Get Outta Here: Moleskine.

Lengendary notebook maker, Moleskine, has just introduced an incredible new line of City Notebooks. So far they exist for Boston, NYC, San Francisco, DC, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Dublin, Lisbon, London, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Prague, Rome and Vienna. They cover all possible information you could need in a city you’re only visiting or already live in. The Key Map summarizes the overal layout, showing the metro system and listing stations. That’s followed up by Zone Maps that show large-scale maps of the city’s center and an alphabetical street index. Up to 76 blank pages give you space to write notes, while there’s also a 96-page tabbed section to organize information and thoughts. As if that’s not enough, there are 32 removable sheets and 12 translucent sticky sheets to overlay maps and route as you go. Oh, and did I mention they’re only hardbacked, 3.5 x 5.5″ and $16.95?

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Gingerbread Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.


I made these cupcakes last week for my friend/co-worker Jenny’s 30th birthday. They were amazing. And not very time consuming to make considering they were from scratch. The icing was totally the best part – it would be good even by itself – and really complimented the gingerbread nicely.

I found the recipe here at Epicurious.

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Food Design.

Marti Guixe is crazy in the very best possible way. He’s an artist who’s been creating food design for the past ten years. And by food design I don’t mean packaging or designing with food. He’s actually been designing food with a practical purpose. Take for example, the following Guixe creations.


The Seven Step Cookie
A cookie with decoration that indicates how to bite it.


Flavored Stamps
Stamps with food images on one side and with the flavor of the imaged food on the other.


Hands Free Lollipop


Oranienbaum Lollipop
An orange candy lollipop with a seed inside. It is a way to activate sporadic and spontaneous reforestation just by splitting the seed once the candy is finished.

Thanks for the heads up J. May!

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Matthew Mead Style.

I discovered a great new site this morning – Matthew Mead Style – which pins themselves as “fresh ideas for modern living.” It’s very Martha in a less passive-aggressive, anal kind of way. Mr. Mead covers Entertaining, Style, Collecting, as well as a rotating category that can be anything from pasta recipes to holiday ideas. There’s also a section on downloads. The site is seasonally based, meaning it only changes once a season and is updated only that often. So far I love what’s been done and will definitely be checking back.

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Popoutz Birdfeeder.


And this isn’t even related to my recent bird obsession. I love the modern-simplistic look and feel of these Popoutz birdfeeders. And get this: you can buy them here for only $1.80 each. Ridiculous. They’re made out of 100% recyclable polypropylene plastic and come in six vibrant, bird-attracting colors.

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M is For Modern.


I rarely post about childrens’ products, but every once in a while something comes along that makes me stop and say (sometimes outloud) “why didn’t I think of that” or “wish I had that when I was a kid.” Besides that, I’ve got a couple of new(ish) munchkins in my life via my best friends.

The M is for Modern Alphabet flashcards by Jargon Boy are a pocketful of genius. Coolness in a box. A Mid-Century Modern education in 26 easy lessons. Or a way to keep your kids busy. Forget A is for Apple. B is for Bauhaus is where it’s at. Check them out at Uncommon Goods.

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P.O.S.H. Chicago

In 1997 P.O.S.H. opened its doors in Chicago, determined to offer something unique to the consumer that was tired of the “sameness” that had crept into the marketplace of home & table decor. P.O.S.H. searches high and low for the items that stock its shelves – an eclectic assortment of vintage hotel silver, restaurant china and fleamarket finds. Found in such places as old American china warehouses to the antique markets and auction houses of Europe, the items are often one-of-a-kind or limited in quantity.


Here are my picks. Clockwise left to right: French roll top sugar bowl ($40), 12″ glass cake plate ($75), bedside carafe ($44), glass sugar pourer ($8), 6″ flited pitcher ($18) and the brasserie salt and pepper set ($50).

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Martha’s Evil Empire Expands.

I’m torn. I’m torn between my love of all things design and craft and my immense dislike for Martha Stewart. She’s got a new branch of her empire – Martha Stewart Crafts. The products are available online or at the Michael’s store closest to you.

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Martha's Evil Empire Expands.

I’m torn. I’m torn between my love of all things design and craft and my immense dislike for Martha Stewart. She’s got a new branch of her empire – Martha Stewart Crafts. The products are available online or at the Michael’s store closest to you.

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Joey Ruiter.

I’m way into this metal-cut mirror by Michigan designer Joey Ruiter. I just can’t decide if it would be something I would get tired of after a few years (not that it’s remotely near my price range).

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