*notcot - 12.16.08 , 16:22 - 4 Notes

CIA Super Hero Calendar 2009

cia1.jpg Fresh from the UK ~ Justine (aka RUGenius) just sent over a bunch of pics of the new CIA Super Hero Calendar for 2009 that just showed up! It was seen as #17226 ~ and we featured their *free* weekly calendar last year too ~ demand was insane last year, so we don’t blame them for making this year’s weeklies a mere 5 pounds for brits.

The theme this year? Super Heroes!!! Nothing like a perfect desk sized weekly calendar filled with inspiring art to brighten things up! Take a peek at some of our favorite images on the next page!

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*notcot - 12.14.08 , 13:53 - 1 Notes

NOTCOT.org Holiday Roundup

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*notcot - 12.07.08 , 11:07 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Holiday Roundup

bestbuy2.jpg notcotorg #16951 notcotorg #16907 notcotorg #16868 notcotorg #16889 notcotorg #16878 notcotorg #16867 notcotorg #16786 notcotorg #16776 notcotorg #16898 notcotorg #16820 notcotorg #16700 notcotorg #16910 notcotorg #16747 notcotorg #16698 notcotorg #16780 notcotorg #16735 notcotorg #16727 notcotorg #16722 notcotorg #16887 notcotorg #16901 notcotorg #16702 notcotorg #16890 notcotorg #16704 notcotorg #16824 best buy sponsorship Here’s a NOTCOT.org roundup ~ that is only really holidayish in that it leans buyable! So browse and check out the stocking stuffers, unexpected gifts, and some new ideas of places to shop! Click the images to find out more!

*notcot - 12.02.08 , 15:03 - 12 Notes

Gift Guide: Posters worth Gifting!

postersguide-POST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Today is all about posters!!! So here’s a gift guide of posters i’m loving, so click to browse them, since in most cases there are far more awesome ones where they came from! Enjoy!

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*notcot - 11.29.08 , 15:30 - 0 Notes

NOTCOT.org Roundup

notcotorg #16674 notcotorg #16665 notcotorg #16495 notcotorg #16459 notcotorg #16642 notcotorg #16434 notcotorg #16672 notcotorg #16561 notcotorg #16541 notcotorg #16424 notcotorg #16574 notcotorg #16445 notcotorg #16677 notcotorg #16368 notcotorg #16357 notcotorg #16403 notcotorg #16406 notcotorg #16218 notcotorg #16650 notcotorg #16419 notcotorg #16559 notcotorg #16678 notcotorg #16645 notcotorg #16484 notcotorg #16681 It’s been a while since i’ve done a proper roundup, and amidst all the giveaway/review and gift guide posts it seemed about time! So here are some of the posts that i love most from the last week or so! Feel free to click them and find out more!!!

And i’ve added roundups of some of the most popular posts this week from NotCouture and Liqurious as well on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.25.08 , 11:49 - 1 Notes

Gift Guide: Alyssa’s Wishlist

alyssa-post.jpgsponsored by Seagate This is LIKE a gift guide, but really i also kind of tasked wonderful intern, Alyssa, to make me her wishlist as an awesome gift guide! Soooooo on the next page you can browse what she’s wanting this year! Going through it, i’m pretty sure you might have a few people who’d want what she’s got on there too!

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*notcot - 11.20.08 , 21:38 - 2 Notes

Gift Guide: Glassy Gifting

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sponsored by Seagate There’s something so beautiful about glass, and i’ve been particularly obsessive with double walled glass recently (like, what is out there beyond the usual Bodum cups and such) ~ and more organic and playful glass pieces… and as gifts, they always look so precious and beautiful… fun shadows, light dancing all around! So here’s a gift guide of Glassiness! See the next page for the guide, click the images to find out more, and a few coupons at the bottom to help you out as well!

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*notcot - , 02:58 - 8 Notes

Jamie Hayon’s Rocking Chicken

chicken.jpg I think i am obsessed with a large green glossy lacquered rocking chicken. Is that weird? Is it weirder that tonight i am obsessed with it because of Jamie Hayon’s Lladro Fantasy Collection where he playfully mixes his designer goodness and attention to detail with the classic porcelain collectibles… But back to the chicken. It’s giant. It’s green. It’s glossy. And i bet when you rock on it your mind fills with ideas and you get taken on a dreamy world of inspiration… or maybe thats the sleeping pill kicking in and i’m starting to fade and dream up ideas (how is it 3:30am?)? Regardless, between all the giveaways, thought you’d have fun taking a peek at the sketches and more images of the great green rocking chicken on the next page… see more at Jamie’s site too!

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*notcot - 11.19.08 , 13:35 - 4 Notes

Gift Guide: Gorgeous Gifts for Anyone

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sponsored by SeagateGift Guide time! Here’s one rounding up some picks for just about anyone… well honestly, i didn’t know what to call it, so they are kind of in that hostess gift category, that person you want somethign nice for that looks kind of cool and unusual yet totally works for everyone from your lawyer to your significant other’s mom? They also make for fun conversation pieces! So check it out on the next page, click the images to see more info on them, and happy holidays!

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*notcot - 11.18.08 , 00:23 - 11 Notes

Gift Guide: Desk Toys and Stocking Stuffers

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sponsored by SeagateFirst Gift Guide of the season, and while i promised friends and family i wouldn’t do 31 days in a row like last year (it got crazy!), you can see Alyssa and i made up for it with quite the NOTCOT Holiday Coupon Book and a really exciting lineup of giveaways launching nearly everyday through xmas! (Funny thing is, as we get more excited and start posting up all these goodies as a huge THANK YOU to you, our readers, more stores we love keep contacting us wanting to share the love as well! So the list might grow… as do the coupons!)

So first guide, the REALLY fun stuff. Since gifts should be about the unexpected… those fun surprises that you never saw coming, or would never buy yourself yet secretly lusted for… So lets kick this off with Desk Toys and Stocking Stuffers! Below is a massive collage of some of my favorites, like last year, just click the products to be whisked off to find out more. I’ve also attached the relevant coupons below to help you out with any temptations you may come across! Enjoy!

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*notcot - 11.14.08 , 14:40 - 11 Notes

Show Me How - 500 things you should know

showmehow1.jpgShow Me How ~ 500 Things You Should Know - Instructions for life from the everyday to the exotic While you might initially think that this long title is a huge exaggeration… it’s totally true! I think i learned 500 things yesterday! In pictures! And it seems crazy to try and tell you how, when i can SHOW you how! Here are some of my favorites… images on the next page to give you a better peek inside Derek Fagerstorm, Lauren Smith, and the Show Me How Team’s new book!

12 - stencil stealthily
14 - carve hollow book
15 - super slingshot
23 - pvc pipe digeridoo
25- chain mail bikini
111 - dazzle with sabrage
124 - prepare tibetan yak butter tea
126 - understand espresso drink ratios
135 - chug from a boot
138 - how to look dapper in a suit
180 - repair ripped jeans
191- get out of a car in a mini skirt
204 - tie the texas rope handcuff
224 - fix a dented baseboard
277 - make suet snack for birds
344- deliver a baby in a taxi
371 - fold his clothes for travel
383 - share authentic yerba matte
405 - open wine without a wine key
414 - run with the bulls in pamplona
426 - catch a fish bare handed
447 wrestle aligator
453 create water in the desert
485 - escape from straight jacket
493 - breathe fire

And those are just a few! This book is definitely on my no fail list for gifting for all occasions! Maybe best waiting room/coffee table book i’ve found yet? See scans of some on the next page! … and at amazon, that’s 500 new things for $16!

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*notcot - 11.12.08 , 14:33 - 0 Notes

The W + Jonathan Adler = Design Dreams

w1.jpg Collaborations i’m giddy about? The W Hotels are launching another “Design Dreams” package with Jonathan Adler! Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming deal that launches Nov 24th! Consider this on the list for awesome gifts for overworked designers in need of some R&R and a little something to get their inspiration flowing…

The exclusive “Design Dreams Package” includes “a stylish room rate”, two exclusive Adler pieces for W (Wonder/Lust Candle with wax in signature W purple and ceramic Key Keeper - see pic on next page!), 20% discount on Adler items at the W store, and two “Creative Cocktails”! For the NYC folks, there is even an expansion package - “For an additional $10,000, Jonathan Adler will join guests for lunch and a private shopping spree at one of his stores in New York City.”

Really, i’m lusting after the Wonder/Lust candles, which apparently will become available in the W stores soon! And they are so perfect with the rest of Adler’s Apothecary of Emotions…. see the exclusive key keeper and press release on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.10.08 , 15:29 - 2 Notes

Thank You, Catalina Estrada !

estrada1.jpgWow. Super crazy monday, just slowed down by the arrival of a very unexpected gift from one of my favorite artists, Catalina Estrada! Sat down in the hallway, popped open the tube, and it just kind of took my breath away. Gorgeously packaged (she decorated the tube so nicely and simply with stamps even!) ~ fun little cards greet you upon opening, and a signed print from the recent show she did with Pancho Tolchinsky: Backyard, with her illustrations beautifully layered over his photographs.

So, this post is a huge “THANK YOU, Cati!!!” ~ and i had to share how cool it is with all of you as well! I guess i’ll have to hit up the framers soon! So many posters and artworks i’ve had stashed in tubes over the last year or so… i think the living room of the new house next month may have to become a secret NOTCOT gallery! Check out more pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 11.09.08 , 01:20 - 7 Notes

Audrey Kawasaki - “The Drawing Room”

kawasaki1.jpgAs promised, here’s a look into the “THE DRAWING ROOM” curated by Audrey Kawasaki at Thinkspace that opened last night. As can be expected ~ extremely packed, people flowing onto the streets, drinking and clutching their limited edition prints like gold, inside people following audrey around in hopes of taking their picture with her… all her works sold out instantly… really, amazing show… and you can see all of my random pics in the notcot gallery ~ and all of the pieces at the thinkspace site, but what was really above and beyond any normal gallery showing was Audrey’s display in the front window space.

She basically recreated her studio in the window, like a dreamy lifesize diorama or creative goodness ~ filled with vintage finds and half finished sketches, it was like stepping into the world behind the works within the gallery, and it was beautiful! As she says on her blog, “i’ve been working on the front room installation for the past couple nights… it is suppose to represent an artist’s workspace/studio/nook, and it pretty much turned out to be a duplicate of my own. i can practically live there!” I wouldn’t be able to resist watching, pressed against the window, if she were to really “move in” and do some sketching in that adorable space!

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*notcot - 11.05.08 , 13:12 - 0 Notes

More Mobile - Portable Architecture For Today

moremob1.jpgMore Mobile! Portable Architecture for Today ~ Edited by Jennifer Siegal ~ this book showed up recently from the Princeton Architectural Press, and its so awesome, i think i’m finally figuring out how to share books with you guys… So i’ve scanned some of my favorite pages on the next page for you to check out!

This book is the follow up to her 2002 book, Mobile: the art of mobile architecture (which i will now have to go track down!) - for regular readers, you know i’ve got a thing for mobile architecture, especially shipping container architecture! So this book is just incredibly inspiring to flip through the many fascinating projects! Check out the next page to see some of the best pages!

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