Hamantaschen

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This Saturday is Purim. Back when I was in grad school, my mother came to visit for a weekend, and we passed by the Harbord Bakery. When she spotted the hamantaschen, she decided we simply must get some.

I didn’t really know much about Purim, but when I heard it was a celebration of the story of Esther, I was pretty excited about it. The book of Esther is an inspiring – kind of feminist story in the Bible – and it’s a pretty quick read.

This week I picked up some hamantaschen from the Harbord Bakery for the second time (after visiting Sam James for a coffee – a delicious day!)

You Dance

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I took these back at my grandmother’s old apartment.

This type of hardwood floor design always reminds me of tap class from when I was in elementary school.

Harbord

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Last summer I had a little get together with some great friends at a really sweet restaurant on Harbord. The pink walls make it perfect for getting together with the ladies.

Coffee Break At Home

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Quiet afternoon

Leftovers

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This past family/valentine’s/new years day weekend was pretty amazing. I visited one of my favorite restaurants with my parents, had a delicious brunch with my dad, and got a rose from my brother.

Chocolate Brothers

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Taking pictures of chocolate might be one of my favorite things. Aside from well, tasting it of course. After reading about the Mast brothers online and in magazines, I decided that I must experience this chocolate in real life.Thankfully, a friend was going to New York and I printed out a list of every place in Manhattan that carries them. These were purchased at Murray’s Cheese Shop on Bleecker, and they did not disappoint.

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Rick and Michael Mast’s chocolate factory is located in Williamsburg and the packaging is so beautiful.

RIP Alexander McQueen

He had been one of my favorite designers for a very long time. I remember how Isabella Blow bought his entire student collection, and when he gave television interviews with his back facing the camera. He was just an amazing talent and made very creative, beautiful, and forward pieces.

I remember talking on the phone with my friend just after seeing his spring 2010 ready-to-wear collection, about how this is the first collection I’ve seen in a long time that really had me excited and hopeful for the future and present of fashion.

He will be missed.

Fuwari

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I know this is soon to be posting a second homemade nani IRO dress, but I recently wore it so what can I do? This pattern also came from the Stylish Dress Book, ISBN978-4-579-11185-5, only this time I combined 2 patterns.

Since many of the patterns within the book are variations of each other, I just figured out which sleeves would fit the dress I wanted to make. The dress is pattern A, but I added sleeves from pattern S. This is a completely safe and simple way of experimenting and adjusting a pattern without actually adjusting the pattern. If you know what I mean.

The rest of the outfit is posted here.

Paint Wood

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This is a hand-painted piece by my grandmother from 1976. I recently happened upon it in a random box at home. My grandmother is diligent about naming and dating almost everything she has ever made or been gifted.

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Nani Iro Dress F

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About a year and a half ago, one of my first projects from the pattern book Stylish Dress Book, ISBN978-4-579-11185-5, was this black number using Nani Iro Fuccura print from their 2008 collection. I love Nani Iro textiles; created by designer Naomi Ito for Kokka, the prints are loose and painterly and not too perfect or precious. They are great for clothing and with the unusual distribution of some of the designs, it can be a challenge to pick where you want to place the pattern before cutting. In these first few pictures below, I’m putting together the neckline that has an interesting plaquet (?) detail.

I wore this dress a lot last summer, both belted as a tunic with jeans, and alone as a dress. It’s a great no effort required outfit (after you construct it that is).

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