Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Apartment Therapy leads a reader's request about this sign to vintage San Francisco art signage by Rex May. Such a classic. Perfect for hanging in the house for some California nostalgia.
49 Mile Scenic Drive poster , $80 at Etsy
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
How personal (or private) is your desktop wallpaper selection? Do you do default Windows/Mac wallpaper or do you artfully customize? For me, it's minimal, minimal, minimal, clean design, befitting for someone with my occupational background. However, I blew those intentions out of the water! IF you're gonna do girly, do girly ALL THE WAY. My mood's been in coquettish, super kawaii mode. I love manga in all its cleanly drawn artistic style. Kiss, kiss! Cherry blossoms, kimono patterns, and beautiful girls and boys? I'm so there. I know, shameless. Key for me: all desktop pictures must be personally inspiring (So no near nekkid pics of Angelina Jolie or A-Rod here -- urgh, coworkers = TMI). What's currently on display: Ojousama wa Oyomesama wallpaper. Here's a snapshot of previous desktop themes:
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Red Velvet Cake cupcakes, Trophy Cupcakes
Who doesn't enjoy a greeting card in the mailbox? Evites and e-cards are trés passé, hardly inviting much thought and consideration compared to a handwritten, stamped note. I suppose that's why I keep my mailed greeting cards and delete those e-cards. My personal favorite is receiving cards that are artfully illustrated, perfect for framing if one's in need of decorative artwork (see my Yoshitomo Nara project).
So, to commemorate that, I wanted to share my latest greeting card find: Red Cap Cards.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Enjoy the browsing!
Whaaaa? This coffee shop/lounge/cafe looks like a decorative mashup of Marie Antoinette, the Jetsons, and James Bond. Discuss. I dig the clash between the rococo and the white neo-gothic chaises, I'd nab those in a heartbeat.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Don't let inclement weather interfere with your style (and comfort). Ditch the soggy sneakers and puddle-splash in these trend-of-the-season plaid print rain boots. From clockwise:
1. Chooka Red Argyle boots
2. Chooka Original Houndstooth Boots
3. Rampage Raindrops Boots in Black/White Plaid
4. Rampage Raindrops Boots in Purple Plaid
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
It's weird how Seattle and Vancouver have similar climate/weather yet Vancouver's retail shops carried waaaaayyy more winter coat selections over Seattle's. Vancouver's definitely a shopper's delight and I can't wait to go back again.
Monday, September 8, 2008
This weekend, I checked out I Heart Rummage, a monthly independent craft marketplace that was held at Chop Suey nightclub in Seattle. Pretty swank in a nice dive-clubish type of way, eh? Sift past the super-faddish craftwork and you'll find some interesting work.
I met Grace Acosta of Rivkasmom who specialized in steam punk jewelry. Since this visually-driven sub-culture is dedicated to marrying Victorian aesthetics (and all its glorious romanticism) with technology, it satisfies the gothic geek within me. Think HG Wells meets Edgar Allen Poe meets The Aviator. Grace works with reclaimed antique watch parts and jewelry bits and bobs to create her custom look. Pure eye candy to me. I lost myself trying on her different brooches, pins, rings, etc. Despite my no-purchase rule, I STILL bought myself a gift from Grace's booth. Look what I brought back with me (cue shameless modeling sequence):
She also has an Etsy page and a blog.
For dearlydevoted shoppers, if you like what you see, check out Rivkasmom's website, Grace is having a Grand Opening sale with a storewide 20% discount when you use the code _____2008