A great way to update any outfit is with a wide belt. I’m not talking 2″ to 3″ wide…. we’re going super wide 4″ to 6″. An over-sized dress or even a jacket/coat can easily be updated into a slimmer silhouette by cinching it with a wide belt. Wide belts make it easy to trim off a few extra inches in the waist and work great with knits & plaids for Fall/Winter. A simple wide belt also helps balance out a busy pattern on a dress, breaking it up and adding more shape. Wide belts now come in a variety of styles from stretchy, buckled, studded & jewel embellished. This trend has been around since 2007 and is here to stay. I love the way it punches up a dull & boring outfit and give it that extra something.
I consulted a blog called chickdowntown.com for some tips on how to wear a wide belt. See tips and photos on the next part of the post.
Even though these LED lamps have been around for a while now, I still felt they deserved some Homorazzi love and attention. Known as the “Legos of the lighting world”, these low-power lights make a perfect accent to any room. The lamps are constructed of resin cubes and lock together with a simple twist key mechanism.
The lamps come in two different palettes depending on your tastes- candy and chocolate. The extremely modular lighting fixtures can be used in various capacities. You can have them freestanding on a table, connect them and hang them as a chandelier, or incorporate them into your shelving units.
“Scuse me?” (most people are saying right now)….Calm down, I’ll explain!
Beaujolais, for those of you that don’t know, is a little appelation in France. In french wine, it’s usually the area listed on the bottle, not the grape right? So it’d say Burgundy, not Chardonnay. Beaujolais grows Gamay Noir grapes, so anytime you get anything that says “Beaujolais”, it’s Gamay. Now Gamay is a neat little grape, simple really in flavours and textures, no real surprises except that it’s often drank slightly chilled which is odd for a red. It usually pleases those that drink the more popular Pinot Noir. So we’re talking very light in body, higher acidity (mouth watering), bright ripe strawberry and raspberry flavours, maybe a touch of spice to it, but generally straight forward, uncomplicated, and lush friendly wine.
Once a year something called Beaujolais Nouveau comes out and is released around the world. This can be traced to the early 19th Century actually when the wine would be shipped to local bistros as soon as it was harvested and bottled with big signs announcing “Les Beaujolais Est Arrive!” and everyone would drink the wine young and party and create general mayhem because it was the sign of a successful harvest after all the farmers hard work. It was not only tradition but almost mythical, the Arrive of this wine.
Proving that anything can be made fashionable, French company, Fire Design, has turned traditional red extinguishers into pop-art masterpieces. They have combined fire safety with design. No longer will you have to hide the functional eye-sores underneath your kitchen sink again. When I first saw these designs, I immediately was reminded of the “Sex and the City” episode where a Hollywood actor wanted to buy a red fire extinguisher from Charlotte’s art gallery. While those could never be mistaken as gallery pieces, these stylish could easily be part of an exhibit.
According to statistics, France has one of the lowest percentages in the western world when it comes to households having smoking detectors. In fact, England (89%), Norway (98%), Canada (94%) and the US (95%) all tower over France’s statistic at 5%. Here are some other interesting factoids pertaining to home fires.
As you know, Vancouver is known for its lush green landscape which it has because of all the rain it gets most of the year. So, I have been on an eternal search for the perfect rubber boot for the longest time and don’t necessarily want to spend more than $60 for a pair but I may have to cave and purchase a pair of Hunter Festival 2009 Boots in either the tall or the short version (unless hint hint… Hunter wants to send me a pair). Hunter makes great rain boots that fit perfectly into an urban lifestyle without looking like a utility boot.
Last week, I posted an article highlighting chandeliers made out of wooden and acrylic hangers. Keeping in line with the lighting theme, I chose another design using everyday household items. Though technically not re-purposed like the wooden hangers, these innovate lighting installations are still pretty rad. Seriously, who would want used toothpicks- ewwwwwwww. Created by Japanese designer, Daisuke Hiraiwa, these brilliant creations resemble spiny anteasters, echidnas. Say what? My dad is a really big Discovery / Animal Planet nut and I guess some of that rubbed off.
It’s pretty amazing how Hiraiwa is able to make these straight bristly pointy items into objects that look soft, curvy and fluid. The toothpick chandeliers made their debut at ICFF 2009 and wowed onlookers with their appealing aesthetic.
Oooh, when your boyfriend’s away you’ve got another sexy tool to play with! Now this is handy AND pretty. The Mo-Tool Axe from Brook & Hunter has the following:
- axe blade (for dealing with your wood)
- hand-crafted red oak wood inlay handle (so it feels good when it’s clenched in your fist)
- hammer head (excellent for banging & nailing)
- screw drivers (great for screwing)
- knives with stainless steel alloy blades (if you’re into cut)
- wire cutter (when you’re finished being kinky)
- file (sometimes you want it smooth instead of rough)
- pliers (for those tight places)
- wrench (for your nuts)
Remember mixed tapes? They were so much work to make when you think of it. Recording each song, one by one, with as little space in between as possible. Making them for your friends, asking your friends to make them for you. A tape for your Walkman for working out, a tape for the car, a totally different time!
Well, now you can capture the nostalgia of the mixed tape with a modern twist with the Mixed Tape USB Stick. It’s more for sharing with friends, as it has the To/From on it, but it’s so cool, even as a case for your USB Stick. It has 128 MB of space on it, which is up to 2 hours of music. It kinda brings back the whole sharing of music a bit more, making playlists for each other. I think it’s a great Christmas gift for friends too. It’s inexpensive, unique, and thoughtful because you have to think of the songs specific to the person you’re going to give it to.