December 21, 2012

December 11, 2012

A Ho Ho Home Chic Home from Suzy West of Collier West

I recieved a lovely surprise in my mailbox today from Suzy West of Collier West.  I met Suzy last summer when I was visiting my old hood, Brooklyn, at her amazing shop Collier West filled with unique one of kind items created by artists from around the world.  I guess I must have signed up for her email list, because I received a newsletter which linked to a video on How To: Trim Your Tree!   Suzi West and Host Erika Wasser from Spaces TV talk Trimming and ideas on Holiday Decor and Entertaining.  It's super fun, so go enjoy!


October 27, 2012

The Circle of Beads

One of my favorite things to do is crafts.   As a "studied" artist I used to think my crafty side was my silly hobby side– something not worth sharing.  But I've come to realize crafts give you a lot more room to explore the fun and silly side of yourself.  And it's also much more immediately gratifying for me. It comes in handy if you want to give a gift from the heart.  Something you made, rather than bought.  Imagine all the time that goes into making the gift. It's love. {lol}  

I love to do art, but I pressure myself too much when I paint.   When I sew or make jewery, it's different.  I'm having fun, and there are no rules in my head.   These days, I'm doing a lot of crafts.  I have a plan in the back of my head. There is a big picture I'm working on.  But as I go along, I'm learning, and exploring everything.

One of the projects I'm working on right now I call the "circle of beads".   You see them everywhere, from expensive to cheap.  All the stores have the same idea. The trick is in the details.  I find my beads and "charms" all over the place. Picked some up in Brooklyn, Vienna, Barcelona, Hamburg and from the generosity of friends.   Now they are coming together to create, unique one of kind pieces.  I'm gifting, but if I make enough after the holidays are done, I'm might sell a few here.

I'll be showing the final pieces when complete.

August 22, 2012

DarylK Abstract Printed Silk Top!

I love this top. One of the collaboration prints Daryl's worked on with the New York artist Spencer Sweeney.   I was drawn to the feeling of energy, the mix of New York Graffiti meets Japanese Kimono print attitude.

On my list are a pair of pants, this shirt and the dress.   Each one is unique, the print's cut differently giving you your own unique top.

Here's Daryl in her very own.
This is the shirt the first time I saw it at Daryl's showroom.   Just gorgeous.

Here I model, my new shirt:

an awkward picture yes, but you can see the detail on the back of the shirt.

And now for the blooper.  I washed it, in cold in the machine with same pants of the same material, but black. I think the pants bled, even with the cold wash on the shirt. Because the whites are grayish.  But, it doesn't look bad. I still wear it every 3 days.   Ah well, next time alone, or by hand.

I know. Stupid. But life is sometimes.

August 21, 2012

Tuesday's Ritual: Purple Rain

Can you tell me what these are?  Iris?  So amazing. When I bought them they had tiny buds, and only a few were open, then the next day looked like this:

Their happy and hearty.  I love them!

These little white flowers, also a mystery, are so sweet and plenty.  Love them!

All from the IseMarket in Hamburg.

August 17, 2012

Score One: Sexy DarylK Glossy Red Fanny Pack!

Well, if you remember my personal look at DarylK's spring line back in October of 2011you'll remember there were a few things I was coveting, and patience brings rewards!  

So first on the list is this amazing red Fanny Pack.  Yep, it's a fanny pack. But I've so far only worn it as a shoulder bag.  It's so amazing and practical.  It has a special spot for my glasses, phone, keys, lipstick and wallet. All I need for a stylish bike ride.  And I plan on being as stylish as I can till the day I die. Btw, it even has enough room to stash one of those roll up shopping bags, which, inevitably I need for getting that pint of Milk, or bottle of wine.

As you can see from the photo above and below, it works well with my wardrobe.  I seem to have a lot of red accents. Red flowers on the Gazelle, and Red J-Brand Jeans.

A lot of readers want to know where I get my stuff, and how much it costs. I don't always give prices because I don't like to share how much I'm willing to spend. It's embarrassing.  I love a bargain, and die for vintage, but if I think an item I covet from a favorite designer is going to last then I think it's worth it to spend more.  I'm not the $2,000 Fendi bag buyer (I don't even like them). But I will go up to $300 for a quality bag, if it's amazing.  I prefer to spend less than $150 and yes, I know you can get a good bag for under $100, but I have bag issues, so let's just not go there.
So this bag?  I'm not sure how much it retails for.  It's not listed.  I got it for a bit less, for confidential reasons that I'm not at liberty to divulge.

I'll be posting some more of my DarylK finds in the upcoming week.  So come back!

August 16, 2012

Golden isn't the only Color of Advanced Style

What becomes a woman of style when she reaches her 80's? Well, have a look at this trailer from Advanced Style's Ari Seth Cohen's upcoming Film.   Lina Pliolplyte and Arei Seth Cohen have been filming and interviewing gorgeous and stylish ladies for over three years now. I'm dying to see the finished project, projected to be in theaters after their 2013 film festival circuit.


I'm super grateful for Mr. Cohen's appreciation of these ladies and all ladies of an Advanced age who continue to care about their appearance.  It's nice to get recognition like this.  I only hope I am half as stylish as these lovely ladies when I reach my "golden" years.

More at: Advanced Style

August 14, 2012

Tuesdays Ritual: Flower Picking

Yeah, I've turned into a flower freak.  What can I say.  I don't have a garden here in Hamburg, but I do have the famous IseMarkt of Eppendorf.   I love it, and I'm hooked.  I try to commit myself to go every Tuesday, but if I miss it, I can catch it again on Friday.  It's not just flowers, its food of all kinds. But I'm not a food junkie like I am with flowers.   

These are cat tails, lily's and alliums. Normally I don't do Lily's.  They are gorgeous, but their smell is very strong.  But they were so beautiful especially paired with the others I decided to go for it.  And I'm glad I did. 

August 13, 2012

The Long Hot/Cold Summer

Sunglasses by Paul Smith (2003), Striped Shirt Dress by Nili Lotan, Bracelet by me, expression one of tried patience.

I need some Structure in my life. Some routine!  I've always needed to be organized, and have my ducks in a row in order to be creative!  It sounds crazy but it's true.  Most artists and writers need to have a routine in their day, and constance in order to find those fluid moments of inspiration.  With the long summer break (kids out of school, bored, restless, fighting amongst themselves) I have not been able to spend anytime on my creative pursuits, except one bracelet I made (see above).  I have to carve out a minute here and a moment there.  Not enough time to get my creative juices flowing.   

This has been an unusual summer for me.  Traveling home to New York to visit with friends and spend some time at the beach, and then back left with a good 2 1/2 weeks left with no travel plans.  No summer camp.  I think I'm going to re-think that next year.

So here's hoping with the upcoming start of school, I get back on track. I hope all you moms out there have survived as well.  I know at least one who can't wait!


August 8, 2012

Organic Peroxide Trunk Show at Henri Bendels!!

You know how I love my Organic Peroxide bracelots. Well now's your chance to get your very own set.  Head over to Henri Bendels now for Organic Peroxides Trunk Show.  I wish I could be there to join you, but alas, I'm away in Germany. So go for me!  

August 7, 2012

Post Summer Shoes Blues

Summer seems so long ago.  I think it's spring or fall here. If it doesn't stop raining in Hamburg I might not get to wear my new summer shoes!  I have worn them maybe twice, and they are about to up and walk out on me if I don't get them out on the streets more.   They are some cool cork wedges with black leather and stud, spike and gem detail. By Sam Edelman.

July 30, 2012

A little Puttan Goes a Long Way!

You can thank my good friends Victoria and Daniela for getting me hooked on Puttanesca! This summer I was treated to both versions.

Now that I'm back home (Hamburg, Germany) these days, I thought I'd get my fingers moving and do some dishes I've never tried.  Dipping into the iPad with Paprika, and rocking' some tunes, I set forth.

About summer... Well it's chilly and sunny with occasional downpours donut already feels like fall. And with school starting August 14th it really does feel like the end of summer is approaching fast!

So back to my version of Puttanesca.

I've combined two recipes. One with more olives and a few sundries tomatoes, with one with traditional anchovies. By the way, anchovies in German are Sardellen. So not to confuse with sardines, which is sardinen.

Using the second one to actually cook, timing and all I set forth with my adventure in Puttanesca.  One thing to note, however, is that my husband doesn't like tomato sauce based pastas, one sone doesn't like spaghetti, and the other doesn't like spicy. So going into this I know I'm being completely selfish as I'm the only one who will enjoy this meal.  But one must press on.

Results in, Delicious I say.  Grumbling from the clan, but a nod with respect to the tastiness of it, even if their tongues couldn't handle it.

If your up for trying, here's how it was made:

Here's the ingredients I used:

  • 40ml (2 tbs) olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 T red chilli flakes
  • 75g pitted green olives, sliced
  • 75g pitted black olives, sliced
  • 6 semi-dried tomatoes, cut into thin strips
  • 6 anchovies, sliced
  • 2 tbs salted capers, rinsed
  • 425g can diced tomatoes
  • 400g spaghetti
  • fresh basil leaves, shredded for garnish
  • Grated parmesan, to serve


1. Heat oil in a frypan. Add garlic, chilli and anchovies and warm over medium heat until anchovies break a part. Then turn up the heat and add the tomato sauce and sun dried tomatoes and cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Bring pasta pan to boil, and cook pasta for 9 minutes, while simultaneously, adding the olives and capers to sauce. Season with pepper. 

2. Drain Pasta and return to pan. Add sauce and toss together (or not). Serve sprinkled with parmesan and basil.

June 2, 2012

Glamourous Darling

I can't remember if I shared this amazing find from last December.   An amazing coat with cape, with a fur collar, and no arms.   It was a present from the Mister.  Exquisite and amazing.  I found it at Mafalda, on Atlantic in Brooklyn.  Why I haven't shared it in a post, I don't' know.. maybe I didn't like the photo of me in it.. but now looking at it, feeling kind of nostalgic for Brooklyn––I thought I'd share.

May 8, 2012

A Brooklyn British Love Affair

I've never seen someone embrace their new life and home like I've seen my friend Victoria Sullivan embrace Brooklyn.   We girls always joke how Victoria is the "mayer" of Brooklyn.  Well really anywhere she visits, we dub her the "mayer" of... like Cold Springs.   She just has a lovely way of introducing herself, and getting to know people. She goes out on her bike, explores and discovers the best and most unique finds.   Always sure to find a bargain, and sometimes right off the street.

Take for example the way her and her husband bought a barely standing brownstone in a popular section of Brooklyn, and turned it around, on a tight budget, into one of the best of spaces ever.  She really sets the bar.   Dilapited to Desireable, Grime to Glory, Sad to Sensational.   And I would not have believed it.  I just don't have the eye that she and her handsome husband have.   They could see right from the beginning what they wanted to do.

After a semi-reasonable about of time with contractors– pulling down, and putting up, and putting in– they took over the rest of the job themselves.  But I don't just mean painting.  They brought the old fireplace to a luster it probably never had, adorned the ceilings and walls with detailed molding, painted colors that suggest a feeling, lay down brand new wood floor boards, and even new stairs to the basement.   They did this themselves.  Then there's the decorating...   Don't worry, it didn't happen over night. That would make them just too much to bear.  Envy is only a small step away from good intentions.   No, I'd say it took about 2 years to get just right.   And that's how it ought to be.   Love, care, and an ever persistent scrutiny to what goes wear and what one wants.  You have to earn it.  and they did.

The house has personality.  It's theirs and it speaks volumes.   I'm pleased as punch that Victoria has recieved the recognition she deserves with articles in British LivingEtc, which I posted last year here. And most recently on Refinery29.

And if that's not enough, Victoria and her sister Charlotte Thompson, who is based in England,  are the fabulous duo behind White Rabbit England, which they've worked hard on and put heart and soul into. With gorgeous night lights of Rabbits, Owls and Charlie the dog, this spring they will be introducing nursery quilts and children's bedding too.  Too bad my boys are all grown up!  Although I think they'd love Charlie the Dog for their room... (hmmm birthday approaching fast!)

So as Mother Day approaches, I couldn't help but think of one of my hardest working moms, who finds time to still be the bestests friend ever.   Without Victoria, I'd be lost at sea.

Above pictures from the 
Refinery29 photo shoot.

     Victoria's home was also used in a recent photo shoot for Shopbop.com for the Rebecca Minkoff's Lookbook!

And if you haven't yet, check out The March 2011 issue of LivingEtc, another amazing spread of Victoria and Nick's home posted right her, back in may of 2011:

May 3, 2012

Back to Drooling over Daryl K Clothing...

So the Daryl K Fall Winter 2012 Preview is out!    And yes, once again, I wish I could forgo all other expenses; food, wine, bills  (wait, keep the wine), and spend all my money on Daryl K!!!

Here are some (just some) of my favorites...

I love this look. And the pants, Stretch Will with Leather!?   Mine!   The shirt is silky and drapes just perfect.   The block of colors; black, bone, plumb and grey...  makes me feel inspired for fall, even before summer has hit!

Love the idea of paring a dress with leather leggings.  And we all know Daryl K's leather leggings are the best ever made. If there is one investment we should all make, it's these.

Stretch Leather pants in Wine?  Yes!  Looks hot with the black silk jacquared top.  I would slink around in this everyday...  I would be that crazy girl who never changes her outfit..  Yes, that would be me.

Go see more: http://www.darylk.com/blogs/the-word/6013610-daryl-k-fw-2012-preview