Monthly Archives: July 2011

Filigree Creations

It’s Christmas..

Filigree Creations

Filigree Creations

Filigree Creations

Filigree Creations

in July, well at least on Etsy. Seems a lot of the vendors are having big sales and one that caught my eye happened to be Filigree Creations. The lamps and lampshades sold at this shop are really quite special, and I haven’t seen much out there like them (not for this price anyway!) They’re made from sewing thread and water based non-toxic glue. These contemporary designs are energy-efficient and seem to give off such a lovely glow. Take a peek at all of the different designs here.

Photo: Filigree Creations

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Kaori Ceramics

Introduced..

Kaori Ceramics

Kaori Ceramics

to Kaori Ceramics by Big Tomato Company really love what she’s doing. Kaori Tatebayashi grew up in Kyoto, Japan a city known for its ceramics so building was a part of Kaori’s life from a very early age. She now resides in London and has won countless awards for her work over the years. Kaori makes tableware that is super simple and elegant as well as s hand-built stoneware sculptures of everyday objects – like shirts, shoes and vases.  Each item has a ton of detail, very original and great additions to just about any room.

Photo: Kaori Ceramics

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Guest Hunter, Tahira Kahn

Our featured..

Tahira Kahn
Tahira Kahn

Guest Hunter for this week is Tahira Kahn. While she’s made her mark as a fashion stylist for some big names like J.Crew, Madewell, Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren (just to name a few), we had some fun working together back in the day. She’s a laid back gal who also drives a motorcycle, pretty darn cool.

Read more on Tahira and the fantastic list of essentials she pulled together just for threetwentyeight!

Photo: Jamie Kahn

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Beach Blanket

Never thought..

Steven Alan Beach Blanket $48

Steven Alan Beach Blanket $48

I’d be raving about a beach blanket. But these from Steven Alan are something to talk about. I got one for my birthday 2 years ago (from the other half of threetwentyeight) and instantly fell in love with the colorful stripes. The fact that it’s big, seats 2 comfortably, lightweight and soft doesn’t hurt either. Perfect for trips to the beach, picnics in the park and really great gift for just about anyone.

Photo: Slice of Style

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Strawberry Summer Cake

Not exactly..

Strawberry Pie

Strawberry Summer Cake

an ideal week to turn on the oven, but once the heat wave is over this cake is a must to try. My pops is always experimenting with new recipes, and I am always testing out the results. So in his own words “strawberries are plentiful and cheap in the summer months, so this cake is a natural. You can use almost any summer fruit. I want to try this with peaches. The half and half combo of all-purpose and barley flour tops cake flour alone. It’s smooth, sweet and light all at once.” I personally found it to be a guilty pleasure that I didn’t feel so badly about indulging in..until I went back for the second piece.


Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for pie plate
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can swap 3/4 cup with 3/4 cup or 75 grams of barley flour, see Note)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pound strawberries, hulled and halved


Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 10-inch pie pan or 9-inch spring form pan. Whisk flour or flours, baking powder and salt together in a small bowl. In a larger bowl, beat butter and sugar until pale and fluffy with an electric mixer, about 3 minutes. Mix in egg, milk and vanilla until just combined. Add dry mixture gradually, mixing until just smooth.

Pour into prepared pie plate. Arrange strawberries, cut side down, on top of batter, as closely as possible in a single layer (you may have to overlap a few to get them all in). Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons sugar over berries, they get jammy while baking.

Bake cake for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 325°F and bake cake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out free of wet batter, about 50 minutes to 60 minutes. (Gooey strawberries on the toothpick are a given.) Let cool in pan on a rack. Cut into wedges. Serve with lightly whipped cream.

For a similar recipe check out the Versatile Vegetarian Kitchen.

Photo: John Vasquez

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The Shaved Ice Shop

So..

The Shaved Ice Shop

The Shaved Ice Shop

the The Shaved Ice Shop has piqued my curiosity ever since learning about the Hester Street Fair vendor.  This treat seems like a total indulgence and like no dessert I’ve ever seen or eaten before. It was inspired by something I know nothing about, the open-air night markets in Taiwan and is a blend of shaved ice, condensed milk, a scoop of green tea ice cream or mango sorbet. Top it off with a wide variety of toppings which includes fresh fruit, granola, caramel corn as well as more unique Asian flavors like red beans, mixed jelly and matcha mochi. Everything is made in small batches, seems totally delicious and anything but your normal bowl of ice cream. Can’t wait to try it out!

Photo: Yelp

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Kids Konserve

Helping the environment..

Kids Konserve

Kids Konserve

is no joke to Lynn Julian and Chance Claxton. These savvy gals co-founded the brand Kids Konserve, which makes reusable food packing products. Grab and go with this waste-free lunch kit that includes a recycled cotton sack, cloth napkin, stainless steel beverage bottle, food kozy and two stainless steel food containers. The green goods are all non-toxic and of course food/liquid-safe. Eco-conscience kids = happy planet.

Photo: Kids Konserve

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Robot Tee

Just got word..

Mimosa Robot Tee, $28

Mimosa Robot Tee, $28

from Mimosa that the Robot Tees are in! They are the latest project from the brand and are made from 100% organic cotton in the USA. The eco-friendly robot screenprint is available in either gold or silver, depending on the color tee you pick. Mimosa was started by 2 sisters, Ariel and Holly. They are from a creative family, their mom an artist and their dad a writer, so it isn’t a huge surprise  these two had  an entrepreneurial itch.  Holly does all of the illustrations and Ariel handles much of the business.  The result is a line of unique tees, prints and cards that are made with the highest quality materials.   Customization is also available.  I was thinking the Robot Tees for my neices and nephew, but all the prints are very sweet, so it’s really hard to pick one. I guess if this is the hardest decision I’m dealing with, things aren’t so bad!

Mimosa Hedgehog Love Tee, $25

Mimosa Hedgehog Love Tee, $25

Mimosa Penguin Tee, $25

Mimosa Penguin Tee, $25

Photo: Mimosa

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Industry Of All Nations

Looking for a gift..

Industry Of All Nations Faja Belt

Industry Of All Nations Faja Belt

Industry Of All nations Espadrilles

Industry Of All Nations Espadrilles

when I came across Industry Of All Nations on one of my favorite web shops Mohawk General Store. Big fan of the Faja belt that can definitely be shared between guys and girls, as well as the Lace Up Espadrilles. They come in an assortment of colors and are made with all biodegradable materials. IOAN is a company that works with local manufacturers around the world to produce quality goods. A socially conscious brand that also offers wallet friendly prices.. admirable indeed!

Photos: Mohawk General Store

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Ale et Ange

Stumbled upon..

Ale et Ange

Ale et Ange

Ale et Ange while walking from Chinatown to meet the other half of threetwentyeight, Rene for afternoon margaritas at Bario Chino. The shop carries a really well-designed assortment of contemporary merchandise that has great detail and is perfect for everyday wear. The whole concept is really cool actually. It opened in March 2009 by two designers, Osore Oyagha and Eloise Simonet in a basement-level shop in the Lower East Side that was decorated like a London apartment – complete with a stove, bathtub and lots of knick-knacks. They make their clothes locally in small quantities, from 2-50 units based on the amount of fabric that’s available and have fun prints as well as great basics. Though the concept hasn’t changed, they have since moved a little west and are now on Rivington between  Freeman Alley & Chrystie Street. The line is only available at their shop and it’s certainly worth the trip to Chinatown.

Ale et Ange

Ale et Ange

Photo: The Scout

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