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.
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.
You know the saying “less is more” or the old rule “take off one piece of jewelry before you leave the house’ – yeah those aren’t valid anymore. I think today it would be ‘mo is betta’ and ‘you best put on another bracelet before you leave’ or ‘layer that statement necklace with this one too.’ Why they needed to be sassy sayings, I don’t know, but that is the reality – especially recently. I’ve worked on my arm candy stacking and necklace and shirt layering and come to love how versatile it can be and how it takes an outfit to the next level. I now feel naked without some sort of jeweled accessory.
So I am constantly on the lookout for new ways to stack or layer. These stacked bracelets are perfect, all a little bit similar but each different in its own way. They all work together to make this stack sparkle. This stack of animals is doing the same, stacked to make the perfect community. Haight Street is an eclectic group and this door mural shows how we are all different, that we all sparkle and yet we still fit and work together to complete the look.
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.