Surfing the internet yesterday I came across a recipe for DIY deodorant. I’ve read the scary studies linking aluminum in conventional deodorants to increased risk of breast cancer and Alzheimer’s, but I still haven’t been able to break my habit — maybe mixing up my own concoction would do the trick? The ingredients are simple (and cheap!): cornstarch, baking soda, coconut oil, and your choice of fragrance. Mix it all together, pour it into an empty deodorant case, and voila!
Have you ever made your own deodorant? Would you want to give it a try? [Via Planet Green]
I have always been a hoarder at heart, prone to messiness and clutter. Remember on “Arrested Development” when Lucille Bluth is watching that news story about the mother who drove into a lake and she raises her martini glass and says, “Good for her”? That’s how I watch “Hoarders.” Some guy has collected thousands of Victorian hair wreaths? Good for him! Some lady hasn’t thrown out a Chinese takeout container in 50 years? More power to her!
When I moved in with my boyfriend I was forced to deal with my hoarding ways because they were threatening my relationship. I remember one night in particular when we were cleaning up the living room and I refused to throw away a little piece of torn cardboard. My boyfriend was sitting there saying, “Why do you need it?” and I was saying, “You know, for crafts?” and pretty soon he got annoyed and moved on to something else. I was curled up alone in a corner with my precious piece of trash feeling sort of victorious when I realized, dude, this isn’t normal. So I went to counseling and learned how to throw things away. Keep reading »
Themed pencil sets add a wonderfully retro feel to any desk, nightstand, or bookbag, and they also make fantastic stocking stuffers. We scoured Etsy shops for the nerdiest writing implements and settled on these 9 sets, decorated with references both helpful (chemical element symbols) and not-so-helpful (assorted quotes from “The Big Lebowski”). Write on…
Do you have trouble waking up in the morning? Do you need to practice your marksmanship? Meet both of your needs with this awesome laser gun alarm clock. When the alarm goes off, the only way to silence it is summon enough coherence and coordination to hit the bull’s eye with the laser gun. Accomplish this mission and you’ll not only be wide awake, you’ll feel as unstoppable as Jack Bauer.
I am a huge fan of bold sunglasses. In fact, I have a few pairs in my personal collection that even Snooki might think were a bit much. But these — which are basically a pile of skulls and feathers glued to the top of a pair of specs that were not that cute in the first place — kind of make my heart hurt. My head too, because those suckers can’t be light. And my wallet, most of all, because their original price was a cool $350. Ouch. [$175 on sale, Karmaloop]
Words are awesome. Scarves are awesome. Together they become a beautiful accessory that warms the neck and stimulates the mind. Ready to get crafty? All you need to make your own is a simple scarf, fabric pens, and a favorite quote, lyric, or poem (excellent penmanship also comes in handy). Love this as a gift idea for a sister or best friend — just grab a (fake!) pashmina in her favorite color and a few lines from her favorite song. Check out the tutorial over at Stamp 48.
There are few experiences more delightful than sipping espresso from a cute little espresso cup. Even if you don’t have an espresso machine, cute little espresso cups can be used for all kinds of fun things: holding candles or q-tips, as prep bowls for baking, or even as teeny tiny flower vases. Here are six artsy espresso cups to brighten up your kitchen (or bathroom, or bedroom, wherever)…
My friend Cassie is a Black Friday pro. Every year she heads out to the stores in the dead of night and comes back in the morning with approximately $30,000 worth of Christmas presents for, like, 30 bucks. One time I asked her about her strategies and she regaled me with stories that might make a Vietnam veteran blush. But you know what? She gets all of her holiday shopping done in a few hours the day after Thanksgiving, and she comes out of it with a smile on her face, so more power to her. After talking to her and a few other Black Friday devotees, I’ve compiled a list of five indispensable tips for surviving this crazy capitalist holiday. Keep reading »
Every winter the Great Ugg Debate is reignited and the population splits into two groups: those who love Uggs, and those who think Uggs represent the downfall of civilization. Just in case you’re still on the fence, here are 10 arguments for Uggs and 10 arguments against — make your own informed decision, and let us know in the comments which side you’re on! [Full disclosure that might ruin my career: I own two pairs of Uggs and I wear them in public.] Keep reading »
Ah, Thanksgiving: a day of gratitude, binge eating, and togetherness. Unfortunately, that whole “togetherness” thing doesn’t always go so smoothly. We all know to avoid inflammatory topics like religion and politics when convening with far-flung family members, but what happens when seemingly innocuous subjects cause tempers to flare and awkward silence to follow? To help you prepare for the worst, here’s a list of seven neutral conversation starters to try this Thanksgiving — and what to do if things turn bad…
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