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Elixir of the Week
By January 21, 2011

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The Bloodhound
All the rage in 1920′s London, order a Bloodhound for a refreshing punch of strawberry.

On a recent evening out on the town, I encountered a bar with a cocktail list so long and exotic I was compelled to look up individual drinks on my phone first just to figure them out. This made me realize how in need of expansion my staple cocktail list is. This led to more thinking, and more drinking.

Voila! Culture Vixen’s elixir of the week was born. As each work week comes to a close, why not break up the monotony of endless gin and tonics, cosmos, and tequila sunrises? We’ll be bringing you a fresh new cocktail to help you unwind into the weekend. As always, your suggestions are welcome.

Here’s our pick of the week:

Bloodhound
1 1/2 oz gin
1/2 oz dry vermouth
1/2 oz sweet red vermouth
1/4 oz crème de fraise
6 strawberries

[ photo via cocktail culture ]

Photo of the Day: Aurora Borealis over Finland
By January 19, 2011

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Lonely Planet is a great place to get inspired for your next adventure. While browsing through their slideshow galleries, I stumbled on this magical image of a silhouetted forest in Finland, captured by photographer David Tipling. Breathtaking! Now I’m dreaming of nothing but northern lights.

Sweet Cupcake Caps
By January 17, 2011

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Calling all cupcake lovers out there (and really, who isn’t one?), we’ve just stumbled upon the cutest knitted cupcake beanies by Neff. Sold at FredFlare and Amazon.com, they come in three flavors: chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. To top it all off, they’ve all got fuzzy cherries on the top, and faux sprinkles. Adorable!

Vertical Osaka Garden
By January 13, 2011

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In a busy city packed with people, Italian architect Gaetano Pesce has designed a garden that reaches skyward. Crawling up the walls of a building filled with restaurants, shops, and office space, Pesce’s upward-sprawling garden houses 80 varieties of plants, all above street level.
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[ via Fresh Home ]

Mini Robo Vacuum
By January 11, 2011

CultureVixen mini robots Mini Robo Vacuum products design Love robots? Then you’ll adore this mini robot vacuum from one of my favorite stylish shops, FredFlare.com. The perfect desktop assistant, this mini bot will clean up after you, picking up your crumbs, pencil shavings, and more!

[ via Fred Flare and Swiss Miss ]

Salon du Chocolat
By January 7, 2011

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Edible chocolate couture? That sounds too good to be true! Each year the world’s largest show dedicated to chocolate, the Salon du Chocolat, is held in Paris, part of a ten-city tour of sweet fashion and chocolate goodies. Delicious!
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[ via Salon du Chocolat and Dessert Girl ]

Sequined Animals
By January 5, 2011

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I love how the holiday season ushers in the sparkles and sequins each year. Clothes get more glittery, the latest fashions feature more silver and gold, shoes sport shimmery rhinestones, and everything is just a-twinkle! Well fashion isn’t the only place to shine. This year West Elm, one of my favorite furniture stores, is featuring festive sequined animals, and $5 of each purchase goes to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. So decorate away with sequined squirrels, rabbits, and birds!
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[ via West Elm ]

Lesley Dill
By January 3, 2011

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I had a chance to view Brooklyn-based artist Leslie Dill’s work recently as part of the “Elements of Nature” show at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art in Malibu, California. Loved her poem dress and poem suit.
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[ images via George Adams Gallery & Gayle Wheatley ]

Abigail Ahern
By December 30, 2010

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UK designer Abigail Ahern’s world is full of vintage animal lamps and shimmery star cushions. Her furniture is funky, her lighting is very Alice in Wonderland, and I absolutely love her jumbo-headed vases! (pictured below)
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[ via atelierabigailahern.com and Jealous Curator ]

Glass Globe Doorknobs by Hideyuki Nakayama
By December 27, 2010

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This imaginative glass globe doorknob designed by Hideyuki Nakayama provides a sneak peak of things to come by reflecting none other than the room on the other side of the door!
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[ via Spoon & Tamago ]

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