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NOTCOT.org Roundup

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Another gorgeous week has passed and this week’s NOTCOT.org roundup is full of stunning images of lustworthy products, breathtaking scenes and overlooked minutia. To find out more about each post, click on its individual image.

*NOTCOT in design - 12.13.10 -

Kelly Reemtsen’s Ladies

dresses1.jpg Mmmmm, you know i adore a good unexpected juxtaposition… like these fun paintings by Kelly Reemsten! Headless/footless women in lovely party frocks holding simple tools… like bolt cutters, axes, gardening shears, chainsaws, crowbars… and wearing dish gloves and oven mits… simple every day things! They also have great names like ‘The load I Carry’, ‘Heavy Handed’, ‘Axe’, ‘B & E’, ‘Prowler’, ‘Leverage’, ‘Character Assassination’, etc. Awesome, right? And these are all large oil paintings ranging from 20’x20’ to 44’x44’. How fun would it be to have the perfect one hanging conspicuously in that perfect entry way… Is it any surprise that she started in Fashion Design and Painting? See more on Kelly Reemsten, and see some of my absolute favorites on the next page!

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Martell: “The same pleasure since 1715.”

martell1.jpg Love these french ads for Martell XO that i ran into on I Believe in Adv. Such a fun concept to show that it’s “The same pleasure since 1715”, having the more modern day scene reflect the world in the painting from the 1700s! I supposed the question is did they take it too far? or not far enough? Part of my wishes in the paintings, there would be a painting of an even OLDER time with the same scenario inside… or that the dresses and suites were matching in color… though that might just be because of the girl in the pink dress matching… and a guy in a red suit might be a bit much! See the second ad, as well as close ups of the paintings on the next page!

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Kiehl’s + KOONS + Momofuku

kiehls0.jpg On fun collaborations, last week Kiehl’s and Jeff Koons teamed up to launch the annual Holiday Creme de Corps: A Wonderland of Merry in NYC, and Anna went to go check it out for us. Highlight? Besides Koons in person? CRACK PIE BITES! Who knew they did these in mini form? Also, Cake Truffles - with sprinkles? Momofuku catered the event, and the food looks lovely (lots of pics on the next page!) So take a look at the world of pop art meets skin care meets deliciousness that descended up on NYC that night, see the festivities (and the adorable retro americana decor!) on the next page!

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Holiday Giveaway #20: Fawn & Forest

22-fawnandforest.jpg It’s holiday season here at NOTCOT, and we’re doing our annual Gift Guides, Coupons and Giveaways! Just our little way of giving a big hug to awesome brands and readers as we close out 2010!

UPDATE: Congrats to Jennifer in Indianapolis, IN!

NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #20 is here ~ and today our friends from Fawn and Forest are giving one lucky reader (or perhaps our lucky reader’s KIDS?): an absolutely stunning, mind blowingly cool Brinca Dada Emerson Doll House. I don’t think i even need to tell you how ridiculously awesome this house is… or how much i wish i could have a life sized version… But if you don’t know, you simply must see the pics on the next page!

For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 17th (PST) ~ telling us who would live in this house if you were to win it…

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DonQ Master Of All Skills - MIXOLOGY!

donqspons.jpg Sponsored by DonQ Rum ~ We were recently tapped to help them for a contest called Master of All Skills. The goal? To create playful Liqurious themed quizzes aimed at finding the Masters of Mixology! Complete all the Masters challenges for a chance at the grand prize ~ a trip to the DonQ Rum distillery in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where you’ll learn how they make rum first-hand! Anyhow, all the details are over at the the DonQ Master of All Skills site ~ but first things first, ready for the first of the NOTCOT/Liqurious quiz? Check it out on the next page!

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Gift Guide: TV in the Kitchen

ckitchen0.jpg This post is the second of three gift guides sponsored by Xfinity. Focused on themes of gifts and gadgets that help us push the boundaries of how and where we watch TV! As usual ~ content is all me, and they’re sponsoring me to do it! And for the official bit: “This post is brought to you by Xfinity from Comcast. Watch all your favorite shows from anywhere with Xfinity TV. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Comcast or its partners” Advertisement

Today we’re taking it into the kitchen! A peek at gadgets/accessories to help you when you’re in the kitchen and porting TV over, whether for entertainment or following along your favorite cooking shows - pausing, rewinding, using the TV as your live cook book of sorts… also take a peek at some Tasteologie Editors’ favorite cooking show indulgences all on the next page!

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Ona: The Roma DLSR Insert

ona1.jpg I’m notorious for carrying my beloved 5D mkII relatively unprotected in just about any purse that will fit it… So long as the stitching seems like it can take the weight. And when placed carefully in my messenger bag with laptop and a ton of other gear… well, maybe there are some flip flops buffering the bottom in that hand carry. And i’ve said for years now that i should get some foam and sew up a perfect little insert/sleeve for it! That being said, i’m always on the look out for a sleek solution that doesn’t add more bulk than necessary. And i just stumbled across Ona’s the Roma tonight, and i must admit i’m quite intrigued. Need to go do some measuring to see how it will do with my set up… but it’s looking pretty good!

Here’s what they say: “Let the Roma camera insert transform your favorite non-camera bag into a protective space for your gear. While the Roma won’t replace your carry-it-all camera bag, its the perfect solution for light trips and shoots where only your camera and a lens are needed. But that’s not all. The Roma also has five exterior pockets that’ll help keep your stuff organized. A camera insert that’s also a bag organizer; quite the twofer if we do say so ourselves. Handcrafted with premium Waxwear. Leather side handles for easy removal from your bag.” Dimensions: 10.5”L X 7”H X 4”D. See more pics on the next page!

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Holiday TV Streaming

streamy.jpg This sponsored post is brought to you by Samsung Electronics America and the Apps available on Samsung Smart TVs - content is mine, and they are enabling me to do my thing! Thanks, Samsung! Click Here

TVs really are like artwork in the house these days ~ when it takes up so much visual real estate in a room, bar, etc, you really can’t leave it off as a big black screen of nothingness! So the big question is, what do you leave on? And with so many apps and channels and dvd collections and everything these days, i’ve been bouncing the idea around with friends about what we’d possibly leave on in the background streaming while people were over and not actually focused on the TV… which things look pretty and interesting enough to glance at now and then… things you don’t necessarily need to be full engrossed in to have moments of enjoyment from… and yet, you could also plop down on the couch and lose yourself in them if that bored and trying to survive the holidays? So, we’ve pulled together a rather random smattering of films and shows that came up, as well as some apps that help you get the job done too! Check out our list on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in gratis - 12.12.10 -

Holiday Giveaway #19: Diesel Sweeties

21-dieselsweeties.jpg It’s holiday season here at NOTCOT, and we’re doing our annual Gift Guides, Coupons and Giveaways! Just our little way of giving a big hug to awesome brands and readers as we close out 2010!

UPDATE: Congrats to Justin in Highlands Ranch, CO and Leor in Ontario, Canada!

NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #19 is here ~ and today our friends at the web comic, Diesel Sweeties, are giving two lucky readers a pixelated makeover of sorts with two bundles! Bundle One is all about Pixel Skulls - a pair of Pixel Skull Shot Glasses, a classy Pixel Skull Tie, and some Pixel Skull Socks ~ perfect for a day at the office? Or a night out? Bundle Two is all about the Red Robot - a Red Robot Army Tote Bag, a flaming Red Robot Tie, and some Red Robot Socks! For the peek at all of Bundle Two’s goodies, check out the pic on the next page (as well as a coupon!) So the question now is… which are you?

For a chance to win leave a comment by midnight on Dec 16th (PST) ~ telling me about whether you’re a Pixel Skull kind of kid or a Red Roboter… and why!

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Kraken Rum: The Gift Guide!

kraken0.jpg Amazing. I’m literally in complete awe as i write this post, under the glow of the Kraken Lamp, while sipping some Kraken Rum on ice. There’s just something too awesome about great things feeding and inspiring each other ~ in this case Kraken Rum coupled with incredible design studio, Dead As We Know It, and launching quite possibly the coolest product line yet! The product line is lustworthy on its own… but still noteworthy, when’s the last time a Rum inspired you to redecorate? Rum inspired housewares, art work, and wearables? Even handkerchiefs for the dandiest fellow on your gift list… Take a peek at some of my favorites from the new Kraken Rum Store on the next page… and i can’t wait to see what else the Kraken will inspire in all of us!

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*NOTCOT in gratis - 12.11.10 -

Holiday Giveaway #18: Hard Graft

20-hardgraft.jpg It’s holiday season here at NOTCOT, and we’re doing our annual Gift Guides, Coupons and Giveaways! Just our little way of giving a big hug to awesome brands and readers as we close out 2010!

UPDATE: Congrats to Jeremy in Alexandria, VA!

NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #18 is here ~ and today our friends from Hard Graft are giving one lucky reader: a Phone Fold Wallet! So many luscious feeling wool felt/leather goods for your phones, laptops, ebook readers and more… these guys are still one of my favorites by far! Currently lusting after their new pocket phone case that just came out too!

For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 15th (PST) ~ sharing what you love about your phone?(aka why it deserves such an awesome case!)

*NOTCOT in food+drink - 12.10.10 -

Vu: Southern-ish Molecular Gastronomy?

vu0.jpg Is molecular gastronomy ready to go main stream? Tucked in the rear of the new Marina del Rey Jamaica Bay Inn on Mother’s Beach (where we were quickly warned not to go in the water!) ~ there is a newly opened restaurant, Vu. With the look of an all-american restaurant in a business hotel perched on the marina, it is so well lit, we felt no shame in grabbing a camera for a few food snap shots! My friend kept joking that if we were going to do the molecular gastronomy thing, we may need to go for burgers after… but the dishes here were far more filling than we expected! With deep fried grits, pork belly, bacon powder, collard green fluid gel, goat cheese hush puppies, micro cilantro/arugula/basil, aerated cream cheese, apple roe, sweet tea poached lamb, chicken fried watermelon, coffee-glazed cous cous, and more… it’s a fascinating experiment to taste! Chef Kyle Schutte has crafted quite the mix of comfort foods and local socal deliciousness! See some of the dishes we tried on the next page… and here are the Vu menus.

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Holiday Giveaway #17: Fred

19-fred.jpg It’s holiday season here at NOTCOT, and we’re doing our annual Gift Guides, Coupons and Giveaways! Just our little way of giving a big hug to awesome brands and readers as we close out 2010!

UPDATE: Congrats to Sara in San Antonio, TX!

NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #17 is here ~ and today our friends from Fred are once again giving one lucky reader: a SUPER FUN Fred Pack containing: Handlebar wine opener, Ninjabread Men Cookie Cutters, Beat It! Drumstick Chopsticks, Tea Cupcakes Silicone Molds, Equal Measure Cup, Salt & Peeper, Brain Freeze Ice Molds, Birds on a Wire paperclips, M-Cups Matryoshka Measuring Cups, and Flora Silicone Spoon and Spatula. Phew* that’s some bundle they’ve put together to really brighten up your kitchen! And of course, it is all as functional as it is fun! See details on the next pic!!!

For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 14th (PST) ~ sharing something fun to make all the commenters to come after you smile!

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Perrier Jouët’s Dandy Champagne Bag

dandy1.jpg On beautiful holiday editions, Perrier Jouët’s Dandy Champagne Bag is stunning! It’s a “lavish leather bag containing a bottle of Perrier Jouët Fleur de Champagne, two glasses and a notebook on the art of drinking champagne,” along with two hats and two artistic flutes from ad hoc Borsalino. It is a limited series of 40 for the whole world! The bag is made by leatherwork designer, Isaac Reina, and is numbered and signed. The details are just lovely! The Dandy’s Champagne Notebook by David Piper has illustration by Kareem Ilya, who did the Perrier Jouët’s Dandy Ball paintings which are absolutely gorgeous! See more details of this new Holiday 2010 Perrier Jouët’s Dandy Champagne Bag on the next page!

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