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 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