February 2013

Duro Olowu!

Duro Olowu JP collection

Nothing like a tray for a head…

It’s way too late on a Thursday night, and I am exhausted and really need to be going straight to bed. But before I turn of the computer, I just wanted to let you all know that tomorrow (the soon-to-be-today 1st of March) is the day that the Duro Olowu line for JC Penny hits the stores. And the web as far as I know.

I went to a little preview party and let me tell you, this stuff is nice. For real. Target had better watch out. And all under $100. I promise to come back to this post and actually write more detail, gush on about his use of color and the bold manner in which he mixes patterns, but I am way too tired to do that now.

These pictures will have to do for the time being.

A wider view of what's on offer from Olowu at JC Penny.

A wider view of what’s on offer from Olowu at JC Penny.

And there are accessories, too. Jewels and frames and trays…

Duro's brilliant wheelie bag.

Duro’s brilliant wheelie bag.

And this wheelie bag, which has my name all over it.

Maybe sometime soon I will put more photos up, share more fun facts about Duro Olowu’s illustrious career and go on about how much I love a designer who is not afraid of color and who manages to make a JP Penny frock feel like you bought it at Bird.

But I need to sleep, so it’s gonna have to wait. Just go to JC Penny and see for yourself. You won’t be sorry.

Why I love Kula

The main studio at Kula Yoga Project's Brooklyn location.

The main studio at Kula Yoga Project’s Brooklyn location.

Today I took a lunchtime hour long class at Kula’s Williamsburg yoga studio. Which I love. Here’s why.

Not only does my longtime pal Schuyler Grant co-own and teach here, and not only do they serve up the most delicious food and drink at the shanti shack, a delectable little vegetarian cantina (to borrow their own definition) located in the lobby, and not only do they have two studios and the brains to schedule a kids class at the same time as the adult class so you and your little ones can get your asanas on simutaneously…

But, and here’s the kicker, the studio is BEAUTIFUL. I mean, look at that photo. If that’s not enough to free your mind, I don’t know what is.

And check out the details:

floor at kula yoga

Like these stencils that are painted at various spots on the antique wooden floor… — Read more

It’s that time again

Tess Giberson

Tess Giberson’s fall 2013 collection. Or most of it…

It’s the moment during New York’s fashion week when I profess my love for Tess Giberson and all that she designs. It happens pretty much every season. So this time, I’ll make it short and sweet.

For over a decade, Tess Giberson has been creating conceptual, intricate, singular, wearable, intelligent clothes for women. They are styles that stand the test of time– I have pieces from as far back as– 2005 maybe?– that feel as fresh now as when I first got my hands on them. And they still get play.

This collection harkens back to her earlier, more experimental days, with the show featuring a set of personalities that are very much the type of women that would actually wear the clothes in real life– some of them playing percussion instruments to the atmospheric soundscape overseen by a dj in the back of the room.

The clothes are predominantly neutral blacks and greys, but I think I may go for one of these more colorful knits myself. I’m always a sucker for a bit of brightness, especially in the winter.

I go on and on about her in an earlier post, so I won’t repeat myself. Let just say she’s well worth checking out, if you know what’s good for you.

Giberson’s spring line just her store today, so If you can’t wait till August for these clothes, you can always get your fix RIGHT NOW in soho.

See you there.

(oh and please excuse the slightly blurry photo of the knits. Sometimes my iphone sucks.)

My new favorite merchant

Wooden measuring spoons! Photo courtesy of Merchant No 4.

Wooden measuring spoons! Photo courtesy of Merchant no 4.

Unfortunately for me, I have found a new beautiful online store full of simple, ageless, organic, useful, everyday objects for the home at Merchant no. 4. Damn them!

Also curse my husband, who is the person who initially sent me the link.

Because now I want to trade in about 60% of the stuff I have in my kitchen for things they sell. Problem is, these items don’t come cheap. So I’m going to have to settle for just a few of them. Like these storage containers, which will hopefully replace my overflowing cabinet of scratched tupperware:

The nicest food storage ever. Photo courtesy of Merchant No 4.

The nicest food storage ever. Photo courtesy of Merchant no 4.

…or at least get me headed in that direction, since 2013 is supposedly all about decluttering.

We’ll see how that goes. But in the meantime, if I can’t fill my apartment with everything Merchant no 4 sells, at least I can share it with you guys. And maybe collectively we can do some damage. Or at the very least, we can admire the lovely photography (which I have brazenly cut and pasted onto my blog… thanks guys)