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…if Danskos could be considered fashion

Bonlook Memorial Day Sale!

If you are looking for inexpensive, retro eyeglasses and sunglasses, check out the Bonlook Memorial Day Sale, buy one get one 50% off. Expect to pay $99 – $130 for one pair, with convenient returns and carbon neutral shipping. I have the Jungle Chic frames in grey, and I am keeping my eyes out for a cool tortoiseshell pair sometime soon. Happy shopping!


Hope you all are having a fun weekend!



Grads and Dads Gift Guide

I was a little slow in getting this posted, but blogging takes too dang long. We had a lovely graduation weekend in the mountains of Virginia. As always, the weekend was too short and the drive too long. Speaking of driving, David suggested I cover some aspects of our life without a car. Gladly! Stay tuned for the first of many Car-free and Carefree posts in the next day or so.

Ok, let’s cut to the chase. Graduates first because college graduations are happening as I type this, and high school graduations will be here before we know it! I always struggle with graduation gifts, especially high school. Generally these people like need money.

Do you know where they are moving? Try a gift card to the local grocery store.

I have one high school graduation gift that I still use to this day. It’s an address book. The binder type with extra pages has worked well for me, and don’t forget to use pencil. People move, marry, divorce, have kids, and die all the time. Maybe even include some classic wood pencils to get that message across.

Reminders of where they spent the past few years will be nice to keep the memories alive. Unless they hated their school…in which case, just give them money.

studiokmo’s Blacksburg print (and money) was our gift of choice for the Virginia Tech graduate last weekend. Karen also has hand-cut paper maps that are spectacular (if your budget allows). No time to get it framed? She can do that too, one stop shopping. Karen is a college friend (go Hokies!), and we love hearing about all of her success with studiokmo. She hardly needs this little shout out, but I know she appreciates it.

Vintage license plates abound on Etsy and other sites. This would be an especially nice reminder of fun times if the graduate is moving out of state. Also, they can be easy to hang from pre-existing nails in apartments and dorm rooms.

I guess a 20×200 gift card applies to just about anyone, especially for the college grads moving on from the emptied booze bottle décor of college apartments nationwide. Let’s put some real art on those bland apartment walls! I like the colors in National Treasures by Amze Emmons.

Are the grads headed off to college? What about a Target or Homegoods gift card to stock up on dorm room essentials? I remember that long list of stuff you need to have for dorm life. Scary!

Speaking of, I vividly remember using my electric kettle in the dorm room. That would be useful combined with some nice Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s noodle packs. The Rival Hot Pot kettle below is from Target.

Are your grads moving to a new climate? What about gear for the new weather, be it snow, rain, or sun? Warm socks, sturdy umbrellas, nice rain jackets, rain boots, or a gift card for a new bathing suit?

Money towards a new suit or business attire would be nice too. A Banana Republic gift card can be used at both Banana Republic and Gap. This is a nice segue into gifts for Father’s Day, since dads need updated work wardrobes too.

Ok, on to Father’s Day gifts. If I were a man, I would really like this Big Poppa sweatshirt by Chris Piascik for Society6. It’s not for everyone, and certainly not for the dads in my life, but just let it be known that I would want this for Father’s Day if I were a dad.

Dads are the original hipsters. Need I say more?

OK, it’s a few weeks later, and I’m back with more ideas. I just had to let them marinate for awhile. There is nothing like a deadline to get my creative juices flowing. This is a disclaimer for David, you may or may not be getting any of the below gifts. You may or may not even read this. It is much more likely that Estelle will spill the beans on all of your gifts anyways. She’s known for ruining surprises, in the most adorable ways.

I like the Tervis Tumbler for purely selfish reasons, I need a good iced coffee and sweet tea container for everyday use and for the beach. That is why IF I go with this, I will get two…or maybe even three. Warning, the Tervis Tumbler website is addictive. There are so many choices! If you don’t like mustaches, they have bacon cups and sports teams cups and the list goes on. Prices vary depending upon the cup size and accessories.

Ties, honestly? Am I really going to go with ties? Yes! Because maybe your guy has switched to slim cut suits, pants, and shirts. Maybe those big fat old ties he has are too big and fat with his new slim cut style. Maybe it’s time for a cool guy slim tie upgrade! Urban Outfitters has some nice ones that are affordable, and I’m sure there are other retailers with unique options (vintage stores). I really like this Madras Plaid tie.

David has requested a hammock and time for naps this year. A hammock…in our back patio? And what is this time thing he speaks of? We will see what Estelle and I can come up with this weekend and next! My dad is the hardest to shop for, so I’m still pretty stumped. Aside from time spent with family, the man doesn’t want for much (that we can afford).


I Heart Tadashi Shoji

I was hoping to make a post about our day trip to NYC this past Saturday, but our laptop is currently in use for much more important things (watching a Flyers hockey game). Hopefully, I can get that post up soon!

Meanwhile, I will use my iPad for a quick and random fashion post. I read this gleaming article about Tadashi Shoji the other day at lunch. If you haven’t worn or tried on one of his evening creations, I would suggest you do the next time you need some new duds for a fancy event. In March 2011, David and I attended the opening gala for the Roberto Capucci exhibit at work. No, my job is not normally that fancy. You would normally find me doing heavy lifting, cleaning, organizing, and other unglamorous stuff. I don’t have the best arms, and evening wear that properly contains the “girls” is very hard to find. I searched long and hard for a dress with sleeves, and out of desperation went to King of Prussia Mall for some last minute shopping. This Tadashi Shoji dress won me over, despite being too long. The petite version only came in Navy blue, and I wanted black. I bit the bullet, made the purchase, and got it hemmed. Smart move! The dress was comfortable and sexy, and it’s been lent to two other women since then. How many dresses can do that?


Let me know if you ever need to borrow it! It packs and travels quite nicely too. Do you have any favorites when it comes to evening wear?


Clowning Around with Lladró

I was walking by the shop at work on Monday, when I spotted this guy in the window:

The shop was closed, so I couldn’t go in to investigate further. All I knew is that it would be expensive! After a few Google attempts, I finally found my guy. Meet the Clown Head Lamp designed by Marco Antonio Noguerón for Lladró Porcelain. Not necessarily for everyone’s budget or tastes, but it certainly is eye-catching.

I am glad I didn’t let the $1800 price tag of the clown lamp turn me off of looking around on Lladró’s website a little more. In addition to lots of granny porcelain sculptures, they really have some gems. See below for some of my favorites.

Metropolis Skyscraper $600 – you can build an entire city!

Bridal Crown Magic Forest $695 – I can imagine an entire wedding based around this!

Magic Forrest Stud Earrings $95 (cough, birthday gift idea, cough)

Magic Forest Ring $155

Bacchus Bottle Stopper Horse $100 – Aw, reminds me of Mr. Granby Bullseye

Bear Paw Cufflinks $75

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of window shopping! Tell me your favorite if you have time to check out Lladró’s website.