just putting it out there that this is one great-looking chair for one great price. for $35, is superb quality (or ethics, for some) really a problem?
i'm a thrifty girl, and i can't help that.
bentwood egg chair
i don't know if soap excites you as it does me, but this site may be the best find in recent weeks. it brings a huge assortment of soaps from all over the world into one simple little site. and, not only can you browse by design (this is where i started), you can also browse by country, fragrance, brand, ingredient and soap or skin type!
these are just a few of the ones that caught my eye, from countries such as india, spain, england and france. prices range from a little to a lot...these are $1.99 (for the neem from india) to $15.99 (por el jabon de espana). love the idea of jet black soap contrasting with that bright white cube.
bon savon, $1.99-$15.99 (for what is shown)
by caroline duke on Monday, July 03, 2006
i'm so very sorry i've been out of it for a week or two now. i'm a bit mixed up right now, but i'm working on getting that straightened out. we'll see...
for now, this little gem of a site is inspiring...
'henrietta james, sunken treasure' notecard set
by caroline duke on Sunday, July 02, 2006
not in a chatty mood but wanted to share that i found this tonight for supercheap (like $12, as opposed to $17, as listed on the target web site). the red piping is very fun, and it has the cheery nick + nora cherry pie print on the inside.
remember when nick + nora was all the rage and cost much more than target prices? ah, the days...
nick + nora cherry pie print robe
target, $17.49 (on the web site)
by caroline duke on Tuesday, June 27, 2006
i recently picked this up at target and fell in love with it (on the rack). i tried it on and tried to convince myself it looked great on, despite the boyfriend's unconvincing nods of 'approval.'
i like to think it looks better on me than it does on this model (it looks kind of retro factory worker on her...lucy and the chocolate factory, anyone?). it's much more boxy on her, while it's much more fitted on me (thank you, unwanted curves accentuated by unwanted weight).
i just don't know what to do! if you saw it in the stores, you'd love it, too. then you'd run your fingers over it and love it even more (super-lightweight and soft to boot).
i'm considering just biting it and wearing it to work tomorrow so i can get a good idea of what it looks like since i'll have access to huge mirrors. i had been using the reflection of a giant framed print on the wall at home, but it's been taken down for the move, leaving me with just a medicine cabinet mirror that can't even begin to capture my entire body.
please feel free to comment and voice your opinions. i tried to pair a suede olive-y green wide belt with it (matches the tiniest stripe in the pattern) but it won't work. suggestions...please...
isaac mizrahi shirt dress
by caroline duke on Tuesday, June 27, 2006
being the low-maintenance gal that i am, i love a good, long-lasting lip stain and loathe anything requiring frequent reapplication or mirrors.
this lip and cheek stain by thebalm creates the same effect that a tasty raspberry snowcone (my favorite!) would on the lips. and, i might be crazy, but it even kind of tastes the same...
while i love the idea of killing two birds with one stone, i find that with my pale skin, using this on my lips and cheeks is just a little too intense and kind of makes me look like i just ran six miles. separately, though? perfect.
thebalm staniac in beauty queen
by caroline duke on Monday, June 26, 2006
everyone knows i'm a fan of the mexican shopping bag. so tonight i bring you... drum roll please... this great site for many a great bolsa.
on a bitter note, let me remind you the mermaid bag once belonged to me but no longer does (and, no, holly... it wasn't you.). oh, what a great bag it was.
for the past couple years, one of my favorite things to bring out in the summer has been a pink mesh shopping bag (like this) featuring frida kahlo's wounded deer. i love it so much, and the mesh is beginning to come apart in a dangerous way (it somehow sliced my finger open last year!), but i refuse to give it up. it even earns me horrified looks from children. that, my friends, is what i call a bag success.
at less than $10 apiece, you can't afford to not stock up on a variety of these wonderfully tacky totes.
mexican shopping bags
by caroline duke on Sunday, June 25, 2006
sweet enough to send your grandmother, these are part of the 'holy fucking shit!' collection. also worth noting: the douchebags & assclowns collection. oh, and holy fudge nuts. because it made me laugh.
found via oh joy.
ella studio, $8.95 (set of three)
by caroline duke on Friday, June 23, 2006
in our new place, we've got this skinny little closet by the bathroom. since we'll have zero storage space in the bathroom, the skinny closet will have to be it. i'd like to keep it ultraorganized, though, since i want it to be presentable to curious guests.
for everything but towels, a few of these on each shelf would work great. love the green (surprise). also, the blue and orange are runners-up.
small nested woven nylon bins
the container store, $19.99 (set of two)
i know it's horrible of me to post fabulous things that are sold out, but i couldn't resist showing you this.
p.s. i apologize for what has been and will continue to be (for the next week or so) quite sporadic blogging. i'm mid-move, which means my apartment is a mess and i can't keep distracting myself with the internet. i'm supposed to be packing, but i'm not doing a very fine job.
green girl card (5x7 and screenprinted)
ferdinand, (sold out!)
if i had the money to drop on a computer in a color i'd tire of after a couple weeks, i'd give colorware a whirl. it is an interesting concept. but, like i said, i'm too fickle to commit monetarily to anything more than basic white.
apple macbook by colorware
i'm taking a break from watching 'breakfast at tiffany's' to listen to the rain and thunder. i really love nothing more than watching a good movie while lying in bed on a rainy night (this is where the musical part of me breaks out in eddie rabbitt's 'i love a rainy night.'). of course, i am watching it via ibook and earbuds because the mate is asleep.
but the rain is so nice! if only i had a porch... and a swing...
that said, i bring you this beautiful little vera wang number. the little black dress, if you will.
black tulle strapless party dress
so, it's time to get a full set of dishes that match. a set of dishes that i won't throw away because i don't feel like washing them. something for keeps. grown-up dishes, if you will.
these are very nice with the contrasting blue and white.
and need i point out the price? crate & barrel announced their summer sale today. so get started. but don't take the plates. i need a lot.
also, do i even need to mention that (upon further inspection) these come in GREEN? it would definitely match all the other green stuff i've got in my kitchen but unfortunately the price just ain't as right as the blue!
crate & barrel, $1.95-2.95 per piece (!)
a girl can only do so much headline writing before it loses its sparkle. but, this crazy-looking game just might spice it up a bit. i think words are funny, so this definitely strikes my lame, copy editor fancy.
sidenote: earlier, i couldn't stop laughing because my fortune from my cookie read: 'striving for the best will bring you loser to the best.' COME ON. that's funny. what kind of fortune has loser written in it? that can't be very fortunate. but i laughed forever.
man bites dog card game
uncommon goods, $10
this is super cute in a country garden kind of way.
i do remember how i came across the work of stella im hultberg. it was via love made visible. so, thank you, priya, for sharing your excellent find!
i love this print in particular. it's very much my style and would look quite lovely in a simple black frame.
'spring... forward' print by stella im hultberg
by caroline duke on Wednesday, June 14, 2006
i forget how i stumbled upon this today... i remember browsing my regular blogs while at work because, in my mind, browsing blogs while work is better than blogging while at work (though i sometimes slip and catch myself blogging away in tiny little windows in the corner of my monitor. shhh.).
so... anyway, i can't remember how i found this site. if i could, i would give some credit because i have thoroughly enjoyed the site for most of the day (it took forever to go through all the prints!)
you can pick from several different bag options, then you customize it to your liking. as you can see, i had no problems picking out a few patterns i couldn't resist. you can also choose from some ready-to-buy bags.
thank you, jenkin, for your photoshopping finesse (and patience).
[addendum: thanks to kate, as well, for reminding me that i did indeed find out about freddy&ma via outblush. if you haven't heard about it yet, check it out. also, for the boys: uncrate. enjoy!]
hazel purse by freddy&ma
by caroline duke on Tuesday, June 13, 2006
my mom picked up some measuring cups like these for me a while back, and i wanted to share them but couldn't find them anywhere online! so, here they are. they're very cute, and i need to find a cute way to display them. mine are a limey-yellow and right now are sitting on the counter in a nesting fashion.
nigella measuring cups
i really hate to jump on the beachy bandwagon now so late in the game, but i'm really, really into it. this print is gorgeous. i'm going to keep my eye open for some cheap coffee table books that may have some simliar illustrations i might be able to frame. we'll see!
urococcus seaweed print
i'm on the lookout for fabulously designed concert posters like this. so far, i'm really into the heads of state, of seattle, and hammerpress, out of kansas city. i'm also enjoying the work of mat daly.
i want a couple to frame and adorn my soon-to-be abode. i'm loving this one by the heads of state (read about them here), but it's sold out.
wilco in new york city silkscreened poster
the heads of state, sold out! (most others seen to go for about $20 with some more limited editions for up to $100)
decor8's holly continues to impress with the mention of this gem of an online boutique: inspire company. i haven't yet delved deep into the site, but i knew this was what i wanted to see first.
reef beaded branch coral necklace
inspire company, $27
by caroline duke on Thursday, June 08, 2006
by the way, from now on, this is the official blog of patina goods. not really. i'm halfway through the site, so this will end soon.
thanks, holly, of decor8, for the tip on the site. it truly is spectacular. and there are so many very affordable things.
love birds necklace
by caroline duke on Wednesday, June 07, 2006