Monday, August 27, 2007

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wandering Star - Portishead



I know I've been a very bad blogger lately. Truthfully, I've had a lot on my mind lately. Ever since I got back from Boston, my life has been a whirlwind of decision making. And honestly, I'm not sure if I always make the right decisions. The only thing I know to be true is that I don't know where I'm suppose to be right now. Everywhere has it's perks, but no place is particularly grabbing my interests as in "this is where I need to be". (Sigh). Anyways, here's some pictures from Boston.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Opus 23 - Dustin O'Halloran


In Boston for a couple of days. Be back in the city soon.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Love For Sale - Stephane Grapelli

If there was such a thing as fashion love at first sight. . . mine would be Marni. Today, I can proudly announce that my fashion love is unrequited and true. I braved the Barney's Warehouse sale yesterday at 8am and left with a deeply discounted Marni CASHMERE sweater and a pair of $79 Acne jeans (down from $298). Ain't love grand?



But back to the sale. One would think that after the age of kindergarten snatching, grabbing, pushing and shoving all for material items would subside. On the contrary. . . we put away those skills and drag them out, specifically for sales as big as the Barney's Annual Warehouse sale. But aside from witnessing some horrendous behaviour. . . there's lots of good humour at a sale like that too. You see, when you shop alone. . .because of a lack of mirrors and fitting room space, you suddenly find yourself "best fashion friends" with the lone shopper next to you. You're both standing in your underwear, being brutally honest about the outfit which you are trying on hurridly. It's this amazing bonding phenomenon! Nothing says "we are friends", like telling someone that the $200 dress which they want to buy does absolutely nothing for them. And at times like that, we are all grateful for the truth.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Wouldn't Live Anywhere Else - Rachel's



Yesterday, I had quite the girly day with my sister. We met up (totally unplanned) at our hair salon. I was reading Zadie Smith's "On Beauty", while I was under the hair dryer. I'm really enjoying this book. I can barely put it down. "White Teeth", took me a little while to get into. . . but not the case at all with "On Beauty".

Mercedes (our hair stylists), has a little bird which she nursed back to health.

He swoops back and forth through the shop. If you're not alert, he will definitely poop on your head. Or stop for a moment to take a break.

Yesterday's outfit had to be both easy to manage but easy to transistion into night. Since I live in Brooklyn, sometimes it's more of a pain-in-the-derriere to go home, if you're spending the day in Manhattan. I spent my day at the hair salon, shopping and then evening we went to a going-away dinner party and out for drinks with a friend from Holland. I say, you can never go wrong with cheap shorts, a Marc Jacobs top and Payless flats. I love mixing different elements of pricey and no-so-pricey pieces in my wardrobe.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Digital Love - Daft Punk


If the streets of Williamsburg seemed empty on Thursday night, it's because most of the living population was at Daft Punk. And if you weren't there. . . well you missed out on a GREAT party.

A for awesomely wonderful
Badass robot helmets
Can't believe their expensive set design
Dammit I wish my DC friends and my sister were there. . .

I took some pictures for the mag's website. . . hopefully they'll make it up next week (finger's crossed).












UPDATE: If you're featured in any of these photos, you can also find them at: www.nylonmag.com - ENJOY!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Brand New Key - Melanie


"For somebody who don't drive,
I've been all around the world,
some people say,
I've done alright for a girl!"

Upon hearing of Kate and Andy Spade's departure from the Kate Spade company, I immediately got nostalgic about my own past with Kate Spade.
I first saw my Kate Spade bag in London Heathrow. It was 1999 and the nylon was all the rage. There was a young lady, sporting Maharishi pants and lugging my bag as her carry-on. I noted how the bag made her whole ensemble appear "pulled together" and I had always strived to be the savvy traveller that races through the airport with one carry-on. I made up my mind then, that I had to have it. So when I finally started working in television as a camera assistant, I saved my first two paychecks and when the time was right, my father drove me to Neiman Marcus. My hands trembled as I counted out the $20's (it was a big purchase for a teenager in suburbia). But I've never regretted it once. The bag's been to two continents, several states, five countries and doubled as a school bag at times in college. I've gotten my money's worth.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Life on Mars - David Bowie


Ever wonder what happens at the end of the day at big fashion magazines? Today we all gathered around my department's computer and watched this music video, with the editor-and-chief who counts it as one of his favourites. And sometimes. . . I feel relieved that I work with creative people. . .

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Hot Chick in Charge - Uffie




These pictures of Uffie and Fafi together are like a friggin' girly overload! Which is kind of what I need. I worked a solid day as a camera assistant (aka a utility), in temperatures soaring past 100 degrees. Most people seem to have this grossly misrepresented idea in their head that television is really glamourous. I have yet to see the glamourous side of it (honestly)! Even on the projects which appear to be fun and light hearted, you sweat and work very hard and your feet get quite smelly from running around. Andy Roddick passed me today while I was lugging camera cables, covered in sweat and looking like pigpen. Another high point of my life.
I'm going to go paint my toenails now.

Photos:http://web.mac.com/thecarminevault/iWeb/ - Fafi's page
(PS- Tomorrow I get to look cute because I'm stage managing which is more money, less grunting and physical labour, but more stress and sometimes getting-yelled-at).

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Shiva Loka - Alice Coltrane


Alice Coltrane's experimental jazz pieces go perfectly with hibiscus tea (or cafe au laits) and balmy summer nights. As does my favourite new, 70's hot house mom dress. . . which I found on sale at Urban Outfitters for $20.


My Grammy LOVES these shoes (payless, $14.99), because she probably would have had a pair when she was my age too. Essentially, I look like my grandmother did, in the 70's.
photo: www.tinymixtapes.com

Cold Water Music - Aim



My hibiscus at my parent's house is in full bloom. . . and in honor of all things summer, here is a recipe for a lovely tea:

Hibiscus Tea or Karkade

Heat 2 cups of water in a pot.
When it starts boiling add a fistful of Hibiscus flowers and boil for four minutes.
Remove from the stove and sift to a pitcher.
Add 2 cups of cool water to the pot and let it stand for about 10 minutes so the flowers release all their colour.
After the 10 minutes have passed sift again to the pitcher.
The karkade should be neither too red nor too clear, but rather the colour of non-concentrated cranberry juice.
Add sugar to taste, then chill until cool.
Karkade is enjoyed with the main meal, or as a refreshment on very hot days.

Just like my wonderful Grammy used to make in St. Thomas on particularly hot days. Yummy!