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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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Aug

27

Watch over cuff

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For fall you can work this trend of putting your watch over the cuff. It was pioneered by none other than Gianni Agnelli.

This act of doing something “difficult” without effort, called Sprezzatura. He said he did this to see the time faster. But it could have also been that he was allergic to the metal…who knows.

This is also a hard trend to replicate. Like are you honestly that desperate to look at the time? Don’t you have your iphone with you? If you are a fashion blogger, it’s a given that you won’t be as busy as Agnelli, who built a global Fiat Empire. I mean like I get that you may be busy hassling someone for a selfie….

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Aug

27

4 ingredient Steak dinner

I’m playing around with video again, and one of my weekend favorites is a steak dinner. I use Dry aged sirloin strip and I make sure it is always medium rare.

There is another fast paced version of this video, on my instagram (curatedlist) which uses D’angelo instead of Drake. But I like this luxury of not having to edit it down to 15 seconds!! Gives you more room to experiment.

The red sauce is hot sauce. It’s incredibly delicious. It’s hot chili peppers with oil, and mixed with dried scallops. There’s other stuff it in but it’s kind of like a secret hot sauce which you can only get at Chinese supermarkets. I add it from time to time to my steak.

The steak is marinated only lightly for like 20 minutes with Maggi Arome Saveur and Fish sauce. I also used cream of spinach as a side. You would be surprised as what a little Maggi and fish sauce does for a steak. For even more flavor add some soy and melted butter. The trick is to not make it too salty.

Make sure to let the steak rest. You want to really bring this steak down to room temp before grilling or broiling, and then let it rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing it, so the juices redistribute.

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Aug

26

Current Mood…Humeur du moment…

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Aug

26

Summer’s closing …

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It’s true I’m ready for fall and this summer was full of both good and bad memories. Talented Mr. Ripley captures perfectly these fleeting moments of summer, where sunsets must be fully appreciated before we start looking outside our windows at 5 pm to see that it is completely dark.

Haven’t we all come across a Tom Ripley in our lives? You know one that watches and mimics your every move. Ha, this is business-as-usual in the fashion blogging world. I’ve got this one chick (lanky gal with brown hair who can’t write for shit and isn’t funny at all) that likes to read this portal. Don’t worry though, she likes to keep me a secret. I wonder why. Sneaky sneaky!!! That “shtick” of yours ain’t gonna last very long babycakes.

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Aug

25

Je voudrais ces Chaussures ….

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Yes I absolutely adore these shoes above … I really really do. Brings me back to the old days. When I used to dress more like….What’s below….

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This was wayyyy back in the day. When I used to wear fur, and everything studded. Remember it was like 80′s craze at this time and that “russian hooker” look was vibing.

Sometimes too much of that chain can be a bit violent looking. You know what I mean? Like too much bondage or whatever…and I’m not into “bdsm” at all but I do like it’s aesthetic language only when done moderately.

These boots below may be a much more “ladylike” option…

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