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.
egg timer tips + pep talk
If you are feeling particularly stressed, time-crunched, in deep dread of a very unpleasant task or just can't concentrate for some reason, use the 15 minute interval
. It will help you get started. And sometimes all you need is someone to force you to get started. (Think of your egg timer as a someone, not a something. It is your very precise co-worker.) This one is also helpful for toggling between 2 unpleasant tasks. Or for tasks that seem to go on forever when you really need to run to the post office (like invoicing and packing). Just do 15 mintues of one, then 15 minutes of the other, and keep repeating until both tasks are done. Also great for starting to chip away at a seemingly insurmountable mountain of to-do's.
The 30 minute interval
is good for when you are feeling calmer (like I am today, like I wasn't yesterday) and feel like you can really get into what you are doing with pleasure. Play a CD while you are working, and be a happy worker bee.
The 55 minute interval
is when you are starting to flit about too much because you have over-used the 15 minute interval. Now it is time to sit still and focus, Kathy Lee-
style! No bathroom breaks. No drinks of water. Just do your work for one hour without distraction (I bet you can't) and then you can get up. But don't start at 55. Work up to it. You can do it!
Labels: egg timer, getting organized, time management