Whatever it was, it became obvious to some that a basic, black bible would no longer do in a hip house of worship. The Good Book would have to get much Better Looking. And so, some very very smart souls founded Rock of Ages Press. ROA Press prints “The Book That Never Goes Out of Fashion” – the King James Bible. But this King has new clothes. Python (the “Eden”), Patent Leather (“Hip Chick”). Metallics (“Heavy Metal). There’s even a Rocker-Biker Bible with EMBOSSED GOTHIC CROSS.
File this under “wish I would’ve thought of that.”
No matter how often you travel, it is almost impossible to keep track of who charges for what. I was in Dallas earlier this week and read a really helpful article in USA Today that I thought I’d share – it lists every single domestic airline and what they charge for a variety of “services” from booking tickets using miles to checking luggage to beverages. I found it very helpful.
You can access that article here.
No, I’m not talking about parachute pants. I’m talking about linen curtain panels with nail heads and hidden tabs! Super chic! Saw them online at West Elm so unfortunately haven’t had a chance to truly fondle them. But check out the photo below. Worth taking a chance, I think. Priced from $49 – $89 per panel.
Buy them here.
You might have noticed a lot of press lately around these machines that take water and make seltzer/club soda – fast! easy! I’d been thinking about getting one of these for a while now – I drink a TON of seltzer and was feeling guilty about all the plastic bottles I was taking down to recycling. So I got one. This one:
I am not lying when I tell you this is the EASIEST thing I’ve ever used. It comes with a gas cannister that you can’t see, because it fits into the back of the unit. All you do is full a (included) plastic bottle with cold water, screw it into the front, and hit a button on the top. The more often you hit the button, the fizzier the water. I like my water super fizzy (it tastes saltier that way) so I am in HEAVEN. It also comes with flavorings that I choose not to use, but I’ve been told are quite tasty.
Bottom line – if you’ve drink a lot of seltzer it’s worth the investment and – bonus – it takes up almost no room on a counter and doesn’t need either electricity or battery power.
Buy it here.
The last thing you’re probably thinking about when it’s 90 degrees and humid is your fluffy down duvet. Or perhaps once-fluffy down duvet. But it’s right now – during the summer’s steamiest months – that you should be taking that sucker out of storage (or the closet or wherever it is currently languishing) and get it over to Nancy Koltes.
They have an awesome duvet tune-up program that it seems nobody knows about.
Bring in your down pillows or duvet for a variety of services -
To just clean, which essentially extends the life of a comforter or pillow (and we’re talking PROPERLY CLEAN), $36 – $52 for a comforter, $28 for a pillow.
To have your queen-size comforter cleaned and “adjusted” (which is when they open it up and add down, to fluff it up) will run you $46 for the wash, $75 for the opening and $6-$24/ounce of down depending on the type of down you want and how much you need. (total about $300).
To completely “revive” a Queen-size comforter, reticking and adding down (while keeping some old):
$255-$1200. The cost of a new Queen-size comforter (again, a good one) ranges from $425-$2600 so in many cases refurbishing is still cheaper.
I popped by Centovini the other day. I thought it would be a quick pop in, buy a gift certificate, maybe have a little salad, and pop out. But one of the owners, Nicola Marzovilla, happened to be there. And my pop-in, pop-out plan went out the window.
Instead, I sat for a somewhat leisurely lunch of lettuce and Lini. What’s Lini? Only the most gorgeous sparkling rose I’ve had in quite some time.
So delicious and, at $17/bottle, not hideously priced. You can learn more about it, and Alicia Lini (the woman behind the label) in this article from Men’s Vogue.
I suggest reading it while sipping a glass of the Lini Rose. Buy it here.
They have a gorgeous damasky pattern on them and nice tassels so I bought one. It’s huge, like a bath sheet, and about $60.
Just one thing – while these towels look great, they don’t function that well in the toweling-off department. At least not on the first test. Am going to re-launder and see if that does anything. Still, a cute gift. But, fyi, I bought the last white one.
Target’s holiday offerings included some really great surprises. My favorite travel companion, for example, the ASUS EEEPC, which I wrote about last year (I was obsessed). My favorite glassware from Alissa MT Design, ditto.
They also showed two new designer collaborations – Sigerson Morrison for shoes and bags by Anya Hindmarch. The SM shoes are, by far, the best collaboration yet. That is, if the shoes that hit stores on October 13 look anything like the shoes at the preview. Meaning, not cheap. Too often Target’s collaborations look great in photos but “live” are hugely disappointing (Rafe being an exception). His collection for Target was so well done that it pissed off his regular retailers. But I digress.
Here are some shots of those Sigerson Morrison shoes -