Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Fashion Note: Sailing Style, Part I

One of the great adventures of Summer is Sailing. This summer I made it a goal to become a better sailor. While my tacks are still slow, my sailing style is swift.

Sailing is sometimes perceived as a luxurious sport, yet it is still A SPORT which requires sharp thinking and nimble bodies.  We cannot all sit on the hull like Jackie O and bask in the sea breeze.

Yet, there is still a way to be practically dressed crew and look good doing it.

Sailing Style: Preppy, Practical, yet Polished

This look is "How to go from Work Day to Sunset Sail" 

Nantucket Red Chinos are loose enough for quick movement on the boat and super stylish at work with a rolled up hem. The webbing belt is fun and preppy, but holds up the chinos that eventually stretch out way too much. The necklace is like the coral at the bottom of the sea whose only purpose is to add color and pizazz. Later at the Marina I will trade in the sandals for Sperrys.


Photos taken By: Emily Foeske

Monday, August 20, 2012

Fashion Note: Catskill Hippie Chick

When you live in New York, where you choose to summer is a dead give-away of who you really are.  In some cases it relays your ethnicity and in other cases it communicates your personal style.

We have not yet chosen one place to spend the summer, as if we could afford that kind of luxury :) Though we do have some favorite summer weekend get-a-ways.

One of our favorites is the Catskills near Woodstock. It's definitely where the hippies at heart take respite from the city. There are old hippies who have been there since the 60's and new ones that hunt for crystals in the mountains, among other activities. We go for hiking, relaxing, swimming in streams, and discovering quaint mountain towns.

It's all a quick ride north, starting from Grand Central Station
I also designed this handbag for Summer weekend get-a-ways. It's a metallic straw body with copper embossed snake trim.


Of course, I enjoyed getting into the appropriate gear to fit into the scenery:
CATSKILL HIPPIE CHICK
  • cut off Levis 
  • wooden jewelry
  • cork-ease sandals
  • and an Yves Saint Laurent vintage scarf
PEACE.... LOVE.... &........

Scarves tied around the base of the head in this manner are either pirate or hippie. In this case I was a hippie on that day.






Yves Saint Laurent was a Bohemian at heart and his vintage pieces always belong in a true hippies wardrobe.
Yves via Pinterest

Yves in Marrakesh - as seen in Gypset

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Fashion Note: Summer Sales

Fleeting Summer Sunshine and End of Season Sales

Sunday evening I was sadly made aware of summer's eminent end as Ari and I got caught riding home on our bikes at 8:15 with no lights. That usual extra 15 minutes of daylight we began to count on starred to slip away earlier than expected. Since so much of summer is spent outside this transition is physically felt.

For a moment it made me sad that this fun season of Sailing, Surfing and Reggae is coming to an end. Then I thought ahead to September and got really excited that Fashion Night Out and Fashion Week are just around the corner!

But before jumping ahead of myself lets enjoy the last vestiges of the season with end of Summer Sales !!!!!!

...and for you listening pleasure: Hippie Chick by Soho


Verve on Bleeker has the best end of season sales. This is probably because they have some of the best handbags and shoes to start with. Just in time for one more month of warm weather and exposed toes, I found these:



I describe them as HIPPIE CHICK:

  • Natural colored suede will always be a little HIPPIE. If fringes are attached then it would be a lot a hippie.
  • But with a stacked heel and perfectly placed cut outs, this suede is chic.
Oh and I have to call out the Velcro closure.
 Love it! 
It makes them functional,  and fun. 
If u grew up in the 80 s you probably have a big affection for Velcro, like me.
In the case of these shoes it, the hidden Velcro, retains the clean lines without an unnecessary buckle.

Thank you Verve for a last bit of fun summer shopping.






Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fashion Note: Exotic Escape (at home)

After the Honey Moon we needed a little refresher at home. New Life = New Decor

Moving was not in the plan, so a little furniture re-arranging and new accessories turned our home into what we now call: HOTEL ABOOBOO

The house now feels like a suite in some exotic Middle Eastern Paradise - hence the name. 

The Den: White furniture and lots of Green Plants. Black & White Pillow from H&M London Home Store. Natural Sisal Rug - These all give a fresh, cool, decadent vibe white the plants feel exotic. (yes, white is decadent because it's very risky to keep up!)      

New Bowls from our Registry needs new Shelves. Thank god Ari is handy and can build just about anything I imagine. Since I was not wild about a curtain in the Kitchen these shelves serve as the perfect amount of privacy.  
The Kitchen Look: a bit ore French than Exotic Middle East, but that's OK :)
Lounge Corner in Bed Room: The guitars are used to lull me to sleep and sometimes they are Used to drive me Crazy. Stumper Fielding Pillow shell from Portabello Road in London. Modern art on wall - My Own. Dresser - Ari's design.
Ari Playing Sweet Music in the Music Corner
New Marrakesh Style Curtains from Anthropology really make it feel like we wake up and go to sleep at Hotel Abooboo everyday. Missoni for Target blanket adds yet another exotic pattern.
Mix Match French Corner: I feel when odd objects are grouped together in a tasteful way it is very French. Some of the best French home I have been in are an eclectic mix of flea market nic nacs and boutique finds.
French Corner up Close: A photo of Ari and I the day after our engagement in Belgium. A milk glass vase from an antique store on Long Island. A bronze Sailboat sculpted by Ari's dad.

Fashion Note: Polka Dot Party

This summer Yayoi Kusama is turning everything into polka dots.

Inspired, I drew polka dots on the matting of my Matt Schwartz photo.

The effect of making polka dots is quite soothing in comparison to how crazy they look.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Fashion Note: Italy - Sexy, Tailored, & Proud

To Rome With Love (and back)

This summer New York is abundant with Italian culture. Well, New York is always teeming with Italian culture with Little Italy and all. Though, currently, the art houses bring a new awareness to one of the worlds favorite countries for food, fashion and vacations.

In the same week I indulged in the new summer Woody Allan movie, "To Rome with Love" and the Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibition "Impossible Conversations". Both draw much inspiration from Italy and it's characters.

                                                        Trailer "To Rome with Love"

                                            Exhibition at the MET through Aug. 19, 2012


Italy has always been a country I felt very comfortable in, even more than France; my mother country (well my great great great.... grandparent's mother country). Perhaps it is all the "comfort" food, but even before I knew I liked "fashion" I loved shopping in Italy.

It is historically known for it's fashion and vanity. The dress code is always sexy even with out trying.
When visiting this past spring I saw a middle aged woman wearing heels, fishnet stockings, and a mini skirt on her way to work, during the day. Even though it is a very Catholic culture (note the Dolce & Gabbana current adds) which comes with many reservations, being sexy 24 hours a day is not one.

For men, the classic look is one that is tailored. Suits always fit the body and the same goes for jeans. They were doing the skinny jean way before Williamsburg.  Amazingly they all keep trim physiques which is the only way to pull off this look. (America cannot embrace this look until we figure out the obesity epidemic)

Aside from clothing, everything is done with style and taste: decor, coffee, and bar food. See images below for proof!

Italian fashion and culture.... always inspiring

Italian woman on her lunch break, i guess.

Sleekly dressed men on their lunch breaks    





Window Shot of Roberto Cavalli Boutique - Baroque printed pant and Gilded Leather bag

At the top of the Spanish Steps, in Rome. The colors alone are inspiring.

Furla Shop window. Spring 2012 trend: Rubber bags!!!

Restaurant Floor in Rome - No detail goes unnoticed here.

Hanging out in the park - with a better camera this could be a Dolce & Gabbana add.

Aperitivo - One of the best inventions in Italy: practically free food with a glass of wine in the early evening

Coffee really is better in Italy

Even the manner of drinking coffee is done with style

The lobby of our hotel - over the top with mixes of patterns, yet still tasteful
Spring 2012 Dolce & Gabbana add. Photos by Mariano Vivanco

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