Archive for March, 2019

FF:  The Unlace Twistable Laces from Unplugged

I have cords all over the place and have employed any number of ways to keep them in order from rubber bands and twist ties, to duct tape and zip ties. But none of these solutions are as elegant as the Unlace Twistable Laces I found from the fine folks at Unplugged. These ties, modeled after classic sneaker laces in bright colors, are the perfect way to keep your cords in order and look good while doing it.

About the Unlace Twistable Laces from Unplugged:

“Designed to wrangle burly computer cords, it’s a twistable silicon lace for untangling knotty problems with cords, cables, or other loose ends driving you mad. Favorite uses include: corralling computer cables; supporting a smartphone (Takes some bending!); and making a stand for a stylus.”

Find the Unlace Twistable Laces from Unplugged here.

See all the fun solutions from Unplugged here.

FF: The Mooni Portable Lantern from Food52

I am really digging the elegance and soft light that is the Mooni Portable Lantern I found available from the fine folks at Food52.

About the Mooni Portable Lantern from Food52:

“This lightweight, easy-to-carry lantern is ready to party—or wind down with a cup of tea and a page turner if that’s what you’re feeling. The organic shape lends itself to any space and that sleek stainless steel handle makes it oh-so-totable. It’s got sixteen (yep) color possibilities that you can control all with the flick of the wrist thanks to that little remote. And you’ll never have to worry about running out of light. It’s got a handy USB port so you can be brilliant wherever you go.”

Find the Mooni Portable Lantern from Food52 here.

I am in the process of giving my home a little spring spruce up. Everything I have is pretty much earth tones and kind of dark. Coming out of the long cold winter I feel my places needs a little brightness.

I am not going full makeover, just a few accents – things like the Heron hand block printed pillow I found from the fine folks at Sunday/Monday – the perfect splash of brightness for my dark brown leather couch.

About the Heron Pillow from Sunday/Monday:

“Inspired by our favorite Matisse cutouts, this bold and elegant design makes a statement in any space. Includes 100% down-feather insert made in the USA. 100% Indian linen. Hand dyed with natural indigo. Printed with dabu (mud resist), plain Indigo dyed back. Hidden zipper enclosure on side. Printed in Bagru, Rajasthan.”

Find the Heron Pillow from Sunday/Monday here.

Visit Sunday/Monday online here.

The best-selling author Michael Ondaatje, maybe best known for the The English Patient which was turned into an Oscar-winning film, returns the same era with Warlight – A Novel exploring the post-war years through the eyes of two young protagonists.

About Warlight – A Novel by Michael Ondaatje:

“In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself–shadowed and luminous at once–we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey–through facts, recollection, and imagination–that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.”

Warlight is an epic yet personal novel from an author at the top of his game crossing genres into postwar spy thriller territory, and it is great.

Warlight – A Novel by Michael Ondaatje is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

Meanwhile, people are telling me that the fanny pack is back in fashion. Wait, was it ever really in fashion? Well, I am not sold quite yet, but were I to succumb to the trend I would totally go for the really cool Webster Fanny Pack I found from the fine folks at State. At least I would be doing some good as a portion of all State sales go to help support American children and families in need.

About the Webster Fanny Pack from State:

“Our best selling Lorimer… fanny packed. Classic Fanny Pack; lightweight and sporty. Two large, main zippered pockets; both large enough to fit an iPhone plus. Exterior back slip pocket. Adjustable, clip waistband. Signature STATE trim and red rivet branded with the STATE “A”. This product is suitable for anyone and everyone – however you identify.”

Find the Webster Fanny Pack from State here.

Learn more about State and their good deeds here.

My search for the perfect every day bag continues – but we have a new leader in the clubhouse – the Toscana Executive Graham Messenger I found from the fine folks at Dooney & Bourke.

About the Toscana Executive Graham Messenger from Dooney & Bourke:

“Timeless American style meets exceptional functionality in this messenger bag. Crafted of beautifully burnished Italian leather, it features Bombay detailing on the flap and gold plated buckles with hidden magnetic snaps. Two outside zip pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and pen and tech pockets ensure organized and safe storage.”

Find the Toscana Executive Graham Messenger from Dooney & Bourke here.

Visit Dooney & Bourke online here.

FF: The Lacto Pickle Kit from Farm Steady

Making your own pickles at home is easier than you think – especially if you have the Lacto Pickle Kit I found from the fine folks at Farm Steady.

About the Lacto Pickle Kit from Farm Steady:

“The easiest way to make lacto-fermented pickles at home. Your favorite kinds of pickles—from deli-style full sours and half sours, to classic dills and fiery hot pickles—all get their signature snappy crunch and tart pucker not from vinegar, but from fermentation. Specifically lacto-fermentation. This completely reusable kit will help you master the art of pickling. Simply cover your cucumbers with brine, recreate the effects of a traditional oak barrel by adding a black tea for tannins, top with your lid and airlock, and you’ll have crisp, unbeatable pickles in just a few days.”

Find the Lacto Pickle Kit from Farm Steady here.

Visit Farm Steady online here.

FF: The Pure Vermont Maple Syrup from Mount Mansfield

Meanwhile, there is nothing like 100% pure maple syrup from Vermont – and none better at that than the Pure Vermont Maple Syrup I found from the fine folks at Mount Mansfield Maple Products.

About the Pure Vermont Maple Syrup from Mount Mansfield Maple Products:

“Our pure Vermont maple syrup is thick, smooth and silky and available in all grades from the lightly colored golden delicate with a sweet and modest maple flavor to the strong hearty full-bodied dark robust.  For pancakes and ice-cream we recommend the lighter two grades, and for those who prefer a stronger flavor or have culinary motives darker grades will be best.  Essentially, the darker the maple syrup, the stronger the maple flavor.”

Find the Pure Vermont Maple Syrup from Mount Mansfield Maple Products here.

The fine folks at Cocktail Courier curate kits with everything you need to make a cool cocktail. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, they offer the Green Eye Cocktail Kit – everything you need to make their version of Irish coffee.

About the Green Eye Cocktail Kit from Cocktail Courier:

“The Irish Coffee is a classic. Who couldn’t fall in love with a bit of spiked brew? This variation introduces hearty caraway, a nod to classic rye bread. Lifted by an orange zest tinged fresh whipped cream, this will be a cocktail that you’ll be happy to serve as the start to a day or the end of an evening! Each box includes all ingredients including garnish. Bar tools and glassware are not included but can be ordered separately at checkout.”

Find the Green Eye Cocktail Kit from Cocktail Courier here.

See all the signature cocktail kits from Cocktail Courier here.

I am not sure I have mentioned it here before or not but I love all things Planet of the Apes. I grew up watching all the original movies on TV and have loved everything related to the franchise ever since – even the lackluster reboots over the years.

I love all the Apes-themed products that have been produced over the years and I have a pretty solid collection myself. However, one of my favorite Apes-themed items are the trading cards which were produced by Topps (famous for baseball cards) – each one a little artistic relic of the iconic series. Which is why I love that all the Planet of the Apes cards released over the years have been combined in one very cool book: Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series.

About Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series:

“In 1969, Topps released a set of trading cards based on the classic 1968 science-fiction film Planet of the Apes. The original set of trading cards proved so successful that Topps released a set based on the 1975 television series and the 2001 reboot film by Tim Burton. This deluxe collection includes the fronts and backs of all 44 cards from the original 1969 Topps set based on the original film; all 66 cards based on the 1975 television series; and all 90 base cards, 10 sticker cards, and 44 chase cards from the 2001 film. Also included are four exclusive bonus trading cards, rare promotional images, and an introduction and commentary by Gary Gerani, editor of hundreds of trading card series for Topps.”

Planet of the Apes: The Original Topps Trading Card Series is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.


I really love the White Lion Pot I found from the fine folks at Garden Glory – the perfect pot for your indoor tree or as a decoration on its own.

About the White Lion Pot from Garden Glory:

“This guardian lion is certainly a statement piece and it looks just as good inside your house as in your garden. The unique, sculpture-like pot in a white glossier finish is made of terracotta and features an ear piercing made of brass with the Garden Glory logo on it. The pot comes with a stylish bag containing a brush and white paint to improve the finish if necessary as the years go by.”

Find the White Lion Pot from Garden Glory here.

Visit Garden Glory online here.