10 Ways To Spruce Up Your Life For Spring

Spring is a time for new awakenings and fresh outlooks on everything in life. Especially when you live in a city that experiences harsh winters, the spring season offers a rebirth and a new chance to start the year afresh. So don’t worry if you weren’t able to stick with your New Year resolutions at the beginning of 2015, the coming of spring is another chance to change your life and surroundings for the better. Below, we have compiled a list of 10 things to help you get you spruce up for spring. 

  1. Focus on creating new habits rather than making drastic life changes. Pick something small you want to change – like waking up earlier or going to the gym more. Do that for a month, then two months, and after you master that and make it a habit, move to the next thing. That’s the best way to make true changes and get real lasting results.
  2. Drink more water. A lot of problems people face in their everyday lives is because they are dehydrated and don’t drink enough water. Dehydration causes stress, lethargy, dry skin, poor health, anxiety and more. Find a cool glass (like the bubble glass from the CLF store) and make it a point to drink upwards of six glassfuls of water a day. Trust us, your body will love you for doing so.
  3. Pay for a professional house/apartment cleaning. It’s always a good idea to start a new season with an extreme cleaning of your living surroundings. There are so many home services now that don’t even charge that much for really getting into the hidden nooks and crannies of your home for a deep, lasting clean. While you’re at it, get rid of all the clutter you have been accumulating all year too.
  4. Use visual aids to remind yourself about the changes you’re making in your life. Leave motivational and assuring post-it notes in different spots of your home to remind yourself of how you are becoming a better person each day. Check out the “Note-Me Pillow” in the CLF store. Leave a motivational message on it so it’s the first thing you see each morning!
  5. Make it a point to give more. Give more compliments, give more time, give more gifts and you’ll be surprised how much love and happiness will creep into your life. When it comes to giving more gifts, there is an abundance of excellent ideas in the Cute Little Finds store for finding something to put a smile on someone’s face.
  6. Plan a trip and see something different. So many times, we tend to get stuck in our everyday routines and become creatures of comfort. For this spring, why don’t you plan a trip and go somewhere new, far or near, to see new things and experience new adventures. Sometimes all you need is a new perspective on life to see things differently and vastly improve the quality of your life.
  7. Find some fun colorful accessories to liven up your life. Often times the way we feel when we step out of our apartments is directly proportional to how we look. This spring, why don’t you incorporate some bright and jubilant accessories into your daily appearance? The Beaded Acai necklace and Mexican statement necklace from Cute Little Finds are great choices for breaking out of the norm.
  8. Make a pledge to read more this spring. Reading opens up your mind and makes you a more interesting and textured person. A couple of hours of reading are way more beneficial than watching several hours of banal, nonsensical reality television.
  9. Cook more and watch the pounds melt away. As busy people, we often think that we can only make time for eating by eating fast food and only ordering out for lunch and dinner. But with a little planning, you can become completely mindful and prepare healthy meals that will give you proper nutrition and improve your general wellness. Check out the Cute Little Finds Kitchen section for great ways to upgrade your kitchen for a better cooking experience.
  10. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Lastly, remember that everything is about perspective and keeping a positive attitude. Yes, we all want to be better, but always be grateful for what you already have. There is always someone worse off in life than you. As long as you never forget this golden truth, you’ll never be depressed and always have the energy and vim to aspire for more.

10 Thanksgiving Must-Haves from Cute Little Finds

10 Thanksgiving Must-Haves from Cute Little Finds

Thanksgiving is the official start to the busy holiday season. We don’t know about you, but for us, it’s definitely one of our favorite events of the year. What’s there not to like? There are the loving family reunions, great food and drinks, Thanksgiving Day football (and basketball), and of course the mad dash for Black Friday shopping immediately afterwards. To help make your Thanksgiving even more special this year, we have gathered some must-have CLF items to spruce up your kitchen, dining room and more. Read on ….

Sushi Kitchen Timer: First things first, the secret for having a great Thanksgiving Dinner is to make sure that the star of the event (the glorious turkey) is perfectly cooked. To achieve a stellar result, timing is absolutely key. This quirky sushi kitchen timer made from a block of solid wood and hand-molded resin will help you stay calm, on time and in control while you are creating your masterpiece, culinary creation.

Doll Arms Bag Hook: When everybody comes over to your place for Thanksgiving this year, you can officially say “adios” to people losing their keys or not knowing where they hung their scarves. Trust us - this unique wall hook ornament will save you a lot of headaches.

Four Seasons Spice Shaker: This novelty spice shaker is an excellent dining table accessory to pull out of your magic chest during Thanksgiving dinner. The Christmas tree and autumnal tree shakers capture the vibe of the holidays perfectly and it will certainly put a smile on everyone’s face.

Dragonfly Cocktail Stirrers: Who are we kidding? before, during, and long after your Thanksgiving dinner, there is going to be a lot of drinking going on. A great way to wow your guests is to break out these colorful cocktail stirrers for mixing your alcoholic concoctions. They will sing your praises for how much of a fun host you are.

Ouch Cutting Board: For chopping up veggies, proteins and other ingredients for your Thanksgiving fiesta, may we suggest this “Ouch” cutting board made from solid Beech wood. It’s an awesome example of descriptive design and it will add some levity and humor your cooking session.

Salad Bowl and Sparrow Servers: One of the best parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the wide array of autumnal salads you can serve with your main dishes. Presentation is extremely important, so when you are bringing out your greens this year, opt for this adorably quirky salad bowl and sparrow server set. It will be a conversion piece for both the grownups and kids on the table.

Cap Snack Bowl: If your Thanksgiving celebrations are going to have more of a bachelor vibe, this cap snack below will fit perfectly in your dinnerware. While you’re watching Thanksgiving Day football, it’s an excellent vessel for your Doritos, salsa chips, Cheetos or even chicken wings. It’s an all-purpose bowl made for having tons of fun!

Teak Wooden Bowls: A great way to add a rustic and earthy charm to your Thanksgiving spread this year is using these stylish, handcrafted Japanese-style Teak bowls. In addition to the exceptional design, they are great for the environment too – they are made from excess wood left behind from logging activity. You can’t go wrong with that.

Alice in Wonderland Coasters:

You will never go wrong by adding a vintage and nostalgic touch to your Thanksgiving table spread. These coasters are handmade from stone tiles and they feature classic Alice In Wonderland illustrations from the original 1865 edition of the classic John Tenniel novel. They come in a set of 4, and their backs are covered with cork to protect delicate table surfaces.

Ornate Teatime Set: The morning after Thanksgiving, why don’t you sit down and relax with our beautiful teatime utensils handcrafted in London. They are made from ceramic material and have a lovely antique lace textured surface. And of course, the artistic “female legs” element incorporated into the designs of the teapot, teacup and sugar bath is just fantastic.

November 01, 2014 by Geo Hagan

10 Fall Upgrades for your Home & Kitchen

Similar to Spring Cleaning, the early days of Fall are excellent for sprucing up your surroundings and adding some new personality and verve to your living space. Many of you already know that Cute Little Finds has a great selection of style and fashion accessories, but we also have a deep array of cool products and items for your home too. Check out these ten upgrades that will make your Autumn living that much more special. Read below …

  1. Bubble Glasses – When you are entertaining this Fall, add some pep and panache to your presentation with these artisanal, hand-made glasses. Trust us, they’ll be a surefire conversation starter and your guests will be instantly smitten.
  2. Hummingbird Magnets – Fall is also a great time to get rid of all the clutter that may have accumulated throughout the year. So why don’t you start with your refrigerator and get rid of your old magnets and replace them with these super-cute and colorful hummingbird magnets?  The bright colors will liven up your mood, and better yet, they are made from recyclable materials.
  3. Doll Arm Bag Hooks – Autumn is also a great time to get organized and give everything its place in your neat and orderly home. These Doll Arm hooks are great for hanging keys, bags and even those elusive iPhone headphones that get lost all the time.
  4. ChiDolly Soap Pump – Autumn upgrades are for the kids too. Let your kids have some fun and laughs with this cute and dainty soap pump. It’s beautifully hand-painted and it’s guaranteed to put a smile on the faces of adults and kids alike.
  5. Elephant Coaster Set – Elephants don’t forget a thing, and trust us, when your guests see these unique hard wood elephant coasters, they won’t forget them either. They are beautifully crafted by hand in Thailand and they are guaranteed to stay in pristine condition for many, many years.
  6. Happy Bird Towel Hooks – Who doesn’t like to see or hear charming, chirping birds in the morning to help you start your day? These hanging ornaments are crafted with love and personality and both adults and children will appreciate the gaiety and cheerful nature of this design.
  7. Hello/Bye Floor Mat – Available in purple and green, these bold and exuberant doormats are great for bringing some vim and energy right to your doorstep. They are made from strong fibers of woven propylene and it’s lightweight and very easy to clean.
  8. Note Me PillowThis is a really cool upgrade for your bedroom – and guess what, it will also help you get closer to your loved one.  It’s an innovative and cute way to leave romantic notes, poems or short love letters for your sweetheart.
  9. Screw Collection Hooks – Honestly, the best way to de-clutter your home is to hang everything up neatly so it’s ready to use whenever you need it. These screws bring a dash of “industrial chic” to your home and all your visitors will be inquiring about where you got them. Very cool indeed.
  10. Tea-Shirt Tea infuser / Card Coasters The tea-shirt infuser is a great play on words and it’s also a whimsical and fun way to enjoy your favorite Chai or Green tea. Also why don’t you take the experience to the next level by using our quirky “teacups with legs” and our vintage “playing card” coasters? 

 

August 20, 2014 by Geo Hagan

10 Statement Necklaces For Summer

Well, we’ve officially gotten past the July 4th weekend, so summer time has certainly arrived in a major way. The flowers are blooming, the birds are chirping, and everyone seems to be in a great mood. This is a great time for fashion too. No more boring and reserved outfits – it’s time to let loose with colorful and fun styles that really show your unique personality. Here are ten statement necklaces from the Cute Little Finds shop that are sure to take your fashion statements from boring and staid to bold and exciting.

  1. Asai Beaded necklace: This  colorful necklace made from Acai beads creates a striking and cascading effect on your neckline that really enhances the visual appearance of any tank top, flirty blouse or a lace t-shirt. Excellent for an exotic/ethnic influenced look.
  2. Fortune Cookie Necklace: This is one of those standout items that will garner compliments from both casual onlookers and close acquaintances. It comes in both gold-plated and silver-plated versions and works well for both casual and dress-up outfit
  3. Mexican Beaded Necklace:  Head south of the border to make a truly distinct fashion statement with this Mexican-influenced beaded necklace. It’s completely handmade and is excellent for pulling off a vintage, bohemian-influenced look. This is one of those pieces you’ll be wearing for many summers to come
  4. Crochet Necklaces: This certainly isn’t your Grandmother’s crochet! These crochet pendant necklaces are different from anything else you’ve ever seen. The heartbeat and “lucky” styles have a fun, youthful vibe and the monogram crochet necklace can be customized with your initial for a totally personalized look
  5. Little Rainbow Bottle Necklace: Generally necklaces that are a little too “arts &crafts” can have a contrived feel about them. Not this rainbow bottle necklace! The cute miniature bottles and corks are cute (not corny) and the colorful fillings give it a stunning visual appearance. It all hangs beautifully on a lovely silver chain
  6. Rainbow Pencil Necklace:  Never fret – after the rain, the beautiful rainbow always follows. This one-of-a-kind necklace really captures the essence of nostalgic creativity.  This is truly a statement piece that will have absolute strangers and admirers asking where you purchased this item. It’s a very unorthodox and well-designed item - exactly what Cute Little Finds is all about
  7. Saw Necklace: Not every statement necklace needs to be dainty and colorful. Here is an example of a statement necklace with tons of edge and attitude. It features a rugged-looking saw in oxidized sterling silver. It is connected to a 20”silver curb chain and is perfect for wearing with a classic denim and white t-shirt look
  8. Spider Necklace:  Crafted from oxidized sterling silver, this arachnid-influenced “Black Widow” necklace is a perfect example of craftsmanship and imagination. The spider pendant is made from oxidized sterling silver, and the black glass cabochon in the center really elevates the masterful design of this item
  9. Tulips Necklace: If you’re looking for a statement necklace that also has a romantic dainty touch, look no further than this soft and dainty Tulip creation. The lifelike miniature tulips are handmade using polymer clay and they drape beautifully from a chain made from coral beads. Very nice indeed
  10. Wishbone Necklace: Minimal, understated, elegant and classy – those are all words that describe this sublime Wishbone necklace. It comes in a gold-plated or sterling silver version and it adds an air of class and refinement to any outfit. 
July 05, 2014 by Geo Hagan

Happy Father’s Day - Quirky Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is right around the corner, and for all of you looking for something different for Dad this year, we have you covered. Why don’t you surprise your Dad and give him something that he’ll actually cherish for many years to come? Read about some of the cool gifts in our shop below:

 

  1. Does Dad enjoy cooking? Add to his home culinary experience by getting him this whimsical Ouch cutting board and inventive knife hooks and magnets.
  2. Is Dad a vintage collector? One of the most unique pieces in the CLF shop is the Vintage Brew lamp. The base is made from a vintage faucet handle and the bottle that holds the bulb dates all the way back to 1890.
  3. Does your Dad love dressing up and looking dapper? Give him a tie he’ll actually wear this year – see our sik ties with retro motifs like Penny Farthing bicycles or quirky graphics like a Unicorns and Wishbones. We’re sure these will put a smile on Dad’s face.
  4. To complement the cool ties in our shop, we have one-of-a-kind cufflinks for Dad that will blow his mind. These are cufflinks like you’ve never seen before: Salmon Maki, Dimsum and Cheeseburgers all make appearances. You certainly have to see these!
  5. For the Dad who likes to enjoy a delicious sushi dinner with a fine glass of Pinot Noir, we think he’ll go crazy for our Mr. Lee chopsticks and the fun Pinocchio Nose Bottle stopper.
  6. Does your Dad have a penchant for facial hair? Well, we have something that should really tickle his fancy. Check out our moustache candle holder  - it’s a little romantic, all original and an awesome conversation starter.
  7. Is your Dad into Home Improvement projects? If yes, items in the CLF shop like the vintage pipe towel holder and toilet paper holder will be cool fixer-upper activities he can sink his tools into.
  8. Lastly, remind your Dad that no matter how old he is, he still has the rest of his life ahead of him. What better way to convey that message than with this striking Carpe Diem doormat?

 

Happy Father’s Day to all and Happy Shopping! 

June 03, 2014 by Geo Hagan

8 Reasons Why Summer is Awesome

That time of the year is finally here when we can actually go out and enjoy the day. No more heavy jackets and bulky clothing – it’s time for bright colors, lightweight & flirty fashion, outside brunches and long walks in the park. Here are 8 reasons why we think summer is just so freakin’ awesome.

 

  1. When summer comes around, we get to let our hair down and wear cool, eccentric and noticeable accessories (like our Beaded Acai necklace, Rainbow bottle necklace, retro sunglasses and our lovely silver cat pendant).

 

  1. We get to actually sit outdoors and enjoy a nice, leisurely brunch whilst the balmy summer wind gently rustles through our hair. We have the perfect dinnerware for your brunch too – see our beautiful bubble cup glasses and stylish salad bowl and server).

 

  1. Summer is perfect for curling up outside in a comfortable lounge chair and getting lost in your favorite book. Our flip-flop bookmarks are great for this activity.

 

  1. When summer arrives, we can finally go to the garden again and put our green thumb skills to good use. Check out our doll-head planters. They will definitely add a touch of uniqueness to your home garden.

 

  1. With the warm weather, there’s no better pastime than taking long, rejuvenating walks with your loving furry friend. Make sure to do that in style with our fashionable dog leash sets.

 

  1. Summer is also great for redecorating and adding some new design accents to your abode. See our home section for our distinct doormats, Ouch cutting board and rustic teak wooden bowls.

 

  1. Nothing goes better with a pleasant summer evening than sitting with friends and enjoying some finely aged wine. Drink to your fill, and for any leftovers – you can use our quirky valve bottle stopper to save the rest for another day

 

  1. Lastly summer is a time for taking bold new risks and trying new things in life. To remind yourself of these endless possibilities, take a chance with our sleek Wishbone silver necklace and gold-plated fortune cookie necklace. Remember wishes come true and we create our own fortune.

See you next month! 

10 Reasons to Love Reading

10 Reasons To Love Reading  

We are not shy to say it. Around these parts, we are huge fans of reading - we wear our library cards proudly as if they were shiny badges of honor. So what is it about reading we love so much? Well, let’s count the ways There’s no better way to spend a lazy laid back afternoon than curling up with a great book and a relaxing cup of tea. 

  1. There’s no better way to spend a lazy laid back afternoon than curling up with a great book and a relaxing cup of tea. 

  2. Speaking about relaxation, a balmy day by the beach (or pool) is only about a 100 times better when you have a gripping page-turner in your hands.

  3. A good book can make you envision distant lands and foreign cultures from the comfort of your own living room.

  4. A great book can inspire, motivate, intrigue and uplift; the perfect pick-me-up without going to a Tony Robbins or Oprah seminar.

  5. Reading is the perfect tonic for the soul. When your life is in a flux, just sit down with a good book and slow everything down. 

  6. Reading makes you smarter – it’s a simple fact. The more books you read, the more knowledge you attain. It’s as simple as that. 

  7. Reading helps you be more socially adept. The more you read, the more you’re in-tune with the overall human experience and you have more in common with everyone you meet.

  8. Reading exercises the brain. The brain is just like any other muscle in the body. If you don’t use it, it gets weak and flabby. You don’t want a weak and flabby brain – do you? 

  9. Reading zaps away boredom. How can you ever rightfully say “I don’t have anything to do?” There are over 130 million books in the world – get cracking!

  10. Lastly Reading is fundamental – it sparks creativity and it’s the foundation of education and intelligence. Could you imagine what our world would be without the treasure of books? We can’t either.

 

In our Cute Little Finds store, we have a unique selection of inventive bookends, bookmarksand even some vintage teacups and teapots for brewing the perfect cup to take your reading experience to the next level. That’s it for now – summer is coming and we’ll be in touch again then! 

10 Reasons it’s better to Give than to Receive

At the risk of sounding preachy, we all know that sharing and kindness are two virtues we all need to cultivate and nurture in our lives. Conversely greed and selfishness are two vices that constantly get us into tight spots in life. Below are 10 Reasons why we should always look into giving more rather than always trying to get more for ourselves.

First off, it’s a basic fact of nature. The more you give, the more you receive. It’s simply stated in Newton’s third law of motion: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The more you give and share love, happiness and thoughtful gifts, the more those same things will be given to you. It really is that simple.

  1. Giving actually makes you feel physically feel better. It’s a proven medical and scientific fact that consistent givers and altruistic people generally enjoy better health. The feeling of happiness you get from giving releases endorphins in the brain that promote wellness and relieves stress. Stress is the cause of such medical problems as high blood pressure and persistent depression. It’s simple – give more and enjoy better health.
  2. People who give enjoy a more fulfilling and social life. Giving and volunteering opens up your social circles and creates new connections in life that would have never occurred if you stayed in your little corner. So if you are tired of being lonely, start giving more and watch your life’s connections bloom and flourish.
  3. Giving increases your gratitude for life. When you feel life is treating you unfairly and nothing is going your way, it stems for putting all the focus on yourself. Giving allows you to take the focus off “me, me, me” and think about others. The more you give, the more you realize how really good life is.
  4. Giving generates goodwill. The more people see you as a kind giving person, the more others will grant you favors and give you chances and opportunities in life.
  5.  Giving allows for newer and better things to come to your life. When you hold on so tightly to possessions and money, it prevents new things from coming your way. Become a giver and see the amazing blessings that enter your life.
  6. Givers are always blessed in tough times. As a giver when you encounter tough situations, all the people you have given to in the past will stand in line to give you a helping hand. When givers stumble, they are back on their feet and back to normal in no time at all.
  7. Givers experience less regrets in life. Most bad decisions in life come from being selfish and always putting yourself first. As a giver, you know that being first in line, having more money, winning every argument, etc are not the most important things in life. Make a decision to give more and watch all your regrets and bad decisions in life dwindle down to nothing.
  8. Giving creates a higher self-esteem. The more gratitude and kindness we show others, the more we feel better and more confident about ourselves. As we all know, confidence and self-esteem are extremely vital in life.
  9. Lastly – Giving makes us HAPPIER. Living a sad, dejected, depressed and unfulfilling life is no way to survive. Take all the reasons above and find something that motivates you to give rather than receive, and it’s an absolute surety that you’ll have sunshine and joy all the days of your life. 
March 12, 2014 by Geo Hagan

Spring Transitions

There’s no doubt about it – we’ve been ensnarled in one of the wickedest winters in recent years. It’s been enough to make even the most optimistic, upbeat people want to lock themselves up in their bedrooms with their favorite snacks and movies, and not reemerge until spring arrives. But the truth is, even though it’s dreary and cold right now, the warm weather will eventually return and at Cute Little Finds, we have all kinds of unique and intriguing products to make your spring transition one to remember.

So what’s the big thing on everyone’s calendar when winter finally departs? The answer is “Spring Cleaning.” Getting your home ready and giving your surroundings a facelift for the warmer, happier months ahead are huge priorities on almost everyone’s list. In the home goods category, CLF truly excels. A perfect example is our Brewmaster Lamp which is just an awesome statement piece. Its base is made from beautifully aged plumbing pipes. And it utilizes a vintage faucet as its off/on switch. The lamp’s bulb is also encased within an antique bottle dating back to the early 1900’s. Another item that features remarkable craftsmanship is the garlic basket made from exquisitely-woven, hand-dyed reed splints. The reed has been hand-dyed with an iron-oxide pigment to give it a vintage-inspired patina (the onion basket is another winner too). It’s excellent for adding an instant rustic touch to your kitchen. Other items in our inventory that will add instant character to your kitchen are the whimsical Ouch and Teak cutting boards, the hand-painted Bone Appetit dinnerware and an adorable set of rounded wooden bowls.  

The CLF shop also carries stylish items for your bathroom including the toilet paper holder and towel holder made from handsome aged metal piping – these elegant touches will add class to any restroom. Sticking with the vintage theme, we also strongly recommend the set of 10 antique “S” hooks which are carefully barn-aged to give them an appealing rusty patina. They will have your abode looking a picturesque and quaint apartment in Paris.

Spring is about to bloom again, so best make sure your home surroundings are ready to welcome the pleasant, sunny days ahead. 

February 21, 2014 by Geo Hagan

V is for Valentine Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and we can already hear the fluttering of Cupid’s wings in the air. What’s there not to love about V-day? It’s the one occasion when everyone in the world, no matter how busy, occupied or distracted they might be, makes time to show the appreciation, admiration and love to the closest people in their lives. It’s actually a shame that it happens only once a year, because it’s a state of mind we should have every single day.

But moving on, the more important question is this: what do you get for that special person your world revolves around? Well, in the CLF shop, we have many stellar gifts for both him and her. For the gents, we have a dapper selection of neck ties with appealing vintage motifs. You may even pair that purchase with our impressive “dim-sum, cheeseburger, salmon maki cufflinks. The attention to detail in the aforementioned cufflinks is simply mind-blowing, and will be a homerun gift for any style-savvy man.

For her, the possibilities are boundless. Why don’t you literally show her how lucky you are to have her by giving the charming sterling silver Wishbone necklace or the sultry sterling silver lariat Lucky Clover necklace? Or better yet, give her our stylish Paris grid necklace and whisk your lovely lady off on a romantic trip to France.  Another cute option is a customized gift like our adorable monogram crochet necklace.

However, if you intend to just stay in, and enjoy a romantic, home-cooked meal, we can help with that too. To create the perfect ambience, take a look at our playful doll head and quirky his & hers moustache/lips candleholders. You can even further enhance the mood with our vintage marble coasters adorned with sexy, nostalgic imagery.

It’s been said that the “V” in love stands for Valentine, so be sure to show your loved one just how much you really and truly care.

January 17, 2014 by Geo Hagan