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Cheapskate: The Body Shop

Sometimes you just need a pick-me-up and some pampering, but who has the dough to run to the spa every time the stress dial is cranked up? Well, it’s time to look for life’s little indulgences at The Body Shop. Typing endless reports could be a lot easier if your hands were luxuriating under a silky film of a special moisturizer. And staring continuously at a computer screen could be more bearable with a special potion to energize your pulse points. Get my drift? OK, then check out our favorite affordable elixirs, emollients and tools from The Body Shop after the jump. Keep reading »

Brooks Brothers’ Limited Edition “Mad Men” Suit

What’s sexier—your guy dressing up as Don Draper for Halloween or him dressing like that regularly just because? We’d vote for both, but now male “Mad Men” fans have the option to be dapper Don every day thanks to Brooks Brothers’ limited-edition “Mad Men” suit. Created by Janie Bryant, the show’s costume designer, the ensemble is a pretty genius interpretation of ’60s menswear with its skinny lapels and angled kerchief pocket. And while the cut is a bit retro, something about it remains classic. (Break it in on Halloween, then wear to the office for years to come.) Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Benefit Crescent Row Fragrances

We know and love Benefit’s cosmetics well — their Bad Gal eyeliner and Dr. Feelgood complexion primer have been makeup bag staples forever — but we don’t exactly think of them first when it comes to perfume. Strike that notion, because their newish Crescent Row line beats out any old Britney Spears fragrance launch any day. In fact, we bring them up now because the gorgeously ornate, fold-out boxes they come in make them a great holiday gift idea. Out of the three scents ($36 each), you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for a friend or yourself, ahem. There’s Something About Sophia, a blend of oriental blossoms, mango and vanilla; Laugh With Me Lee Lee, a woody floral blend of jasmine and lily; and My Place Or Yours Gina, an intriguing mix of red pepper, patchouli and wild raspberry. We love the vintage cocktail shaker bottle, too. So cute. Keep reading »

One Dirty, Diiirrtttyyy Cardigan

Agent Provocateur is now selling a $500 penis cardigan. Yeah, you heard me right, a $500 penis cardigan. Just what your wardrobe needs, you say? I knew it. I must have psychic powers—call up Dionne Warwick at the the Psychic Friends Network! Oh, and if you’re more of a sweater set type of gal, there’s a matching $290 top, too. Pearl necklace, um, uh, not included. [Racked] Keep reading »

Clarks Originals Celebrates Six Decades Of The Desert Boot

The Desert Boot turns 60 this year. To celebrate, Clarks Originals has released six new, unique designs inspired by the 1950s through the 2000s. There are three styles for women and three for men. Each pair of the 60th anniversary Desert Boots, which retail for about $146, comes in a specially designed box. There are souvenirs too — the booklet on Six Decades of Looking Forward to the Past and a replica keychain made from the same materials as the boot. [Clarks]

All this talk about the Desert Boot has made me nostalgic for my Catholic school days because this boot was one of the only shoe designs that could satisfy the strict dress code but also provided style and safety for the female students. After the jump, see how you can sport the Desert Boot today. Keep reading »

What Are Pajaki? And How Do You Get Your Hands On One?

The Polish word “pajaki” literally translates to “spiders of straw” in English, but the paper chandeliers made through this art form are so much prettier than the name would suggest. The town of Lowicz, which is 90 miles outside Warsaw, and surrounding villages are known for their colorful folk art, but, lately, the pajaki, which are also called mobiles, are generating some buzz on the internet. The delicate paper chandeliers are handmade by girls and women to decorate the home in bright colors of pink, orange, yellow, blue, and purple. These colorful mobiles, along with flower paintings and paper cut-outs, probably provided a much needed respite from the dreary Polish winters. Sometimes, all you need is a bright and colorful greeting to make you forget Jack Frost at your back. Fortunately, you don’t have to go all the way to Poland to get your hands on a pajaki. The Polish Art Center has several examples of traditional pajaki created by the older, less modern generation. Or you can try your hand at making one yourself, like this one by Wren Handmade. And if you’re in the NYC area, I hear designer Lena Corwin sells her versions for $35 to $65 at the Brooklyn Flea Design Co-Op] Keep reading »

Trend We Heart: Pouch Necklaces

“Everything old is new again” is a saying that you hear over and over again in the fashion world because, as we all know, trends are recycled. A few years ago, my mom bought me a copper necklace that consisted of a filigree … well, I called it a basket at the time … and green, maroon, and clear beads from a vintage store. The necklace was really heavy, a little too ornate, and didn’t really fit with my style at the time, but I enjoyed looking at it. And I thought someday my necklace would be the signature piece of an outfit.

I had no idea at the time that my mom had stumbled upon one of the oldest jewelry trends in history. The pouch necklace has been worn for centuries by those looking to mask their odor or to ward off evil spirits. Nowadays, jewelry designers are giving pouch necklaces the studded and metallic treatment, but you can still find traditional leather ones. I’m really feeling the ones above by Bona Drag, because they’re sweet with the delicate crochet pattern, but are also a little tough with the oxidized brass chain. Keep reading »

Cheapskate: Banana Republic Is Having A Major Sale!

We don’t usually think of Banana Republic as a Cheapskate kind of place since it’s Gap‘s grown-up, more expensive sibling, but every now and then the retailer has a major sale. And this time, we’re taking notice because several of the items are weather-appropriate now, and those that aren’t only need to be layered. Check out our faves after the jump, and remember to act soon because the availability is dwindling as I write this. Keep reading »

Because You Care Enough To Send Your (Druggie) Friends The Best

Artist Mark McCloud has an unusual claim to fame: He owns the largest and most well-documented collection of printed or embossed LSD blotter papers in the world, aka the “Institute of Illegal Images.” Now, he wants you to “open your mind” and stuff, too. At Blotter Barn (classy name!) you can purchase large-scale, photographic digital prints of your favorite blotters signed by the man himself. There are modest 17″x22″ prints for $120, or 35″x35″ ones available for a mere $1,000. Man, these days that stuff sure costs more then it did in high school! (Kidding kids, don’t do drugs!) Seriously, though, the paper these cuties are printed on is 100 percent acid-free. [Blotter Barn] Keep reading »

Beauty Test Drive: Kiehl’s Organic Açaí Collection

You remember that whole açaí berry craze, no? Sure ya do. Well, now in addition to drinking it up, you can slather it all over your face. This summer, my combination, acne-prone skinned self and I cleansed, toned and moisturized with Kiehl’s Rare Earth Pore Minimalizing collection, which definitely got the job done and kept oil slicks at bay. But now that it’s getting chilly out, you may have noticed your skin is getting drier (and sadder!). Luckily, Kiehl’s is to the rescue again with a line of hydrating products that use açaí, a powerful antioxidant, to repair damaged skin, like oh, say, the kind you acquired over the summer on those days when you forgot to apply sunscreen. The Cleanser feels extra refreshing — it smells light and fresh and vaguely herbal/medicinal in a really good way. I’m addicted to spritzing the Toning Mist on my mug; the serum feels like it packs a serious punch (indeed, clinical tests showed using the products improved the look of aging considerably, probably owing to the highly concentrated, 10 percent, main ingredient), and the rich, creamy moisturizer hits the spot on my getting drier by the day complexion. Though if you’re an oily type, I would only recommend it for every other day. Bonus points: The whole enchilada is environmentally friendly (EcoCert labeled), organic and paraben-free. Damaged goods? I think not. [Kiehl's] Keep reading »

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