Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Interior Designer Lori Pepe - Lunché : Relaxed and Beautiful -I-

The portfolio of Berkeley, CA interior designer Lori Pepe - Lunché evokes several adjectives: relaxed, unstuffy, warm, welcoming, and refreshing. All very good things. Here are a few of my favorite rooms by Lori.
White bedding...I think white bedding is my favorite.  I have lots of printed linens, but I always think my bedroom looks prettiest when my bed is done in all whites...

I adore this bathroom.  The cool slick marble contrasting with the branch sconces and decor is glamorous, but not too overt.

The small Berkeley kitchen below is full of cool storage solutions

How cool are those utensil holders?  I've never seen anything like them before.

Check out Lori's fab blog, Design Salon.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

My Summer in Europe - Budapest Part 2 -I-

If you saw my first post covering our trip in Budapest, you know how much I loved it. It is such an amazing city. There were so many photos I wanted to share that I had to break it up into two posts, so here goes again.

The Hungarian Parliament Building is one of Europe's oldest legislative buildings and the largest building in Hungary.

Aerial views from the top of St. Stephen's Basilica

A view of Castle Hill - you can see the top of Fisherman's Bastion

Along with my 10 week backpacking trip with my fiance Chris, I have also done traveling on my own to France and Italy.  Traveling alone is an enjoyable, albeit different experience than traveling with a friend.  Everything is on your scheduled and your preferences.  I think it's becoming more popular to take single vacations, as more and more places are advertising themselves to the lone traveler.

One of the highlights for me was the stunning, not-to-be-missed Matthias Church.  Unfortunately because of the bright spotlights from the ceiling, and our not-so-great camera, it was hard to capture the beautiful blue of the ceiling.

If you really like these you MUST go to 360 Cities where you can click and drag for a 360 degree, high res. view of the church

Here are some screen grabs from 360 cities.

Here's that list again of all my posts from our travels that I've posted -


•Introduction to my European backpacking trip and a list of places we visited
• Galicia - Baiona and Isle de Cies
• Galicia - the coast, some charming vineyards, and Pontevedra
• Santiago de Compostela and gorgeous hidden beaches
• Gorgeous mountain lakes of Picos de Europa
• Stunning mountains - Picos de Europa
• Bilbao and San Sebastian
• Beautiful Barcelona
• The amazing Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
• Art Nouveau dream house by Gaudi in Barcelona


• Not to miss - the gorgeous rocky coast of Italy's Cinque Terre
• More from my summer traveling Europe - amazing Rome
• From my summer in Europe - amazing Pompeii
• Turquoise ocean and vineyards on cliffs - the amazingly stunning Amalfi coast
• My Summer in Europe: Pictures from lovely Florence, Italy
• Enchanting Siena
Lake Como, Italy

Jungfrau region, Switzerland, Part 1
Jungfrau region, Switzerland, Part 2

• One of my favorite cities from my European backpacking trips - Ulm, Germany
• Lake Constance
• Cute HOUSE Overload - the charming medieval homes of Germany's Romantic Road
• Regensburg, Germany, and Salzburg, Austria  

• Salzburg
• A charming lakeside village, Hallstatt
Beautiful Vienna
Kunst Haus Wien in Vienna

Budapest Part 1

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Getting cozy inside when it's stormy out... -I-

As I'm sure you all know by now, here on the East Coast we are all bracing for Sandy to hit. Schools are closed, offices are closed, and transit is at a halt. There's no where to go but to stay home, and why not make it as cozy and comfy as possible?

I'd love to know where this house is

We were without power for a whole week this summer, so we're bracing for the worst this time, and have gathered up all of our candles and filled all of our pots with water.

Nothing says cozy like marshmallows and cocoa.

And of course, park yourself in front of the fire if you are lucky enough to have one...

How do you get cozy?

via: 1. Sweet Home Style 2.  Pinterest, 3. Pinterest 4. Ruffles and Pleats  5. Heart Home 6. Crate and Barrel, 7. Pinterest  8. Project Wedding,  9. Pinterest via A Day That is Desert  10. House Beautiful

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Concept x New Balance S.E.A.L 999 -I-

To continue our triple treats for sneaker freaks this weekend is the long awaited collaboration of Concept & New Balance.Familiarities have been extended between Boston-based entities Concepts and New Balance for the release of the S.E.A.L 999 sneaker. Highlighting this shoe are characteristics exemplary of the high-performance boot used commonly by the US Navy SEALs: the OTB Abyss II. Typifying the utmost in functionality and raising the New Balance aesthetic to new levels, Arc’teryx was also central to the design of this release. Among the bevy of features integrated into this new edition of the 999 are micro ripstop textiles allowing for flexibility, minimal seams and water & wind repellent treatments that enhance wind resistance as well as stain-resistant microfiber suede. Also standing out on this sneaker is Morse coding on the tongue and distinct ’999′ branding. Exclusive launch at Crossover Sunway, tomorrow Oct 28th, Sunday. Same line up before the store opens at 10.00am tomorrow. With very limited quantity, so don't miss out peeps!

Source: KITH NYC

This release will be available in extremely limited quantities @ Crossover Sunway for RM 599.90.

Friday, October 26, 2012


Hey guys! Thanks for the support today! Another cool release-here 2 way collab between WEST NYC and New Balance with the MT580 Alpine Guide Edition. Due to limited stocks and overwhelming demand this is our release method - something different. Line up before the store opens at 10.00am tomorrow. Strictly first come first serve only. 

Available 27th OCT 2012 (Saturday) @ CROSSOVER Sunway

Thursday, October 25, 2012

La MJC x colette x Undefeated x New Balance MT580 & MT1500 -I-

La MJC x colette x Undefeated x New Balance MT 580 and 1500 collaboration will be made available on today Oct 26th, Friday 1pm@Crossover Sunway store only. Extremely limited and strictly first come, first serve.
 La MJC x colette x Undefeated x New Balance MT  1500

 La MJC x colette x Undefeated x New Balance MT 580

Available 26th OCT 2012(Friday) 1pm @ CROSSOVER Sunway


"Native Sons"
Tommy O’Gara, aligns with NEIGHBORHOOD founder Shinsuke Takizawa to launch Native Sons – a well-balanced eyewear manufacturer that takes cues from iconic designs reworking them with modern materials and handcrafted production methods. Although in its inaugural season, the Japan-based label offers a look into its comprehensive 2012 fall/winter collection all of which was handmade in Fukui, Japan. Unlike most eyewear brands, Native Sons, under the direction of O’Gara’s theLIGHT Co. own and operate their own manufacturing. The result is an unwavering creative vision. All acetates are based on plant-based cellulose with long-diamond-tooled core wires, an arrow-shaped hinge design, and a star-nut configuration from days gone by to adjust and hold hinge tension, making it harder to loosen. Additionally, the metal frames within this range feature high-grade titanium and antique plating. Native Sons will begin retailing its product line on October at select stockists including CROSSOVER.


Now exclusively available @ CROSSOVER Sunway


The Crossover Concept Store is celebrating its 7th Anniversary this year with the opening of a special pop-up shop at the Ground Floor of its flagship location in City Square. With the intention of not only commemorating its milestone, The Crossover Concept Store is also making use of the limited engagement shop to house the vast assortment of its special products alongside the likes of New Balance, Dr. Martens, Reebok, Vans, Converse, Obey and more. An intricately detailed space, the aesthetic is characterized by a mostly pallet build-out, while the all-wood space showcases the carefully curated range of high end names. So, be part of Crossover 7th Anniversary celebration by paying this pop-up store a visit!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Divine Kitchens -I-

I think kitchens can really tell a lot about a person. Do they cook a lot, are they messy or neat, modern or traditional, are they collectors or purgers..., etc.. Below are some lovelies I've pulled together...

I'm not usually a big fan of modern, but the rug and sheers adds softness.

Love the light fixtures, love the backsplash.  Kitchen tiles and flooring tile is really something that makes a huge impact and can't really be faked.  I'm sure when I'm lucky enough to design my dream kitchen, and floors, I'm going to try and look into every possible money saving option, like buying wholesale tile, click here for an example.

White is my favorite for cabinets.

Wow! 3 chandeliers, that wallpaper, that green island!  It all makes for one pretty and cheerful kitchen.

Sleek and efficient.

I don't think I've seen a kitchen with this much exposed brick.

Definitely the kitchen of a fun-loving, quirky chef.

What does your kitchen say about you?

1. Rue Mag,  2 - 4.  BHG, 6. House Beautiful, 7. Coco & Kelly  5., 8. Desire to Inspire

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