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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.





new columns coming to the blog

As I was swimming along this morning, letting my mind wander to my day ahead, I came up with a few blog ideas, going forward for Fall. With the heat wave and the computer temporarily in the shop last week, my blog became more 'online diary' than I would care for. But what can you do? Sometimes you just have to rant in an unformatted format.

While kickboarding, I thought I should add some regular columns that could occur throughout the week and give the blog a bit more structure. I would not eliminate the online diary-type entries, because I still like to tell you stuff that has nothing to do with anything.

So here are some regular column ideas, in no particular order.

Modular Dressing A new how-to idea each time for getting the most out of your wardrobe by maximizing your minimalism! Don't just stand there. Accessorize! For a more in-depth read about my concept, click here.

Hidden Gems In New York, there really are no hidden gems, but I like to call them that anyway. My "finds" will include things and places in New York City I think are noteworthy.

Art in the Everyday Find the beauty on your daily walk! Look down, there could be a Greek Cup on the sidewalk. Stop on the street corner. Notice the beautiful fire call box that resembles the Goddess of Mercy. And more.

Musings from the Pool
I have many epiphanies while swimming, and I happen to do all of my designing there. If I need to figure out the construction of a new piece -- which seam sews to what and in what order-- I go swimming. While doing laps, I also come up with good recipes, what to cook for dinner, etc. So Musings will include designing, blogging and food. This blog entry, for example, came to me in the pool. How do you like my funny graphic?

On Bagels Let's face it, I love bagels and I have to talk about them. To me, the aroma of hot bagels is just as good as hot chocolate chip cookies. I may like bagels more. Oh and bialys too.

Something About Shopping That's a good catchall title, right? There is something about shopping, afterall. Can't seem to stop. Addicted to finding something new and inspiring.

Ok, that's my list so far. I may add more. We'll see.

9.05.06 I thought of a new column today!

Great Artists Live in Brooklyn Every design magazine, fashion magazine and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. And where do they live? Brooklyn! Hey wait. That's where I live too. gee

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Blogger Funky Finds said...

sounds fabulous! :)

2:07 PM  
Blogger Ethereal Bliss said...

Great ideas, Elaine. Modular Dressing sounds like something every gal (or guy) should know!

3:14 PM  
Blogger Stylefinder said...

hmmm - I am intrigued by the modular dressing idea. Sounds interesting!

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Elaine said...

Hey by the way, thanks for all the encouragement. I am glad you are interested. I have lots of ideas that I am eager to share this season.

4:20 PM  

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