I have been hard at work developing a line of MALA handbags for a little shop in JP!! Can't reveal all the details yet, but here is a little peak... The design is based on the ARMY MARKET COLLECTION I recently released for Summer 2010.



Can hardly wait to get my Eames Century Modern Catalog by House Industries!!! (it's Free!!)

(Via Designer's Library)



We all have those random pieces of furniture that we acquired because we recognized their "good bones." They sit for years untouched, waiting to have layers of paint stripped, and their beauty revealed.
I have a few of those myself...
Here's a little preview of what I'm hoping will be some great transformations from before to after.



A few things in the works...on a Tuesday.



You may remember this project from a few months back.
I don't want to reveal too many details for the concept, but the images below are of the architectural proposal...with a few particulars left out.
I hope the images speak for themselves!



I've been searching so long for a good "hip" bag...(aka fanny pack). I confess that my girl crush on Fiona from Burn Notice may have something to do with my recent obsession with the super cool satchel that sits on the hip and carries just what you need. (no guns please!)
With no luck finding one that blew me away, I decided to tackle the challenge using my own sewing machine.
I started with reclaimed leather parts from this gray leather bag that was waaaaaay past it's prime.
The Summer 2010 MALA handbag collection ARMY MARKET is all about contradictions, lush linen with masculine details and, in this case, a burst of unexpected color.
The result is a soft, compact little satchel that rides along on your hip as you go about your daily activities. I'm in love with this little bag and have been wearing it everywhere. Of course, the prototype is mine, but visit the ON LINE SHOP soon for more ARMY HIP-STER satchels!



It's exciting to see friends start families. As urbanites, most of us have left our families back home to experience the challenges and rewards of city life. We get an education, make new friends, become working professionals, and eventually, establish a new urban family of our own. We've all seen "Friends" and "How I Met Your Mother".
Eventually, we get to a point in life where we want to become parents ourselves and with our biological families many miles away, we count on our urban families to step in.
You may remember my friends who got married last year...well, it's time for their little duo to expand. I feel lucky to be a part of their urban family and participate in this new phase in their lives.
So, when I received the pretty invitation for the baby shower I immediately thought of what I would give as a gift. There is, of course, the option of something from the registry. But instead I wanted to make something that would perhaps stay with little "Taco" (as he's called). Something he would appreciate, or at least something his parents would. If nothing else it would remind them all of this moment in time when two soon-to-be parents named their unborn child "Taco". Funny, yes, and totally adorable.
My gift was a hand drawn and painted alphabet on watercolor paper. All the letters are there from A-Z watercolored in blue; perhaps a teaching tool for the future. Look closely, however, and you quickly realize that a few of the letters are in orange...T-A-C-O! When he is born and given a name, my hope is that this will serve as a little reminder of when he was simply called Taco.



I have never been a big fan of chardonnay. So this past weekend I ventured into the world of the white wine that, I have since discovered, is hugely misunderstood.
It all started with a recommendation from a great bartender at Bouchee on Newbury Street in Boston. Bouchee is a great French Bistro and although it borrows heavily from a more high profile California Restaurant with a similar name, it is none the less a great spot to go when Yountville is 3,000 miles away.
So back to the story of how I came to be tasting chardonnay... that evening I ordered a Pouilly-Fuisse not knowing that, in fact, chardonnay is the exclusive grape of this appellation. It was yummy! Bold, but without that heavy california buttery oak, and a bit of crispness to boot, refined and lovely.
Right then and there, I decided to venture into the world of chardonnay. Overhearing my resolve, the bartender recommended Alamos, an Argentinian chardonnay he drinks often, and at $8.79 at my local Blanchards how could I resist?
The following day, strolling down the chardonnay isle, the wine guy Abraham saw the Alamos cradled lovingly in my arms and had a counter suggestion, Cono Sur Chilean Chardonnay.
And so a chardonnay tasting was born!
So which wine won? The Cono Sur from Chile was the clear favorite. Crisp and well balanced, it appealed to my Sancerre loving palate. To be fair, the Alamos was great too making me a new fan of chardonnay. So if you're still turning your nose up at chardonnay, don't hesitate. It can be wonderful just be sure to select one based on the kind of wine you love. Cheers!
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