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May
15th
Fri
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Erdem Resort 2010— this bronze-y one is garden at sunset.

Erdem Resort 2010— this bronze-y one is garden at sunset.

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Erdem Resort 2010- like the moonlit garden feel of this column.

Erdem Resort 2010- like the moonlit garden feel of this column.

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Chanel Resort 2010

Chanel Resort 2010

May
14th
Thu
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Well Played, Alexander Wang
I am generally skeptical of lower-priced designer collaborations a la whomever du jour for Target— I always see the photos online of the new, say, Alexander McQueen for Target collections and get excited, only to be disappointed when I arrive at the store by the poor quality of the fabric, the mediocrity of the design in person, and the fact that none of the clothes ever seem to fit me quite right. However, I’ve been absolutely THRILLED by T by Alexander Wang. Unfortunately, I think some of this has to do with the fact that as lower-priced designer lines go, his is still much more expensive than the Target collaborations— average price $85 for a T-shirt dress— but that does give him quite a bit more quality to work with, and he really delivers. I have the Classic Dress with Mini Pocket in Black, shown here— a bit short for a dress unless you’re daring or put leggings under it, but a great basic that could be dressed up or down depending on the accessories. I also have the Boatneck dress in Charcoal. The material of both is good quality. Both fit very well and are multi-functional. So good on you, Alex, for forcing me to change my tune about these designer collaborations. Perhaps someone else will do it now at a lower price point?

Well Played, Alexander Wang

I am generally skeptical of lower-priced designer collaborations a la whomever du jour for Target— I always see the photos online of the new, say, Alexander McQueen for Target collections and get excited, only to be disappointed when I arrive at the store by the poor quality of the fabric, the mediocrity of the design in person, and the fact that none of the clothes ever seem to fit me quite right. However, I’ve been absolutely THRILLED by T by Alexander Wang. Unfortunately, I think some of this has to do with the fact that as lower-priced designer lines go, his is still much more expensive than the Target collaborations— average price $85 for a T-shirt dress— but that does give him quite a bit more quality to work with, and he really delivers. I have the Classic Dress with Mini Pocket in Black, shown here— a bit short for a dress unless you’re daring or put leggings under it, but a great basic that could be dressed up or down depending on the accessories. I also have the Boatneck dress in Charcoal. The material of both is good quality. Both fit very well and are multi-functional. So good on you, Alex, for forcing me to change my tune about these designer collaborations. Perhaps someone else will do it now at a lower price point?

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Thank You, Starbucks
(for Making My Day)
On my own, learning to cope with celiac disease hasn’t been all that bad so far. I’ve always been drawn to fresh fruits and vegetables so there’s been very little about the stuff that I cook for myself that I’ve had to alter significantly. However, restaurant dining— even casual coffee runs— can be a minefield. You never know the exact ingredients and people look at you askance for asking, thinking you are being demanding and snobby when you really are just trying to prevent yourself from becoming violently sick. You don’t know about cross-contamination either. My diagnosis is so recent that my head is still spinning trying to separate what is now off-limits from what I used to eat when I went out with friends. I had thought that the entire Starbucks food case was now off-limits— that is, until today, when I saw the gluten free Valencia orange cake. It actually tastes like pound cake— for once, gluten free does NOT mean sacrificing flavor— and they package them separately to avoid cross-contamination. Thank you so much, Starbucks, for giving me something to eat when I come to your store!!!!!!!!!!
P.S. There’s a cool post from the lead product developer for the cake at Starbucks’s Ideas in Action blog. He talks about how they came up with the recipe and how they make sure to bake it separately from their other pastries so it isn’t cross-contaminated. Check it out here:
http://blogs.starbucks.com/blogs/customer/archive/2009/04/29/gluten-free-valencia-cake.aspx

Thank You, Starbucks

(for Making My Day)

On my own, learning to cope with celiac disease hasn’t been all that bad so far. I’ve always been drawn to fresh fruits and vegetables so there’s been very little about the stuff that I cook for myself that I’ve had to alter significantly. However, restaurant dining— even casual coffee runs— can be a minefield. You never know the exact ingredients and people look at you askance for asking, thinking you are being demanding and snobby when you really are just trying to prevent yourself from becoming violently sick. You don’t know about cross-contamination either. My diagnosis is so recent that my head is still spinning trying to separate what is now off-limits from what I used to eat when I went out with friends. I had thought that the entire Starbucks food case was now off-limits— that is, until today, when I saw the gluten free Valencia orange cake. It actually tastes like pound cake— for once, gluten free does NOT mean sacrificing flavor— and they package them separately to avoid cross-contamination. Thank you so much, Starbucks, for giving me something to eat when I come to your store!!!!!!!!!!

P.S. There’s a cool post from the lead product developer for the cake at Starbucks’s Ideas in Action blog. He talks about how they came up with the recipe and how they make sure to bake it separately from their other pastries so it isn’t cross-contaminated. Check it out here:

http://blogs.starbucks.com/blogs/customer/archive/2009/04/29/gluten-free-valencia-cake.aspx

May
12th
Tue
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VII
What kind of beast would turn its life into words?
What atonement is this all about?
- and yet, writing words like these, I’m also living.
Is all this close to the wolverine’s howled signals,
that modulated cantana of the wild?
or, when away from you I try to create you in words,
am I simply using you, like a river or a war?
And how have I used rivers, how have I used wars
to escape writing of the worst thing of all -
not the crimes of others, not even our own death,
but the failure to want our own freedom passionately enough
so that blighted elms, sick rivers, massacres would seem
mere emblems of that desecration of ourselves?

— Adrienne Rich, also from the 21 Love Poems

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Whatever’s lost there is needed by both of us -
a watch of old gold, a water-blurred fever chart,
a key…Even the silt and pebbles of the bottom
deserve their glint of recognition. I fear this silence,
this inarticulate life. I’m waiting
for a wind that will gently open this sheeted water
for once and show me what I can do
for you, who have often made the unnameable
nameable for others, even for me.

—From IX of Adrienne Rich’s 21 Love Poems

(Read them!)

May
11th
Mon
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Jessica Stam in Rodarte at the Met Costume Institute Model as Muse. I loved these marbled dresses on the runway— so happy to see someone wearing one out and about, and I think Stam is a good match for them.

Jessica Stam in Rodarte at the Met Costume Institute Model as Muse. I loved these marbled dresses on the runway— so happy to see someone wearing one out and about, and I think Stam is a good match for them.

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Bailey 44 Obtuse Top in Black/Chrome. This is sort of the opposite of the last one because instead of many delicate pieces left hanging just so, it’s more like two pieces that twist around you in an almost architectural way. You feel like you should be going to a modern art opening— but there’s a little bit of classical inspiration in it too, I think.

Bailey 44 Obtuse Top in Black/Chrome. This is sort of the opposite of the last one because instead of many delicate pieces left hanging just so, it’s more like two pieces that twist around you in an almost architectural way. You feel like you should be going to a modern art opening— but there’s a little bit of classical inspiration in it too, I think.

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Bailey 44 Gateau Top in Black, at Revolve Clothing. I like this line because all they do is jersey, and they continually do really interesting things with it— draping, twisting, folding, slicing. This one is made of slices of fabric pieced together such that the effect is elegant but not messy, raw around the edges in a nice way. It looks even nicer in person— dressy, special.

Bailey 44 Gateau Top in Black, at Revolve Clothing. I like this line because all they do is jersey, and they continually do really interesting things with it— draping, twisting, folding, slicing. This one is made of slices of fabric pieced together such that the effect is elegant but not messy, raw around the edges in a nice way. It looks even nicer in person— dressy, special.