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STEVIEBOI—A Man who makes sunglasses that Bring OUT Your Inner Lady GaGa! via [Trend de La Creme]

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StevieBoi: Seeing Is Believing

Photo: Designer Steven Strawder

For the past two years, indie designer Steven C. Strawder (a.k.a. StevieBoi) has been selling his creations under the name (T0xic) online and in niche boutiques. His latest creations, these Super-Duper-Fly sunglasses, are uniquely on trend (especially with low-visibility sunglasses all the rage on ’09 runways). And at 80% visibility, anyone looking to wow their fashion-forward friends should definitely snag a pair — just don’t wear them while driving on dark country roads. (Sure, they can run up to $60 pair, but nobody ever said making a fashion statement was going to be cheap, right?) See them for yourself at StevieBoi.com.


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23 Pieces of Glowing Furniture via [trendhunter]

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by Bianca Bartz

23 Pieces of Glowing Furniture (SUPER GALLERY)

There’s a growing wave ofdesigners with a fascination with illuminated textiles. We’ve seen

this in fashion before, including glow in the dark clothes and accessories, but this time we’re focusing in on furniture.

Trend Hunter has featured a bevy of phenomenal designs for the home that light up, some functioning like innovative lamps, others giving the ability to set custom moods, while others act as regular furniture, just with a very modern twist on design.

Check out some of the brightest ideas on Trend Hunter below.

Seats and Sofas

Modern Louis XV Furniture – The Neo Neon Collection (GALLERY)

Louis XV furniture has been given a modern spin by Lee Broom. The designer describes his six piece trendy fusion collection as “art that is ultimately functional.” The fantastically eclectic concept plays… [More]

Glowing Ice Cube Furniture – Moss LED Sofa

The first thing that comes to mind when I see this LED-illuminated Moss couch is that it looks like it belongs in an igloo. This makes a stunning compromise for anyone intrigued by the aesthetics of the… [More]

Eudora Lamp Chair

At just under $3,000, the Eudora lamp chair is a fiverglass chair that is upholstered in fabric and then encased in resin.  It’s illuminated from the inside and made by hand.  You can choose from a variety… [More]

Tables

Illuminated Furniture – Ambient Luminescent Lounge Table

A dimmer foot switch adds to the excitement of this sexy illuminated lounge table. It has a high gloss finish, is UV resistant, and features a stow-away cable. The price tag is $779.00 [More]

Interactive Furniture – LED Coffee Table In Action (VIDEO)

For that extra punch of ambiance in your living room, consider getting an LED coffee table. The creation from the Evil Mad Scientist Lab consists of a glass-top table embedded with LEDs that are motion-activated.… [More]

Awe Inspiring LED Table by Ingo Maurer

Brilliant LED table glitters more than your candle-lit dinner. “led table designed by ingo maurer in 2003. this beautiful table is limited in production. this table is a true example of modern design.… [More]

Lightable LED Dinner Table – Create a Halo of Light Around Any Object (VIDEO)

This transparent LED table was designed by Julian Appelius and Fabien Dumas.  When you place an object on the table, the object become illuminated by a halo of LED light… even if that object is your… [More]

Cabinets

Glow in the Dark Furniture – Fullmoon Cabinet (GALLERY)

Sotirios Papadopoulos designed this Fullmoon cabinet for Ennezero using ecologically-friendly paint. The Fullmoon glows in the dark and in that sense, as far as I am concerned, this is a creation that… [More]

Fiber Optic Cabinets – Horm Voltaceleste by Salvatore Indriolo (GALLERY)

Horm Voltaceleste is a glowing cabinet by designer Salvatore Indriolo. The cupboard has lighting inside and its wooden doors feature optical fibers of various diameters whose positions are governed by… [More]

Other

Inflatable Furniture – New Inflatable Bar For Sale or Rent

The new inflatable collection from Bubble Miami proves that inflatable furniture can be hot.  Interestingly, you can also rent the inflatable bar, making sure you have the hippest pool party on your block.… [More]

LED Prayer Rug Glows When Facing Mecca – Sajjdah 1426

Not only does this high-tech prayer rug look super funky with its glowing design, but its LED lights actually offer functional properties. Embedded inside the Turkish tapestry is a compass that enables… [More]

Generate Light: LTT Illuminated Bathtub & Furniture

Generate offers a full line of illuminated furniture, including illumniated bath tubs, illuminated sinks, illuminated lamps, illuminated coffee tables, and illuminated everything. “This illuminated, self… [More]

Mood Sensitive Design – The Mood Bowl Changes Color (GALLERY)

This pear glass, which plugs into the wall, changes color according to your mood. The mood bowl is capable of going through a cycle of 8 different colors but it can also remain on the same color of your… [More]

Luxury DJ Booths – The $5500 Homelander (VIDEO)

The ‘HOMELANDER’ is a high end DJ Booth by DJ Furniture.  It comes with a customized high gloss finish, integrated air cooling fan, and in the color of your choice. The 3 LED lights and the 2 color powerleds… [More]

Ondine Illuminated Shower: Reenact Your Alien Abduction

There’s nothing more relaxing that having a nice shower and letting the blue rays of light fall on your body.
“Sitting in the relaxation room, you are displaced to a garden setting in your Tuscan mansion,… [More]

Chromotherapy-Equipped Shower

Now you can shower with chromotherapy! [More]

Illuminated Door Handles

We won’t need “do not disturb” cards anymore to indicate the room is occupied. Stockholm-based company, Brighthandle offers new door handles including lights to encode room privacy. Various models can… [More]

Semi-Precious Illuminated Counter Tops

Seen at the recent Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas, exotic solid surfaces made of translucent semi-precious stones can be combined with under-counter lighting to create custom, eye-popping… [More]

Glass & Walls

Furniture Hacks – LED Glass Door (GALLERY)

These days, incredible interior design is all about originality, and sometimes the only way to do that is by modifying the supplies available in store. Take this door for example. Instead of leaving… [More]

Illuminated Eco-Chic Windows – Lightway (GALLERY)

It appears that light bulbs may soon become obsolete if Damian Savio, a Sydney design student, has his way. The Longueville designer invented Lightway window louvers that illuminate dwellings without… [More]

Wall-Integrated LEDs – Disguised Torn Lighting (GALLERY)

Torn Lighting by designer Billy May creatively integrate and disguise LED lights within your walls for a seamless and clean interior light solution. Painted the same color as your walls, the Torn Lighting… [More]

Light Canvases

Art Coincides With Your Mood – MoodSpace by Interactive Art (GALLERY)

What if you could design your own moods? For only $25,000 you can add an entire wall that shimmers and glows to your living room decor. Now imagine being able to fine tune it. The MoodSpace by Interactive… [More]

Paint with LED Light – Philips Imagination Light Canvas (GALLERY)

They should have this up in all waiting rooms in hospitals and offices. Philips Electronics introduced their Imagination Light Canvas— an interactive light wall that uses touch screen and Philips technologies… [More]




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Very CUTE Costume Ideas for Baby’s First Halloween

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10 Frozen Treats For Your Pets To Eat via [apartmenttherapy]

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10 Frozen DIY Pet Treats

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  • Sarah Rae Trover

072210-dogicecream.jpg Although our main focus is usually on food for human consumption, with the weather oh-so-toasty lately, our four-legged friends are also in need of a little refreshment. Snacks for pets are always less expensive to make yourself and we’ve rounded up 10 ideas to keep them cool and your wallet full all at the same time!

Without getting into the world of what’s actually healthy for dogs to eat, we’d like to give you a few options of great frozen snacks for dogs and cats alike. We’re not big on adding fruits and vegetables to this mix, but you’re welcome to do so (though we suggest researching it first). We’ll be sticking to meats and proteins and staying away from sugar.

Here are a few of our favorite frozen treats for pets:

1. Ice Cubes: Plain, simple and easy.
2. Frozen Yogurt: You can buy pre-made or simply freeze regular yogurt containers. It’s as good for their digestive tracks as it is for yours. Helps those animals that are especially gassy! (older animals might require less dairy, try mixing half yogurt/half water for those who need a little help)
3. Frozen Liver: Cut chicken/beef liver into small bite size pieces and place on a sheet pan covered in parchment paper. Feed 2 or 3 pieces daily (unless raw feeding and then you may feed regular daily amount). They keep well in a zip lock once frozen.
4. Frozen Egg: Although this one is best eaten outside, toss an egg or two in a blender (including shells) and blend till smooth. Freeze in an ice cube tray (half way full) for easier dispensing. Do not feed more than 1 per day to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
5. Tuna: There isn’t much a cat or a dog won’t do for tuna. For them, it’s just as tasty cold, so freeze in small bite size pieces or mounds on parchment, or even blend with any of the ingredients above before freezing.
6. Organic Low Sodium Broth: Broth is a good base to mix in all sorts of things. Add a bit of peanut butter or assorted meats. If you tape off the end of a Kong toy (for dogs or cats) and fill the toy with broth, they’ll be able to slowly lick at it as it melts.
7. Cheese Chunks: You can freeze them as is, or try freezing them in something else (broth or water) for extra visual appeal.
8. Hot Dog Bits: Although you can freeze almost any meat and we’re believers that raw meat is better than cooked, we still don’t know a dog who says no to a hot dog. We do suggest cutting them length wise (in strips) so your animal doesn’t try to swallow it whole and choke.
9. Baby Food: Try to find one that doesn’t (or shouldn’t) contain onion powder and your pets will do almost anything for it! Freeze in mini muffin cups for easy feeding.
10. Commercial Retail Popsicles: If you check your local grocer, they often sell doggy popsicles right next to the human ones. We’ve tried them on several occasions and our pups won’t go near them, but we know many who do. We have personally taste tested them ourselves (what, we were curious?!) and we’re pretty sure the options above will be far tastier!

Do you have a favorite frozen treat to feed your pet? Just in case you’d like to experiment on making your own, here’s a list of items that are toxic to dogs and cats, so make sure to review or check with your vet before you begin!





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The Very Sexy MONOKini Swimsuit Trend: Cut-Out and Cut-Away Swimwear- The Hautest Lookfor Summer 2010. [via glamourchick.wordpress, fahionbombdaily.com and polyvore]

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Swimsuit trend 2010 – cutout monokinis

Victoria’s Secret swimwear 2010

Victoria's Secret swimwear 2010

KERI HILSON in a white mokini in Complex
magazine

HERVE LEGER bandage One-Piece

CHANEL Metallic Monokini

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Naomi Campbell launches Milan with a monokini

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Campbell

What is the difference between a Monokini and traditional One Piece Swimsuit? via [butterfliesandbikinis]

The modern monokini takes its design from the bikini, and is also described as “more of a cut-out one-piece swimsuit,”with designers using fabric, mesh, chain, or other materials to link the top and bottom sections together, though the appearance may not be functional, but rather only aesthetic.

One of the difficulties in fitting a One Piece is torso length. Each woman is different and when you have a one piece the torso design of that suit can fit women only in that range. With a Monokini, the top is attached with a small amount of fabric, chain or other allowing for greater variance of torso length, making fit easy and comfortable.

Monokinis are all the rage. Many girls who would never wear a traditional one piece now wear and flaunt themselves in the sexy fashion forward designer fashions.

A Halter Style Sexy One Piece and Monokini

There are many different styles to fit each figure, taste, and occasion. A halter style one-piece is a great choice for larger busted woman who needs support, and lifts the bust.

The lift and support of a Halter can also add the appearance of fuller breast to woman with moderate to smaller bust size, making it perfect for almost any figure type.

Sexy Cut Out Styles

Over the past few years many top swimwear designers continue to create sexy side cut cut and cut out one-piece bathing suits that totally heat up the beach in various sizzling designs.

Some women are self conscious of their tummy area but have other assets they want to show off. Many of these suit designs cover the areas of concern directing the attention to more flattering aspects of your figure. Be sexy and be confident, with designs that give the appearance of a more slender waist, curvaceous hips, plunging neckline, and totally hot bottom.

Deep V-Neck and Plunging Neckline

Beautiful designs by Agua Bendita, Beach Bunny, L*Space, OndadeMar, SABZ, SAHA, and more…………Daring, sexy and flirtatious making you ultra- sexy and eye- Candy.

With the choices available in One Piece Swimsuits and Monokinis, you have endless opportunities to show off your best assets. For some it’s their breasts, others their legs, and some a great looking booty.

Lindsay Lohan for GQ magazine

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Kelly-Rowland-Turquoise-Monokini

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L Space ocean ‘One Love Barbarella’ cutout monokini Kelly Rowland
Turquoise Monokini

Rihanna one piece cut out bathing suit

A monokini is basically a bikini swimsuit where the
top is attached to the bottom. It is an interesting concept and I
think the best way to wear a monokini is to wear a solid color to keep
it chic and not cheap. via [shoppingandinfo.com]

My favorite one I have seen around is the
Roberto Cavalli black monokini. It is beautifully made and will look
fabulous on.

Celebrity Style Guide: Teairra Mari‘s Hot Pink Monokini

via
[blackstylecentral]


Teairra Mari rocked a sexy pink monokini on the
artwork for her latest single Body. The color of her cute
little one-piece is what makes this such an incredible look.

GUESS
Tribal Affair Cut-out One Piece

Price:
$97.00

GUESS Tribal Affair Cut-out One Piece swimsuit

Original
ornament, stylish design of this monokini will make you the Queen of
the summer beach or pool. Don’t miss!

GUESS
My Cabana Cut-out One Piece swimsuit

Price:
$89.00

GUESS My Cabana Cut-out One Piece swimsuit

What a
beautiful monokini! A lot of lowers, pink and green colors on white
background, deep V plunge neckline, that is so often demonstrated on
the Summer 2010 runway shows.

GUESS
Chain Gang Cut-out One Piece

Price:
$99.00

GUESS Chain Gang Cut-out One Piece

Look at this nice suit with cut-out sides and rings details. Do you
like it? Mmmm… Love it! Very sexy.

Monokini
Art Nouveau

Price:
$84.95

Lifestyles Direct Tan through Monokini Art Nouveau

Looks very feminine. Nice pink color.

miami swimwear 2010

miami swimwear 2010

Swimwear with V plunge neckline will be on top next swim
season too.

Deep V plunging neckline swimsuit at the Poko Pano 2010 fashion  <br/>show

Deep V plunging neckline swimsuit at the
Poko Pano 2010 fashion show

Graphic print one-piece swimsuit at the Luli Fama 2010 fashion  <br/>show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, July 18,  <br/>2009

Graphic print one-piece swimsuit at the Luli
Fama 2010 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami
Beach, July 18, 2009

Roxy black sandal
$13 – pacsun.com

TopShop glass shade
15 GBP – topshop.com

Hair accessory
barneys.com

Melissa kaftan top
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Bamboo tote
ebags.com

Forever21 bracelet
forever21.com

Oliver Peoples glass shade
oliverpeoples.com

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How to Fake a Vacation Glow with the Hautest NEW MakeUp via [allure, ourvanity.com, and oceandrive]

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Allure
interviews Scott Barnes, a makeup artist who works with Jennifer Lopez
and is the author of About Face (Fair Winds Press).

When people say they want that “lit-from-within glow,” they’re
talking about the healthy, dewy look you have when you’re on vacation
in a sunny place. The first thing you should do to combat dull skin is
get a humidifier. When skin is moist, makeup will go on smoother and
sit on your face better.

Create Foundation. Unless you have phenomenal skin,
you can benefit from sheer foundation. Apply moisturizer first, let it
rest for a minute, then dab off any extra oil with a tissue. Choose a
liquid or cream foundation, and apply it with a brush, which looks most
natural.

Think Outside. Bronzer is crucial if you want to
look sun-kissed. Women often make the mistake of choosing a brick-red
powder, but anyone with fair or medium skin should choose a yellow-brown
formula. You want to create a halo of bronzer around your face: Moving
in a circular motion, lightly buff the apples of the cheeks, the
temples and hairline, and under the jawbone. Leave the areas around
your nose and eyes alone. Bronzer creates too much darkness there,
which can make you look older.

Highlight Sparingly. If you want the light to catch
your features, highlighter works well—just don’t go overboard. I like
to swipe a powder highlighter from the temples to the tops of the
cheekbones. A golden champagne looks good on fair and medium skin; dark
skin looks best with a deeper bronze shade. If you’re in a rush, use
pressed powder on your T-zone, nose, and chin. The areas you leave alone
will reflect light and naturally highlight your cheekbones and
temples.

Keep It Light. Lips should be neutral and glossy. A
woman with fair skin looks best with pink gloss; for dark skin,
mahogany lip gloss is beautiful. Finish by brushing a touch of golden
pink blush onto the apples of your cheeks.

Take Charge



Photographs
by Andreas Ortner
Makeup by Kelly Kearns for MAC cosmetics

Pucker Up

Eyes: Eye shadow in Aquadisiac ($14.50), Fluidline
liquid liner in Blacktrack ($15)
Lips: Lip pencil
in Mouth Off ($13), lipstick in Morange and Vegas Volt ($14 each)
Cheeks:
Mineralize Skin Finish Natural powder in Medium Dark ($26)
Nails:
Pink Bronze pigment ($19.50) topped with Overlacquer ($12)

Bright Eyes

Eyes: Paint stick in Primary Yellow ($20), eye shadow
in Goldmine and Cork ($14.50 each), Fluidline liquid liner in
Blacktrack ($15)
Lips: Lipstick in Up the Amp
($14), lip pencil in Magenta ($13)

Feeling
Cheeky

Lips: Lipstick in Crème d’Nude ($14),
Tinted Lipglass in C-Thru ($14)
Eyes: Eye shadow
in Stars N’ Rockets ($14.50), Eye Kohl in Costa Riche ($14.50)
Cheeks:
Eye shadow in Stars N’ Rockets ($14.50), Pigment color powder in
Frozen White ($19.50)

All cosmetics, MAC
Pro. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach; macpro.com
MAKEUP
ASSISTANT: Eley Gonzalez
HAIR: Kyra Dorman at Artists by Timothy
Priano using Big Sexy Hair
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New Make Up Collections Spring-Summer 2010

Illustrious brands launch not only cloths and shoes collections but lines as well.
Have you already seen the main brands Spring Summer 2010
ranges? Let’s have a look at the makeup pieces we should get the place
in our cosmetics bags for.

Guerlain make up collection SS 2010

Japanese motif from Guerlain – Cherry Blossom Collection

The face of the new Japanese collection
became
who is far from being Japanese.

Guerlain make up collection Spring Summer 2010

But the rest of the collection is in pure Japanese style with the
basic color – cherry in blossom. and
blush gamut are in cherry-pink, pink-lilac and pin-beige palette.

Guerlain SS 2010 make up collection

Guerlain also offers the rich color of ripe cherry for the
lips.

Lilac sky above the desert from Chanel – Les Impressions
Collection

Chanel stakes on two colors this season – lilac-violet and
all the sand hues. They have even chosen the sand background for the new
collection ads.

Chanel SS 2010 make up collection

Natural beige and golden and
rouge hues are perfect for the day , and the rich
violet and lilac are aimed to attract attention to your beauty under the
evening lights.

Chanel makeup collection SS 2010

The accent of the new collection goes to the eye while the
natural-pink or beige lips are only the background of the picture.

Chanel make up collection SS 2010

The same thing is acceptable to the nails. The universal tints fit
each skin color and type.

Chanel make up collection Spring Summer 2010

Dior opts for lace with Boudoir Look Collection

Delicate, light and feminine lace led Dior to the creation
of the eponymous collection.

Dior make up collection Spring Summer 2010

Usual 5-color shadows palette are launched in cold grey-pink-lilac
gamut with typical floral lace impress.

Dior makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

The texture of the compact powder is almost weightless just like the
lace should be. Blush hues are closer to the cold-pink than to the
warm-peach.

Dior SS 2010 makeup collection

Lipsticks and glosses are pink, fuchsia, cold beige. Nail polish –
metal gloss.

Dior Spring Summer 2010 make up collection

Colorful kaleidoscope from Givenchy – New Impressions
Collection

Givenchy is brave in colors! Royal blue, rich violet,
delicate green, saturated terra-cotta and dazzling white colors are in
the palette of the range.

Givenchy makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

Here is a new trick from Givenchy for the season . They launched
the of one color but in different textures: matte,
mother-of-pearl. The blush is for any taste: cold pink, warm peach and
chocolate tints. The
is very special in the line. Its color is violet.

Givenchy make up collection Spring Summer 2010

As to the gamut of lipsticks and lip glosses, they include all the
hues of pink. Nail should also be bright and colorful, admit the
Givenchy
designers.

Hollywood luster from Estee Lauder – Hollywood Stars
Collection

The Spring Summer 2010 collection
from Estee Lauder was created by the fashion designer Michael
Kors
who devoted it to the Hollywood stars.

Estee Lauder makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

At first it seems that the line produces the impression of the shy
and almost innocent, but look attentively and you’ll see the scarlet
lipsctick and nail polish, black and
pencil along with the natural hues.

Estee Lauder Spring Summer 2010 make up collection

With the help of this stuff you can try on various roles ranging from
innocent coquette to vamp, just like the real star.

Holy innocence from Jill Stuart – Jewel Crystal Eyes

Jill Stuart makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

Jill Stuart launched the Spring range with delicate sexual
tints.

Jill Stuart SS 2010 make up collection

The shapes of the products are very girlish but besides the infantile
pink color, there is very adult violet and berry colors.

Jill Stuart make up collection Spring Summer 2010

Intoxicating freedom from MAC – Give me Liberty of London
Collection

Having decorated the cosmetic novelties with flowers and birds, MAC
created the spring mood.

MAC SS 2010 make up collection

This range is nothing but explosion! Pink, violet and corral tints
prevail. Moreover, the collection includes cosmetic bags and kerchief.

MAC make up collection SS 2010

Modesty colors woman into the grey color, think MAC
designers and promote the bright eyes and lips and nail of blue0green
tints.

MAC makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

Spring in Paris with YSL – Paris Passion Spring Look
Collection

Spring Paris – isn’t it a dream of a romantic person? Bright and soft
hues of the YSL collection make you dream about the best city
in the world.

YSL makeup collection Spring Summer 2010

Saturated colors with delicate pastel hues always produce the
captivating looks. The basic colors are turquoise, lilac, and violet in
comb with pink or grey.

YSL make up collection SS 2010

Lips should be sensual and glimmering just like a real Parisian’s
ones, or chocolate and vanilla hues – for the shy ladies. Nails are
brightly red or shyly-violet.

YSL SS 2010 make up collection

Flowers and sea from – O My Rose
Collection

There are few women who may resist sea and flowers. Taking it into
the consideration, , made
them the basic motifs of its new collection sea can be dark-blue and
almost green.

Lancome SS 2010 make up collection

These hues you can find in the palette of the . The
designers made the main accent onto the mother-of-pearl golden sand
color.

Lancome make up collection SS 2010

lips
wear different hues like carrot-red, lilac, chocolate and even scarlet
including all tints of the collection symbol – rose.

Lancome Spring Summer 2010 make up collection

Nails wear bold colors up to black!


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The BEST Men’s Watch is…… The Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph via [revo-online and perpetuelle.com]

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2009 REVOLUTION AWARDS
Presenting the world’s most outstanding watches by jack forster


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The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how strong watchmaking is, and of its enduring appeal, that every year, the number of truly worthy potential nominees vastly outnumbers the actual award winners. That said, we can’t help but feel that our final selections have something special that sets them apart. You, of course, will agree or disagree according to your own disposition. But we’re just as grateful  for differences of opinion as we are for the masterful timepieces we write about. After all, if it weren’t for diversity of taste, those of us who write about it would be out of a job!

The 2009 REVOLUTION Awards  have a special significance.  Excellence is always a rare commodity, but in 2009, in many ways, it was more than ever the  difficult choice. For the companies and watch-industry persons  selected, perhaps the most  distinctive and distinguishing common trait is the affirmation  evidenced by their work that, for them, excellence is the only choice.
Juried assessments of works of art or design necessarily reveal as much about the prejudices of the jurors as they do about the quality  of the nominees.
The REVOLUTION Awards,  therefore, can’t be taken as a complete representative of the best in watchmaking — rather, it represents a necessary compromise between our objective
judgments, and our individual tastes. For nearly a thousand years, mechanicalhorology has been the point of convergence of the most advanced technology and the most elaborate and sophisticated craftsmanship in the history of civilization. And there is a fascination to watchmaking that goes to the very heart of human curiosity. Mechanical horology, far  from being put to rest either by advances in technology or the vagaries of economics, is now more vital than perhaps at any time in its long history. While it’s customary to refer to the recipients
of awards as honorees, we can’t help but feel that we are the ones who are honored to be able to consider such a feast of horology as presents itself to us every year. And this year, especially, rather than toot our own horn, we’d rather offer up the 2009 REVOLUTION Awards as a gesture of deep thanks and gratitude to the recipients, whose hard work and genius are responsible for the magical little machines that continue to charm us all.
It’s a sign of how…

A Closer Look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph
by Kyle

With its iconic watch collections such as the Tank and the Santos, Cartier has long been a brand whose watches tend to appeal to those more interested in high fashion and social status than to the true fans of fine mechanical watches and high watchmaking. However, at the 2009 SIHH Cartier introduced several exciting new models as well as its own in-house movements – all in an attempt to garner greater respect for itself in the world of “haute horlogerie“.

One of my favorites that Cartier introduced was the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronographe.  The distinguishing feature of this watch, as its name implies, is its innovative central chronograph function.  The clever design elements of this watch are subtle, but if you take a moment to understand them you will likely be impressed.

Cartier Rotonde de Cartier central chronograph

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Rotonde de Cartier 9907 MC calibre

If you look closely at the dial you can see that the hours and minutes use blued hands which are invisible save for the tips.  This is unlike almost any “normal” watch in which the hands extend all the way to the center of the dial.  As for the chronograph function, a slim blued seconds hand begins to track the time when the push-piece is pressed, while the large counter in the form of an arc records each of its revolutions up to thirty minutes. The simple genius here being that the hands indicating the time never obscure those of the chronograph!

Perpetuelle.com partner TheTimeTV recently released a video which covers the 2009 Cartier Collection.  If you watch the video here you will get a “real world” look at the Cartier Rotonde Central Chronograph watch – among several neat watches that Cartier introduced this year!


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The New Design Crew

Springtime brings with it two design fairs native to New York City
flora: the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), and BKLYN
DESIGNS. Taking place in May, both draw top designers who share their
new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Here, five
young designers who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with a project from
each that you can make at home.

Moss Panels

Moss Panels

Springtime calls to mind nature bursting into impressive display.
For some–namely furniture and design fans–it also conjures up images
of a different sort: two esteemed design fairs native to New York City
flora, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
(ICFF) and BKLYN
DESIGNS
. Taking place in May, both draw top designers to share
their new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Over the
years, the shows have proven to open doors for a new batch of New
York-based designers. Here, five who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with
a project from each that you can make at home. It’s time to get to
know their genius.

by Kiera Coffee

Photos by Bryan McCay

Some designers invent their collections from one dedicated notion or
theme. BOA’s line of eco-conscious beds, storage units, stools, and
tables is more the result of a chain of inspired reactions. Her pieces
have all been born from the need for something that did not exist. And
though her starting points vary, her aesthetic is handsomely focused.
BOA uses almost exclusively nontoxic, recycled, and sustainable
materials, though, she says, “I don’t want the pieces to scream green,”
and in fact they don’t. She adds, “I also don’t want everything to
look like a matched set,” which is why she brings cohesion in tone but
does not endlessly repeat details. In the coming months BOA will expand
her line of upholstered pieces and also her meditation accessories.
She would also like to engage communities that have often been left out
of the larger green conversation on issues of sustainability. “It
doesn’t always cost more money, and the topic shouldn’t be elitist,”
she says.

BOA
Brooklyn, New York
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    Rig a vertical wetland by sewing live moss into shadow boxes for
    your wall. 

    1. Cut a section of window screen—½ inch smaller (on all sides) than
    inside dimensions of your frame. Thread the needle with a generous
    length of fishing line, knotting at the end.

    2. Lay screen down and insert needle from the back of the screen so
    the knot is not visible. Start sewing moss onto the screen, beginning at
    one corner and lightly overlapping layers of moss until you form a
    solid panel across the entire screen.

    3. Remove any cardboard backing from frame and discard. Transfer
    plexiglass from front of frame to back (in place of cardboard),
    attaching with any built-in tabs.

    4. Turn shadow box front side up (recessed side facing you). Squirt
    light layer of super glue along inside edges of plexiglass, and
    crisscross in the middle (glue pattern should be a square with an X
    inside it).

    5. Insert finished moss panel in frame and press lightly to adhere.
    Let dry for 30 minutes. To water moss, use a spray bottle and mist
    daily.

Moss Panels

$25

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Creeping Toy Caterpillar

Creeping Toy Caterpillar

Springtime calls to mind nature bursting into impressive display.
For some–namely furniture and design fans–it also conjures up images
of a different sort: two esteemed design fairs native to New York City
flora, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
(ICFF) and BKLYN
DESIGNS
. Taking place in May, both draw top designers to share
their new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Over the
years, the shows have proven to open doors for a new batch of New
York-based designers. Here, five who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with
a project from each that you can make at home. It’s time to get to
know their genius.

by Kiera Coffee

Photos by Bryan McCay

Lisa Mahar
New York, New York
kidoproducts.com

Designer, toy-store owner, and architect Mahar introduced her first
line of chic, modernist toys in 2008. Her products are a colorful,
gorgeously wrought collection of puzzles, blocks, wooden books, bath
toys, and more. They address the complex issues of child development,
playfulness, and aesthetics all at once. Mahar says, “Before having my
first child, I wasn’t really interested in toys or retail at all.” Which
might explain why her designs appeal to childless adults, parents,
and, of course, kids. “I try to make toys that are conceptually clear
as well as beautiful. If you give kids beautiful things, you show them
respect,” she explains. And she still keeps her focus keenly on each
toy’s purpose. According to Mahar, “My view of success is about hitting a
balance between great craftŃwhich is about love for the process, the
object, and the recipientŃand creating things that are affordable and
accessible. If you get that balance right, even manufacturing becomes
part of the larger community because that’s the step that brings it to
the world.”

    String a variety of wooden balls together to make a charming, wiggly
    friend. 

    1. Drill through center of the 2 1⁄2-inch balls with the 1⁄4-inch
    bit. On one of those balls, mark an X 1 inch from existing hole. Wrap
    tape around the 13⁄64-inch drill bit, 1⁄2 inch from tip. Drill into the X
    using tape as a guide for where to stop. This is the hole for dowel
    connection from body to head.

    2. Drill into the center of the 2-inch ball, stopping at tape mark
    to make the other end of dowel connection.

    3. Cut piece of dowel to 7⁄8 inch with the handsaw. Make sure it
    fits in holes, but don’t glue yet.

    4. Mark two Xs on the 2-inch ball (the head) 1 inch apartĘand 1⁄2
    inch from the center of ball (for antennae). Drill with taped bit.

    5. Drill into each 3⁄4-inch ball (antennae tips) up to tape. Cut two
    pieces of dowel to 2 3⁄8 inches (to become the antennae).

    6. Push clothesline through four 21⁄2-inch balls.

    7. One inch from the center of each ball, mark two Xs (for wheels).
    The front ball gets four wheels so make two more marks 1⁄2 inch from the
    Xs. Drill into Xs 3⁄4 inch deep.

    8. Collect all 11⁄4-inch balls (future wheels) and drill through. On
    all but one, attach countersink for #8 fasteners and drill into one
    side of holes deep enough to countersink the screw.

    9. Sand all balls, paint, and let dry. Repeat as needed. Glue on
    eyes, dowel connections to body, head, and antennae tips.

    10. Screw on wheels with washers between wood surfaces.

    11. Push rope through balls and tie at front and back. Use last
    11⁄4-inch ball for pulling toy, knotting the rope on both sides.

Creeping Caterpillar

$30

ingredients

    • Four 21/₂ -inch wood balls
    • 1⁄4 -inch wood drill bit
    • 1⁄4 -inch dowel rod
    • Two 3⁄4-inch wood balls
    • Eleven 11⁄4 -inch wood balls (for wheels)
    • 3⁄16 -inch-thick rope (like a clothesline)
    • Paint
    • Wood glue
    • 20mm wiggle eyes
    • Ten #8 washers

tools

    • Drill
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Tape
    • 13⁄64-inch wood drill bit
    • One 2-inch wood ball
    • Wood handsaw
    • Countersink for #8 fasteners
    • Ten #8 × 1/₂ -inch flathead wood screws with a Phillips drive
    • 220-grit sandpaper

Ostrich Egg Lamp

Ostrich Egg Lamp

Springtime calls to mind nature bursting into impressive display.
For some–namely furniture and design fans–it also conjures up images
of a different sort: two esteemed design fairs native to New York City
flora, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
(ICFF) and BKLYN
DESIGNS
. Taking place in May, both draw top designers to share
their new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Over the
years, the shows have proven to open doors for a new batch of New
York-based designers. Here, five who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with
a project from each that you can make at home. It’s time to get to
know their genius.

by Kiera Coffee

Photos by Bryan McCay

Matt Austin
Brooklyn, New York
mattaustin.net

A respected casein-paint muralist for many years, Austin recently
debuted a full line of furniture, lighting, and toys. He has also
innovated numerous finishes that he now applies to an elegant line of
his own furnishings. These include a graphite finish with a masculine
glint (applied to a table) and a secret recipe for glow-in-the-dark blue
pigment (applied to a wooden lightbulb that glows for 12 hours after
the electric lightbulbs are turned off!). Taking much inspiration from
European design, Austin gives great attention to form and juxtaposes
that with a subtle sense of humor. Perfect examples are his side table
shaped like a tooth and his dining table sporting one graceful leg in
the shape of a femur. Austin tempers his respect for design with an
infectious, modern irreverence. “I appreciate the seriousness of
something most when I poke a little fun at it.”

    Trim this naturally beautiful ovoid to create a perfect hanging
    light. 

    1. Draw a line around circumference of ostrich egg about ⅔ of an
    inch from top. Cut egg along line with Dremel (outdoors or in
    well-ventilated room), then smooth edge with sandpaper.

    2. Drill a hole in the top of uncut end of egg using a brick or
    ceramic drill bit. Make hole large enough to feed electrical cord
    through (about ¼ inch).

    3. Cut ½ to 1 inch of fabric away from electrical cord at either end
    to expose the wires.

    4. Place 1 inch of shrink-wrap around frayed fabric edges and shrink
    with a heat gun (leaving wires exposed).

    5. String the electrical cord through the threaded rod.

    6. Feed the exposed wires of the electrical cord through the metal
    cap of the disassembled porcelain socket. Attach those exposed wires to
    the socket screws on the porcelain socket. Reassemble the porcelain
    socket.

    7. Screw the threaded rod to the porcelain socket and set aside.

    8. Feed the electrical cord through the hole in egg, then put vase
    cap on cord, as well as the knurled nut, decorative nut, and second
    knurled nut (in that order) so they are in a row on the electrical cord.

    9. While holding the socket inside the egg, feed the threaded rod
    through the hole in the egg. Then place the vase cap over the shaft of
    the threaded rod.

    10. Screw on the knurled nut until it is firmly holding the vase cap
    to the egg, and then screw on the two other nuts. Attach the wires to
    the plug and place a lightbulb into the socket.

    Ostrich Egg Lamp

    ingredients

      • Ostrich egg
      • Fabric-covered electrical cord
      • Black shrink-wrap tube
      • Porcelain hanging lightbulb socket
      • 1-inch length of 1⁄4-inch hollow threaded rod
      • 1.5 -inch-diameter brass vase cap
      • Two 1⁄4 -inch knurled nuts
      • One 1⁄4 -inch decorative nut
      • Electrical plug
      • Small round 40-watt lightbulb

    tools

      • Pencil
      • Tape measure
      • Fine-grit sandpaper
      • Drill
      • 1⁄4-inch brick or ceramic drill bit
      • Scissors
      • Dremel Rotary Tool
      • Heat gun

    Hammock

    DIY Hammock

    Springtime calls to mind nature bursting into impressive display.
    For some–namely furniture and design fans–it also conjures up images
    of a different sort: two esteemed design fairs native to New York City
    flora, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
    (ICFF) and BKLYN
    DESIGNS
    . Taking place in May, both draw top designers to share
    their new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Over the
    years, the shows have proven to open doors for a new batch of New
    York-based designers. Here, five who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with
    a project from each that you can make at home. It’s time to get to
    know their genius.

    by Kiera Coffee

    Photos by Bryan McCay

    A self-proclaimed “DJ of design,” Alex Valich works in his Brooklyn
    studio mixing design references from numerous cultures. His Slave Betty
    teapot is a classic British form sporting a Japanese rope-tied
    harness. His Alma Fortune cup and saucer take Turkish tea-leaf reading
    as inspiration for their patterned glazes. Valich’s vision for
    lighting, rugs, furniture, and tableware is happily unpredictable. And
    in a sense, every DJ–a collector of elements from sources the rest of
    us might not have–is a curator at heart. Valich proves this by curating
    shows of up-and-coming designers whenever possible. He says, “I want
    to give young people some of the opportunities I had when I was
    starting out.” He also wants to promote the idea of avoiding
    overdesigning. “I don’t try to reinvent the wheel (or the fork); I want
    to use the toolbox that the world already is,” he says. This spring,
    Valich’s work will pop in collaborative projects with fellow designers.
    He also intends to create pieces of his own, but the only thing we
    know is that we should, of course, expect the unexpected.

    Alex Valich
    Brooklyn, New York
    redstrcollective.com

      Weave construction materials—which won’t fade or absorb water—into a
      truly comfortable spot for lounging. 

      1. Cut fencing into two 30×74-inch pieces, trimming the outside
      squares so that weaving has an edge. Lay out a rectangle with all
      conduit pieces, attaching elbows to create the “loom.”

      2. Overlap both pieces of snow fencing so squares alternate. Lay on
      floor in center of conduit frame.

      3. Unroll cording and mark the middle of each spool. The middle will
      be your starting point for each row of weaving.

      4. Hold the middle of one piece of nylon cording. Loop the middle of
      cording once around top corner of a 30-inch side of conduit frame.
      Weave cording in and out of snow fencing going down the long side. Keep
      tension even.

      5. At bottom, repeat loop around conduit and weave back up. Repeat
      to make four complete passes.

      6. Tie off end of nylon cording using a standard square knot (Google
      it for how-to). Leave 3-4 feet of excess to be used later.

      7. Repeat same weaving process on opposite side of snow fencing and
      in the middle of snow fencing. Weave any additional rows to create
      desired pattern. Tie all ends with square knots.

      8. Cut remaining nylon cording into two 37-foot pieces. Take the
      center of each and place one at each center of the short sides of your
      conduit. Wrap one strand of cording around right side of conduit (to
      secure fencing and hide conduit) and the other strand around left side
      of conduit. Tie off with a square knot.

      9. With all cording tied off, create “triangle” shape at each end
      (to hang hammock from) by pulling excess cording together at each side
      evenly, holding cording 1-1½ feet from conduit, and tying into a large
      knot.

      10. Create a second loop knot ½ inch away (so you can hang it).
      Repeat on the other side.

      11. Unscrew metal conduit elbows from frame and remove 74-inch
      lengths of conduit.

      12. Find trees and hang your hammock!

    DIY Hammock

    $18

    ingredients

      • 13 feet snow fencing (the orange kind with holes)
      • Two 30-inch pieces of 1/₂-inch metal conduit
      • Two 74-inch pieces of 1/₂-inch metal conduit
      • Four 1/₂-inch metal conduit elbows
      • 6 spools of 75-foot nylon cording

    tools

      • Scissors
      • Tape measure

Mod Medallions

Mod Medallions

Springtime calls to mind nature bursting into impressive display.
For some–namely furniture and design fans–it also conjures up images
of a different sort: two esteemed design fairs native to New York City
flora, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair
(ICFF) and BKLYN
DESIGNS
. Taking place in May, both draw top designers to share
their new lines of furniture, accessories, and other objects. Over the
years, the shows have proven to open doors for a new batch of New
York-based designers. Here, five who fill the “ones-to-watch” bill–with
a project from each that you can make at home. It’s time to get to
know their genius.

by Kiera Coffee

Photos by Bryan McCay

Make your own paper pendants and medallions in three quick steps.

Basing much of her work on iconic references, Alissia Melka-Teichroew
tends to turn the world on its side just a little bit…all the time. A
good example is Melka-Teichroew’s diamond ring, which plays with
perceptions of classic jewelry by being entirely made of acrylic and
keeping only the characteristic shape of a gem. She has also cleverly
used broken teacup handles as inspiration for nylon wall hooks. Fond of
playing with materials, tweaking the basic properties of familiar
objects, and re-presenting them to us anew, Melka-Teichroew repeatedly
makes us smile. She relates, “I’m trying to give my point of view, but I
want people to have room to do anything they want; wear the Ring A Day
or hang it on the wall!” Melka-Teichroew has also been expanding her
line of jewelry–bubbly necklaces, bracelets, and rings (think pop beads
from Mardis Gras, only better)–for spring.

View
Alissia’s website
.

    1. Click to download
      the medallion pattern
      . Print it out.
    2. Fold pattern according to the indicators, cut using the knife and
      cutting mat, and glue edges where needed.
    3. Glue pin back to your new brooch, allow to dry, then adorn yourself.

Mod Medallions

$5

ingredients

    • Thick paper
    • Glue (for paper)
    • Hot-glue gun (or super glue)
    • Pin back

tools

    • Mat knife
    • Cutting mat



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Futuristic Transforming Dining Room
Table-and-Chairs Set

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For now
it is simply a design, but there is very little preventing this
futuristic dining room table-and-chairs
furniture set from becoming a present-day reality. The pieces fit
neatly together and a simple pneumatic system would make the central
lift possible – providing a cosmetic overhang that doubles as a central
light fixture.

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Cute, convertible and space-saving though it may be, this design does
have some drawbacks. Namely, there is an object in the center of the
table that obstructs views and the seats don’t appear to be fully stable
on their own. Still, as a concept design it is certainly some good
designer eye-candy either way.


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