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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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!
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!
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!
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!)
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...
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!
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!
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!
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!
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:
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!
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!
Gift 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!
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!
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!
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!
Gift 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!
I'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
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!
Don't forget ~ for this one, please Leave a comment over at Delight ~ Tell us about how YOU go green!
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?)
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!
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...
Firstly, 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!)