no no you guys, she really is the king!

the proof is in the pudding:

Balloon Fairy

Something is not right. Something has gone wrong!

She's all smurf-like! Also, I would totally die for this Chloe blouse, thereby rendering it totally useless. I would say you could bury me in it, but I def want to be cremated!

I like to pretend I'm all smart, and say, "Yes, this is very evocative of Magritte."

Take that, Ms. Lezark! (I mean, okay, she did wear this out in public, which gets you major points, but.... I guess I'm just biased?)

This one is also kinda Magritte!!! And The Handmaid's Tale but I've been feeling that in a lot of editorials lately, so maybe I am projecting my own feminist dystopian beliefs into everything...

I guess this one reminds me a little bit of Princess Mononoke and her animal pelts. i would totally love this lapel/collar though. AND HER HAIR. thanks.

guess i must be craving me some me some Miyazaki, because now she looks like Wizard Howl (from Howl's Moving Castle, of course).

trash-plant hat? weeeeellll.. OK.

THIS is what I am talking about people. Trompe l'oeil toes, endless nude transparent layers, and flower mouth cork!

Infamous "diaper" skirt? Check. Booties evolved from boot/tights? Check. Space knit shirt? 2nd grade collage technique? Check. This is how you create beauty people. But seriously, the brick cut-out against the rock layers is all Labyrinth-trippy and at first it was hard for me to see the depth of one on top of the other, and it just blended all perfectly together, and was perfectly flat. Just me? Probably.

More trippy collage, Lilu/Milla hair, and so many angles!

Palm fronds for a seat. Orchid leaves for some epaulettes, and of course, that light is totally the first half of what my imaginary time-lapse, neon-light gesture drawing would look like.


Kinga Rajzak by Viviane Sassen in Pop Fall/Winter 2009


kinga is the king!

hurray for robots!

maybe if a saint got all ghetto fab and added a bunch of pyramids and some attitude to her outfit this is what she would look like!

sparkles! shadows! lighting ombre! crystal bangs?


can one get married in drop crotch harem pants? if so, YES PLEASE

kinga rajzak by mark pillai for 10 in "couture report"

linda cholita



I'm finally getting back into this thing you guys! I secretly think it's because I'm on vacation with work, and therefore stranded on an island, with not ANYTHING to do once the babies go to sleep, and hey, I already finished the Twilight series (I know, I know), so what am I really gonna do?

A while back, I ate this crazy good dinner, at this crazy good restaurant and at the moment it totally inspired me, to like, think about things, life, how I need to do something with my life, creatively too you know, and all the JAZZ. And you know who I have to thank for all of this? DAVID CHANG. You inspire me David Chang. You and your little lucky peach restaurants, I can't get enough!!!

So yes, last night I ate at Ko. WHOA, you say. And I say, yes, it is true.

And then I will also say, this is what I ate:

Amuse bouche of smoked veal tongue with pickled cauliflower and a romaine sauce, topped w/ sesame seeds (This was so crazy delicious. Like never in a million years would I every think to order smoked veal tongue, or pickled cauliflower, or a combination, but this was a delicious, tender flavor explosion in my mouth.)

Tempura fried broccoli with cheddar sauce (Can't go wrong with tempura! This was obviously good, but I thought the least creative of all the dishes)

House made chichurrones (A bacon explosion in your mouth! So good and crunchy but buttery soft at the same time)

Black pepper biscuits (These were definitely one of my favorites of the whole meal. SO creamy and flaky and hard to explain. I never knew a biscuit could be so good!)

Spanish mackerel sashimi with mustard greens, mustard oil, puffed rice beads and pickled shallots (This was way good. I don't even like mustard that much and I was trying to get all the mustard oil onto the fish. It was again the flavor combination that everything just came together so perfectly.)

Tortellini made of daikon wrappers, filled with either caramelized onion or oxtail meat, in an oxtail consommé with thai basil, cilantro and bean sprouts (sort of like pho. really really good! Who knew I like oxtail?)

Slightly smoked egg stuffed with caviar, fingerling potato chips and an onion sous vide (totally ridiculous and yummmmmy [I am running out of words to describe the food!!])

Makatashi mushroom ravioli with shaved fresh makatashi mushroom, coriander and kashi and to finish with: Makatashi tea with pine needle oil and a french toast bite (What, a french toast bite to go with your mushroom pine needle oil tea? Yes lease. Perfect)

Roasted monkfish with Santa Barbara sea urchin in a spicy shellfish broth (lobster, shrimp) with daikon, kolrabi and fresh orange (Sea urchin was crazy! The rest of it was really really good, but I think i will need a while before I am "into" sea urchin)

Shaved foie gras over lychees, pine nut brittle and jellied Riesling (hmmm this was the only dish i wasn't crazy about and it was just because of the shaved foie gras. i respect what he was trying to do, and the rest of the dish was amazing, but i think i just might not like foie gras)

Venison with celery root whip and chestnut chips, shaved brussel sprouts and fresh huckleberries (YUMMMMMMMMY i love huckleberries and brussel sprouts and the venison was totally a great piece of meat, much like the veal tongue in that i never would have ordered by myself. the celery root whip was crazy. it came out of one of the home whipped cream dispensers and was almost as good as whipped cream. so fluffy, so light, so delicate)

Spiced white wine sorbet over diced Asian pears and elderflower syrup (One of the greatest experiences of my life! also a great way to cleanse my palate, slow down a bit and get ready for the last course because i was feeling REALLY full after the venison)

Goat's milk "cheesecake" with plumped cranberries, pumpkin crunch, ricotta curds, pumpkin oil and a butternut squash sorbet (Being partial to all sorts of squashes, pumpkins, butternuts, etc., this was right up my alley! I also like savory cheese desserts. Like marscapone ice cream? LOVE it.)

This has been seriously indulgent, and everyone who reads this blog has already heard all the details of my menu, but I wanted to make some sort of everlasting, public declaration of my love for Mr. Chang and how I believe he can do no wrong. I look forward to reporting back after my fried chicken dinner that I am having in January at one of his establishments!


let's define: serene

this video feels like when you drop a small pebble into a still lake and watch the concentric circles emanate out from the place on the surface that swallowed up that pebble. quietly, but confidently following their trajectory towards that next moment when something else will happen and change their course.


she's come undone

So the "blogosphere" is pretty much having a fit over the 50th anniversary issue of Australian Vogue, and in particular this editorial, and I must agree: Yes, it is a nice editorial. Yes, there are lots of boobies for a Vogue that is not Paris. Yes, they inconsistently photoshopped out some piercings...

But has anyone else noticed that these two are actually some exquisite mermaids? Catherine is all fishy and scaly in her sequin leggings and blazer and Abbey has on lacy pants that, with only a little imagination, are actually made of tangled up seaweed. The long, tangled, windblown hair. The rough-and-tumble, choppy, grey waves. It's a modern Waterhouse, no? I el-oh-vee-ee it.

Catherine McNeil and Abbey Lee in Australian Vogue, shot by Greg Kadel (via frockwriter)

ocean of noise

i'm back...


Relationships, Friendly Fires

If you could have relationships
And end them with a simple hand shake
If you could tear yourself away...

Would you?

(Why yes Friendly Fires, I would. I would give it up when it was time to leave and say my goodbyes.)


studios and friends

another one by my friend Kelvin. we've been having lots of silly fun in the studio of late.


all apologies

sometimes i feel like my life is just one big apology... i'm not sure for what. but that it just isn't good enough and so i'm sorry.


willing and able

So my friend Kelvin from my art class eventually would love to get into commercial fashion photography but we are more in an "art" program that isn't as open to this side of photography. He is trying to build his portfolio on the side and so asked if I would model for him. Now, I am nowhere near the ideal model, coming in at 5'3" and not exactly "lithe", but I am a willing model, so that would just have to do. This is one of our favorite shots from the day, and as I get more, I will try to post some of those too!

vintage shirt, H&M jeans, gojane shoes, Target tights

photo taken by Kelvin X Dumé


In no special order of importance, these are some outfits I would like. 

Balenciaga Jacket (Browns), Balenciaga Trousers (Browns), Nina Ricci Boots (ninaricci.com)

Alexander McQueen Dress (Browns), Miu Miu Pumps (Net-a-Porter)

Balenciaga Jacket, Shirt, Pants (Browns), Sergio Rossi Shoes (Net-a-Porter)

Jil Sander Dress (Browns), Rick Owens Boots (Browns)

Alexander McQueen Jacket and Leggings (Browns), Nicholas Kirkwood Shoes (Browns)


NUDITY! that is my official warning

Dinosaur Comics = My Life

T-Rex: It seems that, despite the "euphemisms" available to them, folks are still discussing feelings in a frank and straightforward manner. Please! You know why our ancestors crawled out of the ocean?

I'm pretty sure it was to avoid these talks.

With that in mind, I now present more "euphemisms" to allow you to get by in society. For example, instead of saying "I feel afraid", you can say "Aw crap! I think I've discovered a weakness in myself." And instead of "I love you!", just say "I have found another weakness; please, excuse me."

Dinosaur Comics - April 17 2009


Let's get some shoes

These make up for the fact that they would probably make my legs look stumpy (because of their ankle-boot-ness) by being nude-colored, which means they might end up making my legs look süper long! Also, my apologies for the probably incorrect use of the umlaut, which I just tried to figure out on Wikipedia, but it directed me towards pages with words like "diaeresis" and "trema" which both sound oddly biological. It also directed me to one of my new favorite words that I can't believe I never knew: tittle. Which is also biological sounding, right? Probably because the first syllable is tit. Anyway, I just wanted you to say super with a French (I think) accent and was maybe also thinking about it in regards to über, which I would use to mean super, even though I don't actually know to what it translates.What a tangent! Back to shoes.

These would probably be hard to walk in. My new thing is no heels unless they are SECURELY fastened to my feet, ie laces, ankle strap, mary-jane strap, strange asymmetrical band (see below). But these are just too beautiful with their little beaked toe and all that swooping action around the ankle. I am swooning for the swooping.

These fit the abovementioned "security" criteria. They are also fucking badass. Nuff said.

Pierre Hardy, Jil Sander and Jil Sander - pics from barneys.com