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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.





this thing rocks

I almost titled this post "cool new thingie" but I went with "this thing rocks" instead. Anyway, this Powder Jar with Sifter by Sephora totally rocks. As of yesterday in NYC, the temps are summery and humid. It's definitely time for powder. On the go. And for only four bucks. Nice.

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dare you

Watching the Gilmore Girls last night, I had to capture this frame.

Confession: Lorelai Gilmore is one of my fashion idols. And when I saw her in this particular shade of lipstick on a fine Spring day, I thought, hey! I could wear that. And so, off I went to the MAC store, digital camera in hand, to find the shade.

Success! FYI, the matching shade is "Dare You" Cremesheen, #A11. $14.50. Next, to figure out how to wear an outfit that doesn't include black.

MAC "Dare You" Cremesheen lipstick [image via the Internet]

MAC "Dare You" Cremesheen lipstick [image via the Internet]

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shimmer complexion

Well, I'm still waiting to hear back from Malibu Magazine as to what products they used to create Rashida Jones' fabulous shimmering cover look. In the meantime, I am doing some investigating on my own. For some reason, I went to Duane Reade first. I know the reason. I wanted to avoid the crazy pushiness of the makeup counter sales people in department stores. But I don't really want to use drug store makeup.

Anyway, to get the job done and create the shimmer look, you could use Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector at Duane Reade. I liked the effect very much. I was just not so sure about the ingredients. They may be good. They may be too chemical. I have no idea. So I'm more likely to go with a brand I trust, Lancôme. Surprisingly, the Lancôme Eclat Miracle is less expensive than the Becca. The Lancôme product is a serum and a highlighter. Hmm. I have no idea what that exactly means.

At least Becca gives you tips of how to use the shimmer product. They say:

Apply as a base over the entire face and add a touch of Compact Concealer to blemishes if required.

Set with Fine Loose Finishing Powder for a natural looking glow.

Mix with a small amount of Luminous Skin Colour for a radiant complexion.

Use to highlight cheekbones, brow bones, and temples by dabbing over foundation and powder for an extra-dewey look.

For maximum shimmer and radiance, apply over a BECCA Primer and leave skin unpowdered.

Oh well, I think I'll have to do more research.

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open toe shootie. not so much.

I will not jump on the *open-toe shootie* bandwagon.

Here's what Diesel has to say about these shoes. I am not convinced this is in English. You be the judge.
This season a strong military appeal with a touch of colonial taste will be the leitmotiv of the shoes collections. Coming in a vast variety of styles: bleached and stone washed high tops; vibrant plimsolls in natural canvas, unisex drill cotton sneakers with a 70s touch and a range of nostalgic styles in washed canvas, camouflage and cinematic graphics. Dressier shoes are beyond fashion – think Ancient Rome meets Modern Manhattan.

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plastics. not so much.

On Thursday, I had a freakout about plastics after reading this article. And so I ditched my plastic water cup at work in favor of this glass PBA-free water bottle, with rad silicone sleeve. It's by Lifefactory, a French company. I'm happy with it. No off-gassing into my drinking water. That is a good thing.




web shopping is back!!

Everything is all fixed!!!!!!! Shop elaineperlov.com to your heart's content. Or should I say, to your shopping cart's content. I can never resist the pun. You should know that by now. Or should I say, buy now. Okay, I'll stop now. CLICK TO SHOP.

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just look at this face!

Guess who this is? Rashida Jones. I know, I totally didn't recognize her. I thought it was some teen surfing sensation. I wrote to Malibu Magazine in hopes that they would share every single makeup product they used on her face. Quite frankly, I would buy it all. The silver shimmer foundation looks spectacular. I heart Rashida Jones.

I'll let you know if they write me back with product information!




clutching at straws

Yes, Gap can surprise me at times. This metallic strap clutch bag is pretty cute in person. Hardware: very good. Strap: non-leather, but decent enough. Price: I'm waiting for it to go on sale...

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my miz mooz

Ask and you shall receive. That should be Endless.com's tagline. I mean, could they make it any easier to impulse-buy? No. The answer is no. Suddenly I thought I needed red shoes. And lookie what arrived on my doorstep today, just a mere free-2nd-day-air-days after I ordered? My new Miz Mooz. I bought them to match a strange yet cute top I got at Target.

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two things I like about lincoln center




This is how large an Esse bagel is. You can actually cut it into three normal portions. Beginning, middle, end.




spray roses

Quite pleased with my Second Avenue deli purchase yesterday. Twenty one spray roses for five dollars.

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still life with plants and radiator



file this under "i made this"

Soup and "corn dogs" but not real corn dogs (see below) of last night

Last night I made soup with random ingredients in the fridge and blended it up with unsweetened almond milk. Tastes great! Carrot, onion, kale, celery, Indian yellow lentils, black beans, Valentina hot sauce, chipotle powder. Spicy! And good! And what goes great with soup? Corn dogs! Except not corn dogs. Grilled tofu sausage with lots-o-mustard and rolled up in a corn tortilla (and grilled on The George).

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