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Friday, January 21, 2011

Attention :

Please note that all giveaways have now been moved to our new home at www.brixtonstreet.com. This will give those who don't want their contact info made public a chance to enter our giveaways as well. All previous entries are still valid and will be counted. If you've already entered, please do not re-enter- however, you may leave any new entries or daily entries on our new website.

Here are the updated links to our our current giveaways:
Thank you so much for your support during this transition!

We're moving!

Update your bookmarks, we're moving into our new home at Brixton Street! Our new site will feature the same great content you find here (and includes all our previous posts) but with a revamped look & a brand new name.

On a periodic basis summaries of new posts from Brixton Street will be linked here, but all the new content will be posted on the new domain. Current giveaways will continue to run on this blog, but any new giveaways will be added to Brixton Street.

We are excited about the move and have tons of great stuff in the works so be sure to stop by Brixton Street soon for lots of new features and giveaways!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

See By Chloé "Poya" Satchel

The See By Chloé "Poya" Satchel has got to be the cutest bag design I've seen in looong time- ah, gotta love those flashbacks to the hayday of the Luella "Gisele" bag. It's pink AND it has scalloped edges, now all it needs are some kittens sleeping inside to take it over the top! $495 @ Net-A-Porter.

Topshop "Graduation" Lookbook

From the Topshop website : "Give preppy classics a new twist this spring and clash offbeat colours and chintzy prints with posh blouses, blazers and flares."

Shop the looks here.

Berkley Illustration @ Velocity Art & Design

Fun, quirky and suprisingly affordable prints by Berkley Illustration from just $10 at Velocity Art & Design!

Shinzi Katoh New Arrivals

Memo Pads :

Placemats :

View all the new arrivals here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Changes For The New Year

Alright, so I haven't yet acknowledged the new year on the blog (I think), the reason being there are so many posts all over about resolutions and what not that its a bit overwhelming and possibly slightly overkill. At any rate, in the past few years I've stopped making resolutions because, well, we all know that they just never seem to work out... my style is simply that of making positive little changes in your daily life (no matter what time of year) that are manageable in the long term.

But alright, I have to admit that I secretly have made some plans for changes in 2011. My top priority: remain physically active. One major thing that happened in 2010 was that my gym membership expired (nooooooooo!)- I've trying to find more activities to do that don't put a dent in the bank. Lately, I've been playing basketball at the park and am going to try running more this year (thankfully the weather is cooperating here). Staying active AND saving money - two birds with one stone! Stay tuned to the blog this year because I will be including some great fitness related product reviews and giveaways as well that will help me with my little plan.

A couple other simple suggestions for killing two birds with one stone:

More home cooked meals. This is a great way to save money, improve health (maybe shed a few pounds) and maybe learn or brush up on some cooking skills. You can also cook with friends and family, always a nice way to spend more time with the people you care about.

Save money while you shop. One of my favorite simple ways to save is thrift shopping. Ah, the thrill of a great buy, could anything be better? I love buying thrifted items because they not only cut down on waste and are a great way to save, but can also score you some super high quality items, some of which are rare and impossible to now find!

Each and every day is a good one for making positive changes in your life, if they just happen to come about at the start of the new year, they don't necessarily need to be a resolution, but just a little step in the right direction. Even if you can't keep up with all your goals, just trying to maintain them as best you can is an awesome place to be!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Simply Orange® blogging program. If I am one of the first 65 blogs received by SocialsMoms, I will receive a $25 Target gift card and a gift pack that includes a Simply Orange® cooler bag and logoed fleece."

Giveaway : $10 Amazon Gift Certificate / Gift Code ends 2/9/11)

It's that time again... time for some reader appreciation! I just purchased a gift last week on Amazon.com which gobbled up my remaining gift card balance, but lo and behold, found another brand spankin' new certificate in my inbox this morning. Since it's been a few months since I've done one of my own giveaways (and I adore you all so very much), I think today shall be the day that I pass on a little gifty to one of you! Just a little way of saying thank you for the support over the past few years.

Soooo without further ado.. here's the details on how to win:

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment on this post! Please leave your contact info (email address, twitter ID, facebook link, etc.) so I can get in touch with you if you win. You may comment once per day for one extra entry each).

Bonus Entry 1: Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect, RSS OR via email (post your email address)
Bonus Entry 2: Follow The Wide World Of AND tweet about the giveaway + leave a link to your tweet (you may tweet once per day for one extra entry each)

This giveaway will end on February 9, 2010 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to readers worldwide. Good luck!

**This post is sponsored by me and me alone. I did not receive any free swag or monetary compensation for this post. **

PLEASE NOTE : We've now moved to a new URL and this giveaway has been moved there. Please visit our new website Brixton Street to enter. If you've already entered here, no worries, your entry is still valid and will be counted. Please leave any new entries, daily main entries or daily tweets on the new blog. Thank you!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

CSN Stores : Super Cute!

I've been spending quite a bit of time on the CSN Stores website as of late, always in awe of their amazing selection of products. I've featured some of my picks in the past, but I keep adding more and more items to my list of favorites. From modern rugs to mirrors and mobiles, CSN's stock of thousands and thousands of products never ceases to amaze me!

Here are some of my favorite cute items from the website:

Herman Miller - Eames Molded Plastic Armchair with Wire Base, $349

notNeutral - Black Ribbon Coffee Serving Set, $57.60

ferm LIVING - Mr. Robot Pillow, from $33

Flensted Mobiles - Scandinavian Swan Mobile, $29.50

Thomas Paul - Love Birds Laptop Case in Corn, $50

DwellStudio - Sparrow Travel Cases Large in Lilac, $36

DwellStudio - Woodblock Lake Coasters (Set of Four), $28

**As a CSN preferred blogger I am eligible for gift certificates from CSN Stores to keep or giveaway on my blog in conjunction with this post. I was not obligated to give a positive review of the store. All opinions expressed here are mine. **

Giveaway : Tatcha Japanese Beauty Papers (2/6/11)

TATCHA founder Vicky Tsai once endured the questionable joy that many of us have before (or perhaps currently endure...)- the joy of filling up a vanity with bottle after bottle, vial after vial of expensive beauty products. After traveling to Asia, Vicky discovered the joys of a much more minimal approach to beauty and as a result created Tatcha.

Tatcha is a maker of Japanese beauty papers (aburatorigami) which are perfect for freshening up bare skin (Tatcha suggests using them after moisturizing before applying makeup) and as blotting sheets for absorbing excess oil without disturbing makeup. Tatcha beauty papers are particularly special in that they are handmade in Japan with all natural, 100% Abaca leaf and gold flake- no synthetic colors, fragrances or powders involved, making the papers perfect for those of any skin type, including sensitive.

The papers are surprisingly gorgeous, speckled lightly with thin gold leaf that sparkles and looks stunning against the natural beige fibers of the papers. The sheets are generously portioned into ~3.75" squares and size of the paper is not only functional (you need only one sheet for the entire face and the durability enables you to use both sides of the sheet), but the also lends to premium, luxurious look and feel.

After trying these papers out, they have definitely become one of my favorite beauty items! I especially love that they are unscented and have a such a natural, elegant look to them without the use of any additional, added coloring. Performance-wise they are excellent! The papers aren't flimsy and don't rip, they feel great against the skin and, most importantly, nicely remove excess oil without disturbing makeup for a nice, matte face. I also tried these papers after moisturizing since I am oily skin prone and absorbing up the excess skin care product was definitely a wonderful way to prime the the skin for makeup.

While I love using these papers myself, I think they would also make an excellent and unique gift for any beauty lover. The papers are gorgeously packaged and would certainly be a welcome gift!

Tatcha Aburatorigami can be purchased online on the TATCHA website ($12 for one pack of 30 sheets, $30 for 3 packs) and at various retail locations including Henri Bendel and C.O Bigelow.

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Tatcha is generously offering three (3) readers a single pack (30 sheets) of blotting papers ($12 value) !

To Enter: Visit the Tatcha website and leave a comment letting me know a Tatcha item you might pick up for yourself or for a gift, something you learned from the website or something you like about the products.

Bonus Entry 1: Follow this blog via Google Friend Connect, RSS OR via email (post your email address)
Bonus Entry 2: Follow The Wide World Of and Vicky at Tatcha on Twitter and tweet about the giveaway (or retweet here) + leave a link to your tweet or re-tweet (you may tweet once per day for one extra entry each).

Please leave a separate comment for each entry. Please also leave your contact info in one of your comments (email address, facebook link, twitter ID, etc.) or have your email address visible in your profile.

This giveaway will end February 6, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Open to readers in the US and US territories only. Good luck!

*I was provided with the products mentioned in this post free of charge. I did not receive any monetary compensation for this post & was not obligated to give a positive review of the product. All opinions expressed here are mine. *

PLEASE NOTE : We've now moved to a new URL and this giveaway has been moved there. Please visit our new website Brixton Street to enter. If you've already entered here, no worries, your entry is still valid and will be counted. Please leave any new entries or daily tweets on the new blog. Thank you!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Sanrio : Hello Kitty Liberty Print Cosmetic Pouches

I totally loooooooove the print on these new cosmetic pouches featuring Hello Kitty and cute little strawberries, leaves and flowers!

Each pouch is available for $30 on the Sanrio website and are available in pink and fuchsia.

Uniqlo x Jil Sander's +J S/S11 Collection

The Uniqlo x Jil Sander +J SS 2011 collection is now available to view online on the Uniqlo website. The collection will be in stores from January 26th.

W's (+J) cotton double breasted jacket, $199

W's (+J) shiny hooded jacket, $149

W's (+J) shiny back gathered sleeveless dress, $129.90

W's (+J) strech cotton military long sleeve shirt, $49.90

W's (+J) extra fine cotton long sleeve shirt, $69.90

W's (+J) stretch cotton straight trousers, $69.90

W's (+J) cotton tuck skirt, $59.90

NuGo Nutrition : Real Chocolate Snack Bars

NuGo Nutrition is dedicated to creating healthier, more wholesome snack options that will appeal to a wide range of tastes- NuGo's delicious snack bars are available in varieties that are suitable for a wide range of needs including dairy free, vegan, pareve, kosher and gluten free diets. Courtesy of NuGo I was able to sample some of their nutrition bars and share my thoughts about them here on the blog!

NuGo Dark in Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mocha Chocolate and Mint Chocolate Chip (dairy free/pareve): NuGo Dark bars are made with real cacao dark chocolate and contain a deep chocolate flavor with a nice crunch that comes from an abundance of soy and rice crisps in the bar's filling. I was actually a bit surprised by how dense and filling these bars were, definitely not just your average light snack/candy bar, but something with a little more substance (though their crunch is indeed light and airy). I really liked that these particular bars weren't too sweet and combined with the dark chocolate their flavor was slightly 'mature' than the standard fare. The Mocha Chocolate variety had a rich coffee aroma that was very pleasant (though I'm not a coffee drinker), while the mint chocolate had a nice refreshing element to it. The bars each contain a nice amount of protein (10g) which is great for meat fee diets!

NuGo Free in Dark Chocolate Trail Mix (dairy free/vegan/pareve/gluten free): The NuGo free line is certified gluten free by the Gluten Free Association and comes in three varieties (carrot cake & dark chocolate crunch also available). This particular bar contains a variety of nuts (almonds, walnuts), seeds (pumpkin, flax), and dried fruit (cranberry) which gives the bar a lovely combination of crunchy and chewy. The textural element was absolutely wonderful and due to the wide variety of ingredients the bar itself was bursting full of flavor! The bottom of the bar is dipped in dark chocolate to round off the mixture of flavors, giving a slightly bitter and sweet component, definitely one of my favorite bars in the lot! I can also see this bar as being suitable for children, especially those on a gluten free diet.

NuGo Organic in Dark Chocolate Pomegranate (dairy free/vegan/kosher): The Organic bar line is packed full of organic ingredients including organic dark chocolate, organic fruit, organic agave syrup, organic soy crisps and oh-so-much more. These bars were slightly chewier than the dark bars due to the addition of the fruit but they still had a nice amount of crunch to them. The fruit flavor provided an additional sweetness to the bar along with a slight amount of sour as well. Definitely a nice snack- made even better with the additional benefit of being organic!

NuGo Nutrition bars can be purchased on the NuGo website or at various retail locations including Whole Foods and Bristol Farms.

Jonathan Adler Sale

More items added & further discounts on the Jonathan Adler website.

Pop Menagerie Elephant and Lion Ornaments, $14 each (was $28)

Brasilia Bowls, from $18 (was from $36)

Okura Tea Caddy Canister, $14 (was $28)

Ginseng Tea Towel, $6 (was $12)

Shelter Island Table Lamp, $97.50 (was $195)