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March 23, 2011

Chronicle books spring sale

Hooray! This is the best sale going, I swear. 30% everything on Chronicle’s site. Perfect time to stock up on spring pressies (mother’s day, father’s day anyone?) or buy yourself a special treat.

Some of my faves: any of Lotta Jansdotter’s books, a French General party book, an illustrated bird book for my bird-watching mom, or Plenty from the delicious looking restaurant Ottolenghi in London. I’ve wanted one of their cookbooks for ages. And loads, loads more.

Use the promo code SPRING11 when you checkout!

March 3, 2011

Imaginary birthday wish list

For my birthday that was a few weeks ago while we were in Costa Rica. I am quite happy with our trip instead of a wrapped gift, but you know, a girl likes to dream. Or at least window shop.

1) Heidi’s new cookbook, Super Natural Every Day.

2) An Alma Alan canister. Or four. The last time I was at Heath LA they had a few left. How I love.

3) A simple gold band to wear when I travel. My actual wedding ring is a bit too big to wear sans engagement ring, and I’d love something like this to wear from time to time. I tried my friend Katie’s on (she has the one pictured) and it’s perfect. But is it weird to have the same ring as someone you know??

4) Didymos Baby Wrap for, um. carrying Dashiell on my hip? I so don’t need this, but they are so incredibly gorgeous I can’t help but want one. And I’m in the market for something I can use for a hip carrier. He’s getting so heavy!

5) Sperry topsiders. I realize I’m about 2 years late on the trend, but that’s how I do it.

6) A new pair of jeans that actually fit. Probs not the ones pictured, but I like the photo.

There. Not completely unreasonable, right?

January 25, 2011

a simple recipe box

As a fun little addition to Jen’s shower, we had everyone bring a recipe for their favorite cocktail. Twas a cocktail party, after all! So we got her a pretty recipe box to store them. I initially wanted to find a super cute vintage recipe box, and while I did find some really cute ones, they weren’t modern or cocktail-y at all. (Big surprise!).

But I did find this really really pretty Acacia Wood Recipe Box on Amazon, that for the price, is seriously amazing.

I love love love my Rifle box, but you guys, this one is a close second. The wood is really pretty, it’s all dove-tailed and looks really well made. And um, it’s only $30.

November 24, 2010

The Chronicle Books mega sale

Just in time for post-Thanksgiving black friday cyber monday shopping madness, Chronicle Books has their biggest sale of the year. And it’s pretty insane. Insane enough that I’m posting about it.

35% off. THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT. That’s like, cannot afford not to buy all presents from Chronicle, like right now.

Use the code FRIENDS for 35% off plus free ground shipping through December 5th. They have sooooo many cute kids books, craft books, design books, calendars, cookbooks, stationary, etc etc etc. Remember when I posted about Paper+Craft? Now might be a good time to pick up a copy. Plus about 17 other things. We’re getting Dashiell books for his first Christmas and I think I know where they’ll be coming from.

Have a happy happy Thanksgiving, all. See you on Monday, full of leftovers and such.

November 11, 2010

Some things I’ve been eyeing

Today was one of those days where the moment I opened the internet, I knew it was going to be a bad day for mindless clicking and cyber window shopping. Like within minutes I had 24 windows open. Eek. Christmas is coming people and since it’s baby’s first, we must make it extra special, mustn’t we?

Like, need to get my amaryllis bulbs forced. Normally I do narcissus but this year I decided to go big and red.

(this special variety available at Terrain)

Also at Terrain, a really sweet chalkboard jam jar!?! For storing homemade jam in the fridge and labeling it appropriately. LOVE.

POSH Chicago has their vintage and vintage-inspired holiday decor up and ready for purchasing. Like these red cordial glasses (EXCELLENT GIFT IDEA!) and coil icicle ornaments.

Perhaps I need a festive triangley locket?

(Spotted on Celia’s blog.)

And maybe Dashiell needs some new, high fashion apparel? From Stella M, maybe? It is awfully cold in our house in the winter.

Or perhaps a notebook paper tee? One for baby, one for mama.

And those boots I’ve been doing without for like 3 winters? I’m not sure I can make it through another season without them. And because every pair I’ve seen and liked is $500, these Madewells are looking right perfect at the moment.

(Spotted on Suann’s blog.)

AND I have to make/find the perfect stocking for Dashiell! This is a big deal, people. My whole family has handmade stockings that were given to us for our first Christmas. The pressure! Time to visit Purl for some inspiration.

There. Now I can go on about my day.

November 10, 2010

Xmas at IKEA

I think like everyone I have a strong love-hate relationship with IKEA. Sometimes it’s genius and sometimes it makes me want to stick needles in my eyes, rather than finish building whatever it is that’s spread in splinters all over my living room floor. I’ve taken to avoiding complicated furniture and that truly does make a difference.

For instance, earlier this week Dashiell and I took a trip down to the nearest store for a high chair. Child is 8.5 months old and is still eating in his Baby Bjorn bouncy chair. Oops. We found an excellent high chair with a huge tray, that’s super solid and as a bonus, red. Yay.

But we also found all sorts of good Christmas decors:

The cutest tall, skinny cocktail glasses. A set of tins for wrapping things like cookies and breads and other baked goods. ($7.99 for all three, btw). And some simple straw ornaments. (I love Scandinavian holiday decor. All things Scandinavian, really. But especially their patterns, and straw things, and furniture, and glassware and textiles.) I highly recommend checking out their seasonal items. They also have a really great straw wreath, similar to the one I bought last year from Roost. And cute patterned paper bags for wrapping.

Such a typical IKEA trip. Go in for ONE thing, leave with a car full of assorted items, feeling sort of dazed and high from the sheer number of inexpensive modern products and swedish meatball aromas.

October 18, 2010

Giveaway! The XX

This is a momentous day, you guys. My first giveaway. And it’s a pretty good one, if you ask me. Remember I posted about my newfound love for the XX a while back?

Well the nice peeps at XL Recordings offered to let me give an XX album to 6 of my readers. WHOA!!! Very exciting. Some of you probably already have it, but if you don’t, I swear swear swear it’s excellent and you will love it to pieces. It’s a perfect soundtrack for all sorts of social and non-social engagements… like cocktail parties, driving, working, making out, and the like.

So! In honor of launching my new blog (what timing!), let’s give some sh*t away!

Leave a comment by Thursday eve and I’ll randomly pick 6 winners and announce them on Friday. And if you don’t happen to win, you can always buy it in Amazon.

**Comments/Giveaway closed! I’ll announce the winners tmo morn. Thanks for entering everyone!

September 16, 2010

The best yoga mats & a good cause

I don’t normally post stuff like this because it doesn’t involve delicious food or pretty projects or pictures of my baby. But because my brother-in-law Sky is the CEO of Manduka, maker of the best mats in the universe, I must. (He’s also the doting husband of beautiful Melanie.) I’m sure some of you out there are big yoga peeps and if you are, you probably already know all about the coveted black mat that will last your entire life. Their other mats are great too and come in much yummier colors.

This month, in honor of their very pretty new website and Yoga Aid this weekend, Manduka is giving 10% off all online purchases, PLUS they’re donating an extra 10% of all sales to Yoga Aid. Which is an organization that essentially raises money through people practicing yoga and gives it to a number of different charities around the world.

If you happen to be in the market for a new mat, now would be the time to get one!

Use the promo code GIVELOVE for the entire month of September.

September 2, 2010

pretty triangley jewelry

I happened upon these pretties from spinthread on etsy the other day. They are quite marvelous. Have they already made the rounds on the blogs? Probably. I’m never first with the etsy finds. But aren’t they good?

I bet they would be good baby entertainment if I had one for myself. Tempting.

August 30, 2010

blabla kids

I am so in love with these little guys from blabla kids. Dashiell has one (clearly it’s Dashiell’s, not mine), and I wish we had ten. (you can see our lion in the crib). Prompted by a shout out on twitter from @blablakids, I remembered that I’ve been meaning to do a post on them for so long. Here it is.

They make dolls and mobiles and puppets and rattles and even a cute little line of clothes. Next time I’m in Atlanta, I will be stopping by their shop. Hopefully in November when Dashiell and I are planning to visit Judah and Laura in Athens. With a pit stop at Farm Burger, of course. They are rumored to make a mean quinoa burger.

Here are some of my favorites, very boy themed of course:

And I thought I was obsessed with their mobiles, but actually it turns out that I desire equally their entire line of birdie rattles. WE BADLY NEED A KNIT FRENCH SPARROW RATTLE AND ALSO A BLUE JAY WEARING A SCARFFFFFF.

I nearly didn’t post my favorite mobiles, but then I could not resist. They are too excellent.

That was dangerous, spending so much time on their site, salivating over their wares. I had to close it quickly because I was about to start adding things to my cart, all willy-nilly like. Perhaps when we go to Atlanta I will deserve a treat.