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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

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'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

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

more press...

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.





living in nyc

Living in New York City is not as expensive as you think. I would like to share with you some prices from my routine purchases, so as to encourage anyone who wants to move here, but fears becoming a pauper in the streets. Food is so much cheaper here (compared to Boston, that is), and it is totally possible to have maximum fun and indulgence on a very modest budget. Hey, that is the very nugget of what my blog is about! You can have luxury in your life, but you don't have to carry a balance on your credit card to do it. gee. (And of course, that luxury includes buying a piece or 2 from me. hee) If you want more info as to where exactly to find these things, just comment on this entry. I will tell you!
  • First the basics: a trip to the Associated (local supermarket) for a Quart of Milk, One Dozen Extra Large Eggs, 2 cakes of fresh Tofu = $3.53 (but if you want to talk serious tofu, I know a place in Chinatown where you can get 6 homemade cakes for only $1.)
  • 100 Napkins, 2 cans of black beans, 1 package of fresh corn tortillas, 1 very large zucchini, 1 avocado, 2 vine ripe tomatoes = $5.40
  • Snacks at street vendors when I am desperately hungry: 1 banana = 25 cents, a bag of candy coated hot peanuts = $1, knish = $1.50, hot pretzel = $1.50 - $2
  • 9 pieces of salmon/avocado sushi to-go (pre-packed for faster eating) = $4.50
  • Y membership = $35/month and up, depending upon which Y, but you can use any Y in all the boroughs 6x's per year for free! makes for exciting field trips
  • Indian dinner buffet (we found a dinner buffet!) = $9
  • Noodles with veggies on the street in Chinatown = $1
  • a pint of Guinness with a proper pour (I lived in Boston for 14 years and I am very discerning about my Guinness) = $5
  • 1 happy hour lychee martini in Manhattan (price good until 10pm!) = $4
  • Small Coffee = 50 cents !!!
  • a 4-lb bag of jasmine rice = $2.49
  • a box of mesclun greens (enough for a giant salad for 4) = $2.49
  • a giant felafel sandwich with delicious pickles and hot sauce and lots of tahini = $2.50
  • a fancy gourmet store giant sandwich loaded with grilled veggies, buffalo mozzarella, sundried tomato pesto on a sourdough baguette = $4.95

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