*notcot - 02.27.09 , 12:22 - 2 Notes

Barbie’s 50th at Colette

barbie.jpg Hard to ignore that Barbie’s turning the big 50 this year ~ it’s being marketed like crazy EVERYWHERE! (I must wonder though, as a little girl being introduced to Barbie for the first time this year, do they think of it as a vintage/super old toy? and then reach for a bratz?)

Well of the many parties and celebrations, i must say Colette’s looks pretty awesome ~ “In the gallery, enjoy the “Barbie and Ken” exhibition by Karl Lagerfeld. In swimsuit, cocktail dress or a pair of jeans, Barbie strikes a pose with model Baptiste Giabiconi as Ken.” They look hilarious ~ and then the special products?!?!?! You can get Barbie in a Goyard Trunk! Pink of course! Even Uslu Airlines 219c pink nailpolish! Even a Colette/Barbie Pink Jawbone…. a little on the creepy side is definitely the Bless Hairbrush… with barbie hair for bristles… (see it on the next page!) Also noteworthy? High security exhibition of the very first Barbie and Ken dolls, only on March 12th.

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*notcot - 01.23.09 , 12:54 - 5 Notes

Spy Museum: Deny Everything

spy1.jpg Spy schwag!!! Ok, well not quite schwag, and i’ve been holding off on this post until these gifts are opened by the birthday boy… (wouldn’t want the post to ruin the fun!)

So one of the highly recommended (via Twitter and Facebook) must sees in DC was the International Spy Museum ~ and it was so fun! Unfortunately no pictures allowed, and while the beginning was questionable (pretending to make you memorize things and move from room to room on their schedule) ~ it opens up quickly and had some great displays and interactive stations throughout! SO much imagery wish i could have taken pictures of to share! But what i CAN share is some of the fun goodies i found in their impressively stocked store! (You can shop online too, but not nearly as much stuff) My favorites that i couldn’t resist… their DENY EVERYTHING one way mirror like shot glass and the magnetic bottle opener logo guy ~ so stealthy, so classic! Also, how nice is the graphic design of their tickets? See more closeups on the next page… and their James Bond Credit Card Lock Picks i just found in their store too!!!

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*notcot - 01.13.09 , 15:11 - 7 Notes

Skip Hop’s Wishbone Bike 3 in 1

bike1.jpg Wishbone Bike from Skip Hop ~ with thoughtful, beautiful design for such playful, fun kids products, Skip Hop has yet to disappoint! Their latest addition is gaining distribution rights to New Zealand designed: Wishbone Bike, a 3 in 1 starter bike that grows with kids… from the stable lightweight tricycle, to pedal-less running bike, to normal bike for kids up to 5! It is also environmentally sustainable design and a Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association 2008 Innovation Award Winner! See more pics on the next page!

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*notcot - 01.01.09 , 18:48 - 6 Notes

Nathan Jurevicius Peleda Owls

owl0.jpgOn recent obsessions ~ Nathan Jurevicius’ Peleda Owl Wind Up Blind Box Toys by Toy Tokyo!!!! You saw the original version as .org #17153… and alyssa mentioned that there was a special urban outfitters exclusive edition as well… so while the new Space 1520 in Hollywood, i finally saw them in person and was so taken by the packaging as well as the windups owls themselves! (Mean urbn guy wouldn’t let me trade whatever was in my box for the demo black one that was just sitting out!!!) Sooooooo, as a result i started researching them all and rounded up all the pictures i found of them as well as close up photos of our glowing and magenta ones and they great packaging graphic design! See it all on the next page!

p.s.
Nathan Jurevicius’ may sound familiar because he’s the aussie illustrator behind Scary Girl.

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*notcot - 12.19.08 , 14:12 - 2 Notes

Kiki de Montparnasse Gift Love

kikidm.jpg Kiki de Montparnasse reached out to us, and being quite taken by their incredible user experiences ~ both in store and online ~ and being in the holiday spirit ~ i couldn’t resist sharing their generous holiday offer with you. They take pleasure to a new level, and each and every piece they offer is carefully curated and impeccably designed ~ so even if you’re done holiday shopping, i’m sure your lover(s) could always use a few more surprises…

Here is your exclusive NotCouture holiday offer from Kiki de Montparnasse. “Notcouture and Kiki lovers will have a 40% discount off any online purchase from now until the new year when they enter the promo code NCLOVE at checkout. You will also enjoy free shipping on all domestic orders. We are also offering an exclusive gift just for Notcouture readers: Receive a complimentary bottle of Kiki Body Oil with any purchase of $75 or more until the new year. This holiday season, give the gift that really counts: love.”

Take a peek on the next page of a few of my favorites from their holiday collection ~ i’m still lusting after those silk ties covered with the delicate handcuff prints (remember i wrote about them here a while back?)… and that candle (so tord boontje)… and those goblets… *swoon*… enjoy!

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*notcot - 12.12.08 , 03:26 - 3 Notes

Mad Scientist Alpha-blocks

mystery0.jpg“A Young Mad Scientist’s First Alphabet Blocks” laser etched wood blocks from Xylocopa ~ when first spotted as .org #16975 ~ there was that instant “OMG! Must see closer!” and then the frustration of not being able to see the illustrations for every alphabet, while teased with the list of what each letter stood for… so i bought two sets… and a “mystery item” (how can you resist?)… and it is SO AWESOME!

Granted the blocks are a little smaller than i’d pictured in my mind, the detail is incredible… best use of a laser engraver ever perhaps? And i magically ended up with an Angler necklace, as if they knew it’s exactly what i wanted… SO, i’ve taken the time to photograph each and every letter of these blocks for you on the next page, in anal alphabetical order even… check them out, and long live the young mad scientists!

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*notcot - 12.11.08 , 12:10 - 4 Notes

Gift Guide: Indulge Those Vices

VICESguidePOST.jpg This gift guide is all about pleasure ~ indulgence ~ luxury ~ and fun toys to go with it all! It has kind of become the theme of the day… and there’s more to come! So take a look at the collection on the next page and as usual, click the products to browse further… also see more coupons!

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*notcot - 12.10.08 , 02:33 - 4 Notes

Copernicus Compact Curiosities

compact_curiosities.jpg I think i’ve found the perfect stocking stuffer for kids!!! Or it’s what i’ll be resorting to when i need random little gifts, that are not only really fun and amusing but educational and awesomely packaged! Copernicus Toys is a wondrous playground of all the fun sciencey toys and gizmos and puzzles i loved as a kid, and they’ve recently launched this great line of Compact Curiosities! Adorable packaging ~ nice clean fonts/graphics/colored labels on the translucent 4x6” pouches… definite points for the shiny object factor…

And it gets better! Inside these packets are old favorites from Monster Balloons and Vortex devices (you know, the ones you put between two 1L soda bottles!) to dissectable Owl Pellets and Geodes to crack open! Also incredibly affordable ranging from 3$-12$ (most are 3$-6$)! See closeups of the whole line on the next page!

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*notcot - 12.09.08 , 15:46 - 6 Notes

Gift Guide: NOTCOT Wishlist

notcotwishlistPOST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Ok, calling this a wishlist probably isn’t fair ~ in reality, you have to understand that everything i ever post is stuff i am obsessively loving… and everything in ANY of the gift guides is pretty much like my wishlist or my *already have* list… Additionally, just want to take a sec and say ~ OMG Gift Guides are really hard this year! And slightly less fun! It feels like there are far less (if any) true *IT* gifts, those big ticket toys or tech items that everyone has been counting down the days until… technology and gadgets in general are disappointing for shopping (hence my really really delayed electronics/gadget accessories guides i keep wavering on posting)… tech this year as far as bigger ticket items really feels like all upgrades ~ cheaper TVs, better priced deals on console bundles, upgrades of cameras (and the ones i’m dying for are all back ordered), it’s just not nearly as fun! Also, you’ve got to understand last year’s gift guide is still totally applicable for shopping, most of that stuff is pretty timeless, and i ran through years of archives and obsessions for that one! So not having repeats from last year has been a tough one! =) You can still browse that here! That’s why this year’s gift guide feels a bit more silly and playful! Anyhow, been wanting to tell you guys that! Also ~ it’s been a blast doing so many giveaways, and really all the giveaways are like super gift guide features of stuff i’d totally gift someone… hence, giving it away to all of you!

Ok ~ but that being said, there is still tons of random stuff that has been fascinating and tempting me ~ so here’s a super random list of stuff i’ve been wanting (or have bought ~ like the Fusion Pool Table!!!! Counting the days till that shows up at the new house! yay!) or tempted by in one big silly random collage with no real theme… Browse the madness on the next page and click to find out more info!

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*notcot - 12.08.08 , 14:16 - 22 Notes

Birthday Monkey Balls?

monkeyballs1.jpg Ok, Marcia, you win. Best birthday surprise ever ~ mysterious creepy flower guy tapping on the glass door ~ card in handwriting i can’t recognize with just a “Happy Birthday Jean. Here’s to another year of fun!”… signed Marcia? But it looked strangely more like Maria? (Florists! You need better handwriting!) And then there’s the flowers ~ awesomest mix of orchids, roses, moss, and…. WTF is that really awesome hairy ball? Do i have to feed it?

Sooooo that turns into an adventure calling the florist, who of course says they know nothing and got the order through the internet… but does say that those hairy green balls of awesome are… MONKEY BALLS! And then a few more back and forth emails, Marcia confirms it’s her, but the florists calls her to confirm she can tell me her name, and then calls me back as Marcia emails me to say the florist called… in between all of that i shot a bunch of pictures of this incredible bundle on my desk to share with you.

I’m also currently googling Monkey Balls, which is not coming up with many things that look at all like this… anyone got a scientific name for these things for me? Enjoy the pics on the next page! And Marcia, thanks again!!! SO awesome, best way to get me to stop working and get totally giddy… hehe. THANKS!

UPDATE: Jump to pics of the opened up balls!

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*notcot - 12.03.08 , 20:15 - 0 Notes

Gift Guide: Flora & Fauna

pet-guidePOST.jpgsponsored by Seagate This guide is partially for pets, partially for green thumbs, partially for nature enthusiasts, and really just a scramble of nature inspired/related amusement floating around my lists! Click the products to browse the next page as usual!

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*notcot - 11.27.08 , 18:59 - 2 Notes

Gift Guide: Gifts that lean Green

GIFTGUIDE-greenPOST.jpgsponsored by SeagateGift Guide! Gifts that lean green… so i’m not at all stating all of these are the most eco-conscious things out there, but they are certainly leaning in that direction and are fun, useful, and gorgeous! See the list on the next page! Click the images to browse!

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*notcot - , 16:32 - 0 Notes

New from Black + Blum

blackblum1.jpgI’ve become a Thanksgiving shopaholic today… i can’t seem to stop shopping now that the emails and ims have subsided as everyone else is off feasting (we turducken/champagne’d in a very low key lunch feast this year)… i’m even addictively shopping off the holiday coupons!

Anyhow, amongst all the shopping, ended up at Black + Blum ~ early friends of NOTCOT ~ and totally smitten by some of their latest designs… Desk Tidy? A fun porcelain mix of merged cups that i’m totally wanting (also perfect for gifting!) ~ And how i wish i had the ski pole inspired Spudskis! Really you need at least two, right? and a big bowl, or hill of potatoes to mash and ski through? And most gorgeous of all ~ back in April they made a gorgeous glass polar bear sculpture for WWF Faces in The Wild. Their design sold for $35,000, with Humanscale matching ~ so proceeds of $70,000 went to the World Wildlife Fund! It’s made of profiles of glass for the polar bear on a frosted glass surface upon a blue mirror for the glassy sea… Anyhow, check them all out in more detail on the next page, and you can purchase at Black + Blum

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*notcot - 11.26.08 , 14:18 - 1 Notes

Gift Guide: Designer Randomness

GIFTGUIDE-DesignPOST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Gift Guide! So this started as almost being another Thanksgiving Survival Guide (like last year’s) but devolved more into some designer randomness… from crazy showerheads to blooming tea to living necklaces and wine quivers ~ browse the guide on the next page and click images to find out more!

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*notcot - 11.21.08 , 13:39 - 7 Notes

Gift Guide: Gifts for the Kids!

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sponsored by SeagateGift Guide: all the goodies for kids! And really, i’d want the majority of stuff on here too ~ and there is also stuff for little teeny tiny kids (aka new parents) ~ as well as stuffed toys, toy toys, cardboard forts and airplanes, to toys to chew on and playful woody cars and blocks! Click on through to check out the massive collage of a gift guide!

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