Friday, August 29, 2014

Lamp that will pop in a room

If you are look for a streamlined colorful lamp that would pop in any room, look no further than Jan Showers' Venetian lamp series No.4 in turquoise.  I love the simple silhouette which actually reminds me a lot of 18th century Peking glass that were produced in China.  The vibrant turquoise color is perfect for a Hollywood Regency style interior or a sleek modernist home.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Men's Trend for Fall 2014

I am looking forward to this fall/ winter 2014 men's collection.  I always find winter/fall clothes more interesting than spring/ summer ones... perhaps it is because of my penchant of buying jackets!  LOL.  As usual,  black, gray, and camel tones dominate runway.  But this year, a mark difference is that both coats and jackets are oversized.  So if you lost weight for this summer, you will not need to buy a jacket/ coat to keep up with the fashion.  Double breast sports coats are inching their way back into modern men's vocabulary.  I'm still resisting that trend... so far....  Skinny pants are still in.  We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief.  No need to run out and get wide pants.  Chunky knits are in... so again, if you lost weight for the summer, you are in luck as long as you keep the weight off.  Check patterns are in which I absolutely love!  But of course for my Japanese readers, they probably thought check patterns have always been in for decades!  Pictures above are some of my favs from this season: Fendi trench coat, Valentino hoodie, and lanvin flannel toecap shoes.     

Monday, August 25, 2014

The last hurrah before summer ends!

Everyone knows that to make a great summer drink, you must have the right tools!  Luckily for us, Two Tone Studios have came up with some fun color cups and pitchers to enhance festivity!  Each pitcher has an optically interesting ball on the side to support your hand when pouring.  Comes in gold, olive, ruby, purple and gray jewel tones, with stir sticks.  

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking to trick someone?

Not very often does one do a double take when looking at a piece of furniture.  But this bench certainly fits the bill!  Designed by 22 22 Edition Design, the Illusion bench definitely lives up to its namesake.  I think it is a perfect seating for one's entry area.  The color combination reminds me of lacquer work done by Art Deco French masters.  This series also come with three other color combinations. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hottest lady's accessory for Fall/ Winter 2014

Hands down, it has to be Fendi's bag boy Karlito!  Yeah, it looks like Karl Lagerfeld because it is meant to look like him.  The "small" charm will cost you a pretty penny: $1750.  Oh yeah, and get in line as waiting list (opened in June) is already 600 people deep and counting (as of July).  For those with smaller budget,    Mattel will launch limited edition Karl Lagerfeld Barbie Doll soon and my guess is price tag will be a lot friendlier....

Friday, August 15, 2014

Jewelry for your tabletop

Are you a hostess with mostess?  If you are, you might want to consider Baccarat's Variations collection next time you set your table for a fabulous dinner party!  Infused multifaceted bases with jewel tone colors, Patricia Urquiola has bedazzled us with brilliant fun hues that will surely leave your guests impressed.   

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Origami folding stool

I remember when I was younger, I loved folding origami.  So it always warms my heart whenever I see someone taking the art of origami up a notch.  Inspired from origami, Atelier Oi came up with a leather folding stool (exterior leather sandwiching a sheet of aluminum for strength) that can be packed flat.  Designer Aurel Aebi said that you can fold it and go to the third dimension in one movement.  How brilliant is that?!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Needing more zigzag in your life?

Lots of Missoni news lately.... Just about every year, Coverse Chuck Taylor and Missoni get together and produce some wonderful zigzag print shoes.  This year is no different.  Today, Nordstrom will debut designs from this collaboration with reasonable price (for Missoni) tags ranging from $85 to $100.  There are six different designs with four of them unisex.  You can either purchase them online or in stores.