Sunday, August 30, 2009

Back to School (for the 22nd Time)

For some reason the fun of buying school supplies never gets old for me. Even as a graduate student, I love the anticipation of the first week of classes and the beginning of a new school year. I usually make a trip to Staples, but this year I'm ordering my supplies from See Jane Work. I love browsing this site before bed (for some reason looking at notebooks and glue sticks makes me feel Zen). They have great items for your desk at the office (like this candy-colored Dot Calculator, Coccoina marzipan-scented glue sticks, UFOish Staple-Free Stapler, and these bio-morphic Shaped Paper Clips).

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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bright Eyes

I bought a new pillow last week since the one that I was sleeping on was over 8 years old. I'm not sure how long the lifespan of a pillow is, but after 8 years a pillow is definitely past its prime. Mine was hard and flat like a cold pancake. I decided to go to Bed Bath & Beyond and ended up purchasing some fancy schmancy faux-down pillow that promised to be a similar type to the one used in sleep clinics. It felt like a cloud with just the right amount of support when I tested it out in the store. However, when I got it home the trouble began. I started sleeping poorly, tossing and turning all night because of the unfamiliar pillow. Apparently transitioning to a new pillow is not as easy as it sounds. Anyway, as a consequence I developed these awful bluish under-eye circles that no amount of concealer could conceal. As if by some serendipitous twist of fate, I stumbled into my neighborhood drugstore and walked right into a display of Vichy Oligo 25 Eyes Anti-Fatigue Sticks. I bought one of these tiny miracles and my under-eye situation was rapidly brought under control. The tiny bright blue stick that reminds me of a miniature popsicle feels icy cool when applied to eye area and quickly shrinks bags and diminishes circles. It's a lot more convenient then spoons in the freezer, and you can bring the stick in your purse when you go out on a Saturday night and discreetly brighten up your eyes so that you look instantly more awake.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Trompe L'Oeil Tee

There's something so playful and lady-like about this top by Karen Walker that features a trompe l'oeil design of a broken strand of pearls. Elegant yet subversive, you could easily pair it with a high-waisted black pencil skirt or ripped jeans. Plus, the armholes are cut comfortably (I hate it when the armholes on shirts are cut too high), giving it a feminine and flattering fit. It retails for $69 at Creatures of Comfort.

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Luxury Rain Gear

I've been getting caught in the rain quite a lot lately. This is probably due to the fact that it has rained nearly every day this summer, and I have a tendency to carry around cheap umbrellas that I either lose or break. Today I actually got caught in a sun shower on my way home from grocery shopping. I've been really reluctant to invest in a good-quality umbrella, because I am prone to losing them constantly on the floor of cabs, in restaurants, and at the movie theater. However, cheap umbrellas just don't seem to hold up to the constant influx of rain we've been getting. While I doubt that I'll actually end up purchasing any of these luxe rainy weather items, in a perfect rainy world or if I win the lotto I would be the proud owner of these glamorous Jimmy Choo rain boots (created from a collaboration between Choo and Hunter), this gorgeous rococo-ish/goth chandelier umbrella by Jean-Paul Gaultier (from Blue Tree), and this Fornasetti umbrella stand (from 1stdibs) to house it in.

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Quick Weekend Read

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Relax the Roman Way

In Fellini's film 8 1/2 Marcello Mastroianni goes to an Italian spa ostensibly to relax and escape from the stresses of work and women. However, it quickly becomes clear that both his work and his women aren't so easily abandoned, and the spa becomes a hotbed of chic Italian-style activity. There is a great scene towards the beginning of the film where the camera moves about the spa capturing the various activities of the caricaturish people who have come to take respite in the therapeutic springs as "Ride of the Valkyries" plays triumphantly in the background. The camera captures a slow-moving line of elderly Italians waiting patiently with cups in hand to receive a drink from the famed waters. This is not your everyday Pellegrino, since this water that they wait for holds the promise of youth, health, and vitality. If you aren't able to go to a Roman spa this summer, then I highly recommend that you rent this film instead, and if you want to take the experience one step further make sure to have a nice bottle of sparkling Galvanina on hand to sip while you watch.* You will almost feel as though you are at the spa. Now, if you really want an escapist Italian spa experience take a bath with a bar of Nesti Dante Thermal Water Soap and play some Wagner in the background. Ciao Amore!

pick up some Galvanina in the Gristedes on 9th Avenue between 23rd and 24th Street. FYI they have an excellent selection of mineral water.

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sperry Gets Stylish

I've seen a bunch of really glamorous girls wearing boat shoes with skirts and dresses for the past two summers in a decidedly unpreppy way. The other day while on a shopping trip to pick up cologne at Jeffrey, I saw a whole row of suede Sperry Top-Siders for $110 in great colors like teal and cafe au lait. I decided to try them on and was surprised how incredibly comfortable they are. They actually give your foot some support and have a real sole unlike the flimsy ballet shoes that I've been wearing around all summer. Additionally, they don't make me look like I have giant feet (like Converse tend to do). I'm deciding between these three colors. Which one do you think that I should go with?

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Alternative to Fishnets

I bought a black Herve-Leger-style dress and have been searching for the perfect tights to wear with it to give it some edge. I'm bored of fishnet stockings, and back-seam tights look too "secretary." These Spin Art tights are the perfect alternative, reminiscent of fishnets but definitely more visually interesting. They remind me of the Punk/Grunge room in the Model as Muse exhibition at the Met. Plus, unlike the expensive Wolford ones that I usually end up purchasing, these cost only $38. You can purchase a pair on the Free People website.

Sunday, August 2, 2009


So when I was in ninth grade I had this boyfriend (and I use the term loosely because he probably didn't consider himself my boyfriend at the time) who always wore a backwards maroon Polo hat. He wore the thing everyday day-in-day-out. Maybe he was superstitious? Anyway, so we used to do dorky things together like listen to LFO "I Like Girls That Wear Abercrombie & Fitch..." and meet for dates in Starbucks. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the summer he had to go off to Speed Reading/Soccer Camp (does that even exist?) and I was heartbroken. I did however write him multiple letters consisting of romantic sentiments such as, "How is soccer camp going? Score any goals yet?" He replied with equal enthusiasm, "I am learning to read whole books in under an hour and soccer has been going well too." This correspondence continued for an entire month, but there was one glaring difference in the letters that I wrote to him versus the letters that he wrote to me. While his letters were scrawled on a ripped out piece of lined notebook paper, mine were written in painstaking script on pale pink Borghese stationary (purchased at Kate's Paperie explicitly for this purpose) and spritzed with Ralph Lauren perfume. I thought that this combination would ensure that he wouldn't forget me over the summer. To make a long story short, the boy lives in Chelsea now, still wears the hat, and stood next to me in the video store today without showing even the slightest hint of recognition. Could he have completely forgotten me and the Borghese love letters? Now, until recently I was completely convinced that he had saved each and every one of those letters in one of those metallic bubble folders, as I had done with his, but now I am less confident of that fact. Unless he's just playing it cool and pretending not to know me, which I delude myself into thinking is entirely possible.