Samsonite Black Label

How's this for traveling in style?
Making its premiere at colette Paris will be a Samsonite Black Label trunk. Created as a re-issue of 1920’s styled trunk’s, the piece is full encrusted with Crystallized Swarovski Elements. There will only be 30 pieces sold in Europe with no set retail yet, although most of us can only dream.
Found via Hypebeast.

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Your Money or Your Life

James Gulliver Hancock is a genius illustrator!

Check out these fake dollar bills he designed as promo flyers for LENKA's new website:

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I Heart Antik Batik

I'm in love with the embellishment and embroidery of these gorgeous Antik Batik dresses:

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This Little Piggy Went to Prada

This Little Piggy Went to Prada: Nursery Rhymes for the Blahnik Brigade is a book of traditional nursery rhymes with a cheeky contemporary spin written by Amy Allen and illustrated by Eun-Kyung Kung. Bound in luxurious linen, this appeals as much to new moms as to their (future fashionista) kids. You can purchase it here.

Love Lockdown

Happy birthday to me and happy weekend to you! ☺

Bad to the Core

This is wicked cool, a little Elizabeth Taylor mixed with The Phantom.

(Fyi, it's the latest collection by mastermind JAPAN and CORE JEWELS - first spotted on Kanye's blog.)

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Wardrobe Wishlist

I'm jetting off tonight for some much needed R&R! Here's my favorite in-flight attire (perfect for slipping through security and dashing for departing airplanes):

A ribbed tank is comfy and no-fuss. Wear one or layer two in muted jewel tones.
Ribbed Tank, Victoria's Secret, US$18

A wrap cardigan functions like a blankie - perfect for keeping warm on freezing flights.
Wrap Cardigan, Velvet, US$187

The stretch fabric of these jeans makes them ideal for lounging; the cigarette cut keeps it sharp.
Jeans, Joe's Jeans, US$101

Cashmere ballet flats are easy to slip on and off. Keep your feet happy in a bright color.
Ballet Flats, J Crew, US$198
A carry-on bag with wheels makes luggage a breeze to handle.
Carry-On Case, Stella McCartney for Le Sport Sac, US$395

Si Scott's Animal Kingdom

I would hang these pictures side by side on a wall so that the animals look like they're sequentially morphing into each other.

Let's Take a Trip

Great styling, great layout. Very "Paris meets Seoul".

Han Ji Min for the August 2008 issue of Allure Korea.

One Madison Park

Currently under construction: One Madison Park, developed by Slazer Enterprises.
Located at at 23 East 22nd St, the 335 ft (107 m) tall mid-rise tower ... features an innovative design when it comes to towers, an evolution of the OMA studies on new high rise designs. The building cantilevers 30 feet over its neighbor, a form that “provides a number of unexpected moments that appear at each step – balconies at the upper part of the building and floor windows at the lower part — providing a variety of unit types and features throughout the building” ...
Now, this is one building where the most interesting view might not be from the penthouse suite. How cool would it be to have the apartment jutting from the bottom corner? You'd essentially be suspended over the street! More pics here.

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Girl With A Satchel

I am a total Magazine Addict - every month, I stalk my local Borders for the newest issues and spend hours poring over editorials and features. Well, I've just found something that could save me a lot of time and money! Girl With A Satchel is an awesome blog by Erica in Brisbane, who has nobly taken it upon herself to review each fashion magazine and assign it a rating based on its feel-good quality and eye-candy appeal. Head on over now!

It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To

My birthday is coming up soon and I'm being difficult this year and insisting on keeping gifts to a minimum (I never thought I'd say it but I don't really need/want anything at the moment - I know, what is wrong with me?!?). But what I wouldn't mind is a CUPCAKE!

Now, I refuse to believe it but The New York Times thinks the cupcake is going the way of the donut - ie, out of fashion. The Kitchn has proffered suggestions of other tasty treats that might become the next big thing - marshmallows, brownies, caramels, pudding - but I'm a bit skeptical. In my eyes...err, tastebuds...nothing can replace a visually pleasing and delectable cupcake.

What do you think? Yay or nay for the future of the cupcake?

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I Heart Howard Tangye

Howard Tangye is an Australian-born artist who studied drawing at St Martins School of Art in London and Parsons School of Design in New York. Encouraged by his family, he developed a passion for character and movement in his illustrations and fashion designs. I love this quote from him - it's so "tortured artist":
I draw for myself and if I am not doing it physically I am mentally casting a line. It’s demanding, and not always a happy experience. It’s a bit like falling in love, but unrequited.

Here Comes Sophomore Year

I love fashion upstart Sophomore by Chrissie Miller. Basically, I'm up for anything that induces nostalgia, and the Spring 2008 collection gives me a serious case of high school flashbacks with its design philosophy of "Lower East Side style of the 70s".

When I think of high school, I think of: eating french fries during honor pass, late night soccer practice on dimly lit pitches, doodling miniature murals in my school diary, listening to my walkman as the scenery flew by on field trips, sprinting through the rain to catch my freezing air-conditioned bus, walking to my locker with my backpack slung over one shoulder, spilling body glitter in the car on the way to school dances, and writing messages in yearbooks before summer vacation.

What does "high school" mean to you?

Photographs by Cass Bird. Click here for more.

City Gal

Your mission this weekend? Go explore your city like a tourist would!

Top 3 New Polaroid Obsessions

I'm heartbroken that they're phasing out the polaroid. I love polaroid pictures and their spontaneity and permanence. Here are some recent finds I wanted to share with you...

Porter Hovey Polaroid Project
Found via Frankie magazine: the Porter Hovey Polaroid Project features happy snaps of the everyday and the touristic in good ol' New York City.


Skyscrapers with Sun Burst

Sweet Leaf

I really want to go back to New York...

Ten Minutes
Oh Flickr; the thought of having to sift through all your photos used to overwhelm me (I feel the same way about youtube. I know. I'm weird). BUT you're growing on me! Here's what I uncovered recently: Ten Minutes' cheerful, saturated polaroids. The bright hues take me back (way back) to my childhood, like so...


Your Cover's Blown
Your Cover's Blown is a really cute blog by Hila in Perth. She has also just opened an etsy store for her soft, nostalgic polaroid prints. Go check it out!

Ballet Shoes, US$15.00