Monday, December 26, 2011

Cool Buy: The Cocktail Party @ Society Social

Christmas is over and that makes me sad. I love the holidays and look forward to them for months! But now I guess I'll need to find something else to look forward to....perhaps the UPS delivery of this pretty little thing would help me cheer up?

You've got to love a table and chair set called The Cocktail Party. It's bound to be a good time, no?

And the price is right. $795 at

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas from The Cool Casa!

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy 2012!

I leave you with this from The Huffington Post - photos of 15 tacky holiday lights displays.

They say "tacky"....I say "spirited."

And to all a good night!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cool Gift: New Years Eve Readiness Kit @ Any Grocery Store

Okay, it's Christmas Eve. This is like that moment in the SATs where the proctor tells everyone to put their pencils down. No more filling in those little bubbles. The party is over. Or actually it's just beginning. So here's a quicky gift idea you can get at any grocery store (and most drug stores and Targets). Make a New Year's Eve kit. In a cute gift bag, basket or ice bucket add:

1. Bottle of bubbly

2. Bottle of Advil

3. Bottle of Gatorade

4. Box of Saltines

Attach a tag that says, "Here's to a happy and hangover-free holiday!" Not only will it be a thoughtful gift, but they'll think of you as a life-saver on New Year's Day. Hooray for you!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Cool Gift: Relaxation @ Massage Envy

I am exhausted. Shopping, wrapping, shipping, planning parties, attending parties, packing, unpacking, cooking, yo-yo dieting, opening wine bottles....the holidays can be a stressful time. That's why this makes an excellent gift. I should know, I got one this year from my awesome hubby who knows that a happy wife = a happy life.

These guys have locations all over the country but obviously check their web site so make sure there's one in your recipient's home town.

From $75-$150 or a custom amount. You can either pick up a gift card at any Massage Envy location or you can buy it online and have it emailed to someone immediately! And for those of you concerned about the impersonal nature of an emailed gift card, I have this to say: WE ARE TWO DAYS FROM CHRISTMAS AND YOU ARE JUST NOW GETTING AROUND TO SHOPPING FOR THIS PERSON. CHANCES ARE THEY WILL NOT CARE THAT YOU EMAILED THEM A GIFT CARD ONCE THEY ARE FACE DOWN IN A DIMLY LIT ROOM WITH SOME STRONG-HANDED STRANGER GIVING THEM A SWEDISH. SO LET IT GO. IT'S BETTER THAN A FRUITCAKE.

Happy holidays!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cool Gift: Poinsettia in a Tote @ 1-800-Flowers

Oops! You totally forgot to get a gift for your third cousin twice removed, Eugenia! Whatever can you do?

Crisis averted: 1-800-Flowers offers same-day delivery on a lot of nice arrangements if you place your order before 2pm.

Here's a lovely little festive arrangement that is sure to make for a lovely centerpiece on Eugenia's Christmas table:

$49.99 plus delivery.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Cool Gift: The Find @

Have I mentioned how much I love flea markets and antique malls? Back in October I went to the Charlotte Flea Market and just last month I found the GLORIOUS River Market Antique Mall in Kansas City, MO.

Nothing makes me happier than to walk through piles of stuff like this:

Charlotte, NC

Kansas City, MO
(SIDE NOTE: OMG. Can SOMEONE tell me why all my vertical pictures come up like this? It is driving me to drink! HELP!)

My sister-in-law is an amazing bargain shopper too and has a knack for displaying her finds in a way that looks both interesting and cozy all at once. That's an amazing talent, isn't it? Wouldn't you love to perfect that skill, too? ME TOO! Let's get this book, shall we?

$19.64 at can also order it online and pick it up at a Barnes & Nobel near you. There's plenty of time to get this into an appreciative giftee's hands before Christmas. Don't dilly-dally!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cool Gift: 365 Calendar @ CB2

Trust me. Your giftee does NOT want a calendar featuring pictures of cute animals dressed like celebrities. (actually, maybe I do) But maybe they want this one from the CB2 Mod Market instead:


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Cool Gift: Andy Warhol Coloring Book @ Amazon

Last week my sister and I were coloring with our daughters and discussing how therapeutic some Crayons and a coloring book can be. You don't have to have any artistic skills whatsoever - someone has already drawn the pictures for you - all you have to do is color inside the lines. Or not. Whatever floats your boat. It makes me think that this would make a great gift for a grown up AND an artsy hipster kid:
Andy Warhol and his business partner created this book as a holiday gift for clients in 1961. It has since been reprinted for your enjoyment!
 Cheaper than an hour of therapy at $13.46.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Cool Gift: Stoppy @

I've seen this little guy in House Beautiful and on Apartment Therapy and it makes me wish I had a door that needs stopping. Meet Stoppy:

Is he cute or what? According to the maker's web site, Stoppy comes in ALL SORTS of colors, but I can only find a few on (Home Depot and Target only carry the black, and has it in black and white)

A great stocking stuffer at $7.99.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Cool Gift: Industrial Desk Accessories @ Restoration Hardware

Unless your giftee is a huge fan of the movie Office Space and has an emotional attachment to his Swingline stapler, you may want to consider these ultra cool industrial desk accessories for your work-from-home pals:

They make great stocking stuffers and range from $15 (for the super clips) to $69 (for the heavy weight tape dispenser). Might even make work more fun? Nah....

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Cool Gift: Marks The Plot Coasters @ ModCloth

If you haven't read all the books represented in this super cool coaster set, I recommend purchasing lots of CliffsNotes. That way you'll sound uber-smart when serving cocktails:

And if you're like me, every advantage helps.

$24.99 at

Monday, December 12, 2011

Cool Gift: Wooden Four in a Row @ CB2

Connect Four is one of my favorite games but I've got too much brightly colored plastic stuff in my house right now to warrant the purchase of the game.

Problem solved:

Awesome, right? A gift adults and kids will love.  $49.95 at CB2. (and free shipping!)

Friday, December 9, 2011

Cool Gift: Red Travel Clock @ Pottery Barn

My husband has a GIANT, CLUNKY, DUSTY alarm clock/CD player/radio on his nightstand. Oh how I hate that thing. He doesn't even use the alarm function - he sets his Blackberry alarm instead. And we don't use the CD player or radio.

Guess what might make its way into hubby's Christmas stocking this year:

Beautiful, classic, SMALL. Sure, it won't wake you up by blasting "Whoomp! There it is!" but I think we (I) can live with that.

$34 at Pottery Barn.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Cool Gift: French Striped Blanket @ Alder & Co.

Mmmmmm cozy.

These blankets are made out of a soft wool blend and are big enough to wrap yourself up in. (80" X 60" in case you were wondering) I love the rugby feel of them...slightly masculine and yet classic enough to go with just about any style.

Warms my heart just thinking about it!

$175 at

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Cool Gift: Fleur-de-Lis Pitcher & Glasses @ Apartment48

I had a hard time choosing just one thing from Apartment48 to include in my holiday gift guide. In the end, I found myself drawn to the incredible green color of this pitcher. It made me think of summertime cocktails and pitchers of iced tea. (it's 36 degrees as I type can see why I'm drawn to anything that reminds me of warm lazy days?)

$48 for the pitcher, $14 per glass at

And because I spent an hour looking around the web site, here are a few of my other favorite items worth checking out!

Marie Antoinette Bookends, $90
Bowling Monkeys, $18
Ceramic Cake Stand, $88

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Cool Gift: His & Hers Glasses @ Kate Spade

Know a couple who loves to share an evening cocktail? (Well hellooooo, new BFFs!) Pair these guys with a bottle of their favorite poison (perhaps a nice Scotch to keep the chill out?) and you've got a fab gift for the holiday or for a housewarming:

$50 for the set at (and free shipping! yippee!)

And because we're an equal opportunity blog here at Cool Casa, check out these other combinations you can order these glasses in:

You go, Kate Spade.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Cool Gift: Roost Agate Bookends @ Velocity Art & Design

It's hard not to love an agate. There's something magical about an ugly rock with a beautiful inside. (INSERT SOME WITTY METAPHOR ABOUT NOT JUDGING BOOKS BY THEIR COVER HERE)

Here's a gift that will never - I repeat: NEVER - go out of style. Why, you ask? Because nature is always chic. (unless we're talking about Pet which case, allow me to speak for most people when I say, "huh?")

Back to rocks that make sense:

The Roost Agate Bookends are $153 for the pair.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Cool Gift: Leaf Teacup & Saucer @ Pier1

Though they're called teacups, I think these little guys are more like demitasse cups, perfect for an espresso lover. But aren't they pretty?

$22.95 for the set of four.

Add a little extra oomph with my favorite Cuban coffee (read: liquid crack), Cafe Bustelo which you can now apparently buy on Amazon.

$6.99 for a 10oz. can.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cool Gift: Time @ MerryMaids


Do you have a tired mommy on your holiday shopping list? A bachelor who doesn't own a vacuum? A hostess with the mostess and a house full of guests?

Get ready to be a hero:

The MerryMaids gift card can be loaded with $150 - $10,000. If you call them at 1-866-212-5846 they can give you a personalized estimate of how much your recipient would need. (obviously a large home would be more expensive to clean than a one-bedroom apartment)

Aaaaaaah....I just love the small of a clean house!