Archive for March, 2019

FF: The Fine Marvel Shaving Bundle from Fine Accoutrements

It is weird that these days beards are in style at the same old school shaving is making a comeback. There are whole industries dedicated to both of these trends, but it is on the shaving side where the fine folks at Fine Accoutrements have set up camp, offering all manner of great shaving products like their Fine Marvel Hardware Shaving Bundle.

About the Fine Marvel Shaving Bundle from Fine Accoutrements:

“This kit contains one ‘Marvel’ Razor along with our Classic Shave Stand and a Classic Shaving Brush in the color of your choice.”

Find the Fine Marvel Shaving Bundle from Fine Accoutrements here.

Visit Fine Accoutrements online here.

FF: The Happy Campers Belt from KJP

Meanwhile, I am totally loving the Happy Campers Belt I found from the fine folks at Kiel James Patrick. See? I told you… totally random.

About the Happy Campers Belt from KJP:

“The Painted Leather Collection is inspired by the spirit of  exploration and great adventure, road-trips in wood paneled station wagons, sailing up and down the coast, World Exploration and checking off bucket lists while enjoying life changing adventures. Combining gorgeous supple leather, brass hardware with hand embossed vibrantly colored icons this collection truly captures the spirit of the World Traveler.”

Find the Happy Campers Belt from KJP here.

Visit Kiel James Patrick online here.

Were you to walk into my office at any given time you are likely to see a few paper airplanes lying around as my colleagues like sailing them in from time to time. Occasionally there will be a balsa wood plane, puff balls and even flying monkeys. But what I wouldn’t give for one of these to fly in my office some day: the really cool Turbo Flyer I found from the fine folks at Tait.

About the Turbo Flyer from Tait:

“Woooosh! Weeee! Turbo Flyer soars! Get your hands on all four vivid colors of these fun, easy-to-build and collectable balsa model kits for ages 8 and up. This plane is an all-new spin on a childhood classic, with thicker wood, better aerodynamics, and sustainable packaging with a purpose – keeping your plane safe when not in use and reducing warping. Better yet, each one is printed and assembled by hand. In field tests, Turbo Flyer has soared for 50 feet – and when you are finished throwing it, put it back in the cardboard case to keep it safe for your next launch.”

About the Turbo Flyer from Tait.

See all the cool products from Tait here.

I love the concept of “Lagom”, (pronounced “lah-gom”) which roughly translates to “not too little, not too much, just right” in Swedish – which is a really good way to run your life. This is all explored in Lagom – The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne, which will inspire you to make some changes to balance things out in your life.

About Lagom – The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne:

“This charming book introduces readers to a new way of balanced living that promises happiness and sustainability in work and in life. Lagom provides simple solutions to juggle everyday priorities, reduce stress, eat well, and save money, with lessons on the importance of downtime, being outdoors, and Sweden’s coffee break culture. Tips on removing clutter and creating a capsule wardrobe help readers achieve Sweden’s famously clean and functional design aesthetic, while advice on going green and growing food gets their hands dirty.”

Finally I understand why I want to live at IKEA.

Lagom – The Swedish Art of Balanced Living by Linnea Dunne is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.

There are travel guides and then there are Wildsam Field Guides. The traditional travel guides are fine (I’m a fan) but if you want something with a little different spin on the place you are headed, I highly recommend checking out the great Field Guides offered by the fine folks at Wildsam.

About Wildsam:

“Founded in 2012, Wildsam began with a core idea: The world was peopled with wonders. Steinbeck’s words tap into a timeless sentiment. Wonder is a transformative force. It strikes the match of our curiosity and jolts awake what Frederick Buechner calls the ‘original, shimmering self.’ And often, wonder is found in the stories of a physical place, whether the Texas barbecue joint or the Golden Gate Bridge. At Wildsam, we seek out these real and rooted things, what’s truly authentic to a place, and share the pathways to deep connections in the world, for travelers and locals alike.”

Wildsam Field Guides are available for cities like Austin, Brooklyn, Charleston, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, San Francisco.

I am eyeing the Wildsam’s Field Guide for San Antonio where I hope to return to soon:

“Tourist destination and model of diversity, San Antonio is a city with ancient roots, tapped into its singular river, the free-flowing lifeline of life past and present.”

Learn more about Wildsam and their Field Guides here.

OK, I have been through dozens of variations of the smartphone holder/stand over the years. Some I adopted and used often, others never took off. But I have to say the Pumped Up Ruby Heels Phone Stand I found from the fine folks at Fred will definitely keep me coming back. Shades of the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz this stand would go well with my pop culture aesthetic.

About the Pumped Up Ruby Heels Phone Stand from Fred:

“Prop up your phone with this pretty pair of pumps – because everything looks better in heels! PUMPED UP – now in Ruby Red Glitter.”

Find the Pumped Up Ruby Heels Phone Stand from Fred here.

See all the awesome fun things from Fred here.

My quest to recreate my childhood by buying back everything I once had continues… I adored my white clock radio with flipping digits to tell the time. I stared at that thing for hours dreading the flip to the time I needed to get up for school. The Flip Clock I just found from the fine folks at Schoolhouse is very similar to the one I had – well just like it save for the radio bit.

About the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse:

“A helpful analog reminder to put your phone down. Crafted by one of the world’s original flip clock manufacturers, in business since 1956, this expertly made timepiece features design detailing true to its mid century predecessors. The battery operated quartz German movement keeps precise time.”

Find the Flip Clock from Schoolhouse here.

See all the cool products from Schoolhouse here.

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.