*notcot - 07.05.08 , 12:20 - 4 Notes

4th of July, Laguna Beach

fireworks1.jpgHappy 4th of July ~ sorry posting went quiet, i popped down to Laguna Beach yesterday to see some old friends ~ and relaxing out at the beach house was perfect. BBQ, beers, and ironically playing rockband next to a wall of Rickenbackers, while watching all the beach goers frolic down below. So here are a few fun fireworks shots (some looking a bit more apocalyptic than festive!) to share!

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*notcot - 07.02.08 , 14:03 - 0 Notes

Random Roundup

notcotorg #11652 notcotorg #11651 notcotorg #11650 notcotorg #11644 notcotorg #11641 notcotorg #11642 notcotorg #11643 notcotorg #11618 notcotorg #11581 notcotorg #11598 notcotorg #11557 notcotorg #11474 notcotorg #11570 notcotorg #11571 notcotorg #11599You know the drill ~ click the images to find out more! I’m kind of kicking into SUPERearly long weekend mode ~ yay for 4th of July coming up on Friday (seriously, is it just me, or doesn’t today just feel like a Friday?)… and as a result, i’m consuming info and images like no other, yet i can’t seem to focus enough to sit down, photoshop, make proper posts, or respond to emails well… SO, that naturally leads to much .org-ing ~ so here is a selection of my personal post obsessions the last few days!

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*notcot - 06.27.08 , 19:16 - 8 Notes

Inspiration From Electric Artists

quotebook.jpgToday has been a day of constant, “What happened with TasteSpotting?” - “What do you think of her clone?” - “What do you think of the other clones?” - “Do you approve of these copies?” - “Are you ok?” - and you can imagine how its gone on. Well now that the legal mess is done (*fingers crossed*), i think the quote above says a lot with regards to many of those. And as to the rest ~ TasteSpotting is no longer a part of the NOTCOT Network, TasteSpotting ended its 18 month run on Friday June 13th, 2008, and i’ll miss it! The domain and archives/banner are now owned by Sarah Gim ~ and she’s doing her thing independent of us. We’ve learned a lot over the last few months, particularly from this whole process, and actually quite admire what Chuck popped up at FoodGawker so quickly! He will definitely be my go to spot for random food porn cravings! So, to everyone, thanks for your concern, and to those who were mourning TasteSpotting as it was with NOTCOT, we’re right there with you!

Now this post ~ is really a big thank you to Electric Artists, who for their 10 year anniversary sent over this adorable inspiration/quote book (with room for you to add your own on the flip side even!) bound simply by a rubberband for easy flipping… and the reason i owe them a big thank you ~ i lost focus a bit today, got wrapped up in all these silly emotions, and reading through these quotes over dinner, i realized, it’s the web! it’s the creative, ever evolving, always innovating, lightspeed-moving internet lifestyle we live and play and thrive in… and this was just the kick in the ass we needed to leap forwards, run with our new projects, innovate further, and really push the limits with our existing (and upcoming) sites! And they really have some awesome quotes in here, see the booklet and some of my favorites as they applied to life today on the next page!

And as their nice little note said: “We are fans of your work and NOTCOT. It inspires us daily - so here’s a little something that we hope will inspire you.” ~ Jinal, thank you, it did. =) So, farewell, TasteSpotting, hello, Liqurious, new features, new adventures, new events, and more i haven’t even thought of yet!

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*notcot - 06.22.08 , 05:13 - 5 Notes

Birthdays, Beaches, + Perspective

hayman.jpgYes, i’ve been a bit quiet the last few days ~ and the last week or so i’ve been flickering in and out of posting spurts ~ but as i’m sure you know by now, the foodie stuff has been eating into my mental and posting energy, and learning about legal quickly and making business decisions - and pretty much catching up on what everyone else seems to have learned in mba/jd programs, has been a bit exhausting! But today ended up being a perfect complete break from that. In this socal heatwave, we stuck to the beach, cruising further up the coast through Malibu up to Point Dume, where we found ourselves with about 100 others to celebrate the big birthday of the incredible Rose Apodaca at the houses of Fred and Betty Hayman (of Giorgio Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive legend) which are at the point of Point Dume, and the two houses overlook one of the most spectacular views in all of LA. On such a gorgeous day ~ we were able to get my favorite joy ride up PCH, run around with friends old and new - sharing in a wonderful (and impressively large) pan of paella - sitting out on blankets on the grassy lawn - wandering down to the beach to run around in the surprisingly warm waters - finding starfish/crabs/anemones and other critters - and really it always just came back to that view - staring out so far along the coastline and out at the horizon…

Anyhow, the break, the location, and catching up with people i was long overdue to see - was apparently JUST what i needed to snap out of the stressed funk i was finding myself in, and on the drive back i think i’m finally getting a better sense of where we’re going with NOTCOT, and ultimately, learning to think about that “business” stuff a bit better! SO, just for a fun 5:30am (sunrise is GORGEOUS today!) post ~ here’s a peek at the views and scene that were Saturday.

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*notcot - 06.20.08 , 16:06 - 1 Notes

Friday Roundup

notcotorg #11253 notcotorg #11305 notcotorg #11292 notcotorg #11333 notcotorg #11255 notcotorg #11273 notcotorg #11309 notcotorg #11322 notcotorg #11267 notcotorg #11344 notcotorg #11274 notcotorg #11306 notcotorg #11263 notcotorg #11252 notcotorg #11302 notcotorg #11337 notcotorg #11285 notcotorg #11277 notcotorg #11328 notcotorg #11338 notcotorg #11251 notcotorg #11330 notcotorg #11265 notcotorg #11321 notcotorg #11313Hey everyone, sorry i got quiet ~ legal messes aren’t quite my specialty. And how odd that doing a roundup of the popular stuff from the last week is filled with Crying Men portraits, girls getting things “dumped” on them, crazy futuristic architecture, ikea’s pop up apt in a box, and i LOVE those spacey looking images of bubbles and real images of space! It’s been an odd week, but almost through it ~ so apologies for slowing down here… but i have lots of fun stuff to post coming up, just a few more things to take care of! So please feel free to click through any of these pics to find out more, and check out .org and NotCouture for more inspiration… also feel free to take a sneak peek at my unlaunched new project where i’m drowning my sorrows at the moment.

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*notcot - 06.05.08 , 10:41 - 0 Notes

Super Roundups!

notcotorg #10849 notcotorg #10988 notcotorg #10823 notcotorg #10888 notcotorg #10896 notcotorg #10844 notcotorg #10967 notcotorg #10887 notcotorg #10957 notcotorg #10879 notcotorg #10828 notcotorg #10805 notcotorg #10899 notcotorg #10848 notcotorg #10912 notcotorg #11042 notcotorg #10906 notcotorg #10885 notcotorg #10883 notcotorg #10909 notcotorg #10807 notcotorg #11006 notcotorg #10852 notcotorg #10873 notcotorg #10938 notcotorg #10892 notcotorg #10987 notcotorg #10850 notcotorg #11009 notcotorg #10864 notcotorg #10897 notcotorg #10942 notcotorg #10804 notcotorg #10975 notcotorg #10861 notcotorg #10876 notcotorg #10966 notcotorg #10915 notcotorg #10818 notcotorg #10900 notcotorg #10889 notcotorg #11048 notcotorg #10940 notcotorg #10914 notcotorg #10837 notcotorg #10843 notcotorg #10867 notcotorg #10824 notcotorg #10990 notcotorg #10836 notcotorg #11001 notcotorg #10971 notcotorg #10964 notcotorg #10866 notcotorg #10874 notcotorg #10908 notcotorg #11008 notcotorg #10808 notcotorg #10802 notcotorg #10920 notcotorg #10860 notcotorg #10994 notcotorg #11046 notcotorg #10868 notcotorg #10932 notcotorg #11011 notcotorg #10830 notcotorg #10825 notcotorg #10832 notcotorg #10865 notcotorg #10816 notcotorg #10814 notcotorg #10846 notcotorg #10872 notcotorg #10895 notcotorg #10803 notcotorg #10810 notcotorg #10901 notcotorg #10955 notcotorg #10829 notcotorg #10853 notcotorg #10817 notcotorg #10809 notcotorg #10841 notcotorg #10840 notcotorg #11004 notcotorg #10858 notcotorg #10854 notcotorg #10820 notcotorg #10968 notcotorg #10945 notcotorg #10851 notcotorg #10904 notcotorg #10835 notcotorg #11026 notcotorg #10941 notcotorg #10859 notcotorg #10984 notcotorg #10983 notcotorg #10970With all this traveling the last month, it’s been far too long since i’ve done a roundup, so here’s an intense little brick of 100 of the top NOTCOT.org posts in the last 2 weeks! Also 100 of the tops of TasteSpotting and NotCouture on the next page as well! So check them out to see what’s new, what you might have missed, and as always - you can always submit your own finds to share by clicking the “add next pic” icons in the top left corners! Click the tiny pics to find out more!

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*notcot - 06.04.08 , 00:49 - 0 Notes

Back in LA!

home.jpg*Phew* ~ i’ve been running around since May 15th, and finally got back home, and as fun as the trip which ended up taking me through 9 states… it sure feels nice to be back. Been a long day driving up from charlottesville to DC then flying back to LA, unpacking, feeding myself, and trying to make sense of the slew of emails… yay for virgin america though, it is far to fun to watch loads of current tv, cartoon network, and Ocean’s 12 on the way back - hope you don’t mind if i call it a night and try to get back on track tomorrow… it’s going to be a busy week with events popping up to fill this whole week already!

This is a quick pic out the window as we started descending into LA ~ the mountains looked awesome at sunset.

*notcot - 05.23.08 , 19:08 - 8 Notes

Into the Tech-Free Woods

peacham.jpgSo, the rumors are true. NOTCOT has gone where no tech addict chooses to go… there is NO CELL RECEPTION and NO INTERNET. *gasp*. After much mocking about how i “probably can’t remember the last time i’ve been off the grid” (and no, i can’t remember)… today we semi-spontaneously checked out early from NYC, grabbed a rental car (4WD black 2007 rav4), and cruised up to Peacham, Vermont… to a log cabin dan’s parents built back in the 70s, and no one has really lived there since (brief visits, but little more than that) - can you see it peeking out from between all the trees?

It’s adorable, the surroundings breath-taking - who wouldn’t be in love with that lush greenery and fast moving fish filled creek all around after the urban concrete/smells/sounds of NYC? The cabin is going to take a bit of work though, and after so much tech-tethered work, i guess a little manual labor and communing with nature can’t be all bad. So if i get a bit quiet this week, you’ll know where i disappeared to, and if i’m quiet longer than that… well, send a search party?

As for how i’m posting this? Well we’ve got to get the water running again, sort out some new furniture/matresses/etc, and hook up a phoneline (and yes, high speed dsl is on its way)… so, thanks to the kindness of friends, i’m getting a warm bed and my internet fix for the day. Few more sneak peeks on the next page - probably loads more to come as i wander and take more pics the next few days!

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*notcot - 05.20.08 , 16:56 - 5 Notes

Bathroom Window NY

window.jpgI couldn’t help sharing… so i’ve spent the whole day in my room in a sea of press kits on my bed… trying to sort through all my notes and photos, trying to catch up… then i wandered into the bathroom, and the view out the window took my breath away. Silly ipod ad matching the sunset is a bit annoying though… but how gorgeous out is it? Click the pic for the full sized image… unphotoshopped, because i was too lazy (and saving photoshopping energy for the rest of the posts!)

p.s. just added a few more as it got more dramatic on the next page…

p.p.s just added some dark shots! One here (click to view larger) and one more on the next page… SO nice out!
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*notcot - 05.11.08 , 01:03 - 0 Notes

Mother’s Day Best Of’s…

tastespotting #14083 tastespotting #14226 tastespotting #13914 tastespotting #13913 tastespotting #13960 notcotorg #10404 notcotorg #10401 notcotorg #10427 notcotorg #10498 notcotorg #10396 notcouture #1971 notcouture #1964 notcouture #1905 notcouture #1967 notcouture #1949Click the images to find out more! HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY to all the moms out there! And for all the kids- don’t forget to call mom.

Tonight i went themed on our roundup for the week ~ top row, unusual frozen goods were trendy on TasteSpotting, from margarita popsicles and frozen eggs to Raw Banana Mango Malted Ice Cream with Agave Caramel… in the middle row, from NOTCOT.org had quite a nice selection of Architecture showing up this week… and finally, from NotCouture here is an assortment of bags, trunks, and ‘waterproof backpack reviews’!

Top 25 from each site last week on the next page…

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*notcot - 04.28.08 , 01:40 - 1 Notes

Best Of The Week…

tastespotting #13415 tastespotting #13413 tastespotting #13452 tastespotting #13451 tastespotting #13434 tastespotting #13421 tastespotting #13408 tastespotting #13394 tastespotting #13429 tastespotting #13447Click the images to find out more! Wow, busy week/weekend across the NOTCOT sites… and the Daring Bakers have struck again, this month they have taken on the adorable “cheesecake pops” and over 25 posts have come up so far… some quite creative even! Inspiring and delicious? See the popular posts across the sites on the next page!

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*notcot - 04.21.08 , 12:39 - 3 Notes

Life Update Rounded Up

notcotorg #9884 notcotorg #9882 notcotorg #9889 notcotorg #9911 notcotorg #9895 notcotorg #9879 notcotorg #9953 notcotorg #9891 notcotorg #9949 notcotorg #9893 notcotorg #9919 notcotorg #9902 notcotorg #9980 notcotorg #9959 notcotorg #9912 notcotorg #9926 notcotorg #9906 notcotorg #9883 notcotorg #9918 notcotorg #9965 notcotorg #9929 notcotorg #9886 notcotorg #9928 notcotorg #10010 notcotorg #9892Click the images to find out more! Hey everyone, sorry i got quiet this weekend. To be completely honest with you, i’m just having a bit of a hard time with things right now, and its been a rough last few weeks particularly, and overall the last few months have really been catching up with me it seems… trying to officially take a vacation this week… but unlike most sites that go on vacation, shopping/hunting/browsing/sharing/posting inspiring things IS what makes me happy, so posts will probably pick up after i get some brunch today, whereas emails (especially the bitchy ones) will probably have even slower responses than normal, meetings/conference calls probably won’t be happening (other than the really fun pre-planned ones)… essentially anything that “feels” like “work” i’m not available for this week! Check back May 1st if you’re looking for that stuff, where hopefully i’ll get myself relaxed and ready to do the whole “business” thing again. And for those who clearly can’t seem to understand this - i just need a break, so feel free to resume the painful/not fun stuff May 1st.

OK - personal rant done. Just wanted to get that out there for the people who don’t seem to understand the current situation, but seem to see public posting as making something “real”. Moving along… roundup time! The popular postings of the last week across NOTCOT.org, TasteSpotting, and NotCouture…

Oh, and yes the sites went down for a bit this weekend ~ they were physically moving our servers and unfortunately there were a few problems, but all should be back up and ok now. Not stressful at all, right?

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*notcot - 04.14.08 , 15:28 - 1 Notes

Thank You, Veuve Clicquot.

veuveday1.jpgI’m having one of those Mondays that already feels like a thursday… the week can’t end fast enough, yet its just begun. Also, its the week where i kick myself for not being in Milan for design week, not that i should have been there this year, seeing as i’m slightly over swamped with obligations at the moment anyhow. Good news for you, is part of that is due to a pile of really cool stuff i’m dying to post (the fun part of my life, um… “work”)… BUT for a random fun post before i get sit down in this crazy summery heatwave weather, i just wanted to say thanks to Veuve Clicquot for making today just a tiny bit more fun with their surprise delivery of a bottle of bubbly to help Milan coverage go a bit smoother this week. Yay for snail mail… a few more silly pics after the jump (although i do like how the pirate bronto in the apple is now in the glass up there)… back to regularly scheduled rants of designer inspiration and amusements!

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*notcot - 04.13.08 , 20:29 - 1 Notes

Popular this week…

notcotorg #9869 notcotorg #9864 notcotorg #9827 notcotorg #9787 notcotorg #9763 notcouture #1787 notcouture #1790 notcouture #1809 notcouture #1812 notcouture #1834 tastespotting #12508 tastespotting #12478 tastespotting #12411 tastespotting #12371 tastespotting #12369What more could we need to kick off a Monday in the making besides waldo hidden in the real world waiting for google maps, designer foosball, books transformed into sculpture, dragon bras, fun dresses and coats, martinis, cupcakes, carbonara, and more? Well here’s a selection of things that grabbed me from the last week, and after the jump take a look at the 25 most popular posts from across the NOTCOT Network. Happy Monday! (and as always, click the images to find out more!)

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*notcot - 04.11.08 , 02:16 - 2 Notes

TechCrunch + PopSugar + LA…

techparty1.jpgHow very surreal tonight has been. After much hmmming and hawwwwing… i ended up at one of those LA massive clubs (Vanguard)… and it didn’t really LOOK like clubbing in LA… it was a super techy/web 2.0 crowd having their incestuous circles and drama… supposedly for networking/matchmaking of every sort… yet you could barely talk to someone without screaming… it was cool to run into lots of random people and hide out at a dive bar after… there were some screens set up for sponsors to show off their companies… but they were impossible to get near and then understand what was going on… but that’s ok, because there was massive twittering of who was where and waving to who and doing what constantly… and Perry Ferrell (of Jane’s Addiction fame) was djing (see flickr VIDEO here)… and i get home and my mind/body is so confused… it was a night out in hollywood, yet it doesn’t at ALL feel like a night out in hollywood. This was the scene that was the TechCrunch + PopSugar “cocktail party”…

So much tech. But i did get a few fun crazy colored pictures of the bizarre scene from the upstairs window by the room where engage was matchmaking… no, seriously. Stickers read - single, taken, matchmaker… and people were actually meeting potentials! Ok so super techy sidetrack over ~ ready to go back to more designy themed events! Few more pics after the jump!

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