Thursday, February 20, 2014

Join The Club

Around the Holidays, I went for a walk in my work neighborhood and discovered the newly renovated Club Monaco.  My senses immediately went into overload - beginning with, which door to enter - do I go through the coffee shop first - no, I went through the front door with it's beautifully decorated entrance - besides, there was a huge Christmas tree right in the middle of the floor.  Club Monaco has come a long way since it first opened.  Ralph Lauren, the American fashion visionary, clearly had a vision for  this store's potential, he acquired it in 1999 from a Toronto based company and has strategically down-played his ownership - that is until now.  I worked for Ralph years ago and this store has all of the stylish upgrades that one would expect of his brand and a few clever additions.  Ralph included some of New York's finest establishments and gave them a shop within his shop - thus making this store an experience that goes far beyond clothing.  The expected visually smart and stunning decorative elements are throughout the store.  This includes Polux Fleuriste flower shop, that delivers your flowers in a beautiful hat box, the Toby Estates coffee shop, a Williamsburg, Brookyn favorite, and the NYC iconic Strand Bookstore with a fireplace that lures you to take a book and sit.  Ralph nailed it with this one and may I suggest that you join the club.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Super Helmets

I used to rollerblade all around NYC and Brooklyn without a helmet.  One day while visiting my dad, he asked if I was wearing a helmet when I skate and I looked at him like - "really?"  What he said next made me realize how well he knew me,  he said, "I'll get you a designer helmet" - :),  I LOVE design - especially good design and it was the only way that he could get me to potentially save my life.  
Perhaps the NFL, Bloomingdales, and The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) heard my dad as they have partnered and solicited the help of designers to create designer football helmets just in time for the Super Bowl.  These fun helmets are being auctioned off  through February 4th and all proceeds will benefit the NFL Foundation. Of the 48 helmets, these are my faves - proof that good design does save lives.  
Happy Super Bowl Weekend!
Eugenia Kim
Alice & Olivia
Cynthia Vincent
Pamela Love

Diane Von Furstenburg
John Varvatos
Richard Chai

Monday, October 28, 2013

Lou Reed's NY - A Walk on the Wild Side

A few years ago we had an opening event at The Brooklyn Museum for The Black List project created by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell.  It was there that I had the unexpected good fortune of meeting Lou Reed.  Lou was as cool as his songs suggested - he was unassuming, low key and yet had a powerful presence.  He was a part of an exciting era in New York's art scene that seems to be vanishing every day.  The lyrics of his songs paint an accurate portrait of life in NYC.   I remember when walking through the Bowery, Tribeca, the Meatpacking District or even Time Square was indeed a "Walk on the Wild Side".  Lou's music told the story of New York as one who knew its secrets.    His spirit will remain alive in his beloved New York.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Three Days of Autumn

It has been a busy year and I have had little time to do some of the things I love the most.  However, I refuse to miss out on my favorite season of the year - Autumn.  As this is a three-day weekend, I am doing everything to embrace the crisp, cool weather, seasonal foods, and fun activities.  Here are a few things that I will be doing, eating and wearing this weekend...

Grabbing my favorite sweater and boots
Eating dessert before dinner - Macarons (Pierre Hermes
Cooking Cider Brine Pork Roast with Potatoes and Onions - Bon Appetit Magazine
Hopping on the train and seeing some colorful foliage,
going apple picking & getting coffee at my favorite cafe...
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 2, 2013

More Macklemore

Macklemore's recent performance and win on the MTV Video Music Awards and at The Made in America concert in Philly, was a reminder of why I've grown to appreciate him as an artist.  The lyrics expressed in his hit song Same Love are so relevant in a world where gay men and women are still being discriminated against - as in an incident just a couple of weeks prior to his performance, a gay couple was attacked while coming out of a theater in New York City.  

Although this is not the first rap song to address an important social issue, artists like Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, (who also performed at Made In America)  & so many others have, this is MTV's 3rd year of giving out this award(perhaps they'll reach back).  Rap artists tell stories that are often based on their own experiences, as Macklemore so brilliantly did with this song.  In spite of the recent controversy surrounding this song - I say, we need more Macklemore!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trayvon Martin: Person of the Year!

Let me say this to those white Americans who seem to be confused about President Obama - he's a black man! And as a black man in this country he rightly admitted to facing some of the same inequities and racial profiling incidents that many black men in this country have and still face everyday - it is a real issue that needs to be addressed!  Why does it need to be addressed - so that we can change the laws and racist attitudes that allow situations like Trayvon Martin, Amadou Diallo, and Oscar Grant who is the subject of the newly released "Fruitvale Station" and unfortunately so many others, and prevent it from happening again.  The police officer who shot Oscar Grant served 1 year in jail - and his abuse was captured on a video.  The 4 police officers who shot Amadou Diallo in 1999 were all acquitted and one had his gun returned.  Now, Zimmerman walks after shooting an innocent young black man who rightly defended himself when confronted by a white man with a gun.  

Some of the most heinous crimes in this country's history, have been committed by white men - there, I said it.  Yet, are we following white men down the street with a gun out of fear that he might be a danger to society, do we lock our doors when a white man walks down the street, do we clutch our purses when he steps by us on the street, do we follow him through a store just in case he steals something?  If you look at the numbers, and since white people are still a majority in this county, whites commit the majority of violent crimes)not to mention those committed by politicians and bankers) in America and yet the prisons in America are filled with a majority of black males.  I am not the type to make excuses for people,  but is it fair to disregard the many reasons that may lead some of  these men to commit certain crimes  - poverty, inequality, lack of employment opportunities, inequities in education... it is almost inevitable that our system will lead these men to a life of crime and incarceration, which ruins their chances of becoming a functioning citizen in this country once their time has been served.  This is America's new form of slavery.  

We must continue to stand up for our rights, protect our communities and change the laws in this country that support this type of violence against black men - this isn't just a"black" issue, it's an American issue.  We will never know if Trayvon Martin could have become Time Magazine's  Person of the Year.  

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Weekend Love!

The weekend is finally here and in New York, it's raining!  I'd be lying if I said that earlier this week I did not do a rain dance to bring it on - our grass and plants need it.  You see, our sprinkler broke and until it gets fixed, we could use some rain.  So, what do you do on a rainy day - so many things!  
Get Breakie...
Clean the house
Have a Luther marathon with hunky Idris Alba & look out for his new film release on Mandela
Buy a new chair for my bedroom
Listen to some good music - here's a great oldie...
And get ready for the sun to return...
Have a Loving Weekend!