Be worth at least a thousand words.
What: Come out of the dark. The magical camera ($399-$499) captures the entire light field and is finally available (on back order).
Why: You can focus (and zoom in on any part of the photo) after taking the shot. Plus, there’s no autofocus or shutter delay.
Where: Online at lytro.com.
I Heart Design
What: The ladies behind L.A.-based design firm Avenue Interior Design curate an eclectic assortment of furniture, tableware, lighting, pillows (and much more) with direct links to purchase.
Why: The inspiration section plays on lovely images and motifs (cabin fever, romantic breakfast nook, black and white boudoir) and groups products to help style them in real life.
Where: Online at iheartdesignbyavenue.com.
That Deadman Dance
What: Romantic and haunting, the novel ($15.50) set in the 19th century tells the story of Bobby Wabalanginy, a young Aboriginal man who falls in love with the daughter of a prosperous European colonizer.
Why: The extra lit cred. Early buzz includes winning a Miles Franklin Award, the Aussie equivalent of the Pulitzer.
Where: Online at amazon.com.
What: Please tell us that’s not Folgers in your cup. Instead, get twelve ounces of hand-selected artisan varieties from three roasters delivered to your door monthly ($20-$25).
Why: March’s brews include MadCap Coffee Company (from Grand Rapids, Michigan), PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. (Topeka, Kansas), and Augie’s Coffee Roasters (Redlands, California).
Where: Online at craftcoffee.com.
What: The new shoe-tique showcases inspired, spot-on kicks, from classic Doc Martens to quirky Moschino flats. A $149 membership fee grants free cobbling services for the life of your purchases.
Why: If the shoe-porn photoblog is wrong, we don’t want to be right.
Where: Online at shoescribe.com.
Photo: Courtesy of Lytro