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.
hooked on phonics
Do you love to learn new languages? Well have I got a free
course in a language of your choice for you, I think. I was reading "Free for All" in this month's Real Simple
(my friend sent me a free subscription, nice of her) and found this link
to Free Language Classes Online!! Now this is exciting!
Just the other week, I was toying with the idea of purchasing the Rosetta Stone
software to learn Chinese, and even got a demonstration at the cart at Grand Central. I have been working from a book for the past year, but I knew I really needed to hear it. I wasn't entirely sold on their teaching model though. Instead I will investigate this Chinese language program
, and let you know how it goes. I figured I might have a slight leg up because I speak Japanese, and have a musical ear. But I think I am still in for a difficult ride.
I have also been wanting to dabble in a little Greek
. (I love Astoria, and always get inspired to learn Greek when I am there. Everyone speaks it in the stores and cafes!) And learn the basics of Portuguese.
(Again, a food connection. Plus, I wouldn't mind visiting the Oscar Niemeyer
buildings in Brasilia someday.) The slightly guttural sound of that language fascinates me. Where does that come from? I guess I should look up what other languages have influenced Portuguese
And I hope there is a Polish course. (I live in a Polish neighborhood, and have mastered the basics of grocery store Polish
just from being around the language everyday. And from printing out key vocab and pronunciation from various Web sources. Just last week, I successfully said to an older lady who was talking to me in line at my local vegetable store, "Nie mowie po polsku.
" And she said, "Really? I thought you did." I was flattered, needless to say. But now I see I should have preceded my sentence with "Przepraszam,
" Oops.) And Czech!
I already have a Czech-English/English-Czech dictionary which I bought to translate the Cosmo I was in
a few years ago. (Also, my husband and I want to take a trip to Prague.) And then of course, Italian
I wish you all happy studying! I think I have my work cut out for me.
Labels: Chinese, free classes, languages