November 2004

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  • The Four Agreements

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    Buy this book. It’s remarkable in its simplicity and power. The Four Agreements puts forth a few very simple things you can do to let go of your limits and better your life. The Four Agreements are: 1. Be impeccable with your word. Words shape your world, your viewpoint, and your relationships.

    1. Don’t make assumptions. There’s no sense in obsessing over events that may be figments of your imagination.
    2. Don’t take things personally. People do things because of what’s going on with them.
    3. Do your best. This helps you avoid self judgment. Just trying to live by these rules has rocked my life. I can’t recommend it highly enough, and I’ve forced it on many of my perfectly well-adjusted loved ones. Get one for yourself, and then one for everyone you adore. It’s small enough to fit in a stocking and brief enough to get through in a day. You will like it. (And Oprah likes it too.)

    $10 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 30 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Printed Canvas Coat

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    ON SALE This coat reminds me of blowing bubbles as a kid. The print looks just like the pattern the popped bubbles used to leave on the cement, except in technicolor!

    $63 at Boden | Buy

    (Regularly $125)

    | Posted 30 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Plum Blossom Doormat

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    Shouldn’t there be a troupe of young virgins throwing petals at your feet as you go about your day? Until you can afford to hire one, this plum blossom welcome mat will have to do.

    $35 at Gumps | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 30 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Dean and DeLuca Sugar Collection

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    Go all out for this year’s cookie-decorating party. These sugar crystals come in such brilliant, rich colors, you’ll want to eat them right out of the tin. (Don’t do that though, because then you’ll have colored-sugar mouth, and no one will want to use the sugar to decorate their cookies because they’ll know you licked the tins, which is totally gross.) A luxurious gift for bakers, or artists who need a good pallette for baking inspiration.

    $35 at Dean and DeLuca | Buy

    (Eight 7.2 oz tins.)

    | Posted 29 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • The Anti Panti

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    You can’t tolerate a panty line, but can’t stop adjusting your thong. If you’re among the thousands of women who think underwear doesn’t belong there, try the Anti Panti. It’s a little circle of soft fabric with a stick-on backing. You attach one to the inside of your pants and go commando. They come in a variety of colors, five to box. Freedom is yours.

    $10 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 29 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Canvas and Leather Field Bag

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    Man purse! Admit it, sometimes you need a bag that’s just big enough for a magazine, your sunglasses, and cell phone. This straightforward field bag has room for your camera, a bottle of water, and whatever else you can’t fit in your pockets. It even has a pass-through pocket for your headphones. Trust me, it’s a thousand times sexier than those tired cargo pants.

    $50 at National Geographic | Buy

    | Posted 29 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Flybar Model 1200

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    You can fly! Co-developed by pro-skateboarder Andy Macdonald, the Flybar is a turbo-charged pogo stick for the fearless. You can jump up to five feet using only your body weight and leg strength. Flybar can support weight from 80 to 250 pounds; you adjust the thrusters based on weight, skill level, and courage.

    $270 at Toys R Us | Buy

    | Posted 26 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Interactive U.S. Presidents

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    Get your kids interested in the electoral process, before some nasty older cousin has a chance to explain apathy. This interactive presidents game gives your little patriots the access to more than 10,000 quiz questions and answers. They’ll learn about all 43 U.S. presidents, the first ladies, and vice presidents. (Perhaps they’ll even learn to compare and contrast.) The toy has a quiz button, repeat button, help button, and answer buttons.

    $20 at Amazon | Buy

    (Requires two AA batteries.)

    | Posted 26 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Toro Tissue Ring

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    I hate, hate, hate setting out a cardboard tissue box with some awful abstract-tulip print. Who designs this crap? Do I need a windmill landscape on my tissue box? I don’t. Then again, decent tissue box covers (ones that aren’t made of shiny mauve plastic) are always too expensive to justify purchase. The Toro tissue ring is the design solution I’ve been looking for. You rip open that hideous cardboard box, remove the tissues, and set your ring on top. It’s weighted to let you pull tissues through one at a time. And it’s not ugly. Pick one up now, before they start etching daisies into the metal.

    $18 at Follow Function | Buy

    | Posted 24 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Molten Chocolate Cake Mix

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    You may not know a bundt pan from a garden rake, but if you can add water and melted butter to a mix, you can make this knee-weakening dessert. It’s a bittersweet chocolate cake with warm melted fudge in the center. If your mouth isn’t watering, you don’t deserve any. In fifteen minutes you get a dessert that will impress the toughest mother-in-law. A sound gift for the baking impaired.

    $24 at Williams Sonoma | Buy

    (Makes about ten cupcake-sized cakes.)

    | Posted 24 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Leather Flower Gloves

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    ON SALE My first thought when I saw these is how sweet they’d be on a winter bride. They’d also look amazing with a white coat and earmuffs, or as an offset to your favorite bright sweater. The gloves are made of soft sheepskin leather with three-dimensional flowers and beaded accenting. The lining is a cashmere blend. They come in several colors, but white is the dearest. A refined, nostalgic treat for your wardrobe.

    $54 at Ann Taylor | Buy

    (Regularly $89)

    | Posted 24 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • The Hard Questions

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    The best engagement gift you’ll ever give. It’s a book of questions that helps couples find and fix the weak points in their relationship. It covers all the potentially explosive topics that many couples avoid until after marriage. Do we want five kids, or no kids? Do you want to live in a city, when I have my heart set on a ranch? Do you expect me to convert to your religion? Just how much debt do you have, anyway? If you’re thinking about getting married, or know someone who is, get a copy. Forewarned is forearmed.

    $8 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 24 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • OPI: I’m Not Really a Waitress

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    This is my favorite OPI color. (It’s nothing like the color-sample swatch shown when you click through.) It goes on pretty much how it looks in the bottle. That is, it’s a rich, sparkly red. The exact color you’d like to see on your toenails when you pull your feet out of the boots and peel off your wool socks. Ten little rubies.

    $7 at Drugstore.com | Buy

    | Posted 24 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Solio for iPod

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    Now you can take your music backcountry. The Solio is a rechargeable solar battery for your iPod or iPod mini. Just place it in sunlight, and get up to nine hours of charge. You can also plug it in to charge it, and then use it as an extra power source. You plug in a cable, press a button, and voila! You have the power. By purchasing additional cables, you can also use your Solio to charge a bunch of other gadgets. The solar panels are waterproof and weatherproof, so it’s great for hiking, or kayak camping. Because you can only listen to the birds twitter for so long. (via Gizmodo)

    $100 at Everything iPod | Buy

    (Price is approximate, converted from Euros.)

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Tipped Pique Open Polo

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    ON SALE This is polo comes in long or short sleeves and has a cowboy contrast pattern on the shoulders. I show it here in black and white because the lines are easier to see, but they also offer it in a deep red with caramel detail, which is a more subtle effect.

    $45 at Liz Claiborne | Buy

    (Regularly $63.)

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Barry the Bear Slippers

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    Cozy bear slippers for wee feet. They have anti-skid soles and fur-covered elastic heel straps to keep them in place. Available for baby bears 3 months through 3T.

    $12 at Baby Style | Buy

    (Product No Longer Available)

    | Posted 22 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Kundalini Bags

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    These hand embroidered and crafted handbags are exquisite. The artist, Kate Kudirka, is a friend of mine, and she learned to embroider as a child. Every stitch on every bag is created with a needle in hand, and I don’t know how the woman doesn’t go blind. Each bag is entirely unique in its craftsmanship and its design; Kate never makes a bag twice. You can purchase one of her available bags or have a personalized bag made for your wedding, graduation, or anniversary. And you’ll get 10 percent off a bag if you mention that you saw it on Mighty Goods. Because Kate sews each bag so meticulously, she doesn’t currently work with retailers, so you can only get them direct from her. So, so lovely.

    $350 at Kundalini Bags | Buy

    (Bag prices vary.)

    | Posted 19 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Tinkle Eyebrow Razor

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    ON SALE You can spend three hours plucking all the peach fuzz around your eyebrows, on your upper lip, on your neck; or you can use one of these petite dry-razors to neaten things up. While you’re at it, take a quick swipe at your furry toes before you go out in open-toed shoes.

    $4 at Neo Beauty | Buy

    (regularly $6)

    | Posted 19 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • A Christmas Story: 40” Leg Lamp

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    Ha! Lance sent me this suggestion, and as he says, “It’s indescribably beautiful.” That’s right folks, an exact replica of the major-award lamp from A Christmas Story. Not that you have to be a fan of the movie to admire a life-sized leg lamp that lights up in two places: the bulb, and the leg itself. Whoa, mama.

    $50 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 19 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Pompom Cardigan

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    ON SALE This pompom cardigan would be sweet with pair of wide-leg ivory trousers. It’s blue angora with cream edging and poms, and a hook-eye closure fastens the neck. The inner shell is sold separately, but it’s also on sale ($30).

    $40 at Anthropologie | Buy

    (regularly $88)

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Star Navigator

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    I always wanted to be one of those people who could look up at a jumble of stars and pick out the constellations. So far, I’ve mastered the big dipper, which really wows the four year olds. The star navigator has sixteen sky charts, and tells you where to find forty-three constellations. The built-in compass lets you aim your navigator at star clusters and identify them easily. Any day now, I’ll have the little dipper under control. Thanks, science!

    $50 at National Geographic | Buy

    ((Requires three AAA batteries.)

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Gingerbread House Kit

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    Have you ever made a gingerbread house from scratch? Before you can get all Martha on the decorations, you have to put the thing together. You bake the walls, and then they crack into useless (albeit tasty) gingerbread shards. This 11”x19” gingerbread house arrives fully assembled, which means you skip the frustrating breakage, and go straight to the fun-filled gumdrop roof. The kit includes icing mix, coloring, and candy. Now all you have to do is pour yourself an eggnog and explore your artistic side.

    $25 at Stonewall Kitchen | Buy

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Tweeded Cable Knit Sweater

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    Here’s an excellent dress sweater that’s not black! The front detailing is a “not-quite” cable knit, but unfortunately you’ll have to click through to see the best part of the sweater. Pieces of the expected pattern go missing, which moderns it up. It looks fantastic as pictured, with a collared shirt beneath, and a pair of flat-front slacks in chocolate or charcoal. Ribbed arms and hem with a high v-neck. It’s 54% silk, 17% nylon, 14% wool, 7% angora, 6% other fibers. The downside? Handwash or dry clean only.

    $90 at Liz Claiborne | Buy

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • Devil Hat

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    Give the babysitter a heads up without saying a word. This toasty-hat is an ideal horn-warmer for your little devil, though they do come in adult sizes as well. One-hundred percent polyester, machine wash, tumble dry. For ages one to three years.

    $20 at Bossa Nova Baby | Buy

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason
  • European Wine Glass

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    I love the laid-back feel of these European wine glasses, and they make a great inexpensive hostess gift. You can stack them for easy storage, and they work for red wine, white wine, or even juice. The heavy base feels great in your hand, and the casual bistro styling is nice for a fireside glass of wine or dinner at the backyard patio table.

    $2 at Crate and Barrel | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 18 Nov, 2004 in November 2004 by Margaret Mason

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