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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.





target pop-up alert: missoni pops up!

Missoni for Target pops up! Sixth Avenue & 42nd Street, NYC

September 8-10, 2011
THU 6pm-11pm; FRI 9am-8pm; SAT

Remember the Target Pop-Up shop in this very location on Sixth Avenue & 42nd Street, some 17 months ago? Yes, it was Liberty of London. Well stay tuned for another great one! Missoni! I am eager to see what this Italian knitwear company has created at a lower price point. I hope there will be dresses! And skirts! And tops! Excited. Yes, very.

The Pop-Up Shop starting to pop. Up.

A Fiat. That'll hopefully be stuffed with dresses.


and more fixtures!

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post-post: sunsets & landscapes

Greenpoint Avenue, East River, looking toward Manhattan

Greenpoint Avenue, East River, looking toward Manhattan

Water tower, Franklin Street

Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, looking toward LIC

Last night between around 7:30pm, the sun was setting and everything looked like a Netherlandish painting. The light was doing amazing things.

The B62

Sunday evening kickball in McCarren Park.
Russian Orthodox Cathedral in the background. Beautiful.

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post-irene + creative window taping

Word, Franklin Street

Shayz Lounge, Franklin Street

Old Hollywood gets sarcastic, Franklin Street

Kent Street, trees intact

Random unlucky tree blown to the right, yet branches off the the left?

Brooklyn Label, Franklin Street. The only ones who go the plywood route.

Fallen umbrella, Franklin Street

East River Ferry, India Street. Guy wades in gross puddle for photo op. Ew.

East River Ferry, India Street. Lots of people walk through gross puddle to get to pier.
Cops soon come to encourage them to leave.

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last supper?

Well at least there is blogging until the phone and computer connection fail. Pre-emptive blogging! And now pizza! Tonight's pizza à la Irene includes artichokes, fresh mozzarella, zucchini, fresh basil and other goodies.

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thanks chain store

Well it looks like we'll be tissueless for the duration of the storm. Duane Reade closed at noon today.

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pre-irene: battened & unbattened in brooklyn

Battened: cellar door

Unbattened: cellar door & metal garbage cans. The lids, they're battened.

Unbattened: this is not going to be pretty. At all.

NYC is on lock-down. The MTA shut everything down at noon today. But today is Saturday, August 27, the day before Hurricane Irene is due to hit. While we were running around the track this morning, I heard two runners saying, "Yeah the mayor is a fascist. He cancelled all events, and we could have run the Bronx Half today no problem." And I was like, oh yeah! That was today. That would be a bummer if that was your first Half today, after all that training and anticipating. My hubby ran it last year. But I digress.

I guess I was rather irked that they shut down the city a day early. I had to respond with Battened & Unbattened in Brooklyn. I struck out in Greenpoint at around 2:30pm with camera in one hand and umbrella in the other, expecting to see all the stores closed; but instead, found lots of people out and plenty of stores open. It made me feel better. Plus it never rained. Be sure to read all the picture captions. I got to vent about my true feeling about chain stores too :-).

In observing New York's pre-emptive frenzy, my conclusion: New Yorker's don't really know how to batten.


Battened: garment bags & Hefty bags scotch-taped to windows.
So not really battened.

Battened on the top floor: x'ed windows,
but they get to keep their AC window unit.

Battened: Evacuating with provisions out of ZONE B. Whatevs.

Unbattened, but pre-broken.

Unbattened: all the Polish Stores are still open for biz, but the
Duane Reade & the Starbucks pre-emptively close. Chain stores. Bluck.

Starbucks has many typos. (Sbux in Gpoint) One customer does not let one
typo go uncorrected. But lets "insident" slide. Note: correction is made directly
on the window. Sign posted on the inside of the glass.

A cop telling ZONE B to evacuate. We were mostly outraged.

Unbattened: all Polish bakeries still open. That is nice :-)

Unbattened: the B43 still running! 2 1/2 hours after the noon cut-off.
Hmm. Conspiracy!

The Media.

Kindly Unbattened: our video store enforces a nice Irene policy.
Also, note their perfect spelling, unlike yucky chain stores.
Sbux, I am speaking about you.

Unbattened: thankfully no panic-lines in our 'hood.

Battened. Subways but not busses. Again, conspiracy?

Battened: with plastic. Okay.

Battened: yes tape and plastic will surely hold. Surely.


Battened with a mattress. See the dude's white socks through the window
to the left? He's lying on another mattress. Not pictured: giant plate glass
window just above mattress. So again, not so battened.

Battened: the Chinese casino busses are moved to dryer ground,
just a wee bit outside of where they park. Like a half a block. Phew.

Battened: our water tower protectorate.

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room with a view

AARGH. (Humidity no likie.) (For safety purposes, our landlords de-installed our AC early this morning.) Which led to lots of emergency mopping as the condensation leaked across our wood floor and onto my husband's Saucony. Our landlords are very great, let that be noted. And it is their window, and in fact, their air conditioner, to do with as they judge.

Pictured above is window where the AC was. I'll look upon it as a pretty view. Except there's a storm coming, so it probably won't be pretty.

‎(I want to be here right now, curled up, asleep. Good night Irene. Your humidity woke me up at 2am Sunday and I didn't get back to sleep until 4:30am after I ate some yogurt & almonds because I was up so long, I got starving. Now it's Monday at 4:40pm. My eyeballs hurt. I just had an iced cappuccino. I think it's helping.)

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40s style wrap dress score!!!

One day this week, my usual fruit shake guy had a line 10 people long. Figuring the line moves at a rate of 3 minutes per person (fruit shakes are all made by hand), I moved on to scour 6th Avenue for another fruit shake guy. Just 2 blocks away, I found my new favorite, a fruit shake girl. She is so friendly, and makes my papaya-watermelon-honeydew small shake for the same 3 bucks. Ahh, total happiness.

But this is all prelude to my shopping score. Wait, should I even be telling you what store I went to? Or should I keep that secret... I'll keep writing and decide when I get there. So on my way to my new fruit shake cart, I passed another location of a store I frequent near Grand Central. It hasn't been good for 5 years, but I keep trying, because I found a great tissue t with a deep V and puffy half sleeves by BCBG Girls for only $12. And wore it out for a fun evening with my husband at Grand Central (drinks at that bar that overlooks the concourse, now closed, what was it called? Charlie Palmer's Metrazur). We took a lot of pictures and had lots of fun. That's my reason for liking the store so much.

So I step in to this other location, and it is nothing like the one at Grand Central. It is all totally organized, the sales help is super-friendly (shock), and the merhandise is completely different. I was giddy. I got 2 dresses and a top. And should I tell you what I paid, or would that cheapen it?

The dress is so super duper. Wrap dress, with ruffle sleeves, neckline, hem. It looks like a Marc Jacobs. And it has a Japanese shippo print (one of my favorite prints of all time) in black, white and pink. Score! Happy!!

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hurricane irene, please go away!

Ominous skies over the Garment District. But look at the detail on those buildings. Very Gotham City. Hurricane Irene comes early and takes all of us umbrellaless people by surprise. Grrr.

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