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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.





happy thanksgiving!

Look at these brussel sprouts!

I got them at the Union Square Greenmarket yesterday.
It was the best day to be there. Pies everywhere. And the fruits and vegetables!
A bountiful beautiful harvest.

I got the pumpkins from the brussel sprout man. He had a very kind face.

Hope your TG is a festive feast! Happy Thanksgiving!

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odd collections

I like this image by London-based designer/illustrator James Joyce which is posted on Designboom today. For a long time, I saved bread ties -- the plastic square kind with the date stamped on them. I was planning to scan them in and do a t-shirt design, or some cool thing or other. Eventually I just threw them away. I should have held on to them; but when you move, your odd collections get sacrificed. Like my collection of sugar cubes from Paris. Sadly, I do not have them anymore either.

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a donut from a simpler time

A plain honest donut. This is one donut I can get behind.

Rainy Saturday apple cider. Wow, was it good! I had it hot.
It was like a Vitamin B shot! (energizing)

Last Saturday, I had a hankering for a farmers market donut and a hot apple cider. I think it was because I saw the same kind of plain, basic, unfrosted, unfettered donut in a Bugs Bunny cartoon or a Marx Brothers movie, I can't remember which.

And now all I can think is what happened? Why is today's donut so gooey, crumbed, sprinkled, glazed and encrusted? Why have we as a people have become so indulgent? I think we can use today's donut as a metaphor for something.

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hello kitty toaster

Hello Kitty toast! What could be better?

Yes, this toaster can be yours for the low low price of $36.99.




discount alert: jonathan adler

I found another delightful deal on delight.com. I thought I should tell you about it right away because it expires tomorrow. Jonathan Adler needlepointed (!) cell phone and mp3 player cozies. I love Jonathan Adler needlepoints. I wish my cell phone looked like the phone on the cozy. Now that would be a cool cell phone in my book.

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the chelsea buckle tote on delight.com

I must say, the Chelsea Buckle Tote on Delight.com is pretty great. And a nice price too. Under $80. Apparently, the bag blew out after hot blogger, Dooce, wrote about how happy she was with her purchase. Luckily for the rest of us, Delight brought the bag back. The Chelsea Buckle Tote is vegan-friendly, and available in black, grey, and burgundy. Alas, the "Hermes Orange" is sold out.

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will sacrifice sleep for chanel

The Haves vs. The Have-Nots. Ticket holders
got to stand under Chanel umbrellas while they waited.
The rest of us used $10 generic varieties.

The Well-Heeled, waiting to get in to the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion Saturday.

Yes, these heels do indeed say Chanel.
Many attendees dressed in Chanel for the event.

Last Saturday was the second to last day that the Chanel Mobile Art Pavilion would be in New York. Rain showers were predicted. I had no ticket. But I did have some time to invest. I didn't think fashion people would want to wait in the rain. They don't like their outfits getting wet. But I was wrong.

I woke up at 6. Was out the door by 7. A world record for a Saturday. When I arrived at 8, the line was already three hours long.

I got to see the show at 10:30. Only two and a half hours later, not three. All in all, a good time. I met the nicest people in line and we talked the whole time. And then we got to see the show together and talked some more. Worth the wait? I am not sure. I felt compelled to see it, and would have regretted not seeing it. Yes, fashion succeeded again in creating a deep desire for something I did not have.

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kenneth cole sale!

Kenneth Cole always has amazing sales. Sometimes I can't believe the markdowns. This season's sale, now in progress, offers an additional 30% off sale items. Great prices now. Better prices later. I would love to wait for the next markdown (50%?), but I am not sure I want to gamble it. The Kenneth Cole "Handle It" Hobo in sapphire is holding my attention. So is the Grid Belt in black. Two versatile pieces. What to do? The Grand Central store is calling me. I cannot resist.

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election day!

CNN's outdoor broadcast in Times Square
and the TKTS bleachers.

Fox News outdoor screens

The streets of New York were electric on Election Day. I wandered through Times Square and ran into the CNN outdoor coverage of the action, complete with bleachers (permanently installed thanks to TKTS) and a giant outdoor screen. And then I wandered East and found the FOX outdoor coverage, complete with outdoor screen. After that, I had to check out NBC's election plaza, or whatever they were calling it. Pretty neat. Here are my pics.

NBC's Election Plaza

Testing the window washer rigged lo-tech apparatus that would measure
electoral college votes. I really liked the lo-tech nature of this apparatus

Interview in progress.

Crazy amounts of camera equipment.

Exactly 12 hours ago at 6:08am, I voted, in Brooklyn.

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I have been determined to skate ever since The Pond at Bryant Park opened on October 27. I checked out the scene the other day. Skate rental is a rather steep $12. Lockers are free. But make sure to bring your own lock! Otherwise it will cost you $9 there. Entry is free. Another fee: bag check is $7-10, so make sure to leave your bag at home.

So I thought, why not own, rather than rent? I found a pair of great figure skates at Modell's, just a short jaunt from the rink, at 42nd between 7th and 8th Avenues. The cost with tax was $32.50. I am so excited to skate today, I can hardly contain myself. FYI, Modell's is the only place I found which sells ice skates in-store. I investigated Kmart (same price) and Target ($10 more expensive), and found that they only sell ice skates online. I didn't want to wait that long. See you on the ice!

2009 Link Update:
Check out Modell's current selection of figure skates here. I see they have a pair for only $27.99!!

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Stay. A brand new hotel at 157 47th Street near Times Square.

Okay the chandeliers drew me right in. But what else is new. I was walking on 47th on the way to my Y. Stay? What is this? And so I wandered in to check out the really beautiful lobby decor. I am a sucker for excellent hotel lobby decor. Just off the lobby, there is a place for drinks (around $14 for a specialty cocktail), called the Aspen Social Club. The atmosphere at rush hour looked pretty mellow and pleasant. Despite the close proximity to Times Square, it could be fun.

Stay, formerly the Quality Hotel Times Square, just opened in October under the new ownership of the super-posh and ultra-modern Vikram Chatwal Hotels (Dream, The Time, Night, Chopra Center and Spa, and Chatwal, coming later this year). The location, should you wish to investigate in person, is 157 47th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues). I am definitely going to try Aspen Social Club for a cocktail. I'll let you know how it is.

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I like this new page layout on coach.com. But I liked it on barneys.com too. I'm pretty sure barneys.com had this layout first, and for the last number of years, but who's counting... The large highlighted item and four smaller items all floating on a white page works well. It is a pleasing way to take in information.

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