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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.





daniele michetti


tasty morsels bakery

For you. A sweet & happy image for a Friday morning. Tasty Morsels Bakery. Their thumbnail was so clickable on Twitter.

The things you find on Twitter.

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madmen yourself

The purple one is supposed to be me. But really not at all.
I chose the background because I love 50s style offices.
And I love philodendrons. But you know that already.

Thanks to Jodi Vautrin on Facebook, I Madmen'ed myself. They didn't have my hair. So I chose something close. Actually they didn't really represent the essence of my style either. But what the hay. It was fun.

Madmen yourself here. The background music is a keeper. I think I'll just keep the window open and keep listening.



blah blah blogging

I have a confession. (I'm full of them today. See my Twitter page.) I have lost the ability to write. Please forgive my lack of posts, but at least now you have a reason.




i heart ny kitchen

I came across this image on Design Wonderland. I love the idea of serving your guests in I Love NY style. That gives me a good idea.

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peru ana ana peru

Filmstrip board - Mistinguette [from peruanaanaperu's Flikr page]
the frames on this board can be animated. to see it, click here

Have you seen "Peru Ana Ana Peru" tagged all over the place in Brooklyn and in the L station? I never had any idea what it meant until today when I found them on Twitter. Everyone has a Twitter account. Even taggers.

I was happy to find out that they are not just taggers. They are artists concerned with the art of film and the like. Check out a video called (godard) in chinatown, n.y.c. on their YouTube channel to learn more. Good stuff. Very good stuff.

About (godard) in chinatown, n.y.c.

"this is an enquiry about the future of the cinema."

the audio voice over for this video is taken from a 1982 wim wenders film titled "room 666" which features various filmmakers in a hotel room speaking on some aspect of filmmaking and/or the industry that supports it. in this case, the filmmaker is jean-luc godard, whose entire speech can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hdAcx...

clips are taken from various commercials, tv shows, and films. the eisenstein footage is from 'battleship potemkin' but is re-edited to our liking. the footage that appears during the 'small movies' portion of the voice over is from 'taris' by jean vigo, which can be seen in its entirety here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as4VI8...

the rest of the footage was filmed in chinatown, new york, on a cool late summer day, using two indonesian happen-alongs that were gracious enough to participate.

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ping pong at bryant park

The tables in the morning. Very peaceful.

The table set-up, with plenty of kibbitzing chairs.

Ping pong pics at Bryant Park, as promised. If you come without a partner, no problem. They'll match you up with the next person on the list. Makes for an exciting nervous wait, let me tell you.

Ping Pong Rules! Click image to enlarge.

Plants protecting with netting. See Rules.

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please enjoy

A strangely mesmerizing experience. Berryz Kobo
(Berryz工房), or "Berryz Workshop."

I just entered a conveyor-belt sushi drawing (Yushi on 47th and Lex) on Midtown Lunch. I wrote a very heartfelt entry (scroll to the bottom). I hope I win!!!! Anyway, I found Berryz Kobo in the process.

If you have now become a fan of Berryz Kobo like I have, click for more videos here. And, if you speak Japanese, and want to make a Berryz Kobo song your karaoke number (which I totally do!!), click here for complete lyrics, both in Romaji and Kanji.

Cool! I really want to learn the words to Genghis Khan. Here it is! Along with the video. Sadly, the "Mongolian Dance Version" video is not online. But this will do nicely.
Jin Jin Genghis Khan
Hey Brother, Ho Brother
Nice Brother, Go Brother
Jin Jin Genghis Khan
Hey Rider, Ho Rider
Nice Rider, Go Rider

Take a look! This is totally going to be my karaoke song.

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shower curtains

This is going to be a very banal post about my needing a new shower curtain, so I don't blame you if you don't read it. But I am in a kind of banal mood these days, thinking about what people eat for lunch, and how much they spend, and how much I spend on lunch, and what I should eat for lunch. That type of thing. There possibly will be more banal posts today, but hey, what are you going to do. It reflects my mood right now. Personally, I really like to learn about the minute details of people's day-to-day. What does that say about me? That I'm human I guess. Why is Facebook so popular? I rest my case.

So I need a new shower curtain, and I can't for the life of me find the maker of my current one.* It is perfect in my bathroom. All neutral and pretty. Really thick and great quality. I bought it at Pluto in Jamaica Plain (Boston) back in the day. So here begins my internet search for a replacement. And lucky you, you get to come along on the shopping trip.

*If you have seen a shower curtain like my perfect glorious current bubble one in the shops, please share your finds! In the comments.

Choice #1: Venice! from Target, $24.99
This could definitely work. The black and white.
And I am very much in the mood to travel these days too.

Choice #2: Ice Circles from Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99
Could this be it? It is a great replacement. So similar.
But now I am kind of hooked on Venice.

Choice #3: Pebbles from Bed Bath & Beyond, $19.99
Also a very fine replacement. No complaints.
Except after seeing Venice, I want a change.

Choice #4: Surfers, from Bed Bath & Beyond, price not shown
I love surfers. This could be a very good option.
Must check out the goods at lunch!

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Interesting mix of styles on this watch necklace from Fred Flare. Deco Medallion Watch Necklace, $24. Go ahead. Award yourself.

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ping pong & sandwiches

'wichcraft, Las Vegas-style. Very shiny.
[image from 'wichcraft]

Did you know there is a 'wichcraft in Las Vegas? At the MGM Grand. I'm going to the one in Bryant Park today to try a sandwich. Either tuna or chickpea. Can't decide. And then after that: Ping Pong! I took some good pics on Friday. Will have to upload them to this post later.

Update, 7.16.2009
Ping Pong pics are live.
By the way, I had the tuna with shaved fennel on a baguette and it was delicious.

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brunch in brooklyn: palo santo

Palo Santo. Latin Market Cooking. South American Wine Bar.
Very inviting. Yes, we thought so too.

Don't these look good? Our entrees: bean & cheese pupusas, $9.
And the last remaining bit of the cornbread.

On the way to the Brooklyn Zine Fest the other week, we found Palo Santo, a small quiet restaurant on an otherwise residential block. Union Street to be exact, close to 4th Avenue in Park Slope. Perhaps the Park Slopers call this the Lower Slope.

Anyway, the sandwich board at Palo Santo said "Brunch," and we obeyed. Happy we were that we did. Atmosphere: very relaxed, as if you are on vacation. Food: very tasty. Service: excellent. Freebies: yes, some sweet corn bread. Brunch menu: beyond plain old eggs and French Toast. We had pupusas, pictured above. Very tasty. All in all, a hidden gem.

Palo Santo

652 Union Street (above 4th Avenue)
Park Slope

The interior of Palo Santo. Small but not cramped. Lots of levels.

The backyard. A nice view.

The sandwich board says...Brunch!
You'd never notice this place if not for the sandwich board.

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wallet shopping

This is a very cute design from Hype, available on Bluefly for $57. Just window shopping for now, but this is pretty nice. I like the tricky closures.

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the new cooper union

Of course the signage is by Pentagram. Who else? Extremely fontastic in my opinion.

The new Cooper Union building is in the East Village on First Avenue. Have you seen it yet? I kinda like it a lot. Watch it being built here. I think you have to work to FF and the Rewind buttons in the left margin.

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lincoln center redesign

So this is what they are planning at Lincoln Center. A new restaurant/lawn behind Avery Fisher Hall near the reflecting pool. Lincoln Center Hypar Restaurant, as it will be called when it opens in 2010. What is a hypar, you ask? Why it is a hyperbolic paraboloid of course. Click here. Designed by the same architects who did the High Line, the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, and Boston's ICA, among other projects. Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Good stuff.

View the video.

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brooklyn zine fest

The Brooklyn Zine Fest

I loved the way the text looked on the page.
Had to buy it. 25 cents.
[Artist credit to follow]

It was surprising and nice to know that the printed word still means something to someone somewhere. We checked out the Brooklyn Zine Fest at the Brooklyn Lyceum this past weekend. Yes, I was inspired. So was my husband who used to produce a zine back in the good old days. Lots of like-minded people in one place. Writers and artists who have something to say, and who are earnest enough to self-publish and distribute, and who know their way around a copy machine. I was going to buy a simple three-fold treatise called Peanut Butter Pamplet, but the artist gave it to me for free. It was a good read, and one of my favorite topics. Peanut Butter. I bought two other tracts for 25 cents a piece because I liked the postage stamp size and the images on the page. Admittedly, I was attracted to the more visual works.

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best in show: wobbly plates by brigitte bouquet

When your plates look this delicious, you have to raise the level of your cooking.

This past Saturday at the Brooklyn Flea, I spotted an exciting new vendor: Wobbly Plates by Brigitte Bouquet. These "thick as pancakes" plates are so colorful and pleasingly handmade with blunt edges and lace-like textures pressed right into the clay. They look tasty enough to eat (on). I can imagine a fun dinner party or two or three with these plates.

I like the classifications Brigitte has made on her Etsy shop: these are reserved for cupcakes, and these for crostini. A cupcake and crostini party sounds right up my alley. That gives me an idea... Follow Brooklyn-based Brigitte on Twitter to see when she will be exhibiting her beautiful ceramic wares again! I think I will be purchasing in the very near future.

Brooklyn Flea
176 Lafayette Ave
Fort Greene
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