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By:Amt - Ring A Day

amt1.jpg Wow. So i’m sitting here completely mesmerized, conflicted, fascinated, and DYING to pop out ALL the rings. NOW! So far my self control has kicked in and i only popped out the first one for the sake of showing you and photographing it… and sandpapering… and ok ~ so here’s the deal ~ basically i’m totally obsessed with By:Amt’s latest: Stainless Steel Ring A Day.

It comes with 7 rings and a piece of sandpaper ~ the rings are in these adorable polished stainless steel cards… that you can pop out, or not. That you can disconnect, or not. That you can wear all at once, or not… See? It’s overwhelmingly awesome and conflicting and exciting all at once. It really doesn’t help that once you pop the first one out and slip it on your finger more ideas start racing, and you can’t stop wearing/playing with it. I think this just jumped up onto the perfect gift list… as long as you pick the right size. Think about it ~ for $99 to get 7 rings, or 7 necklaces, or 7 rings AND 7 necklaces…. it could be one amazing gift, or you can even split them up into 7 precious stainless steel rings for your bffs…. or the coolest gift tags on presents? Or if you’re a planner, i guess you could really do one ring each day of the week, but who has that much self control? They could even be rings + awesome shiny iconic chrismukkah tree ornaments!

Anyhow, you get the point, Ring A Day = awesome gift with way too many possibilities. Also looks great on as a ring. So check out more pics on the next page, and i think i need to go pop out all the rings now! Will update with a pic in a few…

Oh! And don’t forget, if you order this you also get to choose a free diamond ring! See the coupon on the next page…

UPDATE! As promised, i went and popped them all out and sanded and took a few more pics ~ jump to the new pics
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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 Giveaway 26: Lelo

givelelo1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ about the best date you’ve ever had! ENTER BY 12/14. WINNER: Elizabeth in Berkeley, CA!

When it comes to luxurious pleasure objects, Lelo has always been at the top of my list… they are not only incredibly well made, but gorgeously designed and packaged as well. And that was my opinion before they launched their Luxe collection, which has taken some of their classics and brought it to a whole new level. Three of their products (Earl, Yva, Olga) are now available in Gold and Stainless Steel, packaged with a satin pouch in a lush glossy wooden box… In fact the Earl Gentleman’s Plug even comes with matching gold or steel cufflinks!

Lelo is giving away one Stainless Steel Olga ~ to win this elegant and luxurious pleasure object leave us a comment about the best date you’ve ever had!

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*NOTCOT in gratis - 12.10.08 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 25: Seagate FreeAgent Desk (Mac!)

seagategiv4.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ tell me a feature you wish your mac had! ENTER BY 12/13. WINNER: Matt in Portland, OR!

We’re already up to NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #25!!! (Looks like we’re going to have a totally of OVER 30…) So here’s number 4 of our 5 amazing FreeAgent External Harddrive giveaways from our official sponsor, Seagate! This time we’ve got the massive 1 Terabyte FreeAgent Desk for Mac! Differences from the standard one? Well this one has not only USB 2.0, but also Firewire 400 and Firewire 800! So you can basically transfer twice as fast if you’re using FW800! It is a smidge larger ~ and comes with a few more cables…

So if you’re ready to win this one ~ leave a comment telling me about a feature you wish your mac had!

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Alex & Chloe

alexchloe0.jpg Alex & Chloe ~ here’s a close up look at their packaging and some of their products… basically, i kid you not when i told you we love the people/stores/brands we’re supporting with the coupon book and giveaways! I FINALLY gave in and got the Solitaire Inverted Diamond Ring! And i’m totally smitten with it ~ Alyssa, Linhchi, and I couldn’t resist giving in to a few other pieces too! Including my other favorite, Alex’s Chill Pill necklace, which is my new reminder of how overworked 2008 has been, and to cut back and focusing more on fun crazy projects (2009 will be awesome!).

So beyond close ups of the items, i also wanted to share their packaging with you!!! We are definitely kindred spirits in our aesthetic choices ~ i swooned when i saw their black on black cards and boxes ~ i love gloss black on matte black… wrapped in black tissue… sealed with a logo sticker… So take a peek at it all on the next page, as well as a look at their freshly launched t-shirt collection!

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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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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 Giveaway 24: Makr

makr.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ about why you need a wallet! ENTER BY 12/12. WINNER: Nadia in NY!

For NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #24 ~ Makr is giving away one of their handcrafted leather wallets ~ the Black Tonal Plaid Vertical Pocket to be exact! With a snap closure, and the perfect fit for all your bills and cards, this leather will age beautifully with use and slip perfectly into your front or back pockets (for guys at least…) “The black surface dyed leather is etched, hand sewn and hand finished. A firm and smooth leather was used because it accepts very detailed etching.”

So to win ~ leave a comment about why you need a wallet! And to see some of Makr’s latest bags (gorgeous!) and other products, take a peek on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in gratis - 12.08.08 -

NOTCOT Giveaway 23: Reform School

reform1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ have any viewmaster stories? ENTER BY 12/11. WINNER: Vanessa in London!

So, in my random need to rationalize, decided that for my birthday i’m doubling up on giveaways today! So second one for this monday ~ Reform School! The adorable shop in Silverlake is giving away one black viewmaster (so classic!!!) and the Vladmaster of your choice… personally, i’d pick Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities ~ it reminds me of a UCLA comparative lit class freshman year ~ quite possibly one of my favorite classes ever…

“Vladmasters are handmade View-Master™ reels designed, photographed, and hand-assembled by Vladimir. They make use of toys, neglected household objects, and odd ephemera to tell 28-picture tales of train chases, missing steam shovels, disastrous dinner parties, and overly adventurous cockroaches.”

In essence, who doesn’t need a a viewmaster and some handmade reels filled with artistic recreations of classics? See the options on the next page ~ and leave a comment with a viewmaster story for a chance to win!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 22: Fleet Street Scandal

fleetstreet1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment at Fleet Street Scandal ~ telling us about your favorite movie poster of all time! ENTER BY 12/11. WINNER: Jory Dayne of Provo, UT!

The boys of Fleet Street Scandal, Kevin Dart and Chris Turnham, are artists with a passion for the printed form ~ and their latest collection of posters are SO fun, we’re teamed up with them to giveaway a full set of the 4 posters their “Yuki 7” series ~ These retro styled spy posters are reminiscent of a time when spies lived the silver screen life of exotic locales, gorgeous bikinis, fast chase scenes, and loads of adventure around every corner…

So to win “To Catch A Temptress”, “Roman Rendezvous”, “A Kiss From Toyko”, and “Danger is a Female” ~ Leave a comment at Fleet Street Scandal ~ telling us about your favorite movie poster of all time!

See all the posters lager on the next page!

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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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Gift Guide: Stylish Gifts

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NOTCOT Note: Here’s a special collaborative gift guide between NotCouture and Revolve Clothing ~ aka i put Linhchi (NotCouture Editor) and Michael (Revolve Founder) together and let them go to town with their gift guide inspiration and collage away some fun ideas!

This guide’s for the stylish folks in your life. It can be tough to shop for them, so here are some ideas to get you started! (And yes, many of these things I want for myself… even some of the guys’ stuff!) Check out the full guide on the next page, as well as a Revolve coupon for 25% off!

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The Standard Hotels Limited Edition Shirts

balmain.jpg Finally! An artist’s twist on the usual city tourist t-shirt ~ a much classier more exciting gift for those who didn’t get to go… Starting today, 3 limited edition t-shirts will be available at The Standard Hotels in LA, NYC, and Miami… Andre Balazs has commissioned three contemporary legends, Natas Kaupas, Eric Haze, and Jose Parla to design these t-shirts for their respective cities, and only 1500 of each design have been produced! When first described to me, i wasn’t sure what to make of it, but upon seeing images, it is gorgeous black and white typography bringing out the feeling and culture of the cities ~ and especially when seen together you can really feel how different the vibe is of each… not surprising my favorite is really the LA one, NYC next… and for designs which are so blatantly screaming out the name of a city, they feel more like artwork than branding. Also adorable? The red pouches sporting the artists signatures that the t-shirts come in!

So check out the shirts and more about the artists and this collaboration on the next page!

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*NOTCOT in home+decor - 12.07.08 -

Picnica Bunny = Reusable Tote

picnica1.jpg So first i started laughing, then i started wanting it…. how bizarre are these Picnica reusable shopping totes that… you stuff into a bunny! So when you use it the bunny hangs out on the side! Definitely one way to stand out in a farmer’s market, distract a child (in bunny form), or make those baggers do a double take…

I just found it over this hilarious reusable bag at our friends at Greener Grass Design ~ PICNICA TOTE BAG by Japanese design house, Eding:Post… also hilarious, Message Tote Bags ~ those, as you can guess, stuff themselves into speech bubbles with text like “Thank you” or “I’m Sorry” ~ see more pics of the rabbit totes and the message totes on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 21: Belkin Conserve

winbelkin1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ talk to us about power! ENTER BY 12/10. WINNER: Will in Encino, CA!

Remember when we first discovered the Belkin Conserve Energy Surge Protector with the giant switch at CES? Well Belkin was nice enough to offer one for give one away to one lucky winner! My favorite part of this is still the awesome large switch ~ which is even wall mountable so you remember to turn it off when you leave the room… but the concept is really brilliant, some things you need to leave on (clocks, routers, etc), some things can be turned off regularly (chargers, monitors, etc)! So this Belkin Conserve Surge Protector will help organize what i imagine to be your pile of tech behind your desk, etc… and to help conserve and cut back on your electric bill too! I know this might seem like an odd gift, but i totally want one! And there’s something nice and energy efficient and playful about it… not your usual power adapter! See more pics and info on the next page! And to win it ~ leave a comment telling me something about…. power!

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