Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Wishes

During Christmas time, I have only one wish: that no matter where you may be -- at home with your family, at work at an industry that never sleeps, at your computer to Skype with your loved ones, at a party with all of your friends, on another side of the world all alone, at the malls rushing for gifts, anywhere --  you may feel a little bit of warmth, a little bit of joy, a little bit of a love.

Have a wonderful season, and may 2012 hold more blessings  for you and your loved ones!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Gift Guide 2011 Part 10: Etc., Etc., Etc...

Our previous gift guide entries have all focused on the different personalities of our friends and loved ones and matching the respective gift suggestions to them. What happens though, when we don't really know a lot about the person we're giving a present to? When we're shopping for our mom's errands? Our last gift guide entry will suggest some gifts that anyone, at any age or range of interest! 

1.  Paper Tweet by Knock Knock, P199; 2. Elephant Notepag by RinaDesign; 3. Pochibii Small Pouch, P550; 4. Game Night Box Set, P1248; 5. Aesha: Kimmi Junior Phone and Bag Attachment, P295; 6. Duster & Wrist Support, P150; Wrist Support, P150; 7; Mental Floss: The Book: Only the Greatest Lists in the History of Listory, P720; 8. Geometric Origami: The Art of Modular Paper Sculpture, P899.

1. Jumbo Sushi Erasers, P170; 2. Watchover Voodoo Doll Keychain, P450; 3. Pocket Posh Christmas Sudoku 2: 100 Puzzles, P315; 4. Don’t Alligate Me: Quote ang Quote Memo Pad, P34; 5. The Book of Answers, P640; 6. Origami Page-a-Day Calendar 2012, P630.

1. The Doodle Diary, P544; 2. Rabbit Ballpen, P49; 3. Watchover Voodoo Pen, P350; 4. Peanuts 2012 Desk Calendar, P588; 5. Mini Money Origami: Make the Most of Your Dollar!, P399.

1. Dots and Jots Stationery Set by Denyse Schmidt, P399. 2. George Giraffe: Animal Bookmarks, P250; 3. The Poker Pack: The Worlds Most Popular Card Game, P699; 4. Wire Managers, P99; 5. The Official Dictionary of Sarcasm, P599; 6. Artwine Felt Pouch, P180. 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Gift Guide 2011 Parts 8 and 9: For the Adventure Advocate and the Classics

One of our last editions of the holiday gift guide will focus on the free-spirited adventurer in all of us! This is for the wondering and full of wanderlust.

This first bunch is dedicated to all those friends and loved ones you have that are yearning to experience the funkiest kind of life, one where they've seen different places, learned of different cultures, and have accomplished different feats! 

1. MESS: Manual of Accidents and Mistakes by Keri Smith, P560; 2. Hans Strand: Grand Landscapes 2012 Calendar, P748; 3. The Word Origin Calendar 2012, P588; 4. Moleskine 2012 Planner with Cover Art by the Moleskine Community, P1480; 5. Top 10 of Everything 2012, P695; 6.  Bon Voyage, Knock Knock Tablets: More Than Just a Pad, P450; 7. I love New York: The Big Apple Magnetic Pad, P225; 8. TheRecordsetter Book of World Records, P583; 9. 1000 Places to See Before You Die 2012 Calendar, P583; 10. Eiffel Tower: The Towercard Stand, P175; 11. 3D Luggage Tag, P180.

In this second bunch of gifts for the adventure advocate, we show that travel is not only a physical activity, but a hobby we can take part of in more ways than one. We can travel by taste (with Gordon Ramsey's guide to his favorite foreign cuisine and this guide to different kinds of beer in the world). We can travel by intellect with this compilation of essays from the famous and learned Christopher Hichens. And we can even travel by imagination, with this Paris wall calendar and New York skyline, and even this book about zombies!

1. Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens, P640; 2. Stargazer’s Almanac 2012: Monthly Guide to the Stars and Planets, P1049; 3. 365 Bottles of Beer 2012 Desk Calendar, P585; 4. Gordon’s Great Escape: Southeast Asia, P1099; 5. New York: A Three Dimensional Expanding Skyline, P299; 6. Paris 2012 small calendar, P648; 7. Zombie Spaceship Wasteland by Patton Oswalt, P560; 8. Design Dada Travel Tag in Pink, P400; 9. This Journal Will Actually Change Someone’s Life 2012, P775.

We have also prepared a string of interesting book editions and merchandise items for the classics lover in everyone. Just as I love Roald Dahl books and collect all possible book editions and merchandise of his characters as I can grab a hold of (a keychain, a shirt, a notebook, a pen, anything!), I recommend these bookish delights to fans of the titles we all know and love. These are different clothbound editions, artfully rendered covers, and beautifully illustrated versions of the tales we all know and love. 

1. The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, P1260; 2.  The Little Prince Extra Large Wall Calendar; 3. Mrs. Dalloway/A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf, P880; 4. The Divine Comedy by Dante, P1260; 5. The Twits by Roald Dahl Keychain, P260; 6. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, P699; 7. Women Writers Mug by Literary Luminaries, P499; 8. 2012 Antique Books teNeues Planner, P698; 9. 50 Books to Read Before You Die Etched Stainless Steel Bookmark, P299; 10. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, P454; 11. Oliver Twist/A Tale of Two Cities/Hard Times by Charles Dickens, P1399.

1.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, P419; 2. Griffin & Sabine: An Extraordinary Correspondence by Nick Bantok, P898; 3. Oscar Wilde: Complete Illustrated Works, P1699; 4. The Complete Illustrated Works of the Brothers Grimm, P389; 5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Magnetic Bookmark, P160; 6. The Annotated Alice: The Definitive Edition by Lewis Carroll with original illustrations by John Tenniel, P1498; 7.  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, P454; 8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, P454; 9. This Book Belongs to: 30 Pages of Bookplates and Labels by Grady McFerrin, P548; 10. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett; 11. Blindess/Seeing by Jose Saramago, P899.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Gift Guide 2011 Part 7: For the Style Siren

We all have an extra-stylish someone in our lives: the sister whom we always borrow clothes from, the friend whose nails are always impeccably polished and ruby red, the colleague whose office items are always of the most colorful kind! The first of this week's gift guide entries will help you choose a present for them. What else can you add to their already well-curated wardrobe but a plethora of accessories to match!

During the back-to-school season, Fully Booked is known for carrying notebooks which feature Jordi Labanda's stylish girls on their covers. To match, why not contribute a laptop skin to your friend's well-designed accessories? A few notepads and planners from local stationery designers RinaDesign, Creative Prints and DayCraft will make a cute addition to their items.

We have a new release, the make-up instructional book from NARS, and an artful adaptation of The Elves and the Shoemaker with illustrations by the shoe designer Manolo Blahnik.

To wrap up this bunch, let me also highlight a biography of the most iconic of classic designers, Coco Chanel,  Tokidoki stick-on notes, a set of Andy Warhol designed stationery, and a What to Wear notepad. A glamorous calendar can also set the tone for a sparkling 2012 ahead!

1. Jordi Labanda Miquelrius Laptop Skin, P1799; 2.  Head over Heels Notepad by Kate Follows, P350; 3. Walking in the Rain Medium Notebook by rinadesign, P119; 4. Glamour 2012 small calendar, P698; 5. NARS, P2025; 6. Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker, P899; 7. Tokdoki Sticky Notes Set, P450; 8. Vogue teNeues Magnetic Notebook, P399; 9. Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney, P1140; 10. Andy Warhol Stationery Set, P430; 11. Birds design notebook by Creative Prints, P280; 12. Daycraft 2012 Planner, P395; 13. What To Wear Notepad by Knock Knock, P299. 

For the always-stylish photographer, we have a HelloLulu purple camera bag, and a much-anticipated book from Lady Gaga and Terry Richardson. Anyone who follows both icons will surely enjoy that title this Christmas! 

We also have some accessories, notepads, notebooks and planners whose colors can complement any outfit. Lastly, what is a fashionable woman without her stylish interiors? This Fashion Decor book may be just the right dose of inspiration for her! 

1. Grey and Pink HelloLulu iPad Skin, P1490; 2. HelloLulu Purple Cow Camera Bag, P2890; 3. Andrea Tilk Compostitions 2012 teNeues Planner, P698; 4. Jordi Labanda Miquelrius 2012 Planner, P1299; 5. Lady Gaga by Terry Richardson, P1999; 6.  Ako “Charming” Kimmidoll Mini, P385; 7. Art Nouveau 2012 teNeues Mini Planner,P448; 8. Fashion D├ęcor: New Interiors for Concept Shops, P1977; 9. Jack Vettriano 2012 Mini Calendar, P378; 10. Van Gogh 3D Pen, P99; 11. Red and black Miquelrius Mini Planner, P499; 12. Dolly Mama Memo Pad with Magnet, P350; 13. KimiJunior pouch, P395. 

Friday, December 2, 2011

Gift Guide 2011 Part 6: For the Fun Foodie

The Christmas season isn't complete without gastronomical delights! With all the Noche Buena celebrations, family lunches and get-togethers with friends, we are bound to need a cookbook and kitchen accessory or two in the next month. Plus, the taste craze is at an all-time high, with friends left and right trying their hand at baking and cooking their favorite treats. Here are some gift suggestions for the fun foodie in all of us! 

First, we recommend new arrivals from our cookery section, and for food bloggers, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual may make for good gastronomical literature, as it compiles entries from other food writers. 

We also have cute items from Joseph Joseph and Fred and Friends, and some notepads custom made for the kitchen! 

1.  Joseph Joseph Food Preparation Set, P2799; 2. Good Eats 3 by Alton Brown, P1599; 3. What to Eat Magnetic Pad by Knock Knock, P299; 4. Joseph Joseph QuickSnap Easy-Release Ice Tray, P599; 5. Avian Friends Magnetic Pad, P225; 6. Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan, P950; 7. Kitchen on Fire: Mastering the Art of Cooking in 12 Weeks (or Less), P1575; 8. Recipe Notes Stickies by Knock Knock, P150; 9. Joseph Joseph Magentic Measuring Spoon in Green, P299; 10. Small Sweet Treats, P799; 11. Pink Joseph Joseph Food Colander, P1099; 12. Skinny Bitch 2012 Desk Calendar,  P585; 13. Yellow Fred and Friends Pac-Man HotHeads Pot Holder, P799; 14. Red Fred and Friends Cold Blooded Silicone Ice Tray, P450. 

In this second bunch of gift suggestions, we want to highlight one of the year's latest releases: Bake Me a Cake by Sugarhouse proprietor Chef Ginny Roxes de Guzman. Anyone who loved that restaurant would love the tasty treats Chef Ginny teaches us how to make.

Again, more titles and kitchen accessories are all the craze for cuteness in cooking items.

1.  Joseph Joseph White Square Colander, P699; 2. Crocodile Can Opener, P699; 3. Fred and Friends Ice Kabobs, P450; 4. Reinventing Food: Ferran Adria: The Man Who Changed the Way We Eat by Coleman Andrews, P1796; 5. 1000 Recipes for Simple Family Food, P639; 6. Fred and Friends Pastasaurus, P450; 7. All Out Of Pad by Knock Knock, P299; 8. Bake Me a Cake by Ginny Roces de Guzman, P1199; 9. Joseph Joseph Chop 2 Pot: The Original Folding Chopping Board in Pink (Large), P1099; 10. Joseph Joseph Y Grinder Twin Chamber Salt and Pepper Mill (White), P2399; 11. Joseph Joseph Magnetic Measuring Spoon in Pink, P299; 12. Wine Journal: Record Your Favorites by Hugh Johnson, P940; 13. Good Housekeeping Cook’s Collection: Over 1000 Recipes for Every Occasion, P799; 14.  Pizza Shark Pizza Cutter, P699; 15. Fred and Friends Citrusaw: Bottle Opener with a Twist, P350; 16. Kitchen Collage Sticky Notes Set, P450.