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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.






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neck novelty

I am always attracted to sculptural neck pieces, and this piece from Necklush, made from silk screened seamless cotton loops, is certainly a novel idea for a necklace-meets-scarf -- call it what you will. Check it out on Trunkt. Necklush is based in LI City, just a bridge away. We love the local designers. Oh, they also have a Website (with Necklushies that range from $24-$74) if you want to investigate further.

After a bit more research, I found that Necklush creators, Stephano Diaz & Troy Mattison Hicks, are creative in all directions. Check out Microfantastic for the real truth behind Necklush.

Another fun piece that is similar, but not, is from Supayana, made from shoelaces. It's also a necklace-meets-scarf sort of thing. It seems that Supayana came into a surplus of shoelaces and decided to refashion them into affordable $20 statement pieces. We like that. Check it out on Etsy.




molly of uo

I have recently discovered a blogger that appeals to me, by way of the Urban Outfitters blog of all places. Her posts, on a fashion Website, are not about fashion, but about art. Playful art. Amusing musings. Yes, her sensibility appeals to me for obvious reasons.

I did some research on Molly today, and found out a whole bunch of interesting things. Like this blog post from another fan. And this interview. So she taught herself HTML. And went to Brown. And made this Website. Her writing is pretty great. I am tickled by Red Bean Cake. I think you will like it too. I reproduce it here without her permission. She should be contacting me soon, asking me to take it down.


Let's talk about bean cakes.

Bean cakes have three textures that are almost pleasant
but not quite. There is a pasty (not creamy) filling; a
glutinous (not fluffy) pouch of dough; and a gritty
(not crunchy) coating of sesame seeds.

No matter how vigorously you chew, the bean cake will
reassemble itself in your stomach like a little universe
in reverse Big Bang motion.

A bean cake is the most liminal food ever. Is it good?
No, it's "OK". Does one eat it for dessert? Breakfast?

You want answers to your questions, but why draw
lines? A bean cake is all of these things at once. It
is like a mythical multiform creature-- centaur, griffin,
chimera-- made real.

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Yes I'm still here. I'm just thinking of something good to write is all.



lily yung

Isn't this piece spectacular? I don' t use the word spectacular very often, buthis piece is spectacular. Lily Yung is a designer based in Toronto. Check out her work here!

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what would it be like to wear $720 boots?



untimely demise(s)

Here's an interesting list to read while you digest the unhappy Monday truths of Gourmet folding and Cookie crumbling.

I am Neurotic. (not me. This blog. Read on.) If you are neurotic, you can submit your own to the list. How... interactive.

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mad mad mad (men)

Via Boing Boing

Thanks Boing Boing!



i think the line goes, if i 'were' a rich girl

Watch Gwen Stefani's Rich Girl video here.
Yes, grammatically this bothers me.
It really should be, "If I 'were' a rich girl"
You know, the conditional tense? But please read on.

I haven't listened to Gwen Stefani in awhile, but I have to write a lot of product copy at the moment, and I find it good background work music. I always get a lot done while listening to her music for some reason. Good beat? High energy? I don't know why. Anyway, I am watching the video for Rich Girl and I am amazed. It is so merchandisey. I mean, I can just see all the products spinning off from this video. I think Gwen Stefani, the fashion empire, not the person, wants to create desire in little girls to shop, and buy her products when they grow up. Or something.
Love Angel Music Baby
Hurry up and compensate me
Indeed. There's an interesting John Galliano-style fashion interlude. Hey, I just realized L.A.M.B. is the poor girl's John Galliano. Look at his font. It's the same as L.A.M.B.'s. Well, that's brilliant of them.
Think would that money could bring
I'd buy anything
Clean out Vivienne Westwood in my Galliano gown.

Compare and contrast, if you will:

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