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January 16, 2006

Magnetize Me


As the old adage reminds us, it's the inside that counts -- but does that mean we can't accessorize our outsides as well?  Case in point: our beloved refrigerator.  A veritable sea of plenty on the inside (unless it's my fridge, which is all condiments), but a boxy white exterior to match?  Unacceptable.

Your fridge doesn't have to be merely functional; it also serves as the perfect gallery space.  It may have been a few years since you've busted out the crayons and construction paper to create some artwork of your own... maybe it's time to let the magnets do all the work!  These aren't your everyday alphabet magnets; choose from a variety of sets with a sense of humor (we personally prefer the Mullets collection!!).  Pick 'em out and stick 'em wherever you choose.  Plus, the next time you're inexplicably inspired to make a macaroni collage, you'll have something to hang it with!

January 16, 2006 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (0)

August 30, 2005

Cowgirl Chic

Cowboychic_1Here in the Lone Star State, there's no escaping it -- there's a little cowgirl in each of us, begging to come out.  So maybe riding horses into town is a bit passe... but even us urban cowgirls can find ways to flaunt that Texas pride:

  • Do-Se-Do: Grab your partner and mosey on down to one of Austin's many dance halls -- we suggest The Broken Spoke -- and bust out with your best western moves.  No experience is necessary -- that's what those announcers are for.
  • Saddle Up: Escape those city blues and ride out to the nearest Dude Ranch -- it's about the closest you can get to the wild, wild west.  Or, if that sounds a bit too wild for your tastes, fill the bed of your truck with hay and take yourself on a hayride, and go pet the goats over at the Austin Zoo!
  • Get a Little Bit Country: It don't mean a thang if it ain't got that twang!  While washboards and mouth harps may not be in style, bluegrass and roots-country music is on the rise again.  Check out some toe-tapping tunes from musicians like the South Austin Jug Band at venues all over town.
  • Wrestle Up Some Grub: In Texas, good eatin' is spelled B-B-Q.  And in Austin, you can be sure there's no shortage of that finger-licking brisket the state is famous for.  Grab your steak knife and head over to your favorite barbecue restaurant, for a meal fit for a cowpoke!
  • Make it a Western: Relive the heyday of horse operas (the name in the biz for western movies) with a John Wayne movie marathon.  This silverscreen cowboy is the king of saloons, shoot-outs, and swaggers... the west never looked so good.
  • Leather it Up: What is a cowgirl without her leather?  From boots to belts to bags, there's always plenty of options when it comes to dressing up those levis in true desperado style.

Tell Us What You Think: What makes YOU proud to be a Texan?

August 30, 2005 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (1)

July 28, 2005

Scintillating Scents

Candle_1 How many times have you walked into your favorite restaurant, or stepped onto a trail in the woods, inhaled deeply and announced how wonderful it smells? Good smells make us feel good. It's that simple. That's why we absolutely love aromatherapy!  Here's some great ideas to fix your mood and create balance in your life:

  • For a little pepper-upper: Try geranium, orange, or sandalwood, whose properties are believed to bring happiness and contentment, in a light body spray.
  • A bit irritable: Itch that scratch with the scent of lavender.  Fill up a bubble bath with lavender or try it in a soothing lotion. 
  • Super-stressed: Jasmine, rose, and chamomile are your best bet.  Make yourself a warm cup of tea and enjoy the scent as you take a time-out from crazy life.
  • Invite energy: Look for some citrusy orange, peppermint, or ginger candles to set-up around your room and let the good vibes flow!

What do you think?  Do you love aromatherapy?  Tell us how you like to relax!

July 28, 2005 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (1)

July 08, 2005

Super cool babies!!

trumpettebaby2When I was a baby, I'm pretty sure I didn't wear anything even remotely as cool as these! It was all ruffled socks and lacy clothes for me. But who says baby's can't be stylish too? Maybe they cry because for the first several months of their lives they are trapped by baby blue or soft pink...and there is only so much pastel a kid can take!! Bold colors--colors as loud as their squeals, now that is baby style sure to enduce giggles instead of tears. These baby socks are 100% cotton, for comfy warmth, with rubber grippers on the soles for easy practice walking! That baby'll be cruising around sporting these snazzy socks in no time; hey, throw on some shades and Versace baby suit and Rodeo drive, here we come.

July 8, 2005 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 09, 2005

A Gift for the Gift-less

Couponbooks It's your mom's birthday...time to go shopping.  Putting on your best gift-buying face, you step into the hustle and bustle of the local shopping mall with a positive attitude.  Yes I will find a gift that fits my mother perfectly.  Yes she will love it.  Yes, I will be her favorite child this year.  As the hours click by and the glittery store fronts begin to loose their sparkle, reality sets in...I will never find the perfect gift.  She will not love it.  I will most definitely not be her favorite child this year.  Dejected and forlorn you slink to your car and drive yourself home.  But wait!! What if there was something clever, cute and personal for mom?  Doesn't exist, you say??...Think again! It's nostalgic, unique and what's more, it'll put you back in running for the best child of the year award.  And it's so simple.  A favor coupon booklet.  What am I, like 2 years old?...Alright, so it's a little cheeky.  But imagine the smile on mom's face.  And she in turn, with your gift in hand, will be imagining younger years of fond mommy-loving behavior.  The heaven's part, and you, my friend, have scored!!

March 9, 2005 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (0)

February 21, 2005

Celebrate fashion!

PlentyOscar de la Renta, Gianni Versace, Christian Dior...all names we have come to recognize and desire, for that matter.  It seems the Italians and French are by far, the most represented in the world of fashion design.  However, in honor of Black History Month, a little press on an under-represented group of designers might be good.  Tracy Reese is a Black American fashion designer; and I mean d-e-signer!  Not only does her line, Plenty, ooze feminine trend-power, but even the likes of Oprah has featured her on the show!  So what does it all mean to you?...Well, fashion, like many things, tends to benefit from diversity.  If it was all Italian or all French, we'd all be missing out on some amazing style ideas brought to us by the rest of the world.  So if you think that you don't belong in designer clothing because you're not a 5 foot 10 model with an exotic name, think again.  Nothing could be more open to new ideas.  Thanks to hot new designers like Tracy Reese we'll all continue to look fresh and new in our couture!  And we certainly appreciate it! 

February 21, 2005 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 10, 2004

Cat lovers unite!


When did the idea of a "cat person" begin?  I've seen personality tests that included the question "Are you a cat person or a dog person?" Are the two really so mutually exclusive?  I don't have the answers, but I do know that I am NOT a cat person (whatever that truly means).  But it's fascinating that I can say I'm not a cat person, and you'll probably understand perfectly what I mean and what that fact means about me.  If you're a cat person, obviously you love cats, and most likely cherish them as your companions.  If you're a cat person, you prefer cats to dogs.  If you're a cat person, you tend to value organization and cleanliness...??  Is that how it works?  Although you may or may not be a member of the 'cat people club' the truth is, everyone loves to dote.  Whether it's human or feline family, showing affection is as instinctive as scratching an itch.  So there's nothing wrong with a cat frame or magnet here and there.  If you are a 'cat person' embrace the title with pride and confidence.  Show you're cat devotion!  After all, even though they selectively choose when to notice you, you can at least let all the humans know that cats are purrr-fect!!   

Check out these fantastice feline facts! And find out if you really are a cat person... (if you actually do any of the things listed, please, tell us all about it!!)

November 10, 2004 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (2)

November 01, 2004

Voting time!

They're not perfect...they might deserve some teasing now and then, but come November 3 (hopefully) one of them will be our President. Time to vote. But suddenly, voting is 'the latest thing'. Shiny shoes, pattern material, textures, wavy hair--all child's play compared to the important but fashionable nature of choosing our leader. Rock stars are involved, movie stars are campaigning--even some designers have created special VOTE clothing. But more than that, women and young people could be the deciding factors this election. In general, women and young people don't vote, regardless of race, but this year...ladies, we are taking this country back. Face it; the men can't continue making all the rules! Thank goodness we're all diving into the rough waters sweeping across this country. Whoever you choose, the bottom line is you are voting! But this trend should never ever go out of style. Through every election no matter the size, voting makes this country GREAT! You have something to contribute...and let everybody know it tomorrow at the polls! See you there!

Hey, they're not just chew toys!!--Find out all about your candidates before you make your big decision!
A quote for you: The act of voting is in itself the defining moment. -Jeff Melvoin

November 1, 2004 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 29, 2004

Ghoulish Garnish

MonstercandleGrowing up, my mother adored decorations; for every holiday, for every occasion. And Halloween runs a very close second after Christmas in the decorating race. Cob webs in the corners (some of which may have already been there), ghosts swinging from the bare tree branches and, for the best effect, dry ice anyone?--you've got to love a holiday in which terrifying others ranks number one on the to do list. And if the home decor isn't terrorizing your visitors then it's, at the very least, summoning a few grins. Speaking of summoning, conversing with the spirits is always a popular activity on the 31st. In fact, the holiday dates back 2,000 years to the Celts who believed that the day between Harvest and Winter the world of spirits merged with that of the living. Later, of course, the Roman Catholic church renamed the date--All Hallows Eve...the night before All Saints day. So, make sure you've got all your spirits in order (the scary ones and the consumable ones..wink) and turn your house into the creepiest place on the block. Because with all the ghoulish garnish and frightening stories, the most obvious activity of all is to PARTY!!

Read about Halloween for yourself...and get over to EMERALDS to stock up on decorations!!

October 29, 2004 in Fun Stuff, Home Accents | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 26, 2004

Monster Fashion

Monsters No doubt the vampires, witches, zombies and monsters are all getting their affairs in order for the big night! It's time again for the jeepers of the creepers to make their way out for a night of chills and thrills. But I'm sure the burning question on the mind of every goblin and ghoul out here--What the hell am I gonna wear?? It seems Halloween has turned into the world's largest most freakish fashion show. Except instead of featuring Versace and Armani we'll be seeing the latest contributions from a little unknown designer called the local costume shop. You're sure to witness a wicked display of all the favorites including the dramatic Elvira black gown, and the stylishly tattered linens of the Mummy outfit. However, of all the favorites I tend to advocate the classic Monster. A can of paint, a few pillows and mask later, and you're suddenly transformed into the oldest fright in town. It's a great guise because it offers a range of personalized options--three horns, twelve eyes, a tail--whatever your mood is; the Monster can tailor to it. Not to mention that the monster has been spooking the tar out of humans almost as long as ghosts. King Kong ring any bells?...

Still haven't settled on a costume? Here are some ideas!
Let's hear from you: What are some of your ideas for Halloween costumes??
A song for you: One of the best Halloween songs ever!! Michael Jackson's Thriller

October 26, 2004 in Fun Stuff | Permalink | Comments (2)