So I get this Tracy Porter (who?) catalog in the mail the other day and it's mostly over-decorated, over-priced stuff - but I did see one or two (or four) things I liked. Proof of my ability to want to spend money regardless of the venue.
I saw this Charlie Brown tree on Mighty Goods and I'm in love. We're probably going to have a big tree this year, for Frankie, becuase I have to make Christmas more fun than Hanukkah, otherwise Mitch wins. Before we lived in the 750 sq. foot splendor that we inhabit now - I've had some pretty small apartments, and Christmas trees were always a dilemma. Michele and Jenny can tell you about the monstrosity I put up in our railroad apartment on 4th Street. It was nearly impossible to walk through the living room. And you had to walk through the living room, it was a railroad apartment! So I've been relegated to a small, table top tree - which never seems festive enough. This tree, however, is the perfect solution, and no needles!
I always get excited when somebody else "publishes" me. (If you can call a few links from curbed as being "published"). MUG (Manhattan Users Guide) is a daily e-mail you can sign up for that's SO MUCH BETTER than Daily Candy. Anyway, a few days ago they reviewed a bag they had dubbed the clear winner in their search for the perfect laptop conveyance. And I felt the need to tell them about my new work bag. Being one who always "thinks outside the box" (a necessary attribute to succeed in corporate drudgery or on The Apprentice), I've been using an ingeniuosly designed diaper bag, the skiphop, for my computer. I can't say enough about how great a laptop bag this thing is. It's so cool - I'm thinking of buying another one for FTM's diapers. Well, they recognized my trendsetting ways and put me in todays MUG - last line in the second item.
So this isn't just a self lauditory post - although I do sometimes like to toot my own horn - it's a shameless promotion for MUG. I find their service invaluable (like their review of moving companies or their list of hotels for under $200) and the more readers - the more advertising dollars they can make - the longer they stay around. We'll all be happy - as long as they don't go all Dana Levy on us and sell out.
No one was more excited than I was when I read about MaxDelivery.com on Curbed earlier this week. I thought Kozmo.com was so cool, I even went to work there. So my excitement was tinged by a little jealousy - the same feeling I get when I go to my video store (wedelivervideos.com) or order from fresh direct and mourn for the loss of that 1999, start-up, "we can do anything" vibe. I now work for a huge, bureaucratic media conglomerate that's as old as the hills. Or at least as old as this guy.
So I've signed up to be notified when they get to my neck of the woods (currently they're only making deliveries south of 14th street). And I called a friend from my Kozmo days. Lo and behold - it's not just a bunch of no-name kids trying their hand at the "from the internet to your door in under an hour" game. It's Chris Siragusa - the former CTO at Kozmo. You can read an interview with him here where he describes what it's like to work for Kozmo... in 1999.
So, Chris, I'm sure the free advice is going to pour in. (In fact, Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures offers some here). Don't listen to them. (Besides - Union Square Ventures sounds too much like Flatiron Partners - and we all know how that worked out.) Make us proud. And if you do make it really big, hire us back.
I have this coat in ivory and I'm fighting the urge to get another one - becuase it's on sale for $28.99. $28.99! I wish I had someone to buy it for. I can't let a deal like this go by without telling someone about it. It's nice and warm and it was totally worth it when I spent $100 on it, let along $28.99. Go buy it! Now! Before they run out!
BTW, I know it's a "maternity" coat - but, trust me, it's not. I bought it when I was pregnant and had to wait until I wasn't to wear it. Most of the stuff Babystyle sells is sized for pregnant supermodels. Hence it fits normal, non-knocked up girls just fine.
So, I've seen these yummy smelling cleaning products at a shop in the Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May a bunch of times and I've always meant to pick some up. Mostly because I thought they were less chemical-ly than Ajax and Pledge, but now that I know they're just cleverly-marketed, good smelling versions... I'll probably buy them anyway.
OK, so I've resisted posting all of the recent online stores that sell cool baby onsies or t-shirts by virtue of the fact that there are just so many of them, I can't keep up. (See here, and here, and here, and here, and here, and here.) And even though the onsie at babyanarchy.com isn't even that great - I just had to post it because I loooooove the picture they have on their homepage (see right). That kid rocks!
I got one of these for Mitch when he turned 30 this year. It wasn't as spot on as I thought, but they did a pretty good job. You can order them at whoopassenterprises.com and customize the body type and clothes in addition to the head. (Mitchs' was an Islanders hockey player body with his head on top).