Archive for February, 2011
Need an office for a day? Sick of having meetings at some overpriced Starbucks around the corner? Embarrassed to have yet another client meet you in your filthy home? Well, worry no more. Thanks to the growing attachment to wandering wonders, better declared as today’s generation of freelancers, there’s a new solution in town known as Paper + Toast. You may be wondering what this place could possibly have to do with work… Well, Paper + Toast is a “mobile office space” that caters to entrepreneurs looking for a change of four walls or a more enticing work address.
Located within the KL Golden Triangle, this one-of-a-kind mobile setup is as attractive by postcode as it is by its socially-acquired setup. Here, you can rent a space – be it cubile or an entire board room – for as low as RM8.50 an hour. Chic deco, unique layout, and other wandering wonders to boost, Paper + Toast is an office away from office (or home, as most freelancers declare their work spaces) that’ll keep any right or left brainer motivated and inspired to impress.
But just being good on paper isn’t good enough… you have to be good on toast, too. Paper + Toast doesn’t neglect our demanding appetites amid work; there’s a cafe to punch those hunger pangs in the tummy. With a simple yet delightful menu, Paper + Toast ensures convenient and clean eating while you work or just indulge in a pretentiously pretentious book.
So the next time you need a change of environment or just a swanky KL spot to lure a potential client into your net per se, check out Paper + Toast for that oh-so-unique meeting of chances.
So the mid-week has come and gone, but have you done a good deed for the week? No? Well, here’s your chance. This Sunday, SPCA will be having another Jumble Sale. They’ll be selling pre-loved items graciously donated by the public, and they need your generous support in three ways: 1) donate items from your home for sales, 2) volunteer to help on the day, and 3) just show up and support by purchasing some items to save some lives. Bring a pet home if you can… the animals need all the help they can get, so please take some time off of your lovely weekend to help a friend in need.
So I did it: I came up with a DIY lace project to ease myself into loving lace. Okay fine, I cheated… I took the printed method of loving it. Regardless, it’s a DIY lace project. Coz it involves lace. Even though it’s not real lace. But let’s not get into technicalities. Anyway, back to the project. I made canvas place mats with lace print to match my newly painted living/dining space.
If you’re an excellent illustrator, you should really design your own lace. I, sadly, am a crappy one. Was kinda busy getting mah freak on with the man I now call my hubby to attend computer illustration classes back in college. So I did the unthinkable… I stole and traced an image off the Internet.
After I cleaned up the image and deleted the negative spaces, I was free to play with colors. I chose aqua for my background and a cream orange for the lace, then flipped them around so I’d get two different colored place mats to decorate with. Once you’ve saved your files (make sure in A3), just print them out on CANVAS. If you don’t have a printer (or the canvas sheets), you can head over to CZIPLEE and they’ll do the work for you.
Once printed, just trim off the excess side borders and you’re done! Damn simple, right? These canvas place mats are easy to clean and easy to print on, so you can have heaps of fun creating your own. I made a total of 8 and it cost me less than RM40, wayyyy cheaper than buying. And since they’re printed on canvas, you can actually sew trims on them to finish them up, e.g. actual lace trim ^_^
This project is so freaking easy that none of you pretentious “I love DIY ideas but no time to try any” wannabes have any excuse not to try it out. Heck, if you’re super lazy, just photocopy any A3 sized magazine cutout or photograph onto canvas. Also perfect as table placemats for parties. Whatever you do, make sure you don’t print yours on paper… Trees be a-dying, y’know… trees be a-dying.
watercolor fashion illustration by Cate Parr
The androgynous phase of design has established a strong enough hold on society, and I, for one, have undisputedly fallen in love with this mad hatter statement of a mentality. A topsy turvy scene where men play women and women play men… Such poetic justice is this, that women, once underestimated and powerless to speak, have now become the muse of muses.
As if by a trend of science and creation, this formless form has made its way into our blood streams, and we are graced with breathtaking amendments of society such as the androgynous beauty that is Andrej Pejic. This male version of lustrous hair, frail feminity, and a silent yet strong reconciliation with the world for its judgments, has become the epitome of irony. Like God telling us that unicorns, indeed, exist.
Lea T (second model from left) was the first transgender model to enter the fashion industry in a big way. Discovered and made famous by Riccardo Tisci, this 28 year old beauty has since graced a very controversial cover of French Vogue, and kissed Kate Moss for Love magazine.
Some may describe this scene as a travesty, a mockery of what should be, while others would declare it a passing phase. Whatever you choose to look at it as, the androgynous look has spread to epic proportions and is not a movement to be underestimated. Men in skirts, women in black suits, dogs and cats in homes designed to a T… Let’s face it, the Facebook status “It’s complicated” has become a lifestyle on its own.
Rad Hourani Fall ’11 menswear vs. Doo.Ri Fall ’11 womenswear
Whether you’re on the androgynous bandwagon or not, we can always look forward to trading outfits with our other halves… Imagine the cash we’d save just by this simple push and pull of a love affair!
Lace was seen all over the runways, and while I’m not the biggest fan of lace (God forbid I look like a granny in the 80′s), the recent looks have changed my perspective on this hole-y wonder of a fabric choice. Heck, there were even printed versions of lace for the faint-hearted.
Here are some muted options of creating this season’s trend: Aurélie Bidermann’s silver-dipped lace cuff, LAMB’s lace printed vinyl bag, Dolce & Gabbana’s lace overlay denim flats, Ann Taylor’s antique lace tiered skirt. And while lace has hit the fashion scene pretty hard, it hasn’t eluded the interior lovers of the world. In fact, they predicted this way before we did.
I love this DIY doily pendant lamp by Shannon South. Made of vintage doilies collected throughout the months, Shannon’s created a wonderfully shadowed play of light that decorates any room with the simple dark.
This gorgeously luxe lace printed wallpaper by Elitis is enough to make any room class conscious and elegantly fashioned. So delicately defined is this wallpaper that it seems almost (sur)real in a living space, enticing the curious to touch and feel for authenticity.
Back in 2009, Adatto Casa brought the passion for lace and lingerie to another level – they designed a tempered glass basin “based” on lace. What can I say, except I’ve never wanted to dunk my face in a basin as much as I’d like to dunk my face in one of Adatoo Casa’s Crystal Modus Washbasins.
This hexagon hand-tufted wool carpet by Kiki Van Eijk features somewhat of a digital lace and is the perfect solution to easing a graphic lover into the erotic world of lace. Did I just use the word erotic in a descriptive manner? -Never mind that, this carpet is an amazing ode to lace in all its digitally morphed detailing.
Okay when I started this post, I was still half-heartedly believing in this lacey trend. However, now that I’ve spent an hour writing, I’ve come to realize one thing – DIY IDEAS GALORE! Methinks I’m gonna dedicate the rest of this month’s DIY Wednesday to lace… So check in tomorrow to see what I come up with (if anything at all, that is…)!
The second edition to Etsy’s Crafty Art Market is here, and if I weren’t stuck rushing a new collection, I’d be headed there in a split second especially to grab some quirky Japanese cotton from Fabric Fanatics. But you guys really shouldn’t miss out on this market… We’ve had so many local markets that it’s gotten pretty dull a scene, but this is a handmade lover’s paradise, not another Bangkok stock-filled copycat stalls galore gathering. Or you could always just drop by The Bee’s for one of their awesome burgers. Who knows? – unintentional shopping may ensue.
We’ve chosen the winner to our Valentine’s Day Giveaway! While most of you had poems, and most of you had sweet words to say about your partners, there’s one who had a poem, the sweet words to her partner AND an actual mention of us in her note regarding the contest. Needless to say, the Multi-pocket Philip goes to none other than Yatie Chomeyl! Congrats, and a bag will be coming your way! Make sure to share it with your man, and may we just say, you really bagged a winner of a hubby there
Felt truffles by Lisa Honey, crochet desserts by Thomas Chung, cookie counting set from Heartf3lt
If any of you guys are suffering the forebodings of that traumatic experience in a daily routine called DIET, here’s a little something for you – faux food. Yup. Like fake fur, it’s not the most smooth alternative, but it sure does set us tormented souls aside from the naysayers of society. Taboo my arse, I’m about to eat a chunk of crochet. But if you want to talk about a BIG FOODIE, check out Dawn Tan’s crazy foodaholic “art”.
Now THAT’S what I’d seriously proclaim diet devotion.
Hello, it is I, Ellie…. I’ve taken over this blog, and I’d like to begin my conquer with a review. Yes, I know you guys would like to know who the hell I am first, but nah… I’ll save the narcissistic introduction for tomorrow. Today, I’d like to talk fashion. And what better way to do so than review the big wooha of the month: – New York Fashion Week is in full motion, and while I still feel the fast-paced decline in fashion creativity (minimalism is NOT creativity, it’s a marketing scheme to save more money and save more time YET charge much higher!), it’s necessary I choose a few favorites from the recent shows.
Prabal Gurung’s show has been making headlines all over the Internet. With his dramatic elegance toned down a few notches, and a romanticism of the translucent kind, his collection is a sheer (pun much intended, please note pun much intended) delight to review. United Bamboo, on the other hand, concentrated on the thick and dull. But don’t get me wrong, I actually love the thick and dull… shades of black, grey, and well… more grey. Yes, I’m boring that way. Back to the collection… I love the slouchy overlayers against the softness of thinly fabricated shirts and blouses, a contrast that brings a sense of union between male comfort and female style.
Thakoon, ahhhh Thakoon… I will always have a soft spot for Thakoon because he showed us how far underdogs can go. However, his recent collections have lost that signature touch, that texture and silhouette synonymous to Thakoon’s youthful view of design. I’d like to say my opinion was wowed in this Fall/Winter collection, but meh, it was okay. I did, somehow, pick a few must-have pieces mainly because I’m a fan of drapes and folds.
So far, I’ve been mildly disappointed in NYFW. But the attention seeking skank in me fully appreciates the fact that sheer is a trend to be reckoned with.
It’s Valentine’s Day, and we’d really like to send some love out to you guys. So here’s a Valentine giveaway to brighten up and already brilliant day. To win yourself or your partner a gender-friendly Multi-pocket Philip, all you’ll have to do is write us a Valentine’s love note on your personal blog, and leave the link here under our comments section or email us direct at firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to check The one with the sweetest note of all wins a Gin & Jacqie Multi-pocket Philip to share with their loved one!
This contest ends at the end of this week, so get to writing, and remember, this is where romance matters!