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Gift Guide: Illuminated Gifting

lighting-POST.jpgsponsored by SeagateGift Guide! This one is all about lighting ~ i’ve recently found that one of my new favorite fall backs for gifts is lighting! especially when unboxed before hand, and setup ready to plug in or light up, there is something so magical about the unboxing experience and watching someone literally transform the room by opening it, turning it on, plugging it in! Here is a roundup of picks we’re loving and/or wanting… and also a special section on solar lights! I’m recently been obsessively researching them ~ in love with the solar lanterns ~ and exploring options and design ideas on other solar lighting related concepts… Anyhow, check out the massive gift guide on the next page, click to browse!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 14: Oxo Candela Luau

candela0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us something rechargeable related! ENTER BY 12/3. WINNER: Keira in Alberta, Canada!

Oooh i’m giddy excited about this one too! I guess you’ve probably noticed by now that everything we’re giving away i’m really excited about… this latest one is part review/unboxing (i’ve been dying to see one of these in person!) and part giveaway! OXO was kind enough to send over one the BIG Candela Luau Lanterns! I reviewed the Candela Flare lights earlier, and have been totally obsessed with how versatile and eco-friendly (and safer than candles!) they are with their rechargable batteries ~ perfect for outdoor usage of all sorts, and create the most incredible ambiance, especially in woody spaces! Well i’ve been itching to get one of the large lantern like Candela Luau lanterns for some time now, but had a hard time committing to the $200 pricetag without knowing quite how big or bright it was… but just seeing the product shots made me want to take one and wander along a stream at dusk…

Bottom line ~ its gorgeous! Brighter than i expected, but you can even dim it (and extend battery life from 6 to 10 hours) if you rotate the base… a bit large (Dimensions: 9” x 9” x 15”) to put on a smaller dining table, but perfect for taking on a picnic, having out on the patio, hanging from under a large outdoor umbrella. So take a look at the pics on the next page to see the unboxing (don’t worry i carefully un/re-boxed it!) ~ and to win it, leave a comment tell us something rechargeable related!

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*NOTCOT in design - 11.29.08 -

NOTCOT.org Roundup

notcotorg #16674 notcotorg #16665 notcotorg #16495 notcotorg #16459 notcotorg #16642 notcotorg #16434 notcotorg #16672 notcotorg #16561 notcotorg #16541 notcotorg #16424 notcotorg #16574 notcotorg #16445 notcotorg #16677 notcotorg #16368 notcotorg #16357 notcotorg #16403 notcotorg #16406 notcotorg #16218 notcotorg #16650 notcotorg #16419 notcotorg #16559 notcotorg #16678 notcotorg #16645 notcotorg #16484 notcotorg #16681 It’s been a while since i’ve done a proper roundup, and amidst all the giveaway/review and gift guide posts it seemed about time! So here are some of the posts that i love most from the last week or so! Feel free to click them and find out more!!!

And i’ve added roundups of some of the most popular posts this week from NotCouture and Liqurious as well on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 13: Seagate FreeAgent Go (Mac)

2seag1.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ Tell us about your mac! ENTER BY 12/02. WINNER: Caroline in NY!

Ok, so everything got a little jumbled up, and i got a bit behind on what i had planned for today with all the Thanksgiving festivities! So switching things up a little, here’s the second (of 5!) giveaway from our 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! I know, the first Seagate Giveaway isn’t even over until tonight, but this one is even more exciting! Especially if you’re a mac user! Today’s giveaway is the Seagate FreeAgent Go 320 GB External Hard drive for Mac! I know, you’re probably wondering what the difference from the other one is, so here you go: (1) Silver (not blue) (2) has Firewire 800/USB 2.0 and comes with the FW 800 cable, FW 800 to 400 convertor cable, USB cable, and USB power cable (the other was only USB 2.0, and came with a USB cable) (3) has travel case (4) has desktop docking station… and it’s formatted for Mac and Time Machine-ready!

Basically you get even MORE goodies with this one, and it can have transfer speeds that are nearly twice as fast! So, for this giveaway, tell us something about your mac in the comments for a chance to win! (And non-mac users, don’t worry there are more drives to come…) See more pictures of this bundle on the next page!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 12: Elsewares Nooka

winnooka.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment ~ Tell us something glow-in-the-dark related! ENTER BY 12/1. WINNER: Leah in Maryland!

Happy Black Friday! Before you get to all your crazed online black friday shopping at all hours… Giveaway #12 is from our friends at Elsewares (they are also the geniuses behind Supermarket which is like a beautifully curated Etsy - awesome stuff from indie designers!)… So for this giveaway, you have a chance to win the Nooka Glow Zub Zen H! Have you heard the back story on this glowing timepiece? Earlier this year Nooka made 15 of these to gift to Kanye West at the end of his Glow-in-the-Dark Tour ~ as blogged by Nooka founder (and Parson’s adjunct instructor), Matthew Waldman. This self proclaimed “native new yorker, bilingual japanese/english, design genius in brand development, graphic and product design” has really grown Nooka into a fascinating brand to watch, and the Kanye move… well that was just brilliant… and a Glow In The Dark Watch! Who doesn’t want that?

So check out more pics of this glowy gummy-esque time piece on the next page, as well as a coupon to the super fun Elsewares!

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Gift Guide: Gifts that lean Green

GIFTGUIDE-greenPOST.jpgsponsored by SeagateGift Guide! Gifts that lean green… so i’m not at all stating all of these are the most eco-conscious things out there, but they are certainly leaning in that direction and are fun, useful, and gorgeous! See the list on the next page! Click the images to browse!

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New from Black + Blum

blackblum1.jpgI’ve become a Thanksgiving shopaholic today… i can’t seem to stop shopping now that the emails and ims have subsided as everyone else is off feasting (we turducken/champagne’d in a very low key lunch feast this year)… i’m even addictively shopping off the holiday coupons!

Anyhow, amongst all the shopping, ended up at Black + Blum ~ early friends of NOTCOT ~ and totally smitten by some of their latest designs… Desk Tidy? A fun porcelain mix of merged cups that i’m totally wanting (also perfect for gifting!) ~ And how i wish i had the ski pole inspired Spudskis! Really you need at least two, right? and a big bowl, or hill of potatoes to mash and ski through? And most gorgeous of all ~ back in April they made a gorgeous glass polar bear sculpture for WWF Faces in The Wild. Their design sold for $35,000, with Humanscale matching ~ so proceeds of $70,000 went to the World Wildlife Fund! It’s made of profiles of glass for the polar bear on a frosted glass surface upon a blue mirror for the glassy sea… Anyhow, check them all out in more detail on the next page, and you can purchase at Black + Blum

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NOTCOT Giveaway 11: Delight Get Green Set

delightmain.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment over at Delight ~ Tell us about how YOU go green! ENTER BY 12/1 . WINNER: Mahrinah in California!

Happy Thanksgiving! Since i might be tied up a bit, thought i’d get this one up early for those of you looking for things to do and win between the festivities, or those of you who may be stuck at work… or black friday hunting… or… well, here! Giveaway #11 is from our good friends at Delight - They have a new deal every day, and quite the arsenal of incredible gifts, and gorgeous gift wrap! I always loved the clean look of an ivory white ribbon on a brown box… and now they’ve even come up with a great eco-friendly gift wrap, all the goodies tied up in a reusable RuMe bag! (So smart, its such a nice idea!) So what is this big Thanksgiving giveaway? Basically the ultimate green goody basket!!! Well, they call it the Eco-Delightful GET GREEN Gift Set - and its got about 50 things in there! If you count the pencils and lollipops separately… you can check my math on the next page… as well as see each and every product included! Some highlights ~ another chance to win the I Am Not A Paper Cup, the fun Twist sponges that have packaging that turns into bird feeders, reusable bags of multiple sorts, stainless steel water bottle, and more!

P.S.
Don’t forget ~ for this one, please Leave a comment over at Delight ~ Tell us about how YOU go green!

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NOTCOT Giveaway 10: Seagate FreeAgent GO

seagateg0.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ How about tell us what you’d store on it? ENTER BY 11/29. WINNER: Taryn in Kansas!

Can you believe we’re up to Giveaway #10 already? It’s been incredibly fun giving away all of this stuff to you guys, and so fun to read all your comments! But don’t get tired yet, lots more to come as well! Today’s giveaway comes from our big 2008 Gift Guide Sponsor, Seagate! This is the first of 5 giveaways from Seagate!

First up, here’s a Royal Blue 320Gig Seagate FreeAgent GO. It’s so crazy how 320 Gigs can literally fit in your pocket these days ~ AND have awesome pin hole light up patterns on the case as well! For more details check out my review and closeups… and see more pics and details on the next page as well! (You have to check out the amazing rainbow of hues, i’m kind of craving the green… in a 500Gig?)

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Gift Guide: Designer Randomness

GIFTGUIDE-DesignPOST.jpgsponsored by Seagate Gift Guide! So this started as almost being another Thanksgiving Survival Guide (like last year’s) but devolved more into some designer randomness… from crazy showerheads to blooming tea to living necklaces and wine quivers ~ browse the guide on the next page and click images to find out more!

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Gift Guide: Goodies for the Home

GIFTGUIDE-HomePOST.jpgsponsored by SeagateGift Guide! Here’s a guide of fun and unexpected gifts for the home ~ a little something for all types… see the full guide on the next page!

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INCASE iPhone Power Slider

slider.jpg News of this magical new battery doubling sleek iPhone case has been circulating, but only tonight (or i guess now its 4am… so morning?) did i really sit down and go through the press release and high res images ~ Not surprising, it’s Incase, so it’s gorgeous… and it’s available in 2 days! (Nov 28!) Actually what brought the Power Slider up was talking to dan about his super early flight to Pennsylvania this morning, and how there is the possibility there will be no internet (*gasp*) and hopefully some cell reception where he’s going… and how badly he wished he has the Incase Power Slider to magically double the battery life on the go!

So upon further inspection, the Power Slider deserved a full post ~ have you looked closely at it? like REALLY closely? To notice the mac inspired details like “A five-light LED battery status indicator gauges battery life and also denotes sync mode and charging.” Or the subtle single leaf logo on the front bottom left? How about the deepness of the camera hole on the back? And it has my favorite matte black soft-touch coating! Also love that its converted the charging to a more standard mini-USB, much more friendly when roaming in random non-iPhone friend cars without your own charger! I am curious how the 0.86” thickness feels in my hand relative to a normal iphone… So anyhow, check out the super closeups on the next page, i think this is definitely making the list of good gifting options for the holidays…

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Bumble and Bumble Holiday Bandball

bumble1.jpgFirstly, i’m a total Bumble and Bumble junkie ~ it started in high school some time, and even when i was living in Milan, i used to have to go hunt the stuff down at 10 Corso Como (not that i needed another excuse to go there!)… i’m a commitmentphobe when it comes to products usually, but i’ve used the gentle shampoo so long i have the salon sized pump in my shower… and its not just the products, their packaging is probably what first sucked me in as a teenager, and as its evolved, and i’ve grown up, their designs have never ceased to amaze and amuse me…

Now, its 3am, i’ve been a little gift guide, giveaway, and FM overly occupied lately… but i’m so giddy about this Bandball ~ the crazier things got the last few months, the less i’ve cut my hair, and i have hair elastics everywhere! Sometimes i swear they grow legs and launch themselves into every purse, cup holder, laptop sleeve around… Now i’ve made my share of rubber band balls of all shapes and sizes, but one with hairthings… that’s just far too tempting now, and a nice sized ball core? With ridges for them to naturally fit into to get it starter? And not stretch them out too much? GENIUS! But one question… can it bounce?

Oh, and along with Piet Houtenbos ~ they have also created some very cool gift sets and Pinwheels and Bandwheels… adorable, and awesome ~ but really… Bandball! Now, how do i get my hands on one? Apparently it’s only 20$ for the ball of 100 hair things…

UPDATE! Now purchasable on the Bumble and Bumble online store! (i just bought two!)

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NOTCOT Giveaway 9: Design Public

givedp00.jpg TO WIN: Leave a comment here ~ answer this: “You’re trapped in a room, and all you have are these objects… what would you do?” ENTER BY 11/28. WINNER: Matthew in Halifax NS!

Design Public has a little bit of everything ~ from furnishings to gifts to awesome kids stuff ~ so for this giveaway we’re going with some of the funkier gift ideas in a bundle of fun! So here’s what you can win: 1 pair of Cake Octopi Cups, Harry Allen Rabbit’s Foot Keychain, and Harry Allen Bulb Candles!

More pics of the goodies on the next page, and a few things to note ~ that lucky rabbit’s foot is HEAVY! It’s 14k Gold Plated Brass! The Octopi cups are larger than i expected, they’d make for some crazy beer mugs! The lightbulb candles would be so fun to burn!

So when you comment to win, answer this: “You’re trapped in a room, and all you have are these objects… what would you do?”

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Gift Guide: Alyssa’s Wishlist

alyssa-post.jpgsponsored by Seagate This is LIKE a gift guide, but really i also kind of tasked wonderful intern, Alyssa, to make me her wishlist as an awesome gift guide! Soooooo on the next page you can browse what she’s wanting this year! Going through it, i’m pretty sure you might have a few people who’d want what she’s got on there too!

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