graduation goodie

When I graduated from college, I sent my high school girlfriends who where also graduating from schools all over the country, my favorite cheap pen, wrapped beautifully as if they cost a fortune. This was after all, a momentous occasion to be celebrated, even if only by a token gift. I recently came across these pens and was reminded how something so simple can be spiffed up and made special . . .

pensKate Spade Pens:  box of 6 gold pens, cheap and cheerful $25/set  |  boxed ballpoint pens with gold foil imprinted box interior from top to bottom:  she wears her thoughts on her sleeve; she writes to do lists for her to do lists; she personalizes her business cards with hand written notes  $36/each.

just add rain

51knilawculNo mistaking these eyes. How fabulous to have Audrey looking out for you on a rainy day. Umbrella by Kate Spade  $38

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go ahead, write!

postcard-setsWriting an actual postcard may be obsolete these days with texts, email & social media in our pockets at all times but these little beauties give a reason to write and post an actual hand-penned note. Each boxed set contains 100 unique themed postcards — 100 Pantone colors, 100 classic Penguin book covers, 100 Marimekko patterns.

Ready. Set. Write!

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ooh, sexy!

spectre_saf_gallery_zoom1 spectre_saf_gallery_zoom2 spectre_saf_gallery_zoom3I’m a MAC girl. Always been one. Most likely, always will be. But I gotta admit, this HP Spectre is damn sexy with its black carbon finish and copper accents.

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back on the market again

fiorucci-angelsHalston…Gucci…Fiorucci…

Fiorucci may have disappeared there for a few years but they are back!  How many of you remember the Fiorucci store located across the street from Bloomingdales in NYC? I may be dating myself but in the early-mid 80’s, this mega store was always my first stop in the city  — followed by a tart frozen yogurt at the Bloomingdales food emporium along 59th street. I have fond memories of a blue & black plaid, corduroy, jean-style jacket and a slew of cherub t-shirts that I proudly wore with my baggy jeans and probably a big-ass bow in my hair.

tshirtsNow, those t-shirts are available again, along with a selection of jeans and jackets suited to today’s fashion trends. T-shirts available in black or grey, only at Barneys New York. 

funny face

plates-stackA funny little collaboration between Case Studio and artist Jean Jullian. An assortment of porcelain plates equally suited for eating as objects of decor. Six different sizes and assorted retro colors in each set. Certain to make you smile!

plates-asstdAvailable here in limited edition only.  Apprx US $260

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soup’s on

2-piece-soup-and-sandwich-setIt’s cold and rainy here in California and freezing in just about every other part of the country so soup seems the perfect meal for everyone about now. Love these soup and sandwich mug/plate combos designed by Barbara Eigen for Crate & Barrel. The mug is ample sized and can also be used for cereal, ice cream, fruit salad or just about anything destined for a bowl. $12.95 set. Matching soup tureen sold separately.

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holy menorasaurs!

minorasaursI can’t imagine a family who celebrates Hanuakah with kids that wouldn’t appreciate one of these fantastical dinosaur menorahs. A sure way to make the holiday fun for all. $85 each from The Vanilla Studio.