Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Oh, those nutty nutcases over at Fred Flare, you have to love them. Where else do you find such a brave selection?
I am a little not ready for all the Valentine's retail stuff yet but I do love this pixelated love duffel.
Truly covetable is this travel wallet. I love the little belt strap.
And these are fantastic: mitten/gloves and matching scarf. Stuff like that should be bright and beautiful, to make grey days a little more fun. (And, hello, extremely cheap. Snap them up.)
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I need a clock with a dial that is always lit, so I can see it in the middle of the night (don't even ask!). I found this, and I think it is adorable.And it even has a name: the Moonbeam!
This is a Westclox remake of their classic "Moonbeam" electric alarm clock from the 1950s. A 1950 magazine advertisement for the electric alarm clock noted "…harken to the wondrous workings of the Moonbeam!
Saturday, January 20, 2007
It does a body good
Friday, January 19, 2007
Take me to the river
OK, here's the story of Tisza Cipő. It was once the Socialist Hungarian sneaker, thus derided by all the kids as uncool. The brand name was rescued several years ago and the line resuscitated and reinvented into something fabulous. Many of the old models have been recreated, and they are just snazzy, as so much Soc.Design is.
They are also coming up with new designs, based on the old styles. Anyway, this is your chance to snag some Red Retro before it becomes a hit and everyone knows about it. (Oh, and you get about 200 Hungarian forints to the dollar, more or less.)
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Heart of chicness
There are many covetable items at the Conran Shop. The bird is actually a piggie bank, and is nickel-plated -- could be a pun, except a nickel won't get you far these days.
These birdies are organic, but clearly the point is how ridiculously adorable they are.
What a simple, yet perfect tote this is. Check out the shape.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Cold box, hot design
How insanely wonderful is this fridge ? Let me tell you. No, let me not, I couldn't express it in mere words, anyway. I adore this fridge. I mean, not only is it gorgeous, it comes in lots of colors (always a plus). Best of all is the idea behind it. See, this is a modern fridge. But instead of a boring square, they made it cute. What's not to love? (You may call me a retro-obsessed poser, if you like...but buy me the fridge, first, OK?)
They have maching stoves...
They have maching stoves...
Via Daddy Types, this is a covetably great crib. I absolutely adore the way the slot thingies (technical term) that actually hold the thing together are also a design element. ('Slotti' sounds like they're going up against IKEA in the name game.) I also like the star, preps a child for Converse All Stars, right?
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Instead of blogging about the new iPhone, I'm going lower-tech.
I haven't been haunting Etsy as much these days, but I did see this and wanted to point it out. I think it's funny that the technology of my youth is now retro, but I like the combination of something so clunky with the ipod.
Monday, January 08, 2007
I've been converted to See Kai Run shoes. (Baby shoes, but I'd wear 'em if they came in my size.) Not that we even own a pair, but I saw them in the store and they are (a) super-flexible and (b) hella cute and (c) not that expensive. You can see them at the site, but you have to buy them elsewhere.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Just back from my week in the old hometown, and I just want to give a couple of shout-outs.
Mustard Seed Cafe at 1948 Hillhurst, in Los Feliz, is a great place to go with a babe or kid. Mine had her first crayon experience there (they cover the tables with butcher paper) and it was very satisfying. The food is very good -- salmon scrambles, BLATs, burgers on wheat buns, salads, you know the thing.
And for the car, can I recommend Putumayo's African Playground. It is, I warn you, unremittingly jolly. Do not listen to this if you are in a mood of irony or cynicism. But really, I mean, would you prefer Raffi?
I'm not sure I should give away my secret urban playground...let's just say that mammoth, empty discount shoe warehouses have long aisles for running, boxes to lift and unpack, and -- best of all -- friendly and/or uncaring staff. All of this is good for babies, and for adults there are shoes to look at.