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Antique Shopping

A lil pit stop on my home. Checking out the vintage finds at 1313 Warehouse in Long Beach and came across this guy. Note to self…old is new again.

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Federal Supply Service Notebook

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We all have new year resolutions so I thought I would start off with my first post of the year with a sensible one. This came my way through A Continuous Lean, the daily blog of all things cool and collected. Contributor Michael Williams was interning at the Pentagon when first coming across the DOD’s standard issue journal/notebook that is commonly used by a wide range of personnel, from government officials to soldiers fighting insurgents. I’m a huge fan of Moleskin journals, but as we all know, it can get pricey and I must say that the leather spine does not hold well with wear and tear. With a new outlook and perspective on my spending habits for the upcoming year, I have opted for the beyond reasonably priced federal notebooks that will run you only $3.83 each. Check out Williams post as he shares some great insights and practical use for his new find. As for me, I bought five and had them shipped directly to the office. One will be used for the Palm Springs renovation project, the others for travels, and of course one for those impromptu brainstorm sessions.

Desctop tip: here, more is more. Five or ten of these notebooks make for a stunning and bold design on your desk. The vibrant kelly green is a great accent for your office and who ever said that you can’t have more than one? Buy a few here.

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Razzle Dazzle – Audio-Technica BijouĂ© Speaker

Sound in a Jewel Box. The Audio-Technica Speaker.

Plug your iPhone/MP3 Player for instant gratification

Portable speakers influenced by fashion and precious stones. The BijouĂ© speaker by Japan’s Audio-Technica sport an inspired jeweled top, equipped with a mirror on the inside, is offered in six different colors. Lightweight, powered by two AAA batteries, the speaker provides over 30 hours of playtime. Check it out at Geek Stuff 4 U. Available for $49 USD.

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The Wonderful World of Slinky – Real Simple Tip

A Real Simple tip for a desk accessory. Photo, Aimee Herring

A Real Simple tip for a desk accessory. Photo, Aimee Herring

I’m torn about this one. Typically, I’d suggest that you refrain from toys and tchotchkes that could potentially pose to be more of a distraction than function as a tool for your desk. However, I’m surprisingly intrigued by this recommendation by the editors at Real Simple magazine. The original purpose of this contraption – providing hours of fun when combined with a staircase. The new clever application – simply link the ends to hold pens, business cards, invites, bills, and more. The reward – organization with childhood memories. And just like the commercial, it’s priceless!

A few words to those jumping with joy for this item. Be sure to edit the accessories on your desk if incorporating the Slinky. Because of its playful nature, you want to streamline your desk to maintain a decorum. In other words, get rid of the junk and let this piece sit all alone on the desktop. Also, find the original black version for something a bit more “retro.” And lastly, refrain from playing with the darn thing. I don’t think I’d have the willpower.

Here’s a link to purchase it at Amazon for under $6. www.amazon.com.

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Lights Out – Recycled Stadium Bulbs

Recycled Stadium Bulbs from Anthropologie

Recycled Stadium Bulbs from Anthropologie

Oh, do you remember when the lights went out in Georgia? Nah, neither do I, but I do appreciate the memento Anthropologie created from industrial light bulbs now turned sculptures for your desk. There’s something quite special about these objects that provide a nostalgic, yet contemporary look for any office. The fragile glass of each bulb perfectly houses the tubes and filaments of the old-school engineering that illuminated baseball and football games. You have five sizes to choose from, all mounted on 3 1/2″ square walnut base. Ranging in price from $78-$198, one would look great on a credenza or a shelf above your desk. Buy three in varying sizes to have a collection that continues the flashback theme.

Recycled Slim Stadium Bulbs from Anthropologie

Recycled Slim Stadium Bulbs from Anthropologie

Recycled Stadium Bulbs staged in office

Recycled Stadium Bulbs staged in office

Who knew that you would find such cool decor objects at a women’s clothing shop? Buy yours online at Anthropologie.com .

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