Saturday, September 5, 2009

Beautiful Bags

Here's a roundup of some great bags I've been eyeing...

Maison Martin Margiela Ligne 11: Giant Satchel Bag

$995 at Totokaelo

Hard-Shell Handbag
$330 at A.P.C.

Wendy Nichol: Cross Elk Fringed Satchel Bag
$695.00 at Bird

Wendy Nichol: Midnight Rider Clutch
$550 at Bird

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fall Boot Roundup

It's that time of year again. Boot season! Time to dream about boots I absolutely cannot afford.

Rachel Comey: Bookmark

$345 at Totokaelo

Rachel Comey: Archive Stamped Boot
$426 at Creatures of Comfort

A.P.C. Knee High Boot
$670 at La Garçonne

Monday, May 18, 2009

Conroy & Wilcox Jewelry

I'm really not a jewelry person. I hardly ever wear it. Earrings always feel like too much. Bracelets get in my way. And I can rarely find rings and necklaces I actually like. (What can I say, I'm both particular and a bit of a minimalist.) So how is it that I adore (almost) everything on the Conry & Wilcox site? I mean, I don't think I've ever seen jewelry this gorgeous in my entire life. Apologies for the hyperbole, but I'm practically in cardiac arrest over this shit! Visit their tastefully designed site and have a look for yourself, if you don't believe me.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Eames for Herman Miller Rocker

I'm having an internal debate on whether or not to buy this Eames for Herman Miller chair. It's up on the Sit and Read Furniture blog, but it probably won't be available for long. Decisions, decisions...

Obsessed: Rachel Comey Shoes

L-O-V-E. Love Rachel Comey's beautiful shoes. I found a great selection of them at Creatures of Comfort's site. Her shoes are a dream. I love how unusual they are, and yet how simple, classic, and clean. This is how not to look like everyone else on the L train.

Screen-Printed Bags by Alexandra Cassantini

I like these hand-screened bags by Alexandra Cassantini, which, according to her website, are "CONSTRUCTED IN MINNESOTA BY MEN WHO SHOOT CANNONS IN THE WOODS AND CANOE DOWN FREEZING RIVERS." Who am I to argue with that? Check out more of her stuff here.

Aritst: Andrew Kuo

I am really into New York City artist Andrew Kuo's work. You can check out more of his work posted at his website here. And his googly-eyed Morrissey T-shirt is too funny. Take a look here.

Erie Basin Georgian Diamond Ring

What a fantastic ring! The top is from the early 1880s and the gold band is contemporary. I found this on the website of Erie Basin, a store in Red Hook (Brooklyn). Really lovely and totally unique. Um, can you say awesome engagement ring? Cough, cough... Take a look here.

See by Chloe: Patent Broad Woven Flat Sandal

Be still my heart. Another cute pair of woven black sandals, this time full-on in black patent leather brought to us by See by Chloe. These guys are darling. Check them out here.

Belle by Sigerson Morrison: Crisscross Flat Sandals with Weave

I love these Belle by Sigerson Morrison sandals so much. I definitely have a thing for ikat, and the patent leather weave detail on the straps is subtle and super chic. Will these be my summer 09 sandals? Perhaps so... Check them out here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bensimon Sneakers

I am not a sneaker kind of girl. The last pair of sneakers I owned and wore were a pair of low-top black-on-black Converses, and that was a long time ago (in college). But there are days when a pair of comfy sneakers are really the best option (a long walk, a bike ride, or other activities for which ballet flats will just not suffice). These Bensimon lace-ups are exactly what I have been looking for: clean, simple, not too obvious, not too dowdy, and classic. They're French, but they're available in the States at Jumelle in Williamsburg. Check them out here.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Sunshine & Shadow

I am digging the Sunshine & Shadow Spring/Summer 09 collection. Take a look here.

F Troupe Elastic Sandal

These F Troupe sandals are great. Cute, simple, and cool. They come in red, navy, and black. They can be yours for a cool $116, and you can buy them here.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Maillot de Bain

Love this bathing suit from Mociun. Actually, love mostly everything from Mociun. Visit their web store here.

Ballet Shoes

These are great ballet shoes made by Bloch, a company from Australia who has been making handcrafted ballet shoes since the 1930s. These would be so cute with jeans or with a dress in the warmer months. Plus, they look super comfy, which is always important to me. They can be found and purchased here.

Golden Goose Sienna Boots — Swoon!

Totally in love with these Golden Goose Sienna Boots. If only I had some more freelance work right now and could afford them. I think that despite their quadruple-digit price, they would be a good investment. A solid pair of boots can last you for years, and these would definitely be my everyday boots for a long, long time. Timeless design and beautiful quality never go out of style. Check them here.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two Cute Rings

I very much like these rings, and they're actually quite affordable too. On the left, the Love Knot Ring by Poupette is $130 at Thistle & Clover; on the right, the Pansy Stacking Ring by Saint Kilda is a mere $120. Check them both out on Refinery29's site here.

Monday, March 9, 2009

jackson, johnson, & roe

High ho, cute clothes! Love Jackson, Johnson, & Roe's Spring 09 line. Check it out here.

Loeffler Randall — The Ultimate Black Boots

I've been drooling over these Loeffler Randall Matilde boots for about a year now. They're $695 and available on Otte's site.

UPDATE 04-10-09: These beauties are now on sale on Otte's site for less than $500! Get 'em while they last!

St. Kilda

So I'm totally into this necklace. Amazing. Bird website. Again.

Cross City Tote by Wendy Nichol

Another cool purse from the Bird site. Check it here.

Tye-Dyed Tote

I like this tote. I found it on the Bird site for $80. Check it out here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rag & Bone Ballet Flats

Too cute! Found these on the Totokaelo site. Obsessed.

An Expensive Pair of Sandals

I would totally get these, if someone could help me justify the $345 price tag. Opening Ceremony, you do this to me every time . . . Scope 'em here.

Danish Modern Credenzas

Duane and I are looking to swap out some of our furniture in the hopes that one day our apartment will cease to resemble an Ikea showroom. We are currently in the market for a credenza, preferably a Danish modern one that will fit a record player on top of it, and that is less than 50 inches long. I spent a long time on Ebay this morning searching. Turns out there are MANY Danish modern credenzas available, but of course the most beautiful ones are always the most expensive. The bidding for this beauty is at $250, but the reserve hasn't been met yet. There are 4 more days in the auction. I'm curious to see how much it'll go for. . . . Check it out here.

James Blackshaw

It's been a very James Blackshaw-centric weekend. Duane and I caught his performance at ISSUE Project Room last night — just barely since the show sold out, but we were able to stand and listen at the doorway. I've seen him play a few times now, and I'm always entranced by his lightning-fast finger picking and the exquisite, complex, and full-sounding melodies he manages to create with just a 12-string guitar. He has a new album coming out in May on Young God, which he burned Duane a copy of: It sounds just as beautiful as expected. Check out his Myspace site here and get yourself a copy of the new album once it's out here.

Friday, March 6, 2009


Cool website with lots of rainbow pics. Pretty magical. Check it here.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Ed Ruscha Plays with Words

As a person who loves words, I love Ed Ruscha. This print and other palindromes can be found/purchased here.

Agnes Martin Print

Agnes Martin is one of my favorite artists. I love how soft and delicate her work is, but also how deliberate. Her work maintains a careful juxtaposition of hazy and hard, feminine and masculine. This print is available here.

Sublime Jams

Sublime Frequencies is one of the coolest record labels in existence today. The label releases amazing albums culled from obscure locations throughout the world. From Indonesian pop music, to Balinese gamelon, to Palestinian radio sound collages, to fuzzed out guitar music from the western Sahara. Their albums are sure to astound and captivate. Sublime Frequencies's albums are just that. Sublime. Check out their website here and buy the albums here.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Merimekko Oil Cloths

I live in New York, therefore I have no counter space. Rolling out dough for cookies, pies, and pizzas can be challenging, to say the least. A delightful Merimekko oil cloth might be the perfect solution. One of these on a kitchen table equals instant working surface, which means more cookies, pies, and pizzas — and who can argue with that? Check out all the Merimekko oil cloths here.

Other Engagements

Refinery29 had a cool posting about alternative engagement rings. Not that I'm expecting to be engaged any time soon, but the ring thing has been on my mind. Traditional wedding/engagement rings are totally unappealing to me, and I've been wondering what other options are out there. I especially loved this one, and it's less than $200. There's something to love. Check out the article here for more cool ring ideas.


I love Kiosk. They have wonderful little items from all over the world, like this charming Swedish mushroom knife. All items are for sale both online and at their Soho store. Check their website here for all their goods.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Working on another cool proofread this weekend (thanks, Julie). This one is a book of Kim Gordon's watercolor paintings, collages, photographs, and poetry. Pretty cool stuff. As a Sonic Youth fan since I was about 12, it's overwhelming to think that I'm correcting the spelling in Kim Gordon's poems. But I guess someone's got to do it, and I'm beyond stoked that it's me. The book is called Kim Gordon: Performing/Guzzling and it'll be out in October 2009. Check it out here.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Ryan McGinley, XOXO

I stumbled upon Ryan McGinley's website today while bored at work and trolling the interweb — wow, what sublime work. His photography is like taking a vacation. Or taking a toke. It's like being whisked away to somewhere beautiful and dreamlike. Underwater. In the sky. It's that perfect summer day that seems to never end. It's the antidote to 8-hour days in a Midtown cubicle.

Sunday, February 15, 2009


I've been working on a proofread project this weekend for my friend who works at Rizzoli. It's a book called SHOOT, and it's about snapshot photography and the new generation of photographers who are working in that style, and I am in love with it. The images are beautiful, and it makes me want to take my camera and start photographing everything around me. One of the photographers included in the book is JH Engström who has photographed extensively the Charles de Gaulle Airport. I found this picture on the Aperture website, and if I had an extra $1800 lying around, it'd be in my living room right now.

Scandinavian Delights

I recently discovered Fjorn, a great website which offers lots of stylish and traditional Scandinavian things for the home. I am totally in love with the wool blankets, the kitchen stuff, and the textiles. They also have lots of cute things that would make great gifts for the holidays. I'll be checking their website come Christmas.

Sunglass Perfection

I have fallen in love. Blinde sunglasses to me are absolute perfection. They're hip without being too trendy, and totally cool without being cliché. These are the antidote to the ubiquitous faux Wayfarers you see decorating the heads of the Williamsburg wanna-be's. Check out their website for lots more styles with fun names like "Road to Ruins," "Ta Da," and "Win Win." Indeed it is.

Monday, February 9, 2009


Grouper's Dragging a Dead Dear Up a Hill is one of my jams of the moment. The album is haunting and hazy, emotional and evocative. The aural lushness of this album makes it ideal for morningtime listening, when you're not quite fully conscious yet. The album is full and rich, and Liz Harris's echoy, melancholic voice seems to swaddle you. It's both comforting and mysterious. Suggested track: "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping." Take a listen here. Or buy the record here.

Obsessed with . . .

Arepas! Falling under the rarely overlapping categories of "Genius" and "Street Food," arepas are totally my jam. Happily a second location of Caracas, the amazing areparia (OK, I just made that word up) in the East Village, has just opened in Williamsburg. I ate there twice last weekend, and I'm already planning my third visit. Arepas are Venezuelan corn patties with delicious fillings. While my pedestrian description may sound only so-so, Caracas's arepas are otherworldly. This is truly one of those foods where the whole is oh-so-much greater than the individual components. Trust me on this one. You gotta go check it if you haven't already.

Cute or Ugly?

What's up with these strappy summer shoes? Cute or ugly? The shoe on the left is from Urban Outiftters, and the ones on the right from Opening Ceremony. Can you guess which is more expensive? If you said the pair on the right, you're correct! ($248 vs. $389 — yowza!)

Sunday, February 8, 2009

My New Chair

I am so excited for this chair. I found it on the SitandReadFurniture blog today. It's designed by Arthur Umanoff, who also did a lot of cool bar stools and bar carts. I think this will work really well in our living room as a side chair. It's nice and simple, and also surprisingly comfortable! It'll be delivered on Wednesday. Yippee!

Perforated Leather Repettos

What could be cuter or more summery than these perforated leather Repettos? I've been wanting a pair of Repettos very badly, and stopped myself from getting one when I was in Paris last fall (which I regret). While Repettos can be a bit difficult to locate in the States, I found these on the La Garçon site for $270 and $235 respectively. Why is it that the most perfect shoes are always the most expensive? Sigh...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Obsessed with . . .

Felt! No, not the fuzzy arts and crafts material . . . the 1980s British band. I recently bought their "Stains on a Decade" album (on Cherry Red) and can't get enough of it. Their songs are simultaneously poppy and melancholic. Their lyrics are amazing, and their songs make you want to sing along. I'd never heard of them, so I am extremely grateful for the staff at Other for suggesting it for me. I loved "Stains on a Decade" so much, I went back to Other Music and picked up two more Felt reissues: "Forever Breathes the Lonely Word" and "The Strange Idols Pattern and Other Short Stories." Both are excellent. Makes for some super-sweet wintertime headphone listening.

Pendleton Blankets

My boyfriend and I have problems. We are afraid of color. Both our apartment and our wardrobes are evidence of that. Black, gray, white, maybe some blue . . . but that's pretty much it. We both share an appreciation for uncomplicated minimalism, and this aesthetic certainly guides our sartorial as well as our decorative decisions. However, I've been thinking that maybe it's time to add a bit of color to our lives.

These Pendleton blankets seem like a good way to add a splash of color while still maintaining the bold aesthetic we prefer. Draping one of these babies over the back of the couch would look cozy and cool. Plus the proceeds from these two blankets go to the American Indian College Fund. Christmas 2009? I think so . . .