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OpuluxeLtd.com™ Latest Daily Obsession: Noelani Designs Hawaiian Jewelry!!! [#NoelaniDesignShop, #hawaiianjewelry]

I am unapologetically obsessed with the daily feats of fabulosity by total strangers.  No exaggeration; it’s my fuel for life. It’s usually an either/ or type of encounter. The fabulosity wielding person either directly  possessses  the “It” factor or is in possession of something tangible that conveys the coveted “It” factor for them as if they’re on fabulosity autopilot; so to speak.  As some of you know; we’re opening up second office in Miami and I’ve been bi-coastal for almost 2 and a half months now. That’s why it’s taking me soooo long to post updates. Well in Miami everything besides their insane reckless driving moves very slow. If it weren’t for the slowest elevator I’ve ever waited on; I might have missed out on the ever elusive double dip of fabulosity!  I met an absolutely beautiful super cool chick wearing  the most beautiful pair of earrings ever!  Besides “wanting” to instantly know ALL of her beauty and fitness secrets;  I very much “needed” to know EXACTLY where she got those Holy Grail earrings. OMG the picture I’m including doesn’t even do them justice! They are literally multifaceted goddess-worthy creations. I will order my pair as soon as I get back from my next trip. I don’t want anyone, not even Mr. OpuluxeLtd.com™ to sign for the package. These are gonna be all mine. I can’t wait ’til I get them, They look so versatile. I imagine wearing them throughout the day and at night for dinner or an event.  Anywho , I gave Ms. Fabulosity my business card and told her that besides needing to add a pair of those gorgeous earrings to my jewelry stash; I’d also love to interview her friend Noelani for OpuluxeLtd.comt™ in the  near future.  I went to nearby Lincoln Road Mall to jewelry shop and to specifically find a similar pair of earrings. I found absolutely nothing that compared to them.  I impulse bought a small chandelier for our bathroom to temporarily appease my “bling” envy. I doubled back and returned  it since the earrings are waaayy cuter. When I got back in I was checking my inbox and as promised I had received the  contact information of the creator of the covet worthy jewelry. Her nane is Noelani and she’s based in Hawaii. She is the owner of Noelani Designs Shop. Each piece of her jewelry is a masterpiece. I mean really they are “Oprah’s Favorite Things”  fabulous. If Oprah ever gives them out a big smack-down would break out on her show, because no-one wants “just one”. Obsession is the only word I have to describe my emotions after seeing the Noelani Designs collection. You can purchase her jewelry directly here. See below  the beautiful Noelani’s Bio as well as a sneak peek into her lovely online store. Noelani also has a very nice blog on her website as well. It’s called Noelani Love’s Blog.  Here is the link to her blog, right here. And a very special thanks to Ms. Fabulosity aka my newest fabu “friend in the head”. It was a pleasure meeting you. You have an impeccable sense of style and a great personality. It was very refreshing to find someone that genuinely supports and promotes her friend’s interests like that. Kudos! She was sooo proud a Noelani, and I’m pretty sure that Noelani is proud of her as well. Because Ms.Fabulous, –Okay her name is really Sherrin Bernstein and she has a lot of awesome projects of her own. She is the founder of  Touch Fitness Informative Bodywork and Attract Essentials. Guess what she has another highly artistic friend. Unbelievable, is Sherrin some kinda real life muse or something.  So check out her other very talented friend Lauran Childs. Click on the link to her website here. Lauran’s paintings are stunning. Her art work is my second newest obsession and it’s probably gonna be yours too!

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Banknote Jewellery

06.16.10 | 2 Comments

A graduate of London’s Royal College of Art Tine De Ruysser, Ph.D spends her days investigating production methods and folding patterns with a metal and fabric, a new material she invented while she was a student.

Banknote Jewellery” is a conceptual and even political piece articulating the relationship between paper money and gold. A timely piece during our world’s financial crisis, Tine explores the symbolism and relationship between the value of paper money and gold.

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Flower of Life

06.15.10 | No Comments

A symbol of sacred geometry, the Flower of Life is composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles, that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. Because numbers carried symbolic significance in the Old World, geometric shapes became a visual representation of these symbolic numbers and was involved in the planning and construction of many religious structures, including churches and temples. (Read an article written last year regarding Islamic Architecture.) Natural examples of the Flower of Life include: honeycombs, sunflowers and rocks. And lastly, a contemporary example of the Flower of Life can be seen in origami tessellations. Below is a piece by Andrea Russo, titled “Stars in a Sky of Hexagons” – a perfect example of what the Flower of Life is.

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Geomorphology by Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana

06.09.10 | No Comments

Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana’s Professor Claudia Fernandez and Mauricio Velasquez Posada explores the use volume, space, and environment to recreate the meaning of origami and the human body. Learn more over here and here. It really makes me pause and say, “hey! whoever created this amazing piece has a truly unique mind!”

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Origami Maze Puzzle Font

06.08.10 | No Comments

Erik D. Demaine, Martin L. Demaine, and Jason Ku over at MIT created an origami maze puzzle font, which is a template that shows you how to fold 3D letters of the entire alphabet.

(c) Crease Pattern of the Alphabet: Dark lines are mountain folds; light lines are valley folds; bold lines delineate letter boundaries and are not folds.

(c: Crease Pattern) folds into (b: 3D extrusion), which is an extrusion of (a: 2D maze)

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Paper Planes

06.07.10 | No Comments

Paper planes are so simple, yet it inspire admirers for different reasons. The act of folding paper planes and testing its aerodynamics is so satisfying and fun! Jamming to the paper planes song by MIA is pretty hip too.  May I suggest, the stylish flying paper plane wall decals by Mel Lim from Blik? And lets not forget Dawn Ng’s art installation “I fly like paper get high like planes.”

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Modular Origami

06.04.10 | No Comments

Modular Origami created with paper (by H.W. guth) and one in a form of a necklace (by Claire & Arnaud)

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Brooke Woosley’s Oru

06.01.10 | No Comments

Los Angeles based Environmental Designer Brooke Woosley is another amazing designer who challenged herself by creating a dynamic piece of furniture with a flat sheet of metal. In this process, she experimented with paper, basswood, light, and chipboard and finally concocted this awesome piece called Oru. It is waterjet cut, bent aluminum, painted in an auto finish: gloss white top with a matte blue underside. An excellent piece of furniture for a modern loft or studio.

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Memorial Day @ New York Times

05.31.10 | No Comments

It’s Monday, May 31st, Memorial Day and in today’s New York Times article “The Great Unknowns” by Robert M. Poole, he addresses the unknown fatalities of war and how lovely there are origami flowers to compliment this opinion piece.

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Bored? Make Love

05.28.10 | No Comments

After all the love making, sleeping and staring off into space, might this poster inspire some more love making activity? Lovely origami hearts that is.

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Origami Typefaces

07.28.08 | 1 Comment

Fun origami typefaces from designers in USA, Germany, and Japan. My favorite ones are the the ones from Japan – it reminds me of my modern alphabet jewelry collection.

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Surface Magazine Origami Covers

07.25.08 | 1 Comment

Known for featuring top and innovative designers, New York-based design magazine Surface was inspired to use origami to grace their magazine covers!

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With a Shoe, Marloes ten Bhömer Influences What Beauty Can Be

07.24.08 | 4 Comments

London-based Dutch product designer Marloes ten Bhömer who studied at the London College of Fashion and the Royal College of Art produces the most eye-catching and swoon worthy shoes. What makes Ms. Bhömer’s shoes so different is that she researches and works with materials, forms and construction methods that are rarely seen in shoe design. What’s more is that she works with our favorite friend origami in creating some of her couture shoes. You can also visit her at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

The first special edition MARLOESTENBHOMER® shoe will be available to order very soon. If you would like to be amongst the first to know about the launch, please email her!

[left: Foldedshoe / Materials: Wood and tarpaulin / A single sheet of fabric folded once to create an abstracted shoe shape]

[right: Carbonfibreshoe #2 / Materials: Carbon fibre and leather / Shoes constructed from carbon fibre, cladded in leather ]

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Fold Loud by JooYoun Paek

07.23.08 | 1 Comment

New York-based artist and interaction designer JooYoun Paek created a musical play interface called Fold Loud which combines technology, origami, and sound to create an interactive experience of relaxation, recovery and balance.

While you fold classic origami bases from this unique sheet of paper, it simultaneously creates soothing harmonic vocal sounds. Each fold is assigned a different sound so that a combination of these folds create harmony. Click here to watch the video.

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All That Glitters is Hanna Nyman

07.21.08 | No Comments

All That Glitters is Hanna Nyman

Swedish product and print designer Hanna Nyman lets her talent shine through in creating this beautiful lighting system. Plus it is also very origami and we like that.

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Leather Aligator Fold Clutch by Chloe

07.16.08 | 2 Comments

Chloe Leather Aligator Fold Clutch

Thanks to the awesome fold factor in origami, Chloe offers a new, fun and fashionable way to hold your most intimate belongings!

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Nenen by Igor Marq for Corian

07.14.08 | No Comments


Architect Igor Marq designed an origami-inspired piece called Nenen for Corian. This innovative centerpiece is exemplary of form follows function; useful as a supportive base as well as a centerpiece for fruits and veggies!

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Elijah sports tank

07.10.08 | No Comments

elijah origami top

If I had a fabulous party to attend this summer, I would wear this origami sports top to go running so that I can fit into the beautiful Dior Dresses. The sports tank is on sale too!

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no. 973, origami chair by James Dieter

07.08.08 | No Comments

( I know it was 5 years ago, but still very cool to feature )

no.973, origami chair by James Dieter

In 2003, designboom and 100% design organized an international design competition: 100% folding chairs. There were more than 1300 participants, from 84 countries, 470 prototype-entries received, and only one winner. On our blog, our winner would have been entry no. 973, titled Origami Chair from Brooklyn-based design studio founded by James Dieter.

no.973, origami chair by James Dieter

Constructed with polycarbonate and polyester mesh, the chair folds together from a single sheet into a three dimensional structure, strong enough to withstand the weight of an adult.

Check out dform –  you’ll find more James Dieter manipulating of flat sheet materials such as wood veneer or plastic and transform them into dynamic three dimensional forms.

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Origami by Reflex-Angelo

07.07.08 | No Comments

Reflex Anglo Origami Wall

Matteo of Arredo blog was kind enough to comment on the cool origami wall entry, which led to the awesome discovery of Reflex-Angelo. These origami-inspired cabinets also double as shelving units, you will see the various shelf combinations you can create to fit your lifestyle.

(ps. They’ll also offer you a wonderful web experience when you click to their site!)

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October 21, 2010

Eyebags

Eyebags

I’ve been gone for almost two months now.

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Coat from Dolce & Gabbana, boxers from Uniqlo

I’m in Chicago until tomorrow, then NYC, then two more cities and home sweet home.

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 04:59 AM in Current Affairs | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Robyn – Indestructible

Robyn – Indestructible

Robyn’s final ‘Body Talk’ installment is going to be released soon and since I haven’t posted a music entry in the past few weeks so let me share you one of my favourite tracks in her album. This is an edit of ‘Indestructible’.

Robyn Indestructible

And I never was smart with love… I let the bad ones in and the good ones go but… I’m gonna love you like I’ve never been hurt before… I’m gonna love you like I’m indestructible. Your love is ultramagnetic, not again it’s taking over. This is hardcore…and I’m indestructible.

Amazing eh?

Posted on October 21, 2010 at 04:54 AM in Music, Robyn | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

October 20, 2010

Good Advice, Bad Advice

Good Advice, Bad Advice

As strange as it sounds, I’m constantly inundated with emails from my readers asking for fashion advice. Advice on what to buy, advice on what to wear, advice on personal style, etc.

Bryanboy, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo at Emilio Pucci Spring Summer 2011
Me, Anna Piaggi and Anna Dello Russo at Emilio Pucci Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Show

While I mostly blog about myself (and fashion), I find it funny that some come to me with their sartorial questions when I’m hardly fashionable or stylish myself. A relative once asked me why I like going out looking like a christmas tree.

I blog about “fashion”, yes, such as the things I like, the things I’ve seen, the things I’ve worn, etc.

However, giving advice is something I’m not good at. It’s also something I don’t want to do.

I hope you understand (and accept my apologies) if I don’t personally respond to your emails seeking advice because I cannot tell you what will look good on you without seeing let alone knowing you.

It wouldn’t make sense for me to dictate ‘ok this is what you should wear’ only for you to end up not liking it, or worse, thing that you’ll put on is not YOU.

Dressing up, to me, comes from within. The things that we put on our bodies should reflect ourselves: our mood, our emotions, our personality.

With that being said, there are many countless style blogs and magazines out there to draw inspiration from.

Me, on the other hand, I draw inspiration from myself. I know it’s narcissistic but you won’t see me collect photos of people to try to emulate them or add my own ‘twist’ to their looks.

I believe in individuality and being unique. Looking different to everyone regardless of the trend gets brownie points in my book. I like it when there’s something ‘not right’ or something ‘off’ or if I look ‘ridiculous’ to the eyes of others. Afterall, I dress for myself. Looking “perfect” is too easy. Take a look around and notice how beautiful people look these days? There are many, many, many beautiful individuals out there.

Unless you have your own personal style nailed down, it doesn’t hurt to play around with our looks and have fun in the process.

So go right ahead and play with fashion. Always remember individual style triumphs over conformity. Don’t forget to march to the beat of your own drum.

Posted on October 20, 2010 at 06:46 PM in Current Affairs, Fashion and Style | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

October 18, 2010

Video Diary – Walking, Hiking, Climbing, Maybe 69ing (NOT!)…

Walking, Hiking, Climbing, Maybe 69ing (NOT!)…

Not satisfied with the day trip I had on Saturday, the bf and I spent the whole Sunday walking around the suburbs. We went south, to the woods. Real woods with real trees, lakes (or river??), hills, etc. I’m the least outdoors-y person out there but our trip made me fall in love with mama nature.

Bryanboy at Stockholm Suburbs

Parka from H&M, shearling jacket from Vince, sweater from Whyred, jeans from Uniqlo, canvas sneakers from Generic Surplus.

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Posted on October 18, 2010 at 05:52 PM in Current Affairs, H&M, Stockholm, Sweden, Vince | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

October 17, 2010

Walking on Cobblestone

Walking on Cobblestone

At first I thought I’d wear a pair of high heels for our day trip but after three corns (I know, gross), rough feet and more than a month of wearing them non-stop, I wore these super comfy shearling-lined Burberry Prorsum boots from their Fall/Winter 2010 collection.

Heels make great photographs yes, but sometimes, common sense prevails.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 08:21 PM in Current Affairs, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

This, my friends, is why Autumn is my favourite time of the year. I love the cool temperatures, the amazing colours and of course, look at the sea of leaves!

Bryanboy in Sweden

Bryanboy in Sweden

Vintage hat from boyfriend, coat from Swedish brand HOPE, gloves from H&M, sweater from Filippa K, boots from Burberry Prorsum.

More photos from our roadtrip coming up!

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 07:56 PM in Current Affairs, Hope, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (10) | TrackBack (0)

Royal Gripsholm Castle, Sweden

Royal Gripsholm Castle, Sweden

Maria picked me and the bf early in the morning to go to Mariefred, a Swedish town 65 kilometers outside Stockholm, where the Royal Gripsholm Castle is located.

Inside the Royal Gripsholm Castle you’ll find the National Portrait Collection (of Sweden, duh) spanning over 4,000 paintings starting from the 1500s and onwards.

Pictures to follow.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 07:41 PM in Current Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Not for Cameras, Bye

Not for Cameras, Bye

Trust me, Swedish is quite possibly the most difficult language to learn.

The best way to learn any language, whether it’s French or Norwegian, is to practice it with a native to get the right pronunciations. Both friends and the bf have been teaching me Swedish words. It’s the bf’s turn this time around and I recorded our conversation when we walked from the train station to his flat.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 05:57 PM in Current Affairs, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

What to Wear: “Chanel N°5 And Nothing Else”

What to Wear: “Chanel N°5 And Nothing Else”

I spent the whole day out with the bf and one of his friends on a trip (more on that later) and after cake and tea at Taxinge Slott (aka Taxinge Castle), the bf interviewed me for shits and giggles.

Fun times. 🙂

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 01:47 AM in Current Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden | Permalink | Comments (12) | TrackBack (0)

Yesterday’s Dinner

Yesterday’s Dinner

One of the bf’s friends invited us for an initimate dinner yesterday at his lovely home. I must say it was one of the best dinners I had. Everything was perfect; our host was a complete gentleman.

After our meal, he played the piano… we stayed at his place for five hours, until 1AM… it’s a miracle that we made it on the long train ride home.

Posted on October 17, 2010 at 12:59 AM in Current Affairs, Stockholm | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

October 14, 2010

Prints and Knits

Prints and Knits

Earlier this week, I visited the Patriksson showroom to re-see the spring/summer 2011 collections by several Scandinavian designers. My favourite piece is this printed spring coat by Minimarket.

Minimarket Spring Summer 2011

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Can You Hypnotize a Chicken?

Can You Hypnotize a Chicken?

When I went to Stockholm in August, my friend Elin told me she hypnotized a chicken on Swedish TV a few years ago.

We found the video last night during dinner and I thought it was amazing.

Posted on October 14, 2010 at 06:24 PM in Fashion Bloggers, OMGOMGOMG | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

October 13, 2010

Vintage Shopping With Gabriella and Aapo

Vintage Shopping With Gabriella and Aapo

Gabriella and Aapo took me to their favourite vintage stores here in Stockholm: Old Touch in Odenplan and Saker & Ting in Stureplan.

Posted on October 13, 2010 at 11:15 PM in Fashion and Style, Shopping, Stockholm | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

October 11, 2010

Backstage at Valentino Spring Summer 2011

Carine Roitfeld and Valentino Garavani Backstage

After the Valentino show, I rushed backstage to greet Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Photographers went wild when the man himself, Valentino Garavani, greeted the couple.

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 02:44 PM in Fashion and Style, Spring Summer 2011, Valentino | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Valentino RTW Spring Summer 2011 Show Finale

Valentino RTW Spring Summer 2011 Show Finale

Here’s the finale of the spring/summer 2011 Valentino fashion show.

It took me quite some time to find the correct remix but for those of you who want to know the track used in the finale, it’s Florence and the Machine’s Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero remix). Click HERE for the track. Enjoy!

Posted on October 11, 2010 at 02:43 PM in Fashion and Style, Spring Summer 2011, Valentino | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

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Take a sartorial cue from some of our favorite online fashion bloggers of the moment. 


From left to right: Stylorectic, Froufrouu, Factory Style, 4th and Bleeker, Le Flassh

With Fashion Week approaching at a terrifying speed, editors the world over are gearing up for yet another test of their endurance, stamina and undying love for fashion – despite everything it puts us through eight weeks out of the year. But this upcoming season of back-to-back shows begs the question – will rising fashion bloggers feel the same pressure to perform? For their sakes, we hope not, but as the trend of seasons past has proven, blogging babes are quickly creeping into frazzled Fashion Week veteran territory. 

We won’t deny it though, we love a blogger just as much as the next, and these five are our favorite gals of the moment. We’d be glad to share a spot with them front row. From Alexandra Spencer of 4th and Bleeker’s model-off-duty style to Dajana of Le Flassh’s laid back Aussie cool.

Stylorectic: The Austria-based blogger behind Stylorectic has a head of two-toned hair to match her Chloe Sevigny meets Lady Gaga meets Alice Dellal style.
Froufrouu: We first fell in love with Nadia when she posted her head to toe outfits to our Daily Mirror section, and have followed her blog religiously ever since. While always chic and elegant with that European infused je ne sais quoi, Nadia’s wares are often a surprising mix of finds from places like H&M, vintage stores and ebay rather than big name designers.
4th and Bleeker: Maybe it’s the fact that Alexandra Spencer actually DIYed her very own pair of “Penny Lane pants” or perhaps it’s that she’s so gorgeous clothes can’t help but look good on her – but the stylish 21-year-old behind 4th and Bleeker is the shit. Period.
Le Flassh: At first glance, you might be fooled into pinning Dajana of Le Flassh as a laidback cool Cali girl, but alas – stylish Aussie’s are everywhere these days, and we’re always pleasantly surprised by their presence. Dajana’s ability to be a style chameleon makes her blog especially inspirational for girls who like to dress to their mood.
Factory Style: Italians are just born with it so it seems, and Valentina from Factory Style is no exception. Hailing from Vercelli, Italy, she’s not afraid to mix it up with an eclectic downtown vibe one day and a more classic look the next.