Around 1999 Bonne Bell put out a sheer red lip balm that came in a translucent red tube with silver lettering. Closed the lip balm looked like a cross between a lighter and a mechanical pencil, which to my 7th grade self was one of the coolest things I could imagine (that alone just about sums up teenage Crystal). When you slid a tab on the side of the tube a little silver flap lifted up and a thin bullet of cherry-flavored "I'm experimenting with womanhood" elegantly appeared.
I carried that balm around in my JNCOs for weeks until one day I got bored in English class and absentmindedly began to balm up. A boy I never talked to before but thought was funny whispered, "What is that thing? It looks like a lighter crossed with a mechanical pencil." He would go on to become one of my best friends, someone who really "got me" which as we adults know is a gift that doesn't come along often.
So sometimes a cool thing is just a cool thing you and you alone delight in. But other times it starts a conversation or connects you with someone, and that brings your world in to focus just a little. I can't promise any of the cool stuff I found this week will do that, but we can have fun trying.
The latest Coolhunting installment:
- Local: Speaking of connecting, Rachael Ringenberg aka @girlpolish, one of my favorite Boston Twitter people/bloggers, just started a new series on her Erstwhile Dear blog called "what's on your homescreen?" and in the first installment I learned of Simple. It's no secret I'm a sucker for a beautiful logo but this bank has more than that- Google Analytic-like tracking of expenses and intuitive savings tools.
- Design: If you like my '90s denim reference let's go for deep cuts and consider the leotard aka "bodysuit" aka thing made of green velvet I wore for a week straight in 5th grade. Bradamant makes some grown-up versions, including this chambray one.
- Tech: Not that I've been binge-watching "Scandal" or anything, but I've got "moving on" on the mind. If only Olivia Pope could break out of her Microsoft sponsorship and get an iPhone, she could download KillSwitch, an app "making breakups suck less." (Don't leave comments about how the President would have a Page and not a FB personal account- I already went there and decided it didn't matter because after all its a fake TV show and I could make this caveat longer but blog posts are supposed to be short and tidy and oh boy now I'm speaking Huck...)