Best luggage tag ever

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Dilemma: you’re traveling and checking luggage. What address do you put on the tag — for the destination or for your home base? I’m always torn and have taken to putting pieces of paper in every pocket of my luggage with my destination and home addresses, phone numbers, and email, in case the luggage is lost. I feel like a crazy person when I do this, but until I saw this Smythson luggage tag I didn’t know what else to do.

Check it out – destination info on one side, home info on the other. Such a “duh.”  I bought one. Yes, it’s expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind.

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Hard (drive) lessons

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My tiny, gorgeous, G Tech mini external hard drive died suddenly over the weekend. It was six months old, was used for weekly back ups only, as well as storage for my entire iTunes library. It had a long life ahead of it – quite sad. But still under warranty so I should be covered, right?

Wrong. G Tech won’t restore the drive, only replace it. Restoring the drive is completely up to me, at a cost of $900+.  Kind of ironic that a company created to keep your data safe/secure/intact won’t step up when their products fail. Especially while under warranty.

No more G Tech for me. The sympathetic guy at Tekserve (who has seen this G Tech movie many, many times) suggested Glyph instead. Why? They’ll restore any data you lose while under warranty. They look cool, too:

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It’s not just for whiskey

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The Glencairn glass is the classic whiskey sipping glass but, as I found out recently, it’s also a great glass for apertifs. At the St. Regis in Washington, DC, I was served something called Cocchi Americano in this glass. I’d never heard of it, but there’s a great explanation of this lemony vermouth-like spirit here.  Trust me, it’s great, and it’s not expensive. But back to the glass – it’s great, and not expensive, and best yet, fits in those crazy non-adjustable NYC kitchen shelves.

The glass looks like this, costs around $10, and you can buy it here.

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Cocchi Americano looks like this, around $18-$20 a bottle, and you can buy it here.

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The lip stuff you need for crazy cold weather

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My lips are currently a dry, at times very chapped, mess. Thank you winter weather. I have  searched high and low for the right lip stuff that will deal with this more-serious-than-usual problem. And last week, thanks to Bite beauty, I did.

It’s their new Agave Lip Mask. It is packed with natural goodness, including organic agave, jojoba oil, pharmaceutical grade lanolin and, my personal favorite, reservatrol (who doesn’t love an antioxidant?!).  At $26 it’s not cheap, but at this point I’ll pay anything for something that works. And this really does. Buy it here.

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Crazy expensive but awesome laundry detergent

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I never thought I’d tell anyone to spend $45 on laundry detergent, but after using the Le Labo Rose 31 signature detergent by The Laundress, I’m converted. First – it smells nothing like those awful artificial rose scents. This is fresh and light and surprisingly masculine.The description from their site reads: “This 31-ingredient combination is designed to be both feminine and masculine. Le Labo Rose 31 is a chorus of warm, spicy, woody notes such as cumin, olibanum, and cedar, touched by a hint of amber, surrounding a centifolia rose scent.

Second – that scent lingers in whatever you washed, and is really lovely. Now – I was given this bottle ages ago, forgot about it, and grudgingly used it when I was recently out of my other stuff and desperate. I now have a problem, as I’m in love with $45 laundry detergent, which has created a new category in my household: special occasion detergent, not to be used on just anything.

Check it out here. They also have their famous Santal scent available as detergent as well.

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Gift of the day: tea party

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Shark tea infuser — kitschy but cool for the right person. $12 here.


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Gift of the day: Michele Quan hanging bells

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Michele was a partner in Me + Ro jewelry, but since going out on her own has been making what I think are really cool ceramics, in her Williamsburg studio. Her hanging bells are a favorite. And they’re now on sale!

The extra small version, below, is $45.

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These small, teardrop-shaped versions are $65.

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And the big ones are $95.

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Gift of the day: a DeVera exclusive

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Porcelain with food safe 24k gold plating, produced by Tse & Tse, exclusive to de Vera 2013. $95 – $250, (212) 625-0838 (no e-commerce), 1 Crosby Street (corner Howard Street).

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Gift of the day: cool clay

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Josh Herman’s ceramic vases are handmade in Cali — this particular design is only $65 and comes in 8 different glazes/colors. See them here.

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Gift of the day: Zooperpets

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Extra large, wool felt, awesome Squirrel and Rhino designs by by WhatWeDo (Denmark). Available at Gretel Home, $89 each.

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