*notcot - 02.23.06 , 23:22 - 4 Notes

Miss Bibi Minis

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Wow. French theme tonight it seems. Miss Bibi has some incredible miniatures - and again following the trend of the moment - precious metals forged into mini weapons/tools/objects as earings/rings/necklaces. In addition to these tiny shoes, guns, chandeliers, there are saws, charm necklaces of tools, hatchet looking weapons, magnifying glasses and more. Her design site is equally fascinating, filled with stop motion animations, slightly dark, slightly playful, mildly creepy. This line apparently takes its inspiration from “Cluedo” (yes yes, that detective game). “…they will please anyone with a dry, dark, irreverent humor and a taste for Monte Carlo’s luxury” [Monte Carlo being the designer’s hometown]… *noticed this one on the coolhunter, and on a side note, they are looking for tv personalities all over the world to do the “cool hunter tv show”… any comments on that?

Shade Elaine has started me noticing all the scissor/razor/gun/sword/knife miniature necklaces lately… and they really are popping up everywhere you turn, so does this means DRY, DARK, IRREVERENT HUMOR is in? It’s a sad, dark world. So if dark and dry is trendy, does that mean the anti-trend followers have to be bright and happy?

*notcot - 02.20.06 , 23:28 - 3 Notes

Vampire Bands

bittersweets.jpgRobin Adams makes the ultimate irony in her Bittersweets NY collection… we’ve shown you some of her pieces before and while we are still huge fans of the silver and gold versions of those plastic cocktail swords and vampire teeth, Shade Elaine and i simply can not get over these adorable little vampire teeth bands… and they separate! (yes it comes in the pair) Can you just see them as the new “best friends forever” charm that kids would break in half? Or as *gasp* a goth/edgy/funky/sleek promise ring set? A unique take on the wedding band? The possibilities are endless. 140$ for the silver pair, 230$ for the gold.

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*ShadeElaine - 02.18.06 , 21:44 - 0 Notes

For your eyes only

guerlain_liner.jpg What is this thing? Is it a vial for storing poison? Or maybe it’s a little concealed weapon for when you want to stab someone discreetly. And why am I only imagining deadly uses for this thing? Well it’s actually just eye make up by Guerlain Paris in a sweet package. So it’s not so deadly, unless you use it to create looks that kill.

“Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner :: An exceptionally elegant eye makeup innovation, this ultra fine, loose powder, with a touch of iridescence, can be applied as an eyeliner using the wand applicator or applied as an eyeshadow using the brush.”

UPDATE: Just poked at the real deal at sephora today, it’s not as fun as it looks, cheap plastic… if it were metal and glass it would be a whole different story. Also the gold on the plastic was all scraping off already as well. And as a liner, wasn’t a fan of the texture. Great idea, bad implementation…

*notcot - , 17:16 - 17 Notes

INDIE - (joe’s)

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Indie - another newbie on the high end denim bandwagon… but i’m not complaining. Just did some research and these are another product of Innovo Group who owns Joe’s Jeans. Indie’s biggest highlight is probably its price point being set at a “reasonable” 80-100$ range, versus Joe’s - Paper Denims - Sevens - Citizens - True Religions - Rock and Republics - you know the types that goes for closer to 200$+… So i took a quick pic for you of the great bird embroidery i fell for, and the cut is a great casual fit that reminds me of the joe’s but keep in mind you do get what you pay for with the denim.

Graphically speaking, i’m loving the playful nature of the tags and visuals… but what is up with their UFO fetish? I guess we will have to wait and see on that one. My one complaint however is the button - its a pain to do/undo esp quickly… the rose petals aren’t smooth so it tends to catch. You can check out more images of this particular pair at RAW.

*notcot - 02.14.06 , 09:03 - 0 Notes

Furla

furla.jpgMmmm something magnetic about this purse that just pulls me in - as does the font of the FURLA logo, go figure. The past keeps returning, and luckily for us some of the retro that works its way in actually starts to look better. The lines of the handles are beautiful and nice playful fabrics… So stuck in my head. I hate it when objects crawl into your mind and take over for a short while… i guess thats how you know you’re a designer - or a shopper - or worse, a deadly combination of the two. -Thus ends the early morning rant- Also, i think the attraction may have something to do with my love of tessellations from early childhood.

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*ShadeElaine - 02.13.06 , 16:02 - 0 Notes

Cuts like a knife

razor_necklace.jpg Continuing with what appears to be my growing love for dangerous things dangling around my neck… This is a sweet necklace by Analogous Jewelry of Brooklyn, NY, available at Rare Device. And as the site says, don’t worry, it’s not sharp!

*notcot - 02.10.06 , 08:55 - 0 Notes

Tank Farm

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Hey you, i assume you’re used to my post spurts after days of silence (b/c i am probably out running around, living my life, exploring the world, finding new things to share with you) - so here is another… I love this dragon, because it is so reminiscent of what i remember the jaberwocky seeming like when i was a kid. And i love dragons - mythically bizarre gorgeous dragons. Also the smiling skull and cross bones - it makes me smile. Straightforward enough. So enjoy and check out more of the clothing by TankFarm. Reading about their company story is inspiring - the two brothers started out as a record company, but their shirts were outselling their music… as everyone says, baby steps… right? Do what you do, see what works and where it all takes you. Notcot is currently trying this philosophy.

*ShadeElaine - 02.07.06 , 01:09 - 0 Notes

Falcon Clutch

falcon_clutch.jpg We are loving this cute bag by Mikey Toledano that seems to combine M.C. Escher with a retro-modern clean look (if that makes sense). I found this bag on Girlshop.com, and now I can’t stop thinking about how many things in my closet (casual or dressy) it would go so nicely with. *sigh*

From the designer’s site:

Mikey Toledano graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 with a degree in fashion, and currently resides in Manhattan. All of her handbags are made of the finest leathers, furs, wools and velvets, and are inspired by everything from 1930ís Hollywood glamour, to modern life in New York City.

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*notcot - 02.02.06 , 21:31 - 0 Notes

Ex-Boyfs

pins.jpgAhhh Ex-Boyfriends. Meredith Keller’s collection got emailed to me - and i fell for the robots… well the heart broken robots and the robots that are cheeky enough to think chicks dig them. And granted i am a girl and i do dig robots, real boys are still nice at times. Check out the rest of her Ex-Boyfriend merch in shirts, barware, buttons, and even duct tape wallets…

*notcot - , 20:00 - 0 Notes

Charmed

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On playfully tacky things that after viewing enough i could not resist (for about 15$ US)… the designers at FourSkin (site acting kind of broken for me) make these incredibly silly charm necklaces that look great when paired with some simple tees and jeans - or just for when you want to take your outfit above and beyond - also: great for babysitting purposes. They also have a great line of funky shirts and skirts - if you’re in town check out their cute store over in Far East Plaza in Singapore. I love the little rocker hand in gold - the KNIFE?!?! - deer toy guy - fireman - happy tomato - boyscout with functioning knees…

*notcot - 01.29.06 , 03:08 - 0 Notes

Word Clouds?

image.php.jpgSo i’m not sure if i love this, but i was too curious not to run NOTCOT through it - it is a site that runs bots all over your text content then gives you a “word cloud” of commonly used terms and arranges them alphabetically and then uses size to denote frequency… apparently here at notcot we talk a lot about design - love - notcot - time - wine - woody - art - and black a lot… for the lazier folk, you can also run searches on favorite authors or novels… Snap Shirts… oh yes, i nearly forgot - then they offer to print it on a shirt for you.

*notcot - 01.22.06 , 17:11 - 2 Notes

BuddhaNose

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The Buddha Nose i found at Marie Mason (that little apothecary that opened up in Brentwood Country Mart - which by the way, i must note has been remodeled into the most counterintuitive space known to man - and this is the store which has managed to gain much press in all things l’ve encountered as of late) - and it amuses me that they call it Budda Nose - it brings strange images to mind - and nice simple packaging.

*ShadeElaine - 01.21.06 , 00:37 - 0 Notes

I run with scissors

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There are some things you want to have, and then there are things you know you just have to have. It took me about a second to realize that I NEEDED this necklace by Erica Weiner. I purchased it from www.plainmabel.com, but you can also get it directly from the designer. At only $35, who could pass it up?

*notcot - 01.13.06 , 01:01 - 1 Notes

DingDrin

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The rings and pendants are dual sided portals to escape through, and who doesn’t need an escape or reminder nearby that is this sleek and subtle? These pieces have tiny printed microfilm of predesigned text and images, or you can submit your own, and put behind mini lenses - the meaning of Dingdrin is “thing inside” in german. I love these, now if only i could decide what to put inside… would love to do custom ones for all the important people in my life… the pendant is very very appealing to me right now.

*notcot - 01.04.06 , 03:16 - 0 Notes

ENJOY

enjoy_large.jpgAs far as late night mini posts go, just needed to share this quote from the side of this gift box i recieved from RUGenius…

Enjoy: it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. [Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

This Enjoy set by Neal’s Yard Remedies of Covent Garden London, contains Soothing Bath Oil 100ml, Jasmine Enriching Cream 20g, Elderflower Hand Softener 20g, and Comfrey & Mallow Foot Balm 20g… all of their products are all natural, and it is one of my favorite indulgences whenever i wander over to that side of the pond. You can always recognize their products by their signature blue glass bottles and that old style tree emblem.

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