Sep

04

September style …

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Yes, it isn’t necessarily fall outside, yet….but I’m cooling off in my perforated Puma’s and stuff I normally don’t tend to wear. That was because during my years (early to late twenties) I was busying trying to be “cool” wearing Margiela, Jil Sander, C. Kane, etc.

Nowadays “cool” is no longer a priority. There is no blogger or person out in the world who does not know how to look cool. Cool, it’s easy. Being cool, it’s not. That requires practice, performance, swagger, real life that matches what you project as a brand or social person etc… Wear monochromatic uniforms. Fashion peeps love an “incognito” it bag…Like Celine Trio’s or anything by Sander (leather accessories…)…If you have some CDG leather that’s perfect, it’s exactly what you need to be “cool”. I’m almost at the point where I can’t even talk to some label obsessed fashion addict (used to be one)….Because those things don’t interest me anymore. It’s like talking to someone whose still on a boat you hopped off of ages ago.

If you wear anything by Wang make sure you’re prepared for that “sneer” from CDG and Celine sycophants.

Anyhow, I thought about it again, and I’m not embarrassed that I’m obsessed with this Forever 21 shirt, and skirt from Lululemon.

I know that women don’t need to dress for men. I really don’t. I wear things I like. But something strange happened with this outfit above…You see when I wear Jil Sander’s 3/4 length double breasted blazers with YSL cage shoes, guys don’t look at me. They don’t even TALK to me.

When I wore this out on three separate occasions (in a bar, in whole foods, and in the mall…) guys either tried to talk to me, or followed me somewhere. It’s true, I think… Men really do respond visually and the keypoint I’m trying to make is that men respond to color.

ALWAYS, always bring a leather jacket around with you. I never regret it in an Air Conditioned space.

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Sep

04

Perfect louche: A clothed life of leisure …

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“Never forced or too contrived…” From Winston Chesterfield’s book on the Duke “Style Icon: King Edward VIII

Diana Vreeland called him Mr. Chic Fatigue…

‘I have found it impossible to carry the heavy burden of responsibility and to discharge my duties as king as I would wish to do without the help of the woman I love.’ – Edward VIII (abdication speech)

“Not since his forebear King George IV in the 1820’s had a monarch lavished so much care and expense on his own personal appearance,” Ms. Taylor, the Sotheby’s specialist who has spent seven years preparing for this sale. ”He bought clothes of the finest quality but literally expected them to last a lifetime, which in fairness, many of them did.” (source)

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Sep

03

Today’s look

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You might struggle to figure out, what to wear in the mornings. I don’t. I keep it simple and very functional as I don’t have much time to fuss over complicated “looks”….In fact, if you laid out the same exact thing, denim and oxford, denim and oxford, all hung up, it would be perfect. Just like picking up the same dry cleaning set, day after day. Monday, Tuesday..Etc. The only problem is, people will think that you never do your laundry. That is the only dysfunction, with a uniform.

Comfortably sitting down, with two belts…One of them a harness (here) and another braided. You can get a tiered effect with these two belts as one creates a “empire” silhouette and the other “low waist”…

You can never go wrong with a crisp white shirt and denim.

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Sep

03

Salmon Skin Roll

As stated previously upon my visit to Megu (which was not my first time, used to go there quite a bit…) one of the things you’ll notice on the menu is not a lack of Wagyu beef, salmon roe, toro whipped up in a frenzy, or a lack of Foie Gras even. What you will notice is one huge roll, monumental roll, that is missing.

In fact, at most sushi restaurants they don’t really bother too much with this roll. For example, they will leave out KEY ingredients like GOBO and shiso, and this roll is completely pointless without them.

In some restaurants they might even do the sacrilegious and add avocado to this roll.

There is one restaurant that gets this roll perfectly. It is JEWEL BAKO, and yes their salmon skins beat NOBU. But NOBU is still pretty damn good.

As I write this, I purposely explain to you that I made this roll exactly how it should be made. In fact I’ve been making this for years. Save for the rice (which will never be as perfect as an expert sushi handler, but can you blame me for that….?) it was not as deliriously delicious as it should be. There is something wrong with my tastebuds at the moment. They are out of order. But that’s just my problem. Not yours.

Salmon skin roll as I mentioned before is like the Sin Qua Non of sushi rolls and I feel as though it is the only thing I want to order, along with some nice octopus and slabs of toro. I don’t mind the occasional salmon roe with quail egg either but in the spirit of being frank this salmon skin roll is an addiction for me (usually)…It’s a roll that if looked up on instagram only has about 30-40 hashtags and not many people are into it. Except it’s like the best roll. It’s an acquired taste for sure. The haters will say, “She thinks she’s so different…”…Uhm, not really. Once you realize how superior this roll is, once you give your buds a chance to get used to it’s unique and aromatic flavor, once you realize how this floral shiso and peppery watercress work against that salty, fatty, buttery, chewy skin and how the snappy vinegary GOBO just finishes it off like the way a salad dressing should, you’ll realize what you’re really eating is a Technodubbed BLT. The gobo is not literally salad dressing, but it is a pickled vegetable that will have the same effect.

Believe me when I say the only reason MEGU doesn’t make this is because they don’t have enough customers that order it. That’s because there are a lot of people that don’t “get it”. It’s not because the actual roll is inferior. Believe me when I say it is just simple meals like this I crave over fancy, overworked modern cuisine..

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Sep

03

Concrete slab

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So you could be extra raw and just use a slab of concrete to place your orchids, or you could try this marble slab as a vase. It’s all an Etsy search key, kinds of items you won’t find at Ikea, or West Elm.

Anybody could code this, it’s literally a slab of marble. You would have to figure out how to make your holes for the flowers.

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Sep

02

Grab it and go …

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I’m slowly adding new sections to the shop… One of my addictions are handbags. Above, a piece I worked on AGES ago, (nearly 1.5 years…) that I found on pure luck while re-organizing my work space. It’s a simple pencil case completely rendered in a rhinestone filter.

A funny story as I took this out on the night of a friend’s party. I nearly lost this purse on a cab ride home that I slept through. I don’t even remember how I made it to the cab but believe me when I say I jumped for joy the next morning when the clutch was magically on my desktop. Clutches are my weakness, as I tend to lose things that shouldn’t be lost (sunglasses, purses), and clutches are even riskier as they are things you have to hold in your hand. I do love the idea … it looks so nice, perched on top of a bar. This item is not available yet but will be soon.

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Above and below, I feature pieces that are some of my old favorites. One of these is packed away to be shipped as a gift. My favorite at the moment is this grey perforated one. Subtle black dots on top of a faux suede.

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Lastly I’ve created a new section, which is something I’m experimenting with. It’s a section of “curated” goods. It could be a random vintage sample I chose to reproduce, or anything else I see on the market that I think is worth reproducing. I don’t only consider myself a designer. In fact, I’m not sure I consider myself a designer at all. I have surely coded original material, but I consider myself a curator at best. There are two items available right now, and there will be more in the future. It will include everything from random trinkets to accessories.

And update on those “fuck off” text necklaces. Silver is completely sold out but will be restocked.

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Sep

02

Fashion icon by default … JFK

I’ve always been obsessed with “JFK” like most of America (unless you really despise him, I hear he has quite a few haters…) and as usual I spent most of my weekend relaxing and watching about 9-10 documentaries on his family and his contributions as American president. It turns out I’ve already watched most of these before but I like to go back for nostalgia’s sake. As far as presidents go I’m particularly fond of Lincoln, Clinton, and Kennedy.

Though outwardly casual and laid back he was a stickler for “neat and clean” uniforms, even while on his sailboat he named after his grandfather “Honey Fitz” his casual loungewear followed a strict code of khakis, collared knits and cashmere sweaters. While on his way to presidency he was a bold womanizer who indulged in “scandalous” activities with femme fatale types. In 2014 if he was campaigning, nothing would be hidden, but during the 50′s there was no twitter, facebook or instagram. Though openly supportive of equal pay and women’s rights, he was privately far from a feminist. And I’m okay with that.

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Laid back and not predetermined, I love that these images harken back to a time when nothing was faked for a photo op and the images perfectly captured who these people were.

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Some unusual facts (open to debate, as most things are with the Kennedy family…but they all seem to match his personality…)…As a president he was the most charismatic, with exactly the kind of humor I liked. Dry & crass. He was known to be very reckless and shock his crew members while he was fighting Pearl Harbor.

  • “He also disliked hats-convinced that they made him look silly. This created a problem with the hat industry when Kennedy was President-the public was so impressed with their hatless President that sales had dropped off sharply. Yet he continued to ignore pleas that he allow himself to be photographed in some fedora.”
  • “Kennedy himself was little interested in food-he was strictly a “meat and potatoes man” who, according to a close friend, “always ate as if somebody were about to grab his plate.”
  • “All his life, he disliked people who put their hands on him, and despised the habits of old-time politicians who tried to throw friendly arms over his shoulders.”
  • “His ability as a speed-reader amazed his colleagues; he could read close to 2,000 words per minute with 95% comprehension. Every morning he would read 4 newspapers in the course of 15 minutes, and then be prepared to discuss in detail any of the articles in each of them. He was impatient with people who digested material at a slower rate, and would sometimes tell them: “I asked you to read it-not to memorize it.” (Source)

I’m afraid I’ll have no more material to blog on food …. (just kidding, but maybe not…) Nowadays I’m interested in food that’s not worthy of posting photos of. Really bland stuff. I made myself a salmon skin roll, again for nostalgia’s sake. I thought it would fix my cravings but it did not. Some recipes below of JFK’s favorite food.

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I found his writing skills to be exceptional. He wanted to be a writer before deciding to be president. And just like his impeccable fashion sense, his career choice was by default. With an older brother who didn’t make it back to the US, it was now his responsibility to be president.

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Aug

29

Lean Thanksgiving …

I know I know, what? Thanksgiving talk already? I have my reasons.

I hate to say this, but Thanksgiving is one tradition that is so tiresome yet so necessary. I can’t handle not having a proper dinner, whether it is a steak night out with family or just a gathering at home. The entire year may end up feeling empty (at least in my world) if nothing happens. I can handle skipping Christmas. But Thanksgiving..No!

Because I like to update how it is usually served, I just experimented with some things, but I wanted to post this now. The thing is you always think November is so far away. It isn’t. It’s just around the corner. That and everyone likes to prepare at the last minute. But some of the things I’m showing here might be harder to do at the last minute, like new techniques you might want to learn.

These are modern updates you can add to a Thanksgiving dinner. This is a proposal for something lean, as you can see I’m completely skipping out on the full blown turkey… I love that sloppy plate with gravy and stuffing just sliding off the edge next to heaps of meat glistening with crisp skin and potatoes (not so lean), but maybe you switch it up from year to year….Yes this is a little fancier, my thing below..But actually this is just a start of a process.

I’m dying to do several other versions of Thanksgiving. Like on the cheap version ..

In this post I am using Turkey Breast instead of doing the entire turkey, with an aromatic brine… it’s alright, saves you the waste…but I agree a full turkey is nice as a symbol..

 

  • Instead of biscuits or side breads I’m doing a cheesy, herb filled waffle.
  • Instead of cranberry sauce I’m doing cranberry caviar…
  • Stuffing is in small portions and baked separately..

 

 

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Aug

28

Black Platform Sandal; A Shoe Review ….

Last season when Philo presented her collection, I eagerly waited for her fall garments. I didn’t feel that much for the clothes at all, but the shoes…The shoes were good. But just good. In fact they reminded me of shoes I had when I was 12-13, the ankle strap broke and I cried for like, a day.

What stops this shoe from going good to great, is a matter of several factors.

The shoes are good because the strap at the front is exaggerated, note how it is just 2-3 inches away from the ankle. I love that. It adds security from wobbliness. Second, the elevated slope is walkable, the wedge not teetering on a narrow platform, but chunky enough to feel confident that you won’t fall.

Third, the shoe is clunky but not so clunky that it’s embarrassing to wear. At only 4 inches (for a platform addict this is mild) I realized this was perfection. You can’t be too greedy. 5″ teeters on try hard territory.

But why, oh why are there certain elements that may stop you from rushing to the store in a frenzy to buy? I’ve owned several Celine shoes before. I love them but I never wear them. They are uncomfortable. This time, it wasn’t the comfort factor that was stopping me. They were imperfections in these designs that aren’t suitable for modern women today. For one I can’t handle the top stitching. Top stitching is bad enough as it is. But in this shoe below it is yellow. Platforms are already attention grabbing, cloggy, and as Menkes has dubbed herself “like club sandwiches”. I’m wearin’ all black and all of a sudden there’s yellow topstitching poppin’ out? No. No way pal.

The tube like 3-d sculpture on the platform. I get that she looked at some Ferragamo, but those are shoes for street style girls who want attention. Not for women like me that juggle full time jobs, a business of their own, and blog…They aren’t sensible.

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I completely understand that those shoes might be more “design statement” oriented. Maybe the yellow topstitch were there for other reasons than to satiate my “practical needs”…But within the same season Jeffrey Campbell (to my surprise) has designed a shoe that I would have designed myself. They are edited to perfection (Aesthetically) based on the former model of Celine’s. The topstitch is gone, the sandal provides a cushion, and the elevation isn’t so severe.

The gloss on the leather is the same though, as the ones pictured from the runway, and the quality shockingly good. I didn’t want to purchase, but I had to. I just knew that I would regret it some seasons later.

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The shoe features an elevated platform, so that your feet rests inside the shoe, kind of like a little ditch. I loved this detail on the runway and I also appreciate that it’s carried onto the mass market version. You could argue, that this shoe isn’t even mass market. At nearly 170$ USD after taxes and shipping, it is definitely not affordable for every woman.

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These shoes (platform sandals) are the kind that have been on my mind for the longest time. In fact I searched long and hard for years to find these, and I’m happy they are finally on my feet. I’m praying to God they won’t fall apart within a month. If they do I will just take them to the shoe repair.

That said the shoes do have flaws. Right around the ankle (as pictured below) I already have a small cut, from the buckle rubbing against my bone. I wish shoe designers would think 10 times before cutting once. I wish they would re-cut and re-sole shoes until they were designed for comfort first. I always feel they do the opposite, they’re always in a rush to get shoes out into the market right when the trend is hot, and certain design details are ignored. But it’s always stuff like this that motivates me as a designer, the everyday hassle of dealing with a design object. I’m so annoyed right now that after 170$ spent, my ankle bone may start bleeding. I’ll find a way to get used to it as I love the shoe but seriously women shouldn’t have to deal with this nonsense.

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Shoes Available here…

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