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On this day, we want to thank you the readers for supporting Extraordinique. In these crazy economic times, we've found amazing and resilient artists and entrepreneurs defying the odds and creating with extraordinary outcomes.
We hope as we continue to find new ways to share what we think is Extraordinique, you'll find the time to enjoy and share with others!
To recap year two, here are some of our favorite finds:
These are the three sentiments we share at this time for the holidays. We are thrilled to have found so many extraordinary and unique finds this year. We are hopeful in the new year that we will continue to delight you. We are grateful for your visits and the feedback you send us on our favorite finds!
Happy Holidays from all of us @Extraordinique!
For 2007-08, revisit these favorite finds and let us know what you think.
We first started Extraordinique with Vibram FiveFingers footwear, making one of Time Magazine's best inventions in 2007. Since our first post, it also looks like FiveFingers has come out with two more lines - KSO and Flow. Vibram FiveFingers was catalytic in our concept for Extraordinique. In an era of innovation and "smart" technology, footwear has been taken to a whole new level with Vibram FiveFingers.
Vosges Haute Chocolate
Vosges is a fun one because a year later, we still find family and friends talking about Mo's Bacon Bar or the truffles we brought home, which included a symphonic blend of sweet and salt. Muah! Delish!
Christine J. Brandt
Another artist bringing elements together in an extraordinary way is jewelry designer Christine J. Brandt. Her jewelry collection is beyond words - setting stones and minerals in rich wood carvings for rings, necklaces, and cufflinks. The color, shape and texture of all of her pieces embody the word - Extraordinique!
There is no such thing as "check your 'Ego' at the door" if you own one of these artistically and fashion-inspired notebooks. Winner of this year's Microsoft Fashion PC Award and nominated for the 2009 German designprize Ego will be competing with brands such as BMW and Porsche for uber design excellence.
Eco-friendly SIGG bottles became our favorite functional, go-anywhere water bottle for the car, the gym, and our weekend bike rides this year. We found them to be ultra durable and kept our drinks cool and refreshing.
Over the past year, Stokke seems to have had a major influence in the design of baby strollers and it doesn't stop there. Now, Stokke is featuring the Tripp Trapp - designed to "invite your child to the table" like no other high chair can. Again, Extraordinique!
The best in plug-in-play digital video recorders, we flipped for Flip Video. End of story!
Taking "people mover" to a whole new level, we found EasyGlider to be the ultimate mash up of inline skating, skateboarding and surfing melded into the design of a "scooter."
As Fall is upon us, Coal is still the first company I think of for super cool (or should I say toasty) knitted caps and scarves that we love. Debuting their latest 2008 Winter collection, you gotta check them out.
In a year of outrageous gas prices, Pi took electric mobility to a whole new level with a highly functional and beautifully designed electric bike.
If you have a favorite, please comment and let us know what enjoyed the most from Extraordinique - All Things Extraordinary & Unique.
Now, to celebrate, if only we had some Bling H20!
We are pleased to announce that Extraordinique has been added to Alltop. Alltop is a site built on suggestions by active social web users. It's a great honor for us and we so appreciate that Extraordinique has been identified and accepted on Alltop.
Like an "online magazine rack" Alltop displays the news from top publications and blogs. The site gathers up the best suggestions from the most active social web users and compiles links into a simple, clean discovery space. You'll find Extraordinique in the Life section (life.alltop.com), which opened on March 28, 2008.
Alltop Life has an amazing collection of people who are passionate and share things about day-to-day life and interests. We are thrilled to be included in the Life category as our primary mission is for Extraordinique to highlight artists, designers and innovators who are pushing the envelope, creating new things and influencing our day-to-day life in extraordinary ways. That's our Extraordinique mantra (wink to @guykawasaki for that one).
We encourage you to check out all the Alltop Life stories, including some of our personal favorites: Confessions of a Pioneer Woman, Sarcomicial, To Think Is To Create, Skimbaco and Divine Caroline.
The great thing about Alltop is that when you visit, browse and navigate throughout the many categories -- you'll find "all the top" stories, eh hem, including ours.
Thanks to everyone who visits, subscribes, follows @Extraordinique and has become a fan. As a result, you put us on top (pronounced Alltop). ;)