Green Design: The Coffeebrewer by Grower’s Cup

Check out this great product from a small Danish company called Grower’s Cup. It’s called The Coffeebrewer, a brewing system that requires no filters, or electricity for that matter.

It all started an afternoon in 2002, I found out that I had run out of paperfiltersfor my dripmaker and being pretty annoyed with the situation 鈥 I thought, 鈥渨hy isn鈥檛it possible to brew a decent cup of coffee without machines or special brewing equipment鈥?鈥

This would be perfect for a camping trip, wouldn’t it? I really just love the novelty of the idea, but would love to see what a cup of coffee tastes like from this innovative little product.

Visit growerscup.com to learn more

xo A.

DIY Design: Burlap Sack Planters

Last week while walking my dog Milo, I came across these awesome burlap coffee bags. I didn’t know quite know聽exactly聽what I wanted to do with them at first, but I knew they’d be cool for something. Before looking around and making sure no one saw me, I quickly scooped them up and brought them home,聽discreetly聽walking home with massive burlap sacks over my shoulder. I love finding free stuff on the street, don’t get me wrong — I just don’t like people seeing me haul it away.

They were pretty dirty, and had bugs and stuff on them, so I knew for sure they’d be used for some type of garden project. I live in a small apartment with a small outdoor area, and since it’s (finally) summer — what better time than do a little planting!

I had seen in done in a few other places online, so I had high hopes they would turn out great, and I think they did!聽It only cost me around $12 for three bags of soil, and I used plants that were already outgrowing their existing pots (which weren’t nearly as handsome, by the way).

Check out the final results…



Cute, no? The project was fun and cheap, and a creative way to spruce up your garden or patio using recycled materials. We already got a few compliments on them from people walking by, and I think they add nice character to our front entrance.

Apparently I’m not alone on my love of this creative idea — I stumbled on this website that has a ton of gems about how to create your own, as well as info about other parts of the world that are using ‘Sack Gardens’ to help make use of limited space and funds. It also asks questions like, “Why is it that planters like these are聽not聽included in the so-called聽USDA Peoples Gardens?”

xo A.

Beauty Picks: Stylish Soaps Perfect For Summer

It’s summer, which means the weather is heating up, and you’ll likely be looking to cool off. No doubt we use more products to clean our skin and smell fresh during the hottest months of the year — so why not do it in style?

Here’s a look at some of the hottest, most stylish soaps to help you looking (and smelling) your absolute best this season. Whatever your budget, there’s something new for you to try.

Translucent Glycerin Soap byGuelph Soap Company ($1.59 @ well.ca)
Guelph Soap Company’s pure and natural soap bars are manufactured using only the finest quality ingredients.聽All of their translucent bars are made from blended oils, typically palm and palm kernal.

Sweet Peas Floral Soap byGianna Rose Atelier ($9.95 @ hamptonct.com)
Circa 1800′s prints ensconce these newly-formulated 6oz soaps. Fresh, clean-smelling fragrances, that are true to their inspirational flower, evoke the delicate splendor of nature.

Mediterranean Fig Natural Soap by Pacifica聽($5.99 @ well.ca)
Moisturizing, rich-lathering, sulfate-free and bio-degradable, Pacifica Natural Soaps are handmade with a proprietary vegetable-glycerin base, herbs and Pacifica’s signature perfume blends with essential and natural oils. Complex and sexy in Mediterranean Fig, these are fresh, invigorating and clean.

Wild African Rose Soap by Hugo Naturals ($5.49 @ well.ca)
Handcrafted from cruelty-free ingredients, our luxurious soap produces a rich, creamy lather that pampers the skin while it cleans. Enriched with a nourishing blend of jojoba, shea butter, vegetable glycerin, botanical extracts and essential oils.

20% Clay Exfoliating Cleansing Bar by Consonant ($18.00 @ well.ca)
This unique looking bar contains 20% Manicouagan Clay from Quebec, Canada to gently exfoliate the skin on your face and body. Manicouagan clay is very fine making it a gentle, yet effective natural exfoliator that leaves skin feeling softer and smoother than ever before. This mineral rich clay helps to draw out impurities while gently exfoliating.

Himalaya Purifying Neem & Turmeric Cleansing Bar by Organique ($6.99 @ well.ca)
Handcrafted using pure certified organic herbs with saponified organic oils serving as a natural soap base. Neem, a time-honored botanical used for thousands of years to detoxify the body, and Turmeric, well-known for its antioxidant properties, empower this earthy cleansing bar to promote healthy, glowing skin. Leaves your body fresh and rejuvenated without dryness.

Vanilla Sugar Soap by Archipelago Botanicals ($12.99 @ hamptonct.com)
Triple milled Sugar Soap provides a perfect base to gently exfoliate and treat the skin. Blended with brown sugar, vanilla extract, and the finest oils available, this bar gently cleanses and leaves skin hydrated and soft. Natural antioxidants and alpha hydroxy acids work together to keep skin looking young and healthy.

Google’s Nexus Q: The Future of Streaming Media?

So, what’s this odd looking, glowing, black Google ball that everyone is making a big fuss about?

It’s called Nexus Q, and it was聽announced earlier today at the Google I/O developer conference in聽San Francisco, along-side Google’s first ever tablet, Nexus 7.

Both devices look pretty cool, but it’s the dome-shaped Q that’s really got everyone talking. Dubbed as “the first social streaming media player,” the device allows anyone with an Android phone to add聽content and control what’s playing, connecting wirelessly through a WiFi or Ethernet connection.

Obviously taking a que from Apple‘s ever-popular iCloud, Google’s聽Music Manager聽uploads your iTunes or Windows Media Player library to Google Play so that your collection is available anywhere, anytime.

Some have been scoughing at the $299 price-tag, which has been amounted to the fact that the Nexus Q is made in the US, where as its聽competitors, such as Apple, outsources its manufacturing to China.

Source: usatoday.com

M枚dernaked: The Next Big Thing

Rings from聽M枚dernaked, 49.00 to聽75.00鈧, available now at modernaked.com

M枚dernaked sounds swedish, but it’s a spanish brand. They don’t have a sales or marketing department, and they don’t want one.

Why, you may ask? Well, for starters –聽M枚dernaked is really unlike any other accessory brand out there. They have some of the coolest accessories I’ve seen in a long time, and are likely on their way to fashion-cult-status.

With stockists in Ibiza,聽Palma de Mallorca, and Istanbul, you’d be hard pressed to find these unique gems in just any boutique — (if you’re in London, you can hit up Lazy Oaf, one of my fave shops located聽in the Soho district). For everyone else, fret not — as they also have a wicked online boutique which ships internationally.

Visit modernaked.com to learn more.

What We Love Now

Not only will Seggiano‘s Super Dense Balsamic Glaze will not only look adorable on your table — but it will also add incredible flavour to your food. Made of a potent blend of cooked grape must and wine vinegar, this thick balsamic glaze comes from聽the聽Emilia-Romagna聽region of聽Italy, which is well known for its production of fine balsamic聽vinegar.

“Most balsamic glazes on the market contain caramel colouring and thickening agents to achieve the consistency of a glaze, but ours is concentrated and condensed using natural methods and in compliance with the disciplines governing Modena鈥檚 balsamic vinegar production,” says Seggiano. Each bottle is made with lambrusco di sorbara grapes from Davide Maletti鈥檚 estate owned Due Vittorie Vineyards, located in the province of Modena.

Buy > 250ml for $12 @ opensky.com (Currently 43% Off!)

And if you like it hot, the glaze also comes in a less-dense Chili version, which the company discribes as the perfect blend of spicy and sweet. “The simple alchemy of a thick balsamic vinegar of Modena (once again 鈥 no sulphites and no colouring), combined with the secrets of Tabasco Sauce are a perfect match for chilli lovers.”