Monthly Archives: September 2011

Link Love: 9.22.11

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Photo: Agnete Hegelund for Flair, October 2011


• In case you were curious, here’s a blog of things that Apple is worth more than.

• Playing with your food has never looked so good.

• Borders employees vent their frustrations. Yeah, there’s a lot of them!

• One of the best Michael Jackson stories in existence involves a Kriss Kross CD, a game of Scattergories and dinner in suburban Massachusetts back in 1991.

• Elsie of A Beautiful Mess offers up a list of super helpful thrift tips.

• I’m LOVING the vintage-inspired concert posters featuring The Muppets!

• A huge list of common cultural faux fas in New York.

• Paint-By-Numbers is so much cooler when it’s blown up into a wall mural.

• The recipes on The Vegan Stoner look delicious and the cute illustrations of ingredients are an added bonus!

• The world’s funniest analogies found in actual student papers!


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• The color blocking on Davidelfin’s Katharsis collection just blew my mind.


A Party to Remember: 2011 Edition


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The Moose Head at Bedlam // September 14, 2011.


For the last few years, Gala and I have been combining our birthday parties into one big celebration since they’re just a day apart. In the past, we’ve done everything from open-invite picnics in Central Park to private garden parties outfitted with a disco ball and skull goblets. This year though, we wanted to try something different. Gala wouldn’t be arriving home from New Zealand until September 12th and I know how un-fun it is to plan a party and gather favors when you’re jetlagged! So, I asked around and a bar called Bedlam kept coming up. And upon further research it became clear that this place was beyond perfect…because it very much resembled my living room. What better venue to have your party in than a place that feels like a home away from home? The taxidermy and patterned wallpaper both evoke a Portland-esque feel and it seemed low-key enough that we could focus on what mattered most: spending time with our friends.



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Fuji Instax photos by Gala Darling.


I’d picked out a special dress for the festivities (it was my 30th birthday, after all) and the vintage op-art Marimekko number was found on Etsy. It arrived just in time but unfortunately, it was a little big. Since I didn’t have time to get it altered, I cinched the waist with a thin black patent belt. Gala on the other hand found the most gorgeous burgundy strapless dress at Betsey Johnson that fit her perfectly. I liked that it was outside of her normal style and everyone I knew was raving about how great she looked all night. Sadly, all the joint photos we took in front of the moose head turned out too blurry to share but we made up for that by having a photo shoot with Lydia a few days later.



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Enjoying turning 30 surrounded by my friends and Joey.


We each had a great showing and spent the night catching up with friends from all over. When we were introducing our friends and their accompanying professions, we realized that most of them were pros in more than one area and started simply labeling them geniuses. It’s true, we are surrounded by a pretty creative group that collectively inspires us from coast to coast.



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Top L to Bottom R: With Bianca // Bianca and Cindy // Shots with Amelia, Voltaire and Jayme // Joey // Jazzi!!!


Once the party began to wind down, we agreed that this was our favorite version yet: it was simple, inexpensive, allowed our friends to mingle and there wasn’t the pressure of planning (or cleaning up afterwards) that we normally feel.



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At the end of the night, Bianca and I morphed into a real life art installation!


Thanks to everyone who came out to Bedlam, sent birthday wishes and joined Gala and in ringing in another year!


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What I Wore: 9.13.11 // The Bowery

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nubby new york the bowery


I’ve always loved Amelia Arsenic’s style but it’s been nearly impossible to meet up in the last two years. She’s based in London, I’m in Portland and though we both travel all the time, we never seem to be in the same place at once! When we found out that we’d both be in New York at the same time in September, I arranged a shoot with photographer Lydia Hudgens.


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nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery


The real fun was in scouting a location. I asked Bianca for some recommendations and she immediately mentioned the corner of Bowery and Spring. I distinctly remembered the spot from past trips as being a great graffiti mecca and after some googling, I was astounded. Get this: The building previously housed Germania Bank which was built in 1898 and is now the home of a photographer and his wife and daughter. Yes, one family shares this building featuring 72 rooms! He purchased the building for a mere $102,000.00 over 40 years ago (no, that’s not a typo) and has lived there ever since. Amazing! Read more about the building’s history here.


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nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery


We spent Tuesday afternoon shooting around the edges of Soho and though we hadn’t coordinated what we’d be wearing, I loved the contrast of the green in Amelia’s hair paired with my red accents. What I’ve realized is that sometimes the best shoots aren’t overly planned.


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nubby new york the bowery


I Wore:

Vintage plaid skirt, Etsy
Sonia Rykiel for H&M Sweater, Ebay
Bow Headband, Forever 21
Tights, H&M
Avant Garde Necklace, Plastique (Etsy)
Patent Wedges, Cheap Monday
Bag, Miu Miu
Nail Polish, Pop Nail Glam in Yellow.


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nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery

nubby new york the bowery


Thank you to Amelia for posing with me and to Lydia for doing such a great job. And FYI, Lydia is now based in New York so if you’d like to shoot with her, get in touch!


The Week in Pictures: 9.17.11 // New York Edition!

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A yearly tradition: standing next to George on Wall Street.


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The Arrival.

I left for New York last Friday night and arrived Saturday morning, just in time for Bianca’s birthday party. But right away, I knew that things wouldn’t be the same this year. After all, it was September 10th, the eve of the ten year anniversary of September 11th. I’m used to visiting New York at this time every year but security was at an all-time high. As I made my way to Bianca’s apartment on Wall Street, barricades were everywhere. My Supershuttle van was even pulled over and searched. Even though it was inconvenient, I was secretly relieved, knowing that the city was doing everything it could to keep us safe.


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The New York Stock Exchange.


Once I was settled in, I wandered around the Financial District and discovered my new favorite coffee shop, Financier Patisserie. Great coffee and pastries with a French theme and immaculate branding immediately won me over.


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Financier: Adorably French.


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Beauty in the details.


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Digging through the designer shoes at Century 21 with mixed results.


Onward we marched to designer discount mecca Century 21 where I tried on everything avant garde and bizarre that I could dig up (just for fun). WTF are these, Rick Owens?!!


The Jungle Juice Saga.


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Cindy samples the jungle juice.


When I’d heard that Bianca had invited a grand total of 50 people to her apartment birthday party and was concocting a special jungle juice elixir complete with whipped cream flavored vodka, I knew it was going to be unparalleled. Friends flowed in, beverages were poured into red plastic cups, a full-on dance party ensued and speakers were blown. This party did not disappoint.


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Cheers!

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Mischa and Bianca.

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The gift of very special gloves.

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Makeup artist Natalia gifted me with my very own MAC pin!!!

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Three gallons of pure magic.

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With Jamey and Bender.

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Bianca, that’s not your cup!

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My dream of starting a girl band finally came true.

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The party’s over! Funnel the jungle juice for safekeeping!


When the clock struck midnight, it was time to go dancing. Of course, midnight also meant that it was officially 9/11 and the city streets were barricaded everywhere our cab turned. We zigzagged down different paths until we got through and made our way into a club full of people. Nobody wanted to give into fear and I admired that.


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Birthday Aftermath And An Anniversary.


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Wearing a vintage skirt from Etsy, Target shirt, H&M tights, J. Crew cardigan and Minimarket boots.


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My favorite part of the Financial District: the restaurants on Stone Street.


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Post-birthday garb.


The next morning, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I woke up to faint sounds of the National Anthem drifting in from St. Paul’s Chapel, just down the street from the site of the World Trade Center. As we walked towards Stone Street for breakfast, layers of security had the area covered but we finally got through the crowd of various uniforms. It was a somber day.


Monday in Midtown.


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As soon as Monday morning hit, I headed towards Midtown for meetings and stopped to admire Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building in the process.


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Hello, Soho.


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Wearing a Forever 21 dress, tights from Century 21 and Camilla Skovgaard wedges.


With some free time on Monday afternoon, I strolled through Soho and stopped at a few of my favorite places including Dean & Deluca and Le Pain Quotidien. I love Le Pain so much that I visited it three separate times during my stay, including an awesome lunch with Anna of D16 (where we discussed graphic design and Michael Jackson in great detail).


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nubby new york birthday

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Dean & Deluca.


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Le Pain Quotidien.


Oh, Amelia!


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Catching up with Amelia after our shoot.


It had been two years since I’d seen Amelia Arsenic but she happened to be visiting from London. On Tuesday, we commemorated the occasion than with a photo shoot with Lydia Hudgens around the edges of Soho.


On Top At Le Bain.


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On The Standard elevator with Bianca.


Once the clock struck 11, Bianca and I were on our way out the door towards On Top at Le Bain, a party that takes place every Tuesday on the rooftop of The Standard. I wore my sequined mouse ears a dress with peaked shoulders and red patent wedges while Bianca wore a white wig and matching dress.


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Dancing in the jacuzzi and swinging the night away.


Club kids reminiscent of those from 90s ruled the floor. Perhaps best of all, the center of the club featured not only a disco ball but also a jacuzzi and swing (!!!) We moved through the capacity crowd on the grass-covered rooftop, eating crepes and looking out over the Manhattan skyline.


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Lounging on the rooftop and the video playing in the elevator.


Turning 30 Isn’t Scary When You’re Surrounded By Friends.


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The interior of Bedlam resembles my living room.


On Wednesday, Joey arrived just in time for my 30th birthday. Every year, Gala and I throw a joint party since our birthdays are just a day apart (hers is the 13th and mine is the 14th). We wanted to keep the party simple and low-key and chose to have it at a great bar called Bedlam. Friends from Los Angeles, London and more showed up and we shared a shopping bag full of cupcakes. Gala looked beautiful in a Betsey Johnson dress (of course) and I wore a vintage Marimekko number. Out of all the parties we’ve thrown together, we agreed hands-down that this was our favorite. But trust me, there are too many photos and details to do it justice here! So, I’m saving it all for another post. Stay tuned!


Say Goodbye With A Dance Party!


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Match your drink to your sweater to your nails. Always.


On my last night in New York, I was tired. Well, that’s an understatement. Exhausted is more like it. Everyone hit the bars and clubs but me but I was determined to not be a total downer.


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Pick a hat and pose!


When Bianca and her husband Yaniv arrived home at 2 am, we turned the living room into a dance floor and shimmied the night away. It started out innocently enough when I realized that the Absolut Citron bottle matched my new neon sweater and quickly escalated into sliding around in a Viking helmet and sequin dress. Bianca and Yaniv stuck with the sombreros (no, I didn’t ask where their hat collection came from!)


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What can I say? Yaniv is a great DJ.


Best living room dance party EVER. The only downside was that it ended at 3:30 and I had a 6:30 am wake-up call for a shoot with Gala. Oops.


One Last Collaboration.


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On Friday morning, I pulled myself together, grabbed my bag of outfits and caught a cab to Gala’s place bright and early. We had a joint shoot booked with Lydia and I wanted to make the most of it. We hit the East Village streets dressed in mouse ears and sequins to the delight of churchgoers and school children. What a morning! After the shoot, I arrived back on Wall Street, packed my bags and headed home with Joey once again. The week of nonstop fun and magical encounters had come to an end. This New York trip was everything I could have hoped for…and then some. Until next time!