Thu 27 Feb 2014

Retro Rocket Shaped Cocktail Shaker

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Rocket ShakerLooking for the perfect retro inspired cocktail shaker? Blast off with this swanky 1950s rocket shaped cocktail shaker, and just sit back and enjoy the ride…

Made of stainless steel and able to hold 24 ounces of the “rocket fuel” of your choice, this cocktail shaker is ready to launch you and your party guests back to a more space-fascinated time.

$34.99 @ ModCloth

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Mon 26 Apr 2010

Have you Ever Time Traveled in your Kitchen?

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5-Piece Retro Style Dining Set - White/RedStep back in time with a beautiful vintage inspired dining set with classic red and white coloring. Maybe black and white is your preferred retro motif? Either way a dining set like this will send Grandmas and kids alike back to a time when it all seemed a bit more simple.

Mix the past with the future by blogging, tweeting, and surfing the web via your fancy iPad at this retro table and chair set and you might just cause a time vortex. Or time leak, or maybe just a plain ol’ flashback in your giant brain.

Either way mixing the sexy retro past with today’s technology brings us all closer to living without limits of time, or space, or decor. So do us all a favor and pick out some retro decor from our friends over at Stacks and Stacks and live life Doctor Who style by straddling multiple time periods at once.

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Thu 22 Apr 2010

Are You Worthy of a Chair Fit for Royalty?

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The Royalty Sports Chair.When was the last time you truly felt like royalty lounging in greatness?
Maybe it was your well worn Lazy Boy chair at home or maybe it’s your $4,000 massage chair labeled “The World’s Most Advanced Massage Chair.” Or maybe you just can’t remember that far into your past lives?

Well, relax I’m here to show you how special you really are. You deserve a a chair built for a king, and a queen. That’s right, both you and your fellow majesty can fit comfortably in this over-sized stadium style chair. Stadium style meaning; you are towering over those peasant sized chairs the normies use. And I know you, you are worried about your “help” getting hurt transporting this colossal chair for you. Well don’t fret, it comes with a duffel bag to make it easy to carry.

Plus it’s portable for all those outdoor sporting events you so effortlessly grace with your glowing presence. The lifetime guarantee lovers over at Hammacher call this the The Brobdingnagian Sports Chair, but we just call it awesome.

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Tue 26 May 2009

Wild Divine Makes Meditation Fun

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Did you know there is no “right way” to meditate? Anything that allows you to become relaxed and centered is the “right way” for you. Maybe that’s a walk around the block, singing along with an uplifting album, or sitting in your favorite chair and just breathing deeply. Yet no matter what meditation methods you prefer, our bodies respond in the same ways when we enter a relaxed and centered state. It’s called coherence: a highly efficient psychological state where all the systems of the body work together in harmony. Thanks to biofeedback machines we can actually measure how “coherent” our bodies are. Wild Divine offers 2 products that allow the user to instantly measure their coherence level, and even better, to learn to bring their body to coherence at any given time.

Both of Wild Divine’s products combine biofeedback data with an enlightening interactive format. Their flagship product, Healing Rhythms is described as a “guided training program” and is better suited for adults and teens. The Passage: Journey to Wild Divine is presented as a beautiful interactive game and is adventurous fun for all ages. (There is another game – Wisdom Quest – that can also be used with The Passage.) Here’s a video clip of The Passage:


Even if you have never meditated before, the very act of watching your biofeedback levels will begin to bring you into a state of calm. Playing with the games will bring anyone into a deeper state of inner peace. The manufacturers don’t talk about the health benefits much, but that’s the part I find especially amazing. The biofeedback unit measures the Heart Rate Variability, and HRV is the best predictor of future mortality and morbidity than any of the standard risk factors (cholesterol, smoking, exercise levels, etc). That means using a Wild Divine product helps us learn to be relax while transforming our health, too. Now that’s holistic health care.

Besides the game versus training format of the two systems, my research shows one other consideration. The Passage game system does not come with detailed graphing abilities, but separate Grapher Expansion software is available. This is the package I will be purchasing, because I want the flexibility of lots of game play but still have the option to just quietly watch my body’s rhythms. Plus, I can add the Wisdom Quest game later if I want.

This certainly isn’t the only way how to meditate, but it is an innovative new tool that promises to open humanity’s understanding about the body-mind connection. Have you tried any of the Wild Divine biofeedback products? We would love to hear your feedback!

Image courtesy of Hector Landaeta.

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Mon 24 Mar 2008

Eco Friendly Fashion from Nimli and ecoSkin

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Nimli eco friendly fashionLucky Magazine just put together a feature called Eco-Friendly Fashion Sourcebook, which introduced me to some new stores and designers. Two of my finds I just have to share. First is Nimli, an online boutique that is “devoted to providing natural, organic, and sustainable lifestyle products while embracing style and aesthetic“. While the fusion of beauty and environmental care is finally becoming the norm in green fashion, Nimli is the first site I’ve seen that does so seamlessly and without making “green” a novelty. The first time I saw the site, it looked so similar to other designer fashion sites that I thought I had clicked the wrong link! Everything looks polished and stylish, but the ubiquitous color green and images of nature are notably absent from their design and graphics. The message seems clear: Nimli does fashion, and being green is just their default. ecoSkin eco-friendly fashion for women I look forward to the day when environmentally-friendly “options” are presented as the norm and not just a gimmick. Another aspect that helps them stand out among eco-minded retailers is their practice of having each item shipped directly from designer to customer, greatly reducing their carbon footprint, in addition to already buying carbon offset credits.

One of the lines carried at Nimli was also mentioned in the Lucky feature, and they offer classy, simple, contemporary women’s styles. ecoSkin is Los Angeles-based, and Spring 2008 marks their debut line. The designer says “I wanted to give women a hip, sophisticated collection, as well as a sustainable product that would not leave a footprint on the environment. My vision is to continually raise women’s awareness of their options. We can combine eco-friendly fabrics with a high design aesthetic.

$106-$190

RELATED: For more lovely eco-friendly fashion, be sure to check out our Organic Clothes section.

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Mon 17 Dec 2007

Gadget Gift Roundup Part 1

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Gadgets are a part of daily life for pretty much everybody in 2007, so gadget gifts aren’t just for computer nerds anymore! We’ve rounded up some great tech gift ideas for everyone on your list. Whether you’re shopping for a business professional, social network butterfly, or any gadget-lover in-between, keep reading for some retail inspiration.

6 Device Electronics Charger: This little beauty is going to simplify a lot of lives. It’s six tentacles contain “six adapters that fit most portable devices, allowing an entire briefcase-full of electronic office tools to be fully powered in an average of two hours”. Comes with a regular and car charger so that you can also power up on the go.

iRobot Roomba & Scooba Roomba 500 Series Robot Vacuum: It’s December 2007, and jet packs are still not available yet. The next best thing would definitely be the cleaning robots available from iRobot. Not only is the new 500 series vastly improved from earlier models, but there are also robots that mop your floors, vacuum up your shop, and clean your gutters. Also, with no AI chip* there’s no threat of your Roomba leading an electronic revolt. *(You’ll need iRobot Create developers kit for that)

Chaotic-Artistic Gadget Organizer: Shopping for an oxymoron? This beautiful tangle of wires is named Harry, and he is as unique and tech savvy as his future owner. Inside his guts you can have fun nestling not just gadgets, but keys, wallets, and whatever else you’re likely to throw on the table as soon as you get home.

DIY Laptop Sleeve/Bag: The laptop bags that we featured in our Indie Christmas part 1 post were amazing, but sometimes totally custom is the way to go. Let your laptop lover design every detail of their bag with the Skooba customizable sleeve that also cleverly transforms into a handled bag.

Bluetooth Rear View Mirror: Between cell phone laws and sloppy drivers, Bluetooth devices continue to prove themselves invaluable for traveling. The only question is, which will make you look crazier: talking to an earbud or talking to your rearview mirror?

USB Podcast Studio Kit: Blogging is so 2006. All the cool kids (and pretty much everyone else) know that podcasting is where its at. With this kit, give your nouveau podcaster “everything needed for crystal clear audio recording and editing”, packed up all cool into an aluminum briefcase.

Check back in a couple days for some last minute gift ideas in our Gadget Gift Roundup Part 2.

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Mon 08 Oct 2007

Save 10% at eBeanstalk: COUPON

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A few months ago I wrote about the clever developmental toy gift packages at eBeanstalk, and have been watching for sales or coupons ever since. They’re one of those companies that just doesn’t do discounts very often, so when they e-mailed me about a 10% off coupon that’s good for just 1 week, I jumped to tell you guys about it! They just started advertising on TV so you may have heard about them that way, but eBeanstalk has been offering educational, age appropriate toys since 2005.

Amidst the recalled toy controversy, it’s nice to know that some stores will never carry items with questionable or uncertain contents. There is a new message on their homepage that says “At eBeanstalk we are dedicated to a child’s development and learning, and we never compromise a child’s safety. Rest assured that NONE of the recalled toys from Mattel or Fisher Price have ever been sold at eBeanstalk. NOT ONE.”

COUPON: Save 10% off anything on the site. Expires October 15, 2007.

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Sun 17 Jun 2007

Laser Star Projector: make starlight at home

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A few years ago I purchased a star projector toy, imagining and hoping that it would transform my bedroom into my very own planetarium. Like many people, stars and starlight have always held a special fascination for me. Who doesn’t enjoy stargazing every now and then? Those teeny twinkling specks of light remind us of the enormity of the galaxy, and are just so beautiful to behold. Well, imagine my disappointment when said child’s toy failed to create anything resembling a sky full of stars. Instead I saw blurry smears over a small section of my ceiling. I packed up the plastic hunk of junk, returned it to the manufacturer, and wondered if I would ever get that starlit bedroom that I so dreamed of.

Fast forward a few years and someone finally got it right! The Laser Star Projector is not a toy and promises to “fill any room from the tiniest bedroom to the largest warehouse with a crystal clear animated star display“. Yes, it’s animated, too! You’ll see thousands of green laser stars and blue clouds (along with the occasional shooting star) that are constantly moving and morphing. Everyone who sees it in person supposedly has an OMG moment, and I can’t wait to try it out for myself.

OK, I may not have a jetpack or servant robot yet, but this kind of technology will pacify me for now.

Also available @ Think Geek

$189 (with Free Shipping @ Perpetual Kid)

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Thu 14 Jun 2007

Baroque Contemporary Chandeliers

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White Chandelier These new chandeliers make me want to redecorate my whole house. The nouveau baroque look makes a perfect contrast to the predominately black coloring. It reminds me a bit of something you’d see at Urban Outfitters, but with more sophisticated details: kind of a gothic Marie Antoinette vibe. In the past, chandeliers had a stuffy feel to them, usually looking appropriate only in really swanky rooms. Today a contemporary chandelier or chandelette can create a soft, casual atmosphere similar to candlelight. A black chandelier would make an amazing focal point for any room and can bring out the beauty of your existing decor.

Black ChandelierIf black lighting isn’t your style, never fear: Gigglebrush offers many other styles and colors, including pink chandeliers and scones. They offer “couture lighting” with quality materials such as leaded crystal, glass and solid brass components, so your gorgeous lighting will stay that way.

$128-$358

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Tue 12 Jun 2007

New Sexy Retro Dresses and Separates from EC Star

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ec star retro dresses As my fellow vintage vixens know, EC Star is a pretty magical brand. Their designers always seem to know just what us retro junkies will love. You’ll be watching your favorite old movie and thinking “why doesn’t someone make a reproduction sailor dress like that?” and then suddenly… *magic wand sound effect* EC Star does. Their quality is also top notch, so you won’t bust a seam during regular wear. In the vintage reproduction world, that’s pretty rare.

The only problem? They make very limited runs and when they sell out, their beautiful retro dresses and separates are usually gone for good. Sizes are all ready disappearing from the shelves at Pin Up Girl Clothing, so if you see something you like, snatch it up now.

ec star sailor retro dress Featured at right is Micheline Love wearing the sexy cap sleeved “Lucy” dress with keyhole neckline and lace apron. Further right is the super cute 60s style “May” canvas a-line skirt and cropped 3/4 sleeved jacket. To your left is Masuimi Max in the “Bon Voyage” Sailor Girl Dress. (Yes, it really does say Bon Voyage on the back of the collar!) Lots more styles from EC Star available at Pin Up Girl Clothing.

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