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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

14 Songs For Le Quatorze Juillet

Happy Bastille Day, mes amis! Oh wait, what? The French don’t call it that? Boy, are our faces rouge.

It turns out that "Bastille Day" is the name given by English speakers to the French National Holiday, The Fourteenth of July. The French call it La Fête Nationale and aren’t really celebrating the storming of The Bastille in 1789. Apparently, we Yanks are so smitten with that story that we renamed their holiday for them. You’re welcome, France. And thank you for those awesome fried potato wedges.

Here at the shop, we are admitted Francophiles. We plan to celebrate Bastille Day with verve. Think St Patrick’s Day, but replace the Irish stuff with French stuff. French music will play in the shop all day, and we’ll request our lunches on baguettes or croissants. Our dinner will be accompanied by the words Pinot or Sauvignon. And everyone is allowed to eat cake.

Here are fourteen songs for France and the French. We wish you Liberté, Fraternité and Egalité on this and every day. Those in the mood can enjoy the whole list on Spotify, where we’ve gathered more than eight hours of nice French music. Vive la France!

1. La Mer – Charles Trenet
“Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost.”
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

2. France – Keb’ Mo’
“I draw from the Absurd three consequences: my revolt, my liberty, my passion.”
- Albert Camus

3. Les Champs-Elysees – Chantal Chamberland
“Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.”
- Alexis de Tocqueville

4. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
“We must have constantly present in our minds the difference between independence and liberty. Liberty is a right of doing whatever the laws permit, and if a citizen could do what they forbid he would no longer be possessed of liberty.”
- Charles de Montesquieu

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

27 Tunes for the US Constitution

Like all the country, we have been abuzz with talk of Supreme Court rulings and Constitutional interpretations. In honor of that, and, of course, Independence Day, we present a primer on the amendments to the Constitution, the masterful document that created and governs our nation to this day. To help you remember them, we’ve paired each amendment up with a song.

Happy Independence Day!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

First Amendment: Freedom of religion, freedom of speech and the press, the right to assemble, the right to petition government.
1. Say What You Want – Sheryl Crow

Second Amendment: The right to form a militia and to keep and bear arms.
2. Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits

Third Amendment: The right not to house soldiers in one's home.
3. Hit the Road, Jack - Ray Charles

Fourth Amendment: Protection against unreasonable search and seizure.
4. I Hear You Knocking - Dave Edmunds

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Cue the Fireworks

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Fourteen Songs for the Fat Man & His Elves

Alright, good readers, the Yule is nigh. We’re into the home stretch of this holiday season and I’m sure we’re all a little weary. For better or for worse, there’s really only a week to go before Christmas, or eight and a half days until Boxing Day, if that’s your big thing. If you feel a bit under the gun at this point, think about how things probably are at the North Pole this week. The sun never rises, the entire operation is illuminated by omnipresent countdown clocks and the blinking lights of coffeepots in various states of disrepair. It makes us glad our parents weren’t elves, no matter how cool Orlando Bloom and Peter Jackson make it look. In honor of our industrious half pint cousins and their hard charging task master, we’re delivering a Christmas play list, as promised. However, to give us all a bit of a break from the mounting pressure of this ever lengthening season, we’re opting for some non-traditional tunes this week. Not a Noel to be found among them. Take your foot off the gas, take a deep breath or two while you listen. Don’t forget to exhale. Try and enjoy the rest of this season with cheer and good will. We’re all in this together. Be kind to each other. Things will be back to normal in no time. Cheers.

1. Champagne of Christmas – The Fleshtones
“Being a traditionalist, I'm a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I'm already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.”
- John Waters

2. Merry Christmas Baby – Vandaveer
“Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.”
- Dave Barry

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eleven Songs For Veterans Day

Some of us at the shop are proud kids of distinguished veterans and we appreciate the extra effort the Feds and HBO are making this year. It’s a nice warm Veterans Day in DC so we hope you locals brave the crowds and trek down to hear the talented people make their beautiful music to honor the heroes who fight to protect our country. As far as the music choices go, we are aware that some of these songs were written as protest songs. Also, we suspect the Village People may have just put a disco beat to a recruitment speech. Either way, as much as we need to thank them for the dangers they confront around the world today and every day, we think it’s equally important that we ask our leaders to keep our soldiers out of harm’s way if we can. The protest songs we’ve chosen protest war, not soldiers. Love the warrior, hate the war, that sort of thing. Above all, be good to each other and thank every brave soldier you see, today and every day. Happy Veterans Day to one and all.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sixteen Songs To Send Shivers Down Your Spine

People, heed our warning. We’re not joking around. These songs are creepy and freaky and not to be trifled with. If you’re at all faint of heart, just skip back and listen to last week’s fun Halloween play list. What’s that you say? You know some of these songs and don’t think they’re scary? That’s exactly what we said until we really listened to these songs. Now we can’t sleep at night…

To ease the grim dread a bit, we’ve paired each horrific song with a fun epitaph, because what could be more cheerful than funny final words chiseled on tombstones, right? As for the music, Tom Waits sets the stage with his first of two on this list but we could have added at least a dozen of his songs, to be honest with you. From there we ease you in with bizarre ramblings from The Lizard King and a haunting tune from our beloved Vandaveer. The list heads downhill once The Violent Femmes start murdering their offspring. After Warren Zevon cheerfully details the development of a psychopath, Aphex Twin gives voice and a beat to horrific inner demons. The Decemberists one up The Violent Femmes who seem like parents of the year as their protagonist snatches the lives of his children without remorse. Nick Cave is full of menace and Black Sabbath summons Satan. Lisa Germano gently presents a soundtrack for our nightmares before Sonic Youth revisits Charles Manson’s bloody rampage. Misfits are disturbing, and we’re not quite sure what Liars are putting down but we know we don’t want to be there. Bauhaus spends a lot of time building creepy tension for the entrance of Count Dracula, and Swans are just an unholy mess. We wrap the list with Tom Waits again, delving deep into our darkest fears. If you have the stomach for it, we’ve added even more depravity to the Spotify list below.

Good luck, brave souls. Happy All Hallows!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

An Easy Intro for a Wild Night

Lately we’ve been catching talk of costumes and candy on the blustery, leaf strewn streets and sidewalks of DC. It seems that Halloween anticipation starts earlier when trick or treating falls on the weekend. We’ve already become accustomed to seeing creepy figures on front stoops, noose-necked skeletons dangling from front doors, and bloody heads peering from dimly lit windows. We still have 9 more days until the official frightful Friday’s festivities but All Hallows is heavy on our minds. For starters, we’re worried about proper pumpkin prep. Will a pumpkin carved Sunday still be presentable when Friday rolls around? If we wait until Wednesday, will we have time to soak and roast the seeds? Oh, the humanity!
With these dilemnas to resolve, we'll post these 13 songs for Halloween fun. Next week, we’ll ramp up the creep quotient and put forth a scarier list for the bigger, braver kids. As always, there are bonus songs to be found in the Spotify list below. Gather ye spooky songs while ye may…

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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Father’s Day Brunch.

We're using the beautiful The Forest Feast as prep for the best Father's Day brunch there can be, and we've broken down the meal into five easy steps.

Step one: the perfect cocktail.

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Mother’s Day: It’s Not Too Late!

Mother's Day is a mere three days away, but don't fret! We have the perfect gifts and cards to show her you care. {And if you're in the area this afternoon, scoop up a signed copy of Lauren Friedman's 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf and get 10% off any scarf purchase!}

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: The Boys.

Answers to the perennial "what can I give him?" question, here's a smattering of our favorites for the 14th.

1. Henley Brands Wireless Speaker, $190  2. Ekke Shot Glass Set, $45  3. Apothecary Room Spray, $24  4. Hip Flask, $46  5. The Sherlock Holmes School of Self-Defence, $12  6. Peg and Awl "Marlowe" Lunchbag, $56  7. Agate Bookends, $175  8. TOKYObay "Basic" Leather Watch, $105

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Fun with Crayons.

The countdown to Valentine's Day has begun (12 days), so we outfitted our window with lovely treats for your sweetheart, plus handmade wax paper banners and lots of hearts. Check out the process below, and come on by for the perfect gift! We're here to help you woo your love with cozy cashmere, dazzling jewels, cool accessories, or maybe just the perfect card. (And don't forget about our curbside delivery, if you're in a rush!)

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hats Off to Dad!

Our "Hats Off to Dad!" series (first-person tributes to all-time great dads -- you can still submit your own here!) continues with Sarah, the newest member of our team -- just look at this adorable photo, for crying out loud:

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Hats Off!: Adam’s Blacksmithin’ Dad

Several years ago, we paid tribute to our fathers in the month of June with our "Hats Off to Dad" series. We've decided to relaunch it, so do join in the fun by sending us a photo of dear ol' dad and and answering the following:

  1. Tell us about your dad. What does he do for a living? What are his hobbies? Where did he grow up? Etc., etc., etc. Feel free to extrapolate...
  2. What makes your dad the greatest? Tell us a favorite memory. Tell us about something he taught you how to do.
  3. What's the perfect day with your dad?
  4. What will you get your dad for Father's Day?

Our very own Adam kicks things off!

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Three weeks ‘til Father’s Day!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mother’s Day Gift Guide.

1. Proper Topper Gift Certificate  2. Betty Carré “Trio” Ring, $168  3. Cris Notti Sleep Mask, $25  4. Paddywax Relish Jar Candle, $24  5. TOKYObay "Bailey" Box Bag, $138  6. Emma, $16  7. Eugenia Kim "Cecily" Wide Brim, $125  8. TOKYObay "Rita" Watch, $100  9. Avindy Ruby Earrings, $64  10. Apple + Bee Pencil Case, $29  11. Tusk "Amazon" Snap Evening Wallet, $64

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Mother Earth.

Happy Earth Day!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gift Guide: The Hit List

Have you finished your holiday shopping? Have a gander at this season's most popular gifts, and pop in for last-minute goodies! AND, you can still order online through Friday for Christmas Eve delivery--just email us ( for shipping cost quotes.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Holiday Card Round-Up

We love, love, love written correspondence, and what better time to get in touch with friends and family than the holidays? Herewith, a few of our very favorite cards, begging you to turn off the smartphone and put pen to paper.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Gift Guide: The Urban Homesteader

Today's Staff Picks Gift Guide is curated by Katherine (our own urban farmer!), with the Urban Homesteader in mind:

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

People’s Parties.

There's a change in the air (although you wouldn't know it on this warm, warm day), which has us looking to the holidays (gasp!). And the holidays have us looking forward to fabulous parties and new arrivals in the shop/on our website. For instance: the golden crown place card holders pictured above, looking festive even as we unpack them! Wouldn't you just love to have these regal baubles adorn your table at your next dinner party?

And speaking of tables, have you seen our Pinterest board, Wondrous Tables? Send us photos of your own festive tables ...

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