Tuesday, December 28, 2010

True Birds Vintage Inspired Jewelry

I found out about this lovely online shop while browsing Lookbook.nu today. Zara (the genius behind this amazingness) designs and makes all the jewelry, and ships worldwide. Yay!

My favorites:

Most designs sell for around £20 or $30.

Photo credit: True Birds Jewelry
Found via:  Flávia D. on Lookbook.nu

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

English Country

What do you think of when you hear the words "English Countryside"?


Photos found via: 1. Murdoch University | 2. Xinhuanews | 3,4,8. Country Living | 5. Country Home | 6,9. Simon Brown Photography | 7. Starboardside | 10. Penelope Waits | 11. Celtic Connections

Monday, December 20, 2010

Poketo! Love

Poketo is a super cute company based in LA that incorporates great art into everyday affordable items. They make great art accessible and affordable in the form of simple things that are always used such as wallets, notebooks and t-shirts. The art ranges from totally crazy, to creepy, to adorable and it all depends on what you're into.

My favorites:

Clé USB $50 | Cloud, Polar and Rainbow Pens $5 each or $14 for the 3

Photo credits: Poketo

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tokidoki and Onitsuka Tiger!

I have a unhealthy compulsion to buy cool sneakers. That would be okay if I actually wore them, but I like to just have them and look at them in my closet. It's stupid and irresponsible, but hard to resist. I feel that urge creeping up again now that the last bunch of Tokidoki x Onitsuka Tiger sneakers are almost out (November 1st!!).

The Seck Quartz Lo is love right now. And I really want to convince myself that I will wear it if I get it but I know it's a sick trick of my mind to get me to go crazy and spend a silly amount of money on a pair of sneakers! I guess it's lucky for me that it'll only be available in a few select stores in LA, SF, and NY. Wish I still lived in LA...

You can find them on the Asics website which also has some cute wallpapers available for downloading.

Photo credits: Tokidoki | Asics
Found via: Tokidoki Blog

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Artist Highlight: Alex Noriega

Alex Noriega is a cartoonist and illustrator from Barcelona, Spain. Why is he so great? He loves bunnies and robots. I love bunnies and robots too! Oh yeah, and he makes really amazing paintings. His works are full of whimsical details and beautiful colors. I like his earlier pieces best.

Image credits: Alex Noriega

Monday, October 11, 2010

Horse Farm of Dreams

I adore horses, and one day when I have my farm I will have my own beautiful palomino. Until then, my dreams will be filled with romantic country farms and lovely horses.

Apparently they had more photos, but since this farm isn't listed on the real-estate site anymore, these were the only ones I could get unfortunately.

Even though I think some of the pictures are tacky, the outside is really amazing and the attention to detail in the interior is too. Love the horse window! I want to have windows at different heights for all my animals :D Then I can come by in the morning and give them yummy snacks and they will say "Good morning!" to me.

Photo credits: Mäklarhuset
Found via: Designfragment

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bento = Really Awesome Packed Lunch

I'm on a Japan kick right now. Well actually I'm always on a Japan kick but lately I can't stop looking at novelty Japanese items, which is how I happened upon Bento & Co.

Bento & Co. has bento and accessories for all tastes. They even sell a nifty book from JustBento.com that teaches you how to make stunning bento arrangements so everyone will think you're some amazing artsy chef.

I love bento. They are compact and easy to carry around. They're better for the environment than that stinky brown paper bag and plastic-wrapped sandwich. They're healthier for you since you cook the food yourself, not buy something factory processed. They save you money so you don't have to keep buying resealable bags for your sandwich and paper bags for your lunch. Last of all they're pretty! I saw on TV that in kindergartens in Japan the teachers get upset at the parents if they don't prepare nice-looking bento for the kids because then the kids don't really wanna eat something that looks like crap. Haha.

For those who prefer food that is almost too cute to eat, I also found this recipe book "Yum-Yum Bento Box" on Plasticland.

Photo credits: Bento & Co. | Just Bento | Plasticland

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ANDREA Super Plant-Powered Air Filter

Plants are cool, but they don't really do much in your house other than just sit there and absorb carbon dioxide and put out small amounts of oxygen.Well two inventors figured out how to take that useful quality of plants and supercharge it by insane amounts. Called the Andrea Air Filter, it uses the natural air purifying abilities of plants and pairs it with a very simple concept to greatly improve the abilities of the plants.

According to their site, their plant assisted air purifier improves the air filtration efficiency of plants by hundreds of times. Andrea improves the efficiency of formaldehyde removal from the air relative to plants alone by 360%, and 4400% in relation to HEPA or carbon filters. Uh, wow. Also apparently the rate of gas removal (doesn't say which gas, hehe) by Andrea is 1000% more efficient than in relation to plants. (See results of tests here.

It works with a fan that pulls the polluted air in through where the plant is. Then it uses a multi-stage system to purify the air that involves the natural plant filtration, soil and water. Then the same fan propels the clean air out through the back of the system. What's great is that the pollutants are actually metabolized by the plant rather than just collecting on a magnetic plate because then they are actually gotten rid of.

I like that you can put any plant you want in there so it's up to you, and that it looks really interesting, definitely a conversation piece for anyone that comes over for the first time. It's $200 but I saw it on Amazon for $173. Yeah I know, still expensive but you know... it's your health and stuff...

Photo credits: Andrea
Found via: Inhabitat

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Best Panna Cotta Ever (according to my boyfriend...)

I love panna cotta. Not only because I love any desserts involving milk, I also love it because it's so quick and easy to make and always looks impressive.

This one I made has a blueberry coulis on top (since they were in season at the time) but any tart fruit goes great with the sweet smoothness of the cream.

If you don't have to worry about calories and want a really rich and creamy panna cotta you can substitute some or all of the half-and-half for heavy cream.

Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis

Panna Cotta:
4 cups (1l) half-and-half
1/2 cup (100g) sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract

2 packets powdered gelatin (about 4 1/2 teaspoons)
6 tablespoons (90ml) cold water

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (or any kind of berries you like)
1 tbsp lemon juice
½ cup sugar
2 tsp cornstarch

 Warm the half-and-half and sugar in a saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly and make sure the cream doesn't boil (this is very important). Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Lightly oil eight 5oz. custard cups with a neutral-tasting oil (or you can just put them in a pretty serving bowl like I did and not have to worry about unmolding them later). Put the cold water in a medium bowl and sprinkle the gelatin evenly over it. Let stand 5-10 minutes. Pour the warm cream over the gelatin and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Divide the Panna Cotta mixture into the prepared cups and let cool. Once cool chill in the refrigerator until firm (about 2 hours).

 The coulis should be prepared right before serving the Panna Cotta, the warm sauce goes really nicely with the cold cream. Place the blueberries, lemon juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. I like to add a tablespoon of water to help the process but this isn't necessary. When the sugar dissolves completely, taste the sauce and decide if it needs more sugar. I like mine to be more tart so I put less sugar. Make a slurry by stirring the cornstarch into 2 teaspoons of water then add it slowly to the simmering coulis, stirring to thicken.

 Run a sharp knife around the edge of each Panna Cotta and unmold each onto a serving plate, and top with a serving of the warm coulis.

Panna cotta recipe adapted from: David Lebovitz

Thursday, September 23, 2010

VivaTerra - Repurposed and Recycled Materials to Green Up Your Home

I'm so smitten with the online store VivaTerra. They sell all types of stuff for the home from dinnerware to garden furniture to cute accents. Most of their things are reused or recycled and some things are even hand-made by artisans. Really cool and really gorgeous. 

The downside: a bit expensive for my modest means.

Photo credits: VivaTerra

Monday, September 20, 2010

Eye Candy - Bunny Butt

I don't even need to comment on this one. It speaks for itself.

Prepare yourself for the cutest bunny butt ever.

Found via: Andrea Harner

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Wooden Radios

Lately I've been fascinated with vintage-looking wooden radios. I think they're the perfect mix of modern and clean design with a touch of retro. Plus, one will go great in my Scandinavian beach house that I will have someday ;)

Here are my favorites:

Clockwise from top left: Magno Large $300 | Magno Medium $250 | Magno Small $200 | Magno Micro $150

These wooden radios from Areaware are totally different than anything I've seen around. They have a very vintage feel with those big wooden knobs and the felt. I also like the cute wooden tip on the antenna. The Magno Small and bigger are mp3 compatible.

Left to right: Model One in Cherry/Silver $150 | Model Three in Cherry/Metallic Taupe $300

Of course I had to include the radios from Tivoli Audio. They're simple and beautiful, and like the Areaware Magno, a bit pricey. All their hi-fi radios are mp3 friendly.

Crosley Audiophile Radios
 Clockwise from top left: Tempo $100 | Dock Clock $100 | Solo $100 | Comet $100

Fortunately for us who are more conservative when it comes to spending, there are these super cool alternatives from Crosley. All their Audiophile radios are iPod/mp3 compatible.

 Sangean Hi-Fi Table-Top Wooden Radios
Top to bottom: WR-2 $126 (on Amazon) | WR-11 $82 (on Amazon)

These radios from Sangean are not as stylish as the other ones but they are worth a mention because they still look pretty nice and are full of features. Both are mp3 compatible.

Photo credits (from top to bottom): Areaware | Tivoli Audio | Crosley | Sangean