Something like love

Frenchie Bags by Clare Vivier

Posted in Fashion, Pretty things, Shiny Objects, Shopping, Style, Things to buy by linhdy on November 12, 2010

Okay, don’t hate me because I haven’t been posting!  I’ll be better in the future, promise!

Currently, I’m visiting my parents in North Carolina so I have tons of free time and I’m being productive and looking (online) for a new purse that is (1) practical, (2) reasonably priced,  and (3) beautiful.  Yeah, I can pretty much use that same checklist for everything in life!  But seriously, this decision is hard!

Not sure how to solve that problem, but I have been drooling over these simple, elegant and professional leather bags by Clare Vivier

Claire Vivier bags[Images from the Clare Vivier blog, photographer Amy Theilig]

For the love of fast food + clever packaging design

Posted in Branding, Commercial, Fashion, Fine Art, Identity, Packaging, Photography, Pretty things, Style by linhdy on March 7, 2010

The epitome of high-end fashion would be combining our love of fast food, fashion & clever packaging design.  Wait no more, as McFancy was a Fashion Week collaboration that re-brands McDonalds into something more like a 5-star restaurant, at least for a brief moment in time!  Playful, aesthetically pleasing, and beautifully executed– this definitely brought a smile to my face.

Marija Ivkovic - McFancy

Marija Ivkovic - McFancyView more pretty photos by the photographer Marija Ivkovic, see pretty things by the stylist, check out the company that did the cupcake wrapper or the plastic cutlery,

4 reasons to look forward to Valentine’s Day

Posted in Fashion, Funny, Love, Pretty things, Uncategorized by linhdy on February 2, 2010

Yes! It’s that time of year! Time to commercialize on romance or the lack of romance in your life! Either you’re in a relationship and looking for something to do or you’re single– and you’re still looking for something to do. Either way, you probably shouldn’t sit at home and ponder the meaning of loneliness.

Design Studio360 is hosting a Valentine’s Day contest “Will you make over my Valentine?” where you can submit unique Valentines! Yes, they are sick of the hearts, the roses, the corniness.

Maybe it’s because I started making my very own Valentine’s Day cards (which I have failed to finished), but I am fascinated with Valentine’s Day cards! Something about the sappy expression of love + appreciation, the candies, the red! Everything just screams novelty. Anyway, I have posted a few favorites from their Flickr feed…if you’re lucky, maybe someone loves you deeply enough to send you one!

(or maybe you don’t want the creepy love message?)

I Wish I Could See Inside Your Head

I'll be your mirror

IOU Love

Valentine's Heart

Carnage

Carnage

And if that didn’t satisfy your Valentine’s Day hunger, here are some more retro ones! If you like some retro stock art, check this out.

Craving apartment kitsch

Posted in Apartment, Decorating, Fashion, Living, Shiny Objects, Shopping, Style, Things to buy by linhdy on January 28, 2010

I have been meaning to update more frequently but all I could find myself doing was online window shopping! So I figure, better to spread the love than keep it to myself.

I was scoping out the NY Times trend reports and discovered this awesome retailer called Viva Terra. Say what you will, but if I had money to blow here are some kitschy things I would love to grace our Southern Californian apartment.

Misprint kitchen messages

Misprint kitchen messages, $98

The above signage is perfect for our breakfast sitting area.

Flip flop doormat

Flip flop doormat, $49

This reminds me of childhood Legos, yessssss.

Feed Sack Hamper and Wastebasket

Feed Sack Hamper and Wastebasket, $33

Collage pouf

Collage pouf, $129

African market basket

African market basket, $49

Lord only knows what I would do with the above woven basket– but I could surely find some utilitarian use for it, right?

Flowered enamelware

Flowered enamelware, $55

From fashion to funny…and funnier

Posted in Celebrity, Fashion, Funny, Photography by linhdy on January 18, 2010

I admit it. I am a materialistic, fashion obsessed…girl. Yes, I am a girl. A female to be exact. I shop and I like it. I get excited about those new pair or earrings at Macys or that hot leather handbag at Nordstrom. Fashion is an extension of creativity. I get to control how I am perceived.

Fashion is funny. Whether or not you consciously participate– you’re still a participant. Like if you throw on t-shirt & jeans everyday– then we all know you don’t care. Or you want to be comfortable. Or you’re just laid back. Either way, we know. We’re all reading the signs.

Anyway, I was taking a quick glance at the fashion blog Foto Decadent, when I saw several photos of Claudia Schiffer by photographer Erwin Wurm (Vogue Deutsch, November 2009).

It starts off with her between two couches. Interesting, right? So I am thinking, “That raises some questions!”

Claudia between couches

Now she’s on the table holding colorful, random objects, with a doll-like expression. Okay…she’s pondering apples & oranges.

Claudia on table

Finally, she’s holding a chair, in a very awkward fashion! Okies…

Claudia with chair

A fellow reader was reminded of this image:

Claudia response

And wait for it…

Claudia response2

And somehow, that really summed up my love for fashion + photography.