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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.





no. 7 sub

All the subs at No. 7 Sub are 9 bucks.
Are they tasty? I hope so. Because they sure sound tasty!
But just a bone to pick here. What makes a veggie sub as
expensive as a roast beef one?

[image via Serious Eats]

Note to self:

Go to No. 7 Sub,* yet another new retail hot-spot to open recently at The (good ole) Ace Hotel. Try the Olive Oil Poached Tuna** with haricots verts, fried shallots and cilantro. Invite someone to try the General Tso's Tofu (hint hint husband) with pickled rhubarb,*** peas and roasted garlic, because sharing sandwich halves makes sandwich-eating much more funner-er.

*No. 7 Sub is no new-comer to the NYC restaurant scene. No. 7 Restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn came first. Mmm, their menu sounds kinda yummy.

**Yes, tuna with no mayo!! So very hard to find, and so much more delicious. I think Italian-style tuna is finally catching on.

***Pickled rhubarb? I'm game.

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wimbledon anyone?

Over there, across the plaza at Rockefeller Center (50th & 51st Streets)
is NYC Wimbledon. Only in New York...

The court. Singles only. I called to see if there are reservations
still available. If so, I'll ask my Mom to play with me. I hope there are.

When I was a kid, and a big tennis enthusiast, I always wanted to eat strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. It sounded exclusive and I liked exclusive. I also liked signature refreshments. That's probably the real reason, now that I think about it. So when I was reading TimeOut yesterday and came across an ad, "HSBC presents Wimbledon 2010 at Rockefeller Center, June 21-25" I planned my lunchtime fun accordingly. Complimentary strawberries and cream? A grass court? An exhibition match between Monica Seles and Jim Courier? Count me in.

It was pretty incredible. How they can build a full-size (I am pretty sure it's full-size) grass court on the plaza in Rockefeller Center is beyond me. I guess the same way they built full-size tennis courts on The Lawn in Bryant Park for the US Open last August. If you live in NYC, you don't have to worry about missing the matches or buying a ticket. I guess I rather like that. For "Wimbledon," there is stadium seating in the shade just behind the grass court. It is a lovely place to watch the matches on the jumbo screen, eating your comlimentary strawberries and cream just like the Queen -- but a little different -- sandwiched in between the skyscrapers. As the slogan goes, I LOVE NY. Yes indeedy.

Behind the court, behold. A very nice large screen.
It's free to sit and watch! Free! And, in the shade.

This is the life.

Not so crowded, even at lunch. I hope it's the same today.

The view from my seat. Rather nice.

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summer sappari alert

Feast your eyes on the Lychee Lassi from Curry-Ya
[image via Serious Eats]

The word sappari in Japanese may have many meanings, including "completely; entirely" or "not in the least; not at all." For the purpose of this post, I mean it to mean "refreshing; light; clean." And so, I point you all to Curry-Ya, a Japanese-style (not Indian-style) curry restaurant on E 10th Street in the East Village for a totally sappari cold drink. A Lychee Lassi. Yes, lychee! I don't know about you, but this lassi has my name all over it. Particularly between the hours of 4pm and 7pm when it is half-price. I love a good Lassi Happy Hour, don't you?

The Lychee Lassi is normally $4. During Happy Hour, it is $2. Tell your friends!

214 E 10th Street (1st/2nd Avenues)
East Village
New York (map)

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crochet mood booster

Staycation anyone? If you ask me that overused word has totally lost its funny. But, if you're contemplating one, how about a simulated camping trip? Alicia Kachmar's crochet soft sculptures never disappoint. I think I can guarantee they will put a smile on your face.

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key to the city

I happened to find this New York Post video today, and we're in it! Starting at minute 2:12. Pretty neat.

Paul Ramirez Jonas' Key to the City is a participant-based public art project that opened in Times Square last night at 6pm. The project "reinvents the civic honor of bestowing keys on luminaries" with a specially-designed commemorative "master key able to unlock more than 20 sites across New York City's five boroughs." You can't bestow a key on yourself, so be sure to bring a special someone. Or meet a fellow New Yorker in line and make friends. Participation in the ceremony and in Ramirez Jonas' art project is FREE (and magical). Keys will be distributed through a kiosk in Times Square, Broadway & 43rd Street, everyday from June 3 -27, Mon-Fri 2-8, Sat-Sun 12-8.

Through a series of fortuitous events and links, I learned about last night's opening on Twitter -- where else? And so my husband and I lined up at 5:55pm and serpentined our way through the line pretty quickly. At the presentation ceremony, a member of Creative Time officiated. We got goose bumps. It felt like a Times Square art version of our wedding. Today my mood has changed so much for the better. I truly believe Key to the City is a metaphor for unlocking possibilities in one's own life. And as my dad would say, "It's a happening!"

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