Feather your nest

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Earlier this year I went to a preview of holiday offerings at One King’s Lane. I completely flipped out over Kristen Leigh Baker’s feather wall hangings, which you can read about in my NYT piece today.  Her One King’s Lane sale is almost sold out now, but you can always peruse her own site. Some examples of her work are below, prices start around $250.

 

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Your new favorite rolling pin…

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…has nothing to do with food. It’s a smaller version of the foam rollers those of us with recurring IT band/tendonitis/assorted workout injuries have a love-hate relationship with. Tiger Tail makes smaller versions of foam rollers that will fit in a carry-on, a backpack, etc.   This has been life changing for me as a frequent traveler, and someone who lives in an apartment so small that using a full sized foam roller requires moving furniture. The 18 inch, shown here, is $34.95 here. There’s also a 11.5″ and a portable 8″ one that you can run with if necessary.

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Because you can never have too many tote bags

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I popped by El Cosmico while I was in Marfa last week. They were having some car show, which wasn’t great, but their shop was beyond great. Lots of things you’d need while staying on a veritable campground, and a bunch of things you just want. Like this bandana tote bag by RTH (El Paso native, now in LA). It’s not the most useful tote – no interior pockets etc – but it does look very cool and I loved the aged leather trim/handles. $95. See it, buy it, here.

 

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Stylish luck for 20 bucks

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Spotted these enameled horseshoes at Cast + Crew in Marfa over the weekend. Just $20, in a gazillion colors. Buy one here.

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Whiskey weather….

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For me, cooler weather = whiskey weather. A bottle of Lock Stock & Barrel recently made its way into my very grateful household. It’s a rye that’s aged 13 years and bottled at barrel proof. It is one of the smoothest most drinkable whiskeys I’ve had in a long time. Prior to writing this post, I looked up the price, and I am now rationing out what I’ve got left. At about $120 it is definitely not cheap. But if you can handle the cost, it is so worth it.

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The one dress you need this summer

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The Silk Daybreak sundress from Madewell: now marked down to $99.50. When I tell you everyone looks good in this, I am not lying – see that tie? Normally I would run away, as I have no waist.  But since this dress is cut more like a shift, it totally works (they just styled it to look more girlie). Bonus: it’s silk so it will fold super tiny for travel. Bonus #2: Cut big, size down. Bonus #3: Very dress up/dress down. Love! Check it out here.

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Lip service

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Had to come out of hibernation the past couple of weeks to hit some design mafia events. This required change of outfits and, of course, a lip situation that would survive very long evenings. Enter Bite Beauty’s Cashmere Lip Cream. This is the ONLY product I have ever used that goes on matte but feels creamy, and stays on forever. They call it a “cream to powder” formulation. I call it a miracle.

At $28, it is not cheap, but it is worth every penny. I got the Rioja (deep red) and Port (more of a burgundy) and both are amazing. Buy them online at Sephora, or check out their Lip Lab on Prince Street in SoHo.

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An awesome bag

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I have been trying to find a bag I love that doesn’t have a comma in the price tag. It has not been easy. But last weekend, on my way home from Sight Unseen’s best-part-of-ICFF offsite, I walked by Personnel on Greenwich Ave., and there it was in the window:  the perfect not-huge duffel. I went in, I fondled the buttery leather, I took out the stuffing to make sure it would fit all my crap (it did), and I held my breath as I reached for the price tag.

$480. Sold.

Backstory: It’s made by a company called Aandd. Apparently one of the guys involved is a designer at Coach. They also make a cute cross-body option.

Personnel doesn’t have e-commerce, so here’s a shot of the bag I bought, except it’s burgundy and mine is black. It comes with a long strap, and has two exterior zip pockets as well as one on the inside.

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Ergonomic game changer

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I’ve been having all sorts of shoulder/rotator/pectoral issues that my doctor had assumed were because of my workout. Turns out it’s because of my very bad non-ergonomic laptop set up. I got this stand, by Rain Design, at Tekserve. This is not a new product, but it was news to me. This + wireless keyboard = life changing and perhaps even posture-saving.  For about $140 total. Buy the stand here, and the keyboard here. There’s also a version of the stand that swivels – see it here.

 

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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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