THE PRINTS OF TIDES

12.31.2012



Don't soak your manties - I'm not actually a humpback! It's just the wind in that first picture, billowing up in my shirt like wind in my sails...this week's outfit, aside from celebrating the coastal splendors of Florida, is all about my new patterned pants. I've been waiting to debut them for awhile now, as it's definitively far too cold for them in NYC. I love 'em because they're dual-action, synergizing the patterned-pants trend I've had the hots for since Prada AW'12 with pajama dressing (see the pants in the last shot from the editorial I posted here.) High-waisted, pleated and 100% polyester, I picked 'em up in the ladies section at - where else? - American Apparel. The shirt is from Muji (similar here) and the sneaks are my Converse chucks (get 'em here.) The bracelet was a gift from a friend, but the handpainted leather ring is actually from Ten Thousand Villages - not a bad find, yeah? Stay tuned later this week for more about my trip. Check out my moodboard for this look, after the jump...

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ADRIEN SAUVAGE X YASIIN BEY

12.30.2012


I found this campaign right before leaving for Florida - it sort of sets the mood for this upcoming week's coast-heavy posting. Adrien Sauvage cuts suits made to measure by appointment only, so he's a little...how do you say? Exclusif. But reclusive Sauvage is not, as the label can be found online on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube. Aside from this Bey (née Mos Def) fronted campaign, I found myself most smitten with the brand's films, particularly The Student, showcasing Sauvage's collaboration with Dr. Martens. Très charmant art direction and, of course, the shoes! Check it out below...


THE STUDENT (2012) — A FILM BY A. SAUVAGE from A. SAUVAGE on Vimeo.

DEAR INTERNET No. 30

12.22.2012


I know I promised to depart with a vacation-centric playlist, but it occurred to me that it's been a really long time since I did a link round-up and what better parting gift from me to you than some link love? Enjoy these and I'll blog ya in a week! I'm not going completely off the grid, though - check in with me over the week on Twitter and Instagram.

01 This Les Moutons satchel at the charming online shop of Public
02 This Clinton Hill apartment (that's my hood!) in the design issue of Brooklyn Magazine
03 Tea by photographer Suvi Viitanen
04 This color-coordinated couple on The Locals
05 Fashion photography by Charlie Engman

VACATION READING

12.21.2012


This year, my vacation is all about reading. I am leaving behind my laptop for a measly-but-also-sort-of-groundbreaking five days and doing any/all writing I need to do in a notebook. With a pen! I'm just finishing up Triumph Of The City, by economist Edward Glaeser - not as dense as it sounds, I promise! It's a must-read for anyone with even a vague interest in ecological living, particularly young urbanites who've eschewed cars for oft-delayed MTA commutes (living off the G line can be rough.) Next up is historian David McCullough's The Greater Journey, to add some historical perspective to the rampant Francophilism (made up word, I know) that started up in me after reading Adam Gopnik's Paris To The Moon and Peter Mayle's retirement-fantasia classic A Year in Provence. The last piece of Literature I read was D.H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. Lawrence's psychologically laborious, but oftentimes profoundly modern prose has left me hankering for something with a deeper meaning and poignant insights, but really I'll take anything in which I can imagine a pouting Keira Knightely as the protagonist. What will you be reading over the holiday?

P.S. Isn't that quote great? It's actually by Lemony Snicket, the man responsible for A Series of Unfortunate Events. (And FYI, you can find a whole bunch more great quotes about books at Goodreads.) Photos Géraud Béton (left) and Stefano Marchionini (right).

MENSWEAR PAIRS No. 2

12.20.2012

Menswear Pears was such a success that I've decided to give the concept a second go-round, this time pairing up some hot looks with a mix of vacation destinations. Whether boating or beaching, these menswear pairings have your vacation inspiration needs covered.


image credits: 1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, 7 & 8

Fruit For All Seasons

12.18.2012


The year is rapidly coming to an end (and the world, too, if you're a believer), so I figure it's time for the magic and wonder of a big blogging round-up! You can check out my round-up from last year here, then scroll down to peep a few of my favorite outfits from 2012, handily-dandily grouped by season. Revel in the ladypants, the bean action and oh so many pairs of shoooooes. I'm headed out of NYC on vacay this weekend and am taking a self-imposed Blogger Break. I won't be back in action until the thirty-first, but the action I have planned is eXtrA SpeciAL, TOP SECRET and awwwesome - so buckle up and enjoy the ride! Photo via Summer Layers: Torn.









And a special big THANK YOU to the photographers I was lucky enough to work with this year: Joel Codiamat, Fareine Suarez Benz, Kelly Kollar, Izzy Tuason and any/all friends who got corralled into shooting for me!

ON PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE (ONLINE)

12.17.2012


I'm not sure where to start this post, as it's coming from a place of indignation and frustration (indignant frustration?) and I don't want it to read as a rant. The other week I published another piece on The Huffington Post (you can read the first here) that was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek look at a year in my life without sex. People - or, rather, the subspecies Internet Commenteri - seemed to take it a bit differently. It got so bad that one thread compared me to Bill Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal. "His whole story is a lie," chimed in one reader (referring to my decision to define sex more narrowly as penetrative sex, for the purposes of a tagline - so sue me.) Others described my writing as, "self-absorbed" and "pointless"; "I couldn't even finish the article for yawning," said another.

There were just over sixty comments total and just about fifteen click-throughs to my blog. These people did not read my piece and then seek out my other essay on the site, nor did they make any attempt to better understand who I am as a writer - or human being - by contacting me via email or Twitter. It is 2012. It is not difficult to get in touch with someone and more than that, it is almost repulsively easy to get in touch with someone like me - someone with active accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, YouTube and Flickr. My email address is in multiple places online. You can Google me. All of this takes just slightly more effort than being already logged in to your HuffPo account at work, feeling bored and lashing out at a stranger. A lot of the comments were weirdly aggressive and inflammatory - why would I dignify such vitriol with a response? Why did these people even bother to read the entire article? Why didn't they stop after the first paragraph when thinking, "this isn't my cup of tea"?

I showed the piece to some friends, some of whom liked it, some of whom were a little indifferent. Duly noted - moving on. It may not be my best piece, but it was an idea I had and I wanted to push myself to put it out there. I did. And then a bunch of people hated me. "Comment trolls" are a common digi-plague (you can read a Salon.com article about them here); I think the nicest thing I've ever heard about online forums for discussion is, "they make me lose faith in humanity." I know not to take the attacks personally, but it's hard not to be at least flabbergasted when the attacks are so personal. There's an immediate leap from, "I dislike this article," to, "I fucking hate the piece of shit who put this in front of my face." Newsflash, troll: you put it in front of your own face!

Getting ranty, I know...so here's the video (NSFW [language/sexual content]){Mom, that means don't watch this} I made to supplement the post, or at least better clarify the tone I meant to take when writing. What about you? Have you had to deal with comment trolls? Is my indignant frustration justified (say yes or I'll eat your face!)?

UPDATE: I feel I should mention that I did receive positive feedback via social media, Twitter in particular, and I really appreciate that! This post was to simply voice to my bewilderment at a phenomenon of sorts...not to focus on the negative. Thanks to all of you who were encouraging!

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[TRENDSPOTTING] SHEER PLAIDS

12.16.2012



At Dries Van Noten, Zara and Qasimi. Definitely a Spring trend I'm on board with. I'll be able to reference my grunge influences while staying cool and you'll be able to see my nipples. Everybody wins!

[STREET STYLE] BRYANBOY

12.13.2012



BryanBoy is a seminal figure in blogging, if there were ever a person you could say that about. I've always appreciated his commitment to being himself, particularly as a man who sometimes enjoys wearing wigs and always loves a good ladypant. Here, I love the way he's chosen to top his sharply-tailored suit with a cropped leather jacket with a shearling collar and grounded the ensemble with those Prada brogues (also seen here.)

PETRA BINDEL X VIRGINIE DENNY

12.12.2012



I first saw this stunning home in Elle Decoration Japan while I was killing time in Kinokuniya bookstore obsessing over EVeRyThiNG. I went home to Google its owner, Virginie Denny, and found that it was shot and styled for Elle Decoration UK a few years ago by interiors dream team Petra Bindel and Emma Persson Lagerberg (you can see Lagerberg's home lensed by Bindel here.) Denny's abode is full of intriguing art, gorgeous furniture and oodles of beautiful light...and it's in Paris, of course! All photos Petra Bindel.

MASAHIRO SANBE

12.11.2012


I discovered the beautiful portraits and still life photography of Masahiro Sanbe through Pinterest - oh, the joys of the internet! There are a ton of other new-to-me artists whose work I'm really falling for...a fotobomb may be in order next week...

[COAT TALES] THE COCOON

12.10.2012

coat Uniqlo // leggings Urban Outfitters (seen here) // shirt thrifted // shoes Y-3 // cap thrifted

Today's post is all about taking some sartorial inspiration from the ladies. I picked up this wool-blend cocoon coat at Uniqlo, operating under the influence of Céline's oversized cocoon concoctions from AW'12, showing up in ads and eds all over right now. The sporty thing has been #trending in a big way, I think partly due to the omnipresence of those Nike sneaker heels, or, "sneels," and Lord knows everybody is still crazy in love with snapbacks thanks to Supreme's continued prominence at the forefront of mainstream style consciousness. My shoes are secondhand Y-3 from Tokio 7 and the hat is actually a thrifted Kool cigarettes cap, the green 'K' a subtle reference to those trés cool (punny! sort of?) Kenzo x New Era caps. I'm wearing the vegan leather leggings I picked up at Urban Outfitters last year (seen here) and a thrifted graphic tee in the same blueberry hue we discussed last week.

But what am I reading? 032c is a Berlin-based publication that came onto my radar about two years ago. They've been going for a decade or so, but I wasn't convinced to pick up a copy until I was piecing through their current issue and read the following in regards to the, "ducktail hair, washed-out complexion and bleached eyebrows" of the Balenciaga AW12 menswear campaign:

Aesthetic modifications tend to stay within the boundaries of familiar human physiology. When genetic engineering - in the context of being able to mold our image - becomes widely accessible in the future, there will be a point of departure where personal improvement drifts outside the accepted parameters of our anatomy.

Hot damn if I don't love a cerebral take on the psychosocial implications of the styling of a high-fashion campaign. That initial appetite-wetting was further appeased on getting cozy with the pub, which features in-depth articles on everything from urban planning to the complex family history of one of America's most prolific graphic designers. In short, I highly recommend it. Also, it goes with my outfit! Let's take a look at some of the other inspirations for today's look:


01 Karlie Kloss by Roe Ethridge for Acne Paper. I think, aside from the Daria-fronted seasonal campaign, this is my favorite image featuring that Céline coat. The styling...parfait!
02 Blogger Sandra Hagelstam of 5 Inch And Up. Hagelstam's looks are often athletics-influenced...here she is making an oversized basketball jersey look sexy, and not like Snooki thinks she makes oversized basketball jerseys look sexy, but in a real way.
03 Blogger Zanita Morgan of Zanita. Baby girl wears a snapback like nobody's business!

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[NOW PLAYING] KENDRICK LAMAR

12.07.2012




I discovered Kendrick Lamar the other day thanks to wünderblogger Holy and have had Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe stuck in my head ever since. It helps that Lamar seems to be channeling the idiosyncratic vocal stylings of André 3000 throughout the song (it definitely has an Outkast oldie vibe to it). Enjoy it as I get JPPV2 ready - it's going to be holiday vacation themed, sluts! Break out the gingerbread schnapps!

ART FOR APARTMENT'S SAKE

12.06.2012


I feel like there hasn't been enough interiors love on the blog lately, mostly because I have so much love for interiors that they just keep getting pinned away and never woven into a cohesive post here. I'm always like, "I love that, but do I love this more??" So here are some homes I've loved recently, lumped together because of the different ways their respective owners have incorporated art into their décor. I'll try to get more great interiors up on the blog, te promiso! Photos via 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

[EATING] THIS FRUIT BAKES

12.05.2012

Zucchini banana bread | Thisfruitblogs.com

Given the recent controversy over the sexist marketing of Easy-Bake Ovens ("My biological clock helps me know when the cupcakes are done!"), this feels like a timely post. While I didn't have an Easy-Bake Oven as a kid, I did eat a lot of cake and play with Barbies, so...baking expert!

I like to have a loaf of bread available in the morning as a homemade alternative to pain au chocolat, which I have no idea how to make - it's just so fancy. This zucchini banana bread is actually a modified Paula Deen recipe, despite it not being disgusting. For the loaf I photographed I used a bar of Ghirardelli dark chocolate that I crushed up, which sounds all sexy and stuff, but I actually prefer just using chocolate chips - FYI. Oh, another FYI - you can replace the banana in this with mushed up butternut squash, if you want to impress somebody. Here's your ingredients list:

1 1/2 cup all-purpose (or wheat) flour 
1/4 teaspoon baking powder 
1/2 teaspoon salt
dash ground cinnamon 
dash ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup grated zucchini

1/2 cup mushed bananas (or you could do a full cup of each? play around with it!)
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven at 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with a stick of unsalted butter. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt, spices and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and fluffy. Add sugar, and continue beating until well blended. Stir in apple sauce, vanilla, zucchini, chocolate chips. Stir in sifted ingredients. Pour into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove loaf from pan and let cool. C'est bon!

Vegan pumpkin muffins | Thisfruitblogs.com

These are actually almost vegan pumpkin muffins that I adapted from Post Punk Kitchen. I sort of ruined the vegan thing by adding chocolate chips and honey. Oops! I determined to try these after ruining a pumpkin loaf with faulty measurements. I tried to salvage the undercooked mess by pulling it apart into balls and pan frying them. I thought it would make donut holes or something, but it was just awful. So don't do that. These muffins are awesome, though, and it's easy enough to re-veganize them if that's something you adhere to! The ingredients list is below (this makes twelve muffins):

1 3/4 cups all-purpose (or wheat) flour
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground or freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup pureed pumpkin (organic, from a can)
1/2 cup soy milk
1/2 cup apple sauce
however much honey you think this needs to taste good!


Preheat oven to 400°F. Put eco-friendly muffin cups in a twelve-muffin tin. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a separate bowl, whisk together pumpkin, soy milk, and apple sauce. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix. Fill the muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
For some reason, my muffins came out looking like little cupcakes? They were tasty, but I wish they looked as hearty as the ones Vanessa Rees made! Like this post? Check out some of my other favorite recipes here and here.

SEMIPERMANENT

12.04.2012



I discovered the web series Semipermanent the other day and promptly fell in love. The series is the brainchild of expat entrepreneurs Erik Moynihan and Tiffany Needham, who started a brewing company in Seoul, Korea and are now creators and hosts of this show. I'm sharing with y'all the third episode in the series, "Live To Eat," because the production values are excellent (look at the food!) and the parallel narratives of the three different Seoulites featured create a compelling portrait of expatriate life insofar as it revolves around food. The series' first episode, "The Expat Life," was almost cathartic to watch.

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LEGGINGS FOR MEN (AND ADVENTURES IN SPANDEX)

12.03.2012



There's been a lot of internet talk about the style phenomenon of "meggings" lately: What are they? Where did they come from? Are they happening to your children? Though not necessarily a new trend - The Cut first wrote about them three years ago, but recently revisited the topic - they are indeed a divisive one. I, as you can see, decided to jump onboard this bandwagon and ride it to its post-metrosexual end - but first, I had to find a suitable pair of leggings. My adventure began at OAK, a great place to begin any journey for which the desired end lies distinctly over the sartorial rainbow. I asked one of the meggings-clad associates where I might procure my own pair and wound up at American Apparel, copping the brand's winter leggings...technically for women, but also for me. My references for wearing these babies (and what sparked my interest in them in the first place) came from the stylings of Robert Geller and Givenchy:


My interpretation is, admittedly, ultra-sporty, as I'm also operating under the influence of Jun Takahashi's haute fitness collaborative line with Nike, Gyakusou - and let's not forget yesterday's editorial. I paired my leggings with oversized leather shorts (borrowed from a friend) and my new (secondhand) Y-3 sneaks. I rounded out the ultra-sporty look with a blueberry hoodie to complement the color of the shoes, plus I just love that color. So much so that this also happened:


I borrowed my friend Michael's F/W'11 Gareth Pugh top for a day (you can see the runway version on a ladymodel here.) Five percent spandex, for the win! This has nothing to do with meggings, I just wanted to share that life event with you all. Happy Monday!

[TRENDSPOTTING] STATEMENT SWEATPANTS

12.02.2012


God bless T Magazine for having a story on "the statement sweatpant." And that hair! This louche athleticism is really on my mind these days and majorly affecting my steez - more on that tomorrow.  Photos Matthew Kristall.
 

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