Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The IOU Project

I received an email from the IOU project yesterday with this video attached.
The wee 3 minute film offers a compelling argument and some great graphic design, so I hope you'll check it out.

Who knows how their pieces will turn out but I do hope well.
There is such a need to keep people in the product-making business and artisanship not only alive but thriving. Here and Everywhere.

As prototypes of the textiles and the garments become available I hope to share them here.
In the meantime, I'm feeling extra inspired to incorporate the vintage, local, handmade, and one-of-a-kind wares that my wardrobe is full of into more outfits these days.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

This Mercedes of Mine

A minimalist I am not.

Try as I may to trim down my packing, my projects, and perhaps, from time to time, my purchases (thrifting only I SWEAR) I always seem to end up with more than I have room for. Which is why ADF and I are on the search for wheels of the wagon variety.

A vintage Mercedes 300TDT to be technical about it.

Not only have I long loved the aesthetic and the sentimental pangs that they impart (my father surprised my dear mother with a 280SL convertible when they became engaged) but I adore (read: need) their roominess. Some versions even offer soccer seats in the back. Perfect for field trips with a wagon full of friends! And pretty much imperative.

Below, a barrage of Benzes.
May one someday be mine.

The Colors:

Bay Window Back (Soccer) Seat Please:

Its Sibling the Sedan:

The Adventures Ahead:

Bio Diesel conversion post pending...

Friday, April 1, 2011

Play It As It Lays: Joan Didion Style

I just finished reading Play It As It Lays. And now I'm on to imagining what Joan Didion's life might have been like while she wrote it.

The novel is:
Dry, desperate and rushingly rhetorical.
About one woman's cycle of self destruction, her uncontrollable ennui and the almost graceful determination with which she ensures her own doom.
Set against the hot malaise of early 70's L.A.
The sort of story that makes you want to wear your smallest dress and your darkest shades as you drive fearlessly into the desert with nothing else but pills and cigarettes and an emptiness where your soul used to be.

It's a perfect read for when you are feeling like disaster.

And as for the author, I admire her words and I have to say the same goes for her style, which has certainly influenced my vision of how her protaganist must have looked. Lean and bird-like, lightly touched by the sun, wearing long skirts and sandals and the look of quiet brilliance.

"I know what "nothing" means, and keep on playing."
-Play It As It Lays

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One Piece, That's All I Ask

Every summer I covet Zimmerman's swimwear collection.
I think this season it's time to spring for this:

It may be a bit too warmly toned to flatter my parasol pallor but I can't help imagining myself by the seashore in this sucker.

More sea-ready sets here.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tro lo lo Love

My friends Jimuna and Alex became engaged not long ago.

The proposal which took place before a storm on an abandoned seaglass covered beach outside of Atlantic City, involved Al spotting a ring box amongst the flotsam on shore. His now-suspicious lady opened it, found it empty, and, understandably, spun around swinging. Having fallen for another of his many pranks, she was decidedly unamused.

Jimuna never managed to make contact, as her clever cad had already dropped to his knee. Smiling wickedly. Ring at the ready.

She told him, wearing it makes her feel like this.

Congratulations my dears. You two are a team I just adore.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

deeply in like with these lace pants by Free People (of all people)

Free People has long been a brand outdone by their brethren (the whimsical, if folksy Anthropologie on one end and the clever, cheap and delightfully copycatish Urban Outfitters at the other) but they are finally producing some fashions which are making me look twice. Or at least giving me pause before tossing their catalogue.

At the apex of this improvement are these super trousers, which I have been imagining myself in since spotting them in their January look book. Incedentaly they will be spot on for my trip to South East Asia this february. Though the fact that they are see-through may cause a stir when on visit to holy shrines... I digress.

Don't you too enjoy the cuff, the cut and the oversized pattern? So good.

Apparently these are by a brand called SQ which are either Aussie or Japanese, I can't seem to decipher, either way a great addition to the FP repetoire.

I do hope they'll keep on with this style upswing.

Available here at freepeople.com

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wave Goodbye, Love Inks

In the spirit of saying so long to 2010 here is a track from the great Love Inks album of the same name.
This video makes me miss Austin + it also make me wish Sherry + Kevin had more songs online so I could share their dreamy, lo-fi, far-away talent with you all.

I guess we just have to wait. But since I hear that they've been signed I suspect it won't be long.

Love Inks - Wave Goodbye from Love Inks on Vimeo.

Goodbye 2010.
Thanks for finally coming to an end.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

List Lust: Holiday Edition

It's a festivus miracle! A blog post in december! And my, has it been a bit... well, more than a bit an AGE. But now is the time when wishes come true... and when wishes are made, of course.

So here are some of mine.

Since summer I have been dreaming about adding a kiss of color to the underside of my locks in a shade quite like this. Now that it is dark and cold and my tendrils are no longer quite so sun bleached and bright it seems the right time to jazz up the dark side.

c/o Givenchy

Achieved best, I imagine, with the help of a professional (if you have a great colorist please sign me up) or for dramatic effect attempted with this classic:

+ Manic Panic c/o Opening Ceremony

I may have told you that there is no more room in my life for outerwear. Because there isn't. Or my apartment's floor will collapse.

Which is why I am thinking of hanging this coat just outside my front door. It's the same shape as the one I have from last season and is to be adored.

+Yigal Azrouel c/o Bird

It seems that said coat would enjoy the addition of some cozy leg covers, as it does only hit around the knee, which is where these serious socks come into play. I think I'd use the the blue ones most?

pendleton c/o OpeningCeremony

As far as my feet are concerned these brogue hybrids are going to be a highlight of our spring. Part of the shoe collection I worked on with Samantha Pleet + Osborn for 2011, they are Osborn's first sandal. Here they feature a japanese linen dot. And they're dope.

Samantha Pleet x Osborn

And while we're at it, I wouldn't say no to these items from her collection either.

Spring 2011 shot by the dreamy ADF c/o refinery29

Speaking of the handsome Andrew De Francesco, I'd been mourning the failed purchase of this ring (second down), which we thought would be such a tops wedding band when we found it, since it was bought out from under me last May.

Recently however, we had the terrific fortune of finding it's buyer and re-creator in the amazing Caitlin Mociun--who wisely freaks for Erie Basin as much as I do and who customizes things brilliantly.

+wedding ring x mociun

Oh and I do desire these earrings as well.

+earrings x mociun

Another wish which I'd like to put out in the universe is that the wise, warm, funny, beautiful, other worldly, generous, and generally sensational Chrissie Abbott comes to visit us in New York more often. Or that I get unlimited airline travel to London to see her and the rest of our favourites there. Should those prove too difficult I will happily take some of her tremendous work to hang on our walls for the time being.

Another Dimension c/o Chrissie Abbott

Oh and I would really like a dog.

Since ADF will murder you if you make this dream come true, I suggest donating some dollars to the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons. Much less of a commitment and far less life endangering than if you were to bring me my dream dog, seen below.

Biscuit Avocado Buttons (who has found a happy home that is not ours) c/o Petfinder

I also wish for world peace.
And for all of my favourites to have a radical holiday season and a super fullfilling and successful new year.

Oh and I wish for all of your wishes to come true too.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

i really love this lip stain ok?

and I think you should get it.

Josie Maran. Lipstain. Marachino Cherry Red. Now.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Swim Whim

ADF and I are heading to his old stomping ground of Austin, Texas next week.
The sun will be shining, the clouds few and the temperature an awesome 89.

I think this Pucci Maillot would just be marvelous to sport when floating around Barton Springs no?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010

get this instant

These polaroid scarves by Philippe Roucou are available right now for purchase at Reborn. And they are, as most things which involve Edwin Land's priceless invention tend to be, awesome.

If, however, you do not have 449 Canadian Dollars on hand, slash, you find your own work more scintillating, you might want to make your own version, eh? Perfect for present-giving, wall-hanging, gift-wrapping, and of course scarf-wearing.

if i were to snag a scarf, the above are my favourites.

I intend to involve Ms Lightning in this endeavor seeing as her DIY skillz are nearing canal-street-counterfeit-goodness, and I'm already brewing ideas on which of my own works should be made wearable. Perhaps one from the Teen Vogue vision quest of aught nine?

I hope you make one too!


Thursday, April 15, 2010

home, movies

This is what movie-watching at our house looks like.
The only difference is that our couch is not striped and Andrew is much much better looking than Nanny.

Thank gawd we are finally spending a night in!