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Quote of the Week - Buddha

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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

Happy New Year!


Design Lover - Louis Weisdorf Multiposition Pendant Light

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images © rewire
designed for Lyfa Denmark, circa 1960s, adjustable shades, brass, last auction price $915 USD
available at rewire

Tip of the Week - The Scented Holiday Room

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Pick up some colored vintage glasses from a thrift store, drop some essential oil onto an unlit tea light - for a Christmasy scent use pine, cinnamon, cedarwood and/or mandarin - light it, drop it into a glass and enjoy.

He just asked me what I want for Christmas

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1. Leather journal from Erin Templeton or from Czarque for you Australians


2. Lounging attire from James Perse


3. a reasonable facsimile of this lingerie from the 70s


4. Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones (he's taken mine over)


5. another white gold bangle

Vintage Pierre Cardin for Men

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1980


How to Make Chocolate Cointreau Truffles - Easy Recipe

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I'm getting pretty good at these smash, melt and refrigerate recipes.

The Cointreau gives the truffles that Terry's Chocolate Orange flavor. yum.

What you need:

• 8 oz well chopped high quality chocolate (62% cacao or higher)
• 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
• 1-2 tbsp Cointreau
Truffle coating
• cocoa powder
• little bit of espresso

What you do:

1. In a small, heavy saucepan bring the whipping cream to a simmer - be sure to stir and scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula every few minutes. Stir in Cointreau.

2. Place the chocolate in a separate bowl. Pour the cream over the chocolate and allow to stand for a few minutes then stir until smooth. This chocolatey goodness is called ganache.

3. Allow to cool, then place in the refrigerator for two hours. Remove and with a teaspoon roll out balls of the ganache. Roll in your hands quickly (as it will melt from the heat of your hands) and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the…

Quote of the Week - Ayn Rand

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What if I went on strike? What if all the creative minds of the world went on strike?

Currently Listening To - Bert Jansch

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Best Mens Winter Coats

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Parka
Basic Pea coa-tish coat source

Trench Coat or Balmacaan source
Camel hair or cashmere polo coat
Water repellent coat source
Quilted or down jacketsource
Wool or flannel jacket source

Cashmere or wool scarf source

A Few Mens Winter 2011 Coats

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A Week in Belts

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Quote of the Week - Walt Whitman

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Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you.

Go Toward the Light

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Does Tilley have SAD too?

Interpretations of the phrase, 'Go toward the light', speak of near death experiences, salvation, or the Poltergeist movie (personally I was thinking more along the lines of Ghost Whisperer). Quite fitting considering what I'm using the 'Happy Light' for.

The 'Happy Light' arrived at our house a month ago - and not a day too late. I wanted to use it for a solid month in order to give you a proper review. I started out using it for 30 minutes first thing in the morning. I simply turned it on and sat in front of it while I drank my morning coffee and checked my emails etc. Although I was feeling a noticeable difference within the first week, our skies got awfully dark awfully quick, I had a sudden mood swing and received some sad news. You know how it goes. I've upped the time to 45 minutes for the past three weeks. This is the 'dose' that works for me right now.

Why do I think this light therapy works for me?
I can sleep…

Design Lover: 1980 Omega Dinosaure Watch

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Design year: 1980
Quantity: Limited edition of 595. Limited, but not numbered, series of 7 pieces with transparent dial under ref. BA 191.0114
Thickness: 1.35 - 1.48 mm
Material: 18K solid yellow gold
Case: Rectangle, 18K solid yellow gold
Retail price (1980): $12,000.00 - $15,000.00
The watch came with a 18K gold keyring in the shape of the watch, used to set the correct time.

Currently Listening To

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Tickle the Invisible


Skeletelepathic


Mind Mountain


Reminds me of Nothing's Shocking era Jane's Addiction.

Weird Owl - from Brooklyn NY. Two free downloads at RCRDLBL or you can buy their limited edition purple vinyl here, and I think I just might.

From Barn to Home - Stanley Tigerman Converts Frog Hollow

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images from Better Homes and Gardens 1974

Stanley Tigerman removed nothing from the old barn but added:
black asphalt shingles
graphic windows
vertical cedar siding
four levels
brightly colored exposed pipes
spiral iron staircase
charcoal carpets
dimmers on all lights


For more on the Chicago architect, see Amazon.

If I Had Three Wishes

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Should I blame my childhood love of the interior of Jeannie's bottle for my velvet sofa and throw cushion tendencies?

1. a song - It's been too long. Recorded please because you know how I feel about 'singer songwriters' in my living room.
2. a year long lease on a secret work space - I'd like to tinker around with furniture, rip apart vintage clothing and have a place to hide out when needed. You can drop by for tea, happy hour or sock hops if you want.
3. an angel investor - Let's open up that vintage shop in Paris ok. It'll be a success, you and I have a solid track record.

That's it.

If you're a Genie, or know one, I'm at stacyatbijoulivingdotcom

Quote of the Week - Jack Kerouac

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Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.– The Dharma Bums

A Smelly Recommendation

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Three years ago I came across Le Labo on a trip to San Francisco and became an instant fan. We bought a bottle of Patchouli 24. Le Labo parfum has a nonsynthetic unconventional scent that lasts a long time.

A few months ago I'd heard about their City Scents but didn't want to drop $116 on something I'd never smelled. Imagine my excitement when I received an email update from Le Labo offering them up for $10 each - with free shipping - even to Canada. I bought five and kept two, Poivre 23 (London) and Musc 25 (LA). Both scents are unisex but I've marked the Musc 25 as my own. I would've kept the Vanille 44 (Paris) but it reminded me of a rather trying period in my life and the Baie Rose 26 (Chicago) and Tubereuse 40 (NY) weren't my style so I gave them to Rachel (who in turn bought me another Musc 25 - thanks R!) They smell fab on her!

The scent lasts a long time so I'm sure the little $10 bottle will last me at least six months.

This morning I received a remin…

How to Make a Sweet Italian Cocktail

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2 oz Bourbon
1 oz Campari
1 oz Martini Bianco
1/2 tbsp honey
1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
Fresh thyme sprigs
* serves two or one biggie

Add all ingredients (except thyme) to a martini shaker - do not add ice as the honey won't blend
Shake it
Pour over ice into rock glasses
Garnish with fresh thyme sprig

Tip of the Week - The Late Dinner Guest

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Fifteen minutes is the established length of time that a host need delay their dinner for a late guest. To wait longer would be showing rudeness to the rest for the sake of one. When the latecomer finally arrives they must go directly to the host and apologize for being late. The host should not tear a strip off the late guest but should say something polite such as, 'I'm sorry to hear the traffic was so bad. I was sure you wouldn't have wanted us to wait much longer for dinner.' The latecomer is served whichever course is being eaten at the time they arrives. If it's dessert, they are served a plate of the main course if there is any left.

Mens Spring Summer 2012 Fashion Color Trends

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Grass Green, Hawaiian Ocean
(l) Vivienne Westwood - note opera pumps (c) Dolce & Gabbana - check out the old Vuarnet style sunglasses (r) Givenchy

Vintage Khaki, Dazzling Blue, Tradewinds
(l) John Varvatos (c) Lanvin (r) Gucci

Sodalite Blue, Granita
(l) Gucci (c) Lanvin (r) Balenciaga


Tangarine Tango, Starfish
Hermes, Agnes B

Pantone 2012 Men's and Womens' Spring Summer Fashion Colour Trends are out.


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