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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

10-11-2010 Vintage Paperweights

Keep paper where it should be with collectible, limited edition Woodland Animal paperweights from Mirjami Design. Individually handmade, these unique creations have their own look and come in the form of owls, mice and shrews. Made with British woollen fabrics and stuffed with recycled polyester and steel pellets to keep them settled on the page. Laura Mirjami has been creating animals from vintage Finnish fabrics and is constantly on the hunt for rare, vintage fabrics, which she uses to create adorable pieces with individuality and flair. I’m personally a fan of the wide-eyed owls with their cute, pondering expressions. 

Image Source: www.notonthehighstreet.com

Content Source: www.mirjamidesign.com

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05-11-2010 Light as a Feather

Sleek, light and weightless - the new MacBook Air needs no introduction. Coupled with functionality, mobility and

a flawless design, Apple (our favourite technological fruit) is launching a new generation of MacBooks with the intention of eventually replacing mechanical hard disks and

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optical drives. Relish in the virtual weightlessness of only 2.3 pounds! Enjoy increased mobility with longer battery time and
the very affordable starting price of $999. Although we advise you take caution when attempting to hold the MacBook Air with your bare hands – this baby is so hot it might burn*.


*Well, not literally.

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29-10-2010 High Fashion Kitchen Utensils

Italian designer Alberto Alessi believes that ‘a true work of design must be able to move people…to go against the grain’. Following in the footsteps of his mantra, the Alessi brand is iconic for everyday items that inspire, surprise, trigger memories and convey feelings. Alessi is known for taking ordinary tools and objects, specialising in kitchen utensils, and designing them in a way that elevates the objects to a level of high fashion. The popular spiderlike lemon squeezer is a must-have item for its clever ingenuity. Alessi flagship stores are expanding around the world, so keep an eye out for this iconic brand.

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Content Source: www.alessi.com

 

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15-10-2010 Flo Rider

We do love single devices with multiple functions. Enter the Flo Water Deflector and Faucet Cover from Boon Inc, which diverts the flow of water from the faucet for a gentle water flow. Handily enough it also comes with a protective covering to help guard against injury. Its third function is to dispense bubble bath! It’s easy to attach, inexpensive and fun to use. Simply watch the water extend to create a gentle waterfall effect, making rinsing hair easy. Go with the Flo! 

 

 

 

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Content Source: http://booninc.com


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05-10-2010 Saucy Online Dating

Online dating has taken the world by storm and Ashley Madison’s new spin on the service is no different than usual - except for all the controversy surrounding it! One of the fastest growing online dating services in the country with 5 million members, the site’s motto sums it all up: ‘Life is short, have an affair’. Their success in standing out in a highly competitive market and creating a trend of hooking people up for discreet affairs is testament to the power of free publicity generated by media attention and a bucket load of controversy.

Image Source: www.ashleymadison.com

 

17-09-2010 New York Fashion Week- The Green Shows

What’s something we all have in common? We all wear clothes. Well most of us do anyway (I’m looking at you naked bicycle riding man in Barcelona). Our fascination with clothing is seen most notably with Global Fashion Week taking off around the world, particularly in the New York Fashion Week which has incorporated The Green Shows. This exclusive premiere fashion event features ten designers that are committed to the environment, producing fashion which is fair-trade, eco-friendly and uses ethically sound practises. This is high fashion that doesn’t compromise on the glitz and glamour associated with New York style runway shows.

Image Source: www.inhabitat.com

Content Source: www.ecouterre.comwww.thegreenshows.com

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10-09-2010 The Bicycle House Removalists

Who doesn’t love a good bicycle (apart than angry drivers)? Bicycles get you from A to B without harming the environment. They also conjure up images of whimsical spontaneity, weaving in and out to avoid pedestrians. Ever imagine that bicycles might replace moving vans? It makes sense for city dwellers that don’t need to travel far. Various groups of citizens and other community minded folk around the world have cottoned on to this new trend from the intricate narrow lanes of Barcelona, the bicycle friendly Copenhagen to the communities of San Francisco. An entire office of workers even moved their office supplies via bicycle– dedication to the cause!

 

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Content Source: www.greenrenters.org

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30-08-2010 Edible Crayons

Ah kids these days. They will flinch and scream at the sight of healthy food but give them some plastic or crayons and they’ll attempt to eat it somehow - which is why Luxirare might be on to something with these gorgeous edible crayons. They’re basically health bars disguised as crayons and are made up of various fruits, veggies, nuts and chocolate covered sesame seeds. They also have a melted marshmallow core and come in a variety of colours and flavours. And the best part? You can draw with them! I can hear the children rejoicing already – and a few adults too.

Image Source: http://growingupgreen.com

Content Source: http://luxirare.com/crayon

 

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30-08-2010 We Like Short Shorts (Stories)

Sudden fiction, micro fiction and flash fiction – these are the names given to the sub-genre of short fiction taking the world by storm, thanks to social media sites like twitter encouraging and challenging us to tell a story in as few words as possible. Micro fiction conveys a sense of reality and immediacy, as it requires you to tell a story in less than 100 words. Ernest Hemingway once wrote a story in six words (For sale: baby shoes, never worn) and considered it his best work. Now anyone can express themselves in a flash with sites like 12Words or admire them here at my 50-word stories. Keep it brief, won’t you?

Image Source: www.explorewriting.co.uk

Content Source: www.12words.com.au

 

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27-08-2010 Everybody do the Zumba!

Even the name sounds like one big party. Zumba is a fun fusion of hypnotic Latin rhythms combined with a great work out routine. There’s no need to be an expert with this fitness program. Get hooked on an hour of calorie-burning and body-energising fitness movements with a universal Latin flavour routine that everyone can follow. In fact, it won’t feel like a work out at all. Instead, participants say it’s like a party without the alcohol. Zumba is taught in an impressive 60,000 locations in 105 countries with 7.5 million bodies moving to the same rhythm. 

 

 

Image Source: www.zumba-power.com

Content Source: www.zumba.com

 

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