the panda pen: the most expensive cotton swab around

Okay, so it's not exactly a cotton swab, but still.

I was flipping through Nylon magazine the other day (which has a great beauty section, something I would not have guessed) when I spotted this little contraption by De-Coy called Panda Pen. At first glance it sounds amazing, seeing as how it has the word "panda" in its name and claims to magically correct eye makeup. However; upon further investigation (I looked up the website) this thing is a $30 eye makeup remover dispenser. You even have to rub the product around to remove excess makeup with your own finger. Your. Own. Finger. Thirty dollars later. 

So I guess I won't be purchasing this, which makes me sad, mostly because I really like to purchase things. If you're concerned that I may be overreacting check out the video on the website of the product "in action". Or I can just sum it up for you: a girl that may or may not be wearing eye liner clicks the Panda Pen to, I assume, dispense product, rubs it under her eyes and then uses a finger to remove the eyeliner that apparently only she can see. 


I wanted to love you Panda Pen. Oh well. I think I will stick with my Q-tips. Thank god it's not the Unicorn Pen. I would not have been able to resist a Unicorn Pen...

kate spade gets classy with the cobble hill satchel

I know this may sound like blasphemy to many, but I um...have never never been a fan of Kate Spade. In fact, I think that a lot of her stuff is kind of tacky.

There, I said it. 

Recently, however, I fell madly in love with the Cobble Hill Satchel (especially in this gorgeous kelly green color). It retails for $348 at Nordstom and comes with a detachable shoulder strap. My issue with Kate Spade merchandise of the past was the price tag mixed with the quality. I just couldn't wrap my mind around spending four of five hundred dollars on a cloth patterned bag. I can also be very boring when it comes to clothing - I own at least twenty black boat-necked tops - but I just prefer a really good quality leather handbag in a classic color if I am going to spend that kind of money. 

This may be a necessity for fall. How soon is too soon to start asking for Christmas presents without sounding like a total jerk? August? 

Tip: I never buy anything before Googling it. Just look up the brand and style (in this case I entered "Kate Spade Cobble Hill Satchel") and hit shopping under the search options. You can often find what you're looking for for less on sites like Zappos, Endless or Amazon. I also always check the website RetailMeNot for coupon codes and free shipping offers before making an online purchase.