Tuesday, November 02, 2010

the shop page

disclaimer: aside from exaclair which has sent me planners/paper for review (though i've spent plenty of my own $ on their products as well!), none of these brands or websites have provided me with any form of compensation (freebie or kickback) for mentioning them. they are just things i like! just wanted to make sure that was out there.

one of the most common questions emailed to me is: "what kind of planner do you have, and where did you get it?!". and i never get tired of answering -- in fact, i love that there are others out there as excited about their stationery as i am. maybe it helps me to feel more normal.

[[awkward silence]]

ahem. anyway! here are some of my favorite stationery resources, and agenda info:

space 24, my planner favorite for years! lovely paper and a great layout for those who like to make lists alongside their week.

you've seen this many times before!

i have often gotten the above agenda online at the daily planner. they also have a great selection of other brands, including moleskine, rhodia, miquelrius, and graphic image.

i had a great experience with my recent purchase from ebay retailer everyday happy smile.

recently purchased journal J

reader teresa reminded me of the little happy shop, a similarly named resource for asian paper goods and cute containers. they also have really cute totes, like this one:

i am very particular about my pens (i know you're surprised) and i love the Hi-Tec C gel pens (in 0.4 mm) that i bought from jetpens. they ship very quickly, too!

running gear
i do not have a lot of fancy running clothes, but when i do shop for jackets/tops i often splurge on sugoi. their clothes fit me well and seem to last forever! i still mourn the loss of a blue zip-up that got lost somewhere in duke hospital during my NICU rotation. i hope it found a happy home . . .

shoes are a very personal thing, so this may not help anyone, but if you're curious, i've been wearing the same type (asics gel landreth) for at least the past 2 years.

fellow runners often ask me about my non-garmin distance/speed device. i use a polar rs200sd footpod that measures acceleration rather than relying on satellites.

when calibrated correctly, i have found that it is at least as accurate as a satellite device, but more reliable (never loses signal and can measure right even if you're zig-zagging around).

well, it's no secret what my favorite clothing retailer is . . .

but i have written before about how to make the most of your $ there and often enjoy digging (virtually) through the sale racks.

i carried an orla kiely bag around all through residency, so i can vouch for the quality! i just love this irish designer's beautiful patterns and colors, combined with really good craftsmanship.

current work bag

current unattainable drool-worthy object of desire

okay, this one is only going to help the locals, but i wanted to mention bella bean, a community-supported agriculture company that will deliver produce straight to your door (no need to rush to get anywhere to pick up before any specific time). it actually works out to be cost effective (not cheap, but similar to whole foods price) and the quality is always amazing because the products are all from local farms. you can branch out to specialty products such as local eggs, meats, cheeses, or baked goods as well!

now, i realize that no supermarket chain is perfect when it comes to environmental practices and treatment of their workers. but i'd like to think that at least whole foods tries a little. and i have to admit, i just love to shop there. people often do not believe me when i say this, but i have found it to be similar in price to harris teeter and other 'regular' grocery stores -- as long as i am armed with a list and stick to the products i came to get. now, this may be skewed because of what i buy - but i've really found it to be true! one day perhaps i'll do a true comparison test (and post about it, of course).

all right -- i'm pretty much shopped out! this post will go under the 'shop' tab as well as up for today.

what is your favorite retailer or product -- something others may not know about, but that you love and want to share? it could be anything! i'd love to hear them.


  1. AnneliesDB, Brussels6:25 AM

    Every day I love your blog more and more. Where will this end :)

  2. I have a pair Sugoi fleece lined tights that I would recommend to anyone who runs in cold weather. They are the only tights I've ever found with a lining and they are worth every penny.

  3. oohh! Loving both of those Orla bags!!

    My favorite vegetarian meat products are Boca's Original patty and Morningstars Chicken Patty's and now the Asian Veggie Patty...man those things are sooooo yummy!!!

    I've never checked out Sugoi running gear. Where do you buy that? I have good luck with Lululemon but man they are $$!

  4. I don't know about my favorite products, but you inspire me to check out Anthro. I've found some cute tops on the sale rack! I like them because I don't wear jewelry (ever...), and they usually have enough going on that I don't need to accessorize. :)

    Nike is my go-to for running...love them.

    The food options in NYC are so crazy...I've been checking out Whole Foods and TJ's much more often. I just wish they were closer! The produce options tend to be quite limited so I like Whole Foods for that.

  5. I finally went ahead and splurged on the 2011 Space 24 after hearing your raves and reviews. :) What a cute bag you carry. Mine is boring in comparison.

  6. I love your blog more every day! I just splurged on the 2011 Space 24 as well. I haven't been able to use it yet but love looking at is as I impatiently wait for when I can start using it!

    Asics are my go-to for running sneakers as well. I think it's awesome that you use the Gel Landreth. They were named in memory of Travis Landreth who ran for my high school cross country team (I ran with his younger sister). I get very excited whenever someone says those are the ones they wear running.

    As for favorite retailers... any book or office supply store. I love wandering the aisles of Office Depot and Staples. My current favorite pens are ones GlidingCalm mentioned - Staedtler fineliner triplus (something like that). I work two different jobs and will be starting grad school soon so the different colors allow me to color code my planner (to coordinate with my iCal, of course). :)

  7. I love Patagonia (I call it "Patagucci") and could be happy living in their stuff all day, everyday. Obviously they have the techy stuff, but they are also making more everyday-wear clothes.
    Thanks for including local stores. LA has lots of great design-y stores where I love to drool. One more LA place - there is this fantastic coffee company called "Intelligentsia" and I buy coffee and t-shirts there!

  8. atilla12:09 AM

    I know its pathetically dated but I actually like to go to radio shack and usually succumb to an impulse buy

  9. I love that other people are as obsessed with pens and planners as I am. I have been debating a Space 24 planner lately, so love to hear other's opinions. I have had a Planner Pad (the middle size as the personal one was too small) for 3 years now, but am a little sick of it.