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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.





outfit flashcards

(day-glo) tabula rasa(s)

My Rowenta. Just look at her. Ain't she purdy? Two paintings my Matt Murphy.
Important plant. Lamp with silk shade I made. Found on the curb in Jamaica Plain
(Boston). Matching chair found on the curb in (on?) Beacon Hill.
Orange chair from Brimfield.

My beautiful Kenmore workhorse. And 2 serger friends. And "Lucky E" shrine.
And my diploma. It's in Latin. Desk from Harriet ♥. Art from Sandy. Thread scissors.

And here are the *Outfit Flashcards* which I've been working on for 2 days.

For my two days off from work (our office was closed for the holiday), I decided it was time to get my wardrobe super-organized. It was time to wear more than 10% of what I owned. It was time to make *outfit flashcards* and take the mystery/confusion out of getting dressed in the morning.

As it turns out, I am very pants-centric. So each pair of pants gets its own card. Pants in pen. Outfit options below in pencil. I haven't even thought about skinny belts, shoes, sparkle barrettes, necklaces, cardigans. Just the core stuff. Accessorizing, I have determined, can be whim-based.

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a sumo-style restaurant?

Today, I got invited to a lunch at Yotel, unfamiliar to me, yet somehow enticing. Or maybe we walked past it recently and I noticed the font. I wouldn't say it's fontastic, but it certainly catches your eye. So anyway, Yotel is a new hotel on 10th & 42nd (new as of mid-June, 2011). I checked out their Website, and I have to say, the place is right up my aesthetic alley. Futuristic, Japanese-ish, clean and modern.

Color me excited when I found out their restaurant, Dohyo, is designed after a sumo wrestling ring. Excellent. Seating is communal yet spacious. And color me even more excited when I found out the chef is Richard Sandoval of Zengo (my current absolute favorite restaurant in NYC)! Latin American-Asian fusion. Yes and yes.

Check out this quote:

DohYO is part of FOUR, YOTEL New York's 18,000 square foot series of dynamic, connective spaces, that fulfills YOTEL's vision of a flexible meeting and entertainment space where guests and locals can interact, lounge and dine.
The space is apparently modular too! I must pay a pre-visit with my camera. The lunch isn't until Thursday, September 22.

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You can learn a lot about a company's fit by altering their garment. Like I am doing now. I bought a shirt dress that was totally frumpy and couldn't figure out why, until I starting taking in the darts. The apex of the darts are too low! At waist level. No dart's apex should be at waist level. They should be at empire waist level. Okay, back to redarting.





So yes, I did a triathlon today. I do it most days a week, in fact. Here were my splits.* Nothing strenuous. It is Friday after all.

18:00 WALKed 6 1/2 "avenue blocks" & 8 "street blocks" (that's 1.134 miles, 2000 steps)
11:46 RAN 1 mile on the treadmill
8:30 SWAM 1/4 mile

transition 1: 10 minutes**
transition 2: 6 minutes

*Note: some negative splitting in the pool
**Gotta work on this

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fryday fryday

They just played that "Friday Friday" song on the radio. Yup, I bought the shirt. But I'm waiting until Fall to wear it more ironically with a suit jacket. :-)

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