Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Go Wayback

Now you can join Doc and hop back in time and go Wayback. This cool site lets you input any url and see what it looked like in the past. Not all of the images will load at times, but you get the idea. For those in the online media and interactive industry, this is a fun way to see how site design has progressed. As 2008 draws closer to an end, why not go Wayback in time and check out how far we've come. Note: Marty McFly and the DeLorean are not included.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Fold School

Let's kick it Fold School. Did you or your little ones get any huge gifts this past holiday? Perhaps a ride-on train set for your little monster or a big plasma for your big monster? Well huge gifts usually mean huge cardboard boxes as packaging. So what do you do with all those boxes? Fold school is a COOL site that instructs you on how to make COOL kids furniture with all those darn boxes you're not using. We think Fold School is So Cool.

Monday, December 29, 2008


As 2008 comes to an end, and the economy is fast declining, we all need a bit of motivation and inspiration right? But why raise false hope? Instead, give in to DESPAIR. Build your very own 2009 Demotivators Calendar. Yes start 2009 off right, by realizing all that is wrong. You can increase your success by lowering all expectations! Perfect for the office.

Our COOL Favorite: "WORTH"- Just because you are necessary, doesn't mean you are important.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Want S'More?

Want all the tasty goodness of the ever-popular S'Mores treats but don't have a campfire handy? Well you're in luck my friend, now's there's a Microwaveable S'Mores Maker. Just add water, throw your fixings in the middle and microwave your way to two perfect S'Mores! So quick, so easy and so COOL, it'll leave you wanting s'more.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ho Ho Ho

Merry Christmas from one cool chick!

Santa's made his visit, the presents have all been unwrapped, so it's finally time to relax! Snuggle up by the fireplace and just veg in front of the tube. Here are some Top Christmas Movie Rentals, to keep you entertained.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Wine Not?

It's Christmas Eve, so you're on your way to the holiday festivities, and you pick up a fabulous bottle of wine for the party. STOP! Your wine can't just go naked! And like everyone else, you're trying to be green, so how do you dress your wine in style and still be kind to the planet? Well Green Lifestyle expert, Danny Seo, has a very COOL solution. Grab your newspaper and wrap away!

Simply wrap two sheets around a bottle and tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle.Cut strips of newspaper from the top of the paper to the top of the bottle; the more, the better. Curl each strip with scissors and voila!

Very Cool. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Hooked Up Giveaway WINNER

Thank you to everyone who entered our Hooked Up Giveaway for the cool myanjul purse hook!

Our Cool Winner is NANCY! Congratulations! Your purse will thank you! The cool gals Antonia and Julie from myanjul will be hooking you up soon!

Happy Holidays!

Winner was randomly selected by

Chalk It Up

Add some fun to your abode and get creative with some Chalkboard Paint! Turn any wall or surface in your home into a chalkboard instantly. Nowadays, the paint comes in black, brown and green, but of course, you can harness the Martha Stewart in you and try blending your own perfect shade! This project is on our to-do-list, but of course, as with everything else, it's pending until "mr. red" gives us some time. Chalk it up to another cool task on daddy's list!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Skate On

Get your ICE on! This winter, bundle up and escape to an outdoor ice skating rink near you. Here are some HOT locations for some COLD fun.

Downtown LA - Nov 20,2008-Jan 19,2009
ICE at Santa Monica-1324 Fifth Street-Nov 7,2008-Jan 19,2009
Seaside Ice - Redondo Beach-Seaside Lagoon, 200 Portofino Way, Redondo Beach. -Nov 18,2008-Jan 11,2009

Friday, December 19, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

In the spirit of keeping things not only festive this holiday season, but COOL and creative as well, here's some inspiration. Take a look at these unusual creations of the ever popular christmas tree.

Note to self: I want the Plywood Christmas Tree. (and the modern living room to go with it!)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hooked Up ::GIVEAWAY::

Why? Let's face it, if you're going to shell out $300 for the oh so stylish Botkier or the latest Kate Spade, then you better keep it in good shape! Get it off the floor and use a handy purse hook! myanjul just launched their modern purse hook line and their site was done by yours truly. So go check it out and do your purse a favor and get it hooked up!

COOL gals, Antonia and Julie of myanjul think you're cool too, so they're hooking you up! They're giving away one of their COOL purse hooks to one lucky COOL PICK reader! Just email or leave a comment below, and you're entered! It's that easy and that COOL! Good luck.

You have until Midnight PST on Monday, December 22nd to enter this giveaway.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Great Cupcakes

This GREAT Cupcake Pan brings GIANT fun! I first saw it on a photo from a gal pal of mine. She baked it for her lil ones, and I was amazed! The photogs at Williams Sonoma should really include an additional item in the pic so one can truly appreciate the scale of this sweet titan! It's huge! I just received my own gargantuan gift from my Secret Santa, and I can't wait to bake up a storm for the holidays!

SPECIAL THANKS TO my COOL pal {Rita} for the COOL TIP!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


A GenART Nokia Design Award finalist, IMOOI brings a modern, sleek and durable jewelry line. It was love at first sight. Their woodgrain line is beautiful. So check out their collections. Makes for a nice holiday gift too!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Cardboard Wreath

Keep your holidays "green" with an eco friendly wreath. Made from 100% recycled cardboard, this wreath is not only perfect for your front door, it's also great for the planet.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Graffiti Train

Bored? Well hip hop on board the Graffiti Train. Vandalize your own train with cool graffiti decals. So crank up your Jay-Z and gather the posse for some tagging fun. No spraycans or bandanas required.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Overdue Ado

Lately, there's been much ado over an email about an overdue account. Apparently, it's real, and boy is it funny. Check it out and read for yourself. So the next time you have an account overdue, try sending a drawing may make you famous!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Origami Club

Let's face it, the declining economy has everyone pinching their pennies. Here's a COOL way to cut your holiday budget...create your own festive decor! Deck the halls with boughs of ORIGAMI? Origami Club brings you diagrams, animations and even printable patterns for you to fold and create your very own jolly adornments. Yes, this fun site has everything you need to trim your tree in style while you trim your budget.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Simply Delightful

Still can't figure out what to get your COOL pals for the holidays? Head on over to, a fun site filled with COOL products, and where every day around noon (central), there's a new featured product with a delightful surprise waiting for you! Sometimes it's a discount, sometimes it's free shipping, sometimes a free gift. With all their fabulous inventory, it's a delight, every time!

Jenny and the team over at think you're COOL too, so they have an exclusively COOL offer just for our COOL PICK readers! Take 15% off your order! Just enter code CoolPickDelight (case sensitive) when you check out. So go check it out! Cool offer ends December 17th.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Running the Numbers

Very cool. Very fascinating. Somewhat disconcerting. Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait, takes a look at American culture through the eyes of consumption and the lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. Artist, Chris Jordan, measures mankind by examining measures of society. Don't miss "Constitution, 2008".


Sunday, December 7, 2008

Go Grub

Words just cannot describe. You must taste for yourself. Escape for some homecooking at The Grub in LA. Be sure to try their Friggin' Amazing French Toast, Joe-Mama Cita, and top it off with their famous Big Ass Ice Cream Sandwich (their words, not mine)! Reservations are recommended and no worries, they like kids! If "mr. red" can survive there without a meltdown, yours can too.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Baby Got Black

What do you get for the person who has everything? Renova Black Toilet Paper. 'Cause we bet he won't have that! Already popular in the hottest clubs and restaurants from New York to Milan, this soft, elegant 3-ply tissue is a great way to accent your bathroom for your upcoming holiday parties. It will certainly get your guests talking! Three rolls come packaged in a chic gift canister. Renova Toilet Paper has been tested and toosh approved. It is non-toxic and does not bleed any color when wet. Made of 100% biodegradable, virgin pulp that is chlorine-free and entirely recyclable. SO it's both black and "green." It comes in an assortment of colors, but we think black is the coolest.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Pick Pocket

This pick pocket is one you won't want to avoid, trust me! A Josh Jakus original, the Media Pocket is a sleek pouch designed to fit the iPhone, iPod, and other smaller PDAs, phones, and media players. (Note: will not fit the larger blackberries and palms.) It's made of tough and sturdy wool, perfect for protecting your stuff from the mayhem of everyday life. So get your hands in your POCKET now!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Noah's Ark

As the weather outside gets chillier, it's that time of year to find some indoor fun to keep the little ones busy. Hop on board and join Noah and his friends on the famous Ark. Noah's Ark at the Skirball Cultural Center invites you and your family to explore an 8,000-square-foot gallery like no other. Play, build, climb, explore, and construct in the floor-to-ceiling wooden ark. We visited last year, and are planning to return soon, since "mr. red" is older and can interact in the exhibit more. So prepare to immerse yourself in a treasured childhood tale and get ready for a one-of-a-kind journey on the Ark.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Straight to the KOR

BPA free and stylish to the KOR (pun intended), KOR ONE bottles are the sleekest bottles out there yet. It features an “extra-wide mouth” and a release button for ”easy, one-hand opening.” I.D. Magazine touts the KOR ONE bottle as one of the year's smartest products. So be smart and get your hands on ONE.

An exclusively COOL offer just for you COOL people out there, take $5 off your KOR ONE order! Enter coupon code KORFIVE when you check out. So go check ONE out now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

For Your Little Monster

As soon as my own little monster, "mr. red", is old enough to comprehend the fabulosity of this next pick, we're doing it! CurlyQ Cuties lets your little monster design and create his very own custom plush monster. How cool is that? Just design it online with your little one, and then they will ship your creation over to you. Move over Mike and Sully, there's a new Monsters, Inc. in town!

Monday, December 1, 2008

An Ever-GREEN Holiday

'Tis the Season to be merry and bright and GREEN. My article in Verdugo Monthly comes out today in their December Holiday Issue. If you live in Burbank, Glendale, La Canada or surrounding hoods, you may already get Verdugo Monthly in the mail, otherwise there is street distribution as well in select areas. It's a great local lifestyle magazine that explores the culture, diversity and flavor of the area. I wrote a guest piece on tips for a festive, organic and natural holiday spread. So eat, drink and be green with some uncommon goods for a common good.

Sunday, November 30, 2008


Think Build-a-Bear meets Project Runway. Fashionology LA is a perfect experience for the tween in your life. I took my niece here for her 11th birthday and she had a blast. Girls design their own clothing from the ground up. Plus, at the end, they get to star in their very own photo shoot modeling their new creations! So take a trip down to the oh so trendy 90210 and treat your tween to to some FASHIONOLOGY 101.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Keep Track and Stack

Build your schedule while actually building your calendar! Keep track of your days and stack the puzzle pieces together to create a new design every month.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Wood You Be Mine

Eco friendly and oh so cute, these wooden postcards are high in style while down to earth! The thin slice of sustainable harvested wood is decorated with an adorable owl complete with his red scarf. Complete with address lines on the flip side, the Owl Wood postcard measures 6 x 4 and requires standard postage.