Vans Is Launching a Frida Kahlo Collection

Toni Frissell, Wikimedia Commons
Toni Frissell, Wikimedia Commons

Vans is making headlines again, and this time it’s not about whether or not the shoes always land facing up. Earlier this week, the brand announced that it has partnered with Vault to design a new line of sneakers based on the works of Frida Kahlo.

The Vault by Vans x Frida Kahlo collection includes three pairs of white-soled shoes that each features a different painting: the OG Slip-On LX with a likeness of Kahlo from her 1940 painting Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, the OG Sk8-Hi LX with a likeness of Kahlo from her 1939 painting The Two Fridas, and the OG Authentic LX which is not only covered in the watermelons from her 1954 painting Viva la Vida, Watermelons, but which also includes the words “viva la vida” embroidered atop a watermelon near the heel.


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This isn’t the first time Vans has released a line of sneakers inspired by a famous artist; the company has previously come out with Van Gogh Vans as well as Harry Potter- and NASA-themed collections. But Frida Kahlo is in some ways an especially apt guest artist, so to speak, both because of her own personal interest in fashion and also the impact she’s made on runways around the world, inspiring designs by Jean Paul Gaultier, Moschino, and more.

If you’re a sneakerhead, a Frida fanatic, or just a normal person whose current kicks are dangerously close to exposing your toes to the outside world, you can purchase a pair of Frida Kahlo Vans, ranging from $80 to $95, starting this Saturday, June 29th.

[h/t Los Angeles Times]

8 Great Gifts for People Who Work From Home

World Market/Amazon
World Market/Amazon

A growing share of Americans work from home, and while that might seem blissful to some, it's not always easy to live, eat, and work in the same space. So, if you have co-workers and friends who are living the WFH lifestyle, here are some products that will make their life away from their cubicle a little easier.

1. Folding Book Stand; $7

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Useful for anyone who works with books or documents, this thick wire frame is strong enough for heavier textbooks or tablets. Best of all, it folds down flat, so they can slip it into their backpack or laptop case and take it out at the library or wherever they need it. The stand does double-duty in the kitchen as a cookbook holder, too.

Buy It: Amazon

2. Duraflame Electric Fireplace; $179

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Nothing says cozy like a fireplace, but not everyone is so blessed—or has the energy to keep a fire going during the work day. This Duraflame electric fireplace can help keep a workspace warm by providing up to 1000 square feet of comfortable heat, and has adjustable brightness and speed settings. They can even operate it without heat if they just crave the ambiance of an old-school gentleman's study (leather-top desk and shelves full of arcane books cost extra).

Buy It: Amazon

3. World Explorer Coffee Sampler; $32

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Making sure they've got enough coffee to match their workload is a must, and if they're willing to experiment with their java a bit, the World Explorer’s Coffee Sampler allows them to make up to 32 cups using beans from all over the world. Inside the box are four bags with four different flavor profiles, like balanced, a light-medium roast with fruity notes; bold, a medium-dark roast with notes of cocoa; classic, which has notes of nuts; and fruity, coming in with notes of floral.

Buy it: UncommonGoods

4. Lavender and Lemon Beeswax Candle; $20

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People who work at home all day, especially in a smaller space, often struggle to "turn off" at the end of the day. One way to unwind and signal that work is done is to light a candle. Burning beeswax candles helps clean the air, and essential oils are a better health bet than artificial fragrances. Lavender is especially relaxing. (Just use caution around essential-oil-scented products and pets.)

Buy It: Amazon

5. HÄNS Swipe-Clean; $15

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If they're carting their laptop and phone from the coffee shop to meetings to the co-working space, the gadgets are going to get gross—fast. HÄNS Swipe is a dual-sided device that cleans on one side and polishes on the other, and it's a great solution for keeping germs at bay. It's also nicely portable, since there's nothing to spill. Plus, it's refillable, and the polishing cloth is washable and re-wrappable, making it a much more sustainable solution than individually wrapped wipes.

Buy It: Amazon

6. Laptop Side Table; $100

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Sometimes they don't want to be stuck at a desk all day long. This industrial-chic side table can act as a laptop table, too, with room for a computer, coffee, notes, and more. It also works as a TV table—not that they would ever watch TV during work hours.

Buy It: World Market

7. Moleskine Classic Notebook; $17

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Plenty of people who work from home (well, plenty of people in general) find paper journals and planners essential, whether they're used for bullet journaling, time-blocking, or just writing good old-fashioned to-do lists. However they organize their lives, there's a journal out there that's perfect, but for starters it's hard to top a good Moleskin. These are available dotted (the bullet journal fave), plain, ruled, or squared, and in a variety of colors. (They can find other supply ideas for bullet journaling here.)

Buy It: Amazon

8. Nexstand Laptop Stand; $39

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For the person who works from home and is on the taller side, this portable laptop stand is a back-saver. It folds down flat so it can be tossed into the bag and taken to the coffee shop or co-working spot, where it often generates an admiring comment or three. It works best alongside a portable external keyboard and mouse.

Buy It: Amazon

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Can You Spot the Nose-Less Jack-o'-Lantern?

A Halloween brain teaser.
A Halloween brain teaser.
Dudolf

Hungarian artist Gergely Dudás, known online as Dudolf, has clearly taken some inspiration from Martin Handford. His busy illustrations that encourage readers to focus on finding hidden figures is reminiscent of Handford’s Where’s Waldo? series.

Dudás’s latest work is appropriately Halloween-themed and tasks viewers with trying to find the jack-o'-lantern without a nose in a sea of carved pumpkins.

Can you find the pumpkin without a nose?Dudolf

If you found it, congratulations. And for those of you still craving more, we also have this other visual puzzle from Dudás featuring a lone ghost hiding within an army of skeletons.

For more puzzles like this, you might want to check out Dudás’s books, Bear’s Springtime Book of Hidden Things: A Search and Find Adventure ($8), Bear’s Spooky Book of Hidden Things: A Search and Find Adventure ($8), and Bear’s Merry Book of Hidden Things ($12), which are all available on Amazon. He also has a Hidden Art 2021 wall calendar ($15).

If you didn’t find the rhinoplasty-stricken pumpkin, no problem. Scroll down to find the solution below.

 

 

 

The solution.Dudolf

[h/t Insider]

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