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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 ace hotel is a comfy place to hang

At long last, The Ace Hotel Post is up! Sorry for the delay.
I had so many pics to Photoshop for this one.

I think it's best to keep this post a photo essay with little comment from me.
Just see for yourself, and enjoy.

Just inside the front door...

...is a minimalist flower concession.

Shiny new check-in area.

The lobby is 1800s-grand-style.

And I love the lighting. It's definitely pre-electricity-style lighting.
Like at the Park Avenue Armory. Another one of my favorite spots.

Of course the whole 1800s pre-electricity aesthetic is just a pose.
Because there is wireless. But of course.

Where else in NYC can you combine trendy people-watching with a comfy place to sit on a cold day? Well, probably any place in NYC that has seats. But then again, The Ace Hotel on 29th and Broadway is a brand new scene to explore, study, make field notes and theorize about, and the like. So why not go to The Ace? You can take your coffee from the Stumptown Cafe and occupy some pricey real estate in the lobby for as long as you like. Really, they don't mind!

The Ace Hotel
20 W 29th Street
New York

Stumptown Coffee Roasters is the cafe in The Ace Hotel.
Enter on 29th Street or through the lobby. There's always a line.
But it moves fast.

My favorite barista.

Action-packed. The barista is a blur. Do they all wear ironic hats?
Yes, I do believe they do.

Taste of the case at Stumptown Cafe.

I always opt for the same. A soft pretzel and a macchiato.
(Two of the few offerings sans pork.) Yes The Ace loves the pig.
I think it is trendy to love pig. So they do. Oops, and I said
I wasn't going to editorialize here...

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it's my birthday today!

When I was in grammar school, I used to get so excited on my birthday that I would fall and hurt myself on the playground pretty much every year, and wind up in the nurse's office with a skinned knee. Needless to say, I am being very careful crossing streets today. :-) Last time it was this warm and sunny was when I turned 9, and we all got to go play in my backyard and play tetherball. I remember exactly what I was wearing and remember being giddy with happiness.

It's my birthday! And I am going to do all my favorite things and revel in the sunny 73 degree weather. Most of the picture captions are links to previous posts. Click them!

My favorite work breakfast.
Egg sandwich and iced coffee from the cart on
40th & Broadway. Nice guys.

My 99cent Dunkin' Donuts latte has a view of Times Square.
Nice work day today.

Yes, I had nice musings from the pool.
This Pisces must swim on her birthday.
aaaaaaaaaaah, calming.

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art wall

[click image to enlarge]

For a little background information, please read the previous post, and come back. Ever since the time change, I have been getting projects done that have been stalled for a long while. Like restringing a pair of 50s lamps (next post). And hanging recent acquisitions. Yes, we are pleased with our new art wall. Now, just one more photograph to hang tonight. And one more 50s lamp to repair.

[L-R] Michael Pellew, Happy Holidays, 2009, ink on paper; Alicia Kachmar, Safety Cones, 2009, yarn, batting, thread, beads; James Hull, Map, 2000, pigment & gold on metal; unknown Toronto artist, Safety Pin, 1998, encaustic on canvas; Matthew Murphy, A Classic Setting, 1995, oil on board.

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alicia k had a group show back in october

The best iced cookie I have ever eaten. By Alicia K.

Blurry Portrait of an Artist.
Her work to the right.

Crochet Safety Cones by Alicia Kachmar

I think I scarfed 3 whole cookies. Honestly I don't know what
came over me. I will never forget the taste of these cookies.
The icing was sooooooooooo delicious. And I normally don't like icing.

So here's the thing. I took one look at the blurry photo I took of soft sculpture artist, Alicia Kachmar, after I went to her opening back in October, got frustrated with my photography skills in that moment, and didn't want to post. But now that I look at this batch of photos again, I think they're a good representation of the event. So here goes.

In other news, I just "installed" my very own safety cones which I proudly purchased the night of her opening, and am very pleased with the arrangement. If I can snap some non-blurry pics, I'll show you. Even if they're a bit blurry, I'll show you.

Note: Some of my blurry pics on this blog are blurry on purpose. Some are just due to low lighting and the fact that I don't like the flash on my digital camera. Too harsh.

The artist herself!

Everyone at the show could don the orange safety vests and
do some investigating. Very festive.

The Chashama pop-up gallery space on W37th was teeny tiny, so the
show spilled out onto the street.

More gallery goers.

And more.

And more.

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perhaps i may want this for my birthday too

Is the OXO Salad Spinner in my future?

I've been wanting a salad spinner forever. I never think I have the room for it, but I am tired of blotting greens dry with a paper towel. Way too labor intensive, if you ask me. This one looks like a good one from OXO. Hint? Available at Macy's, Sur La Table, Target, Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond. You name it.



perhaps i may want this for my birthday

All these years later, I still love this tiny vase from Jonathan Adler. Hint?



just an observation

Remember when I mentioned on Twitter last week that I was heading over to the new Opening Ceremony at The Ace Hotel? Well I went and browsed the items (some very amusing and droll design pieces, I was pleased). And then I came back to my computer to research the store further. Here's the weird part: the pictures I discovered online were not of the store I saw. Was I in an alternate universe Opening Ceremony? The space I saw was rather small with temporary-looking walls. Perhaps the real Opening Ceremony was around the corner hiding. I was in a dummy Opening Ceremony.

The only way I can explain it is "retail subterfuge." That's what it must be.

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gratuitous birthday post

3 more days 'til my birthday!!! Friday, March 19!!! I am rather excited...



time change

I felt a bit jet-lagged yesterday morning, but then I sprung into action. This is totally my time change. I got more done yesterday than I can believe. It was like I was asleep for the Fall half of the year. YAY Spring!

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Whenever I bring my lunch, I always get hungry earlier. Coincidence? I think not.

For example, I just had a bit of my roasted eggplant black bean chili (made by hubby on Sunday). Oh so delicious. But it's only 10:55 am. I need a 99cent Dunkin' Donuts Latte to calm down my fake hunger.

In Spring!

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haiku posts

I have to work up to a full-length real-live blog post. So it's time for some haiku posts. Yes, I've got a lot of insignificant musings. Time to purge.

In Spring!

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liberty of london pops up!

[image via Twitter via Bryant Park NYC]

The Liberty of London for Target home collection will debut in Target Stores on March 14, but before that, New Yorkers get a special treat: a chance to pre-shop the collection at the Pop-Up shop in Bryant Park. Everyone loves a Pop-Up right? I sure do. I'll be there with my camera, snapping pics like crazy just for you. Stay tuned. In the meantime:

When: The Liberty of London for Target Pop-Up will be open to the public March 10th to March 13th. Wednesday, March 10 from 11am to 8pm; Thursday, March 11 – Saturday, March 13 from 9am to 8pm daily.

Where: 1095 Sixth Ave @ 42nd St (Next to Bryant Park)

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digging in: paulie gee's opens in g-point!

Just to elaborate on the previous news-heavy Twitter-based post, Paulie Gee's is opening on 60 Greenpoint Avenue (Franklin & West Streets) at 6pm tonight. I can hardly contain my excitement! Read all about it on Slice. That is until I put my two cents in.

Proposed title: .gee meets Gee

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lots to report

I have so much to tell all at once, that I am spazzing out, not knowing how to tell it, and thus not telling it. So here's how I'm going to tell it: through a retelling of my Tweets. Right here, right now. No need for a Twitter account. I'll give you an account of Twitter instead. Just the facts.

RT @seriouseatsny RT @slice: Paulie Gee's opening tonight in Greenpoint. Photos of what you might expect—and the menu: http://su.pr/1jBsoK

RT @BryantParkNYC Sneak peak inside #LibertyofLondonforTarget Pop-Up opening Wed @ 1095 6th Ave by Bryant Park. http://ow.ly/i/FX1

15 pieces, the last collection designer by Lee Alexander McQueen for his eponymous label... [via racked] http://bit.ly/bqIsGb

http://twitpic.com/17jvae - Armory Show, Pier 94 Contemporary. "Edit your consciousness. Spray to Forget. Shake Well. 2 oz/60ml. reedseifer.

http://twitpic.com/17js35 - This piece really caught my eye at The Armory Show, Pier 92, Modern. Tristin Lowe. It's felt!

@openingceremony has a mini-collection by Martin Margiela, but no Bic Plume Pen yet. boohoo. http://bit.ly/bs7rNB




things i think i want on etsy

Etsy is addictive. But what isn't these days. Some time ago, I discovered that Etsy has vintage, and have been holding myself back from a shopping spree. But seeing as it is my birth month and things of that nature, I might be in the market for the items contained in this post.

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another item for your vegetarian hunting lodge

Through the magic of internet clicking, I found the very same cardboard mounted deer from the now defunct Brooklyn restaurant on Smith Street I photographed in 2006. On Modcloth! Filed under "Apartment" (not "Home"). I like their specificness. Specificity. Yes.

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website redesign sketch!

What do you think? As I said, I became inspired by this image. But I don't think I can really use this exact image as one of the backgrounds, can I? I plan to take pics of metal openwork around NYC, such as these, and see if they're usable. We'll see.

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