Month: April 2011

Edun's Fall 2011 Collection

Edun’s Fall 2011 Collection

Have you heard of Edun? Edun is the clothing company of Bono (U2’s front-man) and Ali Hewson. The couple co-founded the store in 2005 with the mission to support and promote sustainable trade while offering the market stylish clothing. Their materials are sourced from Africa and they have launched exclusive campaigns to gather funds to provide clean water, food, clothing, supplies, and healthcare services for the African people.
Edun along with WS and Invisible Children helped organized The Conservation Cotton Initiative (CCI) to build sustainable farming communities and ensure the fair trade of their cotton.
Today, the company is a part of the LVMH, with Paris-based designer Sharon Wauchob launching their latest collection for Fall 2011 and Spring 2011. Hop over at Refinery29 and get the chance to purchase any item you like at half the price.
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Launch of The1727 Store

Launch of The1727 Store

A new shop is coming in the market and they have just launched their blog.

The1727is a group of fashion devotees. Their mission? To offer women feminine and stylish clothing, minus the expensive price of designer clothes.

To celebrate the launching of their store, The1727 is looking for their LUCKY 1000th Member.  All you need to do is register an account (for free) from April 13 to May 6 and if your sequence number happens to be 1000, you will get LIFELONG FREE SHIPPING and $500 CASH award.

You can also share the program with your friends for a chance to win $75 CASH & FREE SHIPPING for the FIRST order.  The cash award will be directly deposited into your account on The1727.com so you can use it immediately to purchase from the shop.

Here’s a sneak peek of their collection.  I’m particularly looking forward to their vintage line.

Kitchen Cart

Functional and Decorative: Kitchen Carts and Kitchen Islands

My dream kitchen is one that is designed with built-in organizers.  If I can have it my way, I like the exterior of the cabinets and drawers to be made out of wood but the interior, made out of stainless steel so that it would be easier to clean and keep tidy.
I tend to collect a lot of clutter so I need plenty of storage to keep things out of sight and organized.   It would be great to have a large kitchen but since we live in an apartment with limited space, I’m looking for inspirations on how I can use every square meter of our kitchen efficiently.
I’ve been searching online for ideas and I love how kitchen carts and small kitchen islands can provide that extra place for cooking utensils, condiments, wine bottles, cook books, and décor.
I really like the new designs of kitchen islands where they have incorporated countertops, cabinets, and adjustable shelves into one piece of furniture so that there are more options as to how you can use it or what kinds of things to put in.   As for me, I want my kitchen island to have a customized area for my dog’s feeding bowls and for books.
I think a rolling kitchen cart (with locking casters, of course) would be great because you can transport it easily to the dining room or living room when entertaining guests.  I looove coffee and so do many of my friends and I wish we have a kitchen cart where I can put in all our coffee (and tea) supplies so that these can have their own separate counter.  Thus, everything you need to make a wonderful cup of coffee are all in one place.  Wouldn’t it be nice?  Below are more inspirations:
Planter Detail contemporary kitchen
kitchen eclectic kitchen
Lucass Loft modern entry
Michigan farmhouse eclectic
hhbradys ideabook kitchen eclectic kitchen
Do you have a kitchen cart or kitchen island in your home?  If yes, would you like to share a photo of how you use it as a functional and decorative piece? Do you want to share some tips as to how these pieces can be used creatively?

If you want your kitchen space (or your home) to be featured on my blog, please email me at theshopbug@yahoo.com.

Interior Design Inspiration: Kriste Michelini

Interior Design Inspiration: Kriste Michelini

Hello everyone.  Hope you’re all doing great.  We have finally moved in to our new apartment but there are still a gazzillion things to do.  I love that the house has high ceilings, spacious walls and a staircase.   But at the moment, the biggest challenge is the fact that we can’t drill holes on the walls.  I was hoping to fill up that one entire wall space with frames.  I’m still trying to find the right moment to ask the caretaker again if maybe she will change her mind about this. In the mean time, I am looking for ideas as to how we can fill those walls with art and photos.
I still do not have internet connection at home which is a huge, HUGE inconvenience since I cannot really spend hours online.  I hope that you all bear with me for these sporadic postings.  Today, I excitedly browsed the pages of Rue’sfourth issue (quite late, obviously).  There’s so much to love!
I want to share with you these inspirations from interior designer Kriste Michelini.  The frames on this wall seem to have been drawn and the photos are not in real frames at all.  Maybe I can incorporate this idea with our own wall space and solve the problem.  Do you have any suggestions? If yes, I would be delighted to hear it.