Friday, May 28, 2010

anthro crush

for a little design inspiration, i stopped by anthropologie on my way to the market last night, and was greeted by this amazing bouquet of dipped paper cones a masssed into the arrangement here..incredible! in my opinion, merchandising can be one of my greatest challenges (struggles) when setting up for a show. it is just plain hard! sometimes i just think..either you have it or you don't. and anthropologie just puts them all to shame..except for the master simon doonan. more on this at a later date!
i do hate the word creative..but this is so that. i mean the floating boat? and the stuffed pillow anchor? come on!

super preciosa. no? rid-unck-u-lous.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

ellie kai trunk show

yesterday afternoon i went to a trunk show for a new line of clothes, ellie kai. it was started by a friend of a friend, who after moving to hong kong, felt that it was irresistable to start a business venture as the conditions in the town make it that just calls out to you..or so she said. after having been underwhelmed by the photos of the line she had posted on facebook, i was pleasantly surprised by how fresh, smart, and fun the clothing looked in person. i even got a few things..and that's saying something!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Jackie Kennedy in India 1962

it is time to start designing our fall/ winter 2010 collection and my flash of inspiration was in DC when i saw a charming book about Mrs. Kennedy traveling the globe. what can we say about jackie? she was so perfect. a true icon. genius. stay tuned for the jill rosenwald spin in the next several weeks. until then enjoy these photos from life magazine.

Monday, May 24, 2010

benno rosenwald grungestyle

i visited my nephew at stanford this weekend, and as he is the family style guru, i asked him what he was into these days. after explaining to me how "east coast" and "preppy" i am (neither of which i really identify myself as) he gave me a primer on the hows and whys of today's grungestyle. benno feels that as the babies of the 90's come of age, the heroic style of their early years has moved to the fore. you decide. i gotta say..i do love all the droopy hats and extra long! ps. the groovy green pendant in the upper right hand look was 2 bucks at forever 21.

Friday, May 21, 2010

i'm at stanfod u!

i am at stanford for the weekend studying for my doctorate in what it means to be "ironic" about thehipsterism of youth culture. here is the definitive video. i think i get it? at least i'm trying.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Yelp reviewer jeremy 'waffles" k!

traveling back and forth to NYC all the time tends to make one familiar to the food highlights along Rte. 84. one of our big faves is Reins Deli of Vernon Ct. they serve up true NY deli fare, and so i get excited knowing that we can stop mid ride for a nice knish, some kugel, and a milkshake. After making a pit stop there this weekend we were tempted to go on the I phone and see what yelp had to say about the place. it was there that i discovered the writing stylings of mr. jeremy "mmmm waffles" K, a misanthrope after my own heart. This guy is a scream. no lie. and i don't think he even gets paid for this..go figure. the internet is a wonder.

the following is his review in all its glory!

Rein's New York Style Deli-Restaurant

Category: Delis

4 stars and a happy mother's day to all!

so we packed up the family truckster and made a rendezvous with the inrents at the halfwaypoint, well not quite halfway for us, but hey, thats family.

In preparation, we called ahead to see if they took reservation, alas, no dice. As this was our first time, I had envisioned a 'new york' style deli, ie pics of every borscht belt whose who on the walls and an ode to sandy koufax, not so much its in a strip mall in rural(?) Connecticut, but they do have their sections named after the 5 boroughs.

im glad one of the party got there 20 minutes early cause the line was OUT OF CONTROL, notice the emotion in that statement. we were seated 5 minutes after WE showed up. we are quite the johnny come laters then we usually tell people so this was a blessing. they seated us right past the giant statue of liberty, very freedomesqe! they must have had extensive experience with children too as they put brown paper under the childseat for spills, very wise says the keeper of the carpets.

so they had breakfast and their usual fare, deli (duh). our waitress was over worked, but still able to accommodate letting us know we could have anything we wanted too on or off the menu, unfortunately waffles were still not going to happen. I opted for french toast ala challah (holla!) with a side of bacon, a very jewish breakfast says this tribesman. wifey did the usual grilled cheese with tomato, mom had a swiss omelet with toast. So far our deli intake was lacking as expected. the coffee was robust and best of all, plentiful! my FT was not too eggie and the bacon was decent. unfortunately we were THAT family with the antsy child, ok not antsy, screamed, so mar didn't get to eat her food exactly hot, nor did I get to eat the whole thing at one time. this isn't necessarily important to the story perse but they do seem family friendly just the scolding looks of their old hag clientele will erk you if that gets to you, you know?!

we were harassed by the others in our party for not eating deli, but whatever, that's why people go out to eat, to get what they want. No biggie I thought as I have had hebrew national before and sure its good and all, but I wanted breakfast at 10am, call me a cynic. the others had a turkey club and a pastrami with sides of onion rings, they claim the sauce that comes with said rings was spicy and everything was great, but they say that about everything so I take it for face value. personally I should have had a knish, but alas, wasn't in the cards so I can't speak of such. Oh and don't forget the pickles, at 10am they weren't on the tables as you would expect, but as they are gratis, the table quickly ate their share. Quite good from what I hear, but I can eat them anymore. They sell halvah and joyjoys and all that, even authentic foxs u bet for their egg creams, but I didn't notice if they had dr browns, the true identity for a nyc deli.

in closing I would totally try this place again and then that time try lunch.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

george steinmetz aerial photographer

this weekend lawrence and i read a great story (new yorker) about aerial photographer george steinmetz. his photos are breathtaking views from around the world that he takles from hundreds of feet up in the air. in order to capture his unique images he uses a gerry rigged motorized glider that weighs 100 pounds, that in order to get off the ground, he must run like crazy while wearing it on his back until the sail inflates and rises up over him. i kept thinking..indiana jones with a camera.

Monday, May 17, 2010


we shipped some of our wonderful pieces off to New Canaan this month to a lovely shop called Pimlico. the designer owners could not have been nicer to work with, and today they mentioned that our work is flying! off the shelves. Big hooray. when i went to check their site out online, lo and behold, there were these 2 great shots of our pieces used on the site. double hoorahs!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

actress to watch: greta gerwig

a couple of weeks ago lawrence and i went to see noah baumbach's latest feature. i really loved "the squid and the whale" and so i thought i would go to see his latest. i am no ben stiller fan-atic, though i have seen him do some funny bits, and i do realize he is a megastar..this thing was way way too uncomfortable a character for me..somehow hitting very close to home. nevertheless, the diamond in the rough here was most definitely greta gerwig of mumblecore fame(not that i know what that is really). she is shlumpy perfection here, and i am going to place a bet that she is THE next big thing.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Sixx Design on Bravo

i realize that cortney and robert novogratz are annoyingly picture perfect, but i am totally sold on their charm, talent, and wacky existence being aired for public consumption on bravo's new reality show 9 by design. i think i have mentioned that i love process, and design shows can be a lot of fun to watch as a designer, when you get to see the nitty gritty of putting a whole project together..throw 7 kids (!!) into the mix, and voila..great TV! Plus..i just l'adore their amazing taste, and ability to transform dogs into delights.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

squam lake

one of my favorite places on earth is my friend jen's camp on squam lake in new hampshire. going there for 2 days inevitably makes me feel like i have been on a real vacation. our visit with her last weekend was no exception. the water was like glass and the mountains were magnificent, and we ate like kings. i cannot wait to return.

Monday, May 10, 2010


i just discovered laurie rosenwald this weekend, and so i thought i would share this marvelous illustrator/graphic designer/comedienne on my blog. now that i think about it, i can't believe that i hadn't discovered her sooner. especially given that her work is so idiosyncratic, and that we share an unusual surname. after hunting around her site i discovered that her claim to fame is a work shop that she runs called "mistakes on purpose". it looks like she takes this act all over the world to different corporations, teaching teams of people the power mistakes can have. this is something i have always subscribed too, noting that many of my best designs are a result of accidents made while sketching.

this is a video of laurie's collage work with a reading by david sedaris (also a big fave). note: the video takes 30 seconds to load, but it is worth the wait.

David Sedaris Diary: Munich from laurie rosenwald on Vimeo.

Friday, May 7, 2010

i was lucky enough to read some of the New York Times this past sunday and there were some stunning photos of the Villa Necchi Campiglio, a 1930s modernist mansion in milano where they have just filmed the new tilda swinton movie I am love. i am not sure if i am lovin ol' tilda swinton, but i do know that this villa is very bella indeed!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

jill throws pots

this week i had a big urge to go on the potter's wheel and check out my rusty ol' skillls. it turns out that throwing is just like riding a really never forget. i think it might become a habit.

zachary kanin in the New Yorker

this is just tears rolling down your face funny..enjoy!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

one dress every day for one year

i learned about the uniform project this week, and cannot stop looking at all the photos. It seems that young sheena matheiken decided that she would wear just one little black dress for an entire year changing it up each day with hats, jewelry, tights and you name it! It reminds me so much of my days growing up in the city watching all the little girls who had to wear private school uniforms tart themselves up in the most individual and outlandish ways. the point of the project was to raise money for Akanksha an org. that helps indian streetkids go to school. looks like it has been a big success having raised over $70K . mazel tov!

Uniform Project Picture Book from The Uniform Project on Vimeo.

Design Bureau magazine

our old friend, publisher extrordinaire, chris howe just wrote us a note letting us in on all his new news which included info on one of his latest pubs design bureau which says it is meant as a dialogue on all disciplines of design. i felt that the photos were intriguing and made me want more. time for a new

Monday, May 3, 2010

flip and tumble

my mom and i met hetal from flip and tumble last year at the gift show and we were both blown away by how smart these fun and colorful re-usable bags are. the real trick with these is that they fold up into a squishy little ball so quickly, and fit inside your purse without taking up much space at all. i keep thinking i am going to get 10 and give to all my friends, and at five dollars a pop this too could become a reality!