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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.





cuatro de mayo

Our Cinco de Mayo celebratory dinner came a day early last night. Wow what a dinner! After a week of Spring Fever forcing us (forcing us, yeah right) out the door to a different restaurant each night, I have to tell you all about this meal we finally cooked. Wait, was there actual heat involved? Oh yes, the beans. And I did heat the corn tortillas.

Back to the meal. First, my new table design, in honor of Cuatro de Mayo. I made the tablecloth. It looks like blades of grass. I am living my index page. Design seeps into the darndest places. I meant to take a picture of the food too, but quite frankly we were hungry. It was one of those great meals where you can make endless flavor combinations. Yum.

We had ceviche! My husband made it two days before, after watching 3 different cooking shows this weekend. He is good at cross-referencing. His with salmon, red onion, cilantro, jalapenos, and fresh orange, lime and lemon juice, plus other secret tastes. And I made black bean dip with lime, coriander powder, coriander pods and Indian coriander sauce (don't you agree that Mexican and Indian spices overlap quite a bit?), guacamole with some lime, tomato, scallion and a dash of plain yogurt to give it a little creamy quality and pico de gallo. We had chips and freshly warmed corn tortillas to scoop up the yum. It was so good!

Happy Cinco de Mayo today!

Some table details ~ I layered the tablecloth, to keep it cleaner longer, and to tone down the graphic print a little, with white butcher paper and sheer plastic polkadot placemats. The white-on-white looks neat. Woodgrain placemats (actually wood) pick up the woodgrain (actually plastic) divided chip dish. Green "olives" napkins from IKEA pick up the tablecloth, sod coasters, green votives and lucky bamboo. The red melamine plates are good luck, and we are back to Chinese again. I can never stray very far from the Far East can I? Hey wait, these are the colors of the Mexican flag! You see, I can't help being East-meets-West.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you! Happy Cinco de Mayo to you! Maybe I should have a margarita tonite,thanks for reminding me!

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm celebrating Cinco de Mayo with style, I'll be wearing my windows Elaine Perlov skirt with a white shirt at a fashion show! Have a great weekend!



12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? That is way cool Katrina!! Thanks for writing!!

12:52 PM  

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