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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oh, my aching back

71dewojfsml-_sx522_This little machine is the best $40, ever spent! Have you ever been to the chiropractor and wanted to take home their electrode based massaging machine? Well, now you can have a simple version of it all for yourself at less than the price of an office visit.

witouch1Sold under the brand names Aleve by Bayer (blue) or WiTouch (green), regardless the brand, the machine is exactly the same little battery powered contraption that in 30 minutes offers amazing relief. While not as high powered or multi-armed as the fancy doctor’s office machine, it’s two pads sit either side of the spine and provides varied pulse sensations in a pre-programmed rhythm and is adjustable from low to medium intensity. If you suffer from lower back pain it is well worth a try.

Tip: 

The WiTouch replacement gel pads, required for each use (usually lasting 2-5 uses each) are much less expensive than the Aleve branded pads. And since the machines are exactly the same, go for the cheaper option.

available at drugstores or Amazon.com

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.

dear sir madam

sir-madam-a sir-madam-bRarely do I come across a single homewares company from which I could purchase so much and simply love everything. But walking by the Sir|Madam booth at this Fall’s NYC Gift Show, I was smitten. First by a simple baby swaddle blanket that can be customized with birth stats and then slowly but surely, one by one, nearly everything in their booth. Pitchers that recall Morandi, tote bags that turn into picnic blankets, French cafe bowls, love letter napkins, the most amazing collection of wooden spoons, old world sheers and candlesticks . . . the list goes on.

For a simple gift this holiday season, check out their grand cups ($20 ea). Pair a “Hero” cup with a small tin of organic tea (find my favorites here) and you have the perfect teacher gift. But I dare you to not buy more goodies for your favorite cook, your best friend, your resident Francophile, a hopeless romantic or just for yourself . . .

 

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giving 2016

holiday-2016This year of all years, give the gift of a donation to causes that need our support like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Union of Concerned Scientists, The Sierra Club, NPR, etc… If our government is not going to protect what’s near and dear to our hearts as caring citizens, then it’s up to us to make a difference. Friends and family will understand if donations are a priority and gifts are small this year. With that in mind, here are just a few small gift ideas to help take minds off our worries:

1. No holiday season (or stressful time) is complete without a little chocolate. This bean to bar chocolate company weaves social responsibility into everything they do so you can feel good about this guilty pleasure.  Askinosie Chocolate Peppermint Bark  $30  |   2. Pizza solves all woes. Where to Eat Pizza from Phaidon  $20  |   3. Maybe the future holds something better. Here’s Hoping!  Tea Leaf Reading Kit  $23  |   4.  A little humor goes a long way even if hidden from view. Cheeky Knickers by Naja  $22 each   5.  YOGA!!  Two Toned Mat by Stella McCartney  $71    6. The ultimate mind-numbing puzzle challenge.  500 pc. Gradient Puzzle  $20, avail in 3 colorways.

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