How is it possible that with all the booze people I know – thanks to several years thoroughly exploring the topic of brown liquors – nobody, NOBODY, alerted me to the existence of disposable flasks. I’m the girl who has, on more than one occasion, used an OXO travel mug as transportation for said substances. Maybe while strolling the High Line. Maybe at the movies. And granted, said mug is a lot less conspicuous than something that says FLASK all over it. But still, this is good information that was withheld.
I saw said flasks in the latest Restoration Hardware catalog (back to normal size, thank God). You can find those here (set of 3, $15), picture below -
I like the idea but not the execution. So I went digging and found the company’s site, with many designs that do not state the sort of obvious. They’re $2.99 each and funnels are $0.50. Some options are below. I haven’t tested them so cannot offer a formal seal of approval, but the idea is pretty damn good.
Borrowed screen shots from the company’s site, and this is as large as it gets, but you get the idea.
There are few things that depress me as much as all the Christmas trees, kicked to the curb, once their days of glory are done. Just get one of these instead – the The Needle Free Christmas Tree. You can leave it as it is, or you can decorate it — designer Helen Ige suggests “using water based or glitter paints, a BeDazzler can be dazzling too!” Missing that evergreen tree scent? Buy a candle.
There are few things I find as obnoxious as the single-supplement when traveling solo. It’s mean and, especially for those who perhaps wish they weren’t traveling alone, adds insult to injury. Recently I met with a representative from Explora lodges about their very cool properties and expeditions. During our conversation he mentioned “working with families” to make rates more affordable. I pointed out that perhaps he might consider “working with” solo travelers in a similar way, and (perhaps not so nicely) suggested he was discriminating against those traveling alone by charging them extra while “working with” families.
Today I got this press release. While the rates are for the off-season, and I wish they got rid of the supplement charge altogether, it’s a step in the right direction. Easter Island, here I come!
Going Alone has Never Been so Affordable: explora Unveils Special Rates for Solo Travelers
Travel on your own to the unexplored regions of South America sans single supplement surcharge from May 15 to October 15
April 19, 2011 (Santiago, Chile) – Pack up, head out, and experience adventure on your own in South America sans single supplement surcharge with explora. The innovative Santiago, Chile-based adventure travel company is waving the single supplement for solo travelers at all of its lodge destinations, excluding explora Travisias nomadic journeys, in the unexplored regions of South America through the upcoming travel season.
That’s right: Travel solo from May 15 to October 15, 2011 and enjoy the same rate charged per person in a double-occupancy guest room at Hotel Salto Chico in Patagonia; Posada de Mike Rapu on Easter Island; or Hotel de Larache in the Atacama Desert. The discount will doubtless prove a boon to those who prefer to take in the world on their own, as “solo travelers” – that is, those who travel alone with no companions – comprise 11% of all U.S. adult leisure travelers, according to the U.S. Travel Association.
So – choose your own timetable, select your own explorations, set the alarm for whenever you like, and don’t fret about sharing the covers with another. You’re on your own for the same great rate through the summer ahead with explora.
For more information or to make reservations, please contact explora toll free at (866) 750-6699, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the website at www.explora.com.
One of my favorite stores ever. Here are some reasons why -
Owls with heads that spin -
Seems to suggest that you plant seeds and they sprout up looking just like the picture:
Fire starter in fishing rod motif:
Who needs Legos?
I happen to love homemade jerky (but have never tried making it):
Speaks for itself (this place is like Target for farmers. You can get pig harnesses, cow bells, and lots more):
There are many reasons. She makes my favorite hoop earrings (no picture, sorry). She’s a hippie from Montauk who home schooled her kids while taking care of her ailing husband. She built a now crazy-successful business from nothing. And when she gives back, she gives back. None of this vague “a portion of proceeds” b-s that I’m personally really sick of. Helen gives 100%.
Her latest project is this Africa charm that benefits Water First Today, an organization that brings clean water to village in Sub-Saharan Africa. 50 necklaces sold = 1 well = clean drinking water for hundreds.
The charm looks like this -
…and comes on either a leather cord or silver chain, and you can buy it here for $150.
Despite growing up in the midwest and loving (yes loving) winter weather, I can honestly say that I am now done for this season. I’m over the weather, and I’m over my winter clothes. It is time for a change. But it’s still only 35 degrees outside which means coats must remain in the repertoire. I’ve been jonesing for a new one but didn’t want to spend major $. A couple weeks ago my friend Elana showed up at lunch wearing this BB Dakota military number:
It’s hard to tell from the photo, because the detailing is all black on black, but trust me when I tell you it looks very expensive and very chic. Needless to say, I became obsessed, came home from lunch and searched like a maniac until I found it online at a site called 6pm.com that apparently is the Zappos outlet. For $64!!! Not kidding. You need this coat.
Buy it here.
Every Wednesday, The Gap offers 40 percent off one regularly priced item — if you have the coupon. So you go in, you buy one thing (hey, their underwear is always on sale) and you get the coupon and you go back the next week and buy something like this – an AWESOME crepe blazer that looks like absolutely nothing in this photo – and not even that great on the hanger – but will end up being your favorite light cover up for spring. If spring ever comes.
I was in Anthropologie (Chelsea Market) the other day and it seems every candle in the store is on sale, for anywhere from $9 – $15. I’m not a candle freak but if you are, get over there. I took this snapshot of one option which, after using, would make a lovely container/vase/whatever -
They’re all downstairs.