Sep 30, 2009

Owl About Rings

Continuing with yesterday's owl theme (I guess it's just going to be bird week here at, take a gander at this adorable Marc Jacobs owl ring:

Possibly cuter still is this owl ring by Noir:

Sep 29, 2009

Owl Bags—They're a Hoot!

Huh. It's turning out to be a rather avian week so far. I stopped in the nearby Kate Spade location yesterday and saw the cutest owl change purse and matching (much larger) owl handbag.

Now I just have to wait for one (preferably the handbag!) or both to show up in my local Goodwill—the only place I've been able to afford Kate Spade. (Seriously, I paid $15 for a Kate Spade purse at Goodwill, and a) it's not counterfeit and b) sold for about $250-$350 originally. Was so psyched by my score.)

Sep 28, 2009

Proud as a Peacock

Well, I would be if I designed this fantastic chair. Called, logically enough, the peacock chair and designed by Victoria Fang, this clever design incorporates a sensor that can detect when someone sits in the chair and causes the peacock feathers attached to the seat back to unfold, fanning out behind the sitter. Needless to say, I think it's brilliant. I'm not sure I'm crazy about the chair itself, but the concept is genius and the feathers look fabulous. (Of course, it's hard to go wrong with peacock feathers.) Think I may have to check it out in person at Boffo Objective Affection.


Sep 25, 2009

The Girl With the Kaleidoscope Tote

Prepare to be dazzled by the Valentino Kaleido tote. Yeah, I know it's preposterously expensive, but we can all dream, right? And it's be like carrying around a disco ball...but, you know, useful.

Spotted on The Fashion Police.

Sep 24, 2009

Halloween Handicrafts

Halloween is fast approaching—you can tell by the number of pop-up costume shops and the racks of slutty polyester attire in Ricky's. (As opposed to the polyester slut attire, which is always kept with the dildos and penis-shaped bachelorette party supplies in the little room behind the beaded curtain.)

Anyway, if you're considering hosting a party this Halloween, or just want to get into the spirit of the holiday, check out Horror Decor. Some of it's a bit tacky (and yes, this is coming from a girl with a 5-foot-tall dancing karaoke skeleton who's inexplicably dressed like a pimp—I named him Carl), but some of it is quite clever. I particularly like the Zombie Attack Lamp Shade and the Bloody Footprint Bath Mat (sadly sold out on Horror Decor's Etsy shop. Everything's handmade, which is always a plus, but that does mean that you have to order soon to make sure your items arrive before the Great Pumpkin does...although I bet you could DIY a few of the items. Ooh, I smell projects! (As if I didn't have enough to do.)

Sep 23, 2009

The Unbearable Cuteness

The cuteness...I can't stand it! I had to post this one. Of course, I slightly disagree with the terminology—I've always called them dealiemabobbers—but I can appreciate the preciousness. Look at how entranced he is! So adorable.

Via I Can Has Cheezburger?, of course.

Sep 22, 2009

Taste the Rainbow (Sherbert)

If you're a New Yorker and you have yet to visit The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck (currently on the corner of 17th and Union Square West), today might be the day. His newest creation, the Monday Sundae, involves a waffle cone lined with Nutella, twist ice cream, dulce de leche, sea salt, and whipped cream. I desperately want one, but am unfortunately headed in precisely the opposite direction after work.

To find out more about The Big Gay Ice Cream Truck and its charming proprietor, Doug Quint, take a look at this Gothamist article. And if you become an immediate convert (as I predict you will), you can get your Big Gay Attire here.

Sep 21, 2009

Fabulous Liasons

Found these extraordinary headpieces quite by accident on Etsy today, made by the user Liason. While she blathers a bit much about Courtney Love (who's evidently a fan), her creations are indeed awesome. Some are ridiculously expensive ($1,800‽), but others aren't bad at all ($75 and a mere $39, for instance). I can certainly see the Mucha influence, too. But I'm not sure that the taxidermy actually adds anything to her work. Frankly, I'd rather not have a dead sparrow on my head, thank you very much.

Sep 18, 2009

The Sublime and the Ridiculous

It's Fashion Week once again, so I've been busily scrolling through the slideshows. I must say I've been quite disappointed overall. Not quite as much absurdity as in previous years, few knockouts, and far too many jumpsuits. (Why are the back? Who decided that the jumpsuit really needed to make a return?) I haven't finished perusing the collections yet (and the shows are still ongoing), but here are my high/lowlights so far.

I present the sublime, courtesy of the reliably lovely Marchesa:

And here's the ridiculous. Seriously, is Marc Jacobs just fucking with us at this point? Kabuki makeup, quilted bike shorts, and a fanny pack? Really?

Sep 17, 2009

Home Is Where the Hand Is

These rings by Philippe Tournaire are phenomenal. I can't decide if I want to wear one or move into it.

Via If It's Hip, It's Here.

Sep 16, 2009

Get Your NPH Fix

New York mag has a marvelous profile of everyone's favorite mad scientist/womanizing suit devotee/underage doctor/recent Emmy winner. That's right: Neil Patrick Harris. Read and rejoice.

Sep 15, 2009

The First (& Hopefully Last) Lady Gaga Post

Poor Eminem. He looks so genuinely concerned. Which is a completely understandable response to the Red-Queen-on-Acid.

I don't know much about Lady Gaga except that she's a singer who possibly has a penis and gets fugged a lot. I've never even heard her music, though I strongly suspect I wouldn't be a fan. But I've now seen two posts about the utter insanity of her VMA outfits and felt the need to share my pain. Seriously, wtf?

Sep 14, 2009

Make Art Not War

I saw this poster in a shop window over the weekend—isn't it great? I approve of both the message and the Mucha-esque design. (The woman's headdress also reminds me of Ozma, which is always a good thing.) I would have bought it on the spot except that they were sold out at present. You can get it here, though. And the design is by Shepard Fairey, which makes it a bit hip for my taste, but just proves the guy's got chops.

Sep 11, 2009

Butter Me Up

I'm totally in lust with butter LONDON. Their polishes—excuse me, laquers (they're Brits, after all)̬are spectacular. Not only are they 3 Free (nontoxic and free of formaldehyde, toluene, and dibutyl phthalate, or DBP), the colors are freaking gorgeous. I don't think I've bought another brand since I discovered butter LONDON perhaps a year ago. Be forewarned: Not all the colors look the same in person as they do on the website. (Mariner, for instance, is a near-black navy, not the almost electric blue pictured on the site.) Still, they're fabulous. I'd been looking for the perfect shade of gold for literally years—everything I'd found was too yellow, too copper, or too glittery instead of uniformly metallic—but The Full Monty is perfect. (Again, don't trust the color on the site, which looks nearly silver.) I just put Chancer on my toes, and it is spectacular. Like the ruby slippers in liquid form. And now I'm being sorely tempted by Rock Off, as my heels are in dreadful condition, even post-buffing, sanding, moisturizing, etc.

And yes, sadly, butter LONDON products are rather on the pricey side, especially if you're having them shipped from the UK. But hell, a) the products are worth it, b) they have some great sales, and c) if you care about color, durability, and lack of toxic chemicals, you'll wind up only buying from butter. It's probably worth it to spend $40 in one pop on quality instead of picking up six or seven polishes that are toxic and not quite the right color at the drugstore throughout the year.

Sep 10, 2009

Alice in Waterland

Admittedly, I'm a sucker for underwater photography when it's done well, so I find this Alice in Waterland portfolio enchanting. Just when you think the Alice in Wonderland theme has been done to death, someone comes up with a creative new twist. Photographer Elena Kalis uses her children and friends as models, and her daughter makes an ideal Alice. Oh, and the Alice series is still in progress, so we may soon see even more of Kalis' excellent work.


Sep 9, 2009

For Horsing Around

Ooh, I love this pouf sleeve equestrian jacket. The tailoring and combination of tweed and leather are lovely, and the resulting garment gives off an equestrian vibe without seeming costumey. I'd happily snap one up...were it not for the rather prohibitive price of $630. Sheesh.

Via NotCouture.

Sep 8, 2009

Smiling for the Camera

Here, to (somewhat) make up for the fact that the long weekend has ended, is a picture of a Crested Auklet. It looks ridiculous and endearing. I think I've just found a candidate for some captions...coming soon, lolauklet!

Sep 4, 2009

Iron Mouse

This should keep you entertained for a solid five minutes. Check out Worth 1000's Marvel/Disney Hybrid contest; some of the mashups are hilarious, some surprisingly subtle, and some almost promising (Buzz Iron Man, anyone?). And others are just terrifying.

Meanwhile, here's Penny Arcade's take on Disney's acquisition of Marvel.

So it's safe to say I'm not alone in my trepidation.

Sep 3, 2009

Postmodern Maladies

I forgot to post this earlier, but it's no less relevant a couple of weeks late. Sometimes Cat and Girl is terrifyingly accurate.

Sep 2, 2009

A Post About Boiling Water (Really)

It's no secret that I'm a big proponent of electric kettles. I became accustomed to using one while studying abroad in England during college and became a convert. Trust the Brits with all matters related to tea. (Sushi, no. Tea, yes.) For some reason we've been slow to catch on across the pond, but I felt rather vindicated when Slate's Seth Stevenson reached a like conclusion about the electric kettle's superiority to its stovetop counterpart.

Now comes the kitchen gadget porn.

This race car of a kettle is the Vera Electric Kettle by Bugatti. (No, I didn't know Bugatti made kettles either. A bit odd, no?) It's sleek, techy, sexy as hell...and $300.

Guess I'll be sticking with the electric kettle I already own. And maybe Bugatti should consider sticking to cars and boats.

Sep 1, 2009

Hard Candy: Tastes Good, Hard to Swallow

So there's good news and bad news. Hard Candy, my absolute favorite brand of cosmetics in the late '90s and early Aughts, is coming back. It had apparently never entirely gone away, thought I could no longer find it anywhere. Urban Decay acquired it, then sold it again. Now it's being re-released exclusively at—gulp—Wal-Mart. Much as I loathe Wal-Mart, I think I will cave and make the shameful expedition just to get my Hard Candy fix. I do have reservations, though: The price point will be much lower ($5-$10 per item), but how will the quality compare? Also, one of the great things about Hard Candy was that it wasn't tested on animals; will that still be the case? Wal-Mart isn't known for their strong morals, so I'm concerned. And nobunny is going to suffer just so I can have pretty nails.

Image of made-up rabbit from markhillary's flickr set of Banksy's Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill exhibit.