Sep

16

Noteworthy Shoes 2011-2012

Hands reaching or pointing to represent best of the best. I went through a phase where I had to collect shoes. Something about owning them made me feel more powerful or something, but as seasons pass I look at those same shoes I lusted after and realize they are no longer as desirable as they once were- no matter how cool the design (unless they are super classic and they never go out of style, like a converse or black loafer). It took me, oh…about 20 seasons to realize that the same thing kept happening over and over again, every season shoes were being accumulated with nowhere to go but the depths of my closet- so weird how different they look when they aren’t perched on a shimmering department store rack. The last shoes I bought were those D-squared spine boots and then…I stopped..But life is so boring without some snappy shoes! I hope my lust comes back with a vengeance. Okay, I’m going out now. Goodnight guys.

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Sep

15

Cheeky Packaging

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Sep

13

Industrialized Studding

This micro studded effect, as I mentioned before, is probably one of my favorite forms of garment decoration. Going through the comments it seems like the Versace post brought up some really great points about decoration that I actually agree with, but that doesn’t mean we can’t love what we sometimes rationalize as mindless. And I will now have to get my hands on a copy of that Adolf Loos book, but I have a feeling that the book will just reiterate thoughts that I already have on ornamentation..meaning..I’ll most likely agree with Loos. But… isn’t ornamentation worth it if your eyes are simply dazzled by the effect?

Designs below by Laurence Dacade, Alaia, and Versace.

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Sep
12

Scented Almond Milk

One reader named Nikki had left a comment about almond milk, it’s something I like to drink now because it lacks that animal-scent you get with cow’s milk. I’ve never really been a fan of soy milk but almond milk is amazing. Anyway, in the comment she mentioned that it is so easy to make your own, and so I tried it with a small batch of nuts just to test if it was in fact easy. (This is why it’s important that you guys leave useful comments because yes I do read and respond to them even though I may not comment directly, the more you tell me what you want the better it is for you.) And..yes! It was very easy, the most challenging part is finding whole blanched almonds. At whole foods you can find them in very small packages but you need a lot of nuts to make the milk, so you’ll need a big batch.

But I decided to take it a step further and create scented flavors for the almond milk. It has such a clean base that it’s perfect to flavor it with fresh herbs, I used Vanilla, Black truffle, Rose, Mint, Basil and Cinnamon to scent my milk. What’s great about this is that if you use a real vanilla bean to flavor your almond milk it tastes so much better than the artificially flavored stuff.

Also there is a VERY STRONG taste difference between my fresh almond milk and the milk I buy from stores. The one I made tastes better and creamier, the processed milk has a slightly more almond-y taste, but it’s a little fake tasting after you make your own. The best part is that you can control what you put into this milk.

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Sep

11

Versace World

There’s so much madness when you look at Versace’s older creations, this intensity is something I can see right away in works by other designers like Alaia or Raf Simons…I have two really old Versace books my mom got me during college filled with some of the most beautiful clothing, I was going through a lot of books recently looking for some inspiration..sometimes when you work on new projects it’s nice to gather some images even if they are the kind that may not work into your ideas at all…Well I am scanning these in for my personal use I thought I might as well share them. If you’re really interested in Versace’s older designs I suggest you buy Vanitas: Designs and Versace: Signatures.

This is an old polaroid shot by Warhol of Gianni Versace.

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Sep

10

Mundane Places

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Sep

08

Don’t toss it

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Sep

07

Crispy Penne

I love baked penne sometimes and the best part are those little crunchy edges. I boiled my penne until it was really soft and then I coated them in a little water and olive oil..Then I just baked them until they got very blistered and crispy on top.

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Sep

06

Rose Granola

Quick post here, this is part of a bigger post but I had to break it down because it’s too much. If you like rose scented things you will love this. I love rose flavored macarons, but it works beautifully with granola.

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