5 Easy Pieces – Cures for the Monday Blues Edition


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Forget the Blues. Here are some pick-me-ups. Photo: Sodahead.com

As part of a series called 5 Easy Pieces, we’ve gathered our favorite upcycled, re-purposed, vintage and handmade stuff from around the web for you to buy or make yourself. So stay tuned for quick lists of 5 must-haves and get ready to wish you had thought of that.

Monday’s are tough, especially after your team just lost out on a golden opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. But all is not lost. Here are five ways to boost the mood and get you back in the game.

Found Muji

Products at Found Muji are a melding of old and new.

You’ve gotta love Muji, the Japanese answer to Ikea. Just the fact that “Muji” means “brandless quality goods” was enough to win us over but then they go and introduce Found Muji and we’re head over heals. Similar to the incredible Kiosk store in New York City, Found Muji’s products are composed of, as the New York Times’ Brook Hodge’s writes, “everyday goods that are updated, repurposed or ‘Muji-fied’ to better suit contemporary life and the company’s clean, minimal aesthetic. But Found Muji goes back to the source, showcasing traditional, vernacular and often handmade housewares and decorative objects that have inspired a multitude of Muji products.” We’re happier already!

Venture Snowboards

Venture Boards: "We believe that perfection is achieved when nothing more can be eliminated from a design without compromising function." We agree!

It seems that winter has finally begun and that means snow has started to fall accordingly. So what better way to celebrate than to hit the slopes with a Venture snowboard. Made in Silverton, Colorado, Venture has conservation at the core of its philosophy, using Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and participating in 1% for the Planet since 2006. Their new production facility will even “include passive and active solar features as well as sustainable, recycled, and reclaimed materials throughout.”

Azealia Banks

Yes, we are getting swept up in the Azealia Banks hype too but hey, it’s hard not too. Her single “212” is just flat out different than everything else out there and she looks like she’s having so much fun just making music that you’ve got love her. Plus, extra credit for that Mickey Mouse sweater. Check it out (warning, lyrics NSFW depending on where you work) and keep your eyes open for her debut album and an upcoming tour.

Meow Meow Tweet Handmade Soap

Meow Meow Tweet Beer Shampoo is just what the doctor ordered.

We are big fans of Meow Meow Tweet Soap Company and firm believers that a thorough cleaning can’t be beat when it comes to pick-me-ups. In particular we can’t get enough of the Beer Soap, formulated to get those crazy tangles out of our hair but gentle enough for the whole body. Plus: the packaging. Sign us up! Meow Meow Tweet will be at our favorite vegan pop-up shop, Vegan Shop Up, next month!

Pretty Monster Brooklyn Bourbon Soy Candle

Bourbon + Candle = YES!

We’re getting excited for the next edition of the Vegan Shop-Up (Feb. 12 at Pine Box Rock Shop ) for many reasons, the first of which is Pretty Monster’s candles. Listen, a candle can go along way toward calming the nerve’s and a Bourbon Soy Candle? Well, we doubt you’d even have to light that thing to cheer you up on cold winter Monday.