Archive for March, 2016

pros1I love that there are so many places out there where I can go and find a great collection of finely curated products. Great places like the fine folks at Savannah, GA-based Prospector Co., who specialize in “A product line for those who seek purpose and forethought in their skin and shave products.”

A few items that caught my eye at Prospector Co

…this Leather Eyeglass Case (above right):

“Our classic eyeglass case offers your specs a much needed protection without compromising on quality or looks. Made from top-grade leather that will age with time and use, this case will accommodate either your sun or eyeglasses in an elegant fashion.”

pros2…and these Compressed Towel Tablets:

“Never find yourself without a warm towel again. These travel friendly, cotton fiber compressed pills decompress with water and expand to a dish towel size rag for convenient personal care when you don’t have the conveniences of home. They are also wonderful for in-flight relaxation when paired with our Pugilist Rag Soak. Just sprinkle a few dots onto a warmed rag and enjoy a relaxing comfort in times when your environment is anything but.”

Check out all the fine products from Prospector Co. here.

LACRA bit late for Valentine’s Day, but not too late for saying I love you any time of year – is the Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Heart Casserole I found from the fine folks at Broadway Panhandler.

About the Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Heart Casserole:

“The Heart Casserole combines the performance and quality of cooking in Le Creuset enameled cast iron with a little romance. The appealing shape with scalloped side handles makes it ideal for gift-giving as well as decoration. Whether it’s a Valentine’s Day gift or a surprise anniversary dinner, the Heart Casserole is a special way to celebrate any romantic occasion. Its functional 2-quart capacity allows for preparing a variety of recipes and the heart-shaped lid seals in heat and moisture like all Le Creuset enameled cast iron ovens.”

The Le Creuset Heart Casserole can be found from Broadway Panhandler.

moonThere are few quests that are more worthy than the idea that we can end cancer. That’s the idea behind the fine folks at Making Cancer History and their Moon Shots Program.

About Making Cancer History’s Moon Shots Program: “MD Anderson has launched a comprehensive and ambitious effort called the Moon Shots Program. The goal is to dramatically reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer, so that the disease in all its forms is preventable, detectable, treatable and forgettable. To reach our goal of ending cancer, we ask for your support. Your gift will enable us to move quickly in the fight against cancer, to pursue new ideas, develop new tests and treatments, and offer new hope to patients and their families. Please join us in Making Cancer History.”

Learn more about Making Cancer History here.

Find out how you can support the Moon Shots Program here.

FF: The Bicycle Garland Kit from Papersource

FFaMy love of the bicycle motif knows no bounds and I think the perfect decoration for my next birthday party is the Bicycle Garland Kit I found from the fine folks at Papersource.

About the Bicycle Garland Kit from Papersource:

“Calling all bike lovers! This adorable bike garland kit is the perfect addition to any party or decor theme. Display these bikes on a garland, use them for party décor or incorporate into your next DIY project; the possibilities are endless. Makes 12 bicycles – each measuring 9″ wide x 5″ tall. A full garland measures about 10 feet.”

Find the Bicycle Garland Kit from Papersource here.

FF: The Bicycles of San Francisco poster from Rare Device

FFbI think my walls could also handle the Bicycles of San Francisco poster I found from the fine folks at Rare Device.

About the Bicycles of San Francisco poster from Rare Device:

“San Francisco neighborhoods are represented in this poster of bikes! It was originally created for the Artcrank’s bike party for bike people. 2 color screenprint.”

Find the Bicycles of San Francisco poster from Rare Device here.

See all the cool products from Rare Device here.

FF: The Ride On Tea Towels from Papersource

FFcMeanwhile, the fine folks at Papersource also offers these Ride On Tea Towels, which will help bring the bicycle into the kitchen.

About the Ride On Tea Towels from Papersource:

“Ride On in style with these 100% cotton tea towels designed by Paper Source. Featuring our hand-drawn bicycle artwork, this set makes a great housewarming gift for any bike lover. Includes a corner loop for easy hanging.”

Find the Ride On Tea Towels from Papersource here.

See all the fine offering of Papersource here.

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searchersWhenever one of those lists of the greatest films is put together, there are always a few films that are sure to show up – like Citizen Kane, Chinatown, The Godfather, and Gone with the Wind. Another of the films that is almost always on those lists is the classic John Ford western, The Searchers. Indeed, The Searchers, with perhaps John Wayne’s best performance at its center, is a great film from the screenplay to the gorgeous cinematography and production design.

The story of the film itself is most likely worth a book or two on its own. However, as it turns out, the story the film is based on is a true life tale that is even more incredible that the one told on film. In his wonderful book, The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, author Glenn Frankel takes us on the true life adventure of a young girl snatched away from her family by Comanche “Indians” and the people who searched for her decades.

About The Searchers by Glenn Frankel : “In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches. She was raised by the tribe and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years after her capture, she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and restored to her white family, to die in misery and obscurity. Cynthia Ann’s story has been told and re-told over generations to become a foundational American tale. The myth gave rise to operas and one-act plays, and in the 1950s to a novel by Alan LeMay, which would be adapted into one of Hollywood’s most legendary films, The Searchers, ‘The Biggest, Roughest, Toughest… and Most Beautiful Picture Ever Made!’ directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. Glenn Frankel, beginning in Hollywood and then returning to the origins of the story, creates a rich and nuanced anatomy of a timeless film and a quintessentially American myth. The dominant story that has emerged departs dramatically from documented history: it is of the inevitable triumph of white civilization, underpinned by anxiety about the sullying of white women by “savages.” What makes John Ford’s film so powerful, and so important, Frankel argues, is that it both upholds that myth and undermines it, baring the ambiguities surrounding race, sexuality, and violence in the settling of the West and the making of America.”

In his book, Mr. Frankel weaves the true history with Hollywood legend and the result is a perfect book for anyone interested in how true events become lore.

The Searchers by Glenn Frankel is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

hatI have had many addictions over the years, but none were as cool as my love affair with hats. There was a time when I had dozens of hats and couldn’t stop buying more. There was a famous day trip I went on with a friend a few years back – where I had three hats with me and bought two more on the trip. On the way home from the trip, my friend uttered the famous line while pointing to my head: “of all the hats you brought today, that’s my favorite.”

Well, I am in the market to find a few new favorite hats, and my first stop is going to be with the fine folks at MensHats.com – who live by the awesome slogan: “A hat for every head.”

About MensHats.com: “With hats and caps from top brands and in every style available, there’s no reason to shop for men’s hats anywhere else. Read what other customers have to say, and you’ll see that high quality hats at unbeatable prices are always on tap at MensHats, and that customer service reigns supreme.”

I’m already spying The Bailey Inman:

“Toyo lite-straw telescope crown pork pie from Bailey with 2 inch snap brim and comfort sweatband.”

…and The Carlos Gig:

“Perfect for your next gig, this Carlos wool felt fedora has two-tone stitched grosgrain trim with Carlos guitar pin, bound edge brim and grosgrain sweatband.”

Check out the great collection from MensHats.com here.

grabMore often than not when I am browsing a home accessories store and see a cool product like these grab and go coasters (right), or this city skyline multi-hook wall rack, I find out they come from the same great source – the fine folks at Umbra.

Needless to say, I am a big fan.

About Umbra: “We are a global housewares product design company. We bring thought and creativity to everyday items through original design. We are a Toronto-based homeware design company born over 30 years ago when graphic designer, Paul Rowan, couldn’t find a nice window shade to hang in his apartment window. So, he made one and people liked it. He soon teamed up with childhood friend, Les Mandelbaum, and Umbra (in Latin, “shade”) was born. Les and Paul began reimagining everyday items into modern ware. Today, Umbra is recognized all over the world for bringing intelligent design to everyday items. An in-house team of international designers allows us to come up with original design that speaks universally and personally to a broad customer base. The journey that started in Toronto continues—our designs can be found in over 120 countries.”

Umbra products, which are all very cool, can be found at retailers all over the place. However, to see all their products check out their website – where you can also buy direct.

See the cool home solutions from Umbra for yourself here.

vetThe fine folks at The Animal Medical Center work hard to find and cure the diseases that threaten our pets and deserve our support.

About The Animal Medical Center: “The Animal Medical Center began in 1906 as the brainchild of Ellin Prince Speyer when she founded the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Believing that there were, ‘branches of humane work especially suited for women,’ Ellin and her friends developed their organization as a way to supplement the activities of the male-dominated ASPCA. The first major activity organized by the Women’s Auxiliary was the Work Horse Parade. Held on Memorial Day in 1907, the parade encouraged streetcar drivers, peddlers and other horse owners to treat their animals better. Thousands turned out for the event forecasting a bright future for the organization that would one day become the Animal Medical Center.”

Learn more about the work of The Animal Medical Center and how you may support them here.