Saturday, November 30, 2013


Burn Rubber and New Balance have come together to produce a special take on the New Balance 577 inspired by Detroit’s rich history of world-class boxers, and Joe Louis in particular. For this collaboration, Detroit’s Burn Rubber has given the humble 577 silhouette a premium makeover featuring a black, brown and white upper composed of fine leather, and an off-white midsole coupled with a gum outsole underneath. Special packaging inspired by Joe Louis’s childhood habit of hiding his boxing gloves in his violan case completes the collaboration. Out on 1st December 2013 (Sunday) 11a.m at Crossover Sunway store.

Exclusively available on 1st of December at CROSSOVER Sunway store

The Good Will Out x New Balance 577 "AutoBahn" Pack -I-

German retailer The Good Will Out has teamed up with New Balance to produce two unique colorways of the 577 for this “Autobahn” pack. The pack features “day” and “night” colorways of the 577, both representing the autobahn as seen during daylight and nighttime hours. The “day” model boasts a grey, white, and blue color scheme representing both tarmac and the street signs seen on the side of the autobahn. A driver’s license printed on the sockliner completes the look for the “day” colorway. The “night” model represents the night lights seen on cars as they whiz by, and features a black, white, dark grey, and red color scheme with red 3M on the right shoe’s heel and insole, and white glow-in-the-dark material for the left shoe’s heel and insole. The Good Will Out x New Balance 577 "Autobahn" Pack will make its this 1st December 2013 (Sunday) 11a.m at Crossover Sunway store.
The Good Will Out x New Balance
577 'Day'
The Good Will Out x New Balance
577 'Night'

Available on 1st of December (Sunday) at CROSSOVER Sunway store


WHIZ LIMITED x mita sneaker x New Balance MRT580
The MRT580 silhouette has been executed in all-black leather around the upper, accented with special reflective materials underneath and subtle orange tones at the interior. A clean white REVlite midsole contrasts the top portion, reinforcing the sneaker’s sophisticated edge. A closer look at the sneaker reveals that the star motif at the toe box and heel cushion double as a point of ventilation, while the plush materials make reference to a casual urban lifestyle. Available now at CROSSOVER Sunway store.

Exclusively available at CROSSOVER Sunway store only


 Sneaker Freaker made the unexpected announcement that its 2007 collaboration with Puma featuring the Blaze of Glory silhouette. Consisting of two colorways — the “Great White” and the “Black Beast” — the pack showcased the best of the new silhouette. The 2013 versions feature new color-coded and improved sockliners. On the outside, a wrinkled nubuck has been added as nod to the sharkskin used in the original version. The Blaze of Glory OG pack & LTWT silhouette available now at Crossover Sunway store only. 
Sneaker Freaker x Puma Blaze of Glory OG Pack

Exclusively available at CROSSOVER Sunway store only


Sneaker Freaker x Puma Blaze of Glory LTWT
 Puma Blaze of Glory LTWT silhouette — a lightweight version of the original Blaze of Glory OG model. Speaking of the OG, the original collaboration from 2007 marked the debut of the Blaze of Glory OG. Five years later and the shoe has served as the canvas for several collaborations, but it’s the original Sneaker Freaker collaboration that remains for many the pinnacle of what the silhouette has to offer. For the Re-Issue collection, the Blaze of Glory OG returns much the same as the original with just slight changes made to the sockliners. The Blaze of Glory LTWT is also featured in the same two “Great White” and “Black Beast” colorways.

Exclusively available at CROSSOVER Sunway store only

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Eye Candy Inspiration for Thanksgiving! -I-

Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, what's better than some last minute holiday inspiration?

via Houzz

via BHG

50's inspired Thanksgiving feast
via Pinterest

Beautiful black and white Thanksgiving decorations! @Thistlewood Farm #home #decor #ideas
via thenest

via BHG

Here's to a great Thanksgiving!  If you are traveling be safe!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Herschel Supply Co. Studio Collection
Herschel Supply Co. pays tribute to its "past, present and future" with the studio collection, featuring military-inspired colour palettes and hand-drawn medallion-print liners, symbolizing themes of honor and history. Each bag in the collection is crafted from durable, water-repellent 16 ounce cotton canvas and materials like nubuck leather, antique brass, suede, wool and corduroy, while classic lines and mixed-media construction make for some uniquely stylish designs.
Herschel Supply Co. Studio Collection
Sutton Duffle bag in Navy/Corduroy & Army Green/Wood
Herschel Supply Co. Studio Collection
Little America & Settlement in Navy/Corduroy
Herschel Supply Co. Studio Collection
Little America & Survey in Woodland Camo Rubber
Herschel Supply Co. Studio Collection
Survey in Black/Black Rubber & Little America in Grey/Neon Yellow Rubber straps

Available now at CROSSOVER Flagship & Sunway store

Monday, November 25, 2013

Beautiful Christmas tree inspiration with Treetopia! -I-

There's not many things that make your home prettier and cozier than a Christmas tree during the holidays.  This will be Chris and my first Christmas in our new home, and what better way to bring in the season then a tree?  Luckily, I was introduced to Treetopia, a company that makes ASTONISHINGLY realistic faux trees, as well as wreaths and garlands.  I chose the Brooklyn LED Spruce tree, and it's gotten nothing but complements so far.

I even put together a little video so you can watch the entire process of me setting it up:

Looks pretty easy right?!

As promised, here are some shots of our finished tree, along with some close-ups so you can see for yourself how realistic it is.

The folks at Treetopia gave me a little survey to fill out, which I'm sharing below.  I'd love to hear some of your answers to these questions!

How did you get your start? 
I was looking for ideas to decorate my studio apartment. I used as blog as a means to store all my ideas and other people started coming across it, and it just grew!

Favorite place to be for the holidays? 
On my parent's farm by the fire.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? 
Staying in and watching old Christmas movies with my mom and sisters.

How do you describe your holiday decorating style? 
Simple, but warm and cozy.

Favorite Holiday Food? 
My mom's lemon sweet breads!

Best Holiday Indulgence? 
Also my mom's lemon sweet breads!

Best Holiday Gift Ever Received? 
Managing to get my 3 sisters and I all together, even if only for an evening once a year!

Regifting - okay or not okay? 
Okay!  If you know the recipient will truly love it than giving it a new home and keeping one more thing out of a landfill or the attic is a good thing!

What is your favorite piece of holiday décor and why? 
My wooden nativity. It was passed down from my grandmother.

What are your favorite places to get holiday design inspiration? 
Other blogs.

What is the most over-the-top holiday design you've seen? 
Yards filled with inflatable seasonal characters.

Any holiday decorating tips you'd like to share? 
Sticking to a color scheme can really make your decor look chic and not just hodgepodge.

Mind sharing with us what you'll be doing for your home this Christmas?
My future in-laws are coming over, and we will also be heading to my parent's farm for Christmas brunch.

Don't forget to check out Treetopia!

Sunday, November 24, 2013


Olympia Jacket in Navy Corduroy
Death Bunny Flannel shirt in Navy
Chain Stitched shirt in Navy
Duo Toned Hickory shirt

Available now at CROSSOVER Flagship store

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Where It's Not Okay to Skimp -I-

Welcome Tom! Tom McShane, professional blogger and lover of home renovations, is going to be a guest blogger today!

We’re all trying to clamp down on our spending, and the purse strings are tighter than ever. It’s always a great idea to save money where you can, particularly when it comes to redecorating or renovating rooms in your home; the costs can easily mount up. There’s plenty of ways you can save including choosing ornaments and artwork from charity shops and car boots, and utilising old or bought fabric to make curtains and matching cushions rather than buying new.

But there are a number of areas which you should still be prepared to spend on – not out of snobbery or out of showing off brand-name products, but out for quality, longevity and a room you’ll be happy with for years. Here’s our top five;

 1. Solid Wood Furniture 

The allure of cheap flat-pack furniture or factory-made fittings can sometimes be too much to resist, but you have to ask yourself – when you last bought some, how long did it stand the test of time? The answer is usually that they don’t last very long; they’re not particularly sturdy and are easy to damage but difficult to repair. Buying quality made (usually to order) solid wood furniture may cost you quite a bit more compared with the cheaper counterparts, but you’re more likely to get a nicer looking product that’s sturdy enough and will last for decades. The last thing you want is a flimsy MDF wardrobe falling apart while it holds some of your precious belongings.

via Roses and Rust

2. Rugs and Carpets 

The same can be said for rugs, and even carpets – cheap usually means an inferior quality. Investing in a quality rug, for example, means it’s going to be a much better made product that’s likely to last for years ahead of its cheaper counterpart. Both rugs and carpets deal with a lot of heavy footfall, so while a handmade or designer rug might cost two or three times as much it’ll last you a lot longer – a cheaper option looks attractive, but the cost can rack up as you replace it every year. The more you spend on a rug the more scope you have for design, size, colour and quality; while opting for cheaper rugs can seem like an attractive way to cut down on your budget, it can end up costing you more money in the long run and throw off the room with a design that perhaps doesn’t look quite right.

via House and Home

3. Home Appliances 

 This applies to everything from cookers in the kitchen to televisions in the living room and it’s not brand snobbery to suggest that spending that bit extra and sticking to well-known makes and models is the better option. A 40” TV for £200 from a supermarket might look like a stunningly good deal, but it’s usually too good to be true – you get something that doesn’t perform as well, has a much cheaper look and feel, and won’t last as long either. There’s also a safety point of view – skimping on things like cookers, stereos and fires means you run the risk of a poor quality product causing damage to your home, or harm to yourself and your family. Getting a good deal is important, of course, but buying as cheap as possible could end in disaster.

via BHG

 4. Electrical Fittings (e.g. lights) 

 This kind of follows on from the safety aspect of choosing a good home appliance, but is just as important (if not more so) when it comes to wiring and electrical fittings. It can be quite tempting to choose cheaper light fittings, for example, but these have the potential to break easily, be unsafe and be unreliable, tripping your fuse box. Go for well-known makes or buy from reputable department or home improvement stores – you don’t have to spend a lot for the sake of it, but choosing cheap for cheap’s sake is going to cause a problem at some point.

via Interiors Porn

5. Contracting Work 

 Never has the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ been truer than when it comes to contractors and professionals working on your home. Whether you’re hiring someone to fit your kitchen or re-do the wiring in your living room if you choose someone based on a cheap price, then you’re letting yourself in for a disaster as it’s often too good to be true. You could be left with a room that’s poorly fitted or designed and is potentially unsafe, too. Always use accredited contractors where possible (such as the NICEIC for electrical work) and always get references, ask about past work and check reviews online. There’s nothing worse than spending thousands on redecorating or renovating a room, only to have a sub-par contractor leave you with something you’re unhappy with. Never skimp on contracting work!

 This guest post was written by Tom McShane – lover of interior design, home renovations and professional blogger for Rug Centre Online. While he can’t help but grab a bargain, Tom prefers to strike the perfect balance between getting stuff cheap and getting quality.

this post sponsored by Rug Center Online

Friday, November 22, 2013

Great gift idea! Typography map art from Map My State! (And a coupon code) -I-

Today I wanted to introduce to you Map My State, a product with a really cool concept.  Map My State specializes in unique typography designs featuring states, cities, countries, and more. I requested a map of Spain highlighting Segovia, the city I lived in part-time for 2 years, and look what they sent! 

Ben and Ashley came up with the concept in 2011 when they were looking for a unique way fill up wall space in their home and their clever idea turned into something more. They were selling their designs on various websites until they opened up their own website this year. If you don't see the state, city, or country your in, don't worry - they can do customizations by request.

I think these mugs would make great groomsmen gifts for my fiance's groomsmen in May!

You can get more than just prints of their site too! They do coffee cups, t-shirts, and baby onesies too!

Just in time for your holiday shopping, or to get your own - use this little gift from Map My State - a coupon code for 20% off!! : decorology 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


First released in 1988, New Balance presents this 574, featuring a full premium suede upper, grey accents on the branded heel stabiliser and a grey coloured ENCAP midsole for stability and shock reduction. It also includes premium leather New Balance branding on the sides and woven branding on the tongue with a padded leather lined inner. Available now at Crossover Sunway store.

Available now at CROSSOVER Sunway Store

Tips on Selling Your Home at Top Market Value! -I-

Chris and I bought our first home this year, and so far we love being homeowners. We know that one day we will need room to grow, so when we start looking for our next home in 5 - 7 years, we are going to want to sell our home at a great price. We have already been researching the best investments to make in your current home to increase it's value. Here are some tips from realty pro Kathy Doyle to help get us started:

Use trends that fit the style of your house.
If you have a Cape Cod beach house, do not remove the beautiful wooden floors and cabinetry for stainless steel and radiant heated cement. Take all trends in mind with your home’s style and unique footprint on the real estate landscape.

Cape Cod Beach House via Picklee

Have an updated home.
Buyers of luxury and high end properties are looking for a house that is move-in-ready, in line with the investment they are making. The last thing any buyer wants is to envision a major remodel in their future, after spending millions on the home itself. The most important wonderful impression that must be made is a modern, updated kitchen. Top of the line fixtures and appliances are key. The top must-haves for appliances for today’s luxury buyers are a sub-zero refrigerator, excellent water filtration system, center island and second sink, dishwashers, trash compactor, and plenty of storage space. Beautiful bathrooms with tasteful design are also very important to the discerning buyer. (Me: Our home is very, very far from a luxury or million dollar property, but these principles can be applied still, just with a lower price point.)

Transitional Dining Room by Los Angeles Architects & Designers Studio William Hefner

Top Kitchen Trend: Warm and Inviting.
Forget the trendy kitchens of years past which came across as cold and utilitarian. Today’s top trend in kitchens is to embrace the space as the center of family and entertaining life. The color schemes for today’s top kitchens are warm and inviting to all the guests in the home. It is common for the kitchen to open into other entertaining spaces so that guests can mingle while hors d’oeuvre and drinks are being prepared. No more stuffy chef’s kitchens of years past, modern luxury is comfortable, warm, and casual. (Me: One of the first projects we have in mind for our home is either opening up the dividing wall between our kitchen and living room as a breakfast bar, or removing the wall entirely.)

This is pretty darn close to my dream kitchen.
Warm and Inviting Kitchen via My Random Inspiration

Eco Friendly can be chic via Ozvip

Be Eco-Friendly
Today’s buyers want to purchase a property that is friendly to the environment and on their wallets. When they purchase a home with large square footage, buyers must take into account long term energy and utility costs. So build savings into the home. Buyers love homes with double paned windows, lots of natural light, low-energy appliances, low-flow toilets, excellent insulation, and solar panels. Eco friendly is wallet friendly, and maintaining a luxury property is much nicer if you save money on utility
costs at every turn.


Luxury Pool via Luxist

Got a lot of lot space? Add a pool or guest house.

Luxury buyers want Guest Space for friends and family to enjoy the benefits of their good fortune. Guest space is key for almost every buyer I work with to find their dream home. Many want pool and spa for their guests to enjoy, and any property with one or both of these amenities goes up in value tremendously. Be clever and combine them both. Build a pool, and have the pool house double as guest quarters. One client in Beverly Hills built a gorgeous indoor/outdoor pool house with a daybed which served both as a seat for evening cocktails and as quarters for overnight guests to sleep in the open air. Sauna, Gym, Home Theatre and Massage Space are also high-end upgrades that add value to today’s luxury homes.

Luxury living room via La Dolce Vita

Stage for Success 

If you are selling your home it is key that you stage for success. You want your home to feel personable, but not personal (as though only your family can live in it). So remove personal family photos, clutter, tchotchkes and the like. The right buyer will imagine their life in this beautiful space. Have style which is welcoming, tasteful, and leaves room for the imagination to play! 

Find the Right Realtor

Kathy Doyle is a luxury real estate broker in Southern California. She is a leader in Beverly Hills and Malibu luxury real estate. With a keen eye for design, she loves to help her sellers make key remodels to make the most of their gorgeous properties so that they can get the highest purchase price on the market today. Buyers are looking for high end and beautifully updated homes, so to get the best price for your luxury property it is important to have the qualities today’s buyers are looking for.

this post is in partnership with Kathy Doyle Estates