Target arrivals: Patch NYC and The Curiosity Shoppe

This Shops-at-Target business is so brilliant that it makes me want to find the person who thought it up, sit them down, and listen to all their ideas. Target is bringing the best independent boutiques that we all love to discover on our travels right to Target’s shelves.  Two of my favorite shops anywhere — PATCH NYC and San Francisco’s The Curiosity Shoppe — will be landing in Target Sept. 9.

I think it’s important to report on the stylish happenings of Target, so here’s what I’ll be stalking that day:

Patch NYC owl bookends, $24.99.

Patch NYC is famous for drawings like these by artist Don Carney. You’ve seen them in John Derian, Elle Decor, and in a collection for West Elm. I interviewed him once.  The cat is coooooool.

These drawings will not be sold in Target, but I wanted to show you the reference point here.

Perfect for one of those hipster nurseries I see everywhere: this woodpecker lamp, $49.

This candelabra is soon to be the most photographed accessory in blogland — but I still want to find a place for it at my house: $39.

I’m not over deer heads or antlers, and I’m happy that the cool cats aren’t either. This cake plate is $25.

These make me want to conceptualize and throw a woodland chic autumn dinner party. With moss. Much moss. $10 to $20.

I plan to purchase this feather tray in mass quantities. Add soap = hostess gift. Add cute pencils = birthday gift. Add cheese = contribution to dinner party. Add jewelry = bedroom accessory. Add candy = even better. It’s $20.

And if you need candy, San Francisco’s The Candy Store is another of the pop-up shops in Target Sept. 9. These cute canisters are $5 each.

(All of this is making me very excited for an autumn trip to San Francisco with Tyson.)

The Curiosity Shoppe’s Target offerings include a gift wrap collection that will be impossible to resist – $5 to $10.

Wood grain notecards? A punctuation journal. This is going to be bad. $5 to $10.


Giving this to many people for Christmas: wooden U.S. cutting board, $25.


It’s possible that these dishes are supposed to be for kids. But I can appreciate a campy roadside motel theme. $2 to $5.


Why can’t all baking utensils have pretty handles? The measuring cups would also make fantastic hostess gifts for the cocktail parties at Christmas. $9 to $15.


You know everyone is going to have these pillows perched on vintage chairs in their autumnal living rooms. They’re awesome. $10 each.

What do you have to have from the list above?




By |2012-08-23T07:34:26-07:00August 23rd, 2012|Style|3 Comments

The chocolate cookies to end all others

So what happened is that in San Francisco I ate a lot of chocolate sable cookies from my beloved Miette. Let me be very clear: double-digits consumed, people. And then I got home, and um, got on the scale, and howled. (Three days off sugar now, and aren’t you glad you don’t live with me? Yes, yes you are.)

And now, after years of stalking these particular most perfect chocolate cookies — the best I’ve ever had — there is a Miette cookbook, and the recipe is within. It figures that I would find this now. So, I will not be making them until Christmas. But you? You should make them this weekend and send me flowers to say thanks. (Yes, Angela, even better than the shortbread at Extraordinary Desserts.)

The recipe is online here, but this is a cookbook worth buying. First off: the pages are scalloped.

Also: homemade graham crackers.

Make sure to visit the bakery in the Ferry Building when you’re in SF — and the Hayes Valley original shop, too — because it’s even cuter.

Buy the book here.

By |2011-07-15T13:05:49-07:00July 15th, 2011|Style|1 Comment


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