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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.





it's my birthday!

I'm wearing brand new red pants! And sandals. And no coat! The lunchtime sun is glorious!

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chairs are, in fact, for sitting

It is clear that this person has a pillow problem. [via Lonny Magazine]

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This is like, insane in the membrane nice. [via Lonny Magazine]

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lobby flowers vs. deli flowers

Both have their charms.

midtown lobby flower arrangement. nice.

brooklyn deli flower arrangement. less large.

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cake stalk

There's been an awful lot of talk about cake on the FB lately, which has led me to think mostly about cake and little else. This Dominican cake with dulce de leche was the last sweet I had, back on February 9. An office birthday. It was so moist, and the frosting was so shiny. I found it at the Amish Market yesterday, and took pictures. Cake stalker? Yes probably.

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apparently you can't force spring

My current and ongoing narcissus bulb saga, chronicled on Facebook, recounted for you here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:31am. narcissus, take 2. no roots yet. what is going on with these bulbs?????

Monday, February 27, 2012 at 10:50am. trying a new bulb.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 2:32pm. florist dude says it takes 5 days to grow roots. I'll be patient. maybe. I have my doubts that these bulbs have life in them...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:51pm. got rid of bulb #3 [sic] today. maybe i'll try planting them in actual dirt.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 2:50pm. Okay, so I bought a new narcissus bulb. Let's see how this one goes. 4 bulbs later...

Narcissus #5 from a florist in Midtown. March 9, 2012, 8am




humid with recession

My favorite three sentences about fashion, possibly of all time.

"Kohl’s is the place that everyone thinks is Mervyns and already closed. To refer to this particular Sacramento-area Kohl’s store as “open” is an overstatement. The place is humid with recession and whatever it is that keeps fabric from rotting in storage containers."

Written by Sarah Miller, my friend from college. Excerpted from her article in The Awl. Read it here.




thanks apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy 8-Week Cure nearly complete! Our first of many dinner parties is set. Lots of weeding of belongings, lots of cleaning, lots of taking stock and seeing things in a new light. Lots of stress lifted. And two new silk/feather bolster pillows, one tablecloth, one couch solution, and one furry chair cover made by me! I totally recommend this.

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it's march! 18 more days!

Three-Fruit Smoothie and a DD Latte! All in one day. I figured, why not. It's my birth month :-) I got banana-papaya-blueberry. The price for a 16 ounce went up a whole buck. Oh well.

Update, 03.06.2012
But seriously, does anyone know of a fruit cart where the 16 oz. shakes are still $3? Because I don't. And I've checked a lot of carts.

Update, 03.08.2012
I found two carts that still charge $3. Oh happy day! One I found on Yelp yesterday, checked it out today, and sure enough, all they said about it was 100% right on. Yes, they make you chug-a-lug some of the shake right there and then, so they can give you more. That turned rather strange. The lady wound up yelling at me, "Just drink some! Just drink some!" And I was yelling back, "Please could I have a straw?" There was a giant cement mixer nearby, making it hard for anyone to hear, I'll give her that. But the straw was definitely not part of their super-weird formula. They kept making too much for everyone, requiring each person to chug it on the spot and hand it back. I should have chugged more. I don't think I'll go back. Too much stress in a NYC line. That one was on 47th between Park Avenue and Vanderbilt. I got the Dawn Shake: banana-mango-blueberry-strawberry. I don't think they let you customize fruit combos.

The second one, where you can get any three fruits, is my last summer old standby, on 46th between Fifth & Sixth Avenues. He is the same owner of the cart that raised their price to $4 (on the corner of 44th & Sixth Avenue), so I figured he raised his price too. But no! Thankfully I checked today. I am going to guzzle these shakes at 3 bucks each while I can. In moderation. Even though "guzzle" doesn't suggest moderation. But I'll be moderate. It's not like I upgrade to the 20 ounce or anything.