Ooh, my favorite!

Coolest cake ever
November 11, 2010, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Sweets

Super Mario Bros. cake

(Nerd alert!) This really is the coolest cake ever. Revealed during the Super Mario Bros 25th anniversary celebration in NYC earlier this week, this four-tier cake showcases designs from World 8, but honestly I couldn’t have told you that since I never made it that far without warping; maybe that’s why I would have guessed World 4 (there’s a glimpse into my lack of skill in the early Mario games. Super Mario World on SNES is a different story though!)

[via LikeCool]

LED kites with sparklers
November 10, 2010, 12:09 pm
Filed under: Videos

Kind of a summery video, but it’s still just as nice on a brisk autumn day. Soothing, no?

Atelier Versace Fall 2010
November 9, 2010, 6:55 am
Filed under: Fashion, Shoes

I really don’t think I have the vocabulary necessary to convey how truly elegant I find these gowns to be; simply stunning is all I can say. I really can’t pick a fave, but if I must, I’d have to go for the little gray number above. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. But, on the other hand, those daring slits that show off those wonderful cut-out boots are pretty spectacular too! I die.

Oh yes, and how about a round of applause for the lovely Monika Jagaciak who does an amazing job showcasing these lovely creations. Bravo!

To be completely honest, I never really followed this line but ever since I caught a glimpse of the editorials from spring of this year, I’ve been obsessed. Check out Fashion Gone Rogue for more dresses and different shots. (Tip: you must check out the back cut-out in the gradient dress above!)

[Images via Fashion Gone Rogue]

Happy Friday!
November 5, 2010, 2:22 pm
Filed under: Personal

Premier at La Scala, Milan, 1933 (©Life Magazine/Time Warner Inc.)

Another crazy week comes to an end. I will be enjoying a relaxing solo date night at the San Francisco Opera for some Madama Butterfly. I’m so excited for the show, but sadly I won’t be able to enjoy a nice dinner afterward as I am in the midst of my biannual detox.  Five days in and I am in full-on mourning for good food and the company and conversations that come with it. Regardless, I’m going to have a great night on the town.

I sincerely hope you have some fun plans (complete with good food and conversation). See you all next week!


[image via Monroe Gallery]





Less and More
November 3, 2010, 4:27 pm
Filed under: Organization

Cramped city living constantly has me on the lookout for organization tools and containers that aren’t cheap and plasticy. After all, without much storage space I’ve learned that making everyday things look presentable is the key to maximizing every free space.

One of my most shameful examples of organization is my make-up bag. Yes, I have been living out of a small elephant-print make-up bag my brother brought back from Thailand a few years ago. I would have loved to have organized it much sooner, but a hot pink and turquoise Kaboodle is not on my list of acceptable containers; and really, I’m not exaggerating much when I say that Kaboodle-like cases are pretty much all that’s available for make-up organizing.

So, needless to say, I’d all but given up the make-up organization until I found the awesome Etsy shop Less & More of Vienna, Austria. Hand-made, sustainable, and eco-friendly, the simple and useful organizing tools here are perfect for my pretty-but-functional criteria. I’m most excited about the Scarlett Make-up Holder; I’ll have to do inventory to make sure it will actually work for me, but the shop overall is awesome.


[All images via Etsy shop: Less & More]


Life size pinball machine
November 2, 2010, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Art and Design


This is just plain awesome. A life size pinball machine as part of an exhibit of Modular Lighting Instruments at Interieur 2010 in Kortrijk, Belgium. The European lighting company Modular introduced this human-scale pinball machine, lit entirely with their latest LED lights, as a way to showcase their catalog of lighting.

Overall they used 70% less energy than their exhibit in 2008.

While it doesn’t actually work it’s a great space! I’d book an event in a place like this. Wouldn’t you?


[via The Cool Hunter]

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