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Oct. 1, 2008

Sex and the City: The Movie

Sex and the City: The Movie

We know a few women who saw the Sex and the City movie more than once, just so they could get another look at all the fabulous shoes, clothes, and handbags (the 3 stars of the movie). Now that the movie is out on DVD, they can watch it as often as they want - and press the pause button whenever they need to get a better look at an outfit. The DVD features... more

Sept. 18, 2008

MSR MugMate Coffee Filter

MSR MugMate Coffee Filter

Backpacker magazine recently did a feature on how to make perfect coffee while camping. The MSR MugMate got high marks because it's so small and easy to use. The MugMate weighs less than an ounce and works for both coffee and tea. Just put it in your cup, load it up with your favorite (ground) coffee beans, and pour in hot water. No muss, no fuss, no filters. And you can store the MugMate... more

Sept. 17, 2008

Griffin WindowSeat Windshield Mount for iPhone and iPod Touch

Griffin WindowSeat Windshield Mount for iPhone and iPod Touch

If you've ever tried to drive with one hand and use your iPhone's GPS with the other, you will appreciate the new Griffin WindowSeat. It's a simple, adjustable suction bracket that holds your iPhone or iPod Touch at eye level on your car's windshield or dashboard. When you get to your destination, just press the corner tab to release your device (take it with you so no one smashes your windows!). The WindowSeat comes... more

Fun iPod Shuffle Case

Fun iPod Shuffle Case

How cute is this knit "Applepod" iPod Shuffle case? It's got happy rainbow stripes in the shape of an apple; fits 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation iPod Shuffles; and has a hole in the top for your headphones. Yes, you can still use the clip function, so you can wear your iPod as a big brooch. Just $12 at Etsy.

Sept. 16, 2008

Mikasa Brewmaster's Collection

Mikasa Brewmaster's Collection

Instead of tossing your guests a 6-pack of Budweiser, why not serve them a decent pilsner in a proper glass? Designed for beer aficionados, Mikasa's "Brewmaster's Collection" consists of 4 different 4-piece sets: Wheat glasses, pilsner glasses, varietal glasses, and a flight set (6-ounce glasses), shown here with the accompanying dark wood caddy. All glasses are dishwasher-safe and make great wedding/housewarming/holiday gifts. Especially if you wrap them up with some good beer.

Sept. 11, 2008

5 Year Diary

5 Year Diary

When we heard about the 5 year diary, we had to order several copies to give as gifts. The diary is a clothbound, hardcover book that lets you keep track of your life with just a few lines every day for 5 years. Each page of the diary is devoted to one day of the year and subdivided into 5 sections (one for each of 5 years). So as you're writing what happened on... more

Sept. 9, 2008

LOLMagnetz

LOLMagnetz

I can haz magnetz? If you like LOLCats, now you can create your own with LOLMagnetz. Each kit comes with 384 LOLWord fridge magnets, so you can make your own LOLCats at home. You'll have to provide your own cat photos, of course. Also included is an LOLSpeak instruction manual, in case you need to brush up on your skillz. Also funny: Jezebel's LOLVogue posts.

Aug. 26, 2008

Crate and Barrel Palazzo Tote Bags

Crate and Barrel Palazzo Tote Bags

You'd think, after browsing through the September issue of Lucky magazine, that a good fall tote bag costs at least several hundred dollars. Nonsense. You can get this patent "Palazzo" tote bag from Crate and Barrel for $24.95. The bag is right on trend for fall (patent! purple! contrast! boldness!), has magnetic closure with an interior pocket, can be cleaned with a damp cloth, and comes in several color combinations. So you can... more

Photo Frame Wall Clocks from Target

Photo Frame Wall Clocks from Target

As seen in the September issue of Better Homes and Gardens: Photo wall clocks from Target. Instead of numbers, there are circles where you can insert your own photos. A perfect gift for grandmothers or people with large families. Plus it's probably fun to say things like "It's Mike after Mark." Preorder now for delivery in a few weeks. See also: Target's "splat" wall clocks.

Heroes - Season 2

Heroes - Season 2

Volume two begins four months after the Emmy Award-nominated first season's explosive finale, just as the heroes are struggling, once again, to adapt to normal existence. The 4-disc set contains all the TV episodes, plus some bonus features with untold stories and an alternate ending to the season finale. Compare prices on the first season of Heroes.

Aug. 18, 2008

Dopie Thong Sandals

Dopie Thong Sandals

"Naked shoes for naked people." That's how Terra Plana describes their Dopie thong sandals, even though the models wearing the sandals are fully dressed. The company set out to create the most minimal footwear possible. The result is this sandal, made out of recycled materials, that molds to your foot. There's one piece that folds up between your toes to provide control, and apparently the strap is "optional." Dopies come in men's and women's... more

Aug. 11, 2008

GoateeSaver

GoateeSaver

"Real men wear goatees," say the people behind the GoateeSaver, a new shaving device that helps men with daily grooming. The GoateeSaver is not a razor. It is a plastic mouthpiece. You bite down on the orange tabs in the back, adjust the mouthpiece so that it covers all the facial hair you want to keep, and then just shave around it. It sounds like a fast and easy way to get a perfectly... more

Aug. 6, 2008

Mrs. Meyer's Geranium Liquid Hand Soap

Mrs. Meyer's Geranium Liquid Hand Soap

We don't normally get excited about mundane things like hand soap, and we know practically nothing about flowers, but this weekend we visited a friend and discovered a bottle of Mrs. Meyer's geranium liquid hand soap in his bathroom. It smelled so good we wanted to drink it. The company's web site says you can use it on your entire body, not just your hands. Mrs. Meyer, if you are reading this, please make... more

Breaking Dawn

Breaking Dawn

Spotted: Breaking Dawn, the much-hyped final book in Stephenie Meyer's bestselling Twilight saga, in the hands of thousands of women and girls dying to know if Bella will marry Edward and finally and permanently join the Cullen family. If you like stories about vampires, werewolves, and high school love, check out this series. Or be lazy like us and wait for the movie versions. Twilight hits theaters December 12th.

July 23, 2008

Converse Grunge Collection

Converse Grunge Collection

We groaned out loud when we heard that Converse had released a "grunge collection." We thought, are designers so creatively tapped out that they need to bring back a trend from the early '90s already? Is Courtney Love having trouble paying her legal bills again? But it turns out "grunge" just means "plaid" in the case of these Chuck Taylors. Some styles have plaid exteriors, while others use solid colors with plaid linings. We... more

July 18, 2008

LED Shower Light Displays Water Temperature

LED Shower Light Displays Water Temperature

How cool - or hot - is this LED shower light? It's an attachment for your shower head. When you turn the water on, the light shines blue. Once the water gets up to 89 degrees, the light turns red. All you need now is a disco ball. Anyway, the light doesn't require any special tools to install, fits a standard shower pipe, and might just make you want to take showers in... more

July 17, 2008

Trunki Ride-On Suitcases for Kids

Trunki Ride-On Suitcases for Kids

What's even harder than traveling with kids in tow? When those kids you're towing are in turn towing their own suitcases. Enter Trunki kid suitcases. Made from the same hard plastic as adult-sized luggage, Trunki suitcases not only have enough room for all your kids' clothes and toys, but they also double as sturdy and safe ride-ons for kids ages 3-6. So you can grab the long leash strap and pull both kids and... more

Heroes Action Figures

Heroes Action Figures

Hey Heroes fans, did you know Mezco makes Heroes action figures? The first series includes 7" articulated versions of Hiro Nakamura, Peter Petrelli, Claire Bennett, Sylar, and Mohinder Suresh, all with plot-appropriate accessories (Claire comes with an alternate damaged head and alternate damaged arm). If the show continues to win Emmy awards, we're thinking these figures could be worth something someday. Then again, we thought the same thing about our Spice Girls action figures.... more

July 14, 2008

Barack Obama Action Figure

Barack Obama Action Figure

We just found out about this Barack Obama action figure. It doesn't talk, but it does have 8 points of articulation so you can "pose him presidentially." We'd like to see a companion Michelle Obama figure, so we could pose them together doing the "terrorist fist jab." (Speaking of which, check out the latest New Yorker cover.) If you're a McCain supporter, sit tight: The McCain action figure hits stores next month.

July 10, 2008

Envirosax

Envirosax

Sometimes when given a choice of A or B, you pick C. For example, our answer to "Who's better, the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?" is "The Who." And now, when someone asks you "Paper or plastic?" you should reply, "I brought my own." But if you don't already have a pile of ugly canvas tote bags left over from conferences, we suggest using Envirosax. These cute, waterproof bags hold up to 44 pounds... more