Monthly Archives: January 2009

By the skine of a mole

Everyone loves a Moleskine.  It’s like the Slinky of the…erm…notebook world? Right. Slinky of the notebook world. Sure. Everyone knows that.


Well, anyway Moleskines are great.  It’s one of my fav gifts to give.  A nice clean notebook? Excellent.
They’ve been made in different textures, different fabrics, different colors, and recently I bought a little colored set of the soft notebooks at New Seasons. Weird.  Double weird is that I saw them for sale at Nordstrom over the holidays.  In the handbag section.  Puzzling.
And lots of people have found ways to spruce up the basic Moleskine, as you can see here.

My favorite is from Portland company Engrave Your Tech, who do KILLER laser engraving projects on your laptops, ipod, iphones, or what have you (please god check it out), and were engraving Moleskines with work from various artists for a while there under the side-project-name engrave your book.
They were hot.



Come to find out that engraving the PVC cover creates toxic gases. Dang killjoy toxic gases at it again.
But we were promised an alternative and I’ve been waiting with bated breath since I foolishly never got around to purchasing one the first time, and the time has come.
Care to take a gander?

I’m a pretty big fan of this saw image:

Saw by Dan Funderburgh

Saw by Dan Funderburgh

 As well as this simple leaf pattern:


Leaves by the Mountain Label

Leaves by the Mountain Label

Not to mention this dreamy dreamscape:


Dreamscape by Alisha Wessler

Dreamscape by Alisha Wessler



 There are many more! Check them here please!

They’re all leather and US made and have the proper design on the inside so you may still utilize the features of your Moleskine that you love (plus a little card pocket!)





As of right now, they’re just available for $60 for the pocket size Mole-y, but come February there will be a larger version.

Also, they can do custom covers if you fancy yourself a bit of an artist. Surely you do!

I love this company…check out all their other awesome work here on their blog…




p.s. they also produce some jewels that I love (and blogged about) from the Opulent Project.  


love it.


things neither to love nor such

So far this 2009:

1. Someone tried to steal my car. I think they got away with about $0.41 and did about $700 worth of damage to my car.  Thieves are not that thoughtful. I do not have $700.

2.  I got laid off from my job. New parent company in California eliminates Portland office…you know, where the company started.  Tale as old as time, I suppose.  Like Romeo and Juliet.

3. I develop intense sickness 2 days prior to fun birthday festivities. Head full of snot and many coughings.  I’m eating zinc and going though toilet paper like it’s…toilet paper. I hope to be able to taste food at birthday dinner with boyfriend at Beast.

Things to love:

1. My roommate who makes me tea and listens to me blow my nose at 2 minute intervals and who drove me everywhere while my car was not driveable.

2. My beau who brings me soup and says cheesy things about my being cute while i’m sick and also drives me everywhere.

3. NyQuil



this is the jam:




Appropriately cheeky, I think.  $220 from NYC company In God we Trust.  Many cute garments and other jewels.  I gotta visit the store when I’m in NYC in march. yay!

lace thy neck

Don’t tell me you didn’t see that picture of Drew Barrymore the other day with her newly bleach blonde hair and didn’t say “the necklace, oh god, the necklace.”


Because that is what I did. But one must assume she spent $500 on it, in order to properly wealthily contrast with her “vintage tee” and “raybans” and “black jeans.” So I immediately took to the interweb to find an appropriately priced substitute.

I found one on Urban Outfitters for $34, but whoa the one that looked like Ms. Barrymore’s is totally gone and sold out now…dang power of celebrity! The ones left look less glassy and sleek and more day-camp project or if-a-native-american-fortune-teller-owned-a-jewelry-business (which actually might be a great idea).













Next in the thought process was that “balls, I could totally party on the bead loom and make one of these in a jif.” Which, maybe I could but it also sounds kinda boring.

No wait.

I’ve decided it’s totally appropriate.  It wouldn’t take that long and it certainly would cost less than the $295.00 that Fiona Paxton’s beautiful necklace is selling for at Barney’s.  OR even the $205.20 for which it’s sold at UK Webstore Nina and Lola.


But it shore is lovely.

Check out her other necklaces too:



And this super-hottie collar type necklace which caused me to kind of shriek with delight when I saw it.  Well, I like pretty things. Sorry.


I’ve just decided that maybe they are worth $200.  They surely take a long while to make. I approve.




One more thing.  There was a segment on The Today Show this morning about how fake luxury handbags and shit like, cause terrorism and support child labor and take American jobs (you know, all those European handbags made in America?) and everything that we know to be bad in the world.  And I totally believe that and am surely not interested in gaudy fake designer bags in the slightest, but screw you, overpaid TV personalities and bourgie fashion editors.  

I’m glad you’re totally loaded enough to sit here and have this dialogue about the importance of people not buying fake $4,000 handbags or even fake $300 handbags or $200 Nikes that your fashion magazines and tv shows place importance upon and spread and trickle down that influence to middle Americans (or not even) who cannot begin to afford a silly Kate Spade or LV handbag but want to feel like they just might have their finger on the pulse of something, even if it was popular 10 years ago.  You’re responsible for their desire! You’re responsible for that “need!” You may not be sewing up the shitty bags or stealing the print, or yelling at the tiny kids to sew faster, but you totally created it.

So I guess it’s good that Bazaar started this campaign ( to maybe accept some responsibility, but it’s still annoying to listen to the top 10% being like “Don’t buy fakes, poor people.” 

Also maybe you should tell Louis Vuitton that he (you know, Louis) shouldn’t burn the seasonal bags that aren’t sold at the end of a season instead of putting them on sale because he doesn’t want the “sale” stigma.  Seems rude. And kind of a slap in the face.  “Oh, you want this bag? Well I could put it on sale so you still wouldn’t be able to afford it, buuuut nah, I’d rather burn it.”