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Nailed it

July 20, 2012


I like big brands, but don’t really want to wear them.  Unless they’re vintage.  I can’t really explain why.  Something about consciously trying not to follow the fashion norm, while possessing the desire to be on top of the trends.  Not picking and choosing from all that’s supposed to be cool  is more fashion-forward than blindly piling on the labels.

For Cartier, though, I might make an exception.

Have you seen the relaunch of the 1970’s “Juste un clou” bracelet?  Yes, it is just a bent nail, albeit $6000+,  but it’s definitely what I’d define as brand name meets cheeky kitsch.  And vintage at that.   Only Cartier could get away with peddling amped up versions of what’s sold at Home Depot.

Hitting the nail on the head when it comes to my fashion trends, golden household object turned bracelet might just be enough to convert this sarcastic fashionista.

Just a nail?  Yes, please!  Or rather, mais oui!


Cracking Cunningham

July 18, 2012

Making good on my morning mission, I’ve decided that sparking the interest of Bill Cunningham requires a different angle.  I have to beat him at his own game.  By photographing the photographer.

Track my progress on my new Tumblr page dedicated especially to my main man.  And my mission to be his AM find.

Seeing spots

July 17, 2012


For anyone passing by the Louis Vuitton store on 5th Avenue, you’ll probably have remarked the gigantic black dots covering the outside of the flagship.  No need to rub your eyes; you’re seeing clearly.  LV has gone totally spotty for it’s most recent fash-art collaboration with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.



Kusma, a quirky, 80-something with bright orange dutch-boy hair, was spotted (yes, pun intended) in the Big Apple last week for the unveiling of a psychedeilc window display introducing this meeting of traditional French luxury and Japanese craziness. 

Dots appear and reappear in Kusama’s work (the artistic personification of the splotchy hallucinations she’s suffered from since childhood) and are now bleeding, not only onto 5th Avenue architecture, but onto the bags and shoes and RTW pieces usually marked by the iconic intertwined L and V.  Brown and tan are, for a while, typical Kusama black, red, white, and yellow.



If you can’t manage a Kusama’ed accessory, check out her retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the pop-up store at the Louis Vuitton location in SoHo, or download the Kusama App, which transforms your photos into Kusama inspired dotty creations.

Mission Impossible?

July 12, 2012

So I’m back in New York.  5 days and 2 sightings of my man, Bill Cunningham.

On the initial spotting I was so proud of my superb luck; first day on the job, two ticks from the front door of the office and…voilà!  To my dismay, I have since learned that he’s usually hanging about on the corner of 57th and 5th looking for the day’s chic right about the time that I’m heading in to work.

So, what to do when you’re frequenting the same spots as New York Times fashion photographers?  Get snapped by Mr. C.

But how?


The first day I engaged him in conversation with a jovial “Good Morning!” and a smile.  Nada.  On the second, after eyeing him from a block away, I thought quickly, elegantly held the long, mint green hippie skirt, and struck, yes, a slightly awkward, pose as I waited for the light to change in the crosswalk.  Nope.  Both encounters Billy Boy, wide, toothy grin and camera hanging around his neck, made absolutely no movement towards a shot.

What does one have to do to be one of New York City’s finest?

Have no fear!  I will make this mission possible.


Love on the net

January 31, 2012

Remember last week’s pseudo-rant regarding Internet dating and everything awkward about online profiles?  I’ve just come across a call for love posted via the interwebs that has to be the best collection of romantic pixels on a screen.

For all of you weeding through or concocting your own introductory paragraphs, feast your eyes on the master of witty, funny, slightly self-deprecating, but totally and fantastically sweet advertisements for love.  His name?  Matthew Gray Gubler.  Take note, ladies…but get in line.


I mean, who would turn down a dude who can both whip up a little poem and isn’t afraid to wave his single status and oddly cute quirkiness to the world?  It certainly doesn’t hurt that he just happens to be a former Burberry model.  Plus, the lanky, vintage Ray Ban wearing, disheveled hipster is totally my sort of guy.

I wonder if the call for a girlfriend still stands?

Warming up with…

January 26, 2012

To deal with the horrifically frigid temps and occasional, and very much unwelcome, snow flurry of my current location, I pass my time looking for a new winter coat.  Or, new winter coat inspiration.

Always one for simply chic styles that feature an interesting twist on the norm, I am completely sold on three fantastic options from the Pre-Fall 2012 collections.

Crazy cool collar?  Totally.  Leather sleeve detail?  For sure.  Funky toggles with a touch of fur?  Yes, please.

Now if only I could warm up to their prices…  Next mission? Finding their high street version.

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Blinged out nails

January 24, 2012

Ever had those periods when everyday, anywhere you go, the same things seem popping up?  Lately, for me, it’s been the Kanye West – Jay Z collab and out-of-control nail art.

A few months ago I commented on the 4 to 1 manicures that I’d been spotting everywhere in NYC.  But for the last few weeks I’ve been amazed to see, on the chicest of style bloggers, the rockabilly tech-wiz character on Criminal Minds, and even Zooey Deschanel’s quirky tuxedo-clad fingertips at the Golden Globes, that colorful, personalized, and at times, let’s be honest here, kitsch, manicures are now just about a dime a dozen.  Is “nail art” the fashion recessionista’s latest answer to hand and finger accessorizing?

Do you lack inspiration?  Afraid to give it a go?  Not an excuse.  TV infomercials sell roll on stampers.  Sally Hansen offers press-on nail decals.  There is a Youtube site, cutepolish, that explains the step-by-step DIY to any image imaginable, from mustaches to Chuck Taylors.  Blogger Elizabeth of moveslightly, recently featured in Lucky magazine, dedicates a portion of her website to tutorials for recreating her eclectic manicure ideas inspired by looks from the worlds most important fashion runways. Although I have yet to try any myself, I’m hooked.

via moveslightly

On the other hand, as someone who, as a kid, used to paint her toenails into an American flag for the 4th of July, I also wonder how far you can really go with this trend, without crossing the fine line between creative and laughable.  When are three blue nails and two pink sparkly ones cooler than the hideous shooting star or palm tree designs they propose on those claw-like acrylic nails at the salon?

I’ve just uncovered a possibility that responds both to my desire to participate in this trend and my fear of all that could be colorfully tacky… meet the nail ring by NYC brand Bijules.

Now this would make for my ultimate 4 to 1 manicure!!  Sign me up.