Thursday, June 9, 2016

Industrial Eyewear by Jacqueline Lung

industrial sunglasses
industrial sunglasses
industrial sunglasses
all photos by Patrick Han

Recently featured on Dezeen, the Archytas sunglasses (above) are a standout for their steel frames and screw-fixed lenses, but this single pair is just a drop in the hat for designer Jacqueline Lung. Lung completed her degree at Rhode Island School of Design this year, and she's created a whole collection of industrial-style specs, each more imaginative than the next.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Kazuyuki Ishihara's Garage Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show

garage garden
garage garden
garage garden
garage garden

When you've won gold medals four years running at the foremost flower show in the world, you're entitled to take some risks, which is exactly what Japanese landscape artist Kazuyuki Ishihara did with his Senri-Sentei Garage Garden. The bizarre idea of a carpark/garden amalgam paid off when Ishihara presented the lush result at London's Chelsea Flower Show last week, earning him yet another gold medal in the Artisan Gardens category.

Designed for an antique car enthusiast, the Senri-Sentei Garage Garden is a two-tier structure covered in verdant plantings that are meant to complement the vehicle inside. While the ground floor offers essential parking space, the rooftop provides room for a family to relax.

[found via Spoon & Tamago]

Friday, May 27, 2016

How to Keep an Off-the-Shoulder Top in Place

We all know off-the-shoulder tops are bigger this year than ever before, but this video came out last summer, and it's a total GAME CHANGER! For lack of a less cliche phrase, the struggle is real: Off-the-shoulder tops just don't stay off the shoulder. Either glue your arms to your side for the night, or engage in a delicate dance of tugging and shrugging. Enter this amazing tutorial by Refinery29 that I found out of pure desperation...

So, now that you know how to wear 'em, I've rounded up the best of the trend below. Happy Memorial Day weekend, you cold-shouldered goddess, you!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Modern, Minimalist New York Apartment by Decor Aid

gray mod sofa
coffee table styling
modern breakfast nook
all photos courtesy of Decor Aid

Having launched in Boston (and several other cities) earlier this year, interior design firm Decor Aid is spreading like wildfire by passing trade-only discounts on to clients, and I'm liking what I see! This family apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side combines easy mid-century style with just a touch of glam, plus a cool, neutral palette that lets the view take center stage.

The original interior featured outdated, mismatched furnishings and an overall gloomy aesthetic that didn't take advantage of the apartment's abundant natural light. Like many mothers, the client wanted a kid-friendly, yet sophisticated, family home that would be uncluttered and serene. She asked Decor Aid to create distinct spaces that would coexist, allowing her to relax or work while keeping an eye on the kids.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cooler in Culottes

culottes street style
photo by Vanessa Jackman

I'm finally back from Italy, and I'm feeling inspired. Not by Italian fashion, mind you, but by the style of so many Asian tourists. It's true: from Venice to Florence to Rome, the Asian girls were killing it, and they were all wearing culottes. Seriously... all of them.

Call them what you will—culottes, gauchos, palazzo pants—but it took dozens of stylish Asian tourists to prove to me that wide, cropped pants can look as awesome on petite girls like me as they do on model types. I snagged a pair for myself on my last day in Rome, and I've rounded up a bunch more for you below. Just click to shop!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Architect Achille Salvagni’s Rome Apartment

all photos by Eric Laignel [via Interior Design magazine]

Guess what? I'm in Italy! You may not be hearing from me much in the next couple of weeks as I eat my way through Venice, Florence, Tuscany and Rome, but take a look at this to-die-for Roman apartment in the meantime. Renovated and decorated by architect Achille Salvagni for his most exacting clienthimself—the apartment combines modern art and furnishings with antique family heirlooms.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Tiffany 2016 Blue Book Collection: The Art of Transformation

earrings of cushion cut tanzanites with fish of round diamonds and blue caprian elbaite tourmalines ($50,000) / octopus brooch of a baroque pearl with round diamonds and sapphires ($155,000) / cuff of round diamonds ($275,000)

Following up on last year's "Art of the Sea" theme, the Tiffany & Co. Blue Book Collection turns its attention to the wider natural world for 2016. Dubbed "The Art of Transformation," this year's Blue Book once again plumbs the depths of the ocean with watery blue and green jewels, then returns to shore with decadent diamonds in earth tones.