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Bags for Fall

The Leather M Bag by BagguLeather M by Baggu

September means a return to cooler temperatures, and a return to school and work for many of us. It also means it’s time to refresh your fall wardrobe with the quintessential accessory; a fantastic new bag. Here’s a roundup of great bags for carrying books, cameras, lunches and more. Are you ready for fall?

Eva North by Ellington HandbagsEva North by Ellington Handbags

Eglington Bags are made in Portland, Oregon out of the most supple Italian leathers. This cognac coloured purse is a great everyday bag. They also make beautiful wallets and have Eco leather bag options.

Brixton Camera Bag by ONABrixton Camera Bag by ONA

For those of you who are snap-happy this luxurious camera bag by ONA is classic and functional, with ample pockets for all your lenses and gear. Unlike some other tech bags this one is attractive enough to be an everyday bag too.

Yellow Waxed Canvas Backpack by MOOPYellow Waxed Canvas Backpack by Moop

Moop has been one of my favourite bag companies for years. All of their bags are handmade and designed to be extra durable. This yellow waxed canvas backpack would make a great back to school bag or backpack for a avid biker.

Leather Clutch by Shannon SouthClutch by Shannon South

Doesn’t this suede clutch by Shannon South of Remade USA look irresistibly touchable? Love the geometric shape and the deep blue colour, but what I really appreciate is the simple hardware and clean design.

Lines Zipper Tote by BookhouLines Zipper Tote by bookhou

Bookhou at home are masters at prints. Their bags, linens, and accessories are effortlessly cool, and in person you can really see the care they take in craftsmanship. This all purpose tote can be a book bag, purse or work bag.

Fox Backpack by Skip HopFox Backpack by SkipHop

This foxy little backpack is ready for the first day of school. Skip Hop’s zoo packs are great for little kids and you can get matching lunch bags. The foxtail zippers are a sweet touch. They have a whole line of animals, so if the fox isn’t your little ones’ favourite there are owls, monkeys, dogs and more to choose from.

DIY Notebook Lunch bag via Design*SpongeDIY Notebook Lunchbag via Design Sponge

Lastly, here’s a DIY option by Kate from Design Sponge. The text on this lunch bag is fully customizable, making this an awesome back to school gift, plus it doesn’t look very hard to make if you know your way around a sewing machine.

Happy Friday Everyone!

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Ear Candy: The Headphones Roundup

Plywood headphones designed by David Burel. Via Selectism.

Ear adornment these days don’t just mean piercings and earrings, but now quite often include those mini loudspeakers we know as headphones. Originally such audio equipment were used for military and professional sound production applications, but have since become more widely used by people who wish to enjoy their music without imposing their decibels to people around them or while on the go.

It seemed that the headphones that people walked around in have gotten smaller, more subtle to the point that I thought that they’d eventually become invisible! But no, they’ve gotten bigger once again, and unapologetically so. I look around and see that they are now worn proudly as a badge and integrated into an entire generation’s standard everyday ensemble.

Whether on not the headphone mania inhibits socialization promotes an increasingly isolationist culture is a different matter altogether. Suffice it to say that this trend has certainly caught the fancy of designers who have come up with innovative and very stylish takes on the headphones. Here are some of my favorites.

Golden Seahorses. Via Antibromide.

The use of prints and patterns do impress that headphones are indeed fashion accessories, and are meant to coordinate with outfits.

Porsche Design Headphones by Jules Parmentier. Image from the designer's website.

The Porsche Design headphones have the design qualities we’d associate with the Porsche brand. Sleek, streamlined, and sexy.

Noisezero O+ headphones by Michael Young. Via Fascodesign.

It’s gold and bold — what a statement this one makes! Moreover, it’s made from recycled materials and boasts of zero noise.

Prototype by Brian Garret Schuur. Via Moco Loco.

Designer Brian Garret Schuur used 3D printing technology to create this prototype of personalized headphones that feature the names of the user’s favorite artists.

One Sense headphones, designed by Joe Doucet. Image via Gadget Wiki.

These headphones are not for walking, as they shut out optical stimulation so as to enhance auditory enjoyment. The forbidding spiky red exterior is probably meant to say, “do not disturb”.

Plug It In! headphones by Dorien Van Heijst. Via Design Milk.

Plug It In! headphones by Dorien van Heijst. Via Design Milk.

Aside from being made with earthy materials such as wood, leather, and porcelain, these headphones are probably more social than most. Outside the earcups are portals into your world — jacks that others can plug into and listen in your music.


The less conspicuous earphones, while remaining small, have come out of their shells as well, so to speak. Some of them are no longer designed to be invisible, but are rather meant to make a statement of their own.

Beats by Dr. Dre gets vamped up by Lady Gaga. Image via Demi Couture.

Via Fashion Pixel

Via Fashion Pixel.

Zip Up headphones. Via Design Milk.

The zipper feature in these headphones make them look cool and stylish and incredibly practical — untangling the wires is a daily battle that a lot us would surely want to do without.

Ripple headset. Via Yanko Design.

These are actually clip on earrings! And they look very chic!

Image via Design Boom

Another take on earphones-slash-jewelry. This time in includes an mp3 player disguised as a bangle.

Elecom Designer Collection earphones. Via Novoskins.

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Tinalak: Woven Dreams

Fabric woven by the T'boli of South Cotabato

Image from T'nalak Home

Tinalak or t’nalak is a patterned cloth that is woven using abaca fibers that are either left uncolored or dyed red or black. I have always found the patterns beautiful and intricate, but I must admit I have taken it for granted over the years. It is not an uncommon sight around where I live. I see it pretty often as an element in home decor or as material for coin purses and bags, or even as accents that give an outfit a touch of the exotic. Tinalak items are sold in probably every souvenir shop in the Philippines.


Image by Jogie Alcantara

I knew that tinalak is woven by the T’boli people, an indigenous culture that flourishes in the southern Philippines, amazingly despite all the pressure to adopt a more modern mentality and embrace the world of smartphones and Starbucks. I knew that this fabric can be made only by T’boli women. What I didn’t know was how tightly and how intimately this tapestry is woven into them, and how essential bits of themselves are woven into it.

Red tinalak cloth. Via T'nalak Home.

Patterns in Tinalak, much like those in Scottish tartans, identify a tribe and are handed down from generation to generation. Tinalak is ever present in all the tribal rituals that mark important life milestones — birth, marriage, death.  But more than this, there is a mystical dimension to the weaving of tinalak, which is considered a sacred act. It is said that a pattern has to be conceived in the weaver’s dreams before it woven, thus these women are sometimes called “dream weavers” and their creations referred to as “woven dreams”.

T'boli woman, dream weaver. Via T'nalak Home.

Master craftswomen eventually become custodians and interpreters of other people’s dreams as well, not just their own. In a people that has no form of writing, tinalak represents their literature and mythology, their history and their art, all of which are drawn and culled, and by some alchemy integrates with the weavers’ souls and find their way into their hands and their loom.

This is what genuine tinalak is, a kind of incarnation of a tribe’s spirit.

And thus with so much history, drama, and mysticism behind this cloth, artists and designers can’t help but be inspired by the tinalak and want incorporate some of that soul in their work. Though I now doubt that the place mats and cushions I see in the shops are tinalak in the truest sense (it seems quite sacrilegious if they were, wouldn’t it?), I see them as somehow touched by the special-ness of tinalak by their resemblance to it.

Pillowcase made of strips of tinalak. Via T'nalak Home.

Decorative bowl made with T'nalak strips. Via T'nalak Home.

Tinalak inspired chair. Via T'nalak Home.

Tinalak clutch. Via Anthropologie.

Clutch by Aranaz

Image via Royal Ozca

Image via Royal Ozca

Wooden Wonders

Logsimage via decor8

Nothing beats the warmth of wood, and as a natural building material it can offer incredible variety and versatility.  Furniture made of wood is of course as commonplace as it gets, but wood can also be used to make textiles, jewellery and just about anything else you can think of.

With many consumers trying to be as green as possible wood can often be a contentious issue, but there are many ways to use our trees responsibly; sourcing reclaimed or ethically harvested wood, or by choosing renewable resources like bamboo.  While not all of the products and objects featured below are green choices they all showcase the extraordinary beauty of wood.

Nordic Tales Wood LightWood Light from Nordic Tales

These wooden light fixtures are spartan in their simplicity, but the pop of colour on the cord gives them a little modern edge. They come in a variety of finishes and would look great alone or grouped together. I imagine they would look fabulous with or without a shade.

Wooden Alphabet NecklaceWooden Alphabet Necklace by Little Red Lantern

This alphabet necklace by etsy seller Little Red Lantern is a perfect gift idea for the typography enthusiast or a lover of literature. It is made out of laser-cut MDF and timber veneer sourced from tree species not on the world list of threatened trees.

Wooden Textiles by Elisa StrozykWooden Textiles by Elisa Strozyk via Freshome

How luxurious is this wooden textile created by Elisa Strocyk? The triangular wooden tiles mimic the drape and flexibility of fabric. I imagine these blankets must be as interesting tactilely as they are visually.

Wooden SunglassesWooden Sunglasses by Illesteva from Mr. Porter

A pair of wooden sunglasses are definitely a statement accessory. I’m pretty sure only the most stylish of fellas could pull of these handsome shades. The variation of the wood grain and patina makes these almost look like tortoise shell rims, don’t you think?

Loyal Loot Log BowlsLog Bowls by Loyal Loot

Colourful high-gloss paint brightens up bowls carved out of log segments designed by Doha Chehib, from Alberta’s Loyal Loot Collective. You can also enjoy these bowls guilt free because they are made from locally reclaimed trees.  Each one is unique, and they range in sizes from 2-10 inches in diameter.

Driftwood Wall GardenLog Bowls by Loyal Loot

Colourful high-gloss paint brightens up bowls carved out of log segments designed by Doha Chehib, from Alberta’s Loyal Loot Collective. You can also enjoy these bowls guilt free because they are made from locally reclaimed trees.  Each one is unique, and they range in sizes from 2-10 inches in diameter.

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DIY Accessories Holder Roundup

It’s How-To Wednesday!

Screenshot from The Style Haul on YouTube

I had such a great time working on my project for the DIY Accessories Frame post a couple of weeks ago. I see the end-product everyday and am still thrilled by how well it turned out!

But I’m not the only one with a trinket dilemma out there, and the way I solved it is not the only way to skin a cat, so to speak (how do these idioms come about?). And there are a lot of other marvelous ways to do it. So for this week I’d like to hop around the net for some fabulous and ingenious ideas for keeping earrings and baubles.

First up, this lovely necklace hanger with a charming rustic twist — it’s made from a tree branch!

Here’s another woodsy take, this time from Shelterness, and it’s just as charming. The use of the drawer knobs make it a bit more sophistication, while keeping it raw and eclectic.

Image from Shelterness

And then here’s a project from Miss Modish that uses a piece of lace fabric stretched and held in an embroidery hoop. Put them together and you’ve got a pretty holder for stud earrings that doubles as wall decor. What a cool idea!

From Miss Modish

Another lacy DIY project, but kicked up a notch. I love the all white look! It can be as simple or as ornate as you prefer, depending on the type of frame and the type of lace trim that you choose. The end result for this one is exceptionally pretty, don’t you think?

Via The White Library

Hole-y kitchen implement! Who would have thought a cheese grater could be upcycled as an earring holder? The holes do make it perfect for the job.

Image from Factory Direct Craft

And finally, check out how this rake was used as a necklace hanger!

Rake necklace hanger

Via Iris Inspired

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