The home of Børge Mogensen

i haven’t been able to get the home of famed Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen out of my mind all week. i keep going back to Bo Bedre to look at all the rooms and oooooh over the light, the furniture & all the wood detailing. the kitchen is over 50 years old and the cabinets look like they were installed yesterday. in the future when i wince at the price of a beautiful piece of furniture or get quoted something crazy for custom cabinetry i’ll remember this house and how quality keeps for decades. might have to steal his framing idea, too…

all images courtesy of Bo Bedre

Quite Continental Charm School

Mariah is one of the guest bloggers who you can expect to see around here while i sort myself out come moving day, she is the lady behind the charming blog Quite Continental. i have really been enjoying her series that kicked off in february, the Quite Continental Charm School – where she and guest contributors provide daily tips on how to generate more class, and charm, into your everyday life. these are some of my favourites – click on them for the original posts.

Bumper Fashion Special No.29

i thought of covering some of the recent fall runway shows, but instead i’m leaving that up to kate who will be doing a little round-up as part of a guest series that’s going to kick off later this week! i’m moving into my new apartment this week, so i’ll be pretty busy packing, moving and unpacking – and i’ll be without internet for a while until i get my new home connected. luckily for me, and you, some of my favourite bloggers will be contributing guest posts while i’m away.

here’s a little bumper fashion special in the meantime…

kate profiled bag maker tim adam over at it’s what i’m into:

glass tower – a shoot for vamp photographed by kent andreasen:

cheralee featured over at refinery29:

madewell’s style profile of caroline de maigret:

brookes boswell millinery, handmade in brooklyn:

my eyes almost popped out when i saw the charlotte taylor a/w 2012 look pook over at honey kennedy:

milleneufcentquatrevingtquatre scarves at 30 cancan:

wolcott:takemoto fall 2012:

baron wells via wolfeyebrows:

vish! also via wolfeyebrows (thanks cath):

the loved one lookbook:

and the loved one’s hannah photographed for audrey and grace:

suno at la garconne:

frances baker via banana meet-cute:

diy chain bow necklace:

new ruche lookbook:

new stock at no.6:

russh magazine editor jess blanch looking great with that coat thrown over her shoulders:

… as does lauren remington platt:

nonoo s/s 2012 via honey kennedy:

and, solange knowles has a stylish blog:

Of A Kind Giveaway: Iacoli & McAllister

the giveaway is now closed, the winner is stephanie – congratulations!


today i’m really excited to offer one lucky reader the chance to win this beautiful Nude Necklace No. 8 by Iacoli & McAllister – one of only 35 designed especially for Of A Kind. i actually blogged about Iacoli & McAllister’s necklaces before, and i’m truly jealous that i can’t enter this giveaway myself!

When movie characters work in art galleries, they wear impossibly cool necklaces like this one. Composed of nude ultrasuede and super-lightweight, boxy brass beads, it doesn’t need much to make your look special – a crisp white shirt, maybe, or a silk top. And some tortoiseshell glasses would really hammer home that whole smart-and-stylish thing you’re going for.

all you have to do to enter is subscribe to the Of A Kind Newsletter and leave a comment below *

the giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world as Of a Kind offers international shipping. readers outside the US must please note that, as with all international shipping, you may be subject to your country’s customs charges / import duties upon arrival.  the giveaway ends on Friday 2 March, and the winner will be randomly selected in a lucky draw.

* if you’re already subscribed to their newsletter make sure you leave a comment to guarantee an entry!

 

Katherine Hooker

the second i saw this first look by katherine hooker i thought out of africa – which is kind of appropriate since katherine was born to american parents in cyprus, raised in north africa and moved to england at the age of 9.  she creates timeless handmade pieces using only the very best tweeds for winter and silks and linens for summer. pieces can be custom made or bought from her ready-to-wear range.

A Sleep & A Forgetting

Islands has long been one of my favourite bands (Nick Thorburn’s side project Human Highway is also one of my very favourite things to listen to) – so i was very excited to hear the new album A Sleep & A Forgetting. it has been on repeat ever since. well, it’s been on rotation along with first aid kit. Thorburn started writing the album after breaking up with his longtime partner… so fans of Islands will no doubt recognise that it is quite different from Return to the Sea or Arm’s Way.

“This album is far more personal than any I’ve made before,” Thorburn explains. “I left New York after the end of a relationship and came to Los Angeles. There was a piano where I was staying and that’s where I wrote these songs. This record deals with loss, with memory and forgetting and with dreaming. I started writing it on Valentine’s Day and its coming out on Valentine’s Day.”

you can listen to the entire album here on their record label’s soundcloud.

A Common Thread

design i like that seem to have a common thread of pastel colours and bold type.

01: footnote to a project by ok-rm / 02: pino by bond agency / 03: debbie teale id by brogen averill / 04: regina by tsto / 05: teatre cccb by hey studio / 06: literary classics from juniper books / 07: bar milano by established nyc / 08: academy by academy / 09: strata bakery by p.a.r. / 10: studio worldwide by studio worldwide / 11: bear rene by marque / 12: monograph of artist olaf mooij by studio beige

Spotlight

just want to take a minute to thank my sponsors this month and highlight some of the gems for you to check out at their shops / blogs. i love supporting independent designers & shops – if you’re interested in sponsoring just email me.

Of A Kind releases limited edition designer items each week that tend to sell out fast. you might remember the giveaway i hosted last year – we’ll be doing another one this Friday so check in to see what you could win!

Duff of Jean Jean Vintage sells beautiful vintage & antique jewellery. she also just had a baby (congrats Duff!) you can follow her on her blog too – love this post matching vintage necklaces to the Crawley gals from Downton Abbey.

Nancybird is an accessories label based in Melbourne whose beautiful bags i featured last year. they’ve just released their latest collection with a wonderful lookbook to match.

Minoux is a handcrafted jewellery range from Portland with splashes of colour that steal my heart.

Nextness is the blog of the STW group, and is a treasure trove for anyone into creativity, trends and inspiration… i love their inspiration section and particularly enjoyed this post lessons for creatives by David Hockney

Yo Vintage! sells vintage clothing sourced from the US, UK & Switzerland from their online shop (worldwide shipping, peeps) …they just released their latest lookbook Prints Charming which charmed the pants off me.

Paper & Chain is run by friends Ismay and Naomi who make handmade & unique jewellery. i simply love their hexagon necklaces and earrings.

regular blog readers will be familiar with Lauren who runs the amazing vintage shop Dear Golden. i have a few DG items in my cupboard, and i’m hoping to expand my collection… perhaps with one of these beauties.

Shop Cuffs is a boutique based in Sacramento that specialises in new & vintage clothing for men and women. they also ship worldwide (yay!)

Noemie is a designer from Toronto who runs the lovely blog As Ink Remains. i particularly enjoy her recipe posts, especially this antipasto plate which is the kind of food i could eat forever and ever.