2011 May 4
Time-Peace Lightwarrior: The Beautiful watch
WHAT: Time-Peace Lightwarrior: The Beautiful Watch
WHY: A watch that quells the constraints of time sounds oxymoronic and a little bit hippy dippy, right? Well, it's not an accoutrement from a sci-fi show. Meet the Time-Peace Lightwarrior watch, which aims to "help free you from the effects of psychological time" via an optional light-up LED reading of the hour and minutes when you tap the gold stainless steel-encased face, splashed with a mildly trippy mélange of a tree, Roman numerals and a squiggly cerebrum. Unexpectedly cool - and practical, for those moments you'd rather procrastinate or "peace out" of the present - with an endearing dose of dorkiness. Peace, love, tinkering with time. Parfait!
AVAILABLE: $150, Time-Peace.org
2011 May 3
1 Per Diem Nugget Two-Finger Ring in Shiny Old Rose
WHAT: 1 Per Diem Nugget Two-Finger Ring in Shiny Old Rose
WHY: You've seen the double-digit-grazing ring in myriad iterations, most likely - snakes, floral motifs, et al. But the inherent edgy pull of a dazzling ring a deux fingers is ratcheted up considerably by the raw, earthy appeal of 1 Per Diem's roughhewn nuggets suspended on one's hand in lieu of something more polished. The rose gold-dipped finish seals the deal on this rustic, riveting bauble designed and crafted in a family-owned NYC factory. It's like the wearable, chic-ed up version of a childhood rock collection. After all, even the coolest of kids probably had a moment or two of collecting chunks of quarts, polished tiger's eye stones, and/or sea glass on the beach during the formative years. (...Right?)
AVAILABLE: $105, 1PerDiem.com (while supplies last, limited edition)
2011 May 2
Kaur Collection Roma Necklace
WHAT: Kaur Collection Roma Necklace
WHY: Mirrored surfaces may conjure images of disco balls and tacky bachelor pads, but this delicate multistranded bauble from Kaur Collection takes the humble reflective material to an infinitely more tasteful level. The Roma necklace features an Art Deco-inflected tiling of gold-plated beveled mirrors draped on a trifecta of lengthy cords. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the beholden will be mired by the sight of this pretty creation.
AVAILABLE: $185, KaurCollectionOnline.com
2011 April 29
Philip Treacy Chapeau
WHAT: Philip Treacy Chapeau
WHY: Nothing says British chic more than an haute topper! It may be Friday but royal wedding guests flocked to Westminster Abbey in their Sunday best, couture hats aplenty. Famed milliner Philip Treacy created 36 standouts for the reception alone and countless others for church-goers like Princess Beatrice of York, boasting a primrose twirly, and Victoria Beckham, who donned a petite navy number. Swank out your chapeau collection this summer with an avante-garde original--royal prince not included.
AVAILABLE: Price upon request, PhilipTreacy.co.uk