after sorting through what seemed like thousands of horrible shoes on bluefly, i finally found a pretty pair. it was like hunting for treasure, except much less rewarding.
Constanca Basto 'Rocca' pumps
Bluefly, $134.99 (from $269)
the packaging for these candles is so pretty, i just want to eat it up.
Henri Bendel Home Scented Candle
Bath & Body Works, $26
i'm glad bath and body works finally got hip to it and started carrying lines other than that same boring line of their own. their selection now includes: c.o. bigelow, fekkai, fresh, henri bendel, jaqua, murad and patricia wexler, among others.
lemon body cream
Bath & Body Works, $24
an insane collection of bags, with an even greater selection of prints. my favorite is the hibiscus chenille...i want it in a clutch. speaking of which, you can design your own. same price, too!
p.s. shout out to libbey (just wanted to say 'shout out'...). thanks for the tip. this is a fantastic site.
Lucy Bag in Whirlygig
1154 LILL Studio, $90
for such an odd little site, they do have some enchanting things. ...like, say, this funny little bag. it (supposedly) reads (translated from french): "good morning. did you sleep well?"
other totes of note:
Dog Side Zip Tote ("where are you going? don't get lost!")
Duck Side Zip Tote ("let me kiss you! sweatie!" ...no, really, the site says sweatie.)
Goat Side Zip Tote ("i'm home. i'm going.")
Marine Duck Tote ("tout le monde est la?" ...ok, after doing research on this one via a quick google translation, i find that this says "is everyone?" which obviously makes no sense, so ignore the site-provided translations above.)
while the actual tote names may be a bit lacking in originality, you've got to hand it to them for the ubercreative and completely unsensible taglines featured on each one.
Hedgehog Side Zip Tote
Juice Planning, $24
by caroline duke on Monday, January 30, 2006
Recchiuti Hand-Rolled Bittersweet Truffles
i just don't buy this 'caffeine is bad for you' talk. anything that makes me feel so rejuvenated has to be good. plus, caffeine applied to your skin is supposed to be good for it. i swear. i don't make these things up.
Shower Shock Caffeinated Soap
normally, i wouldn't buy into a product's claim to be 'a tinted body shaper in a bottle,' but i swear i am much less cynical in this grand new year. and while 'traditional hosiery' isn't my thing, i'd still give this a try. ...because i know my long, skinny, tanned legs are only a moisturizer away.
philosophy the big skinny body bronzer
first, let me say i don't normally condone the use of willie nelson for lame, emo-type t-shirts.
BUT this one is funny. and, really, when you think about it, can you imagine anyone more sincere than willie himself wishing you a nice day? i know i can't.
Willie Nelson T-shirt
eBay, $5.95 (with one day left to go)
that rhymes with 'cow.' or 'wow.' it is a cat-like sound. like a sound a puma might make. so yeah...
since i don't actually engage in any physical activities (on the court, field, track, etc.), i just need a simple, sporty-type shoe like this. plus, puma is where it's at.
Puma Speed Cat
THE PUMA STORE, $75
when i first discovered cjr, i spent hours sorting through back issues in my college's library.
it has been a few months since my last issue came, which means i am way overdue for a subscription renewal.
it's a nice way to feel like i am still learning something and that my soul isn't slowly dying as i blog away in the workplace.
Columbia Journalism Review
Amazon.com, $10 (one-year subscription)
i'm starting to realize this would have been easier if i had packaged my magazines in just one entry, but i'll keep at it...
allure is a real beauty magazine that makes you love yourself, not hate the cover model. shit, i should be a youth mentor.
Amazon.com, $12 (one-year subscription)
let's face it. these are the same magazines...thank god. so now i can enjoy the pleasures of lucky twice a month. the launch of domino is my no. 1 happy event of 2005.
Domino and Lucky magazines
Amazon.com, $15 (one-year subscription to each)
if you can't beat them, join them.
actually, that's not the euphemism i was looking for. it was supposed to go more like 'if you can't be there, read about it.'
this is a new addition to the subscription collection.
New York magazine
Amazon.com, $17.97 (one-year subscription)
this is the magazine that helps you stay on top of all things cultured.
receiving this weekly, literary staple will quickly overwhelm. it's like moby dick in magazine form, BUT it is worth it. carry it with you...read a bit here; read a bit there. yeah, you'll feel a huge sense of regret and anxiety when you check your mail and the next one is already there, but, like i said, it's worth it.
The New Yorker
Amazon.com, $46 (one-year subscription)
so, being the beginning of the year, the time when my last year's gift subscriptions have nearly come to an end, it is time to reevaluate my periodical needs. seeing as my magazine reading habits haven't changed in a good 10 years, this year's collection probably won't be much different than in year's past. but i am looking to spice it up a bit with some new literature. here, you will find those new picks and some old favorites.
no, i'm kidding. that would be embarrassing. and no, i didn't go to duke. in fact, i went to a small, midwestern school you've never heard of.
but, that doesn't mean i can't wear this. i can't help it that i have a cool name.
and, seriously, hats off to chip and pepper, who have made collegiate wear a bit more flattering and wearable for everyone.
Active Endeavors, $63
i think super-sheer (think bee or bamboo) shine on eyes makes for a fresh face. but dark (say, indrani) would make for dramatic, clara bow-esque eyes. that would be fun, too. plus, this one supposedly has staying power.
it probably still serves as a hair magnet. but that's the price you pay for shine.
Pout Eye Slick
ok, not only is this bag wonderful just the way it is, but you also have the option to customize it.
if i were going to go that route, though, i'd choose eve in the pale gold textured lambskin. plus, you can also add a monogram, which is always fun. ...more fun now that it isn't being visually forced upon me by every bag-toting girl in america. plus, this monogram is tucked inside like a pretty, little secret.
Louise Textured Lambskin Clutch (in Cognac)
Lauren Merkin, $180