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On playfully tacky things that after viewing enough i could not resist (for about 15$ US)… the designers at FourSkin (site acting kind of broken for me) make these incredibly silly charm necklaces that look great when paired with some simple tees and jeans - or just for when you want to take your outfit above and beyond - also: great for babysitting purposes. They also have a great line of funky shirts and skirts - if you’re in town check out their cute store over in Far East Plaza in Singapore. I love the little rocker hand in gold - the KNIFE?!?! - deer toy guy - fireman - happy tomato - boyscout with functioning knees…

*notcot - 01.29.06 , 03:08 -

Word Clouds?

image.php.jpgSo i’m not sure if i love this, but i was too curious not to run NOTCOT through it - it is a site that runs bots all over your text content then gives you a “word cloud” of commonly used terms and arranges them alphabetically and then uses size to denote frequency… apparently here at notcot we talk a lot about design - love - notcot - time - wine - woody - art - and black a lot… for the lazier folk, you can also run searches on favorite authors or novels… Snap Shirts… oh yes, i nearly forgot - then they offer to print it on a shirt for you.

*notcot - 01.22.06 , 17:11 -


The Buddha Nose i found at Marie Mason (that little apothecary that opened up in Brentwood Country Mart - which by the way, i must note has been remodeled into the most counterintuitive space known to man - and this is the store which has managed to gain much press in all things l’ve encountered as of late) - and it amuses me that they call it Budda Nose - it brings strange images to mind - and nice simple packaging.

*ShadeElaine - 01.21.06 , 00:37 -

I run with scissors

There are some things you want to have, and then there are things you know you just have to have. It took me about a second to realize that I NEEDED this necklace by Erica Weiner. I purchased it from www.plainmabel.com, but you can also get it directly from the designer. At only $35, who could pass it up?

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The rings and pendants are dual sided portals to escape through, and who doesn’t need an escape or reminder nearby that is this sleek and subtle? These pieces have tiny printed microfilm of predesigned text and images, or you can submit your own, and put behind mini lenses - the meaning of Dingdrin is “thing inside” in german. I love these, now if only i could decide what to put inside… would love to do custom ones for all the important people in my life… the pendant is very very appealing to me right now.

*notcot - 01.04.06 , 03:16 -


enjoy_large.jpgAs far as late night mini posts go, just needed to share this quote from the side of this gift box i recieved from RUGenius…

Enjoy: it is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. [Charles Haddon Spurgeon]

This Enjoy set by Neal’s Yard Remedies of Covent Garden London, contains Soothing Bath Oil 100ml, Jasmine Enriching Cream 20g, Elderflower Hand Softener 20g, and Comfrey & Mallow Foot Balm 20g… all of their products are all natural, and it is one of my favorite indulgences whenever i wander over to that side of the pond. You can always recognize their products by their signature blue glass bottles and that old style tree emblem.

*ShadeElaine - 01.01.06 , 22:29 -

Time is on my side

jaeger_romanelli_watch.jpg If you know me, you know how much I love scissors. They hold a personal significance, and remind me of something I should never forget. With the arrival of the new year, I also need to be reminded not to waste time, and what better way to combine those two than with this awesome Jaeger-LeCoultre & Dr. Romanelli watch?

From the Jager-LeCoultre & Dr Romanelli site:
Two very different strands of style culture have intertwined to invent a modern classic. Opening the year of celebrations around the seventy-fifth birthday of perhaps the most well-known watch of all time—the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso—L.A.-based ‘cult customiser’ Dr Romanelli has collaborated with the esteemed Swiss watchmakers Jaeger-LeCoultre to produce two exclusive versions of the timepiece with the famous rotating case.

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The designers at FWIS have some fun stuff going on. I used to have a fascination with book covers, well i still do, but not to the same level… These guys have a great Book Covers site, which to my delight has a few i’ve looked at and considered noteworthy covers in bookstore passings. Additionally they also design some great shirts via Squarewolf, my two favorites shown here being the evolved world wildlife federation logo, and the bell curve shirt (of course the bell curve shirt is a bit ironic, seeing as for someone to understand the shirt they too are probably in the arrow section of the curve)

*notcot - 12.17.05 , 19:41 -

Cargo Holidays

Cargo Cosmetics has some interesting ideas this holiday season… gift cards and tags with lip gloss samples built into them where all proceeds are donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. They have also launched their new Color Cards, single use credit card sized portions of eye shadow colors packaged in a simple tin, perfect for purses and wallets. Purchase at Sephora

*notcot - 12.16.05 , 22:58 -

Rob a Bank

skimask.jpgkittystole.pngAh, Emily the Strange. Ok wait, before you pass any judgement, these two pieces just made my night for some reason. I can’t imagine robbing a bank in anything else… she’s changed the way i will forever see ski masks… and that kitty stole. It’s just so cute, in a ridiculously amusing way. So it needed to be put up.

[please note: now that i have said this. i will never follow through with robbing a bank in this mask. So if someone does it. it wasn’t me. i’d have to find something better, and then resist the need to share it with you guys =P wow i’m getting deliriously tired tonight.]

*notcot - 12.01.05 , 21:21 -

Woody Clutch

ceroclutch.pngClutch. Sleek. Modern. Like a furniture piece thats part of your outfit. Handcrafted in Brooklyn. They are “committed to the creation of simple, elegant designs whose beauty is magnified by the inherent qualities of the natural materials” Also a large selection of gorgeous woody bracelets and trays available in various thicknesses and materials. Cero Design. I love the design, and this clutch is something definitely gift material for that eco sensitive design conscious person in your life. (ok yes. i want one. =P )

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Om Gnome

omgnome.pngOm. Found this great little company at last weeks Fashion Co-op. Picked up a great Alternative Apparel sheer kelly green tee with the signature Om Gnome on, that i’ve been living out of the last week, and it just raises my spirits every time. He’s just so chill. And relaxed. And eminates that “everything always works out” vibe… just go with the flow? Definitely looking forward to seeing their upcoming line of Gnome yoga and active wear.

NOTA BENE for all NOTCOT readers :: They will be exhibiting at this Sunday’s ThreadShow in San Diego at Balboa Park, which should shape up to be a fun filled day of shopping, art, music, and hopefully gorgeous weather (and the perfect christmas shopping spot?) Anyhow, i guess i’m trying to say it’d be fun to meet readers/design enthusiasts/new people, so drop me an email if you’ll be there.

*notcot - 11.20.05 , 18:14 -

Bikini Season

It’s been a heatwave throughout Socal lately, and definitely gorgeous beach weather… not to mention some of the most breath taking sunsets of my life (and i live for sunsets, grew up by the beach, and travelled the tropics regularly… so i’m talking seriously impressive sunsets!)… and these bikinis by Nicolita are just adorably hot. I’m especially loving the cut on the bottoms of the red ones “…her scrunch bunch bottoms are reversible with a ‘heart shaped fit’!”… not to mention the “Carmen off the shoulder top features adjustable ties to enhance the U-Shaped Neckline.” Also love the style of the photography by Dimitri Newman… playful and classic.

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Little Dumplings

Pagliei designed a line of Little Dumplings, the perfect gift for the foodie/carb loving charm loving person in your life?

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Nice. THINK TWICE… before you spend? Where better a place to have that message? Also love their website interface… =) its like those click pens where the text rotates, something amusingly playful about it.

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