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April 2006

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notNeutral

April 19, 2006

notNeutral

Lately, I’ve been on the prowl for modern acrylic barware, especially with the summer months coming and the increased traffic the warmer weather will bring here in my home. Unless I’m having a dinner or cocktail party, I break out the acrylic because it’s a lot less stress for me when people are visiting with their children. Acrylic also seems to fit the season, as it was intended for poolside lounging (not that I have a pool), BBQs and summer picnics. After hunting for a good month now, and finding nothing I like, I experienced an ‘oh duh!’ moment this morning when in popped an email from notNeutral announcing their fresh new collection of stylish Blue Dot acrylic barware. How could I have not thought of these guys when I was out searching, notNeutral is the king of modern acrylic. Aren’t these pretty?

(image from notNeutral)






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West Elm

April 19, 2006

West Elm
I just love this room from West Elm. The cutout dining table ($399) in white is so fresh and I like how they’ve combined it with an saffron “T” chair ($99). West Elm has such great stuff, don’t they? I can’t wait until the Boston store opens in Kenmore Square this year. The catalogs are great, but I much rather browse their wares in person, especially when it comes to selecting furniture – I often prefer to see a sofa and bounce around on it a bit before slapping down the debit card.

(photo from west elm)






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coffee + cre8tive [apr 19 06]

April 19, 2006

coffee + cre8tive [apr 19 06]
I read an interesting article this morning, Can Bloggers Make Money?, from the Wall Street Journal online. It dicusses how, although blogs generate buzz, can they bring in the cash? The article chats it up with blog entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, who recently sold his network of blogs to AOL. He chats with a very skeptical Alan Meckler, CEO of Jupitermedia.

My favorite, and I’ll quote it, is from Alan Meckler when he says, “Blogs are fun for someone who wants a pulpit and does not care about making money. Blogs are really the “diaries” of yesteryear.”

Then Jason Calacanis replies, “OK, I think we’ve reached entrepreneurial stasis on this one: The majority will not make a living off blogging, some will. Time will tell how big the some market is, hundreds or hundreds of thousands. I’m going with the latter.”

Alan Meckler says “blogs are really diaries or microcosms of what is happening in millions of ways in daily life — ranging from special interests to business specialties to whatever. Obviously there is money to be made with blogs, but very, very few will bring in more than a few hundred dollars per year”

What do you readers think?

(photo from freefoto.com)






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Free Gift with Purchase By: Jean Godfrey-June

April 19, 2006

Book of the week alert!

If the name Jean Godfrey-June sounds familiar, it’s because she is the beloved beauty editor of Lucky magazine. Her book, Free Gift with Purchase: My Improbable Career in Magazines and Makeup, released today and after reading the reviews, I thought I’d pass the word to all of you.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The beauty editor of Lucky magazine, Godfrey-June endears herself to readers with her admission that even she?a woman who receives “between fifty and two hundred products a day”?has the occasional bad hair day, the kind that “takes over and infects your entire being, moving quickly from your hair to your skin to your expression to your entire demeanor.” Her memoir is fun, instructive and dishy (she used to work at Elle and recounts all manner of office brouhahas involving such personalities as the French creative director she calls “The Playboy,” and the American editor-in-chief, dubbed “Above the Fray”). Certain readers will be enthralled by a clued-in woman demystifying what is for many an impervious world: this is what really works, and this is what’s bunkum. But other snippets?Godfrey-June’s thoughts on Chanel (buy one piece at full price and that’s it, forever) and the Victoria’s Secret fashion show (akin to a Siegfried and Roy performance), for instance?are less compelling. What saves the memoir from devolving into a series of pointless anecdotes is her constant awareness that her job is “impossible to take seriously.” Some people devote their lives to finding a cure for cancer, but “Me, I ponder lipstick.” (Apr.)

Review
?Jean Godfrey-June is the Diana of the beauty world. With her arrow gamely poised at pots of rouge and pretension, she pierces our hearts and minds with unparalleled humor, compassion, and insight. An astonishingly clear-eyed debut.? ?Hilton Als, author of The Women

?This tell-all memoir lets you in on all the secrets of the fashion and beauty industry. I couldn?t put it down: It?s fun, informative, and told in a way that?s uniquely Jean.? ?Bobbi Brown, CEO of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

?Godfrey-June tears the front cover off the world of fashion magazines and reveals it to be every bit as glamorous and hilarious as you always wanted to be.? ?Simon Doonan, author of Confessions of a Window Dresser

You can pick it up on Amazon for only $13.95 by clicking on the book in the left column.

(quotes from Amazon.com)






Handmade, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

Tortoise + Mori Masahiro Ceramics

April 18, 2006

So many beautiful wares from Japan to enjoy on the Tortoise website where ‘long and steady’ is the motto. Tortoise is an online store that I recently discovered while searching for Tortoise + Mori Masahiro Ceramics
I was fortunate to discover his mori cups on clearance for only $2 each at a local Homegoods store recently. I didn’t need more than one, I simply purchased it because I loved the smooth form, the simplicity of pure white and curves, and I needed a pencil cup. For a mere $2, it appeared to be the perfect budget solution. I guess the average shopper wasn’t interested in these $2 finds, maybe because they weren’t shaped like your typical drinking vessel. What they didn’t realize, myself included, is that these cups were designed especially for the blind by Mori Masahiro. He created them back in 1969 to help blind people tactically distinguish one cup from another back. I was excited after I arrived at home to research my $2 find. It made this lonely little clearance item that no one else wanted so much more of a gem to me. I’m sure you’ve experienced this before yourself.

I hope you enjoy Masahiro and the many other clean modern designer wares on the Tortoise website. In addition to the Masahiro ceramics, I think you’ll also enjoy the Tin Sake Set and the cherry veneer Mokusei Lamp.

To learn more about the husband and wife team behind the company, click here. Also something of interest: The Tortoise newsletter.

psst: If you’re in Venice, California, you can visit their brick and mortar store (shown below) at 1208 Abbot Kinney Blvd from noon-6pm or by appointment. Please note, they are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

Tortoise + Mori Masahiro Ceramics
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MoMA Design Store – Save 20%

April 18, 2006

MoMA Design Store - Save 20%

Just in! Fresh sale at the MoMA Design Store from April 18 – Sunday, April 23. MoMa Stores welcome spring and moms everywhere with fresh colors, forms and materials. I’ll always love my MoMA!

To save 20% on your purchase, visit their online store and enter promotion code 6VIP2 at the end of the checkout process. Pass on this special offer to help support the Museum of Modern Art! (via: Top Button).

(images from MoMA)






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