February 27, 2009

Happy Weekend!

(What I will be doing this weekend :)

Hello all! Here's wishing you a happy weekend, may your days be long and bright. However, if they aren't, you can check out these posts for something to do.

-Get involved and help Domino Magazine!
-Live in Seattle? Check out the last of the sales, and the fresh Spring styles everywhere!
-If you want to stay in here are some little DIY projects, and early Spring cleaning tips to get you going (more on Spring cleaning c
oming soon!).

Thank you! Enjoy as always...

Pictures are from The Conde Nast Store

February 24, 2009

Goodbye, my Domino.

As most of you have already heard, Domino Magazine is no more. If you have never read Domino, run out and buy their last march issue. I know its mean to get you addicted then take it away but, the more people that make it know how much they love the mag. Please show them that you care make a post (accidentally posted twice) on the NYblog or write Domino and say goodbye. I personally am so sad to see it go you can see my previous posts about Domino, I am so happy I was able to get a signed copy of their Book of Decorating. Its a lovely book, I suggest you buy one too, simply lovely.

February 22, 2009

Spring in, Sale out?

Its practically spring, stores are filling up with flowy dresses and gladiator sandals but... the sales are STILL lingering here and there. I've been doing some scouting here in downtown Seattle and have found the best of the rest.

Shoe Fly (you can shop online... but there are better sales in-store)
Sway & Cake (for ladies only, 60% off!)

Kuhlman (guys and gals, plus custom tailoring)

Ian (great for guys, slim pickins for the ladies)
Rue (some great finds for ladies)
Nancy Meyer (Lingerie and Lounge wear

Online & in store (go in-store if you can, always better deals):

ShopBop.com (non-returnable, but great deals!!!)
Barneys (most online, dig for the awesome deals)
Banana Republic 20% of $100 and more (lots of great sale left)

Anthropologie most of the sale starts at 50% off (decor and clothes)
Betsy Johnson 30% -50% off

The best part is, I found the picture AFTER I talked about the flowy dress and gladiators! Enjoy, and happy shopping!

February 20, 2009

Shopping with a cup of joe

Goes to show you that I don't have to leave the house to spend money.
Just me, my computer: featuring Etsy, and a cup of joe, and I'm as happy as a clam at high water.

Here are my top local picks on Etsy this morning, hope you enjoy!

Take a couple minutes and check them out!

February 19, 2009

Junya Watanabe

Be advised... there is a new awesome designer on the loose. That's not completely true... Junya Wantanabe been in fashion since the 80's, mainly working with Comme Des Garcons. His clothes look strangely... strange actually. But, seeing them on is AMAZING, some figure hugging some oddly voluminess, understated glam, and unique. He usually uses synthetic technologicly advanced fabrics and pattern. Just try it on, most of the pieces look like a picnic cloth or a mesh of napkins, but once you put it on, shizzzzam

I love it, crazy avant-garde-ready-to-wear, just look at one piece at a time.

February 17, 2009

Wedding Etiquitte

There is always a right and a wrong choice, this is seen everywhere in life. This also applies to etiquette. Now a days we have a hard time keeping up with the "please" and "thank yous", let alone ALL the other aspects that need to be covered.
For now, I want to focus on Wedding etiquette, at the suggestion of a lady who always remembers the please and thank yous.
Mostly it obvious who should pay for what, here are a couple twists that you may not know.

-For the wedding the groom should pay for the brides bouquet, the mother corsages, all the groomsmen and usher's boutonnieres, the officiant and rehearsal dinner. Everything else in the ceremony the Bride is responsible for.

-If you don't want kids at the wedding, for any reason it is best to leave their names off the invites, and mention an "adult reception". If you do have kids at the reception it is a great idea to have a "kid area" with coloring books, balloon animals, kid friendly snacks, and some great child care so the parents and relax a little.

-Cash only gift are considered rude, unless it is a destination wedding because of the added cost of shipping, unless you know otherwise. But be considerate and always include a gift receipt.

-Do no include where you are registered in the invite. This day in age you can include your wedding website, that has ALL your info on it.

-A lot of couples are paying for their own weddings/receptions etc. these days, either they are older, or have financial independence. In this situation the couple should work out how to split and divide the costs, or open an account with your combined funds for the wedding, this helps keep tabs on where the money is going.

If you have any further questions on wedding etiquette, just ask!

February 14, 2009

See My Valentine

I'm a sap, I've said it before and I'll say it again. I still make Valentines for all my friends, and boyfriends... *wink*wink*

This year I wanted something easy, and different, a combo of the new and old. So, I grabbed some red acrylic paint, blank note cards (always good to have on hand), a paint brush, wax paper, a quill pen, and ink.

First glob a lot of red (or whatever color) paint on your brush and paint hearts on one side of the folded card, however you like. Be sure to always have enough paint on your brush as to not leave brush strokes.

fold the card together to create an "ink blot" effect. Unfold, and let dry. Later, add a sweet little note to the front with the quill pen, such as "Be Mine", "You're Sweet", "Don't Break My Heart", "Hot Stuff", and the like.

Now you have the post-modern look for the abstract ink blot, and the old fashion quill pen strokes. I chose to also use the quill pen for the notes inside.

Ta Daaa!
Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!

February 5, 2009

The combo

Recently I've been in this crazy wedding circus. Most of my friends have decided to tie the knot in the coming months. Some of them have voiced their concerns about their hubby's beloved "stuff", all the stuff that filled his apartment, that maybe has more sentimental value, than any other "value". Not to say it's all junk, but you know that he has some things that will unfortunately not fit with the newlywed abode. When I say "unfortunately", I mean "thank goodness we're not decorating like a bachelor". Then on the flip side I'd sure you have something uber girly, that will not thrill him, however adorable it may be. Here are some step-by-step tips to make the house both of your homes.

1) I have said this before, and this goes for all areas of style. Shop your home, walk through each area and pick out pieces, either set them aside, or put a post-it on them. Chose the pieces that you love, think of quality and how they can be adapted for other styles. This means furniture, artwork, and decor pieces. Save smaller accessories and books for later. Ask him to do the same to his place (it may take a little push for him to get into it).

2) Now swap places, you may both be surprised at the things that were and weren't chosen. You must keep an open mind for this step, try to think if you can paint it, re-frame it, cover it or anything else to work it in to your new home. Remember these are all things that you each love.

3) If you have a new home ready to move in to then this is the time to draw up a floor plan using the combined pieces you have kept. Make a note of the new pieces you need to look for. If you do not have a floor plan to work with yet then hold off, try not to get caught up in the excitement by running out and buying everything you think you need. (remember all the wedding gifts!)

4) When it comes time to go and buy those needed pieces (the big ones) make sure you both go, you need to try beds, couches, dining chairs, etc., together.

5) Now all the small accessories, keep them necessary, stylish and practical. When purchasing, look for organized storage pieces, and clean lines for smaller accessories.

If you follow these steps then you should feel more at home together, and save money, by not wasting it.

Maybe enough for a second honeymoon?

Here are some examples...
You need some scent to fill the room? might as well be stylish. (Ikea $2.99)

Still have those magizines, CDs, or DVDs? Hide them away for clean neat storage. (Ikea $7.99)

Holds your books and favorite things in a neat manner (West Elm $119.00)

Simple, great use of a nook. Lots of colors and styles could play in here.

I love this book shelf, I just wish I needed another one! color coded it can also look like more of a decor piece than actually functional. (West Elm $169)

Let me know if you need anymore tips, or help in this area.

February 4, 2009

A glimpse at Loulou Belle's

Here are some little snippets of one of my favorite places, always cozy, welcoming, and a lot to look at (you should see it at Christmas!).

There is such a mixture from the 50s kitschy, to the authentic antiques.

Where to start? This is one of two pianos in the house, used more for display, than play.

I love the little birds, and the picture!

I hope you can find the cozy charm that I have always loved.

February 2, 2009

Local finds

If you haven't checked out Etsy since my last Etsy post, then now is the time. I've been checking out the site, looking specifically for Seattle based artists. Here are some I adore. Make sure to check out the rest of the shop.

Because I always need more dishes ($28)

Beautiful earrings from Bellezza Jewerly ($18)

Adorable tote from the craft pantry ($16)

I am making a point to buy from the smaller retailers out there when I can. There are a few reasons to do so.
1) When buying from an individual you are buying their passion not just a "thing".
2) investing in the economy, its good no matter where you shop, this way is just a little more personal.
3) USUALLY you don't have to compromise on quality for price. Just make sure to read what the product is made out of.

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