A Worthwhile Read: Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins

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I like browsing through the pages of Good Housekeeping because I get a lot of home decorating ideas and it keeps me abreast on what is happening in the world of interior design. If you do not want to spend too much money then instead of hiring an interior decorator just flip through the pages of magazines to get inspiration and in the process know the latest trends when it comes to what looks good in a home. But more than contemporary design, I have always been fascinated with old fashioned homes decorated with oriental rugs. Their beautiful and intricate designs and colors make a house, no matter how small or big it is, look so elegant.

A lot of people consider them as pieces of art. They are rugs that were made in the Orient or in Asia namely China, Vietnam, Nepal, Pakistan, Turkey, Cyprus, Iran, India, Egypt, and Morocco. They were brought to the West during the Crusades and are organized by origin such as Arabian rugs, Persian rugs, Central Asian rugs, Chinese rugs, Indian rugs etc. They can last for decades because of their high quality. Antique oriental rugs have been in demand for years. Some even display them as wall decors. Since there are so many different designs and sizes, finding one that will complement your home’s motif might be challenging. It is probably a good idea to start your home decor with the oriental rug first then pick the rest of the furnishing to suit the oriental rug.

If you want to know more about oriental rugs, then Peter F. Stone’s book Oriental Rugs: An Illustrated Lexicon of Motifs, Materials, and Origins is a great reference. It contains over 1,000 vivid drawings and pictures of different types, designs, and sizes of oriental rugs. The book gives ample information about rugs being a part of art history and how tribal weavings, particularly oriental rugs, make us more knowledgeable about some traditions that were not given much attention before. Examples of which are the weavings of southwest Persia, Baluchistan and Kurdistan.

This book likewise gives information about oriental rugs that have not been previously written. It provides straightforward and exact definitions for the rug and fabric terms used in each country where it is made. The book also touches on museum-quality rug traditions and the modern ways of manufacturing or producing them as well as on the rich hand-knotting and hand-weaving traditions of the Near East and Central Asia and some examples of Scandinavian and Native American weavings. This brief but comprehensive book is a must-have for beginners, serious collectors, scholars, and dealers. It is easy to read and any rug afficionado can read this to expand their knowledge of textiles.

Visit of shoemaker Aubercy at Vivienne street in Paris

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Aubercy is one of the best shoe makers in Paris. He started this family business way back in 1935 at 34 rue Vivienne, near Paris stock exchange.

Aubercy designs shoes which blends strongly with the structures of the English shoes mixed with the creativity of Italian shoes with a French elegance. He started manufacturing shoes way back in 1956 from a small family owned company in Italy which has guaranteed people the best hand-sewn “Good year” and hand sewn “Norwegian construction”.

He designs shoes which blends strongly with the structure of the English shoes mixed with the creativity of Italian shoes with a French elegance. He started manufacturing shoes way back in 1956 from a small family-owned company in Italy which has guaranteed people the best hand-sewn “good year”, “Norwegian” and the unique exquisite ready to wear designs. They are available in different colours, shapes, and sizes. The shoes can currently be found at the legendary tailor Douglas Haywards store in London.

Plans are underway to avail them in Japan at Cavalleria. Aubercy maintains the spirit of “true luxury” in creating the best designs. He designs and makes shoes from the most beautiful and high quality materials which lasts much longer.

They also strive to make designs which are magnificently beautiful and at the same time very comfortable. Quality work from him comes as a result of the fact that their artisans spend more time and keenness on every piece and step of the designing process which makes most of their shoes of high quality and long lasting.

Aubercy and his artisans have a very strong passion for their work which breeds quality in their product. The shoes are available in eight  sizes, very many colors to choose from and very many different types of high quality designs such as the oxford, Derby and the loafer.

They have the prestige line which includes shoes of the highest quality and limited edition. For those who have their own preferred choices, Aubercy has a measure line which caters for those who have particular preferences. Here shoes are made according to ones’ specification and taste.

 

Brioni Spring Summer 2014 with Julien Nielsen by Collier Schorr

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Brioni is a tailoring house with high quality designs of clothes. It unveiled its pictures of the beautiful spring summer collections for 2014. Their designs are marketed by model Julien Nielsen. Their collections are mainly focused on the Roman rare and unexpected Roman artistic heritage, while at the same time celebrating the allure of the Italian cinema of the 80s. Brioni in their collections have designed collar-studs, tie clips and cuff links in yellow gold in collaboration with designers Fredrikson Stallard. They also have a new online store for international customers and an institutional site has been created in line with expanding their brand work.

The store stocks high quality shoes made of high quality leather in different styles, shapes and sizes. The shoes are made from high quality hides and the soles also made of real leather. They are all long lasting shoes and the prices vary according to style, make and the quality of the materials used. They also stock beautifully looking, high quality long lasting belts which come in different colors and designs. Apart from clothes and shoes, Brioni also stocks high quality designer travelling bags, which come in different styles, shapes, colours and sizes. They also stock purses for women, designer sunglasses, high quality ties, woolen blankets and shawls. Among their spring summer collections are beautiful and high quality T-shirts, casual shorts, blazers jackets, casual trousers and shirts.

Quality is the mainstay of Brioni and all their items are reasonably priced.

 

Brighter Eyes Thanks To Celeteque

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Late nights cannot be avoided especially if you are as busy as me. I also find that I am able to think more clearly at night when everybody is fast asleep and my surroundings is so quiet. Since everything has consequences, my unhealthy habit has resulted in my having eye bags and dark circles under my eyes. I noticed that it has become more pronounced throughout the years to the point that it has become unsightly. So I decided to do something about it and used Celeteque DermoScience Brightening Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener.

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This amazing product is manufactured by Unilab, the leading pharmaceutical and healthcare company in the country. They have many other beauty and wellness products that consumers patronize. Celeteque DermoScience Brightening Eye Tuck Plus Dark Circles Lightener has an ingredient called Eyeseryl Tetrapeptide Complex which efficiently counters the formation of loose skin around the eyes by improving skin elasticity and fighting water accumulation, thus preventing puffiness around the eyes. It also brightens the skin around the eyes giving them a glowing look in just a short time.

There are many things I like about this product such as its consistency. It is easy to apply and does not have that sticky after feel. I also like that it comes in a squeeze tube with a narrow nozzle which prevents anything from being wasted. I have been using this continuously and have noticed that the dark circles under my eyes has lightened considerably and I no longer have tired looking eyes.

Classy ways to show the world you work hard

“I’ve never had a great reason to show off, but if I did so, I wouldn’t. You realize why? No person likes a showoff. It’s tacky and it can be interpreted as though you believe you can be better than someone else. That’s not a nice thing to remind people, even though chances are that you actually are better. However because exposing can be ill received doesn’t mean that you should hide or be ashamed of your accomplishments or success. You’ve worked difficult to earn your credentials. You’ve studied all night long, you’ve make the time. You’ve paid your dues and you will have every right to be pleased with where you are, and then there are tactful ways to show this to the careful observer. Don’t buy that Bentley if you want to keep a low profile, try something a little more subtle. It’s sexy and it’s classy.

1. The right accessory
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There are few things on God’s green Earth which are as synonymous with success compared to a Rolex. A Rolex is no more a watch than a Harley is a bicycle. A Rolex is a bit of art, it will be the definition of pride and perfection. If you wear a Rolex, you are telling the world you are not a person to settle for anything less. Ever. Rolex watches are renown for hand made precision. These are Rolls Royce of accessories. One of the many truly beautiful reasons for having this gem that sets it in addition to other watches is that the people that design and construct these classy time pieces are simply as happy with their work as you are of yours. If you were to in fact invest in one, you can always contact the certified rolex repair any time you wanted to make sure that yours was working right for you. Equally as their product is second to none, so is their rolex customer service.

2. A tailored suit

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If it’s worth investing in a tailored suit, and they will all say yes, ask literally any classy woman in the world. In addition you look the part, however you feel the part and when you are feeling the part, you act it. You are it. There’s a good reason that once you see a gentleman walk across the road, he turns heads. There’s rich people everywhere, it’s not because we think he’s rich. It’s because he’s put together. Despite whatever problems he’s having with his car that week, or that his boss may have scolded him in front of the investor they have a crush on, we don’t know. Today he placed on that suit and he looks like one million bucks whether or not he feels it,. That’s all we, the gawking public know.

3. That smooth bottle of liquor

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If you have your colleagues to your office late Friday and present them a Jack Daniels, they’ll either expect to hit your local dive bar afterwards, or opt out and go home to their classy husbands and wives. Open your cabinet and pull out that 25 year old single malt. It will turn their heads every time. The proper scotch is as effective since the right suit or the right watch to show the world that your particular life is going just how you planned without shoving it down their throats. Remember, tact is attractive.”

Bernhard Willhelm x MYKITA 2014 Spring/Summer Collection

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Bernhard Willhelm x MYKITA 2014 Spring/Summer Collection

Snows are starting to melt down, and summer season is fast approaching here where I resides. Nope! I think we do have a year-round summer season.LOL That’s why having an great sunglasses is a must! ehhe Today, let me share with you these new set of collaborative sunglasses from the 2 giant brands called Bernhard Willhelm & MYKITA. They came up on this idea of releasing new set of sunglasses that has this vintage theme and at the same time it has these trendy features on it.

I simply liked the UV protection feature which helps us to protect our eyes in the sun rays and other irritating lights from the outdoor activities. Also, the colors uses on the sunglasses lenses are pretty cool too and it can brings back really the 80’s era which I know most of our parents would surely like to have. This is a prefect gift too for your dad this new year.

As of now, the Bernhard Willhelm x MYKITA 2014 Spring/Summer Collection is not yet available in the market. However, as the brand states few days back. These sunglasses were be able to be out these days ahead, probably at the first week or 2nd week of the month of January 2014. So – we better check this out! 🙂

Further details will be posted soon as the collection , Bernhard Willhelm x MYKITA 2014 Spring/Summer Collection, released in the market.

BEAST Yoseob”s Wearin’ the Opening Ceremony Exclusive Varsity Jacket

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Opening Ceremony Exclusive Varsity Jacket – $340.00 to $400

I miss posting some kpop related posts on this site, istarblog.com. Because I’ve been too busy doing my offline stuff these past few days due of holiday season. But now, I think I am freely already on my offline tasks which mum insistently wanted (forced) me to do. LOL Okay, recently, I’ve been stumbled with this one Kpop fan based site where this dope jacket were posted and look, Yoseob of b2st wore it out and rock it to dope. The Jacket is from the brand “Opening Ceremony Exclusive” not sure though if it is the brand’s name of it or just an part of the whole jacket’s name. LOL, Bear with me then because I am not really familiar with this find. ehhe

Anyway, the Jacket ” Opening Ceremony Exclusive Varsity Jacket” is okay with me though I do liked the colors uses to it and still, I wanted it to be more unique by adding some more prints in it. Because as Ive seen the other finds out there from the other brands, I think, they were all working on with these patterns and prints for this 2014’s fashion trends that’s why having it to any finds, it is well to do on my opinion. But overall, the jacket is perfectly to wear especially on this winter season we have.

Jacket Details:

Price: $340.00 to $400
– Jacket is part on OC’s Fall 2013 collection
Where to Buy: @ lyst.com

Adidas Superstar 80s “Year of the Horse”

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In fashion, as the new year’s comes. It’s usual for these brands and labels to come up with some new sort of ideas and creations that they market for us consumers this new year. Because fashion evolves that fast today and that was also how the fashion runs these days on. I actually had an lazy mind today but I am still trying though to post this up for me to have my blog archive for the first month of the year 2014. Anyway, let me share with you this awesome new kicks of the shoe brand called Adidas where they did based the shoes for this year’s theme which “Year of the Horse”. The shoes is looking fine on me though it has just an usual design of the brand and yet the patter and prints of it gives this accentual touch which made the shoes still looking quirky. Definitely, the shoe is dope and must have for us men as we wanted ourselves to be hip for today’s fashion.

They called the kicks – Adidas Superstar 80s “Year of the Horse” and as I’ve heard. It may cost us $100 USD , quite affordable, at the Adidas mortar stores either in some online affiliate stores like Sneaker Politics. Head over to Sneaker Politics main website now and you can see the availability of this kicks and how you can get it for yourself. Okay, that will be all for now and I look forward for the betterment of this site these months ahead and wishing you all a great new year there. Have a great day!

A SKATING APE 2013 Fall/Winter Lookbook

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Recently, most of the mainstream brands when it comes in street fashion wears or others knew them as skating brands are already got their pieces and collection available in the market for the season, winter. Because they have to released some new finds for us guys to be still dope as season had changed, I preferring to season summer changing in the fall/winter. However though, they’re still some awesome brands out there that haven’t yet released theirs new creations or new in pieces for this season and one of those brands was this A SKATING APE . Though, I am not really familiar with to the brand yet and its pieces offers. And yet, I must say their each pieces are these type of dopeness finds which most of you guys are looking for to have. See their collection lookbook at the top photos for you to see for yourself on how awesome their pieces are..

For further information about this A SKATING APE 2013 Fall/Winter Lookbook. I suggest you to take a look over at the brand’s ,A SKATING APE, main site because they might released the further details about this like the availability, pricing range and all. Because as for now I haven’t got any from my site source but I’ll surely update you here once I see the brand updates.

Curvy and Classic – Stunning Style Ideas for Women of All Shapes and Sizes

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For women with a fuller figure, choosing a style that they feel comfortable with can be tricky. If you’re a curvy lady who’s struggling to decide on the right look for your body shape, it’s important to go for pieces that flatter your curves whilst minimising problem areas. Don’t even consider wearing shapeless layers in the hope of disguising your curves. Instead be proud of your feminine shape, follow these great hints for stylish looks for curvaceous women and rock those curves!

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The Belted Trench

A belted trench is the perfect coat to highlight an hourglass figure, as the belt nips in your waist and exaggerates its tiny size compared to your hips and bust. Tie the belt as tightly as is comfortable to really accentuate your knockout figure and give you a fashionable 1950s look. If you’re particularly busty, then a double-breasted trench will add extra bulk on top, so try a single-breasted trench for a more flattering effect. A belted trench is casual enough to be worn for shopping trip and can be dressed up for a smart night out, so make sure your wardrobe contains at least one!

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Printed Leggings

All too often, curvy girls shy away from prints in case they accentuate any lumps and bumps, but in fact prints can be a hot look for any shape and size. The range of printed leggings out there at the moment is huge, from animal print to floral, and a teaming a pair of these fab leggings with killer heels and a tunic top is a great look for everyone. If you have more curves than most, don’t go for all-over prints; instead choose a plain coloured top with some statement jewellery to accessorize your printed leggings. High heels will make your legs appear longer and slimmer, so choose a pair with the highest heels that you feel comfortable walking in.

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A Peplum Top

Another great way to accentuate a nipped-in waist is a peplum top, and this style is great for the office, a party or even a casual Sunday brunch. Worn with a pencil skirt, trousers or jeans, peplum tops can by styled up or down and look great on women of all sizes. Don’t be put off by the flared peplum and fret that it’ll emphasize larger hips, in actually camouflages them whilst looking totally on-trend. One thing to get right is to make sure that the waist of the top sits where your actual waist is, otherwise you may lose some of the hourglass effect. Shop around until you find the perfect fit for your body type.

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Colour-Blocking

Colour-blocking is using intentionally placed blocks of bright, contrasting colours in your outfit, and looks totally fabulous when done correctly. You don’t want the colours to clash, so think carefully about what colours will complement each other whilst still being different. This trend is the perfect way to draw attention to your favourite areas of your body, whilst playing down your problem areas. Make sure that the bright colours cover the parts you want to highlight, whilst neutral tones hide the parts you want to disguise. A colour-block dress with neutral side panels will give your figure that sexy hourglass shape.

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The Wrap Dress

A wrap dress is the perfect go-to dress for shapely girls, and can be worn for any occasion. With their winning combination of cinched-in waist and flattering v-neck, wrap dresses show off your beautiful figure to its best advantage. The tied-in waistline makes women of any size and shape look curvy and fabulous, and a v-neck is great for bigger busts as it draws attention to a great cleavage and elongates the neck. A classic black wrap dress looks great with bright accessories and statement jewellery, but a bold print will also look fantastic.

Whether you’re looking for your own unique style to wear to the office, on a glamorous night out or just for a walk in the park, learning what style best suits your shape is essential for any woman. For those with curves, think nipped-in waists, flattering necklines, clever use of colour as camouflage and showing off your best assets. Play around with different colours, styles and accessories and you’ll have no problems looking sexy and stylish, whatever your size and shape.