30 December 2010

216 Union Brand

216 Union Brand is a dedicated family business collecting original pieces such as bags/belts/work tools/fabrics from 1950's - WWII era... All of our products are hand made, double stitched, riveted
... notes their website. The maker keeps a steady stream of repurposed bags released throughout the year. I love that each satchel is original and built from history!

29 December 2010

(this is sweet)

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered.

‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand.

‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’ ”

A.A. Milne

via littlelamb

Sixto Rodriguez

Presently stuck on the West Coast. Nightmare details for the flights I managed to book home. As I sipped a margarita at Commuter Comforters-Pier 52 Seattle waiting for my boat back to the Island (sigh), Sixto Rodriguez came on the speakers.

22 December 2010

Alicia Bock Photography

Beauty in the average things, no? View more from Alicia Bock at her webpage...and check out her blog!

Track 1 to my morning

Going on holiday tomorrow! Whilst moaning over the pile of work before me (and procrastinating with this blog post), the following suggestion has been made:

"I have a tip. 1. Put on Eye of the Tiger. 2. Straighten your left arm. 3. Place arm on left side of desk. 4. Sweep arm from left to right. Problem solved."

Segue to Pandora (which I've got tweeked just right). Track 1...

Getting past the epic background image (the tiger really pulls it together! white gloves? done deal!) to We Are the People by Empire of the Sun...doesn't the vibe feel just right?

Pushing through! And looking forward to sharing the Pacific Northwest with you next week with photos and venue reviews!

I'm gonna leave ya now.

21 December 2010

Space is cool!

A sampling of The New Yorker's favorite images from the Hubble photographs NASA released this year! (View more here). Psst...there is a book marking the 20th anniversary of the telescope.

20 December 2010

Watch Movement Cuff Links

Wouldn't he look handsome in these Watch Movement cuff links?

Vintage Hotel Furniture Ad

This old-school Simmons's Innmaster I line of hotel furniture has notes of James Bond in it, no?

via Inn Master I

Otto Karl

Stunning cover for your nogen! Designed by Mühlbauer, the Otto Karl hunting style hat is made from velvet felt.

Keg No. 229

From the people who opened the very sexy Bin No. 220, there's a new kid on the block. Keg No. 229 recently opened its doors, taking ownership on the space once occupied by Onda. Housed in a 200 year-old building with the original exposed brick, the space maintains charm and four reclaimed wood tables.

Boasting American craft brews (ten on draft, thirty in bottles) and Southern comfort food, the venue is a welcome addition to the South Street Seaport. We opened our meal with a steamed artichoke: straightforward and well matched to the lemon aioli dipping sauce. Following, we had a 'twice baked potato,' which should have been described otherwise as it came in the form of deep fried balls with chive garnished sour cream for dunking. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

For our third sharing plate, the corn on the cob. Dipped in a light creamy cheese sauce and rolled in paprika, the corn is designed to be consumed with beer. My partner found it to be good, but not up to snuff (he insisted Cafe Habana has the best in the city).

Drum roll....the pigs in a blanket. Delicious and savory, these little guys are wrapped in pitch-perfect light pastry and served with yellow mustard. I'm definitely looking forward to stumbling in again with a slight beer buzz to nosh on more of these plates!

Let it Dough!

Do you remember the New York in Legos series by Berlin-based Christoph Niemann? Well, he's at it again, with cookie dough! Let it dough!

17 December 2010

olive harris

Olive Harris is a dog model. Isn't she charming? (I've been thinking a Boston Terrier would be a welcome edition to the family). View her professional profile:)

WeWOOD watch

Find it at WeWOOD.

for the boyfriend

Gift ideas for the stylish, yet rugged guy in your life:
icon wallet: jack spade/tweed record player: crosley /retro vest: patagonia /reversible bow tie: bonobos /polo belt: f.m. allen /cardboard taxidermy: urban outfitters /abby's ale: because man's best friend smiles at you as you sip
(carolina postcard)

cape cod christmas

The lobster trap tree is an annual tradition in Provinceton. Shouldn't we be bundled up together- sipping something warm and checking this out right now?

bird nest egg cup

Sweet little nest to hold your egg:)
Find it here.

15 December 2010

gift idea: kiss my ass tie

Have you finished your holiday shopping? I'm tempted to get my charming father one more gift: Kiss My Ass tie from Jack Spade. He definitely has the cavalier character needed to wear this properly.

Pendelton Woolen Mills

I've always harbored an affection for the classic striped Pendelton Woolen Mills blanket. Apparently, there is a travel mug to fulfill your craving for the functionable design and preppy-chic style.

14 December 2010

"I want to be her!"

Check out this fantastic new blog: I Want to Be Her! Andrea Linett, a former creative director of Lucky magazine, stops fashionable New York women on the street to ask them about their style. She uses the style tips she collects to illustrate the ladies and highlight where you can find the pieces.

(Illustration by Anne Johnston Albert, and photo by Michael Waring. Via Ruby PR, Cup of Jo.)

13 December 2010

we are brainstorm

In the words of the maker:
We are Brainstorm and we make prints. Our hand screen printed posters are clever, colorful, and bold. We strive for a balance of top notch technical execution and vibrancy in image and color. Our work is inspired by vintage ephemera, nature, science, patterns, daily life, and our own passions and hobbies. We want our prints to make the viewer happy as much as they make us happy. Brainstorm is also a design studio that combines graphic design with handmade printing to produce beautiful printed products.

Two Red Umbrellas

Art Shark Designs has created a series of adorable prints of lovers, with matching red umbrellas, in cities around the world. Aren't they sweet?

Amy Farrier Illustrations

Clever illustrations from Austin artist Amy Farrier! They capture emotion quite well! View more of her portfolio at her webpage and check out her blog!