Tuesday, December 18, 2012

inspiration: the breakable & the fluffy

1.  Wrap your hands around this unique, handmade ceramic bowl, molded and fired by New York artist Bryce Wymer.

2.  I adore these sweet little vases, with their textured and colorful patterns. They are created by the very talented potter Cynthia Vardhan. 

3.  Lonely and need a friend that doesn't poop, or move much?  Then you need a sloth friend! These wool sloths are the perfect little addition to any stocking, plant, bed, or pocket. They are lovingly hand needle felted by artist Kami Goertz.

4.  These lively ceramic plates are designed by artist Nina Van De Goor, she is inspired by the mid-century modern era. Currently, she is on maternity leave, but her shop on Etsy will be open within the next few weeks. Congratulations to her on her new little human addition and I look forward to her new designs!

5.  These hand knit, hypo allergenic bolster pillows are brilliant! I love everything about them and I am probably going to fill my entire bedroom with them by the end of this blog post... They are top notch and I applaud the designers at Chic Sin Design!

6.  Yay for knitted anatomy aka aKNITomy! This concept could have saved millions of frog lives in 1960's biology classrooms. All handmade and made to order by artist Emily Stoneking. These little frogs come pinned to their dissection trays, but not glued, making it possible for you to 'embrace' said dissected knit frog with a long awkward hug.  

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

inspiration: what the eff do i get for dad this holiday season?

I was recently requested to compile a gift list for Dads that DOES NOT include your typical socks, scarves and "innovative organizers for computer cords." Let's admit it, Dads are the most difficult to shop for. 

Why is this? 

1. Being they could give a crap, or so they say... but they really do. 
2. Because frankly, they really don't know what they need, unless they had to take the time to really think about it, which they don't. 

Here is my list dedicated to everyone's old man: 

sporty dad:

1. RAZR Fit Driver By Callaway 
2. Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls
3. Leather Head - Handmade Football 

hygienic dad:  

1. C.O. Bigelow Marvis Classic Mint Toothpaste
2. The Art of Shaving Gillette Fusion Pro Glide Razor + Blades
3. Gin & Tonic Prohibition Bar Soap

dad in the kitchen:

1. Rotary Cheese Grater
2. Celebrity Mugs
3. Cast Iron Tool Bottle Openers

travel dad: 

1. Passport Cover By Rustico Leather
2. Ian Velardi Duffel Bag
3. Slim Sonic Toothbrush - Travel Size

'softly' tech savvy dad:

1. Bose OE2i Audio Headphones
2. "HotSpot" Heating Radiator - dry your clothes, heat your room
3. Plattan Harris Tweed Headphones 

fragile, lounging dad:

1. Joules US "Selwyn" Pajama Bottoms 
2. Armor Lux "Lames Reyes" Slippers
3. UGG Australia 'Brunswick' Robe

"i have no idea what to get you..." gift set dad:

1. ''Age your own whiskey set.'' By Woodinville Whiskey 
2. Veuve Clicquot Traveller Set 
3. John Varvatos Artisan Cologne & Grooming Gift Set

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

inspiration: tis the season for unique online shopping

  Here are some of my favorite 'gift picks' I discovered:

For Her: 

1. Have her slip into these Soir de Lune slippers. They are as soft as butter and made with the finest leather, but the real finishing touch is the satin bow on top. 

2. The mineral pyrite never looked so elegant than these handmade stud earrings by dinosaurtoes and cased in a brass setting. 

For Him:

1. General Knot & Co is a tasteful gift for any fancy lad, or dandy in your life. The creators aspire for nothing but tasteful vintage and all ties are handmade in the US and with limited quantities, so the 'dandiful' man in your life can stay as original as his taste in great film and music.  In all seriousness, these ties are freaking awesome!

2. Did you ever wonder how Tommy Dewar carried his father's whiskey all around the world? Me neither, but at least it makes for a unique gift! The canvas bag is handmade and comes with a custom Dewars flask, but you need to supply the Dewars! See this masterful gift in all of its glory here.  

 FYIBefore I forget - I found all this stuff on Materially, which I've found to be the best curated commerce community out there.  What's more - if something you 'want' ever drops in price, they'll email you!  I've never seen a site that will do this for any retailer... 

Materially is invitation only, so in the giving spirit, lick your 
screen here, I mean click here for your invite.  ;)

For the Kids:

1. Being blessed with normal two eyed kids is cool and all, but for the millions of parents who have dreamed that their children would one day join the ranks of all of the great X-Men mutants, these mittens are for you! I mean your children! Or... somebody's kid you know! View them here

2. Bring even more of a magical dimension to your child's bedroom, or playroom with this very unique shadow box  brought to you by French designer Tiphaine Mangan

For the Home

1. Restoration Hardware has made a more economical version of the MP3 device friendly Gramophone. Both elegantly modern and antique all wrapped into one awesome speaker system!

2. Sometimes crystal glasses just don't make the "cut" for gift giving... sometimes you need to step it up and create something brilliant and even more beautiful, such as these hand cut crystal light bulbs designed by Lee Broom.

Fantasy Hotel Escapes:

1. Prefer to skip town and get away from the hustle and bustle of normal, mortal human life? Then this mountain lodge is perfect for you! It's as if you walked right into an enchanted land full of Hobbits and Elves when you stay at the Montana Magica Lodge in Chile.

2. The beauty of the Amalfi Coast in Italy is almost enough beauty to take in for a lifetime, but in addition, to get a reservation for a very special occasion at Le Sirenuse Hotel... then you might as well call yourself one of the lucky 99.5% who get this special and $$$$ opportunity.   

Friday, November 9, 2012

inspiration: clever & modern cuckoo clocks

This swirl of girl cuckoo design houses a dotty eyed friend. Find this at MySweetMuffin - the most deceivingly named website of all time... 

Oh so plastic, oh so pink! Brought to you straight from the land of plastic aka PlasticLand.

This sleek and modern clock comes in tangerine, or green and hails from Italy. Discover more information where it is sold at CouvertureAndTheGarb.

This cuckoo turns any old house into a chalet oasis. Smell the alpine and purchase yours at Rowen&Wren.

Friday, November 2, 2012

get the look: rainy days & mondays

Don't let "Rainy Days and Mondays" bring you down!  Get super soaker inspired by this fresh, bright and fun outfit extravaganza!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

get the look: halloween spook fest

Halloween was a success, which is no surprise, since it is the only "holiday" I actually put any deadly energy into. Obviously I was a 12 year old, vampire ballerina from the 1930's with a thirst for human blood. I had to verify this many times with folks who came to my spooky party... they seemed to think I was a dead zombie bride, boy did I show them.  For almost the entire evening I stalked people with a the look of hunger and rarely spoke a word. 

This was our last pose together, before I ate the crap out of that Jumanji man.
The Halloween spook fest party was on a Friday. Come Wednesday evening, which was technically Halloween, I immediately became Super Martha Stewart and set-up the front entrance of the house for the smelly little children in barely impressive halloween attire expecting my awesome arrangement of candy bars. The babies don't count, since the creepy parents choose those fluffy little bear and elephant costumes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

get the look: sweater lovin'

Don't be fooled into thinking this sweater is to be worn by a 5 year old boy. No, no... it is the ultra preppy jumper that can be found at Joules. If the spotted dog is not your spirit animal, you have a few other options to choose from, try the fox, duck, or elk on for size.  

Colenimo has a simple, earthy flair that still pulls off classy and fitted looks. I love the dotted collar and sleeves touch. 

Friday, October 19, 2012

get the look: i will scare the crap out of you...

I tend to think about Halloween months in advance... say July. 
I am essentially Tim Burton in a seemingly normal/nice young lady's body and THIS year I was inspired following the viewing of the french horror film "LIVID" muhahahaha! 

Was it scary? Mostly.
Was it creepy? The creep effect is the highest of quality. I had never thought of it before, but vintage ballerinas are super scare-ville. 

The costume is easy. The challenge is staying in character and making strange, jerky movements the entire night.  This might also include stalking people and pretending to eat them. 

Here's how to simply get the look (naturally I went a bit more over the top than what I am providing) 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

HOME: get the look "show off to your judgmental guests"

It ain't easy keeping your guests impressed, with how perfectly-perfect your cute table settings are and how much effing Martha Stewart effort went into the meal and decor! I'm sorry... this might just be a personal issue. This collection is a sure fire way to make the most apathetic of guests twinkle with glee and think, "Gee maybe June spends her time well, with so much eye for detail." 


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

get the look: feeling the edge

1.  This Prisma Coin Purse by Alexander Wang reminds me of something that Dr. Frankenstein himself would design, in a most elegant and modern way, or course. 

2.  In complete amore with the Wingtip Coat in leopard linen from Emerson Fry

3.  Somehow this is a very cute way to wear a beetle pendant by designer Kyoko Hashimoto. Not surprisingly inspired by Victorian mourning jewelry. 

4. The coolest ballet slippers you'll see doing the Ciseaux! Naturally designed by none other than the classic Capezio.

Monday, October 15, 2012

get the look: knits, throws & all things cozy

November is nigh and this is about the time (regardless of the perfect 70 degree weather) I begin to consider all things comfortable and cozy, whilst keeping it chic and as un-grandma as possible - this can be difficult when looking for comfort and warmth.  PS no offense Grandma - you're a true inspiration with this curation... 

Cable Sailer Jacket from Scotch & Soda
Kimsa Peruvian Throw from abc home 
Embroidered Wingtip Pillows from Terrain
Marni Knit Trouser Socks from Barneys
Gin and Tonic Soap from All Sorts 

Monday, October 8, 2012

get the look: HOME black on white & white on black

I see a red door and I want it painted black!  I am envious of these people who can plan a room that is all black and white - old hollywood! Unfortunately I am not this disciplined, nor sophisticated. 
Here is how to get the look:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

material.ly find: "shio" other worldly lights

Finally!  A kickstarter project gone right! I want one!  However, the economics might not work out in favor for the artist if these really go into production...  I think they take FOREVER to form.  This just reaffirms my opinion of how awesomely awesome salt is.  Now who wants to donate 950 big ones to me, so I can own this and make people watch the artist's kickstarter video? 
View this discovery HERE.

inspiration: trot like a fox

The majestic and sly fox is not to be worn, but rather idolized! Here are some carefully selected fox items that I have fallen madly in love with.

$48 Here & There Tee (Fox) 

$51 fox linen cushion

$138 Jonathan Adler Fox
$28 handmade plush fox 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

get the look: my top outerwear picks

My picks for the most adorable fall & winter outerwear trends:

1.  Little red riding hood would even envy this innocent and adorable cape, by Steven Alan.

2.  Lose the collar and opt for mod! Simplicity is always chic.

3.  A little bit blazer, a little bit jacket. I am in love with this Whistles creation.

4.  Ruffle around the edges. This jacket is timeless, yet playful

5.  Not your run of the mill zig zags, this jacket/wrap stands out from the rest.

6.  Leifsdottir's classy color block jacket is perfect for making any outing elegant. I envision a romantic evening of iceskating in this.

7.  All about houndstooth! Maybe it's the Sherlock Holmes craze, but I am so pleased to see this vintage pattern on many jackets this season.

8.  Military jackets will always be a favorite of mine. I am particularly in love with this rendition. It's not too masculine, yet not too feminine - therefore it must be flattering!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Featuring: Material.ly

Featuring: Material.ly

'Lovely' post about the beautiful website material.ly, from one of the most adorable and yes, 'lovely' blogs on the net, Lovely Clusters

Did I mention the lovely party? See for yourself...

Friday, September 21, 2012

places: belize

 1. I love travel.
 2. I hate flying
 This makes the odds of you sharing a miserable, drunken flight with me more likely, which is uncomfortable - for you.
I will be the one asking at any slight jolt of turbulence "is that normal?" and I will probably be crying with a drink in hand.
Of course there is no rational portion of my brain working while 30,000 ft in the air, so you either have to move (which is what many opt for, if the option is available) or you fall asleep (while holding my hand.)
I am not a drinker, nor would my choice drink be a screwdriver, however, it has become my flying ritual and it must not be tampered with, otherwise I will be more unbearable!
 Belize was sort of a random "let's go on an adventure" trip. I had heard only great things about it and I wanted to see a place that hadn't been too severely tampered and tainted in central america. The culture was diverse and interesting, but let's be honest, Belize is all about the cheap lobster and ruins!  Aside from Tikal, (which is in Guatemala) the most memorable portion of the trip was the trek/swim into Aktun Tunichil Muknal (ATM cave.) It was simply majestic and for the first time since my visit to the Amazon Rainforest, I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones film, since that is how I reference the world around me.   
The Mayan's considered the cave systems to be portals to the underworld and where they would have closer access to the underworld Gods. Gods of which they would sacrifice young men, women, children and babies... basically anything that walked on two legs.  Their bones still remain mostly intact over hundreds, some even thousands of years.  The cave was intensely silent (unless you were close to a rapid stream of water) and boy did it sparkle! I recommend this adventure to all!  Just be warned... it is not for the faint of heart, nor the claustrophobic. There is one point in which you have to squeeze your neck between to large boulders, which could give "worst case scenario" thoughts a lot of material to work with. I was fine with this, because I wasn't in an airplane.
The adventure was a long one... after over 1 week in the jungle, it was time for some R&R. That meant visiting the one beach in Belize that wasn't a forest grove, Placenta, I mean... Placencia. 
I took the bait to stay on a private Caye. This sounded marvelous - private home, chef, kayaks, coral reefs. 
All of this was true, however the quality of service was comical. 
The chef and caretaker of the island seemed apathetic and specialized in fried chicken and wasps nesting in the beds. Due to its over priced ruggedness, I opted to only stay one night and resort to a resort, which was too bad... but sleeping with wasps at my head is where I draw the line. 
The kayaking was unreal, especially at sunset - Adventuring to islands that are inhabited mainly by pelicans, sea birds  and rogue sea monsters is a surreal experience. 

All in all, if you must go somewhere... go to Belize!  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

get the look: 1930's beach glam

Whether you're near, or far... one can add the glamour and elegance of a 1930's/20's inspired beach stroll to their look.
Now if only I could manage to replicate that perfect finger wave hairstyle!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

inspiration: stationery & other things made from trees

I have most recently decided, that I am going to begin corresponding with friends/family via stationery, rather than e-cards. Although e-cards are ecologically friendly and the odds of me having your e-mail address rather than your home address is highly likely, I nonetheless have some beef with internet greetings. 
There is just something special about a solid object one can hold, smell and feel.

Recently I walked down one of my favorite streets to window shop in San Francisco, and I came across 4 different paper and stationery supply stores within blocks of one another.  I found these stores to be overwhelmingly pleasant, as if I had walked into estrogen heaven and decided upon myself that I must make a reason to own these perfectly adorable stamps, pencils, pens, cards and cleverly designed stationery sets!

Monday, September 17, 2012

get the look: hit the hay

The older I get, the more important my sleep has become and it doesn't just take a great mattress to send me off to dreamland, I need to feel comfortable and climate appropriate in my sleep outfit. 
Here are some calming blue options I've concocted for ya'll!

From top to bottom: 
Sleep Mask 
Pajama Set
Lounge Shirt
Silky Shorts
Rugby Socks
Pintuck Bra
Pintuck Panties

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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