What a beautiful wrap skirt. You can't really see it in this photo, but the belt weaves in and out of metal loops around the waist line and ties on the side. I really enjoy the fun pattern and the pleating in the front.
$188.00, J. Crew
My boyfriend bought me these, and they're awesome. Mine are smokey quartz with a maroon pearl, but I also like the citrine and garnet variety (seen here). They're fairly small, little more than an inch long, but they really gussy up an outfit.
This is probably more than I would spend on a necklace, but I really like this gorgeous brass and enamel butterfly pendant. It's so nicely made, you'd almost think you were wearing a real bug, only prettier. I also like how the 18-inch chain is covered in a few black beads.
If you must wash dishes, shouldn't you at least try to have a little fun? This scrubber has a hole in the end, so you can scrub a dish, blow a few bubbles, scrub another dish, and blow a few more. Or just scrap the whole dishes thing and wave your scrubber out the window.
$5.00, Urban Outfitters
This coin purse is shaped like the paper coffee cups you can get at pretty much any breakfast stand or deli in New York City. Yeah, it’s kind of a riff on the way homeless people shake the cups when they ask for change, but not in a mean way. A portion of the sale goes to Help USA, which assists the homeless.
$28.00, Mxyplyzyk (click on “odds and ends”)
This is amazing. Use this cake pan and you'll be able to make a giant cupcake that's about eight inches in diameter. Of course, to get the full effect, you have to cover the entire thing in frosting. The best part? It's still only one serving (in my book, anyway)!
$27.95, Sur La Table
Someone putting you in a corner? Let Patrick Swayze tell 'em off for you. Also, sometimes you've just got to let someone know that, "I'm scared of everything. Most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life, the way I feel when I'm with you." Okay, Johnny, I'm ready to do the lift!
$8.00, Fred Flare
This loud red flower ring has Polynesian flair, but it may creep some people out when you tell them it's carved out of bone. If you really want to freak them out, lie and tell them you carved it yourself out of your ex-boyfriend's bones.
When I ran out of perfume, I went to Sephora all set to buy something else, and walked out with a bottle of this. I absolutely adore it. It's a complex scent, but the grapefruit top note kind of stands out the most to my nose. Overall, it just smells fresh and clean.
When I wear a flip-flop dress shoe, like this one, I feel like I'm getting away with something. With sparkly straps, these are both comfortable and super fabulous. (Just ignore the stupid name.) You can also buy these in gold, black, or hot pink.
On sale for $64.90 (until August 6), Nordstrom
What I dig about this stoneware bird bowl is that, in some ways, it seems so organic that I expect it to tweet. In other ways it seems very geometric, and almost two-dimentional. But no matter how you look at it, it's very pretty. The whole thing is about 10 inches tall and a little more than a foot wide.
$110.00, Jonathan Adler
This cute little throw pillow, which depicts a group of six birds, was designed by Eleanor Grosch, an illustrator from Philadelphia. I like how each bird is a different color or pattern, and that the pillow is sewn in the shape of the birds instead of a typical square.
$26.00, Urban Outfitters