We pretty much think the last good music made came out in the ’90s — and the guys and girls of Merge Records were behind a lot of it. Indie rock bands like Superchunk, Seam, and Neutral Milk Hotel provided the soundtrack for our teenage lives and beyond.
Merge Records is special not only because of the great music it puts out, but also because the label founders are musicians themselves. Mac McCaughan and Laura Ballance of Superchunk founded the label, and it’s their artist-focused aesthetic that really drives the Merge machine. Keep reading »
You always wanted to write someone a poem. But Hallmark did it better. You always wanted to write her a song. But a) you can’t really sing, and b) see previous poetry detail. Here’s a nifty number that solves your personalized romantic gift worries—it’s a mechanical music box kit that allows you to create your own custom tune. Included are all the necessary materials plus instructions so helpful that even amateurs can become composers. Of course, you can always steal someone else’s song in case inspiration escapes you. But at least give it a try.
The Gilded Lily is the tasty cocktail of New York Fashion Week. Created by The London Bar by Gordon Ramsay at The London NYC hotel, The Gilded Lily is a chic and sophisticated combination of prosecco, fresh strawberries, St. Germain, and grains of paradise to cut the sweetness and add a little spice. If you’re in NYC, then stop by The London Bar, near Lincoln Center, for The Gilded Lily, which is priced at $17. But if you’re not in NYC, don’t fret. We have the recipe! Keep reading »
I’m not the type of woman that oohs and ahhs at flowers. Basically because they die, tend to grow mold, and are kind of smelly. But even I have to admit to being mesmerized by rainbow roses. These roses in colors of the rainbow or a crayon box are created by splitting a rose stem into several “pipes” and dipping each one into a different colored water. The roses absorb the water and transfer the color to the petals. It’s a similar effect to the chrysanthemum and food coloring experiment that elementary school science teachers favor. Rainbow roses were developed in Holland and run about $55 to $325. [The Fun Times Guide via Impact Lab] Keep reading »
Combine history, design, and romance, and of course you get a winner: Originally fashioned as a hair restraint for samurai warriors, Mizuhiki grew into a Japanese cord-tying art form used as decorative symbolism. Playing with table design, Japanese company Oey combines Mizuhiki with chopsticks, binding them together with brightly colored twine. In the end, this symbolizes the act of enjoying a meal with a loved one and the wish of “being together forever.” (Aww!) Put these on the list for cute anniversary presents and wedding favors.
Many women dream of owning a pair of sexy Jimmy Choo stilettos. Tamara Mellon? She has over 1,000 pairs. But it’s only fair, considering she’s the one that discovered Mr. Jimmy Choo back when he was a London cobbler and turned his name into a must-have label for glamorous ladies. Read more … Keep reading »
This Thursday, JCPenney is hosting an online wedding registry party, in which engaged couples and friends and family of engaged couples can speak to a registry expert and see demonstrations of KitchenAid, Cusinart, and Mikasa products. The party lasts from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30pm CT (8:30 – 9:30pm ET). JCPenney will also award 10 prizes every 10 minutes during the hour-long party. Also, all guests of the online shindig will receive a $10 discount coupon to be used on any $25 or more home purchase. Space is limited, so you need to sign up now. [JCPenney Online Wedding Registry Party] Keep reading »
In The Girl Who Plays With Fire, the second book in the Stieg Larsson series, off-kilter heroine Lisbeth Salander blows major cash in an Ikea shopping spree (it is Sweden after all). Apartment Therapy has compiled (nearly) all of her purchases into this handy image based on the product details revealed in the book. The only thing we would have done differently is throw in a Billy’s Pan Pizza for fun (even though you can’t buy Lisbeth’s favorite frozen food at Ikea). [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
Sometimes you don’t even need a group of friends to have a good time. So, put your cell phone away, shut down your laptop, and start doing things for you! In honor of Love Yourself Week, we compiled a list of awesome things you can do by yourself. Here are the 10 best ones! Keep reading »