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Ziploc x Beams Accessories Take Your Go-To Kitchen Storage To A Fashionable New Level

Fashion and function have been around since fashion has been, but there has never been a collection quite like this. As The Fader found, Beams and Ziploc teamed up for a fashion line that features clear accessories. Each items, which includes a fanny pack and even an umbrella, comes with the iconic pink and blue closure and brand logo.

What a time to be alive. There has been everything from transparent pants and shoes to bags, but nothing can top this Ziploc clothing collection. Forget everything that you know about how to use the brand’s products, because you can now wear them.

The Beams and Ziploc is the most bizarre and genius collection that you will every see. It features Ziploc bags as totes, hats, and daily items. It’s upcycling meet high-fashion, according to the brand.

“The BEAMS COUTURE brand that BEAMS’s deadstock products etc. can be brought back to an item with rich individuality by up-cycling by careful handicrafts one by one while mixing old clothes and ribbons,” the website reads. “This season, a special collaboration with Ziploc has been realized. With the attraction of the Ziploc bag as it is, with the idea unique to BEAMS COUTURE and skillful handwork, I reborn Ziploc into items that can be worn.”


The nine items in the collection range from $10 to $116. That’s a small price to pay for something so unique. Unfortunately, you cannot get these items in the United States though. You’ll either have to fly to China to purchase or get a loving friend to ship them to you.

You can, however, buy Ziploc items. One box of bags runs for about $6 at your local grocery store. So with a little bit of dreaming and good DIY skills, you too could have these couture items. Here are all the items in the collection, if you’re looking for a little inspiration.

1. Clear Bookbag




Transparent is in, and it doesn’t get trendier than this. You’re already using the Ziploc bags to carry your snacks for lunch, so you might as well use this bag to carry everything else that you’re taking with you.

2. Zipper Umbrella




Everyone needs a good umbrella, and this one will help you stand out. It’s clear, but has the iconic zipper snap. Everyone will know where this inspiration came from.

3. See-Through Cap




No, your eyes do not deceive you. This is a clear, Ziploc hat. There is nothing left to say.

4. Tie Purse




This is not your average purse. The first reason is because you have to tie it together. The other reason is because it’s completely see-through. As an added bonus, you’ll be able to get into sports events super easily.

5. Fanny Pack

Waist Bag



A good fanny pack is a a staple in any clothing collection, and this one makes so much sense.

6. Clear Visor

Sun Visor



I’m not saying that it will block the sun super well, but you will look super cool.

7. Fully-Pocketed Apron




Never go without kitchen apron storage ever again.

8. Decorated Pouch




The cutest Ziplock bag that you’ll ever see — and the most functional.

9. Ziplock Tote

Tote Bag



If this isn’t the coolest looking Ziploc “bag” you’ve ever seen, then I don’t know what is.

Get your passport ready, because this collection is worth the trip.

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Season Stepp: Smoky peaches give summer a touch of sweetness

All year I think of the upcoming seasons, and what bounty our local farmers will provide. But no matter how vivid my memories are in deep winter month, the longing for summer fruit can not live up to the ecstasy of biting into that first local peach of the season. Such an early peach is bound to be cling-stone, meaning the fruit won’t just pop off the pit, but that’s fine by me. I find no shame in messily gnawing on that perfect peach, all the way down to the stone. Buying local peaches ensures the farmers allowed the peach to hang onto the tree for as long as possible, not picking it too early, perfectly timing the crop of peaches to coincide with my maniacal craving for said peach.

The flavors of a good peach can be complex. Bright, ringing citrus is mellowed by the inevitable sweetness, followed by what may be a floral, earthy vanilla. Is that a hint of almond, or of honey, perhaps? A bit of cherry? A little hazelnut? Each peach is unique in its complexity and should be appreciated for the qualities. Like many complex fruits, peaches pair well with other flavors and ingredients, either to contrast or complement the peach’s natural attributes.

This year I have chosen to slightly alter my readers’ favorite Peach Upside Down Cake. I have integrated almond flavors to complement those that are naturally occurring, and introducing the cake to a very smoky scotch whisky or bourbon. The smoke will complement the naturally occurring vanilla tones while contrasting the peachy sweetness. When eating the end result, be sure to a have a glass of your smoky beverage to sip between (and during) bites.


Smoky Almond Peach Upside-Down Cake

• 1 large peach, pitted, peeled and sliced

• 1/4 cup smoky scotch-whiskey, such as Old Smuggler

• 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature, divided

• 1 cup brown sugar, packed

• 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

• 1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour

• 1/2 cup almond flour or almond meal (or just grind up your own almonds)

• 1/8 teaspoon baking soda

• 1 teaspoon kosher salt

• 3 tablespoons cream cheese, room temperature

• 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

• 1 egg, room temperature

• 1/2 cup mashed peaches

• 2 tablespoons smoky scotch-whiskey

• 1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

• 1 teaspoon pure almond extract


1. In a small bowl, toss together sliced peaches with 1/4 cup scotch. Set aside for a few minutes

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the inner sides of a large cast iron skillet or 2 small. Set aside.

3. In a small bowl, mash together 2 tablespoons butter with brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spread on the bottom of the cast iron skillet(s). Arrange sliced peaches in on top of the brown sugar mixture and drizzle with the soaking scotch. Set aside.

4. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, almond flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

5. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together remaining 6 tablespoons butter, cream cheese, and granulated sugar. Beat until fluffy. Beat in the egg, and vanilla and almond extracts.

6. Mix together the 1/2 cup mashed peaches with remaining 2 tablespoons scotch.

7. Add to the stand mixer a third of the flour mixture and mix until just combined. Do Not Over Mix. Add 1/4 cup mashed peaches and mix until just combined. Add another third of the flour mixture and combine. Add the remaining 1/4 cup mashed peaches, and finished with the remaining flour.

8. Pour batter on top of the arranged peaches. If using 2 small skillets, divide batter between the two. Bake until the cake is golden brown and the center no longer jiggles, about 25-35 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest at least 10 minutes before inverting onto a plate or platter.

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BRB Buying: Susan Alexandra’s Skate Kitchen Bracelet

The Wolfpack (2015) director Crystal Moselle’s debut feature film Skate Kitchen just made its New York City premiere three days ago. The film is a fictionalized take on the experiences of a real-life, all-girl skate collective co-founded by Rachelle Vinberg. The Long Island native, who is also an illustrator, sketched a banana that eventually became the group’s logo and an important motif in the film (Rachelle and her cohorts even smoke weed out of a banana in the movie).

Related | The ‘Skate Kitchen’ Roundtable

To celebrate the film’s release, New York-based jewelry and accessories designer Susan Alexandra created a bronze bracelet embellished with bananas and a green skateboard. A portion of the sales proceeds from the playful accessory — which is handmade in Manhattan like all of Alexandra’s designs — will benefit the Lower East Side Girls Club. The organization offers programs on arts, sciences, leadership, and more gratis to girls from economically disadvantaged families living in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood.

Skate Kitchen Bracelet, $148;

Image via Instagram / Product Images Courtesy of Susan Alexandra

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Overdone Home Decorating Trends You Need to Stop Using Right Now

It may seem like greige walls and white kitchens are taking over the world. But before you spend millions of dollars creating an exact replica of Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse, remember that there was a time when the trendiest living rooms had orange shag rugs and wood paneling.

Trends don’t typically last forever. Not many design elements are timeless, which is why spending a fortune on popular home décor items makes no sense. Ahead, discover the popular home decorating trends that are on their way out.

1. Anything made from pallets

Pallet furniture | KatarzynaBialasiewicz/iStock/Getty Images

The first time you saw a piece of furniture made from pallets, whether it was a coffee table or a wine rack, you probably thought it was a great idea. After all, pallets are cheap – or free! But now the trend is officially overplayed.

Pallet furniture probably won’t last forever, especially if an amateur crafter put it together. You’re better off spending a little more on higher quality wood pieces that you won’t have to replace in a few years.

Next: This trend is highly impractical.

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Petra Partners with AdnArt to Bring Customers Healthy Home Essentials

Petra Industries, the leading authority in the consumer technology industry, is excited to add a special new series of products to its lineup. The health and fitness market hasn’t slowed down, and portable food and beverage containers are going strong—enter AdnArt

The AdnArt brand is responsible for stylish coffee makers, beverage containers and glassware products that make an aesthetically appealing addition to any home.

A few of the more specialized SKUs that the company offers through Petra comes from their ASOBU line. The lineup features the sleek Tied Tumbler for beverages, Chill Yo 2 Go for cold snacks and portable, non-electric, cold brew coffee makers—to name a few.

“As customers continue to go green and move towards healthier lifestyles, it’s important to keep up with the demand for hydration and convenience products,” says Tate Morgan, Petra President. “Home and kitchen accessories have been a staple of our selection for years, and we’re excited about the fresh new spin that AdnArt is putting on these essential products.”

In short, no matter what food and drinks customers crave, AdnArt has the products to make them extra enjoyable. to see Petra’s AdnArt lineup.

The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Dealerscope. The views expressed within do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of the staff of Dealerscope.

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Rustic Cooking Gets a Modern Redesign! – Yanko Design

The cast iron skillet is probably one of cooking’s most essential tools. It imparts a certain flavor to the food, often enriching it with iron too (which is incredibly good for you), and the metal itself has certain properties that helps cook foods like steaks and pizzas faster and better. The cast iron skillet has been around for centuries, and frankly put, looks centuries old too.

Since most cooks focus on its cooking benefits, the skillet hasn’t really seen a redesign. Its shape has become almost an icon, and Strand Design is here to modernize it, making a cast iron skillet that’s fit for the 21st century. Titled Ironwood, the skillet gets a sleek makeover, and even comes with a wooden spatula that fits perfectly on the top of its handle, as well as a wooden trivet, allowing you to place the hot skillet on tables.

Ironwood takes the age-old skillet design and introduces modern details. Made from thinner walls, the Ironwood looks less clunky and more contemporary, with a lighter + sleeker build. The cooking surface is machine-finished and comes pre-seasoned with a polymerized cottonseed oil coating, giving it a natural, non-stick surface. A longer, sleeker handle gives you a better grip, allowing you to hold the skillet farther from the heat—or with two hands if you prefer—thanks to its curved, easy-to-grip design. Ironwood’s accessories come crafted from solid, unfinished beech wood that works well under high temperatures and even develops a patina over time, giving your cookware a personalized touch.

Crafted from a high-carbon alloy, the Ironwood skillet heats up uniformly and faster too, allowing for a much more efficient cooking experience. Adding a modern touch, not just with design but also with material, to the century-old skillet, Ironwood wants to further the healthy tradition of cooking on iron surfaces… but believes that age-old traditions don’t need to look age-old!

Designer: Ted Burdett of Strand Design

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The Ironwood Skillet by Strand Design is a modern, high-performance, cast iron cookware. It is thinner and lighter than most, machined smooth, pre-seasoned, and features a longer handle for a two-handed grip.

Ironwood Skillet was designed with the home chef in mind. Strand Design knows that you love to entertain and that you want every meal that you create for your friends and family to look as delicious as it tastes. That is why Ironwood cookware is designed to transfer seamlessly from the stove to table.

Each skillet comes with its own solid wood trivet and serving spoon, making it the perfect centerpiece. The trivet and skillet nest with one another for stability and heat protection, and the wooden serving spoon nestles into the form of the skillet handle.

While ironware can be expected to last for centuries, there is no reason that it should be constrained to a centuries-old aesthetic. The Ironwood mission is to create beautiful cookware for the modern home that is designed for both performance, and presentation.

The goal is to help home chefs make beautiful food at home. Strand Design believe that cookware can be serveware, and that the ability to bring a meal directly from the kitchen to the table helps everyone enjoy the process of a home-cooked meal a little bit more.

Smooth, light, comfortable. Making thin iron castings is not easy. Strand Design went on a global sourcing mission to find a manufacturing partner with the equipment and expertise to produce the smooth, thin castings they were after. Ironwood is produced on high-precision, automated machinery in a foundry that is dedicated to making only cookware.

Seasoning (the polymerized cooking-oil coating that makes cast iron non-stick) works better when applied to flat, semi-smooth surfaces. They machine the cooking surface of Ironwood pans to create a flat area with enough texture to bond with our cottonseed oil seasoning.

Their wooden accessories are made from solid unfinished beech wood and will develop a beautiful patina over time. The skillet’s heat ring fits into a grove on the top of the trivet for stability and the spoon nestles into the base of the handle.

Most cast iron pans have very short handles. Strand Design decided to buck tradition and make our handle a bit longer to facilitate a two-handed grip. This makes handling the pan far easier, especially for chefs with petite hands.

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Former Cleveland Athletic Club inside century-old building undergoes major transformation

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Former Cleveland Athletic Club’s conversion into the Athlon continues.

CLEVELAND – Roughly a decade ago patrons left a Christmas party at the old Cleveland Athletic Club on Euclid Avenue. Though time inside the century-old building looked like it may have stood still with the linens and dinnerware on the tables, the reality was it has marched on with a vengeance.

“It was a little scary when we first walked in,” said Tony DiGeronimo, President of Precision Environmental. 

“We’ve been in a lot of these buildings but this was about the worst that we’ve seen in town. When they’re abandoned for ten years it makes a big difference for all of the work that had to be done and a lot of unknowns that we didn’t discover,” he said.

Much of the damage was caused by water leaking in and down through the many floors—freezing and thawing. It’s what makes what is taking shape all that much more amazing as the century-old building begins an inch by inch transformation into the Athlon, a 163-unit apartment building that celebrates what the building once represented while staking its claim as part of what this section of Euclid between E. 9th Street and Playhouse Square is becoming.

“We’re close to achieving a product that we think is going to be a really nice project,” said Developer Ned Weingart first got involved in efforts to save the building in 2010 but took several tries to get off the ground. 

“It really didn’t develop legs until I met the DiGeronimo family and the Boback family,” he said of the family behind the Great Lakes Financial Group who helped to get the project to where it is less than a year from completion,” Weingart said.

JS Management Vice President Tina Vespucci said they would be pre-leasing the one and two bedroom units during construction. 

“We’re going to reveal floors two and three first, we’re shooting for Oct. 1 move in there, so we’re taking reservations right now,” she said. As floors are finished they’ll begin taking reservations for units on those with an overall project completion slated for March of 2019.

The units will range in size from one to two bedrooms with a select few being multi level units. They’re expected to go for around $1,500 to $2,500 a month.

A large part of the project has been about restoring and preserving many of the historic features that will be part of the many amenities Vespucci said the Athlon will offer, starting with a rooftop deck views of Lake Erie and Progressive Field. Floors 12 and 13 will house the building’s historic pool and running track.

“As you get to 12 our fitness center is there with men and women’s locker rooms with wellness rooms, yoga rooms, all the equipment, indoor pool that we’re so excited about that has such an historic stamp on the town,” Vespucci said.

“And then as we continue down on the 8th floor we have three parlor rooms that are available for residents to rent out or just use at community level. We’re going to have a demonstration kitchen in there we’re going to have a lounge area in the middle with pool tables and possibly poker tables and a theater room as the third room of the parlor room.”

The seventh floor is where the historic ballroom is being restored with great detail.

The first floor will include retail aspects and additional amenities. 

“Where residents enter we have a dog wash station in there, bike storage in there, mailroom in there, business center, just so many things for residents to feel like this building is there home.”


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