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Second City Style March 28, 2009

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logoHere’s a great shopping site, with a sense of humor: Second City Style. There’s also a companion Second City Style blog with multiple daily updates. My favorite is the WTF post from March 20, but almost everything ediminx Lauren writes up has a little tongue in chic.

 

The Little Black Box February 10, 2009

pinkbox3From time to time, Athena tries to be a  little sartorial, but we’re generalists here and are into all sorts of trouble. Besides, there are so many more out there who do it so much better. And the Little Black Box blog is one of my favorite discoveries. Basically, it reviews all sorts of great indie designers and handmade items, along with a smattering of great blog commentary. Worth a visit: Little Black Box.

 

Season of Love Gift Guide February 6, 2009

caterpillars-candles-giveaway‘Tis the season of love—Valentine’s Day is only 8 short days away, and when a card simply won’t do, you can turn to the Valentine’s Day Gift Guide from Wickedly Chic. Right now there’s a yummy candle giveaway to sweeten the pot. I’ve written about the amazing Wickedly Chic before, and editor Liz N.  and staff are just about the best shoppers in the whole world. They’ve taken that same zeal to the VD Gift Guide. Check it out.

 

Helsinki’s Minna Parikka’s Glam Shoe Line February 2, 2009

video_jackie_600_bigPin-up-girl and Hollywood-glam wannabes, get back or sit down and hold onto your girly curls, because you are going to flip out at the latest of Minna Parikka retro-moderne shoes. This Helsinki-based line is just so unbelievably distinctive. With touches like ’40s bows and ’20s brogues, she combines retro with now to create show-stopping shoes. And if you’re ever in Helsinki, her boutique is mwah! Visit her web site here and buy Minna Parikka shoes here. See the sexy promo video below.

Many thanks to the ChloeVanParis blog for this hot shoe tip.

 

A white couch: It is possible to live with it January 18, 2009

couchI have always been a fan of the white slipcovered sofa, but I’ve never bought one for fear of … well … white. I have a huge, sloppy, often muddy golden retriever, who has lived his whole life lounging among dark leather sofas for just that reason. But in my new house, which is near the Sound, I am leaning toward the soft colors of the shore: neutrals, naturals, creams and whites. 469bbb2Rather than buy a new sofa, I bought a $50  natural slipcover from Bed, Bath and Beyond. It is washable, but after spending an hour tucking and fitting that thing, the last thing I want to do is take it off. It might even shrink … horrors!

canvasSo I made this amazing new discovery in Home Depot: painter’s drop cloths! For just ten bucks, I can throw an off-white painter’s cloth over the top and voila … no more freaking out when Chipper bounds onto the sofa after a woodsy jaunt. The canvas cloth is durable and resistant to dirt, and the color has just enough oatmeal hue to hide whatever dirt lingers. I’ve used one to drape a beyond-repair bench console that Chipper chewed up as a pup. Plus it’s a great fabric to make pillows, curtains, tablecloths, etc. (Don’t know if you’ve bought any fabric lately, but it’s not cheap, and if it is cheap, it’s generally not good.) The cloth shown above is the $20 8′ x 11′ version, but there’s a $10 5′ x 8′ version in the store. Find your sanity-saving dropcloth here.

Tip: Ikea has an amazingly comfy white couch for just $399!

 

My Favorite Teen Bedroom January 17, 2009

butterflyI’ve been renovating a house since last May, a complete gut. All I can say is think twice before doing this yourself, even if you do have a contractor husband and a separate place to live. But in the process I’ve also been doing a lot of shopping for everything from fixtures to fabrics to furniture. Today my big love is this ’70s-inspired duvet cover from Pottery Barn (which for a while was getting a little blah, but seems to have found a new spark). It reminds me of my favorite teen boudoir, my best friend’s yellow and green modular bedroom. It was soooo cool. Her fabulously wealthy parents did the right thing and built a whole teen suite for her and her bro. And then they bought her a sexy sienna Firebird which we cruised to our high school every morning. And I lived gloriously vicariously through all of it. Check out the new mod Pottery Barn here.

FYI, I’ve added this new category: Athena at Home today. I think you’ll be hearing a lot from me on this topic, as it’s ALL I think about. 

Budget tip: Duvet covers are a super-cheap, quick way to change up a room. This full/queen is only  $119. I use only white sheets, and have several duvet covers for mood and season. If you have a fav fabric and even the most modest sewing skills, you can stitch up your own in an afteroon, with a sewing pattern as your guide.

 

The Practical Fashionista January 13, 2009

From Catwalk Creative's fab ebay boutiqueThere’s no accounting for taste—especially good taste. Since my friend Louise has opened up her new ebay store, her cool vintage items have just been flying out of the shop. I mean where else could you find My First Scrabble, a silver halter party top, and a ’70s leather disco bag all in one stop?  Louise has exquisite taste—just check out her fall fashion boho chic story, a perennial fave here on Athena. Then head to her ebay boutique to shop your little heart out. It’s like a little bit of heaven for the practical fashionista.

 

Too Cool January 7, 2009

CoolHunter BlogIt’s been around for a bit, but lest anyone forget, CoolHunter is one fab culture blog. As CoolHunter sees it, cool is a state of mind and that gives license to explore everything from music to fashion to design to books and more … so much more … like 20 categories of cool more. CoolHunter does all the traipsing about so you don’t have to, because we all know that it can be hard work to stay cool. Get cool here.

 

Downright Girly January 6, 2009

ribbonWhen it comes to cornering the market on girly, SupaDesigns has sewn it up tight. I’ve never knew that there could be so many ribbons in so many luscious combinations. As someone who’s spent half her life drooling in front of ribbon walls at fabric stores, but never quite knew what to do with them, well … SupaDesigns to the rescue. See all the ribbons here!

 

Dreaming of Designer Vintage December 31, 2008

archiveIf I were going to dream up the perfect designer vintage online shop, it would be run by a Parsons-grad, ex-Italian Vogue stylist assistant, former NYC boutique owner. But thankfully I don’t have to dream it up, because it already exists as Archive run by Kerry Bonnell, who exactly fits above description. Whether you crave Chanel or Hermes or anything along those lines, the select treasures in this gem of a site make for shopping that’s easy on the eye and the wallet. Shop Archive here.