March 2005

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  • Naturally Playful Teeter Totter

    Naturally-playful-teeter-totter

    If your kids have hit that adorable “MINE!” stage, give them a toy they can’t help but share. Have hours of fun watching one of them clamber off unexpectedly to send the other one rocking like mad.

    $30 at ToysRus | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Performance Hoodie

    Performance-hoodie

    When you look this stylish, you don’t need yoga to feel serenely superior. This hoodie is made of stretchy, breathable fabric and has a “second skin base layer” to keep you snuggly until your blood gets flowing. Also, elbow patches! After your class, you can find the nearest wing chair and light up your pipe. Thanks for the tip, Yvette!

    $67 at Athleta | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Geishas Pillow

    Geishas-pillow

    Seems like I come across a new crazy-expensive-pillows site every day. This one is a silk-wool blend stuffed with down. The sweet geishas are printed on the front and back.

    $77 at Fly-Bird | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Molly Cord Blazer

    Molly-cord-blazer

    ON SALE QUICK PICK
    Comes in Camel, wine, green, and gray.

    $20 at Delia's | Buy

    (Regularly $48. )

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Scrabble Cuff Links

    Scrabble-cuff-links

    QUICK PICK

    $64 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    (Silver and Scrabble. .6"x.6")

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Picnic Service Set

    Picnic-service-set

    Stow service for eight right next to your spare tire. This colorful basket contains plastic plates, bowls, cups, and flatware; you add the corkscrew. Tuck it in your trunk and you’re ready for roadside wine and cheese whenever the weather permits.

    $36 at Target | Buy

    | Posted 31 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Boostaroo

    Boostaroo

    The Boostaroo is a portable amplifier and splitter that works with MP3 players, DVDs, laptops, Gameboys, or portable TVs. It can give you 100 percent volume kick and lets you share any device with up to three people.

    $25 at Think Geek | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Girl Scout Cookies

    Girl-scout-cookies

    When I moved to a big city, it never occurred to me that I’d be sacrificing my Girl Scout cookies. The wee green ones don’t come to my door or stake out the grocery stores I frequent. My cupboards are cookie-free, and I’m starting to have withdrawal symptoms. The Girl Scouts don’t sell cookies online, but I did find a site where you can download a mail-order form and have Lemon Cremes delivered direct to your door. You have until the end of April to stuff your freezer with Peanut Butter Patties and Caramel deLites before the cookies disappear for another year. Stock up.

    $4 at Girl Scouts, Patriots' Trail Council | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Confederacy of Dunces

    Confederacy-of-dunces

    John Kennedy Toole committed suicide in 1969 and never saw the publication of his novel. Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious and tragic book that explores the life of decidedly unlikable Ignatius J. Reilly. Excerpts: “Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty. I doubt whether you know that St. Cassian of Imola was stabbed to death by his students with their styli…Pray to him, you deluded fool, you ‘anyone for tennis?’ golf-playing, cocktail-quaffing, pseudo-pedant.” “Santa, honey, that’s a sweet little Blessed Virgin you got on top that TV,” Mrs. Reilly said. …Santa said, “Ain’t it nice, though? It’s a little Our Lady of the Television. It’s got a suction cup base so I don’t knock it over when I’m banging around in the kitchen. I bought it by Lenny’s” “Lenny’s got everything,” Mrs. Reilly said. “It looks like it’s made outta nice plastic, too. Don’t break.” “My mentality, uncontrollable and wanton as always, whispered to me a scheme so magnificent and daring that I shrank from the very thought of what I was hearing. “Stop! I cried imploringly my godlike mind. ‘This is madness!’”

    $11 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 29 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Retro Bullet Planter

    Retro-bullet-planter

    For years I’ve been covetous of my friend’s 1950s bullet planter, and now I can have a shiny new one all for myself. It’s made of fiberglass and steel, and it beats the heck out of terra cotta. I like it in white with a tall succulent or unusual tropical flowers. Scoot one into that weird bare corner in your apartment, and make yourself a martini.

    $140 at Fly-Bird | Buy

    ( Bowl 15.75"d Stand 22.75"h)

    | Posted 25 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • 16-Inch Original Big Wheel

    16-inch-original-big-wheel

    Oh! Remember?

    $43 at Playthings Past | Buy

    | Posted 25 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm

    Burt-s-bees-beeswax-lip-balm

    My nose being stuffed up, I’ve been mouth-breathing for over a week. After the first few days, my lips were angry, and they’d begun to claw at each other. A friend loaned me some of this minty lip-balm, and my kisser was instantly healed. Now I put it on before bed and it lasts until morning, preventing cracking and chapping. I find it more protective than moisturizing, but I hear it smells great, and it has a soothing tingle to it.

    $3 at Beauty.com | Buy

    (.15 oz.)

    | Posted 25 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Hi-Yah Kickboxer Cards

    Hi-yah-kickboxer-cards

    R. Nichols rocks it. I like every single card he makes, but I want to be best friends with his tough little kickboxer. Eight cards to a set. They’re blank inside, so you can use them for sending aggressive thank you notes and kick-ass birthday greetings alike.

    $14 at Kate's Paperie | Buy

    ( 3.5" x 4.875" cards)

    | Posted 24 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Woodgrain Tag Necklace

    Woodgrain-tag-necklace

    For the fashionable tree hugger on your list, a petite wood grain necklace by Rena Tom. Full disclosure: Rena is one of my many acquaintances who makes lovely things. This tag necklace comes with a red nylon cord that wraps twice around the wearer’s neck.

    $40 at Elsewares | Buy

    | Posted 17 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Track Top Jacket in Mushroom

    Track-top-jacket-in-mushroom

    QUICK PICK

    $79 at Ben Sherman | Buy

    | Posted 16 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Peonies Cards

    Peonies-cards

    QUICK PICK

    $20 at Kate's Paperie | Buy

    | Posted 16 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • La Boheme Clutch

    La-boheme-clutch

    QUICK PICK Reminds me of Grace Kelly.

    $36 at Amici Accessories | Buy

    | Posted 16 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Vacu Vin

    Vacu-vin

    Vacu Vin is a set of rubber stoppers and a mini pump that seals an open bottle of wine and then lets you pump most of the air out. We use ours constantly. Just pop the bottle in your fridge, and it’ll keep for three or four days. Perfect for those who like to have a glass of wine with dinner, but hate to waste a whole bottle. The only drawback is that it elimiates your excuse for drinking the entire bottle.

    $13 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 15 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Braun WK200 Electric Water Kettle

    Braun-wk200-electric-water-kettle

    For people who could use a nice, soothing cup of tea, right bloody now. First, consider herbal. Then pick up a Braun Electric Water Kettle. The water comes to a boil in about a minute, and the carafe has no cord attached so it feels like a regular kettle. It turns off automatically when you remove it from the base, so you never have to worry about waking up to a melted mass of plastic. Also, unlike most electric kettles, it’s not ugly. Pick one up and celebrate with an instant-soup dinner party. Thanks Sara!

    $60 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 15 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Polaroid Photo Guest Book

    Polaroid-photo-guest-book

    We did a polaroid guestbook for our wedding, and it was so much fun looking through wedding photos before we’d even left on our honeymoon. I wish we’d had something even half as snazzy as this built-for-polaroid guest book. It comes in many colors, and you can have your name, or the date printed on a nameplate that you can affix to the front. Thanks again, Heather!

    $60 at Adesso Albums | Buy

    | Posted 11 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Airplane Luggage Tags

    Airplane-luggage-tags

    QUICK PICK

    $20 at Uncommon Goods | Buy

    | Posted 11 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • June Taylor Jams

    June-taylor-jams

    Heather can’t stop raving about June Taylor Jams. She mentions them whenever we see each other, and she sent me this note: “June Taylor has a booth on Saturday morning down at the farmers market where you can taste them all… Heaven in a spoon. I have three jars at home that you’re welcome to sample: Apricot, Pluot and Lavender and Rhubarb. All so good you might want to skip the toast and butter.” She’s right. So good, they make your tastebuds hurt.

    $11 at June Taylor Jams | Buy

    (Prices vary, $25 minimum.)

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Adjustable Measuring Spoons

    Adjustable-measuring-spoons

    I love to bake, but I do tend to use every bowl, spoon and measuring device in the kitchen. These adjustable measuring spoons come highly recommended by Maggi, a loyal reader. Since they’d cut my cleanup time in half, I’m willing to give them a go. It’s a three-piece set with adjustable teaspoon, tablespoon, and 1/2 cup scoop. Now make me some cookies.

    $22 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • French Knickers

    French-knickers

    QUICK PICK They’ll look even better on you if you actually have a butt.

    $22 at Boden | Buy

    | Posted 10 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Billy Kirk Leather Cuff

    Billy-kirk-leather-cuff

    QUICK PICK

    $75 at Henry and Lulu | Buy

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Troy Ice Bucket

    Troy-ice-bucket

    QUICK PICK

    $25 at Crate and Barrel | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Cube Lamp

    Cube-lamp

    QUICK PICK

    $250 at Lekker | Buy

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Bubble Jewelry

    Bubble-jewelry

    QUICK PICK Update: Freddy, a very helpful reader, makes the excellent point that you wouldn’t want to wear magnet-based jewelry as a bracelet if you, say, work on a computer or use gadgets all day. So, buyer beware. Still, using it as a necklace or a pinless brooch is genius.

    $85 at Elsewares | Buy

    (Free shipping.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Scoop Nickel Clock

    Scoop-nickel-clock

    $40 at CB2 | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Egg Cups

    Egg-cups

    $5 at Plastica | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 09 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Insect Puzzles

    Insect-puzzles

    Insect Puzzles If you’re not much into trapping and killing creepy crawlies for a bug collection, divert your budding entomologist’s attention with these handpainted, 3-D puzzles. They come packaged in plastic logs.

    $15 at Hearthsong | Buy

    | Posted 07 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Connector Pens

    Connector-pens

    QUICK PICK
    Coloring pens that click together to make desk art.

    $10 at Plastica Shop | Buy

    | Posted 07 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Towelling Beach Dress

    Towelling-beach-dress

    I’d like one of these for myself, but there’s a sharply limited period in which we don’t look insane in rainbow outfits. Help your kids enjoy their moment to the fullest. After she’s pulled off her wet suit, tuck your tiny into this soft, dry beach dress. She’ll be much cozier in the car.

    $40 at Boden | Buy

    | Posted 07 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Bomber

    Bomber

    This tee features a bomber launching television sets out over an unsuspecting populace. The set screens spell out “fear.” A little forced perhaps, but funny nonetheless.

    $35 at Twice Shy | Buy

    | Posted 03 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • S Bench

    S-bench

    Designer Michael Cannamela is responsible for this striking, s-shaped bench. It comes in walnut. maple or cherry wood, and is made to order. Use the extra storage to display a rare books collection, or showcase a selection of your least wearable, but most striking pairs of shoes.

    $1,300 at Velocity Art and Design | Buy

    (No longer available.)

    | Posted 03 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Topaz Baguette Pendant

    Topaz-baguette-pendant

    Now this is a lovely thing. This blue topaz pendant is so calming, such an orderly arrangement of parts. It’s a tiny reflecting pool for your neck. The stone is set in 18K white gold, and the pendant comes with a chain. Covetous.

    $175 at Mondera | Buy

    | Posted 03 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Flask Chrome Slim

    Flask-chrome-slim

    BY REQUEST

    $25 at Fitsu | Buy

    (holds 3 oz.)

    | Posted 02 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Jack Daniels Keychain Flask

    Jack-daniels-keychain-flask

    BY REQUEST And in the Beh? Category… the keychain flask. Because nothing goes with car keys like a couple shots of whiskey.

    $20 at Sporty's | Buy

    | Posted 02 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Hip Flask with Cigarette Case

    Hip-flask-with-cigarette-case

    ON SALE and BY REQUEST It only holds 2 oz. of booze, but it doubles as a cigarette case. I didn’t even know they made these any more. Ideal for sentries, gangster molls, and dance-hall floozies.

    $28 at Brands on Sale | Buy

    (Regularly $33.)

    | Posted 02 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Blomus Stainless Steel Flask

    Blomus-stainless-steel-flask

    BY REQUEST “My Fiance and I decided to buy a special, useful gift to each other to celebrate our wedding: His & Hers Flasks. Could you suggest a good place, a little off the beaten path, to buy some flasks?” You two really know how to start a marriage off on happy footing. This is the most unique, yet non-gimmicky flask I came across. It’s brushed stainless steel and holds 7.1 oz. Sleek and reasonably priced. More options above.

    $19 at Amazon | Buy

    | Posted 02 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Squirrel Patch

    Squirrel-patch

    QUICK PICK
    Thanks, Tim!

    $5 at Ferdinand Home Store | Buy

    ( 2.5" x 3.5")

    | Posted 01 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Revlon Creme Shadow, Pink Petals

    Revlon-creme-shadow_-pink-petals

    ON SALE Powder shadows tend to disappear quickly from my dry skin, so I decided to try this cream version from Revlon. It’s so easy to apply and blend with my fingertips, and the pink tones brighten my face. I use the soft end of the palette for day, and then add some of the smoky plum as a liner for evening. Good stuff.

    $5 at Beauty.com | Buy

    (Regularly $7.)

    | Posted 01 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Xocolatl Hot Chocolate

    Xocolatl-hot-chocolate

    Delicious. Xocolatl (pronounced Choco-la’tl) emphasizes the “hot” part of hot chocolate. It’s based on a traditional Aztec drink that combines chocolate with a whomp of chilies and a little cinnamon. If you need a gallon of water to get through a tamale, don’t try this at home. But if you can appreciate a dessert with some kick, this cocoa is the spice of life.

    $9 at Dagoba | Buy

    (12 oz.)

    | Posted 01 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason
  • Balloon Racers

    Balloon-racers

    So refreshing to find a toy that doesn’t require batteries. You may remember these these zoomer cars from your childhood. They’re balloon powered and super fast. Buy a pair, and you’re off to the races.

    $6 at Hearthsong | Buy

    | Posted 01 Mar, 2005 in March 2005 by Margaret Mason