Monthly Archives: May 2011

Drop Crotch Pants

We all know..

Julie Park Drop Crotch Pants, $180

Julie Park Drop Crotch Pants, $180

sweats have been around for years. These days, they aren’t just about lounging though – they’re kind of fashionable if done right. Appropriate for a picnic in the park, trip to the store or wandering around downtown. Good with heels, espadrilles, sweaters, tees – these pants are surprisingly versatile.  I actually have a pair of old-school sweatpants that I wear a ton, but since these are cropped, they are a great alternative for the warmer months.  I found these harem pants at Northern California’s “first, and original eco-boutique”, Beklina, and are made by Julie Park, an off-shoot to Australian company, ParkVogel – all about creating luxury, eco-friendly items. Did I mention they have pockets and an elastic drawstring waist? Pretty much, the perfect addition to my weekend wardrobe.

Photo: Beklina

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Antler & Co.

The possibilities..

Antler & Co.

Antler & Co.

are endless of what to display on the hanger holder by Antler & Co. I may never lose my keys again if I can put them on one of these. They’re available in all different sizes, and come with everything you need to mount on the wall. No need to worry, the antlers are collected only after they are naturally shed by deer. Green decor at its finest.

Antler & Co.

Antler & Co. Small Hanger Holder

Photos: Antler & Co.

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Mendleson Wooden Crate

Everyday storage..

Mendleson Wooden Crate, $68

Mendleson Wooden Crate, $68

turned extraordinary with wooden crates, vintage tins and other antique pieces from Etsy shop FrenchByDesign. I was initially drawn to the vintage crates because they remind me of storage bins my first roommate in New York had that I loved. After perusing the shop though, I came across a lot of other items that would be pretty great additions to my current abode. The concept of the store was created by a French girl, Si. She relocated to the US and found it really difficult to find those items that are totally accessible in Europe. Si scouted flea markets, small towns, anywhere possible for vintage treasures – even sourcing some items during her frequent trips back to France.  Legit, cool and completely one-of-a-kinds.

Photo: Etsy

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Leather Cooler

Because..

Leather Cooler, $497

Leather Cooler, $497

everyone needs a leather cooler. Well, okay maybe it’s not the most practical, but it is pretty cool. It’s from Sol & Luna, a brand that uses leather and wood from South America to design really unique items.  In this case, an everyday Coleman cooler, turned into majorly cool piece of art.  It’s made from 100% leather, has two compartments and is available to order from farfetch.com or at THE French boutique – L’Eclaireur. Hey, life isn’t always about being practical anyway.

Photo: Farfetch.com

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Txakolina

Txakolina..

Txacolina

Txakolina

(pronounced chock-oh-LEE-nah) is a white wine from the Basque region in Northern Spain. It’s slightly effervescent, very refreshing and is my preferred warm weather libation. The bottle of choice is from the maker Txomin Etxaniz, which is a little hard to come by but definitely worth the hunt. And if for some reason you don’t kick the bottle, cork it with a Best Year wine stopper!

Photo: La Tienda

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Healthy Granola Bars

Nutritious..

Granola Bars

Granola Bars

and delicious. A recipe for granola bars from Fitness Mag that doesn’t seem too complicated. It uses such good ingredients – walnuts, dark chocolate and flaxseeds. These guys are totally customizable by adding a little more of this or a little less of that. A great snack, made in under an hour and not processed.  Homemade, so they don’t come individually packaged – which means they’re good for the environment too.. really there’s no excuse for not trying them, right?!

Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
1/2 cup Grape-Nuts cereal
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 16-ounce package mixed dried-fruit bits
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dark-chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine oats, both flours, ground flaxseeds, Grape-Nuts, and ginger. Add egg, applesauce, honey, brown sugar, and oil; mix well. Stir in fruit bits, sunflower seeds, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
3. Spread mixture evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Cool completely on a wire rack. Use edges of foil to lift cooked granola from pan, and cut into bars.

Photo: Fitness Magazine

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Little Alouette

Natural Wood..

ABC Personalized Rattles

ABC Personalized Rattles

toys are a favorite in my house, and our go to is Little Alouette. My daughter loves the Pyramid Stacker and the ABC Personalized Rattles make great gifts. I’m planning on getting the wooden sword for her when she’s old enough to know that taking jabs at the dog is just not cool. I feel comfortable letting her put the toys in her mouth, knowing they are made from natural wood and finished with organic flax seed oil. What’s even better is that Little Alouette was started by a mom and pop, so knowing what kids like is their forte.

Photo: Little Alouette

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Neige

Sometimes..

Pascale Blouse

Pascale Blouse

simple is better. That’s certainly the case with kids’ clothing line, Neige. The brand was started by Adrienne Catrina, who studied fashion at Parsons and worked as an assistant designer at Vera Wang in New York. After becoming a mom and moving to the West Coast, she realized there was a void in the kids’ clothing market – too many pieces had silly frills and unnecessary details. As a result, Neige was born.  It’s a brand that’s all about clean, modern pieces for kids. Comfort is the number one priority but the fact they everything’s so easy, simple, and age-appropriate doesn’t hurt. Doing kids’ clothes right.

Anna Sweater, Claudette Blouse and Brigitte Pant

Anna Sweater, Claudette Blouse and Brigitte Pant

Photo: Neige

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Howard Yount

If you’re..

Howard Yount

Howard Yount Trousers

a guy who can’t wear jeans to work (or even if you are), these trousers should be part of your wardrobe. Spotted on Sartorially Inclined, they’re fine men’s pants that are made in Italy. They come in a medley of colors, and can easily be paired with wing tips or sneakers. Howard Yount offers high quality products, all while paying attention to the details that count – available here.

Howard Yount

Howard Yount

Photos: Howard Yount

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Crewneck Cotton Sweater

Another great..

Scotch & Soda Crewneck Cotton Sweater

Scotch & Soda Crewneck Cotton Sweater

piece from Scotch & Soda. We shared a hoodie from their women’s line with you a while back and this men’s striped sweater is another perfect everyday item from the Amsterdam-based brand. Scotch & Soda is all about quality garments with great detail.. everything’s totally on trend and affordable – making this, along with a lot of pieces from their line hard not to buy.

Photo: Scotch & Soda

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