Showing posts from March, 2011

Quote of the Week - Benjamin Franklin

He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

Vintage Universal Geneve

circa 1971

Some Weekend Pics

Good thing one of us likes to eat. He does the grocery shopping.
Brad wants to open a cafe. I'd be in charge of ambience. This is where it could be.
I stuck to the French Forever Slim diet this weekend. Oh, and my new hobby is mixing 'magic potions'.
Men's vintage 1980 Fox & Fluevog shoes mint condition $8 Way back before the shoes were known as Fluevogs, they were the powerhouse known as Fox & Fluevog (1970). Peter Fox left (1980) and now has his own eclectic line in London.
The Conformist by Bernardo Bertolucci. Have you seen this movie? Gorgeous. You do not see cinematography like this today. Vittorio Storaro is the master.

I was going to buy this but these people were hogging the electrical outlet testing out hair dryers. I neither had the patience for them nor the tolerance for hair dryer noise.
Obviously not everyone participated in Earth Hour.
One of the best things about where we live is that I can't see downtown at all.

Inspiration - Robert Silverberg Cover Art

Robert Silverberg 1st Edition Covers

Contrast the 70s Space Age to the 50s Space Age. What a difference 20 years and LSD makes.

Read about Cary Grant's 72nd acid trip here - and you thought he was just about cocktails.

Quote of the Week - Warren Buffet

No matter how serene today may be, tomorrow is always uncertain. Don't let that reality spook you.

From the Archives - 10 Unique Bedroom Ideas

Originally published in BL August 20, 2009
We spend the most time in our bedroom. Let's make it good.

Style. Get that television out of your bedroom now and put in a dimmer switch. Good lighting, texture and personal style can turn that rental white box you call a bedroom into whatever your fantasies desire. After all, it is the bedroom.

Ambiance. Reel to reel, projector, candles, mini bar and I'm sure there's a smoke machine somewhere in there.

Consistency. Let's say you love brown but have reservations about painting the entire small room brown. Why not take shades of brown and extend them throughout the space by using texture, accessories and furniture. Striped wall paper hung horizontally stretches a small room even further by the use of a mirror. In this room the lamps, clock, wardrobe fixtures, sable crushed velvet bedspread and mirrored vase play off the reflections of the mirrors and the silver stripes in the wall paper.

You. Remember how you decorated your bedroom…

Design Lover - WWF Rattan Chair

note Suicidal Tendencies t-shirt.

Thanks so much to @Rachel_H for forwarding me this coolness via designboom. What do you say we bring rattan back?

ps - We picked up a rattan couch for free at a yard sale last summer here it is on its way home.

Tip of the Week - Choosing a Quality Dress Shirt

Please look for:
14 stitches per inch on the shirt placket indicates a quality garment. Fewer than 11 per inch signals less quality.buttons will be attached with firm cross stitches and no loose threads.tapering the sleeve into a cuff is a tailoring short cut. A better made shirt retains the blousiness of the sleeve by joining it to the cuff with careful pleats and gathers.collars should fit snuggly and accommodate neck ware.collars should be evenly stitched around the edges. A well made collar will have a line of stitching around the edge, as well as interfacing to give it shape.check for single needle stitching - it's a more costly and time consuming method of machine sewing. There is less likelihood that puckering will occur.a vertical seam down the yoke of the back of the shirt is a sure sign of quality.

How to Dress for a Job Interview

What do you wear to job interviews? I've been interviewing candidates for marketing instructor positions all week. There is seriously unbelievable competition out there. Now that I've personally interviewed who I've been up against I completely understand why it's so tough to find a job.

I spoke with the same number of men and women. When the competition is this tough use your outfit to make an impression.

Here are the stats on what the candidates I spoke to wore:

blazers 100%
collared shirt 20%
dark trousers 80%
skirts/dresses 20%
long hair 60%
hair tied back 0
3" heels 100%
necklace or scarf 100%
earrings - didn't notice any
perfume 0
glasses 0
over coat 100%
over coat off before coming in 100%
took notes 20%
hardcover notebook 100%
Tip: Skirts and dresses can set us apart from the men.
Please don't cut your hair short to try and look professional, keep it tame and your color fresh.

suit 80%
pin stripe suit 50%
light grey suit 50%
blue shirt 60%

Design Lover - Piet Hein Eek Burnt Wood Wallpaper

Now how excited do you think I was when I opened my ELLE Decor South Africa feed this morning to find - wait for it - - - wood panel wallpaper! Remember, I actually love wood panelling. Not only is this stuff wood panelling but it's scrap wood panelling. I can achieve squatter chic no matter what postal code I have!

Read my posts on how to wallpaper and recover with newspaper hereand here.

Does this say Stacy or does this say Stacy?

all images © Piet Hein Eek
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Quote of the Week - Byron

So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

from Byron's "She Walks in Beauty"

Tip of the Week - Menswear

Your tie should fall no longer than your belt buckle.


1994 Ralph Lauren

tweed and 2011's Best in Show - the Scottish Deerhound

That is so...

Robert Geller?



Johnathan Adler?

Damien Hirst?

One of my favourite past times is finding designer inspiration in thrift stores.

From the Archives: A-Z of Inspirational Design

From Bijou Living - August 9th 2008

Alvar Aalto

B Maarten Baas
C Rose Cabat
D Adrien Dalpayrat
E Paul Evans

F Anna Castelli Ferrieri
G Alexander Girard

H Poul Henningsen

I Arata Isozaki
J Curtis Jeré

K Thomas Kakinuma