30 September 2008
Jewelry from the B Jewelry bridal collection by Cynthia Kagoshima. These would be pretty regardless of whether you're a bride or not. All of the pieces in the collection are made from a special gild fabric covered with metal leaf and accented with freshwater pearls and oxidized sterling silver. Check out the rest here.
[ Above: Chyrsanthemum Hair Comb, $125; Rose Blossom Hair Comb, $145; Lilac Tiara, $195; Mum Bridesmaid Necklace, $90 ]
27 September 2008
The Print Gocco is a compact, self-contained screenprinting device. And for months now, I have been debating whether to buy one or not. The prices for them have been going up since the machines are no longer being made, so I caved. I finally got one. I probably should have done it sooner so I could have saved some money, but I am still excited about this. I got the smallest model, the PG-5, and am going to start printing with it soon. If you want to learn more about the Print Gocco, go here.
24 September 2008
Packaging for Daub & Bauble, a line of soap and cleaning products. The labels are done in editions, where a new pattern set is introduced with every reprint. Each of the four fragrances (arriba cacao and spice, tarocco orange and clove, sorrento lemon and ginger, mission fig and thyme) have their own color palette so you can easily identify different products with the same scent. Designed by Wink.
23 September 2008
I visited this boutique on September 1st and again on September 10th (their one-year anniversary) and loved it both times I went. Apt. 202 is the kind of place where you wish you could own almost everything. Located in Salt Lake's 9th & 9th district, the boutique carries higher-end clothing and accessories from brands like Rebecca Taylor, BCBG, and Orla Kiely (and some lines that are lesser-known, but still great, like Bizz: see the jacket pictured). Though items can be on the pricey side, near the front of the store, there are walls lined with scarves, jewelry, and stationery that's more affordable. Selection throughout the store changes frequently. I can already tell this place is becoming a favorite.
[ Apt. 202: 850 E 900 South, Salt Lake City UT 84105 + 801 355 0228 ]
22 September 2008
Recently, I bought the book Over & Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns and it's great. The book was compiled by Mike Perry (who also did last year's Hand Job: A Catalog of Type) and features the work of fifty designers who create patterns by hand and use them in innovative ways. The entire book contains over 250 patterns; there's something in there for everyone. Buy it here.
I got an invitation to lookbook.nu over the weekend and I am intrigued. The concept, described as an international social experiment in style, allows users to upload images of their day-to-day style and vote on submitted looks. It's kind of fun to just browse the site and get inspired by what other people are wearing.
18 September 2008
15 September 2008
I have a little obsession with sea animals, so I am loving these ocean treasures charms from Tiffany. The only bad thing about them is the price. They cost $425 per charm, or you can choose to get one on a bracelet for $1925 or on a chain for $575. The charms are also available in a fish or crab form.
12 September 2008
The first time I saw the work of Kat Macleod was in Real Simple, but I never really investigated it further until today, when I came across her illustrations in the book The Cocktail. I like the way she combines pencil drawings with interesting overlays of pattern, watercolor, and found materials.
[ Above: Clare Bowditch album booklet, The Cocktail book cover, Ugly Mug ]
11 September 2008
I thought these magnetic coasters were a fun idea. No more forgetting whose drink is whose and when the coasters aren't in use, stick them to the fridge. The set includes four coasters and a dry-erase pen. Get it at Gama-Go for $12.
10 September 2008
The motive of the fairly new Chelsea Hotel is to bring back glamour to Atlantic City. The first non-gaming hotel on the Boardwalk since the 1960s, the Chelsea materializes the long-lost sophistication of the seaside resort town as a retreat where leisure and luxury blend. The Chelsea includes two signature restaurants, a saltwater inspired spa, a fitness center, and a pristine beach. It also features expansive ocean views and design that connects the hotel with the town's storied past. Plus, a purple exterior? Amazing.
[ Chelsea Hotel: 111 South Chelsea Avenue, Atlantic City NJ 08401 + 1 800 548 3030 ]
08 September 2008
There's something really cool about this piece of furniture called Cube Style. It's a cube that transforms into a dining table and chairs. The dining set was designed for small spaces by a Japanese furniture designer and unfortunately, is only available in Japan.
05 September 2008
I really love the Giants! project by Pietari Posti. In this ongoing series, Posti depicts animals in the city in a rich and vibrant color scheme. You can purchase a deer in the city tee or print and other products featuring Posti's illustrations from Poketo.
04 September 2008
Today's my birthday (twenty-two!), so for the occasion, I'm posting about these little laser-cut cupcake wrappers. Buy a pack of twelve for $12, a pack of fifty for $46, or a sample for 3.50 at Paper Orchid.
[ Above: Butterflies, Filigree, Ivy Vine, Rose Vine ]