Archive for January, 2020

FF: The Best Time Travel Planner from Ban.Do

Here’s the perfect bon voyage gift for someone going on a trip or for yourself – the Have the Best Time Travel Planner from the fine folks at Ban.Do.

About the Best Time Travel Planner from Ban.Do:

“Going places? We wanna help you get there as smoothly as possible, so we made a planner that’s just for organizing all those travel plans! And we don’t mean to brag, but there’s a lot of really cool stuff in it—year-at-a-glance pages for the next three years, a glossy map page, a super handy language converter, packing lists, a place to jot down day-to-day plans, the cutest travel stickers, and postcards to send home! There’s actually even more, but we got tired of listing things. Get ready to have the most relaxing vacation knowing that all the details are sorted out in this planner.”

Find the Best Time Travel Planner from Ban.Do here.

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FF: The Going Places Slippers from CALPAK

One of the dirtiest places on earth is the floor of a hotel room. Think about touring around a city, say New York, and then walking into your hotel room. Everything the soles of you shoes came in contact are now on the floor. You must wear slippers and never let your bare feet touch the floor. Since you can’t rely on all hotels to have slippers these days, consider a pair of these Going Places Slippers I found from the fine folks at CALPAK.

About the Going Places Slippers from CALPAK:

“You don’t have to go out to go places—it’s a state of mind. Whether you’re relaxing at home or kicking back in your hotel room after a day spent exploring, these plush slippers bring the comfort.”

Find the Going Places Slippers from CALPAK here.

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February 16, 2020 will mark thirty years since the death of pop artist Keith Haring. Which means generations have grown up since not knowing who he is but certainly having seen his work and the work of the many artists – and popular culture itself – he influenced. In a wonderful new book, simply named Keith Haring, editor Darren Pih brings the artist and his work to a new audiences, and long-time fans alike.

About Keith Haring edited by Darren Pih:

“An energetic introduction to the work of iconic American visual and graffiti artist Keith Haring. This vibrant book explores extraordinary artist Keith Haring’s work in the context of key issues of his lifetime—the AIDS crisis, the Cold War, racism, the excesses of capitalism, and environmental degradation. Haring (1958–1990) is widely recognized for his colorful paintings, drawings, sculptures, and murals. Haring exploded onto the early 1980s New York art scene with his vivid graffiti-inspired drawings, many of which found exposure in public, such as the Times Square billboard ‘broadcast’ of his famous Radiant Child in 1982.”

Keith Haring edited by editor Darren Pih is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.

Falling into the category of something I really want but is really too much of a luxury for me is today’s find: the Mara Lockable Watch Box from the fine folks at Smythson.

About the Mara Lockable Watch Box from Smythson:

“For the unrivalled watch collector, this piece hold six different watches in its nubuck lined (scratch-free) interior. In a luxurious display, this watch box is bound in crocodile embossed leather and complete with a functional lock detail for the utmost security, making it the perfect storage accessory for your travels.”

Find the Mara Lockable Watch Box from Smythson here.

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For some reason I am on a mug kick these days. It could be all the tea I’m drinking to help me through the winter. So, I am always on the lookout for interesting new mugs to add to my collection, like the Leaf Agate Mug I found from the fine folks at Mottahedeh.

About the Leaf Agate Mug from Mottahedeh:

“The soft impression of a filigree leaf is seen on each plate. It is enhanced by a silken glaze that has an ombre effect, moving from dark to light at the edges. This is a mark of excellence in glazing. The plates, bowls and mugs are thin, yet durable. Leaf tableware lives well between casual and more formal occasions. We did our homework and looked into some of the most prized glazes of early Korean and Chinese periods to express the classics. Leaf patterned tableware is dishwasher and microwave safe. Choose one color or mix them for an intriguing table.”

Find the Leaf Agate Mug from Mottahedeh here.

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Had I all the money in the world I would be purchasing all manner of luxury items which have no practical use other than they are elegant and, well, awesome. One of the first things I would buy that fits the bill is the Lady Bug Box by Giordano Viganò which I found available from the fine folks at Artemest.

About the Lady Bug Box by Giordano Viganò:

“This charming box is handcrafted of walnut with a shape inspired by the ladybug, symbol of good fortune and prosperity. The round base showcases dovetail-joint inserts of ebony that form an eye-catching geometric pattern of ascending stairs. The lid slides open in half, mirroring the movement of the ladybug’s elytra, and is fastened at the top with a bronzed-finished brass demilune piece. The leather-covered interior is divided in compartments and features a square section in the middle with a lid covered with orange leather and secured with a pin-shaped knob.”

Find the Lady Bug Box by Giordano Viganò from Artemest here.

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I never thought I needed a dedicated toothpick holder. Heck, the zip-lock bag of toothpicks in my kitchen junk drawer seems to be just fine. However, that was all before I found the Fox Toothpick Holder by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro.

About the Fox Toothpick Holder by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro:

“A model by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro. The toothpick holder with a double use decorative/utilitarian was an object very common during the 19th century. Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro designs a collection of animal toothpick holders with the naturalist characteristics of Bordallo’s ceramic.”

Find the Fox Toothpick Holder by Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro here.

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There are classic novels that seem to endure in our collective culture for generations. Take Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women for example, written more than a century and a half ago and still being rediscovered and reread by generation after generation. Now, in a beautiful new edition to coincide with the new movie version, Abram’s Book has rereleased Louisa May Alcott’s classic tale of sisters Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy in post-Civil War Concord, Massachusetts.

About the new movie edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott:

“Discover Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel—now featuring gorgeous photos from Greta Gerwig’s big-screen adaptation–in this stunning keepsake reproduction of the book as seen in the film! This new keepsake edition of the classic novel is illustrated throughout with gorgeous black-and-white photos from the film adaptation written for the screen and directed by Greta Gerwig, and starring Timothée Chalamet, Chris Cooper, Laura Dern, Louis Garrel, James Norton, Bob Odenkirk, Florence Pugh, Saoirse Ronan, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, and Emma Watson, perfect for a new generation of fans. It is the ultimate introduction to Lousia May’s Alcott’s classic tale as well as a must-have keepsake for fans of the film.”

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.


Looking for a little whimsy to spice up just about any room in your house? Then I have the perfect thing for you: the Giant Corn Stool I found from the fine folks at Third Drawer Down.

About the Giant Corn Stool from Third Drawer Down:

“Can’t beat a seat of sweet corn! Each kernel is painted lovingly with individual corn silk strands between the kernels. This sturdy resin cob is great indoors or out, and is a great stool, seat, table or foot stool. Pull up a seat of corn we say! Made of molded resin and completely hand painted to perfection.”

Find the Giant Corn Stool from Third Drawer Down here.

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The fine folks at Local Vintage Prints produce a cool collection of prints on vintage paper, and they are all very cool. However, since today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S., I thought I would feature Local Vintage Print’s commemorative MLK Quotes Print.

About Local Vintage Prints:

“Handmade, made-to-order, local vintage prints that are the missing piece to your beautiful home. Whether you are a local, new to town, or even a world traveler, Local Vintage Prints brings quality and localized art to your doorstep.”

Find the MLK Quotes Print from Local Vintage Prints here.

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I found this recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Pie from the fine folks at Epicurious a while back and didn’t get it posted in time for the holidays. However, I think January is the perfect time to spice things up with a special pie. Hey, did I mention the bourbon?

About the recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Pie from Epicurious:

“For many, Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie is unthinkable, but that doesn’t mean you can’t jazz up the old standby. A judicious hand with the spices lends this custardy version a certain lightness of being. There is a bit of tang, too, from sour cream, and an underlying warmth from the jigger of bourbon (to amplify the depth of flavor, add some to the whipped cream accompaniment, too).”

Find the recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Pie from Epicurious here.

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