This short captures exactly how it feels for me when I slip into my own running shoes.
10x10 Presents Girl Rising (Official Trailer)
Bonjour! I did not want a soul to think, for a second, that I had lost my way, SO I have been working night & day (or as much as possible) on a brand new website. For now, I leave you with these Missoni/Converse gems. What have I been saying? Sporty. Chic.
As I approach my quarter century mark, I reminisce on the days that I would jot down birthday wishlist after wishlist. Being late March, meaning April is only just around the corner, warmer days are hovering on the cusp of our inevitable winter blues here in the Northeast. This means, shoes are on the mind. Shoes. Shoes. And more shoes. I am already craving open toed wedges or at the very least, flats into which I can slip sock-free.
1- Grace by Shoemint - I need a hit of metallic in my shoe collection and these delicate sandals-meet-flats do it just right with textured snakeskin & a wrap-around ankle detail.
2- The Tri-Buckle Wedge by Madewell - Buckled over socks in the Spring or barefeet in the summer, these wedges are a MUST for me.
3- Gabby Suede Sandles by J. Crew - I saw this shoe modeled in their latest motley lookbook. A sandal, but not so casual. A heel, perfectly fit for day time fun. (Note the cobalt blue.)
(I’m a 7 1/2, in case you are wondering.)
If you are in design or pd as your line of work, or if you just love playing with felted pom-poms and ric-racs, tiny and exaggerated, you must visit Tinsel Trading. Check out the metallic tassels in the bottom left photo — these are vintage French tassels from the 1930s and they actually make your heart skip a beat.
If you find yourself venturing uptown a bit, stop yourself at Columbus Circle to peruse the Against the Grain exhibit. Featuring woodworkers that woo you start-to-finish, the current collection focuses on the juxtaposition of form and function — at times with an a la Alice (in wonderland) twist.
I think it takes some time to truly understand what it is you like about a space, to recognize the similarities both in aesthetic and also feeling. As of late, all I crave is natural light. I love my apartment, don’t get me a wrong, but it’s a mostly dark space lined with neighboring brownstones and topped with 2 additional apartments. I want tiles and hardwood floors, clean white cabinets, lamps that hang low and natural light that saturates the space. The room pictured on the left starts with a white canvas, layering in iron, raw wood and a stunning display of tile work. The room pictured on the right, again takes advantage of the mostly white space, detailing with straight black lines, pops of color and a tile floor resembling a Parisian brasserie. I love the look that these 2 images share—utilitarian without abandoning all femininity, clean and luminous without feeling sterile. Someday, my home will look like this (fingers crossed).
Have you ever noticed that when black and white are paired together, we refer to the color combo as “black & white.” Black & white stripes, black & white polka dots, or just plain black & white. Lately, I have been contemplating the white & black look, especially as the temparature begins rising and the seasons shift. I have an afflication for noir; my wardrobe, despite my half-assed attempts to interject color, consists mostly of greys, blues & blacks. I am, however, quite drawn to Emerson Fry’s Spring Collection; it adds just enough edge to a typically palm tree - sunshine kind of style. With soft wovens and just a touch of black, an effortlessly chic look is born.
LEE FRIEDLANDER - MANNEQUIN
I was revisiting some classics today when this exhibit at the Fraenkel Gallery in San Francisco caught my eye. In this more recent collection from Friedlander, he focuses his lens on the femme mannequins, the window displays in which they inhabit and the inevitable reflections of cityscapes east and west. One of my favorite elements of his work is always how he captures simple, seemingly straightforward moments, but warps them into feeling surreal, even borderline uncomfortable. This exhibit has since ended, but I suggest you daze away investigating the depths of each photograph featured online.
If you love fashion, you love trends. So then, what is the difference between the purely “trendy” ones and the ones who get it? I had this conversation with a good friend over a beer at the Standard Tap just the other day. You can spend all day & night placing looks into pretty little boxes and slapping names on them (ie “hipster” “prep” “boho”). The ones born into this world who can’t be placed into said boxes, who perhaps dip a toe in one, maybe two at the same time, all the while maintaining a comfortable distance, they are the ones who know fashion in their souls and bones alike. Today, take a trend and make it yours.
The 2 photos on the left are of model & blogger Rumi Neely of fashiontoast. I think she is a perfect example of someone who studies trends and twists them just enough.
The 4 photo collage on the right is pulled from The Sartorialist "If You’re Thinking About Hoodies" post. I love the way in which these 4 photos represent 4 separate interpretations of the sporty-chic look running rampant lately.