Monday, June 27, 2011

The Crave: Casadei Heels

If all I have to do in life is to work, eat and buy shoes, without worrying about other obligations and still be able to have a fun exciting life, I will be complete.  This is a shoe lover dream... worthy of Ms. Carey Bradshaw herself. 

Price tag? $851. 

But look at it! It is so pretty.  Pink suede shoes, what more can we ask for? A summer must have.

The Crave: Sally Hansen Nail Strips

Source: Sally Hansen
A friend of mine discovered this the other week.  So far the reviews for these are the best, especially the patterned ones.  There are lots of different kinds but the zebra striped ones seems pretty cool for summer.  Will try these out and get back to you on how it works.  Stay tuned!

The Random: The Horse Project

It all started with a trip to Goodwill, when artist Scott Wayne from Indiana purchased a bunch of horse figurines and tied them to the rings on the sidewalk of Portland. 

What are these "horse rings" for? Back in the day, these rings were placed all over the downtown area.  When you come into town, on your horse, to shop or do business you just tie your horse to these rings.  Think of it as a parking meter.  Pretty cool!

Now, in random places, you will see these little horses tied to a ring by random Portlanders.

The Know: Limo Peruvian Restaurant

Had a great meal the other day at Limo.  Started out with the traditional Peruvian ceviche.  Fresh white fish, lime juice, corn, sweet potatoes and herbs.  All of which must be mixed it so you can enjoy the mixture of its texture and flavors.  It was so delicious!

The duck and rice dish was the best and really well seasoned rice.  The curry dish wasn't bad but a little bit too thick for our taste.  As for the seafood paella like dish, my sister was not so pleased with the rice but the seafood mix was not bad.

The highlight of the evening had to be the ceviche, hands down. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Know: Two Tarts Bakery

Couldn't make it to the shop in time but so happy for the Portland Farmer's Market yesterday! Why? Because Two Tarts Bakery was there and I finally got this week's supply of macaroons! 

Since returning from Paris, no where in Portland makes the best macaroons than Two Tarts Bakery.  But that's not their only specialty.  Yesterday, purchased a box of dozens for $8 and went crazy!  Got two of the strawberry thump prints, cappuccino creams, carrot cake, oreo looking things, hazelnut something and macaroons (duh!). 

Check out their blog and see some of the amazing and delectable delights they have.  I know where I will be in about.... 5 minutes!

The Crave: Mr. Mustache w/ Ray Ban adjustable Ring

From Etsy.Com, The Smiling SilverSmith designs some of the most coolest, sleek sterling silver rings around!  Mr. Mustache is one of their newest member but check out their Etsy sight to see loads more. 

The ring is about $55 which is not that bad at all, considering the price of silver now a day.  This ring will be perfect for "Ms. Panda" because she wears Ray Ban and loves the Mustache app. on the iPhone.  You know who you are!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Random: Samuel L. Jackson audio-read "Go the $@#% to Sleep"

Do you remember my post in May titled: The Random: Go the $@#% to Sleep...?  It's about this new bedtime book, meant for just grown ups?  No worries, there's an audio-read version now, read by none other than Samuel L. Jackson.  


The Music: Shakira ft. Pitbull "Rabiosa"

The Crave: Yves Saint Laurent Chyc Cabas

Well girls... this is the new IT BAG of the season and probably as we head into the next.  The soft sheep-leather Yves Saint Laurent Chyc Cabas is the perfect tote for the wonderful women of today.  It it so roomy that it can your make up bag, a clutch, and even your chihuahua all at once!

This bag has been seen on the arms of Nicole Kidman, Selma Hayek, Leighton Meester, and of course Carla Bruni.

There are many colors and styles so visit the source for a full view:


The Trend: Short Sweet Suits

From Left to Right: Akris, Bottega Veneta, Jason Wu, Wes Gordon, & Erin Fetherston

"A woman looks perfect today when she dares to switch the skirt with well-cut shorts"
-Albert Kriemler for Akris

Tired of the typical skirt suits? Why not be a little different this summer and search for the sweet little combo: Short Suits.  The nice thing about them is that you go to the office and off to party right after.

Bottega Veneta's inspiration is that of the 1920's tennis player Suzanne Lenglen of white pique jacket and culotte.  Yes, the culotte is bag this season and so is very classic piece of wardrobe there was.  The woven pique provides some breathe-ability for those hot summer days.

The short suits are so versatile, you can even wear them on the weekends!

Jason Wu's plain suit provides great feminine details and tailoring.  They can work to work right off to parties and cocktail hours, providing ladies with an alternative and eye fetching wear.

Source: The Wall Street Journal Off Duty

The Looks: Purple Rain

Strolling the streets of industrial NW Portland, heading to happy hour at Casa del Matador for a nice glass of Sangria.  The day started out warm, hence open back.  But by dusk, the wind picked up so time layer up with a light cardigan.  Breezy!

The Look:
Cooperative dress from Urban Outfitters
Ray Ban aviators in gold frames and light blue lens
Vintage scarf from Apparel Apparel
Jeffrey Campbell wedge from Miss Meers
Bag? Hand made my women weavers of a northern tribe in Thailand.  It comes with a silver jingle bell clasp as a security device too!

Monday, June 13, 2011

The Arts: Allure of the Automobiles at Portland Art Museum

If you love cars, live or will be in Portland, Oregon between now and September 11, then you must visit the exhibit: Allure of the Automobile.  Organized in 2010 at the Highland Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, this once in a lifetime event is now at the Portland Art Museum.  

The exhibit showcases 16 luxurious automobiles and shows the evolution of car making, between 1930's and 1960's.  When you're at the show, be sure to visit the 1937 Hispano-Suiza which is owned by French aperitif baron Andre Dubonnet or the 1957 Jaguar XK-SS which was once owned by Steve McQueen.  

The Corvette Sting Ray.... looks likes a sting ray when you stand behind the car.

1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR "Uhlenhaut" Coup

1930 Bentley Speed Six "Blue Train Special"

1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante

1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow 

1930 Talbot Lago T-150 C SS "teardrop"

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Comp .61 Short-wheelbase Berlinetta.

And here is the Jaguar once owned by Steve McQueen.

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540KSpecial Roadster

1954 Plymouth Explorer Sport Coupe

1948 Tucker Model 48 Torpedo No. 1007

1931 Deusenberg SJ Convertible Sedan

The Know: Jeffrey Campbell Fruit Slice Heel

How perfect are these heels for summer? It's fruit salad on your feet!  Can't wait to get them in the mail and pair it with my summer wardrobe... they're ready for this shoe.  I hope the shoe is ready too!!

Where can you get a pair of these trooty fruity shoes? Urban Outfitters.

The Looks: Blue Moon

Do Over Portland! Was a great Sunday hangout this past weekend.  The weather could have cooperated better but hey it was still pretty warm... and humid! Hence, a dress that is breathable (literally) but can be layered lightly with this cardigan for some warmth was the perfect combo.

The Look:
American Apparel Chiffon A-Line Maxi dress
American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Strapless Bodysuit
Fletcher by Lyell from Urban Outfitters chiffon cardigan
Jeffrey Campbell wooden wedge from Miss Meers
Ray Ban aviator
Bracelet from Bebe
Weaved basket from Thailand

The Random: Chewbacca!

A friend forward this picture... it is a real dog and yes, he is a Star Wars fan.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Know: J Shoes & Grungy Gentleman

Source: Grungy Gentleman, via Singer22

These shoes are awesome!  It's like a combination of army boots and oxfords.  Created from the collaboration between J Shoes and Grungy Gentleman, you can wear these "boxford" casually like above or I bet even with a semi-dressed up sleek suit.  Want to see more pics and maybe buy one?  Go to Singer22.  

And since you're here... keep Grungy Gentleman in your favorites because he's got some great style and where-to's for you gents to go look (or shop).