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Fancy this free-spirited swallow brooch coming home with you? Then you’ll just have to enter my giveaway!

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Together Bag, Red

Cop this! Thursday Friday are giving conspicuous consumption the bird with their Together bag.

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My sweet tooth is seriously out of control at the moment, and these sherbet-coloured watches are doing nothing to help! Available in 10 hues, Swatch’s latest Lady Collection features a long, slim silicone strap that wraps around the wrist twice. In fact, I haven’t had a Swatch since the 80’s but I think that’s all about to change…

 

US$ 50, available here.

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Let Colleen Jordan’s Wearable Planter lead you up the garden path. Each piece is handmade to order and is perfect for wearing a sprout, succulent or flower you found on your morning walk. As a guaranteed conversation starter, there will be no uncomfortable silences when wearing this piece of miniature perfection!

US $55; available from Etsy.


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.


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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!