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The Del Val #45

If you know someone with a coffee table, which of course you do, this would be an excellent place to go to today or tomorrow to get them something beautiful to put on it.


“Google” long ago became a verb. Here are the highlights of what we all collectively googled in 2014.

And while on the subject of looking back at the year, here are the 15 best music videos from 2014. Still an unparalleled way all these years later to mass market an act…provided the videos remain free to consume. Just so it all leads to bodies in the seats at concerts, right?

You know how some trailers essentially give you the whole film? Think that might be the case with this one featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman.

In our fantasy-world only people with discerning taste would make the decisions. As we don’t reside there, the next best thing is to hear from someone like designer Tomas Maier regarding what he thinks is important, as in this case: the care of Japanese architecture.

Here’s taste of another kind, as in delicious. The holidays are here (followed closely mind you by New Year New You campaigns) and it’s time to eat, but to hell with gaining weight these next few weeks and punishing yourself in January. Gift a gift to yourself and your family and friends with these healthy and mouthwatering recipes.

Everyone knows we all love to celebrate new celebrities, and then watch them crash and burn, leave the spotlight for some time, and then rise up to do it all over again. It’s the circle of fame that must be endured if one seeks that life. When you’re on the last part, like Sienna Miller currently is, poking fun of yourself like she does here speeds the process along.

It ain’t cheap, but if you have an idea for a piece of furniture that you want to be uniquely your own, here’s your man.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #45

If you know someone with a coffee table, which of course you do, this would be an excellent place to go to today or tomorrow to get them something beautiful to put on it.


“Google” long ago became a verb. Here are the highlights of what we all collectively googled in 2014.

And while on the subject of looking back at the year, here are the 15 best music videos from 2014. Still an unparalleled way all these years later to mass market an act…provided the videos remain free to consume. Just so it all leads to bodies in the seats at concerts, right?

You know how some trailers essentially give you the whole film? Think that might be the case with this one featuring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Natalie Portman.

In our fantasy-world only people with discerning taste would make the decisions. As we don’t reside there, the next best thing is to hear from someone like designer Tomas Maier regarding what he thinks is important, as in this case: the care of Japanese architecture.

Here’s taste of another kind, as in delicious. The holidays are here (followed closely mind you by New Year New You campaigns) and it’s time to eat, but to hell with gaining weight these next few weeks and punishing yourself in January. Gift a gift to yourself and your family and friends with these healthy and mouthwatering recipes.

Everyone knows we all love to celebrate new celebrities, and then watch them crash and burn, leave the spotlight for some time, and then rise up to do it all over again. It’s the circle of fame that must be endured if one seeks that life. When you’re on the last part, like Sienna Miller currently is, poking fun of yourself like she does here speeds the process along.

It ain’t cheap, but if you have an idea for a piece of furniture that you want to be uniquely your own, here’s your man.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Winter Nights

The holidays are the time of year I feel most homesick (if you’ve lived away from your family, you’ll know what that’s like — it’s not always easy!). But there is something super special about New York at this time of year. It’s kind of inexplicable…

There are Christmas lights everywhere and the winter lighting creates a filter — so much better than Instagram! — that adds a layer of magic to everything. Some moments feel like they’re straight out of a movie… sounds a little contrived, but it’s true — it happens all the time.

The other night, I went ice skating with Lauren and Jess at Bryant Park, and it was a night filled with cinema-perfect holiday moments. After we skated, we had hot chocolate — can you think of a more perfect winter night??

Elevate

I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I love quizzes and trivia, and my intelligence is one of the things the only thing I get competitive about.

So, I was really excited when Josh (my boyfriend) told me about an app called Elevate. It just won Apple’s App of the Year award (which is kind of a big deal) and it’s quickly become a part of my morning routine. The app was designed to help strengthen brain function in areas like speaking, writing, reading, listening and math.

A free account gives you access to three training sessions a day, which are like mini timed games… (okay, so maybe they’re more like timed SAT problems but they’re pretty fun!!) and it feels good to be working my mind muscles with something practical! Plus it keeps track of your progress and gives you harder problems as your performance improves.

I’m trying to get everyone on the Studio to download it so we can battle motivate each other, kind of like what we’ve been doing with Two Dots (Erik is crushing all of us!!)…

Now that I’ve found this one, I’m intrigued to know what else is out there! What apps do you use for self-improvement?? Are they a part of your daily routine too?


By emilyn

Elevate

I’ve always been a bit of a nerd. I love quizzes and trivia, and my intelligence is one of the things the only thing I get competitive about.

So, I was really excited when Josh (my boyfriend) told me about an app called Elevate. It just won Apple’s App of the Year award (which is kind of a big deal) and it’s quickly become a part of my morning routine. The app was designed to help strengthen brain function in areas like speaking, writing, reading, listening and math.

A free account gives you access to three training sessions a day, which are like mini timed games… (okay, so maybe they’re more like timed SAT problems but they’re pretty fun!!) and it feels good to be working my mind muscles with something practical! Plus it keeps track of your progress and gives you harder problems as your performance improves.

I’m trying to get everyone on the Studio to download it so we can battle motivate each other, kind of like what we’ve been doing with Two Dots (Erik is crushing all of us!!)…

Now that I’ve found this one, I’m intrigued to know what else is out there! What apps do you use for self-improvement?? Are they a part of your daily routine too?


By emilyn

The World of Doisneau

Robert Doisneau’s work is an inspiration for any street style photographer.

He’s best known for photos like, “The Kiss,” where he caught a couple locking lips in a crowd by Hôtel de Ville. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Or his photos of children playing by the Eiffel Tower. Not all of Doisneau’s work was innocent and lighthearted though. He also roamed the Paris streets at night, entering nightclubs to snap photos of couples dancing and courting at the bar. So sultry and raw.

While the focus of his images was not style, per say, his ability to capture the spirit of a moment is what a good street style photographer aspires to achieve. His images are intimate — you’re right there with his subjects. You understand them. You’re in their world. In this way, his photographs are alive.

When I look at his photographs, their movement and life gives me energy. They wake my eyes up.

What do his photographs make you feel? Do you have a favorite?

If you like Doisneau’s work, Jean Claude Gautrand has compiled the most extensive collection ever of Doisneau’s photographs, which can be purchased here.


By emilia

The World of Doisneau

Robert Doisneau’s work is an inspiration for any street style photographer.

He’s best known for photos like, “The Kiss,” where he caught a couple locking lips in a crowd by Hôtel de Ville. I’m sure you’ve seen it. Or his photos of children playing by the Eiffel Tower. Not all of Doisneau’s work was innocent and lighthearted though. He also roamed the Paris streets at night, entering nightclubs to snap photos of couples dancing and courting at the bar. So sultry and raw.

While the focus of his images was not style, per say, his ability to capture the spirit of a moment is what a good street style photographer aspires to achieve. His images are intimate — you’re right there with his subjects. You understand them. You’re in their world. In this way, his photographs are alive.

When I look at his photographs, their movement and life gives me energy. They wake my eyes up.

What do his photographs make you feel? Do you have a favorite?

If you like Doisneau’s work, Jean Claude Gautrand has compiled the most extensive collection ever of Doisneau’s photographs, which can be purchased here.


By emilia

The Del Val #44

You just made your sweater’s pattern exactly the way you want it.


Best line describing Vice’s 20th Birthday celebration’s attendees: “NYC’s health goths, Twitterites, wide brim hats, beards, beanies, bloggers, flannels, fuccbois and fangirls.” Guess if the party was in Brooklyn or not…

The 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time. Do you agree?

Do you downhill ski? Not like this you don’t. Wow!

We don’t hear much from PR maven Karla Otto, as per her preference, so when she does grant an interview make sure to take notes.

You just favorited a photo posted months ago on someone’s Instagram and you’re not an obsessed stalker. How did you find the time or finger dexterity to scroll through to get to it? You used this.

They make attention-grabbing clothing and beautiful books. And now they have a new shop in Paris. Needless to say, a visit is mandatory. Spending time on their site and blog is of course the next best thing.

Because we could endlessly re-watch Boogie Nights and because its very talented director, Paul Thomas Anderson, has a new film out.

You should know the Name behind when we think Warhol was at his coolest. Hint: think silver.

Well a find like this certainly doesn’t happen every day, and they’re not even in good shape! If you know rare cars let the salivating at their ultimate potential begin.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #44

You just made your sweater’s pattern exactly the way you want it.


Best line describing Vice’s 20th Birthday celebration’s attendees: “NYC’s health goths, Twitterites, wide brim hats, beards, beanies, bloggers, flannels, fuccbois and fangirls.” Guess if the party was in Brooklyn or not…

The 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time. Do you agree?

Do you downhill ski? Not like this you don’t. Wow!

We don’t hear much from PR maven Karla Otto, as per her preference, so when she does grant an interview make sure to take notes.

You just favorited a photo posted months ago on someone’s Instagram and you’re not an obsessed stalker. How did you find the time or finger dexterity to scroll through to get to it? You used this.

They make attention-grabbing clothing and beautiful books. And now they have a new shop in Paris. Needless to say, a visit is mandatory. Spending time on their site and blog is of course the next best thing.

Because we could endlessly re-watch Boogie Nights and because its very talented director, Paul Thomas Anderson, has a new film out.

You should know the Name behind when we think Warhol was at his coolest. Hint: think silver.

Well a find like this certainly doesn’t happen every day, and they’re not even in good shape! If you know rare cars let the salivating at their ultimate potential begin.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Mercury is Rising

And it isn’t your astrological friend.


Have you read about the rising levels of Mercury?! It’s something I’m surprised to hear so often — from friends, from friends’ husbands, from the government…

As a pescetarian, I eat fish. And I suppose a decent amount of it — that being one of my main source of protein and nutrients. But I’m concerned with all of this talk of mercury lately! How closely do I need to be watching my mercury levels? No sushi!? Should I get tested too? Is the government doing enough to cut emissions? Should I move to Europe where none of these things matter?

All fair questions! What’s your take on mercury?


By brie

Mercury is Rising

And it isn’t your astrological friend.


Have you read about the rising levels of Mercury?! It’s something I’m surprised to hear so often — from friends, from friends’ husbands, from the government…

As a pescetarian, I eat fish. And I suppose a decent amount of it — that being one of my main source of protein and nutrients. But I’m concerned with all of this talk of mercury lately! How closely do I need to be watching my mercury levels? No sushi!? Should I get tested too? Is the government doing enough to cut emissions? Should I move to Europe where none of these things matter?

All fair questions! What’s your take on mercury?


By brie

One Shot

Do you ever find yourself spiraling down the YouTube vortex of endless videos?


Perhaps this past weekend? I recently came across this video from OK Go (do you remember them from their treadmill video as well?). Here’s the thing… at first, I thought this must be digitally altered with special effects and some magic retouching — but it wasn’t.

They shot close to fifty continuous takes with 2,328 dancers in synchronization!! Opening and shutting umbrellas to make patterns and words that were filmed from above by (what else??) a drone.

What I think is so special about OK Go’s video clip is the thought and time they take to film them — these videos are really pieces of art…


By brie

One Shot

Do you ever find yourself spiraling down the YouTube vortex of endless videos?


Perhaps this past weekend? I recently came across this video from OK Go (do you remember them from their treadmill video as well?). Here’s the thing… at first, I thought this must be digitally altered with special effects and some magic retouching — but it wasn’t.

They shot close to fifty continuous takes with 2,328 dancers in synchronization!! Opening and shutting umbrellas to make patterns and words that were filmed from above by (what else??) a drone.

What I think is so special about OK Go’s video clip is the thought and time they take to film them — these videos are really pieces of art…


By brie

Corinne, The Electric Lady

My friend Corinne Bailey Rae was recently in New York, spending a lot of time at Electric Lady Studios — where I had the chance to go hang out with her.

I’m so in love with Corinne. Not only does she have an amazing talent and personality, but she’s also the sweetest and most elegant person. She has great style every day. She still lives in Leeds, in the North of England, so being able to have her around for a couple of weeks was a real treat. And being able to hear a few of her new songs was just an amazing experience.


I don’t know if you’ve heard of Electric Lady Studios. It was once home to Jimi Hendrix. Electric Lady is unique. It’s one of the most iconic recording venues in the country and you feel comfortable as soon as you step inside (must be why so many singers love to record here!). The ambience is moody, a little dark, full of spirit and makes you feel instantly inspired.

Here are some photos from our visit…

The Del Val #43

They spawned many imitators in the high-end sneaker category, but theirs are still the most flattering. Plus, good news, you can apparently rub off the code, though not sure who would take a sander to their new shoes.

And how about some words from the man whose sneakers inspired the Common Projects guys and which are still very popular.

Well isn’t this a very handsome solution to amplifying the sound coming out of your iPhone’s little speakers.

And while we’re on good listening, surely one of these podcasts will be new to you.

Ha! We’re in Miami this week and these really nail perfectly the scene here.

If you’re in London this week try and make it to this talk with the curator of an exhibit of Guy Bourdin’s photographs.

A fast and affordable way to instantly add beauty to your home or office can be found here.

A pretty girl shows us 100 years of beauty looks, decade by decade. You’d be fine today channeling 1910.

Let Tumblr be your guide to looking back at 2014.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #43

They spawned many imitators in the high-end sneaker category, but theirs are still the most flattering. Plus, good news, you can apparently rub off the code, though not sure who would take a sander to their new shoes.

And how about some words from the man whose sneakers inspired the Common Projects guys and which are still very popular.

Well isn’t this a very handsome solution to amplifying the sound coming out of your iPhone’s little speakers.

And while we’re on good listening, surely one of these podcasts will be new to you.

Ha! We’re in Miami this week and these really nail perfectly the scene here.

If you’re in London this week try and make it to this talk with the curator of an exhibit of Guy Bourdin’s photographs.

A fast and affordable way to instantly add beauty to your home or office can be found here.

A pretty girl shows us 100 years of beauty looks, decade by decade. You’d be fine today channeling 1910.

Let Tumblr be your guide to looking back at 2014.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

At Charvet

During my last visit to Paris, I visited Charvet. It’s the most beautiful bespoke shirt maker, located right in the heart of the city.


The interiors of the store are so refined and speak to how long they have been in business — since 1838. There are piles of the most luxurious fabric, mainly French silks and Egyptian cottons. Beyond shirts, they also make robes, ties, accessories and – my favorite – pajamas! Every piece is measured in-house on the customer, with a new pattern made for each design, it is all then sewn in Paris by French ateliers.

These unique items are some of the most coveted in Europe. Even Coco Chanel was once a customer!

Gift Guide / Day 3

Clutch, Anya Hindmarch.

Le Kate

Colour Me (Good) Kate!


Well that’s not the saying, but it is the title of a brilliant book. An entire book of Kate Moss imagery from the last 20 years, ready for you to break out those pastels you’ve been hiding since art school and start coloring masterpieces of your own. Oh, and in case you were also a fan of Ryan Gosling, they’ve made a whole book dedicated to his rugged beauty as well.

Available at Kirna Zabete, Colour Me Good books, $13


By brie

Le Kate

Colour Me (Good) Kate!


Well that’s not the saying, but it is the title of a brilliant book. An entire book of Kate Moss imagery from the last 20 years, ready for you to break out those pastels you’ve been hiding since art school and start coloring masterpieces of your own. Oh, and in case you were also a fan of Ryan Gosling, they’ve made a whole book dedicated to his rugged beauty as well.

Available at Kirna Zabete, Colour Me Good books, $13


By brie

Simplicity

Lately, I’ve been trying to simplify my life. I want simplicity in everything. Like, even Homeland annoys me because it’s too complicated.

Everyday life, beauty, clothes. I really don’t feel like worrying about any of it. I’m leaving today for three days in Miami, and my ultimate goal would be to fit all three days into my handbag (except that since I’ve simplified everything, my bag is tiny) (ok, maybe just fit all three days in my carry on) (ok fine, in my big suitcase, then — I guess I still have a lot to learn about living simply).


(And plus, if I only had three items of clothing, this would be a pretty boring fashion blog, right?)(Even if honestly — what’s all the rage right now to say you want to have less, which is proof that this post is not at all anti-fashion.)

This process has been in the works for awhile now — I told you about downsizing my wardrobe, remember? Well I enjoyed that so much that now it’s taking over my whole life.

My bag.

I only carry one bag now. It’s my favorite one — my Lulu bag by Saint Laurent, and I always have it with me. I don’t care about the others, this one is enough for me. It’s sublime, it goes with everything, and it’s not too recognizable, which I love.

You can’t fit much in it. So that forced me to rethink my wallet. I was tired of having a huge thing in my purse full of receipts and useless stuff. I figure if guys (guys are like old people — they’re right about a lot of things!!!)(oh there, I should write a post about that next time) can go out without a handbag, I should be able to go out without a wallet the size of Kanye’s Hummer.

So I got rid of everything and bought a tiny Comme des Garçons wallet which totally fits my needs. And my goal is to manage to make it work with nothing but a Smythson card holder in the near future — that’s how liberated I’ll be from all these base earthly concerns.

So now all I take with me every day is my phone, my wallet, my headphones, my keys, and a lip gloss. And honestly, I don’t miss any of the other stuff. Well, except for chewing gum, maybe. And blotting papers. And my compact. And hand cream. And a scarf.

Beauty.

Ok, we’re not going to talk about my haircut again, I think you’ve understood by now — it’s really super easy, and plus, the more Clyde, my hair stylist, gets to know me, the faster and more beautiful it is every time, and we don’t even have to talk to understand each other anymore.

As for makeup, I asked Tatyana, my favorite makeup artist (who told me “You really don’t know how to put on makeup” the first time I met her! And like any good French girl, I love when people tell it to me straight, even more when it’s at first encounter) to do two looks for me. One for night time, one for day time. We picked out my colors together, and I got rid of everything else — all the old tubes and tubs that were just collecting dust. I’ll show you what we picked out soon if you want!!!

Clothes.

I’ve already talked to you about this, so I won’t go on and on, but this is another area of my life where I keep simplifying. I just bought five Uniqlo sweaters. Cashmere, v-neck, neutral colors. They go with everything and even if it’s not quite a Bompard (do you know where I can find Bompard sweaters in New York?) it honestly makes my life so much easier.

Those, and a few pairs of well-cut jeans — that’s my base. Then I add either jewelry, a pretty coat, or a killer pair of shoes, and that does it for me. I’m still on the lookout for my killer pair of shoes for this winter, by the way…

Normcore.

Hey, I didn’t say I was Normcore. I like beautiful things and I think too many basics kill the basic.
And vintage 501′s scare me. They’re really not for everyone.

Food.

I make single-ingredient meals. Like yesterday, I wanted to make ratatouille, and then I ended up just cooking zucchini. The ingredients? Zucchini. Nope, I didn’t even add onions — it gives them a weird taste. It’s super tasty, takes only 5 minutes to prepare (it’s all in the provençal style cooking — a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and then you have to burn them just a little) and frankly, for someone who lives in New York and spends their life in restaurants, it gives your palate a nice break.
And it’s healthy!

So I make myself little dishes with three ingredients max. I love it.
Squash soup. Avocado toast. Steamed leeks. Dark chocolate. Sardines. Cheese for dinner. A glass of red wine. Ah the good life!!!

Traveling.

Not too far. Not too complicated. For New Year’s, I’ll be on a beach in Costa Rica. The goal? To try To surf, eat ceviche, and drink margaritas with friends. That’s it.
Hey, speaking of food and Costa Rica, hahaha. Bathing suit anxiety right after Christmas.

Exercise (aka: bathing suit anxiety right after Christmas)

After pretty much quitting yoga since it was kind of messing up my back (it’s a little depressing, given my incredible talent for it, I don’t know why, but yoga just hurts my back) I decided to start exercising again, but without setting stupid goals that I’ll give up on after half an hour.

So now I work on my abs and butt at home, and I walk at least an hour per day (to get to the Studio, for example)(I have a pretty good app for that — it’s called Moves*) or I’ll run for half an hour if I know I won’t have time to walk. That plus push-ups to get me ready for surfing (I’m at 12 now — in your opinion, how many do I need to do? 100? 88 more to go!!! Yay!!!) And when I have time, I’ll do yoga or pilates or a dance class with a friend. Just for fun.

Voilà. Simple, right?

What about you? Are you super trendy like me or are you still accumulating a bunch of stuff? (That’s so 2011 — seriously, pull yourself together!)

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*Moves, is like an improved pedometer that counts your steps.
The only problem with Moves is when there’s a glitch. Yesterday I walked like a crazy person to beat my record and suddenly the app froze, and I lost everything I’d done and felt like I’d walked for nothing, which is ridiculous and just goes to show how addicted we can get to these things!!!

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Visiting Nili Lotan

I love Nili Lotan’s designs (her sweaters are crazy, so beautiful and soft!), and the other day she invited us to visit her in her studio and home in TriBeCa. Just like her collections, these two spaces were super sophisticated and functional.


It felt like everything served a purpose, even the pretty objects on the bookshelf and her framed travel images — constant inspiration! All the rooms are framed with clean lines and minimalist art hangs on every wall. A great canvas to create. Here are the photos…

Best Friends Are Best

So, I think we can all agree that nothing (and no one!) beats a best friend.

Not even a boyfriend. Or Brad Pitt. Or Ryan Gosling, if he’s more your man…

Best friends are the beeeest.

Recently, Garance had a friend visiting from Paris and it got me thinking about how much I miss my best friend who lives thousands of miles away in Sydney… and that got me thinking about how amazing best friends really are. So, I thought it was about time we celebrated friendship by rounding up some of the best best friends to ever come together.

Chloë Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne

Can’t you just imagine Chloë and Natasha kicking it back together in the 90s? I feel like they would be the kind of friends to go to fancy parties but get bored, and opt for a local pizza joint instead. They’re definitely having some fun times hanging out together, which I really wish I was invited to attend…

chloe sevigny natasha lyonne best friends garance dore photos

Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson

They’re both children of some seriously famous parents, so they must connect on this level. There’s also the whole salt and pepper dynamic going on between them, which is always nice to see. In my imagination, they send each other handmade Christmas cards every year and Kate’s favorite movie is Empire Records.

liv tyler kate hudson best friends garance dore photos

Lauren Hutton and Jane Fonda

One was the all-American girl and the other was Barbarella, so they pretty much won the 70s. A classic pair, one can only imagine the memories these two have from the past few decades… I’m hoping they involve plenty of gap-toothed smiles and metallic bodysuits.

jane fonda lauren hutton best friends garance dore photos

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke

Best friends who star as best friends on a show all about best friends. These two were always going to be on this round up. It’s kind of like when you see a real life couple play out a romance on-screen; you can just tell that Lena and Jemima are best friends.

lena dunham jemima kirke best friends garance dore photos

Highly Commended: Thelma and Louise

Okay, so they don’t technically count because they’re fictional characters but I couldn’t omit these two from the list completely. Aside from all of the law breaking, their kinship is pretty idyllic. They drive the open road together with hardly a care in the world, and they look in-cred-ible in denim. Bonus friendship points for hanging out with a shirtless Brad Pitt…

thelma louise best friends garance dore photos


By neada

Best Friends Are Best

So, I think we can all agree that nothing (and no one!) beats a best friend.

Not even a boyfriend. Or Brad Pitt. Or Ryan Gosling, if he’s more your man…

Best friends are the beeeest.

Recently, Garance had a friend visiting from Paris and it got me thinking about how much I miss my best friend who lives thousands of miles away in Sydney… and that got me thinking about how amazing best friends really are. So, I thought it was about time we celebrated friendship by rounding up some of the best best friends to ever come together.

Chloë Sevigny and Natasha Lyonne

Can’t you just imagine Chloë and Natasha kicking it back together in the 90s? I feel like they would be the kind of friends to go to fancy parties but get bored, and opt for a local pizza joint instead. They’re definitely having some fun times hanging out together, which I really wish I was invited to attend…

chloe sevigny natasha lyonne best friends garance dore photos

Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson

They’re both children of some seriously famous parents, so they must connect on this level. There’s also the whole salt and pepper dynamic going on between them, which is always nice to see. In my imagination, they send each other handmade Christmas cards every year and Kate’s favorite movie is Empire Records.

liv tyler kate hudson best friends garance dore photos

Lauren Hutton and Jane Fonda

One was the all-American girl and the other was Barbarella, so they pretty much won the 70s. A classic pair, one can only imagine the memories these two have from the past few decades… I’m hoping they involve plenty of gap-toothed smiles and metallic bodysuits.

jane fonda lauren hutton best friends garance dore photos

Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke

Best friends who star as best friends on a show all about best friends. These two were always going to be on this round up. It’s kind of like when you see a real life couple play out a romance on-screen; you can just tell that Lena and Jemima are best friends.

lena dunham jemima kirke best friends garance dore photos

Highly Commended: Thelma and Louise

Okay, so they don’t technically count because they’re fictional characters but I couldn’t omit these two from the list completely. Aside from all of the law breaking, their kinship is pretty idyllic. They drive the open road together with hardly a care in the world, and they look in-cred-ible in denim. Bonus friendship points for hanging out with a shirtless Brad Pitt…

thelma louise best friends garance dore photos


By neada

The Del Val #42

This guy is a paper engineer. More like a paper magician. Watch what he can do with this most basic of materials!

Spend the next week in the glow of the beautiful, enchanting Nastassja Kinski.

Today when many people think of books they think of Amazon. And for good reason: discounts, free shipping, and a deeper selection than any physical store. What you can’t do on Amazon of course is touch or flip through a book. If that’s what you want, the Strand in NYC is as good as they come for doing so.

And for some beautiful old books which you won’t find at Amazon or Strand look here. If you know someone into mid-20th century architecture and interior and graphic design this would be a fine place to find a unique holiday gift for them.

And while on the subject of design from last century it’s not too late to bid on and win something racy and rare for your walls.

And speaking of walls, starting December 1 this should be a good source for you to beautify yours.

If this were hanging from a tree outside our window and had birds enjoying it…we’d get no work done. And what a lovely website!

Just like we prefer our bacon, this visual chart of the last 100 years of food trends is well done.

What? Really? We LOVED Tumblr a few years ago but don’t know anyone today who goes there first when they want to share something. Guess numbers don’t lie though.

So much else is ever new in our lives, so shouldn’t your daily diary experience be as well?

Some people look into crystal balls to see the future. Reading this new forecasting magazine from Monocle will do it for us.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #42

This guy is a paper engineer. More like a paper magician. Watch what he can do with this most basic of materials!

Spend the next week in the glow of the beautiful, enchanting Nastassja Kinski.

Today when many people think of books they think of Amazon. And for good reason: discounts, free shipping, and a deeper selection than any physical store. What you can’t do on Amazon of course is touch or flip through a book. If that’s what you want, the Strand in NYC is as good as they come for doing so.

And for some beautiful old books which you won’t find at Amazon or Strand look here. If you know someone into mid-20th century architecture and interior and graphic design this would be a fine place to find a unique holiday gift for them.

And while on the subject of design from last century it’s not too late to bid on and win something racy and rare for your walls.

And speaking of walls, starting December 1 this should be a good source for you to beautify yours.

If this were hanging from a tree outside our window and had birds enjoying it…we’d get no work done. And what a lovely website!

Just like we prefer our bacon, this visual chart of the last 100 years of food trends is well done.

What? Really? We LOVED Tumblr a few years ago but don’t know anyone today who goes there first when they want to share something. Guess numbers don’t lie though.

So much else is ever new in our lives, so shouldn’t your daily diary experience be as well?

Some people look into crystal balls to see the future. Reading this new forecasting magazine from Monocle will do it for us.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #42

This guy is a paper engineer. More like a paper magician. Watch what he can do with this most basic of materials!

Spend the next week in the glow of the beautiful, enchanting Nastassja Kinski.

Today when many people think of books they think of Amazon. And for good reason: discounts, free shipping, and a deeper selection than any physical store. What you can’t do on Amazon of course is touch or flip through a book. If that’s what you want, the Strand in NYC is as good as they come for doing so.

And for some beautiful old books which you won’t find at Amazon or Strand look here. If you know someone into mid-20th century architecture and interior and graphic design this would be a fine place to find a unique holiday gift for them.

And while on the subject of design from last century it’s not too late to bid on and win something racy and rare for your walls.

And speaking of walls, starting December 1 this should be a good source for you to beautify yours.

If this were hanging from a tree outside our window and had birds enjoying it…we’d get no work done. And what a lovely website!

Just like we prefer our bacon, this visual chart of the last 100 years of food trends is well done.

What? Really? We LOVED Tumblr a few years ago but don’t know anyone today who goes there first when they want to share something. Guess numbers don’t lie though.

So much else is ever new in our lives, so shouldn’t your daily diary experience be as well?

Some people look into crystal balls to see the future. Reading this new forecasting magazine from Monocle will do it for us.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Edit No. 2 / Part 2 … Relaxed Suiting

There’s an effortlessly cool style that you see everywhere on the streets of LA. The people embrace a more relaxed way of dressing, even when it comes to wearing a suit.

In this second edit from my recent trip to LA, Annina and I wanted to showcase the different ways a suit can be worn — in a very casual way (how I would wear a suit!!). I love that you could wear these looks not just in LA, but in any city at any time of year.

Softer materials, layering and relaxed shapes are what make the suit…

Pin It

After a long time on the sidelines, the brooch is back. In a big way.

We started to see traces of its return a couple of years ago (throwback to the Dries Fall 2013 show…remember the crystal insects and lizards??) but it’s only in recent months that we’ve seen it on the streets. People are embracing pinning again — but not just on their sweaters or the lapels of their coats…

We’re seeing brooches decorating handbags (where silk scarves once draped) or fixed to beanies, which is a super easy way to make a winter necessity more unique.

Are you wearing brooches again? How do you wear yours??

Pin by Casa Malaspina.


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Pin It

After a long time on the sidelines, the brooch is back. In a big way.

We started to see traces of its return a couple of years ago (throwback to the Dries Fall 2013 show…remember the crystal insects and lizards??) but it’s only in recent months that we’ve seen it on the streets. People are embracing pinning again — but not just on their sweaters or the lapels of their coats…

We’re seeing brooches decorating handbags (where silk scarves once draped) or fixed to beanies, which is a super easy way to make a winter necessity more unique.

Are you wearing brooches again? How do you wear yours??

Pin by Casa Malaspina.


By studio

Attached at the Micro-Chip

I recently got an iPhone 6!


Yay! Now everyone at the studio can quit with their ancient phone remarks (I had an iPhone 4 btw, its not like I was using a flip phone). And you know what, it took a few days to get use to the size in my hand…. Do I need to use two hands to hold this thing? Perhaps I’m just not ready? Is it too big? Ahhh, wait, its great! Ok, so I’m part of modern culture and up to date on electronics!

And then I had to “restore to original setting” my old phone to send back, and things got emotional. It was something like relating that little gadget to being my best friend for several years and having to move away… and that’s when it dawned on me that these days people really have an emotional attachment to electronics. I think I may even have my first Mac computer somewhere (that’s over 7 years old and it doesn’t even work)… We have this weird connection with these electronics, we talk to them, we type on them, we spend more time with them than any friend.

When we go to upgrade a new phone/computer/tablet, are we throwing away a semi-delusional friendship? Or are we coming too close to becoming Joaquin Phoenix in Her?


By brie

Attached at the Micro-Chip

I recently got an iPhone 6!


Yay! Now everyone at the studio can quit with their ancient phone remarks (I had an iPhone 4 btw, its not like I was using a flip phone). And you know what, it took a few days to get use to the size in my hand…. Do I need to use two hands to hold this thing? Perhaps I’m just not ready? Is it too big? Ahhh, wait, its great! Ok, so I’m part of modern culture and up to date on electronics!

And then I had to “restore to original setting” my old phone to send back, and things got emotional. It was something like relating that little gadget to being my best friend for several years and having to move away… and that’s when it dawned on me that these days people really have an emotional attachment to electronics. I think I may even have my first Mac computer somewhere (that’s over 7 years old and it doesn’t even work)… We have this weird connection with these electronics, we talk to them, we type on them, we spend more time with them than any friend.

When we go to upgrade a new phone/computer/tablet, are we throwing away a semi-delusional friendship? Or are we coming too close to becoming Joaquin Phoenix in Her?


By brie

The Del Val #41

The crew from Fantastic Man have a new magazine out. Guaranteed to make you a happy reader.


So much to watch, so little time. Helpful guides for how to spend yours with a quality film are always helpful.

Really just an excuse to have you see one of our favorite books of all time: Isolated Heroes.

Let’s face it, Ikea is great for starter pieces, but these days you’d typically not boast about owning anything from there. Here’s how to take their affordable basic designs and elevate them.

You’ll never catch Karl Lagerfeld short for words.

We all already waste so much time on the internet that it’s only fitting that the phenomenon is now being institutionalized.

Feel free to eat just before watching this ride on the world’s tallest roller coaster.

Put this on 30 minutes before you go to bed this weekend.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #41

The crew from Fantastic Man have a new magazine out. Guaranteed to make you a happy reader.


So much to watch, so little time. Helpful guides for how to spend yours with a quality film are always helpful.

Really just an excuse to have you see one of our favorite books of all time: Isolated Heroes.

Let’s face it, Ikea is great for starter pieces, but these days you’d typically not boast about owning anything from there. Here’s how to take their affordable basic designs and elevate them.

You’ll never catch Karl Lagerfeld short for words.

We all already waste so much time on the internet that it’s only fitting that the phenomenon is now being institutionalized.

Feel free to eat just before watching this ride on the world’s tallest roller coaster.

Put this on 30 minutes before you go to bed this weekend.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

Ramdane & Victoire’s Apartment

When I was last in Paris, I visited my friends Ramdane and Victoire in their beautiful apartment in the 7th (okay so I was there first for his birthday party — such a fun day! — but it was such a special place that I had to go back during the day to take photos for you!!). Ramdane is pretty cool in Paris, he does all sorts of interesting projects (remember Buly??), and his unique sense of style is reflected in his home.

Every little nook had a captivating detail, from the colorful wallpaper of the dining room (that also functions as an office) to their collection of chairs and sofas in the living room… the classic French bathroom is also lovely — and filled with Buly products, of course! Oh, and the terrace! Ramdane’s wife Victoire made tea and cookies that we had while we enjoyed their view of the Eiffel Tower…

An eclectic, truly Parisian apartment.

Read But No Reply?!

There can be a lot of anxiety around texting. I mean, how frustrating is it when you send a time-sensitive text to someone but you don’t get a response for hours days??

When someone doesn’t reply, I assume that they’re busy but will get back to me soon. If I really need to hear from them, I follow up with a call… plus I’m guilty of this too (…like right now because I have, um, 22 unread texts).

But at least they are unread. Promise that I’ll get back to those soon :)

What takes it to a whole new level is when people enable the ‘read’ function on their phone so there is no doubt in your mind whether they have read it. We all know they have.

Bottom line here is: if you’re someone who reads but doesn’t reply right away, it’s probably a good idea to disable this on your phone… I know, I know #firstworldproblems but it just doesn’t make sense! Why use it??

And don’t even get me started on when you see the three little bubbles of someone typing a message back to you but then they go away and you never get a response…

This is my biggest texting gripe!! What’s yours?


By neada

Read But No Reply?!

There can be a lot of anxiety around texting. I mean, how frustrating is it when you send a time-sensitive text to someone but you don’t get a response for hours days??

When someone doesn’t reply, I assume that they’re busy but will get back to me soon. If I really need to hear from them, I follow up with a call… plus I’m guilty of this too (…like right now because I have, um, 22 unread texts).

But at least they are unread. Promise that I’ll get back to those soon :)

What takes it to a whole new level is when people enable the ‘read’ function on their phone so there is no doubt in your mind whether they have read it. We all know they have.

Bottom line here is: if you’re someone who reads but doesn’t reply right away, it’s probably a good idea to disable this on your phone… I know, I know #firstworldproblems but it just doesn’t make sense! Why use it??

And don’t even get me started on when you see the three little bubbles of someone typing a message back to you but then they go away and you never get a response…

This is my biggest texting gripe!! What’s yours?


By neada

Watch Your Back

“Does my butt look ok?”

That’s the number one question my friends ask me when they’re trying on jeans.
How your butt looks in jeans – the basics, right?

I actually tend to forget about my butt (even though I do have an aversion to ugly jean pockets, whether they’re too big, too little, or too embroidered, ew, no way) since it’s behind me, after all – but right now, it’s becoming more and more difficult to not look my butt right in the face, hahaha.

Especially since Nicky Minaj‘s Anaconda (!?)(just too much), J.Lo and Iggy Azalea with their intense butt rubbing (!!?)(ok, I admit, it’s kind of sexy) and the Internet breakage attempt by Kim K’s elastic curves (!?!?)(I don’t even know what to think about that – I’m turning to Fat Jewish to get a clear perspective on the subject). See references at end.

Having a prominent, slightly soft butt (you know, so you can shake it) is super fashionable right now in a certain realm of show business.

But I’m not sure – I mean, like most people in fashion, I don’t care about butts very much: I’m used to the micro-butts of models like Freja. Inexistent butts that disappear in a pair of skinny jeans. Or the butts of the 70s – slightly flat and worn proudly smashed into a pair of a high waisted jeans. I totally like that.

I’m also used to butts like Gisèle‘s, even though those are more rare. You probably saw hers in the most recent Chanel n°5 ad, since the camera spends a good minute on it trying to shake whatever can be shaken in clear waters.

But it’s not easy, even when they have her sprinting on the beach – Gisèle butts (or Karlie butts, or any Victoria’s Secret model butts) are butts that don’t jiggle.
They are sublime butts – perfect, high, without an ounce of fat, muscular, and pre-photoshopped from hours of intense exercise.

So, even though it’s not the chiquest, I kind of like the Nicky Minaj-style butt of the moment because it’s round and proud of it. I figure it must be helping millions of girls get over any complexes they might have about their own unperfect butts.

Then again, I’m not sure all the soft-porn and objectification of the booty is really the best way to celebrate women’s bodies.

But hey, as we all know, I’m a romantic… :)
(And I’m going to start doing Pilates again tomorrow)

What about you? What’s your type? Is your butt a super important part of your body, the first thing you check in a pair of jeans?

References:

kim kardashian butt garance dore fat jewish photo

Translated by Andrea Perdue

Compulsive Returner

I just realized that I am a compulsive returner.


It’s something that came up during a recent pre-sale event with my arms too full of things I didn’t need for winter (two crops (I know, but they are cool!), some boots, a parka…).

A week later I’m actually not so sure about those boots, and that actually I just bought a pair shoes for the winter. And that’s when it hit me, I only return things when I purchase them shopping with other people. Whenever I’m by myself I have a clear mind and buy solid real purchases.. The truth is I think I’m heavily influenced by other people when they say things like “that looks pretty! those are amazing! how fantastic! Ilovethatohmygodthey’resoyou.” It could maybe, just maybe have a bit of an influence on my purchasing practices.

Should I stop shopping with others? How do you deal with buying with friends?


By brie

Compulsive Returner

I just realized that I am a compulsive returner.


It’s something that came up during a recent pre-sale event with my arms too full of things I didn’t need for winter (two crops (I know, but they are cool!), some boots, a parka…).

A week later I’m actually not so sure about those boots, and that actually I just bought a pair shoes for the winter. And that’s when it hit me, I only return things when I purchase them shopping with other people. Whenever I’m by myself I have a clear mind and buy solid real purchases.. The truth is I think I’m heavily influenced by other people when they say things like “that looks pretty! those are amazing! how fantastic! Ilovethatohmygodthey’resoyou.” It could maybe, just maybe have a bit of an influence on my purchasing practices.

Should I stop shopping with others? How do you deal with buying with friends?


By brie

Studio News

Hey guys!!!

I’ve kind of been caught in the whirlwind of things, and didn’t take the time to update you on Studio news!!!

After two beautiful years with us, the lovely Alex and I have decided it was time for a change, and so that’s what we did and she is now working at Yahoo if you want to keep on following her thoughts about beauty. She’s been amazing to us and I hope we’ve been as amazing as a Studio, but sometimes change is good!

We welcomed Neada last week. It took a long time to find someone that I felt I would love, and even more importantly that you would love and have fun reading. Neada is Australian, she’s a real cool girl but doesn’t have a crazy ego, and as with everyone I decide to work with, is a very kind, very gentle, very caring person. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love her !!!

That’s it for the moment! Have a wonderful day!

G


By admin

Studio News

Hey guys!!!

I’ve kind of been caught in the whirlwind of things, and didn’t take the time to update you on Studio news!!!

After two beautiful years with us, the lovely Alex and I have decided it was time for a change, and so that’s what we did and she is now working at Yahoo if you want to keep on following her thoughts about beauty. She’s been amazing to us and I hope we’ve been as amazing as a Studio, but sometimes change is good!

We welcomed Neada last week. It took a long time to find someone that I felt I would love, and even more importantly that you would love and have fun reading. Neada is Australian, she’s a real cool girl but doesn’t have a crazy ego, and as with everyone I decide to work with, is a very kind, very gentle, very caring person. I’m pretty sure you’re gonna love her !!!

That’s it for the moment! Have a wonderful day!

G


By admin

The Del Val #40

Chances are if you’re reading this you consider yourself a creative type.  And maybe while traveling you’d like to stay in another creative type’s home?  Look no further for what will assist you.

Spotify explains itself. To add our two cents: People tend to forget that in the creative fields a few people make most of the money, a portion manage to make a living, and everyone else does what they do largely as labors of love. It’s been that way for decades and we doubt it will ever be all that different in the future. Regardless, just do your small part and pay if you like consuming something!

Last week we posted about dancers in a ballet institution. This week we feature some on the streets showing people their skills for free.

We frankly don’t know how London can find enough qualified people who possess such extraordinary memory retention to drive its cabs. Peek into what is considered the hardest test in the world.

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the states, which means many people will be spending time in the kitchen. If you’re not in yours all that often these short, instructional videos will help you do things the best and most efficient way. Plus you were just on the NY Times’ site already anyway.

You were just assisted in the kitchen, now let’s look at your walls and how you are hanging artwork on them.

While the internet breaks itself over shiny Kim we’ll take an un-retouched Lara any day.

 

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #40

Chances are if you’re reading this you consider yourself a creative type.  And maybe while traveling you’d like to stay in another creative type’s home?  Look no further for what will assist you.

Spotify explains itself. To add our two cents: People tend to forget that in the creative fields a few people make most of the money, a portion manage to make a living, and everyone else does what they do largely as labors of love. It’s been that way for decades and we doubt it will ever be all that different in the future. Regardless, just do your small part and pay if you like consuming something!

Last week we posted about dancers in a ballet institution. This week we feature some on the streets showing people their skills for free.

We frankly don’t know how London can find enough qualified people who possess such extraordinary memory retention to drive its cabs. Peek into what is considered the hardest test in the world.

It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the states, which means many people will be spending time in the kitchen. If you’re not in yours all that often these short, instructional videos will help you do things the best and most efficient way. Plus you were just on the NY Times’ site already anyway.

You were just assisted in the kitchen, now let’s look at your walls and how you are hanging artwork on them.

While the internet breaks itself over shiny Kim we’ll take an un-retouched Lara any day.

 

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


By delphine and wes

At Phillip’s Studio

The other day we paid a visit to Phillip Lim‘s showroom and studio. It’s every bit as beautiful as you would imagine… (or more!)

I’ve always adored the space he’s created, so I wanted to share some photos with you. It’s filled with light (coming in from the stunning atrium ceilings) and there are so many small details that Phillip added – perfectly picked flowers, the coolest unique furniture pieces (a lot from BDDW – an amaaaazzzing store here in Soho) and of course art!!

Au Revoir, Facebook!

Last week, I decided I was going to delete Facebook…

After seven years of posting, liking and commenting, I decided it was time to cut down the noise. Like Garance, I had become so used to the constant beeping and buzzing of my phone that it was sewn permanently attached to my hand at all waking hours! I was always scrolling through my Facebook feed and responding to messages from friends — it became difficult to do anything without mindlessly scrolling during dinner or a movie, or even as soon as I’d rolled up my yoga mat.

And none of my friends really thought I would delete it, and maybe neither did I… But I did! I deactivated my account at the beginning of this week (not quite the same as completely deleting it, but almost…) and it’s changed the way my friends communicate with me.

They’ve now started calling or texting when something really cool or really important needs to be shared (still every day!). And I get thoughtful, long essays emails from friends who live overseas. So far, so good… Plus there’s always Instagram.

How do you cut out the noise?


By neada

Au Revoir, Facebook!

Last week, I decided I was going to delete Facebook…

After seven years of posting, liking and commenting, I decided it was time to cut down the noise. Like Garance, I had become so used to the constant beeping and buzzing of my phone that it was sewn permanently attached to my hand at all waking hours! I was always scrolling through my Facebook feed and responding to messages from friends — it became difficult to do anything without mindlessly scrolling during dinner or a movie, or even as soon as I’d rolled up my yoga mat.

And none of my friends really thought I would delete it, and maybe neither did I… But I did! I deactivated my account at the beginning of this week (not quite the same as completely deleting it, but almost…) and it’s changed the way my friends communicate with me.

They’ve now started calling or texting when something really cool or really important needs to be shared (still every day!). And I get thoughtful, long essays emails from friends who live overseas. So far, so good… Plus there’s always Instagram.

How do you cut out the noise?


By neada

Textbook

My telephone is going to explode, I think. It’s definitely going to happen one day, and I’m not even the worst when it comes to phones.

When I see my friend Lauren’s phone, she always has 56 unread messages (and I’m not even talking about emails, I’m only talking about texts)(number of unread emails: 8000), so I figure I actually don’t have it so bad with the four unread texts fighting for my attention.
 
The thing with texts, though, is that I do something I can’t even do with emails anymore: I respond in real time.
 
And it starts really early.
 
7am: I have all my French conversations with my family and French friends in the morning. My mother, my sister, and my best friend who happens to be on tour and is stuck in a bus all the time, so he has nothing to do but send texts, and we end up having real conversations about life, death, love, and everything – all over text. And then a few of my girlfriends too. It’s like we’ve forgotten what it was like to have an actual conversation on the phone.

Even my mother texts me. She uses emoticons and everything.
 
8am: My New York friends start to wake up and I always end up texting with one or two of them about whatever is going on in our lives, like – so how was your date – it was a disaster he asked me if I wanted to have a threesome can you believe it, on the first night? What about you, how was your evening, etc., etc.
 
Sometimes I even end up taking my phone into the shower without realizing it. Or on the toilet. Don’t look at me like that, I know you do it too.
 
9am: That’s when the avalanche starts. The Studio opens, and if I’ve decided to start my work day at home, my phone and computer buzz non-stop.
 
There’s the “beep” of my texts, the “boo beep” of Skype, and the “voom” of Viber, it’s like a concrete music concert that lasts until 10am, when I get fed up with it and close all my apps, since I’m still in my pajamas and haven’t done anything productive with my day yet at all, except for sharing information that may or may not be all that important.
 
My problem the last few weeks is that I made the big mistake of installing text messaging on all of my devices. Both of my computers, my iPad, and my iPhone receive my texts, and since I’m a well trained doggy, I’ve developed the habit of interrupting whatever I’m doing so I can respond to my messages immediately.
 
It annoyed me so much the other day that, in a moment of rebellion, I decided to uninstall everything. I almost uninstalled text on my phone but then I was like, wait. No.
 
Let’s be honest – we’re all addicted to our phones. We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to checking them in every possible situation. Have you seen the people who jump back on their phones right after a movie like their life depended on it?
 
The thing with phones is that every little notification – whether it’s a text, a like, a comment on Instagram, or whatever else – gives us a little buzz, and we get excited about it. It’s not even related to the notification itself, necessarily. It’s just that buzz that counts. Makes us feel alive.
 
In fact, I have lots of friends who have relationships with guys that happen entirely over text.
 
And I tell them what I think about that: “But don’t you think the relationship is actually with his phone? Maybe it’s just a way for him to feel reassured, and to be sure someone’s thinking about him. When’s the last time you guys actually saw each other?”
 
(Me, aka the super buzzkiller friend)

(And obviously, this conversation happens over text)
 
So anyway. Whether a text relationship is real or not, I’ll leave that up to Pyschology Magazine to decide.
 
I don’t even have time to wonder about it, because around 4pm, we’re back in business.
 
A friend who’s shopping sends me 50 photos of a pair of shoes and I send 10 text messages trying to convince her to buy them and telling her that $800 is really nothing compared to $2500, a number I’ve picked out of nowhere, but it works right away – I should totally be a sales girl at Barney’s. 

 The shoes are crazy expensive, I agree, but my friend can afford them, and they are gorgeous. So if she wants my true opinion, here it is: buy them.
 
Around 5pm, the evening I anxiously (I’m one of them) start texting to see what everyone’s doing tonight to make sure nothing extremely exciting is going on without them knowing about it.
 
Around 6pm, it’s all the “where should we meet?” texts for those who have plans, and a big moment of texting loneliness for those who don’t. Good time to go to the gym if you want my opinion.
 
From 7-8pm, it’s pretty calm, unless you’re a millennial, who totally knows how to have a conversation AND text AND Instagram at the same time. The other day, I actually spent the evening responding to the desperate messages of a friend who is 24. She was texting me while she was right in the middle of a date because she didn’t know how to react to the weird things the guy was doing.
 
“Are you crazy? Put your phone away! The guy will probably go back to being normal!!!”

“Oh no, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”

Pffff, there was no going back. And the worst thing was I knew she was definitely texting three other friends at the same time as me, because they were all texting me to talk about the fact that she was texting in the middle of her date and that it was kind of over the top, who does that.
 
Ah, the millennials – they’re never quite all the way with you, and never quite really somewhere else.
 
10pm – that’s when the drunk texts begin.

Aaaah, drunk texts, I tell everyone to send these to me, please.

Ok, first of all, it makes me burst out laughing, and also because it’s better to send them to a relatively kind and thoughtful friend (me) than to put something ridiculous on Twitter.
 
At some point in my day, I’m ready to go to bed, whether it’s after a party (like the one the other day at Indochine – I spent the whole night glued to my phone texting my friends to see where they were because we kept losing each other, and I was promising other friends that the party was definitely worth it, so they’d better come out, and after all of that effort, I ended up leaving on a whim before they even got there, without texting them to let them know, because I just have moments like that when I’m too drunk to text when I like to feel independent from everything) or after texting with a few friends.
 
Sometimes I’ll go to bed and try to think about how many people I’ve communicated with that day. Without counting emails and phone calls for work, it’s probably between thirty and fifty virtual conversations every day, with people on the other side of the world, or just on the other side of the Studio.
 
I’ve probably been distracted at least 500 times during the day, I’ve had to pull my thoughts together and refocus 334 times, only to get interrupted (and respond) all over again three minutes later.
 
And I repeat, I’m not even the worst. And I’m definitely not a victim. I’m totally responsible for over texting.
 
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, though, because the truth is I love having all the people I care about within phone’s reach. I talk so much more often now with my mom and my best friends, and I’m able to be so much more present for my friends. Or well, I mean, I get them to be more present for me, hehehe.
 
I guess I might just need to try to manage the flow of information a little better, and maybe get into meditation like everyone else.
 
One day, when we have lives where our brain power is multiplied, or we have as many virtual relationships as real ones, or we’re able to be in two places at one time, and our phones are part of our bodies (I tried the Apple Watch for the first time in Paris (AND HOLY SH*T I MET JONY IVE) and it’s obviously an amazing thing – but when the watch started to vibrate on my wrist, I suddenly felt like I was chained up like a slave) – learning to meditate and disconnect from all of that won’t just be a cute new age thing anymore.
 
It will be a matter of survival, don’t you think?
 
Oh hey, by the way, when I started writing this post earlier at the Studio, I said: “I’m writing an article about interruptions, so don’t you interrupt me!!!”
 
And then I counted. While I was writing this post, I responded to four people over text, and six people on Skype. I also did a photo shoot, edited photos, said hi to someone who stopped by the Studio, and ordered a really good macrobiotic lunch. Then I had an appointment, so I was interrupted for about an hour.

Yeah, I know, you can tell by the quality of the writing, thanks.
 
It’s easy to make fun of all of this. But what about you? What’s your relationship with your phone like? Are you like me, or do you think I’m a lost cause?
 
Translated by Andrea Perdue

Textbook

My telephone is going to explode, I think. It’s definitely going to happen one day, and I’m not even the worst when it comes to phones.

When I see my friend Lauren’s phone, she always has 56 unread messages (and I’m not even talking about emails, I’m only talking about texts)(number of unread emails: 8000), so I figure I actually don’t have it so bad with the four unread texts fighting for my attention.
 
The thing with texts, though, is that I do something I can’t even do with emails anymore: I respond in real time.
 
And it starts really early.
 
7am: I have all my French conversations with my family and French friends in the morning. My mother, my sister, and my best friend who happens to be on tour and is stuck in a bus all the time, so he has nothing to do but send texts, and we end up having real conversations about life, death, love, and everything – all over text. And then a few of my girlfriends too. It’s like we’ve forgotten what it was like to have an actual conversation on the phone.

Even my mother texts me. She uses emoticons and everything.
 
8am: My New York friends start to wake up and I always end up texting with one or two of them about whatever is going on in our lives, like – so how was your date – it was a disaster he asked me if I wanted to have a threesome can you believe it, on the first night? What about you, how was your evening, etc., etc.
 
Sometimes I even end up taking my phone into the shower without realizing it. Or on the toilet. Don’t look at me like that, I know you do it too.
 
9am: That’s when the avalanche starts. The Studio opens, and if I’ve decided to start my work day at home, my phone and computer buzz non-stop.
 
There’s the “beep” of my texts, the “boo beep” of Skype, and the “voom” of Viber, it’s like a concrete music concert that lasts until 10am, when I get fed up with it and close all my apps, since I’m still in my pajamas and haven’t done anything productive with my day yet at all, except for sharing information that may or may not be all that important.
 
My problem the last few weeks is that I made the big mistake of installing text messaging on all of my devices. Both of my computers, my iPad, and my iPhone receive my texts, and since I’m a well trained doggy, I’ve developed the habit of interrupting whatever I’m doing so I can respond to my messages immediately.
 
It annoyed me so much the other day that, in a moment of rebellion, I decided to uninstall everything. I almost uninstalled text on my phone but then I was like, wait. No.
 
Let’s be honest – we’re all addicted to our phones. We’re all a bit crazy when it comes to checking them in every possible situation. Have you seen the people who jump back on their phones right after a movie like their life depended on it?
 
The thing with phones is that every little notification – whether it’s a text, a like, a comment on Instagram, or whatever else – gives us a little buzz, and we get excited about it. It’s not even related to the notification itself, necessarily. It’s just that buzz that counts. Makes us feel alive.
 
In fact, I have lots of friends who have relationships with guys that happen entirely over text.
 
And I tell them what I think about that: “But don’t you think the relationship is actually with his phone? Maybe it’s just a way for him to feel reassured, and to be sure someone’s thinking about him. When’s the last time you guys actually saw each other?”
 
(Me, aka the super buzzkiller friend)

(And obviously, this conversation happens over text)
 
So anyway. Whether a text relationship is real or not, I’ll leave that up to Pyschology Magazine to decide.
 
I don’t even have time to wonder about it, because around 4pm, we’re back in business.
 
A friend who’s shopping sends me 50 photos of a pair of shoes and I send 10 text messages trying to convince her to buy them and telling her that $800 is really nothing compared to $2500, a number I’ve picked out of nowhere, but it works right away – I should totally be a sales girl at Barney’s. 

 The shoes are crazy expensive, I agree, but my friend can afford them, and they are gorgeous. So if she wants my true opinion, here it is: buy them.
 
Around 5pm, everyone who’s anxious about plans that evening (I’m one of them) starts texting to see what everyone’s doing to make sure nothing extremely exciting is going on without them knowing about it.
 
Around 6pm, it’s all the “where should we meet?” texts for those who have plans, and a big moment of texting loneliness for those who don’t. Good time to go to the gym if you want my opinion.
 
From 7-8pm, it’s pretty calm, unless you’re a millennial, who totally knows how to have a conversation AND text AND Instagram at the same time. The other day, I actually spent the evening responding to the desperate messages of a friend who is 24. She was texting me while she was right in the middle of a date because she didn’t know how to react to the weird things the guy was doing.
 
“Are you crazy? Put your phone away! The guy will probably go back to being normal!!!”

“Oh no, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t.”

Pffff, there was no going back. And the worst thing was I knew she was definitely texting three other friends at the same time as me, because they were all texting me to talk about the fact that she was texting in the middle of her date and that it was kind of over the top, who does that.
 
Ah, the millennials – they’re never quite all the way with you, and never quite really somewhere else.
 
10pm – that’s when the drunk texts begin.

Aaaah, drunk texts, I tell everyone to send these to me, please.

Ok, first of all, it makes me burst out laughing, and also because it’s better to send them to a relatively kind and thoughtful friend (me) than to put something ridiculous on Twitter.
 
At some point in my day, I’m ready to go to bed, whether it’s after a party (like the one the other day at Indochine – I spent the whole night glued to my phone texting my friends to see where they were because we kept losing each other, and I was promising other friends that the party was definitely worth it, so they’d better come out, and after all of that effort, I ended up leaving on a whim before they even got there, without texting them to let them know, because I just have moments like that when I’m too drunk to text when I like to feel independent from everything) or after texting with a few friends.
 
Sometimes I’ll go to bed and try to think about how many people I’ve communicated with that day. Without counting emails and phone calls for work, it’s probably between thirty and fifty virtual conversations every day, with people on the other side of the world, or just on the other side of the Studio.
 
I’ve probably been distracted at least 500 times during the day, I’ve had to pull my thoughts together and refocus 334 times, only to get interrupted (and respond) all over again three minutes later.
 
And I repeat, I’m not even the worst. And I’m definitely not a victim. I’m totally responsible for over texting.
 
I don’t know if it’s good or bad, though, because the truth is I love having all the people I care about within phone’s reach. I talk so much more often now with my mom and my best friends, and I’m able to be so much more present for my friends. Or well, I mean, I get them to be more present for me, hehehe.
 
I guess I might just need to try to manage the flow of information a little better, and maybe get into meditation like everyone else.
 
One day, when we have lives where our brain power is multiplied, or we have as many virtual relationships as real ones, or we’re able to be in two places at one time, and our phones are part of our bodies (I tried the Apple Watch for the first time in Paris (AND HOLY SH*T I MET JONY IVE) and it’s obviously an amazing thing – but when the watch started to vibrate on my wrist, I suddenly felt like I was chained up like a slave) – learning to meditate and disconnect from all of that won’t just be a cute new age thing anymore.
 
It will be a matter of survival, don’t you think?
 
Oh hey, by the way, when I started writing this post earlier at the Studio, I said: “I’m writing an article about interruptions, so don’t you interrupt me!!!”
 
And then I counted. While I was writing this post, I responded to four people over text, and six people on Skype. I also did a photo shoot, edited photos, said hi to someone who stopped by the Studio, and ordered a really good macrobiotic lunch. Then I had an appointment, so I was interrupted for about an hour.

Yeah, I know, you can tell by the quality of the writing, thanks.
 
It’s easy to make fun of all of this. But what about you? What’s your relationship with your phone like? Are you like me, or do you think I’m a lost cause?
 
Translated by Andrea Perdue

The Del Val #39

Behind-the-scenes at New York City Ballet. The passion, the heartbreak, the beauty. Season Two is now available for your viewing pleasure.


The serialized radio piece used to be the thing many decades ago. The serialized podcast piece is the thing right now…or at least one of the other million ways you have of spending your time online. But seriously, longform listening, you should try it.

You’re confronted with these choices daily. One of them is healthier than the other. You should choose that one more frequently.

It’s not all that often we get so many words out of a designer on their inspirations for the season. As a side note we couldn’t agree more with his last sentence.

From styling for Alaïa to fashion editing at British Vogue, to shop conception for Chloé and Yohji Yamamoto, Sophie Hicks knows the business inside and out.

You should recognize his cheeky work from Toilet Paper magazine, his giant retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011, and recent Kenzo ads. A sneak peek at a new documentary on the art world’s master joker.

It’s rare the genius who does all the creating alone. Their names may be the ones history remembers, but that doesn’t mean sidekicks didn’t play integral parts. This clever book shows a bunch that did.

A weekly round up of the best links from Delphine & Wes Del Val.


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