August 28, 2009
We hate to admit it but we secretly love Rachel Zoe. We even signed up for her new blog, The Zoe Report. I mean you gotta love anyone that has this kind of passion for fashion, not eating and rockin just about the best vintage on the planet. I was even pretty excited to see that she’s giving props to Raquel Allegra (even though, we did first) and one of our fav beauty hair-savor products, Byron’s Williams Spirulina Hair Spray and Illuminating Shine Spray.
August 27, 2009
Which came first the chicken or the egg. I egged the chicken then I ate his leg. Does life imitate art or does art imitate life? In Steven Lawrence’s case, it’s a little bit of both. In my case, it’s a clear rip off or rather ode to the Beastie Boys.
Lawrence, an illustrator we fell in love with last year, brings a bit of old school style to the new school technology and processes of the illustration world. We love his use of color and his ability to depict or often spoof the political and social issues of our climate. We look forward to seeing what’s to come from this newbie. Buy now before he goes all Banksy on us.
August 24, 2009
There’s nothing better then a brand new handbag or clutch. The crisp buttery leather, the soft suede, the fresh “new bag” smell and the lifetime bond that is about to form. It’s the ultimate accessory. We recently came upon the most magnificent handbags and they aren’t crazy expensive. Creations by Kage by up and coming designer, Kristin Holstein, are bold, playful, dreamy and timeless. We’re feeling that Tucker black patent clutch!
Oh’ and they are having a 40% off sale right now- run don’t walk!
Kage on Irving
72 1/2 Irving Place, Gramercy Park
August 20, 2009
We dig the guys from Hit+ Run because they are always curating cool stuff in way of music, art, design and the planet earth. If your around tonight, check this out. And the cool dude, Frosty, from Dublab is spinning with the Los Angeles Debut of ZACKEY FORCE FUNK and CRIM. Live screenprinting by Hit+Run. We soooo want one which means we will be tivoing Project Runway on it’s new channel, Lifetime.
August 18, 2009
Tonight our beautiful gay boyfriend’s took us to the new uber cool downtown LA gourmet market hotpot, Bottega Louie. We felt like we closed our eyes and woke up in a Dean & Deluca meets Pastis. The large open loft-like market space is perfectly designed (less is always more) with all white walls, white marble floors, black leather seating and a hip crowd of downtowner’s. The lighting perfect, the kitchen transparent and the staff exceptional. The menu is incredible with affordable small bites, wood burning pizzas and all kinds of delicious edibles and orgasmic desserts. We devoured the chicken parmesan. The breakfast menu looks bomb – we’ll be hittin that soon. And they even have a blog. We’ve been hearing the rumors for years that one day downtown LA will be cool (like NYC cool) and tonight made us believe that it just might!
August 17, 2009
Is it is strange that food makes us happier then just about anything?! Our latest grub craze – India Jones Chow Truck. These dudes are all over the city, dealin amazingly healthy gourmet Indian food. It’s pretty much insanity. Check em out on Twitter to track their street heat: http://twitter.com/indiajonesct
p.s. They have rice pudding. We F-ing LOVE rice pudding.
August 14, 2009
Thai people LOVE to shop and so we do we. We came across some neato stuff. Next time your in Bangkok check out:
Bangkoker: Amazing T-shirt store on Samsen Road in Bangkok. Don’t try to bargin with the guy- he won’t have it. He knows his stuff is fly. Fyi- his site is down but it’s bkker.com.
Weisschwarz: Inside the Jatujak Market Section. Amazing girlie t-shirt designs with horsies and such. Our personal fav, “Stocks and Blondes.”
Some other trends we picked up on out there were crazy multi-color nails, cut off flannels, lots of acid wash (which we secretly love), plaid and harem pants (we bought 4 pair)… Oh and if you have time, check out ‘Sa-Phan-Budd’ and ‘Pak Klong,’ for the amazing Thai outdoor market experience.
August 13, 2009
As we mentioned, this week is all about our travels to Thailand and the inspiration, as it relates to our daily lives, we brought back.
This brings us to a spiritual mystic healer we met while on the beach named, Zoe Parker, aka Zomadic! This wise creature (were not sure she was human) kicked down so much knowledge about the body, cleansing, meditation, fasts and most importantly took us on a journey with our own private Reiki treatment. If you have not done Reiki yet – we recommend it. Ms. Parker has studied under all kinds of masters and it shows. My ears were on fire as energy was transcending through my body. She also does reflexology, thai massage and yoga. If your ever in the U.K. track Zomadic down.
Reiki (霊気 or レイキ?, English: /ˈreɪkiː/) is a spiritual practice developed in 1926 by Mikao Usui. After three weeks of fasting and meditating on Mount Kurama, in Japan, Usui claimed to receive the ability of “healing without energy depletion”. A portion of the practice, tenohira or palm healing, is used as a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Tenohira is a technique whereby practitioners believe they are moving “healing energy” (a form of ki) through the palms.
This week’s Social Gypsy will be dedicated to our travels across the globe to the beaches, wat’s and city streets of Thailand. Today we will start with our 2 top favorite places to stay along with some other goodies…
The Sanctuary Thailand
A little hippy-dippy wellness colony on the island of Ko Phangan on Haad Tien beach. If at first you think your in a dream, scratch that mosquito bite – it’s real. We stayed in a Peter Pan tree house/villa high in the heavens overlooking the beach and jungle called, The Sunshine House. Many trustafarian’s and nomads alike are there to meditate, fast, detox and cleanse, while others are there to chill by day and party by night (every Friday a French DJ flys in for one of the biggest parties in Thailand, not full moon, that takes place in the jungle 100 yards away at Guy’s Bar). Just down the beach you’ll find, The Bamboo Hut situated along the ocean’s bluff, where the food is made with love, the tunes are jammin and the decor is eclectic with pillow seating on the floor (our new patio plan). Oh’ and if your lucky you can book a 2 hour session with a legendary healer named Mae (but it’s harder then getting a reservation at Tavern, so book in advance).
Shanti Lodge, Bangkok
This Zen’d out tranquil lodge is out of the way, nestled in a sea of plants, Buddhist imagery, amazing jams and travelers from all over the globe. The rooms are quaint – the design and atheistic is something out of Shangri-La. Just down the way on Samsen Road is an incredible bar called, The Common Ground, where we saw an amazing Indie Thai band (they did a stellar Peter Bjorn and John cover) and even further is Adhere 13th Blues Bar decorated with classic vinyl album covers and even more classic characters.