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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.





on bagels: bagel world's fair

Bagels bagels bagels! I was all excited that we were going to have a bagel smorgasbord this weekend to go along with the smoked fish I got from Acme this past Friday. My husband and I joked that we could have one bagel from each of our favorites around the city: Ess-a-Bagel, Tal, Kossar's (bialy which they sell 6 to a bag at Grand Central if you don't want to trek downtown), and while you're in the neighborhood, why not throw in David's and Pinnacle too. Why not. A Bagel World's Fair of sorts.

I joked that I would make the identifying flags. Well, of course I had to make the flags! Anything for a yuk. (The flags say Esse! My kind of sentiment for a flag: Eat! (actually to identify where our bagels were from: Ess-a Bagel, meaning Eat-a-Bagel, ok now you understand better, I feel better.)) Here was our Saturday morning feast. Along with the fish, we enjoyed spinach tofu cream cheese and juicy delicious tomatoes from Lucky's Tomatoes (strictly wholesale to specialty shops in Manhattan, like the Jefferson Market in the West Village). I got to chatting with the people behind me in line, because we all had giant grins on our faces (Acme will do that to you, put a giant grin on your face), and they turned out to be the owners of Lucky's Tomatoes! I was so excited to talk to them. On the way home, they gave me 4 great big tomatoes to go with my fish. Now that's neighborhoody and great. Who was the lucky one that day? Me!

On Bagels is a new featured regular column for the blog. gee

Elaine has written extensively on bagels for this blog. She recently bought an alarm clock at IKEA where you can program your own voice to wake you up. Today, she and her husband will record, "It's Bagel Time!" as their new wake-up call.



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