Monday, June 29, 2009

nine weeks.

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“ There are roughly three New Yorks. There is, first, the New York of the man or woman who was born here, who takes the city for granted and accepts its size and its turbulence as natural and inevitable. Second, there is the New York of the commuter — the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Third, there is the New York of the person who was born somewhere else and came to New York in quest of something. […] Commuters give the city its tidal restlessness; natives give it solidity and continuity; but the settlers give it passion.
- E.B. White, Here is New York

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"One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years." - Thomas Wolfe

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"You come to New York to find the ambiance that will evoke your best. You do not necessarily know precisely what that might be, but you come to New York to discover it." - Dr. James Hillman

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

designer lexicon.

  1. Abaeté: Ah-bye-ah-tay
  2. Alejandro Ingelmo: Allay-handro In-gel-mo
  3. Andrew Gn: Andrew Jen (rhymes with “ten”)
  4. Andy Thê-Anh: An-dee Tay-Ann
  5. Anya Hindmarch: Ahn-ya Heind-march
  6. Arthur Mendonça: Ar-thur Men-doe-sa
  7. Badgley Mischka: Badge-lee Meesh-ka
  8. Balmain: Bal-mah
  9. Bottega Veneta: Bo-tega Ven-e-ta
  10. Bulgari: Ball-gah-ree
  11. Burberry Prorsum: Bur-bur-ree Pror-some
  12. Carolina Herrera: Caro-leena Hair-era
  13. Cesare Paciotti: Che-sah-ray Pah-cho-tee
  14. Chaiken: Chay-ken
  15. Christian Lacroix: La-Kwa
  16. Christian Louboutin: Loo-boo-tin (“tin” rhymes with the French word “vin”)
  17. Diane von Furstenberg: Fur-sten-berg (pronounced as spelled)
  18. Dries Van Noten: Drees Van Know-ten
  19. Ermenegildo Zegna: Er-men-a-geel-do Zen-ya
  20. Etienne Aigner: Eh-tee-yen On-yay
  21. Gareth Pugh: Gareth Pew
  22. Giles Deacon: Jy-els Dee-kin
  23. Givenchy: Jee-von-shee
  24. Giambattista Valli: Gee-ahm-battista Valley
  25. Hedi Slimane: Eddy Sli-mahn
  26. Hermès: Air-mez
  27. Hervé Léger: Air-vay Lay-jay
  28. James Perse: James Perse (as in a lady’s purse, not ‘pierce your ear’)
  29. Joeffer Caoc: Joe-fur Kay-ock
  30. Junya Watanabe: Joon-ya Wah-tah-nah-bay
  31. Lambertson Truex: Lam-bert-son Tru-ex
  32. Lanvin: Lon-vin (“vin” also rhymes with the French word for “wine”)
  33. L’Wren Scott: Le-ren Skot
  34. Loewe: Low-ev-ay
  35. Louis Vuitton: Loo-ee Voo-ee-ton
  36. Madame Gres: Madame Gray
  37. Marchesa: Mar-kay-sa
  38. Mainbocher: Maynbo-shay
  39. Moschino: Mo-ski-no
  40. Monique Lhullier: Mo-neek Loo-lee-ay
  41. Narciso Rodriguez: Nar-siss-so Ro-dree-gez
  42. Nicolas Ghesquière: Ni-co-la Guess-ki-air
  43. Olivier Theyskens: Oli-vier Tay-skins
  44. Pierre Cardin: Pee-air Car-dain
  45. Proenza Schouler: Pro-enza Skool-er
  46. Ralph Lauren: Ralph Lauren (as in Lauren the girl’s name, not Sophia Loren)
  47. Rei Kawakubo: Ray Kah-wah-koo-bo
  48. Rodarte: Ro-dar-tay
  49. 6267: Six-two-six-seven (not Sixty-two-sixty-seven)
  50. Sonia Rykiel: Sonia Ree-kee-eel
  51. Sophia Kokosalaki: So-fee-a Ko-ko-sah-lah-kee
  52. Thakoon: Ta-koon
  53. Thierry Mugler: Tee-air-ree Moog-lay
  54. Tibi: Tbi (not Tee-bee)
  55. Tocca: Toe-ka
  56. Versace: Ver-sah-chee
  57. Vionnet: Vee-oh-nay
  58. Yohji Yamamoto: Yo-jee Ya-ma-mo-to
  59. Yves Saint Laurent: Eve San Lor-ron
  60. Zac Posen: Poe-zen
(via theChicSpy)

Friday, June 26, 2009

sad sad.

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anna sui for target.

As always I get really excited when Target has major designers do an affordable line for them, but somehow I am always let down. This time Anna Sui does a Gossip Girl inspired collection due out September 13th. I'm am a huge GG fan but i'm not so sure about this... Thoughts?

via nymag the cut

shown above [if you couldn't guess]: V, B & little J

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

people's market.

People's Market Autumn/ Winter 2009 Women’s collection preview.

(images via HIGHSNOBETTE)

use somebody.

beat the heat.

Chicago has some of the most extreme weather conditions and today was no exception... the temperature hit a sweltering 92 degrees. Of course there is always air conditioning but when you must go outside, you don't want your face to melt away. Anyway, here are some of my favorite products that are made to withstand the test of time. Two additional [not so sweat proof] must-have products are Estee Lauder goddess bronzer, $30 & Bobbi Brown blush in pale pink, $22.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Monday, June 22, 2009


I saw these pictures of Emma Watson the other day... and I couldn't stop thinking about them. She looks stunning... I never got into the Harry Potter thing but she is fabulous.

VS Magazine // model: Emma Watson // photographer: Ellen von Unwerth
(images via lacouturiernyc & VS Magazine)

amorous liaison.

Last week one of my friends urged me to pick up the latest issue of CS Bride magazine... which are actually free around chicago... anyway some of the dresses were absolutely stunning. There are some really amazing gowns in it and I felt compelled to share some of them. One of my favorite dresses [pictured above] is from Priscilla of Boston, so I checked out their website and it's full of more fantastic gowns... even short wedding dresses... which are not to be underrated.

Anne Barge

Carolina Hererra

Jenny Packham

J. Mendel - [love love love]

Junko Yoshioka

Monique Lhuillier

Oscar de le Renta

Reem Acra

top: Elizabeth Filmore / bottom: St. Pucchi
Vera Wang

Priscilla of Boston [love the pockets]
(images via CS Bride magazine &

Thursday, June 18, 2009

thursday assortment.

view over Manhattan, New York by Torsten Hoffman via

No. 1, Lavender Mist, 1950 by Jackson Pollock

NYC street map - Andy Warhol via

ed westwick for GQ

words of wisdom.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

bleached skinny's & ebay-ing.

hands down... this summer look is the easiest trend to re-create with next to no money...
the jeans above [from this mornings ShopBop email blast] are Current/Elliot and retail for $254.00.

These are my old forever 21 jeans that I almost got rid of, but instead took to with a bottle of bleach and a pair of scissors a few weeks ago. I really just poured bleach on them, while sitting in the sun... the sun tends to speed up the process. If you try this at home, I definitely recommend that you wear gloves because you can burn your fingers... eek.

And lastly... this is an ebay auction i'm closely watching [update: i won] ... a fanny pack is a really difficult look to pull off... But LeSportSac does about as good of a job as humanly possible. Ordinarily I would have no use for this... but after working the beer tents at Lollapalooza last summer, I really thought it would be beneficial... So Lolla is on the books again this summer and i'll be prepared this time around.