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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.


By delphine and wes

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.


By delphine and wes

At Grazie

Right now in Paris, a lot of places are inspired by New York… That were inspired by Paris.

We paid a visit to Grazie, a pizza place designed and decorated by the very chic Stéphanie Cohen.

Posted!

We have new posters!


New posters, classic illustrations, and in all different sizes for every frame in your house. Plus, the new prints are on a special paper, extra nice! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, or perhaps to fill in that missing space on your own wall.

You can find all of the stationery and prints on GaranceDoreGoods.com, shop now!


By admin

Posted!

We have new posters!


New posters, classic illustrations, and in all different sizes for every frame in your house. Plus, the new prints are on a special paper, extra nice! Just in time for the holiday gift-giving season, or perhaps to fill in that missing space on your own wall.

You can find all of the stationery and prints on GaranceDoreGoods.com, shop now!


By admin

Coming to Chicago!

Next week Garance and I are headed to Chicago for the first time ever!!


Yes, that’s right, we’ve both never been.

Garance is being honored at the Museum and Science and Industry with their first ever Fashion Inspiration Award (bravo G!) and we’ll be doing a Fashion for Breakfast event at SoHo House, but we’d love to know: what should we do and see? Who should we meet?

And more importantly, where can I get the best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?


By emilyn

Coming to Chicago!

Next week Garance and I are headed to Chicago for the first time ever!!


Yes, that’s right, we’ve both never been.

Garance is being honored at the Museum and Science and Industry with their first ever Fashion Inspiration Award (bravo G!) and we’ll be doing a Fashion for Breakfast event at SoHo House, but we’d love to know: what should we do and see? Who should we meet?

And more importantly, where can I get the best Chicago Deep Dish Pizza?


By emilyn

Everyday People

Our friend Saada throws a brunch once a month called Everyday People that’s more of a dance party disguised as an all afternoon meal. The energy, the music, the dancing… it’s so much fun!! We stopped by last weekend so we could share a bit of the vibes from the party/brunch.

The Del Val #38

Just one more month to see the fog at one of the world’s great pieces of architecture before it disappears…like fog.


What does your zip code say about you? This helps marketers know who to target with what.

In case you still have some extra time when not binge-watching and posting to or checking your social media accounts, here is a new addictive way to spend it.

When you think about it, the internet as we know it is still so young. Here’s a list of how and where it’s exploded in use with us all now connected. Staggering.

“Never design anything you wouldn’t want to wear yourself.” Who said it and how does she keep charming us season after season?

You think you’re making the right choices, but you very well may not be. Avoid these “health” foods and switch to their recommendations.

We’ve met few people who love fashion magazines as much as we do, but we know Luis Venegas does, and he has a new issue of his sporadically-produced and highly-collectible Fanzine137. A must own if you, too, love these magazines.

And speaking of Spaniards and magazines, our friends Omar Sosa and crew also have a new issue of theirs, Apartamento, and it’s one of their finest yet. Don’t miss this one either.

Photographers are usually just on one side of the camera, but here it’s turned on a number of them and we hear about their lives shooting.

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


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #38

Just one more month to see the fog at one of the world’s great pieces of architecture before it disappears…like fog.


What does your zip code say about you? This helps marketers know who to target with what.

In case you still have some extra time when not binge-watching and posting to or checking your social media accounts, here is a new addictive way to spend it.

When you think about it, the internet as we know it is still so young. Here’s a list of how and where it’s exploded in use with us all now connected. Staggering.

“Never design anything you wouldn’t want to wear yourself.” Who said it and how does she keep charming us season after season?

You think you’re making the right choices, but you very well may not be. Avoid these “health” foods and switch to their recommendations.

We’ve met few people who love fashion magazines as much as we do, but we know Luis Venegas does, and he has a new issue of his sporadically-produced and highly-collectible Fanzine137. A must own if you, too, love these magazines.

And speaking of Spaniards and magazines, our friends Omar Sosa and crew also have a new issue of theirs, Apartamento, and it’s one of their finest yet. Don’t miss this one either.

Photographers are usually just on one side of the camera, but here it’s turned on a number of them and we hear about their lives shooting.

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


By delphine and wes

Le White

We stopped by, ok took a train out of the city, to Saint-Ouen in the north of Paris to visit a very cool new concept store called Le White.

It’s part shop, part art gallery.  You’ll find an intriguing collection of objects, paintings and photos by young artists and designers, and in one harmonious color : white!


The store comes from artistic director and photographer Violaine Carrère, who wanted a store much like her entirely white home.

Is white the new black?

Click on the arrows to see more images…

Le White, 77 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen

Career / The AstroTwins

I have to admit, I read my horoscope. Kind of often, actually. It might seem crazy, but it’s something I’ve always done, probably because of all the fashion magazines I’ve read throughout the years.

I don’t know if I really believe in it — it’s more like a pastime, but I know that my favorite is the one by the AstroTwins. They are fun, modern, funny, and they don’t take themselves too seriously.

So that’s why I suddenly wondered — what is an astrologist’s career like? How do you get into it, how do you build it as a career, how do you make a living out of it?

The AstroTwins answered all of our questions, and honestly, I find them just as inspiring in real life as they are in their horoscopes, and whether you believe in it or not, that’s what counts!!!


What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Tali: We wanted to be artists. We both went to art school; we have fine arts degrees. But then we also wanted to be writers, so we kind of get to do both now.
 
Where did you go to school?
Ophira: We always wanted to go to the University of Michigan, we grew up in Detroit, so we thought it was the best school and were fixated on going there.
 
They didn’t have a great journalism program, so we actually ended up starting our own magazine, our own women’s magazine, while we were there.
 
How did that come about?
O:  Everything happens through love a lot of the time. Tali had a little summer romance with a guy who lived out in New Jersey and she wanted to find a way to meet him, so she entered a contest for Sassy’s magazine reader produced issue.
 
T: He had come to visit at our school and he got me obsessed with New York. I thought I have to get to New York and I want to see him. It never occurred to me to just save some money and buy a plane ticket.
Instead I entered and won Sassy’s Magazines’ reader produced issue contest. I got to replace the art director there and I got this 3-week whirlwind trip to New York.
 
I forgot all about the guy, who turned out to be a loser anyways. But my love of journalism and woman’s media was really born—it was in me—but I think the universe places these things in front of you sometimes. I didn’t know I would love putting a magazine together that much even thought I had writing and art and my favorite things.
 
O: It also brought together all of these 15-20 year old girls. We just got really into giving women a different message than the one they were getting in the media—making it fun and making it stylish, and really bringing people together. But astrology is really the best way we found. It doesn’t offend anyone usually.
 
T: And when we were publishing our women’s magazine the thing that would bring everyone together was astrology. It was kind of this hobby and we’d have women of all different cultural backgrounds. It was at The University of Michigan and the university back then was a bit more segregated so everyone hung only with their culture and we really wanted to bring everyone together and show the beauty of all women and give everyone a chance to have their stories in the media. But the thing that was the best ice breaker was always astrology. Like, “Oh you’re a Gemini you’re a Gemini.” It doesn’t matter what your background is.
 
O: It erased cultural barriers.

We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?

 
What did your parents do? Did it have any influence on your aspirations growing up?
T: I would say in a bizzaro way. They’re both very entrepreneurial.
 
O: Yeah, dad is from Israel—he came here right before we were born. He had his own landscaping business.
Then our mother is a rabbi. She was a school counselor but her dream was to be a rabbi. So there’s some spirituality. Our tag line is we bring the stars down to earth, so we have the spiritual from our mom and the dirt from our dad.
 
T: Yeah we worked with our dad when we were teens. We were cleaning people’s yards, but we really liked being outside and on the move, we’re Sagitarians. It was an unconventional thing to do. It also gave us humility and a respect for being of service to people. We really try to bring that into our horoscopes—how can we be of service to people.
 
When did astrology first touch your lives? What’s your first memory of astrology?
 
T: We always read our horoscopes. We had a paper route and we’d read Dear Abby and the horoscopes, they used to be right next to each other.
Then Ophi’s college boyfriend did a chart for her 21st birthday for her. It had this 30 page booklet and we knew we were Sagitarians but we also have Mercury, Mars, Moon and Venus in Scorpio, so when we were reading those descriptions we were like oh that sounds so much more like us.
 
O: It was like someone gave us this secret owners manual that they say people don’t come with. So we wanted to do it for our friends. I think as twins and maybe it’s just our personality, we were always trying to figure people out and giving advice from an early age.
 
T: We’re computer geeks too and Ophi was working at the computer lab at the University of Michigan. Astrology is very geeky by the way, if you haven’t noticed. I try to explain it to guys and they tune out. If you want to see women be a bunch of math geeks, teach them astrology. It just has to be applicable to human behavior.
 
Did you always want to work together, being twins?
 
T: We naturally do, it wasn’t even a choice.
We had our own language in the crib, we even remember a few words. We’ve just always been very connected, we’re lucky like that because not all twins are.
 
There are differences; I mean Ophi is more the practical one. She has kids, I met my husband at burning man; I don’t have kids. I’m more the traveling nomad bohemian and she likes to take the business courses and things.
 
At what age did you start making astrology into more of a career for yourselves?
O: In our mid twenties.
 
T: Yeah we wanted to learn web design in our mid twenties—it was the 90s—and we loved media. We saw the web coming and we were geeks and wanted in on it, also to learn web design and maybe turn that into a career path.
So we taught ourselves web design by building our own astrology sites. Mine was Astrology Queen and Ophie’s was a Star Wars Astrology page. Then people kept coming to talk to us about astrology. One of our friends got a job at Teen People Magazine and she offered us a column. We literally haven’t stopped since
 
And did you move to New York right after school?
 
T: We stayed in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a little while with our magazine but then as soon as we decided to let it go we came right to New York. We would come here whenever we could, we just feel so at home here.
 
Were you working at the time when you got the column?
 
T: Yeah we were working more in web design. Ophi was hired as an associate editor at Ms. magazine after we sold our magazine. Ms. didn’t have a website yet and very few people knew how to build them! I built the magazine’s first website with Debbie Stoller who founded Bust magazine.
Since we happened to work in feminist media, it was a no-brainer for them to hire us. Ms. had just been bought be an all-female investment group organized by Gloria Steinem, called Liberty Media for Women, so they were also keen to work with women.
 
Our magazine we started at school, HUES, ended up going national. We published it on our own for six or seven years, and it became financially unsustainable as the web emerged as many magazines did. Everyone we met from there ended up getting jobs in women’s media and they pulled us into the astrology career.
 
I was doing more of the design and Ophie was doing more of the editing. We both write equal amounts now, but I definitely do more of the creative stuff whereas Ophie is more of the strategy and web.
 
When you say design, were you working as webmasters or graphic designers?
 
O: Everything. We built our first ones in hand-coded HTML in 1996. Then we started designing them in Photoshop, slicing them up and putting them into Dreamweaver. Now we’ve taught ourselves WordPress a few years ago, along with the CSS coding and a tiny bit of PHP. So we’ve built a bunch of author and entrepreneur sites, to keep our skills fresh and because it satisfied the eternal art school students in us.
 
Up until a year ago, the Astrostyle site was completely designed and coded by Ophi. We relaunched in WordPress last December, and Ophi collaborated on it – choosing the colors, fonts, images, etc. When needed, we go into the CSS code and make changes.

I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate…We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.

 
How has everything evolved from the column into the site and everything you’re doing today?
 
T: It started with the column. Since it was Teen People it was more teen and pop culture and celebrity focused.
This was in 2001 and 2002. Shortly after that we were given a book deal by Simon & Schuster to write a teen astrology book. That was our focus for about 3 years.
 
In 2005 Teen People folded. We thought now we’re a little older we’d rather write for women and address meatier topics. So we revamped our website. We wrote astrology for home décor, astrology for a break up, a lot of that content is now in our e-books that we sell on the site. We gave it away for free for a long time.
 
Then Lifetime TV syndicated all of it for their website so they brought us on as their astrologers. Then our old Teen People editor pulled us in to Brides.com and then our Brides.com editor gave us the dream job, which we still have for Elle.com.

O: Elle.com was in 2009, so it was inching up over time to the audience we really love to write for which is that stylish, successful, smart women.
 
How far in advance can you do a daily horoscope for your site and the columns?
 
T: You can do years in advance. It’s called an ephemeris. It’s like a guide to where all of the planets are. You can go hundreds of years. Nasa has it all mapped out. We’re only 2 months ahead, not 100 years.
 
O: We started doing weeklies and monthlies in 2006.
 
T: Yeah, and we decided to do our own site. In 2006 we redesigned our site because we had enough people coming to us, so we decided to do that on the side. We were still building people’s websites for them until 2009 when the Elle job started and after that we decided to commit 100% to astrology.
 
Was money tough in the beginning when you first got the column?

T: It was Time Inc, and it was a daily—we were paid pretty well. I wish people were still paying like that!
 
O: Astrology is usually the most trafficked part of all of these sites.
 
 But we had some clients and we also had another book deal to write this book about men called Love Zodiac. That helped to put us more on the map in the niche of love.
 
T: In 2010 we started doing readings. We never wanted to do them. I didn’t want to be like Miss Cleo or Psychic Hotline because I think that diminishes it. But we now we each do a reading 5 days a week with some amazing clients and it ends up being like a life coaching and strategy session.
 
How did you teach yourself astrology?
 
O: Books and books. I got the chart from the boyfriend and then at the computer lab where I worked at there was this woman, she was a Scorpio and we were the only women there, and we were obsessed with astrology. She found a little piece of shareware that did charts—Cosmic Portrait. I put it on a disk and brought it home.
 
We would just remember everything we read. But it would stick because when you’re applying it to a person you just go oh ok and then you just never forget. I think I got that program in 96. I can still see someone I went to college with and I still know if you’re a Libra or a Virgo.
 
Do you think that anyone that’s passionate about astrology can become an astrologer?
O: Yes, if they have intuition. We’ve actually created a 5 part class that’s done as a retreat in Tulum, Mexico every year to become your own astrologer.
 
We’ve found it to be a really practical tool and the more that you understand it the less you worry and obsess. It’s not because you know things are going happen and you wait around for them, you just get an idea of what might be ahead so you might choose your actions in a different way.
 
How would you explain that intuition?
 
O: You have to give a shit about someone besides yourself. You also have to be into yourself too. It’s a combination of obsessing over yourself and asking why do you do this, but you have to be interested in other people too. Kind of like a puzzle person. Cracking a code in the way.
 
If you had to explain the theory of astrology in simple terms what would that definition be?
 
T: It’s a math of where the planets are in their orbit at any given time and there’s a legend that’s associated with it, and there’s a system of interpreting it so that it makes sense here on earth.
 
O: It’s also like a cosmic roadmap. Your chart is the instruction manual that you don’t come with. I like to say it’s your factory settings. If you take an iPhone out of the box it’s the same as any other iPhone it has it’s system but you can customize it with backgrounds and apps, so we’re all the same, we have our factory settings but as we go through life you can make choices and free will to make choices that customize your settings. But you’re either an Android or iPhone, you are what you are.
 
And that is all based off of when you were born…
 
T: Yeah, your exact minute of birth.
What you read in the papers is a sun sign, so that’s where the sun was in relation to the earth’s orbit around it. But there’s so much more: you have a moon sign, Mercury, Venus, Mars—all the planets are orbiting around the sun at different speeds so you freeze frame them at your exact moment of birth when you look at your chart. They’ll all be somewhere in that circle lining up with one of the 12 zodiac signs or 12 houses, we divide that circle in 12.
 
Why is the chart done at time of birth and not another time, like conception?
 
O: It’s the time your soul incarnates into a body, and it’s road map to your life as a “spiritual being having a human experience.”
 
How would you explain what your business is comprised of now?
 
T: Our philosophy is that if no one is going to give you a chance, build it yourself. And if it’s good enough, it’ll get picked up and that’s happened for us.
 
O: But I believe in the generosity model. Give people really good, useful content for free. We don’t charge people to read our monthly and weekly horoscopes on our website because it a barrier for them knowing what we do. We give a lot away for free.
 
We do syndicate it to places like Elle and that pays for us to be able to do that. But you have to be your own billboard. You have to show people, not tell them. We like to give a lot and it takes a certain amount of trust and people get addicted to the horoscopes and then they buy a book or do a reading.
 
I guess our business model is provide as much value as possible for people.
 
T: And the right people will come to us. We don’t chase after advertising. I think we really try to make sure that we’re putting something quality out there and we’re hard on ourselves.
 
But in terms of what we offer now we have a lot of content. We have daily, weekly, monthly horoscopes, and then we have a lot of columns—on Elle, Elle Australia, Interview Germany, Refinery29, so we’ve gone international. We do readings—about 8 to 10 readings a week between the two of us.

The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.

 
Do you separate for the readings?
 
T: Yeah, it’s too much for us together; otherwise people have to wait a long time. What we have in development is a pod cast where you call in with people.
 
O: We also have our retreat in Tulum and we’re planning to do more teaching and interacting—maybe more videos, people like it when we do them.
 
T: And we have the books, Men of the Zodiac and Momstrology. Ophi became a mom in 2010 and her daughter actually charmed an editor that gave us a book deal. So now we have a spin off website called Momstrology.
 
O: I think astrology is most useful when people are going through a time of uncertainty: dating someone new, crisis in the relationship, motherhood, a new job or trying to leave a job they hate. When you’re at any kind of a transition the tendency is to get stuck in analysis paralysis and just stay in a crappy situation or frozen like a deer in headlights. We try to meet people at those places and give them useful tools to get unstuck.
 
Do you feel like you’re rebranding astrology in the way that you approach it?
 
T: Yeah, for sure. Fashion people love astrology. I think creative people are the ones that love astrology the most.
 
O: But why do they need to see it on a purple or blue background with stars or wizards capes. We love style and we went to art school, so why not make it stylish? There’s no excuse to make something look so shitty when it’s something people want to read.
 
Is it something that you do consciously? Is it something that you want to be recognized by? It’s on your website, but it’s also in your writing. You always provide interesting links and you’re very in tune with what’s happening. You’ll talk about a spinning class. You’re very current.
 
T: We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it.
 
The human spirit is something we’re really interested in. We all share that one-ness. I think astrology, even though it divides people into twelve, it is also this unifier. Astrology is the ultimate icebreaker.
 
There’s no religion. You can connect with everybody.
 
T: It’s also fun, so you can take it with a grain of salt. It doesn’t push people’s buttons unless they’re super religious. But I do have some really religious clients. I did a reading for a born-again Christian. Muslims from Dubai.
Since Twitter started, a lot of people found us on Twitter and Google. We do readings for people all over the world: Iceland, Finland, Dubai, India, Hong Kong…
 
What kinds of clients do you have that are a bit more surprising?
 
T: I had one of the Secretary of States of New York for a good time. She still checks in. I had the daughter of an African king who went to Columbia. I helped advise her on what to do when she went back to her country and wanted to set up clean water access. It was an honor.
 
O: I had a famous neuroscientist. Mostly women. Sometimes men. Coaches. A lot of entrepreneurs.
 
T: People who just want to live a rich life. They want to make every moment count.
 
O: We don’t really have unhappy people coming to us. They’re people who are interested in personal growth and being their best selves.
 
T: They’re not fundamentally unhappy, but they can be going through hard times.
 
O: Maybe they’re just stuck. They have a blind spot and we help them.
 
T: The reading isn’t over until the person has a plan and hope. We stay on the phone with them until they are like, “Okay, this is what I need to do.”
 

We really want to be known for making astrology relevant to peoples’ lives. We bring the stars down to earth. If you can’t use it here on this planet, there’s really little point for it.

What does a reading entail?
 
O: We need their time, date and place of birth. We do their chart. They can ask three questions. They fill out a form. They can ask about three people, but of course it usually goes into more sometimes. Just to focus them a little bit.
 
T: We tell people the story of who they are. And then we look at timing based on where the stars are now. Should you leave your job? Should you leave your husband? Should you stay?
 
How closely do you think people should follow what you’re telling them?
 
T: With energy periods, it doesn’t matter because it’ll find you anyway.
A lot of times people will say that they listened to the recording a year later and everything that you said happened. The best thing to do is to take the information and then live your life. If your intuition tells you to go left and your horoscope tells you to go right, you should go left because nothing is a better guide than your intuition. But sometimes what you think is your intuition is actually all your fears and preconceptions.
 
How do you work with brands?
 
T: We’ve started doing more teambuilding stuff. We did an off-site with Nike. We managed to do a one-hour teambuilding presentation for fifteen people on a staff where we looked at all their charts and showed their “star-powered synergies.”
 
O: We read who works well together. We did a breakdown session of which signs should sit with each other so that they didn’t cluster into too much like-mindedness.
 
T: We did something for Nordstrom where they sent us around to the pop-up shops that they’re doing with Olivia Kim.
 
O: We just did the Kate Spade Saturdays lookbook. We did a whole 2015 horoscope. Their “eureka” book. We’re asked more and more to provide this specialty content. We did dinner at the Waverly Inn for Monika Botkier’s NYC relaunch.
 
T: We’ll do readings or brand extension type things.
 
O: We’ve done internal corporate retreats for a holistic nutrition company.
 
How do you communicate with your audience? How do you put yourself out there?
 
O: A lot of people find us on Elle and Refinery 29. We did this whole video series with Refinery, so that gave us some good exposure. Twitter for sure. We also do a weekly newsletter on Sunday nights.
 
T: Word of mouth though, really. People read it, they like it and then they send it to their friends.
 
Do you guys have a team that helps you out?
 
T: We have someone who does social media. We have a publicist and we have a great assistant who is like a shaman. She’s an amazing herbalist and she should be a life coach. She loves people. She’s a Taurus. But we’re a pretty small crew. We work separately though. We don’t have a centralized office.
 
Do you work from home?
 
T: Yeah and we come here, to our apartment in Manhattan.
 
O: I have an office up in Nyack. If you want to get out of the city, it’s so fun.
 
T: My husband owns a Polaroid camera store in Seattle. I work with him in his store. He’s an Aries, so we get all creative together. I need a certain quiet.
 
How long does it take you to do a chart?
 
T: I’m pretty fast. I can write an entire week of daily’s now in a day-and-a-half. It’s scary. An hour for a day.
 
Do you feel that once you know someone’s chart, you feel biased in the ways that you interact with them at all?
 
T: I just feel closer with them. I wouldn’t say biased. People rarely surprise us.
 
I’ve read a lot about how people say “No, astrology can’t be real. The maps are all wrong.” How do you deal with that?
 
T: Astrology does take into account the shifting constellations. Susan Miller did a great explanation of them on Elle.com. She says the constellations are just markers, because ultimately the planets are going 360-degress around the sun. The constellations were markers, but there were certain energies that were happening during that time. It’s more based on the seasons and where the earth is.
 
T: Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?
 
How do you deal with the haters? People who are like, “There’s no way.”
 
T: That’s fine. We just do their chart and then they’re like, “…oh.” They’re usually Capricorns or Aquarians. The occasional Sagittarius man. They’re almost always men.
 
O: I remind them of what the true definition of a skeptic is, which is someone who suspends their disbelief, tries it out, and then forms a judgment. If you say you’re a skeptic, you’re actually not. You’re a cynic because you’re judging this without giving it a fair shot.
 
What do you think is the biggest challenge about your profession and what you do?
 
T: Just writing as much as we do. Time never stops. We never get a day off.
 
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?
 
O: I like to be able to give people a breakthrough of some kind. Helping people stop suffering in their head. No matter how great we all look on the outside, you sit down with a person and they’re in the middle of dilemma of some kind.

Trying to prove astrology — Susan Miller thinks that you’ll be able to one day — but I don’t necessarily think about it like that. Can you prove Christianity? Can you prove shamanism? Can you prove art?

 
What does your average day look like? A mix of writings and readings?
 
T: Mostly writing. I wake up and turn on the coffee maker.
 
O: Hope my daughter doesn’t wake up. I love that morning coffee buzz hour. That’s the best concentration.
 
T: We wake up, have coffee, write, and then the Sagittarius kicks in and we get cabin fever and have to wander to some interesting place like a café or a restaurant or a hotel lobby. We always have to go somewhere to do some writing or reading.
 
O: We go to some vintage stop. Wandering and meeting a friend for lunch.
 
T: Then going back to writing and reading in the late afternoon.
 
O: There’s a lot of location scouting for new and interesting places to write. Having beauty around us is really important.
 
T: Most of our readings are on the phone. Most of our clients are from around the world.
 
Do you ever do them in person?
 
T: Sometimes. It’s much better on the phone because then people can just relax and listen. It can be distracting sometimes. When I’m reading, I’m looking up blankly and just seeing the chart. We don’t want other senses to interfere with our intuition. That’s why I think we want to do a podcast.
 
Some people are scared of bad news. How do you deal with that? Of people being afraid of bad news?
 
O: Bad news is usually a fear of someone dying or getting injured and a fear of being caught by surprise or not being ready for something. Usually, it’s lazy astrology for someone to tell you that they see an accident. I hate when people do that.There’s no way anyone can know that.
 
Do you feel like you have a mentor?
 
T: We have a number of them. My shaman is a mentor.
 
O: Our financial advisor. He’s our Yoda.
 
T: Vajra Ma who does amazing empowering women’s work. Our dad was an entrepreneurial mentor. He told us to never work for anyone else if we didn’t have to. Susan Miller is an inspiration because she paved the way for Internet astrologists. She has a different approach than us.
 
O: She made people read their horoscopes on the Internet.
 
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
 
T: This 80-year-old woman named Lenore once said, “Advice is something for people who already know the answer but wish they didn’t.” She was like our old weight-watchers leader. (Laughs)
 
How do you think astrology works with other kinds of mystic sciences?
 
T: I think they’re all the same. Whichever entry point it is for you. People who are into astrology tend to open themselves up to other things.
 
O: It gives you a system for learning that’s accessible.
 
What is your dream for astrology?
 
T: My dream is that everyone knows what their chart is so they gain the self-acceptance and understanding. When you understand yourself and you can be in harmony with yourself, that is the only way to world peace.
 
O: I think it’s also about understanding people. We have this e-book called, “How To Get Along With Anyone, Yes Even That Person.” It’s about how your distance between signs actually creates energy and how you deal with them. Is this person meant to be my best friend or a teacher for me? I’d love the opportunity to teach people that more because it’s a really simple tool.
 
What’s your dream for yourselves and your business?
 
T: A radio show is really exciting to us. I love Dan Savage. My dream is to do something like that so we can go around and answer people’s questions and laugh.
 
O: Then with a big group where we give people an overview of the month and people just asks us questions. We’re really good at answering questions on the fly. It’s really like stand-up comedy astrology in a way.  
 
You can find daily weekly and monthly horoscopes from the AstroTwins on their website, AstroStyle, as well as their 2015 Planetary Planner, to get you ready for the year ahead!

I’m Busy!

Okay so this post has absolutely nothing to do with style or beauty, seeing as this blog is becoming my personal space for ranting about existence on earth in general and the new developments of my everyday life in particular, but I have to ask you, WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?


We were talking about that on Sunday with two of my French friends at Ladurée Soho, which is the clichéest thing you can do as a group of French girls, but nonetheless delightful. Even more if you’re screaming (have you ever heard a group of French girls talking in French as if no one could understand them? Has it annoyed you? Yes, sorry as that was us yesterday in the back dark corner of Ladurée.) (thing is, Laura had ordered TWO giant palmiers – a sort of crazy French cookie that’s as huge as a Céline Classic and that is a delicious but deathly blend of gluten and sugar, so we where soon hyperventilating, on sugar high, telling each other how much we were totally not having dinner that night.).

Bianca was telling me how she can’t stand living alone, Laura was telling me about how now she’s doing okay and has actually learned to enjoy solitude with a Dalai Lama expression on her face.
Yet, she’s probably the busiest girl I know and has a dinner party every night and weekends in Tulum everyday.
I looked at her with a raised eyebrow, very French On Sugar High of me.

So there, there. WHAT’S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!

I mean, what’s wrong with me?

Since I’ve been living alone, my life is hell. I have way too much to do, too many friends, too many dinners, I’m busy, I’m busy, I’m busy.

It’s like suddenly, you’re not in a couple and the demons unleash, super fun friends come out of the woodworks and the things you thought you would NDA (never do again) suddenly feel like very valid options, like let’s say bar hopping from The Bowery (high end and annoying) to Tom and Jerry’s (dive bar and annoying) and drink like there is no tomorrow.

It’s like, since I’ve moved in to my new place, I’ve spent… What.
Four evenings alone just hanging out with myself?

Yeah.

So for a little while, I thought it was just because I’m just so busy.
I’m so in demand. I’m so crazy popular, what can I do? Right?

And I mean, it’s not like I’m alone being in the popular zone. Except for one friend of mine who’s in burnt out territory (new York will do that to you if you’re not careful!) and is living a love story with her bed, most my friends have a crazy, neverending, high voltage social life.

Dinners every night, OF COURSE. Pre dinner drinks. Lunches. Crazy New York weekends that I probably already debriefed for you in the past.
We’re actually all pretty crazy popular if you know what I mean. No time to be alone ! Way too many people to see and too many things to do ! It’s like having a burning social fire up your ass 100% of the time.

Till the day you forgot to make plans.

That’s the Southern French speaking to you, here. The girl who, before becoming a New Yorker with loneliness anxiety, would never ever make any plans and would call her friends at the last minute (if she felt like it) and check up on what they were doing.
Usually they were just hanging (probably smoking pot and laughing around) and they would all meet organically, no stress. No plans. Organic. Weed. Huhuhuhuhuhuhuh.

Anyways, so sometimes I do forget to make plans. You have to forgive me. With such a crazy busy social life, sometimes you don’t even have time to book your next weekend!
And then I find myself alone, in my apartment, with no plans, and I am the happiest person there can be on planet Earth, it’s so great.

Aaaaahhhhhh.
Mmmmnnn.
Goooood okay.
Okayokayokay.
Let’s make a tea.
Oh, a text! Emily sending me a photo of her on the trapeze! Trapeze afternoon! Fun!

Wait.
Why am I not doing something exciting like trapeze right now again?
Oh yeah cause I didn’t make plans.
Why didn’t I make plans again?
Oh yeah, cause I didn’t have time to. Maybe I didn’t really want to?
Or because, my friends are all doing exciting things and I’m left out?
No.
Remember, Sarah asked me if I wanted to play tennis and I said no?
I could have had a plan, had I wanted.
See? So all is good. I’m gonna stay here and enjoy my beautiful solitude.
But wait. Let me just check to make sure. What is Paul doing?

Garance to Paul : Hey what’s up?
Paul to Garance : I’m in Japan you just woke me up [guns and skulls emoticons]
Garance to Paul : Who sleeps with their phone not on silent? Even more when they are in Japan? Pfffffff. Come back soon.

Yeah so okay so it’s all good so I’m just gonna stay here and enjoy my own company for once.
Let’s try to read that Lena Dunham book.
Mmmmmmm
Okay but first let’s check what Delphine is doing.

Garance to Delphine : Yo what’s up?
Delphine to Garance : I’m biking on the highline with Wes! Come with!!!
Garance to Delphine : No way I’m enjoying solitude as we speak. So good.
Delphine to Garance : Then why are you texting me?
Garance to Dephine : Aaaaargh shit okay I’m coming.

That’s it. Some people write books called 100 Years Of Solitude and some can’t even spend a New York minute alone. Guess who’s the literary genius of the two? Yeaaaaah (read that book it’s amazing by the way)(if you can stand to be alone with no external stimulus for more than five minutes that is)(Lena, I’m on your case. Your books seems amazing, I’m totally reading it.)

So, hey now. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

Well, I guess I forgot how to be alone. In the city that never sleeps (oh my God that formula was even more cliché than three French girls spending an afternoon at Ladurée) you can spend 100% of your time out and connected.

Being busy is a sort of natural state today. People LOVE being busy, people glorify being busy, people feel like they’re not actually existing when they are not busy. I don’t know where it came from, that feeling of self importance we derive from our busidom.
Some people will go very low to not be not busy (like go riding a bike on the highline ahahah just kidding Delphine)(or shopping for things they don’t need)(or going on a date just out of boredom like my friend that just can’t stand a Sunday evening alone) and be with themselves.

We’re like kids who want to be entertained all the time.
Yet, we all know that leaving kids alone playing on their own in their bedroom is the best way for them to develop a creative and interesting life.

The first time I lived alone after university, right after years of living with my best friend, was a real shock for me. I didn’t know what to do with myself. But after a few weeks of freaking out, one evening I got inspired, put on some jazz, and made my first collage.
It was beautiful. Super meaningful. I still love it.
It was the first time I was creating something on my own, for me, just because.

It’s probably that collage, that moment, that paved the way to the creative life I’m living today.

Had I not put myself in a real moment of solitude, I would probably be a banker and would have never invented the iPhone like I did.

So, WHATS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
They’re just too crazy busy!

I’m not anymore. I’m enjoying my solitude.

DON’T call me.

Please?

Eheheh.

At Marine’s

Paris is full of small cool spaces. We stopped by to visit Marine at her home in the Marais, a converted space that feels more California bungalow than an apartment in a major city. 

I love that you get that great sun from the skylight, it really makes the space feel open and warm.  Marine, a stylist at French Elle and her photographer boyfriend Eddy, also happen to have filled their apartment with tons of cool things from their work in fashion, from an entire wall of years of magazines and books to those perfectly hung frames.


 

Our Newsletter

Can you believe we’re coming up on our 10th newsletter??? Time flies! Since we started the newsletter in March 2014, we’ve shared lots of fun items that you haven’t seen on the blog.

In case you missed them, each newsletter includes an interview with friends and members of the Studio, a Studio playlist and some of our favorites from the shop, the blog and Pinterest. We also do this cool new thing called “Club Exclusives,” where readers have the opportunity to interact with the Studio in various ways.

In past newsletters, we’ve invited our readers to breakfast in Paris (one reader came in all the way from Poland!) and given away posters personalized by Garance. We’ve interviewed friends like Wes and Delphine Del Val and gone “behind-the-scenes” with Théo from Colorz, the web design and development agency that makes the blog look so great. Also, Alana once made us an awesome Spotify playlist, which you can still listen to here!

There’s lots more to come, so make sure to sign up!


By studio

Our Newsletter

Can you believe we’re coming up on our 10th newsletter??? Time flies! Since we started the newsletter in March 2014, we’ve shared lots of fun items that you haven’t seen on the blog.

In case you missed them, each newsletter includes an interview with friends and members of the Studio, a Studio playlist and some of our favorites from the shop, the blog and Pinterest. We also do this cool new thing called “Club Exclusives,” where readers have the opportunity to interact with the Studio in various ways.

In past newsletters, we’ve invited our readers to breakfast in Paris (one reader came in all the way from Poland!) and given away posters personalized by Garance. We’ve interviewed friends like Wes and Delphine Del Val and gone “behind-the-scenes” with Théo from Colorz, the web design and development agency that makes the blog look so great. Also, Alana once made us an awesome Spotify playlist, which you can still listen to here!

There’s lots more to come, so make sure to sign up!


By studio

The Del Val #37

Almost everyone recognizes their designs, but if you haven’t seen their great films, start with the super classic “Powers of Ten”, still so fresh despite being made in 1977.

In the need for clever, handsome gifts for someone stylish in your life? Always look here. And when in NYC you must visit one or both of their locations.

Wow, a lot has happened on our planet since you were born. Go ahead and put in your information and it will show you!

Phoebe Philo. Or Saint Phoebe, or Queen Phoebe, or High Priestess Phoebe, or Goddess Phoebe. That’s what she is to these (and many other) people.

These make us want to play a card game. Any game. Just to get to hold them in our hands.

The most important and influential American musician and performer of the 20th century finally gets the documentary treatment he deserves.

It’s not too late to catch sight of those beautiful fall leaves.

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


By delphine and wes

The Del Val #37

Almost everyone recognizes their designs, but if you haven’t seen their great films, start with the super classic “Powers of Ten”, still so fresh despite being made in 1977.

In the need for clever, handsome gifts for someone stylish in your life? Always look here. And when in NYC you must visit one or both of their locations.

Wow, a lot has happened on our planet since you were born. Go ahead and put in your information and it will show you!

Phoebe Philo. Or Saint Phoebe, or Queen Phoebe, or High Priestess Phoebe, or Goddess Phoebe. That’s what she is to these (and many other) people.

These make us want to play a card game. Any game. Just to get to hold them in our hands.

The most important and influential American musician and performer of the 20th century finally gets the documentary treatment he deserves.

It’s not too late to catch sight of those beautiful fall leaves.

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


By delphine and wes

At Buly

When we were in Paris, we went to take a look at Buly, the sublime boutique created by Ramdane Touhami and Victoire de Taillac.

It certainly takes you by surprise – you feel like you’ve suddenly entered an old fashioned pharmacy, and you’d be right. Ramdane based the design on a 17th-century dispensary, and he worked with artisans to create the shop using techniques from the period.

The idea came from Ramdane and Victoire’s passion for 19th century literature – Balzac and Zola, and also because that was the time when cosmetics and beauty products as we know them today were invented.

Equipment x Garance Doré

I’m coming to LA!

Equipment is hosting an event to preview my newest stationery. If you happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, October 29th to the Equipment store on Melrose for a very special sneak peek.

Happy shopping! Kisses.

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Place, Los Angeles


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Equipment x Garance Doré

I’m coming to LA!

Equipment is hosting an event to preview my newest stationery. If you happen to be in LA, make sure to stop by next Wednesday, October 29th to the Equipment store on Melrose for a very special sneak peek.

Happy shopping! Kisses.

Equipment, 8459 Melrose Place, Los Angeles


By admin

Kind

This summer, I lost some weight.
I didn’t do anything in particular, I just got lighter without even thinking about it.
In one month’s time, I got back to my normal weight, without doing anything at all, and since then I’ve stayed the same.

For those of you who follow me, you know this subject had actually been bugging me for the last few years – I had been going around with about 10 pounds more than I weigh now, sometimes more, rarely less.
It felt so weird to me – I didn’t really feel like myself. Even weirder since my New York friends hadn’t ever seen me any other way, so when I talked to them about it, they’d always say, no you haven’t changed at all, you look great!!!


I had tried a few things to get back to my normal weight (not skinny, just me) and we talked about it – but I’ll never be a pro at diet torture, and even less at juicing and all the other silly things I thought of at times, like when I had to fold my mauve leather YSL skirt and put it way in the back of my closet so I wouldn’t see it anymore, since it didn’t close anymore and I hated it, the stupid thing.

I tried to accept my new body (honestly, naked, it was rather pretty and sexy, just heavier and more difficult to dress up) and I did tons of exercise, but nothing changed the fact that I just didn’t feel like myself.

I know what you’re going to say.
With all the changes in my personal life lately, it’s not surprising you shed some weight. And you know what? You’re right.

That’s exactly what I want to talk to you about.
Not my personal life so much. What I mean is that my breakup is just the visible part of a much larger change of cycle. Not premeditated at all, but still pretty deep.

So the fact that I suddenly got myself back really made me think.

I thought about all the times I told myself I’d started the unavoidable weight gain that happens after 35 and that there was nothing I could do except become a crazy food maniac.
I thought about all the times I told myself that my problem was that I didn’t have any will power (I even tried to work on my will power and motivation!!! I bought a book on it!!!) and all the times I hated myself for that.
I thought about all the things I had held against myself when actually, it wasn’t really me deciding any of those things – that’s what I’ve finally understood.

Because actually, what happened is that my body was telling me (and others) something.
Not anything good or bad, but that during that time in my life (which was a great time in my life, by the way – just because you gain a little weight doesn’t mean you’re unhappy), that’s just the way I was, what I was manifesting.

I’m still really surprised when I weigh myself. I feel much better in my skin, much more myself, and I think it’s important to say that our bodies reflect the things we are experiencing in life. And if you’re feeling uncomfortable, there may be things to explore, if you feel ready, without stressing out about it.

To not automatically believe that our body is a battle field – but more a reflection of what we are inside.

There’s no point waging war against yourself, despite the many completely freaky examples of pregnant women going back to their natural weight two weeks after giving birth, or the pseudo-role models who show people how to conquer their bodies as if they were hostile territories to rule over, when in fact, it’s just a matter of communicating with yourself deep down. And of course, of looking at ourselves with kindness.

Translated by Andrea Perdue

What’s Your Favorite Magazine?

So many things have changed in the magazine world.

We read them differently, we buy them differently, we get rid of them differently (???).There are a lot more deluxe and art mags than there used to be (most of them are independent ones) and a lot fewer funny, smart ones that don’t take themselves too seriously.

I don’t really know which ones to focus on anymore, so I kind of skim over all of them without really reading anything. It’s too bad!

So I was wondering what you all are reading right now. Are you addicted to any particular magazine? Do you read them online? Do you buy them?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

What’s Your Favorite Magazine?

So many things have changed in the magazine world.

We read them differently, we buy them differently, we get rid of them differently (???).There are a lot more deluxe and art mags than there used to be (most of them are independent ones) and a lot fewer funny, smart ones that don’t take themselves too seriously.

I don’t really know which ones to focus on anymore, so I kind of skim over all of them without really reading anything. It’s too bad!

So I was wondering what you all are reading right now. Are you addicted to any particular magazine? Do you read them online? Do you buy them?

Translated by Andrea Perdue


By admin

Maman Mia!

Here we go again….


Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman.

Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there.

Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter!

Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)


By brie

Maman Mia!

Here we go again….


Down the street to a new little cafe called Maman.

Just when we thought we’d exhausted all of the usuals for lunch, bam! A super sweet spot opens. And French to boot. Emily and I passed by for a take-away lunch of avocado toast, butternut squash soup and potato salad – all pretty tasty. They may have also had some delicious treats like a chocolate chip cookie, which we were obliged to try while we were there.

Comfort, farm fresh food just in time for the winter!

Maman, 239 Centre Street (between Grand & Broome)


By brie

Matisse’s Cutouts

In honor of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments.

Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

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“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 


By studio

Matisse’s Cutouts

In honor of the new “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, which opened October 12th, we’ve found some Fall/Winter 2014 looks that evoke some of the artist’s most famous works. The masterful combination of contrast, line and color that Matisse was able to create with scissors is no doubt something that fashion designers today strive for as they cut their garments.

Perhaps these images will inspire you so much that you’ll want to go at your clothes with a pair of scissors…

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“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City October 12, 2014 through February 8,2015 


By emilia

Weekend Inspiration #195

At the home of Antoine and Gwen in Montmarte.