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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.





happy tg!

I made a new tablecloth and decided to go all colorful for our TG table this year. Lots to be thankful for, that's for sure. Happy TG everyone!!!!





Check out these upcycled zipper bags by my friend Supermaggie. They're one-of-a-kind, so shop fast. Supermaggie and I did an indie designer show together years ago and I got an awesome hot pink felted scarf from her, which I love to this day. ‪#‎shopindie‬




brooklyn is lousy with markets

I love a good market. And lucky for me, Brooklyn is becoming wall-to-wall with markets. Well practically. And where there isn't an indie designer market or a flea market or a locally-made food market or a night bazaar with indie designers, fleas and locally-made food, there's a hand-painted mural advertising another one in Manhattan. A Holiday Pop-Up totally counts as a market. Today was the last day of Smorgasburg. I I hope more vendors showed up over the course of the day. We were out pretty early. And it was pretty darn cold today. Here are some pertinent links. Photos from top:

  1. Smorgasburg mugs and totes! Gotta love market branding. 
  2. Smorgasburg, Williamsburg ends today for the season. Because it's darn cold.
  3. Artists & Fleas, Williamsburg. The original market the neighborhood, and they just made their space twice as wide (debuted Nov 1). They also have locations in Chelsea Market and LA.
  4. The Market NYC originated in NoLita. One month ago they opened a second location in Williamsburg, in the cooperative space near Spoonbill and Sugartown
  5. The Market NYC
  6. Tictail started online and added a market later. They're a Swedish company. I am totally checking out their Holiday Pop-Up on 90 Orchard Street. 
  7. Smorgasburg on a warmer day. Pizza Moto is my utter favorite.




in hot pursuit of a handbag, #14

What is it about gold hardware on a black bag with a chain double-strap that makes you think luxe? Chanel. End of sentence. It's easy to evoke a luxury feel with these hardware details, thanks to Chanel who did it so singly and strongly.

Let's take Marc Jacobs, for example. He had his own signature bag style in 2004. It was wonderful. And then he abandoned it to make Chanel-look bags with quilted leather and chain straps. Why? I really do want to know why.

But anyway, the bag my subject was carrying in Midtown is likely luxe, given the proportions and the nice quality of leather. Does anyone want to venture a guess as to the brand?

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very painterly

I like the chaos of the composition #streetart #Williamsburg

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image of the day

Taken on October 5. I thought the structure was rather pagoda-like. Again, I love the high contrast light.

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yes, you want this too

Or at least I want you to want this.

Ann Taylor Loft 3" wide braided leather belt -- brand new 
(was $39.50; now $16.98) on my Ebay shop!

How about now?
Yes, you want this.

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la esquina in williamsburg

Wednesday night seemed like a good night for celebrating, so we found ourselves making a beeline to La Esquina in Williamsburg. I had taken a photo of the Happy Hour sign days before, you know, for future reference. We ate indoors in the converted chrome "rail car" style diner on the bar side.

The drinks were very tasty -- not overly sweet. The atmosphere was comfortable, warm and cozy. And we had a very nice bartender -- we'll call him Brian, because his name was Brian -- who comped us a round, which was rather excellent. All in all, very celebratory. The chips, salsa and guacamole were pricey at $15, but hey, we were celebrating. Sometimes it's fun to spend a little too much.

Cafe de la Esquina
225 Wythe Avenue (Metropolitan/N 3rd)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Happy Hour: W-F noon-7pm
Sat-Sun 11am-6pm

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James Cagney ‪#‎streetart‬ ‪#‎brooklyn‬

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sweater #43 goes up on the auction block

Ideally, I'd like to encyclopedically wear everything in my closet. Like from Left to Right, A to Z. I know a woman who works at Seventeen who does just that. She wears a dress a day, L to R, then moves a new batch to the front. That seems like heaven to me, to get that much use out of what you already own.

I've been inventorying each category of clothing I own over the past year, writing down every piece I have, so I can either wear it, or put it on the chopping block (Ebay). Today I inventoried my sweaters. I have 42. Is that a lot? It sounds like a lot. Approximately how many sweaters do you own? For the record, I am keeping all 42. I have one for sale on Ebay. But this one is #43.

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russo's rocks for food and stuff

I am just going to come right out and say it. Russo's in Park Slope, whether it's their 7th Avenue location or their 5th Avenue location*, makes the best vegetarian Italian sandwiches in Brooklyn. Oh wait, Lorimer Market in Williamsburg also makes the best vegetarian Italian sandwiches in Brooklyn. Their "Mikey Bags" is all eggplanty and delicious. So stay tuned for a post devoted to Lorimer Market. But this one is for Russo's.

Russo's fresh mozzarella is heavenly. And they do wonders with their garlicy sauteed broccoli rabe. We always share two sandwiches when we go, and bring them all the way back on the G to Greenpoint. That's dedication to a sandwich. We're specific like that. One fabulous sandwich is broccoli rabe, fresh mozzarella, sun dried tomato. The other fabulous sandwich is broccoli rabe, portabello mushroom, artichoke. The guys who make the sandwiches are so nice. Then again, the guys who make the sandwiches at Lorimer Market are so nice too.

So we're pretty lucky to live in Brooklyn with all these great vegetarian Italian sandwiches that are under $10 and are large enough for dinner. I should probably close with a hashtag. #brooklynrocksforfoodandstuff

Russo's Mozzarella and Pasta
363 7th Avenue (10th/11th Streets)
Park Slope, Brooklyn
*their East Village location doesn't make sandwiches

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image of the day

I liked the high-contrast color combination on this building in Williamsburg. I wonder what the button does.

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preppy red bamboo belts for you and yours

At long last, I've listed my Bamboo Belts on Ebay. They're cute and preppy and make good gifts ($11.40 a piece). The red twill tape is 1.5" wide and the bamboo rings are real bamboo. I have all sizes XS S M L. 

Check out other bamboo items on my Ebay shop.

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two cups a day

Strawberries*, four walnuts**, iced green tea***. Just the pep i need to shoot more stuff for Ebay.

*This is a supplement to my usual breakfast of pb toast & coffee, which occurred 30 minutes prior.

**I don't love walnuts, but I like them enough to eat a few, and they are good for you. I have resolved to eat four walnuts per day.

***I probably never have to buy green tea again. When I was told by a nutritionist to drink two cups a day, I thought great! I already have a decent supply on hand. I make a pitcher of iced green tea every few days. It's great on a long run too. I fill one of my water bottles with water and the other with tea. I much prefer it to Gatorade, which is blucky.




image of the day

Note the ghostly sign above the rather specatcular entry. "PANDEMIC". I wonder what this once was. On Broadway in Williamsburg.





Mozzarella, pesto & tomato sandwiches before they are pressed. Additional flavor: balsamic reduction, tomato bruschetta, black pepper. The bread is garlic focaccia. All in all, pretty delectable. To go with the souped-up vegetable and lentil soup.

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