Friday, December 29, 2006

Dream Jean

If there is one thing were all picky about, it's finding the perfect pair of jeans. Look no further...

Raven Denim's Sierra Trouser combines control (for those of us who need it) with a stretchy softness that makes them feel more like pajamas and less like denim. The back pockets are accented with a small button and are placed on the butt...not 3 inches below like some other brands of jeans (achem...True Religion). My point? They flatter and give a roundness to the tush...what a concept!

Since we're a few years into the sticker shock of what jeans cost, it won't come as a surprise that it'll take about $240 bucks to snag a pair...but they're so worth it.

I bought my pair here in Los Angeles at UNA, but there are tons of online stores offering all kinds of Raven Denim.

Buy Online:
Genetic Wear
Blue Bee Boutique

Thursday, December 21, 2006

It's A Small World Afterall

As I mentioned in my last post, I live in a teeny house in West Hollywood, so I am always looking for ways to get organized. Wired did a piece on an East Village store that's taking "tiny" to a while new level.

Created as a response to new york city’s cramped living conditions, Tiny Living is geared to provide solutions for small spaces. They have basics including a tiny iron, tiny juicer, tiny lamp and the most space efficient toilet paper holders I've ever seen. Don't be too weirded out though, you can also pick up some normal size items that are simply better options for a petite living space.

Finally, us urban-ites have a place to shop for out little abodes!

Tiny Living
125 East 7th St.
(b/w 1st Ave & Ave A)
New York, NY 10009

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Bamboo to the Rescue!

I live in a house in Los Angeles, which basically means I live in a home that is smaller than most master, we like to call them "bungalows."

While I have actually learned quite well how to live with little or no space, I am always looking for anything to make getting organized that much easier. Thanks to a lead from Apartment Therapy, I am going to check out these cool magnetic bamboo file holders boxes. Seems like the perfect spot for mail or things that are "to-be-filed." Wahoo for bamboo!

Click here to purchase from Solutions for only $24

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Amazing Asian Super Juice!

So I have been hearing about Goji for quite some time now. I bought the berries from Whole Foods and about threw up, so I thought that was the end of my Goji adventure. As it turns out it looks like I am going to be giving it another try.

"A fruity juice that can turn back the clock, shut down cancer cells, supercharge your immune system and rev up your love life." Ok, that sounds a little hokey...ok, way hokey. But what I am finding out is that people who drink this stuff feel and look amazing and scientists and nutritionists are giving it the thumbs up. Shots taken twice a day are jam-packed with antioxidants and amino acids that can help reverse prior damage...whether it's arthritis, cancer or seems to aid in the prevention of all of it.

Hey, it's what Asians have been drinking for 6,000 years! Not too much cancer in that part of the world...count me in!

To Learn More:
ABC News

A few sites you can buy the super juice:
Goji Headquarters
Goji Express

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Rock Out til You Pass Out!

As you might know from previous posts (Babies Everywhere!), I have a lot of little ones in my life...none of which I can claim as my own. Like many people, I find myself always looking for unique gifts to pass along to these precious little peanuts. I have bought books...monogrammed blankets...the predictable silver spoon...and then...there was the sweet sound of Metallica.

Baby Rock Records offers your favorite music re-worked as lullabies for your sweet biscuit's nap time. Nirvana, Coldplay, Radiohead, The Pixies...the collection is great and growing.

In a day when Rolling Stone's onsies are selling like hotcakes, these "works" are the perfect addition to any baby's collection of Einstein DVDs and Shel Silverstein classics.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Gift of College Pride

I hit a wall last year when it was time to give my main squeeze a present for the holidays. A watch? No, he has a nice watch. Some golf gear? No, I don't want to turn him into the Imelda Marcos of golf. A dog? Uh, no. After a lot of thought and heavy meditation, I came up with the perfect gift...

There is nothing more predictable than hanging your college diploma on the wall in your office, right? And lets face it...unless you are a Doctor and went to Harvard, no one really cares. Well, here's a thought...most universities have pretty extensive photo libraries online. With a quick swift of googling, I was deep into the image archives of Texas Tech University (the beau's alma mater). In just under an hour, I found 3 amazing photos that encapsulated the university's history including an action football pic from the 1920s! The order process was easy and cheap...all I had to do was print and fill out a form, fax it back and within a few weeks (and $10 a photo), I had black and white 8x10s of the beautiful Lubbock campus from years past.

The final in hand, I made my way to Aaron Brothers where I picked up a matte and frame for each picture. The whole project costing under $150.

Tip: Be patient and plan ahead...many of the archives are run by students or volunteers and they actually have to create a duplicate of the photo, so it may take a few extra weeks.

(The picture above, which was taken in the 1940s, is from TTU's Winston Reeves Photograph Collection and now proudly hangs in my man's office...go Red Raiders!)

Monday, December 04, 2006

No Antlers This Year!

So, I have a pet. In fact, I have a 17 pound cat. I wish I could say he's just big boned, but he's...well...fat. I have had him on low calorie food for more than 4 years now...he's just meant to be a chunker...end of story.

My point is that I love my cat. He's just over 11 years old and as much as he's a pain in the rear, he's the light of my life. At first I thought it would be kind of funny to have a portrait made of him. You know, like the English Bulldog playing poker. Thankfully, domino magazine introduced me to something even better...personlized silhouettes by Decoron Walls!

For much less than a painted portrait, I can immortalize sweet Rory on a slice of pulled canvas. Decoron's website has all kinds of options. Not only can you make silhouettes, but with prices ranging from $40 to $300 you can take any photo and create a Warhol or Lichtenstein inspired piece of art.

It's about time our furry friends get more exposure than a holiday card!