Monthly Archives: September 2009

FACE TO FACE ON HIGH PLACES

inspired by a recent sartorialist post, i can’t get supermodel erin o’connor out of my mind. this was the photo:

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i would cut my hair that short to look like that.

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with her impossibly english, patrician beauty, her hooked nose and swan-like neck, porcelain skin and trademark jet black bob, o’connor truly embodies the minimalist aesthetic of the early to mid 90s that i am currently obsessed with.

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her androgynous, graceful beauty is almost overwhelming and totally unique. it’s all very similar to my love for karen elson, stella tennant, or maggie ritter. i miss the 90s.

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although i loved her campaigns for dior, chanel and prada, i happen to think she has killer off-the-runway style too.

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plus she’s hilariously dry (oh you brits!) as she once was quoted as saying ‘my job is to sell clothes to very rich women.’  indeed.

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she also did her very best american girl impersonation on her old blog for vogue. [quote via fashionista]

“So I’m like totally going to like NYC like yesterday but like most probably just soon for like a totally hot fashion shoot, so um I’m totally gonna freak out and like return and like tell you how psyched I am about like using the words trash and like cell and my apartment like next time we hang out and um blog and LIKE totally talk fashion!!!”

amazors.

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[all images via here or here]

NOLA NOURISHMENTS

there are so many photos from my recent new orleans trip. let’s start with the consumables.

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bottles of miller high life seem to be the de facto beer of choice in nola bars. i approve.

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local microbrews from zea’s & spicy shortribs.

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we went to a john besh restaurant, luke! it was so exciting. crisp, dry chardonnay in cute glasses paired with a roasted beet, roquefort, and pistachio salad.

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oh. yes. red fish and shrimp gumbo over rice, served in a cast iron skillet piping hot. this is what i came to new orleans for.

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i take that back. THIS is why i went to new orleans for. strong espresso served with profiteroles with coffee ice cream and caramel brittle.

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we stopped by an urban farm in the middle of new orleans. lush gardens sprung out of the cement pavement. it was a sight to see. although we didn’t buy the arugula shown here, we picked up a bagful of jars of their homemade jams – fig spreads, blueberry and sage compotes, guava preserves.

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mexican food, new orleans style, at a place recommended to us by one of the urban farmers. described as a ‘creole taqueria,’ where i drank the saltiest margarita i’ve ever had (that’s a good thing).  the guacamole was bizarrely off, but the spicy slaw and pulled pork tacos were pretty good.

IN TRANSIT

dear friends. i am leaving for europe in exactly one more from next tuesday (holy shit). to fully maximize my packing space, i really would like to buy a versatile dress that i could wear both night and day, travel and sleep in, and easily layer with boots, tights, sweaters, jackets and so forth.

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there’s this stripey day dress from built by wendy. with pockets!

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parisian stripes via brooklyn, also built by wendy.

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i’ve had my eye on this mociun dress forEVER. amazing with my olive anorak, navy tights and boots right?

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yeah, i’m pretty sure A.P.C. never fucks up.

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more stunning A.P.C., but i want to see that color in person. is it more orange, or more tomato red? inquiring minds.

PEANUT NOODLES 2 WAYS

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on monday, i cooked a 1lb of whole wheat pasta and had enough meals for days.

monday night, i kept it simple. i tossed the noodles with blanched broccoli and tamari almonds, as well as a bit of raw cabbage and cilatro slaw i had sitting around. i fried shallots in soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and a heaping tbsp of natural peanut butter. extremely light and simple.

i went for broke on tuesday.

everything at the farmer’s market yesterday looked particularly luscious. all of the produce and fruit had a shimmering velvet quality to it from the misting rain, glowing like jewels from their crates. even the potatoes had a sheen to them. it was hard to pick. the beets were burgundy rubies, the tomatoes bulged with ripeness, leafy greens like chard and kale still smelled like the wet dirt. summer is still here, it seems.

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in the end, i went with 1/2 lb of green beans, a handful of shallots, a fistful of green onions, a bundle of cilantro, one huge head of bok choy and some ginger.

i made a marinade, first, with the juice of one lime, 2 tbsps heaping each of minced garlic and ginger. 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium. 3 tbsps heaping chunky natural peanut butter. 1/4 cup rice vinegar, 2 tsps sesame oil, healthy pinch red pepper flakes, finely chopped handfuls of cilatro and scallions. i eyeballed everything, closed the lid on the small jar, and shook the hell out of it. it still needed some hand stirring, but it was basically done.

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the beans were parboiled for two minutes, ends snipped off and plunged into a cold water bath. i fried two skinless, boneless salmon fillets in a hot pan with a bit of oil, and added the beans. i poured about 1/4 cup of the marinade into the pan and cooked it all down, 8-10 minutes.

the salmon wasn’t really cooperating (next time, i use a non-stick pan dammit) so i broke it up in the pan and tossed the results with the noodles.

it took all of the strength i had to not eat the entire pot.

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this refrigerates really well, and tastes great cold. i could imagine canned salmon working well in a pinch, and any other combination of flavors excelling in this (admittedly) simple formula. (bok choy and a flaky white fish. shiitakes and flank steak. basmati rice and tofu.)

MAKING IT

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listening:

  • magic lantern
  • super minerals
  • sun araw
  • svarte greiner
  • sunny day in glasgow
  • roky erickson

reading:

watching:

happy happy monday. xo

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GOODBYE, SUMMER. CORN, AND BEANS.

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i’ve finally come to terms with the fact that summer is basically over. i wake up, and the air is cold and i instinctively want to huddle under my warm comforter for as long as possible. joni sidles up right next to me – under the covers and everything – and we spoon for a few blissful moments before i wake up fully and start my day. the air is sharp and clear and already has a scent of the fall harvest upon it. there’s less and less melon, berries and leafy greens at the farmers and more late summer squash and tomatoes. at a recent market i picked up a few fat ears of corn at 25 cents apiece and a quart of supple wax beans.

green bean, sweet corn and shallot saute with lemon

  • 1 quart green beans, ends picked clean and rinsed
  • 2 ears corn, shucked and sliced up
  • 2 small-ish shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup israeli couscous
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • copious salt and pepper

parboil beans in salted water for 2 minutes. set in ice bath and set aside.

heat up skillet with equal amounts olive oil and butter (about 1 tbsp ea). fry shallots, 4-5 minutes. add beans, stir. 3-4 minutes. add garlic and corn to heat through.

squeeze juice of one lemon atop the glorious tangle of vegetables and stir. the corn will likely give off liquid, as will the shallots, creating a wonderful slurry of citric acid, sweet corn sugars and the warm b bite of the shallots.

add pinch red pepper flakes and salt and pepper, to taste. cook couscous according to package directions. eat with warm and crusty farmer’s market bread and some good local cheese. preferrably a sharp cheddar.

that’s it. so easy it’s stupid. obviously, the fresher and better the ingredients, the more effective this dish becomes. you can tweak it a million ways — i love doing a slow braise with beans using roma tomatoes, garlic and white wine. i love this corn/shallot combination in brothy soups with kale. you could sub out any of these vegetables for whatever is in season. add goat cheese for decadence, nuts for texture. plop a piece of roasted salmon on top of the whole mess, or fold in some shredded chicken or a can of navy beans. cilantro would have been amazing here, or using orange zest to finish it off. you get the idea.

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DESIRE FOR DESIGN

there are NO WORDS to describe how fucking gorgeous these outfits are. the detail, the use of color, the intricate embroidery, the wealth and richness of detail. inspiring, infinitely. love the geometric aesthetic, variety of pattern, repetitive beading, thick sashes, and earthy color palette. i would so completely wear the last dress in this series. minus the complicated headpiece.

most of the outfits are from the late 19th century and from the pacific northwest (montana, south dakota, idaho). all images are part of the exhibit Identity By Design: Tradition, Change, and Celebration in Native Women’s Dresses. i only wish that i could see these in person and admire the artistry up close.  [all images via smithsonian]

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REGGAE THURRRRRSDAY!

TUNE INTO WICB FOR REGGAE EXPLOSIONS. IN THE MEANTIME, MY KILLER PICKS.

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SS09 LUV

MY FAVORITE LOOKS (REALLY LOVE ALL OF RACHEL COMEY’S DAY AT THE MAINE COASTLINE VIBE, AMONG OTHERS) FROM SSO9 COLLECTIONS. I’M STILL SIFTING THROUGH, BUT MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS: [ALL IMAGES VIA STYLE]

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THE AFOREMENTIONED MS. COMEY. NO ONE MIXES PATTERNS QUITE LIKE HER, GODDAMMIT.

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BOY BY BAND OF OUTSIDERS. CHAMBRAY LOVE! KILLER SHOES TOO.

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CHRIS BENZ. CLUB WEAR ON ECSTASY. ME LIKE.

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KAREN WALKER. FUCKING AMAZING STREAMLINED PIECES, ALMOST SEVERE, MOSTLY CLASSY.

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ALEXANDER WANG. COZY TIMES IN DECONSTRUCTED SWEATER DRESS, KNEE SOCKS AND I NEED THOSE SHOES.

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PERENNIAL FAVORITES VENA CAVA. I WOULD – AND WILL – ROCK THIS LOOK COME SPRING.

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YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON MARC FOR HIS SENSE OF FUN AND COLOR IN HIS (OFTEN MALIGNED) MARC BY MARC COLLECTIONS. HIS SS09 WAS THE BEST I’VE SEEN IN YEARS. LOVE THE OBI-WAISTED DRESSES AND AFRICAN-INSPIRED TEXTILES. I HATE TO IMAGINE HOW THESE LOOKS WILL BE APPROPRIATED ONTO THE SCADS OF SORORITY GURLZ THAT HAVE THE MONEY TO AFFORD THE PARTY DRESSES BUT WHATEVER.

BITCHES BREW

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RECOVERED FROM MY COLD SPLENDIDLY (THANKS, IMMUNE SYSTEM!) AND REWARDED MYSELF WITH A DAY-LONG BIKE RIDE, FARMERS MARKET FLATBREAD PIZZAS (SWISS CHARD, FETA, CARMELIZED ONIONS, IN CASE YOU WERE WONDERING), OUTDOOR MUSIC AND EARLY EVENING THAI FOOD. CONSIDER ME CURED. XO