Archive for October 24th, 2011

Living the High Life

So this is happening… Trying to finish off some of the left over beers from our Halloween Party while listening to one of my most prized possessions: Music to Relax By In Your BarcaLounger. You’re not going to find this on iTunes any time soon…

Forget your troubles, sit ‘way back, relax and listen to top Columbia artists perform music on this album designed with you in mind. Here is music to satisfy your urge for armchair travel.

This is classic lounge music at it’s best and I couldn’t think of a better beer for this nostalgic masterpiece than the Champagne of Beers, Miller High Life.


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Here is the lookbook for the upcoming Versace for H&M Collection available November 19th in select stores. My feelings about this collection are pretty much summed-up by the models face: somewhat unsure, a little frightened, slightly curious…

Versace’s men’s collection for H&M is a mix of slick tailoring and pieces of extravagant pattern. Suit jackets and trousers come in either black or pink, while a black tuxedo jacket has metallic tip trims on its pockets, and shirts have metallic wing-tips on the collars. Versace’s palm and optical prints are used on T-shirts, as well as on thin-knit cashmere sweaters, while print is also used on velvet bombers, jeans, and even underpants.

There’s leather in the men’s collection too, with a quilted leather jacket trimmed with gold studs in the Versace classical Greek pattern, which is repeated down the sides of black cotton shorts and a rolled-sleeve T-shirt. Accessories include embellished beanies and patterned caps, embellished or print scarfs, as well as hi-top sneakers and the perfect dress shoes.

The standout piece for me was without a doubt this head to toe magenta suit, complete with matching shirt and shoes. Not that I would buy the whole thing, but that jacket is pretty fantastic. Check out for previews of the entire collection as well as pricing.

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The wife and I headed out to East Aurora Friday night to see our friend Alix Martin‘s art opening at redFISH Studios. Alix is an incredible artist and we have the great fortune of owning several of her paintings. While we were there, I also had the pleasure of meeting Lisa DeCarlo, the artist/owner of Pure Design Reclaimed which just opened underneath redFISH.

The premise of Lisa’s shop is simple. She collects reclaimed wood and materials from all over the area and transforms them into beautiful rustic/industrial home accessories and furniture. Items like old pulleys are turned into hanging flower boxes, ladders are transformed into wine racks, wagon wheels and wine bottles into chandeliers. Lisa has a brilliant eye and her clever combination of materials creates truly unique pieces.

Another great thing about Pure Design is everything is made right there in the store. You can walk in and actually see her creations coming to life as she works on them. The wife and I instantly wanted everything in the store and Lisa was kind enough to allow me to photograph some of her work for the blog.

redFISH Art Studios and Pure Design Reclaimed are both located at 21 Elm St in East Aurora.

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