Stephanie wrote: "I saw your request for unique Personal Shopper, so here is one from me... I love bunnies, but have a beautiful, grown up, well decorated house. I would love to incorporate a rabbit here and there into my decor, but I need to be able to show my husband some items that aren't too childish. And prove to my mom that I can in fact use some bunnies in my home without looking twelve. My house is a little shabby chic with a modern edge, and I am not afraid of color."
Hi Stephanie! First things first - consensus among editors seems to be that to avoid the childish associations, we should avoid the word "bunnies". These are rabbits and they are sophisticated! With a little help from Marian the Contrarian, I've put together a handful of rabbit regalia that I think will fit the bill. You might also have some luck checking out vintage rabbit home decor on Etsy - I set that search up to exclude everything that includes the word "Easter" to avoid the pink and pastel stuff.
1. Spode Woodland Rabbit Sandwich Tray ($50)
2. imm Living Rabbit Soap Dispenser ($26)
3. Sterling Industries Set of 2 Running Rabbit Finials ($68)
4. Decoylab Bunny Modern Animal Clock ($70)
5. Lava Rabbit Etching Pillow ($42)
6. Rabbit Forestry Hook ($22)
7. Moooi Rabbit Table Lamp ($486)
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Mitchy here: I'd be happy to never put on another pair of pants. What this means for you is that I love all kinds of casual dress shopping. I also love making costumes, and retro-kitschy home decor. And though I'm one of many at Outblush, I'd like to think I am the Grand Poobah of cat ladies.
Diary of Edward the Hamster 1990-1990 ($12) is a quick read - an adult picture book, if you will - but the existential crisis of Edward may haunt you for days to come. Much like I Am A Cat, Edward's tale brings an animal's perspective to the banality of the human existence - but in about six hundred fewer pages and with a sense of black humor that's a little more relatable than turn-of-the-twentieth-century Japan.
Full disclosure: Outblush received a review copy of this book.
Forget holiday diamonds; Burberry is on our wish list this year! We'd be happy campers to find the Small Check Strap Watch ($495) in our stockings. The chances of that happening? Technically, that's up to Santa, but we're not gonna bank on it, even though we've been really good this year, we swear!
Nothing makes you want to hop on that diet train quite like chafed thighs, but we've got something that may make you feel happier about those lady curves. Bandelettes ($11) are comfortable, stretchy and surprisingly sexy bands designed to protect that tender, easily irritated skin. Keep the booty, lose the rash.
We love the idea of riding our bikes more often - at least, until we actually strap on essential but dorky-looking helmets, head out into the cold, and realize we have to get off and push to get up the first hill. These Bicycle Book Ends ($56) keep the bike where it belongs: with the ideas.
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Geez, if you wanted to memorize which wires go where, you would have trained to be a bomb specialist! With the Wagan Tech Easy Quick Jumper ($20), if you ever need a jump, all you have to know is that it goes in the cigarette lighter socket. There's even a label for which end goes in your car!
Just when we thought we had every possible color of pump, we stumble upon these babies. Aldo's Baulch ($55 on sale) in light green print look like some sort of high fashion camouflage. We'll take them!
It's hard to play House with Star Wars LEGOs... not impossible, but hard. These LEGO DUPLO Creative Cakes ($22) solve the problem by converting homemaking toys into the classic LEGO structure...it's all just plastic, anyway, right?
Want to have real cred as a DJ? Stop spinning Fatboy Slim and don this ultimate audiophile accessory: The Phono Drop Pendant ($250). Made with sterling silver details and an actual, hand-cut piece of record vinyl, this teeny-tiny deck is a perfect way of showing the world you know the difference between dubstep and dubstyle.
We guess that anchor's on there because of the "swear like a sailor" idiom. It's a bold statement on this tee ($40), but there are certainly days when that's how we feel. (And those days seem to be more frequent this time of year!)
"Pssh! I don't need some hoity-toity kitchen utensil like the Stainless Steel Lid and Spoon Rest ($19). I'll just make do with my simple ways."
...Yeah, we'll remember you said that next time you've got the lid in one hand, the spoon in the other, and you can't quite figure out your next move.
Your uninvited ex shows up at your wedding rehearsal? Yikes! And then he goes on a killing spree ending with you? Talk about awkward! The First Things First Print ($50) commemorates the romantic comedy of errors Kill Bill in Max Dalton's characteristic style.
Unfortunately, we don't think there are enough wishing stars in the sky to make the Jimmy Choo Candy Star Clutch ($995) an affordable accessory option. The Gold Star Zippered Pouch ($25), from NaraRha, however, gives off the same badass rockstar vibe for a whopping $970 less than its designer friend.
And, as always, if you've got something you love that's out of your reach, email us and we'll find you some more budget-friendly lookalikes for a future Aspire/Acquire feature!
A master photographer uses only the finest lenses to create pictures that are works of art...but you just want your hamburger photo to not be blurry. The Easy Macro Cell Lens Band ($15) is the cheap and fast way to boost the level of detail in your phone photos...just snap it onto your phone like a rubber band!
Well that settles that. Santa, we always knew you were real! (Although, if you wanted to leave a few cute pairs of briefs under the tree, we actually wouldn't mind too much. Is that weird?)
When You Stop Believing Ornament ($5) by Primitives by Kathy