Tuesday, July 20, 2010

KNOW || WATCH: Diane Horner's Country Hip Hop

This is the funniest video ever! Fashion-wise, it's a nod to 80s country style. Need tips for how to do the running man? This video has it.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

KNOW || LINKS: Funniest web site ever

The letters that David, author of this site, writes are hilarious. It's the crazy person behind the sane veneer.  Many different situations some of which may seem familiar to all of us. Read through --- too funny.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

KNOW || LINKS: Dear Blank Please Blank

Pretty cool idea. I definitely have many letters I'd like to write!


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

BUY || WEAR: I love leather skirts

Today's post is definitely more relevant for the fall season. Or at least when temperatures are not hovering between the high 80s and mid-90s! However, just have to share that I am in love with leather skirts that have exquisite draping! Check out Australia's Kirrily Johnston. Her designs make me swoon for the fall --- although the lengthier styles do not seem to be available.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

INSPIRED || STYLE: Elle Magazine does Sia

I love Sia. Her newest album is out - you can stream 6 of the album's tracks here (my favorite so far is I'm in Here).  And, if you want to move to one of her classics, Breathe Me is one of the most gorgeous songs out there.

Kudos to Elle Magazine which just did its online Wardrobe Chic feature on this Australian songstress (side note: this is why Elle and its parent company are way more advanced than the other magazine dot-coms; Elle is not afraid to put content online that does not first live in the magazine - gives them so much more flexibility and room for innovation!). Given Sia's music, it is no wonder her taste is so unique, complex, and individuated.

(All photos from Elle.com)

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

INSPIRED || LISTEN: Alicia Keys' Unthinkable

I am in love with this song.  Download here (featuring Drake).


Moment of honesty
Someone's gotta take the lead tonight
Whose it gonna be?
I'm gonna sit right here
And tell you all that comes to me
If you have something to say
You should say it right now
(Drake: You should say it right now)

You ready?


You give me a feeling that I never felt before
And I deserve it, I think I deserve it
(Drake: I deserve it, I think it deserve it..Let it go)
It's becoming something that's impossible to ignore
And I can't take it
(Drake: I can't take it)

Chorus-Alicia & Drake:

I was wondering maybe
Could I make you my baby
If we do the unthinkable would it make us look crazy
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready, I'm ready)
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready, I'm ready)

Verse 2:
I know you once said to me
"This is exactly how it should feel when it's meant to be"
Time is only wasting so why wait for eventually?
If we gon' do something 'bout it
We should do it right now
(Drake: We should do it right now)

Bay, uh


You give me a feeling that I never felt before
And I deserve it, I know I deserve it
(Drake: I deserve it, I know I deserve it. Let it go)
Its becoming something that's impossible to ignore
It's what we make it
(Drake: It's what we make it)

Chorus-Alicia & Drake:

I was wondering maybe
Could I make you my baby
If we do the unthinkable would it make us look crazy
Or would it be so beautiful either way I'm sayin'
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready I'm ready)
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready)

Yeah, sing...


Why give up before we try
Feel the lows before the highs
Clip our wings before we fly away
I can't say I came prepared
I'm suspended in the air
Won't you come be in the sky with me

Chorus-Alicia & Drake:

I was wondering maybe
Could I make you my baby
If we do the unthinkable would it make us look crazy
Or would it be so beautiful either way I'm sayin'
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready, I'm ready)
If you ask me I'm ready
(Echo: I'm ready, I'm ready)

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

KNOW || LINKS OF THE WEEK: What I found interesting

~ Luxury porta-potties @ Cannes. [via Luxist]

~ Some "...guys get like a Fu Manchu on their backs..." - the new quest for the hairless torso. [via NYT]

~ From Deadwood to Mad Men, stylist Janie Bryant is the true storyteller...no clothes, no story.[via WSJ Magazine]

~ A piece of Steinbeck's Eden [via Art Daily]

~ Goop to Naag, where do these names come from? [via Fader]

~ The real Pamela Love [via Stylelikeu]

~ If the Assembly team is behind it, then you've gotta believe that Everybody's Going To Heaven [via Racked]

~ I just love Jeffrey Eugenides [via New Yorker]

~ Lonny Magazine's new issue is out [via Lonny]

~ Can Moleskine please make a cover for the iPad? [via Moleskine]


Wednesday, June 16, 2010

BUY || MULTIPURPOSE: Buy a 1982 Volvo station wagon from Vena Cava

The girls at Vena Cava are so creative. Their pop-up garage sale is so well done, I wish more people sold stuff like this.  Buy a 1982 Volvo station wagon if you like (belongs to Sophie), or any one of the diverse items from the designers' private collection ranging from an African triangle bead belt, to a Pakistani sword, to an archival dress from Vena Cava. Some of my favorites below.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

INSPIRED || TRAVEL: What was in my travel bag on Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day 2010 --- came and went like most holidays. Although only 2 weeks ago, already feels like a lifetime. I've been meaning to make this post not only because I want to talk holiday (my favorite topic) but also give some love to Saranac Lake, NY.  A five hour drive from Manhattan, the Adirondacks, of which Saranac Lake is a part, are just AMAZING (six million acres of parkland!). You are surrounded by nature - you can hear the rustle of the leaves, the chirp of a bird, and the soft hum of a nearby motorist. I really felt at peace - the drive was amazing. Sometimes you felt like you were driving through a mountain.  I highly recommend it.

The best place to stay is the Mirror Lake Inn which is located in Lake Placid, NY proper. Lake Placid has been home to two of the Winter Olympics and still has training facilities. Mirror Lake Inn (which sits on Mirror Lake, not Lake Placid) is probably most beautiful in the winter especially around the holidays but pretty wonderful in the spring/summer as well.

What you must do if you go up there is rent a boat -- a little fishing boat is just fine although there are more fancy boats to rent as well. Go to Ampersand Bay and take the boat out onto Lower Saranac Lake. Stop at any one of the dozens of islands on the lake --- pick a private spot --- lay down your picnic blanket and your spread. You won't regret it! When we went, we dove into the waters, lay on the rocks for the sun to dry us off and had a yummy lunch of sandwiches from a local deli. Definitely worth the trip.

Oh, so back to the title of this post! Here are some of the main items in my travel bag for the boat ride:
1. Steven Alan beach blanket
2. Helmut Lang cardigan
3. Necklaces: Arielle de Pinto long chain & Manu foil
4. Panama Jack straw hat
5. Lightweight cotton scarf
6. Miu Miu leather sandals

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Monday, May 17, 2010

INSPIRED || READ: Holland Cotter, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times art critic

Over this past weekend, I spent some quality time with my new 3G iPad, doing what I love best: cruising the web.  I started off this weekend cruise going to my most favorite sites for news and fashion but then quickly rerouted to a suite of apps that I downloaded with glee from the iPad app store. One of the best free iPad apps is the NYT Editors' Choice app which aggregates the best of the best from the paper, organized by category (features, technology, etc.) as selected by the editors.  In the Features section of the app, I came across Holland Cotter's essay on poet, Emily Dickinson (for those in NYC, the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx has re-imagined Dickinson's world into a gorgeous exhibit that runs through May 31).

I have never been an avid reader of poetry and subsequently my interaction with Dickinson's work has been limited to high school honors English classes many years ago when the Norton Anthology books made it from my locker into my bookbag almost nightly.  After reading Cotter's essay,  I feel like the human form of Dickinson has re-entered my reader consciousness and I can't wait to be re-introduced to Miss Emily.  Cotter's essay was written with such fluidity, I felt like the words were rolling off the page into a stream of water.  He makes you **feel** how empowering and vigorous the impact of words can be.

A few of my favorite excerpts:

"I know exactly what she meant, because her poetry has that effect. Ambush is its strategy. It knocks the breath out of you and leaves you giddy, like a nanosecond-long roller coaster ride. If you visit the Dickinson show at the New York Botanical Garden, which I recommend, and watch people’s faces as they read the poems posted around the grounds, you may see that power in action."

"It’s a power she acquired in part by being, in some essential way, an outsider, but also from seeing that identity, not as a disability, but as a saving grace, and one that carries responsibilities:

The Province of the Saved

Should be the Art — to save

I love to think of kids, especially contrarian, odd-fit kids, coming across Dickinson’s Twitter-size poems for the first time, then learning about her life, a life that years ago, for at least one other kid, made being different not just O.K., but something to want to be.
And maybe those kids will decide to pay a call on her. The Homestead was a private residence in 1963 when I was there. 

Two years later Amherst College bought it; now it’s a museum, with thousands of people visiting every year. In my mind, I visit too; a lot. Dickinson means as much to me now as she ever did, maybe more. I keep coming back to knock on that front door."

For those who are interested, read up on Mr. Cotter. He's a Pulitzer Prize winning author as well as an art critic for the NYT. A bit about his work here. I'm going to read just about anything Mr. Cotter writes!

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