Archive for August, 2007

Friday Fashion Hotlist | Treats from the Summer Sampler

Welcome to a Special Sampler Edition of the Friday Fashion Hotlist: a compilation of the cutest and coolest stuff Omiru’s Style Intelligence Report saw out there on the web.

This week, we present to you Our Favorite Goodies from the Sampler to show you the best of the best from independent crafters and artists.

Manic Trout Bottle Cap Magnets
Bottle Cap Magnets at Manic Trout
Check out the original watercolor and oil pantings at Manic Trout.


Donovan Beeson Map Scraps

Donovan Beeson Map Scraps | $2.50 at Etsy
Get crafty with map scraps from Donovan Beeson. Perfect for a Saturday DIY project.

Mau Studio Bookmarks
Mau Studio Bookmarks at Mau Studio
Don’t miss Mau Studio’s adorable stationery and graphics.

Are you a designer or crafter?  Spread the word about yourself by sending your goods to The Sampler today!

Add comment August 10th, 2007

In-Vitro Orchid Flower

In-Vitro Orchid FlowerGrow an orchid in a sterilized test tube with this one-of-a-kind kit.

No fuss, no muss–thanks to a nutrient-rich gel, no water or maintenance is necessary.  Just sit back and watch your orchid grow.

$30  at Uncommon Goods.

Add comment August 10th, 2007

Q&A: Deciphering the Summer Chic Dress Code

Q:  I am attending two Summer Chic events. The first event will be held in a hangar at an airport, and the attendees are car collectors from around the world. I planned on wearing a white suit with gold piping, but I fear it may be overdone. Second event is an outside evening party with temps in the mid 80s.

Diane von Furstenberg \'Abrigo\' DressBy Colleen Geary, fashion stylist and image consultant

A: 
A white suit with gold piping runs the risk of having you look like an airline attendant, since the party is in an airport hangar. The hangar may also be hot, so we would suggest a pretty wrap dress perhaps with a Pucci feel. This printed wrap dress look would be modern, chic and appropriate for any age. Make sure you wear pretty heels and carry a sleek clutch so as not to take away from the focal point of the outfit, the dress.

For the second evening party, I would suggest one of the new long dresses–such as a maxi dress. So many are very pretty and they invoke light, airy days of summer. Perhaps have a little shrug with you too, in case it cools down. Where to find a dress and shrug? Banana Republic carries stylish long dresses and shrugs at reasonable prices.

Pictured: Diane von Furstenberg Abrigo Wrap Dress | $365 at Nordstrom.

Have a great tip about what to wear to a summer chic evening event?

Share it with us in the comments!

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

2 comments August 9th, 2007

Vintage Airplane Cufflinks

Vintage Airplane Cufflinks Celebrate your man’s love of flying with these distressed pewter-finish airplane cufflinks.

$45  at Cufflinks.com.

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Q&A: Cool Clubbing Clothes for Guys

Q:  I’m an Asian college guy looking for cool clubbing clothes that I can also use as casual wear on campus. Have any suggestions?

Armani Exchange Slim Fit ShirtA:  Choose clubbing clothes that reflect your personality, just as you would for the rest of your wardrobe.  The standard men’s clubbing uniform is a collared, button-down shirt with trousers or fancy jeans.  If you want to blend in with the crowd, look for solid colors and darker hues.  But if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, you can be more adventurous with bright colors and patterns.

For mall clothes, Armani Exchange tends to have the best clothes that double as clubwear and casualwear.  Their styles are a bit more flashy than that of other stores and tend to be more fitted as well.  Club Monaco also features subtly stylish clothing with a snug fit.

Where to start?  The quintessential shirt that works from casualwear to clubwear is a dark colored slim fit shirt.   

Have a great tip about what to wear to a club? Share it with us in the comments!

Pictured:
Slim Fit Shirt | $78 at Armani Exchange.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

7 comments August 8th, 2007

EVOD Black Butterfly Necklace

EVOD Black Butterfly NecklaceMandy Wu is the mastermind behind E.V.O.D. jewelry.  Using unconventional materials such as timepieces and fabric centerpieces, Mandy designs and makes each and every one of her pieces.  We can’t get enough of this black butterfly necklace, which combines fabric and metal in one stunning piece.

Thanks, Clothes-Pin, for the tip!

$37  at Etsy.

Add comment August 8th, 2007

Q&A: What to Wear in Beijing

Q:  I am studying abroad in Beijing where people dress up to go to college more so than in my college in Massachusetts what are some essentials that are easy to pack and will help me to blend in in both places without looking sloppy?

Maggy London Crepe Jersey ShirtdressA: 
Fashion in Beijing tends to be not only more formal than East Coast American fashion–but also more conservative.  To blend in both Beijing and Massachusetts, build a foundation wardrobe that can be dressed up and dressed down.  And choose pieces that aren’t overly revealing.  Though China is not as conservative as it once was, halter tops and shorts aren’t going to fly here.

Here’s five foundation pieces to jumpstart your wardrobe:

(1) Sleeved Button Down Shirt: Cotton short sleeved shirts work well for summer, and you can sport a tailored shirt with a long sleeve during the fall and winter.
(2) Sweater: Lightweight, short sleeved sweaters with a crew or boat neckline work well for spring and summmer.  During the winter, you can wear heavier styles in wool.
(3) Shirtdress: Choose a style that extends at least almost down to your knee.
(4) Trousers: We’d recommend tailored styles and those with a medium to high rise. 
(5) Skirt: Again, choose a knee length skirt or longer.

Though these styles are true basics, you don’t have to be boring.  Style is all about the details, so choose pieces with special detailing–things like oversized buttons, pleating, shirring can turn a simple style into something fabulous.

Have a great tip about what to wear in Beijing?  Share it with us in the comments!

Pictured:
Maggy London Crepe Jersey Shirtdress | $128 at Nordstrom.

Style question?  We’ve got answers.  E-mail us at tips at omiru dot com, or leave us a comment with your question.

5 comments August 7th, 2007

Kenneth Wingard Op Art 3D Sculpture

Op Art 3D SculptureGive a blank, open space some definition with this Op Art sculpture.

Powder coated steel. 49"L x 27"W. Comes in white or graphite.


$179  at Wingard Home.

1 comment August 7th, 2007

Omiru Poll Result: The Color Grey is IN!

Omiru Poll Result: The Color Grey is In!


BCBG Max Azria Cowl Neck Tunic SweaterWe asked:Is The Color Grey In or Out?

You said:  IN! 91% of you are all for this traditional Fall color.

Omiru’s take: We’re wearing grey this fall, too. It’s a versatile alternative to black, which has a more severe feel to it.  Style tip?  Grey outfits don’t have to be drab.  Pair grey with the bright colors you’ve been wearing this summer for autumn outfits with a kick.  Men can spruce up a grey suit with a brightly colored scarf, while women can weave color into a predominantly grey outfit through layering.

Next Question: Seems that the latest red carpet trend is the One Shouldered Dress–very elegant and almost Grecian in style.  But what do you think? Tell us, is the One Shouldered Dress In, or is it Out? Cast your vote on the sidebar!

Pictured: BCBG Max Azria Cowl Neck Tunic Sweater | $198 at Nordstrom.

5 comments August 6th, 2007

Velvet Torch Black and White Jersey Dress

Velvet Torch Black and White Jersey DressLove the fresh graphic print on this flattering jersey dress. Wear it by itself, or layer it over pants or under a sweater for a chic fall look.

$68  at Nordstrom.

2 comments August 6th, 2007

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