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.

Kiosk



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

Performance/Guzzling


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

SHOOT

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

Jams


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 . . .