Monthly Archives: November 2011

Bow Bins

Designed by..

Cordula Kehrer Bins

Cordula Kehrer Bins

Cordula Kehrer, these bow bins are quite unique. Produced by the Aeta people of the Philippines using traditional basket weaving techniques, they’re made from recycled plastic and rattan. Not only are these baskets beautiful, but the fair-trade practice enables these people to make a living and to have a better life. Use the blue, aqua or red bin as a trash basket, for storage or even to hold toys. Can be found at a threetwewntyeight favorite, Beklina.

Photo: Beklina

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Bowlboard

How handy..

Bowlboard, $69

Bowlboard, $69

is this anything but ordinary cutting board? The bowlboard is designed by Kain Lucas of Ute Australian Design. It’s made from eco-friendly carbonized bamboo and has 4 melamine bowls that rest in the board and are super easy  to remove so everything can be cleaned separately. The concept is so smart, it helps keep things organized and can even be used as a serving tray. Not to mention, a great way to make the most of your counter space – something most New York apartments can use more of.

Photo: Yanko Design

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Guest Hunter, Inky Son

We’ve got..

Guest Hunter, Inky Son

Guest Hunter, Inky Son

Inky Son along for a week of Guest Hunting! Inky was born in South Korea and moved to Gloversville, a small town in upstate New York when she was 8 years old. After graduating from Georgetown University, Inky moved to NYC where she worked for companies like DKNY and J. Lo. Though her heart still lies in New York, she has been in Amsterdam since 2008 and is Business and Marketing Director at Twenty8Twelve.

In addition to friends, travel and work; she’s very into sports, her team is the Georgetown Hoyas and is pretty much unavailable during March Madness.  Oh, Inky’s also a big fan of food and is always in search of the best, most authentic. From food to style, this worldly lady (she’s already lived in 4 continents)  has some real good stuff to share. SO CLICK HERE TO KEEP ON READING!

Photo: Inky Son

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Small Business Saturday

Next Saturday..

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

is a day to get out there and support your community. November 26th is Small Business Saturday, so instead of hitting up all of the overcrowded big name stores, shop your local favorite. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, having previously run my own small business, and also recently seeing one of my beloved mom & pop shops close its doors, I can appreciate the importance of this day. In the midst of all the shopping madness, something so small can make such a big difference.

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Henrik Vibskov Nepal Laptop Case

Every..

Henrik Vibskov Nepal Laptop Case, $165

Henrik Vibskov Nepal Laptop Case, $165

computer needs one of these. Henrik Vibskov’s Nepal Laptop Case is made from wool/cashmere, measures 13 inches and has top zip closure.  Vibskov is a super talented designer out of Denmark (check out a write-up we did on his kids’ line a while back). This must-get item is available at his online boutique. In addition to the colorful pattern, there are other bags like the Judith, which uses a toned down color palette or the Seat that’s canvas with beading.  You really can’t go wrong, but my vote is for the Nepal, practical and very into the pops of color.

Photo: Henrik Vibskov

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Hot Toddy

Had my..

Hot Toddy

Hot Toddy

first cold of the season last week. Although it was an after thought this time around, next time I get bit with the bug I’m going to make myself a nice Hot Toddy. It’s been rumored as a great remedy for soothing a sore throat, and relieving the symptoms of a cold (obviously only for those who are legal to enjoy a cocktail). Although it’s prepared all different ways, the hot toddy is very easy to make. For some other variations, check out recipes from Alton Brown, Amanda Hesser and Cooking Light.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Whiskey
1 ounce Honey
1/3 ounce Lemon Juice
3 ounces Hot Water
1 cinnamon stick (optional)

Directions:

Stir lemon juice and honey into hot water, allow to cool slightly. Add whiskey. Enjoy.

Photo: Peggotty’s Corner

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Clinton Street Baking Company

If you’ve..

Clinton Street Baking Company: Brookies

Clinton Street Baking Company: Brookies

been on Clinton Street on a Saturday, it’s likely you’ve seen the brunch lines outside of Clinton Street Baking Company. A popular spot to say the least. Last year, Clinton Street Baking Company Cookbook came out and it includes a ton of their classics like pancakes with maple butter, delicious omelets as well as these BROOKIES! I have yet to make them, but A Baked Creation did a write-up on this decadent dessert and they look sooo good. The beauty of a ‘brookie’ is it’s half cookie, half brownie, so it’s almost gooey in the middle. Add some ice cream or switch up the ingredients by adding nuts, white chocolate, peanut butter chunks.. whatever your heart desires really. I think these would be tough to make not delicious.

 Ingredients:
Makes eighteen to twenty
1 tbsp. canola oil
1 tsp. unsalted butter
2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks (52-62% cacao)
2 large eggs
¾ cups light brown sugar
½ tsp. vanilla extract
½ cups all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt

Directions:
1. Preheat over to 350°. Melt oil, butter and 1 cup of the chocolate, stirring regularly. Let cool.
2. In another bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar and vanilla until combined.
3. Fold the melted chocolate mixture into the egg mixture.
4. Whisk the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine the flour mixture with the chocolate mixture, and fold in the remaining chocolate chunks.
5. Freeze the batter in a shallow pan for 6-8 minutes until it sets and hardens slightly.
6. Spray two cookie sheets with nonstick spray or line with parchment paper. Scoop about 10 tablespoons of batter onto each sheet. Bake 11-12 minutes, until the tops look dry and cracked (the insides will still be quite moist). Cool completely.

Photo: A Baked Creation

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The Goodbyn Lunchbox

Kids can be..

Goodbyn Bynto Kit

Goodbyn Bynto Kit

picky eaters. Well, grown ups can too, but who really likes having their food all jumbled together? The bynto kits from Goodbyn keep everything in place, as it should be. Depending on which you choose, there are three or five compartments in each lunch box, and they come in an assortment of colors. They’re dishwasher safe, 100% recyclable, BPA free, made in the USA and even come with a drink bottle too. As an added bonus there are stickers for kids to personalize their own kit, so there are no more lunch time mix-ups.

Photo: Style Collective

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Harajuku Mini for Target

The wait is over..

Harajuku Mini for Target

Harajuku Mini for Target

Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Mini collection hit Target last weekend. The Japanese street style inspired boys and girls line totally reflects Stefani’s aesthetic. It’s full of color and includes prints, tutus, pleated skirts, dresses, and tees; all of which are perfect for layering and meant to mix and match. According to Stefani “It’s my style mixed with the way the Japanese dress their kids — a lot of clashing and mixing and things that you wouldn’t think go together. I wanted the Harajuku Mini collection to reflect that kookiness. I also got to put some of my signature styles through the years in: punker pants, plaid skirts, zippers”. Well, mission accomplished and 6 more deliveries are planned for 2012, can’t wait to see what else Stefani creates.

Photo: Target

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Church’s Shanghai Shoes

You can’t go wrong..

Church's Shanghai Shoes

Church's Shanghai Shoes

with Church’s Shanghai Shoes. They are sure to get you noticed, and were named as part of Nick Wooster’s 10 essentials list for GQ Magazine. Let’s be real, these aren’t exactly budget friendly, and you’d have to save (and spend) a lot of coin to own these; but it’s hard to dispute that they are nice to look at. This shoe has a weathered look, almost like they were passed down from your great-grandpa who had impeccable style. Thomas Church and his three sons founded Church’s English shoes in 1873, and still to this day it takes about 8 weeks to make each pair because of the detailed production process. Another one added to the wish list.

Photo: Church’s via GQ

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