Monthly Archives: March 2011

Link Love: 3.31.11

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Richard Burbridge for Harper’s Bazaar, April 2011.


Photo retouching tips and tricks in Photoshop.

NYC Type features found typography gathered from all over the city.

• I can definitely get behind The Five Vignelli-isms, especially “If you do it right, it will last forever.”

• Gala and I just got a shout-out from Iceland. I laughed when I read, “They are both very glamorous, and have big ears.”

• What are your all time favorite logos?

• I love Frank Chimero’s Classroom Rules.

• I Shot Madonna features a photo shoot of the pop icon in New York in the early 80s before she hit it big. (via gala darling)

• You know you want to check out Awkward Stock Photos.

• Penguin Luggage tags are way cool.

• Who says that everything has to be perfectly symmetrical? I’m loving angled nesting shelves.


Reykjavik, Iceland

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Last month, I had the chance to visit Iceland for the first time ever — here’s my experience!

I’d heard so many rave reviews about Reykjavik but in reality, I barely knew anything about the place. When Gala began excitedly emailing me about our annual Virgo getaway late last year, we’d initially agreed on Vegas. But, within a week, that plan had quickly morphed into a doubled-up doozy of Paris AND Reykjavik. What a shift! But, I’m usually game for pretty much anything and decided that it was worth it to give up the sun for shivering European city-hopping instead.


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After stays in both New York and Paris, I was glad that we had the chance to come down off of the visual overload before heading home. The first thing that stands out when you arrive in Iceland is the environment; everything is very rocky and has the appearance of a volcanic moonscape. It really is otherworldly and unlike anyplace I’ve ever seen.

After a $130.00 USD cab ride (yes, seriously) from the airport into town, we arrived at the minimal, modern 101 Hotel in downtown Reykjavik.

I’d mistakenly assumed that the architecture throughout Reykjavik would be much older but was surprised at how thoroughly modern the city was. A huge Scandinavian design influence is intertwined throughout the overall aesthetic. The downtown area is small and super easy to navigate.


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The view from our room at 101 Hotel


Gala and I wandered about Reykjavik through shop-lined streets and visited boutiques, grocery stores and coffee shops. Everyone was polite and the women were gorgeous with their blonde hair and stylish outfits. I soon discovered my favorite coffee shop in Reykjavik, Kaffitar, just a block from our hotel. It featured the best hot chocolate as well as homemade veggie-friendly snacks.

What really surprised me about Reykjavik is how Americanized it was. I’d hoped to get away from any American influences while visiting European cities but it was impossible. We flipped on the TV in our hotel room and there was American Idol, in English. A few channels later, we fell upon the NBA All-Star game. American brands were readily available and everyone we encountered spoke perfect English. The world really is much smaller than I realized.


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Downtown Reykjavik.


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Our favorite coffee shop, Kaffitar.


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Grocery shopping.


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Our favorite sign.


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Gala fit right in…at the gay bar.


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A newspaper worth reading!


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Various Signs.

The 101 Hotel: Modern Perfection


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While in Paris, Gala and I had stayed in the visually stimulating Hotel du Petit Moulin, our room complete with lime green walls and a massive Christian Lacroix wall mural. I think that we were both secretly relieved to have a chance just chill out and have a few days of quiet time before heading back to New York.


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Enjoying the claw foot tub.


The 101 Hotel was the perfect place to unwind and conveniently located near the best shopping area in Reykjavik. The hotel itself is a calculated study in modern perfection. I think that Gala compared it to the equivalent of a fluffy white cloud. The palette of the entire hotel is white with a dash of black. The rooms feature a claw foot tub, a glass-walled shower, comfy beds and a beautiful view of the city below. The restaurant / bar has a fantastic breakfast spread in the morning and if you’re feeling inept, room service can deliver your favorite hot chocolate to your door.

Other small details that I loved about the hotel: the toiletries are all Aveda, the modern furniture throughout is amazing, the hotel is pristinely clean, the desk area inside of the rooms is spacious and there are iPod docks so you can play your own tunes.


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Views from around the hotel including the restaurant and bar area.


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Ahhhh, the furniture. I wanted it ALL.


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In our free time, we engaged in culturally enriching activities such as watching Mickey Rourke acceptance speeches.

The Blue Lagoon: Bikinis, Ice Cream and Blizzards.


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After two full days in Iceland, I was still unsure what to think — it was so different from Paris that Gala and I were having a difficult time adjusting. But, there was still one big to-do on our list that we were sure would be a game changer: The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is exactly what it sounds like: a lagoon of the most intensely bright water imaginable. It’s legendary.

We woke up on our last full day in Iceland, ready for an adventure. But, there was one little issue: a snow storm. Alas, when the clock is ticking, you just have to go with the flow.


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When I’d first seen ads for The Blue Lagoon a few days before, I was a bit of a pessimist. I kept thinking, “There’s no way in HELL that the water could naturally be this blue. They must’ve Photoshopped it.” I am happy to report that I was so so so wrong. When our Mercedes bus pulled up, my jaw dropped. This place was the real deal!

We excitedly hopped out of the bus and ran along the pathway to the Blue Lagoon’s entrance, followed by a pack of foreigners from every country imaginable. When we entered the main building, we were led to the locker rooms where it’s necessary to shower before and after you enter the lagoon. I didn’t have a swimsuit so Gala loaned me one of her Forever 21 bikinis. We stood out as I spun around and noticed all the other women wearing very smart, standard one-pieces. Practicality doesn’t seem to rate high for us most of the time!


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As we wandered out to the lagoon, it was snowing pretty hard. Freezing cold + snow + bikinis = not ideal. We self-conciously ran and slipped into the water. The water is amazing — an intense, milky blue that is instantaneously soothing. You basically float around in water that is about 100 degrees throughout with different pockets of the lagoon that feel toastier than others.


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As you wander about, your feet sludge through silica on the base of the lagoon and it feels soft and malleable. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pick up handfuls of the silica and smear it on your face. We spent at least an hour just floating around, soaking up the atmosphere. I can totally see why people come to Iceland specifically for this — it was the best experience of my entire visit. The Blue Lagoon is so thoughtful; on your way out, there’s an eating area. We’d already floated though the lagoon in bikinis while it was snowing so we thought we’d top the ridiculousness by indulging in ice cream cones. Delicious.

Goodbye, Iceland.


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Our chill-out time in Iceland was wonderful and left Gala and I feeling refreshed — which is what vacations are for! Iceland is very expensive but worth visiting at least once for the Blue Lagoon. If you’re a nature lover, there are tons of other things to do as well. Iceland truly is magical — it’s one of those places that you have to see in person to believe.


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B Store for Solestruck Landing Pages

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I hadn’t heard of the brand B Store until Solestruck asked me to design some landing pages for them a few weeks back. Once I got to see the styles and craftsmanship up-close, I was more than impressed. These babies are solid. The Janis 5 is my favorite of the styles — it just screams Spring!


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We shot the landing pages on location at Wolfgang Manor…while I stood on top of my dining room table. Convenient, huh?


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P.S. To all of you who have been ever-so-patient, expect a massive Iceland post coming up on Wednesday! xoxo

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The Week in Pictures: 3.27.11

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This is my current desktop…all 27 inches of it sucked up by the most gorgeous eye I’ve ever seen.


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I’m a little late posting because after getting my taxes done yesterday, I was informed that my grandparents were bar hopping a few blocks from my house. Sure enough, I showed up at the punk rock bar down the street and grandpa & grandma were sitting in a booth across from my dad and his girlfriend, sharing a hamburger and mix drinks. They spent a few more hours hitting a few more bars where more drinks (and gambling) ensued while I sat in the corner. My grandma started doing a little jig when she hit a jackpot. I can’t keep up with these party animals!

Last year, my grandpa was hospitalized for the first time ever (!!) at 83 with a brain aneurysm. We were so worried about him but less than a day after surgery, he was propped up in his hospital bed, drinking a beer and watching the baseball game on TV. Any time they’re in town, I drop everything and pay them a visit — how could I turn down an invite from such characters??


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I’ve been in need of some solid black sandals for Spring and Summer and in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the Dolce Vita Jade. When I shot these for a set of landing pages a few months ago, I was super impressed with the quality and of course, the jumbo tassels only added to their charm. These will work great dressed down with skinny black jeans or dressed up with dresses and tights. I love the clean lines — there aren’t a bunch of distracting seams everywhere.


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Last week, I mentioned that my new favorite color of nail polish was Mint Sprint by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri but it was hard to see in the photo. Well, here it is in all its minty glory. Yum!


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A certain little someone blends into his surroundings a little too well! First came the house, then came Rocky — I couldn’t have asked for a better match!


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Link Love: 3.24.11

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Liz Taylor with David Bowie. Source.


• The Tenfold Collective has put together a list of portfolio do’s and don’ts.

• The WSJ has a fantastic profile this month on Annna Wintour with main the focus on her business dealings in the fashion world.

• I’ve always wondered how Manhattan got its grid.

• The Cut has the best slideshow of Elizabeth Taylor photos.

• Gala spills all her secrets in The International Playgirl’s Guide To Paris — she’s been there a few times so read up!

• Don’t Call Me, I Won’t Call You is all about how people don’t talk on the phone anymore. I am totally guilty of this and laughed when I read, “It’s at the point where when the phone does ring — and it’s not my mom, dad, husband or baby sitter — my first thought is: “What’s happened? What’s wrong?” My second thought is: “Isn’t it weird to just call like that? Out of the blue? With no e-mailed warning?”

• Graphic Designer Jessica Walsh shares the setup she uses to photograph her work.

• Saul Bass logos: Then and Now.

• Um, you have to read this. Sammy Hagar claims he was abducted by aliens!

• The Japan-inspired cover of The New Yorker is so iconic.


Parisian Fashion

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Ah, Parisian fashion. Admired from afar, constantly imitated in American Fashion magazines and revered for its understated elegance. How do they do it?


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My Paris Fashion Inspiration: Wolford Bondage tights, Loewe campaign complete with chunky gray knits, sexy sheer black plus leather via Reed Krakoff, Dolce & Gabbana Miss Rose satchel, bold basics, ModCloth jacket & dress finally, adding an element of surprise to a basic outfit.


Parisians strike me as being quite sensible.

Their wardrobes are much more edited than their American counterparts with color schemes mostly limited to black and gray. Every day basics are of very high quality. If you want to fit in while in Paris, basic clothing that can be easily layered in dark colors, a great coat and nice quality, walkable shoes will serve you well. The French mastered the art of the basic long ago. When thinking of Paris-appropriate clothing, an equation should come to mind: well-styled + sensible = smart. And, a bright colored scarf in a fun pattern or solid color like red will add some visual interest to any dark ensemble.


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My initial interpretation of French fashion…unfortunately, I had hit fast-forward and arrived a little too far into the future. Photo by Juliane Berry.


What I admire most about the French is that they are very well put together but never overdone. Americans have a tendency feel that more is more when it comes to getting dressed and pile on a little too much of everything — I am sure they come across as gaudy to the sleek and refined Parisians.


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Advertisement, Paris


Since it was my first time visiting Paris, I had arrived with the preconceived notion that people would be swathed in very avant garde, futuristic fashions straight off the Rick Owens runway. I had visions of my Fall / Winter Style Direction, Parisian Cyborg coming to life right before my eyes. Once I’d spent a full day in the city though, it became quite apparent that the reality was much different — I think I’d been absorbed in too many French fashion editorials, wrapped up in a big ol’ fantasy world. You see, most of the French are much too practical for such nonsense — they don’t sashay down the street in the equivalent of a costume!

I, on the other hand, ended up walking around town in what might have been more appropriate for Parisian daily wear in perhaps 2050. Though I got some stares, everyone was still polite. Even though the French tend to dress to blend in, I think they still secretly appreciate the element of surprise.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


This outfit may have been better suited for an 80s movie set in Paris. I’d become an instant caricature of Parisian fashion, thinking that a black dress + patterned legwear + a beret would equal the perfect daily outfit. I’d over-romanticized everything in my head, thanks once again to chic fashion magazines. At least I had a good time in the process! I was wearing an H&M dress, Zana Bayne 4-strap belt, red beret from Juliane, Wolford Bondage tights and Camilla Skovgaard wedges.


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If you are on the hunt for cutting edge, avant garde fashion, Colette has some pretty stunning (and expensive) pieces. It feels more like a perfectly curated museum of modern gadgets and attire than a department store, though. The place was brimming with tourists and who could blame them? I fell in love with a selection of white dresses displayed in the front window, reminiscent of the 60s space age fashion of Courreges and Pierre Cardin.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


One of my favorite discoveries in Paris was that women appreciate a nice, short skirt paired with patterned leg wear. While strolling around town, I stumbled upon a huge number of shops specializing in just socks and tights. Much to my delight, Wolford boutiques were plentiful, dotted throughout the city.

Though French men and women do wear denim, it’s clean, hole-free and fits well. Baggy and wrinkle-laden jeans can stay bunched up in America’s closets, thank you. I also appreciated the fact that when we went out to dinner, there wasn’t t-shirt in sight. Men tend to wear button-ups or sweaters instead. What I realized is that it doesn’t take a lot of effort to look good!

When you look around the streets of Paris, what you quickly gather is that not every single person is wearing something amazing; nor are they wearing the latest ‘it’ item. Simply put, they just know how to get dressed and pull a look together from head-to-toe. They skip the fussiness, invest in the best quality possible and dress timelessly.


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Nearly every boutique window throughout the city was beautifully curated. If I really was off to Paris to get married on a whim, this dress would have fit the bill. It was so nice and refreshing to not see chain store garbage cluttering every street corner!


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What is more chic, French and timeless than Chanel? When I think of Chanel, a black and white palette comes to mind along with classic cuts featuring a modern twist.


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Photo by Juliane Berry.


Gala and I pretty much play dress-up wherever we go and Paris was our playground. Our vision of what we’d felt was Parisian-worthy attire left us looking more like a girl pop duo from the 60s than anything else. The concierge at our hotel cracked bemused grins every time we walked out the door. They probably thought that we were nuts…just another influx of crazy Americans!

Parisian chic strikes me as fashionable yet understated. Both classic and timeless. They never look dated — their look is always in style. And isn’t that what makes the Parisian sense of style so alluring?


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For more Paris posts:

Paris in Polaroids
A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris
A Beginner’s Guide to Paris
Magic in Le Marais: Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hello From Paris Part 01: The First Time Experience
Hello From Paris Part 02: Architecture and Grandeur
Bonjour From Paris!


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