modcloth apartment furnishings line

Modcloth now sells some apartment furnishings a la Urban & Antrhopologie. Just like these stores – yes,  it’s all over priced, and no, you’re not sure you really need it. Regardless, some of it is pretty cute.

This canister is the first in a whole line of kitchenware in this design.

How heartwarming are these two lovers?

If the light emitted from this lantern is anything like the picture, it will be a cozy addition to my cabin-style home.

For the Grater Good – hedgehog cheese grater. I would feel guilty every time I used it.

Strangely, there wasn’t much cute cat stuff. I did find these Meow for Measuring Cups.

laser guided scissors

I didn’t pass first grade. Well, at least the part where they teach you how to cut a straight line with safety scissors. How brilliant is this?

Laser guided scissors for those of us who make puzzle edges instead of straight lines.* What do you think? Do you think this will help you with crafts?

(Image from Think Greek, via

*Note: Both of the sewing classes I’ve taken had to re-train me how to use scissors. I’m that bad.

6 p.m. Discount Brand Clothing

Have you heard of It’s a website that sells expensive name brand at around a 60% discount from the MSRP. Sometimes I think it’s pricey, I still couldn’t afford to shop there regularly. But if you have a special engagement and want to show up wearing a $500 dress that you only paid $100 for, well, it’s a possibility. My picks:

French Connection Wizard Cotton Dress
$47.60, MSRP $148

Michael Kors Tweed Kimono Dress
$71.50, MSRP $130

Roxy Newland Dress (Yes, I realize Roxy is a high school brand and there’s a good chance this dress will not cover my rear.)
$15.58, MSRP $44.50

Laundry by Shelli Segal Sleeveless Pleated Party Dress
$115.09, MSRP $295
This one is probably my favorite.

Betsey Johnson Bathing Beauties Trapeze Dress
$54.90, MSRP $265

HUGO Hugo Boss Korina Dress in Periwinkle
$102.60, MSRP $525

I know most of my male friends bleed Diesel clothing, which they have a nice selection of. Also, this is a haven for all things accessories and shoes. I think I’ll splurge on a new pair of Nike running shoes soon.

I try to never pay full price for anything.

the weekender: 2/11/11


Happy weekend before Valentine’s Day! Do you have any plans with a special someone? I’m hoping to do a romantic (or sweaty) bike ride with a picnic. Here are some links for your weekend.

I feel like I’m late in the game here, but the Antrhopologie Wedding Dresses are simply gorgeous. From: Glamour, Katie Armour, and A Cup of Jo.

This was a great week for crafts.

Valentine’s Day Crafts

Bath bombs! Over at Skip to My Lou.

    Printable Valentine’s Themed Fruit Stickers via Twig & Thistle.

    Cardboard Valentine’s at Annilygreen.



    practical christmas gift ideas – active lifestyle

    Staying sedentary for too long is terrible for your body. Here are some gift ideas for an active lifestyle. Whether you know someone who loves to work out and stay active, or you’re looking for something for the beginning mover, here are some fun and useful gift ideas.

    1. Ballroom Dancing Classes
    With dancing competitions dominating the reality TV show category, it’s hard to remember that ballroom dancing is really a classic art. This is perfect for beginners in the active lifestyle, it’s great for any age and fitness category. It’s relatively low impact and lots of fun. Dancing hardly seems like work. Don’t worry about the high embarrassment factor, most dance instructors have seen it all and are prepared to work with anyone with two left feet. What I like most about this gift, is the human interaction that can come along with it. It’s probable you know someone who is interested in taking a ballroom dancing class, but can’t find a partner. Volunteer to be a dance partner to your best friend, grandma, or significant other. They’ll be thankful to spend quality time with you while moving and shaking.

    2. Athletic Shoes
    This will probably be the only time you’ll hear me ever recommend a gift card, since I think they’re the easy way out. But the truth is, athletic shoes are really expensive. Those devoted to frequent exercise and running probably have to replace their shoes quite a bit. Even a semi-active person probably has to replace shoes two or three times a year.  It might be a nice gesture to provide them with some financial assistance with this. It’s hard to actually buy a shoe for a loved one, because each foot is different and a running shoe that may work for you might not work for your the recipient of this gift.

    3. A Tent
    I love that a tent can be a second residence. It can be your next weekend getaway, your summer travel plans, or your “let’s camp in the backyard and look at stars tonight.” Tents are your access to lakeside swimming, beachfront camping, mountainous hiking, and whatever other outdoor excursions your have your heart set on. There is something perfectly intimate about sharing a tent with a loved one and braving the elements together. Here’s a tip on tent buying – buy a small one. Really, they’re quick to set up and take down, which can make or break a camping experience (well, that and lack of firewood).

    4. A Massage
    Honestly, anyone can appreciate this: the over-worked mother, the boss, the boyfriend. However, relaxed muscles are especially important for those who engage in frequent strenuous activity. You can do this one yourself, if you know the person intimately enough. Just look up some tips on the internet before hand. Or you can usually find great deals on 1-hour massages around the holidays.

    5. ToeSox Yoga Socks
    These things are great for anyone who engages in yoga or pilates. The grips on the bottom keep you from slipping (very useful for hot yoga), keep you warm, and are a hygienic option to the bare foot. They encourage strong feet muscles, which improve balance, circulation, and posture. They can also help with everyday foot pain. They’re also greatly affordable.

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    the weekender 10/22/2010

    via This Mommy Loves

    Good Morning. Hasn’t it been such a lovely week? I’m always in a better mood when the cats decide to cuddle with me in the morning. It’s the best way to wake up.

    Right now I’m loving:

    Charles Sheldon Vintage Illustrations

    via Here’s Looking at Me Kid

    These beautiful purses made from 50’s-era canvas mail bags.

    via Forest Bound (for sale!)

    This fabric slasher scarf. I’ve given up on learning how to knit and am now focusing on strictly fabric scarves.

    with Tutorial via A Beautiful Mess

    I hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m going on a tour of all the farms that stock our local co-op. I heard that there might be some Alpacas (in Florida?). I hope this is true. I love those things.