My Water-Powered Alarm Clock Screams Cool

March 23, 2010 at 11:31 am , by

alarm clockMy trusty Blackberry doubled as my alarm clock, and most days this worked out just fine—most days. Occasionally, I subconsciously pressed the “dismiss” button rather than the “snooze” button, which resulted in panic, chaos, mismatched shoes (happened once) and something my friends and I call “hammy face.” (I know you wish I would link “hammy face” to a picture of myself, but we don’t know each other well enough yet—just think puffy and swollen eyes.)

My point is, running late is the opposite of a good time, and a back-up alarm is a great idea—especially if it runs on WATER. That’s right, I said water! I can’t claim to understand how this gadget works, but it does. My Bedol water-powered alarm clock gets my booty out of bed without batteries or a plug. Just fill it up and you’re good to go. Fantastic.

This eco-friendly potenial job saver comes in blue, charcoal, green, pink and purple, and retails for $29. Wake up—this would make a great gift for college grads, people. You snooze, you lose.

A Touch of Summer for All Your Drawers

March 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm , by

The sun shining through my bedroom window put a smile on my face and a song in my heart this sachetmorning. Do you know what it is like to defend yourself against a suddenly violent and evil umbrella? Do you? If you were in New York City this past weekend, my guess is you do.

The point—bring on the warm weather. I am ready for Spring, and anything that makes me think of the ocean and a warm tropical breeze. That’s why I need these drawer liners and sachets from Hammocks & High Tea. What could make reorganizing your drawers (I’m talking both kinds here people) for the upcoming warm season more fun? Put a spring in your step, or at least your socks, with these island inspired scented goodies. All of their products are eco-friendly, and printed with soy-based inks onto recycled paper or recycled organic cotton. Prices range between $20 and $28.

Beautify Your Bed

March 10, 2010 at 2:57 pm , by

bedIn honor of our April Fresh New You issue I thought I would tackle an area in the home that is so relevant to feeling fresh and fantastic everyday—your bed! We all know how important a good night’s sleep is, and with so many fabulous products out there, why wouldn’t you make your boudoir both comfortable and beautiful? Here’s a list of some of my current favorites.

I love my new 400 thread count Charles P. Rogers Sheets. They are so soft and elegant, and I feel like I am spending the night in a fancy hotel. Right now you can grab the Prima cotton sheets in any size for $99.

I just got the n-a-p blanket from Brookstone for my birthday, and I absolutely love it! I never had a baby blanket as a child, but I have one now as an adult. This incredibly soft blanket travels well from sofa to bed and back again, and is great to cuddle with.

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Host an Award-Worthy Oscar Party

March 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm , by

oscar partyUnless you are a big movie buff, you might have forgotten that the Academy Awards are on this Sunday! I usually tune in just to watch the disastrous red carpet interviews and then call it a night, but last year my friend Lisa (our entertainment guru here at the mag) urged me to throw a small gathering for the event. It was an absolute blast! Why not host your own little shindig this year? Read on for Entertaining Expert Mark Addison’s great suggestions on how to host a red-carpet worthy Oscar party.

  • Have a Polaroid camera set up near the entrance to snap attendees as they enter. Encourage guests to come dressed to impress for the “paparazzi.”
  • Serve Best Picture-themed snacks and beverages such as:
    • Pandora punch with blue Kool-Aid and a crazy straw.
    • Popcorn out of a football helmet for The Blind Side with iced “Gator” Aid.
    • Chocolate-covered dog biscuits for Up! (your furry friends can join in the fun too).
  • Play a compilation of music from the soundtracks for the Best Picture nominees. During commercials, encourage guests to dance or play “Name That Movie” for each song.

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Throw-Pillow Talk

February 25, 2010 at 3:54 pm , by

pillowI recently added some bright punches of color to my living room (a hot pink mirror and an oversize orange canvas) and it felt like there was nothing to tie these crazy hues together—until I found the perfect throw pillows for my sofa!

The Summer Kimono pillow from Pier One instantly grabbed my attention when I found it online, and I just knew a couple of them would tie all of my color schemes together perfectly. The pillow gods must have been smiling upon me because they were also on sale, and that almost NEVER happens to me. In fact, it’s usually just the opposite and the pillow I want costs as much as a flight back home to Southern California.

For great prices on fabulous pillows check out, and the new home decor lines from Tracy Hutson and Genevieve Gorder on Happy shopping!

Reading Rainbow: Categorize Your Books By Color

February 22, 2010 at 11:57 am , by

1704875109_9b414964f5Last Saturday it was too cold to go out, I had no wine, and I risked doing permanent damage to my brain if I watched Michael Galanes from WE tv’s Little Miss Perfect sing about rainbows and magic carpets one more time.

So I decided to reorganize my books by color. I know, it sounds like more fun than you can possibly imagine, but it actually was. It brightened my mood, and my decor! Give it a go, and color coordinate your books regardless of where you keep them—a bookshelf, a coffee table, or even just stacked on the floor. Bonus: It’s free and if you decide you don’t like it or get bored with your “reading rainbow” you can always change it back.

Photo by chotda.

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Host a Give Back Get-together for Haiti

January 27, 2010 at 3:08 pm , by

mark__0123One thing people seem to agree on these days is that Haiti needs our help—why not make the focus of your next dinner party an opportunity to do just that? Lifestyle Expert Mark Addison has some great ideas on how to pull it off.

1. Just serve water in recognition that 90 percent of the population of Haiti don’t have clean drinking water. Donate what you would have spent on beverages to a relief-based charity. PSI Safe Drinking Water Fund

2. Ask guests to bring a donated item from a list of needs (found UNICEF and Gifts That Give Back).

3. Only use items you have around the house for your party donate the money you would have spent to a Haiti Relief Fund, like the one set up by The Red Cross.

4. Find a local or national organization willing to ship or transport your collected items, like  Artists for Peace and Justice.

5. Or try hosting a care package party where guests prepare boxes of goods to be sent to victims.

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