Guest Blogger: Temi from Tiger Tem’s Fashion Bites

by Jamie Sanford on January 19, 2011

Girl with a camera captures my heart immediately!

Today’s guest blogger is Temi from Tiger Tem’s Fashion Bites!  Her blog is fabulous overall, but I have to admit that the section focusing on her wedding was especially interesting to me – as it ties in with my work with Noritake, where I am exposed to much online wedding/bridal content.  Absolutely stunning, Temi has fantastic taste – and our opinions on 2011 Golden Globes fashion almost totally match up.

Thinking about a wishlist in mid-January really makes you focus on what you really, really want. After the excessive frenzy of parties, outings and gifts for the Xmas holidays with its inevitable consequence of doing a lot of shopping for yourself while you’re out getting gifts for others. Really, what else is a girl to do when confronted with nothing suitable for your BFF and a perfect fitting (insert appropriate item)…and it was the last one…and it was your size? Exactly.

So, I sat at my computer, gazing at my favourite Xmas present that I’ve gotten so much use out of already and started thinking about what I really, really would like.

I definitely feel very, very, very lucky. I have a life full of love, laughter, travel, great family, great friends, excitement, adventure and light.

So first on my list, is something that every winter I get very obsessive about. Fur. I have a fabulous faux fur collar that’s been worn with pretty much every coat and jacket I own this winter, a beige tweed jacket with a plush fur collar, the most gorgeous tan suede & leather fur lined boots that look a lot like these but with a 4-inch heel which I bought about 8 years ago (history repeats more often than we care to admit). Then there’s the faux fox gilet, the fur trimmed tweed gilet, the fluffy fox ear muffs….which by anyone’s account, is quite a lot of fur. But it’s the one thing that tops my list EVERY. SINGLE. WINTER.

This Topshop beauty ticks all my boxes right now but I missed it! Imagine that. I blogged about it and when I went back to buy it….sold out. Ah well, the hunt will continue. And the perfect pimped out fur will remain on my wishlist.

But this white Halston Heritage faux fur has caught my eye and it is on sale which is always a plus. And I love the retro glam style of Halston Heritage.

I’m completely in love with maxi skirts at the moment. I’m in San Francisco and in the past few days the weather has taken on a surprisingly spring-like sunny warm glow. I’ve been living in cashmere and merino wool jumpers and cardis and maxi skirts. This Donna Karan sequined maxi skirt, just about outshines everything else I’ve seen.

I’ve got a few friends getting married this year so I need one fabulous, versatile and hardworking dress. I’m trying to stick to my shopping philosophy of buy less and buy better. Buying better doesn’t always have to be expensive. But it does have to fit like a dream (otherwise I won’t wear it) and at the time I buy it I need to know when and where I’ll be wearing it…..otherwise I’ll probably never get round to it. I’m equally in love with both of these Topshop maxi dresses…but this time I won’t wait too long before making a choice. They’re both beautiful dresses, look as if they’d fit well, and would be super-easy to dress up or down and switch up the style with the right accessories. Speaking of which…

I’ve spoken a lot about my love of the genius that is Camilla Skovgaard. Well, I’m sure Camilla’s lovely, but I’m actually in love with the shoes she designs. The Black Saw are a style classic and I’d love to own these. They’re black so they go with absolutely everything but their edgy style makes them an absolute standout piece.

I wouldn’t be me if I stopped at one pair of shoes so I’ll share the other pair of shoes that have been getting some serious screen time. The Christian Louboutin Big Lips. The bright red. The calf hair. The ridiculously thin heel. The ridiculously high heel.

I love interesting pieces for our home. I like a good mix of warm, cosy and interesting. I’m married to an architect so sometimes it can get a little too interesting (spiky wall hanging?) and sometimes my choices can be a little too sparkly and furry for his taste (faux fur throw on the bed? I had hoped he wouldn’t notice), but somewhere in between lies our perfect balance. And pieces like this Frank Gehry Wiggle stool are the pieces that make it home.

Paxton Gate in San Francisco is one of the most weird yet wonderful shops I’ve ever seen. They had me at hello with the very real looking unicorn in the window. (How did they know I had a childhood obsession with unicorns and I was mortified to find out they weren’t real.) Every time I go in I find something amazing. Next time I’ll be taking these home with me. They might help me fulfill my 2011 ambition of better timekeeping.

A good dose of the very sparkly stuff is always going to make it onto any wishlist of mine. Barneys New York has one of the most interesting collections of jewelery out there so its one of my go-to sites when I’m in the mood for a good ogle. This rather unusual ring by Hoorsenbuhs caught my attention last time I was on their site. Black diamonds feel more understated than the classic colourless diamonds and I love the detail on this ring. I’m an enormous fan of rose gold so extra brownie points for that!

And a decadently sexy place to put all my sparkly stuff in would be fantastic. I’ve been in love with the Smythson 5 drawer jewelery chest since we met.

And that rounds up my wishlist. What a way to start the new year! Live your year in fantastically feminine glamour!

Thanks to Temi for a fantastic post! Check out her blog now!

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Holiday Wreath Selection from Etsy

by Jamie Sanford on November 18, 2010

Wreaths are one of the classic holiday decorations, and I love that wreaths are created for almost any holiday or season nowadays. I found this great treasury collection on Etsy called “a wreath on the front door,” and so I figured I would keep it short and share the image and link. Get ready to find a fabulous wreath for yourself or as a great gift for someone else.

I really like the peacock feather version – it is still a holiday wreath without being too traditional.

Call for Guest Bloggers!

I am working on collecting blog posts for a series on the site called “My Holiday Wishlist.”  I’ve had a few people confirm so far and would love to get other people involved.  Please send an email or leave a comment if you’re interested in contributing a post with some of the items you would like to receive during the upcoming holiday season.

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Skeletons: They aren’t just for Halloween anymore

by Jamie Sanford on November 8, 2010

Striped and Fabulous.

Kelly Kreth

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble.  Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness.)

Last year at this time I was entranced by a dress created by Rodarte for Target. After seeing it online and in print, I was dying to buy one. It was a sleeveless black tunic shift, sequined and had a print of a human rib cage on it.

Alas, when I finally got to a Target (this was before the Manhattan Target existed) they were all gone. Many were listed on Ebay but were being auctioned for around triple the actual price. Instead I tried to find a substitute and came up with another rib cage dress posted on Ebay, this one for only $16.99. I chanced it and wore it this summer.

Coincidentally, I later found a whole rack of brand new Rodarte rib cage dresses at the Good Will a few months later and they were only priced at $25.00. Much to my dismay, after trying one on, it felt way too cheap and didn’t fit well so I’m happy I didn’t purchase it from Target or Ebay prior to trying it on.

Which gets me to today’s wish list item:

This Devastee Skeleton print dress is available here and goes for a whopping $317.

About the designers:

Created by young French designers Ophélie Klère and François Alary in 2004, Dévastée is a fashion house that draws inspiration from the dark, the depressive and the macabre. Their lines, entirely black and white, are eloquently understated and feature wearable graphic prints and sleek tailoring.

It is 100% wool and comes in European sizes which is always a plus. Telling someone I am a 38 makes me feel thinner!

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Guest Post: Custom Engraved Leatherman Tools.

by Jamie Sanford on October 12, 2010

Today’s guest blogger is my husband William.  Here is one of my favorite pictures of him, taken quite a while back. He didn’t know why I was photographing him at the time, which is why he’s looking at me like that.

I like tools, and taking things apart, and MacGyvering things. I occasionally fix bits of equipment at the research lab I work in, but I don’t get to tinker much otherwise, so I end up having to live vicariously through other people’s tinkering by visiting sites such as and MAKE magazine.

MAKE has a store that sells all sorts of cool things, and I have my eye on some custom-engraved Leatherman tools.

They are each $36.00 and share the following tools:

  • 420HC Clip Point Knife
  • Spring-action Needlenose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Wood/Metal File
  • Medium Screwdriver
  • Scissors
  • Flat/Phillips Screwdriver
  • Bottle Opener

In addition, the Warranty Voider includes regular pliers, and both the Bomb Defuser and the Circuit Breaker include a wire stripper for various wire gauges.

The engraved versions are only available for a limited time, but these babies would be nice even without the writing.

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Guest Post: WeSC Les Bras Duvet Cover Set.

by Jamie Sanford on July 30, 2010

(Today’s guest post was contributed by Kelly Kreth. I “met” Kelly online around 10 years ago, and since then she’s made me jewelry, she’s been the subject of one of the best photos I’ve ever taken, and thoroughly kicked my ass in Facebook Scrabble.  Check out her new blog which explores optimism and pessimism with great humor and frankness.)

I like home decor with a sense of humor. So when I saw this duvet set that has not only style and substance, but also a keen sense of humor, I immediately coveted the cover. The WeSC Dans Les Bras Duvet Cover Set is made of organic cotton, is machine washable, fits any size comforter and comes with two pillow shams. In simple, yet chic, black and white, it features a drawing of a woman at rest laying face down on a bed. The pillowcases add an extra wink to the duvet’s nod by giving the cheeky message: “Das Les Bans De Morphée ” which means “In the arms of Morpheus (referring to sleep). Quelle witty!

Clearly the French are better in bed–Ooohhlala!


Designed for WeSc by the ever-inspirational graffiti artist, Mode 2 – who focuses much of his attention on the female shape in many forms – this duvet cover set features a sketched design at the front of the duvet cover and a sleepy French message at the pillowcases.

Pre-order for its August 8th arrival. It is only available online and is priced at $148.

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