Blog on the Move!

Things have been a bit quiet over here but I’m pleased to announce our move from WordPress.com over to WordPress.org!

What does this mean? We now are a hosted blog and all new posts going forward can be found here.

Why did we move? Our new address on the web will allow us to give you more content and integrate our blog with our soon-to-be launched e-commerce shop in one lovely site. The only thing you have to do is click here to get there, (and subscribe if you wish) and you’ll be able to see our latest posts and continue following our creative life adventures.

Thanks so much for reading and hope you all are having a lovely week!

ox

-Stacy

Fashion / Music Monday courtesy of Robbie Williams

On this Music Monday we’re going to mix it up a tad and feature Mr. Robbie Williams and his latest venture, high street meets Savile Row menswear line, Farrell.  While many of you in the U.S. may not be familiar with him, Rob is one of the most successful pop singers outside of the U.S. and has ridiculously good style.  I’ve been known to be a pretty big fan and when I heard he was launching a clothing line (and at my favorite department store, Selfridges, no less), I had to check it out.  I was pleasantly surprised to find out, like myself, he was inspired by and named his line after his grandfather.  While strictly a menswear line currently, the pieces are taken from WWI military looks and some of Rob’s favorite vintage pieces.  You can check out the video on GQ for the full scoop and click here to check out the collection for yourself.

Oh, and in the spirit of Music Monday, below you can have a listen to my all-time favorite Robbie Williams song, Angels. Enjoy.

ox

-Stacy

Music Monday

In the studio today we were listening to WAMC‘s (the Northeast’s NPR station) Afropop program discussing the dynamic music scene in Tanzania and Zanzibar.  One of the artist’s featured was X Plastaz and their song “Msimu kwa Msimu”.  While this was released a few years ago, it was new to us (and i’m assuming new to you too). I have no idea what they’re saying but I highly recommend hitting play and cranking it up.

 

 

Kelly Wearstler comes to Illinois

I was back in Illinois earlier this month and one of the great things about my hometown is that it is an absolute treasure trove for fantastic vintage items. Fortunately, this also means there are a plethora of vintage items that no one there seems to see the potential in.  While at one of my regular stops, I happened upon this very unfortunate pair of lamps:

Forget the shades but great shape, great design, just awful finish, right? Well…after some aggressive DIY…and channeling Kelly Wearstler’s Viceroy Hotel Palm Springs

*photo courtesy of Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Wah-lah!

I’m slightly obsessed with how well they turned out and how they scream modern Hollywood Regency (my absolute favorite style for interiors).

What do you guys think? Love them? Want them? Want to see more images? They are one-of-a-kind, so find them here in my shop while they last!

Thanks and hope you’re having an awesome last week of summer!

ox

-Stacy

Etsy Worldwide Craft Party 2012

In case you’re looking for something to do tomorrow, Etsy is celebrating Craft Day worldwide tomorrow night, Friday, August 24th.  It’s kind of a big deal as there are over 1400 communities around the world celebrating with their own event tomorrow!  To find a Craft Party Meetup in your area, just click here.

In New York, Etsy Headquarters is hosting a party from from 6-8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1 with crafts, food trucks, etc… and it’s free! Just RSVP via this link.

ps – In case you saw the info in this week’s Time Out New York…Yep! That’s my face (on the right) promoting the New York Craft Party on page 60. I about died. I’ve officially arrived. ; )

Perks to Meetings on the West Side

I’ve been meeting with some really incredible and inspiring people as of late and today was no different. After a morning discussing some dynamic new ventures with a certain art media company on the West Side, I could think of no better way to spend the rest of my morning than taking in a little contemporary art and walking (and lounging a bit) on The High Line.

Before taking in the sunshine, I took a trip down memory lane and popped into the Shafrazi Gallery.  I should back up and explain that Tony was our New York art dealer when I produced contemporary exhibitions during my time in California.  Sadly, neither Tony or Hiroko were in that morning but I was able to see the current exhibition, Spring Fever, featuring some of Dennis’ friends, including Keith Haring and, one of my favorite artists, David Salle.  I will say, despite working with many Haring pieces and hearing some of the great stories about him, DH and Tony, his art itself never really blew my hair back.  It always felt very…80s, I suppose.  However, on this day, for whatever reason – whether it was nostalgia for my days working with DH or I just enjoyed these pieces more than DH’s (being that one of his reminded me of Beetlejuice) – my appreciation for his work grew a bit.

After getting my art fix, I changed out of my heels and headed up to The High Line, which is a 1.45 miles park along Manhattan’s West Side that was formerly an elevated railway for the Meatpacking District.  It’s packed on the weekends so I had to take advantage of this gorgeous Spring weekday to check out the recently opened 3rd segment of the park.

The High Line has also become a welcome destination for local handmade vendors such as La Newyorkina, who I stumbled upon during this wander.  They do frozen gourmet Mexican sweets and they had some incredible flavors of paletas (Spanish for ice pop), such as mango-chile, avocado, papaya-passion, key lime pie & cucumber-lime.  However, being the coconut addict that I am, opted for that and topped it with Mexican chili powder – can you say a-MA-zing?  Really a perfect end my morning on the West Side.

Here’s some shots from this morning’s adventures: (sorry, no photos of my coconut paleta – i ate it too fast) =)

Spring Into Coral

Spring is in full swing and as I change out of winter mode, there’s no other color I’d rather fill my wardrobe and home with than coral. Pantone set the trend naming “Tangerine Tango” its color of the year for 2012 and brought coral to the forefront in everything from fashion to home goods. From coral pinks to the deepest orange-hued coral tones I’ve scoured the web and came across my favorites featuring this gorgeous hue. Enjoy!

clockwise from top leftCoral Chevron Mugs from Jill Rosenwald; Miranda Corals framed prints by Miranda Baker; room from Shelter Interior DesignCoral Desk by Jelena

clockwise from top left: shirt and coral shorts by H&M, with clutch by Primark; Quartz Ring byTopshopcoral skirt by ASOS via Atlantic-PacificCoral Earrings by Etsy New York team member, Loella Medina

clockwise from top leftDraped Coral Trench by Tibi; Gold Sea Urchin Ring by Etsy New York team member Virginie Millefiore; skirt & ruffled top via Through the Looking Glass Style;  Elsie Miniature Leather Shoulder Bag by Chloe

clockwise from top leftCoral Monochromatic Pleated Clutch by Etsy New York team member Jes Witaj; Working Girl Shorts and TopFlamingo Coral Scarf by Forget Me Not; Vintage Levi’s Coral Ombre Shorts by Kaleidoscope Eyes

And not to leave guys out of this, I’ve found some great choices with this hot color for men as well:

clockwise from top leftAsics Onitsuka Mens Mini Cooper; Coral Chinos by J.CrewTangerine Tango iPhone case by Pantone; bow tie via Through the Looking Glass Style

Have fun shopping and Happy Spring!

-Stacy

*Disclaimer: As a writer for Etsy New York, I originally posted this over there yesterday but thought I’d share with you all over here as well. =)

Coachella Fashion / Music Monday

While I couldn’t make it out to the desert <<tear>> for the incredible lineup, art installations and dancing in the polo fields, I’m doing a little Coachella fashion / music Monday in honor of my favorite festival that’s covering two, yes two weekends this year in the SoCal sunshine.

Coachella fashion means channeling your inner California cool meets rocker/hippie child.  Think minimal clothing with an edge in neutrals mixed with light, bright colors in natural, breezy fabrics for that desert heat.

Sadly, I have to admit that Paris Hilton kinda did it right during this first weekend with her fruit striped gum pleated maxi skirt and white bandeau top (albeit forced the look a bit in the accessory department):

*photo source

As always, Diane Kruger proved to have the best Coachella style throughout Weekend 1 at the festival grounds in this cute striped dress and suede ankle boots with beau Josh Jackson:

*photo source

She also nails casual California cool in Lacoste at the Lacoste L!ve Desert Pool Party:

*photo source: Getty Images

Katy Perry’s choice for Friday has been reviewed as one of the best from the weekend but this sheer/sexy but slightly dowdy look just doesn’t bring it home for me:

*photo source

Now, onto the music…my favorite thing about Coachella is discovering those artists that I necessarily didn’t come for but completely stumble upon at the show. From the vids this year, I’d have to say Miike Snow with a guest appearance from fellow Swede, Lykke Li (who’s been a favorite of mine for a while now) makes the cut:

And I can’t close out this post without mentioning one of my absolute favorite artists at Coachella this year – a little band called The Black Keys =) :

If you made it out to Indio (or didn’t like me), leave a comment and let us know your favorite artists/art/fashion/whathaveyou from the weekend.

Enjoy and hope you’re having an amazing start to your week on this gorgeous summery Monday here in New York!

ox

-Stacy

Game Changers

It’s been a busy month (as, errr…is reflected in my blogging activity – sorry guys!) and March has flown by!  However, I’m so very excited to show (and tell) you about some of the reasons for my absence. With all the supplies I’ve acquired (thank you rare and amazing NY closet space) I really decided to go full throttle with Fritz & Fräulein, my vintage redesign biz.

Part 1: I joined The Etsy New York Street Team (no, not a gang of knitting needle wielding ninjas roaming Williamsburg keeping the hipster population in check – well, not yet at least). ; )  The team is an amazingly talented group of handmade Etsy artists from the New York area that meet online and off to share information on everything from markets to sell at to tax tips and supplier recommendations (yes, for my never ending “trim sourcing” quests for the perfect zipper, chain, buckle, leather, whathaveyou) or just attending handmade events like the upcoming Etsy Symposium and an Etsy-focused taping of The Martha Stewart Show.  We also host our own team blog (which I’m a writer for – yay!), Twitter, Facebook and are launching a Pinterest shortly (and you knowww I’ll be a part of that) ; ) to share anything and everything related to the handmade movement and growing a small business. In the short time I’ve been a member, it’s blown me away with how active and helpful this community is that I’m so very proud to be a part of.

Part 2: This leads me to…the fact that I’ve been desperately needing to acquire an industrial sewing machine to replace my sad little home sewer that just isn’t up to snuff to efficiently sew my Garrison Clutches (and soon-to-be released upcycled iPad/laptop sleeve line). I spoke to Parsons, FIT and my old fashion department at Syracuse for advice and then scoured craigslist, the fashion district and spoke to more fast-talking dealers (sewing machine dealers people, sewing machines) than I care to remember. Just when I was totally over the whole search and about to pull the trigger on a used Juki from the least shady dealer I could find, Etsy New York came through. =) Fellow team member, Rosi, from Rosi Rouge, was moving her studio and needed to sell a vintage industrial Singer 95-10 for a steal. I did my research and learned it was one of the original Singers, Made in America on August 5th, 1920 in Elizabeth, NJ (yes, the “need to know” researcher in me actually called Singer with the serial number), is highly regarded in the industry as one of the best machines ever made and still used by designers today, particularly preferred for it’s “elegant stitch.”  Needless to say, if it ran good, it was recommended that I snatch it up.  After testing it out and being in utter amazement of its gorgeous work and whisper quiet whir, I did. =) Aaand here it is…

I have yet to name her/him but suggestions are welcome.  Maybe this will be the Fritz to my Fräulein (at least for now). =)