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Men's Top 10 New Year Resolutions

With Christmas is just over and New Years is just around the corner, people like me is always thinking of what new promises I would like to make to myself for 2009. I believe some of you out there don't think too much about making new resolutions, either because you don't believe in doing such a thing or you have never been able to keep up with them in the past. Others continue to make new resolutions every year (Like me :) ), either because you felt you have kept up with them well enough in the past to warrant making a new one, or you legitimately want to make a lasting change in your lives.. whatever.

I came across these top 10 list of New Year Resolutions:-
  1. Spend more time with family
  2. Fit in Fitness
  3. Tame the Bulge
  4. Quit Smoking
  5. Enjoy Life More
  6. Quit Drinking
  7. Get Out of Debt
  8. Learn Something New
  9. Help others
  10. Get Organized

For me, I don't have any issues in relate to points 3, 4, 6, and 7. So all these are fall out from my list. Perhaps I could be healthier with more regular exercises, and constantly learn up something new and of course contribute back to society, is the almost important task. How about yours?

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Man Fahion: All about Designer Ties

All men have the potential to look classy when wearing a designer tie. On the other hand, getting the wrong designer tie can also make you look immature, or downgrade your overall style. More so if you're a business professional, your designer tie makes a statement about you before the first handshake is even made.

So before I go further, here are 4 fundamentals you need to consider before buying a designer tie.

Tie Texture

It's very important to choose a designer tie made of high quality material, natural fibres are always best, whether silk, cashmere or wool. However, silk ties don't go with every kind of suit, so be sure that the texture of the designer tie complements the texture of the suit. Like generally goes with like although there are exceptions, for example a woolen flannel suit looks very chic with satin ties, a complete contrast and opposite.

Tie Length

Make sure your designer tie is the right length. Most shop offer ties at 55/56 inches. Men's ties are at the correct length if they just about reach the belt buckle, which is generally 58 inches, although taller men may require even longer ties.

Tie Colors

When choosing designer tie color, you must always take into consideration color of your entire attire. The last thing you should do is to wear the same color tie with your shirt, which look formidable in darker tones.

Red Tie/White Shirt
This is the ultimate power dresser. It shows you mean business and want to be listened to. With a dark suit it is at its most potent.

Red Tie/Blue Shirt
You mean business, having things to say but are prepared to listen to those around you. You still want to be thought of as one of the boys.

Refer to my earlier post on tie color and personality for more explanation.

Tie Pattern

It should never be larger than the size of your eye, or it will take the focus from your face. A large patterned designer tie will become the focal point of your outfit and distract from your face. Also, designer tie should take care not to clash with the pattern on the shirt or jacket and the rest of the clothing.

For example, if you go with a striped tie, don't wear a similarly striped shirt or you could be mistaken for an optical illusion.

Lastly, To keep the shape in your tie, it should be rolled u at teh end of the day. Do not hang it over a coat hanger or worst still, leave it knotted and pull over your head.

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trends giallo

flowing Lanvin dress- IVANAhelsinki dress [via ohjoy!]- Christie Chase sneak peak [via d*s]- Prentiss Douthit yellow paisley calling card- yellow Maggie jacket- Graphic Flora Garment Bag- Yellow floral letterpress invitation- Cleo Chair- touches of yellow home decor [via decor8]- floral mini dress by Alexander McQueen

Holiday party

Ruby red flats by Carlos available at Amazon.com
Black sequined cardigan available at House Black Market
Sequin filled invitation by Bubbles and Bows available at FineStationery.com
Shimmering gold skirt available from Jcrew
Black clutch available at Top Shop
Donna Karan dress available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Golden fleck watch by Juicy Couture available at Nordstrom
Carbon sequin chignon pin available at Hair Boutique

Biglietti - my mailbox

Pink flower by Kate Spade
Golden yellow damask by Vera Wang
Vibrant kelly green by Kate Spade
Lion slumber by Crane & Co.
Aqua blue pinwheel by Vera Wang
Pink Lush Lizard by Allie Monroe

New Year's Eve Party

Harry Winston diamond

Acquisti di beneficenza - Charity Shop

Acquisti di beneficenza
A Londra i Charity Shop sono un’autentica istituzione, negozi gestiti da enti benefici in cui si trovano occasioni di “seconda mano”.
Le persone portano, abiti, oggetti per la casa, e altro – di tutto – quello che per loro non è più utile.Tutti ricavi dei negozi Charity, vanno in beneficenza o sostengono progetti di sviluppo per i bisognosi.
Il gruppo Oxfam si occupa di sostenere i paesi in via di sviluppo; Octavia Association trova case ai senzatetto e così.Queste alcune associazioni che gestiscono i negozi : Oxfam, Notting Hill Housing Trust, Traid, Marie Curie Cancer Care, British Red Cross.
È vero però, che proprio perché sono sostenuti dalla generosità della gente, i prodotti sono di più interesse, tanto che, alcuni negozi Charity Shop sono collocati nelle vie dello shopping.
Anche alcuni grandi negozi regalano le loro rimanenze.
Con vetrine di “vero” interesse :
Charity Shop di St John’s Wood High Street, numero 211 ;
si trovano anche in questi quartieri , Notting Hill e Fulham.

Su Blackwell - scolpisce la carta

Su Blackwell – Scolpisce la carta

Le sue opere sono “fiabesche”, per l’interpretazione dei libri che prima legge, molto personali.Magazine della moda le dedicano interesse
Harper’s Bazar


il department store di Londra , Harvey Nichols
le ha commissionato le vetrine del Natale 2007

il mondo del artista è questo.
Una mostra allestita alla Hosfelt Gallery


Happy Holidays!

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Man Fashion: Men's Designer Watches

A designer watch is more than just an ordinary time- piece. It is the manifestation of precision, luxury, elegance and fine art all rolled into one. A good designer watch will complement your lifestyle, accessorize your wardrobe and become an heirloom to be cherished, treasured and passed along to future generations. The increasing variety, style and sophistication of men’s designer watches have often create confusion over buying decision that would best suit most of us. Therefore, it is always important to keep a list of essential guide to assist you in buying decision. 1. What is your personality? Are you bold, reserved, shy person? 2. What kind of colours and styles do you prefer? Flashy and extravagant or subdued or classic 3. Are you a practical and smart or sleek and glossy person? 4. Are you going to go for corporate kind or the more hip and casual variety? 5. And finally, are you looking for watch that for collection purposes. So that's enough for introductory tips. Now, I would like to share some of the timepiece that I find worth to take a look. PATEK PHILIPPE - Instantaneous Perpetual Calendar This highly complicated horological masterpiece, at first glance, projects the classically rounded look of the Calatrava. Its embedded complications. However, make this a time-piece to treasure while elevating the perpetual calendar to a new level of technical ingenuity, with its combination of minute repeater, tourbillon, instantaneous perpetual calendar with aperture display for day, date, month and leap-year cycle. OMEGA - Seamaster James Bond 007 Collector Piece Even if you can't decide if Connery, Moore, Brosnan, or Craig ranks as your favourite secret agent, there's no denying the charm of this stylist timepiece fitted with the exclusive Omega calibre 2500, Co-Axial Escapement and free sprung-balance. With limited to 10,007 pieces is What make this more precious. This Omega 007 collection piece is just perfect for celebrating the new James Bond movie in style. BALL - Trainmaster Five Time Zone If you are frequent traveler, this is perfect for you. This clever timepiece puts together four of the world's most dynamic cities in the wearer's grasp - London, Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. With an ingenious recessed button system to correct for daylight saving time. This Trainmaster Five Time Zone make global business and travel brilliantly simple. PIERRE DEROCHE - SplitRock This representing a genuine evolution in the field of mechanical chronographs, the SplitRock has a highly ingenious mechanism that displays the time being measured on a single large size counter by means of three concentric hands. Its understand lines, exclusive calibre and concentric chronograph make it a very powerful yet refined timepeiece. LOUIS VUITTON - Tambour Tourbillon Monogram Its chic grey galuchat strap is already a plus point, but this is one timepiece fashion savvy watch connoisseurs might consider. Beside carry with famous designer brand name, it does have a host of handy features, including being waterproof up to 100m, has a power reserve of 90 hours and of course, offers the fascinating tourbillon function.

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On the Street....The Right Fit DB, NYC

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Pop Couture - New York Times Magazine

Published: December 19, 2008

Sometimes the Web is most satisfying when it confirms a cliché from the world offline.

I’m thinking of the captivating street-style photoblogs, which display snapshots of chic pedestrians in cities around the world. Such blogs exist for Tel Aviv, Stockholm, Moscow, Sydney, Seoul, Berlin, Dublin, London — you name it. Survey them one morning over coffee, and you’ll feel like a boulevardier of the whole world, breezing past one stunning creature after another, free to cruelly assess or dumbly gaze — at supreme leisure and invulnerable to reciprocal scrutiny.

What can be learned from a global anthology of fantastic-­looking people? First off, you might find that looking at people on city streets is almost a perfect allegory of Web-browsing. Tellingly, the major Chinese search engine, Baidu, takes its name from an ancient poem about the search for (what the portal’s FAQ calls) “a retreating beauty amid chaotic glamour.” Anyone encountering the bedlam of the Web seeks a resting place, even — at times — a literal or figurative embrace. The suspense of that exploration is mirrored in the story you find on the street-style blogs: the search for a quiet connection with beauty in a metropolis of strangers.

But what specifically do the photoblogs teach about fashion? The novelty of Aladdin pants, the sweetness of dove gray, bits and pieces of style — gestalts, vibes — the same vague revelations you might discover while walking in the Harajuku neighborhood in Tokyo or the French Quarter in New Orleans. Dozens of street-style blogs for Muslim women show inventive ways to wear a hijab and eye makeup. Some stylish people on the blogs look chipper and resourceful (Tokyo); some look pampered (Cape Town). Others appear proud (Stockholm), playful (Austin), radiant (Copenhagen), easygoing (Nairobi), celebratory (Buenos Aires), ferocious (London). The street-style blogs palpably lift the mood: human beings in their natural habitats and chosen adornments seem suddenly ingenious, unpredictable and above all beautiful.

That feeling mounts at the best sites — Face Hunter, Style-Arena, Stockholm Street Style — and peaks with a glance at The Sartorialist, the bellwether American site that turned this kind of cruising-photo­blogging into an art form. Fathered by Scott Schuman, a onetime employee of the men’s clothing enterprise Chess King who (though he detoured through a career in high fashion) never lost his eye for the sharp-dressed Everyman, The Sartorialist features not just handsome people but also handsome photographs. The site’s generous, near-gilded portraits are especially pleasing when contrasted with stock rage-filled fashion spreads in glossy magazines. Schuman’s images have no edge; they’re all creamy center.

On an average day at The Sartorialist you might catch two students, she with a pink bow at her neck and he in a shrunken flannel shirt, loitering not far from a humorous-looking bearded man in a military-band jacket, who himself preens not far from a row of sophisticated winter women in dark stockings, heels, furs and vividly colored August-weight dresses.

Indeed, the street-style blogs of the world are so trippingly delightful and spontaneous that, while you forget your cares in your money­less world tour, you may also forget all societal gravity and natural laws and snob hierarchies — until. Hold up. At Garance Doré, a French blog named after its proprietress, you hit a hard truth, the immovable cliché of style: Paris. The Web came, the European Union, Tokyo style, war, Sarkozy, the crash of global markets. And still everyone dresses better in Paris.

At least, I mean, they look sublime at the house of Garance Doré. Raised by a high-stepping mother who wore Mugler and Alaïa, Doré is a fashion illustrator who in 2006 became “a little frustrated with the commissions I had, and in particular by the lack of contact with the readers” (as her freshly translated bio puts it). She closed the audience gap with a blog — as so many do; at first, it showed sketches and captions and now features photos of people she encounters. You know, just people, regular people, like an ethereal redheaded It Girl outside a Karl Lagerfeld show, or the sultry French model Valentine Fillol Cordier at the Palais Royal.

A friend of mine won’t look at Garance Doré because he says it fills him with longing he can’t bear. I feel nearly the same way, though I don’t stay away; I’m pleasurably overwhelmed. Somehow Garance Doré gives viewers the sense that they are in the urban splendor too, or could be, or should be — strolling or sauntering, rather than linking and clicking. And at this moment in cultural history, when the allure of Europe and Paris and the sumptuous, leisurely life is assumed to have faded, we’re not on guard against it. Garance Doré should come with a caution.

With their scarves and coats in muted colors, steady gazes and rosebud mouths, the figures who pause at Garance Doré seem somehow sainted. Unlike Schuman, Doré publishes photos of faces alone (often set above full-body shots), so her focus is less on silhouette and proportion and more on expression and complexion. While Schuman’s camera is curious, Doré’s is smitten. Her figures glow under her attention. They’re nearly aflame.

As a rule, the street-style blogs don’t take many ads. They’re not advertorial, either. I haven’t seen any that systematically caption their photos with information about brands, labels, prices. And if you think you might try to replicate one of the looks, you’re thrown back on your wits and your own wardrobe: the sites don’t suggest places to shop. A proposed “shopping guide” that was forever “premiering soon” on The Sartorialist seems to be stalled.

On the other hand, in this time of a downturn in traditional media that’s said to be both “cyclical and secular” — meaning that there’s a recession on and that the businesses are fundamentally changing and moving online — the street-style blogs suggest a new way of displaying fashion and, down the road, monetizing fashion reporting. Vogue’s Style File blog at Style.com, which features celebrities and breaking fashion news, rarely draws a single comment. By contrast, a Garance Doré post of an unnamed woman in houndstooth and stripes drew 78 comments, in French and English. Sartorialist posts regularly draw more than a hundred. People return to these sites, and stay a long time. In the fashion frame of mind, some viewers would no doubt click on ads for e-tailers that might sell them clothes, jewelry, accessories and cosmetics.

It’s also worth noting that if it’s the styles of New York and Paris that play the best online, nothing in the taste of the times should be all that confounding to people who know the rules of traditional fashion. Although of course even the great Garance Doré — who seems to me to be the guardian of all style — can get confused. Recently, Doré reported that she came across a stunning young woman with “une allure incroyable” in black eyeliner and a vintage blue puffer coat. Doré speculated that she might be from an exotic land, perhaps where grog is drunk. (At times, the French fashion world seems to be intoxicated by Scandinavian beauty and style.)

Though Doré addressed her in English, the alluring woman was entirely French, called Marianne (“Comme la République Française,” the woman added helpfully). It turned out that she was Doré’s neighbor in Paris. A stylish Parisienne? Quelle surprise.

from Scott
I'm so happy to see Garance Dore getting the attention her work deserves. She is one of the few blogs I look at every day for inspiration.

Man Fashion: Burberry Spring 2009 Men's Collection

Christopher Bailey makes such perfect sense of his work for Burberry that all anyone could ever wish for would be his voice in your ear while you watch his shows. For his latest collection, he imagined the late artist/filmmaker Derek Jarman in his garden at Dungeness, a hardscrabble stretch of English seaside perched next to a nuclear reactor.

What's more, pieces from this men’s Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2009 pre-collection are available on the Burberry UK/Europe on-line store since early December 2008. Some of the key pre-collection outerwear pieces for every occasion such as trench coats in gabardine, cotton satin and jacquard for men are all available on-line.

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On the Street....Gloves in the Chest Pocket Have Jumped the Pond, NYC

On the Street....Finally a Black Coat with Some Design Detail, NYC

It was great to finally see a girl wearing a black winter coat with some really great design details - like the oversized buttons and a dropped waist belt.


Natale , Charity e Marni

Charity e Marni,che anche questo Natale ha realizzato una collezione di borse e t-shirt in limited edition, il cui ricavato sarà impegnato in progetti umanitari a favore dei bambini dei paesi in via di sviluppo. I due progetti, In a world of my own e Dreams of growing up, sono stati realizzati coinvolgendo i bambini di Sud America, India e Tibet, i cui disegni sono stati stampati su magliette e tote bag in vendita nei negozi Marni a partire da dicembre.

Le t-shirt della collezione Dreams of growing up. In vendita nelle boutique e nello store online al prezzo di 80,00 euro.

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