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Images: Greece is for Lovers

In the perfect collusion of high tech meets handmade, Greece is for Lovers have released a crochet sleeve to soften up your ipod’s hard beats. Inspired by the traditional craft of Greek lace making, these ipod cases are all form, and not a lot of function – which just the way I like things!

€55.00; available online from Greece is for Lovers.

Believe me when I say – you need to know about a girl called Deirdre. Working predominately with ceramics, Deirdre creates cosmic jewelry that is based on straight lines and triangles.

Geometry had never looked so good!

Contact deirdrehoban@hotmail.com for stockists and further details.

 

Katrin Reifeiss at Angkor Wat in Cambodia

I’m a little bit partial to taming my curls by tying them up in a silk scarf. But spend a bit of time with Katrin Reifeiss and you’ll soon discover that there is much more to these seventeen inch squares of fabric…

Using the dye technique called shibori, Brooklyn-based Katrin, creates vibrant colour-saturated silk scarves. With 100 of profits from her current range being donated to The Silk Lab who helps women in Cambodia create social and economic security, Katrin’s pieces are for so much more than hiding a bad hair moment.

Here’s what Katrin had to say about her label and marrying fashion and philanthropy.

The Mood Indigo Set from Katrin’s current range.


True style to me is…wearing what makes one feel beautiful. The most beautiful people are those that are nice, who love to laugh, have an eye for the unique and special and can take the high road in any situation. That is what true style to me is.

I’m currently inspired by…color, always inspired by color. For Spring/Summer 2011 I am loving red, orange, blue and purple. Nature. The Ocean. Travel. Shibori and resist techniques. People. Innovation.

Three words that describe my scarves are…handmade, beautiful, one-of-a-kind.


My proudest business achievement…will be when I open my own store!


Fashion and philanthropy are…a winning situation for both the customer and the recipient of the funds. Everyone receives something. I believe also that if one can help out whether it is volunteering their time – even one day a year – or donating funds, then they should do it.


My desire to give back to the women in Cambodia stems from…visiting Siem Reap (in Cambodia) in January of this year. I fell in love with the people and the place and thought if I could give back in some way I would like to. Through Elizabeth Kiester of Wanderlust – a store she opened in Siem Reap a few years ago and who I had the pleasure of meeting – I learned of ConcertCambodia.org and on their website ‘discovered ‘ The Silk Lab Project. The goal of The Silk Lab is to create social and economical security to disadvantaged women living in Siem Reap through a fair trade, non-for profit business. What a perfect fit!


The Cleopatra Stripes Set from Katrin’s current range.


The best advice I’ve ever been given is…follow your gut, be yourself, and just do it already!

I can’t live without…coffee in the morning, a good book, NYC and Paris, a great handbag, travelling and my best friend – my husband Tom.


I escape by…curling up in bed with a good book, watching Masterpiece Theatre on PBS, taking a walk through Prospect Park in Brooklyn or swimming in the Ocean.


Home is…wherever my husband and I are which is currently Brooklyn which we love!


In 2011…I’d like to see more common sense and sanity in the world. And for myself I would like to open up my own store where I can create and sell my collections and also give back to the local community anyway I can.


My golden rule is…smile.


From US $55; shop online at Katrin Reifeiss.





Images: Vintage Frames Company


Hip hip hooray! It’s the first day of Summer. This means eating too much ice cream, coral painted toenails and the start of my annual quest to find the perfect vintage sunglasses to last the season.

This year though, my mission might be over by the the second day of summer with news that esteemed purveyor of classic shades, Vintage Frames Company, has opened an online store.

Stocking about 100,000 original frames from the 50′s through to the 80′s, Vintage Frames Company is responsible for hand placing most of the vintage sunglasses you see in magazines and music videos. They’ll also soon be responsible for placing a pair upon the face of yours truly!
Turbans are B-A-C-K! The first time I spotted the return of this retro head wear, was when Kate Moss showed up at the Met 2009 Gala in one.


Since then, turbans have made an appearance in Sex and The City 2 and been spotted on the likes of Ashely Olsen, Salma Hayek and Kourtney Kardashian.


Image: Rising Water Entertainment


Image: Style News


They also featured prominently at New York’s recent Spring 11 Fashion Week, with Jason Wu styling his collection with black and cobalt turbans and celebrity stylist, June Ambrose, wearing a different turban every day of that week.

Image: BellaSugar

Wearing a turban takes a truck-load of confidence. You have to truly believe in this look and commit to it to carry it off. So, while I love admiring this trend from afar, I’m not convinced I’ll be giving it a run.

What’s your take on this trend? Are you ready to get turban-charged?

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Results

Please make some noise for the two winners of the Borne Naked giveaway!

The first winner is Jess.

And the second winner is Lisa Roy.

A big heartfelt thanks to everyone who entered and became a Checks and Spots follower. Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

This could be yours!

The contents of my bag before...

And after!


Remember how the other week I gave my handbag a makeover? Well, Borne Naked have sent me two medium bag liners to giveaway to you. Hoorah!


This nifty little bag is designed to organise and de-clutter your handbag. It also makes transferring essentials from bag to bag a cinch.

For your chance to win a medium Borne Naked liner valued at AU$ 29.95:
  1. If you’re not already, become a Checks and Spots follower by signing up on the right-of-screen; and
  2. Leave a comment below.
Entries are open to all and close at midnight Sunday 14 November 2010 (AEDT). I’ll then draw two winners randomly.

What are you waiting for?!



 


While you weren’t looking, the husband and I snuck off to Bali for a sweet moment together. The shopping and eating destinations that I’ve written about previously are still firing. But this trip I found a few more gems to add to the list…



Sip

Cocoon Beach Club is a relative newcomer that is already making ripples. Chic. Sophisticated. Exotic. Cocoon is everything it’s iconically seedy neighbour – Double Six – is not! It’s also the perfect spot to relax on one of the lounges, lychee martini in hand, and watch the lapping Indian Ocean. Heaven! (No. 66, Jl Double Six, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 731 266)


Nosh

While it’s a high-class problem to have, one frustrating part of our trip was not having enough time to eat at all the spots we wanted to! Here are two new, and very worthwhile, places that we did visit:

Sea Circus – With one of the quirkiest and original fit-outs I’ve seen in a long time, Sea Circus has casual fine dining nailed. In fact, with Chef, Stuart Marsden (ex Cecconi’s and Longrain, Melbourne) as your ringmaster, you know you’re in good hands. (22 Jl Laksmana, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 738 667 )

The Beach House – If you’re in Bali for a Sunday night, you’d be mad not to make the effort to head down to The Beach House at Echo Beach (Canggu). It’s a 30 minute cab ride from Seminyak, but once you get there you’ll feel like you’ve walked into this ad. Make sure you get there for sunset and then stick around for live music and a hot coal barbecue. The best spot to sit is outside, looking out to the ocean, so make sure you arrive early to grab a spot – or better yet, call ahead and book a table. (Jalan Pura Batu Mejan, Canggu . Tel: +62 361 7474 604)


Shopping

This trip I didn’t spend much time shopping. Instead I hit up a few choice spots for multiple purchases:

I went a little bit crazy in Lulu Yasmine and picked up quite a few pretty, floaty frocks for the coming season of weddings, parties…anything! (No. 100x Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 736 763)

Biasa Bali is a mecca of colour blocking that stays just the right side of edgy yet relaxed ‘holiday wear’. I bought some great basics here and also a few bags for good measure! (No. 36 Jl Raya, Seminyak. Te: +62 361 730 308)

Known for its simple yet impeccably embellished pieces, Magali Pascal, is as iconic in Bali as it is in Paris. While it isn’t all that cheap compared to other shops in Bali, I did pick up one item that I never thought I’d own – a jumpsuit! (No. 65B Jl. Raya, Seminyak. Tel: +62 361 732 132)
Throw a challenge my way, and I’ll have a crack at it – particularly one that is called Borne Naked! Sounds risque, huh?! Actually, it is more a case of being risky. You see, it necessitated me diving into the black hole that is my handbag and giving it a good ol’ fashioned sort out. Fancy seeing the results?

Welcome to the jungle! This is my handbag in all it’s ‘Before’ glory. I’m the first to admit, that the bigger the bag, the more crap I’ll stuff into it. In fact, the husband has put a boycott on fishing anything out of my bag as he thinks you need a miners hat to find anything in there!




Want to get up close and personal? This is the contents of my bag. When I laid everything out it struck me that the things in my bag reveal all the balls I juggle – there is stuff for work, stuff for Junior and a few extra bits and bobs to keep me looking presentable as I run around like a mad woman!


Remember how I said recently that I always have a few bags on the go and am forever transferring all my stuff between them? Well it looks like the handbag goddess’ were listening because a Borne Naked Handbag Liner recently arrived in the mail.

This nifty little bag is designed to organise and de-clutter your handbag. It also makes transferring essentials from bag to bag a cinch….so I thought I’d give it a whirl.

Voila! Who would have thought that all my stuff would fit so easily into one Handbag Liner?
And here’s the ‘After’ shot! With everything in it’s place, I’m all sorted and ready for when my next nappy bag/shopping bag/night bag changeover strikes.

Do you have everything including the kitchen sink in your handbag? What’s the strangest thing you tote around?!

From $24.96; available online from Borne Naked.




Images: pedestrian.tv


In the spirit of full disclosure, I have to admit that Elke Kramer is one of my favourite jewelry designers. So I might be a little biased when I say…jeepers creepers…her S/S 10-11 look book gives me head spins!


The collection is called The Shake of Ophelia and is inspired by a 19th century beauty who escapes the lap of luxury to accompany a traveling spice merchant on an adventure across Africa.

Drawing on an earthy palette of ebony, jasper, deep beetroot, bloodstone and ash, Kramer has created a magical collection that features tasseled earrings and statement bangles with oversized stones. Of course, her medium of choice – resin – also features prominently.

I’ll have one of each thanks!

The Shake of Ophelia drops instore this week. For stockists can be found here.