If you hear your doorbell ring, it's just us, delivering a plate of baked goods. We've tried it all - muffins, scones, cookies, cupcakes, bread - and this baking binge has been brought about simply by our new IceMilk Apron ($85, $100 with embroidered monogram), a kitchen accessory so stylish and adorable that we haven't been able to take it off and stop baking since it arrived in its little mason jar packaging. We can't possibly eat all of these goods, so we're giving them all away.
Normally, it's a sad day when you've worked your pencil down to a stub and have to toss it out. With Sprout Pencils ($20), however, that's the point when the real fun begins. Each Sprout pencil contains an herb seed, so you can place the pencil carcass in soil, water it, and watch a plant grow a couple of weeks later. Maybe you'll finally resist the urge to chew on your pencils knowing that you'll have something yummier to chew on later.
This tank top ($48) celebrates the Oxford Dictionaries 2013 Word of the Year. (Surely they made a tank for "GIF" in 2012 and "squeezed middle" for 2011.) Though perhaps it's not a trendy top, but a conceptual piece, commenting on the fact that every time you (and your shirt) are viewed by another person, you're always "posing" - even if you don't have a phone stretched out in front of you. We are never not ready for selfies. Whoa.
Need a new way to jazz up your evening? Turn off Netflix and pop in this CD/DVD combo ($13). The tunes span Thelonious Monk's career and the DVD shows footage from a live performance in Paris. By the time you reach for disc two, you'll feel pretty smug: you've been so captivated by some damn fine piano playing that you totally forgot to tweet about it!
It's no exaggeration to say that your life will get at least twice as good after you buy a Xyron 250 Sticker Machine ($25). Got a photo of your friends? You can turn that into a sticker! How about a doodle your niece drew with crayons? That can be a sticker, too! And all those pictures of Ryan Gosling you've been clipping out of magazines...you're not a crazy person, you've just been saving those to make stickers. Yeah, definitely not crazy. Just a sticker enthusiast.
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We pack pretty lightly on an everyday basis, so this Chelsea Tech Wallet ($59) is perfect for us. With an easily accessible pocket for a phone, slots for credit cards, and space for all our dollar, dollar bills, y'all, this wristlet is compact and wastes no space - and spares no style.
Time to start planning your warmer days wardrobe. In case you don't have a pair of workhorse slingback heels yet, may we suggest these Matisse Balance Booties ($90)? With a chunky, comfortable heel height, these shoes were made for walking (at least on city blocks), and they'll look good with just about everything.
Rotary phones look pretty cool, but we haven't seen one used to make a phone call since the 1980s. At least the Jonathan Adler Smart Phone Dock ($48) has function as well as style. Set your newfangled voodoo phone on the dock and thread the cord through the bottom. Now you're ready to charge it while simultaneously playing music and asking Siri to remind you about your dentist appointment next week. Ahh, technology. You've come a long way, baby!
Looking for a themed dinner to eat on St. Patrick's Day? green and gold shamrock shaped pasta ($8) is an easy and tasty homage to the holiday. Granted, it's technically more Italian than Irish, but it certainly beats the alternative: corned beef and cabbage. Blech!
Oh, boy. We just spent a few days fiddling around with the iTrackMyTime App ($2). Simple in both design and function, it helps us track and record how we spend our time. We now know the exact breakdown of how we split our hours between working, surfing the web, preparing meals, watching Netflix, sleeping, commuting, and more. We thought that maybe charting everything would help us be more productive and efficient, but so far it's just gotten us annoyed at how quickly time spent waiting in lines adds up.
Cream shadows are always a gamble, but we still throw down the cashola because when they're good, they're really good. Illamasqua's Cream Pigment ($26) delivers with an unrivaled fierceness. It's a long-lasting shadow that doesn't fade or feather, and the color is especially vivid when applied with a firm hand.
You'd think by now we'd be better at remembering to charge our phones before leaving the house, but we don't even want to admit how often we've seen our battery inconveniently die in the past month alone. For those many times when you find yourself without your charger or an electrical outlet, the Smartphone Charging Wallet ($80) is a great backup plan for your purse. Holding two hours of battery life for your phone, this multi-purpose wallet will have you back up and playing Words With Friends in no time.
Here's our dilemma: can we wear these Kate Spade New York jeans ($198) with a polka-dot top? Will we look like a fun fashion tribute to Yayoi Kusama or will we risk comparisons to big top performers? It's a terrifying possibility. They'd probably be okay with a dark top with small dots to balance it all out...but maybe we'll play it safe and pair this with a colorful top with a different pattern - maybe some stripes or a plaid?
During today's segment of drop-dead-gorgeous-things-that-are-ridiculously-unaffordable, we bring you Valentino's Long-Sleeve Embroidered Bambolina Dress ($6,690). Swoon. The mesh skater dress is adorned with intricate embroidery in golds and peaches. We would Aspire/Acquire this if we could, but even after digging into the far reaches of the internet, we're left empty-handed. It's definitely a difficult-to-replicate design.
Farfalle is most definitely the best pasta shape (though we've always just called them bow ties), and we're not too mature to pass up these Farfalloni Pot Grips ($18). Cooking up a big plate of pasta is one of our favorite activities, and these clever silicone handles only make it more fun. Wanna come over and scarf down some carbs with us?