Monday, December 12, 2011

Tiny Food Art

I'm obsessed with miniature scale art and food art, check this out: 

I don't think Cooper the Corgi is even cute than this... 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Edible Poster Art


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Fun with Fortune Cookies

What a clever gift!
The golden chrome= pure blinged out fun.

Via: Shopbop


Sunday, November 6, 2011

Knoll Office Chair

Love this Royal blue...

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Easter Eggs

Google "Do a Barrel Roll" and fun ensues...

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I am kind of fascinated with objects or art made at exaggerated scale (particularly miniature scale, dollhouses, terrariums,  Dominic Wilcox's watch sculptures). So, I was delighted to come across the concept of scale related to desserts in this article in the New York Times.  Hurray for bite sized portions of concentrated deliciousness.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs

Professionally, Steve Jobs was such a hero of mine. His approach to design, communication, user experience and the consumer informs my thinking, especially now that I'm trying to launch a start-up of my own.  When I heard the news that Steve Jobs died last night, I was so stricken and  transfixed on the relentless stream of  updates, news, obituaries, and eulogies, written to not only honor his corporate accomplishments, as a leader of one of the most amazing companies ever--but also to salute the amazing way he lived his life. Here is a commencement speech that he gave to the very lucky, 2005 graduates at Stanford.

I LOVE this speech and his parting words were perfect: "Stay hungry, stay foolish."

Who wants to take calligraphy class with me?
R.I.P Steve Jobs.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Brian Atwood

If you created a Kepner-Tregoe chart to decide what shoes to wear this weekend,  Brian Atwood would come on top for height and comfort requirements.  Yes, those stacked loafers (Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang) look so comfy (relatively, natch), but you can't pair them with just anything.  The gold python pumps will be mine. I  also quite like the quilted, black patent leather.  I believe they are from the Pre-Fall 2011 Collection....

Brian Atwood

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Arrested Development Redux

Another season AND a movie... Check out the Bluth Family Reunion on The New Yorker Facebook Exclusives page... Hilarious.

Friday, September 30, 2011

First signs of Halloween...

Well, I've seen various Halloween trinket and candy displays mass-marketed at Duane Reade, since August, but here's the first pumpkin I've seen in my neighborhood. Any costume ideas?

Monday, September 26, 2011

Fun I-phone cases

Via: A.D. on my FB newsfeed

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jim Henson and Being Elmo

Thanks to Google's doodle today, I  know it's Jim Henson's Birthday....which reminded me of an entertaining,  little documentary, called  Being Elmo that I quite enjoyed.   It tells the story of the puppeteer behind the sweet little red muppet with the distinctive laugh that delights millions of screaming rugrats all over the world. It's fun. See it.


Thursday, September 22, 2011

Japanese Film - Mizoguchi

This week, I saw the film The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums which is playing at BAM, as part of a series curated by Chicago Reader film critic, Dave Kehr. It's directed by Kenji Mizoguchi, who, along with Kurosawa and Ozu, make up the Japanese triumvirate of cinema masters of their era.

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemums is a slow film with, ahem,  incredibly LONG takes, so it's a bit hard to sit through for 2 hours and 20 minutes. But if you have the patience, you will be impressed with Mizoguchi's visual composition, camera angles and point of view, which work together to tell a compelling story of a struggling Kabuki actor and his dedicated, selfless wife. Check it!


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Miniature Watch Sculptures, Dominic Wilcox

Take a look at these miniature watch sculptures by British artist, Dominic Wilcox.  I originally saw images of the sculptures on  the "It's Nice That" site, but the video on  the artist's YouTube channel better demonstrates the interplay between the subjects he features.  The artist designed this series "using a collection of vintage watches and customized model figures. By attaching tiny figures onto the second and minute hands of each watch, Wilcox has made unique, animated scenes from everyday observations and imagined situations."

I really like the "Oblivious i-Phone User" piece...

 Via: It's Nice That

Monday, September 19, 2011

Coach Taylor

Kyle Chandler, who played Eric Taylor, dedicated high-school football coach and inspirational mentor to hormonal and misguided athletes,  won a well-deserved Emmy for his performance on Friday Night Lights, one of the most under-rated series ever aired on television.

Every episode offered entertainment value, with its phenomenal acting, small-town authenticity, fully-fleshed out characters and consistent writing--that is, of course, minus the  time-suck spent on the Landry and Tyra murder/sexual assault  storyline.  Kyle Chandler's depiction of Coach Taylor was always nuanced and real, especially during his scenes with Connie Britton, who played his wife and school counselor, Tammy Taylor. Anyway, congrats to Coach Taylor!! Clear eyes, full hearts....


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Musical Chairs

I've been looking for a desk chair for a few months and this one caught my eye.   London based artist, Jo-Yun Wang, designed this swivel chair with musical caster wheels.  If you had a whole bunch of them in a room, it would produce quite a charming arrangement.  Although,  I would imagine that with every move and note produced over time,  the rate of delight would decrease and rate of annoyance would  creep up.  I wonder if it's possible to turn them off?


Monday, September 12, 2011

Robot Wallpaper

I’ve recently moved into a new apartment and have found myself merrily lost in the “shelter” blogosphere, while seeking decorative inspiration and various ways to furnish my new abode. Being a student of technology, I was drawn to this wallpaper, designed by London-based firm, Studio Ditte. The pattern is made up of a charming brigade of bots, cobbled together with old hardware parts, disassembled gizmos and vintage prints to whimsical effect. The creative use of found objects, in combination with the theme of robots, provide a fun backdrop for a room, while offering a playful reminder of the role technology plays in our daily, domestic lives.

Via: Studio Ditte

Friday, July 29, 2011

A Tribe Called Quest

Check it out....

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Things I Need for Fall 2011...

Air, water, food...and these gorgeous metallic Alexander Wang heeled loafers.

And what about those tassels?

Via: Alexander Wang and the battered copy of Elle that I flipped through at the beach this weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Texas forever?

Tim Riggins is leaving Dillon...

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Double rainbows

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cinemagraphs a.k.a Animated GIFS

The lo-fi absurdity of an unexpected animated GIF during a boring Powerpoint presentation or scrolling through Gawker's Comment Section will always elicit some laughs. But now that we are calling them "cinemagraphs", animated GIFs have become an artform and  a legitimate way to market beer (so says the New York Times)!  I must admit, it's slightly mesmerizing...

 Sorry too lazy to figure out how to upload the actual animated images...)
"Brewing with Dancing Strawberries" 

Fat Cat eating.

Via: New York Times 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop

Caught this over the long weekend. Total riot!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011



What are days for?
Days are where we live.   
They come, they wake us   
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:   
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor   
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

Monday, June 27, 2011

How to Draw a... Penguin

The Guardian has an online series called How to Draw... that depicts step-by-step instructions on how to draw various characters.   These Oliver Jeffers illustrations caught my eye, because penguins are just naturally cute--- and his chubby birds are exceptionally cute!

 Must send link to my nieces and nephew...

Via: The Guardian 

Saturday, June 25, 2011

New York Love


Friday, June 24, 2011


Monday, June 20, 2011

Spam Burgers

Burger King listened to its customers and now has a Spam Burger on its menu in Japan. Kaizen at work!

Love me some Spam!


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Inception Chair

Unlike most film buffs, I actually have surface space on my shelves, as I don't hoard vintage movie memorabilia, autographed DVDs or licensed character knick-knacks. But perhaps I'll make an exception with this homage to a such a mind-bogglingly awesome movie.  I am looking for a desk chair.... Hmmm.

Via: Lane

3.1 Philip Lim

Love the knot detail at the waist-line.  

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A History of Modern Music

Cool interactive timeline across a bunch of  music genres.... Very  UK focused, but still interesting.

Via: The Guardian

Monday, June 13, 2011

Humphrey Slocombe

...the breakfast of champions....

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Flaming Lips

Monday, June 6, 2011

Midnight in Paris and The Purple Rose of Cairo

Midnight in Paris was charming, entertaining, and worth seeing.  Every street shot is  unsurprisingly gorgeous and if you romanticize Paris the way I do, you'll get swept up in momentary Francophilia and briefly consider an apartment swap on    But to me, it didn't reach the caliber of  The Purple Rose of Cairo, one of Woody Allen's earlier films with somewhat similar escapist and fantastical elements (...and one of my all time favorite movies!).  Set in the Depression Era, the tonality of The Purple Rose of Cairo is tinged with more melancholy and the characters are more desperate, and to me the story is  more complex and emotionally engaging. Whereas in Midnight in Paris, the feeling is more light-hearted. The characters live in a world of the "worried well", so watching Owen Wilson fret over  his literary ambitions and chosen Hollywood vocation seems trivial, yet funny and compelling.  Some of the casting and one-liners are completely inspired (i.e. Adrian Brody, as Dali and the guy who played Hemmingway), but I wasn't totally immersed in the world or consequences bourgeois characters faced while experiencing "la vie en rose". Still....check it out, it's gotta be better than all the sequels that are hitting the screens...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Room 28 - Mista Cookie Jar

The video for "Room 28"  by Mista Cookie Jar (my brother) drops at midnight!  

Teaser for "Room 28 (That's How We Roll)" - Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips from Mista Cookie Jar on Vimeo.

If you have kids or like music, check it out.

Here's another video for your viewing pleasure....

Friday, May 27, 2011

Beachy Keen

On vacation...xoxo

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Lauren Moffatt Fall 2011

Lauren Moffatt came out with her Fall 2011 line.  Head-to-toe Lauren Moffatt is a bit precious and I have to say I cant really see anything too game-changing in this collection, but I'm always drawn to the construction and color contrast of her pieces, particularly her coats and capes.  This look below-- with the leather panel detailing --is pretty adorable too...

Via: Refinery 29

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Paris, anyone?

Seems very much like The Purple Rose of of my all time faves...

Monday, May 16, 2011

A new cooking site!

A nifty new cooking site! Written in the same snarky spirit as but I must say the soft-shell crabs recipe with the gherkin-ramp aioli  looks like it could result in a pretty tasty dish...

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Peony season!

Get them at your local deli!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day

I just read a  feature that the New York Times published about fashion designers and what their mothers wore.  It's alway fascinating to get the inside scoop on how stylists and designers get inspired, especially what strikes their fashion fancy at an early age.   To this day,  I still find new items rummaging through my mother's jewelry boxes and storage bins  in the attic.  Check out the the slideshow!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Beet Burgers

A tasty and cute amuse bouche served at Blue Hill at Stone Barns.

Here's the menu for the 8-course meal we had last night.  I'm pretty sure it was served in this order:

  1. Carrot Juice with Basil Shooter
  2. Vegetables from the Farm 
  3. Dehydrated Vegetable Chips (Smoked Kale)  
  4. Beet Burger 
  5. Homemade Cheese on a Brioche
  6. Garden Vegetables (Carmelized Leek, Ramps)  dressed 3 different ways 
  7. Sea Bream with Almonds and Fig, with a foam of something tasty 
  8. Fresh Pasta with Black Trumpets 
  9. Breaded, flash fried soft-boiled egg with a vegetable pistou
  10. Pork (Different cuts, loin, belly) served with greens of some kind 
  11. Yogurt with Grapefruit served with a ladyfinger
  12. Cheese crumble with fruit 
  13. Chocolate Cake with a birthday candle on it!! 

I must say it was fantastic....

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Peep Dioramas

Crystallized moments, nostalgic, and DIY...oh, how I love a good diorama!  But integrate Peeps into the mix, and you've got entertainment for hours! Check out some of  the 2011 entries from The Washington Post's annual Peep Diorama contest here.
A few of my faves:

Via: Ohdeedoh

Monday, April 11, 2011

12 Angry Men

I thought about this movie when I had to serve jury duty about 2 years ago, on a case involving a crack sale, but, alas, the guy was found GUILTY, as charged!

Great film...
RIP Sidney Lumet!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

K. Jacques Sandals

...for Opening Ceremony.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Flash Sale: Kartell Chairs

Flash sale at Joss & Main for Kartell chairs... These are NEVER on sale (but you can get decent knock-offs, if you do a rigorous search!) If I had a place to put them, I would get these Philippe Starck Hi-Cut Chairs in White and Green...

Via: Joss & 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nutella Freaks Greenpoint.  Who doesn't love Nutella??

Via:  and 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Cantilever and Press Wolf Den Coat Racks

My assortment of outerwear-- coats, parkas, capes, fleeces, and anoraks-- would look pretty amazing hanging off of this...

Via: Cantilever and Press

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Negative Space Illustrations

Designed by Noma Bar...