Category Archives: Shopping

Letterpress shop – Simple Song

I’d love to be able to attend their workshops… there is a reason why I am still attracted to font, despite that I have learned the profession of lithography but never made my way in this sector.

Don’t miss their blog, since 2007, and it’s huge!

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The food store with all the ingredients you need for your diner

Kochhaus in Berlin is a grocery store where you get your delicate ingredients, but more interestingly; the suggest meals, have all the necessary ingredients ready and a chef shows you how to prepare the dish. Great for everyone who needs inspiration or a soft push for cooking yourself.

I like the food styled picture on that grey background. Looks so clean, so easy to get your cooking started.


Issues with iPhone 4? You need a patch

for your antenna issue. Go to antenn-aid and get your 6 pack. Serious? Yes. Does it work? To be tested. Funny idea? Yes, great irony.


Wear Swiss ice cream

Migros, one of the big grocery stores in Switzerland, reactivated their so familiar ice-cream brands. I use reactivate because with me, I know their ice-creams on a wooden stick since my childhood. And I remember mom to buy them in family packs, because they were cheaper this way. We, my sisters and I, would sneak down into the cellar to the freezer and ‘help’ ourself with one. I think we mostly only had chocolate, but they are also available in vanilla and strawberry.

So the reactivation or let’s say the tribute to the design of the packages, Migros developed ideas for merchandising and the expand the ‘shopping-experience’. Now we can have shirts, water bottles, post cards, sunglasses (in 80ties design…), flip-flops, beach towels, panties and bikinis in these designs.

I would like to have a beach towel and a pink shirt… but they do not have my size ūüė¶

See here the original packaging of the ice cream boxes:


Tailor-made, customisation vs mass production

Following a comment on my post “Tailor made clothes, jewellery, handbag, sofa ‚Äď the customised paradise of all the nice the haves” I started thinking about what makes the difference between tailor-made, customisation and mass production. My thoughts take the perspective of a client and I think that most clients think that the soon they influence the look of their product they think of “tailor-made”.

According to Wiki this client influence is limited since the product is not created from scratch, but I can influence the final product by choosing different options and modules = hence (mass)-customisation.

To boil it down

  • If a product is built from scratch it’s tailor-made
  • If I can add options and choose modules it’s customisation
  • If I decide to walk in a shop and choose a product it’s none of the above (what’s the name for it? Mass production?)

The wish list

Coming back to the post (thanks Danny) and the links, here are my thoughts to it.

  • Laudni Vidni: I came across it some weeks ago. I like their bag composer and all the possibilities – the bag shapes don’t do it for me (yet). Let’s watch how it develops.
  • Sole Envie: Being a woman who is very particular regarding the style AND the comfort of shoes I have some doubts about it. I have made several experiences that I tried new shoes on, walked up and down the aisles in shoe shops, but the soon I wore them for longer later – they would hurt me. Being not a Cinderella’s sister type of women; I would throw the pair with anger into a corner – if I pay for something, it shouldn’t hurt me.

And here’s the point I would like to make: I need beautiful, heeled shoes, that support my funny (not standard) foot shape, padded shoes – no seams that scratch me to bleed/blister and neither torturing me with their bench vice methods. Without trying them on, I do not have the confidence in getting the right fit for me.

  • Paragon Lake: Do I get it right that it targets jewellery shops/sellers? Designs are too rich for me, but I like it because it appeals so fancy to me
  • Create my chocolate: Interesting. As a chocolate processor myself (baking, cooking) I prefer to use plain chocolate and refine it myself. Be it like for home-made pralines, flourless-redwine-savoury-chocolate-cake, mole-negro and in general as a Swiss I think that ours is one of the best! If you look for a customised present (preparing for valentine), then you should try out Typolade.

  • Speaking of Valentine; get back your love-bird attitude by ordering LoveHearts for your sweet heart (no customization possible)
  • And of the course the already mentioned customisable M&M’s
  • Staying with food-to order; why not order your gummy bear and jelly beans in the colours and tastes as YOU like it? I would be happy only have red ones. Why is it, that I always like the red ones best?
  • This list needs something healthy too: mix your own tea mixtures with allmytea or Teemischen
  • Start your breakfast with your own M√ľsli
  • How about getting customised maccarons for our company, wedding, engangement with customised letters printed?

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  • And finally I shouldn’t forget our Zurich classic: Customised Truffles from Spr√ľngli with your company logo! Your logo can be printed or a truffle shape with your logo (engraved or raised) will be developed. Nice!


Christmas markets in Europe

I am in the midst of my next years planning of activities. Sounds a bit rigid and too organised, right?

The reason for this is simple; I just feel to miss many nice events. So I changed my strategy to select all the nice things I’d like to see and start to plan when I could go.

This is one thing I would like to see next year:

Basler Weihnacht

Speaking of markets; the Zwiebele-Märit in Bern is also on my list. Next 22nd November 2010.

Find here the list of Christmas markets as made by Livingathome.de in Weihnachtsmärkte in Germany and Europe.


Tailor made clothes, jewellery, handbag, sofa – the customised paradise of all the nice the haves

Are you aswell tired just buying stuff that is available and not being able to bring in your ideas and creativity?

Inspired by an article at the TagesAnzeiger (german) about designing your own clothes I thought to expand this list with my collection of links and places I’ve ordered stuff.

The Suit

Just found this page (6th April 2010) of A suit that fits. I certainly try out their services next time when I am again in London! You can either measure yourself or get yourself measured with a fit guaranty (£20) in one of their offices or call someone in (for £50). I tried composing a grey white striped suit with pink (!) lining and a personalised name tag in it and arrived at £260 Рnot bad at all. But I need to see and touch the fabric anyway to make my final decision.

The Dress

Create your own dress over Styleshake, Dressbydesign or get crafty by sewing it all by yourself with VoguePatterns. I have a pending (…) project for a wrap dress and I have a really stunning fabric for it.

Show-off you shirt

I didn’t know of shirtsmyway.com and they only do men shirts (!) but I use Tailorstore since 2 years. They recently changed the designing function and webpage – it looks great! Over the time they have expanded the design possibilities – I just love to play around and compose new designs! Hey, I’ve you need inspiration drop me a line and I create you one. Just let me know to which color type you belong to.

Here are two of my shirts I’ve ordered via Tailorstore:

From shirts to T-Shirt; the article mentions Streetshirts, Customink, Zazzle and¬† I have used Shirtcity and Homeshirt for good-bye shirts for working colleagues. I also have Cafepress, Spreadshirt and Bang-on in my link collection. But didn’t use it.

Not custom-made but cool design shirts and ‘being-ahead-of-the-crowd’ are pages like LaFraise, A better tomorrow and Threadless.

Once in a club in Z√ľrich I said to the wardrobe guy that I recognised his shirt being from Threadless and I have one (another) aswell – he kind of got a bit upset…

Walk with style

Going from shirts to shoes. I think every one knows Nike-Id, although I never ordered something there I liked it since my discovery (around 2006). But the real luxury and comfort lies in having welted shoes! Sadly, I seem only to find pages who over it for men shoes. All you dandy, elegant and classy men, try out Huwyler. And let me know how you like the result.

And if you need a final twist for your legs to show off; why not try handmade woolen socks (yeah, the real old way). At Netgranny you can get your own granny knitting socks for you. If this is going too far for you, why not try a subscription Blacksocks or the fancy version mentioned in the article.

Go classy and traditional

by writing cards again. Found Cardsink which follows the same vote-and-sell concept like Threadless (over SwissMiss). But pleeeease, don’t just write with any pen. Get a proper fountain pen. Like this one in pocket-size.

Tailor your bling – swing your bag

With a ring at Egocollection, apparently for the singles who would like to wear a proper ring and being proud of being single at the same time. Or start your own jewellery line at Julie and Grace.

Ever wanted to design your own handbag? Well, then try Elemental Threads and get lost with all the options…

After your newly designed handbag, that old laptop bag needs color coordinated or at least updating. And speaking of color coordination, don’t forget to include your mobile cover and protection. You should try these (random order): Velvet Idole, Ab Sutton, Mundfunk, Canvasco, Mobilebags, Designskins, Schtickers, Urban Retro, Vaja Cases, Burning Love, Tilly Moss, More-Thing, Ultra-Case, ColorWare. I tell you, I have a tick for color coordinating everything. My friends only roll with their eyes or call me babe when they see (again) that my mobile cover coordinates with my ear rings, handbag or lipstick ūüôā

Staying with accessories; go over the top with Name Your Porsche. A working colleague is really into Porsche and I am thinking about giving her already her personal name tag. But $600 for a fun gift is a bit over the top, don’t you think?

Change the standard Ikea look

Don’t throw your sofa away, unless the springs are really worn out like with mine, get your sofa sheets updated at Bemz. If you’re unsure which fabric to choose you can order up to 5 fabric samples which will help you with the decision.

Going beyond or absurd – you should pimp your dog

And lastly, don’t forget to wrap your presents with a personalised ribbon at Namemaker or get something warm for your dog at Bonnie Dog or as I have seen in New York Pixie and Peanut.