Monthly Archives: October 2011

Izola

Such a..

Months Toothbrush Set

Months Toothbrush Set

fanciful selection of home accessories from Izola. Things like laundry bags, shower curtains, soaps and flasks are part of a collection of objects by Neil Rasmus. My favorite would have to be the months bamboo toothbrush set – this would serve as a nice reminder to replace my toothbrush throughout the year. These goods are inspired by old world utilitarian objects and are designed to last. And be sure to read the back story of the company to see where the name Izola came from, quite interesting.

Photos: Izola

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Brooklyn Slate Company

 Initially..

Brooklyn Slate Company Special Edition Cheese Board, $30

Brooklyn Slate Company Special Edition Cheese Board, $30

Sean Tice and Kristy Hadeka brought pieces of slate back from Hadeka’s family slate quarry in upstate New York and made gifts for friends; no surprise, those trivets and coasters were huge hits and so Brooklyn Slate Company was born.  The line has been around for a couple of years now and consists of cheese boards, placemats, coasters, as well as some garden items like garden markers and seedling markers.  Tice and Hadeka still make regular trips upstate to handpick red and black slate, which they take to their studio in Red Hook to work their magic. All goods are handcrafted and brilliantly packaged in items like envelopes or burlap bags which can be repurposed. Quality stone that’s totally one of a kind, practical pieces, timeless designs, and lovely packaging. Who wouldn’t want some slate as a gift?

Brooklyn Slate Company Coasters, $22

Brooklyn Slate Company Coasters, $22

Photo: Brooklyn Slate Company

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Guest Hunter, Laura Bellezza

Ciao..

Laura Bellezza

Laura Bellezza

Laura, our guest hunter for the week. This Italian beauty is sassy, sophisticated and funny all in the one breath. We first met about 10 years ago while working together on Kenneth Cole photo shoot, and I was instantly impressed by her. Laura was the first person I knew who had the coveted No. 6 clogs (lucky girl previously had a stint working there). She’s got the brightest spirit, a handsome husband and gorgeous twin girls. But Laura really says it best herself, so KEEP READING where she shares more of her story and some of her favorites.

Photo: Tina Zelinski

Planet Love Project

This wonderful..

Planet Love Project

Planet Love Project

etsy shop was started by a friend, and is a non-profit enterprise. Planet Love Project helps to fund the teaching of young students in rural South Africa. Anything bought from this shop will help to create jobs, and better the lives of those that live in the Nqileni Village. Find hand crafted goodies like felted iPad pouches, scarves, baby blankets and African beaded bits. In the upcoming season of giving, get in the spirit of doing some good.

Photos: Planet Love Project

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Fiat Jolly 500

Where..

Fiat Jolly 500

Fiat Jolly 500

can I get one of these little guys? Okay, so maybe they aren’t the most practical and maybe there are less than 100 in existence, but the Fiat Jolly 500 beats my childhood fantasy of owning a golf cart. Wicker seats, no doors and a folding surrey top. Pretty much THE beach buggy.

Photo: concept carz

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Chicken & Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Thirty minutes..

Chicken & Smoked Sausage Gumbo

Chicken & Smoked Sausage Gumbo

of your time, and you’ve got a hearty chicken and smoked-sausage gumbo. My pops sent me this adapted recipe from cooking.com and he told me it was pretty simple. However, he’s quite the cook, so his perspective of easy and my take on it may be two different things. Either way, this Louisiana specialty would make a perfect Sunday dinner. Find the full cooking.com recipe for chicken and smoked-sausage gumbo here and another version from Salad in a Jar here (the delicious looking image above goes with that recipe!).

Photo: Salad in a Jar

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Kale-Apple Smoothie

Okay..

Kale-Apple Smoothie

Kale-Apple Smoothie

so maybe smoothie season has come and gone and hot cider is sounding more delicious by the day, but recently I’ve been thinking about new ways to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into my diet. These recipes from Real Simple for Kale-Apple, Banana-Cashew, Carrot-Pineapple smoothies could be the answer. Nothing complicated, whole foods from everyday ingredients. Real Simple and really delicious.

Photo: Real Simple

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Mabo Fall 2011

We were..

Mabo Fall 2011

Mabo Fall 2011

impressed with their spring styles, and are once again smitten with Mabo. The fall collection is very wearable and versatile, just as it should be with kids clothing. These perfectly pretty, and mostly neutral pieces, can suit any child’s or parents taste for that matter. The baby styles are the so sweet, and would make a great gift, because in my mind you can never go wrong with stripes. See more from Mabo at their online shop.

Photos: Mabo

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kidsGo! Travel Guides

When in..

kidsGo! Travel Guides

kidsGo! Travel Guides

Phuket (or Bali, Hong Kong, London, New York, or Sydney) do as the locals do. Founded by three mothers in Hong Kong, kidsGo! travel guides were created with the entire family in mind. These guidebooks give the reader ideas for what to do on a family vacation in six popular destinations from around the world. In addition to serving up the standard travel criteria like the best (kid-friendly) restaurants and museums, they share interesting tidbits about the city including do’s and don’ts, historical facts, and handy maps. The illustrations are something to write home about and the site is super interactive, it’s even updated with the newest openings and must-try places in the “latest buzz” section. The result is content that’s never outdated and a site that’s totally relevant and perfect for a family getaway, so bookmark it and start planning.

Photo: kidsGo! Travel Guides

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Run of the Mill

Freshly launched..

Navy Gingham Flannel Sport Shirt

Navy Gingham Flannel Sport Shirt

Sand Suede Double Monk

Sand Suede Double Monk

today actually; the Run of the Mill fall/winter 2011 collection is tight but very smart. The pieces are described by my husband as “ridiculously awesome,” and although I am no authority on menswear, I agree! The shoes are made in Italy, the shirts in the U.S.A., the fabrics are carefully sourced, and the styles are thoughtfully cut. They’re taking pre-orders for one month only, so if anything peaks your interest, get on it. What strikes me the most is that three influential bloggers collaborated to turn out the Run of the Mill shop, it’s inspiring to say the least.

Photos: Run of the Mill

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