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15 Emoji-Themed Products to Text Your Friends About

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What better way to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of the taco emoji than with some emoji-themed clothing and accessories? Here are 15 emoji products you can actually buy—and then brag to your friends about (over text, of course, while using your favorite characters).

1. A bottle opener

This cool metal bottle opener features everyone’s favorite smiling pile of poop (sorry, Mr. Hankey). The piece is 3D printed just for you, and you can even order a 14k gold version—although you really shouldn’t.

2. Balloons

It’s not a true party without these sweet mylar balloons. You’ll need to fill them yourself, but it'll be worth it once you see all those happy faces (on the balloons and your guests!)

3. Loafers

Eddie Parker and Del Toro have rolled out a line of swanky accessories called M'Oticons. These loafers boast a variety of different emojis, strategically paired to convey cheeky messages—a flame on one shoe and a chick on the other, for example, means “hot chick.” (For people who aren’t very good at rebuses, the shoes have a corresponding clutch that says “#hotchick” in glittery text.)

4. Pins

Pintrill offers—you guessed it—awesome pins, including a whole slew of emoji-themed options. Some notable examples include the “100” and the Sassy Hand Girl.

5. An emotional mug

Artist Jason Travis chose to put his own spin on the familiar emoji set. The piece looks great on a mug, but also comes as a tote bag, throw pillow, or rug.

6. An entire book

Emoji Dick is the first book to be completely translated into emojis. It’s entirely unintelligible, but still a must-have for any avid texter.

7. A stylish shirt

You don’t have to sacrifice style when you make the commitment to wearing emojis. This button-down shirt features an elegant Smiling Poop pattern so subtle, your friends might not even notice it's there. Don’t wear shirts? The pattern also comes on sneakers.

8. Nail art

Now you can live the dream of looking at emojis on your fingers while those fingers type emojis on your screen (hopefully said screen will be wrapped in an emoji phone case). The cool nail decals can be applied to light nail polishes for a strong statement that doesn’t require words.

9. Beanies

The best way to keep your ears warm and head stylish is with an emoji-branded hat. Other options include the sassy help desk woman, heart eyes, and of course, the beloved Smiling Poop.

9. Pillows

Frankly, it’s hard to believe anyone can sleep soundly without one of these adorable pillows nearby. Throwboy makes this, and all the other Internet-themed pillows you could dream of (or with).

10. Stickers

Free the emojis from the confines of your phone with stickers. The jumbo pack offers 960 stickers for you to stick on whatever—or whomever—you want.

11. Socks

Let your feet do the talking with socks covered in your favorite emojis. The fabric is handprinted and comes in two sizes, so your whole family can match.

13. Masks

Good news: We found your Halloween costume. These fun, slightly unnerving disguises help you wear your emotions on your face—something you clearly have never been able to do until now.

14. A keyboard

We’re getting closer and closer to completely abandoning the written language, and this keyboard cover may end up being the final push. Using a special software, Mac users can type exclusively in emojis, meaning you'll soon be able to hammer out your own emoji masterpiece (à la Emoji Dick) right on your laptop.

15. Stamps

Birthday cards, backs of hands, business memos, and sleeping friends can all be jazzed up with these fun emoji stamps. You can also use them to send your friends faces via snail mail when your phone’s on the fritz. And they say print is dead!

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One Photographer's Quest to Document Every Frank Lloyd Wright Structure in the World
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From California’s Marin County Civic Center to the Yokodo Guest House in Ashiya City, Japan, Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence spans countries and continents. Today, 532 of the architect’s original designs remain worldwide—and one photographer is racking up the miles in an attempt to photograph each and every one of them, according to Architectural Digest.

Andrew Pielage is the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s unofficial photographer. The Phoenix-based shutterbug got his gig after friends introduced him to officials at Taliesin West, the late designer’s onetime winter home and studio that today houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Higher-ups at Taliesin West allowed Pielage to photograph the property in 2011, and they liked his work so much that they commissioned him for other projects. Since then, Pielage has shot around 50 Wright buildings, ranging from Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, to the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles.

Pielage takes vertical panoramas to “get more of Wright in one image,” and he also prefers to work with natural light to emphasize the way the architect integrated his structures to correspond with nature’s rhythms. While Pielage still has over 400 more FLW projects to go until he's done capturing the icon’s breadth of work, you can check out some of his initial shots below.

[h/t Architectural Digest]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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