger: quirky, retro, and good for your health!

I HATE talking on my cell phone.  No, I am not an antisocial troll.  I just can't stand when the phone overheats.  It starts giving me a headache.  After 40 minutes, no matter how great of a convo I am having, I have to pull the plug.

The other day at work, my co-worker, Q, had this phone receiver on her desk that looked like a plastic toy replica of a 1950's phone.  Q is very quirky, and so I had to ask the story behind this device.  Turns out, you plug it into your cell phone and use it to talk.  Best part is, the P Phone by Hulger not only looks strangely awesome, but it actually reduces radiation to your head by 95%.   Sold! has it on sale for $35.  Get one before they sell out.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Doggie Style: I make clothing for dogs! Check out Teddy's hoodie!

My friend Danielle has the cutest dog ever!  He is a Cavapoo (cavalier poodle mix) named Teddy.   I love Teddy so much.  He puts a smile on the face of everyone he meets with his cuddly fur and friendly personality.   

Teddy has a grey hoodie that he wears in the winter to puppy play group.   One night, Danielle was mentioning how the other dogs have custom made clothing, but it is cheesy and pricey.  I told Danielle I could custom make him another hoodie.  We discussed color scheme, I bought the materials, and commenced the project in my new apartment, which has great workspace.  

This was my first dog clothing attempt.  Although I had approximate measurements to go off of, I was not used to the dog silhouette.  I originally made the hem of the hoodie even in the front and back as if for a little boy.  I also made the sleeves too long and too tight.  Poor Teddy was such a good sport modeling it, and it was such a great photo op!

After this "fitting," I revamped the fit by opening up the sleeves, lengthening the back, and giving the hoodie a looser, poncho fit.  The final result is pure Doggie Style.  Check the man out:

If you like what you see, contact me with your dog's measurements and let's do business!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Clocky, the RUNAWAY alarm clock!

I am known for oversleeping.  I press snooze and go back to sleep more often than I'd like to admit.  In college, I used to set 3 alarm clocks at various points around my room so that I would not sleep through classes.

After showing up late to work one day, my co-worker told me about an alarm clock that is on wheels.  It rolls away from you when you try to snooze it.  By the time you are done chasing it around to shut the darn thing off, you are halfway across your room.  And just like that, you are awake!

It must be fate, because this morning's KGB deal was for this exact clock:  Clocky, the Runaway Alarm Clock.  Hey, for $15, its worth a try!

Friday, October 21, 2011


Oh Kate Spade: you clever brand you.  For your first ever cosmetics product, you come up with a name so snappy and adorable, I can't resist!

Supercalifragilipstick is more than just a catchy name.  Thank goodness because, who are we kidding?  I would probably buy it anyway.  Ever the cosmetic junkie, I am always looking for new "easy" products.  This lipstick combines lip gloss technology and has staying power, both on the lips and with this snazzy name, in the marketplace too!  My hectic work schedule prohibits me from routine make-up touch ups, so I need a product that will showcase my fabulousness all day long.

Kate Spade collaborated with their own version of Mary Poppins: Poppy King.  She's a lipstick guru with a track record of excellence.   What are you waiting for? Pucker Up!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sample Sale! James Perse- Sumptuous Knits at Scrumptious Prices

I received an e-mail today from Prive, a company that organizes sample sales of premium brands in major North American cities.

This week's sale is on James Perse   These ultra soft, luxurious knit tops by the California-based designer are normally too rich for my blood, but at a deeply discounted sample sale, I'm cashing in!

Hit it up before it's gone.  This location hosts sample sales often.  Sign up for the Prive e-mail list to get announcements of sales so you will never miss an event!



Young Designers Market: Support local talent & score sweet deals on sick merch!

Words of wisdom from the Young Designers Market, re-named The Market NYC.
This marketplace emits the pulse of coolness.  Young independent designers making high quality, hand crafted products in America.  Every weekend, designers rent booths at this marketplace to sell unique, limited edition bags, jewelry, and clothing. 

 I love having items that no one else has, so marketplaces like this one are my gold mines.  The best part is, the items are discounted!  Help a designer jump start his/ her name, and save a bundle in the process!

Every weekend, there are fresh new booths.  I visited the old location on Mulberry Street.  I can't wait to check out the new locale on West 14th St.  

I still get compliments from an amazing Marc Bernstein wrap around leather bracelet that I purchased from this marketplace 3 years ago.  I paid $60.  Now, similar items retail for $165!  The fashion blogger from In True Fashion shares my taste in bracelets from the market!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Singing in my Birdbath

Is it just me, or are musicals back in a big way?  I just saw Disney's Newsies the Musical at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn, NJ.  Without music, this is the story of downtrodden child workers fighting for rights to be treated fairly.  With music, these rag tag newsies spring to life, engaging the audience in their strife and troubles with an uplifting spring in their step!  I wish I could see this play again, but its short stint at the mill has run its course.

Fortunately, art inspires life, and the uplifting power of music can be found almost anywhere. Whether you are strutting down the sidewalk to the beat of your Ipod, tapping your toes to the song of a street performer, belting out a ditty to the car radio, performing in front of the tv while watching Fox's Glee, or my fave: singing in the shower, music can transform the mundane into the magical.

But don't just take my word for it:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teen Vogue's Fashion Click! Style is just a click away!

Teen Vogue is my bible.  Most fashionistas will tell you that they only swear by Vogue.  I like Teen Vogue better because it is accessible.  They target fresh, fun, young, everyday girls who have serious style.   Better yet, they save gals the time of scouring the web one fashion blog at a time with their "Fashion Click."

So simple and yet so brilliant: Fashion Click is a page where Teen Vogue staffers feature top looks by their favorite fashion bloggers... DAILY... from around the globe.  

See what the rebel trendsetters are rocking from Santa Fe to Berlin!  Even if we speak different languages, the language of fashion is truly universal.  

Here are some looks I covet.  Check back daily to see new inspiration from these young up and comers!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Grand Central Market- Butchers, Bakers, CHEESE MAKERS!

Last night, I wandered into the Grand Central Market, at grand central station, expecting to see a few gourmet food gift packages.

 Well, I was blown away by the fresh wafting odors of an entire counter of fresh fish!  

I looked to my left, and the ripest vegetables were on display in bright hues of green, red and gold by Greenwich Produce.  I kept walking to find the Ceriello Fine Foods butcher counter displaying at least 40 types of meat (steak, veal, chicken) in various states of preparedness (marinades, seasonings or naked).

Then, I hit the motherload: Murray's Cheese counter.  This NYC institution has been offering the finest cheeses for 63 years.  Rare, one of my favorite NYC burger restaurants, proudly serves Murray's Cheeses (boasted about on their menu).  I bought a creamy French cheese so delicious, I will never go back to Brie again.

I realized that from chocolate bars made in brooklyn to a Wild Edibles counter of fresh fish that the Grand Central Market is a collection of outposts of the city's finest food providers all under one roof.  Instead of scouring the city for the best cheeses and meats, you can find them all in one place.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I was so floored, that I bought a filet and read my "How to Boil Water, life beyond takeout" book and actually BROILED MYSELF SOME DINNER.  This was the first time I used my oven without adult supervision!  I'm 27!

And there you have it: fabulous restaurant-quality filet for a fraction of restaurant prices.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

the only LAUNDRY that I enjoy

The word "Laundry" usually conjures negative thoughts of heavy piles of dirty clothes that need someone to wash them.  Lugging/ sorting/ sudsing/ waiting for the dryer to finish... or sending it out so someone can do it for you (don't act so shocked- this is New York)!

But WAIT!  There is an amazing, under-promoted clothing brand bearing the same name: Laundry by Shelli Segal.   The label is perfect for a 20-30 something woman.  Designs are fairly simple but with great subtle details to give just enough character without appearing costume-like.  From coats to dresses, Laundry has everything you need to look your best wherever you go.

 I have a military-style raincoat by this brand that I got from Macy's last year that I get tons of compliments on.  Here's "this year's version:"

Laundry launched a more wallet-friendly dress line called LBD.  Very cute!  Below are two dresses I am now coveting.  Love the one shoulder drape and the dropped waist number. 

They also used to make earrings, but sadly no more :(  Guess I'll have to scour EBAY