Thursday, February 10, 2011

Change of Scene

I've moved!  I will no longer be blogging at this URL.  Check out my new home here and tell me what you think.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Old Meets New

1.  National Museum of American Jewish History and the Bourse Building
2. Colonial Buildings on Market St.  3. The Suit Corner, Market St.
4. The Arden Theater  5. Christ Church Philadelphia 

I know it's been a long time since my last post.  I've been so busy getting back into the swing of things in New York that I haven't had time to finish telling you about my day in Philadelphia.  Until now.  I spent that day in Old City Philadelphia, my favorite section of the city.  After my cheesesteak consumption, I wandered to Reward Project on North 2nd Street.  Through the understated entrance I found a treasure drove of great design.  I would call it a more upscale version of Urban Outfitters.  Vanessa Bruno Athé, Surface To Air Paris, Opening Ceremony, and Jeffrey Campbell are only some of the impressive brands Reward carries as well as other incredibly cool, little known brands.  They also carry vintage bags, Plush Tights, and prints by local artists.  Plus you can check out the surrounding small galleries and independent book and music shops before or after you get your clothing fix.  On the way there be sure to take a look at the unique city landmarks pictured above.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

It's Been a Long Time Comin'

1. Smak Parlour  2. Campo's Deli  3. & 4. Campo's Cheesesteak w/provolone & fried onions
5. Independence Hall

Another snowy day in the Northeast.  It's a good thing I went into Philly yesterday when it was a "warm and balmy" 40 degrees and partly cloudy.  My goal: eat a distinctly Philadelphian meal and purchase some clothes from a unique Philly establishment.  Today my goal is to pack for New York, which is why I am writing this now (goals cannot be accomplished without a good amount of procrastination.  Case-in-point: changing the fonts on the blog before finishing this post).  I made my way to Smak Parlour, a Old City, Market St. boutique I've been wanting to visit since I  read about it Teen Vogue eons ago.  When I arrived, I was greeted by one of the friendly owners and found a nicely edited selection of pieces from the in-house label as well as brands I had never heard of before.  The pink walls and vintage decor gave the shop a fun vibe.  I picked up a great tank-top by Ya Los Angeles with delicate, asymmetrical lace detailing at the hem.  Of course all that shopping made me hungry so I crossed the street to Campo's and ordered a hearty and delectable cheesesteak.  If you have never had the chance to have the real Philly Cheesesteak experience you can order one from their website have have it shipped to you, even if you live in Alaska!  In case you are a Philadelphian and you're wondering, when I'm in South Philly  my allegiance lies with Gino's.  I've never tried Pat's and I don't know if I ever will.  That's all for today.  Time to get back to packing.  

Monday, January 24, 2011

Style on File

1. In Fendi  2. In Valentino  3. A more casual look 
(I believe all of these images originated on The Sartorialist at one point or another)
If you're like me, you have a personal style icon.  She might be your mom, your sister, a classmate, or celebrity.  For me, Giovanna Battaglia, stylist and L’Uomo Vogue fashion editor, is my style inspiration.  She can pull off virtually any skirt length imaginable, wears minimal make-up and has an impeccable shoe collection.  She can pull off a variety of looks effortlessly.  To me, she is the epitome of chic.  Like her, I try not to stick to one look; I like to try new things and feel comfortable in a variety of clothing combinations.  No matter what Giovanna is wearing, she always makes it look classic and chic.  What do you think of her style?  Who are your favorite style-setters?

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Scenes from a Snowy Monday

 1. Graffitied rocks outside the Museum  2. Boathouse Row  
3. Claes Oldenburg's Giant Three-Way Plug, Scale A
4. West Entrance Sculptures  5. West Entrance Walkway   
Some shots I took at while leaving the Philadelphia Museum of Art last Monday

Monday, January 17, 2011

From One to Many

The Philadelphia Museum of Art West Entrance 

Artwork done with Silkscreen on Polished Stainless Steel
Inserting myself in the composition.
Shirt: Simply Vera Vera Wang, Pants: Zara,
Boots: Nine West Vintage America 
Hello, friends.  Today, in this photo-heavy post, I am doing something I rarely do; I am posting about an experience the same day I had it (a public service, if you will).  Today, finally, I made it to the Philadelphia Museum of Art to see the Michelangelo Pistoletto: From One to Many exhibit.  Unfortunately as much as you might like to view this exhibit after I tell you about it, today was the last day to see it.  Hopefully you made your way down to the Museum Circle any regular non-Monday in the past 3 months, viewed it, and are happy to be reading my review.     

As you know, whenever I have a chance, I enjoy looking at art, but find modern art, with the exception of pop-art, (wow this is a long sentence) a bit over rated.  Pistoletto, on the the other hand, made modern art awesome.  Beginning with his shiny, metallic, or lacquered canvases and continuing with ever evolving "mirror images" executed with painted tissue paper, photographs, and silkscreens on polished steel, he studied the relationship between the viewer and the composition.  He also made interesting sculptures, and films/performances with his troupe Lo Zoo that left me thinking: "What??" and shaking my head at the explanations provided.  Nevertheless he made some really great art.  One day, when I am decorating my apartment, it would be nice to install on of his pieces in a prominent spot in my living room.

Snood and Coat: J. Crew, Bag: Hype

This outing was fallowed by a great lunch of mushroom and barley soup and half a grilled veggie sandwich with a chocolate almond latte at the Regency Cafe.  Feast your eyes.  Hope you have a happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!