BDELLIUM TOOLS OVAL BRUSH | You might be a brush collector or maybe you're not but you must have seen these oval brushes floating around social media in the last year. On the high end of the spectrum, Artis Oval Brushes run for upwards of $80+ a pop but I'm thrilled to see affordable brands taking the leap. This one from Bdellium tools is a smaller size but certainly big enough for concealer, blush and granted I've been trying it out for foundation application as well. Korean brands like Etude have also put out their own versions but this might be easier to get your hands on.
HOME MADE MODERN | Did I ever tell you that I scored some pretty high marks in my 8th grade wood working class? Well, the teacher did cut out my piece because I was too scared of the life sized standing wood cutter but I'll let you know I was a brilliant sander and painter - lol. Home DIY has always been a hobby I'd hope to adopt one day when I actually have a place. My latest addiction is Home Made Modern, a couple who puts together industrial chic handmade projects using simple materials like wood, concrete and metal pipping - you know, perfect if you just so happen to live in a hipster loft in the middle of Gastown. My personal favourite is this mid-century inspired piece using IKEA brackets.
NIKE HUARACHE TRAINERS | Here's something out of the ordinary for ya - I've got my eyes on a pair of Nike trainers. What? Yes. While my personal style is rather casual and feminine, I've been trying to avoid the sneaker, runner, trainer situation for as long as possible. If I need to go do something sporty I have a really displeasing pair that I wear for getting dirty and not for looks. I would wear slip ons, loafers, flats and anything to avoid looking sloppy. But you know what? I miss socks. I miss the feeling of being cushy and warm and cozy in socks and this pair of Huarache Ultra SE shoes are not only cool looking but the colour palette even fits with my wardrobe. Anyone tried these yet?
LINJER HANDBAGS | What makes you buy a good handbag? The design? The quality? Or the brand name with the shiny logo on it? I recently stumbled on this video about a logo-less leather handbag company called Linjer and it sounds like the perfect thing for minimalists and low key lifestyle lovers. The brand's keystone is built on producing quality products that well.. has no visible logo or any branding features on the outside. This means no stamping, no metal name plates and no embossing on zippers. Checking their website, it seems they also do watches as well as other unisex small leather goods.
"FAMILY PORTRAIT" BY CHEN HAIWEN | Cultural studies has always been a keen fascination of mine and growing up in different countries over my lifetime has more so than ever fueled my interest in knowing more about peoples and places. I came across this book by Chen Hai Wen when prepping something for my food blog and while my Chinese wouldn't be good enough to read most of the details in Family Portrait - the idea of this collection really excites me. You'd never think it but being part of the largest ethnicity in China means that my heritage and history has become so normalized that it feels almost...boring. I'm currently trying to locate a copy of the book to add to my personal collection but until then, China Today has some photos of the book online if you fancy a closer look.
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