August 31, 2010

Tip of the Week

still life
Avoid sending a floral mash up. A bunch of the same flower has more impact.

August 30, 2010

Style Inspiration

Women of the Resistance

August 28, 2010

The 80s failed me...


I simply can't do fanny packs no matter how black metallic mesh they are.

August 25, 2010

Quote of the Week - Winston Churchill

Attitude is a little thing...

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.

August 24, 2010

Tip of the Week - Fashion

Camping 1960s style

Buy all-season, natural fibres for year round efficiency.

August 19, 2010

Shopping for Jeans

No, not for me thank bejeezus. It's our annual hunt for the right pair of men's denim.

These were his top picks for jeans.


Marc by Marc Jacobs - Uniform Fit
review - lady bum is not a good look for him.



Acne Jeans - Roc Cash Intense Black
review - Hot! He's going to buy these this Fall - I hope.


Nudie - Slim Jim Dry Coated Denim
review - he has slim sexy legs and the boot cut really doesn't do them justice. In my opinion, if you're blessed with slim legs you should show them off.

Naked and Famous - Skinny Guy Broken Twill Selvedge
review - nah - just ok. I like my pair of Naked and Famous though.


These were the best.
Nudie Jeans - Thin Finn Dry Black Coated Denim

Design Lover - Thomas Stanley Thee Apple

Thomas Stanley Thee Apple Bird Feeder

The funnel design, smooth finish and sloped edges are meant to keep vermin out. I wonder if it's easy to clean. You have to keep those birds healthy.

For more on the design visit his site - Thomas Stanley

Tip of the Week - Civility

Chilco St. West End Vancouver BC

When you're walking with someone, whoever gets to the door first holds it open for the other. Simply pull the door toward you and wait until your companion walks through. If it opens out either push it out and wait, or push it out, walk through, hold it and wait.

August 18, 2010

Quote of the Week - Humphrey Bogart

disclaimer: that is not a ball park.

A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.




August 17, 2010

Imitators vs Innovators

New York Skyline c. 1935

I've been thinking about Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York today. Originally, I was trying to figure out if I could take the time off work to go. Then I started wondering if I'd really want to go. You see, in my eyes once it hits the runway it's already done. Is fashion week simply a mecca for the imitators? So be it - it's the tastemakers I'm interested in. If I can make it work I'll be in NYC this October for what I consider the premier fashion weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for me - it'll be my birthday treat to myself.

Mens Style Inspiration

U-boat Aces

You must take a look at this replica German U-boat Marine coat a gentleman took two years to make. His other handmade coats are just as amazing.

images via wikipedia, u-boat.net

August 16, 2010

There's just something about Gord...


that makes a Monday morning much more bearable.

Last Weekend on the Turntable

Nina Simone - 'Nuff Said!

August 12, 2010

Vintage Dior

1980



Did you know?

My messy sewing box
however, you can't tell a lot about someone by their sewing box

You can tell a lot about a piece of clothing by its buttons - just like a person's shoes. Next time you're out shopping, do me a favour and check out some buttons.

Tip: If you're going to go ahead and buy a piece of clothing with cheap buttons go to a thrift store and buy something cheap with good buttons and swap them.

August 11, 2010

Quote of the Week - Author Unknown

man

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

August 10, 2010

My Quest Continues


Last week I introduced you to my new way of shopping. Last weekend was about home decor.

Not Made in China



Original print of Jean-Paul Goude's 'One Man Show' Printed in Denmark
vintage Italian art glass
vintage horse head book ends - not sure what they're made of marble or quartz perhaps?

lloyds

vintage Lloyd's led am/fm alarm clock (may I add - this alarm clock is awesome)
made in Hong Kong

Total price of all goods: $34

Tip of the Week - Fashion


A white belt on dark trousers adds girth by drawing one's attention to the middle. Keep the flow of the eye moving by choosing a belt in the same shade or close to that of the fabric.

August 9, 2010

How to Restore a Wood Table


1. Acquire a table. In this situation I'm using a teak one.


2. You'll need the finest grade steel wool, gloves, two clean cloths and Dr. Howard's Feed-N-Wax (I think this is the best for getting a nice conditioned look with Danish style furniture in walnut, rosewood or teak).


3. Break off some steel wool and lightly run it with the grain of the wood. Don't rub back and forth. It's like doing your nails - file in one direction. Get down to eye level to see any missed spots.


4. Wipe the dust off with a clean rag.



5. Apply a dab of Feed-n-Wax to a clean cloth and rub it - with the grain - onto the wood. Once again, get down to eye level to see any spots you've missed.


6. Wait 20 minutes


7. Wipe clean



8. Voila. Now go and sell your $100 table for $600




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Last Weekend on the Turntable


August 6, 2010

August 5, 2010

Quote of the Week - Hardy Amies



The best-dressed woman is one whose clothes wouldn't look too strange in the country.

August 4, 2010

Tip of the Week - Grooming


Dandruff? Over perfumed shampoos can cause dry scalp which then flakes off as dandruff. Not sexy or snuggly. Go with an unscented type and add a few drops of pure tea tree oil to it - 1 drop of oil per 1 oz. shampoo. Tea tree oil is an amazing natural remedy for everything from cold sores to yellow toe nails. Get the good undiluted stuff from Australia.

There are those who shouldn't use tea tree oil. Do your research before buy it.

August 3, 2010

9 Personal Spaces - Turntable Display

first five images scans from 1974






via elle decor UK
via elle decor UK
via the selby
I'd been after a new turntable since the motor died in mine two years ago. Lucky me, I won one at an auction for $26. I didn't set it up for awhile because I didn't have anywhere to put it. Then I found two teak side tables for $30. Voila. After a week I didn't like the look so I sold it all. Now, I'm without again.

Design Lover - Milo Baughman Chrome Armchair


I'd love to see Milo Baughman seating paired with Paul Evans storage - particularly in my house.

August 2, 2010

A little extra money to spend

As some of my regular readers know I've landed myself a little work contract. Having been out of work for two years I've now caught up on my bills and revamped my savings plan - I've also started shopping again - or at least have been trying to. Trying to? Yes, trying to. My little stint out of the workforce has given me a much greater appreciation for my dollar and where and how I'm going to spend it. I've decided not to buy anything made in China unless it's from a thrift store - and even then I'm trying to avoid it. Have you ever tried this?

Stacy's shopping list:
  1. kettle - Did you know Le Creuset kettles are made in Thailand? I found an Alessi Made in Italy but it was the floor model and scratched up.
  2. patio chairs - Cape Cod chairs. Are they not called Cape Cod chairs for a reason?
  3. insulated coffee cup/thermos - Good luck.
  4. pillows
  5. sofa - I'd buy vintage but found bed bugs in the last antique/vintage shop I went into. Be careful!
What have I bought?
  • pajamas - Bella Notte, Made in USA
  • hand held mixer - thrift store, Iona, Made in Canada
  • food dehydrator - Nesco, Made in USA


  • sandwich plates - a local potter


  • coasters - June Hunter, a local artisan

  • boots - thrift shop vintage Italian

Enough of this 'Designed in Country X, Made in China' business. You can design the coolest looking car but if it's a piece of scrap, it's a piece of scrap. Which reminds me I better start looking for that older model Volvo.

For more thoughts read; The New York Times' Sunday August 1, 2010 pieces, 'Is Italy too Italian' by David Segal and 'Another Sign of a Rough Economy: Even Cheaper Knockoffs' by Stephanie Clifford.

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