Archive for the ‘yes please’ Category

One Step Closer to Karl

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

If you know me, or if you’ve seen some of my pins on Pinterest, you might know that I have a great love for Chanel. The fashion house, currently headed by Karl Lagerfeld, continuously creates elegant variations based on the simple classics established by Coco Chanel. It’s actually a wild wild dream of mine to be dressed by Karl himself, in one of his beautifully well made ensembles.

And look at that! I think I may be one step closer to that dream!!

Seriously though, it’s pretty exciting to see that Madewell handpicked some favorites from the shop to feature in their Hometown Heroes collection in the San Francisco shop. The tagline they wrote up on the shop says, “Driven by a love of minimalism, this beloved San Fran boutique scours the world for CHARMING OBJECTS AND RARE UTILITARIAN FINDS.” Thanks!

Here’s a quick snapshot from my visit yesterday.

Stop by the shop to see them (and other local favorites including UNIONMADE, Eden & Eden and Mollusk Surf Shop) in person, or click here to see what else they picked.

And Karl, let me know when I should swing by for my fitting!

Video: Which towel should we get?

Monday, March 5th, 2012

About a week ago, I decided we needed a new towel for the kitchen, so I asked my husband to pick one out. I laid them out so he could get a good look at all the patterns. A little overwhelmed by all the options, he asked for a few days to think about it.

I asked him which ones he was considering, and he picked out four top contenders but still needed more time.

He eventually chose … watch the video to see! (I had a lot of fun making the video, so feel free to tell me what you think!)

// music: consciousness by abscondo

I had no idea it was such a process to choose a towel, but it makes sense when each one is so fun. And now I appreciate it that much more each time a customer places an order!

featured kitchen towels: click here … happy choosing!

Gingham for Spring

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

I might have mentioned it previously, but I used to blog regularly about fashion (prior to opening the shop). I’ve made it a point to not write about fashion too much here. Then I realized, that’s essentially ignoring another aspect of style in our everyday lives. So let’s try a little something different today …

There was a lot of gingham on the runways for Resort 2012 and Spring 2012, so those pieces should be in stores or hitting stores soon. But personally, wearing gingham is a bit too bold for me. So until the day I feel bold enough, I can add a little of the checked pattern into my home with some goodies from Fog Linen. And luckily, gingham never really goes out of fashion. (Yes, this is a little bit of a marketing push from me. But these new gingham pieces really do make me happy.)

top row: marc jacobs / miu miu / jil sander / band of outsiders (via style.com)
bottom row: resin tray / coasters / round tray / kitchen towels

Wear: American Vintage

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

I’m not big on shopping for clothes, primarily because I feel like I already own enough and because I’m very particular about what I’ll buy. A brand I’ve come across several times now though, is American Vintage, actually a French company. (note: some portions of their website have music)


I initially bypassed any racks with their clothes, thinking it was some generic brand capitalizing on the allure of anything American and/or vintage. But after seeing it around enough, I figured I’d take a closer look. As it turns out, they excel at basics with soft fabrics and colors. For a brief moment, I seriously considered buying an entire rack of t-shirts and tanks.





photos from American Vintage

Spotted: Iittala

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

You’ve likely already seen Iittala around. But it’s another thing to see all their glass items stacked high and sparkling at their flagship store.


Perhaps one day I’ll be able to replace any and all plastic containers at home with these pretty glass ones.





Iittala Esplanadi: Pohjoisesplanadi 25 / 00100 Helsinki


sub-par quality photos by MUHS HOME

Needed: Traveling Desk

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Since I’ll be leaving my corporate desk of seven years behind, and will make an office for the next several months wherever I take my laptop and gear, I’m going to need all my office supplies organized and in one place. Will likely pick up most of my supplies in Japan, but I’ve put together a little list of what I think I’ll need for keeping and organizing my notes. This list is mainly to keep myself in check and not go overboard with buying supplies I don’t actually need.





The difficult part will be figuring out what bag to use to tote all this around, along with my laptop and iPad.


clockwise from top: scissors: can function as a letter opener too . slide clips: less bulky than traditional binder clips with those wire wings . glue stick: i like the dry pasty kind . mini color pencils: love this for quick sketches . tul pen and pencil: discovered this pen when signing a restaurant check, and why not have a matching pencil . midori brass ruler: would prefer english in addition to metric . muji balloon clips: more whimsical than standard paper clips . midori pocket seals: so clever! . muji white eraser: i’m a fan of tombow mono erasers but willing to give this a try . soft cover moleskine notebook: the perfect size

Yes Please: Studio Pieter Stockmans

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

A week or two ago we received confirmation that we’d be spending two weeks in Belgium as part of our five-month adventure. Perhaps I’ll have to pay a visit to Studio Pieter Stockmans and see their gorgeous porcelain in person.











photos from Studio Pieter Stockmans