Monthly Update

This afternoon on my lunch break, I sat alone listening to Illmatic at a table at the Bagel Mill on 88th and 1st, jotting down some ins and outs that came to mind on the back of a paper bagel bag. It was peaceful and inspiring. So I'm hoping to make a monthly blog habit of posting about what I think is in and out, what I love and don't love, what I crave and avoid. This should pretty much be your life bible for the next month, since team chains always knows what's up. (duh).

In and Out
Mary-kate . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley
A Tribe Called Quest . . . Soulja Boy
gladiators . . . . . . . . . . . . . flip flops
bright nails . . . . . . . . . . . . dark nails
Josh Peck . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drake Bell
body chains . . . . . . . . . . . chain mail
Paris Vogue . . . . . . . . . . . American Vogue
New Yorkers . . . . . . . . . . Parisians
urbania . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . suburbia
thai food . . . . . . . . . . . . . chinese food
Crystal Castles . . . . . . . . Justice
walking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . driving
short hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . long hair
All Points West . . . . . . . Warped Tour
Paper mag . . . . . . . . . . . . Nylon mag
studded up . . . . . . . . . . . blinged up
Steve Urkel . . . . . . . . . . . Stefan Urkelle

This month, I'm in love with Pharrell and the N.E.R.D. crew, Korean bbq, Universal News Cafe, snake rings, capes, and the new Girl Talk album (see Gina's post earlier). Flourescent lime is the new gold, and charcoal is the new black. As for the song of the month? American Boy by Estelle featuring Kanye. It's this year's "Umbrella."

Alright, now go on, paint those nails a bright orange, get a hair cut, pick up some Paper, load Crystal Castle's new album on your ipod, take a stroll in your new gladiators for some thai food, and have a great month!

MP3: Estelle feat. Kanye - American Boy


Karl Lagerfeld Does Not Kid Around.

Fashion Designer Karl Lagerfeld is the new face of French safety. A new campaign for road safety tells the French bike riders, "It's yellow, it's ugly, it doesn't match anything, but it can save your life."

Lagerfeld agreed to pose in the shapeless protective apparel as part of a French government safety-awareness campaign, which was kicked off yesterday. The vest and a reflective triangle will become mandatory for all drivers and cyclists on July 1.

Speaking of good ole Karl, I have to mention my favorite interview with him ever in which he describes 10 things he hates. It ranges from fat people to the nineties, to people who try and touch him (they bore him to death). Its a must-read.

On another Karl note, did you know he used to be really overweight? He decided one day that he wanted to be thin to fit into to slim suits that were in style, so he managed to drop 92 pounds in 13 months! He even wrote a book on how to lose weight. Who knows, maybe everything thing we needed to know about weight loss is hidden in the head of everyone's favorite eccentric designer!

Here's a before picture, in case you were wondering:

MP3: Of Montreal - Suffer for Fashion


Girl Talk's New Album

Girl Talk AKA Greg Gillis released a new album today, Feed the Animals. He decided to go the Radiohead route and is letting you name your own price. If you choose to pay nothing, you have some 'splaining to do. It asks you to give them a good reason for paying zero dollars. Your choices are:

- I may donate later
- I can't afford to pay
- I don't really like Girl Talk
- I don't believe in paying for music
- I have already purchased this album
- I don't value music made from sampling
- I am part of the press, radio, or music industry
- Other reasons

I'm not sure what the other reasons would be, but you can decide for yourself over at Illegal Art.

According to the site, any price grants the download of the entire album as high-quality 320kbps mp3s, $5 or more adds the options of FLAC files, plus a one-file seamless mix of the album, and $10 or more includes all of the above + a packaged CD (when it becomes available)

I've been listening to the album all morning, and it's great. I fell like the mash-ups are much more coherent than on Night Ripper, and they are much more suited to getting your party on. If you want to keep tabs on all of the songs being sampled, there is a track-by-track run down over on Wikipedia. I'm sure that it will continue to be updated as more people listen and dissect the album. Maybe even add in some clips that you heard that no one has picked up on yet!


Port O'brien

I feel like Gina should be writing this post because she looooves Port O'brien and introduced me to them, but I beat her to it! Coming from California, this foursome started playing indie folk pop in 2005. Their sophomore album, All We Could Do Was Sing, was released last month, and is centered around a nautical theme. All four members of the band spent their summers working along the sea, and "when you're working all day in the freezing cold, what the hell else are you going to do?"

M. Ward quoted them as his Favorite New Band on Pitchfork, and if that's not enough street cred, they've toured with Bright Eyes and Modest Mouse. Learn more about Port O'brien by checking out the "interview" on their myspace page.

Port O'brien - I Woke Up Today


Nasty Gal

Okay so it's been a while. I've been pretty busy with interning and working and traveling from city to suburbia and back, but once I read about a certain shop today, I knew the blog must be updated.

It's an automatic high when you come back from Salvo (Salvation Army, of course) with an amazing vintage find. The only this is, this only comes after hours and hours of sifting through nasty racks of smelly and grimy clothes. Nasty Gal attempted to fix this five days ago, and seeing from their sales, they have succeeded.

Nasty Gal is an online store selling hand=picked vintage items, styled into trendy outfits. Launched less than a week ago, already, most of their items are sold out. (This is actually good for me, as I have quite a money handling problem). However, I do believe Nasty Gal will be my new favorite web shop, as everything listed is fabulous. I'd suggest you bookmark the site, and eagerly await new vintage!



Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent passed away this Sunday in Paris at 71. Laurent was a boy-wonder who was chosen to take over for Christian Dior at age 21 after Dior died in 1958. Laurent was born in Algeria, and left for France at age 17 when he went to work for Dior. In 1962, Laurent parted from Dior to start his own label, financed by his partner, Pierre Berge. Yves Saint Laurent was known for popularizing menswear for woman and largely changing the way women dress by putting them in pants, pea coats and trenches. He often said that all a woman needed to be fashionable was a pair of pants, a sweater and a raincoat.

Just the other day, I caught a documentary about his life on the Sundance channel called Yves Saint Laurent - His Life and Times/5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris. Although in the film he said that he wished he could become a beatnik, but thought it was too late to change his style, his clean and stylish suits and trademark glasses were what made him recognizable. Maybe now Yves is in heaven wearing all black and banging on bongos like he always wanted to.