Summer Must Have – Flatforms

Thank you Anthropologie for having an entire line of summer Flatforms!  I have no idea who came up with the term flatforms, but I hope the trend sticks around for good. I outright refuse to wear high heels, but these are great.  All the comfort of a flat plus fun lift.  Mind you, I am 5’8.5″ so don’t need the boost unlike some of my vertically challenged friends.

Can’t decide between these 2 pairs.  Super pop coral or subtle silver?  Can just imagine how stunning a big splash of orange would look with a nice summer wrap dress say in a cool blue and white print.  The silver can go with just about anything!

Two of Anthropologies' lovely summer flatform shoes.

Asos also has a good size collection of flatforms this year too.  Not exactly as pulled together as Anthro, but still have some pretty decent cousins.

asos and prada flatforms

I wasn’t quick enough to snap up a pair of Prada creepers last year. Still sad over that one.  Would give anything for a pair in blue and black. And eBay hasn’t yielded any fruitful results. ( ̄へ ̄)I am not giving up though.  Have a pair in size 39 you are willing to let go of?

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Memorial Day Weekend

happy memorial day weekend

Hoping you are having a smashing holiday weekend!!

We are making homemade pizza, working on the house, planting geraniums in the window boxes, and soaking in the lovely sunshine.  What are you up to this fine weekend?

Photoshop Freebies + Macaron Skirt

In a random Google search for macaron clipart came upon the most awesome Photoshop and graphic design freebies by Pugly Pixel.

lace, macaroons, and cute skirts

First up, a free download of the macaron PNG files collection.  Exactly what I was looking for to have a little puri kura fun.  Finished alterations on a Bodyline macaron skirt this morning.   That is what lead to having macarons on the brain.  After downloading and playing with the PNG files figured I would see what else was there.

Pugly Pixel has a ton of Photoshop brushes, textures, and more.  My download folder is full of a lot of goodies yet to be unziped.  They also had a link out to Nadine Pau’s Lace Brushes.  As you must know by now, I love to sew.  So finding adorable lace brushes stuffed my download folder further.

All of that was then blended with a sweet little free app called Xiamen Meitu Technology Co. It has a few kawaii frames and filters.  Put all of the above together and here is the result:

purikura photos and photoshop fun

So if you are looking for a little design bling to spice up your photos or blog – I HIGHLY recommend Pugly Pixel.  Check em out!!

 

 

Not Your Grandmother’s Wedgwood

Stumbled upon this shop down in Soho, NYC.  Checked out the site michelevarian.com and had a good laugh over these anthropomorphic plates.

fine china with animals in victorian clothing

Growing up my Gramy’s everyday china was an elegant Wedgwood set with a grape design.  These precious pieces were not saved for special occasions.  Their beauty was enjoyed everyday.  Her philosophy was if you take good care of things why wouldn’t you use them.  And amazing enough I don’t remember a single one breaking during my childhood.  Would have loved to slip a couple of these into the mix for a chuckle.

I knew there was a proper term for “animals in human clothing”, or rather when human characteristics are applied to animals, and so in my Google search to learn “anthropomorphism” also came across these fetching Victorian inspired prints by Hot Digital Dog on Etsy.

vintage photos of animals in victorian clothing

If you want to take it to extremes, how about clothing with animals in clothing on it?  My personal favorite, is Emily Temple Cute’s print of rabbit ballerina’s – soooo cute!

emily temple cute rabbit ballerinas

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

 

Oilily & Spring’s Gingham Trend

oilily logoThe brand and the story behind Oilily is so charming.  As a reaction to the miniaturized and dull clothing for children in the early 1960’s this Dutch fashion house made its start.  Their incredible patchwork collage of bright colors and fairy tale prints and details was a stark contrast to a palette of black, white and grays which were the norm at the time.

Fast forward a few decades and their high quality fabrics and craftsmanship coupled with a sense of humor keeps the brand fresh.  For me it is the punchy pinks and bright colors.  And even more impressive the timeless quality.  With their mix of fabrics and materials they are able to successfully mix a dash of vintage, with some whimsy, while still staying modern and unfussy.

I have several pieces in the vast expanse that is my closet.  Admittedly, they are not items that I can wear everyday to my gig in the financial industry, but instead are go-to favorites when I want to liven things up and brighten the day.

oilily women's kila cardigan

In their current spring/summer collection this mix-and-match cardigan is a knock out.  It is right on trend with its gingham checker fabric for the front body.  But unlike Miu Miu, Jil Sander and Marc Jacobs take on the trend, Oilily’s departure incorporates two different color sleeves and a random selection of buttons to make the trend their own.

2012 spring summer gingham trend

Mind you, I actually like how all of the fashion houses have reinterpreted gingham and taken a country staple and made it seriously contemporary and chic.

So now we can take this classic print from picnics in the park to the executive board room.

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

Credits: Oilily logo and Kila Cardigan photos from oililyshop.com; Miu Miu shoes from glamour.com; Jil Sander dress from jilsander.com; Marc Jacobs dress from saksfifthavenue.com.

 

New Haircut – New Attitude

The days are growing warmer, and this weekend my hair went a bit shorter.  As much as I adore being able to pull it all back into pigtails I have wanted to try something a bit more adventuresome for awhile now.

my new kera inspired haircut

The inspiration for the new ‘do came from Kera magazine.  Sorry that I didn’t keep the details on which issue, but here is the clip I saved in my files.

tear sheet from kera magazine as inspiration

I thought it looked like something Cleopatra would have if she were around today.  Fresh, clean, sharp and super modern.

For over 10 years now I have trusted only one man with my hair – Yamasa Hiroshi.  He is a master in the art of hair dressing.  His resume is out of this world!  Check it out at yamasastudio.com.  I don’t normally bring in a photo for Yamasa to work from, he is way too good to need reference.  (I still can’t believe my luck in finding him all those years ago.) But this one time I wasn’t sure I could explain my crazy idea without some help.

hopscotch salon in greenwich and me making silly faces

Hopscotch Salon in Greenwich, CT is where its at if you are looking for a NYC stylist – but don’t want to leave the burbs.  This quote from their website about sums it up, “This novel idea of bringing a city salon to local customers saved Connecticut clients considerable time, expense, and bother.”

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

 

Sushi Yasuda in NYC

Sushi, sushi, and more sushi.  I have been in a rut lately – a rut that I am not complaining about one bit.  On a special occasion recently my love and I had the chance to dine at Sushi Yasuda in New York.

I learned about the restaurant during Japanese class at Japan Society.  Sensei used a list of great Japanese establishments in the city as a way to teach us how to say phone numbers.  And on that list, yes you guessed it, this sushi-ya. The next step was finding the place.  It is on a very unassuming street in the business district by Grand Central Terminal.  And the signage for the restaurant is even more unassuming.

what to look for to find sushi yasuda's storefront

Itadakimasu

The restaurant is sharp.  Floor to ceiling bamboo wraps you in an inviting warmth.  The sake selection was OK.  I give the sushi a 4 out of 5.  It is good, very good, but I have been spoiled.  They lost a point for portion sizes (very small nigiri) and the rice more than anything.  It had a bit too much bite for my liking.  But I know a lot of people like that so do be sure to try it yourself.

sushi and sake at sushi yasuda

Gochisosama

There was something kinda cute on their website.  Looks like they sell some sushi oriented origami as souvenirs.

sushi yasuda origami

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

Beautiful day to take a stroll in Bryant Park, NYC.

le carrousel in bryant parkThe carousel is chanting it’s charming French cabaret music.
A ride is just $2.00.  Stop on by!

the rabbit is one of 14 animals on teh bryant park carousel

It’s Back! Domino Magazine

I was attending business meetings at Condé Nast last week.  The staff are really amazing, warm, and smart.  Have to admit that I was a bit star struck being there.  Their content has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

When we were about to depart after the meeting they gave us all a little treat for the commute back to the suburbs – the new edition of Domino.

I can remember vividly when Domino disappeared from the magazine stands.  It was the number one go-to for fueling my passion on Life’s Sweet Essential #3 – Shelter.  This might sound too dramatic, but it was like losing a friend. The articles were always spot on, modern, and accessible for those with either a small or large budget to play with.

The Quick Fixes special edition doesn’t disappoint.  And a surprising treat, it is incredibly sparse on advertising (only 3 pages one of which is the back cover) and that means, from cover-to-cover, it is chock full of rich content.

  • The “Makeover Manual” (page 11) has an awesome project for crafting a wooden shelf as a radiator topper.  And if you too have rented as many pre-war apartments as I have, I am certain you will appreciate this trick.
  • Would love to copy cat the Chanel logo artwork (page 25).  It is the star of the show in a very impressive way to hide a big air conditioner eyesore.
  • Well and then there is the spread on dressing up desks (in particular pages 80-81 shown above).  If only my desk looked that posh.  The crown topper pencils are to die for!  So sweet.

Have you picked up your copy yet?

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

 

Dassai Junmai Daiginjo Sake

Had an absolutely spectacular night at the Dassai X Megu event in NYC.  Sakurai-san, the Kuramoto (Sake Brewery Owner,) is the most charming young man.  He is the 4th generation owner of the honorable Dassai and Asahi Shuzo Brewery.  A wealth of knowledge about his subject matter is equally matched with his passion for the art that is sake brewing.

the polishing of rice grains for making sake

An excerpt from Kateigaho magazine featuring Dassai.

Dassai 39

This sake is my new love.  I am not very articulate about describing sake or wines, but I enjoyed that Dassai was dry with only a subtle touch of sweetness.  It had a consistent taste – it stays on your tongue and doesn’t waiver.  Very clean and refreshing taste.  I’ll need to stop by Sakagura and also Mitsuwa to check out the price.  As it is a premium Junmai Daiginjo, my Life’s Sweet Essential #4 – Money might be taking a bit of a hit soon.

Sake Soap!

soap made from sake-kasu, lees left over after sake production

Life’s Sweet Essential – Shelter got a surprise perk too.  Received a bar of Dassai Sekken Junmai Daiginjo Soap!  It is made from sake-kasu, which I learned are the deposits and residuals of yeast left over after sake production.  I am told this is the best thing ever for getting lovely young and fresh skin – yay!  So good to see that even the residuals from the process can be turned into something so useful.  And look at that uber-kawaii otter on the bar of soap  <*)) >>=<

The story behind the brand’s name is adorable too.  Here is a quote from their website:

The name of our sake, Dassai, means “otter festival,” and the origins convey much of what we are about. Part of the name refers to an ancient name for the region here in Yamaguchi Prefecture, as long ago there were many otters frolicking in the nearby rivers. Otters will lay out the fish that they catch on the shore, almost as if they are showing them off in a festival. This led to references to “otter festivals” in ancient poems. But there is more…

Be sure to read the rest of the tale on the Dassai site!

A little embarrassed to say that what stood out about the food at Megu was the wasabi cheesecake that was served for dessert.  It was a really interesting mix of sweet with a punch of heat.

photo of Sakurai, wasabi cheesecake, asumi saito, and me

Kazuhiro Sakurai | Wasabi Cheesecake at Megu | Me and Asumi Saito (photo taken by Sakurai-san)

Before I sign off – I want to give a heartfelt thank you to Sakurai-san; Asumi Saito, the sales representative for Dassai; and to Chizuko Kiikawa-Helton, from Sake Discoveries who helped plan the event.  (Chizuko-san wore a smashing Okinawa Bingata Kimono that was so cute.)  Domo arigato gozaimasu!!!

Sweet Dreams, Sheri

 

 

 

 

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