You may have noticed that we're hardly perpetual rays of sunshine around here, but even so, we seem to spend a lot of our time enthusing about one gewgaw or another. Doubtblush exists to make it clear that we do not, in fact, like everything.
Really, why would you ever get a set of regular ol' green Wilson tennis balls when you could get a pack of leopard print tennis balls ($22 for 3), packaged in a container adorned with a Swarovski crystal? As the packaging helpfully points out, leopards are big cats that have the ability to run fast, leap far, and jump high - and so obviously these great abilities will be transferred to you through the power of a pack of overpriced tennis balls with leopard spots printed on them. Makes sense to us! But seriously, we can't think of any reason to buy these, unless you've got a super pampered dog that only plays with leopard print toys.
How do you get that nerdy guy you've been crushing on to finally pull his head out of his comic book and notice you? With a full-body Wonder Woman costume, of course! Or you could start with something a little more sensible: a Comic Babe Bodysuit ($14). The lightweight top will flatter your figure, but it'll be the Marvel animation that really gets his attention.
Man, this James Harrison Settee ($1099) is so beautiful, we're not sure we could bring ourselves to sit on it. Simply put, our mortal butts aren't worthy of its tall back, interesting lines, or dignified gray color.
Keeping hors d'oeuvres chilled is usually a losing game at our parties, so we're positively melting for the Prodyne On Ice Revolving Appetizer Tray ($42). This genius contraption lets us keep our finger foods over a bed of ice so that they will still taste fresh even after sitting out for an hour. The veggies will stay crisp, the salami will stay moist, and the shrimp will... oh, who the hell are we kidding? The shrimp are always gone within five minutes anyway.
Truth - we were drawn to this All in One Bag ($105) because that color is straight out of the Outblush color palette. However, if you're looking for a good carryall clutch that also slips into your purse and doesn't scream WHOA PINK, you could go for a nice nude, black, or any of the other six colors offered for this perfect little bag. Purse-onally, we believe life is more fun lived in the WHOA PINK realm.
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Obviously a unicorn's horn is its greatest source of power, which must be the secret behind the mythical beasts' ridiculously gorgeous manes. Now we're not saying that A Beautiful Life did anything untoward in order to get some of that magic, but they must have some secret we don't know about and must have incorporated it into their Unicorn's Mane Smoothing Serum ($16), which, when applied, leaves a trail of rainbow and sparkles whenever we do a hair flip.
Agh, look! You've got a centipede crawling on your...oh, wait. No, sorry, that's just your Nora Spine Hand Harness ($42). Forgive us.
Whether you have a child who you barely trust to handle your iPad or you're just accident-prone yourself, the iPad Shock Resistant Case & Stand ($35) could save your precious tablet from imminent destruction. Smartly designed, the case's handle doubles as a stand to prop the iPad up for your viewing pleasure. Admittedly, the bulky structure takes away from the compactness of the iPad, but the next time you drop it on the ground - and you know there's going to be a next time, butterfingers - you'll be so glad you have it.
Now when you run out of space inside of your Elaine Turner Lily Cork Handbag ($278), you can just use pushpins to tack stuff on the outside. Genius!
Despite the popularity of Taylor Swift and her bubbly pop anthems, another sub-genre of country music is garnering attention these days. Musical duo the Civil Wars instead sing about angst, disappointment, and love gone sour. Singers Joy Williams and John Paul White met at a writing camp back in 2008 and recognized the rare musical chemistry that existed between them during their session together. In 2011 they released their first studio album, Barton Hallow, receiving critical acclaim and snagging multiple Grammys.
The duo continues to gain popularity despite going on hiatus in 2012 at the height of their musical careers. They cited "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" and this tension is sharply depicted in their newest album, The Civil Wars ($11). It seems the band has lived up to its name, with singer John Paul White recently accepting the Grammy for their song "From This Valley" without Williams present. The entire album is worth a listen, especially standout tracks like "Same Old Same Old" and "Dust to Dust." Also included is a stripped-down cover of "Disarm" by The Smashing Pumpkins that will make you wish they named their band something less self-fulfilling, like Let's Play Music Together Forever.
Sometimes you're just not in the mood for underwires and itchy straps. Throw on this Striped Bralette ($14) for the ultimate in comfort. It's cute and casual, and with so many shirts these days made out of partially sheer material (cue the part where we clutch our pearls), this accessory will do nicely as an appropriate undergarment that may even enhance your top layer with its bold stripes.
We like to claim that a warm cup of tea keeps our evenings feeling cozy and serene, and most nights, it does. But occasionally, we have ridiculously stressful days that call for something stronger. When that happens, we sip a stiff drink or two from the Whisky in a Teacup ($48) by Yvonne Ellen.
The quote on this Dorothy Parker Flask ($27) is most definitely true, but several swigs of the good stuff from its covert place in your clutch while you're at a dry wedding may just be worth the next-day headache.
If you've birthed a child from your loins in the last few years, we bet you're already well-acquainted with Cloud b, the company behind the über-popular-with-wee-ones Twilight Turtle. They've recently released the more compact Twinkles To Go Octo ($20). With a serene glow, twinkling stars, and a soothing bubbly sound, it'll give you the bedtime advantage over your toddler when you're away from home. Mom wins again!
C is for cookies, and TM is for trademark, which is why, we imagine, this shirt depicts a Cookie Monster-ish monster, not the actual, one and only singing sweet muncher. So if you would say that you feelings about cookies are that they are "good-ish" and that if you see a plate of cookies in your vicinity, your reaction time is "fast-ish", then this mi cielo t-shirt ($31) is for you.