Jul

23

Cinderblock Orchids

I may know how to cook and sew but one thing is 100% true and that is I know nothing about gardening. Wake up and talk to plants in the morning? I can barely remember to water them! I’m too busy worrying about my dog’s watering cup being filled …

Anyway recently I saw t his cinderblock and felt the need to place some orchids in them. Does it work? Yes. But just like anything else you need to remember water it. 99% of the time the reason why my orchids die is because there’s too much sun exposure or I’ve forgotten to water it. With this method I tried everything from watering the dirt, the cinderblock, and even placing ice on top of the concrete. They lasted quite long…but you should still do your research on google and find out as much as you can.

So anyway why did I place some ice on top of the concrete? On my instagram account the minute I posted this photo there was a whole thread consisting of conversation between professional florists and women who had tried watering their orchids too. Of course having slung tons of content before, I made sure to say, “….you know, I’m never sure, I tried it this way, but we can talk about it…” I think this is so important. I hate this idea of one person overlooking an entire brand or lifestyle or “way to live” as a standard. I am 100% sure from my blogging experience that there is always someone out there to prove you wrong. Always.

Anyways, all I did here was transfer the entire plant into the cinderblocks. The ice works just fine, as it melts naturally into the stone. I placed a towel under the dirt so that the water doesn’t seep into the surface. Orchids are challenging to keep at home, keep alive that is. This easily works with other flowers … Or I’d assume so.

IMG_0971

0 Comments

Jul

23

No fuss entertaining, simple shots …

You could go on a weird Sandra Lee style craft binge decorating your living space with all sorts of disposable goods. You could dig pinterest and try to outdo your other girlfriends who had some clever setup. Or you can buy some culinary syringes and call it a day. Use your brain seriously, it works? Besides nobody can hassle you. If you try to impress people they will find some passive aggressive way to call you out on it. “Omg you did all this? Omg where do you find the time.” How ’bout no, this took me quite literally 3 seconds I’m not here to please you. You just happen to agree to come over that is all.

If you can figure out what I did … It’s quite simple. Load the alcohol into a clean metal bowl, place the syringe into the bowl and pull. Fill up and place into freezer until whoever arrives. All I say is make your life easy. You can find these syringes here.

IMG_6446

IMG_6447

If one of your guests is a bit uptight and has a problem loading these shots directly into their mouth, just tell them to grab a shot glass.

0 Comments

Jul

23

Ballet Flat for the street …

8e00232715d45d0b7baa59abe8c075ae

I need this but with little grippy things like they put on those Todd’s Gammino loafers. With an elastic criss cross ankle strap and pink leather with a slight sheen you get this ballet look without all the pain that goes along with dancing ballet.

No, I would never even consider doing ballet beautiful. But these are perfect with denim and daily walking rituals.

1 Comments

Jul

23

Stacking it from scratch …

I think this idea of doing this “bracelet” stack is so cheeseball. But in case you want to do it yourself, here is the instructional. Despite the stacking look being so 2005 in my opinion, this one actually looks enticing.

9e81d80c7f203bd0f4fbc0c448b5c10f

2 Comments

Jul

23

Favorite dress from Bebe

I never really thought of swiping at BEBE, since this mass market chain shop is no place for those kinds of shenanigans. But no, that would just sound incredibly snobby, an affectation I’ve clearly mastered …. *scoffs* … In all seriousness in 2014 I’m having more trouble finding purchase worthy goods at moderate to expensive chains that carry snooty labels. Offline or online you get what I’m saying. Places like Vince and Theory I don’t bother with. Why? Because the basics are produced masterfully in quality fabrics, but again the patterns are so easy to replicate there’s no way I could swipe.

Couture labels nowadays carry the most amazing things of course. Thing’s you’ll find on the runways of Chanel, or Dior (two couture brands that are noteworthy). But who actually shops at those places besides the wives of Oil tycoons from Texas or Dubai? Let’s just stop one second and talk about those nylon (or whatever high end material it is) trousers with pockets at Dior? You know the cargo ones? I can’t handle how great they are.

Anyhow I recently found a piece that I was super excited about, in the least expected of places. This is my first BEBE piece since like, 7th grade or so. It’s derivative of 90′s and 00′s Galliano, and I can still remember this sheer + nude compensated lace dress Kate Moss wore to some event that had me on my knees. It was a lace patchwork of sorts that, if you could imagine, was both racy and ethereal in one frock.

IMG_0184

IMG_6366

For a more casual approach I paired with a Madewell military jacket. I can’t wait to write more on this piece, as I’ve wearing this number all summer long. Short sleeved and maliciously designed again it proves Madewell is a force to be reckoned with, and not just in their jewelry department, which seems to be embellished research from Pinterest and unknown designers from Etsy.

IMG_6352

Ironically this favorite dress of mine which I feel shouldn’t even go on sale is now on sale at their chain stores. I got this when it was at $125 but it should be like half that now. Come to think of it it is not so ironic. People who could easily buy this won’t because they fear shopping at Bebe like it’s Walmart. People who don’t buy this dress may not recognize it’s value, and that’s more of a lack of fashion history and the derivative design of this dress than anything else. It doesn’t matter to me I dress to either stop traffic, to get checked out, or to get compliments. It’s really that simple.

6 Comments

Jul

22

Dispensable Glue Stick Butter

IMG_2404

This was from ages ago, I posted it directly for my followers on instagram incase they wanted any new butter presentation ideas. I post it here in case you don’t have instagram, you can try this idea out as a weekend project. Basically I took children’s glue sticks (non toxic) and refilled it with butter. You have to be careful because you must let all components of this stick clean out. Use some dishwasher detergent and hot water. Just un screw the entire thing and put it back the way it came. Use soft butter and squeeze it in.

The great thing is you just keep dispensing, then you refill. No dishwasher necessary, unless you want to use it for other things like solidifying oils and such.

6 Comments

Jul

22

Megu NYC ….

As promised I deliver the rest of these Megu restaurant photos from the last time I was there …

If you’re in town you should definitely book a reservation. Restaurants like this don’t excite me because I can make most of this at home. But you come to this restaurant not necessarily for the food (though it’s very delicious) … It’s really for the theatrics. You know everything here is quite literally a smoke show. If you can’t afford MEGU trust me you can go to Yakitori or Kenka it is similar and much cheaper.

IMG_0420

(more…)

2 Comments

Jul

22

Cold creek brewing …

I found these set of wooden products by COLD CREEK BREWING…Usually I like things to look hi-tech and re-dubbed for something more futuristic but it’s fine, I’m obsessed enough with this catalogue to share it here. I initially saw this 90 degree wine rack floating on top of a doorway and I thought it looked very dry. I always like dry. You know…no frills design. But it’s very clever isn’t it.

Sure, the fact that it’s near a door may make you nervous. If you’re paranoid like me you fear that one might fall on top of your head. But it’s not possible if you think about it. How is a wine bottle going to magically float over your head every time you open a door? If there’s an earthquake sure, but let’s pray that there isn’t.

Secondly you could argue that these wine bottles look like they’re going to fall off. I’m not sure as I don’t own one and I don’t have experience, but this method of sliding in the cork opening is quite common on etsy, a lot of people are doing it. I’m going to assume it’s safe.

il_fullxfull.310862470

il_fullxfull.328030900

A while ago my mother and I were arguing. Who cares who does it first. It’s the one who makes bank on it first according to it’s trendiness that wins. I mean sure it’s very true. Who cares really? You only start to care about who does things first when you start designing and selling things yourself. I hate when designers say we shouldn’t argue about such things. But most people I know? They get mad, at least secretly. I could totally see West Elm for example, knocking this off and selling it to their yuppie clientele. I really hope West Elm designers aren’t reading my blog, ugh.

1 Comments

Jul

22

Sartorial confusion during the summer …

I am apologizing in advance for the overflooding of content here.. I am actually cleaning up my desk top today and there’s a ton of content I should air out otherwise I won’t be able to work, talk about clutter. Good for you if you actually need some light reading material.

During the summer one of the biggest challenges is dressing for the weather. How do we even call it “weather” anymore. I feel like I’m getting like 10 different kinds of weather in one day. It’s raining, it’s siberia in the office, it’s like a sauna outside, on the bus or subway I’m in a refrigerator. That’s why people look at me weird wearing a peacoat in the middle of summer. No, seriously, I freeze my butt off when nobody regulates the AC.

IMG_7174

I always cool off with Slurpees. I don’t know about you but I’ve been ordering hot dogs at 7-11 for breakfast. You get free chips with it.

IMG_7183

This peacoat is from JOSEPH UK and with leather sleeves I chopped it off at the elbow. A pair of baggy plaid pants is a no brainer for daily office dressing.

1 Comments
Get Adobe Flash player