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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.





eggplant rollatini

My first Eggplant Rollatini. So proud.

The other day, I was browsing my friend Sheryl's blog, *Bitch Cakes*: A Neurotic Glamour Girl's WW Experience and Fitness Adventures, and found a great recipe for eggplant rollatini. I never considered actually making this dish -- just ordering it at an Italian restaurant. As soon as I saw how possible it was, thanks to the magic of Sheryl's pictures, I was up the street buying an eggplant, some tofu and some baby spinach. I altered the recipe a bit, replacing the ricotta with a tofu/spinach mixture I concocted. (Or did I find the recipe on a blog?) Anyway, you'd swear this tofu "ricotta" is the real thing, except for it being much easier to digest.

Eggplant Rollatini

1 large eggplant, sliced lengthwise
olive oil
black pepper
1 package tofu
1 package baby spinach
tomato sauce

You'll also need a food processor, 2 pizza pans, a Pyrex dish, and a good hour to devote to making this recipe. The results are totally worth it. Serves 4.

Fundamental Order of Operations
  1. Slice the eggplant lengthwise. Place slices with a little olive oil on pizza pans. Roast in oven at 400 degrees until soft.
  2. Cut tofu block in half, boil in water.
  3. Place spinach in colander.
  4. When tofu has come to a boil, pour water and tofu into colander, blanching the spinach.
  5. Put in spinach and tofu together in food processor in small batches. Blend until creamy. It really does get creamy! If you want to be clever, add some roasted garlic here or some sundried tomato paste.
  6. Place tofu "ricotta" on eggplant slices and get rolling!
  7. Add some tomato sauce, oregano, olive oil and black pepper to bottom of a pyrex dish.
  8. Lay in the eggplant rollatini, single layer.
  9. Cover with sauce and more black pepper and oregano.
  10. Bake uncovered in oven for 20 minutes.
  11. Eat! I served this with Italian lentils. Very delicious.

It was like rolling up sushi! Very easy. I was lucky that the eggplant
didn't stick to the pan because I didn't use much oil. This was the first pan.

Adding the rollatini into the Pyrex dish with sauce on the bottom.

The second pan. More rolling to do.

2 pans of roasted eggplant slices filled this Pyrex. I had 10.5 rollatini.

After I pulled it out of the oven and served 4 pieces. Done!

Italian lentils made with lots of veggies, tomato sauce, hot pepper, and fennel seed.




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