Use this chic cube holder at your next cocktail party
We love fashion and we love food, and when the two come together we’re even happier. So when we caught wind of Trina Turk’s entertaining pieces for the season, we were thrilled. Rather than the usual go-to holiday colors of reds and greens, the designer stuck to her bold roots and decorated vintage-inspired ice buckets with her signature prints.
Turk brings a little life and pizazz to something so utilitarian, and this ice bucket will be great throughout the year — it's ideal for both indoor and outdoor hosting. For an extra punch of Trina Turk designs, pair the ice bucket with her signature towels as a great gift basket idea.
Give it as a gift to the fashionable entertainer in your life — it’s a must!
What We’re Loving: Trina Turk’s Mirage Ice Bucket - Recipes
Get ready for summer with an Alexander McQueen jersey Skull Scarf, a Trina Turk Deco Print Ice Bucket, Beach Towel and $250.00 USD Gift Card.
Entertain in style with Trina's Deco Print Ice Bucket. Its vintage inspired gold hardware and bold signature Trina Turk print will bring life to your table top. Perfect for entertaining both indoors and out.
• Ice Bucket is made in California
• Signature Trina Turk print
• 7.5" across x 8" high
• Gold handle and lid topper
Bring Trina's bold colorful prints poolside with the Deco print beach towel. Oversized and soft to the touch, this towel will quickly become one of your summertime essentials. Try mixing and matching with Trina's swimwear in the same print!
• Approx 38" x 66"
• Trina Turk signature print
• Machine Wash
• 100% Cotton
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What We’re Loving: Trina Turk’s Mirage Ice Bucket - Recipes
Summer is finally here, and we all have a long bucket-list of activities we want to enjoy this season. Our advice? Skip anything that involves waiting in line and stick to the classics. Opt for ol’ faithful, and spend the day at the beach, soaking up the sun and catching up on some reading. Or, with a stocked picnic basket and blanket in hand, take your lazy Sunday from the house to the park. Or why not invite over a group of friends to indulge in a little luxury, and host a Hamptons-themed clambake? Just because your apartment doesn’t back onto a private beach, doesn’t mean you can’t drink Veuve till dawn dressed in all white.
For your perusal, a handpicked Pinterest worthy selection of all the essentials you need to take along on an ordinary summer outing.
First and foremost: pick a cute bikini. This Michael Kors Hammered-Hardware Bikini, a classic in black, will stand the test of time, and will keep tan lines to a pleasant minimum with its bandeau-style top.
There is nothing less on trend then clunky rubber flip flops, but then, you don’t want to ruin your designer sandals with multiple visits to the beach — salt water is not leather’s friend. Step up your casual wear this summer with Havaianas, and splurge on a pair of Missoni Slim sandals — durable enough for the beach, stylish enough to be worn just about anywhere.
While the idea of owning a Louis Vuitton’s Damier Classique beach towel is nice, spending hundreds on something that sits in dirt when it isn’t being used to clean out the inside of your ears, isn’t. Go for fun, bright, and under a C-note: try out Trina Turk’s Mirage Print beach towel, available in pink and blue.
You can never go wrong with a pop of colour this time of year. Beauty junkies can have fun in the sun with Del Sol’s colour changing nail polish. Choose from multiple shades that instantly change from one colour to another, depending on the light. Colour-shifting hasn’t been this fun since hypercolour shirts.
Before heading to the beach, make sure those legs are smooth and hair free. Bic Soleil Bella disposable razors are perfect for quick touchups.
Sunscreen is hands down the most important thing you’ll need for a day at the beach. Trust Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion, a long lasting lightweight formula that will keep you protected all day. This lotion’s small bottle makes it easy to toss into your overstuffed beach bag.
Just like your skin, your eyes need protection from the sun’s harsh rays. Our pick this season are Rayban’s Original Wayfarer Blocks for their multi-coloured design and classic fit. Every summer is an Endless Summer in these.
Keep hydrated when out in the heat by keeping the H2O flowing, especially if piña coladas are going down extra easy. Water Bobbles are stylish, reusable bottles that filter water as you drink. Just fill with tap water, throw it in your bag, and keep the thirst away.
If you’re planning to go out directly from the beach, you’ll want to throw on something easy, while not anything that could be mistaken for a cover up. H&M’s printed blouses are light and flowy, the perfect match for bright coloured shorts and a night out — one that might just end back at the beach come midnight.
Now that you’ve got all your beach essentials, you’re going to need a handsome (in aesthetic and size!) bag to put them all in. No matter what the trends on the runway, a straw beach bag is always in fashion. Try J.Crew’s Farmers Market Tote for a bag that will see you through many years of tans.
Keep that tousled beach bounce through to the end of your picnic with Marc Anthony’s Dream Waves Beach Spray. For added charm, wrap a thin braid around the crown of your head for a soft sweet look.
When temperatures reach scorching heights, it’s time to replace that heavy foundation with a tinted moisturizer. Joe Fresh’s Sheer Tint is a saviour when the sun is in melting mode. Its lightweight formula (complete with SPF) and subtle hint of color (just enough to even out skin tone) gives every girl the natural finish summer demands.
A cute summer dress is a staple item in every girl’s wardrobe. The simple floral pattern combined with the elegant vintage cut of the Mix and Intermingle dress from Mod Cloth, makes the transition from picnic to drinks out, as easy as retouching one’s lipstick.
There are as many fedoras out there to choose from, as there are mosquitoes on a hot summer’s night. For a quality product Lilliput Hats’ Fedora Nina is an investment in style that strays from the pack.
It’s not just your plates and picnic blanket that look best matched, get matchy matchy with your nails and pout this summer with Butter London’s new Lippy Collection. These long-wearing lip glosses are available in an array of colours, each with its perfect pair found in the label’s famous nail lacquers.
Snuggle up with a date on these hand-stitched throws by Jeanette Farrier. The five layers of recycled cotton sari fabric comprising a blanket, is so cozy you’ll want one to sit on, and one to bring in case your afternoon picnic turns into an evening of stargazing.
Every summer activity deserves its own soundtrack. Forget those clunky portable speakers keep it compact and thematic with a Wooden Acorn Speaker by Motz. Its camouflaged casing makes it a park must, just watch out for the squirrels!
There’s no rule that says picnic plates have to be plastic and designed for the taste of a 6 year-old girl. Don’t buy another set of picnic plates you’ll have to ditch come September, invest in a set of Thomas Paul Scrimshaw Dessert Plates and use them for serving cherry pie at home, when not eating cold quiche off them in the park.
Keep away the picnic cooties with Bath and Body Works Anti Bacterial Sanitizing Hand Gel. The variety of scents to choose from will keep you from smelling like a hospital.
Little Red Riding Hood had it right with her picnic basket. We recommend staying traditional and passing on packing your tea sandwiches, cheese and wine in a tote bag, instead go for the nostalgia found in a classic like Williams Sonoma Wicker Picnic Basket. True to its suitcase style design, the basket is stocked with everything from porcelain plates to handblown wineglasses to a fleece blanket.
Transport the comfort of your living room to your backyard with this Bouquet Rug from Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie’s Magnolia Tablecloth to lay over top your patio table.
Serve up those delicious clams in an adorable set of bowls from Gleena. We like the flower design for its nod to summer’s pretties. Pair quirk with opulence, and pick up a set of Mottahedeh’s Cornflower Lace dinnerware. If you’re not already hitched, this is something you’ll want to add to your future list.
A crisp white ensemble goes hand-in-hand with summer’s fresh colour palette. Make your clambake an ode to the Hamptons, and specify an all-white dress code on the party invite to your clambake. This Twinkle Lace Dress by French Connection is a breathy outfit for a romantic summer soiree, especially when paired with these Steve Madden Tampaa Wedges.
If you’re the host, you’ll need a cute apron to keep the clam juice from staining your white dress while cooking. The Hot Mama Apron by Jen Rosie makes for a sweet choice with its embellishments and trim, as well as being a practical. Its terry cloth fabric allows it to double as a towel for wet hands.
Remember that this is no ordinary clambake we’re suggesting, one wants to keep up with the night’s theme, and stay as glamorous as possible, despite all the corn on the cob eating. For a subtle extra oomph of chic, try Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Sari D’Eau and Dior’s Riviera nail polish. Both have enough kick to them to grab attention, even under solar lights.
Summer’s repetition of sun, salt water, and more sun can leave skin dull and dry, and for some, even irritated. Not what you want before a party. Whether you’re looking to bring back the sheen to your golden tan or remedy temperature sensitive eczema, a few drops of Essence of Argan Oil each morning and evening is the secret. Results with this one are fast and addictive, after all, who doesn’t like the idea of dipping into the fountain of youth?
Though the sun may have already set by the time your clambake begins, it doesn’t mean your guests won’t have a thirst that needs to be quenched, or need a drink to sip on in between champagne at least. Ice-tea is the obvious (and most delicious) choice this time of year. Impress friends with something other than Twinings, up the caliber of your perfect ice-tea recipe (or try ours below) with Sloane Tea Company as its base.
Last in this list, but likely first on yours is the e-vite. Pingg has cards enough for any variety of summer parties, with artistic designs that range from hipster (vintage ice cream cones) to Laura Ashley lover (flowers upon flowers). And, for those thinking of timing their party with the Summer Games, the site also offers Olympic-inspired e-vites.
FILLER’s Spiked Lemongrass Ice Tea Recipe courtesy Chef Matthew Sullivan
1 tablespoon of Sloane Tea Company Jasmine Snow Dragon leaves
7 ounces vodka (we prefer Grey Goose)
1/3 cup of chopped lemongrass
5 lemongrass sticks, cut in half length wise & grilled on high for 20 seconds a side
In a medium pot add sugar, 1 1/2 cup of water, tea leaves and lemongrass. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Strain and chill. Can be made 2-3 days in advance.
To Prepare Ice Tea
i. Combine lemon and lime juice and zest to sparkling water.
iii. Add 1/3 cup of simple syrup to mixture, or more depending on preferred sweetness.
SEAVEES X TRINA TURK
Two favorite California brands have joined forces to design a colorful slip-on sneaker that is perfect for exploring Palm Springs! The SeaVees x Trina Turk Baja Slip-On Coppelia womens’ sneaker features a signature Trina Turk print inspired by Trina’s visit to the famous Coppelia ice cream parlor in Havana, Cuba and the colorful, midcentury modern architecture, mosiacs and sculptures of the area. The Coppelia print is featured throughout the Trina Turk Spring 2017 collection, including dresses, tops, pants and shorts.
The sneaker’s upper features cotton canvas in the Coppelia print, with footbeds designed for comfort and an outsole made with genuine gum rubber.
The SeaVees x Trina Turk Coppelia sneaker retails for $78 and is available online here, as well as at Trina Turk stores.
Good Things This Weekend
Can you guys believe we have been in this pandemic for a whole year now? I remember the exact moment it sunk in that it might be a lot more than a few weeks at home. We were having one of our pantry dinners we so diligently turned out for weeks on end, and Max said, ‘You know it’s more likely we will still be in this until August or more.’ That seemed so scary to me and here we are a year later.. A year that has changed everyone in some way or another. I do feel hopeful though, especially this weekend I noticed so many seniors eating outdoors and doing things. It made me a bit emotional seeing so many of them having fun after this past year.
Anyway, without going on, I have a few things to share this week. I’ve come to realize now I am living in sweatshirts.. The ruffled ones specifically. Guess that’s my flair right now. It’s been chilly and wet and there are a few good ones from Target that are cuter than a lot more expensive ones out there. This is my most favorite..
There’s very few sizes left in my color, but there is other colors in most sizes and a few other colors..
(UPDATE: This sweatshirt already sold out online in most colors since I wrote this a day ago! Darn I hate when that happens…You may have luck finding it in the store as it is now a sale item. I did find other ruffled sweatshirts from Rebecca Minkoff, also this one at Nordys, this at The Loft, and this in black. )
I also own this one below, which one of my sons said looks like Moira from Schitt’s Creek, which I consider a compliment!
I usually wear it with jeans, and black tennis shoes, but the jogger pants with the ruffle pockets do make a cute look.
I’m also crazy about J.Crew’s new sweats. I already own two of the Vintage Cotton Terry Sweatshirts and they are super soft. The matching pants are flattering and slim fitting, but run large so you need to size down one size to get that look.
They have a lot of tennis themed things, which I am nuts about and this new addition with little racquets.
I just saw a woman at the grocery in head to toe cream/beige sweats and these sneakers..
It just looked really cute all one tone and luxe for sweats.
Other odd stuff that’s been occupying my headspace is this chicken pot pie recipe we made last week that was seriously amazing. It was maybe the addition of cognac to it? We did one change omitting pearl onions, which we could not find. The recipe is from the website, Once Upon a Chef and Jenn Segel’s recipes are so far 10/10 for everything we have tried. (This recipe can also be made with mushrooms instead of chicken and oat milk. In the recipe comments many have done that. )
I also have her potato leek soup on my regular rotation. The pot pie recipe is just the thing for the cool and wet days we’ve been having.
We just baked ours in these cute stackable porcelain bowls from Crate & Barrel, because our ramekins were too small. These bowls are fantastic for storage as they stack and they can go in the oven up to 350 We did them at a bit above that though the recipe calls for 425 and it was perfect.
Lastly, I wanted to share with you that Serena & Lily is having their Spring Design Event with 20% off sitewide, using code NEWLEAF. If there is something you had your eye on, this is the time to get it as sales are just a few times a year. You know I love their things and already have one of their new Alamere Rug in runner size in my cart. I think it will be great in our hallway… I love the shades of this rug.
Other favorite rugs are the Porter Denim & Suede Rug, the South Shore Rug, I have in my bath, the Stella Rug in our dining room, the new Ashbury Moroccan Style Rug is also beautiful- and the new Valmere Rug – both so cool.
The Montana Mirror in my pool bath/powder room is gem and a few people have asked about it after seeing the bath on Cindy Hattersley’s blog last week, where she was so kind to feature my home.
It’s a beautifully made piece. I have the medium in natural, but it also comes in white or in natural with navy stripes, and more sizes.
You may need towels like I did and the Fouta Striped towels ( I have the hand towel above), are seriously the nicest quality and come in other tones as well.
The Healdsburg Towels are in my main bathroom and still feeling soft and looking great a year on..
Anyway, so much to love from them! The lamps are gorgeous too and there are beautiful pillows as always…and bedding! The Sale ends on 3/16.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but I’ve done a few updates to the old website. The blog turns 10 this year and I am working on changing up things a bit. You’ll notice I added a few pages at top, My California Closet which has things I wear and have in my beauty drawers and in my closet. The house link has a few drop-downs which I am still working on. The Shop My Home, will have things I have used in my home like rugs, lamps, dishes, etc – and also California inspired picks. Another, Our California Remodel, will be information about the remodel, as so many inquire about materials, flooring, paint and floors. The Lake Tahoe Cabin Style will be cabin inspired items I am using in my Tahoe place or that could work in a more rustic setting, and Books I Adore will be many my favorite books or new ones that are on my radar…So stay tuned and hopefully they will all be finished soon.
Thanks for being here and I hope you enjoy the weekend- even though we lost an hour!
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Subaru EJ20K Engine
For the EJ20K engine, the crankshaft was supported by five bearings that were made from aluminium alloy, while the no. 3 thrust bearing had a metal flange to receive thrust force. Furthermore, the corners of the crankshaft journals and webs, and the crank pins and webs, had a fillet-roll finish to increase stiffness.
- The top piston ring had an inner bevel design
- The second piston ring had an interrupt design to reduce oil consumption and,
- The oil control ring had a slit design.
Cylinder head and camshafts
The cross-flow cylinder head for the EJ20K was made from die-cast aluminium and had double overhead camshafts (DOHC) per cylinder bank. A single timing belt was used to drive the four camshafts, while the back of the belt also drove the water pump. The timing belt consisted of a strong and inflexible core wire, wear-resistant canvas and heat-resistant rubber material. For quiet operation, the teeth on the timing belt had a round profile. For the GC/GM Impreza WRX, a hydraulic belt-tensioner maintained timing belt tension. The timing belt cover was a made from a synthetic resin moulding and used rubber at the mating surface of the cylinder block to absorb noise and vibrations.
Each camshaft was supported by three journals with three camshaft caps, while each camshaft flange was supported by a groove in the cylinder head to receive thrust force. During their manufacture, the camshaft ‘nose’ was subjected to a chill treatment to increase wear resistance and anti-scuffing properties.
Whereas the EJ20G engine had a Mitsubishi TD05 turbocharger, the EJ20K engine was fitted with a smaller capacity Mitsubishi TD04 turbocharger. The TD04 turbocharger was introduced due to a change in WRC rules that manufacturers no longer had to produce at least 5000 vehicles of a production model for competition eligibility. The lower-inertia TD04 turbocharger is understood to provide slightly greater boost pressure than the TD05 which is understood to provide 11-12 psi. As a result of the TD04 turbocharger, peak power of 155 kW occurred 400 pm earlier (i.e. at 5600 rpm), while peak torque increased by 20 Nm to 290 Nm (still at 4000 rpm).
To prevent excessive boost pressure, which could cause knocking and heavier thermal loads on the pistons, the EJ20K engine had a wastegate valve. Once boost pressure reached its maximum, the wastegate valve would open so that part of the exhaust gas would bypass the turbine and flow into the exhaust pipe.
The turbocharger was lubricated by the engine oil and used full-floating type bearings to form lubrication films. Furthermore, engine coolant from the coolant drain hose (under the engine cylinder head) flowed to a coolant passage in the turbocharger bearing housing. After cooling the bearing housing, the coolant flowed into the coolant filler tank via a pipe.
The EJ20K engine had an air bypass valve to prevent the suction noise that can otherwise occur when the throttle valve is suddenly closed and causes a sudden rise in air pressure between the turbocharger and the throttle body. The air bypass valve was actuated by the vacuum created by the closure of the throttle valve and allowed the suction air to bypass the turbocharger and flow upstream, thereby lowering the pressure in the air passage.
Injection and ignition
The EJ20K engine had pentroof combustion chambers which featured a wide ‘squish’ area. The EJ20K engine had multi-point fuel injection via gallery-type (or side-feed type) fuel injectors. For the GC/GM Impreza WRX, the EJ20K engine used a hot-film type mass air flow sensor to calculate intake air volume. The injection and firing order for the EJ20K engine was 1-3-2-4.
The EJ20K engine had centrally mounted spark plugs and a compression ratio of 8.0:1. Furthermore, a piezo-electric type knock sensor installed on the cylinder block which converted knocking vibrations into electric signals.
The Summer Romper
Who says you have to be a child to wear a romper? In fact-the romper has evolved into a sophisticated and chic trend for women that is youthful and grown-up all at the same time.
The trends in rompers for this Summer 2011 season are the color block and printed varieties-particularly in silks or flowy fabrics. A silk romper is the best investment because it can be dressed up…whereas those made of cotton or jersey should be reserved for more casual affairs.
Colorblock was seen months ago all over the designer runway shows and now that it’s hit the stores we are loving it! Colorblocking can trick the eye into thinking the outfit is two coordinating pieces, when in fact they are sewn together. To spice up a colorblock romper, simply add a fun gold patent leather belt and heads will be sure to turn your way.
When designing a clothing line on behalf of the fabulous Edna Mode (a glimpse of which we will get to see in the movie), Marsigliese had the challenge of thinking like Edna.
"One thing that was very clear, which she states in the first film, is that she likes things to be dramatic," she noted. "But knowing this could only get me so far, because a lot of times fashion designers don't necessarily design things that they would wear on their person, they design for their models. Their aesthetic is oftentimes different."
After researching prominent fashion figures like Italian designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Marsigliese "started with a very classic, mid-century inspired silhouette that was always very bold, very dramatic, as Edna would have done." Then, she played with and rearranged those designs to push the boundaries of the new and dramatic even further. "I started to add surrealist elements of my own, and then it really started to make it feel specific."
But what was Edna's motivation for making this fashion line? Marsigliese recalled that Edna hates models, which she mentioned herself in The Incredibles. "She says she wants things to be 'bold, dramatic and heroic.' So I figured Edna would use her fashion line as a vehicle to celebrate superheroes and her powers. Once I realized that, the designing fell into place on its own."
Bryn Imagire, Shading Art Director, designed pieces for the Parr family, for Edna Mode, and for new character Evelyn Deavor.
For Edna, director "Brad [Bird] said for the first time she [Edna] is Japanese and German, so I looked at Japanese fashion designers like Rei Kawakubo, Eiko Ishioka, and Chitose Abe . They always looked really comfortable in contrast to what they were creating for their models, and I really liked that contrast," Imagire noticed.
Spotlight: Greater Palm Springs
Fed by underground springs, the desert comes alive here, not only with signature palms, but also with a string of resort communities—Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and others, as well as the namesake town of Palm Springs—sporting a cool, mid-century modern vibe and countless ways to relax. Back in the 1950s, stars like Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley built sleek estates, played rounds of golf at championship courses and wined and dined the desert night away. Today, the region still has plenty of retro hipster swagger but also next-gen energy, with hot new restaurants, luxury hotels and fabulous shopping. Plus, there’s the beauty of the California desert all around. Step away for a moment and gaze up at a million stars—nothing but you, your thoughts, and the sound of the desert wind.
Newport’s Own Fairytale…Aardvark Antiques
Add a dash of daring, whimsy, old-world elegance and nostalgia, and you’ll come up with one of Newport’s hidden treasures — a pleasing playground for the inspired. Arrive at the Aardvark Antiques store, and you’ll find a sea of statues, iron gates, marble pillars, gold finials and all things aristocratic. Aardvark describes their client base as anyone who has a love of and appreciation for antiques, garden art, salvage and restoration. Just recently, they shipped a fountain to a Sweden couple who visited Newport last summer.
The vast array of marble and stone comes from all over the world, primarily from the estates Aardvark purchases. They have all the cobblestones from the road that led up to the original Narragansett Brewery in addition to the carved limestone that made up the Newport Hospital building that was built by Vanderbilt. The slabs of marble come from some of the Newport Mansions that lined the walls and floors. Today, Aardvark uses them as table tops, or cuts them down for counters or radiator covers.
In true Art Deco fashion, this bar is an astonishing 30′ long and was made in the 1930’s. It came out of an officer’s club in Seekonk, MA.
The elephant print is an original french lithograph from the 1920’s-1930’s — a large advertisement for “Le Nil”, a cigarette paper company
The armor is from the estate of James Henry “Jimmy” Van Allen — known to Newport natives as the founder of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Aardvark purchased the contents of his “Avalon” estate located on Ocean Drive. Most of the items from this estate were at “Wakehurst” (a mansion at Salve Regina University) where Jimmy’s mom, Mrs. Brugiere lived. An expert has yet to inspect the piece, however, they have been told they were most likely German Guard, 14th or 15th century.
The outdoor statuary, fountains, urns, and planters each tell their own story. Some of fantasy, adventure, triumph — one would wonder if these creatures come alive at night to act out their fairy tale.