Thursday, July 24, 2008

Esty is Ecstasy!

I was recently turned on to this ebay type sight by my girl Mimi. It is amazing! You probably already know about it...but if you don't I almost hate to give it away!!! But lucky it is. You don't bid on things, but it is mostly private artists and craftsmen that list their wares in similar, but much cooler way, as the big auction site.
The merchandise is handmade, beautiful, and surprisingly inexpensive! You can search by spinning a globe for goods world wide, or by catagorie, or artist profile.
Above are examples are a bird and berries giclee print on canvas from modernarteveryday, and copper bird earrings by Mimosa in New Zealand. Also, check out KiraFerrer, a jeweler working in Maui.
And please don't hate me when your checks start bouncing...we're all in the same boat here!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Soia & Kyo

Soia & Kyo's Fall 08 Outerwear range gives a nod to British classics while updating the silhouettes with use of oversized trim and asymmetrical collars.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Mazda Kazamai

Mazda will be unveiling its "sporty, compact, crossover concept vehicle" at the Moscow International Automobile Salon next month. Kazamai, which means "swirling crosswinds" in Japanese, is meant to “deliver exciting driving dynamics, frugal fuel consumption and greatly reduced CO2 emissions.”

Outdoor Lighting

I'm digging the architectural simplicity of the System 45 Lighting Collection. It is available in three sizes, three different fabrications and has an adjustable head the can be directed three different ways.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Wild Horses

"Love"is one of the gorgeous photographs I came across at the exhibit, "The Wild Horses of Sable Island" photographs by Roberto Dutesco, in early June at 13 Crosby Street in lower Manhattan. I believe it's been there for a while now, but it's been haunting and inspiring me since. I truly love the imagery and even more so the romanticism of the sea that drifts into my mind whenever recall my 3 visits which I am reminded of by the postcards and poster size flier I picked up there.
I had never heard of Sable Island before, but apparently a herd of nearly 450 of these beautiful wind worn horses have been making a home there. Their lineage is of survivors of any number of the over 275 shipwrecks recorded since 1583. Horses being transported from Europe, Africa, or the local "Acadian" wild horse to southern parts of the new world.
The herd bands together in families of 40-50, comprised of a dominate male, a couple of females and their youngsters, with males banished to form small "bachelor" herds.
I am saving up and plan to make my first serious photography investment on one of these beauties, or maybe one of the surfboards printed a collage of the images. "Love" is really how I feel about them...but then again I am a "horse-person".

Fabric-ated Auto

BMW and BMW Group DesignworksUSA threw out the auto building rulebook when they came up with the BMW GINA Light Visionary Model (their new concept car revealed recently in the BMW museum in Munich). According to Autoblog, "The outer skin of the auto is made entirely out of textile fabric that's pulled taut around a frame of metal and carbon fiber wires. The skeleton of the car is controlled by electro-hydraulic devices and can actually move and change shape beneath the fabric skin. For instance, the headlights of the concept can be exposed or hidden by the car's skin just like blinking eyes, and the hood opens from the center as the fabric parts to expose the engine. This idea extends to the interior, where BMW designers have made visible only those instruments that are required at a certain time....."

Glitz in the Garden

Want to add some glamour to your favorite plants? Check out the gold and silver metallic planters from Sprout Home.

Friday, July 18, 2008


Check out these pics of the newly expanded Sempachersee Golf Club in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

iPhone Envy

The iPhone App Store went into overdrive last week, unveiling more than 500 applications for iPhone users. The New York Times decided to test drive the new kids on the block and came up with their eight favorites. To see their list click here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Having a Tech Geek Moment

One of the new applications that you can get on your iphone or ipod touch is Pandora, which is a free, online, streaming radio experience. It allows you to create your own music stations simply from a band or song you love. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs or artists into Pandora and it will scan its entire library of almost a century's worth of popular, new, old and obscure songs to find songs with interesting musical similarities. These songs will make up your radio "station". You can create as many "stations" as you want and can even refine them so they truly represent your individual love for music.

You Can Banq on It

Housed in a former bank, Banq restaurant, with its Asian-inspired menu has recently opened in Boston. The architecture firm Office dA (pronounced to rhyme with "Bah") designed an undulating birch plywood ceiling that gives the dining room a modern cave-like appearance.....suddenly the idea of being clubbed over the head and dragged into a cave seems appealing......

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Enertia

Brammo Motorsports, an Oregon-based company, has designed an all-electric, plug-in motorcycle that takes 3 hours to charge, has a 40+ mile range and goes an upward of 55 mph. In addition to the fuel economy, The Enertia, also has low emissions. Due out in the Summer/Fall, this eco-vehicle promises ultra performance and allows you to feel environmentally conscious while zipping around your urban environment.

Inspiring Bathroom

Sometimes the way a room looks has the ability to remind you of someone. Well, this bathroom reminds me of my friend CDB. I spotted it on Emma's Blogg and thought that this could easily be a room in her home someday.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Lounging Around

I received an email from Kami Gallaher, at Spa Cushion, telling me about her company's newly designed chaise lounge cushion that allows you to comfortably lay in the sun or get a massage while laying on your stomach. The design has one opening for your head, which allows for breathing and ergonomic neck placement and two openings for your knees, to allow relief from pressing into the chaise. The cushion also has a flip over pillow for when you want to lie on your back. According to their website they will soon have a floating version, perfect for your go ahead and get lazy in comfort.....