Thursday, December 27, 2007

Holy Sh*t: Another Year...

2007 really passed me by. Whoa. Blink. Whoa. Wait. What? I am truly thankful for all my friends, family etc. and all the great times that were had this year:

1. Painting & photography came back into my life.
2. Finally admitting that California is very very good.
3. Reaquainting myself with the outdoors, something so easy to forget when you are in the city.
4. Fancying myself somewhat of a "writer".
5. Winning the dairy bet.
6. New friends and old friends.
7. A solid year of good hair.

And some plans for next:

1. South African adventure in October.
2. New personal art projects i.e. portraits and a screenprinting class.
3. Shiney. New. Bike.
4. More involvement in the arts here in the city.
5. Be. Nicer.
6. Another solid year of good hair.

So now I have listed the things I want to accomplish and I now have to:

7. Stick with accomplishing said accomplishments!

Happy. New. Year!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Goodsh*t: WWD

Having accidentally landed in fashion, it's always such a shocker to end up in any publication much less Women's Wear Daily. While I didn't get a personal shout out, I am very proud to share that my current got a little expose in WWD! We all have worked very hard in making our brand what it is today and we are topping the charts (uh, we made the #1 spot in WWD's 100 Best Brands) and this to me speaks volumes on all the time and effort contributed. I will remain humble. Heh.

PS I have also included an old WWD back from my lingerie designing days, I actually got one of my designs featured. A constant reminder of how FAR I have come. Holy Sh*t, that was ages ago!

PSS Also, just a reminder to all you creatives out there: Keep Keepin' Your Skillz Original! And use this blog as a source of inspiration, don't hate and duplicate!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Goodsh*t: SFBKLYN

I love New York City, hardcore, never in a million years did I think I would find a city (state side, that is) that could even compare. If I could I would take 2 parts Brooklyn and 2 parts San Francisco and mash them together to create the city of my mind. I will work on that. In the meantime, I am going to keep it short, for I am still daydreaming about it's beauty and all the fun I had...

Friday, November 30, 2007

Goodsh*t: Creative Process Weaponry

So I thought I would give a little peek at my workspace and all the things that help my mind in the creative process. A few obvious items (itunes, camera, subwoofer) are left out, because I like to have a strong emphasis on fine art and using the computer only when necessary. Makes for more challenging projects.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Sh*t: SF vs NYC

So I have eased up on my boycotting of the entire state of California, you might recall my previous trip to Los Angeles. This Thankgiving I am headed on over to San Francisco, the seemingly "other best city in the states"! Oh, I am skeptical due to my New Yorkerness and in denial because I know I am gonna love it, either that or it might have something to do with this sweet ass ride I get to use while I am there! Stay tuned, my bike burgling adventures to come...

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bullsh*t: Me The Lackadaisical

I am tired and a little burnt out and hoping to rejuvenate my creative mind soon. In the meantime, enjoy some awesome illustrations etc. by Jon Burgerman. I love his work, helps get my gears going. Take a looky at his flickr too, it's a nice visual for his creative process.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Goodsh*t: Hell Hath Frozen Over...

I caved. I bought. Life change.
(Pssst, I can't photograph it, so I thought I would show my fancy shoes.)

Monday, October 15, 2007

Inspiration: My Long Lost South African Transplant

Yigal Azrouel Spring 2004

Plume Jewel's "Silkworm"
Posh Hussy © 2003 by me

I thought I would pay tribute today to one of my most dearest friends, Lexi Sparling. After taking a hiatus from her career in fashion here in NYC, she found herself in the wilds of South Africa and ultimately decided to stay. She is getting married next weekend in Cape Winelands, South Africa and due to work, I am sadly unable to attend. I was lucky to work side by side with Lexi and had the pleasure of witnessing her geniusity in women's design come to life. I admire her for her quick unabashed wit and sweet disposition which in my opinion is the perfect harmony to describe her personal work. Our working time together in the "real world" was brief but we did branch out to create a brand of our own, Posh Hussy, which is still in the trenches due to other opportunities for us both. She went on to be the head designer for womens at Yigal Azrouël along with her equally as talented counterpart Pamela Johnston of Plume Jewels. I wish her all my best and I miss the days of bumming around Williamsburg, being neighbors and of course, the helmet incident.

PS I tried to include some of the work Lexi did at Yigal and while it is beautiful, it's not necessarily her style. Nevertheless, Yigal has some very nice frocks!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Inspiration: Tsumori Chisato

One of my bosses goes to Japan every year for trend shopping and this year she brought me back truckloads of delicious books and Kawaii by Tsumori Chisato was in the mix! Now I have always kept my eye out for her well known melodic bohemian cuteness, it's a bit of a rarity here in the states, so I was DEE-lighted to induldge in her book of creative processes and how she gets from start to finish. Chisato even included a little Q & A for more insight, enjoy the beauty! (Click on the images so you can read what she wrote!)

PS Sorry for the crap scans, I was in a hurry!

Friday, September 28, 2007

Bullsh*t: Eating a Corgi is NOT an Artform

George Rodrigue

It is ever sooo rare that I will take my opinions on here and turn them nasty, I like to keep things fresh, positive and hopefully inspiring. But it has come to my attention that one said "artist" Mark McGowan decided in protest against an alleged mistreatment of a fox which was shot during the hunt on the Queen's Sandringham estate in January, by eating a corgi, (the sweet unedible breed that is associated with the Queen). WTF? This is NOT art. This is merely a stunt to get media attention this so called artist thinks he deserves. Come up with some REAL ideas, aside from rolling a peanut down the street with your nose and eating dogs. This is disgusting and the laziest art bullsh*t I have ever heard. Wanker.

In the meantime, it is 7:30 AM Eastern time and this makes me want a drink. So enjoy this old school Absolute ad of Tiffany by George Rodrigue, who while is blue, to me, slightly resembles the beloved corgi.

PS Make a wish when you see a corgi walk by...

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Inspiration: Before the Factory

Cano (1948)
Unicorn (1956)
Progressive Piano (1957)
Female Head with Stamps (1959)
Who's Pussyfooting Around? (1960)

Andy Warhol is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and continues to make headway even after his death. While he is not my favorite I find myself over and over again drawn to his early work as an illustrator in the early 1950's in New York City. He was well known for his loose hand and ink blotted watery style. After finishing up my Girls Fall 2008 line, looking back I can see hits of Warhol in my hand! (This work also seems to have inspired my favorite graphic designer Laurie Rosenwald.)

PS With all the recent hype of Factory Girl, I have refrained from posting about Warhol, I just wasn't impressed with all the brouhaha. Skip seeing Factory Girl, and go directly to Ciao! Manhattan. Now that, to me, is the REAL Edie Sedgwick.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Goodsh*t: The Met in the Evening

Frans Hals (Dutch, 1582/83–1666)
Young Man and Woman in an Inn ("Yonker Ramp and His Sweetheart"), 1623

Gerard ter Borch (Dutch, 1617–1681)
Curiosity, ca. 1660

Frank Stella (American, born 1936)
Chinese Pavilion, 2007

I usually go to the Met when it's light out and I have a weekend day free so I can spend more time perusing the pricelessness. The current exhibition of interest: "The Age of Rembrandt" features one of the largest collections of Dutch paintings. It was a mental revival from previous art history studies from college, and I really enjoyed reacquainting myself with the Dutch phenoms as well as getting to know the prints and lithography that I was not too familiar. It was suggested to me, why not take in the Met in the evening and then make my way to the roof for a beautiful view of the city at dusk? Mojitos, wine and tripping over Frank Stella's massive pieces made this visit to the Met, certainly a memorable one.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Goodsh*t: Hel Looks

Juulia (14)
"I've had this style for about a year now. I like to wear jewellery and a big hairdo. My style role models are Madonna in the 80's, Joan Jett and Mötley Crüe.
The boots used to belong to my father. They were bought in the 70's in America."

Ossi (18) and Mimosa (18)
Ossi: "I bought my Ash shoes yesterday. The belt is a gift from Mimosa.
Karl Lagerfeld is my style role model. I think super skinny jeans are not stylish anymore."
Mimosa: "Horses inspire me. Old people are stylish."

Johannes (25)
"The corner stone of my style is the golden chain.
I couldn't live without my sunglasses and my mullet.
Suburbs are stylish. Making music inspires me."

Juha (20) and Lasse (18)
Juha: "I like the 80's music and the 80's styles. All my style role models are from the 80's. Now I'm wearing second hand except the boots which were dirt-expensive."
Lasse: "My friend bought the blue tights in Tampere. The jeans I customized myself. The shirt is from a women's department. My style tip: always check the women's department!"

I am completely obsessed with all things Scandinavian, and I am in love with this site: Hel Looks. Bringing you fashion from outside of the clubs in Helsinki, Finland! I should have posted this ages ago, I found it while doing a little online research and just reaquainted myself because I am trending for Holiday 2008. Not only is it addictive and updated regularily, the commentary is priceless.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Goodsh*t: Brooklyn Gang

Le Jeff's Roomie, Le Jeff, Lizzy, Me, Tara, Robert, Niki, Mark

Some of my most favorite photos. Thx A!