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.
this just in
Apparently, we have all been exercising wrong. This is what the trainer at Bally's told me yesterday when I was there to redeem my free guest pass for a swim but had to endure a long sales pitch which included his visualization tool, "Think of yourself as a Barbie doll dipped in butter...." He claimed that the more cardio you do, the more the butter; i.e., fat, will melt away to "lean you out." Oh.
How to accomplish this? Walk on the treadmill with a speed of 3.8 for 45 minutes in the mornings 5 days a week, he says. And do your weights later in the day when you are not tired so you can devote full attention to each movement. Lift your weights one arm at a time, alternating each arm. Do 3 sets of 6 reps. Increase your weights up to 20 pound dumbells over time. A 20 pound dumbell? That hardly seems like a dumbell at that size.
He claims that 5 pound dumbells are more or less useless and worse. In fact, "they will cause your muscles to atrophy. You are training your muscles to lift less and less weight and become over-tired." This advice from a person who said that the pool stays empty all day. By the time I escaped his sales pitch, the pool was full of crooked swimmers. The man in my lane kept veering over. And I had to navigate another man's very wide backstroke with every lap. Keep your arms in your own lane!
I have heard so much conflicting weight lifting advice, it is ridiculous. Why is there so much conflicting advice out there? I find it annoying. I am sticking to my 5-pounders. I will let you know if I can barely lift a can of tomato sauce after 5 weeks.