Searing sun. Breezes that soothe. Only in arid, ancient stretches of sand and dust do we discover something unexpectedly beautiful: relief from the noise of the now. The desert may be spare, but it’s not empty. Vistas and treasures offer themselves up to keen observers. Enjoy, through sometimes-squinting eyes—just don’t forget to bring plenty of water, a light-hued cover-up, or a camera. Go further afield with a collection that’s at home in a wild and desert land.
Spring colors aren’t just for clothes. Peach, pastel green, and sky blue are perfect hues (or cues) for cupcake icing. Which makes them too good to resist. Just try not to leave behind incriminating fingerprints. Spring is a season for happiness, celebration, and smiling, so get into the spirit with baked goods. Whether you love chocolate chip cookies, muffins, or banana bread—bring them to life with this baking collection.
In Ancient Egypt, a flood wasn’t a natural disaster. It was a reason to celebrate. The Nile’s rich river waters bathed the land and the desert bloomed with greenery and crops. And the people raised up thanks to animal-headed gods that watched over every aspect of their natural world. Those old ways are gone, but we still have the wonders they left behind: golden idols and jeweled scarabs, haunting hieroglyphs and evocative etchings. The mysteries of their world have become the treasures of ours. So mount your own expedition to the Old Kingdom, and excavate the wonders of this Egyptian collection.
Long before the Chinese invented modern paper in the first century, ancient civilizations including the Egyptians recorded sacred texts and images on a paper-like surface crafted from tightly woven fibers of the 'cyperus papyrus' plant. The ultra scarce fragments of these ancient papyri belong in museums, where they can be properly preserved and studied. But amateur Egyptologists have access to a huge variety of modern books and antique prints about papyri and other ancient manuscripts via the rare books marketplace on eBay. For Passover, collectors might also want to consider the incredible array of facsimile and authentic Torah scrolls available for sale, including a finely printed reproduction of the Dead Sea Scrolls and an Iraqi Gevil Torah in an antique case.
Over there—is that Sigmund Freud? Striking resemblance, but no. It’s Deputy Kovacs, Madame D’s trusted lawyer and the executor of her estate. Carrying out her wishes after her suspicious death, he finds his own life threatened by her hideous heir Dmitri and his henchman Jopling. And so it begins: Deputy Kovacs’ period of loss. First his beloved Persian cat, followed by things you could count on one hand. Four of them. Ouch. Thumb through this collection, and let’s celebrate this man of reason.
The beat drops. People move their feet, almost by compulsion. There’s no resisting it—it’s an Outkast dance party. At the front of the stage, Andre 3000 works the microphone. And just like his music, his style never ceases to strike gold. Tropical colored tailored suits and shiny black oxford shoes. A look that’s clean but ornate, funky and uplifting. It just fits. His sartorial advice: mimic the people you love and you’ll find your own path. So start imitating Andre the giant with this inspired collection.
Step into Don Draper’s office. Over Mad Men’s six seasons, it’s been the setting for dozens of devious dealings. The one redeeming feature of this hostile work environment? Its spectacular ’60s style. Every chair, desk, and liquor cabinet is a mid-century modern masterpiece. Glamorous, simple and historically accurate. Celebrate Mad Men’s final season with this collection of iconic office furniture.
Air travel is full of rules. Road travel? Just possibilities. Need some fresh air? Pull the van over and step outside. Want to change course? Go ahead—you’re in charge. Airlines may have long left adventure and romance behind, but you can still find plenty of both when you’re out on the open road. Have more fun next time you venture out of town with these road-trip-friendly vehicles and accessories.