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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site
elaineperlov.com

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'
Awards

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
brownstoner
racked
coutorture
the girl who ate everything
coutorture
queens eats
(into) the fray
stylefinds
funky finds
style document
stylefinds
gowanus lounge
far too cute
modish
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

inspiration
furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.

 

 

 


10.22.2014

in hot pursuit of a handbag, #12





Well this is a first. In Hot Pursuit of a Handbag, Brooklyn Edition. I saw this excellent bag with oddly placed handle this past weekend on Franklin Street in Greenpoint. Normally, the best place to catch a glimpse of a luxury bag I'd want to own is in Midtown Manhattan at lunchtime. And in the past, Greenpoint was the neighborhood of ironic totes. But not so much any more.

Can you name the designer of this great pebbled leather bag?

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soft sculpture street art, part 2



And here's the other side of that crochet street art piece in Williamsburg. But I'm pretty sure the letters have been rearranged by some sort of vandal with crafting skills. I think they once spelled out "imagine" or other hopeful sentiment. ‪#‎streetart‬ ‪#‎crochet‬ ‪#‎brooklyn‬

Or maybe "the magic"? Well, the magic is gone because someone stole the letters. And the vibrancy of the yarn has certainly faded too.

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10.21.2014

soft sculpture street art



For all of you hopey-changey types out there. #believe #streetart #brooklyn #crochet

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martha stewart at staples



I found that I have 75 unpublished drafts among my blog posts. I guess I felt this one was too mundane to post. But now I don't. I am gathering this was March of 2011. And yes, I still use the pad every single day. I am totally buying another when it runs out.


I treated myself to some pre-birthday gifties today. The Martha Stewart Home Office Collection at Staples is pretty great. I had to hold myself back. To-Do List Notebook, $2.99

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10.20.2014

you say taralli, i say taralles





Who else grew up eating taralles? Those addictive dough rings, speckled with fennel seeds or hot pepper flakes that in New Jersey are boiled first, then baked (like bagels!), or in New York, just baked. Sure, the proper Italian plural would be taralli, but these are Italian-American, so it's okay to add an s on the end.

Rose & Joe's in Astoria makes some of my favorites in New York, and for a nice price too. $4.75 per pound. You can mix the fennel [R] and the hot pepper flake[L] too.


Rose & Joe's Italian Bakery
22-40 31st Street
Astoria, Queens
718.721.9422


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cheap date



I challenge you to beat this price. Two bucks for a Korean Hite beer, on tap, and two bucks for four pan-fried veggie dumplings! That's just $8.70 for two at Vanessa's Dumpling House in Williamsburg. And we had fun.

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10.17.2014

in hot pursuit of a handbag, #11



After pursuing my subject for two blocks on Third Avenue today, she turned into a lunch spot and I got the shot. Perfect. This black leather crossbody satchel is an ideal compact size (I would estimate 9" x 7" x 3") with minimal details. A classic.

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elaine perlov dot com



Go to elaineperlov.com for all my latest writing, designs & sales. Links: Pinterest, blog, Twitter, Etsy, Ebay.

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10.16.2014

two-in-one street art



"Life-size banana" and "I will miss... you". A two-in-one street art piece. #wheatpaste #grandstreet #williamsburg #streetart

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10.15.2014

in hot pursuit of a handbag is back







In Hot Pursuit of a Handbag, one of my signature columns on my blog, is back! And newly archived on my Pinterest page too, for your at-a-glance viewing pleasure. Get caught up on the archives, and then stay tuned. There will be many more posts on this topic where I chase down a bag I love, photograph it for all to see, and try to figure out where we can all get one too. Because if you ask me, the streets of New York are optimum for chasing down a trend. Don't you agree?

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10.14.2014

my #veryperry moment







I snapped this photo on Third Avenue yesterday morning and Tweeted it. Today, I am at the top of the Perry Ellis Twitter page. They favorited my Tweet and ReTweeted at 4pm. How exciting!

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dark clouds



Dark Clouds! I spotted another of his works in Williamsburg yesterday. My favorite #streetart in #brooklyn hashtag period.

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10.13.2014

we were eating like champs







We had a celebratory lunch at Champs today. Yes, I wore my medal. I had the Soyaki Bowl with seitan. Amazing! Brown rice, broccoli, shredded carrot, onion, mushroom, tofu scramble and slices of delicious seitan. Tons of slices actually. What could be better? I brought much home. I love their giant portions that are good enough for two meals. J had his favorite, the Cuban Sandwich (vegan). Their food is great.

Champs! 176 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg. Everything is vegan. And tasty!

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victory on staten island



Staten Island HALF! We did it yesterday, starting at 8:47am yesterday morning! We woke up at 4am so we went to bed at 8pm. Pure crazy. There was a course time limit of three hours, which I didn't so much fixate on during this race. The finish line was in the baseball stadium for the Staten Island Yankees. That was super duper spectacular and a great incentive to get there. And orange ribbon on the medals a la the IMG NYC Marathon. Way cool and another great incentive to finish within three hours. I was super proud of the way I ran this one. Faster than the Philly Half and faster than the Bronx 10-miler. And can I say, I've raced all five borooughs this year! Brooklyn 4-miler, Queens 10k, Manhattan 5-miler, Bronx 10-miler, Staten Island 13.1-miler. Wow and wow. And also wow.

My medals pictured above are from the 2014 @NYRR Five Borough Series! Very proud of myself. In fact, I'm wearing my Staten Island HALF again today. We're going to Champs to celebrate! Appropriately named.

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10.11.2014

co-branding. everybody wins.


We just enjoyed free tacos @DomoTaco @Diesel pop-up in Williamsburg. They had veggie! The slaw was Japanese-esque. Beans, avocado, tomato, and very saucy. He was like dōzo and I was like dōmo (arigato). Well that was an unexpected treat!

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10.10.2014

another half marathon for me, but i just ran one in philly three weeks ago





So this is happening. Again. Who do I think I am, Deena Kastor? She broke the masters record at our ‪#‎RNRPhilly‬ three weeks ago. She is my hero. Well, at least we get to take a free boat ride.

On the other hand, race number pickup is always exciting @NYRR. I like that they give you clear bags to show off the fact that you'll soon be running a race!

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#selfie



Confession: I love the new show, Selfie on ABC. I think it's because I am a sucker for a fashion makeover story. It brings tears to my eye every single time. I know. Tears. Yes well. I am a fashion designer, after all. And now I've been working for other fashion brands doing social media marketing for some time. The show seems made for me. I cannot wait for the second episode.

The etiquette lessons a la My Fair Lady/Pygmalion that are woven in to the story strikes another very current chord with me. Living in NYC, I would concur that smart phone users could probably use a little guidance from someone like Henry Higgins. Don't you agree? I found out last week that Eliza Doolittle's, aka Eliza Dooley's, aka Karen Gillan's gorgeous "reveal" dress that complements her skin tone so perfectly is by Adrianna Papell. A perfect choice. It makes her look so fragile. It's amazing what a perfect dress can do.

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10.09.2014

tour de us




The string of French flags at the crepe place is the finish line to all our runs. I, for one, always throw up my hands triumphantly. In other news, four-miler is done. On to NYRR to pick up our Staten Island HALF bibs & tees. Yes, another HALF. Am I crazy? I think yes.

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10.08.2014

for heaven's sakes it's sculpy. sculpy!


Sculpy Bird perched up high on Franklin Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I think I have documented all of Sculpy's oeuvre (now extant, as the kids say) in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area. Five pieces in all. Stay tuned. #streetart #greenpoint

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10.07.2014

street scene 2



File this under other things strung up on powerlines in Williamsburg. ‪#‎awww‬ ‪#‎brooklyn‬

I purposely kept that first hashtag ambiguous. Do I mean awww cute or awww sad and distorted and odd?

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street scene


Vice. #shoetossing #powerlines #brooklyn #watertower

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10.06.2014

littleneck outpost



Littleneck Outpost on Franklin Street, Greenpoint sells sardine sandwiches ($9) and lobster rolls ($18) slathered in mayonnaise. I'm not saying that they go particularly heavy on the mayo. They probably do it just right. They have another location in Red Hook after all, so they probably know what they're doing. For me, however, the combo of mayo and lobster and those buttered and toasted Maine hot dog rolls is the opposite of delicious. But they have good iced coffee. And tin ceilings. It's ice shucked. The iced coffee, not the ceilings. Meet me for coffee?


Littleneck Outpost
128 Franklin Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
718.522.1921

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street art standout



I love this boat. I think there's another one in Williamsburg, but it's giant. Must investigate. ‪#‎LIC‬ ‪#‎streetart‬

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