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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.





my dad makes the best egg creams

As far as I can remember, it all started when I was little with my Dad making us chocolate sodas on the weekend or after dinner. That was back in the Quik days when extra stirring was required. In went the seltzer and up rose all the foam. Excitement! We drank them down through straws, putting our green glass mugs back on the table after every gulp to measure who had more. I might have thought of that contest... A few years later, we graduated to the Hershey's syrup, which cut down on mixing time, I'll tell you. We also made orange sodas a lot, with orange juice and seltzer, always measuring to see who had more with every drink we had (again the contest was at my urging I think). Including Schav. But back to seltzer-based drinks. The key to all these drinks: put the soda in last for the extra foam-up.

In the last five years, my Dad has concocted some new tasty egg creams, one which he made for me (the Indian Egg Cream), the other (the Dark Chocolate Egg Cream) he told me the recipe over the phone and I promptly made the next day. They are both really tasty and I must share them with you in honor of Father's Day.

The Indian Egg Cream combines skim milk and soy milk, Indian tea masala (a spicy blend you can pick up at the Indian market) and last, the seltzer! Very tasty and the spicy is nicey. The Dark Chocolate Egg Cream uses unsweetened Baker's chocolate. This is for bitter chocolate lovers, which we both are. Combine a piece of bitter chocolate with a little hot water to make it into a smooth paste, then add the skim milk and combine. Add the seltzer! Two healthy egg creams for you to enjoy! Happy Father's Day Dad! See you Sunday!
this is roughly what is in tea masala
which comes ready-to-use in powdered form



Blogger Lady Licorice said...

Ever since I read Harriet the Spy when I was eight years old, I've thought that egg creams sound like the neatest thing (Harriet goes to a soda bar and orders one)...but I've never been anywhere that has egg creams on the menu! Now I'm inspired to actually make one of my own. Thanks Elaine :D

7:25 PM  
Anonymous E said...

Hey that is great! My Dad told me yesterday that when he read it, he made himself an Indian egg cream immediately, and then read the rest. hee. Egg creams for all! :)

9:08 AM  
Anonymous mbpmbp2 said...

if you can find' fox's u bet chocolate syrup, try it instead of hershey's, its the real deal

11:43 AM  

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