ECCO Shoes unveils new Summer Styles for Men and Women

Unlike many upscale shoe makers, the popular brand ECCO has unveiled a line of updated shoes for both men and women, just in time for the warm summer weather season.

Some of our picks that are both stylish and practical for active days and nights:

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PHOTO: Georgia with TASTE AWARDS Medals

Georgia of the Cooking Channel program “Classy Ladies with Alie and Georgia” shows off one of her two medals from the TASTE AWARDS in Los Angeles on January 17.


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  • Candy Wrapper Exhibition

    The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) has announced its new pop-up exhibition at the Dogpatch Café and Gallery in San Francisco.  Charlotte Kruk – Eye Candy, features wearable sculptures designed from discarded candy wrappers created by Charlotte Kruk, who pulls the wrapper back on a culture known for comparing women, particularly well-dressed women, as “eye candy.” The exhibition, curated by Marc D’Estout, opens November 15, 2012 and continues through January 25, 2013.

    “This exhibition is a perfect way to kick off the holiday season,” said JoAnn Edwards, Executive Director of the Museum of Craft and Design. “Fashion and candy are both seen in abundance at this time of year. To experience both in a provocative new way is a guilty pleasure.”  
    Kruk, a San Jose-based artist, repurposes discarded wrappers as a palette for transforming the inherent beauty of packaging with a wink toward gluttony. “Eye Candy” features Kruk’s candy wrapper couture as a means for offering commentary about the disposable, packaged nature of our society.  Her designs are crafted from a range of discarded candy wrappings, cake mix boxes and other various materials that are used as the primary palette.
    “The exhibition is a fun and interesting exhibition that causes us to rethink the innovative and creative ways we can reuse packaging,” said Marc D’Estout, Curator of the Museum of Craft and Design. “It also points up our cultural tendency to obsess about women’s outward appearances.”
    “Eye Candy” is MCD’s second pop up exhibition at the Dogpatch Café and Gallery. The museum recently announced its move to the historic American Industrial Center at 2569 Third Street the Dogpatch neighborhood. The new location is a result of MCD’s comprehensive search for a location that would allow for the continued growth of its artistic mission and future exhibition plans.  The museum will be open to the public in early 2013. 
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    All-Natural Home Design is for the Birds

    If you think that preparing your home for a dinner party or friends is creatively demanding, then just imagine being the Bower Bird. The male Bower Bird creates a one-of-a-kind nest design in order to woo the female.

    He decides on a scheme, and then collects bits and pieces of material and items (including berries, feathers, string, shells, cans, plastic bottle tops..) to pull it together. In addition, he has to construct an actual threshold that she will find enchanting to cross.

    No two nests are alike, and unfortunately, most males lose and remain stylish and confirmed bachelors.

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    The Artisan Fragrance Salon

    We are pleased to announce that the current list of participants of the 1st Annual Artisan Fragrance Salon in San Francisco includes:

    • Yosh
    • Sonoma Scent Studio
    • Artemisia Natural Perfume
    • Ineke
    • EnVoyage Perfumes
    • Olympic Orchids Artisan Perfumes
    • Velvet & Sweet Pea’s Purrfumery
    • Roxana Illuminated Perfume
    • 40notes Perfume
    • Sarah Horowitz Parfums
    • Persephenie
    • Divine Life Perfume
    • smell bent
    • Leila Castle Botanical Fragrance

    The premier artisan and luxury fragrance show on the West Coast takes place this Summer at the 1st Annual ARTISAN FRAGRANCE SALON, July 8th, 2012 in San Francisco. Fragrance aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists can experience the finest in artisan, custom, niche & premium aromas.
    Featuring a quality selection chosen and curated by the Organizers, the 1st Annual ARTISAN FRAGRANCE SALON participants include local, regional and national fragrance makers, as well as Salon highlights featuring olfactory tastings, panels and demonstrations, new product launches, author talks, wine pairings, an art exhibition, and book signings.

    In addition to fragrance, wine and art, the fragrances will be judged, and three winners will be named the “Official Fragrance of the TASTE AWARDS

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