Wednesday, October 27, 2010

IN THE HOLYLAND

Its been two months and three days since they raised the landing gear and I left for the Middle East and as much as I wish I had anything fashion-worthy to share on the regular, there is no denying that theres no greater use for anything other than a great pair of skinny jeans and a tank top here in Israel. Shopping has been kept to a minimal and the best finds are found in bus station cheap shops - 20 shekels for pencil skirts, 50 shekels for bandage dresses, 10 shekels for tank tops, and keep in mind that a shekel is about a quarter - and the occasional TopShop or Zara.

Life is amazing here. No doubt there was some adjusting to do, especially after such an earth-shattering Summer, but I am finding myself generally very happy. Hopefully this week, with my parents in town and the group of us doing some solid traveling (and shopping!!!) I will have more to say or experience on the matter.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

BADBLOGGER

Blogging from Israel is next to impossible without reliable Internet.
Follow me on Tumblr via my BlackBerry - Im doin my best here!

http://disposablecity.tumblr.com/


Saturday, August 7, 2010

SUMMER BUMMER

Summer has all but almost come and gone and in 17 days I leave for Israel. Just like my countdown to leaving NYC, I dont think I really imagined that this day would ever finally arrive but now that it is so vivid on the horizon, the pressure is on, mostly, to get myself packed. Chronic shopper that I am, though this Summer has proved healthy for my saving habits, this packing experience is about to become a shitstorm as I am pressed with the task of putting everything I might get the whim to wear into two suitcases and two suitcases alone, shoes included. Wish me luck!

Good news is, Ill be back in maxi skirts thanks to Shabbat regulations!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

GONE MISSIN'

Long story short (again), I moved from NYC to Baltimore, didnt have Internet until three days ago,
have otherwise been swimming in rivers and BBQing nonstop and life is so good - except I have
nowhere to wear all of my beautiful clothes and it is hard to dress otherwise.

Regardless, here are three images I saved before moving, things I love and find beautiful:
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Erin Wasson is generally "Shut Up" to me but having discovered she owns and loves a Pitbull, I am giving her another chance.
Chloe always and forever - no matter what anyone else may say, she always looks at least interesting and always gorgeous, no matter strange
and Diane. Are there any words for her other than "WOWOWOWOWOWOW"? Nope. None. Stunning. Pacey is a lucky man.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

LEAVING NEW YORK

There are a lot of changes, for me, happening currently and there are a lot of upcoming changes in the near future. First of all, it was my Birthday two weeks ago, also my New York University graduation ceremony - though I, technically, graduated in December - and lots of amazing new things happening at OAK just in time for me to leave, sadly. However, that digital camera I bought about a month back has come in very handy in documenting my final weeks in New York City, something that is much more monumental than I originally anticipated.

Four and a half more days in NYC - after five years, its hard to pinpoint this feeling, or plethora of feelings.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

BACKPACK X HARNESS

My passion for backpacks knows no bounds but not until now did I know there was anything so far out of bounds that I have to have this:

Of course, by the genius Zana of Garbage Dress.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

LIGHT BOXES

Originally, when I began blogging, I lived at Disposable City but what was rather personal - though oftentimes vague - was frequently attacked by the many people who neither know me not like me. On that front, I reviewed several books under the very harsh criticism with which I read and those entries, of course, were also attacked with mostly comments against my appearance - how what I look like and how I feel about a book are related, Ill never know but regardless, that was a common reaction from those so enamored with hating me that they just had to read my blog.

Anyhow, on that blog I also confessed my own adoration for Ellen Frances, a fellow NYC resident and blogger, but also a pretty incredible genius. Well, just now I got a message from her about the book trailer she just created for Shane Jones' new book Light Boxes and I mostly didnt even have to debate whether or not Id post it but upon watching, there were even more reasons "Why not?!" For instance, its pretty. Also, Ellens precious baby Oona guest stars. Also, it is sort of spooky. Granted, I have no idea what the book is about or even if I like it, I do like this trailer enough to post it.

Of the book, itself, however, Ellen writes:
When I first read an excerpt of Light Boxes online I felt like I was witnessing the birth of one of the greatest works of art of our time. This was when it had first come out on Publishing Genius. I blogged about it here and was sent a copy of the book with a note inside thanking me for the blog post. The novel exceeded my expectations. The entire book was a work of art. The layout of the text was considered in a way that made the book itself feel alive. The story was written from abstract perspectives, descriptions were poetic and the imagery breathtaking and vivid. It was not too surprising that the book was picked up by Penguin and the film rights sold to Spike Jonze. Having an original copy of the indie release, I can proudly say I knew this little book when...

I never knew much of Shane Jones. I knew he had a blog (I found one of my videos on it in 2008) and his name was thrown around amidst all of the Brooklyn writerly types. Even with his name amidst this 'hipster'-esque group of same sames - I was pleased to find he did not fall into their line of piggy backing. Instead in emails he seems kind and sincere and his writing is actually beautiful, revolutionary and yes, I will say it... pure genius.

When Shane wrote to ask me if I would like to make something for the book release, obviously I said yes. It was a great escape for me this week to work on a short book trailer for the novel's release through Penguin (May 25, 2010). The novel sets the imagination on fire and the only downside of doing anything for this book is not having enough time or resources to work on it for the rest of my life! This sounds dramatic but I kind of do mean it...
Also, perhaps a book review with a brief synopsis might peak any interest:
A small town is besieged by “February.” The winter month, yes, but also a powerful, godlike being of the same name who won’t allow the sun to return. Something else is going on: Ever since February came, flight has been banned, and children have gone missing.

At the center is a balloonist named Thaddeus, whose daughter has disappeared and whose wife drowned herself in the marsh. The fever-dream fable winding its way through Jones’s debut novel takes many detours, but the town’s fruitless, ambitious battle against winter propels it. They attempt to wipe out the snow by pouring troughs of hot water downhill, but February counters with a prodigious moss crop that covers houses and chokes animals. When a horde of children living in underground tunnels presents a war plan, February’s wife tricks Thaddeus into believing it’s spring.

We expect a vibrant imagination in our authors, but charm is an underrated quality, and Jones has both in spades. Light Boxes twists through a waking nightmare, where violence slashes through characters but vines and flowers emerge in blood’s stead. The macabre feels more mischievous than menacing, which allows Jones to occasionally overindulge his precious side, though never enough to make us wince. Tempted though we were to read the endless winter as strict metaphor, Jones is a little too freewheeling to let anything stick. Instead, we end up with a sweet, surreal battle in the snow.
- Time Out Chicago
And with that...the trailer (be Ellen Frances) to Light Boxes (by Shane Jones):

Light Boxes Book Trailer from Ellen Frances on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

BIRTHDAY DRESS 2010

Last year, finding my birthday dress was last minute and ended up a complete mad dash to make the Vena Cava Thoth Dress mine - but alas I was successful and the dress was amazing and made for a great story. This year seems to have been a smoother search, something almost fated. Just a day or two ago I stumbled across photos of Australian brand Shakuhachi's amazing cut-out dresses and blogged about them. Then in a more complete search of their wares, I found the perfect birthday dress. It is something special, beyond black, a celebratory color without being crazy, shows the midriff without getting slutty-Birthday, and something I am eager to wear beyond my 22nd. With that, I present to you what I just ordered for myself for what will be a pretty festive celebration of not only my Birthday but my college Graduation as well as my departure from New York City to the Holy Land (yes, its happening, Im off to Israel in the next few months). I think this Shakuhachi dress is the perfect culminatory garment.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED YOU

Ages ago, a friend of mine took photos of Lykke Li for NYLON magazine and, curious, I found her Myspace and its been love ever since. She did, however, take long enough to come out with anything to follow up her 2008 debut, Youth Novels. So, thank god this song is so good - otherwise I dont think Id be able to forgive her for allowing its use in New Moon.



Everything about her is perfect. Id attempt a list but its literally "Everything."

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

THE JACKET DONE RIGHT

This is the best Ive ever seen The Jacket look. As much as I love it, I rarely wear it because I find it so hard to put together without looking too-something. All black leaves it too harsh. With more denim makes it ridiculous. Colors - and this might just be me - leave my body looking cluttered. But the sheer navy is just perfection. I love a good hint of the bra but had that top been black, it wouldve been, as I said, too harsh. So, well done to Cameron Russell - I will be using this for inspiration, possibly tomorrow, in hopes of getting more use out of that beautiful piece.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

CARVEN FW 2010

Nudes, Blacks, Midriffs, Mini-Everything, Burnt Orange, Pleats, Knee Highs - its like my wildest dream!

What is Carven? It's a French house supposedly most famous for its perfume Ma Griffe but like I said in my previous post beauty dunce here wouldn't know that at all. Ailing French houses getting a revamp is an all too familiar story but Guillaume Henry seems to have steered it in a slightly different direction, creating directional clothes, but not overly so, that are as Fashionista put it 'Marc by Marc Jacobs' prices (evident by the current collection on NAP). The New York Times likened Carven to Cacharel (another C I talked about for the new tide of fresh injection) in its price point pitching. Which brings us back to the A/W 10-11 collection for which I could realistically be saving pennies for if the prices hover around the £300 mark for a dress, £500-600 for a coat and less for all the other bits and bobs, namely the ruched gloves. By Style Bubble
Whatever Carven may be, no matter where from or who by, I adore this collection. Id wear every look - if
only I could pull each one off - and the color palette is a dream. Even the single model chosen to display
every look is divine. Where can I find these pieces, thats what I want to know.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

PENDELTON X URBAN OUTFITTERS

Classic camping gear aside, Pendelton is produces some of the most amazing items around. My little Pendelton backpack took me all over the Israelis mountaintops and deserts and held everything, braved water, and still looks brand new - well made stuff. I cant wait to get my hands on some of these pieces theyve made for Urban Outfitters. Wallets are already in-store but the blankets and towels are where its at.



THE SPIKE BAG

There is no denying the majesty that is this genius of Zana Bayne of Garbage Dress' Spike Bag. Zana is something of an enigma to me - and I like her that way - because she rooms with one of my co-workers and many people around me know her somewhat well. But I so enjoy admiring from afar the amazing things she creates and wears, something to do with the fantasy, etc. Regardless, the Spike Bag was a delight to log back onto the Internet after a week and discover. Someday soon I hope I will randomly just need some small shoulder bag (I dont need anything, in fact I have far too many new bags right now) and just buy it. Until then I will covet.



You can buy it here while I stall.

Monday, March 22, 2010

CHRIS HABANA FW 2010

Not only is Chris Habana one of the most adorable, delightful, generous, likable guys around, but his jewelry line continues to blow my mind, collection after collection. This season features more delicate looks with smaller triangles and shiny silvers but this Fall, Habana turns up the heat with cubism, oxidized and gunmetal, bronze and bones galore. I cannot even put my anticipation into words. Someone is going to be sending me serious packages in Israel.




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Monday, March 15, 2010

J.W. ANDERSON FOR PRESIDENT

If I didnt know any better, Id think I put together these looks.

J.W. Anderson Womenswear

Images via Knight Cat via 10 Muses

Sunday, March 14, 2010

SHOW SOME LEG

Alright, so, I have this thing where I dont wear pants. Almost ever. Sure, I have pants - two pairs of black skinny jeans (both OAK), skinny indigo Dominos, high waisted boyfriend jeans in baby blue by Philip Lim, baby blue Naked and Famous super skinny and super low-rise, etc - but whenever I put them on, I remember that I find jeans incredibly uncomfortable and, knowing that two hours into my day Im going to regret my decision, I almost always take them off and change before heading out the door. But today, in the wake of Spring/Summer weather and after randomly watching three hours of LA Ink last night and seeing Kat Von D in a pair just like them, I randomly decided to try on a pair of almost-white jeans that we had in the store. They were a size 27 so it was an enormous stretch of my imagination that they would even fit but somehow...they did! and theyre Cheap Mondays! and theyre comfortable! and stretchy! and Im so into them.

Im also due a visit to Urban Outfitters, as I am very impressed with this season looks, especially the legging-like options for my legs. But, as usual, I am prepared for disappointment. I dont have models legs and so I am easily fooled by lookbook photos. Some people can pull off pants and leggings and look sexy and long and feminine but I dont have this natural skill. Im not one of those people. At five foot two, I need heels and minis to give my legs the illusion of length but regardless, Im giving it my all. Trying to, at least!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WE ALL LOVE WANG

These photos speak for themselves. Everyone at their best.



Alexander Wang SS 2010 went up for sale online today at 4pm EST.
Good thing Ive already nabbed The Rocco - tomorrow I shop tee!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

REMEMBER ANGELA PHAM

???!!!

Well shes off in London making freaky, sexy videos with Europeans. I miss her.


POSTIVELY PITBULL


Its now been five months since Ee-mah first came into my life and, as some of you may know, they have easily been the happiest five months of my life. Shes my first dog so, of course, there were some challenges and though she was very well behaved when I first took her in, after buckling down and training her, she is now the best dog Ive ever had the pleasure of knowing. Shes about fourteen months old now and has fully shaken her initial inclination towards small dogs (due to forced breeding when she was only six months old, making her an eight month old mother immediately seperated from her puppies) and has learned impecable manners. Anyone who has met her knows she is endlessly affectionate and beautiful, if I do say so myself. Anyhow, I know this is a fashion blog but spreading the word about pitbulls (thought Ee-mah is technically an American Staffordshire, these two breeds - the American Pit Bull Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier are nearly identical. AmStaffs are the Show Pit, just a hair taller, leaner and with a bigger head, if you can even imagine that) and proper dog training has become a major part of my life and I have collected a few inspirational stories about the loyalty and good nature of pitbulls, especially where their strength - something often put in a negative light - has proven to be invaluable.

Stray Pit Saves a Mother and Child from Knife Weilding Attacker

Asshole Breeds Fighters, Commenters Tear Him a New One

Pitbull Breaks Up Domestic Violence Incident

Pitbull Saves Eleven People From a Burning Building

Abused Pit Makes Full Recovery

Cesar Milan's Pitbull Embassador, Daddy Memoriam

Three-Legged Pit Rescued From Fight Ring

Pitbull Hero Cloned in South Korea

Stabbed Pitbull in Rehabilitation

Animal Planet's Pitbulls and Parolees Tia Maria Torres

Cat Starts House Fire, Pitbull Rescues Family

Sports Illustrated's Pitbull Rescue Girl Passes in Car Accident

Pitbull Wakes Family in House Fire


Pitbull Stops Husband from Beating and Abducting Wife

Hopefully at least one of these titles interests you enough to read and open your mind to one of the smartest and strongest breeds out there. I realize it is hard to overlook all of the negative Pitbull press but there are several things to note: a. any dog can be trained as a fighting mechanism, Pitbulls fall victim to this solely because of their physical strength and loyalty as an eager to please breed, b. many smaller dogs are just as vicious as mal-trained Pits but because of their size are overlooked as unruly creatures, c. Pitbulls are number one on lists of Abused Animals, Euthanised Animals, and Animals for Adoption. It is so important to become educated on the evils of human beings that are often mistaken for the evils of animals - not just Pitbulls.

Friday, February 26, 2010

GIVE GOOD HEAD


This editorial was made for me and it pains me to think I used to have this exact hair color - not
because it wasnt amazing but because it did become a bit too much to maintain. The red did,
however, look amazing in just about any hairstyle - this makes me wish I still had it around to fishtail.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

OAKAZINE LAUNCH PARTY 4.0

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Samantha Pleet Slip Dress / Friend of Mine Clogs / Alexander Wang Bag / Vintage Jewelry

Monday, February 22, 2010

FRIEND OF MINE

For months now I have had Friend of Mine bookmarked, aching for something from any of their collections - honestly, almost anything would do. This Australian brand mustve read my mind when it came to designing a delightfully 90s inspired series of collections. Though I cant see myself in everything by Friend of Mine, I love looking at it all. Well, finally, a few weeks ago, I placed my order for a pair of platform clogs and a leather backpack. As these were coming from across the globe, I ran a big risk in being disappointed and then potentially stuck with the items but when I opened the package two days ago, I couldnt have been happier or more impressed. The backpack is adorable and is already my new daily bag but its the shoes that have really swept me off my feet - not literally, of course, because really they keep me wonderfully planted. They are so well designed as, despite being clogs, stay perfectly on the foot and are comfortable and easy to walk in. I am so thrilled to wear these every day this summer and wouldnt mind a second pair, to be honest.

I, however, think I picked some of the less obvious pieces by Friend of Mine as there are actually some really amazing pieces that I could imagine infinite people in NYC and, well, anywhere just absolutely loving. Cut-out dresses, buckle wedges, lace-up booties, mini-skirts, leather, crop tops, etc. Without further ado, here are some of the most adorable looks from across the seasons at Friend of Mine:



Monday, February 15, 2010

STAERK

Again, redundant as Zana at Garbage Dress has more than sufficiently covered this but this photo
came up on my Facebook Newsfeed and I had to save it. Staerk FW 2010, ladies and gentlemen.


I have a soft spot for cellphone photos.

WANG & LANG

Caylee at If You Seek Style covered it pretty perfectly, so this is really just redundant at this point
but Im going to say it anyway. Alexander Wang and Helmut Lang really did a beautiful job nailing
the perfect direction for both design houses.

Its common knowledge that I love Alexander Wang, but every time he creates a new collection Im
just so proud that he hasnt disappointed where he easily could have. This season he brings us bare
midriffs and sweaters. Velvet, mesh and fur appropriately allocated in beautiful drapery that we all
know will still be wearable, one piece at a time, for the regular girl just lusting after these sexy looks.


Helmut Lang, on the other hand, makes me want to wear pants more - something that very rarely
happens and may actually occur today with this collection as inspiration. Mostly, those jackets are
unreal. Really perfecting the drape of Rick Owens but with the cozy elegance of additional fur and
deep hues of green, red, and blue.

NICOLE MILLER WHO KNEW

Nicole Miller is one of my moms favorites - my favorite of my moms favorites because I love taking her
there and making her try on all kinds of classy, chic, age appropriate outfits. This fall, however, I am
going to be joining her in lusting over what Miller has to offer. Sleek, black, hints of forest green. Its
everything Ive been aching to add to my wardrobe this past fall, but I think I can be patient.




Impressed.

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