click here to maximize your minimalism!
click here to view my favorites from the archives. gee
are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
chronicling my quest for the one true
have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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!
who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
clothing & accessories design
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'
Daily Buss Feature
in the blog press
the girl who ate everything
(into) the fray
far too cute
couture in the city
high fashion girl
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
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
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper
favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation
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.
my new favorite "and"
I seem to go out for "coffee and" a lot more in New York than I ever did in Boston, perhaps because the pastries are so much more tempting here, all pressed up against the front window display begging you to come in and sample. Will it be the delicious giant marble cookie on the Lower East Side today? Or the mini eclair (only 75 cents!) at de Robertis Pasticceria
on 1st? Or a trip to Artopolis
in Astoria for some sinful work of chocolate art? This bakery is not to be missed, I tell you! There are some Artopolis mini confections available at the Grand Central Market
; but for the full experience, you must go to the source. In addition to the beautiful tarts and cookies, they make a magnificent focaccia called "the Mediteranean
" that in my opinion is an ideal hostess gift, or a dramatic centerpiece at your own dinner party. I will not tell you the price. You will just have to take the N or the W all the way to the end and be shocked and delighted all on your own. Be sure to take someone you like and share the full experience over a cappucino.
The other day, with someone I like, I ducked into a warm place to get out of the slushy snow and refuel. The coffee was delicious, the seating and eavesdropping quite good, and the "and" is now my new favorite. It is light and flakey, dusted with cinnamon and shaped like a giant pretzel! The dough has a hint of almond. And I think calorie-wise it is a nice light option, especially if you share it. I found it at Hot & Crusty on Lex and 77th. Next time I go, I will take a picture to show you. (please note: this picture has been added on January 6, after seeking out another Hot & Crusty at Penn Station on the way to buy fabric. Although it got a little crushed in my bag en route, I have reconstructed it here for your future enjoyment.) All I have to say is yum!
Labels: coffee, food, snacking