for the first time in my life, i am starting to get into flats. i think it's because i'm really trying to embrace my short short stature. short people are cute, damn it.
Nia Braided Flats
so sometime last summer, i got inspired by baruch shemtov, an entrepreneurial little tie-maker. i thought to myself, 'TIES! that's brilliant. i can make ties.'
my boyfriend's birthday was coming up and since we were in the midst of the transition into quote-unquote professionalism, i thought i could whip up quite a meaningful gift. so i shopped around on the web for a couple days, looking for a fabulous print in silk.
i didn't come up with much, quickly lost interest and laid the project to rest for, oh, about nine months. but TIES! how hard can it be to make ties! this is my new thing. i realize that i'm not a young jewish boy, but i think i've got what it takes to make one hell of a tie.
on a somewhat related note, these ties are cool. and, by cool, i mean i could make them better and sell them for more.
Sovereign Beck 'spray' tie
Sovereign Beck, $90
i've always loved vintage hats but never really found an appropriate time to wear them. perhaps if i left midwestern suburbia, i would be more likely to get away with it. this one is a nice starter, plus the description says it's 'real classy.'
vintage black wool hat with satin bow
eBay, $10 (starting bid)
by caroline duke on Wednesday, March 08, 2006
i swear i had this idea like three days ago. well, i hadn't thought to mold it into a bowl, but i have all these army men i wanted to flatten with my iron into one big piece. an interesting wall hanging at the least.
it's one thing to look at salad servers. that's an easy addition to any kitchen. but my desire for mosaic tile can't be satisfied as easily. i LOVE mosaic tile and i want a huge bathroom with it everywhere.
illuminati glass tile
Mosaic Tile Market, $15.95 per square foot
so i've been in bed for something like 48 hours, my head is pounding and i just want to run outside and do something. i missed the perfect prelude-to-spring weather, and it rained for the first time in like six years. all the while, i've been sitting in my vicks-soaked bed, surrounded by little wads of toilet paper. i just finished watching the entire third season of sex and the city and am too lazy to get up and put in a season four disc, so i have fast-forwarded to a season six episode on upn. aidan has a baby now... so much confusion! this sixth season jump was a bad idea. but burger! he's my favorite.
so anyway, back on track. thank god for laptops and wireless internet because i would never survive sickly home confinement.
and so now, i start season four. here's hoping i stay up very late tonight or am feeling too shitty to go back to work tomorrow so i can finish this one out.
so ANYWAY, i like the shape of this camera. and i like the novelty of polaroid.
Polaraoid PDC-3070 digital camera
by caroline duke on Friday, March 03, 2006
when i get in an ideal living situation (read: washer and dryer on site), it would be nice to have nice towels such as these. the brown with green matches my bathroom, thanks to new bathmats. if my initials were lhk, as shown, the monogram would really achieve the desired effect. instead, my initials are too curvy. crd isn't as cool.
solid border towels with monogram
west elm, $6-$19
by caroline duke on Thursday, March 02, 2006
this ethan allen corner desk circa 1975 that i attempted to 'modernize' by painting black just isn't cutting it anymore.
i hate corner desks because there are only so many places you can put them. i have one corner in here with potential corner desk space, and this is it. i need something that allows for more configurations.
i am a compulsive list-maker, but somehow, i still can't remember to half the things i'm supposed to do. perhaps if i posted the lists on my front door knob, things would get done.
forget me not handy pad
PlumParty, $5 (on sale)
i will never again move within five miles of another set of railroad tracks. it's like 3:30 in the morning, and it sounds like a train is passing through downstairs. how many cars could possibly be on the road that would merit that incessant whistle blowing?
screw this. i'm going to sleep.
foam ear plugs
The Ear Plug Store!, $1 to $14 ("in small quantities")
so i sit down at my kitchen table with my bowl of rice krispies (late-night dinner of champions) and ibook at hand. i pour bowl after bowl of cereal, like an insatiable drunk at last call, until my milk is gone. i'm still hungry but too lazy to walk four feet to my refrigerator to replenish supplies. but when the hunger can wait no longer, i try to get up. and i can't. without leaving the skin off my ass behind. damn vinyl-topped barstools.
so this is the point when i realize i really need a new kitchen table and chairs. my current arrangement is a set left at my house by a friend who didn't have room for it anymore. i'm out of college, though, so shouldn't i have real furniture of my own now? i think so. which is why i like these chairs. they are cheap. and, best of all, chances are i wouldn't stick to them. but they would leave those funny little lines like old-school lawn chairs used to. i can handle that, though. that's just the price of cool.
i suppose other people don't get as much delight out of the two-for-one target endcap toothpaste deals like i do.
if you aren't quite ready for the $160 toothpaste commitment, you can try one of four five-flavor packages: smoothie, sweet tooth, zen palette and east-meets-west. if you don't have a sweet tooth like mine, the indian curry or sweet salt varieties might be for you. sure, everyone likes fresh curry breath.
Breath Palette Deluxe 31-Flavor Toothpaste Kit
Neiman Marcus, $160
by caroline duke on Monday, February 20, 2006