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NYC is my wonderland... so you can call me Alice. I fell in love with the city in '05 as an intern at Us Weekly. After wandering off for a few years, a white rabbit led me back here where I belong. I love exploring the city that manages to inspire me every single day.
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Friday
Mar082013

at home: easy picture wall

Over the past few months I've been hitting the books hard at LIM College, attending class full time and earning my MBA in Fashion Entrepreneurship. It's been a great experience and is helping me launch a new clothing line (more on that really soon). I've also moved into a gorgeous new apartment with my boyfriend, and we've been buying and building furniture, and decorating up a storm. We share a board on Pinterest where we've both been pinning things we would like for our new nest. We both liked the idea of a picture wall, and with our bedroom walls completely empty, I snagged some supplies to make our own. 

You will need:
2 sets of frames from Urban Outfitters (20 frames total)
Command picture hanging strips (I got the 4-pack)
A piece of string (mine was 5 ft long to match our headboard)
Tape
A level (I downloaded a bubble level app on my phone)

First I measured my headboard, which was 5 feet wide. I put the tape measure on the counter so I could lay out my frames and move them around until I liked the configuration. If you don't have a tape measure, go ahead and measure with string, then lay the string on the counter or floor to do your layout. 

Once I liked what I saw, I put Command picture hanging strips on the backs of all of the frames. (I did a test on our walls-- they did come off just as easily as they say they do). These are great because they aren't permanent and if you goof you can peel them off and move your frame. 

Next I taped the string on the wall above our headboard, to act as a guideline for mounting all the frames. I used my level app to make sure the string was level. I put up the two top corner frames first, then filled in the top line, then worked my way down. I had to re-do a couple, so it was good I had a few extra strips. 

I love the way it turned out. Can't wait to get photos printed!

Monday
Sep172012

buy it: fall fashion staples and standouts

I've been radio silent for months, and a majority of that is due to the fact that I was applying to, enrolling in and now attending LIM College for my MBA in Fashion Entrepreneurship. How excited am I?! I'm also super busy and slowly trying to get my regularly-scheduled programs back on track... including this blog! 

Attending a fashion school has made me very aware of what I'm wearing every single day. Even on Sunday morning heading to get a bagel, I was applying purple cateye liner and donning my skinnies and Jeffrey Campbell booties. It's finally feeling a bit like Fall (yay!) and I'm pumped to dress for it. Yesterday I picked out some fabulous fall staples and standouts from Piperlime:


From left to right, top to bottom:
1) Tinley Road Ruched tee - $18.99 
2) Tulle Heart Print Blouse - $39.99
3) THML Clothing Sequin Collar Blazer - $39.97
4) Jessica Simpson Calie (black patent) - $79
5) Jessica Simpson Calie (nude patent) - $79
6) Ivanka Trump Pinkish (yellow patent) - $89.99
7) Tinley Road Square Link Necklace - $32.99
8) Tinley Road Peter Pan Collar A-Line Mini - $79
9) Tinley Road Bleecker Pencil Skirt - $49

Whatcha think? Any faves?

Friday
Jun222012

do it: sketchbook reception

 

I've been super excited for the Sketchbook Project Limited Edition's opening reception. It was my sketchbook's official welcome to the world, and can now be checked out as a library book for viewing at the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg!

The first book I checked out was my own. I practically know it by heart at this point, but I had trouble letting it go when I completed it... so we had a little reunion.

 It was very cool to see everyone thumbing through the sketchbooks and passing them around to share. It was a proud moment.

I would highly recommend you visit the Art Library... it's a nice escape and a perfect respite on a rainy afternoon. If you go, check out my book! We appreciate the love and attention. ;) If you can't make it to the library, I photographed my sketchbook and made a special home for it on my blog here.

This person's sketchbook was all about secrets, and invited people to write down a secret of their own and share it in the envelope. I love interactive stuff like this, and of course added a secret. A lot of friends' reactions to my sketchbook were surprise that I would share so much of myself in such a public way. I think that artists often put a huge amount of private emotion into their work, so sharing any piece of work is a bit daunting. When you open up your creative work for criticism it's difficult not to take it personally, so I appreciate all of the warm feedback!

Thursday
Jun142012

buy it: meshu

Haven't you always wanted to turn your foursquare check-ins into jewelry? No? Well you will once you meet Meshu. Head on over to Meshu, login with your foursquare account, and voila! They'll lay out several different designs based on your entire foursquare check-in history. You can pick one or build a custom piece that shows only places you want. They'll make your unique piece into earrings, a necklace, or cufflinks. They're definitely conversation starters! Here are my favorites from my own check-ins-- my neighborhood, Brooklyn, my May Sarasota vacation, my homestate, the town where my mum lives and my hometown:


Saturday
Jun022012

do it: write more love letters

photo courtesy of moreloveletters.com

There's nothing quite like receiving a love letter. Whether it's the double-sided note in high school with the notebook fringe on the margin, a post-it in your lunchbag or a scribble on your foggy bathroom mirror, we love to be loved. The World Needs More Love Letters has made it their mission to encourage people to write more, and pass bits of sunshine on to those who need it. And couldn't we all use a little note of encouragement sometimes? The task is simple-- write a letter, jot "moreloveletters.com" on the note or envelope, and leave it somewhere where it will be found and read by someone. The idea is that it will make someone smile, and perhaps they'll pay it forward and write one of their own. I have always loved projects like this... I've left my own postcards in Postsecret books at Barnes & Noble, and have written letters and sent care packages to soldiers overseas who didn't know me. It's nice thinking you could possibly make a stranger's day. I've got tons of stationery and words of encouragement to share-- can't wait to leave a few letters around the city!