Thursday, October 2, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
* I reserve the right to change the name of this weekly entry at any point when I'm feeling more creative.
Basically I am of the opinion that who ever is costuming this show is a genius. Or at the very least is someone I want to be really good friends with. The clothes and show are totally kitschy and right up my alley, and the character of Chuck is so spunky and caring and adventurous.
I want to be Chuck.
Also, I would really like Lee Pace for christmas this year.
Here are some real world ideas on where to nab some of Chucks modern vintage style.
Silhouette's from the 1940's-1960's are essential. Play with texture and detailing in the construction of the garments. Chuck also often rocks a monochromatic palette, with matching shoes, hat and bag. As long as you are working with peices that are bright and detailed it won't look too dyed to match. Keep it creative.
Also keep in mind prints, and keep them large and girly, nothing too modern.
Finally, this show is nothing if not whimsical, so just remember to have fun. Wear things that are a little bit fairy tale. As long as you wear it with confidence you will pull it off. Chuck also has a bit of a tomboy streak, so always include a nod to that sensibility. It will keep the look grounded.
In the end just remember to enjoy yourself when dressing no matter what your personal style. Don't wear something unless you love it and feel good in it, and let your internal compass (not the current trend) be your guide.
Happy Dressing, and Happy Fall!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
I was stirred last night during (possibly the worst ever) Tony awards broadcast. But though the broadcast itself was bad, there were a few numbers that stood out. For me, there was nothing to compare with "Move On" from Sondheim's Sunday In The Park With George. This performance along with the letter Sondheim wrote in acceptance of his lifetime achievement award, absolutely made the night for me. I'd like to share them both with you here.
Special Tony Award® for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre
(As read by Mandy Patinkin)
Thank you all, but this award has to be shared with Julius Epstein, Arthur Laurents, Burt Shevelove, Larry Gelbart, George Furth, Jim Goldman, John Weidman, Hugh Wheeler and James Lapine. These are the men who created the characters that sang the songs, the situations that gave rise to the songs and the criticism that improved the songs. They were my collaborators. They are called playwrights. They invent. They make whole cloth out of nothing. They make a hat where there never was a hat. And they don’t just write musicals.
Oh, and if you’re wondering why I’m not sharing this Award with Hal Prince, it’s because he already has one.
Lifetime Achievement has a deadly sound to it, a ring of finality, a faint whiff of "You’ve outlived your usefulness." And, as you get older, you start to believe that. At least some writers do, including me.
The problem is that the more venerable you get, the harder it becomes to avoid the fear of not living up to the expectations and praise that are bestowed on you -- as in the form of a Lifetime Achievement Award. Nevertheless, buoyed by your encouragement, with more Lifetime I -- we -- promise you more, if not higher, Achievement.
Thank you all again.
Edit: How could I forget the one part of the evening that actually made me tear up a little!!!!! What is wrong with me. I am referring of course, to this...
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I want a margarita.
A real one.
I'm not talking pre-made mix.
I'm talking on the rocks.
Perhaps a few muddled strawberries.
First person to make one magically appear in front of me gets a BIG kiss.
Friday, May 23, 2008
I was also highly amused by the following during the American Idol Finale. I should really dedicate an entire post to the magical love affair I have been having with Robert Downey Jr. since I was 11.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
We also trekked to Brooklyn to check out an A+mazing PLUS SIZE boutique I discovered last night while watching an episode of What Not To Wear. Lee Lee's Valise is located on the corner of Court St. and President St. They had so many beautiful things that actually fit me!!! The staff were friendly and pleasant but not at all overbearing. The owner, Lisa, even persuaded me to try on a $700 Anna Scholz gown. Can I just say that I have not felt so tall EVER in my life, not to mention thin. Obviously I was not going for the red carpet dress, but I may have to save up for some fabulous Svoboda wide leg jeans.
Next, we made our way to Union Square for the farmers market. (Enroute we got sidetracked by a few shoe stores as you can see above.) We also stopped in at Filene's Basement to check off some items on Jen's to do list for her upcoming tour in Asia, but we didn't have too much luck.
Our bad luck continued with a frightening trip to the Union Square McDonalds, (we know, we know.) And unfortunately, things didn't get much better at the farmers market. I don't know if it was the chilly weather today that kept the vegetable sellers away, or if we simply came too late to catch anyone. By the time we got there, the market was mainly comprised of butchers, bakers, and... apple sellers. In the end we came away with some delicious cider and apple cider donuts from the same orchard/bakery. So we weren't too upset. All in all we had a beautiful gloomy Saturday, and came away with some cute new kicks. Hope everyone is having a good weekend!
Thursday, May 1, 2008
salt & pepper
*I'm trying to decide whether the potatoes need to be a smaller dice, or eliminated completely. If anyone tries this out please let me know what you think. :) *
Friday, April 25, 2008
I picked up my new digital camera today. (My old one died. So sad, so sad.)
Here are the first pictures on my new baby. Ah, Central Park in spring.
Prepare for me to be a little camera happy for awhile. :)
I'll let you dwell on this until the blogs pixies send me something exciting to talk about. Which I hope will be soon!
We're also thinking of adding in deep plum as an accent color. Just very sparingly. Any thoughts?
Friday, April 11, 2008
When I was a teenager I was one of those kids. The kids who loved to make mix tapes. I still have a whole box hanging out somewhere in my parents house, full of treasures such as "Alterna-mix '96" and "Emily's Jazz Licks." The great thing is, I can still listen to these tapes today. I still love each and every song. Of course, with the advent of CD burners I graduated to a new format, but I have to say I do miss the tactile quality involved in good old fashioned cassette mixing.
John Cusack really does sum it all up in the movie "High Fidelity" when he says,
"Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing."
I, myself, have issues with repeating songs; in that I refuse to do it. If I make a mix inspired by someone in my life, then no songs on said mix will ever grace the line-up on any other persons mix. This can create problems, but then it's probably also a big part of why I spend so much time searching for new music. I also insist on a perfect line-up. I'm not one to just pick songs and throw them on a CD, I'm a little too obsessive for that. I carefully screen each and every transition for flow and make sure the tempos and moods of each piece slide smoothly from one to the next.
A big highlight for me the past few years has been the creation of a yearly Holiday mix for my friends and family. I love to mix new and old as well as a broad spectrum of religions. What can I say, I want to please everyone. It's always a hit, and I love searching out new and interesting songs in such a limited field. 2008 will be year number four for this new tradition and I think I'm up to the challenge.
Now, as I'm sure you all know, I've been pretty anxious for spring this year, so I've decided to treat you all to a little Spring mix. I hope you enjoy, and I hope you can find most of these tunes fairly easily. So without further ado...
"Back Comes Spring..."
1. Isn't This A Lovely Day by Diana Krall
2. Snow Is Gone by Josh Ritter
3. Trouble Sleeping by Corinne Bailey Rae
4. Other Girls by Tigercity
5. The Motion Waltz by Rufus Wainwright
6. City of Blinding Lights by U2
7. April in Paris by Billie Holiday
8. People's Parties by Joni Mitchell
9. Love Me Tender by Norah Jones
10. South America by Shout Out Louds
11. Tres Tres Chic by Mocean Workers
12.(There Is) No Greater Love by Amy Winehouse
13. Via Con Me by Paolo Conte
14. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today by She & Him
15. Lettre A P... by Paris Combo
16. Like Someone In Love by Björk
17. Inside Of Love by Nada Surf
18. Dreamsome by Shelby Lynne
19. I Found Love by Styrofoam & Sarah Shannon
20. Queen of the Surface Streets by DeVotchKa
21. Just Like A Woman by Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico
22. Love Will Come Through by Travis
23. With Arms Outstretched by Rilo Kiley
Happy Spring Everyone!
**I'm having some issues formatting the list so that it's more readable. Any thoughts?**
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Le Hot Tomato in Paris!
and Le Hot Tomato in Paris II!
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Thus far three little things have helped me accomplish this...
On Sunday afternoon after having tea at Alice's Tea Cup with two of my lovely ladies, we walked around and did a bit of shopping. I wasn't really looking for anything when suddenly I was called from across the room by a truly lovely jersey tunic, with a neckline decorated in flat stitched chiffon rosettes. I tried it on and became convinced that if it beonged to me then dreams would become reality and The Sartorialist would want to take my picture. It was $20. How could I not?
Yesterday I was reading Rita's blog over at Domino Magazine and my curisoity was piqued by one of the books she had displayed in her current post. It is called "True Pleasures; a memoir of women in Paris." Looked good to me, but to my dismay it was hard to come by for some reason. In the end I had to call Barnes and Noble in Union Square and have it put on hold for me. It was possibly the only copy of the book in the city. And now it is mine. (As well as basically free thanks to some leftover balance I had on an old giftcard!)
When I arrived at Union Square I noticed there were actually a few stalls from the farmers market that hadn't closed yet, and soon an irresistible scent began to waft towards me. Now anyone who has ever tasted anything from Red Jacket Orchards probably knows just what a treat this was, and due to the chilliness of the day yesterday the guys from the orchard were cooking up fresh apple cider just inside their stall. I promised myself a cup on my way back to the subway. It did not dissappoint. Hot and almost creamy, with soft chunks of apple still floating in the brew, it has to be one of the best treats you can buy for $1.50. Thanks to that apple cider I fulfilled my goal of enjoying the gray day. Who wants hot cider when it's sunny? Not this girl.
Friday, April 4, 2008
And here again...
Thursday, April 3, 2008
- Learn to speak fluent French
- Take an extended cross country road trip. I want to know my country.
- Visit India
- Get back to my first love; Performing
- Own my own apartment in NYC
- Live more spontaneously/Be more open to the world around me
- Take classes at a culinary school
- Have a vegetable garden (even if it's just tomatoes and herbs on my fire escape!)
- Improve my guitar playing skills
- Get married and have 5 babies
- Sing in a jazz combo
- Have my own sewing room
- Find my happy place
- Live to see my siblings achieve their creative goals
- Spend a year in Paris
What do you want to do?
Friday, March 14, 2008
And yet I am restless.
Maybe it's because I'm so ready for spring. Especially those elusive two weeks of perfect weather it brings to the city each year. I'm ready for the day when I wake up and smell the air and just KNOW that spring has finally arrived.
Ah to be wearing skirts and sandals and no coat!
Oh for the fresh asparagus and other yummy veggies to be had at the farmers market!
Oh for the street fairs and the jacket weather and outdoor brunch!
Oh for the gallons and gallons of iced coffee!!!
To me, those two weeks in spring make New York feel very French. Not that I've ever been to France, but that's the way it makes me feel.
When I was still living on the Upper West Side, one of my favorite signs of spring was the blooming of the Cherry trees along the medians on Broadway. They're so pretty and girly and always make me smile.
Of course this reprieve will be short and then the rains shall come. And they shall stay. And stay. And then BOOM it will be summer and too hot to think let alone move. But for the few weeks of spring that we do have I will remember the beauty of why I moved here in the first place, and maybe I will start to feel more settled again.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Recently after a stint at the local pub, I accidentally reawakened my love for Hair Ballads of the 1980's. Especially those contained in the masterful 2 disc made for tv collection...
Oh yes, we're talking Foreigner, Winger, Nelson, even Saigon Kick. Don't even try to deny your secret love affairs with "To Be With You" by Mr. Big, and "High Enough" by Damn Yankees.
I mean come on people. Ted Nugent singing bad late 80's schlock will not be denied.
Feel the power. Love the power.
Monday, January 28, 2008
This is the day I know you've all been waiting for with bated breath.
The Le Hot Tomato shop is finally up and operational on www.etsy.com.
You can visit it using the handy etsy mini to the right side of the blog here.
I am proud to say the first sale was made within the first 10 minutes after the shop opened! How's that for a nice welcome into the online selling community!
So, go check it out and I hope you like it!
Also, obviously I'm new to this so if anyone has any suggestions at all please feel free to let me know.
I have had so much fun getting this up and running, but I would be such a naughty little liar if I claimed to have done it by myself. So, I'd like to thank the following amazing souls for lending a creative and supportive hand...
My deepest thanks go out to Jen, Chad, and Saylor for modeling. Joe for lighting the photo shoot and helping me retain my sanity. My family for listening when I was stressed out and complaining. Last and mostly, Jesse for everything you've done. This entire project would not look anywhere near this good if I had not had you to lean on. You pretty much rock.
So that's all from this end for now. I should be updating the shop soon with some new pieces, so anyone who wants to model just let me know and I'll let you know when we're shooting!
Enjoy the links below!
Le Hot Tomato Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5458079
Le Hot Tomato Webpage: http://www.lehottomato.com/ (Currently Under Construction)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Or in this specific case, that you will never get to hear new music from your favorite artists of the 1960's.
Joy of joys for me, because I do not have to be sad anymore!
Let me introduce you to Miss Candie Payne, a native of Liverpool who sounds like she stepped right out of a James Bond fantasy flick. She's a little slice of Audrey Hepburn meets Nancy Sinatra and frankly I just can't get enough.
I am absolutely in love with her music and will be buying the album as soon as it is readily available in the States, but until then I am content to be obsessed with the look of her videos. I am this close to dying my hair back to a bittersweet chocolate brown just so that I can slightly resemble her. Check out her hair and make-up in the video for the Mark Ronson mix of "One More Chance."
I don't know about you, but after that all I want to do is bouffant my hair and layer on the liquid eyeliner. She may just inspire my entire spring wardrobe, and I'm sure I'll be watching for her career to land stateside at some point in the near future.
Check out her myspace here: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=52879670
Or go to her website where you can preview the entire album for free:
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
So I realize I'm a few weeks late on the New Years Resolution train. I made my resolution at the correct juncture, but am only now sharing it with all of you. I don't normally go down this road because I am well acquainted with my personal stores of will power, and they are somewhat, how shall I say, lacking.
This year I resolve to live like a pauper. I do this in the name of finally being able to afford my own apartment. Sans roommates. Sans design quandaries. Mine. My very own place.
I don't expect this to be easy. I know there will be skipped dinners, and extended rain checks on drinks with friends. I know I will seriously have to deliberate over which movies to see in the theatre and which to wait and netflix. I know there will come a time when I will have to pass up a pair of heartachingly cute shoes (even if they are only $15 at Marshalls, because let's face it, $15 is $15 no matter what my shoe hormones are saying.)
But if these small sacrifices mean that I can have this...
or even this...