Friday, January 30, 2015

14 Glam Marble and Brass Interiors

Brass and Marble Bathroom
[via Cote de Texas]

Brass is back in a big way, and marble, of course, never left. Combine the two materials, and you've got interiors that are somehow both minimalist and glam, a little bit retro and totally chic. Take a look...

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Every Final Look from Spring 2015 Couture Week

Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015 Couture
Jean Paul Gaultier [all photos via]

Spring 2015 Couture Week has come to an end, and what a week it was. Shaking of the confines of commercial viability, designers save their most imaginative (and often outlandish) creations for these biannual couture shows. And the most dramatic look, of course, is usually saved for last.

From Margiela's bizarre, bejeweled saint to Viktor & Rolf's disproportionate country girl ensemble, see the final look from each Spring 2015 Couture Week presentation here...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Luminose Lamp for Dog Lovers

all photos via Luminose

One of the perks of moving out of our pet-unfriendly Boston apartment and to the canine-compatible city of Tel Aviv is that I can finally (finally!) adopt a pooch of my own.  My cat-loving husband says he's on board, but I know in his heart of hearts that he would much prefer a Luminose table lamp to the real deal.

No walks required, just an adorable little table lamp that shifts positions to mimic the personality of a live dog. (I mean, any dog lover will recognize that butt in the air pose, which was a favorite of my childhood pup, Snickers.)

Designed by Budapest couple Elizabeth Zimmerer and Márton Lente, the Luminose is customizable, with a natural, black or white body and a red, blue or pink leash. Incorporating an LED light panel, the lamp is also eco-friendly.

The Luminose is only shipping within the European Union for now, but the designers are working on global distribution. If you are in the E.U., you can still get your hands on one of the first 99 Luminose table lamps, each of which is numbered and going for €149. And, really, can you put a price on man's best friend?

[found via Design Swan]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Midweek Covet: Virtue Special II Flats by Melissa

Melissa Virtue Speciall II spike flats

This week's covet is perhaps the most attainable I've ever posted at just $81. That's being said, I've never been a flats girl. Never! They cut into the backs of my heels and leave me looking every bit as tiny as my five-foot-nothing frame.

But it seems not even my chunkiest heels and most comfortable wedges can keep up with my new lifestyle. Sure, my hometown of Boston is a walkable city—just not from November through March. Now that I've moved to sunny Tel Aviv, I'm walking everywhere, and flats are a must!

Brazilian brand Melissa is ubiquitous in Israel, and I tried on these Virtue Special II flats on my way home from the bank today. I've always been in awe of Melissa's ability to create uber-comfortable shoes out of plastic (actually, it's a unique, patented plastic called Meleflex), and these babies are no different. That spike is just the right thing to toughen up a girly outfit, don't you think? Plus, they're on sale now at ASOS!

Monday, January 19, 2015

A Farewell Gift

Farwell Gift Illustration

I realized that I never shared an amazing gift that I received when I left Boston for Tel Aviv. Whoops! Let's fix that.

Only a few months before I left work (and the U.S.), my little two-person team hired a third: an amazingly talented graphic designer named Christan Balch, who became an equally amazing friend. At my going away lunch before the big move, she and my boss presented me with this illustration of lil' old me! It was drawn by Christan, of course, and wrapped up pretty in this Michael Aram frame. Does it get any sweeter?

Obviously, I'm a little biased in considering this Christan's crowning achievement, but you can see more of her work over at Behanced.

Friday, January 16, 2015

L'odissea Collection by Jalan Sahbá

L'odissea collection handbags by Jalan Sahba
L'odissea collection handbags by Jalan Sahba

L'odissea collection handbags by Jalan Sahba

Luxury handbag designer Jalan Sahbá has released her new collection, L'odissea, and it's a jaw dropper! With Italian craftsmanship and global inspiration, the collection comes together in creamy calf leather, hand-carved semiprecious stones and the brand's signature horn-shaped clasps.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Mosaic Tile Work by Allison Eden Studios

Mosaic tile bathroom
Mosaic tile pool
Mosaic tile Marilyn Monroe
[photos courtesy of Daisy Mae PR]

I love subway tile as much as the next girl, but the industrial chic surface has had it's moment and is now ubiquitous wherever minimalists dwell. For something fresh (and far more complex), take a look at these intricate tile mosaics by Allison Eden Studios.