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We all have our go to looks for certain moods. The sexy heels when we feel like taking over the world. The comfy lounge wear for relaxing. The suit we pull out for important meetings. Now, thanks to VanDerWaals, you can have one purse that you can match to your mood with a swipe of your finger. That’s right, a purse with an app that allows you to pick what color you’re in the mood for carrying. Right now there are two different designs that both come in two different sizes to choose from. In case that’s not enough for you, this fantastic new handbag can also charge your cell phone. VanDerWaals definitely knows the way to our hearts!

Pre-order your new favorite handbag now.

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It’s no secret, we love art showcased in unusual places. The ability to think outside of the box to create beauty in unexpected places is a true talent. We aren’t the only ones who appreciate this gift. Design Curial recently ranked the “Top 10 Best Designed Benches in the World“, and we have to admit we’re glad we didn’t have the tough job of ranking these benches. There are some incredible designs in the mix.  They are all very different but beautiful in their own way.

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To see the entire list and learn a little about each of the benches go to Design Curial. Do you agree with their choices and rankings?

New Jersey born and current Brooklyn resident KAWS is known world wide and a favorite of celebrities. He’s collaborated with Nike, Vans, Dos Equis, and Hennessy to name a few. In 2013 he redesigned the moon man for the MTV Video Awards. If you want to own one of his pieces be prepared to shell out a minimum of $200,000. However, starting tomorrow through December 6, you can see a few of his pieces for the price of a ticket to the Brooklyn Museum.

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(Photo: Adam Reich, courtesy of the Mary Boone Gallery, New York)

“Along the Way”, KAWS’ 18 foot Mickey Mouse inspired wood sculptures, will be on display in the Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion and Lobby. This gift is in honor of Arnold Lehman, who has served as director of the museum for the past 17 years and is now leaving. Along with the massive statues, two of KAWS’ paintings, “Should I Be Attacking” and “Glass Smile” are on display as well.

Even though his work has been displayed around the world, we’re sure KAWS is very proud to have an exhibition practically his own backyard. His work is definitely worth a trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

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Photo from KAWS’ Instagram

To keep up with KAWS and his latest works follow him on Instagram. .

It is always exciting when we get to mix one of our favorite childhood toys or memories with our adult lives. For the Lego lovers of the world that is exactly what EverBlocks help to accomplish. These giant Lego’s can be used for building almost anything you can think of. Check out the website to see all of the brilliant uses people have already come up with, including using them for disaster relieve. Best of all, just like the tiny Lego’s from our youth, these can be taken a part and made into something new and completely different.

Everblocks also helps to feed your inner child with a virtual 3D builder. So even if you don’t have room for the giant blocks, you can still enjoy playing with them. Bar+2 Dining+Table+2 IMG_2687 disaster+relief+housing

Photos from Everblock’s website where you can see more of these designs and plenty of other ideas.

Most of us probably don’t give much thought to where our large discarded items go when we are through with them. Even those of us that do know where they go never give any thought to reusing these items in some other way. Bordallo II, a Portuguese street artist, not only reuses old tires, bumpers, fans, he reuses them to create moving, vivid, awe-inspiring street art.  In describing his “Big Trash Animals”  pieces he wrote, “The idea is to depict nature itself — in this case, animals — out of materials that are responsible for its destruction.” The giant 3D mixed-media images are incredibly lifelike given the materials used in their creation. He not only creates giant images on the side of building, but also makes smaller pieces from these found items that have meaning all their own.

In short, we love the creativity and message Bordallo II is sending with his masterpieces.
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Read more about Bordalo II’s “Big Trash Animals” at MNN.com

All pictures from Bordalo II’s Instagram

Those of you who follow us on Instagram might have seen we’ve been hard at work on Velvet’s new Southampton store. The store is officially open with plenty of spring and summer clothes to add to your wardrobe. We always love working with the great people at Velvet and were very excited to be a part of the new store opening.  If you’re in the Hamptons, swing by and check out our work and get in some awesome shopping at the same time.

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Have you checked us out on Instagram yet? If not you’re missing out on behind the scenes fun, sneak peeks into what we’re working on, and all the cool things we come across. Head on over and follow us so you’ll stay in the loop.

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Memorial Day weekend is upon us.The unofficial beginning of summer, despite when the calendar says it technically begins. Everyone is searching for the nearest body of water to cool off and enjoy a long weekend with friends and family. As much as we love to use a long weekend to get away for a bit, there’s something to be said for making your own backyard a destination in and of itself. No fighting traffic, long lines, or crowds. You could just open your back door to enjoy your own personal paradise. You used the space for entertaining guests or as a quite place to unwind at the end of a long week.

With this in mind we decided to share a few of our favorite backyard entertaining areas. They range from simple to palatial but all offer their own unique charm. Maybe we can find some inspiration to make our own outdoor entertaining areas a reality.

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Elevated Entertainment Room”

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From the show Indoors Out on the the DIY Network Episode: “Open Range Saloon”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode : “Dockside Lobster Bar”

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From the show Indoors Out on the DIY Network Episode: “Fresh Air Dining Room”

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From the show Yard Crashers on the DIY Network Episode: “Chess Board Patio”

To learn more about the wonderful outdoor entertainment areas here or to see even more spaces check out the DIY Network or Real Simple.

For decades, every spring film makers, directors, producers, actors, actresses, and the press, to name a few, head to the South of France for the Cannes Film Festival. The invitation only event hosted the premieres of such movies as Pulp Fiction, E.T., Up, and Inglorious Bastards. Film makers are well aware the impact Cannes can have for a movie, or even a career, so each year the festival is filled with movies hoping to rise to the level of these great movies that came before.

As much as we look forward to what great movie or movies may come from Cannes, we are even more excited to see the red carpet fashion every year.  This year has not disappointed in dresses to talk about.

Here are a few of our favorites so far from this year’s Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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Lupita Nyong’o Photo: Getty Images

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Naomi Watts Photo: Getty Images

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Julianne Moore Photo: Getty Images

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Eva Longoria Photo: Getty Images

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These are just a few of the wonderful looks this year. We can’t wait to see what the next week brings movie and style wise.

Check out Style‘s Cannes Film Festival coverage to see even more great looks.

Its been 10 days since this year’s Met Gala, themed “China: Through the Looking Glass”, and people are still talking about their favorite looks. There were many beautiful and interesting ensembles this year, but one stood out in most people’s minds more frequently than the rest. In fact it stood out so much that it is now on the cover of Vogue‘s special Met Gala issue. That look, of course, is Rihanna’s Guo Pei designed masterpiece. The cape is rumored to weigh 55 pounds, took two years for the designer to hand craft, and required three people to help carry the train. Pei told Vanity Fair Style her thoughts on all the attention her glamorous design garnered, “The focus and the attention paid to this dress will make it remembered by the world—[what] I want is to make them remember. . . . It is my responsibility to let the world know China’s tradition and past, and to give the splendor of China a new expression. I hope that people do know China in this way.”

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This is the first time many of us have heard of the Beijing based Couture designer, but she’s been dressing China’s biggest stars for more than 20 years.She was one of the first true designers in China, and is known for elaborate hand crafted works. Most of us may not have been familiar with her name before the Met Gala, however, this is not the first time her work has been front and center on a global stage. Pei also designed ceremonial dresses for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Pei’s design in the2008 Beijing Olympics (Photo courtesy of tui.qihoo.com)

Pei employees more than 400 people each of which is trained by the designer herself. The team hand crafts each exquisite masterpiece, which take hundreds if not thousands of hours to create.

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Rihana’s Met Gala dress in Guo Pei’s 2010 fashion show “The Arabian 1002th Night Collection” (Photo courtesy of CFP)

While it may be the first time many of us have heard of Guo Pei, it certainly won’t be the last. She has teamed up with MAC cosmetics for a collaboration they celebrated on May 5.  We know the world will continue to be on the lookout to see what this extraordinary designer comes up with next.

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Read more about Guo Pei and see more of her designs.