Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Un Jardin Sur Le Toit, by Hermès

Source: Mimi Frou Frou


Source: Mimi Frou Frou

Un Jardin Sur Le Toit is the fourth of the Jardin collection created by Hermès master perfumer, Jean Claude Ellena.  It is a garden inspired scent with notes of apples, herbs and floral bouquet.  The fragrance was inspired by Hermès rooftop garden at its Paris headquarters. 

While visiting Paris, it is a must that you step into the world of Hermès.  If you happened to be there the week of March 28th, as you enter Hermès you were instantly greeted with the warm, sweet smell of freshly bloomed garden and fresh Spring dew.  The scent was so intoxicating that it pulled you close to their garden display and as you glanced through it you were tempted to buy a bottle.  Very tempted. 

$125 for 100 mL

The Jardin Collection by Hermès


Source of this picture: National Post

An Afternoon in Montmartre

We hiked up Montmartre this day to have a closer look at Sacre Coeur.  It was a cool day but the streets were still bustling with vendors, tourists, locals, and tiny cars cramped in tiny streets.

Arrived in a courtyard before heading up flights and flights of step to the top and found lots of things happening.  It was filled with locally made foods, confections, and vegetables to eat.  They even set up a petting zoo for the kids.  Walked a little past all of this is a little kids play area and a wall of love.  All sorts of language possible spelling out "I love you."  You can imagine how many couples took their pictures her, kissing.

Folded House

Source of pictures: yankodesign.com & Modern Architecture & Designs News

When I get my lottery winning check, I will be calling Mr. Andrew Reeves.  Mr. Reeves designed this home for his environmentally conscious urbanite living in Canada's capital, Ottawa.  Did you know Ottawa is the Canadians version of Washington D.C.? I bet you didn't.  Back to the house, the design is an open, continuous space with clean forms.  The home is housed on an irregular plot of land so to fit within it, Mr. Reeves made the building a compact composition of volumes.  His design reflects the modernism of Alvar Aalto.

Sometimes referred to as the "father of modernism," Alvar has ties to Oregon!  He designed Mt. Angel Abbey Library in the 1970's, one of only two buildings in the U.S. 

The Return of the DB Jacket

The Double Breasted (DB) jacket.  If someone told you the DB is back, the first thing that comes to your mind is some over weight scruffy politician, nightclub bouncer, or a pinstripe wearing Wall Street broker from the 1980's right?  Stop right there, those may have been but not anymore.

The DB style is slowly re-emerging onto the mainstream of men's apparel in 2011.  Seen championing the DB lately is David Beckham (of course), Prince Charles, Jake Gyllenhal, and Ryan Gosling.

So how can YOU rock the DB?
  • The blazer should skim your body not hug.
  • For the modern cut, shoulders should be tailored softly and not too sharp.
  • To avoid the "dad' look, shop at places like TOPMAN USA or ASOS for an updated and young DB blazers.
  • The DB works very well as jackets, if you choose to opt-out of the full suiting.  Pair it with a T-shirt, some chinos and a woven belt.
  • For the full suiting, make sure the cut is slim and tailored so not to look bulky.  The blazer should not be too long either.
Here's some pictures to get your imagination rolling:

London Fashion Week - February 21, 2011
Photo Credit: Wenn.com
Source CoolSpotters

Source yolunsonundakiev.blogspot.com
Source The Guardian

Source GQ
Michael Bastian
Source GQ
Source: GQ

Source GQ
Dolce & Gabbana

GQ Fashion Editor Ted Stafford Reports from the Basel/Geneva Watch Exhibition Wear It Now: GQ.com

Straight from the BASEL/GENEVA Watch Exhibition, here is your 2011 guide to the newest trend in watches. 

Men, this Spring/Spring 2011 you will want to look for gray faced timepieces... such an eternal style.  Ladies, nothing wrong with wearing your man's watch so make sure he goes out and buy one so YOU can wear it too. 

Here's just a peak to give you some ideas but click on the link below to view the full slide show and get details.

GQ Fashion Editor Ted Stafford Reports from the Basel/Geneva Watch Exhibition Wear It Now: GQ.com