Fashion Week has consumed my free time more this year than ever before. I guess I really do like fashion and reading about the newest updates, good thing I have a fashion blog – phew, passed the test on that one. The prints and outfits from NYFW are endless and I love the unique outfits on the attendees, they are as much a part of the shows as the models.
One of my favorite shows was Kate Spade, she always has interesting prints and silhouettes, and it looks like she came to the Haight for some inspiration. Kate Spade and Haight Street couldn’t be more opposite, but here they could be distant cousins. This bold Kate Spade print is fun and bright for spring and little ol’ Haight wanted to participate in fashion week too by painting the meter maid vehicles in a matching print. This street’s colorful murals and characters would make an interesting runway show…
Wednesday is a good day for reflection. Halfway through the week; a couple days from the previous weekend’s events and a couple of days before the upcoming weekend’s agenda. How often do you reflect on the week you’ve had? I can barely tell you what I had for breakfast this morning, let alone how I felt a whole week ago. Some of my memories from last week are reflections of things that I did, I see a smile or a nice glass of wine or a particularly annoying task on my to do list. Just focusing on those for a second lets me remember and helps me to focus on things in the now.
Like reflections from my week, the reflections from inside these little jewel boxes are so pretty, mirroring the light of the things you place inside them. Like the light from this kaleidoscope-esque window display on Haight that refracts the images of the many interesting passerby. I can’t begin to imagine all of the colorful people this kaleidoscope display sees in a week, superimposing the small triangles of paper and the blue of the sky onto their own bright reflections for the day.
Cake pops have stretched peoples creativity to the max, the fact that you can make a bubble gum dispenser cake pop blows my mind. The fact that we put quarters into a machine and get candy out, also blows my mind. These gum dispensing machines were invented in the early 1900’s by, you guessed it, those sugar loving Americans. And I devoured them any chance I could get. I was always partial to the white gum balls, I don’t know why, I guess I thought they tasted the best.
But one of the best things about gum ball machines (and all candy dispensers for that matter) is that they are like a box of chocolates, you never know what (color or flavor) you’re gonna get! Which reminds me of a certain crazy street, where you really never know what you are going to see when you step out the door… A beautiful old school gumball machine or a guy with no pants on walking down Haight street. Luck of the draw I guess.
Working in advertising makes you notice ads a bit more, well maybe not notice them more (who watches those pre-roll videos on youtube anyway) but maybe makes you think about them more when you do actually take notice. It’s interesting to see the different types of advertising and how effective each of them are, from the person flyering on the corner to the guy cold calling you, to that giant sign in the window, to that Anthropologie ad that just keeps popping up when you are online (it knows I want to buy that skirt, it just knows).
The simplest and I would say most effective tool in the advertising tool bag is something eye catching and colorful. And while this soft pink sweater with the uniquely wrapped zebra on it caught my eye without the advertising (or any Anthropologie stalking), this sign for a t-shirt store on Haight Street definitely made me stop and pay attention. After inspecting this great advertisment, I walked into the store and noticed I could buy many soft, pink or orange or black t-shirts with animals creatively wrapped or pictured on their fronts and it made me wonder what type of advertising I am most susceptible to. Is it the bright, shiney and right in my face or the subtle ad that follows me around the web, showing me things I know I want to buy….
Haphazard is a great word. I love that it can describe any one thing, but also that one thing’s state of being. Something that is fundamentally organized can still be in a haphazard state at one point or another. A city can be haphazard, on the day of a marathon for example, random roadblocks are set up, there are people running in the streets – but at the center of it all is perfect planning and execution built upon the strong foundation and layout of the city.
I love that art can be haphazard-esque, while most of the time the artist was very precise in his movements or brush strokes. This pretty pillow has that same effect. Seemingly random brushstrokes at first glance, but upon further inspection a beautifully crafted rainbow pattern. The same goes for this apartment building on Haight. Fundamentally a very organized building with windows and stairs, but given the look of haphazardness, matching the overall feeling of Haight Street in general.
Black and white is probably the most classic combination there is, basic and original. It’s original and there are so many ways to describe the combo; the light and the dark, the good and the evil or the scary and the safe. I always used to say black and white weren’t colors, they were shades and that made them different in my mind. One wasn’t better than the other, they were just different shades in the giant spectrum that is reflective light.
I love these wire wine bottle candle sticks because they bring both of those ideas together. The literal of the black wire and the white candle but also the imaginative aspect of the dark and heavy base against the light and bright top. This mural at Haight and Masonic does the same. It is dark and scary in some parts but once you notice the light you learn to appreciate the darker parts along the way. It is beautiful in all of its colors, dimensions and shades, accentuating and bringing life to the most classic color combo out there.
Word on the street is that spring has sprung! The frozen tundra that was the east coast is slowly melting into a lovely oasis of green and sprouting buds. Hopefully most of the country can hang up their coats and put away their boots and get ready for the smooth transition into the spring months (cue birds chirping and bees buzzing).
With spring comes music festival season and the flower crowns will be popping up here and there. I have yet to rock one, but I think this is my year. I love this DIY flower crown, but also love the look of the vintage jeweled crown. The jeweled crown is reminiscent of the 1920’s headpiece and I think the flower crown is our version, 90 years later.
Sometimes I wish I had that artist gene. It runs in the fam, my sister got it but it skipped me. She can literally draw or paint anything. She made a poster for me when I ran for president (of the 8th grade) that was my name in the same script as the Coca-Cola logo (ps. I won, and it was probably because of that poster). The coolest thing I have ever drawn or painted was a replica of Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ – it was a total Monet. But instead of making my own art, like my sister does, or like she will hopefully do for me, I need to buy it. And you guys know I have no trouble buying things, no trouble at all.
I am attached to art with lots of colors. I love that this one, by Kristy Gammill, is neon bright but also abstract. It could go anywhere in my apartment to add a pop of color. This girl on Haight has some talent, should I commission her for a painting to hang in my house? I might steer away from the skull, but she is using all the colors of the rainbow.
Living in a city, its hard to decorate the outside of your apartment for Christmas. I live on the backyard side of my building so even hanging lights in the windows won’t be seen by anyone (except me). Some businesses light up or paint their windows, or if you are Mendel’s, you go all out and create an awesome window display for every season and holiday. But Haight street was looking very scrooge-like until the Haight Ashbury Merchant Association (HAMA) launched their holiday street light fundraiser.
So far there are 4 trees lit, with donations from Whole Foods and other Haight street merchants. The sight is so festive and cheerful! It’s nice to have lights on the street that match the festive Christmas lights inside my apartment. I love these mini fairy twinkley lights for indoors (or on my Eiffel Tower statue) and the big tube lights and ribbons on the trees outside help spread the Christmas cheer on Haight!
Fanny packs are back in. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I ever thought these handy packs would come back in style I would have laughed in your face (yes my 15 year old, puffy vest wearing, stylish self would have laughed at you). But had you asked my 7 year old self (pictured above in the green tank) I would have been all about it. See the women of my family sporting one totally awesome hot pink pack and a black TGIF Friday’s one. Obviously I wanted one.
Fast forward 18 years and they are stylish again. I’ve seen them at music festivals, beer festivals, sporting events and I’ve even seen them in the male variety. I have a leather one but I love this mint cloth one too, for a more casual event. Maybe my 7 year old self would have liked this fuzzy monster variety or maybe I should get it and be a Muppet for Halloween…