Monday, February 23, 2009

wanna be a star?


Grant Wilfley Casting is currently seeking extras for the new Walt Disney feature film “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, starring Nicolas Cage. They will be shooting a few Chinatown scenes in April & May & are looking for people who fit the following categories:

1. Asian men & women, all ages, to be watching a parade
2. Asian men and women who are familiar with operating the Chinese Dragon in a parade
3. Asian men and women who are dancers or mimes, drummers, sword experts, etc. to be in the parade.

If interested please email APPRENTICE@GWCNYC.COM. Please write “Chinatown Scene” in the subject line and include the following info:

1. Full name
2. Phone number
3. Current photo
4. Country of origin/ethnic background
5. If you have a particular skill- dancer, musician, martial arts, etc.


Sunday, February 22, 2009

My Articles

Photobucket Album

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of how Wallpaper* works will know that the entire February issue is given over to celebrating the very finest things that caught their collective eyes over the last year. From fashion show invites to restaurant booths, washing liquids to business jets, here are the 2009 winners in full…

Best airline accessory
Cutlery for Qantas A380, by Marc Newson

Best bag
’Char’ by Jimmy Choo

Best birthday surprise
’Queen of the Night’ necklace by Shaun Leane for Boucheron

Best book
Arts & Architecture, 1945-54 (Taschen)

Best booths
Bob Bob Ricard, London

Best bracelets

Best business jet
NetJets Falcon 7X by Lord Foster

Best cabinet
’Luxor’ by Giulio Cappellini for Cappellini

Best carpet
’Legno-Legno’ by Ruckstuhl

Best casting
Calvin Klein Spring/Summer 09

Best ceramics
’6 Amici’ by Linde Burkhardt for Driade

Best church
Church of Santa Monica, Rivas-Vaciamadrid, Spain

Best city

Best cleaners
Goodbye Detergent

Best coat stand
’Rokumaru’ by Nendo for De Padova

Best commission
’Paris in Glass’ by Maxim Velcovsky

Best console table
’Pivot’ by Shay Alkalay for Arco

Best cultural ambassadors
Korean Air’s Flying Art Ambassadors

Best dining chair
’Coen’ by Michael Young for Accupunto

Best eye rescues

Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask by Bliss

CrËme Pour les Yeux au Concombre by Mon Soin du Visage

Eye Contour Nanolift by Euoko

Best facial
Skin Food Facial by Dr Alkaitis

Best fashion 2009
Alexander McQueen
Burberry Prorsum
Calvin Klein
Comme des Garcons
Jil Sander
Louis Vuitton
Martin Margiela
Raf Simons
Roger Vivier
Uncommon Matters
Viktor & Rolf

Best floor lamp
’Tab’ by Barber Osgerby for Flos

Best glasses
Kimura Glass Company

Best invitation
Prada Spring/Summer 09

Best light
’Ginko’ by Norway Says for Orsjo Belysning

Best look books
Adam Kimmel, Lanvin, Yohji Yamamoto, Blaak Homme, Adidas by Stella McCartney

Best men’s accessories
Kim Jones for Dunhill

Best mirror
’Gli Specchi di Dioniso’ by Ettore Sottsass for Glas Italia

Best new beds
’Buonanotte Valentina’ by Noe Duchaufour-Lawrance for Ceccotti Collezioni
’Landscape bed’ by Arik Levy for Verardo Italia
’Point’ bed by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo

Best new day spa
Dior Institut at Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

Best outdoor chair
’Tropicalia’ by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso

Best outdoor lights
’Sky’ by Alfredo Haberli for Luceplan

Best pastry
’Madame Joconde’ Èclairs by Fauchon

Best peace maker
’Dragon’ brooch by Cartier

Best perfumes
Boadicea The Victorious
No 5 Eau premiere by Chanel
Kelly Caleche by Hermes

Best protoype
’Numen Light’ by For Use

Best reissues
’Attesa’ sofa by Gio Ponti for L’Abbate
’01 table’ by Shiro Kuramata for Living Divani
Silverware by Henning Koppel for Georg Jensen

Best retreat
Cabin in Tr¯mso, Norway, by Snorre Stinessen

Best shelving
’Fluid’ by Arik Levy for Desalto

Best showman
Etienne Russo, owner and CEO of Villa Eugenie

Best side table
’Saturno’ by D’Urbino-Lomazzi for De Padova

Best sink
Corian sink and unit by Boffi

Best sofa
’My Beautiful Backside’ by Doshi Levien for Moroso

Best spa
Termas de Tiberio, Panticosa, Spain

Best sportswear
SLVR range by Adidas

Best suite
Pool Terrace Suite, Hospes Maricel, Palma de Mallorca

Best Table
’Surface’ table by Terence Woodgate and John Barnard for Established & Sons

Best table lamp
’Dome’ by Todd Bracher for Mater

Best takeaway
Ad Hoc
Sean’s Kitchen
The Parlour Restaurant

Best tap
’Ottavo’ tap by Hans Thyge Raunkjaer for Quadro Srl

Best tray
’Milano’ tray by Fabio Novembre for Driade

Best use of metal
’Library Bookcase’ by Jonathan Nesci

Best use of stone
’Delaware Bluestone’ range by Max Lamb

Best use of textiles
’Clouds’ by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Kvadrat

Best use of wood
’Chaise & Tabouret’ by Marina Bautier for De La Espada

Best vases
’Fabbrica del Vapore’ by Ionna Vautrin and Guillaume Delvigne for Industreal

Best washing liquids
Daub & Bauble

Best watch
’Sea-Dweller Deapsea’ by Rolex

Best women’s shoes
Louis Vuitton

LA condo shopping

headed to LA this week to check out some condo's. It's always been my dream to have a place in NY, LA and London!
So the NY part is done, on to LA then..

Here are three on my radar: (yes, I actually do like downtown LA--reminds me of NY)


Now, the latest news coming from the strategists within the Craft Empire: Halfsteak. Starting on Wednesday, the front section of Tom Colicchio's restaurant Craftsteak will be called "Halfsteak" and will serve a menu of small plates, sandwiches, "small pots", and yes, half orders of steaks, all priced under $15. Oh ho ho, but that is not all. They will also serve half pints, half cocktails, and individually sized desserts like cupcakes and ice cream sandwiches. try the red velvet cupcakes....YUMMERS!

recession indeed

The U.S. lost 598,000 jobs in January — including 8,600 department store positions — in the worst monthly decline in 34 years. Among the retailers hardest hit were Target, Saks, Macy’s, Liz Claiborne and Bon-Ton. Eddie Bauer, Chico’s, Pacific Sunwear and The Wet Seal also reported less severe, yet substantial layoffs. According to Fashionista: "This news comes right on the heels of yesterday’s department store news, that the S&P’s Ratings Services has placed six department stores - Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, J.C. Penney and Sears - on credit watch."

thread count

getting the bedroom ready for Valentines? here's a good article I came across in

When it comes to thread count on bed sheets...Numbers Are Meaningless: Well, sort of. Quality of cotton, not thread count, is key.

Kiki de Montparnasse

Kiki De Montparnasse is a luxury fashion and lifestyle brand that celebrates intimacy and inspires the romantic imagination.
Established with the conviction that sensual pleasure and fulfillment are paramount to a well-lived life, the collections define a new category which empowers exploration of fantasy and communication of desire. Kiki believes intimacy should be honored, and that discriminating consumers should be able to explore and express their passion with grace, sophistication and abandon. Sexy!
Forget La Perla guys...and check out they got more than just lingerie too (wink wink )

Carmen Marc Valvo by Cosabella Medallion Bustier

Does it get any more gorgeous than this? Classic sheer boned bustier with removable push up padding. Men, are you listening? This is what women want for Valentine's Day!!

Monday, February 9, 2009

i never travel

without my hat and sunglasses...even if there isn't any sun where you're headed...u just never know...

write around portland

Write Around Portland provides year-round writing workshops that run for 8-10 weeks at a time and focus on helping low income adults and others who might not otherwise have an opportunity to participate in traditional writing workshops. Volunteers lead the workshop sessions - and are trained in providing respectful learning environments for writers and readers to exchange stories. Facilitators write along with the participants, making it an empowering and positive experience for everyone - while encouraging feedback on developmental issues such as: character development, dialogue, imagery, writing in different voices, and more.

valentine's day reading...

here's a good book i just read...DOOMED LOVE (ok so it might not be so great for valentines)

Love can be surprising. Love can be heartbreaking. Love can be an art. But love is the singular emotion that all humans rely on most . . . and crave endlessly, no matter what the cost. United by this theme of love, the nine titles in the Penguin Great Loves collection include tales of blissful and all-encompassing, doomed and tragic, erotic and absurd, seductive and adulterous, innocent and murderous love. A deeply moving addition to the Penguin Great Ideas and Great Journeys series, each gorgeously packaged book will challenge all expectations of love while celebrating the beauty of its existence.

All books in this series: Cures for Love
Doomed Love
The Eaten Heart
First Love
Forbidden Fruit
The Kreutzer Sonata
A Mere Interlude
Of Mistresses, Tigresses and Other Conquests
The Seducer’s Diary