This week’s best

December 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

This week has been so busy that I broke my post-a-day streak! The job I’m working now has me ensuring everyone gets their online orders by that dreaded Christmastime deadline, so I have been working extra hard. In addition to getting together for holiday drinks with friends, I’ve been trying to keep up going to yoga and the gym so that I may indulge in whatever treats I care to next week!

Until I have the time to sit down and think of something new and original to write, here are some of my weekly favourite posts from around the web:

Did you know 2010 was apparently an important year for cats?

I keep telling everyone around me about John Kestner’s amazing new inventions

These Calendars of Silly Holidays will match any space

I’ll be sure to bring my robot headphone splitter with me on our travels next week, so Nick & I can share iPods!

Paul Smith’s kids’ line is adorably cool

I finally tried Momofuku’s famous Crack Pie last weekend! If you don’t live in New York, you can make your own

Best of: Gift Guides around the web

December 3, 2010 § 2 Comments

I’ve been really enjoying seeing all the gift guides put together around the web for the holiday season. What a great way to get some new ideas for fun things to give your friends and family this year! Here are some of my favourite lists so far.

Notcot’s Gift Guide for Edibles

A Cup of Jo’s Younger Brother gift guide is my favourite in her series so far

Cool Hunting’s 2010 Gift Guide

Pinterest’s Gift Guide Pinboard

and of course, Martha Stewarts’ Holiday Gift Guide

 

Wood weather station clock above from Wishing Fish

Cyber Monday

November 29, 2010 § 1 Comment

Hey, apparently it’s Cyber Monday! This year is the first I’ve heard of this shopping holiday, but apparently it’s the online cousin of Black Friday and my inbox is filled with offers from Amazon, Dalaga, Crate & Barrel, and more, tempting me to figure out what to buy the rest of my family ASAP by using their deals!

One thing is for sure – right now, if I didn’t have a straight edge husband, I’d be taking advantage of Doublenaut‘s 25% off sale and buying this beer print:

If your special someone is more beer-friendly, enter the code “holiday” at checkout to receive your discount from design gurus Doublenaut!

The Museum of Unnatural History

November 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The creative team behind San Francisco’s Pirate Supply Store & Brooklyn’s Superhero Supply Store has opened a new location in D.C. – The Museum of Unnatural History.

826DC, BK, and SF are nonprofit organizations dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. They also sell covetable products to draw in visitors.

826DC’s storefront, The Museum of Unnatural History, showcases the rarest of rare and the surrealist of surreal artifacts from times long past. Dedicated unnaturalists and enthusiasts of history (that might not have ever happened) will love perusing the vast collections and museum curios. Be sure to marvel at the museum’s unbelievable animal assortment, featuring everything from weagles to owlephants, and explore, if you dare, the store’s built-in cave (yep – it really has a cave).

The products were designed by Oliver Munday:

See more of them here.

Friday interweb tidbits

November 19, 2010 § 2 Comments

Have a seat with an afternoon cup of tea (clothing optional) and peruse the internet more easily with some of these suggestions…

Have you seen Tim Flach’s new animal photos? They’re downright amazing.

Gorgeous new typographic prints from I love Typography

As if I needed another reason to want to go to there: Iceland has multi-coloured rock formations

Pizza flags – I want the Canadian one!

My apartment needs a globe. One of these would do nicely

Sam Javanrouh takes a photo everyday, usually beautiful ones of Toronto

Holiday Wishlist 2010

November 18, 2010 § 2 Comments

1. Oasis Spa NYC (order a gift card on November 26 and save 15%!) – my favourite place to get massages in NYC.

2. Kate Spade Kindle cover – my Kindle needs some clothes and this super cute Kate Spade cover looks perfect.

3. Need Supply Company – amazing clothes and reasonable prices. I’m finally getting over my fear of buying clothing over the interweb.

4. Crate & Barrel – my favourite home store. I’d use a gift card to buy some cozy throws for winterizing my living room.

5. Madewell – really cute clothes. My new favourite store.

6. Nikon 18-105mm lens – I’ve enjoyed my 50mm lens for about 7 months now and I think it’s time to step up to a wider angle lens.

7. Rifle Paper Co. Recipe box – Because my memory is getting full and I need somewhere else to store recipes.

8. Zipcar gift cards – having a car in New York makes almost no sense, but Nick and I recently signed up for a Zipcar membership so we can still make those occasional trips to Ikea, Target, etc.

What are you eyeing this holiday season?

Bad Dads

October 30, 2010 § 8 Comments

Whenever I’m home alone on any night that doesn’t offer good television programming, I get an urge to whip out some Wes Anderson movies and giggle at the same quirks I’ve been giggling at for years now. Now that I’ve stumbled upon these posters by Kevin Tong, in his series “Bad Dads: an art show tribute to the films of Wes Anderson”, tonight is no exception.


Now all I have to decide is: Royal Tenenbaums or Rushmore?

Wuthering Heights family tree

October 28, 2010 § 3 Comments

In my attempt to read more classic novels, I just finished Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It surely is one of the all-time great novels, but the story reaches over the span of many years and I would have loved to have found this illustration while reading it to keep everyone straight!

She could have made another one for the housekeepers and various help alone!

Have you read the book? What was your take on Heathcliff?

A couple things…

August 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

New York is enjoying some much-needed rainstorms today and Nick and I are inside, lounging on the couch, being happy to be inside and in each other’s company (even if he is watching baseball and I am blogging ;)

Here’s a couple posts from around the web I think you’ll enjoy.

Super cute (and detailed) desserts!

Confused by the hearsay of what Facebook Places really is and if you should partake in this new application? Read this interesting and informative article.

Insound’s 10 For 10 design series features t-shirts and posters from bands such as Broken Social Scene with original art by Sonnenzimmer.

Dark chocolate milk? Get into my fridge!!

I love it when bands put original and eye-pleasing designs into their branding, like Arcade Fire’s new record design & totebags.

[photo above from Once Wed]

A few things

August 14, 2010 § Leave a comment

In an effort to stay up late on our first Saturday night at home since we’ve been married, Nick and I are going out for a late dinner, probably to DuMont Burger in Williamsburg. Until then, I am passing the time by catching up on my many unread pages on Google Reader. Here are some recent reads I loved that I think you might too:

Spaghetti packaging divided into servings! What an amazing idea as I always make too much or not enough.

How cool are these camera phone mini lenses?

A Flickr group for New York photos from 1910

I love these prints from Mark Weaver

Vintage packaging for stubby beer bottles

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