Archive for Category: "Shopping"

1Sep
2010

TerraCycle: One Man’s Trash…

There’s a garbage revolution going on, and it’s materializing in my New Jersey county. TerraCycle is founded on the conviction that all garbage can be re-purposed or “recycled,” even if in a non-traditional way. The company’s small staff, headed by former Princeton University student Tom Szaky, has fashioned candy wrappers into purses, Purina dog bags into and circuit boards into clocks. Their products are more than a environmentalist’s hippie-dippy side project, though; TerraCycle goods are available in major national retailers […]

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18Aug
2010

From ‘Eat Pray Love’ to Two Buttons

Author Elizabeth Gilbert and her husband own an imports store — Two Buttons — in Frenchtown, New Jersey The ultimate movie for wanderlusters (especially female ones) like Tara and me is currently out in theaters: Eat Pray Love. Chances are you’d heard of the story before Julia Roberts even took on the role; Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir of the same title was released in 2006 and hit number one on the New York Times best-seller list. In it, she ventures to […]

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2Jul
2010

Bringing the Goods Back Home

When you have to dig through your closet to find buried souvenirs, what’s the point? We are firm believers that the best souvenirs are the ones you see every day. They become a part of your day-to-day life, sparking memories and conversation. Here, we list a few of our favorites. A hideous coin purse, Buenos Aires     The Argentinean bus system is notorious for its impractical requirement that coins — not bills or any special reload-able transit card — […]

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25Mar
2010

Re: Your Naked Coffee Table

When the trip calls but the bank account prohibits, it’s time to decorate your coffee table. We found four photo-heavy volumes to last through your travel dry spell. If your bank account is really tight, you can always leaf through three (almost) entire books online. Click the link at the bottom of the description. Have a safe flight! Los Angeles, Portrait of a City by David L. Ulin, Kevin Starr and Jim Heimann     Los Angeles is a misunderstood […]

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18Mar
2010

(International) Online Shopping

Who says you have to go to Firenze to look like a Florentine? If you have some extra dough to spend, check out some of these cult favorites of the high-fashion elite, all of which let you order online and ship internationally but don’t have locations in the U.S. Kokon To Zai, London Call it ’90s tribal, call it futuristic. By any name, it’s quickly becoming a favorite of celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bjork. The online store just […]

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18Feb
2010

Chinese New Year 2010

The Ox is out — make way for the Year of the Tiger! If it’s your year (if your birthday was in 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998… or 2010), you are supposed to wear an article of red clothing every day for good luck. Apparently, a red scarf or even earrings will suffice, so that could be doable! Tigers are unselfish, independent, daring, impulsive and noble. We’re both big fans of Chinese New Year celebrations. Tara […]

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11Feb
2010

To Valentine or Not to Valentine

Dinner and a movie can make for a great evening, but alternatives are usually better. Whether you’re single or one half of a couple, below are some events at and involving Chicago-area venues we love. Shop     The Bonanza! Vintage Blowout Sale at Berlin Nightclub (you know, the one almost under the Belmont Red Line stop) will feature selections from The Sometimes Store, Knee Deep Vintage (one of Tara’s favorite Chicago vintage boutiques), Clothes Optional and Kokorokoko. (DITC will also […]

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4Feb
2010

The Jet-Lag Cures

Watching that posh 28-year-old woman with knee-high boots and a Burberry coat waiting at the baggage carousel with her hair in a messy yet perfect ball on top of her head is just distressing. The two of us have had our fair share of airline nap mishaps, and travel mishaps in general, and these products have saved our lives time after time. Give them a shot and let us know what you think!     CrazySticks from crazylibellule and the […]

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1Feb
2010

Contemporary Tchochkes

In Barcelona I discovered a shopping secret: Museum stores. A museum store is the ideal place to find souvenirs not sold on every corner of whichever city you’re in, or to pick up personal gifts for family and friends. From gorgeous, glossy coffee table books to artsy jewelry and home wares, they’re full of things you never knew you needed — or at least really wanted. When I began interning at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago about a month […]

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