It seems so many designers trip upon becoming invitation specialists when they can’t find the exact thing they’re looking for. The I-can’t-find-it-so-I’ll-create-it mindset runs rampant. Sometimes it pans out and sometimes it doesn’t. L.A.’s Soolip is a great success story.

This is my favorite invitation on Soolip’s site. Using a tea dye process gives this vintage-inspired invitation an antiqued, almost leathered look. No two pieces are alike thanks to inconsistancies in the tea. The entire invitation package has a very organic feel to it, which the hand-sewn beads and flax linen envelopes add to nicely. Lovely and inventive.


Global Table.

Located in New York’s SoHo, Global Table houses a carefully edited selection of dishes and accessories from around the world with an emphasis on simple lines and finishes. Right now I’m digging this pitcher ($30 – blue please!), cup (n/a) and tea set ($70).



Odette’s jewelry is beautiful, modern, and timeless all the same. It seems like the sort of jewelry every girl should have in her possession, pieces that can be dressed up or down. My favorites are these Swallow ($160) and Jellyfish ($172) necklaces. They seem delicate to look at but are actually substantial in size – 3″ and 2.5″ wide. Both pieces are a part of the Merric Collection.


Falling From the Sky.

These glass raindrops from Smith & Hawken are like little frozen drops of goodness. They would look fantastic as tree or wreath decorations during the holidays, but I think I’d put them somewhere cool – like hanging on a chandelier or from a porch ceiling. When the light catches them they would look incredible.


Fallen Vodka.

Fallen“prefectly imperfect” – vodka is selling the idea that imperfection is so much more interesting than perfection – and in a vodka, that equates to a much more complex taste than we’re used to. Not only that, but it’s available in three different forms: first, The Innocent – smooth, with distinct rum overtones; then The Hero – clean, powerful and rather zingy; finally, The Outlaw, which can only be described as like tequila, but actually drinkable. And when you’re finished with the bottle, you don’t want to toss it because it’s a piece of art in itself. Cheers!


Fabulous Stationary.

It’s been a while since I’ve come across any stationary that’s been really different. Don’t get me wrong, I love quite a bit of what’s out there, but there has been an area that’s lacking. And that area is modern design. That’s where Fabulous Stationary picks up the slack and creates some amazing work. Take a look for yourself.


Very Short Stories.

From WIRED magazine. Hemingway once wrote a story in just six words (“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”) and is said to have called it his best work. So we asked sci-fi, fantasy, and horror writers from the realms of books, TV, movies, and games to take a shot themselves. Check it out.

My favorite:
Dorothy: “Fuck it, I’ll stay here.”
– Steven Meretzky



These Anamorphic Cups by designer Ross McBride are really incredible. The stainless steel cup has a polished mirror finish. The porcelain saucer is printed with distorted images or words. These graphics can only be viewed correctly though the curved, reflective surface of the cup. The image is indecipherable when the cup and saucer are separate. The Anamorphic Cups are the first in the Anamorphic Series range of products. Future items will include a creamer and sugar dispenser, and drinking glasses. Salt and pepper shakers are already available.

I can’t seem to locate a retailer for cups or shakers, though I know they are available for purchase. If I come across one in the future I’ll make an update.


Abby Jean Press.

I love these wedding invitations by Abby Jean Press. Beautiful use of color combinations and type. Let’s put it this way: if I received one of these in the mail for a rodeo, which I despise, it would make me want to go to even that.


No. 10 Letterbox.

I’m in love. With a mailbox. That may sound wrong, but it feels so, so right.

The No. 10 Letterbox mailbox by PureDesigner is gorgeous (especially the brushed aluminun which isn’t pictures here). It’s severely unfortunate that they’ve been sold out since February and the site only holds empty promises of remanufacturing them (they’ve been bought out by houseArt).