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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Life. Unplugged or Plugged in?

Dear Readers,

I've been on this terribly long hiatus, and I'm beginning to think that the magic is fading for me. I think like many people of my generation, more and more I'm feeling the urge to disconnect from social media, and just enjoy the experience of living. Don't get me wrong, I definitely still enjoy the benefits of social media, but every so often it gets overwhelming. I recently finished "The Circle" by Dave Egger, that explores what might happen next, and how social media could morph into something else that takes over life. It was an interesting exploration, and since I was reading it on the plane to Chicago, I decided to really experience being back in Chicago. It also helps that the people that I was hanging out with often disconnect from social media. I did post a few pics on Instagram, but mostly I stayed off-line.

I did have a few conversations about social media and celebrities, mostly how many celebrities approach Instagram like they do a photo shoot with deliberate outfits, perfect makeup or "faux natural face", backgrounds, lighting and of course the assistant is holding the phone/tablet in order to get the best angles. And it seems that many people don't seem to realize that images are manufactured and manipulated in order to protect the brand or the image, and while I understand that notion, it scares me that not everyone understands, and believes that what they see is reality.

The other day, a young woman, who really wasn't interested in getting to know me, asked me for my Instagram info, and when I told her I didn't have one, she made a face like I was a leper of society. Obviously if you're on my blog, you can see that I do have an account, however it seemed so invasive. She barely knew my name, and wanted access to my photos that document my life and while I do not a private account, it just felt like I was just a number to her, another potential follower, someone to increase her likes and comments. Sometimes I do use social media as a networking tool for people I meet in real life, but only after I have a conversation, and we have shared interest in the other's work and passions, so the connections seem a bit more genuine.

I guess I just said all that to say, what is this world coming to? I'm beginning to think that I'm not the only one wondering this, Chinet recently came out with a new commercial that really resonated with me.

What do you think? How do you balance real life with your on-line life?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekly Round Up

White Zucchini Cake...who knew you could sneak veggies into dessert?!

i am baker

I'm anxious to try these out grown up fake tattoos...maybe on my next trip?

Flash tattoos

After seeing this gear in action on instagram, I had to check out the collection. What a bold colorful way to work out!

kdeer haute yoga wear
I'm jumping on the cropped top bandwagon..let's see how this looks in real life.

Ginger Fizz
Both Nars and MAC have new reds that I've just gotta try.

Relentlessly Red
Dragon Girl

Monday, July 14, 2014

How to make an office party something special.

Two months ago, some co-workers and I decided to plan a surprise party. So of course I scoured Pinterest for inspiration. Oh Joy! Collection for Target, Oh Happy Day! for party horns, and Sweetapolita and Sally's Baking Addiction for sweet treats and the Oriental Trading Company for additional decorations. I bought my first KitchenAid mixer, and definitely saw the benefits of Amazon Prime. Check it out!

Paper lanterns  and handmade party horns really made a difference.

Desserts Galore!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Chocolate Chip Frosting
My first tiered cake: top tier, lemon cake with whipped cream blueberries and strawberries,           second tier, funfetti cake with marshmallow fondant.

Everyone had such a great time, and the birthday lady was very surprised! 
How does your workplace celebrate birthdays?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Weekly Round Up

A fun bun.

Ribbon Bun via The Cut

Altuzarra for Target lands September 14th.

Altuzarra via The Cut

Shop Here
That's right, Vince is making children's clothing now, unfortunately the sizes start at 4, so it will be a couple of years before I can shop for my nieces.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Antwerp, My Second Home

June 2010 I fell in love. She was small, quaint, antique and modern and just felt familiar. Her name is Antwerp.  Antwerp is a small city in Belgium. Like my beloved Philly to New York is Antwerp to Brussels. There are late night french fry spots and sandwiches piled high with veggies (broodje) and succulent seafood. There are cobblestones, hustle and bustle, friendliness, trains and cultural richness, the Diamond District and the Red Light District where sex workers pose in store windows like mannequins offering their bodies to the highest bidder.

Dries van Noten

Dries van Noten at Barneys
If all of these characteristics weren't enticing enough there is also the Royal Academy of Fine Arts where fashion is sculptural art and creativity flows in the water.
Dries Van Noten @ Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Paris
The Antwerp Six: Marina Yee, Walter van Beirendonck, Dirk Van Saene, Ann Demuelemeester, Dries Van Noten, and Dirk Bikkembergs are demi gods who with one showing put Antwerp on the map and with fabric made it a respected design mecca.

Walter Van Bierendonck via DirtyFingersStyleBlog

Ann Demuelemeester via Barneys

And although they are not connected with Antwerp's explosive bloom, both my favorite artist, Rene Magritte and fashion designer, Martin Margiela evoke some of the same sensibilities that permeates the fibers of the city and those who love it.

Maison Martin Margiela

Opening Ceremony & Magritte

the ra store
There is something familiar going on in Philadelphia. The changes in season and the growing interest in fashion and art. With these changes in attitude and industry, I watch the City blossom and wait for its Antwerp Six,to catapult it into fashion relevance.

Essential Antwerp at Anthropologie

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Weekly Round Up

Maison Martin Margiela
Final Cut Collection

Image via Kid-In
Marc Jacobs via The Cut
Christopher Kane via Net-A-Porter

Atlantic-Pacific: Sunshine and Stripes

This Hermes scarf (and a few others) was designed by a Postman from Waco, Texas...and he's a black man. How awesome is America?!

Image via Texas Monthly

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Weekly RoundUp

I know I usually stick to food, but this sandwich looks so divine....

Connor's Ultimate BLT via Blogging Over Thyme

The most controversial fashion news this year.

Vogue Magazine image via The Cut

Getty Image via Racked
I have always been inspired by Betsey Johnson, first it was her style and energy, 
and now it's her resolve.

Rita Ora via The Cut
I would like to add a fur sweater to my

Valdez's Geometric Classic Panama Hat via Shop Latitude
Hunter+ rag&bone