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Crave: Dough Ray Me Cookies

I’m seriously addicted to these itty-bitty cookies. Each kind is named after friends of the company’s owner, Jon Chazen. “It’s a way to honor them,” he says. “I don’t name them after anyone I was intimate with—no ex-girlfriends, not even my wife—and she understands.” Jon worked at Barneys New York selling women’s shoes, but one day he had an epiphany and decided to go to baking school. Once he realized his true calling, he started his own bakery, and the rest is history. My favorite flavor is the “Summaiya.” They’re chewy oatmeal cookies with raisins, sour cherries and, get this, crushed potato chips. It’s a perfect sweet, sour and salty combination. Jon told me he put so many different layers in this one because Summaiya “had a simplicity about her, but she was very complicated at the same time.” Now I want a cookie named after me. I’m thinking chewy chocolate with raspberry chocolate chips. Here’s hoping Jon needs a new BFF. [$45 for tin with six dozen cookies, Dough-Ray-Me]
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Crave: Bing Bang Bullet Studs

These itty-bitty oxidized-silver bullet studs are perfectly feminine and edgy at the same time. It can be difficult to find an accessory that truly goes with everything, but these do the trick. They’ll balance out the frilliness of a girlie dress, and they’ll look just as good with an over-sized sweater, leggings, and bad ass boots. You’ll never want to take them out. [$40, Shopbop] Keep reading »

Crave: Otrera Evil Eye Scarf

The evil eye is said to protect and keep you safe, which is why these silk chiffon scarves (in orange, purple, blue, black and green evil eye patterns) are both fashionable and practical. They have tiny glass evil eye charms on each corner of the scarf that keep it weighted in place. Throw one on, then buy a lottery ticket. Hey, you never know when good luck will strike. [$198, Otrera.com] Keep reading »

Crave: Swarovski Crystal Pencils

While we always hated going back to school, we loved the getting fresh school supplies part. So if these Swarovski crystal pencils had been around, we would have insisted on buying three packs. Sure, there’s no eraser on them, but who cares? Plus, we found the perfect equally shiny pencil case. Hmm…at $3295, maybe not, but a girl can dream, right? These pencils are a start. [$16.75 for five, The Spoon Sisters]
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Crave: Chocolat Moderne Drinking Chocolate

As soon as it gets cold outside, people immediately think they need to bundle up (think four plus layers) up to stay warm. Not a bad idea, but it’s just as effective to throw on your favorite coat and warm yourself from the inside out. Try making a cup of Chocolat Moderne’s new line of drinking chocolates instead of slipping on your thermal underwear. The four flavors, Snake Charmer, Madame ‘X’tasy, Kama Sutra and Midnight Oasis, are all delicious, but Madame ‘X’tasy is the stand out drink, a combination of espresso, burnt caramel and fleur de sel. There’s just something so unusually good about chocolate with a hint of salt. [$19, ChocolatModerne.com] Keep reading »

Crave: Ebelskiver Stuffed Pancake Pan

I recently registered at Williams-Sonoma for the typical stuff any person needs—cookie sheets, bagel cutter, grapefruit spoons (hey, I’m a fan of citrus). But whenever the catalog arrives in the mail, I always look longingly at the pages, wishing my registry was a bit more on the adventurous side. The one appliance I’m borderline obsessed with is this “pancake” pan—but they’re not really pancakes. They’re actually ebelskiver, a traditional Danish puffed pancake filled with jelly, fruit or cheese. They look so ridiculously easy to make, and the finished product looks like a work of edible art. But instead of the other (dare I say boring?) fillings, I plan on stuffing them with Nutella and peanut butter. Yum. [$40, Williams-Sonoma] Keep reading »

Crave: Leifsdottir Silk Dress

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of putting together the perfect outfit, pants, shirt, fun belt, accessories etc. But there’s something to be said for a dress that looks amazing all on its own — that’s how I feel about this unbelievably elegant silk tank empire waist dress by Leifsdottir. It just looks so smart, and it doesn’t need anything but a pair of tights and black patent heels. And there’s something so striking about the black and blue combination. For those of you in need of a little more color, check out the equally gorgeous floral print version. Um, is it bad that I kind of want to buy both? [$278, Bloomingdales] Keep reading »

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