Woohoo! Gift Guide time! In addition to the NOTCOT Holiday Coupons and the many Holiday Giveaways that will be unfolding daily… Here’s one of my favorite random ones of an unexpected mix of goodies for the creatives in your life! Ready to see the picks? Check out the gift guide on the next page!
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So i’m currently at Gramercy Park Hotel - actually just popped down 14 floors to their gym you see in the pic up there! Working out on the go is a challenge ~ and i’ve been ending up in a lot of conversations lately on how technology has helped/evolved the way we work out and find regularity in our schedules, especially while on the go ~ as well as many discussions about how apps and the internet on our TVs are changing our interactions in the living room. Combine the two, and when posed with a chance to explore the new Samsung TV Apps, it seemed only natural to see what’s available these days that can change the way we exercise. From literally using fitness apps, to streaming workout videos/dvds on youtube and netflix ~ from blasting pandora tunes to skypeing a trainer or a friend to work out with from just about ANYWHERE… take a peek at what i found!
UPDATE: Congrats to Roxanne in Corpus Christi,TX and Meghan in Tacoma, WA!
For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 5th (PST) ~ sharing what lights up your life.
p.s. feel free to peek at some special coupons on the next page too!
On fun new sponsorships ~ Starbucks is celebrating their 12 Days of Sharing advent calendar like holiday event on NOTCOT.org with fun hidden surprises popping up each day around the site! Click on them to find out more ~ and see if you spot them all over the next 12 days! Every day will be a little different!
There’s lots to love about this week’s NOTCOT.org roundup which includes great packaging, new gadgetry, stunning illustration and more. To find out more about each post, click on its image.
UPDATE: Congrats to Mark in Portland, OR!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #6 is here ~ and today our friends from Supermarket are giving a lucky reader a bundle of goodies including: a large Snapshot Pin by Amy B. Designs in Philly, a Extroverted Necklace by Aroha Silhouettes in Vancouver, a Blaue Blume Tea Cup by our friends, Undergrowth Design, in London, Spot Bowl in white by perch! in brooklyn, and a green Moka Express silkscreen print by mengsel. As you can see, the whole bundle comes from designers around the globe ~ Supermarket is dedicated to great design, straight from designers, and this week i am their Guest Curator! All of the products in the giveaway are part of the selection i’ve curated after going through nearly ALL of their tons of products! See bigger pics of each of the giveaway items on the next page!
For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 4th (PST) ~ sharing one of your favorite local indie designers/stores.
This post is the first of three gift guides sponsored by Xfinity. Focused on themes of gifts and gadgets that help us push the boundaries of how and where we watch TV! As usual ~ content is all me, and they’re sponsoring me to do it! And for the official bit: “This post brought to you by Xfinity from Comcast. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of Comcast or its partners.”
Partial Operation Window Seat post ~ that view is from today’s flight from LAX-JFK ~ as i worked all 5 hours on my Mac Book Air ~ even streaming TV shows in the background since this flight had no mini entertainment screen all of my own! It’s pretty amazing how a 5 hour flight felt more like a 1 hour flight when i had internet the whole way to work/chat my way through it! I guess we are pretty spoiled these days with the ability to get entertainment of all kinds in so many different ways! But it’s situations like this that inspired this gift guide which is filled with products that change and accessorize the way we interact and consume TV when outside of the living room… like while traveling! Take a peek at all my picks on the next page!
Gift Guide time! In addition to the NOTCOT Holiday Coupons and the many Holiday Giveaways that will be unfolding daily… here’s my latest gift guide dedicated to beautiful BOOKS! As much as people claim print is dead ~ it’s so so not, and gorgeous glossy coffee table books, surprising analog interactive kids books, stunning magazines, design books, graphically awesome cookbooks and more are still launching constantly. On the next page, you’ll see a pick of some of my favorites for gifting this season!
UPDATE: Congrats to Claudette who won the Customs, and Hao in Pittsburgh, PA, AJ in NY, Tran in Fountain Valley, CA, Yiorgos in Valencia, Spain, and Martins in Latvia who won the UE 700s!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #5 is here ~ and today our friends from Ultimate Ears are giving one lucky reader: a pair of custom UE 18 Pro In-Ear Monitors, and 5 twitter followers a pair of Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones. Please note that the UE 18 Pros are restricted to US winners, but i can ship the 700s internationally! So please enter accordingly. You’ve seen my reviews of the UE 18 Pros and the UE 700s - both sets are awesome, and both have updated packaging! See some close up pics on the next page…
Giveaway 2: To win one of the Ultimate Ears 700 Noise-Isolating Earphones follow us and tweet @notcot, @notcouture, @tasteologie, @notventures, or @liqurious and @ultimateEars with your favorite song today and #UEgiveaway! (i.e. “Hey @NOTCOT + @UltimateEars i’m loving ___ #UEgiveaway”) I’ll pick one winner from each account and you need to follow us so i can D you if you win!. You can enter the twitter contest until tomorrow (11/30) at noon PST.
Now check out some close ups of the new packaging on the next page!
Surprise holiday gift arrivals: Jimmyjane’s Little Afterglow Sampler - a beautiful box set of 6 playful minis (that are not so mini!) of their Afterglow massage oil candles. They smell absolutely divine, and come in the prettiest little porcelain containers with perfect pouring spouts. On a side note, does anyone else ever wonder how fun it would be if Jimmyjane went into dinnerware? or vases and votives? It really is so tempting to use these porcelain dishes for dressing on the side or sauces… honey perhaps? Their designs are so subtle yet edgy, and the porcelain is so delicately beautiful in the modern shapes! Ok but back to the unboxing at hand, “this collection provides six enticing scents that explore the essential elements of attraction - WIT, CHARM and KINK. Included Scents: Cucumber Water, Grapefruit, Pink Lotus, Dark Vanilla, Bourbon, Truffle + Gardenia.” And best of all ~ as a gift to encourage experimenting, it even comes with a Experience Guide to help lead you through some of their favorite scent combinations to get you started! Take a peek at all the little design details on the next page!
UPDATE: Congrats to Evan in Dallas, TX!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #4 is here ~ and today our friends from kidrobot are giving one lucky reader: a super Labbit Prize Pack containing: a 24-Inch ‘Stache Labbit, a 5-Inch Series 1 Happy Labbit, a 5-Inch Corpsam Labbit, a Series 2 5-Inch Happy Labbit, a XMas Wonderland Super Fun Pack 1.5-Inch, and a Series 4 Mini Smorkin’ Labbit! The bundle is pretty unbelievable, it blew my mind when the box arrived at my house, and that HUGE mustached labbit popped out. It’s far bigger than i imagined, and so soft and adorable! You can see more pics of the prize on the next page - as well as a kidrobot coupon!
For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 2nd (PST) ~ telling us why you’re a good home for this herd of labbits. Please note, winners will be contacted by email!
Working on upcoming gift guides, i was checking out what was new at Best Made Co. with the axes and axe slings and it seems they have expanded their store quite a bit! And in it - i was smitten by the Best Made All Purpose First Aid Kit, the image of all the contents laid out especially. And the case itself is quite lovely in that minimalist designer way… As they say “OSHA certified. Approved by the US Forest Service. Made in the USA. An all-purpose first aid kit specifically designed for woodsmen, loggers,and Best Made customers. Comes securely packed in a sturdy metal dust and moisture resistant box with hanging brackets. Not only makes for a indispensable life saving tool,but will also look great hanging on your wall.”
The first question of course that came to mind when i saw this was… why did the Axe company need to suddenly go into the First Aid business? I wonder if there were any incidents? Then again, i guess it is a pretty awesome looking accessory to have around the studio/house. See a close up of the box on the next page.
UPDATE: Congrats to Sam in Smethwick, England!
NOTCOT Holiday Giveaway #3 is here ~ and today our friends from Branch are giving one lucky reader: A large Bunny Foundling, a Cork Trivet, a Ceramic Birdhouse, and a Japanese Elm Bonsai Tree Kit. The whole bundle can be yours to keep, or split it up to share with friends ~ no matter how you do it, each of the items has been hand picked to make your home a little more NOTCOT! A bunny for fun, the cork trivet is amazing in the kitchen, the birdhouse is perhaps more a gift for the birds in the yard, and the Japanese Elm Bonsai will take time to grow with you over the years! Branch is all about sustainable design for living, and this is only a tiny selection of what they are all about! Coupon on the next page as well…
For a chance to win, leave a comment by midnight on Dec 1st (PST) ~ sharing how you go green creatively at home.
Holiday season is officially here! Happy Black Friday! In addition to the NOTCOT Holiday Coupons and the many Holiday Giveaways that will be unfolding daily… here’s a gift guide inspired by the latest addition to the NOTCOT family ~ NotVentures. I can’t believe it’s been merely a month old already, and since it’s launch i’ve been from LA to San Francisco, Germany, Italy, Japan, and off to New York Monday! Beyond inspiring us with things to see and places to go… it’s also inspired some fun products, perfect for gifting your favorite jetsetter! See my picks on the next page…