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Adeline Michèle is the new high priestess of disco

Adeline Michele

Here’s Adeline, casually hanging out in the window of her (brilliant) stylist Irini Arakas’ midtown studio.

And I got to shoot her, the day before yesterday, for the online celebration of NY culture/magazine: The Aesthete.

Born in France but now living in Brooklyn, Adeline fronts a 17 piece band called Escort and they will be taking over the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on Friday night.

It is a show that should not be missed.

But if you have other plans, just go buy the record (one of Rolling Stone’s 50 top records this year) put it on, wrap yourself in sequins and dance till the sun comes up.

Cause that’s what I’m going to be doing.

My own Mother’s Day gift guide

Mom, Grammy and me

There’s me, back in the day, with my mother and grandmother.

Mother’s Day is around the corner (10 days away, to be exact) so if you haven’t started making a plan for how to honor the most overworked and generally under-appreciated person in your household (sorry dads…) you’d better hop to it.

But lets be honest, we are all stretched too thin in this all-work-all-the-time world. And figuring out a mother’s day gift is probably not the number one item on your to-do list. (nor should reading this blog either, but I digress…)

So here are a few ideas to get you guys going. If I were your mother, I would be thrilled to get any one of these gifts.

I’ve separated them into categories, to make it easier…

HELP HER STAY IN SHAPE

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

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

Call up the studio where your mother practices yoga and hook her up with a five class card (or a 10 class or, what the hell, a monthly unlimited) There’s no way she won’t be thrilled. If I am your mother, you will go straight to Kula. But I understand if she’s into some other spot.

While we’re on the topic, any exercise is good, so, for example, if she spins at SoulCycle, hook her up there.

HELP HER STAY PRETTY

red flower japan set

Your mom can take a little vacation to Japan via her bathroom with this set of products.

Your mom probably has a favorite line of beauty products, but it really should be Red Flower, which is my favorite. I go on and on about them in an earlier post. Feel free to read, become obsessed, and then order up lots of stuff for your mother and yourself.

jill platner necklace

Jill Platner makes smaller pieces as well, but isn’t this necklace amazing?

Or maybe she just wants a little bling. In that case, head over to Jill Platner (in SoHo or online) and get her what will most certainly become her favorite piece of jewelry ever.

SSWTR bag

Carry a sense of humor in your clutch. Or purse. Or whatever.

Then again, sometimes a new bag is all a girl needs. This pretend designer bag by Slow And Steady Wins The Race is cute (duh), lightweight (made of canvas), ironic without being snotty (a witty knock off of a super traditional Chanel bag) and hip (for all of the above reasons) while still being age appropriate for, well, anybody.

HELP HER RELAX

Herbal tea in the evening helps wipe away the stresses of the day.

Herbal tea in the evening helps wipe away the stresses of the day.

How about a membership in Teavana’s tea of the month club? Every month, you get a sample of some new delicious herbal tea that your mother is sure to become addicted to. I speak from personal experience, as this is one of the best gifts I have gotten in the past decade (hint, hint).

SOMETHING HANDMADE BY OTHERS

Textile collage art by Caracarmina on Etsy.

Textile collage art by Caracarmina on Etsy.

Etsy is always good for finding one of a kind and truly personal gifts. How about getting a family portrait in felt to remind mom just who it is, exactly, she is taking care of all the time? As this requires some custom work, it might be too late for mother’s day 2013, but there’s always father’s day…)

GIVE HER SOMETHING HANDMADE BY YOU

Nothing says Happy Mother's Day like a heart sandwich cookie. Photo by Jonathan Lovekin.

Nothing says Happy Mother’s Day like a heart sandwich cookie.

Nothing beats something you made yourself. Be it a drawing from your daughter’s kindergarten art class, or something sweet and delicious to eat, like these treats. To be honest, you could go buy any issue of Martha Stewart (which is where I found this recipe) and find something lovely to make, but I’ve got a thing for cookies. Plus they are great to make with kids. Not that I’m doing any making this mother’s day, mind you…

GIVE HER SOMETHING TO READ

cook fight

Cook Fight. By Julia Moskin (who I’ve known all of my adult life) and Kim Severson (who I’m sure is lovely also.)

This cookbook is fabulous because it is not only chock full of delicious and completely approachable recipes, it is also a hilarious read. This contest for kitchen dominance between NY Times food writers Julia Moskin and Kim Severson is full of personal stories, pitfalls and a genuine love of cooking at home. In my opinion, everybody wins.

Make your own beauty products!

Amaze your friends! Make your own beauty products!

Or, just get her this book by Stephanie Tourles and we can make all sorts of great stuff together. Nothing like creating your own line of skin care and body products, right?

Have anything to add to the list? Any great ideas for what I should give my mother-in-law, for example? Feel free to let me know in the comments. I’m happy for any and all suggestions.

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.

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.)

Dream, beautifully

It’s been open for a few months now, and while so many bright shiny new things fade within moments of bursting onto the scene, Beautiful Dreamers, the shop/gallery/hangout/treasure chest/treehouse on Wythe and South 1st in Williamsburg, glows brighter every day.

An enchanted space filled with one of a kind, vintage and other sundry objects culled from founders’ April Hughs and Marina Burini’s wanderings (in their other lives, they are both stylists), the shop is one of those places that is next to impossible to leave empty handed. Yes, these are fairy clothes, my friends, but they are most definitely for grown ups.

From hand sewn leather moccasins to the best lip/hand balm you will ever use, to a beautiful book that you can’t take your nose out of, or that one incredible cotton dress to take you through the season, to ceramic tiles, just take my advice, bring a bag and be prepared to part with some of your money.

I mean, how do you resist anything that you try on in this magical dressing room?

Tons more photos, etc, if you click below…

The singular handcrafted and vintage clothes hang from a rack made of branches, natch. What else would faries shop from?

Candles, teas and tinctures (and other stuff) to increase our sensory experience.

Spoons (and a fork) to ladle out and display some of the aforementioned stuff.

Shoes to wear while cavorting in the forests by moonlight.

Bracelets with which to adorn ourselves… The list goes on and on. This is one of those places that sucks you in and then spits you out, 45 minutes later, somewhat belidered and, more often than not, holding some crazy article in your hand.

But before you march right in, all sensible like, and return it, try putting it on. You might actually begin to see how some of those beautiful dreams become reality.

Beautiful Dreamers, 326 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn; (718) 388-4884

what time is it?

I had a watch that I loved, but the band broke and it sat on a shelf in my kitchen for… oh… 3 years or so awaiting repair. It’s still there. I’m gonna get get fixed, I swear.

And in the meantime, I kept hoping that I would turn into one of those people who didn’t wear a watch and, as a result, was somehow unencumbered by the contrictions of scheduling and time.

No such luck. I just became one of those annoying people who is always looking at their phone. Plus I found that limiting my kid’s access to screen media (including the iPhone) is much harder when you’re pulling it out of your bag all the time to see what time it is. So I finally gave up and began a search for a new watch in earnest. That I could love. And that wasn’t going to cost me a half a year’s worth of child care.

Finally, it emerged. From the pages of the Martha Stewart Living holiday gift guide, no less. wewood, a company out of Los Angeles, makes beautiful watches out of sustainably grown trees. And ever since I’ve had one of my own, I’ve gotten into loads of conversations with people from all walks of life about how cool it is to have a watch made out of wood.

**Also, if you are serious about saving a few $$s whie you’re at it, go check out RawFeed for coupons on Wewood products. They come and go, but it’s always worth checking before you pay full price, right?

Which makes me happy.

And it also gives me an opening to talk about the importance of usinig sustainable materials whenever possible. Not to mention the fact that the less you are handling your phone, the less radiation you’re getting from it. But that’s another story for another time…

zero swimming

A long long time ago, when desperate for something to use as a bathing suit bottom, I bought some black girdle underpants at Woolworth’s. Yep, Woolworth’s. Thus marked the beginning of my mix and match bikini wearing and it’s been going strong ever since.

Best part about it is, I get to pick and choose what tops and bottoms fit (and look) the best, while also being pretty damned sure that no one else on the beach is going to stroll by in the same exact suit. Which is more important to me than I care to admit.

I’ve had these beautiful bottoms from Araks for several years now, and loved them dearly, but it is only in the past week that I have found them a suitable mate.

Enter Maria Cornejo– artist, designer, genius– and her new line of swimwear. I found the perfect perfect top. Beautiful color and cut, and it actually stays on in the ocean (nothing worse than diving into the surf fully clothed and then coming up empty, so to speak.)

There are equally amazing one piece suits as well… it’s very much worth a trip to the shop if you are in NYC (or LA), as many of the styles aren’t available online. Maybe you already have the perfect suit. But if you’re anything like me, you’ll appreciate checking this out. Cause there’s nothing like a good bathing suit to make you feel like a grownup, in the best of ways.