Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ringly vibrates when your phone wants to alert you

Most of the new wearable tech gadgets like the exercise trackers and watches have been, frankly, ugly. And male-focused. 

That is why I am especially happy to see this useful and pretty design called Ringly.
My favorite version: $180 Ringly in Emerald (preorder price)

It's a ring you wear that vibrates in a few different patterns to let you know when you have an alert on your phone. You can set it to vibrate for different things, like a call or a text or a calendar appointment.

It looks like a normal cocktail ring with gold plating over brass and a big stone.

You can choose the stone you want from onyx, pink sapphire, moonstone, and emerald. The FAQs say that they are ethically sourced as well.

Don't get too pumped about the quality of the stones, I can tell even from the small pics on their website that the sapphire and emerald are really low grade. There are cracks and opacity and lack of luster. Onyx and moonstone are cheap anyway so those look shinier.
But anyway, this isn't as much about buying a sparkling high carat gem as it is finding a nice consumer-grade accessory.
$145 Ringly in onyx (preorder price)

I really like this idea because it would allow me to keep my phone on silent instead of vibrate, and not worry about phantom bag vibrations.
Also, often I will just not notice the vibration or ringtone if my phone is in another room. With the ring on, I wouldn't miss any calls.

The battery lasts 2 days and then you recharge it by putting in it its box and plugging that into a usb charger.
Looks like you can wash your hands with it on but not soak it, but that's still pretty good.

It works with Android or iOS but not blackberry or windows phones.
If you pre-order now, it will come in Fall.

Cool, no?

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sheet set for <$25

I am sure everyone has Bed Bath and Beyond 20% off coupons sitting around in their house or at least in their junk email like me.
Now might be a time to dig one out.

There are these Wamsutta 400 thread count sheet sets on sale and you can get a queen set for $29.99 and with a coupon that comes down to $24.
Not bad!

$24 Wamsutta® 400 Thread Count Barrato Hem Sheet Set (queen)

I like the double bar decoration. I think I'd get these in the gray or black. Actually, all of the colors are good and would go well with most colors I can think of.

I'm debating to myself whether I need another sheet set (the answer is probably not) since this looks like such a good deal.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tree magnets

$10 Forest for your fridge

How cute are these little magnets?
They are made of exotic wood slices and little fake trees.
I think they would make a great hostess gift if someone has you over for a nice dinner party, or just a good any time gift to give me for existing.

You can get the trees in dark or light green, I like the dark better. More realistic and such.
I especially like the ones with layers of different wood. The description says the woods will vary but I hope they put at least one of those cool layered ones in each box of 3.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Signs that I am gardening too much...

I've been on all sorts of gardening and plant websites recently, hoping that the huge amount of rain we've been getting will lead to spectacular growth for my plants and seedlings. 
And I have come across something I had no idea existed. 

BEHOLD, THE MELON CRADLE! 

$10 for 6 melon cradles

Yeah, it's a piece of plastic that you can put your melon on as it grows to protect the bottom from the ground.

I love my plants, but I am not sure I would buy bras for them.

Supposedly, they help keep the melon from rotting or, god forbid, being kinda flat on one side like the head of a baby who only sleeps on its back.

MILLION DOLLAR IDEA:
Melon cradles but for your "melon up top," aka your head.
Pitch: Do you deform your child's skull and have him look weird in profile photos just to keep him from suffocating while sleeping? Well now you can not kill your kid AND have his head look nice and round with Rebecca's patented Baby Melon Cradle.

Who is underwriting my new business?
Thank you.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Solar system lollipops

These look so cool.
I know I don't like lollipops but I am so tempted:

$22 Solar system lollipop set

There are 10 in the set,
"Go on a voyage through our sweet solar system which tastes surprisingly delicious. This 10-piece lollipop set is completely edible and includes the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto (Yes, Pluto. Take that Mike Brown!)."
They come in guava, blackberry, cherry, cotton candy (YUCKKKK) or strawberry.
It's too bad that the different planets aren't different flavors, you have to order all of them in 1 flavor.
I'd prob get strawberry or blackberry.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

3 cute one piece bathing suits on ModCloth

$80 Queen Bay one piece swimsuit

This bathing suit falls under my favorite category of eveningwear as swimwear. The elegant shoulders! The belt! The cut of the neck!
So pretty. And very Joan from Mad Men, no?
I like how you can wear the straps off the shoulder like this or you can pull them up into more of a V neck if you want more support.
It gets good ratings and is not that expensive (unlike some really pretty suits I just couldn't bring myself to buy)

$121 From Pier to There Scandale one piece swimsuit

The scallop design done in black dots and the black trim and halter on this bathing suit really accentuate the bust line and bring the eye right to that area, so I would recommend it to someone less endowed. The back is nicely full coverage too, if you are butt-shy.

PS- do you notice how this is the same model as the first pic? They use her A LOT. And they just keep putting wigs on her and stuff. It's a little eerie when you first realize it. WITNESS: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... 

$38 Off to the Ocean one piece swimsuit

Super cheap option! And very cool. I like the lightning digital print. Some day I think we will look back on these photo prints clothes with disdain, but today is not that day! I still love them. And lightning while you are swimming?? DANGEROUS!
I am a big fan of how low the back is on this suit. Some one pieces are really high in the back and I'm like hey, I don't need to cover it ALL up...

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Etsy Find of the Day: Rough Diamond earrings

$80 Rough Diamond Drop Earrings

I love these rough diamond earrings from Etsy store of Kate Szabone, a jeweler working out of Toronto.

These earrings have a sterling silver bar which goes through the ear, connected to a silver box chain. At the end of the chain are 4 rough diamonds and a faceted polished silver bead for contrast.
I like the way the bead highlights the gray color and tiny edges of the uncut diamonds.

These are really elegant and would look great with a flowy black silk dress or just a cardigan, tank and jeans. They are delicate but have enough presence to not need to wear a necklace or any other jewelry when you have them on.

Plus, with the flexible chain going through your ear, you could easily talk on the phone or sleep in them without them stabbing your head.

I also like the longer version with even more diamonds shown in this picture on the right, but it looks like they are no longer available :(

Friday, March 28, 2014

The new plant I am obsessed with: Aeonium "zwartkop" aka Black Rose

As many of you know, I've become totally into succulents recently.
I've been propagating my own from leaves, and buying them at little plant stores at an alarming rate.
Our dining room table is almost fully covered with plant experiments of mine.

BUT! I am not done. I want another!
When I first saw the aeonium arboreum zwartkop in person, I thought it must be dyed because it was so dark.
Also the stem is so thick and the roots are so tiny and dinky that I still don't understand how it lives.

It has really dark purple, almost black leaves on a thick woody stem. The leaves form rosettes that look like flowers but they aren't! In effect, it looks like it is always blooming weird dark flowers on bare stems. Very goth.
There are yellow flowers that do appear and make the plant look even more bizarre to me.



I can't seem to find one in my local plant stores, though I am sure if I went back to the flower district on 28th st and 6th ave I could find one.
So I took to the internet and it seems like Etsy and Ebay are the places to buy. Unfortunately, there really isn't much selection on Amazon which sucks because I love Amazon and I get to shop free there with my AmEx points.

Here are some listings I have been looking at:

Etsy option that looks more purple than black but it seems healthy. You get a rooted plant.


A blacker, more rose-like version that I really like. It might be my favorite. You get a rooted cutting.

This guy on Etsy has a bunch of plants and can customize your order, it seems. I am tempted by these larger plants with well established roots.


This one is from Ebay and looks like the pot comes with a 3" plant. I am not sure if that means it is a cutting or if it is rooted.


Another Ebay option, and you get a 6" stem cutting from this plant that is not rooted.

Finally, this group from Amazon includes 4 plants in little pots. Cute!


Separately, I also love this weirdo plant:
These look like little birds in a nest opening their mouths, don't they?



Thursday, March 27, 2014

Word to the Wise: Lots of sample sales starting today in NYC!



Messeca
Deal: 70% to 80% off women's fall and spring shoes, including fall and spring flats, sandals, wedges, heels, and boots.
When/Where: Thursday, March 27 through Friday, March 28. Daily 10am—7pm. 78 Fifth Ave between W. 13th and W. 14th Sts, ninth floor (no phone)


Nonoo
Deal: Up to 70% off retail prices for womenswear, with samples starting at $50.
When/Where: Thursday, March 27 through Friday, March 28. Daily 9am—8pm. 611 Broadway between Bleecker and Houston Sts, suite 309 (no phone)


OXO
Deal: Deep discounts on kitchenware, cookware, and cleaning equipment, with prices starting at $1. Bring a shopping bag (one will not be provided).
When/Where: Thursday, March 27 through Friday, March 28. Daily 10am—5pm. 601 W. 26th St between Eleventh and Twelfth Aves, tenth floor (no phone)


David Yurman
Deal: Up to 70% off retail prices on jewelry. See the Racked.com report from the last sale here for what to expect.
When/Where: Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30. Thurs 3pm—8pm, Fri—Sat 10am—7pm, Sun 11am—5pm. The Altman Building, 135 W. 18th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-741-3400)


Are you excited for any of them?
I might hit the OXO sale.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The best hot sauce is Yellowbird from Austin, TX

Recently, I was down in Texas for SXSW Edu (no, not the fun music one), and I had the chance to eat many many breakfast tacos.

The little gourmet grocery store near the downtown convention center, called Royal Blue, was excellent and had the coconut water I love and also migas breakfast tacos all wrapped in foil and ready to go.
They also had a hot sauce bar where you could add things before you left, and that is where I discovered Yellowbird.

The sauce is made of habaneros, so it is definitely spicy, but it has a great fruity flavor and a thick texture like Sriracha. I loved it!
They sold it at Royal Blue for $10 but I didn't want to have to check a bag on the way home so I passed.

My last morning there, I knew it would be a while until I got the hot sauce again so I really loaded up my taco. I wrapped it back up and took it to my first session, where I sat in back and bit in.
Holy crap, I almost died. Turns out, you can't really make up for lost time by having all your hot sauce at once.

Despite that, I still loved it and when I got home I ordered some online.
The shipping costs more than the bottle of hot sauce itself, which makes me a little crazy, but it is worth it.


$8 Yellowbird Sauce

One of the best things about it is the squeeze bottle, but on their website it says they are moving to a glass bottle next month for preservation purposes. So get one now!

I was thinking of ordering a whole case now so I could have a lot of squeeze bottles, but E reminded me that I wouldn't be able to go through them very quickly and by that time the perishability which necessitates them moving to the glass might come into play.


Here are the ingredients, and why it has so much flavor:
• Carrots
• Onions
• Habanero Peppers
• Distilled Vinegar
• Tangerines
• Limes
• Garlic
• Kosher Salt
• Organic Evaporated Cane Juice (also known as organic sugar)
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