Covet: Cynthia Rowley Office Products at Staples

Screen Shot 2015-09-13 at 4.04.45 PMAfter my long-overdue cleaning and organizing of my home “office” space, I made a trip to Staples to pick up some new folders for my file cabinet. While I was there, I spotted these desk supplies designed by Cynthia Rowley.

I could always use a new notebook for any of my various projects, and I love this urban floral motif…not to mention the positive affirmation on the cover.

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Covet: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick (With an Art Historical Reference)


I’m eyeing the latest product launch from Lipstick Queen, a color-changing lipstick named Frog Prince. It’s bright clover green in the tube, but when it’s applied to lips, it adjusts to a rosy pink shade.

I’m a fan of LQ’s Hello Sailor, and I’d probably enjoy Frog Prince even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to nab a press sample, but I’ll check it out next time I’m near Barneys or SpaceNK.

In the meantime, I’m smiling over the illustration of a frog reclining in front of a fairytale castle, because it reminds me of something…

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Covet: LUSH Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

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I’m a longtime fan of LUSH”s Rose Jam (you can read my review on Now Smell This, here), so I’m thrilled to learn that LUSH has begun creating similarly scented products. The latest is a solid shampoo bar called Jason and the Argan Oil (get it?).


I can’t wait to try it.

UPDATE: It’s been delayed due to a necessary reformulation, but it’s supposed to arrive in stores by the end of March!

Info via the LUSH website.

Covet: Joya x Snarkitecture Secret Souvenir Candle


I love New York. I love fancy candles. I can’t help coveting these new products from Joya Studio in collaboration with “art and architecture company Snarkitecture.”

Here’s the official description:

“The offset wick of this otherwise plain cylindrical candle suggests something unexpected beneath the surface. As the candle burns down, a metal souvenir is unearthed and a new and evolving topography of wax is formed. The image of a building in a landscape comes into focus. Each candle in the New York City edition of the Secret Souvenir series contains an Empire State Building, Chrysler Building or Statue of Liberty souvenir at random.” …

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Covet: Boots by Francois Pinet, 1870s-1880s

BATA SHOE MUSEUM - New Exhibition at Bata Shoe Museum

I didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto until recently, when a friend sent me a link to the Bata’s current exhibition, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. (I definitely need to make a special trip to Toronto to see this show. Fortunately, it runs through June 2016.)

In perusing the Bata Shoe Museum’s website, I came across these beauties. They were made in the late 1870s or 1880s by the luxury footwear firm of François Pinet. Just look at the perfect heel and curvy lines, not to mention the intricate floral hand-embroidery.

I would wear these boots in a second, if someone could reproduce them in a present-day size 8.

Here’s a video of the Bata’s senior curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, discussing the Pinet boots.

Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Photo credit: Image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada