I’ve Been To Heaven (aka Maui) and Back | August 31.14

  • You guys, I’m sorry for the radio silence for the past week. I was planning on keeping blogging but… When in Hawaii, it’s not such an easy task. The never ending beaches and the bright sun managed to keep me away from non-summer activities.
    So… What did the Mr. and I do while in Maui? A LOT OF THINGS. We skipped from beach to beach, ate (like crazy), laid low by the pool, felt like we were in a “Lost” scene for a moment or two and basically just spent 24\7 together, which is the best thing ever!
    If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that a big change is about to happen in our lives… Yep, the two of us are about to become three in a short two months. A tiny baby boy will join our family and… I’m both terrified and excited at the same time.
    But wait, back to Maui. I don’t really know how to describe this magical place in too many words but my sweet friend Ana, did such an amazing job in capturing her Maui adventures that if you are thinking about an Hawaiian vacation, just head over to her blog, read her posts and stare at her beautiful pictures.
    I, on the other hand, will leave you with a few of my favorite snaps from this paradise-like week.
  • In the first couple of days we stayed at Lahaina, enjoyed the picture perfect beaches and had the most amazing dinner and then lunch at Star Noodle. In Lahaina, I also tasted for the first time Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice. So good!
  • Next was Pa’ia, a surfer town, with it’s colorful houses and roads. Of course we stopped for a flatbread at the Flatbread Company.
  • The “Lost” scenes happened at the magical Iao Valley park. For the first time since forever, I didn’t mind walking while giant drops of rain dropped all over me. It was once in a lifetime kind of moment.
  • Next was a road trip to explore the Road to Hana , with all it’s crazy turns, pretty waterfalls and many banana breads and yummy fruits along the way. Of course I also had to stop at Coconut Glen’s. I mean, I can never say no to ice-cream. Especially when it’s being served in a coconut bowl.
  • With a happy belly and a big smile on our faces, we arrived at the most magical beach… a black sand beach (aka Waianapanapa Black Sand Beach.) It was my absolute favorite part of this whole road trip (besides the banana bread).
  • After all this road tripping, it was time to lay low, move to the southern side of Maui and enjoy a few days doing nothing but spending some down time in the beautiful beaches on this side of the island. Oh and don’t let me start talking about the crazy beautiful sunsets that we experienced each and every night. so, so magical.
  • At some point we also had to check our resort’s pool. Since moving to San Francisco, I’ve been dreaming about a pool that you can actually enjoy. BUT with the weather being so unpredictable and a bit colder than what I normally like, I had to give up my pool days…
  • A quick visit to the “Big Beach” was in order, since I’ve heard so much about the crazy waves and the crazier surfers that are doing their thing day in and day out. It was too scary to get inside the ocean over there, but I sure enjoyed watching their (at times almost) suicidal attempts to catch the next perfect wave.
  • Oh and… the moment when you swim in the ocean, minding your own business and a turtle decides to swim beside you. Yep, it really happened, on our last day! What can I say, it was the most unexpected and perfect ending to a dreamy vacation.
  • I guess all is left to say is: see you soon Hawaii. I’m sure it won’t be long before I’ll see you again!

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Shopping Break | Black and Nude Is The Only Way To Roll | August 22.14 | Handpicked by me.

  • You know what’s coming your way. No?
    Yep, it’s yet another one of my probably never ending bag’s lists. I love searching for my next favorite bag and the truth is that whenever I do buy one, I already think about the next one. I don’t think I can do it any different at this point. It’s too late. My brain only works a certain way by now…
    If I’m being totally honest, I’m back to black with a touch of nude. I mean, I’ve always been a black lover but when it came to bags I love to get a little bit crazy. For some reason, this time a bit different.
    When it comes to bags, my motto is always “the bigger the better”, and so this Stencil Bag, that I found over at Need Supply Co., is the perfect example for a big bag that also possess a pretty silhouette.
  • Hi there, pretty polka dots! I don’t think I need to add a single word. I’m just going to say that in this case, I can do clutch. But only this time!
  • This two-tone leather crossbody by Job & Boss made me appreciate the nude-black combo even more than ever. Plus, I just learned that Job & Boss is based in San Francisco, so it wins some extra points.
  • The Paper Tote Bag Round possess such a Japanese and wrinkled like vibe that you just can’t resist. Can you?
  • And last but most definitely not least, this fancy Lock Bag that I can only daydream about, since I’m short $408 at the moment.

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Student Break | Ravit Tzadik | Wood in Motion | August 21.14

  • Whenever I spot a jewelry collection in the midst of an Industrial Design Graduate Show, I miss a beat. And this time was no different.
    Ravit Tzadik a brand new graduate out of the Industrial Design Department at the Holon Institute of Technology, is the one behind Wood in Motion. In her “twisted” collection, Ravit played with the flexibility of the wood, with the help of the lamination technology. Most of the times lamination is used in furniture design Ravit decided that it’s time to challenge this common notion. In her line of accessories, she creates a new interpretation, which is driven by the esthetics of objects and their movement.
    “The collection tells the story of the technology, stretches the limits of the material and glorifies it at the same time.”
    I have to say that I’m super impressed by the variety of rings in Ravit’s collection and especially by the fact that it seems like you can actually wear each and every one of them without having to make any adjustments.
    Oh, I also have to give her thumbs up for the most beautiful and minimalist styling!
    You can get in touch with Ravit at: ravit.tzadik {at} gmail {dot} com
  • {Photos by Amichai Hilman}

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Student Break | Aviram Cohen Sityon | Concrete Dreams | August 20.14

  • Usually I don’t explore the graduate projects that come out of the Interior Design Departments. I guess there is always a first time for everything and this time it was Aviram Cohen Sityon who proved me wrong.
    Aviram, a fresh graduate out of the Holon Institute of Technology, dedicated time to creating a new kind of material. A brilliant one! Say hello to Cementic, the love child of concrete and sponge. A child that is now know as soft concrete (!!!)
    “In his material studies lab, Aviram explored the semantic, conceptual and emotional aspects of concrete, and examined the relationship between imagery and material by juxtaposing solid imagery and soft experience.” As you can imagine, this persistent guy spent countless hours thinking and re-thinking, mixing and re-mixing until he reached the proper dose of compound that led to a successful result.
    In the end, he decided to present his new material in the form of tiles and pillows and in both cases the outcome is outstanding.
    I’m sure we all realize that this is only the beginning of something big. Huge. Monstrous. Right?! And if you, just like me, want to follow this intriguing journey, you should follow Aviram’s facebook page, because big things are about to happen and you don’t want to miss them. Trust me, you just don’t!
    You can get in touch with Aviram at: aviramcs1 {at} yahoo {dot} com

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It’s Aloha Time | August 19.14

  • By the time you read this post I’ll be up in the air and on my way to my dream vacation. Yes, my week is going to be all about Aloha time and I couldn’t be any more excited.
    I’ve been dreaming about visiting this magical spot for as long as I can remember and finally the time has come and I’m to enjoy a week in Maui with the Mister. I can’t believe I’m actually writing these lines.
    As always, you can follow me on instagram and explore #MyMauiBreak, because there is no way I could resist uploading lots and lots of pictures of the big wide blue that I’m about to enjoy. I’m also pretty sure that you can expect one or two foodie pics.
    So… let the journey begin but don’t you worry, all these 2014 Graduate posts that I wrote will be waiting for you here, all week long.
  • {Photo by me}

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Student Break | Hadas Friedland Hayun | In The Beginning… | August 18.14

  • You guys, I’m super excited to begin sharing with you my annual graduate posts!
    2014 has been one of those strange years in which nothing really went according to plan BUT… now that I have so many exciting and super special projects that I need to share with you, things look a lot better.
    Anyways, let’s begin the festivities of the 2014 graduate posts with Hadas Friedland Hayun, a graduate of the Visual Communications Department at the Bezalel Academy, and her illustrated scarves.
    We all know the biblical story of Genesis. Hadas decided to illustrate seven scenes out of these magical and enchanting stories and present them to the world as a series of scarves aka “The Seven Scarves”. Hada’s desire to bring her Jewish cultural story into center stage and her love for the written word, made her dig deep and come up with illustrations that make you want to explore these familiar stories in a different way, or should I dare to say, a much more intriguing way. Each and every scarf holds within, an illustration that can make you sail away with your thoughts to far lands and ancient times… There is nothing I love more than knowing how a story begins but have no idea were my imagination will end.
    On a side note: Hadas also has a brilliant facebook page which is basically an open sketchbook. You should definitely check it out.
    You can get in touch with Hadas at: hadasunt {at} gmail {dot} com
  • {Photos by Rotem Rachel Chen}

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Interview | MakeShift Society and I | August 15.14

  • Way way back, like back in April, I did a little interview with the guys at MakeShift Society.
    MakeShift Society is a clubhouse and community and basically my creative home, ever since I landed in San Francisco back in 2013. You can read about my DesignBreak journey and the role MakeShift Society plays in my new life in San Francisco and also find out what a day in my life looks like (trust me, it’s not too glamorous but I still like it).

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Like Knows Like | Geffen Refaeli and her DailyDoodleGram | August 14.14

  • Ever since Geffen Refaeli shared with her @DailyDoodleGram followers on Instagram, that she is about to be featured on Like Knows Like short documentary series, I couldn’t hold back my excitement. I might have refreshed the Like Knows Like site one too many times. Well, after all it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of illustrator Geffen Refaeli and her explosive talent.
    The concept is really simple (for us, not for her): Geffen selects elements from different pictures appearing in her Instagram stream and combine them into a doodle.
    She uploaded her first DoodleGram back in May 2012 and since then she never stopped.
    It’s always exciting to hear what artists have to say about their lives and what led them to become who they are. Filmmaker Bas Berkhout, the one behind Like Knows Like with the help of photographer Marije Kuiper, manages to capture that beauty behind the art itself, in the most personal and inviting way possible.
    With that being said, I’d love for you to take a couple of minutes and watch Geffen’s episode and once you finish watching, you will love her even more. Oh and you’ll also want to keep on going through other mesmerizing documentaries.
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    www.likeknowslike.com

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