Want This: The Definitive Shopping Guide

What to do with holiday gift cards and cash? Check out our picks.

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Now that winter is in full swing, boots have transitioned from accessory to staple. Avoid the bunching of boot-tucked jeans with a pair of <a href="https://stiruppz.com/shop/index.php/catalog/product/view/id/1" target=_blank>Stirrupz</a>. Easy to use and comfortable to wear, they grab onto the bottom of your jeans and loop onto your foot for a perfectly-taut, perfectly-tucked pair of jeans.
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Pylones
Taking a bath with your very own yellow submarine - that alone would be enough for us. But this chubby six-inch-long floater by <a href="http://www.pylones-usa.com/pylones/item.php?product=817&item=SEM-31012&search=submarine%20radio" target=_blank>Pylones</a> is also a waterproof rubber radio, piping tuneage into your tub.
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Stand out in a crowd of LBDs by going rogue (not moose-hunting-from-a-helicopter rogue, mind you) and wearing "nude." <a href="http://www.kirnazabete.com/just-in/turban-dress" target=_blank>The Turban Dress by Thakoon</a> is a draped dream in crepe plisse: Shape-hugging yet utterly forgiving.
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Desk clutter drives us crazy, and we have no personal assistant to keep things tidy - until now. The mini robo vacuum <a href="http://fredflare.com/customer/product.php?productid=4370&cat=309&bf=hs#" target=_blank>by Fred Flare</a> will swoop over your desk with the touch of a button and suck up crumbs, dust and other debris.
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West Elm
The Tillary Sofa <a href="http://www.westelm.com/products/f985/?pkey=gsmall-space-solutions" target=_blank>from West Elm</a> seems perfectly obsessable to us. Here's the thing -- it's stylish, yes -- but the end and the back both are for leaning. We like that. Too often we wish to sit longways on a couch, only to find heartache and backache.
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ASSOCIATED PRESS
<a href="http://uma.chanel.com/makeup/nails.php" target=_blank>Chanel</a> is about (as in this month) to launch their 2010 hues, our favorite being Particuliere (that's French for "particular"). The putty-colored polish will join pinky Tendresse and neutral-y Inattendu.
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EFE
Speaking of polish: now, thanks to Dell, tech savvy gals can finally show their true hue with Dell's OPI collection. <a href="http://www.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/global/shared/design_studio/en/us/design_studio?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs&redirect=1" target=_blank>Choose from over 26 shades</a> like I'm Not Really a Waitress, Big Red Apple, LaPaz-itively Hot and A Grape Fit. Look for seasonal colors too like a special Valentine's collection.
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CB2
These glazed white porcelain appetizer plates <a href="http://www.cb2.com/family.aspx?c=2030&f=5432" target=_blank>by CB2</a> are a step above eating directly out of the take-out container, without losing the nostalgia. Hand applied decal patterns of a Chinese menu forms an illustration of a takeout carton in black and white with orange, green and blue accents.
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Acrimony
Denim jackets can seem so 90s (which might mean they're back in style now, given fickle fashion's cyclical ways). Embrace the trend with stylish pieces like the Iro Denim Moto Jacket, on sale now <a href="http://www.shopacrimony.com/shop/womens/outerwear/womens/2835-iro-denim-moto-jacket/" target=_blank>at Acrimony</a>. This acid washed piece will keep you on trend, without letting you anywhere near <a href="/around-town/fashion/NATL-Style-logue-Justin-Timberlake-68872192.html" target=_blank>Justin and Brit Brit 2000 AMAs territory</a>. *Shudder*
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Nordstrom
Sleek satin with textured red ruffles make the <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3042799/0~2376778~2372808~2376689~2377052?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=2377052&P=1" target="_blank"> Spicy Pump </a> by Charles David a sexy peep-toe purchase. The 4.5-inch heel seals the deal for a date-night out.
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She Boutique
For those who don't want to freeze but are way too mobile to be restricted with mittens or gloves, the perfect solution may be right at your fingertips. <a href="http://www.shopbop.com/cashmere-long-fingerless-gloves-bop/vp/v=1/845524441828940.htm?folderID=2534374302165283&fm=other-shopbysize-viewall" target="_blank">She Boutique's cashmere fingerless gloves</a> will keep arms and hands warm and fingers free to type, text, or otherwise man your iPhone; or whatever it is that is important enough to risk freezing off your digits.
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GirlPROPS
Does this bling-studded <a target="_blank" href="http://www.girlprops.com/RetailScience/page2/item/17259">snowflake pin</a> look like an $8.99 piece of jewelry to you? Yeah, us neither. Aurora borealis rhinestones and a tarnished-gold finish give this statement-y Jonette Jewelry creation an art deco vibe -- like you found it in your grandmother's jewelry box.
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This retro style digital camcorder looks incredibly hip and, at the size of a deck of cards, <a href="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/560571-REG/Rollei_24613_Rolleiflex_MiniDigi_AF_5_0.html#features" target="_blank">the Rolleiflex from B&H Photo</a> isn't not too big to tote around.
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Exergian
Nothing's classier than art, so how about hanging a couple of <a href="http://www.blanka.co.uk/Art/Exergian/Iconic_TV" target="_blank">minimalist TV show posters</a> in your living room? They say, "I enjoy pop culture, but I also have an eye for aesthetically sophisticated design." Or something.
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Call your friends and arrange a little shin dig at your groovy pad, because you'll be looking for any excuse to serve hors d'oeuvres when you get your hands on this <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=36195537" target="_blank">Side Plate by Hope Johnson</a>. The designer hand-built this dish, decorated it with the unique berries pattern in sky blue and low-fired it in an electric kiln.
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Spikes are in and they're here to stay. Get with the program when you snatch up the <a href="http://www.shopnastygal.com/products/new/clothing/Conic-Spike-Cuff.html" target=_blank">Conic Spike Cuff by Nasty Gal</a>. With three rows of brass spikes on a stretchable cuff, the toughness will just seep in through the wrist.
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Intermix has teamed up with renowned artist Marilyn Minter to create a <a href="http://www.intermixonline.com/product/accessories/handbags/exclusive+marilyn+minter-bright+pink+tote.do?sortby=ourPicks"target="_blank"> limited edition tote bag </a> featuring a female mouth licking cake, an image from one of the artist's films. What's even sweeter is that sales of the totes will go to benefit cancer research.
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This bright and bold <a href="http://2modern.com/Nooka"target="_blank"> watch </a> tells time in a slightly different way--as a progression of 12 dots. Sure, it's a bit hard to read after a few cocktails, but it's bright unisex design sets it apart from its analog amigos.
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A gleaming <a href="http://shop.nordstrom.com/S/3069857/0~2376781~6002216~6020816?mediumthumbnail=Y&origin=category&searchtype=&pbo=6020816&P=1"target="_blank"> crystal bowl </a> by Orrefors is the perfect party accessory; whether you decide to keep it for yourself or unselfishly give it as a gift.
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Bijou Boutique
Jewelry designer Lourdes Amador is letting ladies get stoned sans the munchies with her hippie chic <a href="http://www.bijouboutique.com"target="_blank"> agate necklaces </a> on silver or gold-filled chains.
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Nanette Lepore, whose gypsy style spans from celebrity closets to bottled scents, recently launched her signature fragrance <a href="http://sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P247203&categoryId=B70"taget="_blank"> nanette </a> , which smells like femininity with a hint of amber and rose petals.
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Weave a web of jealousy with the <a href="http://www.juliafailey.com/productDetail.asp?p=2050&c=&pv=1"target="_blank"> Spider Web Cuff </a> byJulia Failey. When others see you sporting a this bracelet with White Topaz woven around a black star sapphire, they'll definitely want it too.
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Show pizza who's boss with this<a href="http://www.mcachicagostore.org/main/item_detail.php?pid=1014&cat=6"target="_blank"> piranha pizza wheel </a>. Made of stainless steel with a high-density plastic handle, it's one ravenous beast--we're referring to the pizza wheel, not you. Calm down.
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Rust Designs
Getting inked has never been less invasive. Instead of subjecting your arm to permanent torture, stick to these full color<a href="http://www.rustdesigns.com/tatdplset.html"target="_blank"> tattoo desert plates </a>--they can be customized to say what you want and even better--you can hide them in a pinch--unlike that barbed wire tattoo on your arm.
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Melt, don't make, your next dessert with this<a href="http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=510&f=30879&q=fondue+set&fromLocation=Search&DIMID=400001&SearchPage=1"target="_blank"> Cheese and Chocolate Fondue Set </a> from Crate & Barrel. The 15-piece set comes with everything you need to have fun with melted chocolate.
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Passing time at work just got a little more entertaining thanks to the <a href="http://www.shoparteffect.com/product.asp?lt=c&catid=11827&pfid=AET07009"target="_blank"> Tokibot Robot Clock </a>. With moveable arms and legs, he offers something to look forward to when arriving at 5 a.m.
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www.jcrew.com
Let your kids have all the beautiful color and detailing that J.Crew coats have to offer with the <a href="http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Browse/CrewCutBrowse/Girl_Feature_Assortment/NewArrivals/outerwear/PRDOVR~18768/18768.jsp"target="_blank"> Matinee Coat </a> from the classic company's kids' line, Crewcuts.
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Besides being all the rage, touch screens are also super simple to use. HP's <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/HP-Info-Center/HP-TouchSmart-All-In-One/pcmcat152800050003.c?id=pcmcat152800050003&cpncode=9a28bc75-7d23-4015-bcc6-35283df164a0"target="_blank">Touch Smart 600 PC</a>, available at BestBuy, combines style and interactivity with high-tech features for a computer experience that goes way beyond your normal desktop.
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Forget about your outdated silver and gold timepieces and update your wrist with Marc Jacobs Women's White<a href="http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=331295&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results"target="_blank"> Patent Strap Watch </a>, available at Macy's. Its sleek and simple style is minimal but the Marc Jacobs logo says everything.
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"Do you flip?" You might not know it yet, but the <a href="http://store.theflip.com/Mino.aspx"target="_blank"> Flip Mino digital camcorder </a> is at the top of your holiday wish list. Featuring crisp video quality in a cute little pint-sized package, it's available in hip designs that will get you excited to record everything from school plays to practical jokes.
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The Snow Leopard Accessories collection from White House Black Market add the purr-fect touch to any basic black ensemble. Choose from the wide haircalf belt with silvertone buckle,<a href="http://www.whitehouseblackmarket.com/store/browse/product.jsp?maxRec=14&pageId=1&productId=300114210&viewAll=&prd=Snow+Leopard+Pump&subCatId=cat210054&color=&fromSearch=&inSeam=&posId=1&catId=cat210005&cat=Accessories+Shoes&onSale=&colorFamily=&maxPg=1&size="target="_blank"> platform pumps </a>, or the black patent-trimmed handbag.
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Pottery Barn's soft and warm<a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/cable-knit-throw/?pkey=cthrow-blankets"target="_blank"> Cable Knit </a> and <a href="http://www.potterybarn.com/products/faux-fur-throw/?pkey=cthrow-blankets"target="_blank"> faux-fur blankets </a> are perfect this time of year, as evening temperatures take a steep dive.
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shoesthatloveyou.com
Get ready for resort season. You'll flip for these <a href="http://www.shoesthatloveyou.com/Thongs-Womens-Girls-Heel-Flat-Sandals-Shoes-That-Love-You-OKA-b.aspx"target="_blank"> flops </a> from OKA b. They're lightweight, recyclable and ergonomically designed to put a spring in your step. As if that weren't enough, they're darn cute as well.
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Juan Fregozo
We've worn through multiple pairs of Chuck Taylor All-Stars (one in white, two in black) over the years. But now that Converse is inviting us to <a href="http://www.converse.com/#/products/shoes/converseOne/scratch"target="_blank">create our own sneaks</a>, we may have to get another pair--polka dots and swirls this time?
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Jonathan Adler--the namesake of a candy store of homegoods, not only designs beautiful throw pillows, but lets you design them yourself. You can mix and match colors and designs to get<a href="http://www.jonathanadler.com/shop/product.php?productid=17590&cat=346&page=1&initial=5334"target="_blank"> beautiful personal confections </a> like this one.
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Your phone is cool-looking. Your laptop is too. Thus, the accessories that adorn them should be comparably stylish. Enter Mimobots--the colorful character-driven <a href="http://www.munkyking.com/Shop_cat.php?cat=23&sub="target="_blank"> USB storage devices </a> that make something as mundane as file storage kind of fun.
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NBC 5 News
We're fans of crocheted anything--we'd buy crocheted cups and saucers if it weren't for the whole leaking situation. So when we saw these unusual pieces called <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33453169"target="_blank"> Recession Rings </a> from Beautiful Purpose we paused and admired.
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Tired of the same old glass vase? This sure isn't your grandmother's <a href="http://www.etsy.com/shop/giddyspinster"target="_blank">planter</a>. Giddyspinster updates your home in an exotic way--and we aren't talking about the plant.
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www.damesf.com
A San Francisco designer has made jewelry for a long exposed but unadorned part of the female anatomy--the back. The <a href="http://www.damesf.com/shopexd.asp?id=12"target="_blank"> chains </a> are a little bit bondagey and a lot pretty--in the front, where they form a dangling knot, and from behind.
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Reduce, reuse, recycle. We get it. We've seen it all, we're going to scream if we see it one more repurposed item! Unless, perhaps, it's this <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=31422654"target="_blank"> Recycled Bike Clock </a>. Made from a bike chain ring and reclaimed textile, it's like FredFlare meets Steampunk.
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NBCWashington.com
As the temperature drops, collecting cool layer-worthy pieces is crucial. Try this <a href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=27185701"target="_blank"> pleated vest </a> on for size--its stone color and elegant details will upgrade any plain-Jane long-sleeved tee.
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These Maine-made <a href="http://quoddystore.com"target="_blank"> Qoddy moccasins </a> are all-around durable-- a good investment if you're considering suede in a snowy winter season.
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Erica Jones, NBC Washington
We've all had those nights that have ended in self-loathing (and with a close relationship with our podiatrist) thanks to a pair of four-inch stilettos. But with <a href="http://www.footzyrolls.com/everyday.html"target="_blank"> Footzyrolls </a>, which pack up as tightly as a roll of quarters, you always have the option to switch up the stilettos for a pair of brightly-colored flats.
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Delaware State Police
We've tried our fair share of skin softening/ brightening/ clearing beverages with little result. But <a href="https://glowshop.glowelle.com/index.jp?"target="_blank"> Glowelle </a> beauty drink's parent company Nestle backs it with some pretty significant results. In two yummy flavors, Raspberry Jasmine and Pomegranate Lychee, it can't hurt to try.
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CoverGirl
<a href="http://www.walgreens.com/search/results.jsp?Ntt=covergirl+lashblast+length"target="_blank"> Covergirl Lashblast </a> compares itself to DiorShow in its newest ads. Ballsy, no? But the extra thick brush tames even the longest lashes with no clumps. And for shorter-lashed ladies, there is Lashblast Length which claims to make lashes 80-percent longer.
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These <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=16871253&cm_mmc=Froogle-_-Mens-_-Boots-_-Converse+Green+All+Star+Rain+Boot"target="_blank"> boots </a> are tough enough to stand up to walking the dog on a day that's dropping buckets and our pup is taking his own sweet, la-da-da-da, "what's this stick I have to stay and smell" time.
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A far cry from peace signs of days past, today's symbol is best expressed in golds, silvers, and gems. The new <a href="http://www.coach.com/online/handbags/-jewelry_rings-10551-10051-38453-en?t1Id=38451&t2Id=38453&tier=2"target="_blank"> Pave Peace Sign Ring </a> from Coach gets the message across while staying true to style.
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NASA
To slip into the strong shoulder look with the most impact possible, try a fantastically structured dress like the Silence and Noise <a href="http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/urban/catalog/productdetail.jsp?itemdescription=true&itemCount=60&startValue=1&selectedProductColor=&sortby=&id=17355108&parentid=W_APP_DRESSES&sortProperties=+subCategoryPosition,+product.marketingPriority,-product.startDate&navCount=66&navAction=poppushpush&color=&pushId=W_APP_DRESSES&popId=WOMENS_APPAREL&prepushId="target="_blank"> Strong Shoulder Dress </a> at Urban Outfitters.
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Fort Worth PD
You know you've tried on a dress and wondered how it would look if it didn't have sleeves/halter straps/ a cowl neck etc. For those days, you'll be extra happy to own one of Norma Kamali for Walmart's <a href="http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=11963662&findingMethod=rr"target="_blank"> all-in-one jersey dresses </a>.
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Meteorologist Remeisha Shade
You may have noticed a parliament (flock) of owls taking over accessories mall-wide. Adopt your own cutesy hooter with Kate Spade's <a href="http://www.katespade.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3714290&cp=3381522.3569684"target=_blank"> Praline Owl Pendant</a>. It's quite the wise choice with its shiny gold body and yellow eyes.
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Tisha Thompson, News4
The removable belt on this <a href="http://store.periwinkleshop.com/merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=1&Product_Code=00090&Category_Code=CO" target="_blank"> coat </a> means you can switch to a colorful sash if the mood should strike. The drape gives the look of a cape (so hot right now), but the "secret" sleeves will keep you warm.
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Don't forget about those summery color-block dresses yet. They're here to stay for fall. The trendy <a href="http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=933190&catId=CLOTHES-DRESSES&pushId=CLOTHES-DRESSES&popId=CLOTHES&sortProperties=&navCount=290&navAction=top&fromCategoryPage=true&selectedProductSize=&selectedProductSize1=&color=049&colorName=BLUE%20MOTIF&isSubcategory=true&isProduct=true" target="_blank"> Sabine dress</a> from Anthropologie mixes flirty color combos with so-this-second ruffles on the front. Throw on a cardigan and heels and you're ready for work or play.
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Looks like someone got a little crazy with the electrical tape! Ok, not really. But with the S&M-style bent of so many collections this fall, the <a href="http://shopterradc.com/?q=product/winter-tainted-love-cotton-top-bailey-44" target="_blank"> Tainted Love Cotton Top</a> by Bailey 44 is a conveniently low-maintenance version.
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The item description for the Pier One <a href="http://www.pier1.com/Catalog/Furniture/Furniture/tabid/519/CategoryID/157/List/0/catpageindex/2/Level/a/ProductID/4424/ProductName/Josette-Chair/Default.aspx" target="_blank"> Josette Chair </a> says "This chair is so cute, we want to wear it as a dress. It clearly makes legs look good." Can't argue with that! But if you're looking for something more affordable that will take up less space in your studio, you can bring the retro vibe via these <a href="http://www.pier1.com/burnout-velvet-pillows-2.shtml" target="_blank"> Burnout Velvet Pillows</a>.
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Giuseppe Zanotti
Okay, so these <a href="http://www.giuseppe-zanotti-design.com/" target="_blank"> Giuseppe Zanotti shoes</a> are not exactly a wardrobe staple. But have you ever seen anything so gorgeous? They're like a Venetian Mardi Gras for your feet--studded with Swarovski crystals no less.
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The clever <a href="http://www.flight001.com/grid-it-grey.html"target=blank" target="_Blank"> Grid-It organization system</a> --a flat-packing way to keep your gadgets and gizmos secure, thanks to a genius use of rubberized and elasticized fasteners on a rectangle--fits right into your laptop case ensuring that you'll be able to find that cable connector that--wait, what does this one do again?
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Count on the eagle-eyed geniuses at Matter to track down <a href="http://mattermatters.com/product.asp?id=379" target="_blank">scissors</a> that are a work of modern art, as well as being, you know, scissors. You'll never bury these in your desk or kitchen drawer.
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