Back to the Start

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If you didn't catch the Chipotle short film "Back to the Start" that aired as a commercial tonight during the Grammy's, be sure to check it out on YouTube.  It's perfection - the message, the animation, and the music (Willie Nelson covering Coldplay's "The Scientist").  The song is available for download in iTunes and proceeds benefit The Chipotle Cultivate Foundation.

Toygaroo Online Toy Rental

Image courtesy of ToygarooI'm not a parent, but yesterday Rob told me about what seems like an amazing company - Toygaroo!  Toygaroo offers an online toy rental system (similar to what Plum Baby Clothes offers for kid's clothes) whereby you add toys to your wishlist online and every other month you receive a certain number of toys based on your subscription package (details about packages here).  When your kids tire of the toys, you return them to Toygaroo and receive new toys.  There is a whole section about the sanitization process used by the company, which is obviously a concern.

You can watch an NBC news story about Toygaroo here.  There is also a video on the website that highlights another great use of this service - you can have a box of your child's favorite toys delivered directly to your vacation destination so that the toys await you upon arrival (and you don't have to tote them on the airplane).  Have any of you tried Toygaroo?

Baguette, s'il vous plaît?

If you've come expecting photos of a beautiful, crusty baguette that I baked myself, I am afraid you will be disappointed. However, I do want to share an awesome innovation that I read about today, a baguette vending machine! Jean-Louis Hecht thought of the idea when he realized people often wanted to purchase bread after hours and on holidays. The machine contains partially cooked bread and then the baguette finishes baking within seconds of you placing an order. I'm not sure this would be useful in the United States where there is always a grocery store open somewhere, but I love this idea. You can watch a video and see the machine in action here.

Image credit to the Associated Press via Springwise

Irene

My cooking and blogging is on hiatus as a result of Hurricane Irene and the resulting extended stay in Boston.  We were at a wedding this weekend and stayed in Newburyport.  This sign was posted on an old building between Newburyport and Plum Island.  I'm not sure whether it is up year-round (from its weathered appearance, I think it might be) or if it was up specifically for this weekend, but the sign just about sums up the state of affairs in New England on Saturday and early Sunday.  Consider yourself warned!

Jenna Lyons in NY Magazine

Image credit to NY Magazine; Photo by Martine FougeronIt won't come as as surprise to anyone that I adore Jenna Lyons, the creative director and president of J.Crew.  When I feature my favorite clothes on this blog or profile a pattern or style trend, undoubtedly a few J.Crew pieces are included.  New York Magazine recently published an awesome profile of Jenna Lyons that you can read here.   

Side note - do you think I could get away with having an office like this at a law firm?  I would love to have inspirational sketches and editorial clippings hanging all over my office.  Sadly, I don't think they inspire the kind of work I am supposed to be doing at a law firm.  Sometimes (err... regularly?) I think I pursued the wrong profession.