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Weekly Goods

May 2nd, 2012

I should really change the name “Weekly Goods” to “Whenever I Feel Like it Goods” – ha! Here are some products I’m really loving lately, no particular theme this time:

1. Heath Moonstone mug. Nothing new, but I went to Heath recently and picked this mug up and put it back like, eight times? I just want this one dedicated I hear there will be a 15% off sale on Mother’s Day, but I can’t find anything about that online so don’t hold me to that rumor.
2. Larissa Hadjio Panzano Ball bag, part of her amazing Diamond Vision collection. I love how interesting the shapes of her bags are without being too weird.
3. Pot + Pantry Salt Cellar. I love that this has a lid! They rarely do.
4. Fine Little Day Cross Breadspread. I love everything about this – the black and white pallet, the geometric yet rough painterly-style strokes.
5. Blackbird Coffee. One of my favorite shops in Seattle teaming up with one of my favorite coffee shops in Seattle? Genius.

Weekly Goods

April 19th, 2012

I’m feeling a little more drawn to colorful things lately – maybe it’s the weather getting warmer, or the fact that when I packed for Coachella I realized pretty much everything I own is grey? Whatever it is, here are some picks more on the fun side than my usual neutrals.

1. Alfred Brehm by Carolin Loebbert
2. Hello Jenuine 3D Cat Tote
3. Tuesday Bassen The Nose Ring Holder (I’m not really a ring wearer – but I use a ring holder for my washi tape!)
4. Geijo Swimsuit - top + bottoms
5. Sud de Sur Mader Mini


Weekly Goods

March 21st, 2012

This week, a collection of easy on the eyes pieces for the home.

1. Vintage Lamp
2. Ghana Market Basket
3. Rustic Storage Side Table
4. Roundcross Throw
5. Circle Shelf (Will tells me he could probably make something similar for me. Carpenter boyfriend, I love you.) via A Merry Mishap

The topic of home is on my mind a lot lately as we’re thinking that maybe moving into a smaller, cheaper apartment and getting a work space to work out of outside of our home might be a good idea. Work spaces are pretty affordable in LA and I’m talking with some friends about this idea as having a little more community and a separate space to work in might be much needed motivation and worth the productivity I hope it would result in. I’m also quite tired of having jewelry pieces everywhere and it being hard to get messy with making. It’s still in the gestational period in my brain, but it’s becoming more and more serious. So, we shall see.


Weekly Goods

March 14th, 2012

Some nice things that have caught my eye or wonderful blog readers have sent me lately.

1. DwellStudio Scallop Bronze Duvet Set – a fantastic new pattern. I love the hand drawn look and that color combination is perfect.
2. A beautiful scarf from the Fall/Winter 2012/13 milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre collection. Photo by Maxime Ballesteros.
3. MAC lipstick in So Chaud. I really want to try this color after seeing it used in these beautiful photos on She Lets Her Hair Down.
4. Adriane Duckworth‘s wonderful paintings translate to really fun iPhone cases.
5. Donna Wilson’s Tig – I just love him, that’s all. “Likes tinned sardines and playing hide and seek”. via Satsuki

Weekly Goods

February 29th, 2012

Thank you all for your wonderful comments on my Bits Of My Weekend (or lack thereof) post. Your support and kindness forever keeps me going. I don’t have any plans to get rid of other weekly features right now, as it keeps me on schedule and I still feel inspired with other things I post about. So on that note, some gems I’ve fallen in love with lately with no particular theme…

1. Lars Beller Fjetland’s beautiful Re-Turned birds, made from leftover wood. via It’s Nice That.
2. Simple Arrow Tail by Halona Glass. Treated myself to this beauty over the weekend, I’ll be sure to share a photo when it comes. via Danica
3. Vintage Jim McBride Fabrik plates. I’d love to collect this pattern, it’s so seventies Pacific Northwest.
4. Madewell holepunch sandal. Perfection. A more affordable answer to those Steven Alan babies I covet.
5. Louise Bourgeois Be Calm poster. Saw this at the MOCA store last weekend and it’s been on my brain ever since as Louise is a hero of mine. I’m a little done with inspirational message prints, but it’s Louise and I’m afraid I’m in need of this reminder a lot lately.


Weekly Goods: Vintage

February 15th, 2012

On Sunday I went to the Rose Bowl Flea Market, and it was even more disappointing than the last time I went. I feel like the only person I know who truly hates going there. I never find anything, everything is ridiculously overpriced, and don’t even get me started on the crowds/parking/traffic hell you endure if you go after 9am. But it filled my head with vintage longing, which I haven’t had in a while, so here are some finds that have caught my eye recently. I think a trip to the Long Beach Flea is in order as I think I prefer it.

1. California Krush Jumpsuit (I could not pull this off, but feel that the right person could make this look amazing)
2. Triple Diamond Ring
3. Takashi of San Francisco Zodiac Ram Coin Bank
4. Sailboat Shelf
5. Denby Ode Cruet Set

Weekly Goods

February 8th, 2012

No theme this week, just things that have caught my eye lately.

1. Maritime Soap Set
2. Moon Print (via Honey Kennedy)
3. Steven Alan Mary Jane Sandals (I don’t care how many stupid Pinterest commenters tell me how ugly these are, I’m pining for them big time. Since when did Pinterest become voting on whether or not you like the things people pin? Sick of it. End rant.)
4. Mother Travail Apron (Yokoo‘s new shop, click on the apron link for a much better view!)
5. Brook&lyn Stacked Glass Circle Necklace (via Mallory)


ps. I did some fiddling with my sidebar yesterday as the width was bothering me, so now I have room for slightly larger ads (but still at the same price). Email me (katemiss at gmail) if you’re interested as I have a couple spots open. I’ve lowered my prices a bit recently to give more opportunity for small businesses as I know this isn’t a “make it rain” kind of time for a lot of us.

Weekly Goods: Beauty Products

February 1st, 2012

I thought it was time for an update to my original beauty post from a year ago. I’ve really become more of a tried and true kind of person with the products I use, but a huge difference in my life from a year ago is my financial situation – starting your own business means that splurging on fancy products at Sephora will make you feel guilty for weeks – so they better either be totally worth it (hello, Clarisonic) or you need to find cheaper alternatives. I haven’t found a lot of cheaper alternatives so far, but some.

1. Sephora Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain – last year I was using Benetint, the $30 bottle that made my cheeks perfectly rosy. But that bottle of liquid gold was the most expensive beauty product I used, so I tried the Sephora cheek stain and never looked back. It’s only $12 and seriously lasts forever- since the summer I’ve only replaced it once and I use it every single day on my cheeks. It’s terrible as a lip stain for me, but so was Benetint. I also really like that it’s a gel, which is easier to apply and less messy than liquid. I use Pinot.

2. Organix Coconut Milk Weightless Mousse – a lot of you have asked me what I use for my hair, and my position on hair products hasn’t changed much since last year – my hair is so “normal” I’m not loyal to anything and don’t care about hair products much. However, my new haircut requires some styling product or I look like I belong on Three’s Company. So far I love this mousse because it smells amazing and isn’t too crunchy or sticky – plus it’s affordable and I can get it at the drug store. I run it through my damp hair, scrunch and then let it air dry.

3. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – I know a lot of people have been singing the praises of this lip balm for a while, but I finally tried it and love it. I have it in Tiger Lily and it’s just a tiny bit of peachy color and shine on my lips for every day use. Also an affordable drug store buy.

4. Clarisonic Mia – OK, this is the splurge. You’ve probably heard a lot of people talking about this, and for good reason. It’s a miracle worker for me. I use it once a night with my Boscia face wash and my skin has never been clearer, my pores smaller, or my skin softer. Like any beauty product it’s not for everyone, but if you break out or your face peels, try the sensitive brushes before giving up. I have relatively sensitive skin and I haven’t needed them, however.

5. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock – This is my latest cheaper version discovery. I was never one to wear SPF every day on my face, but since moving to LA and all this cancer business, I don’t leave the house without it. But I have super oily skin and it’s hard to find one that doesn’t feel greasy. I was using Boscia, which is fantastic for those of us with oily skin, but it’s only SPF 15 and not affordable. I tried some other pricey options at Sephora before finally realizing that I should try out some drug store options. This Neutrogena sunblock is the absolute best – it goes on like a moisturizer but immediately absorbs and you don’t even know it’s there. It also doesn’t smell like sunblock one bit. $10 miracle.

Phew! Ok, that’s it. So, any new products you guys are using? Any cheaper alternatives you’ve switched to that you love? I could talk beauty products forever, it’s one of the few things I’m quite “girly” about.

Weekly Goods

January 25th, 2012

Hello! Andrea here. I’m excited to contribute to weekly goods today while Kate is in Seattle. Lucky for me, I got to hang with her and Will yesterday!

1. To get me through this gray winter: a bright red Clare Vivier Clutch. – 2.  An updated houndstooth scarf for the perfect touch of pattern – 3. Is it too early to be thinking about sandals? – 4. Insanely Detailed typographic paintings of  MAPS by Paula Scher. – 5. A lovely but functional salt and pepper cellar; I dig those tiny spoons.


Weekly Goods: Care Packages

January 11th, 2012

I thought we’d go with a theme with today’s posts, OK?

A while back I mentioned on twitter that I was going to be an expert care package giver going forward due to all of the amazing care packages that we were sent to us over the course of Will’s treatment. A few people asked that I share some ideas in the form of a blog post, and I attempted to start one over a month ago. It grew completely out of hand and had no structure, I felt like I could go on and on for ages. Then over the weekend I realized that Weekly Goods was the perfect place for this – a themed goods post on the subject of care packages (more themed Weekly Goods posts will definitely be coming in the future). Limiting it to five categories was tough, but this is just a basic guide. Also, because I’m feeling self conscious and some readers really keep me on my toes about stuff like this, 1. We weren’t given all of these things, I added to the categories, this is not a bragging list. And 2. I can’t stress enough that this is not meant to make anyone feel guilty for not sending us a care package. Any support – phone calls and emails and the like are just as good. This is purely a guide about care packages as I was so inspired by them. Alright, onwards!

1. LOCAL STUFF: If you’re sending a care package to someone who is not in your city, it’s fun to send them things from where you are that they can’t get, or at least are not readily available. It doesn’t have to be food, but this is a typical local-type thing that was a reoccurring theme in our care packages.
Early Bird Granola (Brooklyn), whimsy&spice hazelnut whiskey cookies (Brooklyn), MarketSpice tea (Seattle – tea is always great for people feeling under the weather, too! If you could also send a teapot, that would be awesome as well), Te Aro Burnout Coffee Beans (Toronto)

2. SWEETS: If you’re sending something to a cancer patient, check to make sure they’re eating sugar as it’s a common healing diet to refrain from it, but the cancer center is filled with jars of candy and mints because they help with nausea, and if you’re sending a care package to someone who just needs cheering up, sweets never hurt. Plus finding fun candy is, well, fun!
Jila round mints, Vosges Black Salt Caramel Chocolate bar, papabubble mixed hard candies, Fruit Flavoured Gums (some of these fall under the category of local as well! Hard to categorize.)

3. TREAT YO SELF: Ok, not yourself, but someone else. But you get it. Nice things to treat someone to as just because feeling crummy is all the more reason that you need wonderful smelling body or shaving soap, hand cream or fragrance. Will joked about the soap in his post earlier, but we really have been loving all of it! We never spring for the good stuff on our own.
The Soap & Paper Factory Verbena Hand Cream, Saipua Soap, Sea Salt Soap (great for shaving, super awesome package design), OLO Valens fragrance

4. HANDMADE: Dessert! A mix CD! Art! Jewelry! Put your possible creative talent to use, it’s so sweet to get something handmade. Amazing mix CDs got me through the last few months. If you live near someone, make them dinner and drop it by (don’t invite yourself over to make something unless you’re totally sure they’re ok with that, personally our apartment was quarantined for 3 months.) This isn’t exactly handmade, but one of the best things ever is that our friends who live down the street from us went to Whole Foods and bought us a week’s worth of groceries, delivered to our doorstep. I cried at the sight of it all it was so perfect.

5. BOOKS: You don’t even need to buy new books, my grandma sent us a huge box of her old books, which was so sweet. Anyone under the weather – either in a hospital or not – probably has a lot of time on their hands in bed and books come to the rescue. A magazine subscription would be great, too. Also, I didn’t want to make this category too expansive but all forms of entertainment are great – games and movies and such.
The Marriage Plot (my favorite book this year), Fashion Cats, 3191 Quarterly, 1Q84 (Will’s favorite book this year)

I could go into intense detail on other ways to support people when they need it outside of physical care packages, but that isn’t the point of this post and it would make this so long your eyes would roll back into your head.

Now go forth and make someone’s day who needs it!