Date Archives January 2009

Scent Bar

My final destination yesterday was a little place called Scent Bar, which is actually the physical extension of the website Lucky Scent. My friend Max was looking for this line of scents called Six Scents, so I was looking up places to find it and came across Scent Bar.

The space is rather small, but the walls are lined with tons of fragrances, mens and womens, in any scent you can imagine. We obviously concentrated on the men’s portion, where we ended up smelling scents like pickle juice and crushed grass. My favorite scent was one that smelled like clear Haribo gummi bears taste, which actually smelled even better when it was on my skin, oddly enough. It was a very synaesthetic experience.

The young lady who worked there was really sweet as well, letting me take photos and explaining a ton of the scents to us. She even let me spray a KN on Max’s shirt with that Boudicca Wode Perfume, which sprays on bright blue and gradually disappears. If you haven’t yet seen the video for this, it’s definitely one to check out. It actually smelled pretty good too.

Max ended up getting a Tamboti Wood scent by Susanne Lang, which is a really nice and light scent, made up of tamboti wood, fresh cedar, sandalwood, and vetiver. Overall it was a really fun experience, and we ended up learning a lot about scents, something I didn’t know I was really interested in. If you’re in the LA area and want a new smell, definitely hit up Scent Bar.


RRL & Co. | Ralph Lauren Pop Up Shop

My roommate Garrett mentioned the other day that a new shop had opened up between Fred Segal and the Improv place on Melrose, so after my lunch I headed over to see what it was. Turns out it’s a Ralph Lauren RRL shop that opened up around Halloween. The RRL line is kind of like a fancier throwback like to the regular Ralph Lauren, more 50’s motorcycle culture than polo.

The space was pretty amazing, as it was a converted automotive shop, something I posted about that’s a rising trend in the world of boutiques. I managed to snag a few pics of the inside, then asked one of the guys behind the counter if it was cool, and he told me I wasn’t supposed to. Whoops! Anyhow, check out the snaps, they really filled this place up with old-timey stuff. It’s too bad that everything is so expensive, they had some fun things for sale.


Empire Bottling Works’ Real Cola

Yesterday was an absolutely beautiful day here in Los Angeles, 81º in the middle of January. So of course I had to go out in shorts and a tee and have a nice outdoor lunch. I headed to one of my favorite places Auntie Em’s cuz’ they have an amazing meatloaf sandwich and their red velvet cupcakes are my favorite in LA.

When I walked through the door I noticed they had some fancy new sodas in a display case, so I decided to try it. It’s called Real Cola and is bottled by Empire Bottling Works, a company based in Bristol, Rhode Island that’s been doing it since 1930. The bottle is way cute, featuring a cupcake on the top, and their phone number on the side, in case you want to order a case. I thought overall the soda was pretty good, not overly sweet and not overly carbonated either. I noticed that BevMo! does sell it online, but they’re sold out for now, so good luck trying to find it!


Mike Perry Adheisve Bandages + Site Update

As a part of my epic shopping trip at Urban Outfitters, which I wrote about in the Damien Correll pillow post, I also found these sweet Mike Perry bandages, which come in a rad old school tin case, and features 4 different bandage designs, which I sadly did not take photos of. I never thought I’d run across hip bandages!

Mike also recently updated his site with tons of new work, starting 2K9 out right. I really loved the images from the Landscape Between Time & Space exhibit, especially the second image with the earth, sun, star, brick pyramid, and tree skateboarding down a hill. Way too cool.

He’s also part of a group show coming up here in LA at the Tinlark Gallery called Inspired + Oddducks on Saturday. The show features Martha Rich, Ivy Jacobsen, Marcie Paper, Kime Buzzelli, Yu-i Chan, Souther Salazar, Amy Huddleston, Rachel Papo, Anne M. Hall, Tanya Aguiñiga, Mike Perry, Henrike Stahl, and other surprises.


Swedish Gingerbread Caramels

I’m not really a sweets person, my taste buds prefer a more savory palate, but I came across these Swedish gingerbread caramels and I HAD TO buy them. I grew up eating caramel flavored hard candies, courtesy of my grandma, so this was something I was definitely a fan of. Add in the gingerbread flavor and how can you go wrong?! I was handing these out to everyone I know, making them taste these cuz’ they were that yummy.

Not only that, but the box is just about the cutest thing ever. The faces on the top and side remind me of Friends With You!. The side patterns are called Snowstar, “a pattern derived from farmhouse tapestries from happy occasions, handed down for generations since viking times, found in weavings know as dukagang.”

I bought these on a cute little shop on 3rd Street, but thankfully you can purchase these online from KALA Style. They sell a box of these for $10, which sounds like a lot for candies, but trust me on this one.

Damien Correll Pillow

A few weeks back I went on this epic shopping trip to the Urban Outfitters in Burbank, hearing good stories about them having couches and tons of great stuff. It turns out they were right, and one of the awesome things I found was this sweet pillow designed by Damien Correll as a part of that Nylon Mag collab they had with UO. I’ve slept on this pillow, and it’s real comfortable, and the stark black and white look great on the gray of my couch.

Sadly, the pillow is no longer for sale on the UO site, so check around and maybe you can find one for yourself. On a side note, the red plaid blanket was something I found in an antique store in Sacramento. It’s a Troy Robe blanket from the 50’s and I’m absolutely in love with it. The best part? It was only $12. Gem find.


Organic Grooming Deodorant by Herban Cowboy

This weekend I took a ton of photos of random things from my life that I thought everyone might enjoy, so the next five or six posts will be kind of all over the place. To start things off really randomly, is a deodorant. When I was in Roseville for X-mas, I desperately needed some deodorant, so I decided to hit up the new Whole Foods that recently opened. I was a bit frightened… I don’t need some Tom’s of Maine, hippy, patchouli smelling, bull shit… I just want some deodorant.

But then I stumbled across the amazing deodorant called Organic Grooming by Herban Cowboys. I was immediately drawn to it by the black packaging and it’s silver ink, very masculine and clean and restrained. So visually, I was satisfied. But what about the smell? Well, they’ve created their own scent called Dusk, which is very manly, sort of an old school deodorant smell, but really nice and subtle.

But that wasn’t all. The deodorant is also 100% vegan, and it contains no dyes, alcohol, or aluminum. Aluminum is thought to cause Alzheimer’s and alcohol and make your pits burn, so this, in my opinion, is a gem of the deodorant world. I know this post reeks of corporate shilling, but honestly it’s a great deodorant and an excellent alternative to all of those major brands.

Check out their whole line of products, including soap, cologne, shave cream, and after shave, all of which you can pick up on Amazon.


The Desktop Wallpaper featuring Garrett Vander Leun

I wanted to start the first wallpaper of 2009 off right, so I decided my roommate Garrett Vander Leun deserved the honor, since he’s an amazing illustrator and my BFF. Garrett was asked to do a piece by this college magazine called Algemeen Nijmeegs Studentenblad, the theme being about tall vs. small people, or something like that. So Garrett dug into his past and came up with some of his favorite characters from movies and TV, and pitted them in this epic battle.

I think my favorite parts are Jen cutting up Andre the Giant, who in turn doesn’t give a shit and continues to beat on the coroner from Wizard of Oz. My other part is Hagrid who is almost accidentally crushing the Mayor of Oz, that dude is getting straight up MANGLED!

ANS also did an interview with Garrett which, if you’re luck enough to be able to read Dutch, you can check out by clicking here. If you don’t read Dutch though, +KN reader Thomas Vanhuyse was awesome enough to translate it to English. It’s definitely an odd little interview, so be sure to check it out, it’s a good time.

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