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Cynthia Rowley for Target

One of my favorite designer collaborations yet - Cynthia Rowley's collection for Target is all about outdoor living. There's not a bad piece in the entire collection. My favorite item (it was a toss up between this and the pink - yes pink! - garden hose) - is the madras plaid inflatable pool. Just $10 and available in April. ...

Talking Dirty

I've written a few books and had my writing featured in others, but by far my proudest collaboration so far has been with the guys at Method Home on their soon-to-be-released book Squeaky Green. Method makes all those great-looking home cleaning products you see at Target, Home Depot and even Gristedes. The products aren't just eco-friendly, they're people-friendly. Meaning, no pesticides or other nasty things (yes, there are pesticides in some of the products you probably slather on your skin on a regular basis). That factoid is just a preview of coming attractions. You can pre-order the gorgeously...

Shoe season!

Ladies, get thee to Loehmann's immediately (the one on 7th Avenue between 16-17th Streets) . Spring shoes are in - today I saw shelves full of Sigerson Morrison, Belle by Sigerson Morrison, Calvin Klein, Donna Karan/DKNY, Kate Spade, Rene Caovilla and a lot of other pretty things I don't need but totally want. Go NOW before it is picked over. Also, a couple racks of Marc by Marc Jacobs and Tory Burch clothing on the top floor/designer section. If you're into that sort of thing. ...

Gift Show, Part II

In no particular order, some interesting items from the show. From new exhibitor Smooff, a foldable, comfortable lounge mattress in colors: Middleton's Fine Libraries will stock your sloppy shelves to look as old and respectable as you need them to be: Harry Allen's ultra fabulous Roller Stop, a roller skate that can be used as a bookend or door stop. I didn't think the world needed another decorative pillow. But maybe we do need these? See more at www.pillowpillowpillow.com Built's new Cargo Laptop sleeve: Part 3 coming soon. ...

Ain’t No Bunny

Stella McCartney is the latest designer to collaborate with Le Sportsac and I have to say, I love what she did - it's cute and sick at the same time. It also signals what I hope is the end of the owl trend in favor of a fuzzier, friendlier animal. Check it out: ...

Lutz & Patmos for West Elm

Lutz & Patmos showed their fall fashion collection tonite on the top floor of the new New Museum building on the Bowery. The views were incredible. The crowd was pretty big considering it's the night of the superbowl. And the pieces for West Elm - 5 pillows and 5 chunky throws - were pretty damn fabulous. The PR girls weren't 100% sure about the prices but they're said to be about $39 for a pillow and $79 for a throw. Finally, something from Lutz & Patmos I can (a) fit into - their sizing is notoriously small and (b) afford! ...

Gift Show, Part 1

Believe it or not, I love walking the gift show. It's fun for me to ferret out new or interesting things. But it's becoming increasingly hard to find those things, because everything looks the same. Trends get diluted instantly. There are knock-offs of knock-offs of knock-offs. While it's fun to look, editorially it can be a big yawn. Here's a quick peek at some things I thought were cool today: My number one choice is Parametre from 3-form. It's a hangable room divider or wall covering, whatever you want it to be. And while it looks like paper, it's actually polyester. Here's...

Park it!

I'm in Chicago staying at what is, hands down, the most functional, thoughtful room I've ever stayed in (work-wise, not leisure-wise). I'm at the Park Hyatt - I've never stayed at a Park Hyatt but given the option in the future, I would do it again. Why? The little touches in the room - the fact that the closet opens both from the hall AND the bathroom. The fact that there's an upholstered stool in the bathroom so you can actually sit on something other than a toilet while you blowdry/do makeup/pick blackheads, whatever it is you do there. The...

Off the Hook

I was in high school during the height of preppy fashion. And because we had a dress code, the only way to tell how rich a family a kid came from was by his/her polo shirt. Did it have a crocodile? A guy on a horse? A weird ram-like thing? They all conveyed a certain status that my family didn't (a) have or (b) partake in. We wore Sears or JC Penney. These days there are many more options but Homewaters Clothing has found a niche that I find worthy of telling the world about. Started by avid fishermen (and...

Eye Do!

I am not an early adopter of anything. When I decided to have lasik eye surgery I was one of the last of my friends to do so. While I did wait forever, once I decided, that was that. And once I called Ettaleah Bluestein's (her real name, I swear) in Charleston, SC I knew she was "the one" to do it. Unlike so many New York operations, Bluestein isn't a factory. She only does surgeries once a week, she has food in her waiting room (no, really), and she called afterwards to make sure I was doing well....