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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.





snowed in since the 70s?

That's the only scenario I could come up with for these.

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currier and ives, brooklyn-style

This street looked so beautiful in the fresh snow.

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who said let it snow?

I tried to clear away what looked like powdery snow from my windowsill with a shampoo bottle. Instead of the snow falling away, it didn't really budge much, creating a pinhole camera of sorts. Happy accident.

My other thought: this snow is perfect for making igloos! I wish I were a kid again. I remember one snow where my friend Jean Ann and I succeeded in building a roof out of snow that did not collapse. It was one of the happiest kid days of my life. I think it was for her too.

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toaster redux

Okay, so the most important appliance in my house -- the toaster -- went kaput the other day, and let me tell you, I slightly panicked. I mean, I've had this bottom-of-the-line Toastmaster toaster which I only paid $12.99 for at Economy Hardware on Mass Ave in Boston for 10 years. If I didn't find another chrome one that was similarly no-frills bottom-of-the-line and the same height, width, and depth as the Toastmaster, my Feng Shui toast mirror was going to be thrown all out of whack. And I wasn't going to mess up Double Toast; i.e., our riches. No way. Thankfully, there is Amazon for quickie research, and companies like Proctor-Silex who still believe in making a no-nonsense toaster for a good price ($15.99) that hearkens back to the 50s. Phew. Crisis averted.

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festive table: snowy xmas

Time to add the trees! Really, the pumpkins should totally drop out, but I love them, and they are still perfectly firm, so I am keeping them.

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i need this

Seriously, who wouldn't want to sit on this lovely cushion and gossip while putting stuff away in drawers?

Claude Gossip Bench Set by Jonathan Adler, $1540 on jonathanadler.com

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if fruit is nature's candy, then fruit pillows are...

... nature's soft-sculpture? You fill in your own blank. In any event, Jonathan Adler does it again with a witty embroidered series of fruit pillows. Take your pick of the bunch. On the flip side of each pillow, more wittiness, and oh-so-pleasing design. Click here to view.

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