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Bugging right out


I like my insects and arachnids the way I like my snakes: cute and chic and make-believe.



1. John Derian 2. Chantecaille 3. Timorous Beasties

4. Equipment 5. Delfina Delettrez 6. Timorous Beasties 

7. Tom Binns

Posted on July 31st, 2014 3 Comments

Last-minute gift guide: the all about me collection

TTT cabbage rose

I was feeling a little sad yesterday that this holiday season, all of my gift guide energy went into compiling guest posts for other sites (which you can see here, here and here) and none of it went to you, my endlessly loyal readers who I adore. So I’ve decided to put together one last guide, composed entirely of items on my own list, because how much fun is that? For starters, here’s something I’ve wanted forever: this cabbage rose necklace from Ten Thousand Things. It’s one of their signature shapes, and is so classic and elegant and could be worn with anything—like a more modern version of an Elsa Peretti  heart.

smythson skull & bones

The skull and crossbones is its own kind of classic, and I do like how very clever it looks on crisp and proper Smythson note cards.

ant small dish derian

An itsy dish for one’s bedside earrings and change and whatnot.

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I’m not usually a fan of cocktail ring proportions, but the appeal of this moonstone confection can not be denied.

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I developed a taste for caviar after I started receiving it every year at the holidays from a particularly beloved former boss. “Share it with no one,” he would always instruct me. And I never did.

vitra toolbox

I’m moving apartments soon (much more on that later) and one of my main goals for the new place is to not have a junk drawer. This Vitra toolbox will help me accomplish my objective. Not the most glamorous gift on my list, but one I’m dying for nevertheless.


My number one gift shopping rule is that you should always try to buy a person something they will absolutely love, but would never buy for themselves. For me that means this ostrich feather Margiela pen. It amuses me endlessly, and I’m certain would make me feel like I was a 1940s film star at her chic little desk answering fan mail every time I sat down to pay the bills.

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I am so tired of my boring old scarves. This multi-print  number from We Are Owls would fix all that.

Posted on December 18th, 2013 4 Comments

It’s the little things

fly gift card

A couple of other bloggers have asked me to contribute to their gift guides this year, so I’ve been thinking holiday thoughts earlier than usual. And one of the thoughts I’ve been having is that in a world where gift tags are pretty much invariably cheesy, we sure are lucky John Derian is around to provide some with a little edge.

Posted on November 11th, 2013 3 Comments

Nice design moments make everything better

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 12.06.21 PM I loathe the observance of Halloween by adults—except those adults accompanied by children*—and you might too if you lived in downtown New York. For it is here that the annual opening of the Hellmouth that is the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade happens, and its aftermath is the kind of a glittery, boozy, loud-ass touristy rout that could drive a girl straight uptown to spend the night with her parents—and frequently does. But this year I’m sticking around: I do like seeing the kiddies in their costumes, and any excuse to purchase a large bag of mini-Butterfingers is a good one. I’ll be serving them on this spidery-fun plate (melamine, and amazingly solid) from John Derian, which has been lying in wait for just such an  occasion as this.



*Or dogs (see above).

Posted on October 30th, 2013 7 Comments

Monday Trifecta

derian heart pin

A trio of hearts, presented in order from delightfully cheap to splurgetastically fabulous. First up: I love the old-school-printing-press feel of this John Derian pocket mirror.

floral love me

Graffiti artist Curtis Kulig‘s famous tag, set against the prettiest background imaginable.

TTT enamel heart

An enamel heart, dipped in gold and so damn elegant I could die,  from Ten Thousand Things.

Posted on October 21st, 2013 1 Comment

My kingdom for a plate

astier de villate plate john derian

John Derian and French earthenware company Astier de Villatte have embarked on a collaboration so gobsmakingly beautiful that I’m feeling freshly motivated to sell a few fancy bags on eBay just so I can justify buying a piece or two. Like this this marbled dinner plate, which absolutely destroys me.

cloud cup

Or this dreamy little cloud cup.

serving plate john derian

Or this excellent serving plate, which looks very classically Astier, but with a charming, wee little fly interrupting the proceedings.

Posted on September 30th, 2013 8 Comments