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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.





the curiosity shoppe

I just made a discovery, but not in time for Christmas. Drat.

The Curiosity Shoppe. How many things on this Website do I want to own? Many. Manymany. If you are like me, you will be kicking yourself for not knowing about this sooner.

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happy bloggy birthday! my blog is 3 years old today

It was December 15, 2005 at 9:59pm that I published my first blog post. Wow. My blog is three years old today! 1,175 posts later, I feel rather pleased.

And today, I am getting crazy traffic from Midtown Lunch. What a nice way to celebrate.



spikey ring

'Tis the season for holiday parties. Check out this cocktail ring!

Sterling Silver with 18K gold vermeil Spike Ring with ten hand set Onyx stones with a total weight of 14.9 carats. Only five left.

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cookie of the day!

This is the time of the year where my thoughts turn to cookies. I am not going to lie to you. I am thinking about cookies a lot. So what better place to turn than Martha's Cookie of the Day Website. I love pouring over all the recipes. I could definitely be convinced to make these Pinched Orange Macaroons.

I think they are more macaron than macaroon, don't you?

This time I vow not to deviate from the oven temperature, baking time and ingredient proportions. Well, maybe "vow" is too strong of a word. I will get back to you on that.


Makes 5 dozen

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/8 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted, plus more for rolling and coating
  • 1 pound almond paste
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with nonstick baking mats; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine 1 egg white and almond extract. Add confectioners' sugar and almond paste; beat until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add orange zest and orange liqueur; beat to combine, about 1 minute.
  2. Lightly dust work surface with confectioners' sugar. Turn dough out onto work surface; roll into two 3/4-inch-thick logs, about 18 inches long. Cut each log crosswise into 30 1/2-inch pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  3. Lightly beat remaining egg white. Coat each ball with egg white and roll in sugar, tapping to remove excess; transfer to prepared baking sheets. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  4. Pinch each piece of dough with three fingers to form an irregular pyramid shape. Bake until lightly golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer baking sheet to a wire rack and cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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is there a such thing as an affordable cappuccino in Midtown?

Here's what I would like to know. What are the various prices on a small (12 ounce) cappuccino in and around Midtown. Now that I would find useful. I think I will just have to compile a list myself. Excuse my while I do some research.

Okay, here is my list, starting with my favorites on down to ones I haven't tried yet. Note: all prices are before sales tax.

141 E 44th Street (Lex & 3rd)
New York, NY
Midtown East
small cappuccino $3.15

Pain Quotidien
Bryant Park
70 W 40th Street (btwn 5th & 6th Avenues)
New York
Midtown West
small cappuccino $3.69

Pret a Manger
1410 Broadway @ 39th Street
New York
Garment District
small cappuccino $2.79

Macaron Cafe
161 W 36th Street (btwn Broadway & 7th Avenues)
New York
Garment District
small cappuccino $3.75

Amish Market
240 E 45th St (2nd & 3rd Avenues)
New York
Midtown East
small cappuccino $3.25

Joe The Art of Coffee
Graybar Passage
Midtown East
Grand Central Terminal
New York
small cappuccino $4.00

Bryant Park kiosk
11 west 40th street @ 6th avenue
New York
Garment District
small cappuccino $2.95*
Read about Coffee Happy Hour on Midtown Lunch!

Zest Cafe
1441 Broadway (40th & 41st Streets)
New York
Garment District/Times Square
small cappuccino $3.00*

Europa Cafe
1412 Broadway (39th & 40th Streets)
New York
Garment District
small cappuccino $3.25*

*Haven't tried these yet.
**FYI, a small cappuccino at Starbucks is $3.20

This post is featured on Midtown Lunch for December 12, 2008

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an inspiring blogger collaboration

Peppermint Candy Cane Marshmallow & Bonbon Oiseau jewelry
[image from Cannelle et Vanille]

I have been thinking about this all day. I read this post on Bonbon Oiseau's blog this morning. And clicked through to Cannelle et Vanille to see what the shoutout was all about. I must quote here, because Aran of Cannelle et Vanille says it best. What a beautiful story. And such beautiful products by Deb and Aran. I am so inspired.

This is the story about another blogsphere friendship that developed over some matcha diamant cookies. It's about the lovely and super talented Deb and her delicate jewelry Bonbon Oiseau and my interpretation of what her pieces represent.

I have admired Deb's work ever since I found her blog "Your Destiny is Stone Golden" a few months ago. We started exchanging emails and as time went on, we decided that one day we would collaborate somehow. Deb asked me if I could photograph her work. Her necklaces are very delicate and almost angelic. I didn't know if I would be able to capture her essence, until I decided to pair them with something that I made. Suddenly, marshmallow entered my mind.

So here is my ode to you Deb, my ode to your fabulous work with some peppermint candy cane marshmallow.

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'tis the season for hot chocolate

Oh this looks delicious. I just came back from ice skating at Bryant Park, and so I am totally in the mood for hot chocolate. Check out the recipe in The Nest. Via Hostess with the Mostess.

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buttered toast wallet

I found something that I want! I'm off to the Fred Flare store.

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a fred flare store in greenpoint?

How did I miss this? A Fred Flare store in Greenpoint? Well actually, my friend Megan went a few weeks ago and told me as much; but I didn't really have any idea where the store was, so I forgot about it. Until I found myself on the Fred Flare Website just now through some strange bloglink path or other. So go already! Investigate the store. I will too, despite my opinions...

Fred Flare

131 Meserole Ave (at Leonard Street)
Greenpoint, Brooklyn 11222
Hours: 12-7 Tues-Sat, 12-5 Sun, closed Mon
G Train to Nassau Avenue

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spats, yes spats

I have seen a new trend emerging in NYC. Spats. Yes, believe it or not. For example, last night on my way home, a girl got on the bus wearing these. And believe me, all eyes were on her. And she definitely got a seat.

I can imagine that these spat-inspired legwarmers would look cute over black tights. You could convert any shoe in your closet to knee-high boots for just $19. It is a clever idea, you must admit.

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holiday mix tape cards

OK, I'm amused. Holiday Mixed Tape cards, set of 10, $14. Printed on recycled paper with soy inks. Available on Plasticland.

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the shopping list bag

I have a thing for to-do lists. Without them, I could not propel myself through time. Time would just stand still. Or stand around doing not much of anything. Or I would. I think this List Bag would be perfect for me. I really do. I can't quite figure out how the notepad is attached though, and if there are multiple sheets, or if it uses dry erase technology. I found it on SwissMiss today which may be my new favorite blog of all time. There is even a post about the Monty Python Silly Walks. What's not to like?

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simply fontastique

Normally I would say that this M is simply fontastic, but as it was found on the streets of Paris (by Deb of Bonbon Oiseau), I must say that it is simply fontastique. N'est pas?




domino book signings at bergdorf's

This just in from Domino magazine:
A great event at Bergdorf Goodman tomorrow evening. Please read on.


The authors of this year’s hottest design books come together
for an exclusive book signing event at Bergdorf Goodman

Deborah Needleman, Domino: The Book of Decorating

William Yeoward, On Entertaining

Charlotte Moss, A Flair for Living

Michael S. Smith, Houses

Celerie Kemble, To Your Taste

Thom Filicia, Style

Hosted by Nicholas Manville,
Vice President, Decorative Home, Bergdorf Goodman
and Jane Stubbs, Founder, Jane Stubbs Books

Tuesday, December 2, 2008
6:30 – 8:00 PM

Bergdorf Goodman
Fifth Avenue at 58th Street, Seventh Floor, NYC

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