Thursday, July 27, 2006

Shop Etc. - Shop Talk - Fall Preview: Stila Fall in Love Eye Shadow Trios

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Fall In Love Eye Shadow Trio in Forest Clove

I want the eye shadow trio in Forest Clove (pictured above), which features shades of shimmery gold, olive, deep brown olive. Available from

I'm obsessed with olive green eyeshadow (see my profile). Other good eyeshadow trios featuring olive shades are MAXeye Shadow in Baja Bronze from Max Factor (the colors - a yellow matte, a tan "British khaki" matte, and a shimmery olive do not display accurately at all) and Vital Radiance Soft Dimension Powder Shadow in Fresh Meadows.

As a single, I like jouer Eye Compact Eye Shadow, Peridot, described as a "shimmering olive".
NOTE: is discontinuing Jouer, along with Beauty Buffet, Diane von Furstenburg Beauty, Girlactik, Passport, Pinkie Swear, and She She. Shop now to stock up.
While olive green is complemented by golden or yellow shades, I've also used Joe Blasco Eye Shadow in Green Genie, available from

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

World of Good: Jute totes and bags

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In Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta), India, jute totes with bamboo handles are often used as shopping bags. These bags are often emblazoned with advertising for a particular merchant.

World of Good, an organization devoted to promoting fair trade crafts, is now marketing totes and messenger bags made of jute with geometric designs and webbed straps:

I spotted these at Whole Foods Market.

Friday, July 21, 2006

What's new in Beauty

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Only two weeks after we completed an update of the Bookstand pages, we have completed an update of the Beauty pages on The Style Page website. Check out the many new links, including new links for nearly 30 cosmetics brands on our Cosmetics page.

Also, check our web pages for the linkrolls, which provide links to interesting articles on beauty. For example, did you know that India was a major supplier of human hair for wigs and hair extensions? Find out more by visiting our Salon page.

Fragrances and More is offering our readers a discount of 10% for orders of $50 or more now through August 31. They offer many boutique brands of fragrance, bath and body, skin care, candles, and more. To take advantage of this offer, enter "stylepage" as the coupon code.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

MoCo Loco: WoW Screenfridges

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LG isn't the only home appliances company that is making appliances visually arresting: check out this Screenfridge from European appliance maker Electrolux:

From MoCo Loco: WoW Screenfridges

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Laundry Service, or Life's Good

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Laundry is my favorite household chore. There's something almost magical about running dirty clothes through the washer and dryer and having them come out clean and smelling nice.

Floor plans of newer homes are taking washers and dryers out of a corner of the basement and putting them in open areas. Laundry, which had been a solitary activity, is becoming a communal activity once again. We've seen the same thing happen with kitchens and cooking. It should be no surprise that washers and dryers are getting a makeover as a design element.

Sears created a lot of buzz with its Kenmore HE4t washer and dryer, which comes in fashion colors such as Pacific Blue, Sedona (orange spice), and Champagne. Now LG, the Korean appliances company, has upped the ante with its Steam Direct Drive Washing Machine that comes in prints (source: Treehugger):

LG Direct Drive Washing Machine

Korean companies like LG and Samsung are no longer content to manufacture market appliances and consumer electronics cheaply ... they want to be innovators like the Japanese companies that came before them. View LG's Digital Multimedia Side-By-Side Fridge Freezer with LCD Display.

Friday, July 07, 2006

We've updated our Bookstand pages


We have just completed an update of our Bookstand on The Style Page web site.

On our Books page, check out links for America's BookShelf, which allows readers to purchase recycled books at a flat price of $3.50 per book, and Who Reads What?, the effort of a retired librarian from Gardiner Public Library in Maine to collect book titles read by public figures.

punctuation flats from paper+cup design
These punctuation flat notes from paper+cup design would be cute with the punctuation bookmarks from bob's your uncle

On our Stationery page, check out links for organizing systems such as Captio and Family Facts, fun stuff from ATYPYK and bob's your uncle, and stationery from lovelydesign and paper+cup design (the last two found through Domino).

At the same time, check out our linkrolls, which are always being updated, and shop for books, magazine subscriptions, and much, much more.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Review of Jouer Les Essentials d'été Summer 2006 Limited Edition Value Set

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Since my June 23 posting on Jouer Les Essentials d'été Summer 2006 Limited Edition Value Set, I've purchased the set.

Essential Matte Touch does the job of preventing breakthrough shine on my nose. I wear it under the i.d. Bare Escentuals mineral powder foundation.

The Essential Lip Enhancer is another matter. The user is directed to apply it 3 times a day for 29 days to see a difference. It is different from other lip plumpers like DuWop Lip Venom Lite Spicy Lip Gloss, Half Strength, Clear, which includes essential oil of cinammon to create a burning sensation for the lips to appear bigger. Jouer's Essential Lip Enhancer creates a vague sense of numbness upon application and dries to a finish that reminded me of Revlon's anti-feathering treatment sticks. The jury is still out on this one.

Monday, July 03, 2006

MoCo Loco: Doily laser-cut acrylic table

From MoCo Loco, the Doily table of laser-cut acrylic by David Eveleigh and Melissa Evans.
Laser-cut acrylic table by David Eveleigh and Melissa Evans
View other creative re-imaginings of traditional objects in acrylic such as the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell and the Ghost Candelabra by Jon Russell for Innermost.

Floral Etched Brass Vase

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I love the design and green and maroon color of this vase from India. At a distance, I thought that it was ceramic, but it’s really brass.

Floral Etched Brass Vase
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Found at Cost Plus/World Market. See other great vases here.