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NOTCOT.org Holiday Roundup

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Unique LA - Win Tickets!

uniqueLA1.jpg Unique Los Angeles is coming up December 13th and 14th at the California Market Center! And with a massive number of indie designers peddling their wares, its a potential one stop shop… We have been offered 10 pairs of tickets (perfect for you and a shopping buddy!) to giveaway, so please leave a comment with which store you’re most excited about from their 200+ and we’ll pick 10 random winners on Weds (dec 10th)! To help you get started, we even tried to go through as many of these as possible, so some old favorites and new discoveries are on the next page! A lot of the vendors slant a bit more crafty than we’re usually into, but quite a few seem interesting as well!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 20: StrangeCo Toys!

strangeco1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ sharing your favorite childhood toy! ENTER BY 12/9. WINNER: Karen in NYC!

StrangeCo ~ the wondrous purveyors of the peculiar ~ and probably one of my favorite toy distributors of all time ~ so many awesome collectibles and amusements that live under my monitors, and i love that in the last year or so they even made the move to truly making toys for all ages with fun plush toys for young’ns that are of awesome quality and really fun designer characters (i.e. TokiDoki, FriendsWithYou, Somewhere City)… definitely been my go to for kids presents when i’m at a loss…

SO, today we’re giving away a set of their latest, a nice mix for all ages! In the bundle are:
- Mr. TTT - Rainbow ~ the awesome plushy FriendsWithYou creature that comes apart to amuse and delight kids
- Julie West’s Limited Edition Bumble & Tweet Tree Edition ~ so special, i don’t even have somewhere to link you, but lots of close ups on the next page!
- TokiDoki’s Captain Coco

Whether you split these up as stocking stuffers, hoard them for your own collection, or open them and go nuts… i leave that up to you! Afterall, toys are for enjoying!!! So check out some close up pics of these guys on the next page, and leave us a comment with your favorite childhood toy for a chance to win!

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Rubyy ~ Blood Orange Energy

rubyy0.jpg Wow. Ok, so Rubyy, i can’t even decide where to start on telling you how many ways i’m loving this latest addition to the Energy Drink space… obvious first impressions, GORGEOUS bottle ~ i’m such a sucker for the matte black, and the vector graphics on the label with playful fairy tale-like motifs… and its the fun aluminum bottle! In such a unique shape! Not to mention the nice use of fonts and color palette… and it totally glows under a black light! And that’s just the outside… you’d think with that type of exterior, they might be trying too hard to over compensate, but this is no red bull… granted, i do have a think for blood oranges, they are just so visually dramatic and delicious! But this Blood Orange Energy “lightly carbonated energy drink” ~ is yummy! Yummy to the point where i was so exhausted and thirsty and accidentally chugged the Rubyy by my laptop after the Paper 24 Hour Dept Store… and then i was up for ages, so it works too… And unlike those Monster/Red Bull type drinks where the color of the liquid is less than appealing with its radioactive glow, well this one is actually a nice pinkish blood orange color (pics on the next page if you don’t believe me!)…

So i’m loving the bottle, the liquid is delicious… and we haven’t even begun to explore the mixology options! You can pretty much mix Rubyy in with rum, vodka, tequila ~ from your variations of cosmos to tequila sunrises, you know the type… but to get a little more unique, i’ve attached some of their new Holiday recipes as well! So see all the packaging pics, recipes and more on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 19: 3 VDC Mimobots!

winmimos1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Pick #1, 2, or 3 (one only!) and tell us your favorite cartoon character! ENTER BY 12/8. WINNERS: Justin in Texas, Thomas in Virginia, + Jackson in Massachusetts!

More Mimobots!!! For Giveaway #19, i considered sending this adorable trio to one home, but they are so awesome, and your comments have been so incredible, i’m splitting these guys up to three commenters! Soooooo, you’re going to have to choose which you love best and tell us what your favorite cartoon character is to win one of these guys ~ each is 2 GB! …and come with a Protohoodie to keep them warm and safe from scratches… and part of the new VDC (Vimobot Design Contest) Series… #1 is Holybot by the fickilians, #2 is Yakuza by eetteekers, and #3 is Golden Panda by ShanDurRah! So see more pictures on the next page, as well as some sneak peeks at the other digital goodies stored within!

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NotCouture Holiday Roundup

bestbuy1.jpg notcouture #3397 notcouture #3435 notcouture #3408 notcouture #3404 notcouture #3442 notcouture #3418 notcouture #3403 notcouture #3446 notcouture #3356 notcouture #3417 notcouture #3380 notcouture #3358 notcouture #3455 notcouture #3419 notcouture #3374 notcouture #3464 notcouture #3368 notcouture #3461 notcouture #3364 notcouture #3400 notcouture #3462 notcouture #3405 notcouture #3390 notcouture #3379 Best Buy Sponsorship Ready for more shopping ideas? Well Best Buy is sponsoring our roundups for the next few weeks ~ you know the drill, our picks, they’re just supporting us to make it happen! So here’s a roundup of potential gifts we’d love to give or receive as found over at NotCouture! Click the images to find out more!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 18: Incase Metallics

incaseMAIN.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us about your favorite shiny object! ENTER BY 12/7. WINNER: Peter in Salisbury, NC!

Yay! We’re up to NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #18 already, and i’ve been going nuts sitting on this one, dying to post it… so here it is! Incase sent over a special VIP Boxed set of Metallic iPhone 3G Slider Cases!!! (Actually they sent over 2, one for reviewing, and one for the winner, so don’t fret, that winner’s is still perfectly untouched!)

The packaging, is, as always, AMAZING. So fun to unbox, and the cases are just gorgeous. I’ve been drawn in further and further by the whole metallics trend the last few seasons, and it doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. I’m sure you’ve seen them on their site, but in person, the colors are better than i expected. Metallic finishes can be tough to photograph, so many times you end up finding them so different in person, but there are that perfect slightly matte just metallic enough without causing car accidents with the reflection, and easy to grip… and they look GORGEOUS on the iPhone ~ i stole dan’s iPhone and kept switching cases and comparing them with nail polishes and outfits… Hardest part is really picking between the colors… so luckily Incase has made up a boxed set of four for one lucky winner: Silver, Gun Metal, Gold, and Copper. I tried to pick a favorite, but i just can’t. So, to the winner, if you feel generous you can share with your friends, but i wouldn’t blame you if you hoard them all for yourself and switch them with each mood/outfit/nail polish color… I even compared them to the Chanel Gold Fiction and Kaleidescope colors… see a full unboxing on the next page!

To win? Leave a comment about your favorite shiny object… (and no, if you don’t leave a relevant comment, you’re not in the running!)

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Baxter of California Flammable

newbax.jpg UPDATE: Baxter of California is offering NOTCOT readers a 20% discount on all products using the code NOTCOT in the Coupon Code Section ~ good for 48 hours only ~ ends Sunday Dec 6th, midnight PST.

Oh, Baxter of California, always with the fun silly surprises… because of you, i just ate mini gummi bears for breakfast! and you brought me back to when i was a tiny tot and my mom used to give me those mini haribo gold-bear packs!

Soooo, here’s a packaging look at the fun textured, textual matchboxes and Flammable candles of Baxter of California… first time seeing them in person, i must admit the “Jasmin Noir” scent filling my desk really is quite divine… but its the gummi bears… and the way the big bold text wraps around all sides of the boxes that really grabs me… you have to see the pics on the next page to see what i mean…

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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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Pangea Organics = Spruce Tree + 50% off!

pangea1.jpg Pangea Organics always had the fun eco packaging that is plantable and turns into Basil… but for the holiday gift packs, they grow into a Spruce Tree!!!

Also, they have reached out to us to offer you 50% off!!! It’s for friends & family, which apparently we all are! Instructions on how that works, and check out the gift sets on the next page… I’m still giddy over the idea of growing a spruce tree in my yard from the packaging… and the coconut soap dish!

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Baxter of California’s Air Strike

Air-Strike.jpg I couldn’t resist posting these after opening the email made me giggle… sure it was filled with potty humor and bad puns, but it was also a cute idea and some cleanly designed matchbooks from the always beautifully packaged men’s grooming line, Baxter of California

“BAXTER LAUNCHES AN AIR-STRIKE: 12.03.08

Baxter of California, the first men’s grooming brand, is notorious for gifting mini Haribo Gummi Bears with each online purchase. Starting today, Baxter is giving web customers a free box of custom Air-Strike matches. The matchbooks are a satirical play on on the idea of lighting up after using the bathroom. Get ‘em while you “can”!”

Also check out some of the gorgeous holiday gifts they have this year!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 17: Seagate FreeAgent Desk 1TB

seagate3main.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ telling me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don’t know about! ENTER BY 12/06. WINNER: Lauren Michele in Minneapolis, MN!

Ok, here’s NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #17! The 3rd of 5 coming from our awesome sponsor, Seagate! Now, i know you already told me what you’d do with 320 GB and about your macs… now here’s the Seagate FreeAgent Desk - 1T (yes 1000 massive gigabytes) to fill… connects up via USB 2.0, and has more mesmerizing pin hole lighting patterns on the front… So to win it - how about commenting me one must see spot in your city/town/etc that most people don’t know about?

More pics on the next page!

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Gift Guide: Posters worth Gifting!

postersguide-POST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Today is all about posters!!! So here’s a gift guide of posters i’m loving, so click to browse them, since in most cases there are far more awesome ones where they came from! Enjoy!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 16: Right Brain Terrain

giverbt1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us about your favorite poster (ever! not favorite of these)! ENTER BY 12/5. WINNERS: Jeremy in Charlottesville, VA + Jessica in Hillsborough, NJ + Miranda in Martville, NY + John in Miami, FL + Michael in Portland, OR!

We could all use a little more Focus and Integrity ~ and as far as motivational posters go, they still don’t come more gorgeous than Right Brain Terrains Alternative Motivational Posters. Focus has been my favorite since they started! And for this giveaway, Right Brain Terrain is giving away:

5 Pairs of Focus and Integrity posters! So yes ~ 5 winners on this one!

and… “WE’VE TURNED GREEN! Our posters are printed on 100% post-consumer recycled papers that are FSC certified and certified processed chlorine free (CPCF). We only print with vegetable based inks, such as Soy. The tubes we ship all of our posters in are made from 70% to 100% post consumer recycled content.”

See more of my favorite posters from their collection as well as info on how to care for your posters!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 15: jimmyjane

winjj.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us your favorite Fairytale! ENTER BY 12/4. WINNERS: Cassandra in St. Helen’s, OR + Daphne in Brooklyn, NY + Erika in Tumwater, WA!

All the way up to giveaway 15 already! Today i’m excited to share with you what our friends who specialize in the design of pleasure down to every last detail at jimmyjane have for you! This time will pick 3 winners! One for each of these playful gifts!
- CONTOUR M + AFTERGLOW SENSORY SET: Ceramic Massage Stone and Natural Massage Candle
- CONTOUR I + BEYOND SENSORY SET: Ceramic Massage Stone and Massage Lotion
- SPIN ME : Game of Mischief

Ooh and on fun reads, check out this article from founder/designer/etc of jimmyjane, Ethan Imboden, over at Huffington Post: “Money Can’t Buy You Love — But a Recession Just Might.“… it’s a fun one!

To see what exactly each of these gorgeous massager sets and modern (adult) twist on spin the bottle are up close, see the next page! To win one, lets keep the comments on the playful side by telling us your favorite fairytale!

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