Monday, August 29, 2011

Flea Market Girl

While I was on my annual vacation to Maine, my family and I found in the local newspaper, word of a Maine blueberry festival. Except, well, my parents and I got lost on the way to said blueberry festival and ended up taking a detour to a flea market found on one of the side roads. While it was no Brimfield, with both new and old items we spent about 1.5 hours having fun scavenging the rows of booths.
It’s always interesting to me how people make art out of the layout of their fleamarket booths. I found this one particularly pretty. 

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Secret Garden

Thrifted flower dress with French sonnets, Aersoles sandals, telephone barrette
Me giving The Secret Garden product placement/ my stamp of approval.   

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Stepsister From Planet Weird

Though Bess NYC is by no means new to the New York circuit, the boutique that first opened it’s doors in 2000 by Douglas and Bess Abraham is constantly evolving. Each season the store gets a total revamp with a new theme---everything from Western to Goth. Bess was originally started as a jewelry/accessories line that within its christening year was being sold at Barney’s, Bergdorf’s and the like. In 2006, their shop relocated to the former site of Keith Haring’s historic Pop-up Shop in SoHo. Most recently, when walking into Bess it was clear 90’s grunge was on the rise and its safe to say its my favorite store revamp they've done so far. Every crevice of Bess is decked out in the theme making it look like a trippy basement. You know, that place where all the cool older kids hangout where you wish you could be invited? Where the girls wear lurid high-top bedazzled platform converse, spray-painted dresses, own loads of ironic Smurf  merchandise (which to be honest, is  slightly frighting), and enough vintage movie posters to impress all the goth boys who hangout there, too. By the way, if you're still pondering the title of this post, it's the name of an old Disney movie that I thought totally fit Bess. If you've never seen Stepsister From Planet Weird then take this moment to make the leap back into classic '90s Disney here.

My favorite part of the store was the glass semi-shrine by the register with Vanilla Ice trading cards, candy necklaces, plastic eyeballs, spiderweb rings, and New Kids on the Block everything filling its walls. From Haring yo-yos to Doc Marten's with his signature sketches printed onto them, sprinkled throughout the store you’ll also spy little remnants of Keith Haring’s once-pop-up shop.
Oh yes, I spy a Furby!
This rack reminded me a bit of Marc Jacobs’ grungier collections in the 90's, no?
 Bess NYC; 292 Lafayette Street (Between Houston and Prince Streets); 212-219-0723.
  The weirdest part of the shop is the Andrew Mukamal doppelganger shopkeeper who sits in a corner chair and knits while you peruse the collections. Though he gave me a stink-eye when I attempted to snap a photo of him, he is just as much an extension of the store as the yin yang patchwork pants that hang in the window.  Looking forward to see what's next for Bess! (hehe that rhymed). 
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Friday, August 12, 2011

Language of The Butterflies

I made all of these in my Creative Writing course that I took during my trip to Barcelona. During the course we made a class magazine, a compilation of words and drawings we made throughout the course. On one particular day we experimented with stamps that my awesome teacher had accumulated over the years from Ebay and flea markets to assist us with our visual poetry. For two of the pieces that I've made, "La Lengua de Las Mariposas" is written, which translates to the language of the butterflies in English. The second one, though, has a silly poem I wrote about my room in the background. 

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Mad Scientist

il Laboratorio de Gelato. The guy who created this Lower East Side fixture for all things ice cream is named Jon Snyder, but you might also know him as the guy who started Ciao Bella Gelato. After a visit to Italy when he was 19, he was so inspired to bring gelato to NYC that he opened up shop right in SoHo. Thus began his culinary journey in which he sold Ciao Bella in the 1980's (way too soon if you ask me) to open up il Laboratorio; the very laboratory-cum-gelato store where he and his staff test, create, and sell many mouth-watering flavors.
Basil and Honey Lavender gelato
Clearly getting good reviews...
il Laboratorio de Gelato; 188 Ludlow Street (Entrance at East Houston Street); 212-343-9922.

Polka-dot Club Monaco shirt, high-waisted denim Urban Outfitters shorts, vintage Coach bag, plastic telephone barrette, DIY dip-dye shoes.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

JELL-O Is En Vogue

"Breaking The Mold," Vogue Magazine, August 2011. Photographed by Tim Walker.
Flipping through the latest issue of Vogue, I came across one article entitled “Breaking the Mold,” by Jeffrey Steingarten, which recounts how JELL-O has gone from simply a household favorite to an “art form.” I’m not sure if it was a slow news month for Vogue or what, but I still can’t picture Anna Wintour okay-ing a 4-page article (sometimes cover stories are less!) that then features model, Kirsi Pyrhonen wearing gelatin molds on her head in an attempt to make them fashion forward. The best part of the piece is how seriously they take JELL-O, treating it as another accessories trend to integrate into one's life. Regardless, I have to say I’m so glad it made the cut. I do love JELL-O. 
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