June 28, 2012

5 thoughts that are somewhat artistic in nature

Today I:
1. Nearly fainted on the subway to work
2. Grouched my way through hundreds of pictures of fur coats (people, multiple, pay over $24,000 for a coat. I cannot fathom it.)
3. Got the hugest, sweetest shock of my life when my co-workers surprised me with birthday cupcakes

4. Fell in love with poetry again with this poem:

Rules for Arcadia
David Kutz-Marks

Treat people as though
each were a small whorl of leaves.

As if there were a forge inside,
man with bellows and hammer

eking out shields
to quilt the condemned shack of somebody’s body he lives in.

As though by the time they swing from rusted hooks,
they are themselves gilt green

 by the green world’s breathing.

The final lines remind me so much of The Great Gatsby, and that freshness and cleanness of green. Such a gorgeous image!

5. Speaking of images, had my breath taken away by these:

Aren't they phenomenal? They remind me of Tim Walker's photography (my favourite photographer) but more grounded in reality (I think it's the colours), more rooted in the reality of fairytales in the here and now. She created them after her mother passed away, and I think that this:

"This escapism grew into the concept of creating an unexplained storybook without words, dedicated to her [my mother], that would echo the fragments of the fairytales she read to me constantly as a child."

Is the most beautiful purpose and way of commemorating a loved one.

Images by Kirsty Mitchell via Daily Mail

June 25, 2012

Kim and Gen's subway adventures

We pack so much into every weekend that it's always somewhat of a shock when Monday morning rolls around and I realize I have to be up by 7am. Yesterday we had the most ridiculous adventure, which is why I felt it IMPERATIVE to blog about it (almost) IMMEDIATELY.

Sunday's activities:
1. Attended service at the Brooklyn Tabernacle
It was like attending a choral rock concert. They were hugely miked up, but even with the amplification you could hear how amazing each individual voice was. The craziest choral experience I have ever had. Being in the congregation was like being in a 3000-voice strong choir.

2. Final Malaysian Restaurant Week hurrah at Spice Market
There are no words. Pictures and food reviews to come later in my giant food post.

Sneak peek in the meantime:

My appetizer of pork satay. Have you ever seen a lime so deliciously juicy and lime-like?? And pork satay so delicately grilled? With peanut sauce so carefully dripped above it?? No? Spice Market has won my undying loyalty. 

3. Visiting the wonderfully hipster town of Williamsburg, Brooklyn for Crossroads Trading Co. and the Renegade Craft Fair
(notice the wicker basket + bikes in front of the banner!!)

4. Finally, the titular adventure of the day:

Not realizing that the 5 was not going into Brooklyn, and that we had not gotten out of the subway car at its last stop.

Kim's face is a good approximation of our horror when the subway conductor came through the sliding doors and inquired as to our presence on a train that should be empty. Much like the rest of our car was.  Quote above is the wonderfully ironic statement I made right as we pulled away from the last subway station. Clearly the LAST STOP signs was not marked clearly enough for us, the girls cooing over their Renegade purchases. We had a fun/ creepy journey through deserted subway tracks and closed subway stations (South Ferry rings a bell for anyone?) Not going to lie- I was freaking out. The obvious solution to fear was to sing Disney songs loudly.

The faces of girls who did not a. hear countless train announcements b. read blinking neon train announcements c. notice the entire car emptying out:

(from the photo booth at the Renegade fair.) I leave you with a close-up of my personal favourite:

Kim should live in the '60s, I swear. She makes the best John Lennon faces.

June 23, 2012

Update + the Gaultier Exhibition

I have been terrible, I apologize. All I've been doing in New York is: 1. Eating 2. Going to work 3. Going to museums. I have a ridiculous backlog of posts but I'm going to start by blogging about one of the best fashion exhibitions that I've been to- the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at the de Young.


I love stripes and the way that Gaultier combined different fabrics and materials into reinterpreting stripes. Ok these 2 pictures aren't good representations, but he had feathers arranged in black and white stripes, striped lace panels, etc (I just couldn't take a good picture of them) It was just phenomenal.

The COOLEST (and simultaneously WEIRDEST) part of the Gaultier exhibit were these faces that were projections from the ceiling. Some of them even talked. It was kind of creepy, but extremely awesome at the same time. The mermaid dress on the left was CRAZY. The skirt (which I couldn't take a good picture of) bled into this sandy bed of sand with sand dollars and pearls. I have no idea how he did it, but it looked like a beach. It was the craziest, most awesome mermaid skirt I have ever seen (ha ha Gaultier)

And a lot of the exhibition was on the Madonna years, with the cone shaped bras and these crazy geometrical hips. This was my favourite out of the bunch because the rest seemed too iterated.

The African collection part!!!! My absolute favourite (can you tell). Oh well I guess the pink poofy dress at the top and the black lacy dress at the very bottom left don't quite belong in this set (the pink poofy dress was placed with all the other poofy dresses; this was my favourite because I think wearing it would be like wearing a tutu vertically on your body. The black lace was with all the other BDSM outfits. Which just honestly made me uncomfortable. Gaultier is incredibly subversive - there were dresses on exhibit that had the naked female body imprinted onto it; there was a whole anatomy collection too that was interesting - but I was just really drawn to his "prettier" dresses, and to be honest he made even the most naked, body-baring clothes beautiful. What a talent.

The African/ Tribal part of the exhibit I basically died over. That phenomenal native American headdress with the most RIDICULOUS wedding gown skirt!! The reinterpretations of leopard print with SEQUINS! The most unique materials sewn into the patterns of images that we have been saturated with of "the tribal"! I think the most subversive quality of Gaultier is the way that he reinterprets symbols and images that we take for granted, patterns and images that have become kitschy by way of over-saturation, and then remakes them into the most gorgeous pieces of couture by reinterpreting them in the most surprising of materials. Some other things that I liked but didn't manage to get good pictures of: his reinterpretation of humble denim into the most gorgeously intricate gowns, his London grunge collections with the sequin-studded bomber jackets, the rotating clothes down the "runway" and Gaultier's interpretation of Dior's New Look. 

Us standing proudly with the signs! Dan insisted on a picture too so that he could prove he had been to a fashion exhibition. All in all, it's a PHENOMENAL exhibition. I think the curators did an absolutely fantastic job of telling a coherent story with the many, many Gaultier periods and collections, I loved that we were able to take pictures, and I thought this was truly a great example of the intersection between fashion/ art and the digital. There were videos and of course the mannequin's projected faces telling us about the Gaultier story, it was so thoughtfully put together and everything tied together in a way that reflected the Gaultier spirit and constant reinvention/ modernity.

Honestly the best fashion exhibition I've been to, and I highly highly recommend everyone visiting the Bay to drop by the de Young!! So glad that I stopped by before I left for NY.

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
de Young Museum
Ends August 19th
Students $16

June 10, 2012

Things I'm grateful for

Hello there. In need of refocusing, so:
1. Coffee in the morning -- and McDonald's and Starbucks right at my office lobby for easy access to said coffee 
2. The means to purchase this flamingo printed dress just because I like flamingos and I like dresses. And also because I was having a bad day. 
3. Sarabeth's salmon eggs benedict. Dear Sarabeth's: thank you for creating the best eggs bene I have ever eaten in my life. My tummy (though not my wallet) is truly grateful. 
4. The Cloisters at the Met Museum. Dear Met: thank you for transplanting half of medieval Europe into America and perching it in Fort Tyron Park, and then fusing doors and stained glass windows and medieval gardens so it becomes an incredible amalgamation of serenity and happiness. If you weren't over 190 streets away from my apartment (and that's only counting from the Brooklyn Bridge), I would visit you every day. 
5. The Brooklyn Public Library. My #1 criteria for future apartments is that I have to live within a 1 block radius of a public library. There are no words.
Sorry for the small hiatus in blog posts. This week has been incredibly overwhelming for me. I have forgotten to work like this - it's not hard or particularly challenging in all the normal ways I'm used to, which makes it even more challenging. I'm glad I'm here, but I really miss the Bay. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity, but I feel so woefully inadequate and underprepared. But only I can change my situation. NO to being continually nervous and jittery! NO to fatigue and tiredness! NO to saying No to new experiences! NO to letting this amazing experience slip past me without grasping on to every moment of it! NO to crippling uncertainty! Gen's ego, please emerge and stop cowering under a rock. Thanks.

June 1, 2012

Friday Favourites: June 1st

Today's my first full day out in Brooklyn! It looks fairly dreary though, but I guess being from the Bay Area has its perks- I've become so used to fog and rain from the spring that bad skies no longer deter me. Some lovely summer ideas/ images that have caught my eye this week:

1. Summer boho party from 100 Layer Cake
(via Lovely Morning)

Incredibly beautiful styling!! I love the idea of having a little tent in the backyard (maybe with a fire pit for s'mores as well!) and those soft blush colours go with the evening light so well. If only I had a backyard... and like 200 yards of extra fabric lying around to make a casual tent.

2. Herb Garden in a Box from Randi's guest post on You Are My Fave

I think this is a great idea to get started in the summer. Plus when you live in as small of an apartment as I do, having a garden in an egg tray is really the only way to grow a garden, period.

3. An oldie but still a goodie- looks from Gucci Spring/Summer 2011

The colours. The intricate tying. The little cutout that makes it sexy but not trashy or overly revealing. Yes to all. Now to search for these looks on a sale site somewhere. Or to try my hand at tying my own top?! Plus it reminds me a tad of my birthday dress, which makes me feel smugly trendy.

Have a great weekend!