I have a huge thing for owls. Owl tea lights, ceramic owls and sterling owl rings never fail to tempt me. I’m not the only owl object lover because every single time my beloved umbrella holder by Two’s Company makes an appearance on instagram, he always attracts attention. Two’s Company is a family business who offers amazing and well-designed home accessories at affordable prices. You can get your very own ceramic owl umbrella holder on Amazon. Nest in Kihei also carries frames and other home decor items from this line. Random tip: To avoid looking like the crazy owl collector lady, I recommend splitting up your owl pieces rather than displaying them as a group. I have my antique tea lights on the dresser, my gold Japanese figurine on my desk and my big white owl on a book shelf.
The reason I’m fascinated by all things design is that design is an integral part of every object, even items that are everyday and consumable. Good design can enhance function, evoke emotion and send a message. Packaging is designed to drive us to buy by conveying quality, value or the elusive cool factor. Coke has long been a product whose packaging and logo has many admirers and collectors. I was excited to see these metallic bottles of Diet Coke at Maui Coffee Roasters. This cool vessel is definitely collectible, modern and screams refreshing. If you get jazzed about great packaging design like I do, check out The Dieline, an amazing blog by Andrew Gibbs that showcases the best in package design. Andrew was also interviewed by Debbie Millman for her podcast series, Design Matters. The podcast can be found on iTunes or on Observer Media.
My sister and I are well beyond our elementary school years but still enjoy gifting each other with kawaii Hello Kitty pieces. She gave me this flexible silicone colander last Christmas which quickly became a favorite of mine. My favorite quick meal is a little whole wheat pasta in a gorgonzola tomato sauce (I use bottled by Lucini from Tamura’s Wine on Oahu or Mana Foods on Maui) sliced sweet Kula onion and portuguese sausage.
I’m using my pre-measured bowls almost exclusively now as I try to monitor my portion sizes. It feels more civilized to use a pretty bowl than to use a for cooking measuring cup (less dishes to wash too!). My favorite is these ceramic bowls by Mesu (no longer available). See my earlier post here for my picks of made to measure dishes and to go containers.
I enjoy the ABC Family channel way too much for someone my age. I wait on the edge of my chair to see what fashion emergency Jane will pull off in Jane by Design, gasp when A sends a foreboding big brother like text message to the cuties on Pretty Little Liars and cringe every time Chloe uses up another one of her nine feline lives.
I feel like a fraud every time someone calls me a fashionista. I do enjoy writing about fashion, style and design but if you cross my path in real life on any given day, I’ll very likely be rocking a t-shirt and a pair of Birkenstock Gizehs or flat sandals. My handbags are typically the only part of my outfit that is even remotely exciting fashion-wise. I like to think I’m like Vera Wang who wears almost no makeup and has drawers full of black leggings and Ts. My most recent fashionista shout-out was from the lovely Gwen of Saturdays with Maggie. Gwen had a great idea which resulted in a yummy mouth watering post. She reached out to Hawaii bloggers on twitter and asked us what our must eat is in Hawaii. You can read Gwen’s “How to Eat Good in Hawaii” post here.
Happy August everyone!