Cox & Cox.

Cox & Cox is a UK based company that has a lot of really cute pieces up for grabs. They do ship to the United States, so no worries. The site itself is kind of shoddy, but the goods seem to make up for that and it’s full of fantastic presents, great and unusual stuff, favors and gorgeous accessories for your home and garden.


Aaron Jasinski.

Aaron Jasinski is a self-proclaimed artist/illustrator/musician. I’m really digging his illustrations and his web site design at the moment. It’s very minimalist meets organized chaos. Does that even make sense? I doubt it. The navigation is really unique, too. Anyway, it’s really cool and you should definitely check it out.


Two Paperdolls.

I’ve talked about Louella before and mentioned that Two Paperdolls is their sister company. The ambience of their studio says a lot about Two Paperdolls and how they go about their work. They really seem to shine when given permission to go outside the lines of traditional design. They’ve even managed to squeeze in some work for Anthropologie, Nicole Miller and Vespa in between creating amazing designs for invitations and social events. Here are a few of their fantastic invitations to check out.


The Daily Planner.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I could live and die by my planner. It’s amazing that I don’t have pee breaks scheduled in it. Anyway, someone alerted me to The Daily Planner, a site that has planners, journals, notebooks, address books – basically all of my organizational vices. Woohoo! They don’t have their 2008 daily planners out yet, but I did find these cute envelopes and memo mousepad.



These Vinotes are really cool. They even won a design award in HOW magazine a few years back. Basically if you want to give a bottle of wine as a gift, you slip one of these around the neck and make it a little more fun and personal than just handing someone a bottle in a brown paper bag. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that – wine is wine.) There are around twenty different Vinotes available, each for a different purpose or occassion. The front of the note has three check boxes you can select from, while the back has room for a little personalized note. Example: Bon: App├ętit; Voyage; Jovi rocks. Enjoy!


MOP it Up.

Another thing about me: I’m a product glutton. I seem to rarely finish a bottle of shampoo, moisturizer, etc before buying a new one. And usually a different brand. Usually because I’m just bored with the smell, not happy with the results, or because I see something that’s well designed. Right now I think I’ve got five different shampoos and conditions in my shower. It’s pathetic, I know.

But that didn’t stop me from buying MOP’s Glisten shampoo and conditioner. I have really fine hair, but I have a lot of it, so I’m always on the hunt for something that’s going to volumize without weighing it down. Color protection is also an issue since I don’t want to pay to have my hair colored any more than necessary. Glisten is all those things and more because it’s also an organic product. The shampoo is full of things like linseed, vitamin C, wheat protein, maple syrup and real honey. The conditioner is packed with jojoba, linseed and avocado oils as well as honey and maple syrup. And it all smells awesome – like orange oil.

MOP has quite a few poducts geared towards all different types of hair. It’s all organic and the packaging is modern and simple – a great reflection of the product line.


Desired Objects.

Row 1: Movado Faceto watch, Joy of Cooking cookbook, Tinte lip balm; Row 2: le Creuset red aluminum pot, Kitchen Aid Artisan stand mixer; Row 3: Smashbox O-Glo cheek tint, Lorac Cheek Stamp, Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer, Lancome Juicy Tubes in Sorbet de Framboise


Andy Warhol is in my office.

Well, not technically in my office. But he could be. And in my bathroom, too. And he would look adorable on my desk.

Decorative Things has these great Warhol-inspired pieces made out of melamine. I bought my friend, KK, a bowl from this line for her birthday a few months ago and she loved it. So did I, it was hard to let go!

Clockwise: toothbrush holder, soap dish, dust pan, clipboard and wastebasket.


Good is Dead. The Work of Chip Kidd.

Chip Kidd is the closest thing to a rock star graphic design has. Kidd is recognized as a master of contemporary book design with his iconic covers, each a marriage of type and imagery. He’s basically influenced an entire generation of designers in every imaginable field.

And now he has a new book out. Chip Kidd: Book One collects all of his book covers and designs for the first time, as well as hundreds of developmental sketches and concepts. The book also showcases Kidd’s work with comics and graphic novels, including his collaborations with leading artists and writers in the field. Featured are projects for DC Comics, including Batman and Superman, as well as Kidd’s award-winning exploration of the art of Charles M. Schulz. Most notable, however, is the books design – a half cover relative to the full page layout. It’s going to be a handful to hold, but well worth it.

Check out Kidds site, too. I love the “design” design of it all.