Monday, April 30, 2012

Girls of Summer

As warm weather us upon us (though only slightly where I live) the inevitable analysis of my "fair weather" wardrobe has begun. Coupled with getting back in shape, and figuring out how to make my legs not look see through, I have been looking back to one of my favourite spring collections, Rick Owens S10 for inspiration. I've already got 2 new pairs of sandals for this spring/summer I should share soon.

Buying things off-season and then squirreling them away for appropriate weather is key.

The jacket makes it more spring-like, but it could very easily work on a cool summer evening. I'm itching for a lightweight leather. My Balenciaga leather jacket is already feeling too warm.

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[Backstage Rick Owens S10 pics from Elle.com]

Friday, April 27, 2012

le sac

So this was something I picked up in Tokyo. The Celine trio bag in green. Behold!

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It's pretty awesome. I love the three zip pouches, and I had been wanting a cross-body bag for ages. The problem is, I think it's a bit too nice for me. Too refined.... or something. I feel a bit like a bull in a china shop carrying it around, if that makes sense!

So I'm considering selling it. If you are interested please shoot me an email (greytheblog at gmail dot com). I'm asking $700.

UPDATE: SOLD, THANK YOU!


There is one little flaw- a slight rub on one corner (back of the bag) This is why I can't have nice things.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gradient Calgel Nails

Just a quick photo of my black gradient Calgel nails. I got then done in pink while in Tokyo (towards the beginning of our trip) and by the time I got back they were grown out quite a bit, as I didn't have a chance to get them filled anywhere. My nails must grow fast. I think if I had them filled they would have lasted longer, but they had started to lift up a bit at the edge towards the cuticle, so I just decided to get them removed and have a new set put on. The perfect opportunity to get a colour more congruent with my personal style.

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It doesn't really show with this angle, but this is the longest my nails have been in... ever. They're naturally really thin and weak. It used to make my skin crawl to have them longer than the edge of my finger, but with the gel I can grow them a bit longer without feeling like they're going to snap off at any given moment.

So I'm pretty much in love! They've made me happier than any other purchase.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hong Kong & Shanghai - Instagram



L: View of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak.

R: Nike Gyakusou store

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L: Angry Bird CAKES.

R: I was really taken by the interior of the elevator at The Ritz-Carlton. The walls were covered in leather pebble-shaped pieces with mirror in between. I wouldn't mind an entire wall like that! The Ritz has the highest bar in the world, so we went up to take in the view and a few drinks. Good blackberry mojitos.

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L: Rick Owens HK. Only one store left (Seoul) and I've completed the world tour!

R: The leather-clad change room.

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L: Went to the Ap Lei Chau outlets to peruse Lane Crawford, Joyce and IT. Soooo much Rick Owens (especially footwear) it was insane. Pictured is an entire display case full of Ann Demeulemeester and Margiela accessories at 65% off. I got two things, but I really wanted take my arm in there with great sweeping motions and dump everything into a shopping cart in a dramatic way.

R: Being a breakfast glutton (and also taking a break from dim sum), I had a McDonalds breakfast extravaganza in Hong Kong. It was a pretty hefty combo meal including pancakes, 2 english muffins, scrambled egg, sausage patty and hashbrown puck. It was a bit ambitious.

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L: Stood in line for an hour in Shanghai so J could get some tasty xiao long bao. They were working pretty hard in the kitchen to keep up with the massive line-up.

R: Race day! No torrential rain and no sunburn! I say a success.

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Get Fit With Rick

This was posted last year on Industrie, but I only found it recently. I figured I would post it here for my own reference and inspiration. Not inspired to take steroids, just to get back to training. I'd really like to work with a trainer again- I have a hard time staying motivated!

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07/04/2011, Industrie Issue 1, Issues

Mr Owens’ guide to sublime physicality

Rick Owens was once a chubby Californian kid dreaming of rock-hard washboard abs. But once he’d been nudged towards the gym to compensate for his excesses, he dramatically transformed his physique. Now he’s such an expert that we’ve asked him to show us how it’s done.

Photographed by: Kacper Kasprzyk

Written by: Murray Healy


Rick Owens discovered the joys of the gym relatively late in life. The desire to sort out his body had always been there, languishing in his heart, weak and neglected, since childhood. ‘As an introverted sissy growing up in a small town in California,’ he remembers, ‘all I wanted was Joe Dallesandro hair and washboard abs. But I wore “husky”-sized poly pants,’ he says, referring to the American boys’ trousers made with added ease on the waist and hips, ‘and I had big, soft, 13-year-old-girl nipples. And buck teeth.’

A couple of years in braces sorted out the teeth, but it wasn’t until his early thirties that he started picking up the weights, when his partner Michele Lamy persuaded him to do something to compensate for the excesses of his lifestyle. ‘Her reasoning was that if I was going to drink so much, I had to balance it out. After years of enjoying overindulgence, discipline felt even better.’ As his efforts slowly remodelled his physique, Rick soon found working out as addictive as life’s more obvious pleasures. ‘The changes were imperceptible from month to month, but after a year things had changed. By then I was hooked.’

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Right from the start he worked with a trainer. ‘If you want to make serious changes, that’s essential – otherwise it’s too easy to suspect that you’re not doing it right, and get discouraged. I couldn’t really afford one then, but I prioritised.’ His search for the right trainer wasn’t particularly scientific. ‘Frankly the main qualifications were that they had to look like they knew what they were talking about, and be someone pleasant to hang out with every day. Because no matter how technical you get, the main thing – the main thing – is consistent repetition.’

He worked his way through five instructors over the next eight years. But when he relocated from Los Angeles to Paris seven years ago, he decided not to employ a trainer. It’s not as if he needed the encouragement: working out had long since become as integral a part of his day as brushing his teeth. ‘And there’s only really about ten things you can do,’ he reasons, ‘so you just have to do them over and over. Like a Donald Judd installation: classic, simple, pure, repetitive.’

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The purpose of his workouts has changed since the early days too: he’s no longer so goal-oriented, as each session has become its own reward. The entire ritual, from the second he steps out of his apartment, heading out through the Tuileries and up rue de la Paix to his gym near the Paris Opera, is a moment for some me-time. ‘Working out has become a combo of discipline, joyous release, meditation and vanity. It gives me a break in the day to absorb and formulate ideas. I used to love dancing, but music never sounded as good as it does now through those earbud headphones, pounding bass into the pit of my stomach as I enjoy the simple pleasure of feeling physically alive.’

But away from the free weights, he is less disciplined when it comes to his health. ‘I smoke, I don’t particularly watch my diet and I hate cardio,’ he admits. ‘If I had to run a mile I’d probably pass out in a pool of vomit.’ He never had any patience for supplements, preferring to use steroids to boost his training – a strategy he thoroughly recommends. ‘Sure, they bloated me for a while. But after I stopped, the bloat went away and the steroids had gotten me to another level. It was very rewarding. And I’d certainly taken worse before.’

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When asked the particulars of his workout, he declines to give a detailed answer (‘Oh God, that would put me in a coma!’). But briefly: ‘I do one leg part, two upper-body parts, stomach and stretching every time I go, which is five or six times a week. I take my time and don’t worry about the weights – I just do what feels good. I don’t feel the need to force my body the way I used to.’

He’s philosophical about his gym-going these days. ‘Obviously, I’ve replaced the romanticised determination to self-destruct with the fantasy of control and immortality. And at this point in my life, it’s as lovely an indulgence as any.’

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Japan - Instagram

Before sharing some of my proper photos from my trip, I thought I would flush out all my instagram pictures. Enjoy!

L: If you've been to Japan you know that practically every company has a cute mascot, and this is the JR metro mascot, the Suica (their metro card) penguin. I'm kind of obsessed with it. In Tokyo station there is a little store that sells nothing but Suica Penguin merchandise.

R: So there was a typhoon in Tokyo one day and where was I? Buying something at Celine. Luckily they prepared my bag for the weather with a little plastic cover, which is standard there at nice boutiques.

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L: An awesome oversized gold nail ring I got at Laforet in Harajuku for around $10.

R: Of course in Japan you must buy snacks either based on funny names, or cute packaging.

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L: Teriyaki, avocado and fried egg burger at J.S. Burger in Shibuya

R: I've been dying to get calgel gradient nails for so long, so on a whim I went and got my nails done at Bee salon in Shibuya and I couldn't stop looking at them for days. I must have been influenced by all the "kawaii" around me, I have no other explanation for choosing pink. I've since had them redone (in black gradient) and I want to keep them like this forever!!

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L: This spring Shu Uemura collaborated with Japanese kimono artist Mamechiyo, and all the stores and kiosks looked so pretty! I wish I still used their cleansing oils, because the limited edition bottles are really cute.

R: It's Christmas all year round at this kitchen supply store.

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L: Went to Utsunomiya, the gyoza capital of Japan, to eat gyoza and also go to a local bar where the owner has monkeys as pets. Having a monkey sit in your lap and eat an apple is kind of a surreal experience.

R: Sakura doughnut from Doughnut Planet

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L: Rick Owens store

R: Walking down a random street I spotted a pet rabbit tied to the open door of a luggage store... random!

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L: Buying snacks based on the cute packaging doesn't always work out. This tasted like neon.

R: In Yudanaka (outside Nagano) to see the snow monkeys. It was motherfucking snowing, and I was not expecting that! In April.

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L: I had to experience Alcatraz E.R., a restaurant where they take you to your "cell" (table) in handcuffs and you drink cocktails out of a severed head.

R: A green tea kit kat

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L: Designer second-hand stores are my favourite thing about shopping in Tokyo. These dreamy white Margiela tabi boots would have come home with me if I was a size 36.

R: Cherry blossom festival in Gyoen Park. If you couldn't tell by the picture, cherry blossom viewing parties are HUGELY popular.

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L: The view of Tokyo Tower from our (2nd) hotel in Tokyo.

R: Conveyor belt sushi in Shinagawa

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Alexander Wang Beijing

I'm back from my trip to Asia, and although I didn't go to Beijing, I couldn't help posting these pictures of Alexander Wang's new Beijing store.

Me: oooohhhh me likey...

Copy: Architect Joseph Dirand designed the space....

Me: OBVIOUSLY.

I love everything Joseph Dirand does, so it's no surprise that I loved the look of the new store. Bronze is the new... something. I tell ya, if I ever win the lottery....

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[images from Lotta Agaton's blog]

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