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Lunch Time Tee by Thomas LeCourt

Threadless Lunch Time Tee The Perfect Gift For: Those Enamored of all things Avian.

Thanks, Cary, for the tip!

$10 at Threadless.

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Friday Fashion Hotlist | 12.8.06

Issue No. 66 of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a weekly compilation of the
cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there this

week, we’re spotlighting Our Favorite Holiday Party Goods to make your next gathering just that more special.  We present to
you a collection of wine coasters and a set of drink identifiers.

  Bob's Your Uncle Wine Tasting Coasters
Bob’s Your Uncle Wine Tasting Coasters | $8 at Greener Grass Design
Spice up your next dinner party with these chatty coasters.

Meet People Drink Identifiers by Atypyk
Meet People Drink Identifiers by Atypyk | $8 at Greener Grass Design
Jumpstart the conversation with these creative drink identifiers.

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Sumajin Smartwrap

Sumajin Smartwrap The Perfect Gift For: The iPod Junkie.

Keep the cords under control—and make a fashion statement—with Sumajin’s Smartwrap cord manager.

$7.99+ at WowShopper.

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Designer Profile: Melody Kulp of Sweetees

Armed with a bundle of t-shirts, scissors, fabric glue, and appliqué, Melody Kulp and her partner (and now fiancé) David Reinstein founded Sweetees in 2002.  Four years later, Melody Kulp’s line of of effortlessly luxurious tees, sweaters, and dresses is firmly entrenched in the young contemporary market—and in the closets of celebrity style icons from Sarah Jessica Parker to Beyonce Knowles.  Read on for Melody’s Fashion Do’s and Don’ts, where she finds her design inspiration (travel), and how she met her partner in work and life.

Sweetees Suede CamiOmiru:  How would you like people to describe Sweetees?

Melody: Fresh.  I love it when a customer says, “Oh my gosh, I haven’t seen that anywhere else.”  I feel it’s my job to create something that doesn’t exist necessarily or something that others aren’t selling.  We’re a fun, girly, colorful, happy brand. 

O:  Design influences?

M:  I get inspiration from travel.  I love seeing all the different cultures—the artisans, the colors, prints, and embroideries.  I’m not one to look at what everyone else is doing.  I’d rather go off of my intuition rather than follow the runways.  Why?  Everyone else is following the runways.

O: Favorite travel destination?

M:  I don’t think I could pick just one.  South America.  Mexico, for their colors and embroideries.  India has beautiful colors and fabrics.  Morocco has amazing cool stuff that’s different. 

O:  You work with your fiancé at Sweetees.  How’d you meet?

M:  We met while traveling.  We were both part of the Semester at Sea program, a university on a boat that travels all around the world.  We traveled to fourteen countries, but we were both from the same place. 

O:  What’s it like working with your fiancé?

M:  Really good.  He and I work on totally different aspects of the business, so it works out.   We’re not stepping on each other’s toes—we’re filling each other in.

Sweetees Gianna TopO:  How do you separate work and life?  Or do you?

M:  It’s still a work in progress.  We try to discuss other things when we’re not at work, but work and life bleed into each other.  We manage to make it work.  At the beginning, all we did was talk about work.  Now, we strike more of a balance.

O:  What’s your current favorite piece from your collection?

M: I really like our rib and chiffon group.  You can dress it up and dress it down.  It’s daywear, but the chiffon makes it dressy.

O:  What do you like about LA style?

M: It’s laid back, but not too laid back.  There’s a balance. 

O: What do you love about LA:

M:  I love the subcultures in LA.  On a weekend, you can go to Olvera Street and feel like you’re in Mexico.  You can go to Little Tokyo and feel like you’re in Japan.  The subcultures are all so close to each other, but they’re not mixed.   

O:  Celebrities love Sweetees.  Turning the table, though, whose wardrobe would you love to raid?

M: Gwyneth Paltrow or Angelina Jolie.

Sweetees Gaston TopO: Fashion Dos:

M: Scarves.  Accessorizing outfits correctly, putting things together well.  Layering in the right way.  A great handbag and shoes. 

O: Fashion Don’ts:

M: Tucking your shirt in.  Hiking your pants up too high.  Trying too hard and going overboard.  Being a fashion victim.  It has to be organic and natural to you.  Don’t be something you’re not. 

O:  Little known fact about Sweetees?

M:  It was started when I was in college at age 19 by two young entrepreneurs. 

O:  Where can we buy Sweetees online?

M: Find Sweetees online at,, and

Pictured (from top): Suede Cami ($119), Gianna Top ($86), Gaston Top ($79).

1 comment December 7th, 2006

Metal Dunny

Metal dunnyThe Perfect Gift For: The Young at Heart.

Urbanites will love this  vinyl toy from Kidrobot.  Hurry and get yours–there are only 1000 of these Metal Dunny collectibles.

$50 at Base.

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Ready Made Outfit [Men]: Holiday Shopping Trip

Brave the winter winds and the holiday crowds with this cozy ensemble in black and white.

Fashion Formula = Down Jacket + Scarf + Henley + Jeans + Ankle Boots.

Quilted Down Jacket

Quilted Down Jacket | $99.50 at American Eagle

Merino Wool Wide-Rib Scarf

Merino Wool Wide-Rib Scarf | $38 at Banana Republic

Silverlake Henley

Silverlake Henley | $78 at Modern Amusement

Rock & Republic \'Floyd\' Bootcut Jeans

Rock & Republic ‘Floyd’ Bootcut Jeans | $262 at Nordstrom

Ben Sherman \'Grove\' Boot
Ben Sherman ‘Grove’ Boot | $160 at Nordstrom

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Baby Touch Fragrance

Burberry fragrance

The Perfect Gift For: The New Baby Girl.

Did  you know babies can wear perfume, too? Get your little niece or friend’s daughter this Burberry fragrance and they she’ll smell even sweeter than she already does.

$45 at Burberry.

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Shopping Guide: Women’s Winter Coats

This season, you need a coat that will serve three purposes: to keep you extra warm, to make you look slim, and to give you that luxurious glow.  Presenting our top picks of coats that fit the bill.

military coat
Wool Military Long Coat | $228 at Banana Republic

toggle coat
Wool Toggle Coat | $198 at Banana Republic

military coat
Mod Military Coat | $148 at Gap

Tie car coat
Tie Car Coat | $128 at Gap

7 comments December 5th, 2006

Antlers Petite Pendant

Tatty Devine Antler Necklace The Perfect Gift For: A Dear Friend.

A charming pendant made of walnut wood.

$42.70 (approx) at Tatty Devine.

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Omiru Poll Results: The Color Green is IN!

Omiru Poll Result: Green is IN!

Tahari Natalia DressWe asked: Is The Color Green In or Out?

You said:  We heart Green!  79% are all over the emerald color. Only 12% and 9%, respectively, believe they’re On the Way
Out and Out.

Omiru’s take:
Wear green for its festive flair or for its inherent wearability.   Those with lighter, fairer skin tones should steer towards deeper, saturated shades.  Bright, vibrant shades of green perfectly complement darker skin tones.

Next Question: Jennifer Lopez is often spotted in her signature Leopard Prints.  But what do you think?  Tell us, is Leopard Print In, or is it Out?  Cast your
vote on the sidebar! 

Pictured: Tahari "Natalia" Dress | $598 at Nordstrom.

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