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.
grocery + open house + lolita + more
Grocery, an upscale corner mini market on 13th and Chestnut in Philadelphia is just one of the retail ventures of dynamic duo Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney. They also own and operate Open House
, a dazzling home accessories store just two doors down, as well as Lolita
, a Mexican restaurant across the street, and Bindi, an Indian restaurant sandwiched in between Grocery and Open House that is slated to open in November in the old Grocery Cafe space.
Don't their cupcakes look good? The jimmies sparkle in the sunlight. The cupcakes are prominently featured in the store, which also offers Dean and Deluca-style lunch options such as lovely yet pricey sandwiches, panini, salads, and the like, as well as a small selection of cheeses, and packaged goods. We ran into a fun, but mini by New York standards, street fair on Saturday on S 13th and Sansom and had the opportunity to browse Safran's and Turney's retail offerings at length. Grocery is about one third of the size of a New York deli, but hey, it's Philly. Judge it on its own merit. I still say, Philadelphia is a great town for eating.
105 S 13th St
105 S 13th St
opening in November
107 S 13th St
106 S 13th St215.546.7100
Labels: cupcakes, food, grocery, images d'orient, lolita, open house, philadelphia, shopping, street fairs, thomas paul