Bittersweet NY is sweet in that metallic harsh sort of way. Taking the cheap playful everyday and giving it a whole new level of value (not to mention the arm and a leg it costs to acquire it). Cute though, from left to right… we have the classic cocktail sword that many a mini drunken duel have utilized (you’re sure to win with the sterling silver one). Those not-even-a-dollar vampire teeth you find only at Halloween (very James Bond bad guy like). And a sterling silver earthworm bracelet. It’s tiny bit creepy, kind of pretty all at once. [oh and i didn’t even show you the maggots, but not such a fan of those in that squirmy but silver turn your stomach way].
Ok this one goes out to Nik+Sheen, remember Cinque Terra. That bizarre night where somehow a few Bacardi Breezers literally on the rocks raised frustrations when not a bottle opener could be found, insane! i know.
So for extreme last resorts… and if you’re a boy, or a girl with heftier feet. The Fanning, by Reef : A fancy schmancy design for pro surfer goodness by a pro surfer… with the essential detail for a night out with the boys (or GIRLS!)… bottle opener on the soles of your flip-flops [grazie gizmodo]
OR you could go for the RING THING below.
The shopping rule. If you aren’t obsessed with it, don’t buy it on first impulse. If you can’t stop thinking about it, go back and stare at it at least 3 times and bring it up in conversations (or post it), go buy it. (assuming neccessary funds exist)
That’s all i have to say about this really. I can’t explain why this 59$ Nike Women’s watch has gotten to me. Wandering through the Nike women’s store today i realized their design is getting better and better, more fashionable and cleanly sporty. Kind of loving it, as much as i try and fight it.
I am not sure why, but i always kind of wanted one of these, in the matte black, as a briefcase to hide my laptop in (back when i was tiny, my laptop heavy and before they made laptop cases). And due to size/weight ability to carry it off while looking slick and not having it weigh me down… they now have a cute purse (if only it came in matte black of carbon fiber, i’d definitely be all over it). and only 12”x9”x5”. It was new to me, so had to share. Zero Haliburton
Lola Cosmetics… fabulous matte ruby red makeup line by Victoria Jackson, has a Beverly Hills Boutique (adorable interiors worth checking out), and found at Sephora, and now Ulta. I’m a long time fan of their lip glosses (esp that tiny keychain one) and eyeshadows… always been curious about their foundations, but heard good things.
While wandering Ulta today noticed they now have mini liquid foundations… they are just such cute packaging… and functional too for tiny purses (or large purses that are growing too fast)… use it as a tester of their product, or concealer, or just for touch-ups. [also it’s nice and oil free, injected with vitamins A, C, E] As Lola says “Lust Often, Love Always”.
Continuing the slightly darker feeling, more agressive concepts and items… here’s the “Sundae Best Handbag” from James Piatt. I always wanted a set of brass knuckles, for no real reason… i also always assumed they’d hurt my finger hitting someone with them more than it would hurt the person! (but then again i’m just a little girl, not a ripped large guy) But this was cute, actually has a nice metal+black type of look, that could work with the cute black dress and heels on a first date. A little edgy, but still simple and subtle in a way? Ok, well they amused me.
Be the shy, reclusive, but potentially ferocious Yeti in this hat. Part snow bunny, part sasquatch, wear this fur and polar fleece hat and you’ll blend in perfectly with the locals.
With a full collection of playful (yet scribbly) creatures in the forms of hats, bags, plushes, and more… they are a delight to browse through. For kids of all ages? From the creators:
Creature Co-op is the creative cooperation between Rachel Chow, Jason Carpenter, and our friends and family. We started Creature Co-op in 2004 as a hobby to create cute yet dark plush friends with strongpersonalities. Some of the creatures are very dumb and bump into things a lot. Some of them are crazy. Some are dumb and crazy, but very, very sweet.
LOOT by Stina B… preshrunk featured the “hold the phone” tee, but browsing through their site, it certainly seems like their strong point is in the vinyl goods… from purses to pouches to wallets, they definitely create graphics that “pop”. A few more funky images after the jump. Loot
The necklace is also kind of cool to look at, definitely funky enough for anything, and have a magnetic clasp. These creations come out of Portland, OR hand made by Meredith Dittmar (also known as mermak). Enjoy! Corporate Pig
Their designs, philsophy and site are so cute and playful with just the right balance of cheeky humor and a hint of intellect, we’ve just given in and ordered the four seen. They even have a Cheapskates section with the Gas mask shirt for a mere 5$! A real steal. Not to mention hilarious ways for you to help them out, create some art, design a shirt, or more to barter them for free shirts. And even a buy 3 get 1 free deal on at the moment for their regular shirts. Additionally for the adventurous folks, Adopt a MUPS!!! (aka Messed Up Printed Shirt) A cute idea really.
So support some friendly happy Green Squirrels, and maybe help them scribble a cute banner for their site if you are bored.
In researching Taiwan, hot spots, shopping, weather, etc. came across these cute little “REAL nozzles”. It’s an interesting way to pay hommage to the spray paint cans that enable graffiti and much street art everywhere. Ok, and there’s that cute appeal for some reason. See some other random goods at X-Large
I’m a flip flop girl. Admittedly these have less flips and flops, and more plink plunk type sounds… but i love this image. Another woody wonder by Joey Roth.
●These geta are modeled on a traditional Japanese design, and form a rough circle when viewed from above. ●The finish is sandblasted so that the wear that comes from using the geta while gardening only adds to their beauty. ●Both geta are carved from the same piece of wood.
Pretty to look at, are they not?
It’s a little bit nostalgic, a little bit trendy, and a nice remake of something that’s still useful. It’s not your I Love Lucy Apron, but certainly reminds you of the look, only with a twist. Some great designs, a fun idea, actually makes me want to pull away from my world of tech to bake a batch of cookies.
Featuring lively colors in flirty patterns and cuts, Jessie Steele’s hostess aprons are driving a forward-looking trend in domesticity, yet also hearken back to the romantic aesthetics of 1940’s and 50’s women… It all began with Helena’s vintage apron collection. The mother counterpart of the mother daughter team behind Jessie Steele, Helena had been collecting 20th century vintage aprons for years. She regarded these aprons as beautiful relics of a by-gone era, but lamented that these amazing pieces were largely forgotten today, and longed to bring them back into the fashion and consciousness of today’s markets. Imagination led to inspiration when Helena realized that who better than she could actually affect this dream of a domestic goddess revival.
Take a look at the Jessie Steele collection.
Follow this for a visual story… ENGAGEMENT: “the ultimate reverse setting” nothing is stronger or sharper than this killer ring. also perfect for tagging any surface… WEDDING: “hidden diamond ring” who else should care?… BACHELOR PARTY: “money pad” peel as you go, 100 real american singles bound with peelable notepad glue and cardboard backing… PARTY FAVORS: “silver pills” 24 hours of pure silver leaf. Resulting in sparkly poo.
pointed in this direction by We-Make-Money-Not-Art
I know these are a bit late, but i just found them, and i’m kind of sad i missed out during election time. It’s a new idea, i could see these taking off like those sillicon bracelets? Maybe? And they have that great black and white appeal which you know i’m a fan of. Based in NY, founded by American Design Company, Homecrest, and an attorney’s joint inspiration this was the result.
They noticed that campaign buttons have virtually disappeared from New York City’s landscape, and decided to give them a new and fashionable twist. DEMTAGS, as they’ve come to be known, are a collection of black and white dog tags, two per chain, with pro-Kerry/Edwards images, slogans to get out the vote, and quotes ranging from notable Americans ranging from Albert Einstein to Barbara Bush.
So take a look at Demtags and get some ideas for the next big thing.