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  1. old school

    November 1, 2011 by thelillinator

    i love anthropologie. i love their clothes, i love their accessories, i love their home department! love love love! their new november catalog has a couple really interesting old school meets new technology pieces for the home. there’s an iphone victrola, which i like the idea of a lil bit more than the reality of it and an ipad typewriter. we sold our ipad because it was so hideously hard to type on so i’m very partial to this usb connected typewriter concoction. not enough to get a new ipad, mind you, but enough to, you know, write about it. :P


  2. quack

    January 20, 2011 by thelillinator

    thanks to the canadian wonder that is david’s tea, i am now fully on board the (frou frou) tea train. much as how i like my coffee the sweeter the better, so i also like my tea. when there are options like buttered rum, pumpkin chai (seasonal), and creamy earl grey how can you refuse? of course with tea comes tea accessories, which i’m just now discovering (note- no mugs for work; just being honest, i’ll never wash them). i came across the cutest rubber ducky tea infuser on fredflare.com! the tea strainer/steeper is attached to the bottom of the duck so all you see is a little yellow birdie floating in your cup. and when you need to remove the leaves from your mug? why there’s a convenient holder for your infuser that’s fashioned to look like water so your duck never has to waddle onto dry land. well hello there ducky friend, i think i shall call you fred.


  3. i’m not a flower kind of girl

    January 25, 2010 by thelillinator

    i like the look of fresh flowers but even maintaining something that’s already basically dying is too much for me. i always leave bouquets in vases for too long…to the point that the water turns murky, starts to smell, and then i want to just throw out the vase with the flowers because i’m too afraid to confront what i might have let grow in the vase. these cute lil vases though may be right up my alley. only enough room for a flower or two, not transparent so i don’t know if something’s growing or not…the lil clould and heart openings are just too cute!


  4. tasty

    January 8, 2010 by thelillinator

    i already have pretty adorable salt and pepper shakers (they’re lil figurines that hug each other. one’s white, like The Boyfriend, and one’s yellow, like me), but i’m not sure i can pass up this bird house set.


  5. explain to me this

    December 21, 2009 by thelillinator

    what is the point of these ultra fancy knives? i assume these are not cheese knives where the extra holes/engraved areas are supposed to help cut things.


  6. butter makes it better

    November 17, 2009 by thelillinator

    The Boyfriend and i are currently using a hand-me-down butter dish from his parents, which is retro/kitchy cute. i’d have to say though, that i feel like there’s a major design flaw in that it’s shaped like a bowl with a lid, which can make scooping out butter a bit messy. i spied a a glass butter dish at posh that i liked because it was a flat dish with a domed lid. anthropologie has just bested them though. not only does it have the flat dish with domed lid shape, but it’s supercute with a lil lady drawn onto it. happy birthday/merry christmas? (hint, it also comes in yellow, which i like a lil better.)

    anthropologie milkmaid butter dish


  7. i need a new jewelry stand

    October 19, 2009 by thelillinator

    my oversized necklaces, oversized rings, and long dangly earrings have finally amassed to the point where i need more jewelry storage. they’re currently scattered about the top of my dresser, fairly well organized for the rings and necklaces (ah, dustbags, or whatever baby versions for jewelry are called) but my earrings are a tangled mess. paige, over at purely paige jewelry posted a link to a unique feather-quills-in-sand-filled-vase jewelry stand from pottery barn that reminded me that there are pretty ways to organize and display your jewelry. the stands exist for more than store displays alone! i don’t have that much room on my dresser for a stand and a wall mounted one isn’t an option because i’m short, my dresser’s tall, and straining to reach an accessory too early in the morning most likely means i just will go without.

    i’ve narrowed down my options to these, the key being a place to hang earrings, the best part being they’re all under $60. thoughts?

    i like the dishes that can hold rings or studs and the edges of the dishes can have earrings hang off of them

    i like the dishes that can hold rings or studs and the edges of the dishes can have earrings hang off of them

    the most promising choices are from urban outfitters:

    urban outfitters spinning bird jewelry stand

    comes in white as well, but i am really digging the blue

    again, nice to have the flat space but this one doesn't spin

    flat space is a good thing but this one doesn't spin


  8. random cambria cove

    October 13, 2009 by thelillinator

    antigua crystal earrings goldin a nice twist of mass mailing list buying, i randomly got a catalog for cambria cove. never heard of them before but i like what i see so far. they call themselves “the exceptional gift experience” to give you an idea of what they sell. it’s everything from jewelry to home fragrance, stationary to tableware. pieces i found of particular note (aka my birthday is just a lil over a month away):

    antigua crystal earrings in gold by virgins, saints, and angels (um, awesome name!) the ornate 24k gold shield over the swarovski crystal gives some edge to feminine drop earrings

    archangel cuff goldarchangel cuff, also by virgins, saints, and angels. i must be having a gold moment. and a bracelet moment even though i don’t wear them. maybe if someone buys it for me, i will! again, it’s the contrast between the big bad cuff and the delicate, intricate scrollwork that sweeps me away into the fairytale land that i like to pretend life should be.

    antigua horizontal pendant silverlast but not least the in the jewelry department is the antigua horizontal pendant, once again, by virgins, saints, and angels. it’s not as ornate as the other offerings i’ve mentioned, but maybe it’s that simplicity that’s appealing. the clarity of the single large crystal is the focal point and it suggests that vsa is no one trick pony. i’m going to need to do some research on these folks because i like them. i really really like them.

    when i wandered over to the travel and home section i ipouch walletfound the clever lil ipouch wallet by knomo. right now in my big herkin bag, i carry a small evening size skull and crossbone embroidered bag to slip out of the carryall with the essentials for the quick jaunt for either lunch, coffee, or errand. however, i have to carry my iphone separately since it’s more trouble than it’s worth to try to make it fit into my purse. even so, this is far better than what i see my coworkers do; carrying clutches (which i find so unfunctional to carry around) or a myriad of different tidbits separately that they need for a short trip to the food court, i.e. wallet, phone, and badge. the ipouch nearly solves for all of that. it fits an iphone or blackberry, has slots for your essential cards/ids/badges, and even has a coin compartment, which since barely anyone uses cash anymore, you can stick a small chapstick/lipstick/lip gloss into, i’m sure. the best part is the fact that this all-in-0ner also has a bracelet lanyard attachment so you can sling it around your wrist whilst you juggle your coffee and pastry with both hands.


  9. creepy

    October 9, 2009 by thelillinator

    i know someone out there who would totally dig this, but i still maintain that bugs are gross. even bugs in glass. even $8,500 bugs in glass. will. not. touch.

    nm insect lab specimen artwork


  10. why is a giant tin of popcorn considered an adequate holiday gift?

    October 7, 2009 by thelillinator

    nm customized cupcake carthe neiman marcus christmas book came out yesterday. per the usual there were some outlandish offerings like his and hers aircraft and, um, cupcake cars. they even went as pedestrian as a tin of popcorn (seriously, explain that one to me). here is my christmas list are my highlights.nm ugg embossed metallic ankle boot

    a couple of things that are actually feasible are the metallic embossed ankle high uggs (i don’t need another pair…but they’re metallic…and i don’t have a natural colored pair…). i think it’s because i’m still searching for the perfect pair. i’ve got 2 pairs of knee high uggs, one that i wear schlepping outside in the mornings with the pups, and one that are a bit more snow bunny and i like to wear with skirts/dresses or skinny jeans/leggings. i’ve also got a pair of short uggs that i had hoped would free me of any tightness around my calves, but surprisingly they are of no help in that arena. these uggs with the button look more flexible. oh, and i’ve got a pair of the cardys that i haven’t worn yet. maybe i’ll break them out tomorrow. i should do that before the weather turns too soggy to wear them outside. must now ponder outfit possibilities…

    nm gucci wool scarvesmore than the uggs though, i want a gucci scarf! i’ve paid around $200+ for my burberry cashmere scarf, so i’m okay with the price point, but i do take some exception to the fact that this gucci scarf isn’t even cashmere! boo hiss. but i guess the black on grey logo makes up for it. ;)

    nm nambe vasesa couple other things “within reach” but are pretty low on my priority list are these nambe vases (i like the round one the best) since i rarely keep any fresh flowers around. when The Boyfriend and i were selling our place in queen anne, i kept a bouquet of fresh flowers around, and while i recognize it was a really nice touch…fresh flowers are expensive (and messy) to keep up! whatevs, are these vases considered modern? if they are, that’s how i like modern; in small doses.

    nm iphone casethe other trinket i liked was a very chic lil iphone case that instantly made me go, “oooh!” it completely encloses your iphone, disguising any fashionista’s inner technophile so that it looks like she’s just carrying around another wallet/clutch. so yeah, thinking about it that way makes this case seem completely awesome and must-have. however, after getting past the initial “oooh!” reaction, i realized this is completely impractical. how annoying would it be to have to open up the case every time you get a phone call to check the caller id? further, the photo doesn’t give you any sort of inkling of whether or not the case’s hinge allows the front cover to be folded back while actually speaking on the phone. or perhaps the assumption is that you would already have your bluetooth earpiece enabled? and if that is true, wtf? walking around with an earpiece completely negates any chic points earned by this case. fashion+function, designers!

    nm matthew campbell laurenza banglesso, i am not a bracelet person but this turquoise on black color scheme on these matthew campbell enamel bangles is really appealing. i’m especially fond of the second from the bottom with the big wave on it. not more-than-a-grand fond, but more like admire-from-afar-as-pretty-art fond. oy.

    my absolute winner for this year’s christmas book? this red and black houndstooth alexander mcqueen sweater dress (that is somehow only a few hundred dollars more than one of those darned bracelets!). and how nice is it that the houndstooth pattern contours the waist and bustline to flatter one’s silhouette in (what i find to be) the notoriously uncomplimentary fit of knits. but if anyone feels like spending $1,600 on this dress for me, i’ll work my booty off to make sure i look good in it!

    nm alexander mcqueen dress