Monday, September 15, 2014

Hair Tapestry Trend

This is the perfect example of taking one trend and pairing it with another. (1) The fiber arts trend - weaving, knitting, crochet, macramĂ©, etc., - is hot for the home. (2) Women are increasingly incorporating artful decorations to their crowning glory. Put these two together, and POOF! Hair tapestries...
 

Created by Bleach London hair guru Alex Brownsell, hair tapestry blends together traditional hair wrapping with woven techniques from friendship bracelets and loom bands.
 
 
 






Friday, August 15, 2014

How the Sun Sees You

I am a white girl. I mean really white. Pink, really. In 2007, I had a funky freckle on my upper arm that led me to a dermatologist. I found out it was stage 1 Melanoma. I had it removed, and have worn sunblock religiously since then. If you don't think you are damaging your skin by exposing it to the sun, think again. This video is amazing! I hope it will inspire you to wear your sunblock!


Friday, August 8, 2014

Hand-Painted Burberry

I love hand-painted fabric and leather, and when I saw the bag (above) by Burberry for fall 2014, I fell in love. Burberry has an entire line of hand-painted garments, shoes, and bags that are available for the artsy sort. I am not sure that I love them all - some seem to be painted a bit amateurish and in less than exciting palettes. In fact, I wish they would have just left the alligator bag in it's original state. I mean, it seems rather disrespectful to the gator who looks like he got tagged and spray painted before leaving the swamp. And now he is a bag that sells for (GULP!) $37k. No, I am not kidding!
 
 
Overall, it's a gutsy move to put paint on such expensive substrates. We sell fabric paint, and I've watched people struggle to muster up the guts to paint a t-shirt. (Why is it so scary to commit?) What do you think?


 
 






Friday, July 18, 2014

The Return of the Birkenstock!

 
 
 
I was recently watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians when I think it was Khloe who pointed out that Kourtney was wearing Birkenstocks. What!? Are these ugly shoes from my past now hip and cool and back in style? Apparently so! Here's an excerpt from an article in Bloomberg Businessweek that talks about why these sandals are back, and which hot designers are trying to imitate the look. I cannot make this stuff up! 

 
 

...There’s a stereotype of the person who wears Birkenstocks,” says David Kahan, chief executive officer of the shoe company’s American division. It’s that eccentric aunt, the colleague who spends his weekends hiking, the camp counselor. Or, as Kahan puts it, “a little anti-establishment, maybe not the most attractive person.” He’s holding court at a Manhattan trade show on June 5, surrounded by rows and rows of new sandals. All week department-store buyers have haunted his booth. At a recent event, “Bloomingdale’s (M) came in with their fashion office—six twentysomething girls flitting around, picking up Birkenstocks and going, ‘So cute! So cute!’ ” he says. “Six months ago, they would have said, ‘That’s the ugliest thing I could ever wear.’ ”

 
Birkenstocks have been sold in the U.S. since 1966, when a woman named Margot Fraser started importing them after discovering the shoes on a German vacation. The business has had few ups and downs, with the exception of a faddish bump in the 1990s. But in the past two years, something strange has been happening to Birkenstocks: They’ve gotten kind of cool.

Birkenstock’s rediscovery can be traced to late 2012, when Italian designer Giambattista Valli created a metallic replica adorned with studs that sold the next spring for an absurd $850. The same season, the Parisian luxury label CĂ©line introduced a similar $895 sandal with a furry footbed—a Furkenstock, as fashion bloggers called it. This summer you’ll find men’s floral-leather pairs by Givenchy ($600), leopard-print decoys by Steve Madden ($90), and Rachel Zoe’s metallic version ($295), which she calls the Berk. (These are all legal, because it’s nearly impossible to copyright a shoe’s shape.) Fashionable shoppers who see luxury copycats in magazines and department stores aren’t all falling for the exorbitant prices, especially when an authentic Birkenstock Arizona sandal costs about $100. 
 
Actress Billie Piper


blogger Alisa Burke
 
 
Would you wear these?

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Blue + White Tabletop

I am normally not a blue and white person, but these amazing Byzantine Melamine dishes from William Sonoma have seriously turned my head! I love that they have a  hand-painted Mediterranean ceramic look to them, with an intense watercolor wash. They are almost too yummy to serve food on! Check out the William Sonoma blog for recipes.
 




 




Look Up!



Love, love, love this sobering message about engaging the world by looking up instead of looking down at your smart phone. Two great lines: 1) Smart phones, dumb people. 2) Give people your love, not your 'Like'.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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