Monthly Archives: September 2010

Link Love: 9.16.10

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• An expert analysis of Lady Gaga’s meat dress.

• I love it when people take the time to explain their jobs — Anna of D16 shares how she became a book cover designer.

• Reading about ‘it’ girls makes me feel like a shit girl. Rachel Hills says “It strikes me that ‘It’ people – or at least the ones that are sold to us through magazines and the like – are not naturally in possession of that “certain something” so much as they are imbued with it through the repeated endowment of flattering camera angles and flattering words.”

• Beautiful illustrated letterforms by Jonny Wan.

• Trekking through Midtown without using the avenues: “The goal: to walk from the Empire State Building, on West Thirty-third Street, to Rockefeller Center, on West Forty-eighth, without ever setting foot on Fifth or Sixth Avenue—to knife through tall buildings in a single bound, or at least in stepwise forays.” Hey, everyone needs a hobby!

• Gala just closed commenting on her blog for good and tells us why she did it. This is a huge move and a decision that every blogger has to make for themselves. While I currently love and welcome commenting on my blog, I can understand why others are making the change.

• Ahhh, I love this! My old high-school friends won’t go away.

• If you need to track down really rad office supplies to outfit your desk, Kris Atomic delivers. So much good stuff, so little space!

•Ten online personalities (including me) share what makes them feel beautiful.


The Virgo Birthday Diaries

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When I celebrate birthdays on my own, they tend to be pretty low-key. It just seems like too much trouble to put together a massive party so I usually end up at a bar with a handful of friends. But, in the last few years since I’ve known Gala, that’s all changed. She is a party throwing master! With our birthdays being just one day apart (hers is the 13th, mine is the 14th) it made sense to join forces. We’ve done a few birthdays together now and each time, they keep getting even more elaborate.


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Not quite Martha Stewart, but still a pretty sweet spread.


The week before I arrived in New York, I received a flurry of quite random emails that darted between the acquisition of skull goblets and cupcake orders. While I tend to be a bit more practical and low-key, Gala always believes that more is better. And, I have to say, she was right. Once again.

On September 11th, I flew into New York nice and early. Of course, traffic was a snarled mess, with cop cars everywhere but I didn’t let that damper my mood. Gala and I met up and began the race across town, darting through Party City, Sugar Sweet Sunshine and many other stores on a quest to add the finishing touches to our party.


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Skull-themed party decor.


When we arrived back at Gala’s apartment and she began pulling out piles of accoutrements including the skull goblets, a multi-tiered skull cupcake stand and oh-so-much-more, my eyes got really big and I looked over at The Dish, bewildered. Though, I knew he couldn’t console me — we were helpless in her quest for party madness! Our birthday theme would be nothing less than “Gothic Liberace.” Did I mention that Gala had also managed to reserve a private garden for us?! She has the magic touch.


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Gala very kindly assisted me with working my new camera.


The private garden was gorgeous. The Dish helped us hang a mini disco ball over the table and a handful of friends (including Jazzi all the way from LA!!!) joined us for a low-key afternoon. It was really perfect. Chloe Rice did the photography honors.


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A birthday girl must blow up her own balloons. Jazzi joins in.


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Cheers, you macabre fiends!


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Settling into the madness.


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Gala’s friends delivered a beautiful cake.


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Champagne wishes!


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No party is complete without a mini disco ball.


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Gala + The Dish = cute overload.


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Kristin stopped by!


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Our candy-colored version of The Last Supper.


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Eliza and I play catch-up.


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Birthday girls.


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Gala hit my Miu Miu with a pile of silly string. I gave her a look of “Oh no you didn’t!!!!” But, the damage was already done.


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My birthday outfit: Forever 21 dress, American Apparel punctuation tights, Forever 21 belt, Camilla Skovgaard wedges, Forever 21 headband and Nixon watch.


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Time to pack up.


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The party’s over! Empty out the goblets!


We had to clear out of the private garden in a hurry so we quickly packed up piles of cupcakes and collected the goblets. It was time to move on. We took our mini army over to Thompkins Square Park where a festival was going on. The music being played was weird new age headache-inducing drone madness.


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Trailed by the paparazzi.


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Guess who?!!! Black wedges vs. brown sandals.


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Jazzi’s boyfriend took some amazing polaroids.


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We had leftover champagne so we hid the bottle in Jazzi’s Chloé boot.


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Dolly isn’t exactly modesty conscious. When you gotta go, you gotta go!


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Girl time.


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Time to hit the road!


Thanks to Gala’s planning and a great group of friends, this was my favorite birthday gathering to date. Good cupcakes, great company and skull goblets — what more could a girl ask for??


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What I Wore: 9.12.10

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Last night, Bianca and I decided to relive old times and go clubbing. But, no outing with us is ever quite complete without a pre-party and a photo shoot!


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Before we went out, we sipped vodka and cranberry juice out of my favorite white goblets. Bianca knows me all too well and basically serves me EVERYTHING in them. Coffee, tea, water, booze — she has the routine down.


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We sat on her couch, watching the MTV VMA’s, doing impersonations of Rihanna and Eminem and critiquing everyone’s fashion choices before we started shooting photos. My look can best be summed up as “Gothic Michael Jackson.” If I was a lolita schoolgirl on my way to an MJ concert, this would surely be my uniform.


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I Wore:

Jacket, necklace, dress, belt and headband, Forever 21
Tights, Givenchy
Watch, Nixon
Boots, Minimarket


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I am in love with these Givenchy tights. $12.00 at Century 21, baby. But beware — not everything at Century 21 (or, the 21st Century, as one foreigner called it!) is stylish. Just you wait for the photographic evidence!


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Theme-wise, Bianca and I became a yin and yang of one another. Polar opposites. Black vs. white. We totally worked it!

The Greenhouse was PACKED. The inside was purely out of a movie set — walls covered in blinking lights, parts of the ceiling dripping in invisible chandeliers. It was gorgeous. 90s house music bumped and the crowd couldn’t stop dancing. It was pretty much a perfect night and reminded me of why I love New York so much.


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The Week In Pictures: 9.10.10

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Goodbye, Summer. You’ve been good. But, Fall is upon us, my bags are packed and it’s time race across the U.S. to New York for birthday celebrations, Fashion Week, time with friends and meetings. In other (unrelated) news, a little while ago Joey painted this super cool portrait of my A.F. Vandevorst shoes. I love it.


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I never quite know what to pack because my wardrobe has to work across birthdays, afterparties, club nights, meetings, photo shoots and who knows what else. I always end up throwing piles of black into my suitcase along with 3 to 4 pairs of shoes in varying heights and a pile of colorful accessories.

Speaking of the birthday, Gala’s been firing off downright random and hilarious emails at all hours in our quest to plan a shindig from opposite coasts. She summarized it in her newsletter earlier this week: “Change is afoot & my Filofax is bursting with scrawled notes in black ink pen. Poor Nubby is bearing the brunt of what I like to call the Gala Hurricane. She’s been receiving crazed emails in the middle of the night, darting from topic to topic (birthday parties! Fashion Week! Photoshoots! Llamas!). She’s a trooper.” Haha. I can’t wait for tomorrow.


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Hello! Jeffrey Campbell has delivered again, this time with the Brisbane. I never knew that walking around with hunks of wood attached to my feet could be so stylish!!!


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This is an outtake from True Blue. I really really wish I had a scooter sometimes.


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I love both of these books — I’ve been doing a some research for an upcoming blog post. Though, with the birthday / traveling whirlwind, things will be slowing down a bit around here for the next two weeks.

Alas, it’s time to finish packing and rush off to the airport so I can join my New York friends and cheer being another year older. In case you were wondering, my actual birthday is September 14th. Enjoy your weekend, stay out of trouble and I’ll return soon!


Peace, Love & Nubs,

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