OUR B-DAY DIARIES
Three years ago yesterday was Of a Kind’s very first day in business. We released some pretty cute purses shaped like bunnies on a website that looked like the above. We sold some, even—almost exclusively to people we knew, most of whom shared a bloodline with us. So, yeah, it’s still pretty exciting 1,000+ days later any time an order (or a newsletter sign-up for that matter) comes in from someone who is not an aunt or a former babysitter. Thanks to all you people we don’t know—and also the ones we do know—for helping us make it this far. We pinky promise that not a day goes by that we take it for granted. —claire
- Catching up on Grace Bonney’s really compelling art-slash-design podcast “After the Jump” that makes you wanna create things (or at least clean your house). Claire and I got to be on it back when!
- Whipping up a ginormous batch of hummus, the perfect in-between weather comfort food.
- Gearing up for my favorite NYC holiday tradition, Stockings With Care: You sign up to play Santa to a kiddo who might not have anything under the tree this year otherwise.
- Dying over Michael Galinsky’s photos from American malls in the eighties (compiled in a coffee-table book, natch).
- Getting completely sucked into the Thanksgiving Menu Generator over at Saveur.com—and suddenly understanding how people spend five hours at a slot machine.
- Challenging my friends to rank just about everything I can think of, thanks to Proust, a completely addictive app that takes the basic concept of “Do, Dump, or Marry?” to soaring new heights.
- Coming across the hands-down most genius iPhone “case” I’ve seen—Corners4 protects your phone while still letting you have the naked experience that Steve Jobs intended.
- Loving the Annie Liebovitz-shot spread of Jessica Chastain in December Vogue—click through the shots here and see them side-by-side with the paintings they were inspired by here.
- Appreciating this New York Times op-ed on Etsy and the difficulty of trying to define what qualifies an item as handmade.
- Browsing the amazing (and well-priced!) collection of made-in-America vintage men’s apparel (lots of never-been-worn, military-issue stuff from the sixties!) and objects (Nixon campaign buttons!) at the newly-opened General Store in Dumbo, Brooklyn.