Wednesday, 30 July 2008

People, Places, Things Part 1

Striped long sleeved polo shirts

White sneakers (even if they get dirty easily)

Various black things

Sofia Coppola

New York City


Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid by Lemony Snicket

Was reading this book while enjoying a cup of coffee at Starbucks yesterday. These are some of the quotes that stood out:

"Like people, animals will become frightened and likely do whatever you say if you whip them enough."

"It is always cruel to laugh at people, of course, although sometimes if they are wearing an ugly hat it is hard to control yourself."

"If writers wrote as carelessly as some people talk, then adhasdh asdglaseuyt[bn[ pasdlgkhasdfasdf."

Affairs of the Heart
"Grief, a type of sadness that most often occurs when you have lost someone you love, is a sneaky thing, because it can disappear for a long time, and then pop back up when you least expect it."

"Stealing, of course, is a crime, and a very impolite thing to do. But like most impolite things, it is excusable under certain circumstances. Stealing is not excusable if, for instance, you are in a museum and you decide that a certain painting would look better in your house, and you simply grab the painting and take it there. But if you were very, very hungry, and you had no way of obtaining money, it might be excusable to grab the painting, take it to your house, and eat it."

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

A quote from: Sputnik Sweetheart by Haruki Murakami

"So that's how we live our lives. No matter how deep and fatal the loss, no matter how important the thing that's stolen from us - that's snatched right out of our hands - even if we are left completely changed people with only the outer layer of skin from before, we continue to play out our lives this way, in silence. We draw ever nearer to our allotted span of time, bidding it farewell as it trails off behind. Repeating, often adroitly, the endless deeds of the everyday. Leaving behind a feeling of immeasurable emptiness."

Monday, 28 July 2008

Jack Spade: A Personal Favorite

One of my favorite brands is Jack Spade. The simplicity and functionality of the products is what keeps me loyal and the philosophy behind the brand is quite admirable as well. The founder, Andy Spade, says that their products "represent both honest, thoughtful design and practical purpose".

The brand's New York boutique is quite an interesting place. It has a well curated selection of brick-a-brack and a fantastic display of art and books. When taken in as a whole, the store feels very homey with a touch of old world nostalgia mixed in with a bit of playful quirkiness.

A must have from the brand is this weekend bag made of a rust-colored canvas and brown leather details. At $395, the bag is almost a steal since the size can hold at least a week's worth of clothes and the double facing cotton duck canvas (what a mouthful!) resists both stains and moisture which means this bag can last you a lifetime.

Jack Spade boutique photos from bestbeon.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Fear not the mandal!

Well, well, well. Look who's in the Nylon for Men Summer 2008 issue? My friend Jonathan looking all proud and happy. Well, why wouldn't he? It's Nylon! Good one, holmes!

Are you ready to do this?

People who know me will attest to the fact that there is absolutely no color in my wardrobe. Everything is black, white, ang grey (and the occasional navy blue). But yesterday, I bought this purple, blue, and yellow belt from Ralph Lauren. It was funny because my friend had to ask me, "Are you ready to do this?". Well, I guess I was.

Nice packaging makes me smile. The folks over at Ralph Lauren wrapped the belt in a way that made me feel special even if I only purchased a small item. My friend bought a bow tie and they also had a little box for it.

Sperry Top Siders

Finally got a pair of Sperry Top Siders. Originally wanted the blue ones but sadly, those weren't available. I was a bit hesitant with the cream ones at first but surprisingly, they're pretty easy to work with. Wore them with black jeans and a navy and white striped shirt earlier today and it was a great look for a casual day.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Shoes for 2008

Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders

A.P.C. S/S 09

A shoe shape that has been evident this year is the classic boat shoe. There have been a lot of interpretations (suede by A.P.C., boots by Rogues Gallery, metallic leather by Lanvin) and I'm pretty sure this style will carry on until 2009.

Lacoste Cabestan

The classic Sperry Top Sider

Rogues Gallery

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Dining area with mixed chairs

I really like this idea. A non-descript table surrounded by an assortment of chairs. It's quirky, fun, and brilliant at the same time.

Friday, 11 July 2008

New Room

I'll be moving out of my house (actually, out of the country) soon and pictured above is how my new room will look like. It's currently unfurnished but by the looks of it, I'll have a lot of natural sunlight because of the large window. I also like the fact that I'll still be having wooden floors. The bed is a little small but I can live with that. I just have to change those sheets.

Being a big fan of Muji, I went through the website this afternoon looking for things I want to put in my future room. I'll be keeping things simple and clutter free and will work around the theme of white and cream with touches of wood, black, and steel. Below are some of the things I'm considering.

I'll post this photo here as a reminder. That's how I want the room to look like. Well, not exactly like that but I'm sure you get the point.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

A.P.C. Spring/Summer 2009 Preview

Some photos of shoes and accessories from the A.P.C. S/S 2009 line. Personal favorites include the navy boat shoes and the black duffel bag with brown leather handles. Judging from the photos that I saw, this collection seems promising.

Photos from the Tres Bien Blog.

Karim Rashid for Alessi

While looking around the Alessi store a couple of months back, this watch designed by Karim Rashid caught my attention. It made me realize that almost all of my watches were a little too serious. Fast forward a few months after, I bought the black version (it comes in pink, light grey, orange, etc.) and I've been wearing it non-stop ever since. (The face isn't scratched okay, I just didn't take out the protective plastic cover when I took the photo.)

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Lazy Wednesday Afternoons

Lazy Wednesday afternoons with friends, coffee, food, and photography. Did I mention it was drizzling too? Yeah, that made everything perfect.