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Geeky and Chic-y: 14 Great Travel Gifts

December 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Slightly unnatural love of luggage and bags

Hooray! It’s the season to start buying treats for those you love, and for me, that equals travel gadgets.

Some people can stay firm, keeping their college backpack and eschewing all unnecessary, overly designed items. Shopping at a travel-goods store with Betty was a hoot; she looked at the piles of neatly stacked organizers and rolled her eyes. I wanted all of them.

So, with that disclaimer out of the way, here are the items I can either vouch for (because they are a recent gift) or want want want.

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Sunday Shopping

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Shop talk

I’ve been in a consumerist mood lately, evidently, as shown by all the recent Shop Talk posts lately. Obviously, some of the fun of going on a trip for me is unpacking the little souvies I picked up once I’m home, like the birdcage necklace I got from my last trip to NYC–it makes me happy every time I look at it.

And in the spirit of random, pleasing objects from all over the world, check out kioskkiosk. I sent this site to myself, and can’t remember where I came across it, which seems oddly appropriate–it’s such a motley, excited collection of stuff. Juniper baby rattle from France? Check. Futon beater from Japan? Check check.

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Shop Talk: Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery

October 12th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Shop talk

Vancouver is one of my favorite cities, because although it is a big, sprawling city, it doesn’t feel that way. There’s still room for little funky shops like the previously raved-about Regional Assembly of Text and a new favorite find, Mr. Lee’s General Store & Haberdashery.

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Shop Talk: The Otherist

October 1st, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Good design, Novelty, Shop talk

I love the Otherist.

I’ve loved this shop since it was named Egg Merchantile a few years ago. I asked the owners–Americans, although the shop is in the tourist heart of Amsterdam–why they changed the name. People thought it was a literal egg merchantile, ignoring the beautiful displays of jewelry and oddities. That funny story just makes it better, to me.

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Shop Talk: The Regional Assembly of Text

September 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Shop talk

It’s good to know yourself. And to own your own oddities. For me, that means that I proudly declare my obsessions with luggage, Dutch bikes, and–let’s be honest–the Dutch overall. Another item for that list? Paper products. Notebooks, file folders, calendars…I have stacks of them and they all make me absurdly happy. Which is why [...]

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Shop Talk: Favorite Bookstores, Part VI

June 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos

Seattle has a well-earned reputation as a city that loves books. It deserves a great bookstore to match. Even though the new Elliott Bay isn’t finished yet, it might be just that bookstore. Take, as evidence, this view from the second story: It has several elements that remind me of other bookstores I love. Wooden [...]

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Shop Talk: Favorite Bookstores, Part V

May 13th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Betty, Favorite Bookstores, Shop talk

One of the most depressing things about the slow, sad demise of publishing is the closings of independent bookstores. So it amazes me when I’m in a small town and I walk into an indy that has managed to stay open…and has serious soul. Just like countless small towns around the country, Livingston, Montana has [...]

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Shop Talk: Favorite Bookstores, Part IV

May 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights, Shop talk, Urban archipelagos

What’s a sign of a fantastic bookstore? How about these three elements: Books piled high on square wooden tables, just calling out to you to browse. An owner on-site, recommending books with careful consideration. An enticing front door and window display (and extra points if it’s the perfect shade of red): Welcome to the Red [...]

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I Wanna Eat Choco Bars

March 28th, 2010 · No Comments · Blog posts by Lia, Novelty, Shop talk, Tasty treats

Condé Nast Traveller (British edition, hence the two L’s in traveler) has a great piece in their March 2010 issue about Belgian chocolatiers. The photo above was taken in The Chocolate Line, which is a personal favorite of mine, as well. One of my favorite things to do when I travel is to buy novelty [...]

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Shop Talk: Favorite Bookstores, Part III

March 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Blog posts by Lia, Favorite Bookstores, Recommended sights

Best bookstore slogan ever: Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find. Back when I was a starving student, I’d camp out in the coffee shop of the Book Mill, located in Montague, Mass. During one particularly broke period, I would longingly visit a book I wanted on a regular basis. The owner [...]

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