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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

18-12-2008 Mix it up

In these high strung times we need things that help to inspire happiness in everyday life. Mixko design studio creates items possessing just the right amount of satisfying simplicity to achieve this. There are cute and quirky t-shirts, sweat shirts and accessories, such as the English summer necklace which uses felted wool to depict a cloud and crystal beads for rain drops. An array of different coloured camellia shaped felt rings are also available. Guaranteed to bring a smile to your face, Mixko is ideal for adding a slice of happiness to your daily life.

    

Picture from: www.mixko.co.uk

24-11-2008 Up the Ink-take of Your Specs

Sometimes it’s great to indulge a little and buy the same item in several colour versions. Now with the one pair of RGB Rainbow Glasses by Luís Porém, you can take on a different colour every day, by pouring any kind of colourful ink into the hollow frame of the glasses! With this quirky feature, you can change the colour of your glasses almost every day. Luís Porém the creator suggests you experiment and have a little bit of fun while you’re at it, like putting a different colour on each side and watching them mix! And although it’s yet to be tested to see how the ink-filled glasses would survive in a punch up, our advice would be to avoid one no matter what accessories you’re wearing.

Picture from: www.luisporem.com

27-10-2008 Fair-trade Some Dharma for your Karma

What happens when two socially conscious people embark on a ‘soul searching’ journey? They bring back a selection of precious gifts from the tailor downstairs, to share with the Aussies back home. The Dharma Door is like a portal into another world, except that they are based in Queensland. Shannon and

Mick now support Bhumtso Tailoring Workshop and

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are committed to conducting all business dealings by fair trade principles. All artisans are paid fair wages and
enjoy a relaxed and positive working environment. Products are hand crafted, including bags, accessories, book bags, cards, home decor and more. The couple have travelled through Laos, Vietnam, volunteered in Nepal and India

 

Pictire from: www.thedharmadoor.com.au

24-06-2008 Wear Your Inner Child

In a world where unique and edgy accessories are hard to find, Claire Suzy Stannard is intent on making sure her work stands out. Utilizing her most inspiring memory of channeling her inner child, Claire’s jewellery appeals to an audience wanting to do the same. All about distinctiveness, Claire’s pieces aesthetically utilise a variety of mediums including white bronze, brass, gold, feathers, leather and sterling silver. In particular, her unisex wristwraps are striking, and are able to be customized with lyrics or quotes. Check out this collection if you desire to exude individuality.

 

Picture from: www.clairesuzystannard.com

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23-06-2008 Cool with CoCon

COOLit Design has taken an innovative step in the cosmetics world, launching the CoCon LIPSTICK-COOLER. The company has been dedicated to creating the best product for protecting your lipstick from melting in hot weather. Filled with a cooling gel, the cooler is put in the freezer for a few hours, with the lipstick placed inside later, ensuring that it remains unaffected by outside temperatures. The cooler can be fastened

 

Picture from: http://coolit-design.de

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23-06-2008 Bilingual Accessory Experience

For a unique, unisex approach to jewellery try Bilingual Collections. Founder Marta Niegowska has designed contemporary, sculptural rings since 2005, and recently expanded her collection to include neckpieces. The focus of the accessories is the perspective of how a design can communicate, with interlocking rings available, so that you can share your special piece with another. Other rings are inspired by experimenting basic rectangular, circular and triangle shapes. Neckpieces are also guaranteed to be original, fastening themselves to your clothing. All pieces are handmade of sterling silver, with several sizes available.

 

Picture from: www.bilingual.com.au

 

05-06-2008 Colourful Blanket Bags

Unique and recycled bags made from beautiful blankets are the latest must-have vintage items from Something New, Something Old. The range was launched by a two young designers, Ontwerp Duo, from Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Eager to start up their own design studio, the pair drew inspiration from the timeless beauty found in the security of a warm blanket. You will be surprised to learn that the only new part of the bag is the handle – and every item is unique!
 

Picture from: www.ontwerpduo.nl

 

 

 

05-06-2008 Dresses for your laptop

Laptops are precious machines, and it’s important to protect them from harm’s way. Too often however laptop sleeves are too bulky or unattractive. Not any more. The team at MOZI, consisting of sisters Camilla and Olivia Tipler, have created a line of pretty, decorative laptop sleeves, in the styles of Red Wren, Hummingbird and Ingrid. With soft fleece lining and impact protection, the sleeves are a handy way of keeping your laptop safe. There are three sizes to fit your laptop. What a way to brighten up your computer!

 

 

Picture from: www.mozi.com.au

 

05-06-2008 'I' for Individuality

For those of us who like to be unique 45 iPod Cases have come up with a new range of stylish and exclusive iPod cases to aid individuality. The cases are made from 45rpm records, and each case is custom-made with your favourite record to fit your iPod. There are even cases for your 1st and 2nd generation iPod Nano, made from reclaimed cassette tapes. But, hurry or you might miss out on Billy Joel and have to settle for something a little less “you”.



Picture from: www.45ipodcases.com

 

05-06-2008 Diamonds Are The Best Accessory

For years Oliver Peoples eyewear has been tailoring for the rich and fashionable. Their 20th anniversary sees a classic pair of shades reinvented as a modern interpretation of Hollywood glamour. The Diamond Harlot is encrusted with 1.5 carats of natural white diamonds, set in 10g total weight of gold. This precious accessory comes in black 18k yellow gold, ivory 14k rose gold or storm grey 18k white gold, allowing you to best cater for your own individual style. Purchase online or at Oliver Peoples boutiques and you too could look as cool and classy as a star.

 

Diamond Harlot Frame

 

Picture from: www.oliverpeoples.com