Kips Bay Designer Showhouse 2016

There isn’t enough time to gush about the 2016 NYC Kips Bay Designer Showhouse. The texture on the walls alone warrant this post. From a raised tone on tone relief to full scale wall and ceiling mouldings drawn with chalk. There wasn’t a surface that wasn’t addressed with creativity and beauty. It seems wall paper is back. Whether it be a throwback elegant print, or a bold graphic there was much to see. I could have stayed all day.

Trendy Footwear

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A quick trip to NYC and this was my takeaway in terms of footwear. Combining the Adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe with a rope sole, platform espadrille and voila, the birth of this shoe. It could be great or it could be faddish. I haven’t decided, but it is definitely on my mind.

Trainers and Tennies

Love a clean, or new, white—umm…umm.. I would like to think I am the sort to call them Tennies or Trainers but my Long Island roots are too deep to deny that they are: sneakers.

Common Projects makes the chic ver$ion in the upper left. My personal favorite are the middle top canvas Superga Cotu (which a friend calls my Super GA’s). The upper right are the re-released Addidas Stan Smiths.

Bottom left are the much required teenager in the know, Addidas Superstars. Middle bottom are K Swiss which kicked out Tretorns at camp circa 1978. And finally bottom right Nike version called the Tennis Classic AC–a low key contender.

I left out the classic Jack Purcells which are still relevant.

Keep them pristine.

All style is lost when they get old and dirty.

High/Low

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When I first saw the stunning Antonello Liscia Tote (top photo) I immediately went for the price tag. At $365. I just couldn’t justify it. While passing Abercrombie, this Diamond Tassel tote (bottom photo) gave me a similar jump. At $48. I think it’s far more do-able.

Lucite Is Having Its Moment

Lucite, one of the trade names of Acrylic, has been spotted in furniture, furnishings, shoes, jewelry and even handbags. It’s versatile and airy, giving a floating quality to heavy items or small spaces.

Just not happening

Add another healthy trend to my list of no thank you’s. I tried bone broth (I was optimistic and bought a whole case a Costco, thank goodness they take back everything).  I couldn’t stomach kale, quinoa, cleansing, or fasting. Try cleaning up a bunch of spilled chia seeds that got wet.

That heavy cream on the left, that one stays.

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2015 List of Bankrupt Words

I love words. I feel triumphant when I chose a word judiciously. As a consumer of podcasts, broadcasts, lectures and other media I often hear the same words and expressions ad nauseam. They aren’t bad words–just overused words. They need a little break from usage to regain their power. Here is my 2015 list. Cheers to 2016.

Narrative

Engage

Epic

Informed

So, (used before a question is answered)

Passion

Politically Correct

PC

What it is all about

It’s all about

It’s about

I’m all about

So, it’s about (doubly bankrupt here)

Binary

Construct (pronounced with the accent on the first syllable)

Cultural construct