These gorgeous watches were a project started on none other than Kickstarter. It's a watch band that holds an iPod Nano. How cool is that?! I'm really loving the look of these and they range from eye-popping colorful to sleek and elegant. Totally fab!
I'm absolutely in love with this alarm clock, designed by Will Vanden Vos. It looks to me like it belongs on the set of Metropolis. Each number falls down on top of the previous one like old train station information boards. The exposed gears are probably not to everyone's taste but, in the right room, this clock will really make a statement sitting by itself on a bedside stand. Gorgeous!
Posted by Katiep at Monday, November 28, 2011
I'm loving the work of designer Haider Ackermann right now. This lovely little number Gaga wore for the March issue of Vogue is one great example but you can see others in this gallery. I can't quite wrap my mind around how someone can take a piece of fabric and create magic with it the way Mr. Ackermann does. His creations are nothing less than ethereal.
Posted by Katiep at Thursday, November 24, 2011
...I hope everyone has a lovely, wonderful, calorie-filled, family and friend full, Thanksgiving Day. As I say many times this time of year, eat drink and be very merry! Never forget how lucky we are to have our health and to have each other.
I love you all...and you all know who you are :)
Well, it turns out Stanley Kubrick's vision of the future is coming closer and closer to being a reality. Only, instead of our big spaceship talking back to us, it's our phones. And, of course, we have Steve Jobs to thank for this. This article by Fast Company is a great write-up on the new feature. I promised myself I wouldn't splurge on a new iPhone since I just bought the latest version but after seeing Siri on my nephew's phone, it's going to be hard to resist!
|Remember when the cover of Vogue magazine used to be beautiful? A work of art. Something to look forward to every month. Well, I do. I miss it. That's no secret to Ooh La La readers. That's why I'm so excited about this soon to be released book with 300 of the most gorgeous cover of American Vogue dating back to 1892. Here are a couple standout images (via Fashionista) that are superb. Above, 'Vogue' spelled out in jewelry. Smashing.|
|...and the book.|
I remember the first time I was intrigued by a Benetton ad. It was in 1998 and I was living in London. Those ads, having to do with HIV, were controversial at the time and Benetton hasn't slowed down since. Their current ad campaign shows various world leaders, some who wouldn't even be seen in the same room with each other, kissing. This is a reminder to me of how powerful advertising can be when a creative idea is done really well. Whether you appreciate the ads or not, it's hard to deny that they're effectively provocative.
Posted by Katiep at Monday, November 21, 2011
Ooooh boy...this afternoon is draaaaging. Ugh. Call it the Friday afternoon, pre-holiday preoccupation. My mind is definitely already on next week (I will be decorating the tree this time next week ... I always set mine up the day after Xmas :) But I digress...what do you do when you find yourself fading at work? I know someone who takes a break and jump starts her energy and brain by playing those smart phone games. Of course, coffee is always a great choice. Leaving early would probably be the best but alas, is impossible. I decided to take an Etsy break...and just look at what popped up? A festive, holiday garland...made from peanuts. Adorable.
*Garland by Raw Bone Studio
Printemps knows how to dress a window in style....The Chanel Christmas Window..... Swoon
|Answer: My newly framed 'Winter Cardinal' print by strawberryluna.|
|...the buy a drink, get a free drink card my dear friends at the UofR Starbucks gave me this morning. Good through early January, I think I will save it for the traditional New Years Day Starbucks Chris and I have been getting the last few years :)|
|Thinking about my drive to Pittsburgh last week. Not that I recommend taking a picture while you are driving, but I just had to capture the beauty of my first snow of the year experience.|
|BIG fight night this Saturday. Chris is losing his mind because it's 'Urijah Faber' night and everyone comes out for that. Can't wait to see the gang! Have a knockout of a weekend kids!|
ou know what I have love love LOVED from the moment they arrived back on the scene...skinny jeans. Maybe it's because I am a product of the 80's, a time, for those of you who remember, when skinny jeans were also a staple (anyone have a pair of those Guess? jeans with the zipper at the ankle...awesome :) Refinery 29 has a great article solidifying skinny jeans as a wardrobe classic, while also suggesting ways you can wear them all winter long. This look above is my fave. The stripped sweater, the Bass Oxfords, the watch...ooops...maybe I am mad about this because it's kind of exactly what I'm wearing today. Well, anyway, for all of you who doubted the staying power of the skinny jean...shame on you ;-)
I have to ask...does anyone even send Christmas cards anymore? I seem to get less and less every year even though more and more beautiful ones are available. I still love getting them so it makes me a little sad to think that this tradition might be a part of the past. Let's all try to keep it alive this year by picking out some beauties (like these fabulous cards from the Black Apple) and sending them off...just like the good 'ole days.
|...eLmTree jewelry...could these be an prettier ?|
|...and the always amazing strawberryluna. I bought a couple of items including this adorable alphabet for a friend who loves giraffes...and I have finally achieved my goal of having a strawberryluna in every room :)|
I've been a bit out of the loop lately..I didn't even realize Thanksgiving was next week! How crazy is that? The past few holiday seasons have been tough and I still feel like I'm in a funk...BUT I know I have to change that because the greatest joy that is my son has come into my life....and so I begin my holiday card search...and lookie here! What have I found? Not really holiday related, but oh so love!
Have you ever found something that you were sure it was made especially for you???
When I saw J.Crew's Heart Me Sweater I knew I had found true love....It sounds silly (and overly dramatic, I know!)...but I literally gasped. I've been thinking about it for days and made sure each and every day that it wasn't 'sold out' and finally just now bought the darn sweater---in two colors!
I cannot wait for them to arrive and I swear I'll do a happy dance when I see them!
Talk about Oh La La! :)
Happy Wednesday!..It's rainy and dreary in D.C., but I could care less at the moment......
So, what do you all think of the JCrew Saturday Pant? Everyone knows, I love the concept of the 'weekend' outfit. These look so comfy, yet neat and stylish that they are kind of hard to resist. But I don't know...are they hard to pull off...to much like sweats. I don't think so...I kind of love them. I might choose something to wear on top that covers my booty a bit more than in this look but I have to say, I think they are pretty smashing :)
*Spotted on Oh Joy!
The Dieline has this completely fascinating article on a study done on branding of iconic products and what would happen if you stripped their extremely recognizable logos down to the bare minimum. Check out the pics in the article. What do you think? The Dieline concludes that most work best at the 3rd level ... as a minimalist, I kind of agree. In most cases, you really get a sense that the logo we all know and love is kind of overdone. Think about the Apple logo...you couldn't possibly strip that baby down any more than it is...and wasn't that what Steve Jobs was all about. Super interesting.
If you haven't been in Starbucks in the last 24 hours, you are in for a real treat on your next visit. The store is chock full of holiday goodies (my friend and favorite Strabucks manager Benita gave me a sneak preview a week or so ago) that are so fabulous, you will want everything. I know I do :) My favorite item; the so-called 'Evolution Set' of cup ornaments, complete with this years holiday edition plus the 1971 Heritage Logo, 1992 Green Dot Logo, new 2011 Siren Log. Love!
The Cut got wind (from Jezebel) of the fact that the latest edition of Cosmo with cover girl Adele was covered from the neck up...because she is full-figured. What the hell?!? Of course the overreaction machine went into high gear...and of course you know I am going to defend Wegmans which covers each and every edition of Cosmo...not because of the cover photo but because of the text on the mag which draws tons of complaints from parents. Gee, I can't imagine why...don't all parents want their 8 year olds to read 'Sh*t My Guy Says' and the '100 Best Sex Tips'? Frankly, I get sick of reading this stuff when I am standing in line, just trying to buy paper towels. I know Wegmans has been doing this for a while now, because unlike anyone at Jezebel, I've shopped there for 16 years. People (Jezebel, I'm looking at you) get your facts straight before you assume everyone is a misogynistic, anti-feminist loon. Ridiculous.
I really should institute a rule against posting about Kickstarter projects once they've already gained full funding. Instead, I should be focusing on projects that actually need promoting. I can't resist with this one though. From a design perspective, this concept is a-maze-ing. Aaron Rasmussen and Michael T. Astolfi have created a game that has absolutely no visuals. The way you play is by listening. Through the sounds you hear, you can figure out where you're at in the game and find your way around the environment they've created just using your ears. How cool is that?
Posted by Katiep at Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I recently met Adam Gardiner, photographer, at a party. We exchanged websites and when I got home I was pleased to see that his fashion photography focuses on men, definitely an under-represented group in fashion magazines. And it turns out Adam's photography is divine. In this photo spread, he shot some gorgeous models looking all manner of stylish. Love!
Posted by Katiep at Monday, November 14, 2011
When I first saw Robert Herman's images, a handful of them gave me the chills. Now he's trying to get a book published and, through the wonderful and amazing Kickstarter, he's raised almost $4,000 of the $7,500 he needs. Robert, I've got my fingers crossed for you. Your images deserve to have a wider audience! They're beautiful!!
Posted by Katiep at Friday, November 11, 2011
|Aaaand, I'm off...to PGH. Going to see Laura and the gang and I can hardly wait. We'll be hitting the Handmade Arcade for the Holidays in addition to our other standard shopping fun. Maybe we'll even see some awesome Steelers fans like these :) Have a lovely weekend all!|
Posted by Katiep at Thursday, November 10, 2011
I have two amazing friends to mention in this post. The first is DJ Gatsby, a man who is an inspiration to me. He launched his DJ business just a few years ago and is soaring into the entrepreneur stratosphere faster than a rocket. The other person is David Title, a video guru friend of mine. David and DJ Gatsby just collaborated on creating a video for DJ Gatsby's website and the video is out of this world!! Check it out here! David Title is a producer for Bravo Media and their site is here!
Posted by Katiep at Wednesday, November 09, 2011
just spotted this on the Target fb page and I'm not sure I remember being this excited about a look for nails since I got my first bottle of Chanel Vamp back in the 90's. I've already done a post on how wonderful I think Sally Hansen Nail Strips are but I've always had my reservations about having 10 fingers full of nail art. That's what is so genius about this idea...not only do you tone down the nail art...you can really conserve those nail strips, which ain't cheap. Plus, let's face it...this is fabulous!
Posted by Katiep at Tuesday, November 08, 2011
|From the always stylish All Things Stylish, this smashing watch bracelet combo. Something to aspire to, no doubt. Gorgeousness galore.|
|And here's my wrist today...I promise not to becomes obsessed with taking pictures of my own wrist, but this is one of my favorite combos...and in case you are wondering, yes, I'm still obsessed with this look :)|
I already wrote once about my friend, Nancy Schwartzman, and her amazing work as a documentarian. She's continuing that work with a new app that she's created which, I'm so proud to report, has won the White House Apps Against Abuse Challenge headed up by VP Joe Biden. "Circle of 6 works by programming the contact information of five friends and creating a tight-knit 'Circle of 6' into an application in case of an uncomfortable situation or emergency. It is equipped with GPS coordinates, mobile messaging, and in two simple steps, anyone can quickly and efficiently contact a friend and alert them to their situation—raising awareness around and ultimately preventing sexual violence." Phenomenal!!
|KJ reminded me yesterday that the new Matchbook magazine is out and folks...it is fab-u-lous! Let's start with the fact that Kate and Jack Spade are on the cover with a full on interview of these two geniuses of style but the issue is just loaded with some fantastic shopping guides for the holiday and inspirational bit...like this little on the classic pea coat. Will this finally be the year that I find the one I've been longing for?|