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.
pre-irene: battened & unbattened in brooklyn
Battened: cellar door
Unbattened: cellar door & metal garbage cans. The lids, they're battened.
Unbattened: this is not going to be pretty. At all.
NYC is on lock-down. The MTA shut everything down at noon today. But today is Saturday, August 27, the day before Hurricane Irene is due to hit. While we were running around the track this morning, I heard two runners saying, "Yeah the mayor is a fascist. He cancelled all events, and we could have run the Bronx Half today no problem." And I was like, oh yeah! That was today. That would be a bummer if that was your first Half today, after all that training and anticipating. My hubby ran it last year. But I digress.
I guess I was rather irked that they shut down the city a day early. I had to respond with Battened & Unbattened in Brooklyn
. I struck out in Greenpoint at around 2:30pm with camera in one hand and umbrella in the other, expecting to see all the stores closed; but instead, found lots of people out and plenty of stores open. It made me feel better. Plus it never rained. Be sure to read all the picture captions. I got to vent about my true feeling about chain stores too :-).
In observing New York's pre-emptive frenzy, my conclusion: New Yorker's don't really know how to batten.
Battened: garment bags & Hefty bags scotch-taped to windows.
So not really battened.
Battened on the top floor: x'ed windows,
but they get to keep their AC window unit.
Battened: Evacuating with provisions out of ZONE B. Whatevs.
Unbattened, but pre-broken.
Unbattened: all the Polish Stores are still open for biz, but the
Duane Reade & the Starbucks pre-emptively close. Chain stores. Bluck.
Starbucks has many typos. (Sbux in Gpoint) One customer does not let one
typo go uncorrected. But lets "insident" slide. Note: correction is made directly
on the window. Sign posted on the inside of the glass.
A cop telling ZONE B to evacuate. We were mostly outraged.
Unbattened: all Polish bakeries still open. That is nice :-)
Unbattened: the B43 still running! 2 1/2 hours after the noon cut-off.
Kindly Unbattened: our video store enforces a nice Irene policy.
Also, note their perfect spelling, unlike yucky chain stores.
Sbux, I am speaking about you.
Unbattened: thankfully no panic-lines in our 'hood.
Battened. Subways but not busses. Again, conspiracy?
Battened: with plastic. Okay.
Battened: yes tape and plastic will surely hold. Surely.
Battened with a mattress. See the dude's white socks through the window
to the left? He's lying on another mattress. Not pictured: giant plate glass
window just above mattress. So again, not so battened.
Battened: the Chinese casino busses are moved to dryer ground,
just a wee bit outside of where they park. Like a half a block. Phew.
Battened: our water tower protectorate.
Labels: brooklyn, come on irene, greenpoint, nyc