Thursday, July 31, 2008
The one above is a favorite. There's something about a four leaf clover that always catches my attention. Maybe it's because I've never actually been able to find a real one myself.
Astier de Villatte ceramics can be purchased at their store on Rue St Honore in Paris or from many stores worldwide, including Sue Fisher King, here in San Francisco. Visit AdV's website to find locations near you.
From the top- Pierre Fruit Stand, Victor Dinner Plate, and Trefles Small Side Plate. Images via astierdevillatte.com.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Not quite ready yet for the darker shades of Fall... still feeling a little beachy.
Boatwood Mirror and African Glass Bead Bracelets via vivaterra.com; pillows via potterybarn.com; Charlotte Multi Travel Case Large via dwellshop.com; Ceramic Egg Lamp via jcp.com; Motif Bed Linens via dwellshop.com.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Going to another local source for inspiration today, this time to Bell'occhio in San Francisco. The shop is a favorite of Martha Stewart who makes a point to stop in whenever she is in town. Items from the store have been featured on the Martha Stewart Show and in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, most recently in the Summer issue currently on stands.
The proprietor carries a well curated, though often quirky, collection of hard to find product from her travels to France in addition to locally handmade candies which are divine. Here is just a sampling of some of the items you can find in her store or in the online shop.
Absinthe Carafe, Glass, and Spoon. I have no interest in drinking absinthe myself, but I love this set. I'd probably use the carafe as a vase, the glass for ice cream, and the spoon, well the spoon is just a pretty little thing to have.
These Jordan Almond babies would be great for a baby shower. So adorable!
I have to also mention these Amandes Cacaotees. Almonds caramelized in sugar then dipped in 55% French dark chocolate, and as a final touch, rolled in powdered cocoa. I've had these, and they are simply irresistible! Even if you don't normally like almonds, you must try these. They will change your mind about almonds.
An interesting conversation piece, this Marie Antoinette can be undressed, unwigged, and beheaded.
Lastly, are these Plan de Paris a vol d'Oiseaux Muff Boxes. Great for giving gifts to the eco-conscious. The recipient can reuse these sturdy little boxes for storage (visible storage of course... these are too pretty to hide!). These would look great stacked on shelves to store photos or on a desk top to keep messy piles of bills out of sight.
Hurry and check out their bricks and mortar store or their online store. The stock is always changing and often times, the best product is one of kind, so once it's gone, it's gone. You might just get lucky and see Martha herself shopping the store for some inspiration.
all images via Bellocchio.com. The store is located at 10 Brady Street, San Francisco, CA.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Over the weekend my boyfriend and I stopped in at a new place here in downtown San Mateo called Sweet Breams where they sell a little Japanese pastry, called a Taiyaki, that is in the form of a little fish. Fittingly the walls were outfitted with these great whimsical illustrations by artist Catherine Oshiro. I love the use of color and the dreamlike quality. What struck me most though was how you really have study them to see all the detail that went into these wonder-filled creations. I think these would be great for a child's room. What better way to keep the scary monsters away than by placing these cuddly cute ones on the wall?
images via catoshiro.com
Friday, July 25, 2008
A view of Piazza San Marco from a window in the Museo Correr in Venice, Italy. This is a favorite photo of my own. I love the bright colors of the cafe chairs and the umbrellas of the pigeon feed sellers that are spread about the square. One of my favorite books is A Room with a View by E.M. Forster. This would be my ideal view from a room.
photo via my flickr
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
For those of you who don't already know, Ms. Portman has a line of vegan shoes (meaning no leather) that she designed for Te Casan. Very stylish, though a little out of range of my shoe budget.
photo courtesy of Bravotv.com
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
photo courtesy of dominomag.com
Monday, July 21, 2008
You can also buy patterns for items shown in the photo at left. I particularly love her "Fresh Picked" pin cushions in the shape of a pear, tomato, apple, and two strawberries. You can easily whip some to give as gifts. Speaking of gifts she also offers some of her fabric patterns on paper as well, so you can accompany your pin cushions with a cute handmade card.
I can't wait to get a bigger apartment so I can have a workspace to start sewing with her fabrics. I'm not sure I can wait though, maybe I'll just start stocking up on some of her product now. She's offering a 10% discount on all orders entered before the official launch date of August 12. Early bird orders will ship on August 14. Just enter the coupon code AQV14760 at check out. Also be sure to check out her blog to find out about her latest projects.
photo courtesy of heatherbaileystore.com
Created a year ago by Marcia Kilgore, the founder of Bliss Spa (she sold controlling interest of Bliss to LVMH in late 1999). The intention, according to website is to help you get more exercise out of walking while walking(!).
Having read about them in a few different places, but not actually having seen them, I decided to hunt them down online and check them out. I was sort of envisioning them to be something like these "beauties" here. Then I saw these on the left at Kirna Zabete selling for $150. Sort of like the illegitimate love child of my dad's boots and a pair of Birkenstocks. In all fairness to MK, KZ admits to having poked and prodded her into designing these exclusively for them with the help of an Italian designer. Apparently the FitFlop was not cool enough in its original form, and KZ's customers would want something more appropriate to pair with "a Balenciaga dress or Rick Owens jacket". Ahem.
Fortunately, I did a little more research found this much more stylistically reasonable version below at Victoria's Secret, which sell for $49.95. Clearly much more appropriate for wearing out in public. However even at 1/3 the price of the Kirna Zabete exclusive FitFlops, I'm not so sure that I need $50 flip flops even if they help tone your legs. Maybe I'll just walk that one block further at lunch to that next Starbucks from now on... or maybe not.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
photo courtesy of WWD