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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.





get your own project success board

I have to say, my hokey Project Success board has been working really well. Click on the link and see how to set one up for yourself. Choose categories that suit you, of course. I have gotten three new store accounts and 8 more stores who are interested and want to see more since I put up my board. I have also done a lot in the Blue category and immediately made my money back 7-fold. Yay. Most of all, it has helped me set my goals and track them. Having the board in front of my face in my work space makes me remember that I set the goal in the first place. Try it! Here again are the supplies you will need.

Living in New York, with all the go-getter energy that swirls around you everyday, has made me realize (finally!) that there is no mystery to success, no single magic thing that you have to do. It just boils down to this: Just do it(!) and never ever stop doing it, even if you get frustrated that no one is returning your calls or emails; just do a lot of different things everyday, and it will eventually add up. Don't prejudge. Just try it. I just had an email yesterday from a query I sent more than 2 weeks ago! And it was tremendously good news. And I got a new store account yesterday from the Market I did Sunday. Who could have predicted that? The store is in Ohio. And a new store account that resulted from my stopping in to say hi while doing my laundry, laundry soap in hand, and a terrible outfit on. You never know until you try. Take one risk everyday. You will be rewarded.

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Blogger Kyria said...

You should email this to lifehacker.com!

3:42 AM  
Blogger Mista said...

This is a very nice post. I can't wait to try out the Project Success board!

2:05 PM  
Blogger decor8 said...

elaine -
thanks for this inspirational post. great to read - a good reminder. my husband lives by this mantra, "JUST DO IT". i jokingly call him the nike guy - but he coined that long before they did - he he. anyway, DOING something consistently is KEY, i have learned this in my own life and i'm even learning it all over again being a freelance writer/desinger... i sometimes want everything to happen NOW so i'm building patience, endurance, and trying to enjoy the ride along the way. i think that's the most important part of the process - the actual experience of getting 'there' - wherever 'there' is. some people are so goal fixated that they don't enjoy anything until the goal is reached. sooo super important to enjoy the scenery along the journey...

anyway, i digress...

but, great post elaine.


11:25 PM  
Blogger Ethereal Bliss said...

That's awesome. If I was only organized enough to make one:)

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Thor said...

can''t wait to see the result!!!!!
if only i had enough time to make one

thanks for sharing

from the furniture fasteners guys :D

5:47 PM  

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